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

Play & Stimulation

Play provides toddlers with an opportunity to test and develop their new-found skills and to imitate what they perceive around them. Children of this age still prefer parallel to interactive play with other children. Although it is tempting to buy lots of expensive toys to entertain your child, spending time with her and exploring her surroundings is mutually enjoyable and beneficial.

·      Toddlers enjoy playing games, listening to records and carrying things around the house.

·      Being ‘Mommy’s little helper’ becomes increasingly popular because toddlers love imitating others and enjoy dressing up. They are likely to enjoy toys that allow them to copy household activities, such as telephones, irons, dolls, and washing up.

·      Toddlers love looking at picture books, especially if you name the familiar objects and animals, and allow them to turn the pages sometimes.

·      Converse with your child by telling her the name of an object and then asking her ‘what is that?’ Another favourite game involves asking her what noise a particular animal makes.

·      Provide your child with toys that teach her about differences and sameness, such as animals, fruit or cars.

·      Give your child ample opportunities to say ‘no’; for example; initiate a game by asking her ‘where is daddy?’, ‘is daddy under the bed, in the cupboard?’, etc.

·      Toys that link together, such as trains or stacking toys, as well as a hammer and peg set, or simply filling empty containers, are stimulating and enjoyable for this age group.

·      Your child will be interested in playing with simple puzzles, as well as toys containing knobs and dials. The former assists with the development of fine motor coordination, while the latter helps your child to use her muscles and manage new things.

·      Play groups of 3-4 children contribute to your toddler’s increasing sociability. Although she is most likely to engage in parallel play and all children have different ways of expressing themselves, there is a certain body language that goes on between children of similar ages. Play groups not only offer mothers some relief at this stage, but allow them to observe their child in action with other children (; Leary, 1990; Parenting & Child Health, 2009).