MOVIE NIGHT

Time out A great se­lec­tion for fam­ily movie nights

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Fun movies for the fam­ily

THE JUN­GLE BOOK

Mowgli is a hu­man boy who has been raised in the jun­gle by wolves. When the fear­some scarred Ben­gal tiger, Shere Khan, threat­ens his life, Mowgli leaves his jun­gle home and sets out on a jour­ney of self-dis­cov­ery, and meets some great friends along the way.

KUNG FU PANDA 3

When Po's long-lost fa­ther sud­denly reap­pears, the re­united duo trav­els to a se­cret panda par­adise. But when vil­lain Kai sweeps across China, Po must train a vil­lage full of fun-loving, clumsy friends to be­come the ul­ti­mate band of kung fu pan­das.

THE AN­GRY BIRDS MOVIE

We fi­nally find out why the birds are so an­gry! We are taken to an is­land pop­u­lated en­tirely by happy, flight­less birds - or al­most en­tirely. When it is vis­ited by mys­te­ri­ous green pig­gies, it’s up to a group of un­likely out­casts to fig­ure out what the pigs are up to.

THOMAS & FRIENDS: THE GREAT RACE

Ready, get set, go! The race is on in this ac­tion-packed mu­si­cal ad­ven­ture. Join Thomas and his new in­ter­na­tional friends in this high-speed movie where friend­ship al­ways wins.

Go in the draw to win a se­lec­tion of DVDS from this page

To en­ter by mail, write your de­tails on the back of an en­ve­lope and post to Movie Night give­away, Par­ent­ing mag­a­zine, PO Box 37 708, Par­nell, Auck­land 1151. To en­ter on­line, go to the com­pe­ti­tions page at the­p­ar­ent­ing­place.com and an­swer the fol­low­ing ques­tion - What is the name of the fear­some tiger in 'The Jun­gle Book'? En­tries close 2 Novem­ber 2016.

There are a huge num­ber of baby prod­ucts on the mar­ket to­day, so it’s no won­der prospec­tive par­ents feel over­whelmed at the thought of set­ting up their nurs­ery. It’s also no se­cret that get­ting ev­ery­thing you need for a new baby can be an ex­pen­sive ex­er­cise, so it’s im­por­tant to know what you do and do not need, what is im­por­tant to in­vest in, and what can be left for a later date. Let me start by sug­gest­ing you work out your bud­get be­fore you be­gin, oth­er­wise you can fall into the trap of whit­tling your money away on gor­geous but non-es­sen­tial items be­fore you’ve pur­chased the ba­sics.

Sleep­ing

Even though Moses bas­kets and bassinets are cute, they are not a ne­ces­sity – your baby can hap­pily sleep in a cot from new­born. When choos­ing your cot, make sure it meets the Aus­tralian and New Zealand safety stan­dards, es­pe­cially if it is sec­ond-hand. Check it has been painted with lead-free paint and is in good con­di­tion with all screws tight, no miss­ing pieces and no sharp edges or holes your baby could put their fin­gers into. The mat­tress must be firm and flat and fit the cot, with the space be­tween the mat­tress and cot sides be­ing no greater than 25mm.

If you are buy­ing a sec­ond-hand Moses bas­ket, bassinet or cot for your baby, it is rec­om­mended that you in­vest in a new mat­tress. As men­tioned above, just make sure it fits the Moses bas­ket, bassinet or cot cor­rectly.

Chang­ing

You don’t need to spend lots of money on a chang­ing ta­ble, es­pe­cially if space is tight. You can eas­ily se­cure a chang­ing mat to the top of a set of draw­ers. Just make sure your chang­ing sta­tion is the right height for you to eas­ily change your baby with­out any strain on your back.

You can also change your baby on the floor. Just put a towel down on the floor un­der­neath the baby to catch any un­ex­pected ac­ci­dents! This is the cheap­est op­tion but I don’t rec­om­mend it as it is not ideal for your back or if you are re­cov­er­ing from a c-sec­tion.

Prams

Prams are a big in­vest­ment and one that should see you through mul­ti­ple chil­dren, so think long-term. Be­cause you are go­ing to have it for a long time, I think it’s best to in­vest in a new one so that you get the longevity out of it. But if you do buy sec­ond­hand, make sure that it is in re­ally good con­di­tion with no mould or bro­ken parts.

Be hon­est and ask your­self what you will re­ally be do­ing with your pram. Do you re­ally need that gor­geous Euro­pean buggy that looks good but is su­per im­prac­ti­cal? Or the ex­pen­sive all­ter­rain, run­ning pram with many at­tach­ments if all you are go­ing to do is use it in the shops?

Grace Nixon, Bhsc(mid­wifery), also known as The Baby Lady, is an Auck­land-based new­born spe­cial­ist. Us­ing her skills and ex­pe­ri­ence gained both as a mid­wife and nanny over the past 10 years, she helps new par­ents pre­pare for and ad­just to, life with their new ar­rival. She also runs prac­ti­cal par­ent­ing an­te­na­tal classes. 50% of the classes talk about what ac­tu­ally hap­pens af­ter you have a baby. Check her out at the­baby­lady.co.nz, on Face­book at face­book.com/the­baby­la­dynz, or call her on 021 180 4488.

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