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Play Sense 2017-08-28T21:40:22+00:00

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 [...]

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How to play more

Science and wisdom tell us that play is vital for a child’s development. The problem is that as a busy parent, it may feel like an enormous challenge to find the time to play or you may find that you are unsure about how to play with your little one. In chapter 10 of Baby Sense, we talk about 4 guidelines for stimulation and we use the acronym T.E.A.T: Timing Play with your little one when he is well rested and not hungry, preferably in the calm-alert state. This is [...]

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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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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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First aid while travelling

Leaving home with a baby for the first time brings on anxiety – going on holiday, away from home base especially if far from civilisation takes anxiety to a whole new level! What if your baby gets ill - runs a fever or has diarrhoea? What if your toddler has an insect bite or cuts himself badly? The solution? As the old girl guide motto goes – Be Prepared! Pack yourself a kick-ass travelling first aid kit. Going from top to tail -use the following guidelines: Fever and pain – [...]

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Meg Faure’s ultimate guide to Happy Holidays

I love the festive season, I love spoiling my children and I love the social times with friends and family. I love the late nights out and the great food. My kids however become very busy and at times fractious. I know that I may have more cries in December than any other month of the year but I will also have more laughs. So it’s worth it – its what memories are made of. But there are some good tips for keeping the silly season as sane as possible. [...]

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Holiday Fun

December holidays are my best time of year! With family visiting and gorgeous weather, there is lots of opportunity to have some fun outings. Here are my top 7 tips for safe and enriching holiday fun: Meaningful rituals – Holidays are a wonderful time to create family rituals that take on meaning and create memories. Decorating the Christmas tree, making a gingerbread house, going to see the annual ‘Lighting of the lights’ show or booking a theatre experience. Rituals make memories that your little one will learn to associate with [...]

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Toddler playtime

Play is your toddler’s work. Through play, your toddler works at learning critical lessons about life, himself and others. While he plays, he beds down the foundations for all skills in life.  Let’s look at 7 Secret Powers your toddler gains through play: #1 Emotional regulation Play does not always go according to plan – a toy may be taken away, we may have to share and we may have to wait our turn. These little frustrations teach toddlers to self regulate their emotions – this means staying calm and [...]

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Development – when to be concerned

Like most new parents you probably have certain anxieties and expectations around your baby. From feeding to sleep to health, the concerns will raise their heads at different times over the first three years of your baby’s life. One common area of concern is your baby’s development – what milestones are vital and when should they be achieved? As a starting point, it must be understood that most of our concerns over development amount to nothing. Since milestones occur in a wide range, there is almost never reason to be [...]

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The Nanny guide

We are spoilt with the childcare options we have in South Africa! I have had an amazing ‘other-mother’ looking after my three children with me. I have also however heard of horror stories of toddlers being left alone for the day or even of a psychotic nanny locking a baby in her cot all day. So it is with caution that I do advocate having a nanny for your child. I believe that approached correctly this can be a wonderful tool and amazing relationship: Interview your nanny very carefully! Have [...]

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