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WEIGHTED BLANKETS – Why your whole family needs one

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What is a Weighted Blanket?

Weighted blankets are blankets with weighted beads sewn inside, which help promote self-calming and enhance proprioceptive feedback.

How does a Weighted Blanket work?

Firm pressure or deep touch therapy on the body for an extended period can calm the mind, as it simulates being held or hugged. Research has found that deep pressure touch stimulation releases serotonin, a chemical in the brain that works in the regulation of mood, sleep and sensory perception.

Weighted blankets mimic deep pressure touch stimulation and thus have a calming and soothing effect.

Who should use a Weighted Blanket?

Babies who struggle to sleep through the night – This is perfect for when your baby is past the swaddling age, yet still needs the comfort of being swaddled. The weighted blanket assists to calm the baby, and give them a sense of security, resulting in a deeper longer sleep.

Children suffering from anxiety or autistic children suffering from hypokalaemic sensory over stimulation – Studies have shown weighted blankets can help children with ASD & Anxiety fall asleep. The kids benefit not only from the release of serotonin the weighted blankets bring, but also from the decrease in heart rate and blood pressure that result from the calming effect. This allows for more control, and in turn, a better chance of rest.

Adults suffering from Insomnia, Stress or Anxiety as well as autistic people suffering from hypokalaemic sensory over stimulation.

Weighted Blankets help to reduce cortisol as you sleep. Cortisol is the primary stress hormone, and a reduction will lead to overall better sleep quality

Also people suffering from:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder,
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder,
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,

would also greatly benefit from using weighted blankets

How to use a Weighted Blanket?

Weighted blankets can be used at bedtime to induce sleep and left on overnight or for as long as you want or need. If the blanket is used for a calming effect, it can stay on as long as needed. There are no ill effects of leaving a weighted blanket on for long periods of time, and the benefits are wonderful. Many people compare them to receiving a big hug.  You receive a wonderful sense of security and calm.

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Where can you buy a Weighted Blanket?

Here in South Africa there is an amazing company called Weighted Blankets South Africa, where I bought my weighted blanket.

They offer exceptional service, and the blankets are made with the utmost love and care, in the most luxurious Egyptian cotton fabrics.

They are:

— Machine Washable

— 100% pure cotton

— 300 thread count Egyptian cotton

— High-quality breathable fabrics

— Hand-made, professional construction

— Ideal for any climate

 

They come in 3 different options:

  1. Basic range – 100% cotton front & back with a colour border
  2. Classic range – 100% cotton print front with a 300 Thread Count Egyptian cotton back
  3. Luxury range – 300 Thread Count Egyptian cotton front & back
  4. Bespoke range – Patchwork Quilt front & Egyptian cotton back

All blankets are quilted into blocks to evenly distribute weight.

 

They come in 5 different sizes:

Baby:                     73 x 75 cm

Toddler:               80 x 120 cm

Child:                     100 x 150 cm

Adult:                    120 x 180 cm

Large Adult:        150 x 200 cm

 

And there are an array of beautiful fabric options to choose from, in a variety of colours and patterns

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To find out more on these blankets, you can email Adele from Weighted Blankets South Africa adele@weightedblankets.co.za

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Why You and your Baby should drink ROOIBOS TEA

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Rooibos tea is a medicinal, herbal beverage that is acquired from the Aspalathus linearis bush plant that is found in South Africa. According to the South African Rooibos Council, rooibos is not a true tea, but a herb. The fermented tea is red in color.

 

The tea is absolutely FREE FROM CAFFEINE content and is also low in tannins, with absolutely no possible side effects. Rooibos tea has no oxalic acid and therefore, it can be consumed by people who have kidney stones.

Rooibos tea is rich in many mineral contents such as:

  • iron,
  • calcium,
  • potassium,
  • copper,
  • manganese,
  • zinc,
  • magnesium
  • alpha hydroxy acid.

It also contains ANTIOXIDENTS like aspalathin and nothofagin, and the extremely potent and versatile phenolic compounds.

Rooibos tea is said to contain rare nutrients like Quercetin and Bioflavonoids that assists in good blood circulation and obstructs haemorrhaging.

 

The Benefits of Rooibos tea include:

  • useful in infants suffering from colic or stomach cramps,
  • cure for nagging headaches,
  • insomnia,
  • asthma,
  • eczema,
  • bone weakness,
  • hypertension,
  • allergies,
  • premature aging

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Freshpack Rooibos now makes various flavour Rooibos Tea’s for babies, and they are stocked in most supermarkets. The tea has a natural sweetness which babies enjoy, while assisting them with their stomach cramps.

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Refreshing Rooibos Tea Recipe

  1. Make one litre of rooibos tea (four to six teabags)
  2. Sweeten with honey, stirring until dissolved
  3. Leave in the fridge overnight
  4. Serve as is, with mint, lemon, orange or with your favourite fruit juice.

 

Tip: Cold rooibos can be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks.

 

Despite all the health benefits, there are studies that suggest Rooibos tea could interfere with chemotherapy treatment, and it also might not be beneficial if used during hormone related cancers like breast cancer. So always consult your doctor if you have any concerns.

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The AMAZING Baby Sense – Self soothing blanket

For those who follow my blog, you will know that I’m a first time mom, learning this amazing journey of motherhood as I go along.

 

What has truly helped and prepared me for motherhood was the Baby Sense book, which taught me all I needed to know, to understand the process my son would take from adjusting to the outside world once he left the womb.

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I followed the book as if my life depended on it. Highlighting every page and running back to refer to the book at each stage of his development. What a lifeline it gave me, as my son smoothly made the transition into the world as we know it.

 

One of the principles they teach is the importance of having your baby exposed to textures and fabrics that soothe them, and enable them to calmly fall asleep. They have created an amazing product called the Taglet doodoo blanket which is a soft soothing security blanket that my son just loves.

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The soft chenille and smooth satin tags provide just the right soothing touch experience for your baby. When falling asleep your baby will rub the Taglet between their fingers or on their face. These are self-soothing strategies that your baby can use independently at night.

 

The thing that sets this security blanket apart from the rest is the addition of a dummy tag, which enables you to attach your baby’s dummy to the Taglet doodoo blanket and this provides a two-fold self-soothing strategy. This has really helped me as the traditional dummy chain has the hard metal clip which gets in the way as baby sleeps, whereas this is soft, and I know that when he turns he will not get hurt.

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If you are interested in knowing more about the Taglet doodoo blanket or more about the Baby Sense brand, you can visit the Baby Sense website here, you can also order this amazing product on their website for just R150. They are also available in baby stores nationwide.

 

Happy parenting mommies. Let us continue to love and comfort our babies, as they grow and develop into the best little humans on out planet.

 

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PREGNANT? Here are 6 MUST HAVE items you will NEED

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Especially with your first pregnancy, most moms don’t know what they REALLY NEED and what is just a waste of money. Here is a list of the 6 things I couldn’t do without when I was pregnant.

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Baby Handbook

The Baby Sense book is by far the best book I’ve ever read to prepare me for my baby during pregnancy. It teaches you how to understand your baby’s needs, and prepares you for each stage and milestone development. Get the book and read it, and highlight each point. You will be amazed how you use every bit of that information.

 

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Nausea – Mom2Be Shake

When you first fall pregnant the nausea starts. For this I used Mom2Be Shake. With its Vitamin B6 it helps combat the nausea. Also keep snacks like nuts close by. When your tummy is empty the nausea is worse.

 

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Stretch Marks

I used the Rain Wild honey body scrub, Bio oil and Happy Event antenatal lotion. For more info on this, you can check out my blog on how to go about using these and why.

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Sleep

A pregnancy pillow is a must. From the second trimester it becomes difficult to sleep in all directions. You will notice pain in your hips and back. The pregnancy pillow really helps alleviate this.

 

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Breastfeeding preparation

Two weeks before your due date, you need to prepare your nipples for the new experience of breastfeeding. Lansinoh is truly the best product. Apply some each morning during the two weeks before your due date, and then use every day, after every feed, once baby comes.

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Panty Liners

As your bladder weakens you might find drops of urine leak out. To avoid an embarrassing situation, never leave the house without putting on a panty liner.

 

Hope you find these helpful Mommies. Please feel free to Share with friends and also to comment and let me know your thoughts.

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My SECRET for combating STRETCH MARKS during pregnancy

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So Mommies all over the world constantly want to know what they can use to get rid of stretch marks during pregnancy.

 

Whats the cause behind stretch marks?

The experts are quick to tell you that stretch marks are actually genetic. So if your mom had them, chances are you will too. Stretch marks have been found to be a result of skin stretching and an increase of cortisone in your system. Cortisone is a hormone naturally produced by your adrenal glands. However, having too much of this hormone can make your skin lose its elasticity. When you are pregnant, the constant stretching of your skin to accommodate your growing baby, causes it to stretch and tear.

 

My SECRET for combating stretch marks:

In light of what we know about stretch marks, it’s good to be aware that you might never eliminate them completely! Therefore during pregnancy the goal is not to ensure you never get any, but rather to ensure that they are not severe, and can fade quickly post birth.

 

The Key is:

  • The right kind of moisturiser
  • The best exfoliator

 

REMEMBER: Your skin is stretching. It needs nourishment to stretch without tearing, but also you have lots of dead skin cells covering the healthy skin. If you are applying moisturiser over the dead skin cells, then it’s not penetrating the healthy skin.

 

Here are my product Secrets:

 

Exfoliation:

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Rain Africa’s Bee Essential range Wild Honey Scrub.

This all natural remedy is AMAZING and SAFE to use during pregnancy. It contains pure honey which has wound healing properties.

How to use: I would use this body scrub once a week over my tummy and hips.

 

Moisturising:

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Happy Event lotion

This antenatal massage lotion absorbs quickly into your skin and is AMAZING at resolving the constant ITCH us pregnant woman experience, as our skin grows.

How to use: Apply morning and evening on clean dry skin. Especially your tummy and hip area.

 

Bio-Oil

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This tissue oil is known for its ability to lighten stretch marks. It adds that extra layer of moisture to ensure your skin is well hydrated.

How to use: Apply morning and evening on clean dry skin after applying the Happy Event lotion

 

The main thing Mommies need to remember is DON’T STOP USING IT ONCE BABY COMES.

I’ve chatted to many mommies who stop applying these things once their little one is born.

That’s a BIG MISTAKE. As stretch marks APPEAR through sudden weight loss as well. And your tummy suddenly shrinking after baby arrives is considered weight loss.

SO …. Make sure to keep applying these at least 6 months after baby comes.

 

Happy Shopping mommies.

 

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Create a Spa at Home for your Mother this MOTHERS DAY with Rain Africa

It’s no secret that Rain, is my ALL TIME FAVORITE beauty range of products. For those who have followed my blogs over the years, you will see I am a true believer in what they stand for as a company, but also the decadent products they produce.

 

Well this Mother’s Day, they have not disappointed! Rain have created a special range made specifically with Mom in mind.  Priceless Galilean rose scent forms the heart & soul of this romantic beguiling LIMITED EDITION floral range.

 

So if like me, you are wondering what you can do to treat your mom this Mother’s Day? Look no further!

My idea is to pamper mom and make her feel like the Queen she is, by treating her to her very own range of Rain products to help her create that Spa at home.

 

This LIMITED EDITION range consists of the following:

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Passion Bath Salts:

These luxurious bath salts will allow mom to soak all her troubles away. Made with natural sea salts and rose oil, to add romance & passion to any bathing ritual. It will relax muscles, soften dry and calloused skin and it even promotes cell regeneration while also detoxifying.

Rose soap with a Liquid Heart:

This beautiful aromatic soap is covered in rose petals, and contains a liquid heart of passion wash. Allow mom to cleanse her skin with such pure indulgence to relax her body and mind.

Damask Body Butter:

This decadent body butter is rich and nourishing to feed her dry and tired skin. Perfect as the winter months approach, allowing for the extra moisture and pampering she so deserves.

You can also include in this special Mother Day Spa gift a Damask Rose Glycerin soap, Damask Rose lip Balm, Scented sachets, and soft bedroom Slippers, to top off Mom’s Spa experience.

 

Look out for our very special Rain Mother’s Day Give Away, in our next blog!

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Looking for a CHARITY to support? Try POPUP

It’s very rare to find a Charity Organization that focuses on every aspect of a person’s life, from their emotional status and daily needs, all the way through to up-skilling and training them.

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POPUP (People Upliftment Programme) is a non-profit organisation with a holistic approach to the upliftment of under-privileged communities thereby ensuring that all the needs of individuals are addressed – mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. POPUP renders services to all persons living in Tshwane (in the Gauteng province, South Africa) and the surrounding areas regardless of race, culture, gender or religion. Currently POPUP’s main centre is situated in Salvokop, Pretoria. POPUP also expanded with a second centre in Soshanguve

 

POPUP has amazing ways of helping the underprivileged, they comprise of:

  • A Soup Kitchen
  • A Free Clothing Store
  • A Daycare centre
  • A Food programme
  • Food parcels
  • Counselling
  • Skills development & Training
  • Job creation & placement
  • Medical, Dental & Eye-care services

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Should you wish to get involved you can volunteer in one of the categories, you could donate money to their organization, or you could download their ‘needs list’ and donate some of the items on their list.

They host a POPUP Market, where the proceeds benefit the entrepreneur exhibiting his / her products at their premises. They truly believe in enriching lives, enriching communities.

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For more info on this amazing Charity Organization, visit their website here

If you want to make a donation, you can do so into their banking account

POPUP BANKING DETAILS:

Name of account: POPUP

Name of bank: ABSA

Branch name: Hatfield

Type of account: Current cheque account

Account number: 4050 663 335

Branch code: 335-545

Reference: Own details

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Remember, we all can make a difference in someone’s life, even if it’s by donating to organizations like POPUP, and enabling them, through your donation, to change the life of the people they reach.

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Pregnant & Breastfeeding Moms: TRY THIS Delicious Mom2Be Shake

Pregnant and breastfeeding moms … are you looking for an alternative to swallowing those nasty vitamin pills every day?

 

Yes we know it’s good for you and your baby …. blah blah blah …. But sometimes it’s just nasty having to slug down a handful of pills, and you just wish there was another option to give your baby the nutrients s/he needs in a great tasting way.

 

Well this Mommy has a solution! It’s called Mom2Be®, and it was a LIFE SAVER for me when I was pregnant and breastfeeding, especially when I was wishing for CHOCOLATE because it comes in this AMAZING chocolate flavour.

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Okay okay …. So you want the info already? Let me get straight to it ….

 

Mom2Be® has a SHAKE ….. mmmmm ….. it can be taken with water for those who don’t want to consume milk, OR it can be taken as a proper MILK SHAKE. I’m a milk lover, so for me I would mix the powder with some milk and ice-cubes. Shake it up, and sit and sip away. QUICK, FAST AND SIMPLE.

 

It is packed FULL of the vitamins you need during pregnancy and beyond, and is actually a great option to take from the time you are trying to conceive (especially because of the Folic Acid it contains).

 

It comes in 3 amazing flavours: Vanilla, Strawberry and Chocolate!

 

Pregnant and Nauseous?

 

The Mom2B® Shakes have vitamin B6, which is known to help ease Nausea during pregnancy.

My FAVORITE FLAVOR when I was pregnant was Strawberry!! What I loved was on days when I just didn’t feel I could stomach enough nutritious food, I knew that by drinking my Mom2Be® Shake, I was at least giving my baby the nutrients he needed, and the best part is they are low in fat!!!! We all know, it’s so tough trying to make sure we get enough nutrients, without adding unnecessary centimetres to our ever growing waistline, with the Mom2Be® Shake this isn’t even a concern.

 

When you are in a rush, you just put 3 scoops in some milk or water, and shake away!

 

But when you have some extra time, here are two RECIPES I loved to use …. It just requires the blender to do all the work … easy peezy!

 

Mom2Be® Banana Smoothie Recipe:

 

Ingredients:

3 Scoops of Mom2Be® Shake Vanilla

250ml Full Cream Milk / Water

1 banana

Ice Cubes

 

Method:

Throw all in the blender, and let it blend away. Pour in your favourite glass and relax and sip away.

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Mom2Be® Strawberry Smoothie Recipe:

 

Ingredients:

3 Scoops of Mom2Be® Shake Strawberry

250ml Full Cream Milk / Water

A handful of strawberries

Ice cubes

 

Method:

Throw all in the blender, and let it blend away. Pour in your favourite glass and relax and sip away.

 

So to my fellow Mommies …. Cheers to new ways of giving our babies the nutrients they need with Mom2Be®

 

For more info on Mom2Be® visit their website here

Find them on facebook here

And look out for them in Dischem and independent Pharmacies all over South Africa.

They also have other amazing products like a Pregnancy Omega supplement (that doesn’t taste like fish), and a Pregnancy multivitamin supplement that has all the nutrients you need when pregnant or trying to conceive.

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Starbucks is HERE and this is what it COSTS

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Starbucks, the global coffee giant, has officially opened its doors to here in South Africa at the corner of Tyrwhitt and Cradock Avenues in Rosebank, with a second branch due to open at the end of April, at the Mall of Africa.

Twitter has been a buzz all morning, with people talking about the queues to get inside, as well as the insane pricing of R250 for a South African Starbucks collector’s mug.

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Starbucks have revealed its much anticipated pricing structure. Along with an array of coffees, the stores will serve pastries and cakes.

The coffees will come in three sizes:  Tall, Grande, and Venti.

Coffee Tall Grande Venti
Filter R17 R20 R23
Caffè Latte R27 R30 R33
Cappuccino R27 R30 R33
Caffè Americano R22 R24 R28
Caramel Macchiato R32 R35 R38
Espresso R17 R20

Listed company, Taste Holdings, announced in July 2015 that it had secured the rights to open full-format Starbucks stores in South Africa.

According to Taste, following the grand opening, 12 to 15 more stores will open over the next two years at a cost of R108 million.

The group expects future store growth of 20 outlets per year.

Taste’s research into the market opportunity for the brand – taking costs into account – is for 150 to 200 stores in South Africa.

 

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Babies with REFLUX, and how you can HELP them!

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This Guest post is written by Dr Mike Marinus who is a Chiropractor, specialising in Colic & Reflux in Babies

 

Babies are amazing… but they have a tendency to leak. This happens mostly because of the vast amounts of milk it takes to sustain a body which is growing more rapidly than any other mammal of the same age. If you want to get an idea of just how much milk our babies are taking in during this period, you would have to drink about 14 litres of milk a day and then spend 20 plus hours of that day on your back and a few crammed into a car chair. You can imagine that under these circumstances, reflux would probably be a big part of your life too.

 

Babies tummies are very stretchy, but even they have limits and when babies take in too much milk at once the valve on top of the stomach loses its grip and the stomach contents make their way back up the oesophagus and possibly out of the mouth. Actually throwing up is only one form of reflux, you also get silent reflux which is when the stomach contents make their way up the oesophagus but not out of the mouth. These babies can be tricky to diagnose because there is no spit up. All they may have is a cough, lots of throat clearing and be upset when you put them down directly after a meal.

 

Speaking of diagnosing babies with reflux, it is important to realize that reflux is normal. It is not a disease process of any kind although It can, however, become complicated when either your baby is throwing up so much that weight gain or even dehydration become issues or if stomach acid begins to track up into the oesophagus, causing burning and discomfort. These are scenarios where you should be speaking to your GP or Paediatrician about how to manage your child’s condition and looking into strategies to alleviate your child’s symptoms.

 

Premmy babies and reflux go hand in hand. This has a lot to do with the fact that their valves are underdeveloped and pop open more easily than most. Add to this the fact they they are playing catch up with their weight gain and relatively taking in massive amounts of food that the tiny valve cannot hope to keep down. Premmy’s also generally have a period in NICU where they are fed through a Nasogastric tube that goes down the oesophagus and into the stomach. This is an amazing solution for babies who cannot yet latch and feed properly but it is terrible for the immature valve that is constantly forced open by the tube. Lastly, premmy babies spend heaps of time on their backs (especially in NICU) which of course means that gravity can’t help in keeping food down… and so up it comes.

What can you do to help them?

Body positioning is the key to dealing with these bubs. Feeding them with head above feet is imperative to let gravity help keep the milk down. If mom has a fast let-down reflex it can lead to baby gulping at food which is a great way to fill the stomach with air which adds to the pressure on the valve. If you have a fast let-down try feeding leaning slightly back or even lying flat with baby on your chest. These little ones need to be upright for around 30 minutes after each feed to allow the milk time to move into the intestines before they are put down to sleep. Research shows us that sleeping on the left hand side empties their tummies up to 60% faster than lying on their backs or right hand side.

 

Lastly, keep in mind that reflux is not the only reason a baby might be throwing up. There are a few nasties which need to be ruled out if your baby is projectile vomiting, has a fever along with the vomiting or is not gaining weight. Make sure you check with your health care provider to make sure you know what it is you are dealing with when it comes to babies and reflux.

Dr-Mike-MarinusDr Mike Marinus (M.Tech Chiro), is a Dad to his two beautiful children and a Chiropractor in Blairgowrie, Johannesburg, with a special interest in family practice and paediatric care. Click here to hear his Podcast and here to watch his YouTube Video on burping babies.

Should you wish to contact his practices, you can get all his information here. He is known in mommy circles as the “baby whisperer”, and he certainly deserves the title! When baby is happy, mommy is happy!