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Baby Sense2019-08-07T14:46:26+02:00

Get Baby Summer Ready

As we approach the hottest months of the year in South Africa, it is a wonderful time to lap up the fabulous Summer weather with our babies and toddlers. There is nothing like a little body toddling around in nothing more than a nappy, embracing nature and the great outdoors! Beach outings and water play are a fabulous sensory experience for your little one. But there is some wisdom that needs to go hand in had with this sensory smorgasbord: Sun care: Time in the sun is wonderful for our [...]

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Babies R Us Milestones – Peek-a-Boo games

In the second six months, you may find your baby becomes a little clingy, not wanting you out of his sight. We call this separation anxiety and interestingly playing Peek-a-Boo can really help with this stage. Occupational Therapist and founder of Play Matters, Emma Gough, explains that babies love playing Peek-a-Boo for 2 reasons: Firstly, your baby is developing a cognitive skill called object permanence (4-7 months). Object permanence means that your little one knows something exists even when he can’t see it. If a toy is covered, he will [...]

By |Baby Sense, Play Sense|

Babies R Us Milestones – Playing with Toys

Once your baby is sitting, you enter one of the easier phases of parenting – the calm before the storm of a moving toddler. We asked Occupational Therapist and founder of Play Matters, Emma Gough, to give us her choice of toys for the second six months. Emma advises: “Now that she can sit with her hands free your baby will start to explore the world around her with her hands. She will start to experiment with different grasps. It is important to have objects or toys of different sizes [...]

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Babies R Us Milestones – Taking Turns

Your baby and toddler is very ego-centric – It's well known that a toddler’s mantra is “What’s mine is mine and What’s yours is mine!” Of course this is not a strategy that works well when it comes to sports. Your little one has to learn how to take turns and play in a team. We asked Jade Shield, OT and Franchise owner of Clamber Club Sports, how to help your little one learn to take turn and be prepared-ish to be part of a team: Learning to take turns [...]

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Top 5 Sleep Problems

Whether your little one has always been a good sleeper or you are just getting your baby to sleep through the night or sleep has always been a problem and still is, you will find that in the 6-12 month age band, new sleep issues arise. Here are the top 5 sleep problems arising in the 6-12 month old. Waking for a feed more than once at night may indicate that your little one is not getting all the nutrition he needs during the day. It is very important after [...]

Solving Baby Sleep Issues

Every week I hear from Moms in need of help for their baby’s sleep. Today was no different, an 11 month old little chap, lets call him Nicholas who was not sleeping longer than 30 minutes at each sleep during the day and at night was waking hourly before 11pm and after 1am woke every 45 minutes. His poor mom is beyond tired and was justifiably desperate. She had heard that she had two options open to her, and was desperately hoping I would have another solution: Get in a [...]

Sleep and your Older Baby or Toddler

Although toddlers should be able to sleep through the night, many are waking and wreaking havoc at bedtime and during the night. Your toddler needs 12 hours sleep at night and one two-hour midday sleep. Routines for 9-12 months A good day sleep and feeding routine assists good night sleep habits: Day sleep routine: Wake between 5 and 7am Wake +2 ½ hours = morning nap – 45 minutes Wake +2 ½ hours = midday sleep From 9 months - drop afternoon nap Wake from naps by 4pm i.e. very [...]

Toddler Naptime Essential Guide

By the time your baby is one year of age, you have probably settled her into a predictable rhythm of day sleeps. The age appropriate sleep for this age is two day sleeps and around 12 hours at night. Then just when you feel you have a handle on sleep, enter the toddler years. At about a year, you may find that your little one starts to fight going to sleep at either of the day sleeps and/or at bedtime. This is an indication that his sleep requirements are changing. [...]

Healthy Sleep Associations

In order to fall asleep, your baby needs to shift from an awake state into a drowsy state and then into a sleep state. In order to do this most babies rely on sensory calming input that helps them settle down until they fall asleep.  This sensory input becomes a Sleep Association: a sensory input that your baby associates with falling asleep. Sleep associations begin to develop between four to six months of age. There are two components to sleep associations: those that occur before your baby falls asleep (bedtime [...]

The Path to a Good Night’s Sleep

When a baby is born so is a mother and a new relationship. In the months after birth the new baby will have the task of making sense of her new world. Likewise, mom has months and years ahead of her in which she has to learn how to soothe her little one and settle her into good sleep habits.  Teaching your baby to sleep well is a learning curve for you and your baby. There are 10 points you can focus on in your path to a good night [...]

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