Writing out a birth plan is often a great way to manage any anxiety you may be feeling about the day you give birth. It documents your hopes and plans for the day. It also lets your midwife, doctor and/or nursing staff all know what you would like or how you see the day working out. The important thing to remember though, is a birth plan is not set in stone. Labor is often unpredictable and you need to be prepared for the unexpected. Before you write down your birth plan, do a bit of research on what options are available to you. Talk to your midwife or gynae about any concerns you may have as well as what their opinions are. Talking to other moms is also a good idea, find out what worked for them and what didn’t and what they recommend. What should you include in your birth plan? Your birth partner. Included in this section is instructions on who you would like to be in the delivery room with you. Are there times you would prefer them not to be in the room? Make sure your birth partner is aware of your wishes Positions you would like for the labor and the birth. Use this to specify how you would like to be positioned for your labor. Would you like to use a ball, or remain in your bed? If you are having a water birth, when do you want to get into the pool. Pain Relief. Be clear about when you would like pain relief or if you do not want medication at all. Other medication. If your labor is not progressing as you would like, do you want to be given medication to speed up the birth of your baby? Skin-to-skin. This is where you state if you would like your baby to be placed on your chest immediately after delivery or would you prefer your baby be cleaned and then handed to you. Feeding your baby. Be very clear in this section on what your wishes are for your baby. Do you want to exclusively breastfed? Or may formula be given? Make sure everyone is aware of what you would like to happen. Unexpected situations. It is a good idea to think about what could happen. If you want a natural birth, you may end up having a Caesar. Your baby may need to spend some time in NICU. Think about these situations and if there is anything you would like to happen in the event of an unexpected situation, write it down here. Once you have written your birth plan, discuss it with your health care professional or midwife. Ask any questions you may have and make sure they are clear on any issues they may have regarding your birthing plan.
Research says that newborn babies can cry up to 2 hours every day. If you are a new parent, it can feel like a lot longer than this. This is especially true if you are struggling to console or calm your newborn. The reality is that newborns cry, some more than others. Crying is their only way of communication. But how do you know how much crying is too much? The good news is as you get more comfortable with your new baby you will learn what each cry means. In the beginning, there is a lot of guess work involved. You will check the nappy, try food, rock to sleep, check temperature and hope that one of them works. There can be other reasons why your baby cries excessively though. Tummy cramps or gas. If your baby is pumping his legs or arching his back or clenching his fist, he may have gas which is causing tummy cramps. You can help your little one to pass gas by bicycling his legs and pushing them up to his chest. The need to burb can also be a reason for crying. If you have fed your baby and they are crying and not settling, hold them over your shoulder and pat them. Your baby may be overtired. Some babies struggle to unwind and settle even when they are exhausted. Swaddling your newborn can help them to settle. Or you can pop them into your baby wrap. They may be in pain. This one is a little tough to asses but make sure your babies nappy isn’t too tight, that none of their clothes are causing obstructions or could be hurting them. What if it is none of these and your baby is still crying? Holding your baby could help. Sing to them or rock them, this may be all that they need. Dummies often can help to soothe a crying a baby. Baby wearing is a great way to calm an upset baby. Wrap them tightly against your chest and go for a walk with them. Being close to you combined with the movement will help them to relax. It is normal for a baby to cry. By the time they are 6 weeks your baby will be crying for around 3 hours every day, spread out over the day. If your baby is crying for more than this or they are crying unconsolably for more than an hour you need to seek professional assistance.
Baby wearing is not a new trend, parents have been wearing their babies for many years but what exactly is it? Simply put baby wearing is the practise of keeping your baby close to your body by carrying them in a sling, wrap or any other form of baby carrier. During pregnancy, your child is kept safe, secure and warm inside your tummy, baby wearing makes it easier for your baby to transition to the outside world. They are wrapped tightly against your body, creating a safe environment for them that mimics their world in utero. Being against your chest also allows them to hear your heartbeat which provides them with comfort. For many cultures baby wearing is a traditional practise but it is growing in popularity in many western cultures, mainly because of its many benefits. A few of the benefits of baby wearing are: Convenience: Wearing your baby in a sling makes your daily life easier because you have your hands free and can get your chores done while your baby is still safe and secure close to you. It makes it easier for you to get out and about with your little one, you can wear them comfortably why you are shopping or catching up with your friends. Breastfeeding on demand: Having your baby close to you in a sling makes breastfeeding easy and it can be done discreetly. It also helps moms to detect when their baby is hungry early on, this way they can avoid a crying baby. Your baby will cry less: A study conducted concluded that babies who were carried closed to their parents cried 43% less overall and 51% less during the evenings. A crying new-born can be very stressful for a new parent, this benefit is probably one of the biggest ones in those early weeks with your new baby. Strengthens the bond between parent and baby: Parents who wear their baby’s regularly throughout the day maintain and strengthen the bond between them and their baby. This is particularly important in the first few weeks of your child’s life but also helps when they get older and struggle with milestones like separation anxiety. Deciding on how you want to wear your baby is a personal choice. BabyWombWorld has both a sling and a wrap for parents to use. Both carriers have the same benefits and can be used from birth. You can purchase both carriers on Amazon and Takealot. By Laura-Kim le Roux
I am an occupational therapist with 10 years of experience working with children, parents, and teachers. I completely agree with this teacher’s message that our children are getting worse and worse in many aspects. I hear the same consistent message from every teacher I meet. Clearly, throughout my ten years as an Occupational Therapist, I have seen and continue to see a decline in kids’ social, emotional, and academic functioning, as well as a sharp increase in learning disabilities and other diagnoses. Today’s children come to school emotionally unavailable for learning, and there are many factors in our modern lifestyle that contribute to this. As we know, the brain is malleable. Through environment, we can make the brain “stronger” or make it “weaker”. I truly believe that, despite all our greatest intentions, we unfortunately remold our children’s brains in the wrong direction. Here is why: Technology Using technology as a “Free babysitting service” is, in fact, not free at all. The payment is waiting for you just around the corner. We pay with our kids’ nervous systems, with their attention, and with their ability for delayed gratification. Compared to virtual reality, everyday life is boring. When kids come to the classroom, they are exposed to human voices and adequate visual stimulation as opposed to being bombarded with the graphic explosions and special effects that they are used to seeing on the screens. After hours of virtual reality, processing information in a classroom becomes increasingly challenging for our kids because their brains are getting used to the high levels of stimulation that video games provide. The inability to process lower levels of stimulation leaves kids vulnerable to academic challenges. Technology also disconnects us emotionally from our children and our families. Parental emotional availability is the main nutrient for child’s brain. Unfortunately, we are gradually depriving our children of that nutrient. Kids get everything they want the moment they want “I am Hungry!!” “In a sec I will stop at the drive thru” “I am Thirsty!” “Here is a vending machine.” “I am bored!” “Use my phone!” The ability to delay gratification is one of the key factors for future success. We have the best intentions — to make our children happy — but unfortunately, we make them happy at the moment but miserable in the long term. To be able to delay gratification means to be able to function under stress. Our children are gradually becoming less equipped to deal with even minor stressors, which eventually become huge obstacles to their success in life. The inability to delay gratification is often seen in classrooms, malls, restaurants, and toy stores the moment the child hears “No” because parents have taught their child’s brain to get what it wants right away. Kids rule the world “My son doesn’t like vegetables.” “She doesn’t like going to bed early.” “He doesn’t like to eat breakfast.” “She doesn’t like toys, but she is very good at her iPad” “He doesn’t want to get dressed on his own.” “She is too lazy to eat on her own.” This is what I hear from parents all the time. Since when do children dictate to us how to parent them? If we leave it all up to them, all they are going to do is eat macaroni and cheese and bagels with cream cheese, watch TV, play on their tablets, and never go to bed. What good are we doing them by giving them what they WANT when we know that it is not GOOD for them? Without proper nutrition and a good night’s sleep, our kids come to school irritable,…
Parents generally get very excited at the prospect of potty training because it means no more nappies but it can be tricky figuring out if your child is ready to start the process. Potty training is not something you can rush or do before your child is ready. These are some of the signs that your toddler may be ready to start potty training. Pulling at their wet/dirty nappy. When their nappy starts to bother them after they have made a wee or a poo means they are aware of what is happening. They will start to want their nappy off immediately, even if they have just made a wee. They are able to pull their pants up and down. If your child is going to start going to the toilet on their own, they need to be able to pull their pants down and up on their own. Your toddler starts taking an interest in other’s toilet habits. They will want to go with you to the toilet, see what you are doing. They will express an interest in wearing underpants. A physical sign is that their bowel movements are predictable. Your child will start to verbalise their readiness, for example they are able to tell you they want to wee or while they are doing it (in their nappy) they share with you what they are doing. They will feel very proud of their “accomplishments” once they have finished. One of the cognitive signs your child is ready, is that they are able to follow a simple instruction and is able to tell you when he needs to go before it is too late. Even if your child is showing most these signs, does not mean that you will place them on the toilet, throw all your nappies away and they are potty trained. It will still take some time for your child to get used to the idea of using the toilet. Some children struggle with the idea of using a toilet, they may want to but once placed on the toilet they are anxious and uncomfortable. Many will forget, while playing, that they need to go and by the time they realise it is too late. Be patient with your child, start slowly and follow their lead. Children all achieve their milestones in their own time. Your child will start displaying some, or all of these signs, from around 2 years old but if they don’t, don’t rush them. By Laura-Kim le Roux
As parents, we all want to teach our children as much as we can. We want to help them to make sense of the world around them. It is possible to teach your child about the different shapes in a way that makes it fun for them. It is important to remember that your child will take some time to figure out the names of the shapes, so focus on repeating the names of the shapes, start with the basic shapes first and then introduce more once they have mastered the basic ones.
On Friday night, 2nd December, BabyWombWorld was nominated as one of the finalists in the MamaMagic New Product Parents’ Choice Awards category for the BabyWombWorld Baby Monitor. The New Product Awards have become one of the most exciting and sought-after titles at the MamaMagic expo, as they are an opportunity to shine the spotlight on any new products that MamaMagic exhibitors have launched to the local South African baby and parenting market. The Awards look at a range of criteria, such as design, functionality, usefulness, value-for-money and most importantly if the product was launched within 12 months of the date of the expo where the product is entered. The fact that the BabyWombWorld baby monitor is now a finalist in the Parents’ Choice category shows that our parents believe that this is a great baby monitor and more importantly an essential product to all future parents. We spoke to a number of people and from the feedback that was given to us it were clear that they believe this monitor is exceptional good value for money. The final judging will take place in February next year where after the overall category winners will be announces. We wish BabyWombWorld all the best of luck!
In recent years, it is hard to go anywhere without seeing a precocious toddler zipping around on his balance bike. There’s a reason why parents everywhere are starting their kids – as young as 18 months – on a balance bike. In addition to being fun, a balance bike helps with gross-motor skill development, builds confidence, and provides an easy transition to a pedal bike. Here are some of the top reasons you should get a balance bike for your toddler if they don’t have one already. Gross-motor skill development. This is the least-cited yet most important reason for a balance bike. As a mom, I’m always looking for materials and toys that are developmentally-appropriate for my child. Balance bikes are one of the best tools out there for helping your toddler develop their gross motor skills. According to Kid Sense Child Development, learning balance and coordination is important for injury prevention, self-regulation, and developing a foundation for future development of fine motor skills. Balance bikes also help develop core muscle strength and endurance. Easy transition to a pedal bike. Most of us have vivid memories of learning to ride a bike—and they are not always good ones. On my first ride without training wheels, I fell, hit my face, and ended up with a bloody mouth. Kids who start out on a balance bike usually transition easily to a pedal bike, forgoing the training wheels all together. Toddlers who start on a balance bike early (at 18 months – 24 months) are often riding a pedal bike without training wheels by 3 years old. The balance bike familiarizes kids with the concepts of balance and motion and provides a safe foundation for learning to ride a pedal bike. Exercise. We’ve all heard the reports about the state of childhood obesity in the U.S. Kids are frighteningly overweight and under exercised. According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled over the last 30 years. Fortunately, when it comes to young kids, they don’t view activity as “exercise” — they view it as “fun.” This is especially true when it comes to riding bikes. The other bonus is that riding a balance bike burns off some of that never-ending energy that toddlers have. My 2 year old can manage a couple miles on his bike. When he gets home, he takes a really good nap. Score an extra hour of free time for mom and dad. Fun. This is the most obvious reason to buy your kid a balance bike. Almost all kids love bikes—it’s a universal kid thing. If you want to make your kid happy and put a smile on their face, a bike will do it. Self-confidence. I don’t think there is anything that makes my son puff out his little chest like riding his balance bike. Every time he rides off a “ledge” or a “jump” or manages to coast ten feet without stopping, he just beams with pride. I like that his balance bike is helping him develop a sense of athletic ability and confidence in his body. Especially for really young toddlers, it is so hard to do even the simplest things (i.e. walking fast enough to keep up with mom and dad) that it makes them feel amazing to be able to ride a bike. Exposure to the outdoors. The great things about bikes is that it gives us a reason to go outdoors. It is hard to get my son as excited about anything as he is about cartoons, but he loves to bike. Most kids today don’t get enough time in…
Thanks to advances in GPS technology, keeping track of children is becoming much easier with kids wearables. Strapping a wearable with tracking support to your child’s wrist makes a lot of sense, especially when it allows you to monitor their current location and habits in real-time. In the past, it was perfectly acceptable to allow your children free roam of the neighborhood without supervision. Parents would usually set a dinner curfew and children were expected to return at the appropriate time. The world isn’t so forgiving anymore, at least it sure doesn’t seem to be. Every day we hear stories about children being abducted, going missing or being involved in some kind of accident. As a parent, you can never be too safe with your child. BabyWombWorld’s mission is to help make the life of a parent easier and we believe the new BabyWombWorld Kids GPS Smartwatch will do exactly that. Our GPS tracking watches for kids will you to monitor your child’s location, and call them back if they stray too far. The idea is not to be a burden on your child — as if any parent is more concerned about that than safety — but instead to ensure they are safe at all times. The BabyWombWorld Kids GPS Watches are stylish and you can get them in blue, pink and orange. To see the detail specifications of the watch and what it can do, please visit the product page on the website. The last important point to mention is price. You will find many other watches on the market but you will not find any other watches as stylish as BabyWombWorld Kids Watch at the price they are selling on Takealot. So don’t wait – get a BabyWombWorld Kids GPS Smartwatch for your kid now and give yourself complete peace of mind!
There is nothing more exciting than awaiting the birth of ones’ first child. These feelings are