Shaken Baby Syndrome

A large number of child deaths are reported in South Africa each year. A lot of deaths relate to neglect, abuse or murder. Despite this, there's a knowledge gap in relation to understanding the issue....

Amniotic fluid problems

The importance of amniotic fluid Amniotic fluid is essential for pregnancy and foetal development. Amniotic fluid is a watery substances residing inside a casing called the amniotic membrane or sac. ...

Choosing a pre-school

Becoming a parent is a momentous; life-changing event filled with hopes, expectations and naturally some fears. Parents often learn and grow alongside their children, as they face the challenges of pa...

Newborn reflexes

Although newborn babies are physically helpless and vulnerable at birth, they have a number of amazing innate abilities or reflexes. Reflexes are involuntary movements or actions, designed to protect ...

Mastitis

Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast that can lead to infection. The word “mastitis” is derived from the Greek word “mastos” meaning “breasts”, while the suffix “-itis” denotes “inflammation”. Ma...

Pelvic floor exercises

Although your new baby will probably bring you immense emotional satisfaction, physically you may feel uncomfortable and strange in your own skin. After 9 months of pregnancy and hormonal changes, you...

Colic

Babies cry because they need to communicate something and most parents, especially new moms, find it distressing to see or hear an unhappy baby. In time, you will learn to recognize the various causes...

Antenatal Classes

Antenatal classes are informative sessions provided to prepare expecting parents for the birth of their child and the early days of being a parent.Most antenatal classes are run by Midwives and occasi...

Strap-in-the-Future

The Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 was launched on the 11 May 2011. It is a global declaration of war against road crashes and fatalities. According to Mr Sibusiso Ndebele, MP Minister of ...

  • Shaken Baby Syndrome

    Tuesday, 21 July 2015 16:28
  • Amniotic fluid problems

    Thursday, 14 May 2015 12:54
  • Choosing a pre-school

    Friday, 10 April 2015 17:50
  • Newborn reflexes

    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:49
  • Mastitis

    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:41
  • Pelvic floor exercises

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:20
  • Colic

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:11
  • Antenatal Classes

    Monday, 03 June 2013 09:34
  • Strap-in-the-Future

    Thursday, 30 June 2011 13:52

Bringing Your Newborn Baby Home

Being prepared is crucial.

 

Car seat

Make sure you have familiarized yourself with your baby’s car seat. You should know how it is installed in the car and the pram, and what direction it should be facing. Most infant car seats these days are made rear-facing, with the option of facing forwards once the baby has reached a certain weight. Do use your car seat when you take your baby home from the hospital. It is by far the safest method.

 

Being organised

Make sure your house is clean when you take your baby home and that the nursery is ready. All clothes should be washed before putting them on the baby. It is also a good idea to change your baby’s nappy in one place, so that all the necessary equipment is there where and when you need it and you do not have to search the entire house for the bum cream.

 

Safety first

Do baby-proof your home; you can do this in stages for as your baby grows so safety needs change.

 

Hot drinks and babies

Be careful when drinking hot drinks so that you do not accidentally spill hot liquid on your baby. Newborns often make sudden movements which might bump the hand holding the cup.

 

Meals

It is important to keep your energy up, so eat well. It is a good idea to prepare as many meals as you can before you become a mom, as it is difficult to find the time and inclination to cook once you are looking after a newborn. Ask for help, if you need it.

 

Introducing pets to your baby

It is important to introduce pets to the new addition to the family. Allow your pets to see and smell your baby. Pets generally adapt quite easily to newborn babies.