Time out A great selection for family movie nights
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.
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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.
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.
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 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.