MamaMagic Baby Expo Cape Town
Bring your bumps, babies and toddlers to experience the magical world of parenting!
Huggies Experts Lounge
Get all your parenting questions answered at the Huggies Experts Lounge. Join South Africa’s biggest pregnancy and parenting experts as they share their invaluable knowledge on everyday parenting issues like skin-to-skin, breastfeeding and toddler development with you. If our talks don’t answer all your questions, then take advantage of a FREE one-on-one consultation with our childcare expert who is available in the lounge throughout the duration of the expo. Don’t forget to pick up your latest copy of Milestones Magazine at the lounge. This issue is filled with great articles to help you on your parenting journey
Registered nurse, midwife, and internationally certified childbirth educator Lynne Bluff will be available at the Huggies Experts Lounge daily to offer free one-on-one consultations*.
*subject to availability
Lynne Bluff holds a BSc Nursing degree and is a registered nurse, midwife, Internationally Certified Childbirth Educator, as well as Editor of the ‘Expectant Mothers Guide’ and ‘Professional Forum’ magazines. Bluff is passionate about educating pregnant, and new moms and dads about pregnancy, birth, and parenting so as they can have the best possible experiences. She is also committed to finding and teaching on the best, evidence-based practices one of which is skin-to-skin for mom and baby at birth and the benefits thereof. She attends the latest international professional conferences as one way to stay updated in her field of expertise.
Dr. Michael Mol didn’t go for career counseling, which could explain why he’s a medical doctor, an executive TV producer and presenter, an international speaker, business consultant and a founding Director of a multi-national company called Hello Doctor. His twitter profile sheds more light on the matter: “A husband to one, father to three, friend to few, a stranger to many… but not to God.” He was also a bed-wetter.
Amanda Klette is a registered trauma nurse who currently holds the position of Trauma Programme Manager and Regional Trauma Coordinator for Netcare in the Western Cape. Klette previously worked as a flight nurse across Africa and internationally for a period of 10 years. During this period, she also managed three Emergency Departments in South Africa. Following her time in Emergency Departments, she managed the Critical Care Units at a facility, encompassing 5 ICU’s, the Emergency Department and the Advanced Life Support Response vehicle team. She was promoted to Nursing Standards Manager and remained in this position for three years. She is the co-author of 11 injury prevention booklets and is invited internationally as a guest speaker regarding trauma programme management and injury prevention. Klette is also the secretary and member of the executive committee of the Trauma Society of South Africa.
Debbie Knighton-Fitt is a mom to three gorgeous kids, two Canadian and one South African. She studied to be a certified Birth Doula in Vancouver Canada, and now manages the PR and Communications for Pure Beginnings. She also runs a monthly buying club (more popularly known as a Good Food Club) that facilitates farm-to-table eating, supporting local, sustainable and ethical farmers, and food/household/skincare producers.
Hannah Visagie is a qualified midwife and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is a mom who is extremely passionate about breastfeeding, and empowering and equipping other mothers to do so also. Visagie runs a lactation business as well as she also does face to face (or skype) lactation consulting in and around Durban private hospitals and across South Africa. On a daily basis, she helps mothers to get off on the right foot to make their breastfeeding journey a success.
Jenna Morgan Cramer is a midwife specialist and lactation consultant, she started practicing at Mowbray Maternity Hospital. She went on to teach midwives at the Stellenbosch University and she still manages a part-time teaching load at Stellenbosch University and the University of the Western Cape. She provides private and group childbirth and parenting preparation classes. She also sees new moms at their homes for lactation consultations and does the introduction of solid workshops for parents. Cramer also provides educational talks to a diverse audience including the general public, professionals and academics.
Janet Theunissen has a teaching degree and is currently studying her Masters in Inclusive Education through Roehampton University, Oxford. She is a mother of 3 and has worked in a variety of schools, teaching children ranging from 4 to 12 years old. She is currently an ECD specialist for Curro Castles. Theunissen is also the owner of a teacher training FET college working within the rural areas for the last 14 years. Her experience thus far has led her to develop a strong belief that children learn best when they are having fun and are engaged in practical, real life activities. She also believes that strong relationships with parents and the wider community are vital in ensuring that children are supported as they move through their school life.
Sally Langerman is a wife, mother of three adult children and foster mother of a pre-adolescent child. She is also an educator and Pre-Primary School head of a large school, which caters for children from birth through to Grade R and a Nursery School Specialist within the Curro group. She has been involved in Early Childhood Education for the past 26 years and it is something that she is incredibly passionate about. At 40 she also completed her Foundation Phase studies. Langerman considers herself a lifelong learner, absolutely committed to early childhood development. Her life’s mission is to make people aware of just how important the early years are.
Hugging and being connected with your baby through skin to skin
What is skin-to-skin and what physiologic effects does this have on both mom and baby? Discover how skin-to-skin regulates a baby’s temperature, breathing, heart rate and how this process can affect a baby’s biome. There are nine instinctive stages that a newborn goes through at birth, in this talk learn what these stages are and what to expect from each of them. This crucial talk explores the importance of skin-to-skin and how to practically implement this process.
“To pee or not to pee” – A bedwetters conundrum
There are easily 4 or 5 kids in your child’s class who are wetting their bed, which means you are not alone. The secrecy and “shame” around bedwetting makes it a tough season for you and especially for your child. Most kids believe it’s a problem only they are dealing with, which creates feelings of humiliation, but with a bedwetting prevalence in South Africa of 1 in 6 children between the ages of 5 and 10, there’s no need to be embarrassed. Talk openly about it – and let them know that it’s only a season, and like every other season – it will pass. When healthcare professionals talk about bedwetting they refer to it as “nocturnal enuresis” – mostly so the child in question has no idea what the adults are talking about. It’s quite simply the unintentional passage of urine during sleep, with the emphasis on unintentional – in other words, the child has no control over his bladder, and so should NEVER be punished for wetting the bed. Listen in for more myth-busting truths about bed-wetting.
ABCs of breastfeeding
In these talks, learn the basics of breastfeeding from how your breasts prepare for the birth of your baby, to how milk is made in your body and how your milk supply changes as you breastfeed. You will also get some helpful tips and tricks from the experts on how to build and maintain your milk supply as well as who to contact for help if you are struggling.
Back to work breastfeeding
Returning to work is the reality for many modern breastfeeding families. This talk will start by reflecting on how long and what the period of separation will look like for each portion of the dyad. For the breastfeeding parent, Jenna Morgan Cramer will look at how moms can make their work environment better suited to their breastfeeding needs. It will also go into detail about things to consider before going back to work, such as who will be looking after your baby, paced bottle feeding and bottle refusal. Get great tips and tricks on how to make the transition back to work easier.
First aid basics
Get the help you need when you need it most, and what to do while you wait. This talk is one you will want to remember, but hopefully will never have to use. Learn what to do in an emergency. What constitutes an emergency? Basic guidelines on how to identify and manage: choking, minor wounds, burns and falls.
It’s your choice – empowering women through pregnancy
In this talk, learn about the choices that you have as a pregnant woman. What is the difference between a midwife and doula? Why is it important to consider having a doula on your pregnancy journey? Doula Debbie Knighton-Fitt shares her experience of motherhood to encourage other mothers to empower themselves so that they can have their best possible birthing experience.
Method in the madness of play
Free play in toddlers has been shown to help in various areas of development. This presentation offers guidelines on how parents can optimise their children’s free play.
What is the ideal age for my child to start nursery school?
Deciding when your child should start school is always difficult. In this session, we share tips on how to make an informed decision. Is there an ideal age when my child should start school? Is he going to be missing out, or fall behind if I choose to keep him at home until he starts pre-Grade R or Grade R? Find out in this interesting session.