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Living and Loving

Living and Loving July 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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2 min
sleep baby, sleep

Ask any new mom, and she’ll tell you having a baby who sleeps through the night has to rate as the golden ring of parenthood. While the celebs of this world seem to breeze through motherhood, for most of us, just looking after a baby or toddler is enough to bring us to our knees. Added to this is the complicated demands of our partners, extended family and, if you’re a working mom like me, your employer, too. With sleep top of mind, I was fascinated to come across a study of 1 000 moms in the UK on the topic. It revealed that moms only get an average of four hours sleep a night during the first four months of their baby’s life. Once their baby reached 18 months, they…

1 min
behind the scenes

MICAH MECUUR (3) OVERALL WINNER Favourite colour: Green Favourite programme: Paw Patrol Favourite food: Burgers Favourite toy: My teddy JONATHAN RAAFF (2) Favourite colour: Blue Favourite programme: Tayo the Little Bus Favourite food: Burgers Favourite toy: My dinosaurs ILLIYANA SIMEONIDES (5) Favourite colour: Pink Favourite programme: Dora the Explorer Favourite food: Sweets, but my mom says it should be vegetables! Favourite toy: My doll, Abigail DANIEL CURTIS (2) Favourite colour: Black Favourite TV programme: Peppa Pig Favourite food: Sausages Favourite toy: My motor bike…

2 min
you said it...

Thanks for the guidance Most things I heard and read about childbirth were accurate, but it depends on where you get the information. Even my mother-in-law warned me about lifting my arms above my head - she said it would wind the umbilical cord around my baby’s neck. My gynae assured me this is an old wives’ tale. Needless to say, I became an avid Living and Loving reader for all your reliable information. Frieda Wassenaar Mom-in-law love Happy Mother’s Day to my mom-in-law! I know you are worried, wondering how your daughter will be treated at my home after marriage. But I assure you she will remain a daughter in my home, too - not a daughter-in-law. She told me you are worried about her household skills, because she is still young. But…

1 min
the writer of the winning letter will receive a leapfrog hamper worth r2 500.

Prepare your child for a lifetime of learning with educational toys from LeapFrog. A child’s development is a continuous journey that happens one spark, one discovery and one success at a time. Every adventure, every lesson and every curious moment expands a child’s knowledge and imagination. LeapFrog creates toys that foster this, while still bringing the fun. Available at toy stores and retailers, the toys help toddlers discover words, counting, colours and songs, while encouraging both gross and fine motor skills. For more information, go to primatoys.co.za. POLL What form of healthcare provider did you use for your birth? Gynaecologist 75% Midwife 15% Other 8% Doula 2% EMAIL YOUR LETTERS TO LIVINGANDLOVING@CAXTON.CO.ZA *See standard Terms & Conditions on pg 1.…

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we asked you on facebook…

How long were you in labour? “Three hours and 20 minutes. I’ve had one pregnancy and a natural labour. J acqui Cupido “My first was born at 37 weeks after 26 hours of labour, two inductions and having my waters broken. I had an emergency C-section because my baby went into distress. My second baby was born at 38 weeks and I had an emergency C-section, due to non-dilation.” Vionne Sauls Henry “I was induced at midnight and gave birth at 1.30pm - 13 painful hours! I thought I was dying. My baby came out distressed, and had to be kept in NICU for two days.” Zoë Shabalala “My first baby took 21 hours and the second took seven. They were both natural births.” Samita Pretorius…

1 min
#happy snaps

JOIN CLICKS BABYCLUB FOR A WORLD OF BABY BENEFITS. Clicks BabyClub offers expecting moms, as well as parents with children under the age of three, great rewards and benefits. BabyClub members earn double points on selected baby products and services, receive an SMS vaccination reminder service, and PAED IQ - online access to expert advice from a professional paediatrician. JOIN BABYCLUB IN STORE OR AT CLICKS. CO.ZA. Email your picture (must be 1MB or higher) to elsadb@caxton.co.za with #happysnaps in the subject line. *See standard Terms & Conditions on pg 1. PHOTOGRAPHY SUPPLIED; GALLO IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCK…