Baby Sense

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

Sensory Care for your prem baby

For 40 weeks of pregnancy, the womb is the perfect sensory world for development. If your baby is born early, you will be acutely aware of how different the sensory environment of the neonatal unit (NICU) is. The lifesaving procedures your baby goes through can be overwhelming on a sensory level – Touch in the NICU often involves pain – needles, tubes and just being touched can be painful for your prem baby The sterile smells of the unit can overwhelm his sensitive sense of smell The bright lights and [...]

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Your body for your baby

I am sitting on an airplane – about to take off and I am managing to tune out of the boring safety briefing. Until the moment the airhostess says (as she always does) “Parents of small children please put on your oxygen mask first, before you help young children and others needing assistance.” It’s a familiar request and one that highlights two things for me: Firstly, this statement is completely counter-intuitive! Which mother in all honesty is going to help herself before her baby? Not one of us – we [...]

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Baby skincare in the sun

Summer is around the corner and we are all looking forward to spending more time soaking up the warm rays in the long sunny days. Summer means wonderful new experiences for your baby as you spend more time outdoors and may even go to the beach or swimming pool. Now the thought of taking your baby near water should bring to mind the critical safety elements one need to consider in summer. Obviously, all babies need to be closely monitored whenever near water. In addition, the long sunny days and [...]

By |Baby Sense, Play Sense|

Potty Training

Potty training is a stage of parenting that many moms dread, having no idea how to proceed. This need not be a time of anxiety and can be managed with a few simple tips: You will know when your baby is ready to potty train, when she starts to show an interest in going to the toilet or taking her nappy off. When this happens, talk about her going to the potty and start to consider potty training. The right time to potty train is usually the first warm period [...]

By |Baby Sense, Toddler Sense|

Choosing Toys

As an Occupational therapist and mom to three, choosing toys has been more than a passing interest of mine. The toys I buy have to achieve very specific goals, appeal to a wide range of kids (my patients vary from 6-week-old babies to 3-year-old toddlers) and be very durable. In a day in my practise, I frequently use toys to achieve a developmental outcome. For instance, a one year old who is not crawling will need to be enticed to move with rotation from her sitting position by an interesting [...]

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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 Healthy Skin project she has launched in association with JOHNSON’S® Baby and [...]

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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|
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