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 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...


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...


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 ...

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Editor's Letter January 2012

Dear Reader,

We wish you a very Happy New Year!

Change is the only constant thing in life. I firmly believe that it is better to embrace it than to fight it, especially when it comes to parenting.

When Chloe was a newborn, like all first-time parents, I primarily had to the learn the ropes through experience. I felt such pride and a fair amount of relief when I felt I could predict Chloe’s day. When she followed a recognisable schedule I was in heaven, and as soon as I relaxed, WHAM, her schedule would change, and I would feel at sea again. I soon learnt that a day out was invariably followed by a bad day and I discovered what growth spurts were all about too!

One major change all new parents face is a change in sleep patterns. Gone are those lazy weekend mornings, reading in bed with your 2nd cup of tea! Tum2Mom takes a look at normal sleeping habits for babies, toddlers and children. Nicole has also written an article that addresses common sleep problems.

I once asked my GP if the medicine she prescribed came in suppository form. She said sadly not and that a lot of parents asked her the exact same question. If you have ever tried to give an unwilling child some medicine, then our next article is just for you!

Children are increasingly living sedentary lifestyles that leave them susceptible to a wide range of problems. If you have a child that is addicted to video games, iPad or is glued to the TV, read our thought provoking article on how to protect your child’s eyes from the glare.

Yours in parenting,

Janine & Elizabet