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In the last trimester of pregnancy, your little one’s sensory systems begin to make connections in the brain and learning starts. However, unlike other mammals, human babies are born relatively immature. Consider the newborn antelope, springing across the African veld, following the rest of the herd only hours after birth. Her ability to keep up with her mother as the herd moves on is essential for the survival of the species but it is also made possible because of her relative maturity at birth. The human babies are born way less mature, with limited ability to act on their world. The human baby...

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  The uterus is undisputedly the ultimate environment for the development and nurturing of a fetus. The sensory systems develop throughout pregnancy and affect the brain’s development. Fetal sensory development Your baby begins to develop on a sensory level from the moment of conception. The first sense to develop is the sense of touch, emerging at 3 weeks gestation – before you knew your were pregnant. By the twelfth week, your baby can feel and responds to touch on his entire body, with the exception of the top of his head, which remains insensitive until birth. The auditory system...

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A mom on our Facebook site posted this information about nut allergies and because it is such a misunderstood and controversial area, we felt that this post warranted a full response. The mom wrote the following: When my son weaned onto solids we discovered that he had allergies to cows milk, wheat, gluten and eggs (blood tests were done at this age) we were referred to two dieticians by pediatricians, this seems to be the standard path. Both dieticians were not much help, it's not rocket science to figure that foods containing allergens must be avoided. At age 3 we asked our paed to refer us to an...

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QUESTION: My son is now 5 months and 2 weeks. I am exclusively breastfeeding still but am hitting some major walls. He will still only drink from 1 breast apart from going to  bed at 6pm. That is the only time he will have a good feed. I have tried both feeding every 2 hours and also to stretch him 4 hourly to see if he will drink better but it makes no difference. He wakes every 2 hours at night, and has never slept through. I tried to start solids 1 week ago, but it seems he hats it. Spits it out, screams if I force the spoon in...

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QUESTION: My baby girl was born 13 weeks premature.  She is now 3,5 months (corrected age 3 weeks). I'm not sure how to handle her sleeping and dietary needs.  Do I do it according to her corrected age or her real age. She was in Neonatal ICU for just over 2months.  There they had her in a 3 hours feeding schedule.  Waking her if she sleeps day and night to feed.  I carried on with this when she was discharged from hospital.  The doctor said I can stretch her to a 4 hour schedule once she is over 3kg's.  She's been on a 4 hour schedule for the past week...

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QUESTION: I am the mother of a 9 week old baby boy. I have been expressing and freezing breastmilk as I have to go back to work in two months time. After attending the Baby Sense Seminar this past weekend and hearing how the milk changes over the months I decided to start defrosting the oldest “stock” and freezing the fresh milk so as to keep my frozen supply appropriate. My son is refusing the defrosted milk – from me and others. He still drinks fresh milk from a bottle so the problem does not lie with the bottle. ANSWER: It is great that you are looking to persist with breast milk...

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