Leading advice from Toptots

Routines - are they really necessary?

  • December 11, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
We know that having a routine is important for children in their early developmental years, but let’s unpack why it is so beneficial to their...

How to encourage crawling

  • December 5, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Crawling is an important milestone in your child’s development. Here are some suggestions to help encourage your child to start crawling when you can see...

When your toddler’s language takes its time to develop

  • November 29, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
As parents we spend the first year worrying about our children becoming actively mobile and...

Why is music important to the development of children?

  • November 27, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Music in its basic form – rhythm and melody – stimulates brain activity (the release...

Me do it !

  • November 16, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Me do it! A popular cry from most two to three year olds. Sound familiar? ...

When can I go and play, Mommy?

  • November 13, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Play is the single most important activity in a child’s day. Children achieve 90% of...

When I have to go back to work

  • November 9, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
You know the day is coming.  You think about it every spare moment. You dread...

Why do I need to stimulate my baby from a…

  • November 8, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Parents to be, have the unique opportunity to create a better brain for their unborn...

The negative affects of pulling a child up by his…

  • October 16, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Picture walking along with your toddler – he stumbles and your first reaction is to...

Playdate Rules

  • October 9, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Put more than one toddler in a room with toys and it’s a recipe for...

Sensory Diet

  • October 4, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
As a parent you are very aware of giving your toddler a balanced diet.  Five...

Making sense of the world

  • October 2, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
A toddler’s day to day job is to play and not to be learning the...

Antisocial behaviour in toddlers

  • September 26, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Parent often have concerns about their toddlers socialising or rather not socialising with other toddlers....

Toddler tantrums

  • September 21, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
We have all seen children having tantrums at some stage. If you have a toddler...

Carseat battles

  • September 14, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Many children fuss when placed into a car seat. If you had just found your...

Being flexible and regulating emotions

  • September 13, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
The world we live in is fast-paced and unpredictable. We are exposed to constant changes,...

Brushing those teeth

  • September 5, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Do you have problems with brushing your little ones teeth? Most of them do at...

These shoes were meant for walking

  • August 31, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Are they really? The best shoes for your toddler are no shoes at all! You...

Why puzzles are important for stimulating young minds

  • August 31, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
There is nothing new about the fact that children love doing puzzles. In most shapes...

Barney says sharing is caring

  • August 28, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Just because a purple dinosaur says so doesn’t mean it’s going to happen no matter...

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...

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...

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

Routines - are they really necessary?

  • December 11, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
We know that having a routine is important for children in their early developmental years, but let’s unpack why it is so beneficial to their...

How to encourage crawling

  • December 5, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Crawling is an important milestone in your child’s development. Here are some suggestions to help encourage your child to start crawling when you can see...

When your toddler’s language takes its time to develop

  • November 29, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
As parents we spend the first year worrying about our children becoming actively mobile and...

Why is music important to the development of children?

  • November 27, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Music in its basic form – rhythm and melody – stimulates brain activity (the release...

Me do it !

  • November 16, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Me do it! A popular cry from most two to three year olds. Sound familiar? ...

How to assist your child in developing their language of…

  • November 14, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
Mom is strolling around the supermarket with a six-month-old infant in the baby seat. Not...

When can I go and play, Mommy?

  • November 13, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Play is the single most important activity in a child’s day. Children achieve 90% of...

Helicopter Parenting

  • November 9, 2018
  • Clamber Club
Parenting is a complex topic that can be discussed, disputed and hypothesized about, and still,...

When I have to go back to work

  • November 9, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
You know the day is coming.  You think about it every spare moment. You dread...

Why do I need to stimulate my baby from a…

  • November 8, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Parents to be, have the unique opportunity to create a better brain for their unborn...

Disney Grow With Me Musical Walker

  • November 5, 2018
  • Prima Baby
Disney Baby, world-renowned leaders in child care products, have released a revolutionary new developmental item...

Top tips for Summer outdoor fun with your little one

  • November 1, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
Summer has officially arrived in South Africa. With the heat, we all need a reminder...

How to raise a multilingual child

  • October 25, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
By Hilton Scott, Principal of Trinityhouse Preparatory Randpark Ridge The benefits of raising a multilingual...

Lalaboom - 5 in 1 educational beads range

  • October 25, 2018
  • Prima Baby
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication".  Lalaboom has achieved this famous quote by bringing numerous basic...

Green and Red Lights on the Road of Raising Siblings

  • October 23, 2018
  • Munchkins
Few things in life are equally as delightful as they are demanding. Having – and...

Assorted Dou dou

  • October 22, 2018
  • Prima Baby
A dou dou cloth is one of the essential baby items. Nattou Lapidou dou dou’s...

Food's influence on childhood behaviour and learning

  • October 19, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
Worldwide, allergies are on the rise, and in South Africa a staggering 40% of sufferers...

Capriccio! Arts Powered Preparatory – A creative learning solution for…

  • October 19, 2018
  • Capriccio! Arts Powered Pre-School
Preparing to take the next steps in your little one’s learning journey can be extremely...

The negative affects of pulling a child up by his…

  • October 16, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Picture walking along with your toddler – he stumbles and your first reaction is to...

Octopus Plush

  • October 15, 2018
  • Prima Baby
Nattou cuddly toys are famous for being one of the world’s best plush manufacturers.  The...

The Discipline Issue...

  • October 11, 2018
  • Mia Von Scha
Even though 6 months have passed since our courts made it illegal to spank your...

Playdate Rules

  • October 9, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Put more than one toddler in a room with toys and it’s a recipe for...

Plush Musicals

  • October 8, 2018
  • Prima Baby
Nattou cuddly toys are famous for being one of the world’s best plush manufacturers.  The...

Toddlers, technology and learning language

  • October 8, 2018
  • Clamber Club
Today, technology is part of our everyday lives – a telephone call, a quick SMS...

Sensory Diet

  • October 4, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
As a parent you are very aware of giving your toddler a balanced diet.  Five...

Making sense of the world

  • October 2, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
A toddler’s day to day job is to play and not to be learning the...

Cuddly Plush

  • October 1, 2018
  • Prima Baby
Nattou cuddly toys are famous for being one of the world’s best plush manufacturers.  The...

Dissecting Dyspraxia

  • September 27, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
By Linda Langefeld, Grade 4 Teacher at The Bridge Assisted Learning School  Dyspraxia is a...

Antisocial behaviour in toddlers

  • September 26, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Parent often have concerns about their toddlers socialising or rather not socialising with other toddlers....

Toddler tantrums

  • September 21, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
We have all seen children having tantrums at some stage. If you have a toddler...

Why We Should Replace Time-Outs With Time-Ins

  • September 20, 2018
  • Mia Von Scha
I realize that parents are frustrated with a lack of options with regards to disciplining...

Carseat battles

  • September 14, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Many children fuss when placed into a car seat. If you had just found your...

Being flexible and regulating emotions

  • September 13, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
The world we live in is fast-paced and unpredictable. We are exposed to constant changes,...

Developing children's EQ crucial for future success in rapidly changing…

  • September 11, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
Emotional intelligence (EQ) is increasingly becoming a greater determinant of future success across all spheres...

Brushing those teeth

  • September 5, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Do you have problems with brushing your little ones teeth? Most of them do at...

What is the correct age to give a child a…

  • September 4, 2018
  • Parenting Hub
Larian Botha, Teacher and Parent – Southdowns College  The modern-day child is being thrust into...

These shoes were meant for walking

  • August 31, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Are they really? The best shoes for your toddler are no shoes at all! You...

Why puzzles are important for stimulating young minds

  • August 31, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
There is nothing new about the fact that children love doing puzzles. In most shapes...

Barney says sharing is caring

  • August 28, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Just because a purple dinosaur says so doesn’t mean it’s going to happen no matter...

Calming sensory activities for the classroom

  • August 28, 2018
  • Capriccio! Arts Powered Pre-School
What are the benefits of sensory play? Sensory activities engage a little one’s senses and...

Cosatto Zoomi

  • August 22, 2018
  • Prima Baby
Cosatto has been saving the world from boring baby stuff with the coolest designs, funkiest...

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....

CAM Regolo

  • August 16, 2018
  • Prima Baby
Let baby travel in style with the Cam Regolo Car Seat! CAM, Italian leaders in...

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...

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