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Living and Loving June 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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6 min
weighty matters

Chubby cheeks and baby rolls are adorable. And, for the most part, rounded babies are perfectly healthy and will eventually grow out of their “baby fat”. While it can be difficult to predict, signs of childhood obesity may appear when a child is in infancy, and early intervention could be key to ensuring your baby’s healthy childhood weight. Childhood obesity is one of the most serious modern public health challenges we face. The global problem is steadily affecting many low- and middle-income households – particularly in urban settings. In 2010, it was estimated that 42 million children worldwide were suffering from obesity, with up to 35 million living in developing countries, and this number is climbing. A study published in International Journal of Epidemiology in 2016 looked at the obesity trends…

1 min
what’s the one thing your partner does to make parenting easier?

“He does the night feeds – he is my hero!” Jeanette Els “Myhusband makesallthe luncheseach morning.” Gwyneth Morrison “He will bath our daughter, change her nappy and take her out so I can sleep in. He also does house chores I love this guy.” LoratoRato Montana “He plays with our son while I cook and do other house chores. He also changes his diapers, baths him and sometimes takes time off work just to spend the entire day with him.” Morongoa Masterpiece Mojapelo My hubby cooks, baths, reads and plays with our son. If I’m running late, he jumps in. He also collects our son from school in the afternoons and takes him swimming. I drop him off at school and we split as we need to. He’s not helping, he’s parenting.” Angel Markus “My partner makes parenting easier by…

4 min

Did you know the tongue is the only muscle in the body that has one loose end that can move freely? During a baby’s early development in the uterus, the tongue is attached to the floor of the mouth. The attachment reduces naturally from the tip towards the base of the tongue, and the small piece that may stay behind is called the frenulum. Sometimes, this attachment fails to loosen and disappear, leaving the tongue partially attached to the floor of the mouth. This is called a tongue tie, or ankyloglossia. If the tongue can’t move around normally, it has major effects that will start immediately after birth and can last a lifetime. Keep your tongue at the bottom of your mouth while trying to talk (some sounds are impossible to…

1 min
nine-minute sextuplet birth

Thelma Chiaka from Houston, Texas, in the US, stunned everyone when she delivered six babies in only nine minutes on 15 March this year. The mom gave birth to two sets of twin boys and one set of twin girls at the Women’s Hopsital of Texas. The birth weight of the babies ranged from 500g to 900g, and according to an article published by The Daily Mail, the babies were all stable and doing well. Did you know the odds of giving birth to sextuplets is one in 4.7 billion? You’re more likely to get struck by lightning twice (one in 9 million). The mom named her daughters Zina and Zuriel, but was yet to name her sons at the time of writing.…

6 min
the look of love

From the moment your baby first opens his eyes, he searches for the most important thing in his world – you! Seeing your face instantly reassures and soothes him, and makes him feel safe. Your baby can’t see very far at all – a measly 20cm, which is less than the distance between your elbow and your wrist – so you’re going to have to help him out if he’s to get all those benefits. “In the first few minutes of his life, your baby instinctively looks for you,” says developmental psychologist Dr Emily Jones. “His vision is blurry to start with, because although he’s born with the ability to see, his brain is still learning to process the information gathered by his eyes. He’ll only be able to focus…

7 min
72 hours in cape town

If you don’t mind the cold, July is the perfect time to explore the many facets of Cape Town and take advantage of its attractions without the usual crowds. For first-timers on a tight budget, here’s a must-try list the whole family will enjoy. Visit the V&A Waterfront Set in the oldest working harbour in the southern hemisphere, with Table Mountain and the city bowl as its backdrop, this is the first place I always head after checking into my hotel. Vibrant, colourful and cosmopolitan, the V&A boasts shopping, restaurants, markets, live music and loads of family-friendly entertainment in one convenient, safe location. The best thing is it doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, my favourite thing to do is buy an ice-cream cone from one of the kiosks near the…