Articles about Parenting

A – Z of Relationships

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 the tub D = Dance the time away even if it means danci

9 instinctive stages of the newborn

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 when a baby is placed immediately skin to skin with h

Will my baby make me happy?

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 dream of finding happiness by becoming a mother was shattered. She i

Where does Dad fit into the picture

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. Mom soothes. Dad is different – he smells different, his body feel

Getting Involved

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). When bathing your baby – the important rule to adhere

Why is my baby crying?

(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. You fed her at midnight. Could she possibly be hun

What is Tummy Time….AND… why is Tummy time important?

By Hettie Grove – Nursing sister advanced midwife, SA certified perinatal educator, SA certified lactation consultant Tummy time is when a baby lies on his or her tummy for developmental play and its one of the biggest gifts you can give your child. Th

Sleep and the Newborn

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 not allowed you to sleep a solid 8 hours since you fe

Safer Sleep

Information from Lullaby Trust – 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 possible. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden a

What is Meningitis?

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 first symptoms appear. 1, 2 Meningococcal disease can