Buy second-hand children’s clothes to save money and help the planet

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Television presenter, author of children’s books and mother of three, Lucy Kennedy is a busy mom, juggling family life and work. She is currently promoting her fourth book in Friendship Fairies series. These books for kids over six follow fairy sisters Emme, Holly and Jess as they learn about magic, friendship and fun.

Lucy had a reading at Eason’s in Liffey Valley last Saturday and plans to be at Eason’s in Galway on December 1. Keep an eye on her Instagram page for more events as they are announced.

Lucy Kennedy. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Meanwhile, radio host, TV presenter and mother of two, Jennifer Zamparelli is another multi-tasker. She is featured with her husband Lau on the cover of the latest issue of VIP magazine and talks about opening a hair salon in Dublin. Other footage shows her enjoying some down time with her children and parents during the Van Gogh Experience in Dublin.

Superficial

A baby’s skin can be very sensitive, so parents should be careful what they use on it.

Meadows Baby Skin Care Gift Set, €37.95 [exa.mn/Baby-Gift-Set] includes baby oil with calming calendula and sweet almond oil. It is perfect for use as a massage oil, bath oil or treatment for cradle cap or dry skin. Baby Bum Balm contains soothing oils, beeswax and vitamin E to help prevent chafing and diaper rash.

Laura Grant is a Dublin-based mother of three. Like all children, her three grew up quickly, and as they did, Grant realized she had plenty of beautiful clothes that her children had only worn a handful of times before becoming too big.

She was concerned about waste and decided to do something about it by starting www.lovelythings.ie, an online store that sells quality pre-loved clothes for babies and children up to 12 years old.

There are dresses, slippers, hats, jackets, tracksuits, hoodies, leggings, swimsuits and more, plus lots of bibs, muslins, tights and vests .

words of wisdom

Picky eating expert Louise Lennox with Robert Brady and Nyla Degrate.  Photo: Robbie Reynolds
Picky eating expert Louise Lennox with Robert Brady and Nyla Degrate. Photo: Robbie Reynolds

Coughs and colds have been rampant since the children went to school. It’s no wonder, then, that a new study from children’s supplement brand Vivio Junior has found that 60% of parents are worried about their children’s immunity.

Diet is a major cause for concern, with 48% saying they felt their children were not getting enough vitamins from food alone.

Chef and child nutrition expert Louise Lennox, whose son was a picky eater, advises parents to establish a regular meal schedule to help behavior, reduce anxiety and improve appetite. She also suggests getting the kids involved – letting them choose their lunch box and helping them pack it for the day ahead.

fit for life

Fyffes Fit Squad is an award-winning children’s fitness program that visits schools across Ireland, introducing young children to the importance of exercise and healthy eating. Since their debut in 2018, the health and fitness experts have met more than 20,000 kids, and this year they plan to meet 7,500 more.

Fitness experts engage children in active training and provide tips on healthy eating through fun activities. They are also encouraging schools to take part in Ireland’s Fittest School competition, which involves children completing weekly exercises and learning about nutrition and mindfulness, earning points as they complete each task. The school with the most points will be crowned the winner by March 23, 2023.

If you would like to invite Fyffes Fit Squad to visit your child’s school, see www.fyffesuad.ie

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