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 ...

  • 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

March 2014

Dear Reader,

This morning I sat and waited in the reception room whilst Chloe was learning to do backward flips and tummy rolls in her gymnastics class. I took along a pen and paper to jot down some ideas for this month’s newsletter and I people watched. I watched the mom moan at her son for messing cookie crumbs all over himself, his chair and the floor. I watched the little girl playing on her iPad, complete with purple headphones bopping her head in time to the music she could only hear and I wondered to myself how will today’s children turn out.  When they are all grown up, will they be able to relate to others? It is an indictment of our plugged-in society. I recently stumbled across this advert Coca-Cola Social Media Guard. It is sad yet true.

I want to be the type of parent that gives her my undivided attention, instead of being busy on my laptop or phone. I want Chloe to believe in the tooth fairy and I want her to skip, jump, and play. I want her to use her imagination. If you click on the next link you will see how these parents made their toy dinosaurs come out and night and play What do you do that creates a little magic in your home?

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Editor's Letter January 2013

Dear Reader,

Happy New Year! May you laugh often, nurture yourself, see the best in your other half and children and dispense bucket loads of hugs and cuddles in 2013.

Our theme for January is, Out with the Old and In with the New. Janine takes a look at how to go about recycling your used baby goods, and Sister Elizabeth has compiled exactly what we should keep on hand in our medicine chest. Before you download the PDF and go to the shops, why not de-clutter your medicine chest first. You will be amazed just how old and nasty some of the medicines are that are lurking at the back of your cupboard. Instead of chucking them into the bin, or flushing down the loo, rather dispose of them at your local pharmacy.

There are a few questions that inquisitive people tend to ask pregnant women;

How far along are you?

Can I touch your tummy? (Normally only asked after their hand is energetically rubbing your bump)

And do you have any cravings?

I have yet to hear of any outlandish ones. Mine was cheese. I ate toasted cheese and tomato snackwiches for lunch and macaroni and cheese for dinner for a few weeks in a row.

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Sister Elizabeth writes about why pregnant women the world over develop intense cravings or aversions to the taste, smell or texture of certain foods.

One of the most common inherited conditions worldwide is Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). Early diagnosis and treatment are essential because children with SCD are at an increased risk of infection. Sickle Cell Disease is a group of genetic disorders that affect haemoglobin. Our featured YouTube clips take a look at what causes SCD and Carol Mulumba shares her personal story of living with the condition.

Our book of the month is Blue Star and Lionheart, written by South African, Bea Potgieter. She said that she was inspired to write the book when visiting the White Lions of Timbavati.

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Yours in parenting,

Janine & Elizabeth

Editor's Letter May 2012

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Breaking News!

Tum2Mom is launching an Immunisation Email Reminder Service (IERS) today, 2 May 2012. We have been working on it for a number of months now. We noticed that the most downloaded document on the website was the immunisation schedule. So to make life that much easier for you, you can subscribe to the IERS in order to get reminders to take your little one for his latest shot. The emails provide background information about the vaccinations; lists possible side effects and offers some tried-and-tested tips on how you can soothe baby after the jab.

Illness and accidents are a part of everyday life. It can be a nerve-wracking, frightening and very stressful experience, especially the first time round. You want to help your child, ease their discomfort and pain, but you are not sure if you can do it yourself or if you need to rush off to the closest Dr or Casualty First Aid is about using your common sense, and being prepared, to help your child. Here are some guidelines for you to follow if you need to help someone in an emergency situation.

Sister Elizabeth Beavon writes about her recent experience when hospitalizing her son, twice in one month! She also offers advice on what to do about common childhood ailments in her article First Aid at Home.

Our Medical A-Z article this month is on poisoning. Most poisonings occur at home, in children under the age of 6. Poisoning occurs when a harmful substance is inhaled or swallowed, spilt on the skin, or sprayed or splashed in the eye.

Remember the door to safety swings on the hinges of common sense.

Yours in Parenting,

Janine & Elizabeth
The Tum2Mom Team

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