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...

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...

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...

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...

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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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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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”...

read more
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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Little Tikes: Push n Glow Fish Review

Little Tikes: Push n Glow Fish Review

When the Little Tikes Push n Glow fish arrived for Piper she was only about two months old, which meant big brother Carter got first dibs at her new toy. So, off the bat it’s safe to say that this is the kind of toy that appeals to all ages, and it’s easy to see why:...

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Embrace Every Moment

Embrace Every Moment

Life isn’t all picture-perfect moments with your kids. Some days you’re tired and grumpy, and so are they. But father-of-two, Grant Medcalf says he’s learning to embrace all of the moments he spends with his kids – even the difficult ones. You’ve had a long day at the...

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The Magic of Having One Child

The Magic of Having One Child

People are often wary of having just one child. Guest editor Olerato tells us what it’s like. I often get asked what it’s like having just one child, followed by many other questions. Does she get bored? Doesn’t she feel lonely? Aren’t you sad she’s growing up so...

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What No One Told Me About Having a Baby

What No One Told Me About Having a Baby

If people told me what motherhood was like before I had my first child, I probably wouldn’t have believe them! Tarryn Jordaan writes about the things that affected her most. Did you set new year’s resolutions? Did you stick to them? After my baby was born, I found it...

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Carnival of Toys

Carnival of Toys

Aaaaah toys, toys, toys. What could bring more delight, to both children and adults alike, but exciting toys to play with? Back in the day, as my mother would say, toys were not always easily accessible, and folks were lucky to have one doll or one car to play with....

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Leap Frog Learn & Groove Musical Mat Review

Leap Frog Learn & Groove Musical Mat Review

Raising two kids under the age of four years old, is a noisy affair. Giggles, screams, the sounds of electronics going off and the latest animation movie blaring from the TV screen, is a norm around our parts. But we were so chuffed to add the Leap Frog Learn &...

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#IncludeDads

#IncludeDads

“Campaigns such as this assist to identify very important barriers to fathers’ involvement, and it also helps us to change the environment to encourage fathers to become more involved caregivers and supportive partners.” ‒ Andre Lewaks, Sonke Gender Justice Let’s...

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Your heart will grow

Your heart will grow

During my first pregnancy I had more time to enjoy the experience ‒ I took pictures of my tummy as the trimesters passed, and when my daughter was born that magical time continued with monthly photos, a detailed record of her milestones, and the first year was rounded...

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Little Tikes Discover Sounds Workshop Review

Little Tikes Discover Sounds Workshop Review

The Little Tikes Discover Sounds Workshop from Prima Toys kept Cole busy for the longest time. Not only did he enjoy playing with this amazing toy but we also had such a great time watching him discover the different sounds and lights in the workshop. The Little Tikes...

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World’s Best Parents

World’s Best Parents

Don’t you find it troubling that South African consumers head off to their local baby retailer to buy a car seat without doing a minute of research? That’s like going to the local car dealership and buying a vehicle without checking what size the engine is, how big...

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Little Tikes Push ‘n Play Turtle Review

Little Tikes Push ‘n Play Turtle Review

The Push ’n Play Turtle from Little Tikes is a baby walker that features a bright-green friendly turtle.   Both of my children used a walker to become steady on their feet and learn how to walk, and although the first few weeks were a bit wobbly, they were soon...

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What’s in Diana Hoyos’ Nappy Bag?

What’s in Diana Hoyos’ Nappy Bag?

Q: What is currently in your nappy bag? A: Nappies, wet wipes, hand sanitiser, plastic changing mat, disposable changing mats, nappy sacks, baby jelly, alcohol-free hand and mouth wet tissues, sunscreen, one change of clothes for my baby and another one for my...

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Aiming for a Happy Ending

Aiming for a Happy Ending

I always thought things would be different, had greater wishes and of course different needs. When I met my Prince Charming, my thoughts were nowhere close to that. I was 23, but 14 at heart. All I ever wanted to do was to club, huff and puff, and that’s all. We met...

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Perfect Timing For Parenthood

Perfect Timing For Parenthood

When I think about when I met Vash, it always seems like it was last year, even though we are 18 years into our journey (so she reminds me). It was a chance meeting in December 1998 that I crossed paths with this very interesting and spirited young lady. From that...

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A Letter to My Daughter

A Letter to My Daughter

Hi Hopie It used to be that Mother’s Day made me sad. It made me sad for myself, and it made me long for the children I wondered if I would ever have. But this year is so different. My heart is incredibly full… Full of the joy that you’ve brought me over these past...

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My journey as a late bloomer mum

My journey as a late bloomer mum

I have kissed a frog or two or three or four, my memory fails me now, the fuzziness could be due to my diminishing grey matter. Purely by chance I met a gentle young man over the December vacation period and we agreed to spend ONLY a month in one another’s company. Of...

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My Magic Mother’s Day Story

My Magic Mother’s Day Story

I am a mother of two – well that's what I tell everyone even though they see me with one child. This is my second Mother's Day and I am going all out to celebrate it. This year Mother's Day is extremely important to me because my first Mother's Day last year was a...

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