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Celebrity chef and dad Neven Maguire, will return to Cork to host a free cookery demonstration, as part of the First 1000 Days movement, on Thursday next October 30, in Rochestown Park Hotel at 7pm. 

Neven will focus on recipes that will help parents, during the four key stages in the First 1,000 Days of life — pregnancy, breastfeeding, weaning and toddler. Good nutrition during this time offers parents an opportunity to secure the long term health and development of their baby. Register for the event on www.first1000days.ie

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Children’s hobbies: As schools close for the mid-term break, extra-curricular activities are in full swing, with many children finding time for two or three activities per week. Research for Argos reveals Irish parents are spending, on average, €840 a year on their children’s hobbies. Football is by far the most popular activity for today’s children, with 42% playing the sport each week. The Top 10 most popular children’s hobbies in 2014 also include swimming, dance, athletics, drama, horse riding, piano and guitar lessons, gymnastics and rubgy. Argos stocks a range of equipment for sports and hobbies, this Nike Size 5 Pitch Premier League Football costs €20.09; www.argos.ie

Online and in the shops for children

Baby soft: A baby’s delicate skin is prone to dryness. Bathing, sickness and fluctuating temperatures during the changing seasons, can all lead to reduced moisture levels. Bepanthen Baby Moisturiser is designed for sensitive skin and doesn’t contain fragrance or parabens. It is gentle enough for newborns and premature babies. This product is non-oily and acts as a protective layer for baby’s skin on chilly days; it is available from pharmacies and supermarkets, €7.49; www.bepanthen.ie

Online and in the shops for children

Treat time: There’s still a week to go to Halloween – although it seems like shops have been stocked up with ghoulish goodies and costumes for ages now. If you are popping into Aldi for some Mamia nappies and wipes (voted best nappy and wipes in the recent Maternity & Infant awards) there’s Scary Milk Chocolate Shapes, which come in a choice of ghosts, pumpkins or eyeballs and Halloween marshmallows, both €1.49, as well as Aldi’s multipack sweets to hand out when the doorbell rings and devilish downloads for party fun at www.aldi.ie 


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