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 breastfeeding, baby and toddler development and sleep with you. You can also take advantage of FREE one-on-one consultation with childcare expert, Lynne Bluff who is available in the lounge throughout the duration of the expo. Don’t forget to pick up your latest copy of MamaMagic Milestones at the lounge!
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.
Dr Enrico Maraschin has been in private practice as a paediatrician since 1995. His practice believes in the importance of parent and child support. Having had two children of his own, who had significant medical problems from birth, his passion has become to help ensure that children are healthy and rely on minimal medical intervention. As his patients grow up, he finds it an honour to see them become strong, independent and successful.
Carey Haupt is a registered dietitian, certified lactation consultant and has her Master’s degree in Paediatrics. Her interest in breastfeeding began when she was studying nutrition. She fell in love with the importance of breastfeeding not only to a mother and child, but also to the family and wider community. She has 2 children, who for different reasons were born premature. This is where her true understanding of breastfeeding developed. She learnt first-hand how hard it is to have a baby in NICU. With this understanding she strives to help mothers who need help with breastfeeding.
Debra Anne Myburgh is a teacher, trauma counsellor, play therapist and she has a Master’s degree in psychology. Debra has had research papers accepted at both international and local conferences. She owns and operates a company called TraumaCare, who are a group of leading specialists providing counselling services, psychologists and play therapists to individuals, schools and corporates. Debra is also the author of over 30 children’s books written under the banner of Brave Books, which cover many childhood issues encouraging bravery and boosting self-esteem in children.
Gill Scheepers and Kayla Murphy are biokineticists and founders of Fit 4 Two. They are passionate about pre-and postnatal exercise, and aim to ensure that pregnant women enjoy safe and effective exercise classes throughout pregnancy, and then re-strengthen the body postpartum, while exercising with their babies and having fun to promote healthy and happy moms.
Kerry McArthur has been in the education environment for more than 19 years. Initially, she dealt with adults through product and service training, and then changed to working with children. She is also a mom to three children aged 6, 11 and 16. Being a mom and a teacher has given her the unique insight into what you can expect from children, and how different and special each child can be.
Lauren Lamont holds a six-year Master’s degree in Pure and Applied Chemistry from the University of KwaZulu-Natal where she graduated with several Certificates of Merit and Deans Commendations. Lauren also holds a 2-year Diploma in Cosmetic Chemistry from the Society of Cosmetic Science South Africa, where she graduated top in the country and received the Norman Sanan Award for most innovative product design. In 2011, Lauren began pursuing her real passion in the personal care industry. She has been involved in the research, development, innovation and manufacture of some of South Africa’s leading skincare products.
Nadia Scrooby is a mom, parenting ninja, certified life coach and educator. Her love for early childhood development started in the classroom, where her need for true understanding of how the brain develops made her question the way we learn and live. She has a deep passion for relationships and families, and she believes the hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world. We just need guidance on how to rock the cradle. She loves guiding parents to thrive!
Samantha Crompton is a midwife and SACLC lactation consultant. She teaches exercise classes for pregnant women, antenatal courses and prenatal lactation courses for pregnant moms. Samantha also does hospital visits and home visits to help moms with breastfeeding. She runs a postnatal support group for mother and babies as well as weaning to solids workshops for Speak at various CPD functions.
Unaisa Gani is an occupational therapist by profession. She worked for 4 years in NICU with childhood disability and development delay, while specialising in neurodevelopment rehabilitation. Children with development delay and disability have a hard time integrating into social situations, so she created a safe space at a mom and baby wellness centre where children who are differently abled can integrate with typical children. She is also a mother, which has helped her to transform her approach at the practice and at the centre to become more aware of the importance of promoting maternal health along with childhood development. Unaisa aims to empower women around South Africa to be the best they can be for their children by providing support, the right playing environment and imparting researched information.
Victoria Massia is a mom of two kids, wife and business owner. She is passionate about babies spending the last 8 years perfecting infant floatation and assisting in core stability, development and preventive maintenance. She believes in early intervention and preventive maintenance to reach maximum future milestones and to give each baby the best possible stepping stone to reach their dreams and goals. Her work is her passion and her family is what drives her. She lives everyday giving back and finding ways to develop a better future for all.
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.
Breastfeeding: Support is best
When you are pregnant you have no doubts that you want to breastfeed because most reading material says that it is best for your baby. Then baby arrives and it proves to be really difficult to breastfeeding your baby. You have guilt, feel like a failure and often have no idea who can help you. In this talk, Samantha Crompton gives practical tips to make breastfeeding easier from the start. When and where can you get help if you are experiencing problems breastfeeding your baby? Find out more in this session.
Daddy on duty: Understanding your role
Getting through the birth and first 3 months of a baby’s life demands a lot of young parents. Father’s often feel on the periphery of care. This talk challenges the old belief systems and highlights the vital role that fathers play in their baby’s wellbeing. This role influences the success of breastfeeding, the mothers wellness and the ultimate wellness of the family unit. In our modern world, where the village is a distant memory, the nuclear family has to function effectively to ensure a happy, healthy baby. The father’s role is a vital part of the nuclear family. This session will highlight the importance of the father’s role during the birthing process, breastfeeding and general support. Alongside this, it is important for fathers to understand that they too will undergo a number of changes and these changes will affect them emotionally, physically and financially. Ultimately the success of a family depends on all members playing their roles to the best of their abilities.
Exercise during pregnancy – The do’s and don’t’s
This talk will be centered around the importance of exercise during pregnancy. You will be taken through all the benefits exercise can have on your unborn baby, such as lowering their risk of developing conditions like diabetes, obesity and heart disease later in life. Learn what are the benefits of exercise for mom-to-be, which might include achieving healthy weight gain to being able to experience as much of a pain-free pregnancy as possible. Get great tips on how to get started on an exercise programme when pregnant, and how to make sure you are exercising safely throughout your pregnancy. What are some warning signs to watch out for when exercising, and how do you adapt exercise for each trimester? There will also be some handy tips for simple exercises that can be done throughout pregnancy.
First foods: Introducing your baby to solids
Find out how to make introducing solids to your baby for the first time simpler. What solids should you introduce first and when should you introduce them to your child. Registered dietician Carey Haupt give us some great tips in this talk.
Learn about the benefits of infant massage therapy in this interactive session. Massage therapy has led to weight gain in pre-term infants when moderate pressure massage was provided. Infant massage are also efficient methods for reducing pain and discomfort caused by gas, colic, bloating and constipation. They are known to reduce muscular tension, growing pains, teething discomfort, and cramping. Get some great tips and techniques for massaging your little one during this session.
Mental well-being during pregnancy
During pregnancy taking care of yourself is essential especially when it comes to taking care of your mental health. In this talk, get some great tips on how to keep your mind healthy during pregnancy.
Reaching those milestones
In this talk explore the developmental milestones and the common questions frequently asked regarding development delay. How do you identify development delay in children? The talk will also touch on the different types of play and how the parents can use this to their advantage when trying to promote these milestones. Get tips on how setting the right play environment can be conducive to the promotion of childhood development milestones.
Skincare during pregnancy
Pregnant women represent a particularly vulnerable population when it comes to being exposed to harmful chemicals during foetal development and this exposure may lead to altered health outcomes for the child later in life. In this session, pregnant moms can learn how to make healthy skincare choices during pregnancy and help minimise their risk of exposure to toxic chemicals.
Understanding your child’s behaviour
Parents often have difficulty telling the difference between variations in normal behaviour and true behavioural problems. In reality, the difference between normal and abnormal behaviour is not always clear; usually it is a matter of degree or expectation. “Normal behaviour” depends upon the child’s level of development, which can vary greatly among children of the same age. In addition, “normal” behaviour is in part determined by the context in which it occurs – that is, by the situation and time as well as by the child’s own family values and expectations, and cultural and social background. Understanding your child’s unique developmental progress is necessary in order to interpret, accept or adapt his behaviour (as well as your own). Remember that children have great individual variations of temperament, development and behaviour. This talk helps you to understand how to interpret your child’s behaviour.
When should you start being concerned about your toddler’s development? This talk highlights the main developmental milestones that any parent can expect from their child from the ages of 1 to 3. Also find out the challenges that certain parents will encounter during this period and learn some strategies on how to deal with them.