Baby Sense

Baby Sense 2017-08-28T21:40:21+00:00

Newborn Skincare

“Skin health is often overlooked, as it is seen as non-life threatening and thus tends to be shrugged off. Healthy skin is critical to the development of healthier babies because they will be less vulnerable to infection and free from the discomfort and inhibitions of skin problems.” Dr Carol Hlela, Paediatric Dermatologist Reading this quote by Dr Carol Hlela the other day prompted me to write this article, not only because I am a huge supporter of the The JOHNSON’S® Baby Healthy Skin Project, but also because I am a staunch believer that [...]

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Boosting your little one’s immunity

Your baby is born with a natural immunity that is passed on to him during pregnancy. This wonderful immunity in combination with the antibodies found in colostrum and breast milk protects your baby from illness to a great extent for the first 6 months of life. Over the next few years, your child will be working at developing his immunity so that he can face the germs he will be exposed to in life, without becoming too ill. There are ways that you can help your baby to develop a [...]

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Gentle protection for the whole family

I am writing this blog from our deck overlooking the Olifant’s river in the Lowveld. For the last 20 years, we have spent our annual holiday in the Lowveld of South Africa on the game farm we have a small share in. It is an ideal place for a bush holiday – restful and quiet. I have always been hyper-vigilant with my children’s health and even more so when holidaying in the bushveld or tropical areas. James, Alex and Emily have been coming to the farm from the time they were [...]

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Speech and language development in children

As parents we spend our lives trying to make sure that we offer our children the best opportunities in life.  We often obsess about their development and compare our babies with others to make sure everything is on track.  One of the biggest indicators about how your baby is doing is the development of their language skills.  Lets look at "typical" language development and how you can encourage your child’s speech. Research has shown that the more attention given by parents to language development in the early days, the better [...]

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Returning to work

Whether it happens at 6 weeks, 6 months or 18 months, it is one of the hardest parts of being a new mom – the realisation you have to return to work in a few weeks.  Here are a few tips that may just help ease the pain: #1 Your baby’s emotions – When you return to work, your little one is likely to become a little clingier and may not sleep as well at night. Play peek-a-boo and hide and seek to help her learn that you still exist when [...]

By |Baby Sense, Feeding Sense|

Falling in love

It’s Valentines month and that always gets me thinking about love. On the 14th February, 24 years ago, I fell in love. I had known my husband for 6 years as friends and not once felt a tug on the heartstrings until one day I saw him in a different light – seriously it was like a thunderbolt hit me and I fell 100% madly in love. How was it for you? Love at fist sight? A slow gradual appreciation of that person or a mind numbingly drastic moment of [...]

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Packing your nappy bag

With your first baby comes the awareness that you will never ‘travel light’ again! The reason is that there is nothing worse than being caught unprepared when out and about with your baby. For this reason, a nappy bag is an essential tool for trips with your little one. These are my essentials for packing in a nappy bag: Nappy Essentials Pack one age appropriate nappy per two hours of an outing plus one spare. So if you were going out for 4 hours, you would take 3 nappies along [...]

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Baby Essentials – what can’t you do without?

Becoming a new parent is an expensive business. Babies need an inordinate amount of paraphernalia! From the cheap bottle sterilizing fluid to a pram (one of the most expensive investments you will make in the first year), life with a baby is pricey. So what is essential, when it comes to baby purchases? 3 basic essentials Good quality night nappy – even if you choose an inexpensive or eco friendly toweling nappy for during the day, a good quality nighttime nappy is essential. You will suffer many night wakings and [...]

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Sleep and the ability to self sooth

Sleep is a very complicated part of early parenting, which is part of the reason that it presents such a challenge. There are simply so many variables, from nutrition and health to anxiety and sensory needs. One variable that simply cannot be overlooked is self-soothing. In order to sleep through the night independently, a baby needs to learn to self-sooth. The capacity to self-sooth to sleep develops between 4 to 6 months of age and research shows that if your baby can self sooth by 6 months, she will be [...]

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Prepared to be a parent

Birth is the biggest single transition of your life. It’s no wonder you may find yourself becoming preoccupied with preparing for this moment. Here are 5 tips to prepare for birth and parenthood: Prepare your body - Your magical body does almost all of the preparation needed for birth on its own. Your ligaments become lax, to allow for your baby’s head to fit through your pelvis. Your hormones prepare for labour and breastfeeding. You need to do very little more than what your body naturally does. Having said that, [...]

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