Other than all the incredible restaurants and cafés 4th Avenue has to offer, there's also a plethora of interesting shops to visit if you feel like a little bit of a retail spoil. From antiques and exclusive fashion, Parkhurst offers an unique retail experience like no other suburb. Keep reading to find out more.

What Are You Looking For?

4th Avenue

4th Avenue

There is only one place to start your shopping spree in Parkhurst, and that's 4th Avenue! From unique yet trendy couture to interesting eateries and lots of art and design in between, 4th Avenue is a lovely place to visit over the weekend if you're looking for something slower and different to the usual bustling malls and crowds. Here are a few stores you'll be able to browse through when you visit 4th Avenue.

Desray

For unique and beautiful high-end fashion for ladies, Desray Designs is just the store you should visit while strolling down 4th Avenue in Parkhurst. Here, they make their own clothing patterns, do their own cutting and sew together 95% of their ranges themselves. All of Desray's items of clothing are made with love and attention to detail, as they believe in giving ladies variety and exclusivity, along with amazing quality. You can either visit their store on 4th Avenue to see what ranges and clothing they have in-store or you can shop online. There's sure to be something stunning to suit your style and preference.

Visit Desray.

Ri.Ch Factory

Looking for vibrant and oh-so beautiful African contemporary fashion to add a splash of colour to your wardrobe? Then be sure to visit Ri.Ch Factory, founded by Rina Chunga Kutama. Either visit their store on 4th Avenue or visit their online store to see what gorgeous designs they have to offer, ranging from brightly coloured infinity dresses and Bali crop tops and pants to stunning skirts, hats, kimonos and more.

Visit Ri.Ch Factory.

Parooz Fashions

Get cool, trendy and exclusive fashion at affordable prices at Parooz Fashions. Here, their aim is to dress fashion-forward, unconventional, non-conformist, avant-garde, unique and trendy women with fresh and unique clothing. To see what fashion they have available, visit their online store and browse through their selection of dresses, body suits, rompers, swimwear, shoes and outwear. Their ensembles are slicker than the average. And if you're looking for some inspiration, parooz through their lookbooks online.

Visit Parooz Fashions.

Partisan

Established in 2018, Partisan believe that quality and sustainability combined with comfort and style is the winning formula to every man's wardrobe. Visit their online store or the physical shop on 4th Avenue and take a look at their collection of eco-friendly, vegan sneakers; smart yet fresh dress shirts; suave and cool fedoras; and variety of comfy tees. No matter what your style, Partisan is sure to have just the thing to add to your wardrobe.

Visit Partisan. 

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Green Grass Design Shop

For a unique gifting idea that's sustainably produced, visit Green Grass Design Shop on 4th Avenue. They design, create and make delightful things that you're sure to love using laser cutting! Green Grass Design has also created a unique environment for their designers and those in their upskilling workshops to create beautiful products. Visit their online store and browse through their selection of intricate boxes, coasters, dominoes, bunting banners and much more. They are proudly South African and their products reflect an eclectic mix of our different cultural roots.

Visit Green Grass Design Shop.

MØDERNIST

Looking for trendy couches to furnish your living room? Then be sure to visit MØDERNIST. They manufacture their own range of couches and stock contemporary retail products from local designers. They specialise in imported Danish mid-century furniture as well as international pieces that are from the same period. Other than stunning furniture, they provide restoration and re-upholstery services for your well-loved yet falling-apart furniture items. They also stock a variety of  retail products including lighting by Hoi P'loy and MOS, as well as paintings by Allan Barnsley.

Visit MØDERNIST.

MODERNIST furniture store in Parkhurst, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Tshirt Terrorist

T-shirt culture is a thing, which is why Tshirt Terrorist is just the store to visit if you're looking for the coolest, trendiest and most unique t-shirts to add to your collection. They stock their own brand, as well as guest labels and smaller, independent designers whose work they treasure and want their shoppers to discover. You can expect to find ballsy, intelligent, niche t-shirt designs for bold, outspoken, self-styled individuals.

Visit Tshirt Terrorist.

Santos

From storage related products to décor items for you home, Santos on the corner of 4th Avenue and 7th Street is just the place to visit and browse through. Take a look at their range of lifestyle furniture, storage solutions, home accessories, lighting and more. There's sure to be something to suit your home, style, budget and needs. Their factory also allows for custom-made designs if you're looking for something specific.

Visit Santos.

Cloud+Co

Moms and dads and parents-to-be, if you're looking to spoil your little bundle of joy with new toys, stylish clothing and other cute accessories or need to prepare with some newborn essentials, Cloud+Co on 4th Avenue is a must-visit. This lifestyle store for children aims to provide parents with only the best products that are organic and ethically made and sourced, both locally and internationally.

Visit Cloud+Co.

Antigone Art & Antiques

Antigone Art & Antiques buy and sell unusual and rare antique pieces on 4th Avenue in Parkhurst. This spot is well worth the visit if you love antiques and would like to take an interesting journey back into the past. The store is filled with unique items. To name a few that's on their website at the moment (August 2020):  a Vintage Vampire Kit circa 1880; a Carousel Horse circa 1940; Herman Moll Map of the World (1719); and a fine Stinkwood Rusbank circa 1860.

Visit Antigone Art & Antiques.

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What Is It?

The Dis-Chem BoobaLoo Baby Boutique Expo is back! The expo is a great opportunity to engage with professionals for advice and offers fantastic workshops and amazing baby stuff. This three day event will be packed with expert educators, physicians and renowned brands, all under one roof. Located at the state-of-the-art Sun International Menlyn Events Arena, this expo is a must for parents.

Dis-Chem BoobaLoo Baby Boutique Expo

The BoobaLoo Expo is committed to providing:

Come and celebrate the beginning of life and prepare yourself for the joys of parenthood in a safe, fun and relaxed environment.

When Is It?

Friday, 03 April 2020 - Sunday, 05 April 2020.

Where Is It?

Sun Arena at Time Square, 209 Aramist Avenue, Waterkloof Glen, Pretoria.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R40 - R80 per person, and you can get your tickets here.

For More Information

Visit their website or Facebook page for more information.

It can be tough being a supermom or superdad. Especially when you know the kids need to be fed (healthy, home-cooked meals, might we add) but you just don't have time to cook because work has already overcooked you due to deadlines. We have a life saving solution for you and you're going to love it.

Have You Ever...?

We know it can be difficult to let the ropes loose and allow your children to eat fast food. You want to provide them with something wholesome and yummy so they'll eat without grumbling.

Ever thought of checking out a few places that cater wholesome ready-made meals for children? Yep, those kinds of places do exist. They can be the chef, while you are being the provider.

You are probably asking where do you even find such?

We know just the places, let's take a look at these kids ready-made food hotspots that will change your life.

Ready Made Meals For Kids

Plated

Plated Convenience also known as "Plated", caters all types of ready-made food for children.

You can choose a meal or meals from their list of delicious options such as cottage pie, bobotie, fillet with sweet potatoes and more. They use what they call 'uncompromising health' and fresh ingredients to prepare beautiful, filling meals. They live on the notion that healthy food can be tasty.

Plated also has healthy snacks to nibble on.

Although they are situated in Pretoria, they do offer a delivery service and can whip up something and drop it off at your door. However, please check their delivery options.

Ready Made Meals For Kids

Baby Tastes

Baby Tastes is all about providing healthy foods for your little ones, and prides themselves in giving you food that is free of additives and stabilisers.

Their food is also convenient for storing, you can freeze it for up to two months and still have your children enjoy an amazing meal.

They have a generous offering on their menu. This is definitely a spot that aims to give you more. You won't know where to begin with all the mouthwatering eats they make. As generous as their menu is, you can also buy bulk.

Another awesome thing about Baby Tastes is that you can also find some of their foods at Jackson's Real Food Market.

Ready Made Meals For Kids

Mommies Kitchen

Mommies Kitchen is a great place to get food for the little bundles and the troublesome tots.

They have a wide variety of options that you can choose from, offering delicious and nutritious meals to fill their tiny bellies. Their food ranges from stages 1 to 3 and toddlers, this including snacks to nibble on between meals.

Their meals are healthy and real tummy huggers for the babies, and has been tested so you can have peace of mind that your baby is consuming only the best.

Spoil Baby

Nappies

Babies need a rather large amount of nappies, which can be quite costly. New parents will appreciate getting as many of these as possible before the baby arrives. Get several packs, a large pack, packs for several age groups or even reusable nappies.

Clothes

We can't deny that one of the best reasons for having a child is to dress them up in all the cute little shoes, skirts, tutus, hoodies and onesies. Have a blast turning baby into the next runway model and gift them with all the adorable and fabulous fashion they could ever possibly need. We love the onesies at Woolworths.

A Photo Album

Memories are important. Especially when baby is no longer a baby and he or she is 14 and throwing a tantrum because they can't go to that party with Chad and Kyle. One of the only things that will keep mom from pulling out her hair, or dad getting out the shot gun (we're kidding), are the adorable baby photos. Check out The Crazy Store and Photo Albums Online for some lovely options.

Gift Pack 

We simply love gifting kits. Fill a basket with a soft towel or blanket, a dummy, milk bottles, wet wipes, a small pack of nappies, nasal aspirator, a baby thermometer and a bottle or two of Oh So Heavenly baby care. Also, add in a cute pair of booties, because they're simply to adorable to pass up. Or, get a ready-made gift set at Little Lumps.

Blankets 

Babies need blankets to keep them warm and comfy. Why not get them their very own unique blankie? Santa Cause for Paws hand-makes soft knitted blankets in different patterns and colours. This gift can be something to keep for years to come. And one day, it can be passed on.

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Spoil Mom

Mom deserves some extra love, too. She spent the last nine months sharing her body with another, having a sore back, swollen feet and morning sickness. When baby is born, she'll need to be at constant beck and call - attending to a crying baby, while lacking sleep, all the while trying to lose the baby weight and stretch marks. She's earned a spoil or two.

Spa Voucher

Hubbies, parents and close friends can spoil the new mommy with a day off. Volunteer to baby sit for a couple of hours while mom gets a pedicure, massage or facial. This option is great because most spa vouchers last for a few months. This way, mom can keep it until she is ready to leave her new bundle of joy. Try any one of these great spas in Joburg.

Meal Kits

With baby fighting sleep, laundry piling up, the older kids demanding attention and dad back at work, mom doesn't have time to cook. So, help her out with a meal kit. You can purchase one at UCOOK or Checkers. Alternatively, you can make your own with a jar of pasta sauce, a packet of spaghetti and a loaf of artisanal bread.

Gift Pack

As a more affordable, timely option to a spa treatment, treat mom with an at-home care package. Simply get a basket and fill it with all her favourites. Include tissue oil, a scented candle, body butter and some bubble bath. Or pick up an Oh So Heavenly care package at Clicks. Remember to include a small chocolate for a well-deserved indulgence.

Spoil The Rest Of The Family

With mom and baby being spoiled, dad and kids may feel a tad left out or forgotten. Give them a little something to remind them that they are special too.

Dad

Dads are notoriously difficult to shop for. But we suggest getting him a pair of warm slippers, and maybe even a fluffy gown. Then he'll have no excuse when it's his turn to tend the baby in the middle of the night. Something else all dads appreciate is a nice pack of biltong.

Other Kids

It's important to give the older kids attention so they know the new baby is not replacing them. Gift them with small toys and trinkets such as a pack of playing cards, a Rubik's cube or some board games that will gift the whole family with hours of fun.

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Every mother knows that a baby carrier is one of the first things that one should consider when buying their baby stuff. However it can be quite easy to forget about it during the process of tons of administration that you have to handle during and after the pregnancy.

Dads Love Carriers...

Carriers and fathers have become the best of friends the past two years, dad's have become comfortable and wearing a "daddy carrier" with pride, it is somehow become a very stylish and trendy thing to do. Most pictures labelled 'cute' have been of dads and their babies in the carrier. Plus, I figure the dad's can agree with me when I say that they would much rather have a baby carrier than putting the baby on the back using a towel or blanket, because with a carrier - they can either choose to do it on the back or on the chest.

Why Is It So Life Changing?

Not only is it great because you get to be hands-free, it is absolutely amazing because it's very easy to use. Okay! I will be honest, some baby carriers look like the most complicated thing ever, almost like a mosquito net 😅🙈 but once you get the hang of it, it is the best thing since sliced bread.

Fashion Carriers

For the stylish mum and dad, carrier makers have become quite innovative in making sure that the bring fashion into the mix, making use of unique shapes, colours, patterns and tying techniques.

Now let's take a look at stores in Joburg where you can find this amazing life changing product... cuteness overload.

Baby Carriers Joburg

Noonoo Pie

Let's start off by acknowledging the cuteness of this name, Noonoo Pie. Sounds absolutely adorable, and best believe that their baby carriers are just as adorable.

They boast with high quality products, made from 95% of the best cotton and lycra for stretch. They also have what I would call delicate colours, their selection is beautiful. Noonoo Pie is originally from Durban however you can make purchase online.

Baby Carriers Joburg

Ubuntu Baba

Ubuntu Baba is the best baby carrier spot if you want to get bigger sizes too. They have really cool options and colours.

This cuteness overloaded place is situated in Cape Town, but does however have an online purchase option. Ubuntu baba also has doll carriers for the kids - it's like a mini version of the carrier for your "minnie me" 😊. Too cute! Another cherry on top has to be the teething pads that you can sling onto the carriers to catch all the 'droolzies'.

Baby Carriers Joburg

Babies R Us

Babies R Us has been around for many years, and yep! they get better with time. So if you are looking for a spot where you can find anything from traditional baby carriers, stylish carriers as well as car seats, this is definitely the place you need to visit.

The design and colour options come in a wide variety allowing you more to choose from so check them out.

A little cherry on top for you - Maternity Wear Stores.

Dear Parents! We all know travel can be a lot of admin, even worse when you come to the reality that you are now a parent and the kids are coming along.

Before you start panicking and probably scratching the idea altogether, let's go through a little list that will help you get through everything. Travelling with your kids can be the best thing for you and them. You learn a lot when you have to travel with the bambinos.

First Things First...

If the plan is to go abroad or through a boarder of sorts, treat your child like an adult - they need a passport just as much as you do. Age is just a number...they said.

To accompany this, if your child is still an infant - best prepare that unabridged birth certificate because you just might need it especially when going outside of Mzansi.

Side Note: most airlines would encourage you to travel when the baby is at least a month but preferably a quarter or half a year old, sometimes you may be required to bring a fit to fly certificate from your paediatrician.

Travelling with The Kids

2 years and above:

At this age, a child is considered old enough to pay for a seat so do make sure that you don't find yourself having to check in and then miss your flight because you have to go back to buy a ticket for the little one.

Pack Smart

A wise lady once said, "Bag Lady, you gon' hurt your back"- Erykah Badu

Honestly! You always need to have enough clothing for the children because they get dirty quite easily. At the back of your mind, always be conscious of the season of your travel destination. The majority love surprises, just not where weather is concerned.

Limit the stereotype "what if" items as much possible. What if's also might come with; what if I have to pay thousands wherever I go because of clothing I won't even wear. Trick: Always pack less clothes for yourself than your children. Shoes, don't fall victim of the "I need a pair for every outfit". That will not work in your favour, honey!

Travelling with The Kids

The Right Wheels

Car rental is one of the integral things to do where travel is concerned so in the case that you need a car, make sure that it comes with a car seat. This is just to ensure that there is the convenience aspect and just peace of mind.

The small vehicle

Stroller Alert - The collapsible stroller is acceptable on planes, this is for space purposes and is free of charge to take with (unless stated otherwise by airline).

Hiccup: Just check if the airline is okay with weight of your stroller.

Please don't hesitate to share your little tricks with us...that's it from me!

What Is It?

Elana Afrika’s Parent and Baby Brunch is making it's way to Gauteng for the first time and parents cannot wait to be part of it with the bundles of joy.

This brunch has been sold out twice in Cape Town and it promises to sell out faster in Gauteng, so make sure you get your tickets now.

The event is supported by Jacaranda FM so expect to also be entertained.

Get your tickets now!

When Is It?

Saturday, 31 August 2019 at 18:15

Where Is It?

Idlewild Country Estate, Irene, Pretoria, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R275 per person, get your ticket Here.

For More Information

For more information, visit Here.

Dear Parents! We all know travel can be a lot of admin, even worse when you come to the reality that you are now a parent and the kids are coming along.

Before you start panicking and probably scratching the idea altogether, let's go through a little list that will help you get through everything. Travelling with your kids can be the best thing for you and them. You learn a lot when you have to travel with the bambinos.

First Things First...

If the plan is to go abroad or through a boarder of sorts, treat your child like an adult - they need a passport just as much as you do. Age is just a number...they said.

To accompany this, if your child is still an infant - best prepare that unabridged birth certificate because you just might need it especially when going outside of Mzansi.

Side Note: most airlines would encourage you to travel when the baby is at least a month but preferably a quarter or half a year old, sometimes you may be required to bring a fit to fly certificate from your paediatrician.

Travelling with The Kids

2 years and above:

At this age, a child is considered old enough to pay for a seat so do make sure that you don't find yourself having to check in and then miss your flight because you have to go back to buy a ticket for the little one.

Pack Smart

A wise lady once said, "Bag Lady, you gon' hurt your back"- Erykah Badu

Honestly! You always need to have enough clothing for the children because they get dirty quite easily. At the back of your mind, always be conscious of the season of your travel destination. The majority love surprises, just not where weather is concerned.

Limit the stereotype "what if" items as much possible. What if's also might come with; what if I have to pay thousands wherever I go because of clothing I won't even wear. Trick: Always pack less clothes for yourself than your children. Shoes, don't fall victim of the "I need a pair for every outfit". That will not work in your favour, honey!

Travelling with The Kids

The Right Wheels

Car rental is one of the integral things to do where travel is concerned so in the case that you need a car, make sure that it comes with a car seat. This is just to ensure that there is the convenience aspect and just peace of mind.

The small vehicle

Stroller Alert - The collapsible stroller is acceptable on planes, this is for space purposes and is free of charge to take with (unless stated otherwise by airline).

Hiccup: Just check if the airline is okay with weight of your stroller.

Please don't hesitate to share your little tricks with us...that's it from me!

What Is It?

Don't miss this amazing Momee and Babee Expo, this wonderful three day event is bringing all the things that you need to know about the latest in parenting and baby products.

Calling all the Momees and Dadees to come and partake in a entertaining expo, there will be tons of prices to be won.

Gallagher Convention Centre awaits you and your family!

When Is It?

Friday to Sunday, 05 - 07 July 2019 at 10:00.

Where Is It?

Gallagher Estate, Midrand, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is R50 per person, get your tickets here!

For More Information.

For more information, click here.

What Is It?

The country's biggest baby and parenting expo is ready for the summer season. You guessed it, it's MamaMagic time! The expo promises to bring more amazing talks, live entertainment and exciting competitions.

This is a great way for parents to get informed and equipped, so don't miss it.

When Is It?

Thursday, 28 November 2019 - Sunday, 01 December 2019.

Where Is It?

Ticketpro Dome, Northumberland Road and Olievenhout Avenue, Northriding, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R40 - R95 per person. Get yours here!

For More Information

For more information, visit the MamaMagic website. Or, you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Details: +27 11 465 8955 | [email protected]

Baby Gaga Decor

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

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.

Baby Couture

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!

Little Interiors

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.

Find more places to splurge on your baby.

 

What Is It?

The Baby Show UK, is overjoyed to announce that they will be going global and rejoice Joburgers, because it will be launching in Johannesburg. Meeting up with the leading industry expert, Meg Faure as she talks about the following topics; Pregnancy Sense, Baby Sense, Parent Sense and Play Sense. So come get informed and let the kids play as well. For the parents, there will be a chance for you to familiarise yourself with some baby products, and learn how to use them. They are catering everything you need for bump, baby and you.

When Is it?

Friday, 28 September 2018 - Sunday, 30 September 2018. These are the following times:

When Is It?

Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and Convention Centre, Corner R55 and Allandale Road, Midrand, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Ticket prices will be updated on 20 June 2018 from 09:00. Click here to get more ticket information.

For More Information 

Visit their Facebook page for more details.

What Is It?

Are you an expecting parent? Or how about a newcomer to the world of parenting? Then the Clicks Baby Bootcamp is just the workshop for you! Here, you can expect delicious breakfast treats, the best advice and guidance from baby experts who will be talking about pregnancy and babies, how to keep your family healthy offering parenting tips as well as all things health for you and your little family. Ticket holders will receive a FREE goodie bag! This is also a great opportunity to mingle and talk to fellow moms and dads.

When Is It?

Saturday, 23 June 2018 from 09:00 - 13:00.

Where Is It?

Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika, Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R95* per person and can be bought at Webtickets.

*One free child under 12 enters FREE with a ticket holding parent.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit BabyClub by Clicks on Facebook. 

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!

WIN A Little Lumps Online Gift Voucher! JHB

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 Project aims to achieve the following:

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?

  1. 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.
  2. Moisturise skin regularly even when there are no visible issues with your baby's skin.
  3. Protect your baby from the sun.
  4. 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:

For more information visit their website www.johnsonsbaby.co.za

 

Baby Tastes

Baby Tastes is a range of easy, nutritious, healthy food ideal for babies, toddlers and moms. Introducing your baby to solids can seem daunting and overwhelming but with Baby Tastes there is a specific meal range perfect for your baby or toddler. You can introduce solids any time between four and six months if your baby is ready and if advised by your pediatric sister or paediatrician. But why choose Baby Tastes? Well, if the fact that it's 100% homemade, free of additives, stabilisers, preservatives and colourants, and has no added sugar or salt doesn't convince you, then perhaps the convenience and easy storage will. Best still, food can be frozen for up to two months.

Orchard Baby

Stored in BPA-free glass jars to seal in the freshness and goodness, Orchard Baby offers 100% natural and wholesome food for babies from the age of six months and older. Only natural and fresh ingredients are used to make the food without any preservatives, colourants, artificial flavours, sugar or stabilisers. Orchard Baby products are also dairy free, and their ranges cater to babies from six months +, nine months +, and 12 months +. You can find Orchard Baby food meal ranges from the Baby City outlets in Craighall and Kensington.

 

Bumbles

For food carefully designed to meet the nutritional needs of babies of specific ages, ensuring that taste and texture is introduced correctly at each vital stage, Bumbles baby food range is the brand to buy. Bumbles baby food is unsalted, unsweetened, fresh, pure, nutrient-rich, preservative-free, and contains no thickeners or fillers without nutritional value. It also has no GM or artificial ingredients. Bumbles will soon be offering dairy yoghurts for babies aged six months and over, and will have added prebiotics, specially designed for little tummies. The prebiotic will stimulate the growth and/or activity of bacteria in the colon and aids in the formation of your little one's digestive system.

Little Foodie

Little Foodie uses only the best quality fresh produce, which means their food does not contain any added sugar, salt and starchy fillers that dilute the nutritional content. Their baby food range is homemade and quickly frozen to lock in all the natural goodness and nutritional value. Their first range, catering to babies that are six months, is called Little Creamy and consists of carrots, sweet potato, gem, butternut, apple and pear. Stage two, catering to babies from eight months, is called Little Gooey and consists of a wider variety. Then there's stage three, from 10 months, which is called Little Chewy. It's textured and combines flavours blended together for maximum nutrition. It is the healthiest and most convenient way to teach your baby to chew.

 

Know of other great homemade baby food businesses not mentioned above? Let us know below.

ProNanny

ProNanny works as a matching agency that places the best possible candidate with you – best suited for your child and your family's needs. The agency interviews and does the initial screening of nanny applicants. Through their careful screening procedure, nannies are selected for their common sense, good judgement, patience, warmth and energy. The nannies are also selected based on their ability to stimulate a child through the use of toys, games, outdoor activities, meals and rest times. You can also expect your nanny to perform light housework, especially that which concerns the kids. ProNanny provides you with a list of qualified applicants, from which you can make the final decision.

Tip-Top Au Pairs

Tip-Top Au Pairs is a recruitment agency that assists families all over South Africa in finding local childcare specialists in specific areas. In order to provide clients with au pairs who have adequate experience, the agency is selective, so if you need an au pair immediately, you need to make contact with them ASAP. The agency has three years' experience working in the recruitment of au pairs, tutors and child care workers, but have already built a reputation for understanding the importance of having someone reliable to assist with your childcare needs.

 

Hands-On

Hands-On takes every precaution necessary to place your family with the perfect au pair. Their au pairs are matriculants with a minimum of one year experience in the childcare environment. They are either trained in first aid or awaiting to be trained, and they also have their own car and a valid driver’s license with a minimum of six months' driving experience. Hands-On tries to match the culture and ethics of each au pair with those of your family, eliminating any related clashes. Hands-On is confident that they will find you the perfect person who will fit right into your family and home environment.

Little Sunshines

The dedicated Little Sunshines Au Pair Agency is committed to ensuring you receive the highest level of professional service. They provide families with au pairs who are knowledgeable and ethical. These au pairs stand by the company's code of conduct and maintain a healthy general work ethic. Their tutors and au pairs go through a stringent interview process and formal reference checks. They also undergo a childcare test so you can rest assured they know what they are doing.

 

Little Darlings

Little Darlings in an online au pairing agency that provides a platform for families to meet qualified au pairs, babysitters and tutors that best suit their personal needs. The platform allows for families to see what skills and experience the au pairs, tutors and babysitters have before picking one. Little Darlings is dedicated to helping South African families find matching South African au pairs as quickly and as cost-effectively as possible. Once you have registered, you can complete your search criteria and find your match instantly. A once-off fee will allow you to contact all au pairs listed on the site.

*Disclaimer: Joburg.co.za does not endorse any of the above-mentioned agencies. This list is compiled at the discretion of the journalist.

What Is It?

The Flair Baby & Toddler Market is a fun-filled outing for family, friends and your little ones. Moms can buy creative and unique baby and toddler goods while the kids play and dads relax with a cold beer in hand. The market selects and showcases only the best in original and unique products, bringing you something new and exciting every time. Not only will you enjoy a unique shopping experience, but you'll also get the opportunity to enjoy refreshing drinks and tastiest grub.

You can expect a little bit of anything and everything, including nursery linen and decor, baby food, toys, baby and toddler clothing and accessories, nappy bags, educational toys, shoes and lots more. There will also be a kids' play area/entertainment and changing rooms available at the event.

Kids entertainment program includes the following: Sand Art, Magic Nuudles, Face Painting, Balloon Sculpting, Ceramic Painting, Soft play, Jumping castles and many more. Enjoy your favourite family market and bring along all your friends and family.

When Is It?

Friday, 02 March 2018 - Sunday, 04 March 2018 Market times are as follows:

Where Is It?

Southdowns College, 1297 John Vorster Drive, Doornkloof, Centurion, Pretoria.

How Much Is It?
R50 per person and kids under 16 enter FREE. Tickets sold at the doors.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit their Facebook event page.

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.

Pure Beginnings Probiotic Sensitive Baby Range

Use this brand-new Probiotic Sensitive Body Cream and Cream Wash to keep your baby’s skin soft and healthy. Combining the latest innovation in probiotic technology with the trusted methods of organic skincare, the new Probiotic Sensitive Baby Range is perfect for babies and children who are prone to skin sensitivities. Available in-store at Dis-Chem and Baby City, and online at www.purebeginnings.co.za or www.babygroup.co.za.

Petit Boutique Wooden Teethers

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

 

 

Safety Barriers

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 City outlets 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.

Baby Cot

Fall Prevention

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.

Our Picks: Moses baskets,  Wooden Cots, and Bounce 2-in-1 rocker bassinet.

Poison Prevention 

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, definitely invest in a toilet lock. Baby City also stocks some great options.

Safety Socket

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 system in 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 & Covers has a great selection of covers you can pick for your pool.

Our Picks: Solid Safely Cover.

Know of other crucial baby-proofing tips not mentioned above? Let us know below!

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