Sublime postnatal care
Sublime Home Health Care provides qualified, experienced nurses who offer a comprehensive postnatal home-care programme including everything from breastfeeding support to establishing routines and caring for older children. www.sublimehomecare.com
New online resource Mumslikeus.ae – written by mums, for mums – promises a one-stop shop for everything busy Dubai mums need, from fashion to food, healthcare, activities, travel and more. It’s packed full of info, hints and tips and a healthy dose of humour; something we all need on a daily basis!
Toddler-proof your walls
If you’ve got a little one who’s just discovering creativity, be proactive and protect your walls before they become crayon-fodder. Sedar now offers magnetic whiteboard wallpaper at Dh150 per metre; durable and easy to install, kids can draw on it, paint on it or stick stuff to it, leaving your walls pristine underneath. Genius! www.sedarglobal.com
Ethical baby gear
Organic isn’t just for food any more – online store has a full range of organic, sustainable products, from clothing and accessories to feeding gear, nursery effects, toys, skincare and more. There’s free delivery for orders over Dh200 and all products are personally road-tested by the MOBS team. www.myorganicbabyshop.ae
Alternative medicine for new mums
Verified traditional Chinese medicine for everything from fertility to postnatal care is now available at the two branches of Beijing Tong RenTang, and there’s good news; it may even be covered by your health insurance. The clinics offer tailor-made packages – such as the Pregnancy Management package, and one aimed at the tumultuous post-birth period – using herbs certified by the World Health Organisation and a combination of ancient and scientific techniques to keep you in tip-top condition. Its holistic approach includes acupuncture, diet plans, therapies, exercises and more. Call 800 826.
Healthbay at home
HealthBay Polyclinic has a team of Western-trained and qualified UK midwives who’ll visit you at home post-birth and make sure you and baby are both doing well, with checks including baby weight, perineal and wound care, advice and emotional support. www.healthbayclinic.com
The nurses next door
Whether you need a nurse to check your stitches, some help getting baby settled into a routine or simply someone to watch your little one while you catch up on some rest, Emirates Home Nursing’s qualified, experienced staff can help. www.emirateshomenursing.com
Mum and baby yoga
Strengthen your core post-delivery and bond with your baby at the same time; the new term of Yoga Retreats’ Mum&Baby yoga starts April 10. Classes are suitable for mums with babies aged six weeks to one year, and will be held on Mondays and Thursdays at 11am in Dubai Marina and on Sundays at 11am in Downtown. www.yogaretreats.ae
Bystro chef and nutritionist Magnus Mumby’s top four foodie tips for pregnant women
“Don’t be shy; good fats are good for you and baby! Cold-pressed oils such as olive, coconut and avocado are ideal.”
“Choose eggs for breakfast. They’re full of lutein and choline, vital for baby’s development.”
“Legumes are a great source of good carbs to give you healthy, long-lasting energy.”
“Pick the brightest vegetables you can find – full of antioxidants that help protect the body and provide concentrated vitamins and minerals.”
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for Father’s Day on June 19, check out the new silver dogtags from Smallprint, complete with military-style chains. Featuring birth details, names or your little one’s fingerprints, they’re masculine enough for men who aren’t big into bling. www.facebook.com/smallprint.dubai.
Step away from off-the-shelf; there are two new options for outdoor playtime. Pallets UAE (www.facebook.com/groups/PalletsUAE) has launched a range of sturdy, sustainable children’s outdoor toys and furniture handcrafted from recycled wooden pallets, including picnic benches, folding-seat sandboxes and their signature Mud Pie kitchens starting from Dh625. Or, for a garden play area with a difference, check out the bespoke playhouses and treehouses from British-owned and operated Creations UAE (www.creationsuae.com). They’ll design, custom-make and safely install to your exact specifications.
Norwegian early education provider CreaKids has set up its first centre in the Middle East, offering care and education for children from one to six years old. It’s based on a blend of the Norwegian Montessori approach and the EYFS curriculum, and also incorporates CreaKids’ unique Heart programme, designed to help little ones develop ethics, humanitarianism, philanthropy and philosophy while building self-esteem and confidence. The Ibn Battuta facility includes both indoor and outdoor areas and operates a three-term structure with holiday options available. www.creakids.com
All 4 Down Syndrome Dubai provides support for parents of children with Down’s Syndrome in the UAE. You’ll find social events, fun days, educational sessions and a network of other parents to lean on, as well as a wealth of advice and information on all manner of relevant topics. www.all4downsyndrome.com
Track baby’s routine
Struggling to keep on top of your baby’s schedule? It’s 2016; get an app to manage it! There are lots on the market but we love the newly updated My Baby and Me from Philips Avent, which allows you to track feeds, sleeps and nappy changes, as well as weight and height. It also offers the facility to record special moments and milestones, compile videos and share them with friends and family. It’s free to download from the App Store and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.