Babies and Toddlers

The SPECTACULAR Illawarra event (that EVERY family member loves) - don't call yourself a local unless you have been to this!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 18 April 19

You cannot call yourself a true Illawarra local unless you attend this one event that attracts visitors from beyond our shores and Australia wide. It is a true phenomenon and one that HAS to ..

What I love about raising kids in the Illawarra

  Kate Mayhew - Guest Author  Mon 1 April 19

I was fortunate to grow up in the beautiful town of Kiama, not that I appreciated it at the time. I couldn’t wait to leave, spread my wings and hit the big smoke. After time travelling overseas an..

What helps our kids transition to HIGH SCHOOL - what parents can do and when to start for happy transitions!

  Ben Carden - Guest Author - Cedars Christian College  Wed 27 March 19

Welcome to yet another parenting / child milestone - and one that is probably not talked enough about - your child's transition to high school. So for anyone with primary schoolers in year t..

FUN, FREE and CHEAP things to do with the kids in the Illawarra for $10 and UNDER!

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 19 March 19

It's that time of year... Anyone else feeling just, um, a little 'financially stretched' after the summer holidays!? Soooo, here is our Parents Guide Illawarra fabbo guide of free, cost ef..

Here’s how to save your family thousands of dollars this year…

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 5 March 19

The escalating cost of living combined with Sydney like property prices is taking it's toll on Illawarra families and leaving us with less money to spend on the finer things in life. If your famil..

Got the right doctor for you and your baby? What to expect from your 6 week check and your doctor when you become a parent!

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 6 March 19

If your experience is anything likes ours here at Parents Guide Illawarra, us parents spend a good chunk of 'quality time' at the doctors! Finding the right doctor that you feel comfortab..

Pregnant? Check out this FREE new baby bundle you get in NSW - it's awesome!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 28 February 19

You are pregnant? CONGRATS! We have some more lovely news for you - share this far and wide with your fellow 'up the duff' community in NSW! Courtesy of the $157M Parenting Package initiat..

Pregnancy / New Parent Special! The 4 things Midwives want you to know...

  Emma Gedge and Helen Donovan - Qualified Midwives from Nurture & Grow Midwifery Service  Tue 21 February 17

CONGRATULATIONS! You are likely reading this due to pregnancy or you've recently become a parent. It's also likely you've discovered early on that EVERYONE has an opinion on pregnancy, birthi..

MAGICAL DANCE! Wollongong local inspiring hundreds of our Illawarra kids!

  Jenny Henderson  Sat 12 January 19

Imagine this...…. a local dance teacher with 2 bachelors degrees in Psychology (Hons) and second in Education (Primary) , with an absolute love for dance and a dream for every child to expe..

Planning Your Baby's Naming Day Ceremony or Christening - all you need to consider!

  City Beach, Wollongong  Wed 23 January 19

Well, congratulations! Your beautiful bundle is here and it's time to celebrate their life in a way that is truly meaningful to you and your loved ones... At Parents Guide, we like to grill t..

Illawarra parents - claim your $100 Creative Kids Rebate - and see who you can spend it with!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 17 January 19

Hey parents of school aged kids! Have you claimed your $100 Creative Kids rebate yet? We all know kids thrive off play and learning through being creative and just having fun, so yay that the..

8 things only an Illawarra parent would understand...

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 20 December 18

Dammit we LOVE the Illawarra!! Possibly the best place in the world to bring up the kids? At Parents Guide Illawarra, are we biased much? Noooo! However there are certain 'unique' aspects to l..

SNAKES in the Illawarra - advice to keep you and the kids safe! And it's surprising where they are found...

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 19 December 18

Take a breath, be brave, it's better to be informed, yes!? SNAKES IN THE ILLAWARRA... We have discovered some equally fascinating, startling and re-assuring snake stats, close to (your) home.... ..

The Ultimate Illawarra FUN Bucket List - which ones have you done with the kids!?

  Naomi Cotterill  Wed 12 December 18

We don’t mean to alarm anyone but the BIG holidays are almost upon us. Yep, 6 long weeks of quality time (think a solid 10-12 hours daily) spent with your kids. Now, we understand if that has you ..

Meet Dr David Greening – Illawarra Obstetrician and fertility specialist who is changing lives

  Naomi Cotterill  Wed 14 November 18

Obstetrics and gynaecology Meet Dr David Greening – Illawarra Obstetrician and fertility specialist... For those Illawarra couples and ladies struggling to conceive, we have some very good ne..

Parenting = one tough gig. An open letter to all parents... When raising kids, first place the oxygen mask over your own mouth.

  Katelyn Milevski & Jenny Henderson  Tue 13 November 18

"When raising kids: first place the oxygen mask over your own mouth" - Ed Rogers Parenting can be one tough gig. The love and sacrifice that we feel for our babies and children when i..

8 of the best, family friendly bushwalks in the Illawarra

  Naomi Cotterill  Mon 5 November 18

With the weather warming up, there’s nothing better than getting out and about and exploring our gorgeous area. While the beach is ALWAYS a good idea, sometimes you fancy a change. We are super, d..

That ongoing niggle that all is not right with your child...

  Dr Grace Kiiru - Australian Trained & Wollongong Based Paediatrician   Tue 30 October 18

Whether it's your newborn or your teen... parents know to trust their gut instinct. But while it’s one thing to trust your gut instinct, it’s another to know just where to go for help. ..

​‘I am Woman Moving! Hear Me Roar!’ An uplifting blog dedicated to women who find time to...

  Guest Author - all things fitness and endorphins - Cindy @ Soul Fit  Thu 25 October 18

‘I am Woman Moving! Hear Me Roar!’ Women can achieve anything….right? (Men actually can too, but it’s not about them today.) This blog is dedicated to all the women out there who..

4 things parents of children with behavioural issues NEED to know about Applied Behaviour Analysis

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 18 October 18

Parents of children with challenging behaviours know what it’s like to reach the end of their tether. To wonder HOW on earth they’re going to help their child after exhausting all the traditional ..

How one Illawarra Mum is helping THOUSANDS of Mums in Ethiopia! We love her work...

  Kate Mayhew - Guest Author  Wed 13 March 19

How one Illawarra mums is helping thousands of mums in Ethiopia, and get this, it is when she shops online! “If the way I spend my money can have a positive impact on someone’s life, I'll..

Illawarra Kids Birthday Party Venues & Entertainment - the best of guide!

  Katelyn Milevski  Wed 26 September 18

At Parents Guide Illawarra, we are here to tell you that organising your child's birthday party - no matter how big or small - can actually be a fun, easy, exciting and budget-friendly exercise fo..

Parents of pre-schoolers, THIS is what helps our kids successfully 'Transition to School'

  Jenny Henderson  Wed 17 October 18

It can be an equally emotional and daunting time for both parent and child, preparing for 'big school'. New research is de-bunking some of the myths and misconceptions about what helps our ch..

Have you done the Illawarra 'top 10 FUN places to take the kids in 2019!?'

  Our Illawarra Kids - this is what they have to say...  Tue 1 May 18

Of course the Illawarra is like a big kid's playground with all our ocean, green spaces and escarpment to roam in. BUT, as the weather cools and it comes to dedicated kid's entertainment - here is..

Kids Halloween Ideas... Easy, safer, low cost and FUN!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 18 October 18

Halloween with young kids... The time of year where crafty mums and dads excel (yay you, I WISH I was part of your tribe) and the rest of us are left with that sinking, pressured 'how do we make t..

NEW Early Learning Centre opens in Illawarra - supporting school readiness!

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 20 September 18

Early Learning Centre opens in the Illawarra - dedicated to school readiness! Our little ones are amazing, just the way they are! We also know that for our children to thrive in life, they ne..

Buying and Selling homes in the changing Illawarra Real Estate Market - insider insight and advice...

  Guest Author - Wendy Ristuccia  Fri 1 March 19

Is the Illawarra property market tanking!? Is now a good time to buy and/or sell!? We asked the highly experienced Wendy Ristuccia from Ray White in Thirroul for her top tips for both buyers a..

Child Care Affordability! Discover how some parents are balancing the costs...

  Jenny Henderson  Thu 13 September 18

Affordable child care? It’s the dream! But sadly, sometimes it’s more of a fantasy than a reality… Parents Illawarra wide will be all too-familiar with the juggle that comes with tryin..

Meet Dr Kothari - The Wollongong Obstetrician/Gynaecologist changing the face of gynaecological care for women in the Illawarra

  Naomi Cotterill   Mon 3 September 18

Meet Dr Kothari... The Obstetrician/Gynaecologist changing the face of gynaecological care for women in the Illawarra... When you ask Dr Dharmesh Kothari (http://www.wollongongobgy.com...

Mums, Dads, Carers! What 'My Health Record' means for your family AND what you need to do

  Ashley Puljic  Wed 8 August 18

Firstly, what is My Health Record? My Health Record is an individual’s safe and secure digital health information, easily accessible by their doctors, specialists and hospitals. My Health..

Romantic Nights Away For Parents - your best local romantic / luxury couple accommodation!

  Jenny Henderson (and yes I loved researching this one!)  Wed 18 July 18

Ah parents... Whether you have babies or older kids - your relationship with your partner can fall to the wayside as your delightful bundles of joy demand their needs get met first. Meetin..

9 Healthy, Hip Eateries for Families

  Jenny Henderson  Sun 15 July 18

You’ve probably spotted them around town. Those hip and happening people who make facial hair, flanno and their grandfathers brogues look good. Yep, the Illawarra has become a hipster haven...

The Ultimate 'Facial' for the Busy Mama!? And you can find in the Illawarra (and do it in thirty mins!)

  Naomi Cotterill  Thu 28 June 18

The ultimate facial for the busy mama!? No really, it takes 30mins only and after you may be reminded of how you skin used to look before the kids stole your sleep, check this out… As..

What no-one tells you before you have a baby! Dealing with the tougher stuff...

  Briony Goodsell  Wed 5 September 18

What no-one tells you before you have a baby. Dealing with the loneliness and a sense of overwhelm... 4 key things that will help you! The Parents Guide team are all Illawarra mums and in tot..

BOOB SPECIAL! What happens to your breasts after babies...

  Naomi Cotterill  Wed 13 June 18

The Boob Special. What happens to boobs after babies… Be it breastfeeding or bikini shopping, showering with your little one or bemoaning the forces of gravity, chances are good you’v..

This unique event that Sydney-siders flock down for - did you know about it?

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 21 August 18

The unique event that Sydneysiders flock down for – but do YOU know about it? EXPERIENCE SITEWORKS! WHERE NATURE, LEARNING, ARTS, SCIENCE AND CAMPING COLLIDE… The annual Bundan..

Keep Your Tribe Entertained This Winter! Lovely family friendly ideas and fun things to do locally

  Naomi Cotterill   Thu 31 May 18

Fab ways to keep your tribe entertained this winter... Every Illawarra parent has been there. It’s 4.30pm on a June afternoon. You’re at the park and you suddenly realise that it’s dark...

Busting the myths about before and after school care (so you can drop the guilt)

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 1 May 18

How much fun is mum guilt, said no parent ever! Yes, #mumguilt is a real thing. It starts pretty much the moment you pop out your first baby and seemingly NEVER ENDS. In the early days, it w..

Choosing the right newborn photographer - some lovely advice!

  Rebecca Jones - Guest Author  Thu 10 May 18

Hi there expectant Mums & Dad’s of The Illawarra Are you preparing to welcome a beautiful little bundle into your family? Perhaps your first newborn baby or even your third, if you are co..

Beautiful & free ways for families to enjoy Illawarra in Autumn

  Jenny Henderson  Mon 17 April 17

There are so many creative, wonderful ways for families to enjoy Autumn across the Illawarra! Parents Guide Illawarra have collated free and cost effective 'family QT' ideas - so your family can e..

Embracing a diagnosis of Autism in a child - 6 things to know

  Anonymous Mum  29th March 2018

Embracing a diagnosis of Autism in a child - 6 lovely and helpful things to know... To acknowledge World Autism (and Acceptance!) Day on 2nd April 2018, we interviewed a local Mum about her e..

A 'Best Of' for Beach Bums! Your Family Friendly Beach Guide - Illawarra & South Coast

  Katelyn Milevski  1 January, 2018 (updated 6 November, 2018)

One particularly humid morning during the recent start to the school holidays, my permanently early riser of a son (almost 6 years of age), begged me at 7am in the morning to take him to the beach..

If your health goals taken an unscheduled mini-vacay lately. It's OK! Read this..

  Cindy Urquhart - Guest Author on all things 'mum and fitness'  Wed 17 January 18

Well, I blame summer. Oooooh yes, summer - you seductive, balmy wonder of nature you; taunting us relentlessly with your warmth; caressing our backs with rays of golden light; smiling down on us w..

What the!? The M.L.L.M way of life - why it's awesome for mums (no lemons are actually required)

  Guest Author - Cindy from Envie Fitness Woonona  Thu 23 November 17

The M.L.L.M way of life. What mums need to know! When life throws you lemons, please don’t make lemonade. Who could be bothered? Who’s got the spare time? Not us! We have a different ..

Marital bliss after kids - PAH! But here are interesting ways to keep you united as a couple after kids...

  Jenny Henderson  Tue 10 October 17

Let us cut straight to the chase here... Babies and children add significant burden and strain onto a couple's relationship... Here are some large factors that may be eating away at your conte..

Finding the RIGHT childcare centre or pre-school, 3 critical things to look for!

  Taesha Duley-Smith - Guest Author  Thu 12 October 17

We know it so very well, the emotional wrench when the time comes to leave your child in the care of others... The tugging in your chest as you walk away... Combine that with the challenge of ..

Helping your child manage BIG emotions - reassuring advice from Illawarra Psychologist...

  Helen Booth - Psychologist and Guest Author from Walk Different Psychology, Wollongong  Thu 21 September 17

I think most of us parents have been there... Seeing our child go into a huge destructive meltdown as they become overwhelmed by their emotions. When it's bad, people and possessions can get hurt...

The secret weapon for mums (and you can find it in Wollongong!)

  Jenny Henderson  Fri 8 September 17

The 24/7 life of a mum. Whether you are expecting, have your hands full of squashy baby love, poo and nappies, are wrangling toddlers, or watching your children individuality emerge through th..

Your family’s financial future! The surprising things we NEED to take into account and often don't...

  Dylan Martin - Qualified Financial Adviser  Thu 24 August 17

As a dad of three kids (7 and under) I have walked a mile in your shoes... The sleep deprivation. The child care & after school care runs. The debt conundrum, fun crazy times and try..

Best gated playgrounds in Illawarra! Release your tribe in safety and take a breath!

  Naomi Cotterill  Tue 22 August 17

The best gated playgrounds in the Illawarra... We’ve all been there. Desperate to get the kids out of the house (and even more so, desperate for a caffeine hit) but full of fear at the poten..


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