- Published on 11 April 2014
Water birth with midwife at her home
I am normally the one posting the birth series stories on Moomie and now I have the privilege to write another one of my own. For purposes to make it easier to read, I will write this one in English.
- Published on 14 March 2014
The rules on how to take care of a new-born baby change all the time and, with all the information available today, it’s difficult to know which source to turn to when Baby is feeling sick. Getting to know your baby’s sounds and signals in the first few months can be a challenge that leaves you feeling frustrated or helpless so keep this checklist at hand to avoid a mommy meltdown.
1. Curb colds and flu The immune system of a new-born is still functionally immature in the first few weeks of life,putting them at high risk of colds and flu. Unless administered by a doctor, it’s not advisable to give Baby over-the- counter medication. To keep germs at bay, try to keep Baby’s nose clean at all times. Breastfeeding will help build Baby’s immune system but, if Baby has a high temperature or coughing persists, consult your pediatrician.
2. Avoid vomiting and diarrhea Feeding time can be stressful as your baby needs to get rid of excess wind created from drinking milk. Vomiting after feeding is normal, especially when Baby moves onto solids. If Baby has diarrhea, give him/her sterilised water in between feedings. Alternatively, if Baby hasn't had a bowel movement for three or more days, change your formula and advise your pediatrician.
3. Prevent eye infections Keep Baby’s eyes clean by wiping them with cotton wool dabbed in sterilised water. It’s also advisable to avoid crowds or high-traffic areas where Baby could be exposed to dust and other allergens.
4. Fight off fever Is Baby’s temperature higher than usual? Apply a tepid sponge to the body to help prevent the onset of fever. Unless prescribed by your pediatrician, do not administer pain medication.
5. Brush off thrush Oral thrush is caused by not sterilising teats correctly. If you notice white patches on the inside of Baby’s mouth or on the tongue, apply an anti-fungal gel to the affected areas. Wash your hands frequently before and after feeding your baby and before and after changing his/her diaper.
- Published on 13 March 2014
Age: 2+ Difficulty: Easy
This is a really simple craft that will be enjoyed by many a young child. Using every day household items to make this friendly caterpillar, your child will enjoy painting and decorating the segments. It is also a useful craft for teaching your child colours as each segment can be coloured a different colour or numbered to teach counting skills.
- Published on 14 March 2014
Welcoming a new baby into the world can be costly - the last thing you want is financial strain while you’re adapting to the change. There are many factors to consider before baby becomes a burden. Here are five tips to keep your finances in check so you can focus on the more pressing mommy matters…
1. Revise your medical aid scheme. Unexpected trips to the doctor, over-the-counter medication, specialist advice – these are just some of the medical costs you will need to factor into your new medical aid allowance.
2. Keep money aside for those rainy days. It’s advisable to have a separate savings account to allow for unforeseen costs – raising an infant can be unpredictable so it’s wise to have a safety net to prevent unnecessary spending.
3. Balance your budget – cater for the small costs (diapers, dummies, clothes, cots etc) but always be aware of the bigger expenses like extra travel and food costs.
4. Start an education fund now! According to a report conducted by IOL.co.za, it will cost over a million rand to put a child starting Grade One at a private school this year through their entire schooling and university career. Put away money every month so you can give your child the best education for your budget.
5. Constantly review your bank balance. It sounds like hard work, but staying on top of your finances gives you the freedom to raise your baby with confidence. Preparing for the worst case scenario is the best way to avoid getting into debt.
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- Published on 25 February 2014
Siobhan Mairead Wilcox (40) always thought her work was her life. She figured her work as a chiropractor fulfilled her enough but like she says herself, Mother Nature kicked her hard in the pants! She got injured and had to take two months off work. This showed her that she would not lose her patients and that maternity leave could be arranged if she should have a baby. She had her first child, Liam, at home in the water with a midwife.