Cooper Health Clinic, Umm Suqeim and Motor City
Baby Cafés are held every two weeks so you can pop along for a chat about your baby’s health and development, and meet health professionals and other mums in a welcoming, supportive environment. www.cooperhealthclinic.com, 04 348 6344.
Medicentres’ Well Baby Clinic, Motor City
Pop in without an appointment on a Monday from 10am to 12pm and you’ll find professionals on hand to weigh your little one, carry out a quick check-up and offer advice on any concerns you have, from feeding to sleeping, teething and safety. www.medicentres.ae, 04 360 8866.
If you’re simply not up to leaving the house – and let’s face it, it’s a military operation with a new baby – then book a home visit from one of the midwives at Health Bay. They’ll check that you’re recovering from the birth and that the little one is thriving, and offer help and advice on anything baby-related including breastfeeding. www.healthbayclinic.com, 800 4272.
Three new nurseries
Renowned Canadian early-years expert Maple Bear has opened a second branch. Maple Bear Early Learning Centre’s expansive indoor and outdoor environment offers childcare and education following the Canadian curriculum to children from 18 months to six years in a caring, stimulating and nurturing environment.
Where: Burlington Tower, Burj Area, 052 919 7553.
The British nursery has added a fourth branch, centrally located in Jumeirah. Offering childcare to babies and children from three weeks to four years, the nursery follows a British-based curriculum and will incorporate your child’s home routine into its nursery day so they’re as settled and happy as they can be.
Where: Al Shaari Street, Jumeirah 3, 04 338 0260.
Bay Square is the latest location for the popular Hummingbird Early Learning Centre, one of the few internationally accredited nurseries in the UAE. Offering childcare and early-years education to children from three months to four years, Hummingbird follows a British-based curriculum and is accredited by the Pre-school Learning Alliance of the UK. Accepting applications now.
Where: Bay Square, Dubai, 04 552 1909.
Grohush portable white noise baby calmer Dh249, JustKidding.
Braun ThermoScan 7 Age Precision thermometer Dh299, www.mumzworld.com.
Airfree air steriliser Dh1,950, Babysouk.com.
Pre-loved baby gear
If you’re on a budget, why not try one of the regular Baby Bazaar markets? They’re held on the last Saturday of every month from 9am-2pm at Times Square mall in Dubai and they’ve recently branched out into Abu Dhabi, where the next one will be held from 1pm-6pm at Yas Marina Promenade, Yas Island. Pop along to pick up some pre-loved treasures including baby clothes, nursery furniture and all manner of baby- and child-related accessories. www.babybazaar.org.
Want the ultimate birthday bash for your little one? Call in the professionals. Sweet Life Parties can provide a range of age-appropriate entertainment, activities, catering and venue decoration, with unique themes ranging from pirates and cowboys to Rapunzel and Frozen. The bespoke parties are limited only by you and your kiddie’s imagination. See www.sweetlifeparties.com for more information.
If you’re interested in a holistic approach to parenting, which combines yoga with education, try the Baby & Toddler Yoga Retreat at Emirates Park Zoo in Abu Dhabi on February 10. Mum and baby yoga sessions will help you relax, release tension and work on core strengthening, while the educational sessions will create a positive, supportive environment in which you can learn how to feel confident trusting your natural parenting instincts. Classes will cover babies’ sleep needs, brain development and psychology,
providing you with tools for connecting with your children and teaching you new techniques for calming and reassuring them – so you’ll feel more prepared for dealing with the usual baby and toddler issues, such as tantrums and meltdowns, in a non-confrontational way. Retreats start at Dh1,800 for a family of two adults and one child, including all meals and accommodation, use of the pool and unlimited entrance to the zoo. See www.yogaretreats.ae.
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The innovative My Buddy Tag – an easy-to-wear rubber band for your child’s wrist – links up to your phone via Bluetooth and sounds an alarm when it’s out of a set range. The device also boasts other safety features such as a water alarm, a panic button and an ID tag. Dh179, Big On Children, The Dubai Mall. 04 388 2345.