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As a new mom, it’s hard not to compare your baby – is he sleeping better or worse, more settled or fractious and even his development and whether he smiled early or late. This comparison game is largely unhelpful, and can leave you feeling ineffective or even a ‘bad mother’.
Occupational Therapist and owner of the Baby Sense Company Megan Faure introduces a new topic at this year’s Johnson’s Baby Sense seminar, the Four Baby Personalities from her new book Your Sensory Baby. Meg reveals the four sensory personalities: the settled baby, the slow to warm up baby, the social butterfly and the sensitive baby. While the settled baby sleeps through early, the social butterfly may still be resisting bedtime as a toddler. The slow to warm up baby clings to mom in social environments until he gets to know the sensory challenges of the event, while the sensitive baby presents challenges in feeding, sleep and social situations.
By understanding your baby’s sensory personality, you can parent with insight and thereby settle your baby more quickly, set up routines and happy feeding experiences with greater ease.
What parents can expect and this year’s Johnson’s Baby Sense Seminars:
In the morning, we cater for parents of older babies up to toddler.
Meg Faure will look at the four baby personalities and help parents identify their baby’s personality as well as providing practical parenting solutions.
Pediatrician Dr Simon Strachan in his entertaining and informative talk will focus on your baby’s health. Simon will look at everything from this season’s flu to vaccines, ear infections and when to call a doctor.
Karen Hansen from Johnson’s Baby provides a practical approach to baby massage and the importance of massage in a bedtime routine.
Pediatric dietician Kath Megaw who discusses feeding your baby and toddler – an essential look at your child’s nutrition including the introduction of solids.
Sister Ann Richardson, co-author of Baby Sense, Sleep Sense and Toddler Sense with her much needed look at how to get your baby to sleep through the night will finish the session.
The afternoon session focuses on all your birth and newborn concerns.
Tina Otte, well known pregnancy expert and Your Pregnancy Specialist editor will empower moms to make the right birth choice for themselves and their baby and to enjoy the thrill of childbirth in her talk about Birth Options.
Meg Faure help parents understand those early newborn days and prevent colic to ensure a calm and contented little one.
Kath Megaw’s talk focuses on feeding a newborn, dealing with how to prepare for breastfeeding and getting off to a good start as well as what to do when faced with feeding difficulties in the early days.
Karen Hansen who gives a practical massage demonstration for both pregnant moms and newborns.
Sr. Ann Richardson looks at the typical issues that crop up in a well baby clinic in the first six weeks, such as cord care, rashes and sleep.
Dates for the 2011 Johnson’s Baby Sense Seminars are:
20th August: Cape Town at the Westin Grant Hotel
27th August: Port Elizabeth at the Radisson Blu Hotel
10th September: Durban at the Riverside Hotel
17th September: Johannesburg at the Southern Sun Grayston Hotel
Every mom walks away with two wonderful goodie bags, invaluable information contained in a comprehensive booklet, amazing prizes and delicious refreshments.
Cost: R240 per session or R400 for both morning and afternoon.