A baby’s first words have got to be up there with one of the most thrilling parts of parenthood. Typically, those really frontal sounds like the M, D and B are the first to pop out, and it no surprise that ‘Mama’, ‘Dada’ and ‘Baba’ are the headline act. However, while speech is a natural development, the process doesn’t just happen on its own. Studies have shown that babies are constantly learning from what you say and the way to help baby to talk has a lot to do with your input . Of course, you might feel silly babbling away to someone who can’t respond, and it’s not always easy to come up with new ways to stimulate your baby’s speech development. To get the facts, we sat down with Sima Hall, speech-language therapist at KidsFirst Medical Centre to get her top tips on how to get your baby talking.
There’s a quote printed on the wall of JustKidding’s store that always makes me smile. ‘Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.’ I think pretty much every parent can relate to this. Pre-motherhood I certainly told myself I was never going to be one of those parents. Then Baby Boo came along and I broke all my own rules… or at least I think I did… I was delirious with tiredness most of the time. I know I’m not alone, which is why I put together this list of oh-so-common parenting turnarounds. How many did you swear you wouldn’t do as a parent (but do)?
Since before Baby Boo was born I have been consistently baffled by car seats. From height and weight limits to installation and comfort, there’s so much to consider when it comes to purchasing one of those little padded thrones. As regular readers of this blog will know, when I was pregnant I wrote a list of tips to help parents choose the perfect car seat. I love a good list, and now that Baby Boo is moving up to a Group 1 car seat, I thought it was about time I revisited this topic. With this in mind I decided to call in the big guns and tracked down JustKidding operations manager and mum-of-two, Jacqueline Schrama, to get her top tips for choosing a car seat.