Parenting is challenging. It’s ok, go ahead and smile at this understatement. Possibly the most difficult part of parenting is finding the balance between opposing positions. And then something that is on most of our minds: finding the balance between raising a warm and friendly child who will go to anyone and a child who shies away from strangers or even familiar people.
Dummies can help a baby comfort themselves and settle off to sleep. They’ve been known to help (particularly those born prematurely or who have difficulties feeding) develop good sucking patterns, and they also give parents a little much-needed peace and quiet.
But there can be a downside to dummy use, so how do you decide what’s best for your baby? Read more to find out.
Posted by Carianne Vermeulen on September 26, 2017
As responsible parents of the future generation, we desire to raise well-adjusted individuals who will be able to tackle what life throws at them. So when do you start to teach your child to understand right from wrong, how to follow some rules, cope with disappointment and work through frustration?
Posted by Lourdes Bruwer and Carly Tzanos on September 5, 2017
Nowadays, parents are bombarded by toys, baby aids and equipment and knowing what toys to introduce is becoming more and more important. “Your baby's brain is developing so much in her first 1000 days and the way the brain fires and wires is determined by environmental stimulation or lack thereof. Any toys which interrupt normal developmental patterns should be carefully considered
Posted by Lourdes Bruwer and Carly Tzanos on August 15, 2017
Ever had one of those moments? Or many of those moments? Does it sometimes feel like the Holy Grail of parenting is getting your toddler to cooperate? Deep breath. There are strategies that you can try with your independent little one.
Through simple daily interactions and experiences, you can help your toddler acquire new speech and language skills. Speech and Language Therapist, Carianne Vermeulen, shows us how easy it is to create learning opportunities from everyday activities.
Are you feeling pressured to get your toddler out of nappies? It becomes increasingly stressful for parents when play schools require a toddler to be potty trained before being allowed to enter the school system. This places a deadline on a milestone that requires patience and tolerance and does not respond well to timelines.
Posted by Lourdes Bruwer & Carly Tzanos on May 23, 2017
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, a time to raise awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the various forms of communication disorders and the management available. As a Speech and Language Therapist, I find it valuable for people to understand the importance of hearing development in babies, what parents can expect in terms of development and when to seek professional help. I hope that this will not only be valuable to parents but to all family and friends of your babies.
Fine motor development is the refinement of all the small muscles of the body. It’s how your baby learns to control and coordinate his hands and fingers to feed himself and use tools such as scissors, tongs or tie shoelaces.
Thinking and reasoning is a complex area of development which includes skills such as being able to pay attention to a stimulus; concentrate; being able to store information in memory and retrieve that information.
It's nearing the end of the year and I hope you will find a little free time to relax over the festive season. Here are some of this year's most popular articles. Read on for interesting and informative articles from our experts.
Speech and language are the skills we use to communicate with others. We form these skills during the first years of life. The most intensive period of speech and language development for humans is during the first three years of life, a period when the brain is developing and maturing rapidly.
Social development entails learning how to interact with other people and what kind of behaviour is appropriate in different contexts. Emotional development focuses on learning how to identify and label different emotions in oneself and in others, as well as how to regulate these emotions.
Gross motor development is the process of refinement of all the big muscles of the body. It’s how your baby learns to coordinate his legs, mature his balance and use his body to run, jump, hop and skip.
Cot death (or SIDS) is one of the scariest phrases you can hear as a parent. The lack of a clear explanation behind the devastating loss makes it all the more difficult to bear. Here’s what you need to know to protect your baby.
Through music, your baby learns a myriad skills essential for language development, and early learning. My Learning Baby speech and language therapist, Carianne Vermeulen, explains how music makes learning more meaningful.
Most of us want to encourage our children in the habit of helping around the house, and there’s plenty they can do from a very young age. Here are some fun ways to get your kids stuck into some chores, while providing opportunities for learning and development.
We all want our baby’s entry into the world to be ‘perfect’. We want nothing less for their nursery, nutrition, stimulation and milestone progress. But the lofty ideal of perfection might be getting in the way of being present – and being truly happy.
Children are naturally curious. You’ll know this if you’ve ever seen your little one squish his finger into a plughole or put a Tupperware box on his head. They are stimulated by and interested in new objects and experiences. Encouraging this interest can help them develop a lifelong love of learning.
There are a few ways to enjoy music with your baby. One way is to sing well-known children’s songs, like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” or “The Eensy Weensy Spider”. But another way to share music is to make up a song especially for your baby.
Until a few years ago, scientists believed that a baby’s development depended on genes and the environment. But, more recently, we’ve learned that early experiences are what shape brain-development. Take advantage of these windows of opportunity to boost your baby’s development.
Play is the primary vehicle for childhood learning. Yet opportunities for play seem to be diminishing, giving rise to a host of sensory and learning difficulties. Here’s why play should be preserved for as long as possible and why play is so important.
It's nearing the end of the year and we hope you will find a little free time to relax over the festive season. Here are some of this year's most popular articles. Read on for interesting and informative articles from our experts.
If you are like most moms, you’ll do anything in your power to give your baby everything of the best. This may lead you to being tempted to install every mod con, sign up for every class, and buy a multitude of expensive ‘educational’ toys. When it comes to toys and activities, what do children really need?
Since a baby’s biological dependence on his father is far less than on his mother, dad can be forgiven for feeling a little left out of the early stages of his baby’s life. Here’s how to get in on the action.
Oh, boy! You know what it looks like: A good old fashioned screaming, foot-stamping, fist-banging, red-faced temper tantrum is easy to spot. What’s not so easy, though, is knowing how to handle it effectively.
Reaching a milestone shows that part of your baby's brain has been wired and is ready to be used and is something to be celebrated in it's achievement - not a measure to be used to compare with other babies.