Development & Behaviour


 

Development & Behaviour

Why you should let babies be in charge of how much they eat

Research suggests that babies who feed themselves are less likely to be fussy and more likely to eat a wider variety of food. But what about their weight?

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Is secondhand screen time the new secondhand smoking?

Checking Twitter in front of kids is not the same as blowing smoke in their faces. Smartphones and cigarettes do, however, have some things in common. Both are addictive and both became wildly popular before researchers learned about their addictive properties and health dangers.

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I think my child has outgrown a food allergy but how can I be sure?

If you think your child has outgrown their food allergy, it’s important not to test them yourself to see what happens. This is extremely unsafe and they may have a severe allergic reaction.

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Weird or wonderful? 10 odd things babies do

Not sure if your baby's behaviour is weird or wonderful? We identify some of newborns and babies' more peculiar actions, and investigate where exactly they come from.

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Local mom shares how chiropractic care changed her daughter's future

Maddy, a mother of two, has reached out to Parent24 to tell her story about how chiropractic care changed her daughters head shape after months of sleepless nights and anxiety.

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In pics: Miracle baby born with crushed skull defies doctors odds to survive

"The doctors told us he was at high risk of being stillborn or not surviving after birth – they said he would be blind, won’t walk, will be deaf and have seizures."

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Loot Love shares the ups and downs of her year as a mom of twins

"I don't think you really ever truly figure it out. I still don't know what I'm doing, and I'm pretty sure most moms feel like that for a very long time." Check out some of the top twin mom advice Loot Love has shared over the past year.

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The Million Word Advantage: Five books a day can increase your child's vocabulary by a million words

Did you know if you read to your child before they start attending preschool they have a big chance of having a "million word" advantage over their peers?

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Mom and baby’s first outing together with Shannon McLaughlin, founder of Ubuntu Baba

Shannon McLaughlin, founder of Ubuntu Baba, shares some of her reflections and tips about the first time she left the house with her newborn son.

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When should my child start speaking?

Wondering when your baby will start saying his first words? Academics in Psychology argue that although children pretty much hit certain milestones around the same time, this is not always the case in their communication milestones.

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Does multi-language exposure confuse babies?

As adults, we can locate word boundaries in our native language effortlessly. Babies have to learn the same skill for their native language, as learning to isolate word forms is a critical skill in learning new words. So how do bilingual babies do it?

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The secret to turning your child into a reading dynamo is timing, and according to experts its the 6-month mark

Even though they're little, babies benefit from early reading more than you think and one study is showing that the earlier you start reading to your child, the better.

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All babies are cute, but some are super cute: meet the Batman baby

Baby Luna is one of 20 000 babies born worldwide with a congenital skin condition known as giant congenital melanocytic nevus, a black birthmark that covers most of the face resembling a butterfly shape (or a Batman mask).

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Playing peek-a-boo with your baby is more important than you think

Positive, affectionate and engaging interactions during infancy set the foundation for how we engage with people throughout our lives.

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The story of how babies learn to talk

Speech development in infants begins months before birth, and according to research, infant-directed speech or 'baby talk' is the best tool parents can use to help their children develop language skills sooner.

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A strong father-child resemblance equals greater health for babies: Study

A US study has found that dads who live apart from the family are more likely to visit their babies if their offspring look like them. And babies who have regular, positive contact with their dads, are healthier. Here are the findings.

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WATCH: This baby girl shows us what hearing for the first time looks like

Not long after her birth, the Ashtons discovered that their baby daughter had sensorineural hearing loss and the parents were all hands on deck to capture the once in a lifetime moment Sienna heard their voices for the first time.

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How to keep an eye out for developmental delays (without turning into a neurotic lunatic)

Is your baby's milestones on track? Do you think your child is keeping up with age-appropriate skills? Or do you secretly think there may be a problem? We spoke to Cape Town based physiotherapist, Julia Lee-Sylvester, who explains what developmental delays look like at different stages, and what parents can do.

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Developmental milestones: newborn to 12 months

All the developmental milestones from newborn to 1 year.

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How to survive the shops with a baby in tow

Load up the pram and the credit card, we’re ready to go.

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Printable: Growth charts for baby girls and boys

The new royal prince weighed a very healthy 3.9kg. To see where he – and your baby – plots on the growth charts, here are the World Health Organisation growth charts for boys and girls up to 5 years.

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Baby's first steps and 8 other milestones

There's nothing quite like watching your baby grow and learn. Here are 9 milestones to look out for over the coming months.

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The nine month check-up

What to expect at the clinic or doctor’s office.
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