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Top tips for everyone plus lots of lovely hampers to win! 


We are delighted to be back having skipped the September issue. We've started a house extension - it's a long story - suffice to say I could be without a kitchen for the whole of the winter... but onwards and upwards is our motto so it's business as usual. We have been busy seeking out the very best new products and services to feature in this newsletter, alongside our unique mix of independent, impartial and above all non-commercial advice on all things related to pregnancy and parenthood.

Our first featured website and main newsletter prize is When we were babies whenwewerebabies.co.uk. A truly unique online wall décor provider, When we were babies uses archival inks and the highest quality heavyweight professional papers ensuring the photos of your whole family at the same age will not fade. All frames are handmade from solid wood and are sourced from sustainable resources. Not only do we have 2 personalised frames (worth up to £69.99 each) for you to win but we are also delighted to be able to offer TIPS e-newsletter readers a 15% discount(use discount code WWWB15 at the checkout).

Our second featured website is Market Porter www.marketporter.com.Market Porter sources high quality fresh meat from free-range British farms (usually reserved for fine-dining) and specially selected cheese, charcuterie and chocolate to deliver to your door. We are delighted to be able to offer TIPS e-newsletter readers a special 20% discount use the TIPSXMAS discount code at the checkout until 17 December 2015).

Our featured app, Stocard, provides a quick and easy way to store ALL your loyalty cards on your Smartphone or tablet. See how much lighter your wallet could be!

Our featured DVDs include the long-awaited film The Probiotic Life. It's about what we can do from birth to protect our microbiome (this is the collection of trillions of microbes living in and on the human body) for the best possible health. Alto Films need your support to make this happen. They need money to complete the film - but more importantly, they need good word of mouth, to spread the idea across the world. At TIPS Ltd, we've already booked a perk: a private screening of this ground breaking film. Please help spread the news of this innovative and exciting project on social media using the following hashtags #aprobioticlife or #microbiome. We are also excited to give you the chance to win a copy of the festive edition of Paddington, Limited Edition 3D DVD Sleeve and the official soundtrack (worth over £40). For more details check out our DVD2

Our featured book is by Elaine Hanzak. Another Twinkle in the Eye - contemplating another pregnancy after perinatal mental illness is an exciting new resource for new parents, especially those who have suffered from perinatal (from 20 weeks gestation to one month after birth) mental illnesses in previous pregnancies. When Elaine invited me to contribute to her new book (Chapter 15 - Feeding your baby) I was delighted to be involved.

We are featuring 2 charities: Aquabox (www.aquabox.org), who provide safe drinking water and welfare aid items to communities affected by man-made and natural disasters, and to areas affected by on-going deprivation. Our second charity FPIES UK (www.fpiesuk.org) wants to raise awareness of Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) and support people who have been affected by this condition.

Check out our wonderful selection of Top Tips: British Military Fitness (BMF) is a new way to get fit: teamwork and the instructors' infectious enthusiasm is what makes BMF special and successful. We also have two delightful and humorous articles, written by our Parent Testers who share their top tips for surviving the first few months of parenthood and for travelling with young children. On the subject of humorous articles we think our feature on pooping - yes pooping - will get you giggling! However there is a serious message. Our featured video clip shows how a simple step used beneath your toilet seat can and will change the way you think about pooping forever.

As well as our regular mix of features, check out the latest My Story: Talipes equinovarus (club foot) and how early treatment can work...; our Top Treat (Tiny Trolls of Norway - robust outdoor wear for children aged 1-8 in an array of beautiful colours) and our Top Value feature (TIPS Award winning Doidy Cup).

We have a brand new selection of TIPS Testers' pix for you to enjoy. Maybe you have photos of your own you would like to share with us? We're always on the lookout for photos of babies, toddlers, families, bumps, scans, breastfeeders, baby-wearing, baby-led-weaning and grandparents. So please email us your photos ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )! I will send a signed copy of my book (Breastfeeding: the essential guide) to the sender of each photo we publish. You can also enjoy some gorgeous photos taken by our featured blog: Dannythebabywearingdad. His posts are thought-provoking, inspiring, funny, touching, poignant and educational (including video clips on babywearing).

Last but not least we have some wonderful competitions for you to enter, including our main Newsletter Prize: two photo frames by When We Were Babies (worth £140), 3 gift selections full of goodies from our friends at Bickiepegs, Green People and Weleda, an Elle TENS machine plus much more. Altogether our prizes are worth over £600 so email your entries to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and you too could be a TIPS winner!

Remember if you are not 'in' you can't win!


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tipsducktipsduckFeatured product 1 :: tipsducktipsduckWin a Bickiepegs luxury hamper worth £50!

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The hamper comes with 3 packs of Bickiepegs Teething Biscuits, 4 Doidy Cups, a Dimpler Puree Dish, a set of Finger Toothbrush & Gum Massagers, a copy of Julie Clark's book Baby Led Weaning: Step by Step and a dribble bib, all in a beautiful basket!

Now celebrating their 90th year, Bickiepegs Healthcare have been experts in oral care since 1925. They have been proud winners of TIPS awards since 2007 (Doidy Cup) and 2013 (Bickiepegs Teething Biscuits).

Dr Harry Campbell, a Harley Street Paediatrician, created Bickiepegs Teething Biscuits in 1925. They are a natural food-based alternative to plastic teething rings for babies aged 6 months+, and can be used until the first set of teeth are through.
Designed to satisfy babies' natural desire to gnaw during teething, Bickiepegs Teething Biscuits can be used for both front and back teeth. They provide a hard surface on which babies can ‘cut’ teeth and help them develop their jaw, jaw muscles and gums.

Bickiepegs Teething Biscuits are 100% natural, manufactured in the UK from wheatflour, wheatgerm and water with no artificial colourings, preservatives or flavourings and NO added salt or sugar.

You can buy them in Boots, Asda, leading pharmacies and online at www.bickiepegs.com RRP £2.09 for 9 biscuits.


Here's where you can find out more: www.bickiepegs.com

logos  www.facebook.com/bickiepegs ~  @BickiepegsCo


***WIN one of 35 DOIDY CUPS***
To find out more about the Doidy Cup and for a chance to win one of 35 Doidy Cups check out our Top Value feature.

Hamper competition!

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Bickiepegs are giving away a luxury hamper containing 3 packs of Bickiepegs Teething Biscuits, 4 Doidy Cups, a dribble bib, a set of Finger Toothbrushes, a copy of Julie Clark's book Baby Led Weaning: Step by Step and a Dimpler Puree Dish, all in a beautiful basket!

For a chance to win this hamper (worth £50) email the word ‘Bickiepegs’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2016. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 39.

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured product 2 :tipsduck tipsduckElle TENS voted Best of the Best by TIPS Parent Testers tipsduck tipsducktipsduck tipsduckWin an Elle TENS worth over £70!

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One of the first products tested through the TIPS® Award Scheme were TENS machines. Pregnant TIPS Testers used and reviewed 4 different TENS machines, and Elle TENS won the coveted TIPS Best of the Best Award. You may be surprised how super efficient this TENS machine is at helping mums cope with labour pains!

What is TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)?
Water (preferably by complete immersion in a deep bath or birthing pool) and the TENS machine are the most natural and non-invasive forms of pain relief currently available for childbirth. TENS machines stimulate the body’s own natural defences against pain. In the final weeks of pregnancy, a woman’s pain threshold is much higher than normal. This is nature’s way of preparing her to cope with the pain of childbirth. Positioned on the person's back, the TENS machine four self-adhesive electrode pads transmit gentle electrical impulses through the skin. These impulses act on pain by flooding the ‘nerve pathways’ with natural endorphins, which in turn stop the pain messages (or close the gates) from getting to the brain. To read more about the Gate Control theory read our full trial results for TENS machines in the TIPS Awards section of our website

Used properly, a TENS machine can take a woman from the first contraction through to the birth of her baby without the need for any other methods of pain relief.

Introduction by Sharon:
My daughter recently gave birth to her first baby (and my first granddaughter!). She chose to use the Elle TENS machine for pain relief during early labour. We could never have imagined just how wonderful this little machine would prove to be.

Don’t just take my word for it: here is my daughter’s review in her own words....

I used the Elle TENS machine as pain relief during the labour for my first daughter, born on October 5th 2014. I wanted to do everything I could to avoid having an epidural after reading about all the negative side effects associated with one. I was a bit sceptical that the TENS machine could actually help but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I managed to have a completely drug-free natural breech birth with the help of the TENS machine. The TENS machine helped provide relief from the contractions in my lower back – in the beginning I wasn’t sure the machine was working for me so I turned it off for a contraction and I couldn’t believe the difference…needless to say I had it turned on for every contraction after that! It’s easy to use and wear and when my contractions were stronger I got my partner to control it so I could concentrate on myself.

I would recommend this machine (and have done already) to all expectant mothers! I wouldn’t give birth without it!

Looking for the perfect gift for a pregnant mum? How about the TENS machine Hire Pack
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What's in the pack?

  • Instructional DVD
  • Elle TENS voucher to be redeemed for the Elle TENS, a pack of 4 electrode pads, instructions, 2 lead wires plus 1 spare, 2 x AA batteries plus 2 spare, neck cord and a soft carrying pouch

For more information on various types of TENS machines (to buy or hire) and baby monitors, go to:
www.bodyclock.co.uk

logos www.facebook.com/bodyclockltd ~ @BodyClockUK


Elle TENS competition!

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For a chance to win an Elle TENS machine (worth £71.50) email the words ‘Elle TENS’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2016. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 39.

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured product 3 :tipsduck tipsduckOrganic Babies Hamper up for grabs... RRP £36.99

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The perfect organic treat for new arrivals
Give the gift of pure, certified organic products with Green People’s Organic Babies Hamper! Beautifully presented in an un-treated wicker basket lined with non-bleached cotton, this basket of goodies makes the perfect gift. It contains:

  • Scent Free Mum & Baby Rescue Balm (100ml) great for babies with dry skin and for soothing sore cracked nipples before and after breastfeeding
  • Scent Free Soothing Baby Oil (100ml) perfect for a bonding baby massage, moisturising cradle cap and to keep mum's bump supple and soft
  • Scent Free Baby Wash & Shampoo (150ml) gentle product for everyday use, carefully formulated for babies delicate and sensitive skin
  • Chamomile Nappy Cream Baby Balm (40ml) protects bottoms against dampness and irritation, and
  • a special edition soft and cuddly Organic Cotton Bib featuring the cute Organic Babies character ‘Budsie’.

You will love the gorgeous basket. Feedback from mums who contacted Green People said they use it to store nappy change essentials: nappies, wipes and of course their must-have TIPS Award winning Organic Babies products. Handy to move around the house as and when you need it, with baby in-tow!

www.greenpeople.co.uk

logos www.facebook.com/GreenPeopleOrganic ~ @GreenPeopleUK


Organic Babies competition!

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For a chance to win this Baby Hamper (worth £36.99) email the words ‘Green People’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2016. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 39.

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured product 4 :tipsduck tipsduckNew Fabulous Weleda Gift Set up for grabs... RRP £25
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Weleda have introduced a fabulous new foxy tin that would make a great gift for any new baby. The limited-edition tin features Weleda’s top three best-sellers from the Calendula Baby range, together with two handy muslin cloths to mop up spills and whisk away dribble when you’re out and about, and a soft organic cotton flannel for your baby’s bathtime.
Inside the tin there is a trio of nourishing naturalness:

  • Weleda Baby Calendula Lotion (rrp £7.95 for 200mls) gently cares for delicate skin. A mild and light milk with caring organic almond and sesame oils and soothing extracts of organic calendula and chamomile. Enriched with perfectly compatible lipids in a lotion which supports newly developing skin in its natural protective job. Baby’s skin is left velvety-soft and smelling of nothing but baby, making everyone smile!
  • Calendula Face Cream (rrp £7.95 50ml) has a lovely light texture that is quickly absorbed when smoothed over delicate baby skin. The certified organic formulation contains skin-healing calendula extract to soothe dry and easily irritated cheeks. Older children and indeed adults will find Calendula Face Cream helpful to nourish and replenish, and keep sensitive facial skin glowing with health all winter long.
  • Calendula Nappy Change Cream (rrp £6.95 75ml) is made with extracts of organic calendula and chamomile combined with pure plant oils of sweet almond and organic sesame. Plus protective beeswax, purest lanolin from Australia, and comforting zinc oxide to protect your baby’s delicate skin from the very first day. This nourishing barrier cream is ideal for daily maintenance and to help soothe any potential irritation. Not surprisingly, a tube of Calendula Nappy Change Cream sells every 10 seconds.

All three Calendula products are TIPS Award Winners - Sharon explains:

“All three products in the new baby gift tin hold ‘Best of the Best’ TIPS awards, coming top in their categories in the TIPS baby skincare trials. This beautiful gift collection would make a very special present at any time of the year”.
Weleda Baby is the original natural baby brand. The range is NATRUE certified and free from mineral oils, synthetic ingredients, artificial additives, colourants, fragrances or preservatives of any kind including parabens. The tin will make a useful storage container for the nursery long after the contents are finished, to hold all those bits and bobs from family first aid to colouring crayons.
Over the decades Weleda Baby has attracted a huge fan club including many celebrity mums such as Jessica Alba, Courtney Cox, Dannii Minogue, Kimberley Walsh, Erin O’Connor, Holly Willoughby, Edith Bowman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Liv Tyler, Claudia Winkleman, Fearne Cotton and Jenni Falconer.

For more information about Weleda Baby go to www.weleda.co.uk

logos www.facebook.com/weleda.baby.uk ~ @WeledaUK


Weleda competition!

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For a chance to win a Foxy Gift Set (worth £25) email the word ‘Weleda’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2016. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 39.

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 tipsduck:: Featured tipsducktipsducktipsduckwebsite 1  tipsducktipsducktipsduck and Main newsletter competition!

When we were babies - www.whenwewerebabies.co.uk

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Personalised Wall Décor at its very best!

Prices start at£19.99 for a 2-aperture A4 solid wood frame, available in white and black with a smooth finish or a solid natural oak frame, with the option of 4 background colours.

TIPS e-newsletter readers note: you can win 1of 2 When we were babies prizes and benefit from a 15% discount code (use the WWWB15 discount code at the checkout).

When we were babies allows you to create truly special wall décor that will be cherished forever.

This is truly unique as you show photos of your whole family at the same age: as babies, toddlers, teenagers or adults, creating a timeless family keepsake that will be treasured forever. When we were babies use archival inks and the highest quality heavyweight professional papers ensuring the prints will not fade. All frames are handmade from solid wood and are sourced from sustainable resources.

When creating your own personalised family timeline wall décor, you can choose from a selection of solid wood frames and background colours. You can add in your own text (for example 'When the Copelands were babies'), choose how many family members you want to include (a bespoke service for larger families is available) and give names and ages or dates you would like added to the photos.

This personalised wall décor is really unique and truly personal, so why not enter our competition and be in with a chance of winning one of the 2 prizes on offer worth up to £69.99 each (bespoke options are not included).

We are also delighted to be able to offer all our readers a special 15% discount by using the following code at the checkout: WWWB15

To find out more go to: www.whenwewerebabies.co.uk

logos www.facebook.com/whenwewerebabies ~ @wwwbabies


Main competition: win a When we were babies personalised frame!
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For a chance to win 1 of 2 personalised frames  worth up to £69.99 each (bespoke options are not included), email the words ‘When we were babies' to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2016. We will announce the winners in e-newsletter 39.

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tipsduck:Featured tipsducktipsducktipsduck website 2  tipsducktipsducktipsduck

Market Porter - www.marketporter.com 

Remember to use our special 20% discount code: TIPSXMAS. Valid until 17 December 2015!

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Market Porter sources high quality fresh meat from free-range British farms (usually reserved for fine-dining), cheese, charcuterie and chocolate and delivers these wonderful products to your door...

TIPS e-newsletter readers please note: you can benefit from a 20% discount (use the TIPSXMAS discount code at the checkout - valid until 17 December 2015).

Market Porter believes that buying high-quality fresh meat, poultry, cheese, charcuterie and chocolate for your kitchen at home should be simple and convenient. They go out of their way to source traditional, artisan cuts of meat from British free-range producers who have won acclaim supplying chefs at the nation's leading fine-dining restaurants - some of which have Michelin stars.  You decide what you want, and Market Porter will get it to you tomorrow.

The best meat should require only a twist of seasoning. When meat is the centrepiece of the dish, the taste is in the hands of the producers. It is on this guiding principle that Meat Porter (now Market Porter) was founded. The British producers who bring meat to fine-dining tables should also be given the opportunity to bring meat to kitchen tables. Similarly, food-lovers across the UK should not have to travel to Mayfair or Soho to taste the best-tasting meat.

For a fraction of the price you would pay in a top restaurant and at a comparable price to less tasty products in the supermarket, Market Porter delivers a selection of your choice directly to your door. Placing your order will take you no more than five minutes, and you can do this when it suits you – any time of day or night.

Keep in touch with the Market Porter blog. This is where Market Porter feature their products, giving you ideas, tips, recipes and sourcing stories. Whether you're preparing a family barbecue, a dinner party with friends, a hangover-busting bacon sandwich, a romantic dinner-à-deux, a Sunday fry-up, a weeknight supper or just using a frying pan for a meal for one – Market Porter products will not disappoint!

To find out more go to: www.marketporter.com

logoswww.facebook.com/MarketPorterUK@MarketPorterUK

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tipsducktipsduck:: book review  :: :: tipsduckAnother Twinkle in the Eye - contemplating another pregnancy after perinatal mental illnesstipsduck

By Elaine A Hanzak

Published by CRC Press (September 2015) RRP: £19.99 - available from the publishers 

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Introduction by Sharon Trotter:

I met Elaine at a baby show in 2010 and we have stayed in touch ever since. In September 2011 I reviewed her first book, Eyes Without Sparkle, in our e-newsletter 24. When Elaine invited me to contribute to her new book, Another Twinkle In The Eye (Chapter 15 - Feeding your baby) I was delighted to be involved. I am thrilled to be part of this exciting new resource for new parents, especially those who have suffered from perinatal (from 20 weeks gestation to one month after birth) mental illnesses in previous pregnancies.

Summary
Every year 35,000 women in the UK suffer from postnatal depression. A few years on, many of them will ask themselves 'Do I, do we want another baby? Another Twinkle in the Eye - contemplating another pregnancy after perinatal mental illness can help parents and professionals decide about and plan another pregnancy, and support them through the postnatal period. The book also talks about what it may mean for parents who may decide not to have another child.

This book is a supportive guide for parents and professionals considering a further pregnancy after perinatal mental illness. It includes real life stories from people who have had to make these decisions and practical advice and examples of good practice from experienced healthcare professionals.

Would you like to review this book?
Maybe you have suffered from a perinatal mental illness? Maybe you would be interested in reading this book and giving us feedback? If so please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We will send you a copy of the book and your review will be published in a future issue of our e-newsletter.

You can find out more about about Elaine Hanzak online www.hanzak.com and on Twitter @elainehanzak


Book competition!

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For a chance to win a copy of ‘Another Twinkle in the Eye - contemplating another pregnancy after perinatal mental illness'email the words ‘Elaine Hanzak’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2016. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 39.

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 tipsducktipsducktipsduckFeatured charity 1 :: Aquabox & Grifaid Aquafilters tipsducktipsduck www.aquabox.org and www.facebook.com/aquaboxcharity 

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I came across this charity by chance but I was so impressed by the wonderful work Aquabox do that I made a donation there and then. I also decided to feature it in this newsletter to help spread the word about this simple but life-changing idea.

The Rotary Club of Wirksworth (Derbyshire, UK) launched the charity Aquabox in 1992, with support from Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland.

Aquabox set out to provide safe drinking water and welfare aid items to communities affected by man-made and natural disasters, and to areas affected by on-going deprivation. From an early stage there were two types of Aquabox: boxes containing welfare aid to sustain families in the aftermath of disasters (including a water filter and chlorine purification tablets) and boxes containing only water filters and purification tablets.

Volunteers from Wirksworth (including Rotary Club members) started packing the boxes. Empty boxes were also dispatched to volunteers in other Rotary Clubs, Inner Wheel Clubs, schools, colleges, churches and youth organisations around the UK and Ireland who purchased and packed the contents. Aquabox then arranged for the filled boxes to be transported and distributed by reputable and trusted aid agencies already established in disaster affected regions.

When Rotary appealed for assistance, local Rotarian John Griffith answered the call by volunteering his world-renowned engineering design skills. Working with Aquabox, John successfully created new filter designs (Aquafilters). These meet the requirements for a sustainable and environmentally-friendly household water treatment solution to fit into emergency aid boxes (see also www.grifaid.org).

Aquabox is driven by its volunteers and financial supporters. Their enthusiasm and commitment remains as vital as it was when the small group of Wirksworth volunteers launched the charity over 20 years ago. This amazing spirit ensures that Aquabox remains a leading provider of clean water and other humanitarian aid to disaster areas around the world. It gives everyone involved the motivation to go on building the organisation to face the challenges of the future.

In 2013 Aquabox celebrated a major achievement: dispatching 100,000 boxes with an estimated total value of £12.5million, to over 50 countries around the world.

If you want to find out more or maybe donate to this worthwhile cause go to:


tipsducktipsducktipsduckFeatured charity 2 :FPIES UK tipsducktipsduck

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FPIES UK want to raise awareness of Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) in the UK and provide:

  • up to date information to everyone affected by FPIES and to the medical community
  • practical and emotional support to families affected by FPIES
  • a sense of belonging and inclusion to children with FPIES
What is FPIES?
FPIES means inflammation of the stomach and intestines caused by the body's reaction to proteins in foods. This condition mainly affects babies but older children and adults can suffer from it too.

 

There are 3 types of allergy

  • 1. IgE mediated allergies cause typical allergic symptoms such as wheezing, swelling and hives or anaphylaxis shortly after exposure and can be tested for with skin prick testing or blood tests.
  • 2. Non-IgE mediated allergies cause symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, bloody stools, tummy pain and eczema hours to days after exposure. There is no skin prick or blood test for these allergies.
  • 3. Mixed allergies which cause a mixture of symptoms.
FPIES is a severe type of Non-IgE mediated allergy.

 

There are several types of non IgE mediated allergy, depending on the type and severity of symptoms, but the picture is not black and white and there is considerable overlap between the conditions.
FPIES reactions are frequently separated into Chronic and Acute.

Acute reactions happen between 1 and 6 hours after feeding a food or formula. The child begins to vomit profusely and may become lethargic and pale. Some infants may go into shock and may have a blue tinge due to something called methaemoglobinaemia. In some cases, profuse diarrhoea may follow.

Chronic reactions happen when a problem food/ formula is given on a daily or frequent basis. Symptoms include intermittent vomiting, chronic diarrhoea with mucus and sometimes blood. This often overlaps with other non-IgE mediated gastrointestinal allergies like enteropathy or enterocolitis. In some cases, slow weight gain or failure to thrive can occur. Some babies may have a blue tinge or be pale due to anaemia. An acute reaction can often occur if the food is removed from the diet for a while and then re-introduced. It's worth remembering that while acute reactions can happen the first time a baby eats a certain food, it can also take several days of eating that food before an acute reaction is seen.

If you think your baby may be suffering from this, or if you know someone whose baby has a history of unexplained illness associated with food allergies, then you may find this support group helpful. You can find out more here: www.fpiesuk.org

logos www.facebook.com/groups/1381500788749850/ (closed group) ~ @FPIESuk 

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 tipsduck:: Featured DVD tipsducktipsducktipsduck New Film by Toni Harman from Alto Films... tipsducktipsducktipsduck www.altofilms.com

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Although the working title of this film is A Probiotic Life it isn't about probiotics!

It's about what we can do from birth to protect our microbiome (this is the collection of trillions of microbes living in and on the human body) for the best possible health.

The film is a celebration of new discoveries in the human microbiome. The message is simple: to improve our health as a species, perhaps it's time for us to re-learn who we are as human beings. To become aware that we're not just human; we're actually part human, part microbe. If we want better health, maybe it's time for us all to start making choices from birth that benefit the whole human super-organism!

This is an urgent message right now as many aspects of our modern way of life seem to be impacting our microbiome. We eat processed foods and use anti-bacterial products. Standard health care includes life-saving practices like antibiotic therapies and C-sections. All these factors mean we are losing our connection with nature.

Many modern-day health problems have been linked to an imbalance of our human microbiome, including allergies, asthma, diabetes, obesity, bowel disorders, some cancers, and even conditions like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and autism (because of a gut-brain connection).

So what will it take to make us, and our kids, stronger, more robust, and more resistant to disease? You can help by spreading the word about this film!

The film reveals that the most critical period for the human microbiome is from birth to infancy: this is because the microbiome stabilizes sometime between 2-3 years of age. This means that how we give birth, how we feed our babies, and how they are exposed to microbes in the early years could play a major part in determining their lifelong health.

The film explores what new parents can do to protect a child's developing microbiome and to give that child the strongest possible immune system.

Our microbiome can change a little after the age of 3, so there are things we could all do throughout our lives to help restore our microbiome.

The film explores the latest science about the impact of our diet on the microbiome. This includes finding out which type of diet might be best for your microbiome, for example, which is more microbe-friendly, paleo, vegetarian or high fibre diets? The film looks at whether or not to take prebiotics, probiotics or antibiotics. It also describes simple changes we could make to how we live and explains why we all perhaps should get more down and dirty with nature.

The film tells emotionally-engaging personal stories. It features an Amish family living in northern Indiana (a community with remarkably low rates of asthma and allergies) and a family whose infant son was 'cured' of the debilitating disease C-Difficile after a faecal transplant (yes, a poo transplant!). The film also looks at the potential for microbiome-related treatment for allergies, asthma and obesity, as well as conditions like Parkinson's and autism.

The film also looks at the latest advances in the medical and scientific worlds like 'gauze-seeding' of the microbiome for C-section babies, probiotic replacement body parts and faecal transplants. It also touches on exciting developments for the near future, like designing buildings that are actually good for your microbes.

Alto Films are aiming to premiere A PROBIOTIC LIFE in the Spring of 2016 at a big festival followed by a theatrical release in cinemas!

They need your support to make this happen. They need money to complete the film - but more importantly, they need good word of mouth, to spread the idea across the world.

At TIPS Ltd, we've already booked a perk: a private screening of this ground breaking film. Please help spread the news of this innovative and exciting project on social media using #aprobioticlife or #microbiome:

Find out more about this project online: visit Indiegogo

logos www.facebook.com/aprobioticlife ~ @AProbioticLife

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 tipsduck:: Featured DVD 2 tipsducktipsducktipsduck Paddington Cert. PGtipsducktipsducktipsduck 

Win a Limited Edition 3D DVD Sleeve and original soundtrack Running time: 91 minutes, RRP: £19.99

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© 2014 STUDIOCANAL S.A. TF1 FILMS PRODUCTION S.A.S. Paddington Bear™, Paddington™ and PB™ are trademarks of Paddington and Company Limited

Just in time for Christmas! StudioCanal have a new release planned of their highest selling DVD of 2015: Paddington. What better way to celebrate the UK’s most beloved bear than with this limited edition 3D DVD sleeve.

Paddington brings together an all-star cast, with actors Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins as Mr. & Mrs. Brown; Nicole Kidman as the evil taxidermist; Julie Walters as Mrs. Bird the housekeeper; Jim Broadbent as Mr. Gruber the owner of the antiques shop,; Peter Capaldi (Dr. Who) as the Browns’ neighbour; Mr. Curry; and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington.

The story of Paddington is familiar to most people in the UK: this young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined. That's until he meets the kind Brown family, who read the label around his neck ('Please look after this bear. Thank you.') and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though Paddington's luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist...

To find out more:


Mini-competition:

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For a chance to win a copy of ‘Paddington, Limited Edition 3D DVD Sleeve and the official soundtrack' (worth over £40) email the word ‘Paddington’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2016. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 39.

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured app :: Stocardtipsducktipsduck

by Stocard UG ~ free from the App Store and from Google Play

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Store ALL your loyalty cards in one app on your Smartphone or tablet with Stocard.
My daughter told me about this app so I decided to give it a try. It was simple to add all my store cards and the app was easy to use. My wallet is now much lighter!

***Top tip***
For added security I suggest you omit adding any photos of your store cards if they show your signature.
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  • To find out more about the Stocard app visit the website stocardapp.com

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured My Story :: Talipes equinovarus (club foot) and how early treatment can work....tipsducktipsduck

Our latest My Story follows the first few months following the premature birth of baby Ahmed, who suffered from club foot. Talipes equinovarus (club foot) and how early treatment can work...charts the highs and lows associated with this condition and how, with patience and determination, amazing progress can be made. You can read this My Story here...

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tipsducktipsduck :: TIPS top value :: Doidy Cup ::tipsducktipsduck

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We love the Doidy cup! It's also been a favourite with our Parent Testers since it won a Best of the best TIPS award in our Open cup TIPS trial of 2007.
Like the wonderful Bickiepegs Teething Biscuits, the Doidy Cup is a fantastic product available from Bickiepegs Healthcare.

The two-handled Doidy Cup has a unique slant scientifically designed to teach infants to drink from a rim, rather than from a spout or a teated bottle. Health professionals, the Department of Health and leading professional associations like the British Dietetic strongly recommend babies start drinking from an open cup at around 6 months of age, and completely stop using a bottle by 12 months. There are a number of critical health benefits associated with open cups compared with bottles and lidded cups. The Doidy Cup encourages good oral movements and helps babies develop chewing skills as they have to use their jaw, tongue and mouth muscles. It also helps them develop their hand, eye co-ordination, speech and the social skills associated with family mealtimes.

Breastfed babies will naturally progress to drinking from the Doidy Cup as this requires the same action of the tongue. Drinking from bottles and spouted cups require a sucking action that might be quite confusing for a breastfed baby.

Doidy Cups come in 17 colours, with solid, pearlised and sparkle finishes! They are manufactured in the UK using virgin food safe HDPE, and DO NOT CONTAIN Bisphenol, Phthalates or PVC. They conform to EN 14350 regulations. Doidy Cups are fully recyclable.

They are available in Boots, John Lewis, Kiddicare, JoJo Maman Bebe, Amazon and leading pharmacies (RRP £3.80) and at www.bickiepegs.com

logos www.facebook.com/DoidyCupinternational ~ @BickiepegsCo

***WIN a Bickiepegs luxury hamper worth £50***
To find out more about Bickiepegs and for a chance to win a luxury hamper check out our featured product 1.


Doidy Cups competition!

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For a chance to win 1 of 35 Doidy Cupsemail the word ‘Doidy’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2016 (remember to tell us if you would like a red, yellow, orange, blue or pink Doidy Cup). We will announce the winners in e-newsletter 39.

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tipsducktipsduck :: TIPS top tip 1 :: British Military Fitness (BMF) :: tipsducktipsduck

Joining fee: £25 followed by monthly or block session fees from £2.67 per class (First session free).

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logos www.facebook.com/BritishMilitaryFitness ~ @BritMilFit

All BMF instructors have military experience. Their military training means they are used to dealing with all sorts of conditions. They are taught to deal with situations quickly and independently, and their experience of hard physical exercise helps them understand what it is like to be a BMF member during a class.
Teamwork and the instructors' infectious enthusiasm is what makes BMF special and successful. Instructors (over 400 of them) share their knowledge is of preparation and planning, as well as of new techniques and exercises.
It’s all about getting fit together and the BMF sessions keep you moving for the whole hour. You will be climbing over, crawling under and running around each other in groups or pairs – it’s all about having fun. Inspired by army training, each exercise is a simple but effective way to get fit.
Sessions are attended by people from completely different background and the ages range from 16 to 79. Classes are divided into three categories, to cater for different fitness levels, and participants wear a bib according to the class they are attending:

  • Blue for beginners or people recovering from an injury or after taking time out from exercise
  • Red for intermediates: most people progress through the classes so are always challenged. A red session provides a tougher more rigorous workout
  • Green for advanced participants who are often seasoned athletes. A green session provides the ultimate workout.

The great news is the first session is free, so why not give British Military Fitness a go in a park near you? You’ll meet other like-minded people, improve your health and fitness, and ultimately you’ll just have a really fun time!


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:: TIPS top tip 2 :: Surviving the first few months of parenthood! tipsducktipsduck

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Things I’ve learnt along the way: confessions of a TIPS Parent Tester...

Giving birth – Of course it’s different for everyone! My only tips are good breathing and a TENS machine for natural pain relief! I bought a second-hand one online for €20 and it was amazing!!! I think everyone should have one for the birth! You can even hire one: www.babycaretens.com/acatalog/TENS-Machine-Hire-Pack.html (check out the TIPS Award winning TENS machines)

The days (and weeks) after the birth – Though not the same for everyone, there can be some very difficult days: keep the visitors to a minimum and enjoy your first few days and weeks as a new family! It takes a while to get to know this new little person and to just get used to the fact that … OMG I’m a mum (or dad)!

For dad: in the first few weeks, the main job for dad is to look after Mum and the household, and to change nappies.  Until mum is back on her feet and feeling good again, the washing etc. falls into your domain dad! Bad news but it doesn’t last forever JJ

The fourth trimester! It does exist! The 12 weeks after the birth are some of the hardest. Baby wants to be held all the time and to be close -day and night! The best way to get through this is … cuddles!! And lots of them - because once your baby is about 12 weeks, things do get easier (though at the time, it feels like it’s going on forever! Hang on in there!)

Noises– Babies are noisy - even when they’re sleeping they groan and grumble and whine - it doesn’t always mean they need picking up - they just seem to make random noises sometimes! 

Baby wearing – Sooooo handy!! It gives you some hands free time while baby is happy being snuggled up next to you! Check this great website www.wrapyouinlove.com. The woman who runs it is totally extreme but there’s loads of nice information about different ways to carry your baby in a wrap!  I learnt that baby carriers (like the Baby Bjorn) that leave baby's legs to dangle are not good for their hips. Ergonomic carriers are best (www.onyababy.com) I used a stretchy wrap (by Moby) until my daughter was about 5-6 months, and now we use the Boba 4G which is amazingly handy. I also have a mei-tai wrap which I don’t use very often and I’m already looking at a new one (I love carriers!! Lol). Check out the TIPS Award winning Slings for babies and toddlers.

Breastfeeding – In the beginning, it’s hard work! In the early days, you don’t know when to feed, how long to feed for and if your nipples and boobs will ever feel normal again!! Don’t worry - they will and it’s worth the effort and perseverance!! 

Sometimes, I felt like I was constantly feeding and at other times I felt like I was hardly feeding at all. Different phases and growth spurts mean that baby's feeding needs change. Some mums breast feed every 3 hours to the minute, others follow cues from the baby!! You have to do what feels best for you – we tried to follow our baby's cues as much as possible instead of having a set routine and that worked for us - but every baby and family is different J For me, I always felt that when evening came, that’s when our daughter was really hungry - I was sometimes feeding every half an hour in the evenings and felt like I was going crazy! They call this cluster feeding and apparently it’s very common. All I can say is, you have to persevere … feed when baby wants to feed (if in doubt, just offer the breast). I sometimes found it hard to tell what our baby wanted - it’s all a bit like trial and error in the beginning.

I had sore and cracked nipples for the first 2-4 weeks and I remember it was sometimes so painful when she first latched, but after 30 seconds of sucking the pain went away!! Lansinoh nipple balm saved me!! Make sure you have some in the house ready!! (check out the TIPS Award winning breast treatments)

Emotional rollercoaster – After giving birth and getting used to your new little monkey, your hormones are all over the place! It’s hard, and tiring, and rewarding, and great, all at the same time! In the beginning, just taking a shower in peace seems almost impossible but again, it does get better! Who cares if the house is a mess and you are still in your PJs at lunchtime!! Just enjoy it as much as you can! 

Getting out and about – Once you’re feeling up to it, it’s also great to get out of the house. It’s very easy with a small baby as all they need is to sleep and be fed – it seems daunting in the beginning but once you’ve been out a couple of times, you realise it’s not scary and in fact, it’s nice to feel normal again!

Life doesn’t have to change completely - Whatever you're doing, baby can tag along too – if they’re used to it - why would they want otherwise? You don’t need to lock yourself in and feel trapped in the house.  Do what feels right for you JJ If you need a sofa day, have it and if you feel like getting out, pack a nappy bag and go!! 

Sleep – It’s true what they say, nap when the baby naps!! You’ll understand that when the time comes!! 

Weaning – This seems like a long way off in the beginning but I wanna tell you about baby-led weaning, as it’s amazing! We’ve never bought any baby food and our daughter eats with us, whatever we’re having! 'Baby-led weaning step by step' by Julie Clark has been great and provided all the information we needed for teaching her to eat. It’s messy but by 9 months old she really is eating almost anything! (check out theTIPS factsheet about introducing solids


tipsducktipsduck :: TIPS top tip 3 :: Travelling with young children! tipsducktipsduck

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Top 25 tips I wrote on a road trip with the kids - by an Aussie Parent Tester...

The children and I recently went on a big road trip.  Here are the ‘travel tips’ I created along the way…and, yes, they all happened!

#1: Make sure your 1 year old does not have access to your car keys, especially not in a campground and especially not in the dark.

#2: Small children hate road works. Resist the temptation to wind the windows down and allow the lollipop man to share the screaming. However it may mean he will campaign for police escorts in these situations.

#3: Never allow your husband to pack your car. You will never fit it all back in. It’s like a game of Tetris. You will need to consider tying your swag to the roof racks or leaving it for curbside collection. Also never assume your children will help with the packing or stay in a single location or together or in view. Also don’t attempt to distract your 1 year old by letting her climb on the car seats without a nappy on. This will lengthen the packing time. A brief shower of rain from the only cloud in the sky adds to the excitement. There should be an Olympic event for packing up a campsite on your own with 3 small children. I could represent Australia.

#4: Public toilets are not safe. Especially when your 1 year old learns to slide out under the cubicle door on her belly in 0.0001 seconds. You will learn to pull up your jeans and unlock the door at lightning speed. This should also be an Olympic event.

#5: Small children will choose the most inappropriate time to need to go to the toilet. There will be no pre-warning and they will need to go ‘right now’. This will most likely occur when you are on a major highway with no possible options for pulling over, at the most unhygienic of public toilet facilities and minutes after leaving a perfectly suitable toilet facility where they firmly told you that they did not need to go.

#6: No friends that you visit will have a house that is truly ‘small children’-proof. Your children will make it their mission to demonstrate to your host exactly what aspects of the house are unsafe and why. You will need to ensure all children are in view at all times to avoid disaster. This may require super-human powers. Appreciate the wonderful friends who stay up late into the night bolting on extra railings to their stairwells.

#7: Take the time to play with a duck who thinks he is a dog, to feed pigs, drive a tractor and learn the workings of an electric fence before 8am. Exhausted passengers are happy passengers.

#8: Never take ‘special’ toys into a busy public venue. The distress caused by leaving them in the car will be nothing compared to the distress caused by trying to locate the ‘special’ toy in the public venue. Especially if it is a very much loved ‘baby’ called Rosie. Your children may make the search effort significantly more challenging by searching in opposite directions causing you to need to search for them while comforting the distressed owner of the toy.

#9: Unless your car has wings or a snorkel, when planning to visit an island it is very important to make it to the vehicle barge on time. It is important to factor in lost house keys, heavy traffic and an inability to keep up with the pilot vehicle into your arrival time. Small children are excellent back seat drivers in these situations and will help to keep your anxiety levels high.

#10: Assume that your children will need approximately one third less sleep for the duration of the trip. This may be due to the very entertaining company you keep, the cat naps in the car or the fact that you completely overloaded their schedule. Allow them to pass out naked on the lounge room floor if necessary.

#11: Try to include North Stradbroke Island in your trip. It is insanely beautiful (and the company is particularly awesome…).

#12: Where possible, avoid needing to be anywhere with anyone at any particular time. You will be the only one who cares that you have a schedule to keep. Food is an effective bribery tool to get back to the car.

#13: Small children generally do not like the concept of having a ‘quiet’ day. In fact they may quite firmly tell you that they would prefer a ‘very noisy’ day. Schedule them anyway.

#14: If your child suffers from travel sickness, do not feed them a full cup of blueberries immediately before strapping them into their car seat.

#15: Be very appreciative of the fact that while on a road trip it is not your house that has been trashed at the end of the day.

#16: When travelling with small boys who get to load poo with a loader at a poo factory (aka a feedlot), be prepared for some very interesting though somewhat unappetising dinner table conversation.

#17: Paddington bear, Peter Pan and other literary characters will become your friends however you may reach a point where you want to strangle the storyteller or stick skewers in your ears rather than listen to another children’s audio CD. You can include some loud children’s dance music to allow your youngest passenger to do some wild chair dancing to burn off excess energy (and no I don’t mean those annoying wiggly men in skivvies…).

#18: Pack for all seasons and pack double. You can be sure that if you only have one of an item of clothing it will be wet or dirty within 5 minutes of being put on. If travelling from a Dalby heat wave to icy Glen Innes mornings then you may need your entire collection of children’s clothes.

#19: If you decide to go wake boarding on your trip remember that you will still need to load heavy food boxes, car fridge and suitcases into your car the next day. Your children will not help you or even care that you are in considerable muscular discomfort. They will probably request an item from the car you just packed that requires you to unpack and repack the car to get to it.

#20: It is possible to be stopped at EVERY set of roadworks on the Cunningham Highway for 15 minutes and then miss EVERY SINGLE exit while trying to navigate through the middle of Brisbane (literally) in the dark. This can make a 425km trip drag out into a 12.5 hour marathon. Thank goodness for coffee, soothing tunes, awesome friends and the most beautiful children a mother could ask for.

#21: Take plenty of photos. If your 1 year old starts putting her hands on her hips, giving a dramatic sigh and a very bored “cheeeeeeese” every time you pull out your camera, you are probably taking enough.

#22: If one of your 4 year old passengers who is completely obsessed with becoming a fireman gets to have a ride in a real bush fire truck and is given an old fire uniform and a firefighters’ magazine, this will completely trump every other single activity on the entire road trip. There is no point in trying to compete with this.

#23: Another contender for an Olympic sport is surviving Australia Zoo on your own with small children – 1 zoo, 100 acres, 35 degrees, 4.5 hours, 3 small children. There was plenty of weight-lifting (a 10kg child who wants to be carried half the time but is very undecided), extreme orienteering (map reading while 3 small children run in 3 different directions) and plenty of running and tackling, all while answering a continuous stream of questions. I’m spent.

#24: Small children will eat several times their body weight in food while on a long drive. Have a large bag of snacks in arm’s reach to accommodate each “but I’m so huuuuungry!” Allow for double the appetite and one third spillage. Under no circumstances allow your 1 year old to eat something with carob buttons while in a hot car. It makes spectacular body and upholstery paint.

#25: Driving over 3500km without a car DVD player allows a fascinating insight into the minds of small children. I now feel quietly confident on my knowledge of firemen, earth moving machinery and dragon-slaying knights. However it’s hard to avoid the bigger questions (“where did the first mummy and daddy come from?”) when you are a captive audience. It also allows you to perfect skills such as engaging in three conversations at once, and mediating arguments and identifying dropped objects by sound alone.

3600km, 3 weeks, 17 stops, 3 small children, 1 exhausted mum. Awesome friends and amazing memories – thank you! Road tripping with children? Just do it!

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tipsducktipsduckVideo clip  tipsducktipsduckThis Unicorn Changed the Way I Poop #SquattyPotty ***  watch it here....

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Initially I thought this video clip was a joke, but I am glad I watched it as it gives excellent advice that could really help everyone. So I suggest you sit back and enjoy the clip because it does exactly what is says on the tin!  

If you decide to change your pooping habits (and I strongly recommend you do) then consider purchasing one of the stools listed below (no pun intended!) prices in ascending order. Then you can make sure you are pooping in the right position...

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tipsducktipsduck :: blog :: Danny the Babywearing Dad :: tipsducktipsduckwww.facebook.com/dannythebabywearingdad/timeline 

Please spread the word about this inspiring, realistic and light-hearted take on life as new parents just doing the best for their family. Here are just a few photos Danny posted on his Facebook personal blog - each tells its own story...

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Danny and Cleo met 12 years ago. You only need to read  a few of Danny's Facebook personal blog posts to see how deeply Danny and Cleo love each other and with adorable daughters Luna and Semilla. Danny started his babywearing Facebook personal blog in November 2014 and has just reached the impressive milestone of 5000 likes! His posts are thought-provoking, inspiring, funny, touching, poignant and educational (including video clips on babywearing). Danny has also been guest blogger for organisations like the Breastfeeding World project  

Danny and Cleo are refreshingly open and very laid-back. I especially love their YouTube video clips, complete with background toddler noises, where they show how to tie wraps and share lots of useful tips to make life easier for new parents. It is lovely to see a man so enthusiastic about breastfeeding (Cleo is tandem feeding their daughters) and babywearing. 

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 tipsducktipsduck:: Top Treat  :Tiny Trolls of Norway :: tipsducktipsduck

www.tinytrollsofnorway.com

logos www.facebook.com/TinyTrollsofNorway ~ @Tiny_Trolls

A full range of robust outdoor wear for children aged 1-8 in an array of beautiful colours.

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Introduction by Sharon:

I was immediately drawn to this company because it's got such a quirky name, and also, of course, because our son-in-law is Norwegian! So when Tiny Trolls replied to our request for a feature in our December newsletter I was thrilled of their generous offer of two sets of bobble hat with matching mittens (see mini-competition for details).   

How it all began...

In July 1988, Elaine Kobbeltvedt opened her first children’s nursery: Fana Barnehage. 34 children attended the nursery and Elaine’s goal was to create an environment where they would thrive. Her belief that learning through play in the great outdoors make children happy and healthy has been the basis of a string of successful businesses. One nursery became several and 34 children became thousands. After several years, the growing empire became known as Bergenshagene AS. It was a business built on love and respect for all children and with a clear focus on outdoor play in the beautiful surroundings that nature offers us.

Seeing a gap in the market for functional yet stylish children’s wear, Elaine and her colleague and friend Line Holmedal Wallem founded Tiny Trolls of Norway - a business that designs and develops exceptional outdoor clothing for children aged between 1-8 years. Tiny Trolls of Norway products are of the highest quality and are designed with both parents and children’s needs in mind. The vision is that Tiny Trolls of Norway will play a role in motivating and encouraging children to have more outdoor play. This completely fits in with Elaine's belief that social play in the outdoors results in happy, healthy children. 

Using the finest fabrics (high tech waterproofing, breathability and3M reflective detailing) tested to the highest standards (the company gathered in-depth feedback from parents), Tiny Trolls outfits are functional, comfortable and stylish. They're clothes kids actually want to wear! From kitten-soft fleeces to fluffy bobble hats, and from raincoats to robust gloves and mittens, the Tiny Trolls of Norway range has a product, colour and style to suit every child. 

Tiny Trolls competition!

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For a chance to win 1of 2 bobble hat and matching mittens sets (worth £50 each) email the words ‘Tiny Trolls of Norway’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2016 (remember to tell us whether you would prefer a strong pink or light blue set). We will announce the winners in e-newsletter 39.

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In this issue...

- app: Stocard

- blog: Danny the babywearing Dad

- book review: Another Twinkle in the Eye

- charities: Aquabox and FPIESUK

- DVD: The Probotic Life and Paddington

- products: Bickiepegs, Elle TENS, Organic Babies and Weleda

- top treat: Tiny Trolls of Norway

- top tips: British Military Fitness; Tester's top tips on surviving parenthood and 25 top tips for an aussie road trip by Nicola

- top value: Doidy Cup

- video clip: Squatty Potty

- websites: When we were Babies and Meat Porter


regular features...

- My Story: Fareda and Ahmed - club foot treatment plan

- TIPS Testers' pix!

- main competition: Two frames from When We Were Babies

- mini competitions x 8!

- competition winners

- Babycare - back to basics


TIPS Testers' pix!
We have a brand new selection of TIPS Testers' Pix for you to enjoy. Maybe you have photos of your own you would like to share with us? We're always on the lookout for photos of babies, toddlers, families, bumps, scans, breastfeeders, baby-wearing, baby-led-weaning and grandparents. So please email us your photos This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ! I will send a signed copy of my book (Breastfeeding: the essential guide) to the sender of each photo we publish.
TIPS  Tester no. 1...

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TIPS Tester no1 Izzy age 9 2

Here is Izzy, who has just turned 9 years old. Her Mum signed up as our very first Parent Tester back in 2007, when we launched the TIPS Award Scheme. We have featured Izzy and her brother many times over the years. I thought it would be nice to show you that our online community is growing up quickly and we look forward to a time when we have TIPS Teenagers!
TIPS  Scan, baby and family...
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You may remember that Sarah  shared this precious picture of her baby age 20 weeks. Peanut, as he or she was known, finally arrived on 20 July. His name is Theo and here he is with his Dad, Grace, Bailey and Sophia. Congratulations to the whole family!
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This is Kate, a TIPS Parent Tester, at 38 weeks pregnant. Her daughter Elwen, who is nearly 3 years old is enjoying feeling baby no.3 move!! Good luck with the impending birth and we will keep you updated on the new arrival in our next newsletter.
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Here is baby Edryd who arrived 9 days early on the 11th Nov, many congratulations to Mum Dad and big sister Elwen!
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Many congratulations to mum Alison who gave birth to baby Aimee standing up, only 44 minutes after her waters broke! Aimee weighed in at a very healthy 8lbs 12 ounces. Here are mum and baby together enjoying a first cuddle and a first breastfeed - go mum!
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This is baby Finlay, giving us his most adorable smile while enjoying some tummy time. Thank you to mum Corene for sharing this wonderful picture with us.
TIPS toddlers
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Here is baby Finlay's cousin Jake enjoying his bath and his first birthday. Jake was treated to a Jo Jingles party with 20 of his little friends where, as you can see, he had a ball!
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Here is a very glamorous couple enjoying a family wedding while taking a short breastfeeding break for baby Georgia. Who said you can't feed anywhere?
Granny & Granddad Trotter

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Here is a very precious photo of me with my hubby and our beloved granddaughter Mia.
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This is our granddaughter Mia enjoying a lovely breastfeed age 1 year old.
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Here is my daughter's friend feeding her daughter, also called Mia and also 1 year old!
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My two favourite girls enjoying some babywearing time together..
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This little lady is called Emma, age 6 months old, is getting to grips with her new Doidy cup.
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Jake is mastering the art of baby-led weaning and even seems to be staying quite tidy!
Babycare – back to basics™ leaflet (version 9) hot off the press!

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This leaflet won the first Nursing in Practice Dermatology Award in 2008 and was also shortlisted for two General Practice Awards in 2011. Version 9 is hot off the press and will be distributed around the UK at various professional and parenting events. Health professionals and maternity units can buy hard copies – email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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for more information. As well as all the hints and tips you need about baby skincare, skin-to-skin contact and feeding but, this leaflet now includes the latest and safest advice on reducing the risk of cot death. Version 9 includes a handy QR code to use it with your smart phones. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like a free copy.

My Baby Radio - podcasts

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New desktop radio player available! Launched on DAB digital radio in April 2010 - Broadcasting across Cheshire, Staffordshire and North East Wales. Sharon's interviews about breast feeding, tongue-tie, baby skincare, cup feeding, baby baths, cuddle towels, decongestants and much more are broadcast regularly. You can also download them here....

If you would like to listen to My Baby Radio directly from your desktop, and without visiting the website, you can download the new desktop radio player (you will need to have the latest version of Windows Media Player installed on your PC or laptop). Go to the My Baby Radio website to get the player.

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If you are on Facebook and want to take the opportunity to enter all 9 TIPS competitions in 1 go all you have to do is:

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For a chance to win 1 of 2 personalised frames, worth up to £69.99 each (bespoke options are not included), email the word ‘When we were babies' to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 24 February 2016. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 39
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Bickiepegs are giving away a luxury hamper (worth £50) containing 3 packs of Bickiepegs Teething Biscuits, 4 Doidy Cups, a dribble bib, a set of Finger Toothbrushes, a copy of Julie Clark's book Baby Led Weaning: Step by Step and a Dimpler Puree Dish, all  in a beautiful basket! For a chance to win this hamper (worth £50) email the word ‘Bickiepegs’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2016. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 39 
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mini- competition 2

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For a chance to win 1 of 35 Doidy Cups email the word ‘Doidy’ to   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2016 (remember to tell us if you would like a red, yellow, orange, blue or pink Doidy Cup). We will announce the winners in e-newsletter 39.
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mini- competition 3
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For a chance to win 1 of 2 bobble hat and matching mittens sets (worth £50 each) email the words ‘Tiny Trolls of Norway’ to to   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 24 February 2016. We will announce the winners in e-newsletter 39.

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mini- competition 4

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For a chance to win a Weleda Foxy Gift Set (worth £25) email the word ‘Weleda’ to   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 24 February 2016. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 39.

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For a chance to win an Elle TENS machine (worth £71.50) email the words ‘Elle TENS’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 24 February 2016. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 39.
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For a chance to win the Organic Babies Baby Hamper (worth £36.99) email the words ‘Green People’ to   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 24 February 2016. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 39.
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For a chance to win a copy of Another Twinkle in the Eye - contemplating another pregnancy after perinatal mental illness email the words ‘Elaine Hanzak’ to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 24 February 2016. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 39.
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© 2014 STUDIOCANAL S.A. TF1 FILMS PRODUCTION S.A.S. Paddington Bear™, Paddington™ and PB™ are trademarks of Paddington and Company Limited

For a chance to win a copy of Paddington, Limited Edition 3D DVD Sleeve and the official soundtrack (worth over £40) email the word ‘Paddington’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 24 February 2016. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 39.
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Competitions: Total value £600

TIPS winners...

mini-competitions

The lucky winners of The Secret Life of Germs is Sara from Wiltshire


The lucky winners of  Shaun the Sheep goodie bags  are Jillian from Ayrshire and Kayleigh from Suffolk


The 3 lucky winners of Green People Washes are Chris from Wiltshire, Gillian from Ayrshire, Sarah from Isle of Wight


The lucky winners of the Mama Stella Butters and Balms are tbc


The lucky winner of the NAIF Skincare products is  Tracey from Ayrshire


The 2 lucky winners of Nappy Grab Bags by Becky Mantin  are  Sarah from Sussex and Asley from Essex


The lucky winner of the Quinola Mothergrain baby & toddler foods  is Sofia from London


The lucky winner of the Rhythm culture drinks gift box is Sara from Wiltshire


The lucky winner of Milton Solo Travel steriliser is Danielle from Yorkshire


e-newsletter competition

The lucky winner of the 2 night stay by Snoozebox worth £200 is Alana from Essex

Here she is enjoying her stay in a Snoozebox Hotel in Cardiff during the Rugby World Cup. Many congratulations to Alana!

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