Does baby’s date of birth matter?

By Dr. Melodie de Jager Oh YES, a baby’s date of birth matters! PREMATURE BABIES If baby was born premature, baby has ONE date of birth, […]

Baby and Toddler Sleep – An Encouraging Perspective

By Cozette Laubser Sleep is probably the number one topic parents read about, talk about, complain about and sadly lie about. This article isn’t about ‘to […]

Play is serious learning

By Dr Melodie de Jager Margot Sutherland, a British Psychologist, says one of the biggest complaints from adults about their own childhood, is the lack of […]

The Skin, Feeding and Early Speech

By Dr Melodie de Jager and Cozette Laubser Your skin is your largest and some would say most important sensory organ in your body. Our skin […]

Get the most out of feeding-time (and not just breastfeeding-time)

By Lorraine van Niekerk and Cozette Laubser Any mother that has read a little bit about babies, even if it is just the label on the […]

Is my baby hyperactive?

By Dr Melodie de Jager and Cozette Laubser Hyperactivity and ADHD are feared words. Without even really knowing what they mean, we all know we most […]

Milestones – what’s all the fuss about?

“My baby walked at 9 months” and “My baby talked at 12 months”, “My baby uses our iPad” and “My baby can build a 9-piece puzzle […]


Nothing makes a parent’s heart beat faster than a spontaneous smile, hug or kiss from their young child. These little signs of love are often what […]

Mylpale in my eerste lewensjaar

Liewe mamma, my eerste lewensjaar is vol opwindende mylpale. Ek het vir jou ’n brie­fie geskryf sodat jy sal weet wat jy in die eerste 12 […]

Jou kind se eerste 1000 dae – Gaan vir goud!

Het jy geweet dat daar ’n “goue tydperk” in jou kind se lewe is wat deurslaggewend vir sy of haar toekoms is? Ons 1 000 dae-gids […]

Birth and brain development – a flawless design

As vital as oxygen is to the brain, the brain does not develop without stimulation. The brain – the power house of the human being, starts […]


Taal is ‘n belangrike hoeksteen in baba se fisiese, emosionele, sosiale en kognitiewe ontwikkeling en daarom moet mens mooi dink voor jy praat. Taal is ook […]

If movement develops the brain, why is hyperactivity a bad thing?

  Everywhere you turn you can find an ad for a movement based programme that promises to be the cure for all ills – dyslexia, poor […]

STIMULATION – The Goldilocks principle

    A baby’s brain is vulnerable. At birth a baby is used to the same environment where the in-utero conditions are more or less the […]

Magical Milestones for Healthy Baby Development

{Wherever he or him is used to refer to a baby, she or her is also implied} Milestones – An overview Motor milestones are beacons of […]

What caresses the nose, hugs the heart

The first 1,000 days between pregnancy and your child’s 2nd birthday, offer a unique window of opportunity to build healthier brains and happier hearts. Nutrition and brain […]

The vagus nerve and its role in feeding

The vagus nerve is called a wandering nerve because it is the longest cranial nerve and ‘wanders’ to the pharynx, heart, lungs and entire digestive tract. […]

Growth vs Development: Your Baby’s Body & Brain Working Together

We want the senses and muscles to work as often as possible, so we need to create development opportunities, rather than restrict or confine movement to […]


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