Top Black Friday deals for 2017

Black Friday is an informal name for the day after Thanksgiving in America and is supposed to usher in the festive season shopping. Shoppers have been known to stand in long-snakelike queues outside shops before they open and then stampede in to get the best deals. Injuries and fights have often made the headlines.

But you don’t have to be in a bricks and mortar store to land a bargain. In South Africa some are offering online bargains too. I’d recommend avoiding the crowds and shopping online. It’s less hassle and less pressure. Remember, most stores will have their deals feature till what people often refer to as CyberMonday. So if any sites crash, look again over the weekend and on the 27th. Here, Mombabbles, has rounded up a few deals for moms and families.

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Kaspersky offers free advice on online safety for kids

In today’s connected and digital world, when it comes to keeping children safe online, this can be a very difficult task. As a result, parents often worry about how safe their kids are online. Many of us have questions about how we can go about protecting them.

If you have a number of brewing questions, the good news is that global cyber-security company, Kaspersky Lab, has embarked on a local campaign, offering the opportunity for any concerned parent/guardian, who has a question(s) related to kids’ safety online, from a technology perspective, to get access to the Kaspersky Lab experts – all of whom form part of the Kaspersky Lab Safe Kids’ team, for their feedback and advice*.

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End of the road for Babaderm in South Africa?

Yesterday (29 March, 2017) well-known baby products provider, Babaderm, issued a post on its Facebook page that it’s closing down its business. There was no mention of the closure on its Twitter feeds. The business, which was founded in August 2011, will have all its remaining stock sold on Takealot.com.

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Comparing the cost of kids’ electric toothbrushes

A recent trip to the dentist for my three year old, Hayden, came back with a recommendation to buy an electric toothbrush. Keen on following doctor’s orders I went to the local pharmacy. The Oral B Kids Mickey Mouse electric toothbrush seemed like a funky and friendly enough option. It was the only option there.

But it was the price that made me quickly stack it back on the shelf. It was at an eye watering price of R645.95 ($47.96). The visit to the dentist was an unexpected one as was the price of this simple gadget, so I gingerly put the item back, smiled at the assistant who showed me where it was and scurried out of there like a fox that had been caught in the henhouse. I vowed to do a comparison though to see if I could get it for cheaper electric toothbrush elsewhere and I thought I’d share my online exercise right here.

Kids parties – should you stick to trusted suppliers?

Every birthday parents (like us) go through the agonizing decision of what to do for the party. We ask: Should we do it at home or away? Should we keep it small or go large? Should we hire caterers or do it ourselves? What’s the budget? Can we afford to spend as much as we did last year? This year was no different and we had the extra special occasion of our second born’s first birthday to contend with.

8 Apps that teach your kids about money

Children don’t always want to get a lecture about what they should do with their pocket money. But technology can be your friend. Consider these addictive apps that will teach your child about money and even make them do their chores!