Nature’s Innate Strategy for Brain Development is PLAY

By Dr Melodie de Jager | Have you recently watched puppies, lion cubs and human babies at play? Obviously, not all playing together. It is quite uncanny […]

From Surviving to Thriving – Making the Most of Month 3 to 4

By Cozette Laubser | For so many families the first 12 weeks are really tough. For our family, who recently welcomed a second baby boy into […]

Word wakker baba!

Maande lank het jul uitgesien na baba se koms. Nou is die perfekte mensie hier. Sy het twee ogies, twee oortjies, ’n wipneus en ’n tuitmondjie. […]

Will any crawling style do?

By Dr Melodie de Jager and Cozette Laubser | Crawling (on all-fours) is a powerful BRAIN-BOOSTING milestone. Crawling on all fours requires incredible strength, balance and […]

Choosing a pre-school that will develop your child’s brain age-appropriately

    By Cozette Laubser | How does one choose a preschool? By golly, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration! For many […]

From Nappy to Potty – A Developmental View

By Dr Melodie de Jager | Potty training is similar to learning a brand new language: it takes time, and two people – mom/dad/caregiver and child. […]

Developmental toys and gift ideas, 0 – 3 years

By Cozette Laubser | ‘Tis the season! Celebrating Christmas with your baby for the very first time is such a memorable day, it is therefore no […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Milestones – what’s all the fuss about?

By Dr Melodie de Jager | “My baby walked at 9 months” and “My baby talked at 12 months”, “My baby uses our iPad” and “My […]


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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