Mother Baby & Child - November 2017

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ISSUE 80| NOVEMBER 2017 | AED 15


YEARS Keeping up with your child’s nursery The potty training handbook

LAUNDRY WOES Make school uniforms LAST LONGER Washing Cycle: BABY CARE ‘‘I’M NO SUPERMUM!’’ Googling Motherhood

Being a Mum: Expectations vs. Reality




Toddler Mode: ON


Eating Out Playtime Extra-Curricular Activities Supported by:


Editor: Dina Maaty

Editor’s Note

Online Editor: Emma Hodgson


Sales Director: Michael Phillips Sales Manager: Mathew Tharakan Sales Manager: Vanessa Linney


Isabelle Mills



James Tharian


Sarah Radwan


Ramir Toyado


Maksym Poriechkin



Oh, the things we do for our children! From giving up hobbies and bidding farewell to me-time to stopping or reducing leisure activities and changing our social circles, there are too many scenarios us mamas are very familiar with when it comes to sacrificing for their education. A leading international bank has revealed that parents in the UAE are among the world’s top three spenders on their children’s education; they spend an average of USD 99,378 in total on a child’s education from primary school up to undergraduate level in university, as indicated by a survey of 15 countries. Despite the costs, education remains a vital priority for UAE parents with many willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that they can afford it. Facts and figures aside, I hope that mothers know the value of extra-curricular education and leisure as well. Getting your child to spend more time outdoors is priceless, and this is the right time to do it. So, whether they spend their November splashing about, bouncing in play areas or shopping the market with mama, make sure your kids have as much fun as possible. You can’t put a price on that…

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Things to Do ........................................................... Mummy & Baby ................................................... 08

Toddler & Child .................................................... 12 Older Child & Tween .......................................... 16 Parenting .............................................................. November fun.......................................................... 20 Time for a splash..................................................... 32 Becoming a new mother....................................... 34 The potty training handbook............................... 38 Education ...............................................................

The best extracurricular activities in Dubai..... 50 An early start to education.................................... 52 Starting nursery?.................................................... 55 Choosing the perfect toy for your child............. 56 Teaching your kids about sustainable living.................................................. 60

How to care for school uniforms .........................62 Good Living ........................................................... Dubai families’ favourite beaches....................... 66

Your child’s dream room....................................... 70

Carboholic?.............................................................. 72 10 single mum secrets.......................................... 74 Roots and wings..................................................... 76

Health ................................................................... Baby-smooth skin................................................. 80 From soft foods to pencil grips?.......................... 84 5 surprising ways to boost your child’s immune system ....................................... 86

Early screening to prevent child hearing loss................................................. 88


STAR LETTER Kamal Dasani

Lucy Holmes

is Mum to a 7-year-old boy and newborn baby girl. Lucy is a freelance marketing consultant, specialising in the baby and child industry across the region.

Keira Langman

is a UK-based mother-of-one, who started her very own blog ‘Cake Run Mum Repeat’ to give mums a humorous take on the balance between responsibilities, staying beautiful and — very importantly — loving cake.

is mum to twin girls and the owner of online store and blog (TherapyBox Australia) As a senior occupational, vision and applied behaviour analysis therapist, she provides developmental advice and resources to parents, therapists, teachers and carers.

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Rosa Bullock

Juggling her roles as a new mother and business owner, multitasking is second nature to Rosa. When she isn’t acquiring new business and sorting through a mountain of emails, she’s spending some precious quality time with her infant daughter, husband and two French bulldogs.

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Ebru Verimli Yuksel

is a Turkish writer, business consultant and, most importantly, a mother to an 8-year-old son. She has dedicated herself to parenting and education after her son was born and writes for a Turkish publication on these topics; she also writes stories for children.

Sidiqa Sohail

is a 26-year-old mum to a one-year-old baby girl. Sidiqa has a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and owns Spontiphoria — a concept store bakery and cafe. In her free time, you’ll often find her testing recipes or reading a novel.


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BABIES AND CHILDREN ‘Yum By Mum’ is a new food concept in Dubai which will provide us mamas with a range of baby food and children’s meals made from fresh ingredients and delivered to your door on the same day.

The meals offer parents a fresh and convenient alternative to preserved baby food and frozen children’s meals, as they are made with 100% fresh ingredients, never produced from frozen, nor do they have any added salt, sugar or preservatives.

Sample Menu

Baby Stage 1:

• Fruity butternut squash • Parsnip, spinach, sweet potato and apple purée • Sweet potato, spinach and pea purée • Broccoli, cauliflower and brown rice purée

Yum By Mum’s meals include exciting options for babies such as tomato, carrot and basil purée and braised beef with sweet potato purée, plus a range of delicious children’s meals such as chicken and avocado burgers with tomato, raisin rice and turkey and quinoa and zucchini meatballs with wholewheat pasta, all suitable for children ages one and above.

Meal ranges were created with the parents of young children in mind – particularly those who find it challenging to find enough time and the right ingredients to prepare fresh, homemade food. The food is prepared every day, immediately packaged and delivered within hours, ready for parents to feed their little ones or pack it up for school or nursery. Yum by Mum was founded by Carla Lewis and Antonia Ellis. As full-time working mums, both raising young families, they faced the common challenges experienced by many of Dubai’s residents.

CLEAN YOUR CAR SEATS AND STROLLERS IN A DUBAI MINUTE No matter the state of your children’s car seats, strollers, shoes, sports gear, backpacks, uniforms and toys, Champion Cleaners will clean them all for you using child-safe and eco-friendly products, so that your children continue to use and enjoy their clothing and gear for longer, and you can finally have some peace of mind. Worried about care? They use technologies such as GreenEarth Cleaning, a non-toxic silicone based solution, Wet Cleaning, the safest water and energy-saving dry cleaning method and i-Genius, a chemical-free, Ozone cabinet that destroys bacteria, sanitises and deodorises quickly and thoroughly.

Champion Cleaners has 42 locations across Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. 04 2858 581


AED November 30th & December 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2017 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Includes: Splash Slides Splash Pads Mermaid Show LED Light Show Stilt Walkers Jugglers & Dancers

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE ENTRANCE! Terms & conditions apply as per Splash N Party rules and regulations guidelines. Splash N Party has the right of refusal once the park has reached its capacity.

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Babycenter Travel Bed (AED 599) Every mum wants the best for her child and their bed is no exception. Why not try this lightweight travel bed from Hauck? which comes with wheels and a carry bag, perfect for home and travel. An award-winning travel bed, it grows with your child from 0m+ to 15 kg and comes with accessories, in addition to being stylish and portable. This travel bed is made for the practical parent, with a second floor for a 0m+ baby that can be removed; when your child grows older, you can make it into a regular play pen. The bed comes with a changing table and accessory-holder to give mama an easier time multitasking. The musical mobile with plush toys will definitely add that touch of entertainment for the baby too.

04 239 88 55



ENJOY SOME CHICKEN GOUJONS WITH THE KIDS French bistro ‘Demoiselle by Galvin’ has developed a fun-loving and family-inspired children’s menu. Families are invited to embark on a culinary journey that pays homage to the produce of autumn and explores signature dishes and desserts, with portions catering to diners of all ages. Highlights of the Children’s Menu include a freshly-prepared veal ham and cheese flatbread, chicken goujons (deep-fried strips), served with a side of lightly-salted French Fries, spiced and served to perfection and the Mini Galvin Burger Deluxe.

04 590 5076


NOW YOU CAN SHOP FOR GROCERIES AT THIS NEWLY-OPENED SPOT… Do you live near Dubai Marina Walk? The area’s new Marks & Spencer stocks high-quality food including tasty treats, kitchen cupboard essentials and tempting meal ideas. The British fave has expanded its chilled food range with new lines, such as perfectly-prepared Scottish Lochmuir™ Salmon Fillets and translated the theatre of restaurant desserts into something its customers can serve at home, such as the mouthwatering Chocolate Melting Dome. The new store also has a 16-seater M&S Café, where mamas can take-away delicious Colombian Arabica Coffee and butter-rich pastries on the go, or take their time to enjoy the quintessentially British fish & chips. Marks-and-Spencer





Goldilocks & The Three Bears are coming to the UAE. Performed by the UK’s Northern Ballet, this beautiful production is a wonderful way to introduce little ones to the magic of live ballet, music and theatre.

At the centre of the story is Goldilocks – a mischievous little girl with hair as bright as gold. On the lookout for an adventure, she sneaks out of her house one day and finds her way into the woods. A chance encounter with Blue Bird and Fox leads her into a game of hide and seek, which in turn finds her stumbling across the Bear’s woodland cottage. Nobody is home, but she finds three bowls of delicious porridge in the kitchen. Perhaps just a little taste, but what will Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Little Bear say when they return home? You’ll have to wait and see…

Suitable for ages 2+. Running time: 40 minutes (approx.) Public rate: AED 125 to AED 175 Dubai: November 24 and 25, Madinat Theatre Abu Dhabi: November 27, National Theatre 04 304 2340

A Z Z I P E E FR HE KIDS FOR T Everybody loves pizza, but kids really, really love pizza. Spend AED 100 on your meal and your kids eat for free every Monday at Russo’s New York Pizzeria. Every. Single. Monday. Cool, isn’t it? Russo’s New York Pizzeria has branches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Bring along the whole family and indulge in their extensive menu of pizzas, pastas, risottos, salads and so much more and it’s a free treat for kids under 12.


LEARN. TEACH. GROW. BECOME A CERTIFIED TEACHING PROFESSIONAL British Orchard Centre for International Teacher Certification Opportunity to become a Principal, Class Teacher, or an Assistant Teacher, at any Early Years Centre or School UK CACHE Diplomas ( 1-5 levels) offered along with free training and opportunity for work placements Courses range between 3 months to18 months BON courses are the gold standard in Early Years practitioner training & are internationally renowned Individual tutor & assessor available for each learner at the centre Volunteer placements are available at all 16 award winning branches

Courses starting from AED 300! Includes KHDA & UK Certification

More than 25 awards, 16 branches, and tens of thousands of happy children this decade! ISO Quality, Environment and Health & Safety certified (9001, 14001 & 18001) UK • Bur Dubai • Jumeirah • Deira • JBR • Al Twar Dubai Media City • Mirdif • Dubai Silicon Oasis AUH Al Bateen • AUH Al Nahyan • Sharjah (Quran Rbt.)

CALL 800 PRESCHOOL (04 398 3536) or 04 226 0996 Afternoon Club, Gym and Birthday Party Packages available across all branches



Dubai-based diamond studio 55FIFTY7 is offering two children’s seminars with the International Gemological Institute (IGI). With up to 12 participants per seminar, the seminars will provide children ages seven and up with the opportunity to learn more about a number of unique topics designed especially for the younger audience including ‘Gemstones of the World’ and ‘Mystery of Diamonds’.

Meet and Greet: 3 – 4 pm Seminar Timings: 4 – 6 pm contact to book a free seat.


Mind-body awareness is something we should learn early on, and that’s why the Dubai-based Real Pilates studio has created a 10-week junior Pilates programme to enable young children to develop appropriate muscle and posture alignment while building stability and coordination.

The classes cater to children aged between 7 – 14 years old and are available across both branches in JLT and Palm Strip Mall Jumeirah. Pilates is proven to help improve not only the physical, but mental state as well, offering a wide variety of benefits for children including improved posture, spinal alignment, increased strength and flexibility and positive thinking.

The 10-week programme is AED 850. Drop by your nearest studio to enrol or contact them on 04 458 5399 for more details. 16 | NOVEMBER 2017 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD


NEW SPECIAL NEEDS GYM LAUNCHES IN DUBAI Able UK, a special needs centre based in London and Dubai, has launched a gym that caters to children with sensory integration (SI) issues. SI is our ability to process information from our environment and react accordingly. Those with an SI impairment struggle to decode this information and comfortably interact with their surroundings.

Able UK’s gym will employ a variety of strategic games to assist its young clients through their therapeutic journey, where they’ll be immersed in a world of stimulating sights, sounds, and tastes to help further develop their sensory skills. Even their perception of gravity will be enhanced using a range of suspended equipment including swings, monkey bars, a therapy ball, slide and wall-climbing frame. The gym aims to serve children affected by autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit, learning disabilities, as well as developmental coordination and regulatory disorders.

Able UK is located in Dubai Healthcare City.

EMBARK ON A FAMILY ADVENTURE Aventura, a new family adventure park located in Mushrif Park’s Ghaf Tree Forest, is now open once again, bringing back the most daring circuits and thrilling obstacles to Dubai residents, students and tourists; from tree-surfing and zip-lining to rope-climbing, your kids are bound to reach peak adrenaline rush. The Rangers Circuit, perfect for children above 1.15m and older than six years, includes 19 fun obstacles, just 1.5 to 2 metres high, so parents can walk through the circuit as their children zigzag around the greenest part of the park.

This season, Aventura features a calendar of special events, such as a Full Moon outdoor party this month and an exciting camp event for the December holidays. The park is also available for birthday parties and group bookings, and offers field trip educational packages for schools.


18th Nov 2017 9am - 2pm Abu Dhabi Complimentary event filled with insights for expecting parents and more • Yoga Class • Goodie Bags • Delicious Refreshments • Hampers, Prizes & Giveaways • Talks by Experts • Panel Discussion Visit for registration & more information







Little Gladiators Dubai is a gym dedicated to kids’ health and fitness, and it has introduced a schedule of morning classes so that children with special needs, and those who are home schooled, can enjoy a morning P.E. lesson.

Golden Mile, Galleria Mall, Palm Jumeirah 04 240 8709



Tall Stories’ ‘The Gruffalo’ roars back to the UAE direct from London’s West End, bringing everyone’s favourite furry monster to life on stage. The Gruffalo is the must-see family show for lovers of the timeless story and everyone looking for a smashing day out!

Madinat Theatre, Dubai on November 10 – 11. Recommended for KS1 – 2 and family audiences.


At Fairmont, The Palm’s ‘Ultimate Family Friday Brunch’, you’ll chill out with your little ones with a selection of healthy treats and two hours of interactive activities including the chance to take a picture with a favourite cartoon character, face painting, balloon twisting, arts and crafts.

Every Friday 12:30 to 3:30 pm


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Love play. Learn.

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At Mind Body Soul, A Happiness Center, every child will enjoy the wonders of this Eastern practice absolutely free. Each Wednesday in November, the centre will run a free yoga session designed for children ages 8 — 12 to bond and play in a space of no restrictions or judgment. During this time, and under the expert guidance of yoga expert Angelique Michel, children are encouraged to open their hearts and share their feelings, release fear and stored emotions so they can allow peace and happiness to grow from within, develop tolerance and non-judgement towards each other, embrace each other’s qualities, learn through emotions and interaction, practice selflessness and broaden their awareness and perception of reality. At the end of the session, kids are encouraged to share something nice about each other in an exercise to help them focus on positive qualities.

04 441 8272



A little early festive fun never hurt anyone. Reform Social & Grill will play host to two family winter fairs. Taking place on November 25 and December 9 from 12 – 7 pm, parents can bring their little ones to visit Santa’s Grotto, jump for joy on a bouncy castle and pick up some Christmas presents at Tiny Bean Events’ festive market stalls.

04 454 2638

THE GOLDEN MILE The Golden Mile Galleria on Palm Jumeirah is turning into a fitness hub with its ‘Fitness Festival’ activities every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and GALLERIA Saturday until November 11. The Fitness Festival, in support of the Dubai Fitness Challenge, will provide a wide range of free fitness activities including yoga, circuit training, drum workout, kick-boxing, Zumba, hip hop, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) sessions and Latino dance classes. The highlight of Golden Mile Galleria’s Fitness Festival is the highly-anticipated intensity workout conducted by acclaimed Australian fitness personality Kayla Istines exclusively for her Dubai fans on November 3 at 5 pm. Sessions are designed for the whole family and provided in partnership with fitness brands in Golden Mile Galleria, including kids’ gym Little Gladiators.

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The Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is coming with an all-new ‘Kids Go Free’ offer where up to four children under 12 get complementary Friday Grandstand access plus free entry to the Yas Island Parks – Ferrari World & Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi with each three-day adult Grandstand ticket purchased. This will bring the whole family together to celebrate the region’s biggest and best sporting and entertainment weekend!

As part of this offer, families will enjoy: • Access to Grandstand ‘free seating’ on Friday, November 24 for up to four children under 12 accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket • Access to all entertainment areas within the circuit including Yas Marina Yacht Club and the F1 Village

• F1 Village entertainment which will include face painters, stilt walkers, jugglers, bubble shows, dancing and singing acts as well as a Master Builders building block play area • Free entry to Yas Island Parks – Ferrari World & Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi for all children under 12 i n f o @ b a b i co. a e +971 4 239 8855 @hauck_mena


Galeries Lafayette Le Gourmet will be ready to serve the streets of City Walk this month in a first-time-ever street-food style festival. ‘Le Gourmet Food Fest’ will recreate a full-on festival atmosphere be it with the magical fairy lights illuminating its outdoor space, a vibrant marketplace displaying an array of boutique vendors or dynamic food trucks offering a host of quick bites.



Between ongoing live music sessions, a dedicated kids’ zone for budding little chefs and Le Gourmet’s renowned kitchen demonstrations, the Festival is one event that’s designed for the entire family.

November 2, 4 pm – 11 pm | November 3, 2 pm – 11 pm | November 4, 2 pm – 8 pm



Looking to start early with baby in the pool? Talise Fitness has opened its Talise Swim Academy to teach, improve and develop swimming abilities in a fun and effective way. The classes will be conducted in the indoor 25-metre pool located at Talise, Madinat Jumeirah and overlooking the Burj Al Arab in the 25-metre outdoor pool at Jumeirah Beach Hotel. ‘Learn to Swim’ is a newborn, infant and child’s swimming programme teaching essential skills which will be the building blocks for little swimmers’ development. The main aim of this session is to build water confidence and promote safety in the water. The programme hosts small group sizes, teaching children vital life skills in a fun way.

For more information or to make a booking: Call Talise, Madinat Jumeriah on 04 366 6821 or Jumeirah Beach Hotel on 04 406 8800.



The Colour Run has always been about fun, family and lots of powder and this year is no exception. Colour Runners will have more fun this year with the Foam Zone and Dream Wall covered in an array of brand-new colours in more Colour Zones than ever before. Each Colour Runner will receive a fun participant kit. Whether you bring your squad of bezzies or your crew of kids and family, it’s a 5k course that will have everyone feeling like they’re on cloud nine.


Sweet Salvation, a concept specialising in extraordinary soft serve ice cream treats, has opened at the City Walk district. Hailing from the icy regions of Toronto, Canada, Sweet Salvation brings back nostalgic memories, elevating the delicious dessert to a whole new level with a bundle of flavours that taste and look unlike anything you’ve ever seen or tasted before. #KeepYourCool

Sweet Salvation is located in Unit L12, Plot 8-01 Al Mustaqbal Street, City Walk Dubai.


THE ADDRESS MONTGOMERIE The Family Backyard Barbeque at Links, Address Montgomerie is a

delicious affair for the entire family. While children are entertained with free pony rides and the joys of a bouncy castle, adults can indulge in an outdoor barbeque boasting favourites.

With a separate children’s menu on request, the outside lawn at Links transforms into a picnic spot. The children’s buffet gets laid out from 5 to 7 pm. The little ones can also try a hand at various golf activities at the course for free.

Every Friday from 12 pm until 7 pm.


The ‘Meydan Family Brunch’ is back! With views of Dubai’s prestigious race course, a luxurious buffet, live cooking stations, extensive kids’ activities together with live entertainment all in one place – what more could we ask for? The little ones get to enjoy a wide range of fun activities from face painting, drawing, arts & crafts and balloon twisting to family movies, PlayStation games and a bouncy castle at a dedicated and supervised kids’ area. A special mini buffet features snacks and desserts including cotton candy, marshmallows and a chocolate fountain.

The Meydan Friday Family brunch is available every Friday from 12:30 pm until 4 pm and is priced starting from AED 290 per person (including food, soft beverages and juices). Children up to four years old enjoy a complimentary brunch, 50% discount for children from five to 12 years old 04 381 3111



Birthdays come just once a year, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait 365 days just to have a fun party with your friends and family. At Funky Monkeys, they host themed parties every month! Now the kids can enjoy and party all year round.

Their Event of the Month follows a theme based on calendar events and celebrations. Whether it’s a party for Back to School, Halloween, Christmas or whatever you like, they have it.

At Funky Monkeys Playland, they make sure your kids will have the best time of their lives!

A Membership for Fun Times

Kids HQ has a promotion you wouldn’t want to miss. Usually costing AED 500 per month, you can sign up for a Kids HQ membership for AED 399 during November and December which includes:

- Three buddy passes for one hour each - 10% off Winter Camp at Kids HQ - Full access to the play area

There’s more! In honour of Universal Children’s Day on November 20, kids can play all day for only AED 45 each. Also, celebrate with a carnival-themed party on November 29 from 3 – 6 pm. For just AED 40 per child, they can enjoy carnival games, prizes, popcorn, arts, crafts and more…










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SOME QUIET TIME FOR MAMA? HAS THE ANSWER! Picture this: It’s a beautiful morning in Dubai and you want to head to City Walk for a coffee break and some much-needed shopping. Suddenly it hits you: what about the kids? Luckily, there’s a spacious edutainment venue – a child’s dream – built right into the retail and dining haven.

Mattel Play! Town is a safe, interactive ‘eduplay’ attraction, set in the heart of the mum-favourite, City Walk, in Dubai. Children ages two to ten years old will get to meet and play with their favorite characters including BarneyTM, Angelina BallerinaTM, Bob the BuilderTM, Fireman SamTM and Thomas & FriendsTM in a magical space where they can learn, munch on yummy treats, make new friends and have loads of fun! That’s not all, Mattel Play! Town has just launched their Drop n’ Go service for children three years and above, where all enrolled children will be divided into small groups with a dedicated supervisor closely monitoring, caring for and ensuring the safety of each child at all times.

So, mamas, you’re all set for a relaxing time while your little bundles of joy experience Thomas & FriendsTM the train in 4D, dance with Angelina BallerinaTM in their very own pink tutus, join Fireman SamTM on some adventurous, kid-friendly free falls and watch a region-exclusive BarneyTM onstage show for free! PlayTownDubai




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The Longest River in the Middle East

Voted the fourth best waterpark in the world by Trip Advisor 2017, Aquaventure Waterpark is a magnificent waterscape set amid lush greenery. The park has 18 million litres of fresh water, which are used to power 11 thrilling waterslides and the longest river in the Middle East at 2.3 kilometres, which takes an impressive 45 minutes to float around in.

The waterpark has a private white sand beach and marine animal experiences including a Shark Safari and Lagoon, and Cownose Ray Feeding in the water.

Rates start from AED 170

40 Thrilling Rides

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is an Emirati-themed waterpark, home to slides and pools for never-ending fun with family and friends. With more than 40 thrilling rides and attractions, there’s always something fun for everyone. On the first Saturday of every month, parents can bring their kids to the park to enjoy educational and entertaining activities offered exclusively to annual pass holders. Kids will be able to develop new skills while having fun with activities such as freeze tag, races, tips on sliding, compact jumps and much more.

An All-Year-Round Splash Splash Pad is a wet play area at THE BEACH opposite JBR. It offers a shaded environment with temperature-controlled water; Splash Pad staff keep children engaged with a host of fun-filled games and activities. It’s a defined outdoor wet play area where toddlers and children ages 1 – 12 can frolic around in a safe and controlled environment. With the perfect beach backdrop, it’s also an ideal venue for events and birthdays or simply a memorable family day out, all year round.

Twisting Dragons and Waterside Camping

Located at Umm Al Quwain, Dreamland Aqua Park features over 30 thrilling rides, crazy slides and a lot of other wet rides and dry attractions. At Dreamland, you better watch out for the gigantic wave pool, slide down a 40-metre long tunnel or take a 2-meter nose dive! There’s the ‘not to be missed’ wild rafting river with two gigantic body slides: Twisting Dragons or Kamikaze.

Build Rafts, Boats and Fun Times Adjacent to LEGOLAND® Dubai, LEGOLAND® Water Park is the only water park in the region designed specifically for kids ages 2 – 12 and their families. Children can slide, splash and build their way to a full day of fun. With a variety of water slides and attractions, the LEGOLAND® Water Park is designed to provide a full day’s interactive experience for the whole family to enjoy together. The Water Park features 20 water slides and attractions, each offering a different and fun-soaked experience including the Build-A-Raft River where children of all ages can customise their own raft using LEGO® soft bricks, before floating down a lazy river with views of the entire park.

One-day ticket priced at AED 165 per person (resident) and AED 235 per person for visitors. Children under three years can enjoy free admission to LEGOLAND Water Park.

A SPLASHing time

Splash ‘n’ Party features a vibrant outdoor splash pad area along with water slides and water guns – all designed to engage the young in enjoyable fun and games. Adding to the excitement, entertainment facilities can be found on-site along with arts and crafts activities for kids. Implementing the highest safety regulations, Splash ‘n’ Party caters to the entire family. Grown-ups looking for some rest and relaxation can sit back and unwind at the juice bar with a refreshing made-toorder fruit juice, while a selection of fresh, tasty snacks and light bites catering to all palates is available.

Opening times are 9 am to 8 pm (Sunday to Wednesday), 9 am to 9 pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday and on public holidays. AED 100 – weekday rate, AED 140 – weekend rate

Bubbles, Bubbles and More Bubbles

Dubai Marina Mall has brought back the popular Bubbles & Balloons Fiesta. You and your family can enjoy bubble shows, workshops and sculptures, in addition to games and more inside the mall and on the Promenade!




Five months ago, I met my daughter Ayda Grace. When I was pregnant, I was bubbling with excitement about parenthood. Ayda would be my little sidekick and we would conquer the world together, making time for diaper changes and feeding sessions of course! Motherhood is enormously rewarding, but surprisingly more challenging than I had anticipated. It's an emotional whirlwind that sends you on the ride of your life. Here's a list of the expectations I had before Ayda Grace was born and the amusing reality of life after becoming a mother:



Mum catching up on emails while the baby blissfully naps for 45 minutes.

Baby cries their way through nap time all the way into feeding time.

A cape in one hand and pacifier in another, I thought I would be zooming around being the mommy equivalent of Wonder Woman. I would breeze through emails and gather dropped jaws off the ground as my family and friends cheered me along. Never a hair straying out of place, the coffee in my cup permanently hot, and all my emails read and replied to – I was determined to own the ‘working mommy’ title to the bone. But then, my baby decided she's got plans of her own...

I'm leaving my desk to console her before even getting the chance to log onto my computer. I thought I would never let motherhood affect my professional life – then I experienced the joys of drafting client proposals with a wailing baby in the background. Not fun. Every decibel tugs at my heart strings and, before I know it, I'm cradling her in my arms with my emails wailing in the background. Despite the challenges of being a working mum, her smile makes it all worth it.


When I decided to get back into the game and zoom off to meetings, I experienced severe separation anxiety, especially in the first week. However, distance makes the heart grow fonder, so returning home to my little one after a taxing day out was the best feeling ever!


Expectation Mum following highlyrecommended feeding routines to ensure baby is an ideal weight for their age and keep up with their centile chart. Preparing for motherhood like it's an exam I was determined to ace. Reading all the lwiterature on the subject and being able to recall academic sources in my sleep. I hoped to breeze through my little one's first year – ticking all the necessary boxes along the way.

Worrying yourself sick because your baby is heavier or lighter than other babies their age. Trying to relax about it, but then worrying yourself sick about neglecting your child's health. Several books and online resources state very strict feeding times, but realistically, I found that it can be quite a challenge if you're trying to stick to an hour on the clock. The internet is brimming with countless articles, blog posts and instructional videos about how and when to feed your child. The bottle versus breastfeeding debate is all over the place, and then there's calls from family and friends who have more advice than they know what to do with. Browsing Google with a fine comb and waiting for my mommy instincts to kick in, I'm always playing with numbers in my head. As if being a new parent wasn't exhausting enough, there's all the anxiety that comes along with wondering whether your child is healthy enough. But then, your child surprises you by learning something new, whether it's a different giggle or rolling over. The twinkle in their eyes when they look at you makes you feel like the best mother in the world.

The reality every mum knows: Parenthood, especially in the first few years, is like learning how to ride a bike. It's something that conquers all your senses and reduces you to your most vulnerable state. There's constant inspiration to be the best version of yourself for your little girl. Becoming a mother has boosted my professional life, in a way, too. It's driven me to go above and beyond for my child. Adjusting to a professional working mum's lifestyle takes time, but when you hit that sweet spot, you gradually watch it become second nature. You may not always be sure you can handle it, you may even fall and scrape your knee, but there's always an incentive to get up and keep trying, especially when you're dealing with an adorable baby and not a rusty old bike!

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SURPRISES AROUND EVERY CORNER If you’re looking for a fun brunch at the JBR, we’ve found your perfect match. The awardwinning ‘Talk & Soul Brunch’ at The Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach has launched an exciting new concept. 'The Mövenpick Market Brunch' is a pop-up family-style, laid-back brunch bringing fresh flavours from different markets around the world. You get to stroll around and watch the open kitchens serving everything from your favourite homemade pizza and pasta to traditional curries prepared to order, as well as authentic Arabic flavours, live cooking stations and a delicious Asian corner. Complementing the buffet is an expansive selection that includes delicacies such as sushi, seafood, a traditional roast and other international dishes.

For the little birds, Mövenpick has set up a separate children’s corner complemented by a special ‘power bites’ menu with colourful, fun and nutritious selections. The kids will also love the dessert section which includes a variety of ice cream flavours and chocolatey desserts. Mama gets to sip on coffees made from Mövenpick’s specialty coffee beans.

The Market Brunch is a complete family experience; the best part is, you get to explore and find goodness at every step. We particularly loved the chocolate-banana pudding, with the chef melting marshmallows on the spot. We also enjoyed the mouth-watering artisan pasta, filled with truffles and spinach, prepared fresh and brought to our table. Now this is a brunch we can guarantee the whole family will love!

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Thanksgiving lands on November 28 this year. It’s a is a time of reflection, giving thanks for things we sometimes take for granted, indulging in festivities, reuniting with family and friends and, not to mention, lavish feasting. When we say lavish feasting, we know it can be a lot of kitchen time for mama, that’s why we have an idea for you.

Clinton St. Baking Company is spoiling you with a dine-in Thanksgiving meal, as well as a takeaway option for the holiday: a takeaway whole turkey dinner with trimmings starts from AED 650, with yummy sides (at an extra charge) that include sweet potato with candied pecans, mashed potato and gravy, truffled Brussel sprouts, mapleglazed carrots and more.

Thanksgiving celebrations will take place from November 23 — 25. All orders must be confirmed and paid for before November 18.

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Just when you thought you had nailed parenting, something suddenly becomes a new challenge, a project for you and your little one, and potty training is a very important step in their development and independence. A world of no more nappy changes? Well yes, eventually, but bear in mind it’s another milestone for your little one. As with all new skills, it takes a time, patience and some methodology to crack it. Here are my top 10 tips for potty training: plenty: Make sure your child is having 6 – 8 1bowelDrink drinks of water-based fluids a day to help keep their and bladder healthy. It goes without saying, but

avoid fizzy, caffeinated and sugary drinks. Don't limit their drinks to help them stay dry as it doesn't work. The bladder needs to be filled and emptied properly to function well.

Keep it short: Don't let them sit on the potty or 6 toilet for too long, two or three minutes is fine. Keep some toys on hand to occupy them while they sit.

Encourage boys to sit down to wee: They might 7 also need to poop and sitting down will help them go. They may empty their bladder better sitting down too.

Check for constipation: Your child should poop at Be consistent: If your child is looked after by a 2 least four times a week and the poo should be soft 8 relative, goes to nursery or you have a home help, and easy to pass. If they’re passing hard poos or going less make sure you let them know that you’re starting potty often than this, they may be constipated. Leaking, runny poo can also be a sign of constipation.

Use easy clothing: Clothes that are easy to pull up 3Choose and down are the best; avoid fiddly zips and buttons. clothes that are easy to wash and dry. It can help

to practise getting dressed and undressed. Let your child choose their own trousers and practise wearing them so they can get used to the feeling. If they’re at the nursery, pack a bag with a lot of spare trousers and clothes.

Pick a potty: Let your child choose a potty if you're 4 going to use one. Keep it in the bathroom and let them practise sitting on it. You might want to have more than one potty to begin with. If you're using a children's toilet seat, let them choose it and also buy a foot stool to help support them when they’re on the loo.

Get into a routine: Don't ask your child if they need 5 a wee or poo as they might not know what this is to begin with: call it 'potty time' or 'toilet time' and go every couple of hours.


training and the way you’re planning to do it. It really helps if everyone who cares for your child is doing the same thing.

Give lots of praise: For each little step like sitting 9 on the potty, washing hands and getting dressed, rewards are a good incentive – make them small and instant, like a sticker.

Be patient: Potty training is a skill which may 10 take some time to learn, so don’t be surprised if there are lots of accidents to start with. You might decide your child isn’t ready after all, in which case stop potty training and have another go at it in a few weeks. Usually the time to start is when they’re around two years old, and if you can, choose a time in your family life which doesn’t have any other major changes or disruptions. Be consistent and kind: it’s often difficult, and you may feel like you’re not progressing, but every child eventually gets there.


The Galleria on Al Maryah Island is gearing up to welcome friends and family ahead of the 2017 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a different kind of track. Children are invited to come and meet the young Emirati professional race car drivers Amna and Hamda Al Qubaisi for some inspiring tips, and to test their driving skills at the specially-formulated children’s driving track at the mall.

From November 16 – 18, children ages four to 11 will be offered complimentary driving classes before suiting up for a ‘driving test’ on the children’s pedal car driving track. A dedicated children’s arts and crafts area will also be set up where they can test their creative skills with clay car moulding, mug drawing, painting and car themed-colouring. On November 16 from 5 pm to 8 pm, Amna and Hamda will start their engines with little ones, giving them a jump start on mastering their racing skills.

Children will be briefed on road safety and given a lesson on road signals and signs before putting their four-wheel theory to practice on the dedicated paddle car driving test on the stunning waterfront Promenade at The Galleria. With driving times of up to twenty minutes, they’ll be able to get to grips with putting their wheels in motion. All participants will take home their very own driving certificate from The Galleria after revving their mini-engines on the specialised circuit.


E S I A R O T S Y A W 10 D I K O D N A AC Nowadays, there are so many approaches to parenting. It can often get confusing for mothers, trying to avoid being a ‘helicopter’ parent or overparenting their children while ensuring they’re still influencing their children and helping them grow. In modern times, childhood has become more sheltered than it used to be, keeping children occupied with screens and interacting with digital platforms rather than going out and experiencing life as it happens. This can make mums’ task of raising can-do, inspired children much harder.


Can-do kids are make-do kids, so how can parents instil a sense of initiative into their children?

Foster a strong imagination. Can-do kids need the

1 excitement and know where to find it. Read with

your children, and start as early as possible, involving them in stories and walking them through the pages as they live the adventures and experience them.

Mind the brain. Teaching your kids about the brain

2 and how it works will help them take control of

situations. Make sure they know how strong the brain is and what it can do, helping them understand and grow through stimulating their brain power. Raise a young entrepreneur. Unstructured play

3 is beneficial as it helps your child explore. However, there are certain activities which need to be planned and carefully thought-out for children to learn how to ‘get started’ and take initiative. Think of your child as a little entrepreneur: where would you want them to start? Keep it optimistic. There’s nothing worse than a

4 negative child and it’s a huge setback for their can-

do attitude. Speak to your children about positivity and discuss any challenges they’re facing, helping turn them into learning experiences. Teach them to be resourceful. This is one skill

5 which unveils a whole new world of opportunities.

Learning to make a castle out of milk cartons is way more useful than store-bought toys with no educational value whatsoever. A resourceful child will later know how to put together a presentation in 15 minutes, just in time for that urgent meeting.

Embrace the imperfections. Kids can be the biggest

6 perfectionists! Even the slightest inconvenience can turn

into hours of wailing and regrets. Not only is this a terrible approach to life, but it can also make them rely on you to make things right. Make sure you clarify that imperfections are human, laughing at your own and allowing for them at home. Communication is essential. Your kids must learn to

7 have a proper conversation rather than getting their way

by objecting and raising their voice. A can-do kid solves their own situations and keeps communication open with their peers and others. Help them develop a sense of responsibility. Can-do

8 kids know that getting what you want in life is about what you put in. Make sure they understand their responsibilities by encouraging them to undertake age-appropriate chores and develop their own study routines. Ensure they become ‘good helpers’. Research has

9 shown that kids, by nature, like to help others. All you

should do is encourage this behaviour, which translates into a can-do attitude and desire to know more, be more and do more.

Exploration is key. Not only does this open them up

10 to the world, but it also helps them find opportunities and get involved. If they never explore, they’ll never find – and finding is the first step to becoming curious and acting.


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Jill Oliver

Director of Sport and Physical Education, Kings’ School Dubai and Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba

As a school that’s passionate about instilling a love for sports and physical activity in children, one thing we’ve learnt is that enjoying movement needs to be taught and encouraged, the same way we teach and encourage our children to love reading. The second thing we’ve learnt is that there isn’t just one way to do this. If you want your child to lead an active and healthy life and aren’t sure how to get them on the right path, these 10 can’t-fail ways to encourage them are for you: 42 | NOVEMBER 2017 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

your child get moving early on. It’s never too late 1canHelp to start, but it’s also never too early. With infants, you make moving a natural part of your child’s day right


from the beginning.

Build physical activity into your family’s daily 2 routine. Find a good time in the day where you can be active together. It could be taking a walk, playing

catch or riding bikes. It really doesn’t matter what you do as long as you’re moving together. Try starting with 15 minutes every day. your kids how you’re physically active in your 3yoga,Show own life. What’s your physical outlet? Do you run, do play tennis, walk the dog or work out at the gym? Being

an active role model for your kids is one of the best things you can do to encourage them to be active. Choose to walk or bike 4 possible, instead of driving.Whenever get kids moving instead

of sitting in a car. If there’s a safe route, have them walk or bike to school daily; if they’re too young to go on their own, walk or bike with them. This is a great habit to get into at an early age. Expose your kids to a wide variety of activities and sports. 5 Kids who specialise in a specific sport early on can get burnt out and injured. It’s important to let them try lots of different things so that they can develop a wide range of skills and find out what they enjoy the most. With a few exceptions, most sports don’t require a specialisation until kids are in their early teens.

Praise, but don’t push. Notice when your child is enjoying an 6 activity and cheer them on. Always keep things positive from the sidelines so they understand that you value what they’re doing, but that

you aren’t so invested in it that they feel pressure.


Gen-Next Kings’ Cricket Academy’s Chief Mentor and Brand Ambassador Ravichandran Ashwin has officially launched the academy and will be personally involved in imparting his expertise to budding cricketers several times a year at Kings’. Gen-Next Kings’ Cricket Academy has been operating since September 15 under the able leadership of Director of Cricket Kobus Olivier. Ashwin is fully invested in coaching and making an impact on every child and, as a father himself, he has a special connection with children. Within their first month of operation, Gen-Next Kings’ Cricket Academy has enrolled over 50 boys and girls ages 4 – 16 in the Evolve, Vision 2020 and High Performance programmes.

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PARENTING Focus on fun. For kids under 7 ten, competition should be a fun learning experience; the core focus

should be on development. Sports should be stress-free and also enable them to become successful no matter what their skill level is.

time outdoors. Being 8formSpend outside almost guarantees some of physical activity. These days,

there are a lot of distractions that can keep kids inside and occupied for hours. It’s up to parents to create lots of opportunities for them to play outside.

Choose a day care or preschool 9 that incorporates physical activity. Parents should look for a day care that

dedicates time to encouraging age-appropriate movement every day. Little kids need lots of opportunities to move and develop basic skills like running, jumping, hopping, skipping, etc. Structured and unstructured play are both essential in helping them develop these skills.

Communicate with your child’s school. Schools need 10 to do their part to ensure kids ages three and up are getting both quantitative and qualitative physical activity and education. Every school should

have a PE specialist who knows how to engage children of all skill levels and abilities, and can help them develop their love for movement.

Imagine if schools only spent an hour every week teaching kids to read, and parents were solely responsible for developing their children’s reading literacy at home. When it comes to reading, schools do their part and parents reinforce it at home. The same holds true for children’s physical literacy. You can start by speaking to your child’s teacher, principal or the PE department. The most important thing to remember is that you can’t do wrong. Just move with your family every day and, if that’s all you can do at the beginning then you’re still well on your way.




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Centre Director, The Cardinal Valley Nursery What do you like most about working with children? There’s nothing better, in my opinion, than being able to ‘play’ all day long with children, during which they unfold their natural curiosity, in addition to a sense of wonder and enthusiasm for play and learning. Through play, children help me see things from a whole new perspective which is so uplifting and inspiring.

How important are parent-teacher relationships at The Cardinal Valley Nursery? Over the years of my teaching career, I’ve spoken with many parents and educators about what a ‘good parentteacher relationship’ should be. The answers from those conversations were varied and underpinned by a wide range of beliefs and values. I think that, these days, some parents can come across as overcommitted and anxious, and many have unrealistic expectations. This is certainly not a healthy start to a relationship. We at The Cardinal Valley Nursery understand the need for a consistent, effective and open communication that’s achieved through collaboration, understanding of our common goals and, most importantly, trust. 46 | NOVEMBER 2017 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

We respect and value our parents as the prime caregivers and learn through them about their children’s needs, likes and dislikes. Finally, parent-teacher relationships don’t just happen, they develop and flourish over time.

As a centre director, how would you describe a successful early years’ education? I see a successful early years’ education through the happiness, success and accomplishments of every child. A successful programme is one that ensures that the child is the centre of focus, and enables them to discover, explore and learn at their own terms without constantly being instructed and directed to perform actions. Finally, the goal of a successful early years’ education now is to lay a solid foundation for the child in their key development years, equipping them with the skills and potential to compete and succeed in an ever-changing world.

Tell us more about the D-ThinkEd® approach, the world curriculum, and how they’re different. D-ThinkEd® is an approach based on the design-thinking methodology first developed at Stanford University,

California. At The Cardinal Valley, we use design thinking through play to develop children’s creative confidence and foster an active problem-solving mindset. Our world curriculum is a unique blend of the British EYFS, IB and American Common Core, with an intrinsic focus on the cross-contextual integration of the curriculum. With the constant evolution of education, children must now learn the connections between curricular subjects and themes, instead of just ‘learning’ about individual subject matters in classrooms. Through design thinking, we impart the right skills to our children, so they can approach an exercise, activity or project as problem-solvers and leaders. These skills help unlock their creative curiosity and facilitate a quick and agile mindset with the ability to understand complex concepts and critically think about them.

How is your learning through play approach different? Play is one of the most powerful tools that children employ to learn, explore and develop. Our job is to foster an environment where they can leverage this power of play. We give them uninterrupted blocks of time to play and reach deeper levels of learning and understanding. As children might approach a play-based exercise

where they’re learning about the concept of gravity, for instance, we leverage the use of tools, materials, resources and the environment to let them explore, develop hypotheses, discover and record results for themselves. When they experience what gravity means for themselves through play, they have a better understanding of it than if we were to read it out to them from a book. We at The Cardinal Valley let children create their own paths by leveraging the power of play.

How do you know if your teaching strategies are effective? We place great emphasis on observations and assessments. We assess children throughout the year to identify their strengths and areas of interest. We’re particularly keen on recording the beginning and end of term assessments as these help us discuss with parents the unique gifts of their children, and how much they have progressed over the past few months. We also follow an assessment model that assesses children along multiple intelligence domains, as we then share with parents the varied range of domains that their child is competent in. MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | NOVEMBER 2017 | 47

How can I help my child form their identity from the early years? Every child is unique. Even identical twins, with identical features, will have different personalities and qualities. When we discuss children’s uniqueness we rarely focus on their self-identity and what it means for them and those who are around them. The Oxford English Dictionary describes self-identity as: “The recognition of one's potential and qualities as an individual, especially in relation to social context.”



So how can we help children develop their self-identity in this age of social media where they’re bombarded with countless images of how they should look, feel and behave? Here are a few tips: Start with being confident in your own identity. Make a list of your traits and, maybe ask your family, friends and colleagues what they value about you. Being aware of your own identity will help you support your child in discovering their own. Next, ask others about your child’s strengths, and speak to your child about their thoughts. It’s important that you listen to your child’s voice and opinions – ask open-ended questions and pose moral dilemmas, for example: What are your friends’ special qualities? If your friend took your apple, what would you do and why? Allow your child to explore their own thoughts and feelings without judgement or criticism. If they ask you a question, or seek your views, consider answering with: “That’s an interesting question, what do you think about that?” This will allow your child to think critically before you add your own opinions. Having an awareness of their self-identity from the early years will help your child grow and develop with confidence in the years to come.

Laura Henry is offering a free talk to UAE parents, early years educators and experts in the childhood sector on November 8 at 6 pm at Children’s Oasis Nursery, Jumeirah. 48 | NOVEMBER 2017 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

Laura Henry Consultant, Children’s Oasis Nursery

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OUR STUDENTS WILL GET CALLED NAMES, LIKE INNOVATOR. Stand out with an education from Kings' School Nad Al Sheba. Our curriculum enables our students to see things in an entirely different light. We don't just teach them the basics, we give them the tools to exceed at school and beyond. Our exemplary school focuses on getting results the right way. And it happens here everyday. So here’s to the innovators of tomorrow. #StandingOut

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EXTRACUR RIN DUBAI ACTIVITIES Encouraging your child to get involved in extracurricular activities is wise, and it can be very important in helping them develop many skills. Luckily, parents in Dubai are spoilt for choice! Here are some of the best extracurricular activities in town: Fun Robotics is a place for children ages seven and up to have fun and learn through interactive learning by using various STEM/STEAM and robotics techniques and platforms. The centre provides many courses for children and teenagers to teach them about Programming, Coding, Robotics, Engineering, 3D Design, Drones and other concepts. These courses empower children by giving them the most up-to-date knowledge, which helps them unleash their creativity and invent whatever they want.

Price for 10 classes: AED 1,650 Sibling and early bird discount available

At Dubai Kids Kung Fu, let your children learn focus, coordination, balance, stamina, self-defence, agility and more with the Golden Eagle Martial Arts Academy. Established in 2010, qualified, internationally-renowned Masters with an awardwinning team teach children the tricks of the game.

Classes are available in Jumeirah, Mirdif, Silicon Oasis and Arabian Ranches. Ages 4+ for boys and girls. Free trial class 50 | NOVEMBER 2017 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

Dubai Ice Rink has a range of ‘Back to Cool’ activities, from single lessons to academy courses to keep kids learning – and a little something for parents too! Skate School courses are 6 – 8 weeks long, helping budding skaters become experts on ice. Open to children from the age of three to adults, the courses include skate and helmet hire for children, for the 30-minute sessions with Dubai Ice Rink’s expert coaches.

From AED 800 per person

Ice Tots is back for another season, giving mums and bubs a chance to skate together in a safe and friendly environment. Qualified coaches will lead a 30-minute group session helping little ones find their feet on ice, followed by free skating time where parents and children can practice together.

AED 90 per adult and child duo, helmets and skating aids are also available for beginners

Life ‘n One, a Jumeirah-based wellness centre, is now offering a Mindfulness programme for kids to instil and nourish the development of inner calmness and excellence. Activities cater to the physical, intellectual and emotional well-being of children between the ages of 3 – 16. The sessions have been specially designed to activate intelligence, physical balance and self-awareness in children through yoga, meditation, mindfulness activities, brain activation, holistic healing and counselling.

Yoga AED 80, 45 minutes, Coaching AED 450, 60 – 90 minutes, Kids’ activities AED 50, 30 – 45 minutes, Kids’ holistic healing AED 600, 60 – 90 minutes

Since 2002, Kids' Theatre Works have specialised in offering Drama, Acting and Musical Theatre classes and workshops to children ages 3 – 18 years old. They offer the ideal platform to help children grow and develop their creative instincts in an environment that’s professional, supportive and fun.

Classes are held at DUCTAC

Flip Out Dubai’s Ultimate Ninja Programme will help kids master the art of trampolining, parkour and wall running. Children seven years old and above can join the action-packed fitness adventure, with prices starting from AED 850 for ten hour-long sessions which are valid for ten weeks. The expert team at Flip Out will be on hand to help them take over the giant indoor trampoline universe, with three classes to choose from including Little Ninjas, Trampoline Parkour and Wall Running.

For more information or to book, contact the Flip Out team on 600 567 568








Why the Early Years Matter A child’s early years, between the age of six months to four years, are the most formative in terms of brain development and future learning abilities. The overall development of children will depend on their emotional, social and physical growth during this period. A child’s early years, and investing in them – not only financially, but also in terms of all-round support – is the best way to maximise their future well-being.


'Parents find it extremely difficult to send their little ones to a nursery at the age of six months. However, there’s an abundance of positive outcomes from nurturing children during these influential years. Early Childhood Development (ECD) is the cornerstone of a happy and successful learning journey,” says Monica Valrani, CEO of Ladybird Nursery.

Little Socialisers

Exposure to a safe and friendly environment with other toddlers of the same age group is a vital foundational element in supporting the transition into friendship groups. Early exposure to such an environment, guided by professionals, aids children in overcoming shyness, increases self-confidence and progresses social development.

Young Holistic Development

Nursery can help in building overall holistic development and influencing a child’s emotional, social, physical and mental development. A good nursery provides care and education of the highest quality to enable children to become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.

For example, one of the most famous pre-school curriculums is Montessori. A special Practical Life Lesson is a component of this curriculum, which aims to exercise concentration, confidence and independence, and help children understand a wide range of role-play and pictorial cues.

Growth and Development

Early education provides a wealth of activities and learning experiences to children, which aid the development of their brain, and help explore their talents, skills and interests. The type of environment that surrounds a child in the initial stages, right from the age of six months, can affect the development of brain architecture and their ability to listen, follow directions, participate in group activities and develop concentration skills.

Early Language Learning

It’s exceptionally important for children to develop language skills from their nursery years as it improves speech and opportunities for conversations.

Sharing is Caring

The early years are a child’s best teachers when it comes to cooperation. While they may not be used to sharing with their siblings at home, pre-school will teach them how to interact in groups and get a feel for teamwork.

Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai Opens Secondary School Campus Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD) opened its Secondary School campus for Grades 6 – 10. The new Secondary School follows the launch of the Primary School campus in 2015. SISD’s Secondary School follows the framework of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) in preparation for the rigours of the Diploma Programme. The new Secondary School campus features collaborative spaces for shared learning across bigger groups and beyond the classroom. Dedicated senior classrooms for smaller groups along with private study areas have been designed and set aside for senior students as well as a separate senior common room. In addition, students will enjoy hi-tech science labs for physics, chemistry and biology along with exhibition rooms.


Enthusiasm for Learning

As children are growing up, they have no real knowledge of the value of education. Before school, the only environment they know is Home.

Nursery is the first step in their education journey, exposing them to the basics of learning – ones which they would encounter from that point onwards.

Developing Resilience

Coping strategies aren’t something that children can develop without constant exposure to situations where they’re required. So, how does nursery help? Their presence and interaction with their peers in daily controlled, predictable situations is the safest way for them to learn about managing their own problems.

Concentration Skills

Toddlers are very easily distracted, but nursery staff is trained to handle this problem. By ensuring children engage in different activities, including story and play time, they help children listen and concentrate – skills which are essential to their success later in life.

Confidence and Self-Esteem

In pre-school, apart from learning about how things can go wrong, children also learn about the beauty of when they go right! The positives of working with others, succeeding in tasks and even making new friends, are all experiences which help children become more confident in their own abilities and help their self-esteem.

Exposure to Diversity

This is a good one for Dubai! A melting pot of cultures, the emirate gives children the opportunity to interact with other ethnicities and cultures, something they may or may not experience back home. Imagine the wealth of information they can acquire!

Making the Right Choice

Choosing the right pre-school is quite challenging, especially for parents with their first child. It’s extremely important for a toddler to be in positive surroundings guided by caring professionals, as this is the most influential stage in their development. The surroundings an environment of the nursery have a direct impact on a child in terms of learning values, respect for others, cooperation (teamwork) and self-esteem. Nursery is about so much more than play! While it may be a crucial part of children’s development, there’s so much more that children do in pre-school – all of which prepares them for their future. When it comes to nursery, there’s no one-size-fits-all. The approach to early education must be as carefully planned and studied as any other decision for children’s future lives. One thing us parents must keep in mind is: early education is the foundation for a successful life.

Interested in Learning More About Your Child’s Development? Leading children’s development centre ABLE UK has partnered with Hopscotch Children’s Therapy Centre to bring the latest in the evolution, concepts and applications of sensory processing to Dubai in a conference which will be held on November 11. Featuring informative seminars by Hopscotch Children’s Therapy Centre CEO, Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and Multidisciplinary Assessment Team Member at Great Ormond St. Hospital UK Dimitrios Mylonadis along with Certified Occupational Therapist and ABLE UK Dubai Head Amelia Sarmiento, the conference will address the hottest topics in sensory integration and latest applications that ABLE UK will be introducing to its Dubai Healthcare City centre.

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Motherhood is nothing short of a rollercoaster of emotions: just when you thought you had it all figured out, life throws new challenges at you. One of the biggest is having to accept the fact that your baby will be with strangers for quite a chunk of their day; when it’s time for nursery, there’s just so much that can go wrong, but – and you can trust us on this one – it usually goes right! Sending kids to nursery can be difficult for both parents and children,” says Dr Sarah Rasmi, parenting expert and psychologist for Play:Date, an app that helps build a child’s social circle. “There’s something symbolic about sending kids to nursery. In a way, it signals that they’re growing up. As parents, we love watching our kids grow, but it’s also a reminder that they’re not our ‘little babies’ anymore.” Given that this is a monumental shift for children, going to nursery may entail separation anxiety and a challenging adjustment period within the classroom environment. “For children, there’s a disruption in routine,” explains Dr Sarah. “Kids are used to being in their own environment with their parent or caregiver. Suddenly, they’re now separated from that person and pitched into a new environment. Many kids also go from having one-on-one attention to having lots of other kids in their classroom who also want and need attention.”

How can mum make the transition easier? Drop by the nursery “Visit the nursery,” advises Dr Sarah. “This will give children the opportunity to meet with their new teacher, explore their environment and connect with classmates. Best of all, they’ll

be doing this alongside their parents. This will make the transition a little bit easier for everyone (especially mum and dad!.)”

Make time for play Playdates will help children get accustomed to new faces. They also implement and encourage social skills and boost confidence. Nurseries always factor in a child’s social capabilities when they join, as it helps nursery staff determine areas of development in a child, including their language and understanding capabilities.

Have your listening ears ready “Follow the nursery’s lead. They’re equipped to deal with the separation anxiety, especially at the nursery stage,” says Dr Sarah. It’s important for parents to listen and communicate with their child’s teacher as it helps build a relationship based on trust and understanding.” Starting nursery is a big deal for little ones. They’re spending most of the day with new friends and adults which can be unsettling. However, children, with the right direction and positive reiteration can overcome upset behaviour and anxiety, which will lead to a love for nursery and, eventually, learning. MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | NOVEMBER 2017 | 55



Choosing the Perfect Toy for Your Child Forget Stereotypes Long gone are the days of ‘pink is for girls, blue is for boys’. While it’s common for children to prefer certain toys based on their gender, research has shown that experimenting with different toys regardless of typical choices can help them fully develop. When buying a toy, consider creativity and open, easy play.

Stay Safe While a great distraction tool for children, toys can easily injure them. Even if a toy seems perfectly safe, the way children play can make it more dangerous than it would typically be. Make sure you read labels, avoid items with sharp edges or protruding parts and beware of laser in toys. Carefully observe the toy and think of different play scenarios; are they mostly safe?

Keep it Simple Entering a toy store nowadays is an experience for children and adults alike. With endless options and electronic gadgets, we can’t deny that modern toys are fantastic, but don’t forget the value of classic toys too. Wooden toys and building blocks may not sound incredibly exciting, but the fact that they’re still there is a testament to how enjoyable and important they are. Strike a good balance between techno-toys and the good old stuff.

A New Nursery Blooms in Abu Dhabi

MindChamps Nursery has opened in Abu Dhabi! Located in Bloom Gardens, a gated community development in the heart of the capital next to the Corniche Al Qurum and Khalifa Park, MindChamps Nursery is open for enrolment for children ages 45 days to four years. Bloom Education plans to roll out more MindChamps nurseries throughout the UAE over the next years.

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The Cardinal Valley Nursery:

STEAM, Virtual Reality and Cross-contextual Learning in Preschool “Every kid starts off as a natural-born scientist.” – Carl Sagan

The integration of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) in preschool education is now more important than ever before. If we want to raise our children as critical thinkers, problem solvers, scientists and world leaders, then we must change the way we think about early childhood education. The current focus on directional instruction versus a student-centred, self-exploratory model doesn’t allow for children to intellectually stimulate themselves. A holistic and well-rounded educational experience must be integrated across content areas. This is what The Cardinal Valley Nursery calls cross-contextual learning. The Nursery believes in having an open approach to early childhood education, one which leverages tools, resources, materials and the environment to let children learn and explore at their own terms. The Cardinal Valley has built a preschool STEAM and Virtual Reality Lab that helps give children uninterrupted time in an intellectually-stimulating area surrounded by microscopes, 3D printers, circuits, observation stations, manipulables and virtual reality headsets. Children have the liberty to experience how various curriculum elements come together to serve a greater purpose. The Cardinal Valley Nursery is welcoming parents to come and tour their facilities, and speak more about STEAM and their fully-integrated curriculum. The nursery is located in Jumeirah 3, and is currently accepting enrolments for its founding class in January 2018.

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Children absorb information easily, taking in stimulus from their surroundings. One of the most important things you can teach your children is how to care for their planet. Apart from modelling this behaviour, you’ll also have to teach them through fun activities, engaging them and keeping them aware of the value of what they’re doing. Here are some ways to teach your kids about sustainable living: Plant a tree. Whether in your own garden or backyard, or in collaboration with the Municipality, planting a tree is good for children so they can watch it grow over time; watching their success flourish will help them learn about growth, persistence and caring for Mother Nature. Repurpose old items. Old, worn out and even broken items can always be reused. Teach your children that, instead of throwing away items they don’t use anymore, they can simply look for other ways to use them. 60 | NOVEMBER 2017 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

Donate clothes and toys. Sit together and go through toys and clothes which you no longer need and can donate. You might even find some items that are worth keeping for a bit longer. Avoid single-use items. This includes water bottles, paper towels, triple-wrapped convenience foods and more. Think about how many of these items you have at home, and what you’re teaching your kids by using them. Eat the right things. Local, sustainable and organic is the way to go. The good thing about these methods is that they can also inspire you to grow your own food – big garden not required. You can grow cherry tomatoes on your porch! Visit local farmer’s markets. The way to healthy eating starts here, and it’s such a fun outing for the whole family. Bonus: The weather now is perfect for outdoor markets. Use both words and actions. Recycling, using less water and power, even the car you drive all send powerful messages to your children. Never underestimate the importance of modelling good behaviour – and it all comes down to details. Create teachable moments. Make sure your kids understand why you’re behaving a certain way. You may be reusing items, but remember, they don’t understand the logic behind it: it’s important to explain it to them. Clean with sunshine. Hot, soapy water and sunshine clean toys and soft furnishings as efficiently as market cleaners. Home cleaning products usually have tons of chemicals, in addition to being harmful to the environment. Read to your kids. You probably remember some of the bedtime stories which were read to you as a child, and your kids will too. Choose stories that encourage good practices towards the environment and read them to your kids. Take a nature walk. Okay, so Dubai may not really have that many flora and fauna at your doorstep, but we must admit, the greenery is beyond stunning and a walk around the corner may show your kids some plant species they may have never seen before. Make it fun. Caring for Mother Earth doesn’t have to be ‘boring’. Try to make sure this isn’t a ‘going green’ initiative, but rather a learning curve for the family – and a way to spend more time together doing things that matter.


The High Five Happiness Workshop is a safe and relaxed space for children to explore their feelings. Conducted by Coach Razan, and focusing on children ages 8 –12 years old, each child will find the root cause of their own happiness and how each individual can contribute to make this world a happier and positive place through curiosity, empathy and play. By the end of the two-hour workshop, each child will walk away with a crystal clear understanding of what contributes to their own happiness as well as others’, in addition to the notion that happiness is not a thing to be attained, but rather appreciating what’s good in who you are and what you have right now. AED 200






If new uniforms were on your back-to-school shopping list along with notebooks, pens backpacks and tons of stationary, they're one investment that must go the distance. To make sure your kids look as good on the last day of school as they did on the first, follow the garments' care labels and these easy laundry tips:


All-natural fabrics “Fabrics can be divided into three types,” says Babak Moghaddam, operations manager at Champion Cleaners Dubai. “Firstly, you have fabrics made from natural fibres. The most commonly-used natural fibres in school uniforms and sportswear are cotton and wool. These two fibres are very well-known for their soft textures and can be worn very comfortably; they’re also natural and perceived to be better for the environment. The drawback is that they crumble easily, colours tend to fade with washing and they’re more expensive.”

Man-made fibres Then, we have fabrics made from man-made fibres; the most commonly-used man-made fibres in school uniforms and sportswear are polyester, viscose and acrylic yarns. They all share the characteristics of natural fibres being extremely predictable, stable and durable.

(depending on the percentage of the mix).

• Acrylic Cotton: While pure acrylic yarn is still widely used in school knitwear for its hard wear and excellent value, an acrylic cotton mix is taking over the market to offer a more comfortable, warm yet light garment. “Parents can rest assured that all the above criteria are met when uniforms are purchased from schools or from school uniform manufacturers. For parents who wish to personally purchase uniforms from retail outlets, they should check the care label which will clearly specify the mix and its percentage. For younger students, it’s highly recommended to purchase washable uniforms which is again specified in the care label,” adds Babak. Here is a fabric scale to make things easier for you:

• Polyester is very common with professional sportswear as it draws moisture away from the body and disperses it to outside air, keeping the wearer cooler and drier in hot conditions. It’s light, resilient and cheaper than cotton.

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• Acrylic yarn, being a synthetic fibre, serves as an alternative to wool with characteristics similar to polyester.

• The third main man-made fibre used in school uniforms and sportswear is viscose, which is technically a natural fabric because it’s made from cellulose fibre, usually recovered from wood pulp. Viscose was originally developed as an alternative to silk, offering a very soft handle and slight shine.

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The blends There are also fabrics made from a mixture of the two: blends of fibres in the manufacture of fabrics is the norm for superior performance and comfort. The most popular fabric blends in school uniforms and sportswear are • Polyester Cotton: In various proportions, this mix of fibres is more practical than cotton alone offering comfort, durability and relatively easy keep (washing and ironing). Polycotton is the most common fabric used in manufacturing uniforms (shirts). • Polyester Viscose: This is, in effect, the man-made equivalent of a cotton/silk mix and is used widely in school uniform trousers and skirts. It offers excellent performance and durability, and isn’t heavy and hot


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Today The obvious – and most popular – balance is around the middle, of course. The trend is moving to the right as technology advances. Children with sensitive skin generally need to be clothed as far ‘to the left’ as possible.

Remember mamas, now that you know the details, always read care labels and follow them closely for soft, comfortable uniforms that last all year. MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | NOVEMBER 2017 | 63



KID-FRIENDLY SUSHI BURRITO Juanito Molina Head Chef, Chez Sushi

Some kids love sushi and others don’t, but health experts say: sushi may not be an ideal food for kids: What about a sushi burrito without the raw stuff instead?


• 150g Japanese white rice • 15g asparagus • 80g prawn tempura • 15g avocado • 45g crabstick • 1 piece of Nori sheet


• Lay the bamboo rolling mat on a flat surface. • Place a sheet of nori on top of the mat, then spread the sushi rice thinly and evenly over the nori. • Sprinkle sesame seeds over the sushi rice. • Place the rest of the ingredients evenly. • Mix the shredded crabstick and mayonnaise, then place the mixture with the prawn tempura and additional mayonnaise. • Use both hands to keep the roll tight and bamboo mat to distribute pressure evenly. 64 | NOVEMBER 2017 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

• 20 ml soy sauce • 5g sesame seeds • 30 ml mayonnaise

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• 300g cooked prawns • Remove the poop sac* from the • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice prawns, but don’t remove the shell – that’s where the flavour is! Place • 6 ripe, firm oranges in a large saucepan and splash with a • 2 peeled red onions, thinly tablespoon of fresh orange juice. Turn sliced up the heat, and the minute the shells • 2 red chillies, thinly sliced change colour to a beautiful bright • 2 tablespoons mint, roughly orange, get them out of that pan, chopped pronto! • 2 tablespoons coriander, • Remove the shells from those plump roughly chopped little prawns, pop one into your mouth and savour that warm, firm flesh – you • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, were going to steal one anyway! Place toasted the remaining prawns in a dish.


• Slice the oranges and toss them together • Zest of 1 fresh lime with the remaining ingredients, using your • 2 cloves garlic, crushed hands, of course … • 1 cup freshly-squeezed lime • Now let’s dress those naked, pink little prawn juice bodies. Shake together all the ingredients for the dressing • 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar until the sugar dissolves. Pour the dressing over the salad and give • 1 tablespoon sesame oil it a gentle toss – using your hands – so that all the good stuff gets mixed in. • 1 tablespoon fish sauce • Gently ease the salad onto a platter and serve.


The black vein that runs down the back of the prawn is its intestine, and is full of waste. To remove: make a shallow cut down the centre of the prawn’s back and, using a toothpick, lift the vein and emove it.

Taste of Abu Dhabi Sets a New Record to Welcome SEVEN MICHELIN STAR CHEFS Nov 9 – 11, du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

With only a few weeks to go until the capital’s favourite food, drink and music festival, Taste of Abu Dhabi is set to be even more memorable and entertaining than ever before with seven Michelin star chefs making an appearance including Chef Richard Sandoval of Toro Toro. Families are catered for at the ‘Les Fanfans Nursery Kid’s Zone’. Activities include arts & crafts, inflatables, zip lining, bungee jumping, face painting, pizza-making and lots more.


Dubai Families’ Favourite Beaches


With turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and family-friendly activities, it’s hard to pick just one beach for kids in Dubai. Whether its yum food truck beach snacks or kite surfing, Mother, Baby & Child will tell you what beaches are worth heading out to with the kids now that the weather is getting (just a bit) better.


Fairmont, The Palm

Enjoys a prime setting with the perfect mix of activities for the whole family to enjoy. You can expect mesmerising views over the Arabian Gulf and Dubai Marina skyline. This fun-packed, easy-going, chic location at the iconic Palm Jumeirah has plenty of childfriendly facilities, including four temperature-controlled swimming pools, a private white sand beach, plentiful water sports (paddle boarding, wake boarding, jet skiing) and many sand sports (including volleyball, table tennis, sand football and giant chess).

A pool and beach bar provide refreshments, in addition to the beachside and activity-packed Fairmont Falcons Kids’ Club and outdoor splash area to keep even the most restless children occupied and give parents time to unwind by themselves at an adults-only pool, or at the hotel’s Willow Stream Spa if they’re looking to cool down indoors.

Aquaventure Beach

Is the only 700-metre private white sand beach in The Middle East situated by a waterpark. Aquaventure Waterpark has tons of activities, including Splashers, a water playground for children less than 1.2 metres and their parents, the infamous Leap of Faith where riders drop nine storeys in three seconds, Shark Attack where riders emerge through the shark-filled lagoon at a leisurely ‘shark-viewing’ pace, Poseidon’s Revenge where riders accelerate through the loop at 60kph on the 116-metre long journey and Atlantean Flyer, the longest zip line circuit in the Middle East. Now that’s what we call a beach!‎

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Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection offers a primary beach location situated on Dubai’s famous Jumeirah Beach strip providing pure relaxation without sacrificing elegance and exclusivity. The beach offers a kids’ play area as well as family entertainment including beach soccer and volleyball, assorted water sports and rides, and a scuba diving centre for beginners and professionals looking to discover the deep sea’s best kept secrets.



Rixos, The Palm

Palm is another Palm property which has a lot to offer for families including private beach cabanas, a mesmerising beach and water sports such as beach volley, table tennis, paddle boats, sailing and scuba diving. The Rixy Club is an entertainment centre for children where they spend a full day of fun and thrilling activities.

Kite Beach

is a long, pristine stretch of white sand right off Jumeirah Road, Kite Beach is an old-time family fave. With lots of activities including kite surfing, soap football, beach tennis, beach volleyball and kayaking, in addition to food trucks and cafes, this beach has the best views of Burj al Arab and is a popular destination for seasonal markets.

Jumeirah Beach

The infamous Jumeirah Beach lies along Dubai's coast, providing stretches of soft white sand perfect for relaxation and play. Jumeirah Beach Park, the public portion of the beach, is where you can barbecue, stroll around the cafĂŠs, or simply grab a mat, lay back, and take it easy while the sun sets.


Your Child’s Dream Room A child’s dream room will be based on their imagination, dreams and favourites, but creating a room with a twist requires great attention to detail from mama’s side too. There shouldn’t be any pressure on the child to choose a certain theme, and creating a room that fits their brilliant little mind is made easy with the right tools. Here, Mother, Baby & Child chats with Home Centre’s Head of Design Michel Vandamme for insights on every child’s dream room. Safety: Making childhood a memorable phase for parents and children alike, the store’s latest collection has been curated with a focus on safety; the versatile kids’ collection includes furniture and accessories catering to every age, from newborns to style-conscious teenagers.

“Offering mothers the opportunity to cherish their children’s formative years with the expanded kids’ collection, the new categories include a variety of fun and functional items such as bunk beds, soft toys, dinnerware, enchanting playrooms and more. The brand has also introduced ‘Kidit’ – a modular furniture system which adapts to children’s needs as they grow,” says Michel. Storage Savvy: Mums can choose between the stackable Blocks storage boxes and the boxes with wheels and flat lids, which can be stacked or wheeled under the bed when it’s time to tidy up. Additionally, the Kidit collection features flexible and versatile furniture that’s easy to assemble and includes a 10-year warranty. 70 | NOVEMBER 2017 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

Festive Spirit: Mamas can now style their little ones’ rooms with products from the latest collections. They can catch a glimpse of the collection in a home-like environment by visiting the ‘Dream Rooms’ at Home Centre’s flagship store at Mall of The Emirates.

Mama-approved styling tips:


Choose neutral grey, white and wood finishes on your furn iture as this allows you to easily change the wall paint, decorative accessories and bedding to suit your child at various stages.

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Carboholic? Why Cutting Carbs is So Tough Mamas, we hear you: “Pasta tastes so much better than being skinny.” Well, we don’t know if we agree with that, but regardless of how heavenly a Hawaiian pizza sounds right about now, carbs can make you gain weight. While a known fact, nobody knows exactly why carbs have had such bad PR in the past years. That’s why Dr Nas Al-Jafari, family medicine consultant at Intercare Wellness, is here to tell us more about carbs. Low carb or low fat?

Evidence suggests that low carb is more successful than low fat from a weight-loss perspective. This is mainly because ‘insulin resistance’, which leads to diabetes, happens in combination with weight gain. The main stimulators of insulin – and weight gain – are carbohydrates. On the other hand, natural fats are more filling and provide the benefit of lowering insulin. It would be wrong, however, to completely demonise carbohydrates; the big issue here is the abundance of refined and processed carbohydrates which have crept into our food environment. Eating unrefined carbohydrates in their natural form is an important part of a healthy nutrition plan. Similarly, everybody’s nutritional needs are different, therefore no one size fits all, otherwise everybody would be doing it and succeeding.

Can I lose weight if I go on a low-carb diet?

The simple answer is: yes, you can, but it’s not guaranteed; weight loss is far more complex than cutting calories and carbohydrates.

Weight is not simply a calorie scale, and there are many other variables in play. Weight gain (and loss) happens under hormonal control and addressing your nutritional intake is one of many factors to take into consideration, the others being sleep, stress and exercise.

I've lost weight on a low-carb diet, but I'm getting sick of it. How can I keep the pounds off without eating low carb?

The trap people often fall into is not replacing the carbohydrates with natural fats, which are nutritious, tasty and more importantly, filling. Another aspect of your nutrition which can help is the timing of when you eat. The body is primed to feed during daylight hours and fast during darkness, which is more in tune with our diurnal rhythm (day-night clock). Eating during a smaller eating window, otherwise known as intermittent fasting, can be just as beneficial as changing the foods you eat.


I'm on a low-carb diet and I'm not losing weight. Why?

There’s a general misunderstanding when it comes to weight loss: it’s not as simple as adjusting calories in, calories out. Think of your body weight as more of a thermostat (it has a set point!), which is under hormonal control. The most common example of this being the dreaded plateau encountered by most people when trying to lose weight: the body goes into starvation mode, reducing your metabolic rate and increasing your hunger hormones to compensate for the weight loss.

Similarly, other factors in your lifestyle – like stress, sleep and exercise - can have a knock-on effect on your hormonal balance. Body weight is a hormonal problem, therefore addressing your whole lifestyle to improve hormonal balance is key.

What would be better for me to focus on: cutting carbs or sugar?

Sugar has no nutritional value, therefore cutting it is the obvious answer.

It’s also worth minimising ‘refined’ carbohydrates in any form, meaning carbohydrates which aren’t in their natural state: this includes cereals, grains and fast food. It’s the refining process which makes carbohydrates inherently less desirable when creating a weight loss nutrition plan.

Why is it so difficult to cut carbs?

One reason is because the bulk of modern nutrition has become focused around carbohydrates. Therefore, they’re the most readily-available foods: convenient and cheap. Controlling your food environment, being prepared and buying fresh are key to successful weight loss. Sugar and other refined carbohydrates are also physically and emotionally addictive, they trigger reward pathways in the brain like addictive drugs. Thus, the body craves them. Switching to foods with a higher natural fat content will keep you full for longer and prevent those dreaded carb cravings.

The tricks to eating less carbs:

• Eliminate sugary drinks. • Don’t eat too much bread. • Stop drinking fruit juice and flavour your water instead. • Choose low-carb snacks like lean turkey and almonds. • Eggs are a great low-carb breakfast option.

• Replace potato and bread with veggies at restaurants. • Choose almond or coconut milk over cow milk. • Read food labels for carb levels. • Eat more protein.

Small steps, big goals; take it step by step and you’ll find yourself eating less carbs overall mamas – now that’s a plan!

AN LA-INSPIRED TRIP TO THE SALON Dubai salons are famous for being set in the most beautiful Jumeirah villas, and Beverly Hills Beauty is no exception. With its flagship branch in Al Wasl Road, and a second branch in Rixos Palm Jumeirah, its experienced stylists offers services ranging from haircuts, colouring, treatments and hair extensions to nail care, hair removal treatments, pampering facials and massages. The salon also offers home services on request. When you visit Beverly Hills Beauty, you’re instantly transported to the unique vibe and feeling of Beverly Hills, soothed by the gentle breeze rustling through the fronds of the city’s signature palm trees. The interiors, which include the iconic banana leaf print wallpaper paired with gleaming golden chandeliers along with a luxury selection of products and beauty treatments, burst with pop culture and glamour.

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10 Single Mum Secrets

It’s an unfortunate truth, but sometimes life doesn’t quite go as we were expecting it to. No mother would ever want to see her family go through a divorce, but she often has to.

Mother, Baby & Child’s newest contributor Erika Pace is a very busy interior design consultant with two boys – and a single mum. So, we asked her, what are the secrets to a successful single-mum life?









To prioritise the next steps in this new phase of your life and come into your new role as a single mum, you must dig deep to find the energy to mentally and physically prepare for challenges ahead, until you discover what works for you and your family as you settle into your new reality.

Here are her top 10 tips:

Be prepared for emergencies. What if you and your 6 kid get sick? Now that you’re in a situation where you can’t get out of bed: what can you do?

must be extremely organised. We do have a 1 You double ‘to do’ list. Take breaks for yourself. It’s not a crime to get a Budget and be prepared 7 massage or have a hobby. 2 to stick to it. Spend enough time with the kids. There’s no need Multitask; you’ll always have the phone in one 8 to attend all school events, but at least the ones 3 hand and another item in the other. that are important to them. Drive the kids to school so Foster strength, not powerlessness: your children’s you get to have a chat every morning. 4 ability to handle this new life largely stems from Be a mum-child team. Share even small house your support. 9 cores, it’s good for the kids to learn and get to Seek and accept support. It’s ok to trust a friend, spend more time with you too. 5 nanny or neighbour with your child. Be yourself and don’t take pity from anyone; 10 learn to say no and ignore the ‘teachers’ who aren’t in your shoes. 74 | NOVEMBER 2017 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD



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When you live in Dubai, valet parking, yachts, supercars, 24/7 delivery services and the world’s largest, well, everything become staples of everyday life. Our kids learn to ski on the world’s biggest indoor slope, play in the world’s biggest malls, brunch on unlimited steak and lobster and swim in pools surrounded by palm trees and super yachts – seemingly oblivious to the trials and tribulations of the big, wide world out there. In sharp contrast, growing up in Britain, we learnt how to swim in grotty local community centres where the only things floating were the odd plaster or verruca sock; our staple diet was fish fingers, beans and chips and we were constantly aware of the problems the world brings your way, from poverty and homelessness on the streets to theft and criminal activity.

Life can feel a bit surreal when you first move to Dubai, and the level of opulence afforded slightly daunting, but we very quickly become accustomed to a life where you pop out for a bite to eat and someone parks the car for you. Growing up, our kids won’t know any different and, to them, the levels of luxury and safety the UAE provides will become the norm. So, how will this affect them if we move back to our home countries? Are we en route to raising a bunch of entitled brats? How do we keep our children grounded while growing up in a bubble? Well, the task is not as difficult as it may seem. There’s plenty to do to keep your child’s feet firmly planted, but to do so we need to occasionally take them out of their comfort zone – all while staying in this beautiful country.

Get back to nature

We may not have forests of green or tropical jungles, but we do have some of the most beautiful deserts in the world and they’re the perfect places to get back to nature.

Take your kids camping, search for camels and oryxes, light a fire, roast some marshmallows and take in the wonder of the stars at night. It’s a great way to get down and dirty, connect with your children and show them what nature has to offer.

Immerse yourselves in different cultures

We have some of the most beautiful neighbouring countries surrounding Dubai – India, Sri Lanka, Georgia and Jordan, to name a few. Let your children experience how other cultures live.


Tis’ the Season

Mama’s Morning by Mother, Baby & Child

Join us at our Tis’ the Season Mamas’ Morning at Burj Al Arab this December! The festive season is upon us and with it more family gatherings, beautiful presents and forever-cherished moments, but we know it can get just a little bit hectic. That’s why we’ve decided to hold a very special morning, just for you, so you can get pampered, relax, enjoy, meet other mums and walk away with gorgeous goodies. Some much-needed fun before Christmas? Yes, please! You’ll get to enjoy a gourmet breakfast, endless pampering and advice from industry experts on how to have the best festive season.

Our experts will cover the following topics throughout the morning: Health and Fitness: keeping your children active and advice to help you feel great all-year-round

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GOOD LIVING Being British Indian, I travelled to the motherland many times – getting exposed to an environment where you can be subject to extreme poverty and beauty at the same time, meet people who have nothing, yet invite you to eat dinner with them, or see children who have nothing happily enjoying life; these are powerful notions for a child growing up in this region to experience.

Give back

We may not be exposed to homelessness very often, but there’s still poverty in this region. Get your kids involved in projects that give back to those who are in need. There are many initiatives every year geared towards providing hot meals for the less fortunate and, with His Highness declaring 2017 as the ‘Year of Giving’, I’m sure there will be much more to come.

Dine in the Old Town

It doesn’t always have to be about silver service fine dining or brunches. Some of the best food you’ll experience in Dubai will be on in the streets of Karama or Bur Dubai.

Immerse your children in the variety of dining experiences our region has to offer. Eating delicious Pakistani street food at ‘Ravi’s’ can be just as enjoyable for your children as an ‘Al Qasr’ brunch – and definitely much easier on your bank balance!

Do your chores

With Dubai being such a transient city, so many families in the region don’t have the support network of parents, aunties and uncles to rely on to help raise their children: many hire a nanny to help. This can lead to the inevitable: when the time comes to drop your kids off at university, they don’t even know how to make a cup of tea, let alone use a washing machine. Make them do their chores from an early age –clean, cook, garden – and make it fun: play music, dance around and get stuck in yourself.

Don’t forget your roots

Growing up in such a multicultural hub is fantastic for a child, but some may lose their sense of identity. My child was born and raised in Dubai, yet she has a British passport and her mother is Indian. Having only visited England or India on holiday, it can be hard to identify with her roots.

Make sure your children not only experience local customs, but others from their homeland too. Celebrate national holidays, educate your children on their home countries and beyond, and embrace traditions from the motherland. Plus, the more customs and traditions you embrace, the more excuses you have to throw a party! Mums and dads, it’s always a win-win when you live here!


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QUICK TIPS FOR BABY SKINCARE Baby skin is very different from that of adults; it’s much more sensitive and delicate – which means it always needs extra-special care. Here are Mother, Baby & Child’s quick tips, which you’ll want to follow to care for their soft skin and avoid nappy rashes and other nasty skin conditions:


• Not only does a baby massage stimulate your baby’s muscles, but it also helps blood circulate, which prevents dry, itchy skin and conditions which result from it. Over time, baby massages can help with hyperpigmentation and keeping your baby’s skin blemish-free. Just make sure you learn the basics of a beneficial, correct baby massage.

• Moisturisation is an important factor when it comes to baby skin, but so is using the right

products. Make sure you use chemical-free lotions, designed specifically to help protect their skin. Just like with adults, try to apply the lotion right after bath time to ensure optimum absorption.

• Dubai is quite the sunny place to be! However, direct sunlight can be very harsh on your

baby’s skin – causing severe damage. Whenever you’re out in the sun, make sure you use an SPF to protect skin texture and prevent pigmentation.

• Detergents make baby clothes smell comforting, but don’t forget that clothes are constantly

in contact with their skin. Make sure you use mild/organic detergents to avoid skin irritation.

• Be wary of harmful wipes, too. Baby wipes may be a mum’s best friend, but not all types out

there are gentle on babies’ skin. Beware of chemicals and harmful substances when choosing your baby’s wipes.

• Try to always be in contact with your baby’s skin. A mum’s touch has an important effect,

nurturing and magically soothing a baby’s skin; so, skin contact is important whether it’s at bedtime, bath time or any other time.

• During the early months, avoid using scented baby products as a fragrance means there are chemicals, which will irritate baby’s delicate skin.

• Babies need to wear loose clothing which doesn’t aggressively rub against their skin. Always buy quality clothes in soft, baby fabrics.


Dr Sanjay Parashar

International Plastic Surgeon, Cocoona Centre for Aesthetic Transformation, Dubai and India

If I have fat removed through liposuction, will it reappear elsewhere? First, let’s understand what fat is. From birth until adolescence, a human body produces millions of fat cells. After adolescence, these fat cells don’t multiply, but can store fat and increase in size. How fat is stored varies from one person to another. Fat deposits in some parts of the body more than others, it primarily depends on genetics. We classify patterns of fat deposits as Android or Gynaecology. Now, there are two kinds of fat cells – the Labile and Stubborn. Labile fat cells can be easily metabolised, whereas Stubborn fat can’t. When a person loses weight, fat cells shrink, but will remain in their location. Labile fat, typically located inside the tummy around the organs or

in the form of cheek, neck and arm fat, etc. is the first to metabolise and shrink. Stubborn fat, which is normally located under the skin in the tummy, thighs and hips, is very difficult to lose. Liposuction is ideally performed for Stubborn Fat and the purpose is to improve the proportion of the area that grows bigger than the rest of the body parts. This is best suited for individuals who are exercising and trying to stay fit with healthy nutrition, but are not able to reduce stubborn fat. Once fat cells are removed by liposuction, new cells don’t form again, but other fat cells can continue to increase in size if a person continues to consume calories.



• Always wash baby’s clothes before they wear them. You need

to make sure that clothes are fresh and clean, but only using baby laundry detergents which are specially designed for this purpose, being fragrance and dye-free. Wash baby’s clothes separately from all other items, including family laundry.

• Always use fragrance-free diapers and make sure they fit loosely to avoid chafing.

• To avoid diaper rash, change baby’s diaper frequently and whenever wet or soiled. After you’re done, pat baby dry and avoid rubbing as it can irritate their sensitive skin. Make sure you apply a thick layer of ointment or baby powder.

• Babies need two baths a week, and they should be in warm,

not hot water. To prevent baby from getting cold, pour water onto their shoulders as they bathe. Gently wash baby’s scalp with a baby shampoo and use cotton balls to cleanse the face.

• Once they’re six months old, babies can be exposed to

the sun. However, you need to protect them with SPF 30 sunscreen – as a minimum – applied at least 30 minutes before going out. They also need a hat to shield the sun.

• If baby’s skin becomes red after sun exposure, make sure you quickly use a soothing cream. Cool compresses can also help soothe irritation.

• Did you know your baby can suffer from

• Many experts recommend avoiding

food sensitivities? Often the cause of rashes, only a dermatologist would be able to detect these sensitivities and tell you more about dealing with them.

baby powder as baby may inhale it, causing it to get into their lungs. If you must use it, apply it on your hands and clap them together to remove any excess and dab a thin layer on their skin.

• While most skin rashes in babies are normal, if you find a rash to be particularly worrying, make sure you visit a paediatrician right away.

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Why does my child toe walk? There can be four reasons for children to toe walk:


Depends on the age, as it’s a brief part of developmental milestones before walking. While the child is cruising along the furniture, you’ll often see babies toe walk or even just stand on their toes; this helps build muscle strength in the hips and lower limbs for independent walking.


The child can be tactile sensitive, especially on the soles of the feet and will tiptoe on specific textured surfaces. The less surface area for the foot that touches the floor, the less discomfort the child experiences.


The child could be seeking some pressure feedback into the calve muscles of the leg. This will happen at random times, but more often, and will be while the child is standing and/or walking.


It could be idiopathic toe-walking, which means that the reason is unknown and it might or might not go away.


Why does my child like applied pressure i.e. tight hugs, weighted objects, etc.? This could be a sensory processing issue where the child’s proprioceptive system, which is located in the muscles and joints, isn’t processing incoming information correctly and they don’t feel their bodies the way we do.

This child has difficulty regulating resistance activities such as the opening and closing of objects. This is the same child who will most probably stomp their feet while walking, bump into furniture, press hard on a pencil, write roughly on a page, grips items hard, enjoy rough tumble play and might lose friends due to this problem. If the child enjoys the tight hugs and handling slightly-weighted objects, then allow it in moderation and under supervision with activities recommended by a therapist with experience in sensory integration/ processing.

Why is my child only able to manage soft foods? Depending on the age of the child, if they’re older than 12 – 18 months, then it would seem to be an oral defensiveness difficulty where they are very sensitive with food textures: this could lead to problematic or picky eating.

The therapist would also question other areas that are linked to tactile processing, as the mouth is an extension of the skin that covers the rest of the body. This child would need to be exposed to structured texture exploring along with deep pressure activities to help regulate the tactile experience with the aim of helping them accept varied food textures within their diet.

How can I improve my child’s pencil grip? We would need to look at how the child is physically holding the pencil, observing the wrist, arm shoulder and core postural position while writing/colouring. Underlying factors needs to be addressed; this is often decreased shoulder stability. When a child presents with an incorrect pencil grip, it’s a compensatory strategy, and while underlying issues are addressed via gross motor and fine motor physical activities, one could also trial specific pencil grips to aid in correcting the hand position while holding the pencil.

Observing how your child interacts with their world is key to spotting any deficiencies and problems early on. The earlier you address disabilities, the better you’ll be able to handle them and higher the likelihood of treating them for good.



Children are continuously exposed to diseaseproducing organisms including bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites. Although exposure doesn’t mean that your child will fall sick, a strong immune system provides them with natural defences against diseases.


IMMUNE SYSTEM Dr Sudhashree Venkataraman

Specialist Paediatrician, Aster Clinic, Al Karama (UMC) 86 | NOVEMBER 2017 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

Newborns enter this world with an unexperienced immune system. With time, they battle various infections and get their immunity primed. For example, it’s perfectly normal for a child to develop six to eight episodes of upper respiratory infections in a year.

In fact, it’s important for a child to acquire mild infections to develop lifelong immunity against some diseases. However, if a child is overly susceptible to infections, their immune system may need to be boosted. A simple, yet important way to boost a child’s immunity is to give them the necessary vaccinations. Hygiene, particularly handwashing, plays an important role in reducing stress on a child’s immune system. Hence, children should be taught the importance of handwashing at home and in school.

How can I boost my child’s immune system? 1. Breastfeeding Exclusively breastfeeding until six months of age and continuing to feed for a year or two at least is crucial to protect the baby against diseases and give them the nutrition they need. Breast milk contains various antibodies and white blood cells which protect the baby from ear infections, diarrhoea, pneumonia, meningitis, urinary tract infections, etc.

2. Healthy Dietary Habits Good nutrition is essential for an intact immune system.

• A balanced diet containing all five food groups should be offered to the child: dairy products, fruits and vegetables, cereals, protein (meat, poultry, fish, eggs or pulses) and fat (oil, ghee, butter, etc.) • Unprocessed natural food should be encouraged; junk food with additives should be discouraged

• Excess sugar (juices, fizzy drinks, chocolates) should be restricted as excess sugar levels in blood tend to reduce white blood cell activity

• Good fats rich in essential fatty acids and hydrogenated oils should be included in the diet (vegetable oils/fish oils/nuts); deep-fried food must be avoided

3. Vitamins and Minerals Essential nutrients that stimulate a strong immune system include vitamins A, C, E and D, and minerals such as iron, zinc, copper, etc. These nutrients can be obtained from a wholesome diet. In the case of picky eaters, a course of vitamin supplements can be given after discussing it with the doctor. Since the dietary sources of vitamin D are very limited, children should be encouraged to play outdoors to make sure that a minimum of 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure happens daily.

4. Regular Physical Activity Like in adults, regular activity in the form of playing a sport, cycling, swimming, jumping, running, climbing etc. has been found to increase the number of natural killer cells in children, thereby enhancing their immunity. As a mum, exercising with your children is a better option than just urging them to go outside and play.

5. Healthy Sleep Cycle Sleep deprivation makes a child susceptible to illnesses by reducing natural killer cells. A child’s body regenerates and renews itself while sleeping. A school-going child should get a minimum of seven to eight hours of sleep daily to be active and healthy.

In addition to these factors, exposure to chemicals, toxins, radiation and spending a lot of time indoors breathing stale recirculated air can suppress a child’s immunity. Taking care of the child’s environment will help boost their immunity.

The most important role of a parent is to reduce a child’s stress levels by loving them unconditionally, holding, hugging and kissing them often, giving them lots of down time, time for creative play or rest, in addition to encouraging them to laugh more and develop a positive attitude towards life. Reducing the levels of stress hormones in a child’s body helps boost their immunity.

Remember, mamas: Not all fevers are bad and, contrary to popular belief, you don’t need antibiotics for all of them. These small innocuous infections can, in fact, help build a child’s immunity for a better tomorrow.





Whether it’s the relentless pound of construction equipment, constant din of traffic or even a cacophony inside a classroom, kids today are more at risk of severe hearing loss than ever before. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that 1.2 million children in the Middle East and North Africa region could be suffering from some sort of hearing loss.


Dr Bernard Hoffmann, head of the Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Department at the Abu Dhabi-based Healthpoint hospital, sheds light on the types, causes and importance of early screening and prevention of hearing loss in children: Types of hearing loss: There are two common types of hearing loss: conductive is caused by water behind the eardrum or its perforation, or middle ear malformation. Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by inner ear or hearing nerve dysfunction or malfunction.

“There’s about an equal number of cases for both types of hearing loss presented at Healthpoint,” says Dr Bernard. “There’s also another condition called mixed hearing loss, a combination of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, with damage affecting both the outer or middle ear as well as the inner ear.”

It's all connected: Hearing loss in children, even if minor, can lead to significant development problems. The sooner the check-up and intervention, the better the outcome for the normal development of hearing and speech, as well as intellectual capacities. If diagnosed with hearing loss before speech develops, the child could enjoy better speech and language results than those who are diagnosed at a later stage. Patient case: “I once treated a two-year-old Emirati boy who was diagnosed with conductive hearing loss due to water trapped behind his eardrum. This affected the boy’s hearing, and slowed down his speech development. Screening helped identify his problem, which was then corrected via surgery, resulting in him being able to hear and develop speech normally,” explains Dr Bernard.

Common causes: While some degree of hearing loss may

be a normal part of aging for those who are 50 years old and above, hearing loss can also affect younger patients with either a congenital or hereditary condition that manifests itself later in life.

Hearing loss can also be caused by common environmental causes such as normal activities including swimming, occupational noise by exposure to noise beyond a normal level and more. “A more recent culprit is the use of music players and smartphones, which many users enjoy with the volume far too high. It’s important to ensure your children aren’t exposed to loud sounds, as the symptoms of hearing loss may not emerge until one or two decades later,” adds Dr Bernard.

Prevention and early screening: While some forms of hearing loss are completely avoidable by wearing protective gear, or simply turning down the volume where possible, early screening at the very first sign of trouble is essential.

Many cases of hearing loss can be reversed if treated quickly: 60% of hearing loss during childhood is due to causes that are preventable. From the earliest age, hearing loss can affect all aspects of our life, but a simple screening – especially if your child is in any pain or discomfort – can make all the difference.


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