Stop drinking alcohol after a missed period.
Confirm your pregnancy at the clinic.
Attend your antenatal appointments.
Look after your body, mind and soul.
Book your birth.
Connect with your unborn baby.
Decide on your birth plan.
Rest and prepare for baby’s arrival.
Get breastfeeding support.
Register your baby’s birth.
Follow the immunisation schedule.
Embrace your baby.
Talk to your baby.
Play with your baby.
Recognise your baby’s emotional development.
All of Cape Town’s children have great potential. When each is conceived, he or she is equal to the next. Each has the same potential to be somebody with the inherent power to be an agent of change and growth. Each one could influence Cape Town’s future, and as a group they could be a powerful force.
Cape Town EMBRACE aims to ensure all children born in our City have the best chance to fulfil their developmental potential.
At the moment, not all of our children have this opportunity. There will be approximately 75 000 children that will born in Cape Town in 2015, but only half of them are born into an environment that ensures that their developmental potential is fulfilled.
Our goal is to create a snowball effect of people connecting across the divide until all Cape Town’s vulnerable children are reached. We are starting with small groups of passionate people and working towards a vibrant and diverse movement of caring citizens. To be successful, we’ll need the whole city to get involved in creating opportunities for all its children. All this requires is for us to work together to contribute towards the development of future leaders in our City…read more
We have a great plan to radically change Cape Town by ensuring every child born in our city is given the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. We can’t make this happen on our own, though, so we’re hoping you’ll join us. Our patron, the Reverend Mpho Tutu is extending the invitation to you.
American Psychologist, Anne Masten, in her studies on human resilience, identified the three factors that build resilience in children living in even the worst of circumstances: 1) A caring parent/caregiver; 2) another caring adult and 3) modest access to opportunity at crucial times in a child’s life. This triad has been coined The Ordinary Magic. We want to harness this magic for every child born in Cape Town.
Our mission is to connect parents/caregivers of young children in Cape Town who find themselves in vulnerable contexts with a fellow citizen (called a “connector”) and to empower both parties to journey together to maximise the child’s development during those first crucial 1000 days. We are inviting the caring citizens of Cape Town to be another caring adult in the life of a child in this city.
Cape Town EMBRACE aims to partner with the city’s Midwife Obstetric Units, Non-Profit organisations, faith-based organisations and community-based secular organisations to enable an amazing movement of people connecting with each other across the highways and railways that divide us.
We aim to achieve this as follows:
Will you join us in ensuring every child born in Cape Town reaches their full potential?
The moment of conception when all children are equal
The young foetus showing that the brain begins developing faster and earlier than other organs
The more the brain is stimulated, the more connections are developed and the better brain will function
Research proves that babies respond to physical affection and love as vital elements in their mental, physical and emotional development.
There is scientific evidence to show that a secure environment enables optimum mental and emotional development of a child
Appropriate nutrition particularly at the early stages of foetal and young child development contributes significantly to optimum brain and physical development
Many scientific articles point to the critical need for stimulation to ensure optimum brain and social developmental potential in young children – such as reading, music, playing and talking.
It has been proven that being connected and exposed to all 4 critical elements of love, security, nutrition and stimulation during the critical first 1000 days of a child’s life will significantly enhance his or her ability to reach great potential.
A Cape Town where everyone’s children are somebodies – able to reach their potential.
What’s your baby up to? During the first few weeks of pregnancy, the fertilised egg starts to divide into different types of cells, which will develop into different organs. Every cell has the genetic material ( DNA) from both parents.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Did you know that at 9 weeks your baby (known as a foetus) is the size of a grape and already has toes?Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Your baby’s heart starts beating at 6 weeks and will continue to grow and develop throughout your pregnancy.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Your baby’s first brainwaves can be detected from 6 weeks after conception. This doesn’t mean that he is able to think consciously; that will only come later in pregnancy, but his brain will continue to develop at a rapid pace throughout your pregnancy.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? At 20 weeks (half-way), your baby is roughly the size of a banana.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? At about 16 weeks after conception, your baby’s ears begin to stand out from the sides of her head and she might be able to hear sounds already.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? From week 35 your baby begins to gain weight very quickly as he prepares to enter the world. His lungs are already well-developed and he is already learning to breathe.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? At 40 weeks, your baby is ready to be born. Most babies are born between 38 and 42 weeks.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Your baby is adjusting to life outside of the womb. He is comforted by the sound of your voice as he remembers hearing it in the womb. You will notice from week 1 that when he hears your voice, he tilts his head in your direction to find you.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Between 4 and 8 weeks, your baby will begin to smile at you when you smile and talk to him. These smiles are because he is happy to see you and not because he has a trapped wind, so enjoy them and encourage him to smile regularly.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? You will notice that your baby is able to start supporting her own head from about 8 weeks of age. Place your baby on a blanket on her tummy with her arms in front of her for a few minutes every morning and afternoon. This will encourage her to lift her head and strengthen her upper body and neck. Don’t worry if she doesn’t like this at first. Play with her on the floor and she will soon learn that time on her tummy can be fun.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? At about 3 months old, you will notice that your baby is able to follow moving objects and people with his eyes. This is called ‘tracking’ and is a very important skill as it helps with hand-eye coordination. Your baby will also start recognising you in a room full of people and you will see his face light up when he sees you walk into the room.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Your baby may start saying his first words at around 6 months of age. Most babies start with hard sounds, such as “baba” or “dada” because they are easier to say.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Your baby is developing different ways of holding and grabbing objects. This is helpful when it comes to feeding her solid foods. You may notice her using his thumb and index finger to pick up finger foods. This is called the pincer grip and is a sign that baby is ready to start feeding herself.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Most babies begin crawling at around 9 months of age. Your baby will love his new ability to move around so make sure you keep him safe by keeping doors closed and removing and dangerous items from his reach.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Your baby now knows her name and will look at you when you call her.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Your baby is learning to create two word sentences such as “Mommy up” or “my ball”. In the second year, your baby’s favourite word will probably be “no”.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? In the middle of your baby’s second year, she will be willing to learn physical skills like throwing and kicking a ball or riding a push bike. Give her plenty of opportunity to practice these skills. You will be amazed at how quickly she masters them.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Towards the end of baby’s second year, he might be able to sing or hum along to simple songs if he has heard them many times before. Sing with him often and use actions to help him understand and remember the words.Resources Contact
What’s your baby up to? Before she turns two, your baby will start to want to dress herself. She might even be able to put on her own shoes, although she probably won’t know which shoe belongs on which foot. Her vocabulary will increase to about 75 words but it is likely that only her family will understand what she is saying.Resources Contact