Category Archives: Kids and sleep

Part 2: SIDS in South Africa

In Part 1, we looked at the most recent report released by the American Academy of Paediatrics regarding the risks and recommendations surrounding Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. This advice may have shocked many South African families for whom co-sleeping and baby-wearing are a part of our daily lives. In Part 2 we take a look…
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Part 1: What parents can do to reduce the risk of SIDS

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a new parents’ greatest fear. SIDS is an inexplicable phenomenon that occurs across the globe in all cultures - some infants die suddenly in their sleep. Despite thorough investigations including a review of the clinic history and autopsy, no cause of death can be found. Because newborns spend between…
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The Sealy Cot Mattress – Giving your baby the best start

Every parent aims to give their baby the best they can and most nesting begins with just that... building your baby's very own nest or nursery. Most moms-to-be feel terribly anxious until they are satisfied with where and how their baby is going to sleep. One of the biggest decisions that parents-to-be face is whether…
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Can better sleep mean better grades?

Poor sleep can negatively impact your child's grades, emotions and overall behaviour. This means you might need to introduce an earlier bed time. Or let your child sleep in. Or invest in a new mattress. While very little research has looked at the link between sleep and intelligence in children. It is clear that sleep…
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Why all babies in Finland sleep in a box

Finland loves moms. In fact, the Finns have taken such good care of their moms that it's no wonder they are now known as “the happiest in the world”. Happy mom, happy baby, happy family! What makes them so happy? • Finnish mothers access free healthcare during their pregnancy and birth (as well as thereafter)…
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Reader-approved sleep tips for Mombies

We asked for your best sleep tips for new moms and ‘woah baby’ you gave us some great ones! Here are the five top tips that could help Mombies that elusive sleep they're after. 1. ‘Sleep when baby sleeps’ – Submitted by Charmaine Priviledge Mahoya By far the most popular advice, this little pearl of…
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Why parents are – AND ALWAYS WILL BE – tired

Say farewell to sleeping through the night – ‘Tis true. Hungry newborns; scared toddlers, ‘I-wet-my-bed’ pre-schoolers and sneaky teenagers ensure that their parents remain sleep-deprived and tired for decades. And hello to the sniffles- Yes, parents have a greater chance of getting sick. Blame crèche, blame developing immune systems, blame sleep deprivation, blame those dirty,…
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Are tonsils to blame for my child’s snoring?

Snoring is a sleep destroyer- for the snorer as well as those sleeping (or trying to sleep) nearby. Kids that snore are given the medical label of ‘Obstructive Sleep Apnea’ or ‘Sleep Disordered Breathing’. Whatever, you call it, these kids are not sleeping well and a sleep-deprived kid is likely to be a grumpy, sickly,…
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The Hush Hat that reduces noise for your baby

All parents have been there… that moment when your baby has just nodded off and as you breath a sigh of relief there’s a ‘Ding Dong!’ or ‘Beep beep’ or ‘Woof woof’ ending in a very loud ‘Waaaaaah!’ from baby. When babies first fall asleep, it takes around 15 minutes for them to pass through…
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Why do kids with ADHD struggle to sleep?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects 4-5% of the population. It is synonymous with symptoms such as distractibility, inattention, hyperactivity and aggressive behavior. It appears to affect more boys than girls, with many ‘outgrowing’ these symptoms by adulthood. Having a child who battles to sleep in the house can mean that…
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