Wikipedia, our old friend, could not have summed this up better: “Heritage Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on 24 September. On this day, South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people."
With a “local is lekker” flavour to this blog, the Kapas Baby team, firstly, wants to wish you the happiest of Heritage Days this Sunday, but also to encourage you to take some time out this weekend to give your little people a taste of your heritage so we have come up with a few ideas for you:
Cook something delicious and specific to your culture. Let your kids; learn an old family recipe, chop, peel, lick the spoon and get stuck into heritage flavours that you grew up with.
Plant something indengious. There is something so wonderful about spending time in a garden with your little ones; appreciating nature, catching up in a technology-free zone, and it could be the start of a great family tradition (especially if you are planting a tree).
For the braaiing-kind of families – this is a no-brainer. Get the family around for Sunday lunch and get stuck into a good old fashioned braai.
Branch out and explore another culuture. Plan something out of your comfort zone and introduce your kids to a new type of culutural activity or a totally new meal.
Just for fun. Teach your little one a new greeting in honour of respecting someone else’s culture and mother tongue.
Read something tradtional. Sink your teeth into a bed-time story from the “good old days”, something with a real tradtional ending.
Whatever you decide to do this Heritage Day, make sure your little people feel that extra bit prouder to be South African! Give them a chance to learn something new and enjoy our unique country; cultural diversity, flavoursome foods, and opportunities to explore the best of our South African outdoors.
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Nothing beats a Spring clean; out with the old and in with the new. Spring also brings with it, a new mindset, a burst of energy and a sense of wanting to get organised and do something a little fresh and creative - whether it be in your home, with your babies or in your working world.
In most parts of South Africa, it is warming up a little and the shorts and dresses are starting to make an appearance so at the forefront of ‘getting organised’, we have a great suggestion; get your babies’ clothing sorted. Just Plastics, Game and places alike, sell clear, roughly 56 litre, storage boxes which make the most ideal storage space for your little people’s ‘outgrown’ clothing. This size storage box is tried and tested and also fits beautifully into a cupboard, stacked one on top of each other.
Gather up the batches of clothes into their correct size groups, box and label accordingly; newborn, 0-3m, 3-6m, 6-12m and so on. This will also be a great opportunity to “cull the herd” of clothes that won’t serve a purpose for the next baby (if you are planning on another one). If you are feeling super energetic then do this with the toys too.
Spring also delivers some delicious seasonal fruit, so we thought it would be a great idea to make your own ice-lollies. Cut the fruit up into manageable bite size pieces and get your little ones to help drop them into water to freeze. Not only is it a fun activity but also a great way to get your child to eat fruit if they are a tad on the fussy side at this stage.
Whatever puts a spring in your step this season, take a look at our new collection. A collection that is inspired by the warmth of Spring and the soft, beautiful sunshine. A time to be outside, with your feet on the grass or your hands in the sand.
For little people who want to be comfortably stylish in locally made, 100% cotton baby clothing. A collection created for dazzling little girls and dapper little boys. Penguins. Whales. And little fish. That’s what it’s all about this spring!
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With the up and coming public holiday tomorrow, allow us to voice a political opinion or two as most South Africans are unaware of why we memorialise the 9 August every year.
Women’s Day commemorates the march of 1956 where thousands of women stood together “to petition against the country's pass laws that required South Africans defined as "black" under The Population Registration Act to carry an internal passport … that served to maintain population segregation, control urbanisation, and manage migrant labour during the apartheid era. … [To date,] National Women's day draws attention to significant issues South African women still face, such as parenting, Domestic violence, sexual harassment in the workplace, unequal pay, and schooling for all girls. It can be used as a day to fight for or protest these ideas.” – Wikipedia
So this year Kapas Baby chooses to honour women all around South Africa who are fighting for better futures for our children and who are doing everything in their power to create an upstanding nation for our little ones.
As mothers, you do your very best to instill values and respect for others in your little people and we so appreciate the hard work that goes in to it. We know that it may be an uphill battle at times because the resistance comes in many shapes and sizes; ‘teething tinies’, terrible twos, testing threes and on it goes but the persistence pays off. Your commitment to your babies, your friends, your partners and your community is such a great reminder of how powerful women are when we stand together and support each other.
Tomorrow, we celebrate you and the fights you fought to get to where you are in your life; all the trials and tribulations and the sacrifices you made to be the best parent you could possibly be. We look forward to a year ahead of strong women, powerful convictions and motivation where it matters the most; our little people.
“As a woman, ask yourself, what are you prepared to take a stand for today, if not to help yourself, then perhaps to help other women more vulnerable than you? Women’s Day is a reminder of that.”
- Nikki Bush
We are offering you all 10% of our entire shop in celebration of Women's Day, please use the discount code 'CELEBRATEWOMEN17' on checkout.
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A large part of the beginning stages of parenting is about entertaining, so when the weather plays up the panic sets in. Bad weather brings long hours of being cooped up inside and no activity seems to withstand the toddler boredom so we have put a little list of homemade indoor activities to entertain your little person indoors. In no particular order: -
Drawing & Painting. Clear the decks, stick the newspaper down and get drawing. This will also be a great opportunity for you to get rid of any unwanted paper to scribble / paint on the back of.
3 Cups & Ball. Hide the ball under one of the cups and shuffle them. Get your child to find the ball.
Plastic Slide & Cushions. If you have a plastic slide outside bring it indoors and create a fun little padding area with cushions. This will entertain your toddler for quite some time.
Reading & Books. You will be surprised at how long a child can be entertained for with a few books. For the toddlers try and get hold of books with flap ups, sensory elements and bright colours.
Peanut Butter Play Dough. Google the easy Peanut Butter Play Dough recipe (deliciously edible) and get your little one to help you make it. Then find interesting shapes to use as cut outs.
Musical Instruments & Sing Alongs. Bring out the old favourites likes Humpty Dumpty and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and get creative with musical instruments (pots and pans, wooden spoons and plastic tupaware).
Build a Fort. You know you are in for a little tidy up afterwards but this is always fun indoors. Sheets, pillows, tables and chairs – build a maze to your fort.
Obstacle Course. As an add value onto your fort, give your little person a fun challenge and design a danger-free course around the lounge to the fort.
Hide ‘n Seek. Run and hide and make sure there is lots of shrieking when your little one finds you. This makes it ten times more entertaining for you too.
Sorting. Kids love to sort so get creative on this one. Sort spoons, tupaware, washing or even toys. Put a few containers / boxes on the opposite side of the room and get your toddler to collect from you and drop in the different containers / boxes.
Make a Texture Box. Gather up a variety of things around your house and glue them in a box. Paper, pasta, sponges, bubble wrap – whatever you can rally up to make an exciting box of textures.
Baking. Bake something fun that requires a lot of stirring and mixing and tasting. You can even do a smaller mixture just to entertain your toddler well the main event bakes in the background.
These activities should have you covered for a day indoors but if you aren’t up for homemade ‘in’tertainment then do a little research to find out child-friendly venues that are close by. Kids zones are always an easy option and some of these spots have child minders too so you can enjoy a cuppa while your toddler runs free.
Check out our variety of winter wear; tough enough for the outdoors and perfectly comfortable for a day indoors.
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You just can’t beat the perfection of a newborn; they are born into this world so perfect and so pure. The first time you settle them into a bath, you become so aware of how many firsts your little baby is going to experience in their life.
On the topic of firsts, we recently started stocking Pure Beginnings so we thought it appropriate to do a little piece on baby skin care; just enough to get you started as a first time mom.
Bathing a newborn for the first time is quite a daunting process. Most of you would have attended an antenatal class where they do a demonstration on a doll. As helpful as this is, it is a whole new ball game when it is a wriggling, crying little baby so we recommend inviting one of your “mom-friends” over when you bath your baby for the first time and they can show a few tricks to it.
You could also have a nurse give you a demonstration on your baby before you leave the hospital but just to bear in mind that The World Health Organization advises delaying your baby's first bath for the first 24 hours to allow for the Vernix (the waxy white layer most babies are born with) to play its part in acting as a anti-bacterial layer for your baby’s skin. Because of the role of Vernix and the sensitivity of your baby’s skin, some moms don’t like to bath their babies for the first week or two, until the umbilical chord has dried out and fallen off, but rather sponge bath them.
As newborns are not very active at this stage of their lives, it is recommended by experts to only bath your newborn 2-3 times a week to prevent their skin drying out. Some parents on the other hand, prefer to bath their babies daily because it gets them into a little routine. Whichever approach you take as a parent, it is definitely advisable to use tear-free shampoos and fragrance-free creams. Drum roll … Pure Beginnings.
This is why we chose to stock Pure Beginnings – they just seem to have checked all the newborn skin care boxes:
- They use ultra mild surfactant that doesn’t strip moisture from your baby’s skin.
- Their product focuses on encouraging the beneficial bacteria on the surface of the skin and maintaining the normal pH of Skin.
- It also supplements with a prebiotic food source that only the beneficial flora can feed on.
The added perks of Pure Beginnings is that their product is rapidly biodegradable so great for the environment and the they use recyclable packaging.
Environment. Check. Best for baby’s skin. Check.
We have a range of Pure Beginnings products to choose from and whatever your preference about bathing, you can rest assured that this product has your baby covered; from bum creams to sensitive baby wash, you absolutely can’t go wrong.
If you have any questions about the range, don’t hesitate to contact us.
To view the full range of products, please click here.
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The Kapas Baby team do something a little different around Father’s Day. Although we definitely love to celebrate the dads and all that they do for our families and little people, we like to acknowledge the rest of the team too.
We think about all the moms out there who don’t necessarily have a wingman to rely on and so for this reason we prefer not to box up a day to single out one parent, but rather use those days to salute the captain of your ship.
Parenting comes with many a thunderstorm, and the urge to want to jump ship, every so often, does wash over us. However, the significant moments that we witness in their little lives really do seem to make the ‘vysbyt’ worth all the sacrifices you have made to date.
On the Youth Day front, as your baby becomes a toddler and then a little ‘mini you’, you think about how much that tiny brain has absorbed and how incredible the human mind and body is. You also think back to the moments when other parents used to say to you “enjoy this, they grow so fast”. And before you know it, the cliché has hit you like a tsunami and you are marking down the celebration of yet another Mother’s or Father’s Day.
Being a mom/dad is a spectacular journey and rowing the parenting boat definitely does get easier, so take some time this weekend, to really soak up the sun with your little ones. Make the most of their little characters and have a good laugh at the personality traits that are now starting to shine through from your side of the family. Before you know it, they will be rowing their own boats!
So to all the captains (moms and dads) revel in your parenting successes of your little people on Friday and of course … Happy Father’s Day for Sunday!
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We are excited to announce the launch of the amazing, certified organic range of Baby Skin Care from Pure Beginnings. The range includes all the essentials any mommy would need for their newborn baby, including Bum Cream, Soothing Baby Lotion and Wash & Shampoo. There is also the very useful Teething Gel and a gorgeous Gift Set which is the perfect present for a special Baby Shower. We absolutely love the Biodegradable Baby Wipes and of course the incredible Probiotic Body Cream and Cream Wash - A MUST HAVE!
Please click here to view the full range.
Here are a few works from Pure Beginnings:
Pure Beginnings believes in keeping your skin as pure as the day you were born by providing high quality, effective, organic skin care products that care for you and your family’s skin, and are not harmful to the environment giving peace of mind from the beginning.
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“The only thing that is constant is change.” - Heraclitus
It is amazing how fearful we are of change; as business women, mothers and wives. We spend our days trying to routine our babies, organise our home lives and map out our futures. Not to say this is a bad way of living because when you are a mother it is so important to have the routine, but what we don’t factor in to this, and what really upsets the apple cart, is change.
Change looms around every milestone; your baby grows, starts on solids, you see massive developmental changes in their abilities and understanding of the world and of course, they start to become their own little person. Slowly as your child grows and changes so does your confidence as a parent and, your ability to take on the changes gets easier and easier.
While the change in things like sleeping patterns isn’t something to celebrate, we like to think that the sacrifices you make now to keep your baby happy, healthy and protected is contributing to all our lives. In amongst your children, you are raising doctors and leaders, teachers and scientists and even more importantly, better generations of mothers and fathers that will change the way our societies function, for the better, in the future.
On the mother-front, change often opens up an opportunity for other people to have their say and pass their opinions but at the end of the day the decisions you make are always in the best interest of your child and it is difficult to fault you on that. Embracing the change makes you a more flexible mother and it is definitely a life skill you start to then teach your child from an early age.
On a smaller scale, Kapas Baby recently embraced such a positive change. We revamped our logo and look, updated our website and increased our variety of premium brands and great quality baby clothing. As our business grows, we are focused on updating and evolving our online store to ensure a brilliant customer service.
Please take a look at our new Maternity Wear (click here) which we have recently launched online and as always we love to reward your loyalty with a little treat so this week’s special is 15% OFF all our Maternity Wear.
To get your 15% off these items, please click here to view the range and use "15%OFFMATERNITY" as your discount code on checkout.
T&C's apply. While stocks last. Discount until Friday 28th April.
Have an incredibly positive week as we close off April and welcome in the changes that May brings.
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With Easter just around the corner, we gear up for that awkward weather season where some days are hot and sunny and all we want is the swimming pool, shorts and tees and other days are cooler, breezy and even a little bit nippy. That's why we are here to help you - we have the perfect range of baby clothing to combat this season’s “all over the place” weather patterns.
Dressing your little ones in layers of clothing is the answer. Start with a babygrow, followed by tracksuit pants or leggings and a long sleeved top. This will make it easy to remove layers of the the winter warmers if the heat picks up. Throw on a pair of shoes to complete the look and your little bundle is ready for all seasons. Have a look at our range of winter woolies to to keep your little one warm and cosy as the season changes from summer to autumn, please click here.
While we are getting ready for Easter and all the family celebrations around this special time, we have just launched the most adorable Tracksuit Bunny Onesies in 4 gorgeous colours, bright blue, pink, green and light grey. We thought they would make the most adorable #happyeaster family photos.
While in the spirit of little bunnies, Easter eggs and family holidays – our little treat for you this week is 15% OFF our TRACKSUIT BUNNY ONESIES!
To get your 15% off these items, please click here to view the range and use "EASTERBUNNY" as your discount code on checkout.
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We have declared March a “green month” for two very good reasons. Firstly, to save money and spoil your baby with our Green Special (our version of a ‘pot of gold’ - see discount code below). Secondly, we love to celebrate a holiday and St Paddy’s day is on the horizon! With the green festivities in mind, we thought to inspire a little DIY, something easy and entertaining for your little one.
For this exercise, all you need are four corks, ribbon, paper and a little blob of non-toxic green paint. Now, while we discovered this idea on a site called craftymorning.com, we thought to put our own Kapas spin on it and turn their 3-leafed clover into our lucky 4-leaf clover! (See below the simple “step-by-step”)
STEP 1. Tie 4 corks together with a piece of bright ribbon.
STEP 2. Dip the cork combo into the non-toxic green paint and dab onto your piece of paper.
STEP 3. Show your little one first and then guide their hands to mimic the process.
STEP 4. Add the stems onto the 4-leafed clovers.
This may look ridiculously easy, and it is, but trust us, your little one will love the creativity and fun, messy, playtime. Another little value add would be that children thrive off being outside so playing outdoors, in our opinion, is the ultimate crafting combo and as this activity requires no real engineering from your corner, make it as entertaining as possible; music up, suncream & hats on, green (non-toxic) paint out!
Our Green Special for this week is 15% OFF all our Short Sleeve Babygrows - our babygrows are perfect for everyday use in this beautiful summer heat.
To get your 15% off these items, please click here to view the range and use GREENSPECIAL as your discount code on checkout.
T&C's apply. While stocks last.
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