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A = Affection B = Babysitter – have one for an evening so you can have a romantic evening uninterrupted with your partner C = Concentrate on each other = Communicate = Connect = Candles together in ...

Based on the research of Ann-Marie Widstrom, a Swedish researcher on skin to skin contact between mom and baby at birth, there are nine observable newborn stages in the first hour or two after birth w...

By Dr Pierre van der Spuy – MD, MBA. Author of “A happy human brain” – Metz Press “Why did no-one warn me that having a child will make me so unhappy?” a mother recently confided. Her ...

Dr Melodie de Jager – Author of Play Learn Know – Metz Press & Brain development milestones & learning – Mind Moves Institute.   Mom is a baby’s anchor – a place of safety. ...

A great way for you as dad to be involved with your little one is to bath him especially if mom’s domain is breastfeeding (nappy changing should be a shared responsibility – not one solely for men...

(This article is also available in an audio format) By Heike Millar- Midwife, BCur Ed & Ad, Good Night certified Sleep Consultant Setting the scene: It is 2 am and your little one is crying. Again...

(This article is also available in an audio format) What are stretch marks? Stretch marks are fine lines on the body, which are reddish or purplish in colour when they first develop and become devoid ...

By Heike Millar – Midwife, BCur Ed & Ad, Good Night certified Sleep Consultant You are pregnant and eagerly anticipating the arrival of your bundle of joy. Despite the fact that your bladder has...

Information from Lullaby Trust – www.lullabytrust.org.uk Babies need a lot of sleep during the first few months of their lives so it’s important to ensure that they are sleeping as safely as p...

Meningococcal meningitis, a form of meningococcal disease, is a serious bacterial infection. Unlike viral meningitis, it can potentially kill an otherwise healthy young person within 1 day after the f...

(This article is also available in an audio format) By Marga Grey – paediatric occupational therapist. Author of Sensible Stimulation – Metz Press There are so many things that can go “wrong...

Giving a baby medication is not an easy task for a mother. Not many babies just sit there with their mouth’s open waiting to swallow the often not so pleasant tasting mixture. A more skilled approac...

Dr Colinda Linde (Clinical psychologist), author of “Get the balance right” – www.metzpress.co.za From hearing the news “you’re pregnant” up to “it’s a baby boy/girl (or both)”, a wo...

Can you teach your baby a sense of humour? By Anchen Verster – Registered nurse, midwife, SA Certified Perinatal Educator – SACPE, wife, mother to 4 children including a set of twins I heard p...

Fever in itself is not detrimental, but rather a normal physiological response to infection or illness. Although it is often associated with a self-limiting viral infection in children, it may also be...

By Barbara Hanrahan – Nursing sister and midwife, masters in midwifery, SA certified perinatal course developer New parents are often concerned about how to play with their baby and to what extent s...

A little bit of preparation during your pregnancy will go a long way to having harmony at home for dog and baby, especially if your dog has been your “baby” till now! Start early in your pregnancy...

By Dr James Dobson – Focus on the Family Six broad guidelines that represent the essence of my philosophy of discipline. First: Define the boundaries before they are enforced. The most important ste...

By Anna-Marie During – Registered nurse and midwife, SACLC – SA certified lactation consultant Attachment parenting techniques have always attracted a lot of attention. At some point in the proces...

Out and about time with a precious little one can be an adventure of a lifetime or it can become the worst nightmare as the day unfolds. As an organised, knowledgeable and efficient mom with a well-pa...

By Anne Cawood – social worker in private practice. Author of “Toddlers Need Boundaries: effective discipline without punishment” – Metz Press During all the wonderful excitement of the mo...

Some ideas for dad and mom to have fun with your little one and will find that you have fun yourselves! A = Art – let your little one experiment with finger paints outside in the garden, where being...

7 Habits of Highly Effective Fathers By Johan Verster – Husband, pastor and father of 4 young children Most men have either read, or have at least heard of Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of h...

Before I was a Mom I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby. I didn’t worry whether or not my plants were poisonous. I never thought about immunizations. Before I was a Mom –...

As a nation that enjoys the great outdoors, South Africans often share their outdoor spaces with creatures that may be rather dangerous to humans. This is especially true of creatures of the creepy cr...

By Megan Faure  Occupational therapist – co-author of Baby Sense, Sleep Sense, Feeding Sense   Sleep is absolutely critical to your health. It rejuvenates your mind and repairs your body. For cent...

  Jaundice   Your cute baby has finally arrived with his perfect little ten fingers and ten toes, and then suddenly two or three days later this very kissable soft skin has this strange yell...

By Nicolette Ferriera A personal challenge that I am facing at the moment is the question of when to put your baby in a ‘big bed’ for the first time. Not only when, but how?! The very idea makes m...

By Nicolette Ferreira Images of long-legged, delicate storks delivering babies in tied-up little bundles have been associated with babies and birth for years. This idea originates from European cultur...

By Nicolette Ferreira. What?! Does Erica have a baby? When did this happen? She wasn’t pregnant a week ago? I am staring at Erica who has the tiniest baby strapped securely to her chest. Erica could...

Perhaps you are in a similar situation as myself: I am a new mom with a very small support system when it comes to people who can help me look after my baby. Both sets of grandparents are in another p...

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