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Living and Loving April 2019

Living and Loving Magazine is South Africa’s most trusted source of parenting information from conception to pregnancy, through birth and the baby years. In our fast-paced, modern world, the challenges facing mothers are greater than they’ve ever been, and we’re there to support them every step of their journey. Each month we pack the magazine full of sensible advice and the most up-to-date information from a panel of over 25 of South Africa’s leading baby and child experts.

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1 min
family notes

Get ‘em moving FOLLOW THESE MOVEMENT GUIDELINES AT HOME WITH YOUR LITTLE ONES, AGED ONE TO TWO YEARS OLD: MOVING • Activities to get your toddler moving and playing for three hours every day could include games and activities like hide-and-seek, dancing to music, jumping and climbing. Teaching children to move, play and do activities that take place over, under and around obstacles like chairs and jungle gym equipment is good for their physical and brain development. • Toddlers should play with toys like balls and bean bags so they learn skills like kicking, catching and throwing. Start with bigger balls like blow-up beach balls or soccer balls as they’re easier for toddlers to manage, and progress to smaller balls like tennis balls. • Playing games and practising skills with older siblings or a parent…

4 min
ease the quease

You’re ecstatic about your pregnancy and you love your growing bump, but everything is changing and now you can’t wear your favourite perfume and even the faintest hint of rump steak your mouth once watered for, turns your stomach and sends you charging for the bathroom. What’s happening and how can you keep the lurching in check? Nausea and vomiting is usually one of the first signs of pregnancy, starting at around week six, and seems to ease after week 12 of pregnancy. According to the American Pregnancy Association, more than 50% of women experience morning sickness. Morning sickness is actually good for your baby A study conducted by two Cornell University evolutionary biologists, and published in The Quarterly Review of Biology, suggests morning sickness is actually Mother Nature’s way of protecting you…

1 min
bunny kisses and easter wishes


1 min
finger licking good

Potato bites Makes about 20 YOU WILL NEED 1 potato or sweet potato, peeled and cubed 2 tbsp milk Sweet chilli sauce and peas to serve METHOD 1 Cook the potato in salted boiling water for about 20 minutes, until soft. Drain and mash with the milk until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and press into greased silicone ice-cube trays and freeze for at least 2 hours, or until firm. 2 Preheat oven to 180°C. Press out the frozen shapes and place on a lined baking tray. Spray each shape with cooking spray. Bake from frozen for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Serve with sweet chilli sauce and peas. Noughts and crosses Serves 4 YOU WILL NEED FOR THE BUTTERBEAN DIP 400g tin butterbeans, drainedSqueeze lemon juicePinch ground cumin (optional) FOR THE NOUGHTS AND CROSSES 250g beef…

3 min
popular baby name predictions for 2019

The Shakespearean line, “What’s in a name?” from Romeo and Juliet, couldn’t resonate more with expectant parents. Choosing a name for your little one is an important task, yet it can become tedious as you sift through endless books and lists, only to realise how many names you dislike. You’ll be saying this name at least 20 times a day, so the time and effort put into finding the perfect fit is well worth it. These were the most popular baby names globally in 2018 A report on motherly.com noted that the following were the most frequently clicked-on names on naming expert site, Nameberry: GIRLS: • Olivia • Amara • Cora • Isla • Charlotte • Aurora • Amelia • Rose • Ava • Genevieve BOYS: • Atticus • Milo • Jasper • Jack • Asher • Silas • Theodore • Wyatt • Henry • Declan Proudly South African If you’re not a fan of the latest…

5 min
parts of the whole

For some moms, the period after birth is pure bliss, but it’s estimated that up to 80% of women feel overwhelmed, anxious and sad. What’s more, the guilt associated with these feelings can send you into an even more depressive state. If these feelings last longer than two or three weeks, what you’re experiencing could be more than the “baby blues”. The emotional and psychological demands of pregnancy and raising a child are significant – especially for women who have multiple responsibilities. Postnatal depression includes symptoms of deep fatigue and hyper-vigilance that can start immedietly after birth and last for up to 10 years if not treated effectively. But there’s plenty you can do to remedy the situation. Clinical psychologist, Jeanine Lamusse explains having postpartum depression does not make you a defective…