MamaMagic Baby Expo Joburg Winter

The MamaMagic expo is postponed until further notice. Hang tight we will be back.

Huggies Experts Lounge

Parents can rest easy knowing that once again MamaMagic we will be hosting the informative Huggies Experts Lounge. The lounge will feature a number of speakers who will cover a range of parenting topics from breastfeeding to skin-to-skin to toddler development. You can also take advantage of a free consultation with the Huggies childcare expert, Lynne Bluff available at the lounge throughout the expo.

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.

Anchen Verster is a nursing sister, registered midwife and SA certified perinatal educator. She is a mother of 4, including a beautiful set of twins. Anchen is currently based in Pretoria and runs her own childbirth education classes and baby wellness clinic.

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.

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.

Deidré Smith is a registered dietician with a special interest in infant feeding. She is also a South African certified lactation consultant, and a mom of two. She has spent a large part of her career working at a mother and child hospital, trying to help mothers of premature babies to successfully breastfeed after facing many challenges, and she also runs an infant feeding support group for HIV positive women. She is also a breastfeeding mother, who has had two very different breastfeeding journeys, not without its challenges. Through both professional and personal experience, she knows that breastfeeding (and especially exclusive and continued breastfeeding) is not easy and can be very challenging, mainly due to lack of information and support.

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.

Lizette Botha completed her studies in Human Movement Science at the University of Pretoria in 1989. After leaving university, Botha went on to become a swimming teacher and has been one ever since. Over her career, she has taught more than 8 000 babies to be water safe and just over 16 000 toddlers to swim. She opened her first swimming academy in 1993 in Nelspruit and ran it successfully for 17 years. Kiddies Aqua Swimming Academy in Pretoria is the second swim school that Botha has successfully opened. She is also a member of Swimming South Africa, Les Bébés Amphibies International (Switzerland) and a founding member of Amphibies Babies Africa, together with Jean Fouace, the father’ of baby floating in the world. She also serves as Project Manager for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation (South Africa) and is a Member of Tuks Swim Coaches Association and Northern Tigers Swimming (NTS).

Milica Repensek is a qualified counselling psychologist with a special interest in infant mental health as well as mother and child work. She completed a supervised infant observation for two years and has had other training in parent-infant psychotherapy.

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 consults 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.

Talk Topics

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: Why is it so hard?

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.

Back to work breastfeeding

This talk offers an explanation of how it is possible to return to work and continue breastfeeding. Find out about your rights in the workplace, how to prepare you and your baby for your return to work, how to maintain milk supply when you are at work as well as how to safely store and feed the breastmilk to your baby.

Swim before you walk – Infants and their ability to swim

Babies are natural water lovers and are easily attracted to the magic of water. Their little bodies have got a similar density to water, enabling them to float on the water in a natural way without drowning. This talk will cover a unique self-rescue water safety method for infants that was discovered in 1967. The method is developed around the natural ability of an infant and toddler to float, and the instinctive closure of their respiratory tracts when they fall into the water. Our swimming expert will also inform you about the potential dangers of water and provide some quick tips on how to prevent an unnecessary drowning incident.

The importance of play

This talk is intended to highlight the importance of play time for children, including structured, free and messy play. Learn how important play really is in your child’s life and how you can encourage your little one to play more.  Do you know the difference between structure and free play? Let our speaker explain the difference and why both are equally important for your child’s development.

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.

Parenting: Bliss or burnout?

The number one reason why parents feel overwhelmed is exhaustion. The crossroad you face presents itself ever so often. The bliss of parenting is challenged by exhaustion and it could lead to burnout. The hustle is real!  However, seeing that you are resourceful is also real, which is great!  Let Nadia Scrooby show you some practical parenting tips and tricks to avoid burnout and be blissful.

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.

Happy mommy = Happy baby

It has been widely confirmed that the psychological wellbeing of a child is greatly influenced by their upbringing and the key people who have ongoing contact with the child. For most children, this is their mother, father or grandparents. The fundamental focus of this talk is the mother and how her wellbeing is pivotal to her child’s positive development and growth. In today’s day and age, there is insurmountable pressure on the mother to fulfil multiple roles (the working mother, the chef in the kitchen, the driver, the house-keeper, etc.). This talk is aimed to empower mothers and families by encouraging them to gain the support they need.

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