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My toddler has a short attention span - is he…

  • August 6, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Toddlers typically have a very short attention span. Time means nothing and a few minutes can seem like forever to a toddler.  They are meant...

Why is reading to your child so important?

  • July 6, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
As parents, we know that reading a book to our child before bedtime is a good routine to put in place. We also know that...

Tactile Defensiveness

  • May 2, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Ben’s* mom describes her child as “temperamental and anxious”. “He doesn’t like to go anywhere...

The Importance of tummy time

  • March 2, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Why is tummy time important? For strengthening the back muscles to assist later on with...

Why is a baby’s sense of touch so important?

  • November 15, 2017
  • Toptots Head Office
The tactile system (or sense of touch) is one of the earliest to develop, and is also...
The latest news to help you with your toddler

Cooing over Communication

  • August 17, 2018
  • Speech and Audio Inc
One minute they are crying, the next they are conversing!  Communication development begins at birth. From the time your precious newborn gives their first cry,...

CAM Regolo

  • August 16, 2018
  • Prima Baby
Let baby travel in style with the Cam Regolo Car Seat! CAM, Italian leaders in baby travel, are famous for their impeccable design and style,...

Ways to get rid of the monsters in the dark

  • August 16, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
By Caroline Miller Principal of Crawford Pre-Primary Lonehill To your toddler, the oddest things can...

Foppapedretti Dinamyk

  • August 15, 2018
  • Prima Baby
Foppapedretti is one of Europe’s leading baby travel brands, having creatively and technically mastered the...

How much time does your child spend playing?

  • August 10, 2018
  • Skidz
Play is an integral part of a child’s development. This is how they build relationships,...

My toddler has a short attention span - is he…

  • August 6, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Toddlers typically have a very short attention span. Time means nothing and a few minutes...

Foppapedretti Babyroad 9-36

  • August 3, 2018
  • Prima Baby
Foppapedretti is one of Europe’s leading baby travel brands, having creatively and technically mastered the...

10 Tips For Raising Creative Kids...

  • July 13, 2018
  • Mia Von Scha
The word out of Silicone Valley is that none of us should be making goals...

The importance of physical activity in the younger child’s development

  • July 13, 2018
  • Clamber Club
In today’s sedentary modern lifestyle, pre-schoolers, toddlers and even infants are spending far more time...

Questioning Questions: Why your child needs to ask 'why'...

  • July 13, 2018
  • Mia Von Scha
There comes a time in the life of every parent when you wish the word...

Reactive Parenting...

  • July 13, 2018
  • Mia Von Scha
We’ve all said it at some point: “I’m never going to be like my mother...

To Answer or Not To Answer? That Is The Question.

  • July 13, 2018
  • Mia Von Scha
When I first had kids I thought it was important to answer them when they...

Making Sense of the World Around Us

  • July 13, 2018
  • Clamber Club
There is no denying the importance of the sense of sight. Using our sight, we...

10 Questions to ask a Nanny in an Interview

  • July 10, 2018
  • Aupair Exclusive
This is always a very difficult decision for a mom. You have been at home...

CAM Volare Changing Station

  • July 6, 2018
  • Prima Baby
CAM introduces the new Volare Changing Station – one of the most beautiful necessity items...

Can Sleep Training harm my baby?

  • July 6, 2018
  • Petro Thamm
With the stigma around the cry-it-out method – which is what the majority of parents...

The importance of physical activity in the younger child’s development

  • July 6, 2018
  • Clamber Club
In today’s sedentary modern lifestyle, pre-schoolers, toddlers and even infants are spending far more time...

Questioning Questions: Why your child needs to ask 'why'...

  • July 6, 2018
  • Mia Von Scha
There comes a time in the life of every parent when you wish the word...

CAM Smarty Table Chair

  • July 6, 2018
  • Prima Baby
Let baby join in all the fun with the CAM Smarty Table Chair.  A vibrantly...

Raising Emotionally Intelligent Kids...

  • July 6, 2018
  • Mia Von Scha
Did you know that in the languages of Sweden, Norway and Finland, where they experience...

Winter boredom busters for kids

  • July 6, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
Winter school holidays are just around the corner, and with it inevitably comes three weeks...

Why is reading to your child so important?

  • July 6, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
As parents, we know that reading a book to our child before bedtime is a...

To Answer or Not To Answer? That Is The Question.

  • July 6, 2018
  • Mia Von Scha
When I first had kids I thought it was important to answer them when they...

Silent Children

  • July 6, 2018
  • Mia Von Scha
When I first had my own kids I knew immediately that the responsibility I felt...

A balancing act: Developing your child’s vestibular system

  • July 6, 2018
  • Clamber Club
The vestibular system is found in the inner ear and responds to head movement and...

10 Tips for Cultivating Green Munchkins

  • July 6, 2018
  • Munchkins
Home is where the ‘hearth’ is Global temperatures are on the rise and when it...

Child drowning – a leading cause of childhood death that…

  • July 6, 2018
  • PowerPlastics Pool Covers
Drowning remains one of the top causes of unnatural childhood death in South Africa and...

The Great Eye-Hand Link; The Importance of Eye-Hand Coordination for…

  • July 6, 2018
  • Clamber Club
Eye-hand coordination, also known as hand-eye coordination, refers to the smooth, controlled and coordinated movements...

Chastising Your Child: Parents Take Note

  • July 5, 2018
  • STBB
By Shereen Volks, Head of Divorce & Family Law, STBB | Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes...

The art of managing meltdowns and tantrums

  • July 4, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
Meltdowns and tantrumsare a normal part of growing up. All children have them. Contrary to...

The value of sports and exercise

  • July 4, 2018
  • Clamber Club
“Children should be playing and moving outdoors instead of sitting indoors” Says Elzanne Van Der...

CAM Champion Highchair

  • July 3, 2018
  • Prima Baby
Let your little one join in at meal times with the Campion High Chair from...

5 steps to getting a good night’s sleep

  • June 29, 2018
  • Clamber Club
Tips to ensure that baby andyou get a good night’s sleep Many parents must find...

Playful ways to express emotions

  • June 27, 2018
  • Clamber Club
“Emotions are important and can determine the kind of behaviour your child displays,” advises play...

Oops – Baby’s first Travel Collections

  • June 26, 2018
  • Prima Baby
Oops ‘My Sports Bag’ is one of the most popular bags for young toddlers who...

Arts Powered Learning: choosing a pre-school that fosters creative thinking…

  • June 26, 2018
  • Capriccio! Arts Powered Pre-School
Who Are We? Capriccio! Arts Powered Pre-School is a registered Montessori inspired ECD independent school...

Oops Traditional Wooden Toy selection

  • June 22, 2018
  • Prima Baby
Wooden toys always hold a sense of nostalgia about them.  Well crafted, old-fashioned toys that...

4 Important personal hygiene habits to teach your children

  • June 20, 2018
  • Kaboutjie
Personal hygiene is something that can be taught to children when they are very young....

Why is my child not walking?

  • June 20, 2018
  • Clamber Club
Many parents spend the first year of their child’s life focusing on motor milestones, and...

Why play should be a priority in children’s development

  • June 18, 2018
  • Skidz
Play is not just fun but also significant for a child’s development. It is fundamental...

Help your child make sense of the world around them

  • June 14, 2018
  • Clamber Club
The importance of sensory stimulation for babies and toddlers The world is an exciting place...

Oops Soft Toys and Rattles

  • June 13, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
Oops is one of the world’s more forward-thinking baby development product companies and has been...

Fisher-Price Turtle Shaped Sorter

  • June 13, 2018
  • Prima Baby
Fisher-Price has been a trusted name in child products and toys in America since the...

Fisher-Price Silicone Bibs

  • June 13, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
Bibs have long been the babies most worn-and washed accessory for obvious reasons. And throughout...

Disney Baby offers you the perfect feeding solution

  • June 13, 2018
  • Prima Baby
Disney Baby is the proud home of the world’s most beloved mouse Mickey Mouse.  He...

Disney Baby helps your little one develop important skills

  • June 13, 2018
  • Prima Baby
We all know how curious babies can be.  It doesn’t stop as they grow, it...

The Hundred Acre Wood comes to life with Disney Baby

  • June 13, 2018
  • Prima Baby
As long as most parents and even grandparents can recall, Winnie The Pooh and his...

Being a mom… tired is my second name

  • June 13, 2018
  • Prima Baby
Everyone knows that the most beloved children’s franchise in the world is Disney – and...

Positive Potty Training

  • June 8, 2018
  • Clamber Club
Learning to use the toilet is an important milestone for both parent and child.  It’s a big step for...

Veggies for vitality: Get your munchkins to gobble more greens

  • May 16, 2018
  • Munchkins
Diet – probably one of the most dreaded four-letter words in domestic history. The reason...

Fisher-Price Alphabet Blocks

  • May 4, 2018
  • Prima Baby
For decades, and indeed probably centuries, building blocks have always been a part of a...

Tactile Defensiveness

  • May 2, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Ben’s* mom describes her child as “temperamental and anxious”. “He doesn’t like to go anywhere...

Bring meal times to life with JJ’s Animal Snackers: A…

  • May 2, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
Stir your child’s imagination, excite their mind and stimulate their sensory ability with JJ’s Animal...

Play: Promoting healthy social and emotional development

  • April 19, 2018
  • Skidz
Play is a child’s language, his work, his relaxation and the way he builds relationships....

The angry toddler

  • March 30, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
Suddenly I have an angry toddler on my hands. I always thought the Terrible Two’s...

10 Development differences between girls and boys

  • March 28, 2018
  • Kaboutjie
While every child develops at his or her own pace there are certain developmental differences...

Key signs that your child may have eye problems

  • March 27, 2018
  • Kaboutjie
Our eyes are windows to the wonderful world around us. It allows us to see...

Should you be giving your child fish oil?

  • March 23, 2018
  • Kaboutjie
Fish oil is one of the most studied nutritional and health products. The main components...

How long should my baby be awake for between naps?

  • March 23, 2018
  • Kaboutjie
When my babies were young I was concerned so much how long my baby should...

Fisher Price - The best possible start

  • March 14, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
Prima Baby is thrilled to announce we are now proud distributors of the world-famous baby...

Toddlers tandrums to cheekiness & manipulation

  • March 7, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
My now 3 year old has moved on from the Toddler Tantrum phase and has...

6 Tips on how to potty train your autistic child

  • March 6, 2018
  • Kaboutjie
Parenting children with autism can be very difficult because it involves dealing with many problems...

Toddler chores

  • March 5, 2018
  • Kaboutjie
Giving your toddler chores around the house from an early age will make it easier...

The Importance of tummy time

  • March 2, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Why is tummy time important? For strengthening the back muscles to assist later on with...

Playing with Purpose

  • February 23, 2018
  • Skidz
Children need to play. Do you ever wonder whether your child plays too much, or...

Hearing in the young child

  • February 22, 2018
  • South African Association of Audiologists
Hearing ability is crucial for development of speech and language in the young child. In...

Words can make or break

  • February 21, 2018
  • Raising Kids Positively
What you say, and how you say it Your words, (and how you say them),...

The Importance of Understanding Your Child's Emotions

  • February 14, 2018
  • Teddys Inc Ltd
Emotions… we all have them and there is no denying them as we are all...

SA Children more at risk from sunburn at school

  • February 12, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
Copious amounts of sunscreen are sold each summer holiday in an effort to protect, in...

The Magic Words: “Please” and “Thank You”

  • February 12, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
Written By: Barbara Eaton (Academic Development Co-ordinator for ADvTECH Schools Division) The magic words: Are...

5 Tips for coping with a newborn and a toddler

  • February 8, 2018
  • Flourishing Fit Moms
I (Kit) gave birth to my son Noah on the 24th August and at the...

Back to school – here’s how to deal with 1st…

  • February 8, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
Dissolve those first term jitters fast and ensure your child is emotionally ready for school...

The curfew: Why is it so important

  • February 8, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
Written By: Clare Pretorius (Senior Deputy Principal of Trinityhouse Randpark Ridge) In times of both...

What is a “Lazy” eye?

  • February 7, 2018
  • Kids Eyes
Amblyopia better known as “lazy eye” occurs when the vision in a child’s one eye doesn’t...

Lighting Up the Dark Issue

  • January 25, 2018
  • Mia Von Scha
Almost all children become afraid of the dark at some point – usually around the...

Creating a Calming Bedtime Environment for your Toddler


  • January 24, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
By Jolandi Becker – Good Night Consultant Busy toddlers can often eat less and sleep...

Avoiding the Morning Rush

  • January 22, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
Written By: Nigel Sloane (Headmaster at Pecanwood College: Preparatory) We have all experienced it before....

Bedtime – How much sleep should your child be getting?

  • January 22, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
Written By: Danielle Forsyth (Trinityhouse Heritage Hill, Educational Psychologist) More and more research points towards...

Play is crucial for early child development

  • January 19, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
Only 29 percent of South African children have access to safe, child-appropriate play areas in...

How drawing develops in a toddler

  • January 10, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
There are very definite developmental stages in drawing. Every child is different, however when it...

New Pure Beginnings Baby & Kids Sensitive Sun Milk

  • January 8, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
Pure Beginnings Baby & Kids Sensitive Milk SPF 50+ Offers very high broad-spectrum protection (UVA/UVB)...

The importance of play

  • December 20, 2017
  • Helen Hansen
The intelligence of play occurs way beyond the naked eye. The world of ‘pretend’ is...

Help your Child Play (right) to lay the Foundation for…

  • December 15, 2017
  • Parenting Hub
Giving their children a head start is something parents want to do. Unfortunately, the way...

Deciding whether to keep a child back at school

  • November 29, 2017
  • Parenting Hub
Imagine that you are observing from the side of a swimming pool and are watching...

Why is a baby’s sense of touch so important?

  • November 15, 2017
  • Toptots Head Office
The tactile system (or sense of touch) is one of the earliest to develop, and is also...

When is the right time to introduce assistive devices for…

  • November 13, 2017
  • Parenting Hub
The first year of life is a time when babies strengthen their muscles and bones....

The lighter side of technology

  • November 9, 2017
  • Skidz
By:  Juazel de Villiers) Clinical Psychologist, PS0117692 Practice Number: 0496359 Juazel.devilliers@gmail.com The dangers of technology...

The importance of outdoor play

  • November 6, 2017
  • Meg Faure
We are very lucky in South Africa with the climate that we have.  Our children...

Self Confidence Activities For Children

  • October 24, 2017
  • Kaboutjie
Ensuring that your child has good self confidence is very important. For your kid to...

5 Parenting Tips For Children With Autism

  • October 20, 2017
  • Kaboutjie
When autism is diagnosed early the long term outcome is almost always better since you...

Why is early childhood education so important?

  • October 19, 2017
  • Parenting Hub
By... Chantelle Anderson - Head Directress and Owner at Montessori Nosipho pre-school As an early childhood educator...

New educational tech for kids to save the planet and…

  • October 18, 2017
  • Parenting Hub
Johannesburg, South Africa. September 2017 – Gammatek, a leading distributor of technology accessories is proud to...

Four qualities important for your child’s self-esteem

  • October 17, 2017
  • Raising Kids Positively
Searching for some easy ways to help your kids feel good about themselves? A practical...

Myth busters: Baby Sleep

  • September 28, 2017
  • Petro Thamm
Keeping your baby up longer at night/between naps will encourage her to fall asleep faster...

Children’s Nightmares and Snoring Can Lead to Headaches

  • September 22, 2017
  • The Headache Clinic
You may want to pay closer attention the next time your child wakes you up...

Letting Go of the Guilt and Enjoying Our Kids

  • September 13, 2017
  • Skidz
As parents, but especially mothers we tend to be so hard on ourselves. We easily...

Bedwetting Myths Debunked by Dr Michael Mol

  • September 11, 2017
  • Parenting Hub
Bedwetting is a common occurrence in many South African households. Research has shown that up...

Sensopathic Play – More Valuable Than Parents Realise

  • September 8, 2017
  • Parenting Hub
In a fast-moving digital world, where children are glued to the couch with a handheld...

Imaginative Play – key to growing early childhood development

  • September 8, 2017
  • Parenting Hub
When your little one’s imaginary friend joins the family for dinner or he/she hauls out...

Loveys, Blankies, Burpies, Teddies….

  • September 7, 2017
  • Petro Thamm
Linus from the "Peanuts" comic strip is infamous for carrying around his security blanket while...

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