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12-18 months

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Finance tips for families

Here we share our top ten tips on family finance including ways to save money and make sure you're claiming all the right benefits and financial entitlements.

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What does your baby need to drink?

How do you introduce your child to drinking from a cup and do they need to drink anything apart from milk? This article looks at how to choose the right cup for your child as well as information on what to drink and how to avoid tooth decay.

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Baby slings and carriers: the different types

Here we look at the different types of baby slings and carriers that are available in the UK. Find the best option for you and your child from wraps, pouches, SSCs and Mei Tais.

Sun safety for children

We look at how to keep your child safe, comfortable and protected over the summer

Family finance tips: How to reduce energy bills

This article will help you keep your energy bills down and your baby at a healthy temperature.

Dehydration in children

Here we look at dehydration in babies and what you can do if you think your baby is dehydrated. There are signs and symptoms to look out for and ways to treat and prevent it.

Tax credits: what are parents entitled to?

It’s worth finding out if you can claim tax credits as a parent. Read about calculating Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit as well as using childcare vouchers.

Child Benefit

Are you entitled to Child Benefit? Find out about child benefit forms, how to apply and other information around making a claim.

Financial support: Benefits for parents on a low income

If you are pregnant or have a baby and are concerned about money, read about low income grants and benefits including Healthy Start Vouchers and Sure Start Maternity Grant.

Baby talk: speech development from 12 to 18 months

A baby’s first words are usually heard between 12 and 18 months. You can encourage speech development with baby talk and by recognising child language development stages.

New year, same old resolutions?

The new year is often a time for resolutions and positive plans for the year ahead. Here we provide some suggestions for things to think about over the coming months.

Childhood illness prevention tips

We offer tips to help prevent infections spreading and to keep your child feeling healthy and well. Read about childhood illness, immunisation and more here.