How much drool can come out of one little cute mouth? A lot! Ooh so much! My mother-in-law found these great dribble bibs at Dis-Chem for R24.95 for 2. They are shorter than normal bibs with a plastic backing and wrap around the neck with a velcro strip to fasten. The plastic backing offers some protection but once soaked with drool, the wet leaks through onto the chest. Keep an extra dribble bib handy to change when needed. Paige is showing off her bib with my mom.
Food is such an important part of our lives and it really is significant when your baby takes their first spoon of cereal. I feel that I have a responsibility to provide the best start so that Paige has a lifetime of healthy eating habits. My first step is to limit sugar intake for as long as possible and so chosing a cereal without added sugar. Nestle does add sugar to their cereals so they are scratched off my shopping list. Purity, Hipp and Olli are options and I have taken advice from readers Talia and Anthea, and have chosen Hipp organic 100% baby rice cereal.
You can see in the photos how fascinated Paige is with the spoon and bowl but is not quite sure about the new taste. Still early days but looking forward to entering this new exciting world of food with Paige.
I cannot believe 16 weeks have already passed by and Paige has had her third set of vaccinations. Paige has taken the jabs in her stride and recovered quickly after an initial scream that makes my eyes water. Another thing that makes mom’s eyes water is the cost of the vaccinations but, they have to be done. I’m not of the set that debates the efficacy of vaccinations, I want to give Paige all the benefits modern medicine offers and to protect her health whenever I can. There are two options available: state or private vaccinations.
State vaccinations are free and available at state clinics and hospitals, as well as at some private clinics and hospitals. Wait times at state medical facilities can be long and stock is not always available. Private clinics that offer state vaccinations may charge an administration fee. My advice is to phone ahead to check whether or not they have stock and to ask what is the quietest time of the day. The second option is going private and to pay a considerable amount more. The advantages of going private is your baby will get 2 injections instead of 3, stock is almost always guaranteed, and you can book an appointment and avoid the line of waiting moms. The cost of private vaccinations is around R2 000, depending on where you go.
I’m not in favour of waiting for hours in a room full of crying and snotty babies but I also don’t like to fork out thousands of rands every four weeks. So, I have found a middle ground and go to a private clinic and pay for the administering of state vaccines when they are available. Thula Baby Centre is situated at South Seas in Mouille Point and nurse Heather Wood is friendly and great with the babies. The atmosphere is calm and warm and offers chairs where you can feed in private, free weigh-in and various baby products. They make the extra effort and organise a new mom’s tea so you can meet and share your experiences with other moms and maybe make a few new friends.
The services at Thula come at a cost. A 30 minute consultation costs R228, and the admin per vaccine is R105. Home visits are R460 and your first consult will set you back R300. They also run an 8 week antenatal class at a cost of R1 200 per couple. Certainly not the cheapest, but I am prepared to pay for convenience, the warm environment and the assurance that I can phone Heather at any time for advice. This time they were out of one of the state vaccinations so I had to pay for it – ouch! – but here’s hoping medical aid will cover the costs.
I think all parents have experienced that sinking feeling when their child starts to cry hysterically in the back seat of the car. It isn’t that ‘I will calm down in a minute and start sucking my thumb’ cry. Oh no, it’s so much worse, and it always happens when it’s not safe to pull over or when you are almost at home and you have to weigh up whether I just push it that little bit longer or not. The other sort is the ‘keep the car moving mommy or I will cry at every traffic light’ cry. Don’t we all love this one? I’ve adapted my driving style to try avoid this cry by driving slowly up to those dreaded red robots, all the while hoping it will turn green before I reach a stationary point. Another trick I’ve learnt, for when you don’t have much space to play with before the red robot, is rolling slowly forward and tapping the breaks to get the car rocking. Graeme and I have also, on occasion, jumped around as much as we can strapped in to try get the car rocking at stop streets. All these tricks are used simultaneously with the move I like to call the ‘stretch your hand into the back and shake the car seat whilst singing at the top of your voice to the car radio to try calm a crying Paige’ move. My moves all have varying degrees of success, depending on how Paige is feeling that day, and are constantly being tweeked and improved. So, if you see a white car holding up a line of cars as they approach the traffic lights, is rocking and is not a lowrider, and its occupants are flapping their arms around whilst singing songs like ‘Paige is our sweetheart and likes to smile and not cry’, that’s Graeme and I. Happy driving!
I like to enter competitions, provided they are free, and I have been lucky enough to win a few. The Your Baby and Toddler were running a Yookidoo competition and my name was drawn to win a hamper of toys for 0-6 months. I was over the moon when I won and I didn’t have to wait long until it arrived at the post office for collection. The hamper did not disappoint and I have been having lots of fun playing with them … I mean Paige has been having lots of fun playing with them.
The Yookidoo toys are good quality, brightly coloured and interactive for baby. They are very clever, for example, the soft ball plays music when it is rolled, the parrot sings when it is rattled and the horse neighs when it is shaken. The musical kaleidoscope has a dual purpose and can be used for tummy time or attached to the cot and has 4 different slides to keep baby entertained. The playmat is beautifully made and is bright and fun to play on. It is best suited for babies who are sitting or crawling and is a decent size at 1,4 m x 1.1 m. Paige is still little and prefers her play gym as it has the crossbars so her toys can dangle over her head.
These toys are on my pressie list and I look forward to when Paige is old enough to play with their bath toys which look so much fun. What I especially like is that all toys are fitted with batteries. There is nothing worse than getting home to find you need to buy batteries and you have a grumpy mom, I mean Paige, to placate. Prices range from R80 for the rattles to R450 for the playmat and are sold at Baby City and other stores. I have posted more photos and a video on their Facebook Yookidoo South Africa page.
When Paige was 7 weeks I thought it was time to get back into exercise and back into shape. Now I’m not a fan of exercise or the gym, a gentle stroll followed by tea and cake is more my thing, but I need it to feel healthy and good about myself. I joined the Yum Mums exercise group which meets in Green Point Park every Monday and Thursday morning at 9:30 am. This group ticks all my boxes as it is outside, I can bring Paige along, chat to other moms, and work on my toning and cardio.
The social aspect is great as I get to meet new moms, compare stories and enjoy the scenery of the park and promenade. Even though there is a lot of chatting there is also a lot of exercising going on and I’m noticing the difference in my body. You can bring baby or come alone, and classes take place in the local hall if we are rained out. New moms can join from 6 weeks after birth and can exercise at their own pace. It took me a few sessions to build up my strength and still only do the exercises my body is comfortable doing. The group is run by Talia and the cost is R50 for each hour session and is payable monthly. You can contact her on 082 514 1088.
It is always good to keep useful numbers at hand just in case of an emergency. Print them out or store them in your phone so they are at the ready. Here is a list of some of the hospitals in Cape Town.
- Red Cross Children’s Hospital – 021 658 5111
- Poison Emergencies – 021 689 5227
- Ambulance – 10177
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