Topic “bump & baby”

New baby on the way?

Be prepared when baby decides to enter the world. Our handy checklist of must-haves, suggestions, and a few nice-to-haves will ensure you’re all set for the big day.
Child magazine

Start sooner rather than later

By 37 weeks you should have made the majority of your purchases so that you can enjoy the last few weeks of pregnancy. This is especially important for your hospital bag because you never know when you might need it.

Pack that bag

Try to have your bag packed by around week 36 of your pregnancy. Knowing you’ve got everything you need for your baby’s birth will make you feel more relaxed. Check with your hospital or birthing centre to see what they have available for your use while in labour.

Bonding With Baby

Making time to bond with your new bundle of joy is one of the ways to encourage healthy physical and social development.
Baby Dove
Making time to bond with your new bundle of joy is one of the ways to encourage healthy physical and social development. There is no right or wrong way to do it, so it’s up to you and bubba to identify what bonding routines work best for the both of you. If you need some ideas on how to start, look no further as the Baby Dove team have come up with a few activities you could try.

dads, reading and reading aloud

This Father’s Day and every day, dads can get in on story time and create special memories that will last a lifetime
Child magazine
Dads are the people we look up to. They’re our role models, our heroes. So it’s little surprise that dads have a huge role to play when it comes to getting children, especially boys, to love reading.

snug as a bug

Well-chosen bedding can do much to improve your child’s sleep.
Child magazine
There’s more to choosing linen than matching the duvet to the lampshade, or finding themed sheets to go with your child’s fluffy pillows.

this isn’t what I ordered

For some, the gender debate begins shortly after conception, but does baby’s sex really matter?
Sasha Cuff
In the dim light of the ultrasound room, the tension is tangible. Silenced by her concentration, I lie and wait as the sonographer steers the probe across my belly. I squint at the monitor, trying to see what she is seeing, but aside from a distorted and bumpy jumble of shapes, I am lost. As the scan draws to a close, she confirms that all appears to be in order.

financial fitness for parents-to-be

Entering the world of parenthood is a time of great joy and excitement, but it can also be a time of uncertainty and stress especially on the family’s finances. Here’s how to prepare financially for parenthood.
Child magazine
During pregnancy, expectant parents do a great deal of research into what to expect in the various trimesters, the birthing process and how to care for the baby. But, according to John Manyike, Head of Financial Education at Old Mutual “financial planning is seldom prioritised when preparing for a new addition to the family.

lullaby and goodnight - quality sleep for you and your baby

That gem of wisdom – sleeping when your baby sleeps – passed onto every new mother is not as simple as it sounds. How your baby sleeps can be directly proportionate to how you cope as a new parent, read on for our tips on how to settle baby and catch a few ZZZs
Child Magazine
Create a calm zone
Set the scene for fuss-free naps by paying attention to the sleep environment as well as following a calm sequence to help baby wind down. The nursery should be decorated in muted colours with minimal visual stimulation. Mobiles and toys in the cot signal a play zone when it is in fact a sleep zone.

A name is a name is a name…

Your baby’s name is probably one of the most important things you'll decide on
Anel Lewis
Forget about breastfeeding and crossing the midline, deciding on your baby’s name is probably one of the most important things you will do for your child. A name sets the tone for so many things in their life: where they will sit in class if the desks are arranged alphabetically; how long it will take for them to write their name at the top of a test sheet; what their playground nicknames will be; and eventually how they are perceived in the workplace.

Play it forward

Toys can stimulate a child's development says author and child development expert Meg Faure
Many people think toys are just for fun, but how can they play a role in encouraging your child's development?
Toys should be fun and ignite a child’s creativity and imagination.

Dream a little dream

Handy tips for setting up your perfect, but practical, nursery
Tamlyn Vincent
Your new arrival will be here in just a few short months and the nesting instinct has no doubt kicked in. But remember, planning a nursery is about more than picking out paint colours and fabric swatches – it needs to be as practical as it is pretty.
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