• Cots, cribs or co-sleeping. What’s best for your baby?

    Posted by Dominique Bothma

    One of the most important decisions you’ll make when you’re pregnant is where your baby will sleep. The most obvious choice would be a cot but you actually have a few more options to consider. You may only go for one of them or if you’re anything like me, try a few of them before finding one that works for your family. Whatever your choice, it’s important to make sure that your baby’s sleep space is safe for them. The recommendation is to have your baby sleep on his back or side. Not all babies like to be swaddled but if they do it’s recommended that they only be swaddled until they’re able to roll over. Let’s have a look at your options for baby’s sleeping arrangements:


    Moses basket

    The classic Moses basket is what we started out with for our first born. Moses baskets take their name from the basket Moses was put in as he was sent down the river to safety. They are usually made from strong wicker, are easy to move around and are small enough to keep in your room before you move your baby to a bigger cot in their nursery in around 3-4 months. It’s a good option for the first few months when doctors recommend that babies sleep in the same room as their parents.

    Bed sharing

    I was a very nervous first mother though so I kept getting up for every little noise that came from my son’s Moses basket. Eventually he just ended up in bed with us but we made sure he was safe. He was never under the blankets with us but rather on top of the duvet with his own lightweight blanket, sleeping on his back. Because bed sharing can increase the risk of SIDS, if you choose to go this route you have to take safety precautions. In the early months it’s recommended to use a snuggle nest for baby. Once baby has outgrown that and moved onto your mattress, make sure that it is quite firm and that baby sleeps with his own blanket. If you are a smoker, are under the influence of drugs, alcohol or any type of sedative medication that causes heavy sleep then having your baby in bed with you is highly discouraged.


    If you do want your baby closer but are not comfortable with having him in bed with you then consider a co-sleeper that attaches to the side of your bed. Hauck’s Face to Me sleeper is a fantastic option. It can be individually adjusted up to a height of 86 cm, making it the ideal solution for higher beds like box-spring beds. In addition, the side lowers so you will be close to your baby at night. Co-sleepers are fantastic for parents who need their own space in bed but your baby is still within arm’s reach if she needs a feed or a snuggle.


    Once baby is a bit older and everyone needs their own space, it’s time to move baby to a cot. Whether you choose a wooden cot or a camp cot, they are great for toddlers who are prone to roll around and move in their sleep now. A cot is an ideal place for your older baby or toddler up until the age of 3. Even though some children need their own space to help them learn how to self-soothe, they feel safer and are more comfortable in small spaces. So a cot is a good way to promote better sleeping patterns in your child.



    For more info on cots and sleeping options, browse the Hauck store. https://www.hauck.co.za/collections/travel-beds


    About the Author:

    Zayaan Schroeder is a mother to two kids and is passionate about making their childhood memorable and happy. She has been a parenting journalist for 10 years and also runs a parenting blog called Surviving the Madness dedicated to making things easier for moms. You can follow her on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/survivingmadness












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  • ADAC testing- hauck Comfort Fix Set

    Posted by Dominique Bothma

    Stiftung Warentest test results


    Stiftung Warentest and ADAC have evaluated the hauck Comfort Fix Set with the test result "GUT" (GOOD) (11/2018 magazine). The Comfortfix Set is not only the best of the sets tested in the category infant car seats with Isofix base, but also the price/performance winner.


    We are enthusiastic about this award because we are one of the few providers that offer such complete sets and that have achieved such good test results in two categories at the same time.



    In addition, these results confirm that- with hauck- children are always safe during road trips while maximum safety is guaranteed in case of frontal or side impact.

     Press release hauck Sonnefeld, Germany 


     The following stroller sets have the Comfort Fix Car Seat:

    Maxan 4 Plus Trio Set

    Maxan 3 Plus Trio Set

    Soul Plus Trio Set

    Rapid 4 Plus Trio Set

    Rapid 3 Plus Trio Set




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  • Top 7 books for your child’s library

    Posted by Dominique Bothma

    By Zayaan Schroeder


    Introducing your child to reading from a young age is a very important part of their development. The benefits of reading to your baby from a very young age are innumerable. The more stories you read aloud to your children, the more words they will be exposed to and this improves your child’s language skills considerably. Reading from a young age also instils an early love for books and reading and this means your children are exposed to so many subjects that they become super knowledgeable on. My son could school me on the difference between a brontosaurus and a brachiosaurus and also why Pluto is a dwarf planet and not part of the solar system anymore. So here’s a list of the best books to include in your child’s library as approved by my 5-year-old son and his 2-year-old sister.


    1. My First Books by Priddy

    These were the very first books I got for my babies. Anything from the My First Books range is excellent because Roger Priddy designed these books especially for little hands to handle. They’re chunky board books, and each page is striking and colourful and filled with beautiful illustrations. You’ll find different tactile books like touch and feel books and cloth books as well as the classic My First Words series.

    2. The Gruffalo

    This was the very first story book I read for my son when he was around 18 months old. He was a very busy baby so he wouldn’t sit still for a story before this age. He absolutely loved The Gruffalo and consequently pretty much everything by Julia Donaldson. The Gruffalo tells the tale of a little mouse making his way through the forest. In an attempt to get the forest’s predators to not eat him, he makes up an imaginary monster called the Gruffalo to scare them off. Until he finds out the Gruffalo is real.


    3. Goodnight Moon

    For some reason my 2-year-old, like so many children around the world, is obsessed with this very simple book. It’s about saying goodnight to all the things in the little rabbit’s bedroom before bed. It has a very striking colour scheme of green, red, black, white and grey.


    4. The Going to Bed book

    This story by Sandra Boynton is a childhood favourite of mine and I’m happy to say my kids love it too. It’s about a group of animals on a boat going through the motions of going to bed. It’s simple and silly and my 2 year-old has already memorised it so she often “reads” it for us at bedtime.


    5. Wocket in my pocket

    Any Dr. Seuss book is a great addition to your child’s library but the reason I chose Wocket in My Pocket for this list is because that is the one that my children ask for. It’s a close tie with One Fish, Two Fish but Wocket in My Pocket is a shorter read which is what every parent wants at bedtime. Wocket in my Pocket is about a boy with all sorts of creatures who live in his house. Like most Dr Seuss books its silliness wrapped in fun. In Wocket he makes up creatures whose names rhyme with every day household items like waskets who live in baskets and yeps that sit on steps.


    6. Oi Frog Oi Frog!

    is another silly rhyming book but it’s loads of fun. Cat insists that frogs sit on logs. But Frog doesn’t want to sit on a log because it’s not very comfortable. But Cat says that’s just the way things are as Frog gives other suggestions for him to sit on. According to Cat, however, all those things are already taken by animals whose names they rhyme with. I love this book for its colourful illustrations and how it teaches rhyming words in its silliness.


    7. The Book With No Pictures

    This book is ideal for when you want to introduce your kids to the concept of there being more words than pictures in a book. When we first read this book my 5-year-old was so reluctant but it’s filled with silly words that the reader is forced to say no matter what! Which is highly amusing to a 5-year-old, I’ve never heard him laugh that much before.



    About the Author

    Zayaan Schroeder is a mother to two kids and is passionate about making their childhood memorable and happy. She has been a parenting journalist for 10 years and also runs a parenting blog called Surviving the Madness dedicated to making things easier for moms.

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  • How To Pack Your Car Seat For Travel.

    Posted by Dominique Bothma

    If you are going on a family trip that will require you to use a car for transport once at your destination, It may be a good idea to take your car seat with you. This will eliminate the headache of trying to find a suitable rented car seat or having to buy a new one. Most airlines will let you take your car seat with you as checked in luggage. It is always best to confirm this with the airline you are flying with and what their requirements are.


    Here is a step by step guide on how to pack your car seat safely to make sure it is not damaged.

    STEP 1: Get a sturdy, double walled box. This box should be correctly sized to your seat. If you do not have the original box, you can call the manufactures for these details. * Please contact info@hauck.co.za for box dimensions for all Hauck car seats.

    STEP 2: Bubble wrap the seat. 2 layers should be sufficient and secure with tape.

    STEP 3: It is always a good idea to use additional packaging products such as, packaging peanuts. This could be useful if you know that your seat will be changing planes during your journey.

    STEP 4: Fragile stickers or even better, Fragile tape is an absolute must!

    STEP 5: You have now done all you can for your seat packaging wise. Now the last thing to consider is to insure your car seat for the duration of your trip or not. It is always advisable to do so.



     Hauck South Africa   info@hauck.co.za





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  • Acrobat XL Plus Trio Set wins the Red Dot Award

    Posted by Dominique Bothma


    We have done it and we are delighted to be the winners of this globally renowned design prize.

    Our iCoo Acrobat XL Plus Trio held its own against 5,500 entries from 54 nations to win the Red Dot Award for innovative product design.
    Only premium products of very high quality win this award. The international award jury assesses the level of innovation, quality, function and many other criteria. This seal is only awarded to products whose design stands out from the market.

    Our designers, engineers and technical experts have produced some excellent work. We would like to thank them for their creativity and for trying so hard to harmonise high-end design and technical requirements. Mr Mitzmann from London, the firm Flavoureyes in the Netherlands and our own engineers and technical experts have worked together for hours to come up with something very special.

    The stylish Acrobat XL Plus Trio Set is a fascinating mix of high-quality fabrics, attractive colors, versatile functions and the ultimate in comfort.

    The extremely lightweight set offers individual uses from the very beginning. Carrycot, Isofix-enabled car seat and convertible sports seat, including leg cover, make the Acrobat XL Plus Trio Set the perfect companion anywhere, not just during the day, but also at night-time, when the LED lights show the way. The buggy fits into the smallest space once it has been compactly folded down with one hand.

    A flamboyant buggy set for all fashion-conscious parents. Now available in South Africa for Pre-Orders >>  https://www.hauck.co.za/products/pre-sale-acrobat-xl-plus-trio-set 


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