Topic “bump & baby”

Baby buzz

Some seasoned, and some not so seasoned, Child magazine parents share their tips for new parents
By: 
Tamlyn Vincent
Becoming a new parent is a wonderful experience, but as much as we would like them to, babies don’t come with a manual. They do come with plenty of advice and helpful tips, from friends and family, and even the little old lady you meet in the shop. One piece of advice I remember, is to listen to all the advice you get given, thank whoever is giving it, and use whatever feels right to you.

Baby Myths

Five common theories about babies weighed up
By: 
Lisa Witepski
1. Reading or playing music to your fetus will make your baby smarter – false
 
Prenatal sonic stimulation, the scientific term for playing music to your unborn child, is said to have many benefits, from improving your baby’s attention span to enhancing cognition and developing sound sleeping patterns.

Baby Blessings

We speak to experienced moms about the gadgets that made life with a newborn much easier
By: 
Lucille Kemp
1. Among the biggest time stealers when you have a newborn that’s not being breast-fed, is the seemingly endless cycle of cleaning bottles and preparing formula. It’s no fun standing in the semi-dark at 3am, trying to remember how many scoops of formula you’ve poured into a bottle. Our sisters – and brothers – overseas have been reaping the benefits of ready-to-feed formula for a while, and it’s now also available in South Africa.

Loosen Those Apron Strings

We look at the complexities of the mother-son relationship
By: 
Lisa Lazarus
Mommy’s boy – the notion of the weak male, forever tied to his mother’s apron strings. Years ago, in the old South Africa, there were cold showers, canings and conscription to “turn” such boys into men; to shift their perceived weakness into so-called strength.

Dummy Dilemma

We look at the pros and cons of giving your child a dummy
By: 
Anél Lewis
UK psychologist and child development expert Penelope Leach says in her parenting book, Your Baby & Child (Dorling Kindersley), that you should not assume your baby needs a dummy. But if your baby is unsettled and you find that a dummy does help, give it for just a few months and preferably only at bedtime. The dummy will also encourage your baby to self-soothe and is a convenient distraction if they are niggly.

Big Enough for a Big-Boy Bed

When should your child move from a cot to a bed?
By: 
Kim Maxwell
Modern parenting dictates that as soon as we’ve mastered the transition from babies to toddlers, we’re allowed a short reprieve to be entertained by our blossoming little people, before we’re subtly pressured by fellow parents or family members to think about the next milestones. For toddlers, these include building vocabulary, mastering fine and gross motor skills and the biggies: tantrums, toilet training and moving from a baby cot to a big bed.

Naughty or needy?

What is age-appropriate behaviour and when should we worry?
By: 
Glynis Horning
I still recall the day a friend’s toddler sidled up to my sleeping four-month-old and sank his teeth into one plump pink toe. My son’s yowls were soon drowned by the toddler’s as my outraged friend planted several sharp smacks on his behind. “We don’t” – SMACK! – “hurt” – SMACK! – “people!” she admonished him. The contradiction between her words and actions stayed with me, raising a rueful smile.

Sleep like a baby

We look at the different options for getting your baby to sleep
By: 
Kim Maxwell
That old saying, “there are many ways to skin a cat”, came to mind when I started researching the most beneficial practices to encourage babies to sleep. Canvas the opinions from exhausted parents of babies under a year old, even the upbeat ones whose children “slept through” early, and there will be huge variations in what set the tone for restfulness. There’ll be mention of the type of bed linen used, the most suitable sleep environment or whether a baby shared their bed.

Helping Friendships Grow

Your child’s need for friends, and the ability to make them, changes at different ages and stages
By: 
Glynis Horning
Watching my teenage son’s warm camaraderie with his best buddy is a delight. Yet when they first met at one of my antenatal class’s reunion teas, they ignored each other, intent only on engaging with their moms and their baby mobiles. As toddlers they played separately, exchanging words when one coveted the other’s plastic spade or scooter. It was only in preschool that they slowly began the sharing, caring and communicating they do so well today.

Chew on this

We find out why babies explore their world by putting things into their mouths
By: 
Anél Lewis
Any parent of a baby or toddler will tell you that as soon as they discover their hands, “everything goes in the mouth”. My one-year-old daughter has a penchant for sucking on stones, has munched a couple of dog-food pellets and recently ingested a clump of garden soil, much to my horror.
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