Win! Dyson air purifier
Health and safety

*CLOSED* WIN! Dyson air purifier worth €599!

* COMPETITION CLOSED **

Air quality is fast becoming an issue of global concern.

A recent EPA report  estimated 1,200 people in Ireland died prematurely last year due to exposure to dirty air. A lot of people also do not realise that the air quality in your home can be up to 5 times worse than outside your home.

The Dyson Pure Hot & Cool Link air purifier fans helps tackle indoor air pollution. They are also a great product for a baby’s room to give new parents piece of mind.

Win! Dyson air purifer

The Dyson Pure Hot & Cool Link automatically purifies air to remove 99.95% of allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns.

What are the causes of air pollution inside your home?

Win! Dyson air purifer

Win! Dyson air purifer

Win! Dyson air purifer

At just the push of a button, automatic night-time mode enables purification using only the quietest airflow settings. So the machine continues to maintain air quality while you sleep, without disturbing it.

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What are people saying?

‘89% of people felt that they slept much better1’
‘80%+ agree that it has made a difference to their quality of life and they couldn’t be without it now1

The Dyson  Pure Hot & Cool automatically heats, cools, monitors, reacts and purifies your home environment.

It then reports straight to your Dyson Link app so that you can easily monitor your indoor air quality and see live, local air quality metrics – straight from your smartphone.

Win! Dyson air purifer

To Enter:

1. Go to the pinned post on our Easy Parenting Facebook page and tell us what’s your favourite ever invention in technology!

2. Like Dyson on Facebook

Competition closes on 7th Dec. Winner announced 8th Dec. T&C’s apply. 

1Survey results based on sample size of 118 people
1Survey results based on sample size of 175 people

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ASK LOUISE

Q My son is 18 months old and has just started saying his first words. It is an extremely exciting time in our house and my husband and I are eager to encourage his speaking as much possible. What advice would you give us on how we can foster this without bombarding and confusing him?

AThere is nothing better than hearing your baby begin to talk. All the hard work you have put in over the last two years is coming back tenfold.
Toddlers will vary significantly with ability and speed of which they talk however a guide would be about 50 words by 2 years of age. The most important thing to watch for is that your baby/toddler is cooing and babbling and begins to string sounds together like “Mama/Dada” They should have a wide range of speech sounds and like to imitate you and things they hear.
There are many ways that you can promote Speech and Language development at home:
1. Slowing down your own speech and taking time over conversations with your little one. Every day is a new experience when you are 18 months, nappy changes, bath time, baking a cake brings endless opportunity for you to interact and offer new words for them to hear and repeat. Make eye contact, smile and use exaggerated tones to keep things interesting and fun for your tot.
2. Review the toys that you have on offer to your tot and ensure that they give plenty of open ended play opportunities. Role play is a wonderful way to allow children to take the lead. Kitchens with lots of plates, cups and pots. Fill the pots with dry pasta and allow your child to cook and serve you. Playdoh, painting, gardening and sandpits are also great for allowing your child to take the lead and babble about what they are doing. Read plenty of books together and point and allow them time to answer any questions that you ask.
3. Limit screen time. Overuse of televisions and iPads do not give your child opportunity to interact in a two way manner.
4. Ask your child lots of open ended questions “What’s that?” “Where are we?” Point at things they know the answer to for boosting confidence (Car/ Car, etc.) When they don’t know the answer, explain it to them. Limit baby talk and speak clearly with good pronunciation, remember you are the teacher and they will copy you.
If you are concerned about your child’s speech and language development, be sure to speak with your GP or developmental Health Nurse. They are very skilled at understanding the difference between speech delays and spotting something that may require professional attention.
Enjoy watching their little brains absorb the world around them and listen to what they have to say. It won’t be too long before they won’t stop talking to you, asking “Why Mummy/ Daddy?” every 5 minutes….

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Ask Tracey

Midwife Tracey Donegan answers your questions about pregnancy and birth

Q When should I have my first pregnancy scan? And how many scans should I get throughout my pregnancy?

A
Your first scan is known as your dating scan and is routine in all hospitals. Most mums will have this scan at their booking visit, which can be anywhere between 12-18 weeks. The earlier the scan the more accurate it will be. If you have experienced recurrent miscarriages some hospitals will scan you earlier. Contact your antenatal clinic for more information. In Ireland, most women will have two scans in a healthy pregnancy – a dating scan and an anomaly scan at around 20 weeks. However, some units provide a dating scan only. Private scans are also available in most cities and many parents use these services for additional reassurance and to find out the sex of their baby.