Topic “bump & baby”

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.

6 common bedwetting myths

A lack of open discussion has allowed false information about bedwetting to proliferate – so here are some facts about this common childhood issue.
South African research has shown that up to 25% of children at the age of four, and an estimated 10% of children aged between four and 15 years old, experience bedwetting. Even though bedwetting is common, it is not often spoken about openly because of feelings of embarrassment. This has contributed to a number of myths about bedwetting.

The magic of movement

Babies need to be active; this encourages essential learning and development.
Babies are always moving around, from wriggling on the changing matt, to rolling, crawling and eventually walking. Research has shown that babies can move between 1km and 3 km in a single day! This movement is vitally important to the development of your little one.

Bedtime best practice

How to set the scene for quality sleep – for you and baby
Philippa Selfe
How your child sleeps can be directly proportionate to how you cope as a new parent. As someone whose children didn’t sleep consistently through the night until the age of two, I basically fell apart. If we had a third child, I’d probably do things differently. For starters, I definitely wouldn’t wait 12 months before seeking professional help like I did with the first two.
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