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Breastfeeding – an economic plan to help save the world!

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Breastfeeding.
Breast milk is a superfood – economically, health-wise and emotionally. Not only is it suitable for all babies at all times, it adapts from one developmental phase to another, day to night, and even according to individual need! The health benefits are...

How to breastfeed while lying down

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Breastfeeding.
Who says that nursing Moms sleep less than those who formula-feed? Master this technique in eight easy steps, and you’ll be able to take a nap while you feed your baby! Soon you’ll feel more rested than ever. Remember, you and Baby will both...

Winter immunity and vitality

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Family Health.
Winter – and all the sniffles and coughs that go with it – make their appearance as regular as clockwork. The good news is that there is so much you can do to keep the worst of it at bay, for the whole family. Here’s your toolkit to ensure improved...

Sister Lilian’s 7 ways to make life easier for working, breastfeeding Moms

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Breastfeeding.
Every mom works 24/7, but if you have an office job outside the home too, and you still want to breastfeed your baby, life can get complicated. I hope my suggestions will help you cope! Women often tend to feel guilty, don’t they? Mothers...

Comprehending croup

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Family Health.
Croup is a common childhood disease that often strikes during the late autumn and early winter months. It’s a respiratory tract illness that’s best known for causing a sudden onset of barking cough and breathing difficulty in the middle of the...

Respect, don’t fear, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Sleep.
You needn’t be too worried about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS – if you stick to a few basic rules. SIDS, or cot death as it’s sometimes called, is the unexpected death of a baby who’s younger than one year, without a clear cause. There’s still a...

How to have merry munchkin moments over holidays and weekends

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Toddler.
Busy, bored toddlers can often keep parents on their toes and feeling like they too want to shed tears! That’s why we’ve come up with some game ideas to keep your tot happily busy during the holidays. Try these ideas for toddlers of 18–24 months...

Why am I tired so tired – I’m pregnant, not ill!

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Pregnancy.
If you’re feeling tired as a dog, you can know that it’s quite common. In fact, fatigue is often the first sign of pregnancy. Remember, your body is a 24-hour factory with only one person working all the shifts, so some tiredness is to be expected!...

The serious side of pregnancy health

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Pregnancy.
Pregnancy is mostly uncomplicated, even if you do experience a few niggles along the way, or have one or two less pleasant times. One of the most essential and helpful things you can do to ensure that you have a normal, happy, healthy pregnancy is...

Sister Lilian’s special pregnancy stress relievers

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Pregnancy.
There are a number of stress-relieving techniques that can make a positive difference in everyone’s lives, and emotional pregnant women are no exception. Turn to these when you notice that your stress levels are on the increase or if you are...

Owning responsibility for your pregnant health

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Pregnancy.
Increasingly women and their partners realise that preparing for conception, pregnancy and parenthood is the very best form of preventative health and well-being. You may think that you don’t have much influence over how things go, but nothing...

Exercise when expecting

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Pregnancy.
So many women (and their families) immediately focus on what they should rather stop doing when they have confirmation that they are pregnant. How sad, because being active is one of the best things for a woman to be, not only before and after...

Cosmetic safety in pregnancy

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Pregnancy.
In an age where our senses are continually assaulted by advertising hype for any and every conceivable wonder product, apparently guaranteed to keep you young and beautiful forever, it’s each one’s responsibility to take a deeper than skin look at...

Working Mom

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Parenting.
Every mom works 24/7, but if you’re also employed outside the home, you’ll need to think about how to manage both work and family. Whatever your reasons for returning to work, juggling a full-time job and family life can be challenging. Making work...

The best strategy for dealing with bedwetting

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Toddler.
Bedwetting is the unintended, involuntary voiding of the bladder while your child sleeps, mostly at night. It can occur at any age, but 3-6 years is probably the peak period. Boys are more affected than girls and bedwetting even sometimes continues to 9 or...

How your choice of Baby’s nappy impacts nappy rash

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Baby.
Think about it! A newborn baby’s skin is sensitive. The air affects skin profoundly, with different babies reacting differently to dry and moist climates. Not only does Baby’s skin take some time to adapt to the changed environmental conditions...

Buying for Belly, Birth & Baby

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Pregnancy.
Here’s a mega-list for you to download to help you prepare for all your pregnancy, hospital stay, and life-with-a-baby essentials. Not only that, but we also have a handy checklist for you for handling the changes ahead, as you prepare for...

Making love in pregnancy

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Pregnancy.
Your pregnancy shouldn’t affect your love life, but most women – and men – have quite a few questions about the dos and don’ts! Most importantly, if you have a normal, healthy pregnancy, it’s completely safe for you to make love; if there are...

Catching contagious diseases during pregnancy

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Pregnancy.
The good news is that you generally don’t have to worry too much about being exposed to most contagious childhood diseases during pregnancy, even though the risks of some to your unborn baby can be severe. That’s because it takes quite a lot of...

How to burp your baby

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Baby.
Often, a Baby reflecting Mom’s anxiety seems to have a build-up of wind, and may even cry a lot and be suspected of having colic. This means that the best thing you can do to help ease symptoms is to relax! Some effective ways to do this include:...

Toddler nutrition made easy

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Toddler.
Baby still has a lot of growing to do when he reaches toddlerhood, so many parents are surprised when their tot starts eating considerably less than when he was a baby. Actually, a toddler’s growth will slow significantly from about one year and...

Read your baby like a book

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Baby.
Did you know that you can tell a lot from just looking at your baby’s body, and observing his cues in the early days and weeks? There are three stand out ‘types’ of babies: 1.       For instance, if Baby is pleasantly plump baby, loves his milk and food...

The benefits of prolonged breastfeeding

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Breastfeeding.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with your baby breastfeeding for a prolonged period of time – in fact, if you look at his digestive enzymes you’ll see that he was designed to breastfeed for at least 2–3 years! If Baby has been breastfed for a...

Beat pregnancy nausea and cravings with your diet!

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Pregnancy.
Although pregnancy nausea is often blamed on a woman’s changing hormones, it’s important to remember that some hormones are produced in the gut… This mostly-forgotten fact may partly be why a woman’s digestive system seems to rebel in early...

Where body and soul meet

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Family Health.
Diets and exercise plans are so yesterday! And yet, good nutrition and physical activity are the fundamentals that shape mind and body health. Contrary to popular opinion, it can be easy to eat well and be fit as a fiddle. There are a number of...

Period problems – solved!

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Family Health.
Menstruation – the one week a month we love to hate, and yet, something we have to come to grips with … Read up more on what it is, how to combat PMS and some common menstruation problems. The menstrual cycle is about more than just your period –...

Frequently asked fertility questions – answered!

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Family Health.
How can I work out when I’m ovulating? Ovulation, the most likely time to fall pregnant, usually occurs close to mid-cycle. In an average 28 day cycle, where Day 1 is the first day of your menstrual period, you would mostly ovulate on about Day 14....

Endometriosis - what women need to know

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Family Health.
This is one of those lifestyle-related conditions that plague many women. Often, women themselves hold the key to alleviation. Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus, known as the endometrium, grows...

Bladder infections - the nitty gritty details

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Family Health.
Did you know that at least 56% of women will have a urinary tract infection (UTI) in their lifetime, and for many these often recur? The most common UTI is an infection of the bladder. Although urine itself is sterile, the proximity of the urethra to...

Shaken baby syndrome

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Family Health.
Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is a form of child abuse that occurs when a baby's brain or eyes are injured because he was shaken to such an extent that his brain bounced back and forth against his skull. SBS usually occurs in babies younger than two...

Away with postnatal emotional problems

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Parenting.
It’s normal to experience a bit of emotional upheaval when a baby is born. Most women get ‘baby blues’ or ‘third day blues’ a few days after giving birth and have a week or two of increased anxiety and emotionality before things return to normal. If...

Calcium Really Counts

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Family Health.
  Did you know that women absorb calcium better during pregnancy than when not pregnant? Even outside of pregnancy, calcium is one of the body’s most important and abundant minerals, forming 2% of a person’s body weight. Although mostly associated with...

Once a mother, always a mother

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Parenting.
Most mothers who use the many services the Sister Lilian Centre has on offer, and who interact with us on our Facebook page, read our unique online magazine eBaby or ask advice from me by booking a telephone consultation , are the age of my own...

Thumb sucking – a perfect imperfection?

Written by: Sister Lilian Centre. Category: Child Behaviour.
Sucking – whether on dummies, breasts, bottle teats, thumbs, or other fingers – is a deep seated physical and emotional survival strategy. Unfortunately, the media and childcare advisors portray sucking as a character weakness, a bad habit, and a...

Here’s how to massage your perineum, Mom-to-be

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Pregnancy.
The vagina is a hollow muscular area and is perfectly capable of birthing a baby! It has extensive folds which allow for expansion and stretching as Baby is born. There will be some side effects after birth such as some stretching, swelling, and...

Play really is a child’s work

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Toddler.
It’s also the cornerstone of a child’s development, and that’s what’s really important to know.  Just think about it for a moment. How often do children play these days? I mean, really play? Children should dream up their own games, let their...

Take tender care of teething troubles

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Baby.
Did you know, Mom, Baby can start teething any time from birth to 18 months, although most babies start at about six months? Some babies are born with teeth already erupted! These aren’t always the proper milk teeth and may need to be pulled by...

5 Parenting resolutions that will make your home happier

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Child Behaviour.
Resolutions are often just a recipe for heartache and negative self-esteem. But, there are a few easy changes you can make that will radically improve your experience of parenthood. And who doesn’t want a happy home? Here are five suggestions for...

When crying is colic and when it is not

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Baby.
Colic is often the first suspect when newborns cry a lot, and nothing seems to help. But, not every cramp and cry is colic – often Baby just has digestive discomfort which can be solved if you think out of the box. Not only that, you have to let go...

Constipated ?

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Baby.
So has your baby been experiencing constipation? Try Sister Lilian’s special tip and smile . PS – it works for toddlers, pregnant women and Dads too!  

Things to think about if you’re choosing and using dummies

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Baby.
So many expectant couples make dummies one of the first things they purchase when they start equipping their baby’s nursery, so I thought it’s probably time for me to share some thoughts about choosing and using this almost universal symbol of...

Sassy mothers are women with smart new bags!

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Parenting.
You know you’re a mom when your designer handbag has been replaced with a baby bag! That doesn’t mean that this important accessory, which for so many women gives a lift to their spirits and a swing to their step, has to be frumpy! Practical can be...

Top latching tips for breastfeeding success!

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is one of those things that you can’t fully understand until you’ve done it yourself; and it’s that great unknown that makes many moms-to-be anxious! Don’t worry, with a few basic facts you’ll be good to go – and nursing like a pro!...

Caring for your baby’s skin in the early days

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Baby.
Everyone loves a baby with a smooth, healthy skin, but you need to know a bit about this important organ to know how to keep it that way. As for adults, a baby’s skin is the largest organ of the body, but there the similarity stops. The basic...

Bathing your baby in the early days of life

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Baby.
  Bathing is not necessary in the first weeks, to protect Baby’s skin, but when you do start, it can be a little overwhelming to bath your wriggly baby. Never fear, you’ll feel like a pro in no time! Before starting the bath, use a face flannel or...

What’s the big deal about co-sleeping?

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Sleep.
Co-sleeping, bed sharing, the family bed – no matter what the latest name is – forms part of attachment parenting and basically means letting Baby sleep in bed with you. Just like skin-to-skin and kangaroo mother care, co-sleeping has sound...

Co-sleeping myths – busted!

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Sleep.
Are you curious about co-sleeping, i.e. letting Baby sleep in bed with you? You’ve probably seen some good things about it on the Sister Lilian Centre Facebook page and blog and maybe even heard some good things from fellow parents. But, you’ve...

10 Tips for cot safety

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Sleep.
When it comes time to kiss your little one goodnight, there are a few things you need to keep in mind with regard to cots: 1.       The cot must be deep enough that your little one can’t climb out, and shouldn’t have any steps or cut-outs in the...

Sister Lilian’s five top sleep tips

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Sleep.
Did you know that of all the concerns parents have, sleep – or more correctly, lack of it – tops the list? I’ve been getting a steady stream of sleep queries since the mid-1980s. It’s no surprise, really; sleep deprivation is a well-recognised form...

The significance of sleep ‘incompatibility’ between parents and babies

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Sleep.
 Research into both baby and adult sleep is plentiful. Although it isn’t essential to understand the sometimes complicated science of sleep, it does help those who find it difficult to simply ‘feel’ what might be right, or to leave it up to nature...

How a baby’s sleep works

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Sleep.
Yes, restful sleep is important for everyone, including babies. This doesn’t mean that babies must sleep through the night, however! Let’s look at sleep itself in more detail, because this will help you understand what you can reasonably expect...

Sister Lilian’s top ten tips for treating nappy rash

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Baby.
Everyone raves about how smooth and soft a baby’s bottom is; but when you open up Baby’s nappy you find red, inflamed skin and a tender looking bottom. Nappy rash. Don’t worry, most babies get nappy rash occasionally, especially if they have...

Preventing and treating eczema and other skin rashes

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Family Health.
Does your little one have a skin rash? The most common skin rash in little ones is eczema, which has two types. Atopic eczema is the most common type of eczema and produces red and often dry and scaly skin patches mostly on the face, neck, hands, in...

Is it safe to use petroleum jelly for nappy rash?

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Baby.
There is a huge range of baby skincare products available today and everyone seems to have a different opinion – which actually makes sense, because all babies react differently. Petroleum jelly is the ‘one-type-suits-all’ product many moms turn...

10 Simple but effective ways to prevent nappy rash

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Baby.
There are three major causes of nappy rash, the first being the nappy itself. Baby’s nappy area is kept covered for most of her baby-life – no wonder irritation occurs! The second cause is the urine and faeces which often burn Baby’s sensitive...

Gastric reflux in babies – what you need to know

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Baby.
The word ‘reflux’ is used so lightly – true gastric oesophageal reflux (as it is more correctly called) is not nearly as common as moms are led to believe. That’s the first thing you really need to remember! Almost 70% of healthy babies spit up...

Three basic things to know about start-up breastfeeding success

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Breastfeeding.
                              So many pregnant women worry about whether they’ll be able to nurse their babies, and even more new mothers are so anxious that this affects the success of what is truly an instinctive and natural mothering activity – IF you just allow it to be....

Sister Lilian’s top ten tips for life with a Baby

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Parenting.
  Being a new parent can be daunting and the number of things you need to learn can seem to tower over you like a mountain. Mount Everest, no less… Relax, all new parents feel this way, and soon the many rewards of parenting will be yours! Here’s...

Sister Lilian’s Top ten things not to do with a Baby

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Parenting.
As a new parent, you’ll probably find a long list of dos and don’ts given to you by any and everyone! Here are Sister Lilian’s ten practical and important Baby-don’ts which probably didn’t make their lists.  Don’t: X  Continue activities that distress...

The ABCs of mending bad behaviour

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Child Behaviour.
School has started again and it’s a relief to get back into routine – or is it? Suddenly your little one is acting up, sucking her thumb, and insisting that her princess tutu is appropriate attire for school. The first step is not to take it...

Weaning your baby from the breast – the kind way

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Breastfeeding.
The time has come that you need or want Baby off the breast and onto a bottle. First, let me ask you from the bottom of my heart to keep breastfeeding as long as possible – every drop of breast milk is worth gold! It is possible to work and...

Here’s how to stress less about children’s behaviour

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Child Behaviour.
A tot runs around the movie theatre screaming and people mutter, ‘What terrible parents he has!’ Fair or not, our parenting skills are often judged on how our tots behave. No wonder behaviour is the third of parents’ Big Three stresses, after sleep and...

How to stop your child’s whining

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Child Behaviour.
Whining, whimpering, moaning, snivelling – there’s no pretty word for when children go on and on in a high pitched voice, repeating the same complaint over and over. Whining may not be as dramatic as tantrums or as harmful as bullying and biting,...

When will my pregnant belly become visible?

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Pregnancy.
Did you know that preggy ‘bumps’ come in a whole variety of sizes and shapes? Don’t panic if yours doesn’t look like photos in books, often these portray an idealistic view, just like books and magazines do with non-expectant women! You’ll see...

Snotty noses sorted – not snorted!

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Family Health.
Wiping snotty noses – it’s simply part of being a mom. But what does all the mucus mean? Is it allergies, sinus, or something worse which requires medical attention? Sister Lilian’s mucus guide (that’s probably something you never thought you’d...

What to do about fever, earache and croup at night

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Family Health.
Baby has been crying constantly, it’s the middle of the night, and you wonder if there’s something seriously wrong – should you go to the hospital? This is a difficult call to make because illnesses always appear worse at night, and not all...

Here's help when baby won't stop crying at night

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Baby.
It’s the middle of the night and Baby simply won’t stop crying. Your motherly side wants to comfort her and solve the problem, but your body just wants to go back to sleep. You’re getting desperate, thinking something serious must be wrong – what...

How to solve toddler feeding dilemmas

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Mealtime.
Your feeding woes will surely be over when your tot turns into a toddler – won’t they? Unfortunately, many Moms still find plenty to worry about, more because it is in their inherent nature to worry about feeding their families, than anything else! ...

3 top tips to banish birth anxiety

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Birth.
It’s almost Halloween as I’m writing this, and I’m thinking about what scares people. For most women, it’s The Horror of Birth. Cue the creepy organ music. Most of this is the fear of the unknown; but when women go to experienced friends,...

What to do if your breastfeeding baby has jaundice

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Breastfeeding.
Physiological or ‘normal’ jaundice is a common newborn condition that can be resolved precisely by breastfeeding effectively - it is mainly because of ineffective feeding that breast babies seem to have more and prolonged jaundice! This is because lower...

Sister Lilian’s top tips for a better birth

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Birth.
After all those months of waiting, it’s finally time for Baby’s grand entrance into the world – but first you have to get through labour... Labour’s bad reputation – often fuelled by the horror stories the media and moms love to share – plays a big...

What is normal for breast and formula milk babies' bowel motions?

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Baby.
People often joke that all babies do is eat, sleep, and poo! Although not talked about as much as the other two, what’s going on in Baby’s nappy can be a source of stress for new moms. So, let’s get down to the dirty details: how often, what it...

What to do when Baby's sleep or feeding is a problem

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Parenting.
Being a parent is apparently very stressful! We stress about wanting to start a family; once pregnant, we stress about Baby’s health, the birth, and the nursery – and once Baby arrives we are swamped with new worries every day! Doesn’t that sound...

How to tap into the magical benefits of baby massage

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Baby.
‘Baby massage’ is one of those parenting buzzwords; but trust me, it’s not just a fad. Women in India, Asia, Africa, and parts of the Americas have been doing it for centuries: it’s simple, natural, and incredibly powerful! Why? Well, massage can...

A playful approach to baby massage

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Baby.
I firmly believe that touch is a gift that all parents can give their children – and what a gift! Did you know that touch helps develop healthy functioning connections between the mind, body, and emotions? It also releases tension and aids those...

What if my baby is born prematurely?

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Baby.
Did you know that it’s possible for a baby to survive outside the womb from 25 weeks of pregnancy? Of course, it’s best for Baby to stay in the womb as long as possible: the earlier he’s born, the more problems and challenges he’ll face....

Welcoming your preemie home

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Birth.
Finally, you can take your preemie home! Your first response is…panic! Is that normal? Many parents worry about handling their very little bundles of joy by themselves. Relax, you’ll cope as well as any parents of newborns – by the time Baby is...

Top tips for Mums of twins

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Parenting.
Expecting a new baby is daunting for many parents. With twins on the way, things can become doubly difficult! Normal, everyday tasks like bathing Baby, changing a nappy, breastfeeding, and burping Baby can easily make a mountain out of what...

How are newborn babies supposed to sleep?

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Sleep.
  While most newborns spend much of any 24 hour period napping or sleeping, they only do this in a truly healthy and developmentally optimal way if they do not feel insecure, unhappy or distressed in any way.   I think the reason this question is so...

Sister Lilian’s Basic Sleep Recipe

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Sleep.
The problem with developing a sleep recipe is that babies and toddlers are completely different from one another… it’s almost impossible to develop an actual sleep recipe. Instead, you need to build up your own flexible, kind, realistic routine around...

Is there any harm in letting babies cry and self-soothe?

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Sleep.
  Quite honestly, I am exasperated by a number of mantras I constantly hear about how to deal with crying babies. Let’s be honest and see the bigger picture.   “Self-soothing” is the idea that babies should learn to comfort themselves using another...

9 top tips for building a baby routine

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Sleep.
I hate the word ‘routine’. In my many years as a parenting advisor, I have seen more tears of frustration caused by the relentless pursuit of a ‘good routine’ than I have seen tears of joy! And when you think how many tears of joy are shed once a...

How to choose a day care wisely

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Toddler.
  I am so often asked for advice on the best childcare choice, so I thought that I’d dedicate this blog post to tips on finding the correct day care. As with all things to do with babies, there is no such thing as only one perfect childcare option...

Car safety with babies and children - don't neglect it!

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Toddler.
Was it you I saw, Dad, with your little superhero on your lap as you nonchalantly drove down a busy suburban road? Mom, I couldn’t help but think how ironic it was that you were securely buckled up, but your little girl of about three years was...

Moody mommy - dealing with the emotional rollercoaster of pregnancy

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Pregnancy.
  I’d like to share some thoughts about the emotional rollercoaster ride pregnancy often turns out to be. It’s very normal to feel emotional during pregnancy, or to feel exceptionally stressed. You may feel irritable, angry, anxious, tearful, and as...

5 Embarrassing symptoms of pregnancy

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Pregnancy.
Pregnancy – some women love it, others have a far more difficult time. Your body goes through tremendous changes in those nearly-ten months you carry your baby, resulting in a lot of niggles and uncomfortable conditions. Here’s how to solve the...

3 reasons why induction of labour is not a good idea

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Pregnancy.
So many questions and anxieties arise in one’s mind in the last weeks of pregnancy, as the long wait draws to an end. Most women wish that the discomforts of the last weeks would end sooner rather than later, and of course, moms are excited to meet...

7 Strange pregnancy symptoms you may not be expecting

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Pregnancy.
  Everyone knows about nausea, heartburn, swelling, cravings, skin pigmentation and itching in pregnancy. Here are seven strange symptoms you might really wonder about! 1. Acne Acne is partly related to all the hormonal changes your body undergoes...

Is there an ideal age to have a baby?

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Parenting.
Should you take advantage of the vibrant, prime-of-life decade and start a family in your 20s? Are the more settled circumstances of the 30s, along with a still-young heart and body, the ideal years to start a family? Do parents in their 40s know...

Women are their own worst enemies

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Parenting.
So, we are the gentle gender, are we? Ask anyone what sets us women apart from men, and the answers will include that we are innately more caring and compassionate, that we have higher EQ and that there is a tender, persuasive side to us. Yeah,...

Tips for relatives and friends of new parents

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Parenting.
Think before you speak! Ask yourself whether or not your words might hurt more than help, and try to find a positive way of saying everything Simply vow to never share bad news stories with an expectant mom or new parents Ask the new mom what she...

What to do when the family interferes with your parenting

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Parenting.
Friends and relatives are often the most trusted supporters when it comes to raising babies. And yet, I hear tales of judgement and poor advice daily, so this blog is addressed to all those new aunts, uncles and grandparents, or friends of new...

Why do we still have babies?

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Parenting.
It’s Pregnancy Awareness Week as I write this blog. One of the reasons I chose midwifery and babycare as my speciality is because as I cared for older patients in my early nursing career, I realised that to truly solve physical and emotional...

The significance of parenting

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Parenting.
There’s no job in the world more important than creating, carrying and raising children! In mothers’ wombs and in parents’ hands nestles the future of their own families, their communities, their countries, their planet and their universe. Because...

Top 9 Parenting rewards

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Parenting.
Let’s face it – parenting isn’t easy. Children restrict your ability to do whatever you want, to sleep in, or to see a late-night movie on impulse. Finances are more of an issue and life seems to be all about responsibility and very little about...

Sensitive parenting is sensible parenting

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Parenting.
I have a message for Mums and Dads that I believe to be of vital importance! But first, a question: Why do parents let themselves be so easily influenced by 'groupie parenting gurus'?  

Baby feeding – there’s no need for a fuss!

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Mealtime.
Hmmm… Moms don’t like it when I challenge baby and toddler feeding practices. It’s a touchy subject, that’s for sure – probably because we moms define ourselves to quite a large extent by how we nurture our babies and families – and feeding them is...

3 Essential Tools in Every Mom’s Medicine Cabinet

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Family Health.
What if I told you that health doesn’t come from a bottle? In today’s quick-fix age, looking to medication for a cure to our family’s illnesses has become the norm for many.   There are 3 must-haves in every mother’s medicine chest, if she is...

A broken home should not mean a broken child

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Child Behaviour.
South Africa is unfortunate enough to have one of the highest separation and divorce rates in the Western world. This inevitably sees many children hailing from ‘broken’ homes. I put ‘broken’ in inverted commas, because although almost anything is...

Why do children bully?

Written by: Sister Lilian. Category: Child Behaviour.
Moms and dads often despair when their beautiful child starts showing aggressive behaviour and bullying other children. To be honest, this behaviour might even be apparent from early on, although it often seems to develop as part of toddlerhood....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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