Au Pair Available in the City Bowl, Cape Town

Sitters4U would like to welcome Laurie to the team! Laurie is based in the City Bowl of Cape Town and is seeking a full day au pair position, with children aged between 0 and 5 years old.  Laurie comes highly recommended, she is reliable and is able to take initiative. Laurie has many years of experience working with special needs children from birth into adulthood. … Continue reading Au Pair Available in the City Bowl, Cape Town

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

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 – 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

Vocabulary development: boosting with books

Language Development: Boosting with Books

Experts recommend reading to babies right from birth.  Reading assists in language and concentration development. Simple poems and nursery rhymes can act as ‘stories’ for even the tiniest babies.  Enjoying books together from a young age is probably one of the most important thing you can do to help your child become a reader. Infants can have fun with books long before they know any words. They … Continue reading Language Development: Boosting with Books

Language development: talk to baby

Language Development: Talking the Talk

From the moment a child is born, they are learning the skills necessary to one day, communicate, read and write. As parents and childcare professionals it’s our job to provide the children in our care with as many opportunities to learn as possible. Talking to an infant is a good place to start. Babies are able to communicate from the day they are born. Research shows … Continue reading Language Development: Talking the Talk