The latest news to help you with your toddler

Don’t dread the dentist

  • December 5, 2019
  • Bonitas
Most of us are scared of the dentist which means dental care can easily be overlooked but, taking good care of your teeth will not...

Parental Rights and Responsibilities

  • December 5, 2019
  • The legal Mom
Parental responsibility is the responsibility to care for the child, to maintain contact with the child, to act as guardian of the child, and to...

Thinking processes

  • November 28, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
Thinking processes,I define as the manipulation of information. Problem solving requires reflective thinking; reflective thinking...

The importance of exposing your child to the arts

  • November 25, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
As a father of two boys, I am constantly inspired and challenged, to expose my...

Developmental Milestones…What’s the fuss?

  • November 25, 2019
  • Skidz
If you are a parent or are around parents of young children, there is a...

Toddler Christmas Toy Guide

  • November 22, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
With Christmas only a month away, we asked Chicco South Africa to put together a...

Enjoy the great outdoors with your kids – Thule style

  • November 18, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
If you love all things nature-inspired, summer is the best time to get your kids...

LITTLE WORRIERS

  • November 18, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
In today's world anxiety is becoming more and more prevalent in children. While it is...

Asthma

  • November 12, 2019
  • Bonitas
Asthma is one of the most common chronic illnesses, affecting over 339 million people worldwide. ...

Sleep and Your Pre-School Child

  • November 12, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
A lack of sleep is debilitating, and your pre-schooler’s disruptive sleep patterns can affect the...

CHOOSING A PLAY SCHOOL

  • November 11, 2019
  • Meg Faure
Your baby reaches 18 months and suddenly there is a little shift in the things...

Benefits of Music Therapy for Children on the Spectrum

  • November 8, 2019
  • Caroline Syokao
Music is a good therapeutic tool for people with different abilities and ages. This is...

The Benefits of Outdoor Play

  • November 6, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
South Africans are fortunate enough to live in a country where the people are blessed...

No spanking, what now?

  • November 4, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
South Africa has just passed a law prohibiting the spanking of children as a way...

Toddler Fun In The Sun: Safety First

  • November 1, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
Even though South Africa is in the midst of a heatwave, there is still a...

V-Tech Baby Pull & Pop Aeroplane

  • October 31, 2019
  • Prima Baby
Time flies when you’re having fun with V-Tech baby! A highly interactive toy, the Pull...

Environmental Education

  • October 30, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
Education in any realm is important for changing oneself as well as the community in...

WHY CRASH COURSES ON BABY SLEEP DON’T WORK

  • October 29, 2019
  • Good Night Baby
I have been assisting families with implementing sleep plans for many years and as it...

Encouraging/Fostering Independence in a Child’s Early Years

  • October 25, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
“I can do it myself” If you show me, I see….  If you tell me,...

Common First Aid Myths

  • October 25, 2019
  • OneAid
I am often surprised by how some of my patients manage their injuries before they...

How do I make my child love reading?

  • October 23, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
As a grade six English teacher at Maragon Ruimsig, I am frequently asked this question...

Sensory Play and the importance in brain development

  • October 22, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
We may not realise but our little baby starts to use their sense of touch...

Magical language of Toddlers

  • October 21, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
The development of language is a big milestone for children. Language is the foundation for...

How To Get Your Child To Love Healthy Meals

  • October 18, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
If there’s anything that a parent would nod their head yes to, it’s the fact...

Language and successful learning – is it REALLY that important?

  • October 17, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
Have you ever gazed upon a giant oak tree? These majestic trees can grow as...

V-Tech Baby Snooze & Soothe Elephant

  • October 16, 2019
  • Prima Baby
The gorgeous 20cm, pastel blue V-Tech Baby Snooze & Soothe Elephant is the ultimate sleepy...

Why Screens Make Bad Childminders

  • October 16, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
“Computer games don’t affect kids, I mean if pac-man affected us as kids, we’d all...

KEEPING SLEEP SAFE

  • October 15, 2019
  • Good Night Baby
Safe sleep should be one of the first things parents are concerned about when creating...

How Safe Are Teething Gels?

  • October 14, 2019
  • OneAid
Every baby is different but common symptoms associated with teething include, mild irritability, drooling, low-grade...

NIGHT TERRORS

  • October 11, 2019
  • Good Night Baby
Most parents will be woken at least once in their child’s life, to their little...

Sun cream for kids with sensitive skin! The lowdown on…

  • October 11, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
Covering a wriggling child in sun cream is tricky enough, but when your little one...

How to help your child decrease screen time

  • October 10, 2019
  • Clamber Club
For a parent, nothing eliminates the burden of entertaining your child more than handing them...

The importance of constructive play in early childhood development

  • October 9, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
Not only is constructive play fun and entertaining for children, offering them endless hours of...

V-Tech Baby Sleepy Glow Bear

  • October 8, 2019
  • Prima Baby
V-Tech Baby Sleepy Glow Bear is a 25cm plush bear with a soft glowing tummy...

SUGAR, DEVIL OR FRIEND?

  • October 7, 2019
  • Good Night Baby
Over the past few years many health experts voiced their opinions loudly on social media...

Meet the Thule Urban Glide 2 Double

  • October 4, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
The new ‘must-have’ addition for growing families who enjoy an active lifestyle Do you have...

Why summer is a great season for potty training

  • October 4, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
Potty training does not have a season, but summer is a great time to give...

V-Tech Baby Little Friendlies Magical Discovery Mirror

  • October 2, 2019
  • Prima Baby
Learn and discover with the V-Tech Baby Little Friendlies Magical Discovery Mirror.  Press the star...

EARLY WAKE-UPS

  • October 1, 2019
  • Good Night Baby
You reluctantly open your eyes. It’s still dark outside, but something very familiar called you...

Head lice - they’re not inside they’re on top!

  • October 1, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
Moms love it when their little ones come home from school buzzing with knowledge. Sometimes...

The importance of baking

  • September 23, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
Spending time in the kitchen and baking using new recipes helps children to develop a...

The Best Gear for Family Picnics

  • September 19, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
The weather is getting warmer and it’s time to get outdoors.  One of the most...

WHY DAYTIME SLEEP IS IMPORTANT AND WAYS TO IMPROVE IT

  • September 17, 2019
  • Good Night Baby
Busting the myth: How often have you come across parents that argue it is best...

The importance of music in preschool

  • September 16, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
Music has been made and enjoyed throughout history, it is a powerful and effective way...

ADJUSTING TO LIFE WITH TWO CHILDREN

  • September 11, 2019
  • Good Night Baby
The moment I found out I was pregnant with my second child I was in...

Teaching our children to have an attitude of gratitude

  • September 10, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
Have you noticed that we may be bringing up a generation of young people who...

HAPPY FAMILY ORGANICS – CHANGING LIVES AND THE WORLD, ONE…

  • September 9, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
Happy Family Organics, makers of ready-to-eat, nutritious and delicious organic meals, is not only changing...

How to help your child build resilience

  • September 9, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
Athletes are familiar with the challenges that come with having to run a tough race....

The 5 best gifts that you can give your children,…

  • September 5, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
A gift is something that we willingly give to another, without the expectation of payment....

About the TopTots Tom-e Comforter Doll

  • September 3, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
Our favourite Tom-e doll is now available as a comforter for your little one.  This...

BREASTFEEDING AND SLEEP

  • September 3, 2019
  • Good Night Baby
Often breastfeeding and sleep are thought to be part of two different worlds. Many people...

Inspiring a Love of Reading in Pre-Schoolers

  • September 2, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
To be a strong reader has multiple benefits for your child. One of the most...

BABY SENSES MULTI-CLOTHS

  • August 30, 2019
  • Prima Baby
Chicco’s range of baby toys starts from newborn, adding a dimension of learning to every...

Will your preschooler cope with the demands of school?

  • August 28, 2019
  • Impaq
The first big decision When your child turns 6 it usually means that it’s their...

BABY SENSES ANIMAL THEATRE AND FINGER PUPPET

  • August 20, 2019
  • Prima Baby
Chicco’s Baby Senses range of toy is a developmentally engaging range of colourful toys that...

What should my toddler be doing during the day?

  • August 16, 2019
  • Skidz
PLAY! This may seem obvious, but it is essential to a child’s development. Sometimes we...

BABY SENSES VIBRATING MONKEY RATTLE AND GIRAFFE RATTLE

  • August 13, 2019
  • Prima Baby
Baby Senses Vibrating Monkey Rattle and Giraffe Rattle are two of the cutest and most...

How to help your child decrease screen time

  • August 12, 2019
  • Clamber Club
For a parent, nothing eliminates the burden of entertaining your child more than handing them...

Don’t forget to have FUN!

  • August 8, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
Sometimes. Moms and Dads get so bogged down with the routines of the day that...

Toptots Slippers

  • July 29, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
Winter is coming and those little feet need to be kept warm.  Our toddler slippers...

Why is it important for your baby to be exposed…

  • July 26, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
From the moment your baby is born, she starts to learn about her environment. She...

10 Reward Ideas For Kids To keep Them Motivated and…

  • July 23, 2019
  • Kaboutjie
Many parents make the mistake of assuming that a reward system involves extravagant items. There...

Tips for Travelling with Your Toddler

  • July 19, 2019
  • Scarlet Ruby Interiors
My husband and I travelled with our two-year-old on a long-haul flight to London. Having...

7 Tips For Teaching Kids About Dogs

  • July 19, 2019
  • Kaboutjie
There are numerous benefits linked to having a family dogas a pet and teaching kids how...

Emergency Numbers Every Parent Should Know

  • July 18, 2019
  • OneAid
It occurred to me the day I went back to work after my maternity leave...

What is Independence?

  • July 16, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
Independence is defined as freedom from the control, influence, support and aid of others. This...

The importance of age appropriate stimulation

  • July 15, 2019
  • Skidz
There have been many studies that focus on the importance of infant stimulation. It is...

Sensory Integration Difficulties

  • July 9, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
The number of children presenting with Sensory Integration Difficulties is increasing significantly. It is important...

Changing Your Baby’s Room To A Toddler’s Bedroom

  • July 9, 2019
  • Scarlet Ruby Interiors
As you watch your baby develop into a toddler and their personality starts to take...

Is It A Cold Or Is It The Flu?

  • July 5, 2019
  • OneAid
Winter is here and so are coughs, colds and flu. Common colds and flu are...

How to improve your child’s core strength

  • July 3, 2019
  • Clamber Club
“Core strength” has been a buzz word in the health industry the last few years,...

Process Art and Early Childhood Development

  • July 1, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
Process art is all about the experience children have when they are creating.  We encourage...

Making and keeping memories

  • June 18, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
When you are pregnant or have a newborn everyone tells you that time passes by...

How to choose Pre-Primary School

  • June 18, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
Choosing a school for your little one should not be a last minute, hasty decision....

Milestones - are they important?

  • June 17, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
I had a call from a concerned parent yesterday and I realised again how hard...

Setting your child up for success

  • June 10, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
Being a parent of an eighteen-year-old that has just started university, I again realise how...

New Research on the Importance of Learning through Play

  • June 4, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
The LEGO Foundation and Sesame Workshop Highlights the Importance of Learning through Play in Parent-Child...

About the TopTots Healthy Plate, Healthy Me

  • June 4, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
An innovative way of encouraging young children to eat healthily  This product is the brain...

Encouraging Meaningful Play

  • June 3, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
Play time is so important for our children as a foundation for learning: Here are...

OVERWHELMED BY VOLUMES OF DIGITAL PHOTOS?

  • May 31, 2019
  • My File About Me
The average person uses digital photography as a way to document their life. Most people...

The Silent One

  • May 24, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
A school is not a quiet place. In my experience children constantly talk and more...

How does your baby develop a memory?

  • May 24, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
The development of a baby’s memory is also known as Object Permanence and basically means...

How To Make The Medicine Go Down

  • May 23, 2019
  • OneAid
It’s stressful when your kids are sick and even more stressful when they refuse to...

Regression during Potty Training

  • May 22, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
Regression is going from totally dry during the day to having 2 or more accidents...

Backpack Backpack

  • May 22, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
Oops is a lovely company all about children's happiness! They create products with the child...

Capture your child’s attention!

  • May 22, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
We have all bought those flimsy shape box toys right? My greatest frustration was always...

Empathy skills are Key to better learning

  • May 21, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
Nelson Mandela famously stated that education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to...

Tips on raising a bilingual child

  • May 21, 2019
  • Clamber Club
Knowing how to speak more than one language is a wonderful gift – particularly when...

About the TopTots Roller Paints

  • May 17, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
Process art is all about the experience children have when they are creating.  It is...

How does one simple toy help your baby develop?

  • May 15, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
You would never believe the benefits that building blocks have… yes building blocks!  From problem...

Help my Toddler is abusing me

  • May 15, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
In our Toptots classes, a question that frequently arises is that of how to stop...

The Benefits of Play

  • May 9, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
A commonly used phrase these days is: “Play is the work of children”. Some people...

Puzzles are important for early childhood development

  • May 6, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
We all know that there is a lot of research on how puzzles help young...

Calming strategies for a fussy baby

  • May 6, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
The transition from the womb to the world is a challenging one for your baby....

Making memories with your children

  • April 24, 2019
  • Clamber Club
You don’t need an extravagant vacation to make a lifetime of memories with your children....

6 Parenting Tips To Get Your Kids Listening

  • April 23, 2019
  • Kaboutjie
Being a parent brings many joys and along with those joys comes challenges. It is...

Positive discipline

  • April 22, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
When talking about discipline in schools, modern trends use buzz-words such as “Positive discipline”; “Values-based...

How To Get Your Kids To Go To The Dentist

  • April 18, 2019
  • Kaboutjie
We’ve all been there as a child—apprehensive, maybe even afraid of the dentist. Now as...

Autism: What is it, what are the signs and who…

  • April 10, 2019
  • Clamber Club
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a group of conditions that affect a person’s social communication,...

Keeping Your Children Safe During Bath time

  • April 9, 2019
  • OneAid
I’m sure many of you will agree that bath time is loads of fun for...

How to handle angry feelings

  • April 2, 2019
  • Impaq
Once there was a red balloon that lived in a house with a family. Every...

A Bump To The Head: When Should You Worry?

  • March 20, 2019
  • OneAid
I have attended to many children in the ER who have taken a tumble. In...

How To Instantly Organize Childhood Memories

  • March 18, 2019
  • My File About Me
How do you survive an influx of your kids’ stuff pouring into your home from...

Creating a curious mind and fostering life-long learning by having…

  • March 11, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
You can teach a student a lesson for a day, but if you can teach...

Does your child have enough space to play?

  • March 6, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
Play for a child, prepares them for adulthood with all life’s delights and contests. What...

Teaching a toddler how to cut

  • February 28, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
We are often asked by moms in our classes – “When do I start to...

How does a baby’s grasp develop?

  • February 20, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
Newborns keep their little hands in a tight fist most of the time when they...

FROM PLAYSCHOOL TO BIG SCHOOL: HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD…

  • February 15, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
Moving from pre-school into a formal schooling environment is a big step not only for...

Why should I discipline my toddler?

  • February 13, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
Discipline is essential to the normal, healthy development of any child. Here are a few...

Listen Up! What’s the big deal with childhood hearing loss?

  • February 8, 2019
  • Speech and Audio Inc
Hearing is one of the most important senses. Through hearing we learn how to communicate...

TODDLER APPROPRIATE CHORES – IT BULIDS CONFIDENCE

  • February 6, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
When we are born, each of us is entirely reliant on others and therefore we...

Will my child be left or right dominant?

  • February 1, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
Many years ago, people believed that it was important for all children to be right...

Why is it important to be a good role model?

  • January 29, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
As parents, we have been handed a truly remarkable creation with no instruction manual! As...

Group Games

  • January 22, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
Group activities are a great way of stimulating appropriate social skills. They provide opportunities for...

Understanding the effect of alcoholism on children

  • January 16, 2019
  • Parenting Hub
An Open Letter To My Teacher Dear Teacher, I think it’s time I told you...

‘Oh Shit!’

  • January 8, 2019
  • Things to do with kids
The day I had been dreading has finally arrived: the day my potty mouth has...

Why does Toptots have a parachute programme?

  • January 7, 2019
  • Toptots Head Office
Many parents wonder why we persist with parachute activities in our classes when some children...

Is my child talking the talk?

  • December 18, 2018
  • Speech and Audio Inc
Learning to communicate effectively is a complicated process, involving multiple skills that develop concurrently. A...

Be water wise to ensure the safety of our children

  • December 17, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
It’s summer and we all love to splash around in water to cool down.  However...

Playing Smart

  • December 14, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
From the moment they can see, feel, smell and hear, your baby is learning.  What...

How does a child develop coordination?

  • December 13, 2018
  • Toptots Head Office
Eye-hand coordination refers to the coordinated movement of the eyes and the hands and fingers...

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,...

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...

12345...maths for your toddler!

  • November 30, 2018
  • Clamber Club
If you always thought that mathematics only revolved around numbers, think again! “There is a...

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...

Making Your Home Toddler-Proof

  • November 22, 2018
  • Ali Samuels
In South Africa, a child is most likely to injure themselves at home - far more so...

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...

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...

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....

Should toddlers be exposed to technology?

  • September 25, 2018
  • CAMI
By Anne-Marie Reed Watching your two-year-old princess swiping effortlessly through the apps on your iPad...

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...

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