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

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Choosing a pre-school

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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 ...


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Pelvic floor exercises

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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...


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  • 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
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Play & Stimulation

At this age, parents generally become concerned about what to teach their children and how to go about doing it. Stimulate your child by exposing him to outside information, the objective world, people, situations and an enriched environment.


Successful and enjoyable enrichment is not dependent on how many toys your child has but more simply by being available to your toddler on an ‘as needed’ basis. Watch him initiate games and use his imaginations as he develops, with the comfort of knowing you are on standby if any problems arise. Being able to play with your baby is an incredibly rewarding experience, as it allows you to share unforgettable memories and experiences with him.


When choosing toys that are appropriate for your child’s stage of development, it is important to take into account your child’s newly acquired skills, as well as his temperament. For example, as your child’s walking improves, he may enjoy a pull toy, such as a lightweight truck with a string, that makes a noise when the wheels spin.


Toddlers are often entertained by objects that can be taken apart and put back together, or can be stacked. Playing games like ‘mommy's little helper’ provide your toddler with a learning experience. His attempt at the task is what is important, not the finished product. Since toddlers learn through imitation, repetition is key in their early education; sing repetitive songs and rhymes to them. Once they have become familiar to your child, leave out a few words and allow you toddler to complete the sentence on his own. At this age, children begin to develop a preference for what stories they like. Encourage your child to select which book he would like to read, to point at the pictures, produce sounds, tell parts of his favourite story and turn the pages.


Another important concept in toddler development is gradualism. All children process information at a speed with which they are comfortable and they have certain times when they are more likely to be receptive to stimuli. Unlike education in later years, where the subjects children learn are compulsory, toddlers learn by choice, in accordance with their mood. As a result, excessive and inappropriate stimulation is likely to result in a temper tantrum. If your child is not in the mood to build blocks, he will not be receptive to the potential learning provided by the activity. Rather allow your child to choose the activity instead; perhaps he would prefer to read a book or sing a song.


Other activities your toddler may enjoy include reading simple picture books involving names, colours, shapes and animals. Show them family photo albums and talk about the various family members. Play simplistic games with your child to teach them the various body parts, e.g. tickle their fingers and toes while naming them or tell your child to point to his nose, ears, tummy etc. Pretend play lays the foundation for more advanced thinking skills. Have a tea party with your child, talk on the telephone, and show your child how much fun it is to talk to his teddy or use puppets (Collins, 2003;; Leary, 1990; Tresillian Family Care Centres).