First Aid Course Special in Cape Town!

The Department of Labour is changing the first aid regulations, meaning all current first aid level 1,2,3 courses will fall away and a new 5 day full qualification will take its place. Candidates will have to compete a portfolio of evidence to prove they can treat patients. While this change is being challenged and we are awaiting the outcome, the regulations are scheduled to change … Continue reading First Aid Course Special in Cape Town!

Can I Breastfeed After I Go Back to Work?

It’s a big question for a lot of new mommies, can I go back to work and still breastfeed my child? The resounding answer is happily ‘yes’, you will just need a little preparation to make it a successful transition. You will need to invest in a good breast pump and a double pump will be best. If your office has a nursery, you will … Continue reading Can I Breastfeed After I Go Back to Work?

The Let-Down Reflex – Breastfeeding

Over the last few weeks we have been exploring the topic of breastfeeding. Today we investigate the let-down reflex and how to make sure yours is working well. Stress, anxiety, baby blues, and post partum depression can interfere with your let-down reflex. The let-down reflex is your bodies natural release of milk into the milk ducts, triggered by hormones that are released when your baby … Continue reading The Let-Down Reflex – Breastfeeding

Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk? – Breastfeeding

It’s a big worry for a lot of new moms. The question, is my baby getting enough milk? It’s a question which tends to create stress for new mummies during what should be a beautiful period in a mother’s life, is worrying about producing enough milk. It’s very rare for women not to produce enough milk but it may take a while for you to … Continue reading Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk? – Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Techniques

Breastfeeding is a beautiful bonding experience. The benefits appear to extend into the rest of both the child and parents lives. Before a feeding, always first wash your hands. To start breastfeeding settle into a comfortable relaxed position, either seated or lying down almost, but not quite flat, turning from one side to the other or changing the child’s position from one side to the … Continue reading Breastfeeding Techniques

Preparing to Breastfeed

It’s an exciting time in life preparing for the birth of a little life to come into your life.  If you have made the decision to breastfeed your new infant once they are born there are a few things you can do to prepare for their arrival. Staying healthy is the best you can do to prepare your body for breastfeeding. You can also learn … Continue reading Preparing to Breastfeed

What are Some of the Common Challenges of Breast Feeding?

Last week we looked at how easy it is breastfeed and noted that there are some challenges that women face when breast feeding. Today we look at some of the physical challenges that may arise. When making the decision to breastfeed, it’s a good idea to review the possible challenges with your partner so that should these challenges arrive your well informed partner can provide … Continue reading What are Some of the Common Challenges of Breast Feeding?

How Easy is it to Breastfeed?

Last week we looked at the benefits of breastfeeding, but how easy is it to breastfeed? It’s supposed to be easy and natural, and for many new moms this is indeed the case, but just as many find it quite hard to get going. While a healthy newborn naturally has active sucking and rooting responses. For the infant this means they can start feeding immediately … Continue reading How Easy is it to Breastfeed?

Is the Breast Best?

For many new mummies, the decision to breastfeed at first appears to be a difficult one. Many people struggle with the idea that they will breastfeed their newborn. The idea itself is foreign. For myself I certainly experienced this feeling. In day to day society breastfeeding in public is only recently becoming acceptable. There is a lot of contradictory information in the general media. They … Continue reading Is the Breast Best?

Infant Care Routines – Bathing a Newborn – Topping and Tailing

Bathing is not just about cleanliness, it’s also a wonderful bonding experience for both parent and child. For any care provider in fact, bathing can strengthen not only the care providers bond with the child but from a developmental view point, beyond simply strengthening bonds, experiences in the first year of life which teach the child that he or she can trust care providers and … Continue reading Infant Care Routines – Bathing a Newborn – Topping and Tailing

Infant Care Routines – Sleep like a Baby

Whoever it was that once said, “sleep like a baby” undoubtedly didn’t have one. Getting an infant to grow into a sleeping pattern is one of the most challenging areas of welcoming a new baby into the world, especially for first time parents. Personally, I was very lucky in this department, having had a significant amount of childcare experience by the time my own daughter … Continue reading Infant Care Routines – Sleep like a Baby

Play Time: Fine Motor Magic

Fine motor skill development is a big focus for children age around 2 years old and older and surprisingly there are a tonne of fun games for helping children learn these skills. For this game you will need large (A4)cards with shapes drawn on them with colourful pens. A good starting set would include a circle, a square, a triangle, a straight horizontal line and … Continue reading Play Time: Fine Motor Magic

Experienced Au pair available in Cape Town from January 2018

Meet Natashua. She has been part of the Sitters4U team since 2009. Natashua is based in Century City, Cape Town and is seeking a full time long term PA/Home Manager/ Au pair role, from 07h30 onwards, Monday to Friday position in the Southern Suburbs, CBD or West Coast from January 2018 with children aged from 12 months to 12 years old. She has over 10 years … Continue reading Experienced Au pair available in Cape Town from January 2018