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Review: Gro-clock

Introduction Getting young children to stay in bed until the time you want them to is a challenge. It seems that gone are the days when you could sleep in until your own alarm went off – 7am at the weekend seems like a lie-in. The Gro-clock attempts to help frazzled and sleep-deprived parents by […]

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Upcycle a jumper for Christmas to save money and the environment

Many people can’t be without a Christmas jumper this festive season (nearly one in four according to recent research) but buying one for just one or two uses over a couple of weeks in December doesn’t seem to be very cost-effective or environmentally friendly. Love Your Clothes is challenging Xmas woolly knit lovers to take […]

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DreamToys 2015: Cute, Cuddly & Smart

Alongside the main dozen Christmas 2015 toys recommended by the Toy Retailers Association in the UK & Ireland, we have a number of categories featuring notable other toys. The Cute, Cuddly & Smart section features twelve toys, all of which are generally soft huggable creatures. Baby Born Interactive Doll Wonderland Beanie Boos Buddies Bright Eye […]

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DreamToys 2015: Build It And They Will Thrive

Alongside the main dozen Christmas 2015 toys recommended by the Toy Retailers Association in the UK & Ireland, we have a number of categories featuring notable other toys. The Build It And They Will Thrive section features eleven toys, including six LEGO-based kits, plus a range of other construction-focused toys, many based on current and […]

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DreamToys 2015: Top UK toys for Christmas 2015

The Toy Retailers Association in the UK & Ireland has revealed what it believes to be this year’s top 12 toys for Christmas, as well as strong contenders across six other categories including Build It And They Will Thrive; Cute, Cuddly & Smart; Make It, Play It, Love It; Tots Get Busy; We’re All Heroes […]

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Family Tech Roundup: Tech and development, celebs ban kids’ Internet, baby marketing, 3D printing, online danger

Welcome to this week’s roundup of family-related technology news. It feels very much like a ‘for-against’ week. Some stories highlighting some of the negative aspects when tech is badly or excessively used, while others reveal the positive benefits of tech for children’s education and development. Jump to a story using the link below or just […]

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Breastfed babies are brainier, richer too, study suggests

A well-fed, loved and nurtured baby will be happy and healthy, regardless of whether it is breastfed or bottle-fed. That said, proponents of breastfeeding will no doubt seize upon this Brazilian study to further proclaim that “breast is best”. Following 3,500 infants from birth to adulthood in Brazil, the study found that babies who were […]

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Autism risk doubled in IVF children, study suggests

The risk of a child having autism, or otherwise being diagnosed with a disorder on the autistic spectrum, is doubled when conceived through an assisted reproduction technique such as IVF. That’s according to a new study by researchers at Columbia University in New York City. To be clear, this is only an association, and could […]

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CBBC and Radio 1 host revamped Chart Show interactive experience

It doesn’t take a genius to see that the music industry, and the way we consume music, has changed significantly over the past decade or so. Downloads and streaming of songs now make up a huge proportion of sales and revenue. The Chart Show has already evolved somewhat to take into account downloads when determining […]

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Family Tech Roundup: Online child exploitation, ‘sharenting’, tech role model, affluence affects Internet use, quick links

Welcome to this week’s roundup of family-related technology news. This week we look at articles about the threat of child exploitation via social media and messaging apps, the problem of parents oversharing details about their kids, how to be a balanced tech role model, and the effect of affluence on Internet use. Jump to a […]

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Neonatal baby support website launched for parents in south west England

Parents in south west England who rely on neonatal services will now have access to a new support web site. The South West Neonatal Network website offers information about the dozen neonatal units in the region, including each unit’s facilities, the type of care babies will receive, plus advice and support for parents. Babies needing […]

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7 in 10 dads regret missing child’s early years due to work

As shared parental leave takes effect from 5 April this year, a new Department for Business, Innovations and Skills (BIS) poll reveals some poignant insights into how fathers feel about their children’s early years. The key finding is that two-thirds of dads regret missing key milestones in their child’s life due to work commitments. A […]

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Family Tech Roundup: Facebook, YouTube Kids, STEM toys, developing world tech, Barbie, Masterpiece art

Welcome to this week’s roundup of family-related technology news. This week we have problems for Facebook, concerns over YouTube Kids and a net-connected Barbie, life-saving technology for developing countries, STEM/STEAM toys, and the Masterpiece software for Osmo. Jump to a story using the link below or just scroll down to read the whole article: Facebook […]

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Celebs discuss their body issues for Newsround special

We’re becoming increasingly aware of the younger age at which children begin noticing and even worrying about how they look. General inquisitiveness and comparison with others, which is a natural part of growing up, is often being replaced with genuine anxiety and pressure to conform to a particular image. These body ‘ideals’ are usually fuelled […]

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School Pyjama Days. Weird or Wonderful?

As I write this, my daughters are attending their first “pyjama day” at school. To celebrate of yesterday’s World Book Day, and in lieu of dressing up as a favourite storybook character, the kids have been allowed to go in adorned in just their PJs. How does bedtime attire celebrate books and reading? It reminds […]

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