Topic “bump & baby”

Weaning onto solids

There’s a lot of conflicting advice when it comes to starting your baby on solids
By: 
Catherine Goldfain
S o you’ve mastered the art of whipping out your breast as your baby’s hunger pangs kick in (or perhaps you’ve finally got your bottle-sterilising routine waxed), when it hits you: babies probably can’t live on milk alone! And while milk is vital to their diet in the first nine months, sooner or later you need to suck it up, invest in a good blender, some teeny Tupperware, and introduce your child to one of our most pleasurable pastimes.

Investing in your child's future

Saving for your child’s education is vital, but planning and discipline are key
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Tamlyn Vincent and Simmone Jeffrey
What does your child want to be when he grows up? Probably a princess or a superhero. But if, one day, she wants to be a doctor or a scientist, she’ll need a good education. Have you thought about what this will cost?

Beat the heat

Rising temperatures can make a summer pregnancy unbearable
By: 
Anél Lewis
Bananarama may have sung about it being a “Cruel Summer” way back in the 80s, but when I was expecting my daughter, it felt as if this song had been written just for me. I was about eight-and-a-half months pregnant in December, and huge. I felt like a beach ball and much like a beach ball, I was at my happiest – and most comfortable – when I was bobbing about in a pool.

The surrogacy solution

We look at what the law says about surrogacy and how to go about it
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Marina Zietsman
Nicole Kidman followed the surrogacy route, as did Sarah Jessica Parker, Angela Bassett and Neil Patrick Harris. But surrogacy is not a “glamorous” choice; it’s medically motivated. Dr Sascha Edelstein, a fertility specialist, gynaecologist and obstetrician based in Cape Town, explains who can apply for surrogacy.

Why is my child so angry?

When are your toddler’s tantrums normal, and when should you seek help?
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Samantha Page
Biting, screaming, flailing, thrashing or a meltdown in the toy aisle are just a few of the noisy, but seemingly normal, ways in which young children, usually between the ages of two and five years old, express their dislike, dissatisfaction, frustration and anger.

Potty time

It’s important to wait for the right signs before you begin potty training
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Melanie Rosettenstein
I recently entered the world of potty training and boy, was I unprepared. Having successfully used the potty a few times, at 23 months my daughter was showing positive signs that she was ready to ditch her nappies. At 24 months her baby brother arrived and the potty training was postponed while I had my hands full with the newborn. Fast forward a few months and I felt ready to tackle this critical milestone again.

Second baby blues

Being pregnant with baby number two can be more of a roller coaster than the first time round
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Catherine Goldfain
Everything about my first pregnancy was perfect: from the romance surrounding our “shotgun” wedding, through to long lunches with my husband, en route back from each check-up. I dedicated hours to preparing our baby’s room, ooh-ed and aah-ed over bonnets and booties – and lazed by the poolside like a beached whale. In my (abundant) spare time, I trawled websites to unveil the mysteries of childbirth.

Lean on me

Many men find pregnancy bewildering, but they can play a supportive role
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Lee Farrell
Your pregnant partner will grow a lot larger in the coming turmoil-filled months that lie before you, but supporting her has nothing to do with working out regularly or knowing a reasonable forklift-hire company. There’s more to the support that she will require from you than doing all the heavy lifting around the house.

The ethics of nanny cams

We weigh up the pros and cons of nanny spy cameras
By: 
Anél Lewis
Disturbing footage of a Ugandan nanny abusing a toddler went viral recently, sparking widespread alarm among parents who rely on others to watch their children when they can’t. The abuse was captured by a camera – or a nanny cam – that had secretly been installed by the two-year-old’s father. When I saw the video, my first thought was: what would have happened if that nanny was not caught on camera?

Having your first baby

What to expect when you’re expecting
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Donna Cobban
The night my water broke, I stood outside at the back door looking up at a star-studded sky, aware that my life was about to change forever. I longed for a village of elders to whisper words of advice and then silently retreat. Looking back, had they been there, they would have told me that breast-feeding is not easy. Fail to get it right and your nipples will crack open and fissures will appear the size of canyons.
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