Ever wondered what’s going on in your toddler’s head? A lot, is the simple answer. According to infant-development experts the first years of a child’s life is when they are primed to learn. From colours, sounds, smells, movements and touch, they are literally soaking up the richness of their environment like little sponges. As parents it’s our job to enhance their experience and knowledge. Don’t worry, we’re not talking about square-root lullabies or the three Rs. Instead, it’s much more important for bub to learn through play. Here are five fun brain-boosting activities for toddlers.
As the story goes, the first woman to give birth lying down was the mistress of French King Louis XIV. He wanted to watch his child being born and the doctor noticed it would be easier for him to see if his mistress was lying flat. It seems this new birthing position caught on and it soon became the normal way to deliver. However, while it may now be the norm, it doesn’t make for an easy delivery. In fact, birthing in the upright position is far more natural and appears to be associated with several benefits, including shortened labour time, fewer interventions and less pain. To learn more about the benefits of giving birth upright, we talked to doula and hypnobirthing practitioner Nic Bambury. Here’s what she had to say. Continue reading
Getting your baby or toddler into a sleep routine is no mean feat, but while little ones certainly have us jumping through hoops, sometimes parents can actually contribute to the problems. Make sure you’ve got the right approach at bedtime and avoid these 8 common sleep mistakes that new parents make.
Getting a bed-resistant toddler to go to sleep can be extremely frustrating. From endless wailing to constantly getting out of bed, those little munchkins really know how to play the game when it comes to nighttime struggles. Fortunately there are some techniques you can use to avoid toddler bedtime wars. We’ve put together a list of suggestions for mastering a smooth, hassle-free bedtime routine for toddlers.
As a new mum you’re bound to have lots of questions about your newborn. Why does he cry so much? Is it normal for him to have green poop? How much sleep is too much? The list is endless. To put your minds at rest, we sat down with Dr. Mascha Lindemann-Sayed, specialist pediatrician at HealthBay Polyclinic. Here she shares the things pediatricians wish new mums knew.
It’s back-to-nursery time and while you’re probably excited about your little one flourishing in a new and enriching environment, you’re probably equally nervous about the prospect of all the germs and viruses they’re going to be exposed to every day. Of course, some sickness is normal and children develop their immunity by fighting germs, viruses and other organisms. That said, no parent wants to be faced with an endless round of runny noses, ear infections and tummy upsets, which is why there are some healthy practices you can adopt to give your tot’s immunity a boost. We caught up with Julia Youll, Senior Child Health Nurse at HealthBay Polyclinic. Here she talks us through 10 ways to boost your toddler’s immunity before they start nursery.
The summer holidays are almost over, which means it’s back-to-nursery for your little munchkins. The amount of new things your child needs for the start of term can seem a bit overwhelming, especially if they’re attending nursery for the first time. To help you along the way we’ve put together this selection of things you’re likely to need. From super-cute bento boxes, to backpacks and snack bags, we’ve selected the coolest back-to-nursery products you could wish for. Here are 12 of our favourite back-to-nursery essentials.
While there is no strict definition of when breastfeeding becomes ‘extended’, the term is commonly used to refer to babies who are breastfed beyond a year. If it’s a route you’re planning to take you’re in good company as many famous mums, including Salma Hayak and Gisele Bundchen have practiced extended breastfeeding, and the science world also gives it a big thumbs up, thanks to the numerous physical, mental and emotional benefits. To get the lowdown on the benefits of extended breastfeeding we talked to Dru Campbell, midwife and lactation consultant at Health Bay Polyclinic in Dubai. Here’s what she had to say…
From talking to your bump and visualising your first meeting with baby, to creating the ultimate birthing experience, there are many ways to bond with your baby, before, during and after birth. To get the lowdown we talked to doula and hypnobirthing practitioner Nic Bambury to get her tips. Here’s what she had to say.
When it comes to choosing a nursery for your child, instinct plays a big part. However, while going with your gut is great, it’s also vital that you do your own research so that you’re able to make an informed choice and feel comfortable that your child is in the right place. One of the most important ways to do this is by asking the right questions during your nursery tour. Of course, knowing what to ask is half the battle, so to give you a nudge in the right direction we sat down with Chantal Ariens, Director of Growth at Blossom Children’s Nurseries. As the UAE’s first Cache qualified Nursery group, Blossom is at the forefront of nursery education and has an impressive reputation to match. Here Chantal talks us through the key questions to ask before choosing a nursery.