Burn Prevention: Protect your child from burns

We all want to keep our children safe and secure and help them grow to live to their full potential. Knowing how to prevent leading causes of child burns, is key to achieving this goal. Every day, over 300 children ages 0 to 19 are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries and two children die as a result of being burned. Burn safety is a foreign concept to most young explorers. One of the most difficult lessons young children learn is that some…

8 Ways to keep kids safe online

With lockdowns and home online schooling, we have already been pushed to our limits, as teachers and parents. Throw into the mix, small children and teenagers, who are spending a lot of necessary time on tablets and laptops to get an education. Now we have an extra concern – cyber security threats. So, how do you teach your children to use the internet safely? Lucky for us, there is a way to teach children from a young age, to use the internet safely. Kids…

Toddler lunchbox ideas – back to school

“I am not afraid. I was born to do this.” – Joan of Arc It’s almost back to school time and you’re probably wondering “how do I get back into the routine and daily lunchboxes?” Try to make lunch a mix of foods that are tasty, healthy, easy to chew, and tried before. They shouldn’t be too difficult to chew and cut everything into toddler sized pieces that are easy to handle. Remember to ask for feedback on what your child liked or disliked…

Pool safety this summer

Splashing and swimming in a pool is a great way for families to bond and make the most of the sizzling summer weather, but it’s important not to let the fun overshadow important water safety. According to Statistics South Africa, fatal drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional death in the country. In South Africa, drowning rates are highest among children between 0-4 years followed by 5-14 years. In the Western Cape, 1473 fatal drowning incidents were reported between 2010 and mid-2017 (Statistics South…

Tips for a safe summer

Whether your kids are home for summer or on the road with you, use these tips to keep your family safe and healthy. Fun in the Sun Babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of the direct sunlight. Move your baby to the shade or under a tree, umbrella, or the pram canopy. Dress babies in lightweight clothing that covers the arms and legs and use brimmed hats. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside, and use sunscreen even on cloudy days.…

First Proteins for your baby

When your baby is used to eating fruits and vegetables, it’s the right time to start thinking about adding some proteins into his/her diet. If you think about it, breastmilk and/or formula was his/her main source of protein for the first year of his/her life. Around 7 months, you can start to add other protein sources. Proteins are a vital part of your baby’s diet, since they’ll help your baby develop and grow properly. By introducing protein into your baby’s diet will help him…

7 Brain/Development Stimulating activities you can do with your baby:

These activities are meant to give you ideas of fun things to do with your child that will boost your baby’s brain power. They are easy, everyday moves can help your baby, and later your toddler, further develop language, attention, and reasoning skills. Picture flash cards – bold black, white and red images for new-borns is particularly stimulating as they stimulate the development of the optic nerves and encourage young babies cognitive development without over-stimulating them. Textural play – one great way to keep…

Things you can do to childproof your home at no cost

The first and greatest task you can begin with, is to go around your home on your hands and knees and starting at the front door. Work your way through the house, room by room, searching for everything that could be a hazard to your baby/toddler. Turn down the temperature of your geyser to avoid accidental scalding when the hot taps are turned on. Either purchase a new crib or make sure that the inheritted crib you are using conforms to the most recent…

Childproofing the bathroom

Is there really anything in the bathroom that you want your child to access without your supervision? The most simple solution that works for most bathroom doors is a hook-and-eye or safety chain lock. If you mount the lock well above a child’s reach, unsupervised entry into the bathroom is just about impossible. Only ever let your baby in the bathroom when you are around to make sure he/she is safe. Try to establish this routine. Never leave your little one alone in the…

Childproofing the Kitchen

Can you believe our homely smelling kitchens are one of the most dangerous rooms in the house? It really requires particular attention. From hot stoves and ovens we constantly tell our kids not to go near, to bubbling and boiling kettles, ceramic dishes that may break, the kitchen is a minefield for inquisitive little explorers. The good news is that there are products on the market that can give moms & dads more peace of mind when it comes to this vital area. Make…

Childproofing the nursery

Baby-proofing your home for new arrivals can be quite daunting. Your little one might spend a lot of the time sleeping initially, but they’ll soon hit a time where curiousity takes over, and they’ll want to climb on and explore everything possible including poking their tiny fingers into dangerous places. The best advise is start as early as possible to allow time for you to make adjustments as your baby’s mobility develops. Nursery & Playroom Check List: Prevent Window Falls. Place your child’s cot…

Child proofing the living areas around your home

Although there are a few grace months before your baby starts moving around on her own, you’ll need to tackle a few child proofing tasks in the meantime to keep you and your newborn safe. If you can think about anything from shaky furniture pieces to slippery floors that could hurt you while you have baby in your arms. If you think you’re prepared, have an extra look around your home as there have been studies that showed when first-time mothers of children aged 1 to…