Do you have any breastfeeding questions but are too shy to ask them? Well this week Mombabbles has interviewed Simone Ebelthite a breastfeeding specialist and founder of Milk Mothers to find out more.
One way of guaranteeing that you have all the nutrients you need for your baby is to make your own baby food. Don’t get me wrong, shop bought food is OK but you get peace of mind making your own food because at least you know what’s in it.
Making your own baby food can be time consuming – but there is help!
Last year NutriBullet launched Baby Bullet which enables parents to easily whiz up healthy, delicious meals from scratch. The meals created with the Baby Bullet are ideal for children aged between six months and three years (as they adjust to finger foods).
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They say moving home is one of the most stressful things you can do. If you need to throw stuff out because you’re downsizing or moving country, it can be difficult to part with items. Often, when were going through our ‘junk’, such as that box of cables you keep convinced that you’re going to need it one day or those dresses that you think you’ll fit into one day, you find excuses not to throw them out.
So if it’s difficult for you, imagine how your kids may feel, especially if they are sensitive souls. Mom Bronwyn Mann Jacobs today penned some tips on Facebook group ‘South Africans Immigrating to the UK’ on how to deal with the stress and loss your child may be facing if you’re moving abroad and have to do away with some of their toys. Here’s what she said:
There’s nothing quite like a child’s imagination, and you can harness that creativity in so many ways. It’s all about coming up with new activities for them to try and giving them the opportunity to explore different things. The more you do with them the more they learn.
There are a lot of fun ways to get creative with your kids at home and out in Cape Town and the surrounds if you don’t want the mess at home! (Scroll down for a list of fun, creative workshops and classes that you and your children can attend together).
Do your children know what to do in the event of an emergency? Do they know how to call for help?
When my eldest son was four he went to visit a fire station with his class and I was struck by how impressed he was with it all. Of course little boys would be in awe of such an event. But I was even more impressed when he told me how the fireman had told him what the emergency numbers were. But at the same time realized how I’d omitted to teach him that myself. I probably thought he wasn’t old enough to absorb that information – but he clearly was! So how do you go about teaching your child about emergency situations?
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Kirstie Haslam, partner at DSC Attorneys is warning parents to be aware of the dangers some toys can pose to the health and well-being of their children following a report by non-governmental organization (NGO) World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.) that was issued in November last year.
The NGO listed the ten most dangerous toys for 2017, which have caused injury and even death. WATCH was created 45 years ago to monitor and prevent these kinds of accidents by highlighting which toys have the potential to hurt children.
Today I made my first chore chart for my kids. They’re very rudimentary and basic but I’m certain (read: hoping) they will get the message across. Some of the chores on my list my kids already do. But there’s no consistency. Often my four-year-old, Hayden, will leave the bed a mess and needs to be reminded to make it up. But one day he made it up without me asking him too. Since then, he’s generally left it untouched unless I ask him.
These chores are simple but are things that I expect them to get a handle of, or at least try. They include: feeding the dog, taking the dishes back to the kitchen, which Hayden and Sebastian (2) are generally very good at, tidying the playroom and, of course, making their bed as I mentioned. With Sebastian, the task may be a bit more difficult as his cot is a bit higher than his head. But I’ll encourage him to do the basics – like at least pick up the blankets that he tossed to one side in the night. Continue reading “Chore chart tips for parents”
*In collaboration with Travelstart
There was a magical time (before kids) when you got on a plane and only had to worry about yourself. Now with a family in tow you’re the one that solo flyers pray that they’re not sitting next to. You’re the one with the screaming child who everyone glares at with a ‘you’re not doing it right’ smirk on their know it all faces.
For parents struggling with active children in a confined space or with a toddler or baby that’s not so sure of this massive tin can that makes lots of noise, it’s hard not feel overwhelmed and underprepared – no matter if the trip is a cheap return flight to Cape Town or a long haul flight to Disneyland, Florida. It’s also hard not be aware of how you’re being judged by other passengers ALL THE TIME.
Are you growing concerned about how much time your children spend on their mobile phones? Or are you worried about who they message or call? What about whether they’re online or active on social network platforms and who they may be connecting with? Do you also worry about what content they may come across when online?
Now that matric finals are in full swing it’s understandable that you want to take away all distractions so that your children concentrate on the final hurdle and get the best marks possible.
Mother did it, or tried in any event. She wanted me to cut back on my sport. I had to give up drum majorettes, which took hours of practice and a large chunk of my day. To be fair, I agreed with her.