The goal of Baby Friendly Companies are to provide peace of mind to employees at work when they have babies. Companies that use this program make their workers feel more comfortable and secure when they want to start a family.
Typical values a Baby Friendly Company has in their organisation is mainly to offer their employees reasonable work hours that allow them to balance their personal and professional life.
Not to discriminate against employees that want to start a family and the company supports their employees when they announce that they are expecting a baby.
BebedeParis has developed programs to assist companies by providing them with personal, exclusive and useful gifts and gift hampers when the pregnancy is announced, as well as at the time a new member of the family is born and even a welcome back gift when the parent returns back from maternity leave. These programs save the HR department time and money by taking the task of baby gifting of their hands and ensures that company gifting stays within budget.
Javier Ros, HR vice president of SEAT and long-time customer of BebedeParis says the following:
At SEAT, we take care of employees when they have a child. Among other things, we send them a personalised baby hamper to celebrate the birth of their child. We have conducted a survey to measure the impact it has had. Some of the results are as follows:
Commitment: 100% of employees feel more committed to their work, since they believe that the company takes care of them and their families at such important moments as the birth of a baby.
Satisfaction: 97% of respondents are satisfied with the gift and see it as useful.
Employer branding: 78% of employees became brand ambassadors for the company since they have commented on the special treatment by the company at such a special moment in their lives.
BebedeParis is the leading provider of baby gifts in South Africa and is trusted by companies such as BBD Software, Netstar, Ooba, Gulfstream, Blue Label, Consulta and many more. They also have an online shop for family and friends of new parents to choose a special gift to congratulate new parents on the arrival of a new member to the family.
The saying goes, "it takes a village to raise a child", which is why Baby College® is just the place to help you find your bearings in the world of parenting, while having plenty of fun. Their classes are designed for both parents and children aged from newborn to three years old, taking little families through a variety of fun activities that not only offers bonding time, but also enhances every aspect of your child's development.
As parents, you'll gain valuable insight into the various areas of early development through the Baby College® classes, which will assist in your child's growth through linguistic play, music, movement and other activities. Their programme is designed to grow with baby, catering to three different age groups:
Infants: 0 - 9 months
Infant classes offer new parents insight into early development. It will also grow your confidence and understanding of your little bundle of joy. The classes consists of gentle activities suitable for babies as young as newborn, with the pace progressing as baby grows.
Toddlers: 9 - 18 months
As your little one starts exploring more, the Toddler classes will introduce them to additional learning themes that will include music play and rhythmic movement. These activities will promote language, listening and body awareness.
BC Juniors: 18 - 36 months
Junior classes are fun-filled and more active than the other two classes, assisting in developing your little one's cognitive and motor skills. Here, each individual child will be able to express their creativity and imagination. This will grow their independence and emotional understanding, build the confidence, as well as skills needed for later learning.
About Their Classes
Baby College® offers a wide range of classes that doesn't only cover the development of your little tot, but also caters to parents and their needs during this transition into parenthood. With everything from dietitians and consultants, to first aid and fitness fun for moms, they've got your back in every aspect along the way.
Baby College® Classes
Baby College® offers weekly parent and baby development classes, catering for babies aged from newborn to 3 years old.
Baby College® are passionate about helping mothers and families breastfeed and enjoy making eating a fun experience.
Having a baby is a wonderful experience, but also trying at times. Mom-baby support groups can help you get through rough patches and allow you to make new lifelong friends.
First Aid & CPR
Be ready for anything with Baby College®'s interactive and informative child and infant CPR and First Aid courses. This course is fully accredited and are presented by First Aid Counts.
The massage classes will teach parents how to develop and strengthen the bond with their new baby. This also aids in support and assists with optimal development.
Fit Mommy Classes
Pre- and post-natal health is important. Which is why Baby College® offers fitness classes that presents fun, body conditioning exercises with your baby. All fitness levels and ages welcome.
Visit their website and Facebook for more information on these classes and when they'll be held.
One thing every parent wants for their children is joy and a good upbringing. Sometimes mamas and papas want the extra tiny bits — the cherry on top type of bits like Interior design for babies. So we're here to hook you up with cuteness overload.
Apparently, the first thing that people often think of when you mention baby language is "Googoo Gaga". So, how about Baby Gaga? One of the best in interior design, they tailor your baby's room to your specific needs and add that je ne sais quoi that will have everyone gobsmacked. Baby Gaga is situated in Fourways at the Cedar Square Shopping Centre.
Baby Belle is situated in Cape Town, but we won't let that limit us, right? Well, luckily you don't have to go there to get their adorable stuff. You can just buy everything on their site and become a self established interior designer. I mean, nothing is better than knowing you can add your own personal touch, right mama? Right.
Baby Belle actually boasts hand crafted goods, so you definitely know that you are getting your money's worth. Their pieces ooze elegance and overall cutism (cute - izim), I call it. Your nana's room will be as cute as him/her.
One word to describe this boutique would be "Modern". Baby Couture is the true definition of style. Their designs really stand out. The soft textures that they add really makes a room feel like a baby's room and a comforting environment. Your little munchkin will feel all cuddled and stuff.
Parents are becoming more conscious in their decision making when it comes to their bundles of joy. This boutique will put every mama and papa at ease because it is all about quality and style. Inspired by the love of textiles, you can rest assured that they will get creative with whatever idea you might have.
They ship countrywide, so you don't have to worry about the logistics, other the envy you will be faced with when your friends come over. LOL!
Mariëtte Sakelliou, the owner of Little Interiors, brings a fresh perspective to the little one's bedroom. Her designs are very lifestyle conscious, and quality driven so you don't have to ponder about how long it will last.
Her lifestyle blog is a good one to follow for some fresh ideas and inspiration to add some adorable touches to the room — maybe even encourage you to do something unique with your own room.
The boutique boasts variety, so you will be spoiled for choice, without a doubt.
Play is the way that children learn best, which is why Fisher- Price® offers parents (and babies, of course) educational and exciting toys that help build your children's skills while they have fun. Fisher- Price® gives your children the best possible start and help you succeed at what they believe is the most important job in the world - nurturing your child’s development.
We're giving away a Fisher- Price® hamper filled with amazing goodies to the value of R3 500. The hamper includes:
Fisher- Price® Lion Stroller Pal
Fisher- Price® Custom Comfort potty
Fisher- Price® Rainforest Bouncer
Fisher- Price® Animal Friends Puzzle
Fisher- Price® Rock-a-Stack
Fisher- Price® Building Beakers
Fisher- Price® Shapes and Colour Keys
For more information about Fisher Price® and their educational and exciting products, visit www.fisher-price.com.
B Swim School in Bryanston is unique in its approach as it aims to teach water safety skills in a matter of WEEKS! Using a very gentle and fun programme that was developed and tested in the USA, it quickly shows babies how to turn onto their backs, float, rest and breathe for an indefinite period of time. This amazing skill could prove to be a lifesaver if children accidentally fall into the water during a momentary lapse in adult supervision.
Plus, children undergo a “clothes test” before graduating to show that they can happily float on their backs while wearing heavy winter clothing. After all, accidental drowning can happen year-round and not just when they are dressed in light summer clothing. Special needs children are also accommodated.
Infant lessons (6 – 12 months): 10 minutes long and take place four times a week for four weeks.
Children (1 – 4 years): 10 minutes long and take place four times a week for six weeks.
Children (4 and up): 20 minutes long and take place four times a week for three weeks.
Children are then taught the float-to-breathe method – to float and swim with their faces in the water. This is very different to the doggy-paddle we all did as kids and builds a solid foundation and correct head position going forwards.
Thereafter, strokes and correct breathing techniques are introduced in group classes.
Established seven years ago, Little Lumps has transformed from a small business, focused on preemie baby clothing, to an online baby clothing, accessories and nursery décor store that produces beautiful, high-quality clothing for babies up to the age of 18 months.
Their new summer range includes a selection of fun, creative designs. The clothes are made from 100% luxury cotton fabric, sourced in South Africa and manufactured in Johannesburg (we love local!) The range is fun, comfortable for babies and the quality is impeccable.
"Our new seasonal range offers something completely different to what Little Lumps has offered in the past," says owner and founder Celia Els. "As always, we are committed to delivering great quality clothing that's locally produced, and we’re absolutely delighted to be able to introduce this unique range to the South African market."
Want an in-style baby too? We've got two R750 Little Lumps vouchers to give away!
This inspiring project will change the future of more than 3 million South African babies by 2020. Poor socio-economic conditions make skin problems more difficult to confront. Babies are more exposed to the elements and conditions like dry itchy skin can get out of control, letting in bacteria that will impact negatively on a baby’s health as it grows. That's why The Johnson’s Baby Healthy Skin Projectaims to achieve the following:
Give thousands of mothers and babies in need access to treatment through Unjani clinics.
Educate mothers about skin health for babies through a mass awareness campaign that aims to improve overall health through better skin health for babies.
Strengthen health systems in vulnerable districts by investing in Unjani clinics, contributing to the establishment of new Unjani clinics and providing training and resources for Unjani nurses.
Work with dermatologists and healthcare influencers to educate parents on how to attain healthy skin for healthier babies.
Sponsor Johnson's Baby products and educational material to improve skin health for babies in need.
Unjani is a sustainable initiative that aims to strengthen health systems in low-income communities throughout South Africa by empowering community nurses to own and operate their very own clinic within their community. There are currently 30 Unjani clinics in South Africa providing thousands of mothers and babies in poverty access to treatment.
Knowledge is power, which is why Johnson's has also partnered with Dr Carol Hlela to help educate about baby skin health. Dr Carol Hlela is a paediatric dermatologist with a Master's in Science in Global Health Science (MSc GHS) and a PHD in Clinical Medicine from Oxford University.
Our Q&A with Dr Hlela
What’s the number one concern new parents have when they bring their baby in for the six-week check-up? This is the time mothers will have just witnessed those physiological but transient skin conditions that we see at this stage of life, because the skin at this stage is seriously underdeveloped. An example is miliaria (heat rash) and milia (neonatal acne).
How do you know if your newborn's skin is healthy? When your newborn's skin is intact, supple (nicely moisturised), not dry and has no rashes (there may still be a colourful birthmark in healthy skin). It must be said that healthy skin is a good safekeeping measure towards overall baby health. If it's not healthy, pathogens and other elements can come through, which have the potential to compromise the baby's overall health.
Why is it so important to take care of your baby’s skin from birth? At birth baby skin is underdeveloped and cannot perform its protective barrier function adequately. Due to this fact, baby skin is highly susceptible to infections and damage during the early years of life. By taking care of your baby’s skin early on you are mitigating and preventing the risk of your child developing infections and other conditions such as atopic eczema and allergies which, literature indicates, are linked to skin barrier defects. So, taking care of baby skin from birth is a protective measure that has the potential to influence the baby’s overall health.
What are the most prominent paediatric skin conditions you’re seeing in South Africa? Many conditions, from excessively dry skin from the use of incorrect products to eczema and serious skin infections – some that may even be fatal.
Why is it so important to have something like the JOHNSON’S® Baby Healthy Skin Project? And how did you get involved? The Johnson's Baby Healthy Skin Project has been instrumental in creating change for mothers and babies in rural communities. A project such as this one aims to create sustainable change in the lives of South Africans and works consistently to educate mothers on healthy baby skin practices, so that the future of skin health is a better one.
What is a healthy skin practice parents can adopt for their children?
Be careful what you wash your baby's skin with. To the best of your ability, use products that have been especially formulated for baby's skin.
Moisturise skin regularly even when there are no visible issues with your baby's skin.
Protect your baby from the sun.
When there is a visible skin problem, do not sit at home thinking it’s just going to going away on its own, it may not. Rather run it past a healthcare professional and get assured it's nothing to worry about.
The Joburg.co.za team headed to the Unjani Clinic in Orlando, Soweto, where we chatted to some moms and watched a baby massage class led by Diana Hoyos. Check out the video here:
Life Baby utilises water to give babies as young as one-day-old the freedom of movement. Ultimately, they are provided with an environment to grow, develop and build skills. The water encourages bonding with parents and stimulates babies' physical, mental and sensory pathways. Life Baby accommodates infants up to the age of 12 months. Being new parents can be daunting and stressful, but they can assist with making the journey more relaxed.
L.U.C.C.A offers a group sensory group programme that focuses on messy play. As their website states, "Messy play allows children to build, imagine, investigate, experience, explore, create, observe, predict and use their senses. Best of all… it’s heaps of fun!” Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates a child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Sensory activities and sensory tables facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore.
Infant massage is a traditional parenting practice in India and many other parts of the world. Generations of mothers have offered this nurturing touch to their babies. This is because it provides a loving connection early in life and this attachment strengthens as the baby grows. It's a healing and beautiful experience for both parents and babies. The massage techniques are also easy to learn. Massage can ease colic, calm the baby and help it to sleep, but the benefits go far beyond the immediate physiological gains.
Monkeynastix was established in 1995, offering a broad-based, holistic group sensory programme for children. This programme has been developed to combine creativity and music with basic training in flexibility, balance, strength, agility, co-ordination and body awareness. Classes begin from the age of one upwards, and may be offered either at your child's school or at a public recreational venue. Sessions run for 30 minutes, including a warm-up to music, stretch and tone, and working with specialized, age-appropriate equipment. Monkeynastix creates opportunities for your child to learn through movement and creativity. Their sessions further promote participation, emotional intelligence, good social skills and basic hygiene habits. Click hereto find a Monkeynastix centre near you.
Details: Head office: 17 Crawford Drive, Norscott, Sandton / Monkeynastix
Clamber Club is divided into a variety of classes for babies and toddlers. They offer a comprehensive and exciting sensory motor programme that equips parents with the skills to help the development of their children. From infant massage and baby exercises, to strengthening core muscle groups. Clamber Club also has specially designed equipment to help your little ones learn about what their bodies can do. There areseveral branches in Gauteng.
Tiny Tumbles is a baby, toddler and pre-school gymnastics and movement education programme. It helps you to assist your child develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. Children are given the opportunity to be themselves and have fun with no pressure. They also learn to listen and follow direction, self-control, self-discipline and how to work hard toward reaching goals. Children acquire social skills and learn more about themselves as they interact in Tiny Tumbles groups. They offer age-appropriate classes, as well as mixed classes for mommies who would like to bring two children at the same time.
Know of other sensory activities for babies not mentioned above? Let us know below!
Disclaimer: Always consult your physician or pediatrician for advice before engaging your child in any activities or if you suspect any medical or developmental issues with your child.
Moms And Tots
The Moms and Totsgroup is a great option for mothers with kids from the age of two months up to four years. The group has been working with moms, babies and toddlers since 1993 and strives to enrich the little ones' learning experiences through the workshops and playgroups on offer. With additional physical, emotional, social and intellectual benefits provided by this group, you and your baby are in great hands.
Moms and Tots is also a wonderful way to bond with your little one, and find a support group of friends. You never know when you will need a helping hand, so don't be hesitant to reach out to other new parents or even more experienced moms and dads. There are three classes to join, Moms and Babes (2 - 12 months), Moms and Tots (1 - 3 years old), and Jungle Tots which is a daycare playgroup that gives young children the opportunity to learn while having fun (for toddlers aged between 1½ to 4 Years).
There are Moms and Tots groups all around Johannesburg. Click here to find your nearest group.
The Waldorf Parent Child Workshop offers a gentle, holistic and mindful approach to parenting. Join them for weekly discussion groups, where they explore mindful parenting and support and encourage each other in respectful parenting practices. During free play, the children can explore equipment which was developed by paediatrician, Emmi Pickler, and toys made of natural materials. Singing, movement, music, verse and elementary story telling are also part of the workshop.
Waldorf's weekly sessions are based on the principles of respectful parenting. In other words, they see babies and children as complete human beings. Capable of a full range of feelings and experiences, with their own desires, and deserving of our respect and conscious connection. Guidance is also provided for raising confident, independent, self-directed learners. Waldorf encourage children to develop at their own pace and according to their own internal clock, rather than pushing them to meet imposed expectations.
At Moms andMiracles, the importance of play is emphasised by creating fun and interactive learning experiences for babies and toddlers from the ages of three to 36 months. Not only do babies and toddlers get exposed to intellectual development and stimulating activities, among all the other amazing benefits, moms have the opportunity to meet and interact with other like-minded moms all gathered for one great cause: to give their babies the best therapies. Click here to stay up to date with their upcoming classes.
Established in 1994, Toptotscreates a space where parents can meet and learn how to develop quality interactions with their children. The group's programme has been well researched and developed by Liz Victor, who holds a Higher Diploma in Education and an Educational Diploma with Remedial Education, and her partner Pat Rehm. One of the group's top mission statements is to find the special gifts in each child and set them on the road to success with love. Click here to find out more about their workshops.
This playgroup is guided by respectful parenting philosophy - seeing the child as a whole person. Their underlying behavior is from Magda Gerber (RIE) of "do less, observe more". There are minimal toys, and no planned activities. It's all about letting the kids work out their agendas on their own, with as little adult intervention as possible. This offers parents a nonjudgmental environment, where they avoid making judgments about the kids, ourselves and each other.
Topics they discuss include:
What to do instead of praise (choosing authenticity over praise/punishment)
How to accept our children's development and feelings without imposing our own expectations
How to demonstrate empathy
They also encourage allowing children to problem solve with little intervention from parents. For the moms/dads that attend, it's a time to discuss respectful parenting and get support on this philosophy. They also have Mia von Scha of Transformational Parenting on board as a guide. Both parents and children can enjoy a healthy snack during the session, using proper cutlery and crockery. The venue also has jungle gyms and sandpits for some fun outside climbing and socializing.
Age group: 0-3 years old, expectant moms/dads also welcome, grandparents welcome too
Day and time: Wednesday afternoons, 14:45 - 16:30
Kindermusik @ Stimustation
What's better than being in a positive environment with your child and a passionate teacher? Grow closer to your child at Kindermusik and unlock their potential. Think research-based programmes that enhance your child’s holistic development, prepare them for school and future music training, as well as instilling a lifelong love of music. Sounds pretty amazing, doesn't it? The programme is aimed at children aged 0 - 7 years old. So, even if you are a little behind on the parent-child classes, Kindermusik offers you a chance to work on your communication skills through music.
Want help with the basics of childbirth, breastfeeding and baby stimulation? Then you need The Baby Lady. Additionally, for constant help throughout your early motherhood journey, there's a WhatsApp support group where all the moms are in contact. You can ask questions, discuss products, vent or just learn from other parents. It's absolutely fantastic! Click here to follow them on Facebook.
Baby College takes in children from birth until the age of 3 years old. Classes include a carefully designed mixture of physical, multi-sensory and cognitive games, exercises and activities including music, dancing, signing and much more – all created to cover every aspect of your child's development. For their latest classes, visit and follow their Facebook page.
Know of other great mom groups not mentioned above? Let us know below!
Babies love being warm and snug just like they were in their mothers' tummies. The best way to replicate in the womb feeling for baby is by swaddling. For new borns, it is absolutely paramount to make sure you swaddle them correctly, the blanket shouldn't be too tight as this can hinder the baby's growth. You can get your swaddle blanket from Kids Living or try something a little different like the Baby Sense Sling.
Wraps/ Blankets/ Throws
Babies can never have enough blankets. But what's better than just a blanket, wrap or throw? A Personalized Cellular Blanket! Romy & Rosie have some fabulous options you can pic out for your baby, from receiver blankets to cobbler blankets - getting a cold this winter will be the least of your worries. Available in a range of different colors, you baby or toddler's preference is well catered to.
Heaters tend to dry up the air which creates a breeding hub for germs, an alternative to warming up your baby's room is the Elektra Platinum Cool And Warm Stream Humidifier. Obviously for winter you'd have is set on the warm stream setting. This warms up the room and also adds moisture to the air so your baby is both warm and the risks of catching the flu from germs in dry air is minimized.
Get your baby warm clothes from Little Lumps. Offering Baby Blanks in a set of 6, you can get you baby two sets and you're sorted for a good week with the additional jerseys, blankets, etc. Available in black and grey, you baby's fashionable look doesn't have to take a hit because of the cold at all, you can dress baby up or down.
Why not up your wool game and get yourself and your baby a glorious Mooowool? But what's one or two woolies when you can be rolling in everything knitwear from Woolworths? From beanies to scarfs and gloves, get your baby all geared up to fight the cold and keep the flu at bay.
Know other ways to keep your baby warm not mentioned above? Let us know below!
Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.
This should be without a doubt the first thing you pack, because the last thing you want is a baby with a diaper full of poop. We particularly love pull-up nappies for travelling, especially when baby can sit and stand. They're also perfect for active babies, because you don’t have to fight with them to lay down while you change them – most of the time, that is...
You definitely don't want to change your baby on any surface without ensuring it’s clean. And even if it is clean, babies can be messy during nappy changes, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Make sure your changing pad is a dark colour and easy to clean. Luckily, most baby bags come with changing pads built in them these days. We absolutely love the ones that come with Jean Kellybaby bags. And for dads, there’s DaddyKool.
This is the second thing to always pack in your baby bag, as baby’s bum has to be wiped clean before every new diaper is put on. Start your baby on wipes for sensitive skin to reduce the chance of a reaction occurring.
Although most diapers these days are hypoallergenic, to reduce the chances of baby getting a nappy rush, a little more moisture on the bum can’t hurt. Babies are also prone to dry skin, so the more moisturised, the better. We love the Pure Beginnings Baby Bum Cream with organic baobab – it smells great, too!
There’s nothing more annoying than spotting a full nappy carelessly thrown in a bin. Eew! To avoid doing this, get yourself disposable nappy sacks. The best part is that most of them are fragranced, which hides any telltale smells.
You never know when baby is going to go, and you might not have a bathroom close by to wash your hands, so make sure you keep some hand sanitiser in the bag. It's also unhygienic to go from changing to feeding with dirty hands. Try out the Oh So Heavenly hand cleansers for starters.
Baby Moisturiser And Sunscreen
Protect your baby’s skin by packing an extra tub of baby jelly or aqueous cream, a bottle of baby oil and sunscreen. You can even throw in a sun hat to make sure baby is well-protected from UV rays. Check out the MooMoo Kids range for some great options.
The best way to get rid of hiccups is by giving your baby 5ml of gripe water. Gripe water also has other benefits for baby’s tummy, so it’s always good to have handy.
Most babies love to be warmly wrapped and swaddled. Always keep a blanket packed and handy so that baby will be nice and warm on those cold days, especially in their younger months before the rolling over, sitting, crawling and standing starts. Romy & Rosie has some fabulous options.
Change Of Clothes
We all know that babies can be extremely messy. Pack an extra set – or three – of clothing for them, and don’t be shy about packing an extra clean top or jersey for yourself too – just in case.
Bottle/s And Snack
Pack a bottle of milk, formula or breastmilk and/or a snack for babies over 6 months. Purity has teething biscuits for teething babies – these are wonderful as they double as a tasty treat.
Have we left out any baby bag essentials? Let us know below!
Oh-lief Natural Olive Insect Balm
Keep those mozzies away, the natural way, with this organic insect balm. With a combination of lemongrass and citronella oil it’s safe to use for the whole family, while recommended use for babies is from six months and up. Available online at www.babygroup.co.za or www.ohlief.com.
If you’re weary of hard plastic teething toys, or you’re baby is sensitive to rubber, help your baby scratch those itchy gums with Petit Boutique’s range of natural wooden teethers. Made from raw Canadian maple, a sustainable hard wood, these wooden teethers are 100% non-toxic and BPA-free. The natural antibacterial properties of the wood and comfortable grip make these a practical, safe and eco-friendly accessory. Available online at www.ecobaby.co.za.
Kiki Vest Extenders
Struggling to close your baby’s vest over those bulky cloth nappies? Kiki Vest Extenders to the rescue! These are also great for moms of tall babies to ensure a proper fitting vest. They’re made from 100% combed cotton and are manufactured locally. Available online at www.faithful-to-nature-.co.za.
Ubuntu Baba Organic Hemp Carrier – Stage 1
Research has shown that creating womb-like conditions for a newborn eases the transition into the world for both baby and mom. Babywearing, or carrying your baby in a sling-type carrier, is a great way to replicate the hugging feeling babies experience inside the womb. The Ubuntu Baba Organic Hemp Baby Carrier is the must-have South African baby carrier, which grows with your baby from when it's a newborn until around 14kgs. The ergonomic design ensures your baby’s hips are in a healthy position and the breathable, UV-resistant organic hemp fabric is perfect for our climate. The silk hood and zipped storage pocket are super-practical additions. Available in various colours at www.ubuntubaba.com. Free nationwide delivery.
By Jana van der Linde
From sharp corners to stairs and door edges, our homes are pretty much a danger zone for any crawling or standing baby. Safety barriers help to prevent baby from bumping into sharp corners, falling down the stairs or having the door slam on them. Baby Cityoutlets have a great variety of barriers you can get for your home.
Our Picks: Door Finger Guards, Cabinet/ Wardrobe Lock, Corner Cushion, Open Door Lock, and the Safety Gate.
If you leave your baby unattended, for example to use the bathroom, leave them in their cot or Moses basket (if they're under 6 months). Alternatively, if you've left baby to nap, secure their sleeping space with cushions and pillows, so that if they wake up and roll over, they won't meet the floor but comfy pillows and cushions instead . There is a great selection of cots, nappers, and Moses baskets at Babies R Us.
This links to safety barriers by making sure hazardous chemicals are kept far from baby's reach. These could be anything from cleaning products to medications. If you don't have high shelves or storage to keep hazardous products out of reach, then invest in safety barriers. And if your baby loves water, definitelyinvest in a toilet lock. Baby City also stocks some great options.
Electricity And Cables
The last thing you want is to have baby crawling behind the TV cabinet and playing with the cables. The best way to prevent this is to get a cable management systemin place. Crabtree has some great options you can pick from, depending on your taste, home design and cable location. Also, should you have any exposed electrical sockets, get those covered up ASAP! Crabtree also has a variety of covers you can pick from.
The Swimming Pool
An uncovered swimming pool is a safety hazard for babes and young children, so secure your swimming pool with a cover or net. Mana Pools & Covershas a great selection of covers you can pick for your pool.
Know of other crucial baby-proofing tips not mentioned above? Let us know below!
What Is It?
The Flair Baby & Toddler Market is a fun-filled event perfect for expectant parents, children, friends and family! EMnjoy a lovely afternoon shopping for creative and unique baby and toddler. While moms are checking out the market, the kids will be entertained in the kiddies play area and dads can enjoy a cold beer from the fully licensed bar. From nursery linens and decor to baby food, toys, clothing, accessories you (or should we say your little ones) will be spoiled for choice.
When Is It?
Friday, 03 March - Sunday, 05 March 2017. Market times are as follows:
Friday: 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 11:00 - 15:00
Where Is It?
The Collection Venue, 2021 Boendoe Avenue, Garsfontein, Pretoria.
How Much Is It?
Tickets cost R 30 per person on Friday and R 50 per person on Saturday and Sunday. Children under the age of 16 get in for FREE. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
MamaMagic – The Baby Expo is back for yet another fun-filled family experience! There is something for everyone of all ages, so don't miss out on the country's biggest baby and parent expo of the year. Parents and parents-to-be can expect plenty of local and international brands, covering all aspects of parenthood from pregnancy and babies to toddlers. As South Africa’s biggest and best baby and parenting expo, MamaMagic – The Baby Expo has all you could ever need and want for your little bundles of joy aged between 0 and 5 years old, all under one roof. Parents can expect the latest products and services, expert seminars, amazing specials, awesome competitions, lots of live entertainment and so much more.
When Is It?
Thursday, 28 March 2020 to Sunday, 31 March 2020.
Where Is It?
Ticketpro Dome, corner Olievenhout Avenue and Northumberland Road, North Riding, Johannesburg.
Going into the hospital to have my baby was the most terrifying experience. I had no idea what to expect, and because I had never stayed over in a hospital before, and I was even more uncertain about what lay in store.
I remember packing my hospital bag in the first trimester. My hubby thought I was crazy, but the OCD in me just couldn’t comprehend not being absolutely ready for when the big day came. And then the big day did come, and I realised that 90 per cent of what I had packed was completely irrelevant. So, if you’re about to have a baby, to save you the stress, I’ve put together a list of essential vs non-essential items to pack in your baby bag.
Essentials for mom:
Comfortable, loose clothes. You will still (unfortunately) look eight months pregnant and everything feels swollen, heavy and bruised. Pack loose pyjamas, leggings, slippers and a gown. Maternity wards are generally overheated so keep this in mind when packing your clothes.
Lip ice. All that kissing of your newborn bundle, and all the kisses from over enthusiastic aunties will mean your lips dry out faster than your bank account, post-birth.
Snacks such as sweets, biscuits, juice and water. Hospital food is less than thrilling and the munchies tend to hit at 03:00 when the nurse is taking your blood pressure for the 18th time that day. Breastfeeding ladies also work up a huge appetite so snacks are essential! If coffee is your thing then make sure you have a regular morning visitor who can bring you something more palatable than what the hospital offers.
iPad, camera, cellphone and chargers. You will become very trigger happy in those first few days! Remember to pack a padlock for your valuables as well.
Nipple cream, disposable panties and breast pads.
Ziploc bags. These can be used to store dirty or soiled clothes, outfits for baby or toiletries.
Essentials for baby:
Most hospitals tend to provide everything you need for your baby in the form of nappies, lotions, medicine and cream.* Check with your hospital beforehand, and if they do provide the above, then don’t waste your time bringing your own. Rather, pack:
Clothes and a beanie.
Swaddle blankets (if you’d prefer to use your own).
Dummies and bottles.
If you’re breastfeeding then nipple caps and your pump in case you need to express.
Infant car seat - without it you won’t be allowed to take your baby home.
My time in the maternity ward was one of the highlights of having a baby. Those four days, surrounded by staff, family, friends and my newborn were absolutely wonderful. Use that time to relax and embrace your new role of motherhood as much as possible!
*Please note that I have based this list on what an average private Hospital provides, and not a Government one.