Babies R Us Milestones – Hitting a Ball

Your child’s second year is the time when motor skills come alive and you can start to see the start of sporting ability. There are still years of exposure that will mean the difference between just having fun with sports and really excelling. There are ways you can help your little one develop ball skills from a young age. We asked Jade Shield, OT and Franchise owner of Clamber Club Sports, how to help your little one to be prepared-ish [...]

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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 [...]

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Toddler Behaviour

Toddler behaviour is one of the most common challenges of early parenting, whether it is a tantrum in the check-out aisle; biting a friend; refusing to put the seat belt on or simply getting out of bed multiple times at bedtime. Almost every parent has experienced at least a few of these tricky behaviours. Most approaches to discipline look at how to manage the behaviours and often involve shouting, punishment and a lot of repetition. If you are trying to [...]

Power of Close

The first year of life is a critical time for bonding, attachment and the development of emotional security. During this time, your baby learns to trust you and gathers priceless life lessons that builds her trust and her expectations of social interaction with others. Emotional development is enhanced early on when a baby experiences closeness to mom and dad. When your baby is held and cuddled, it releases feel-good neurotransmitters that encourage engagement and reinforces a bonding and falling in [...]

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Keeping your baby healthy

I am often asked what my top tips are to keep babies and toddlers healthy through winter. It’s such a challenge because toddlers seem to share germs and when babies and toddlers are ill, sleep and eating are extremely challenging. Here are some ways you can help to keep your little one healthy: Don’t take your newborn to busy public places, although her immunity is still well supported by your antibodies, especially if you are breastfeeding, a newborn who gets [...]

Preparing to breastfeed

Our bodies are magically designed to produce milk and regardless of how you prepare or don’t prepare to breastfeed, your breasts will start to produce small amounts of colostrum – a creamy milk that will ooze in drops from your breasts from between 27 weeks gestation to the end of pregnancy. Being prepared The best way to prepare to breastfeed is to talk to a lactation consultant as they are experts. Another way is to watch another woman feed and [...]

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Managing a Fussy Baby

There are few challenges that can throw a new mom out more than colic and reflux. Having a fussy baby who simply won’t settle is very disconcerting. You will find yourself grappling for answers as you try to settle your little one. I believe that when it comes to colic and fussing, it’s worth trying an array of strategies to prevent colic and settle your baby – everything from chiropractic to lactase enzymes, from spacing feeds to frequent day sleeps [...]

Baby Wearing

In the mid 1900’s a very clever campaign by pushchair companies somehow convinced us that the best way to transport our babies was in a pram or pushchair. The practicalities of prams, mean that our little ones are away from our bodies and away from our social contact too. As an OT, I firmly believe that the ancient art of baby wearing is a way better approach to transporting and caring for our babies. Here are a few good reasons [...]

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Building Immunity

As we approach coughs and colds season, we turn our attention (as parents) to keeping our little ones healthy. We all know that a sick baby is a miserable little one – she will go off her food, become irritable and unmanageable and of course sleep goes out the window. It’s a very frustrating time for all. There are two principles for developing immunity that you should be conscious of: Managing germs Bacteria and viruses are the most common causes [...]

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Dad Sense

Its June and we are celebrating Dads! Our generation of new dads are fabulously involved fathers! There are so many benefits to having an involved Dad: Moms feel supported in what is truly one of the hardest life lesson journeys we embark on – parenthood Your baby benefits emotionally – little girls need to feel cherished – it builds them into strong women. Little boys learn to be powerful, caring men when this is modelled for them We also see [...]

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Make it easy, Moms

Becoming a new mom is like being in the MasterChef kitchen, with a box of ingredients and given 90 minutes to produce a gourmet dish in competition to a chef you idolize! It’s a pressure test without a recipe– no wonder we have those days when we are more than a little overwhelmed. There are three ways we can gain a semblance of control over the pressures of motherhood: Managing time pressure – Like a cake in the oven, your [...]

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The breastfeeding / bonding connection

It’s February – the month of love. While most of us have experienced the love of a parent or the passion for a lover, we are generally unprepared for the overwhelming love we have for our babies. It’s this love that is the key to the survival of the human species. Our immature young are nurtured for a long time and with great vigilance simply because we fall illogically, utterly in love. The brain is masterfully designed to release the [...]

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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 [...]

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Food that feeds the body well

I have always had an interest in wholesome foods and have tried to feed my children healthy ingredients in the food I prepare. It can be confusing to know what is wholesome and what is marketing hype and ultimately what is best to feed your little one. In Weaning Sense, we tried to separate the noise from the facts, because a lot of what we hear is not truly fact. During the launch period of Weaning Sense we have been [...]

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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 [...]

Weaning Sense – My Journey

With my first baby, feeding was the most challenging part of my early parenting journey. I battled to breastfeed and persisted against the odds until 6 months, but not without many hours of tears and anxiety. Once solids were introduced, I shifted that anxiety to how much James would eat. It was only when our wonderful nanny took over mealtimes that James’ eating settled into a more pleasant experience. I realise looking back that the emotional energy I put into [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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