Mustela | Skincare Product Reviews

Junita's Review When we started our Mustela journey, Lehandro got sick and had middle ear infection. The soothing chest rub really helped us those few days. Lehandro was so relaxed after we applied the chest rub, and not once did we struggle with a stuffy or blocked...

The Magic of Mom-Friends

Sitting at home with my four-week-old newborn in our love bubble on the couch. I realised that I had not put on a proper outfit since the day before I gave birth. I was looking to do something social and fun during my maternity leave; just then, an ad came up on my...

Lessons learned as a single mom.

Navigating life as a single mom can be overwhelming at times. It can feel like a juggling act in which some balls are made of glass and others made of rubber. The trick is learning to identify which will break if they drop and which will bounce. I am by no means an...

The heart of an adoptive mama

To get "the call", instead of a positive pregnancy test was what life was all about, almost 6 years ago. I knew that somewhere there was a beautiful soul that was carrying my daughter inside of her. Some of us were meant to be ‘heart mamas’, some ‘tummy mamas’ and...

Raising a child with special needs

There's always so much stigma around autism and how to communicate with someone who can't communicate verbally. Having toddlers is hard enough without adding OCD, sensory processing disorder; and then not being able to communicate with them, It’s a whole other ball...

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Mustela | Skincare Product Reviews

Mustela | Skincare Product Reviews

Junita's Review When we started our Mustela journey, Lehandro got sick and had middle ear infection. The soothing chest rub really helped us those few days. Lehandro was so relaxed after we applied the chest rub, and not once did we struggle with a stuffy or blocked...

read more
The Magic of Mom-Friends

The Magic of Mom-Friends

Sitting at home with my four-week-old newborn in our love bubble on the couch. I realised that I had not put on a proper outfit since the day before I gave birth. I was looking to do something social and fun during my maternity leave; just then, an ad came up on my...

read more
Lessons learned as a single mom.

Lessons learned as a single mom.

Navigating life as a single mom can be overwhelming at times. It can feel like a juggling act in which some balls are made of glass and others made of rubber. The trick is learning to identify which will break if they drop and which will bounce. I am by no means an...

read more
The heart of an adoptive mama

The heart of an adoptive mama

To get "the call", instead of a positive pregnancy test was what life was all about, almost 6 years ago. I knew that somewhere there was a beautiful soul that was carrying my daughter inside of her. Some of us were meant to be ‘heart mamas’, some ‘tummy mamas’ and...

read more
Raising a child with special needs

Raising a child with special needs

There's always so much stigma around autism and how to communicate with someone who can't communicate verbally. Having toddlers is hard enough without adding OCD, sensory processing disorder; and then not being able to communicate with them, It’s a whole other ball...

read more
Motherhood in 2021

Motherhood in 2021

Let's be honest here. Motherhood is no walk in the park. It's a total mind shift. It's selflessness on levels that your prior self could not even comprehend. It is sacrificing your time, energy and body for tiny humans that will inevitably be the boss of you....

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WaterWipes

WaterWipes

WaterWipes provide safe cleansing for the most delicate newborn skin and are so gentle they can also beused on premature babies. Made from 99.9% high purity water and a drop of fruit extract, WaterWipes have been specifically developed to be as mild and pure as cotton...

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Preparing our life backpacks for this holiday season

Preparing our life backpacks for this holiday season

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been counting down the days to Christmas, and are already jotting down family ideas to celebrate the festive season. This time of year has always been a favourite in our household, filled with family bonding traditions, but...

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Confessions of a preemie mom

Confessions of a preemie mom

Can you imagine going in for your 34-week prenatal checkup at 15:00, only to be told that your baby -who has only just developed their lungs - will be coming out of the safety of your womb at 18:00? Well, this is what happened to me and my beautiful baby girl. In the...

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Precious Cargo reviews the Maxi-Cosi Pearl Pro

Precious Cargo reviews the Maxi-Cosi Pearl Pro

The Maxi Cosi Pearl Pro is the updated version of the popular 2Way Pearl. It is part of the 3way Family; the 3WayFix isofix base is also compatible with the Jade carrycot, Pebble Pro/Rock infant seats as well as the Pearl Pro and Pearl Smart toddler seats. This gives...

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Finding the right diaper bag … it all starts here

Finding the right diaper bag … it all starts here

It used to be that diaper bags were either pink or blue with baby prints on it. Your options consisted of plain bags or one’s that were decorated with polka dots, but they were all made of plastic. However, this has since changed and there is a lot more variety when...

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Born out of a love for supporting local

Born out of a love for supporting local

Born out of a love for supporting local at markets, maker and creator Carin Archibald started her proudly South African baby brand of pretty but functional ‘momssentials’, Button & Bear, after noticing a gap in the market for locally made products that she could...

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Navigating the grocery store with a masked toddler

Navigating the grocery store with a masked toddler

The clock is ticking, I imagine the mission in my mind. It needs to be a quick job. In and out! Zero distractions. I have my disguise ready. I cannot leave any evidence that I was ever there, so I need to be careful. I can only touch what is on my list.  Mission:...

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Being a mama to three girls

Being a mama to three girls

Guest editor Mari-Louise Candiotes says she and her husband always wanted a big family: a messy home turned upside down and inside out with love and laughter. However, she never expected to be a mama to only girls. Glitter, impromptu tea parties, plays, and...

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Navigating home-schooling during lockdown

Navigating home-schooling during lockdown

If someone had told me last year that I would be home-schooling my kids while working from home, I would have rolled on the floor, laughing in complete disbelief. However, this has become my reality now and not just for me, but for many other moms and dads all over...

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Surviving lockdown with my three children

Surviving lockdown with my three children

Well, it has been challenging being in lockdown with the three kids. I’ll admit I’ve had some meltdowns because of feeling overwhelmed, but 60 days into it and I can finally say that I am more settled now. This experience has certainly expanded my parenting knowledge...

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Baby Dove Head to Toe Wash

Baby Dove Head to Toe Wash

My son Eli, who is five years old, simply hates when bath products touch his eyes, as he is petrified of the burning. We decided to let him try the Baby Dove Head to Toe Wash by himself, for a more hands-on experience of the product. The first thing he said to me was,...

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Raising a child as a single parent

Raising a child as a single parent

We all instinctively know that single parenting is hard, but unless you’ve done it yourself, you don’t really understand, writes guest editor Kwanele Mbobo. Single parenting has been a journey for me, a rollercoaster of emotions and many firsts for both baby and...

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When strollers meet technology

When strollers meet technology

Hands up to all the parents out there who use a pram for more than just transporting a kid? Let’s face it, a pram is essentially a compact trolley. Yes, sure, they transport your precious kids, but they also carry nappy bags, groceries, blankets, jackets, bottles of...

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As my children grow, so do I

As my children grow, so do I

Looking back on 2019, I ask myself ‘where did the year go?’ The minutes turned into hours; the hours turned into days. The seasons went through their annual cycle and here we are again, getting summer-ready, doing gift shopping and already filling up our 2020...

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Baby massage and the art of touch

Baby massage and the art of touch

Infant massage has a host of amazing benefits for your baby. Victoria Massia from Life Baby gives you the low-down on infant massage. Q. How did infant massage begin? A. Infant massage has strong historical roots originating with Ayurvedic medicine in India around...

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When you have to go away without them

When you have to go away without them

Be it for business or pleasure, leaving your kids behind is not the easiest thing to do when you travel, but Guest editor Hayley Malan says that with a little bit of planning and some creativity, the time apart can in fact be an exciting time for everyone! My eldest...

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Managing pregnancy anxiety

Managing pregnancy anxiety

Finding out that you’re expecting is one of life’s most exciting events. For me it felt like a miracle and a curse each time. I have always wanted children and was blessed with a beautiful baby girl who is currently eight months old and now I am expecting baby number...

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Step up your parenting game

Step up your parenting game

For most men, there is a certain “macho” pride that comes with having a son. There is the idea that you can somehow pass down your name and a long legacy of traditions to your son. This is exactly how I felt when my son (Eli) was born five years ago. Our bond was...

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What it means to me to be a mom

What it means to me to be a mom

I’ve always longed to have a child of my own, someone I could shower with love and affection. My own human being. From the time you find out you’re pregnant, your life changes for the better. The minute your baby is born and is brought into this world, you know things...

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Review of the Baby Throne

Review of the Baby Throne

The Baby Throne was created by Zoe Durbach specifically for her son, Hector Knight Durbach. When Hector was about four months old, she noticed that her son showed indications of when he wanted to “go” and that a specific squat position triggered the instinct to “push”...

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Baby Dove Lotion Review by Mama Is Me

Baby Dove Lotion Review by Mama Is Me

For that extra tender loving care, the Baby Dove Lotion, Sensitive Moisture, is certainly the crème de la crème of this beautiful range of baby products. Both my children have delicate skins, one being prone to eczema and the other prone to red blotches, so what I...

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Baby Dove Wipes Review by Mama Is Me

Baby Dove Wipes Review by Mama Is Me

If there’s one baby product I simply cannot live without, it has to be wet wipes. Since my children were born, I have made every effort to surround myself with the best quality wet wipes. As a family, we fell in love with the Baby Dove Wipes on the first try. I love...

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Mealtimes and a busy parent’s reality

Mealtimes and a busy parent’s reality

Guest editor Tenielle Maris writes about how her good intentions around feeding her children had to change when reality hit. With a passion for all things relating to nutrition, and having started my blog when my son was five months old, it felt only natural to...

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Here’s the best parenting advice you will ever get

Here’s the best parenting advice you will ever get

I think it was a family friend who casually told me to have fun when we bumped into each other at the shopping mall. I was highly pregnant with my first baby and it didn’t seem like advice at the time. I didn’t think much of it then, but looking back on it now, it was...

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Is the Chelino Travel Buddy the best travel stroller?

Is the Chelino Travel Buddy the best travel stroller?

By Just A Mamma About a month ago we were asked to review the Chelino Travel Buddy stroller. We are a family of avid travellers, I was intrigued and excited to see if the Travel Buddy would be the best travel stroller we’ve used. We took it along to Umhlanga, and this...

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Preparing your toddler for a new sibling

Preparing your toddler for a new sibling

When I was pregnant with my second child, my first was only a few months old. As I wondered how we were all going to adjust, I realised there was no way I was going to make such a small child understand that another one was on the way. I mean, he was barely saying...

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Using play to unwind

Using play to unwind

Do you know what the most difficult stage of parenthood is? Pregnancy? Newborn? High school? Well, the most difficult stage of parenthood is the one you are in at this very moment, purely because it is brand new to you. This is the case whether you have one child or...

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Turtle Fun

Turtle Fun

Create little sea turtles made from craft supplies you can find at home. SUPPLIES: For this craft you are going to need so get a few supplies together. An egg carton for the shell, green cardboard for the flippers and body, a foam ball for the turtle’s head, a marker...

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Does it ever get any easier?

Does it ever get any easier?

When you’re in the midst of all those sleepless nights and food wars, it can seem like you’ll never get out. Guest editor AfroDaddy delivers some truth bombs. I was pushing both my children in their double stroller up the road. The pavement needed some work, so...

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What my year has been like

What my year has been like

Like a lot of people in my life, I found 2018 to be a difficult year. It was not necessarily a terrible year, but it was not the best one either. The day I went back to work after my maternity leave ended was the day I realised how challenging parenting is. Not only...

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The day I decided to live for no one else but you

The day I decided to live for no one else but you

“Hiiiii …” with a little, yet husky voice. Is all I look forward to when it’s home time. It’s amazing how quickly you have grown into a young, yet so little man. Holding you in my arms felt like magic.   A year later, all I can hear is stories when I get home of...

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