• Kids Tech Review: The Playbrush

    Imagine converting brushing teeth for your kids from a chore (one that involves a lot of nagging, negotiating, sometimes even bribing from your side) to an exciting and welcomed activity in your home. Where your kids willingly race to brush their teeth properly for two full minutes? Enter the Playbrush. A simple concept that has transformed lives worldwide.   What is the Playbrush? It’s a small silicone device that allows you to manually insert your child’s toothbrush in it and then using Bluetooth technology, connects to an app on your phone or tablet, allowing your child to play a game while brushing their teeth. Think of it like a magic…

  • How to Raise a Smart Baby: Interview with Dr John Medina

    I have yet to meet a parent who’s not always on the lookout for the most educational toys and gadgets that claim to increase their child’s IQ. In my culture, great emphasis is placed on academic achievement and I’m sure many other Indian mothers would agree. However, culture notwithstanding, every parent yearns for their child to be smart, happy and confident. While some mothers may detest certain methods like those of the “tiger mum” (Remember Amy Chua? The Chinese-American professor whose stringent methods of parenting were criticised in her book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother?), others are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure their child is successful…

  • Mums Delighted as Spur Supports Breastfeeding

    Popular South African family restaurant chain, Spur, has found its breastfeeding policy brought to the limelight after a customer posted a photo of their signage in store and praised it on Facebook last week. Initially implemented in January 2016, Spur’s breastfeeding policy has been effective in all of their stores countrywide for the past two and half years, although not many mums were aware of this. Spur restaurants are known for being family-friendly and thus welcomes breastfeeding. “Breastfeeding plays an important role in early childhood development due to its health and well-being benefits. We encourage all our franchisees to provide a friendly and safe place for women to breastfeed, and…

  • Book Review: Weaning Sense by Meg Faure & Kath Megaw

    I first heard the authors of Weaning Sense (Quivertree Publications, 2017) speak when I attended the Clicks Baby Meet Up at Moses Mabhida Stadium late last year, a week before I gave birth to my second child. Meg Faure is an occupational therapist and author of Baby Sense and Sleep Sense (among other titles), and Kath Megaw is a clinical dietitian with a special interest in paediatrics, and the founder of Nutripaeds. Their talk about COLLAB weaning – a scientific-based approach that takes the baby’s age, temperament and personality into consideration – won me over and I purchased a copy of the book at the event. Now that Ibraheem is…

  • Less is More: Why Babies Need Quiet Time

    Ayesha, a first-time mum, usually has a few different activities planned for eight-month-old Hamza each day. After breakfast, they sit with either wooden blocks or plastic shapes, and then she reads to him baby books. After his nap, Ayesha takes out more toys for him while an educational DVD is playing in the background. “Initially, I didn’t want my son to miss out on every opportunity to learn new things. I know how babies can absorb information so I thought while I am at home with him, I will teach him as much as I can. Hamza loves the attention that I give him but I’ve learnt that sometimes he…