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As we face the festive season and wonder how to balance the social pressures with keeping our babies calm and in a routine, Meg Faure mother of three, who has survived and enjoyed 9 Christmases with her children has some advise…. I love the festive season, I love spoiling my children and I love the social times with friends and family. I love the late nights out and the great food. My kids however become very busy and at times fractious. I know that I may have more cries in December than any other month of the year but I will also have more laughs. So it’s worth it – its what...

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Summer holidays, Chanuka and Christmas are upon us! And as the days get longer and more festive, we expect the same from our babies and toddlers – long, happy, cheerful days! The problem is that all the changes in routine and excitement that holidays and family events bring, may make your baby over stimulated and irritable. To help you survive the festive season, Meg Faure co-author of Baby Sense has some sensible tips. Your baby will love all the fun associated with the festive season and if you go on holiday it is likely to be the first time in a while that your baby will enjoy both mom’s and...

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WATER SAFETY

07-09-2009

It’s that time of the year again when parents delight in the fun children have when playing in water, not forgetting how dangerous it can be for the little ones who cannot swim. Well, children under two years of age may not be able to swim like Olympic champs but they can certainly swim well enough to get around in water if they were shown how. Nell White, founder of AQUATOTS Swim Program, believes that statistics for toddler drowning would be dramatically reduced if parents were empowered to teach their own little ones to swim. She maintains that knowledge of infant swimming should be regarded as an...

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“…your baby can only benefit optimally from stimulation when it is balanced, varied and meaningful and occurs at a time when he can best utilize the sensory input..” Baby Sense Stimulation is important for brain development – of that we are sure. The connections (synapses) that are made between brain cells are vital for development. For example a connection in the language part of the brain will result in understanding of speech or in speech itself. Connections are mainly made between brain cells in the presence of stimulation. As important as stimulation is for development; we do not want to...

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It’s holiday time and whilst you may be really ready for a break in the sun after a long, cold winter, the idea of traveling with a small baby may be a daunting prospect! There is nothing to worry about though, and if truth be told, it is far easier traveling with a baby than with a toddler – ask anyone who has had to contend with a bored, tired and fractious toddler traveler! The first thing is to be organized.  Even if you find it difficult to plan ahead and usually end up leaving several hours late having left half your luggage behind, it really pays to be prepared well before D...

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