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Information deficiency: Over a quarter of Irish children think eating less healthy food like cheeseburgers gives them energy and makes them better at sport, while almost half (47.2%) cannot name any vitamins or minerals. 

The research by Kellogg’s coincides with the launch of ‘Powering Play,’ a nutritional workshop developed in conjunction with the GAA, which will be held in Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps this summer and is designed to encourage children to think about powering their play through nutrition.

Children can win a coaching clinic for their club with Henry Shefflin or Karl Lacey by logging on to www.gaa.ie/kelloggsculcamps to book a place and entering the code inside packs of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes or Rice Krispies.

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Hands-free: Using a sling or carrier has the benefit of keeping your baby close, while helping to make life easier when doing housework or caring for other children.

Ireland’s first dedicated babywearing shop, Knee to Knee Slings, opened in Dun Laoghaire last year, providing a space where parents can try out different types of slings and get advice on how to carry their baby safely.

One of the slings recommended for newborns is the Boba Stretchy Wrap, €48 to €60. You can shop at www.kneetokneeslings.com 

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Name game: Snug as a Bug is a new online business which offers personalised baby gifts for delivery in Ireland and worldwide. Simply log on and choose a blanket or dressing gown, €29.99, to be personalised.

Each gift box comes with a hand written card on your behalf and a plush Bug teddy. The gift sets are suitable from newborn to 12 months and new items including matching boots and personalised Taggies can also be added into the box; www.bug.ie 

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Deep clean: Natural sea sponges are very soft and gentle and get into all of a baby’s little creases, so are ideal for newborn and sensitive skin. They can soak up and hold more water without dripping than a synthetic sponge and they last for ages.

Beaming Baby Organically Grown Sea Sponges, €6.99, are organically grown and sustainably harvested from the sea around the Greek islands. Buy one online at EarthMother.ie, which offers a range of natural and environmentally friendly products including slings and eco disposable and cloth nappies; www.earthmother.ie 


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