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Living and Loving November 2018

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
play prescriptions

A report titled The Power of Play from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shows playtime has decreased significantly in the last 15 years – about 30% of kindergarten children in the US don’t even go outside during break time at school. This finding resulted in the researchers recommending paediatricians prescribe play for children. Dr Michael Yogman of Mount Auburn Hospital, who authored the report, says play has various effects on brain structure and function, including executive function skills, persistence, problem solving and flexibility. He explains prescriptions are necessary because, “You have something tangible to take home with you as a reminder, and knowing your doctor is prescribing it, much like a medication, sends the message that they think it’s really important.” Wondering what type of games you should play with your…

1 min
#preggy belly

Johnson's has just introduced new Johnson's Top-to-Toe Extra Moisturising Baby Wash with added moisturisers to help protect dry and sensitive baby skin during bath time. The baby wash was developed for newborns and designed for use on hair and body. It provides 24-hour protection against dryness and is dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic and soap-free. Email your picture (must be 1MB or higher) to elsadb@caxton.co.za with #preggybelly in the subject line. *See standard Terms & Conditions on pg 89. PHOTOGRAPHY SUPPLIED; GALLO IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCK…

2 min
you said it...

Take time to be present People have a tendency to overlook natural and simple blessings in their lives while they put all their energy into attaining some distant goal. It’s good to dream big and be ambitious in life, but uncontrolled ambition turns to obsession, which is very destructive. We were all born with certain abilities and talents, but if we constantly seek what we don’t have, we fail to recognise what we have and live miserable lives. I was out in the garden with my daughter the other day and realised we need to take the time to notice the beauty in nature. Too often, it’s taken for granted because we are moving too fast and caught up in a never-ending race of attaining things. This means we aren’t able to…

3 min
pots of fun

Animated planters This is a fun and easy way to reuse a plastic bottle. You can leave the decorating to the kids! YOU WILL NEED Empty plastic bottles (any size) Masking tape Thin marker Scissors or craft knife Googly eyes Paintbrush or foam brush Acrylic craft paint Glue gun or Bostik Nail Craft knife and scissors Chalk marker or permanent markers Potting soil Small stones Plants (herbs, plants with spiky leaves or grass work best) METHOD 1 Remove the labels and wash and dry the bottles. 2 Use the masking tape to mark a line around the bottle. This will give you a straight line to follow when cutting. 3 Use a marker to draw the ears of the cat or head of the dinosaur above the masking tape. 4 With scissors or a craft knife cut along…

3 min
10 ways to press pause

GROW BASIL “Scents can have a powerful mood-enhancing effect,” says Emma. “When you smell something, your olfactory nerves send messages about the scent to the emotional centre of your brain.” So, pick fragrances that bring back happy memories or you associate with pleasure. Grow a herb in your kitchen to remind you of holiday meals, or bring the Scent of Serenity diffuser (R159.99, Mr Price Home) into your home. MAKE A DAISY CHAIN “Repetitive activities, like knitting or making a daisy chain, activate the parasympathetic nervous system and have a similar effect to meditation,” says Emma. To boost the effect, describe what you’re doing to your tot: “That will tune your mind in to the moment.” DANCE “Dancing stimulates you emotionally and physically, releasing more of your body’s feel-good endorphins,” explains Emma. “It also encourages…

1 min
myth busters

Our experts debunk some common sun care myths. • LAST YEAR’S SUNSCREEN IS STILL FINE TO USE THIS YEAR. There will be an image of a jar with an open lid on the back of your sunscreen, along with a number indicating the time period when the product will be good (for example, the number 24 would indicate that the product should be tossed after two years). Most sunscreens will be effective for about two years after opening. If you notice a funny smell, discolouration or separating, it’s time to replace your sunscreen. • DARKER SKIN TYPES DON’T NEED TO WEAR SPF. “Although those with darker complexions may not burn as quickly as those with paler skin tones, UVA rays still penetrate to the deeper layers of skin, causing dark spots, premature…