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SUMMER CAMP AND ACTIVITIES LIST

Hello Parents! So summer vacation is almost here and I believe you are wondering…..”What activities and camps can the kids get into this year?” Well we are here to the rescue as we have put together a list of great camps and activity programmes for your kids. Let them channel all their adrenalin and curious minds to programmes that will leave them recreated and psyched up for the new academic year. These camps and activities have been selected based on recommendations by parents and childminders. Our selection ranges from Science, Music, Crafts, french and some of the summer camps even offer Field Trips! We are spoilt for choice! We will keep updating this list as and when we get more recommendations. Enjoy! @everythingbaby ...
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Musings with P-boo the Cheeky Toddler: Part 3 – Ijeoma Okolo

Image Source: Valenbutec, Accessed 13/05/2017 Me: So, do you have any words of wisdom for me? I say this as an obvious joke. My obvious joke sails over his curly head. P-boo: I think you need to get a life. Aunty Efua says Fridays are for going out. Mummy and daddy have gone out, but you’re sitting here talking to me. Me: Buddy, your parents begged me to baby-sit so I’m doing you and them a favour. In fact I’m taking you to bed. Next time they can force Efua to take care of you. Nonsense. P-boo: Aunty Efua is sad now. It makes me sad. She was crying yesterday because that man that fixes our lights was angry with her. Me: What man? Sam, the electrician? P-boo: Yes, the tall one with the hair on his face. He always ...
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Musings with P-boo the Cheeky Toddler: Part 2 – Ijeoma Okolo

Image Source: Valenbutac, Accessed 13/05/2017 P-boo: What else should I know to prepare me for the world? Me: Your parents are building a good foundation for you to understand and have respect for females. You need to develop that foundation. Women have come a long way in the last six decades, but we still deal with many issues that you may not notice because they are not part of your daily struggle. We have to be careful where we walk at night and even when you say “No” politely to a man who wants to take you for a walk, he may call you an ugly name for saying “No.” There are even more terrible things that you will find out when you get older. Remember what your aunty Efua said about men in her office saying she was angry ...
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Musings with P-boo the Cheeky Toddler: Part 1 – Ijeoma Okolo

Image Source: Valenbutec, Accessed 13/05/2017 “You have to see things from my perspective. You wail and cry really loudly. It’s frustrating and uncomfortable for me.” It’s Friday night. I should have been out enjoying the social scene somewhere, but my boring self had been home alone with a bottle of wine and a documentary about post-colonial Africa. I had foolishly said as much to my friend when she called and casually asked what I was doing. That was a big mistake. She had a favour to ask. She and her husband had been dying for a night out. Their two older children were at sleepovers, the live-in help had had to pay an emergency visit to her sick mother, and Efua her younger sister-in-law was out mysteriously again. She said she was going to have to look into that more ...
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Everythingbaby Mama’s Day Out in pictures

Mom, a title above Queen! Thank you to all the moms who came out to support the Everythingbaby Mamas Day Out! You are a superhero! To make this day possible we reached out to some of our favorite people. @capturegh who support us in everything we do! Thank you for truly capturing our moment in pictures. We love you guys! @whiskandbakegh your cakes and desserts were spectacular! Thank you for the gorgeous sweets table that had us all running back for more! We look forward to ordering all our kids and family birthday cakes from you and well there might be a few mommy deserves some cake orders too! Also a big thank you to @dzidzis_spa for treating our moms to a wonderful massage session. We can't wait to enjoy the natural pedi and mani experience at your spa. A ...
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Other People’s Children – Ijeoma Okolo

A few days ago, I read an article about the safest ways for parents to create Instagram pages for their young children. However, it wasn’t the article itself that caught my attention; it was the scenario that led to it. The writer had been discussing with a friend why she thought it was a bad idea for Nigerian celebrities to have Instagram accounts for their children. She was told by her friend to mind her business; it was not in her place to dictate how to raise other people’s children. I was instinctively annoyed by that response. I instantly thought, “The day I give a friend well-meaning advice about their child and they tell me to mind my business, I shall be “minding my business” forever even if they do ask for advice.” Then I thought about it again. I ...
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DOD: HAIR LOSS AFTER CHILD BIRTH

Hair loss after child birth.. can we talk about this please anyone? Experiences? Fixes? 😩 COMMENT 1: Take your prenatal vitamins while breastfeeding COMMENT 2: Do not over-brush your hair as it can cause further damage. Do not go for tight hairstyles such as a ponytail, cornrows, braids, hair weaves and hair rollers as they can pull and stress your hair, causing breakage. Do not use straightening treatments or chemical dyes as they make the hair brittle and dry. Use milder shampoo and conditioner. Use a detangling comb to brush your wet hair. Massage the scalp to stimulate blood circulation. Avoid using hair colors as harmful chemicals present in them can lead to excessive hair fall. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables containing flavonoids and antioxidants which help in protecting the hair follicles from damage and stimulate hair growth COMMENT ...
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Breastfeeding as a First Time Mother – Sheena Schwartz

When my son was 1 week old I started going to a support group called La Leche League (LLL) and talked to other women who were in the same position as me – struggling with breastfeeding. Any issue you can think of, someone there was going through it – inverted nipples, cracked sore nipples, painful latch, low supply. Just going back to the group each week and discussing my pain and struggles gave me the strength I needed to make it through to the next week. I had developed a bleb on my right nipple. It basically looks like a pimple on your nipple. (Talk about painful!) Our LLL leader suggested pumping on that nipple and nursing on the other while it healed. I also learnt about Motherlove nipple cream. This is a breastfeeding savior and a gift I now ...
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DOD: Did you suffer from dysmenorrhea (menstrual pains) before birth and did it stop after you gave birth? 

Everyday we have very interesting topics come up during our Whatsapp conversations. A few are shared here to spread the knowledge and or to continue the discussion. ​Question:Good morning, Please is there anyone here who suffered dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain) before birth, did it stop after child birth or are you still experiencing it? Comment 1 : 🙋🏼…it has improved tremendously…now all I use is a hot water bottle and then I’m good to go. But before childbirth I was that girl in school who was admitted to the sick bay once a month every month because of menstrual pain…THAT bad! Comment 2 : Same. Used to leave the office and go home because of the pain. But none after. Comment 3 : Same here. I don’t get any menstrual pains at all since having my 2 boys. I was the ...
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