If you’re new to the mommy squad or are currently expecting, then it is likely that you have had at least one person suggest the Baby Sense series among the hundreds of other books that have piled up on your bedside table. Baby Sense is a good place to start with advice on a little bit of everything from sleeping routines, introducing solids, baby massage techniques and what to expect from your first year, in your new role as mommy.
When Axl was about 3 months old, I remember having a good ol’ cry due to pure overwhelment (is that a word?) and not knowing what more I can do for the newborn who insisted on crying all.the.time. Thinking back to the early days of my sister who is 10 years younger than me, I remember my mom turning the pages of the Baby Sense series and well… it seemed to help. So I did the same thing and ignored all the opened Google pages, took a few pointers from the Baby Sense manual and trusted my instincts.
Last year, I attended my first Baby Sense Seminar and as mentioned, I thoroughly enjoyed the get together and loved how accommodating everyone is. Most of all, there wasn’t a single professional who made me feel like I was doing the wrong thing, or that my mommy instincts were off. Often, I read online forums and feel that mommies are ridiculed for doing things their way – this isn’t the case with the Baby Sense Seminars, and it is for this reason that I believe they are so successful!
The seminars are back for their 12th year and if you’re expecting or looking for a guide to navigating your first year of being mom, this is not to be missed. (If you’re in PE, you might even see me there!)
Want to know more – here’s what you can expect:
The parenting experts this year include Sr Ann Richardson (co-author of Baby Sense and Sleep Sense), Tina Otte (midwife and special editor of Your Pregnancy), Lizanne du Plessis (OT and author of Raising Happy Children), Kate Bailey (OT and early childhood development and stimulation expert) and Dr Welma Lubbe (registered nurse and advanced midwife with qualifications in neonatal nursing science). This panel of experts will assist parents with invaluable information on a variety of topics that are close to a new parent’s heart.
In the first session (08h30 – 12h00), our experts will equip moms-to-be with everything they need to know about baby’s transition from womb to world, the golden hour straight after birth as well as newborn basics.
The afternoon session is aimed at parents with babies up to 12 months of age and will include information on stimulating your baby, gentle sleep solutions and what it takes to be a brave mom.
A Johnson’s Baby Massage Workshop takes place between the two sessions and will teach moms the benefits of sensory stimulation and provide tips for baby massage and how parents can communicate with their baby through touch and massage.
Dates and venues for the Johnson’s Baby Sense Seminars:
- 1 August 2015 – Port Elizabeth – Radisson Blu Hotel
- 15 August 2015 – Durban – Three Cities Riverside Hotel
- 22 August 2015 – Cape Town – The Vineyard Hotel
- 5 September 2015 – Johannesburg – The Protea Balalaika Hotel
Cost per seminar is R240 and R60 for the massage workshop. Each person attending will receive a wonderful goodie bag, refreshments and the chance of winning amazing prizes. The seminar sponsors are Johnson’s, Baby City, Tolo, Huggies, My Smart Kid, Medela, Stokke and Tiger Brands. Please note that moms with babies under six months are welcome to bring them with.
For bookings, visit www.babysense.com.
Baby Sense have been so kind to sponsor a prize for one of my readers. You could win a Baby Sense book and 2 tickets to attend any of the Baby Sense seminars, of your choosing. All you need to do is follow the steps in the Raffle Copter below.
(competition opens on the 15th of June and closes on the 30th of June, winner(s) will be announced on social media and have 48 hours to claim prizes.)