May 22nd

MiC’s Weekly Roundup #297

By Cyprus Mum

NEWS

MiC HQ has been busy compiling our Top Picks of Summer Schools and Activities for the Summer Holidays 2017… So be expecting it in your inboxes by Wednesday!

Top Picks Summer 2017

#AskTheExpert

If you didn’t get a chance to see it last week, make sure to click here to read our latest #AskTheExpert with Waldorf Teacher Vivian Markovich, talking about how a Waldorf education can help cultivate a child’s sense of self and build a meaningful world view for themselves: http://bit.ly/2ruRiMp

#WEDNESDAYWIN!

MAΜ Clip-it & Cover – always at hand, always clean!

MAM Clip-it & Cover

The new innovative MAM Clip-it & Cover can be used with all kinds of soothers and other baby accessories. The length of the clip

May 18th

Vivian Markovich - How Waldorf Education Honours and Protects the Wonder of Childhood

By Cyprus Mum

In recent years, there has been an increasing trend in Cyprus of parents seeking alternatives to the current offerings in both the Public and Private Schooling sectors. From project-based learning to Montessori and Waldorf, we are seeing a growth of these types of schools being offered not only at Kindergarten level but also at a Primary (Elementary) one in Cyprus. We’re very pleased to have with us today Vivian Markovich, talking to us about Waldorf education and how it can benefit all children, through cultivating their sense of self, helping them build a meaningful world-view for themselves and a strong sense of their place within the World they inhabit.

Vivian Markovich

Vivian Markovich has been involved with Waldorf Education for over twenty years; first as a parent of two young boys attending the Perth Waldorf School in Western Australia; later as a Waldorf homeschooler in Bhutan and finally as a certified Waldorf Class Teacher in British Columbia, Canada. She most recently taught a mixed age-group of children (from Grade 5-7) in a yurt on a farm property on Vancouver Island. She has made two recent trips to Cyprus this year, to assist with planning of the new Waldorf Initiative which is opening in Limassol in September 2017. 

What is Waldorf Education and how does it differ from the education provided in mainstream schools?

Waldorf Education has the stated goal "to produce individuals who are able, in and of themselves, to impart meaning to their lives".

Waldorf Education aims to be an education of the "head, heart and hands". Another way this has been expressed is that it is concerned not only with academics but with the development of the child's

May 16th

Three baby activities that James loves

By georgies mummy

Hey mamas. 

I've been putting together a short list of activities that James loves. They involve stuff you have in the house and they will allow you to simply supervise your active baby while you drink a cup of tea. Or sip on a frappe.

pEACE AND Love mamas

eleni x

PS Let me know if you have any cool activities for babies under one. 

May 15th

MiC’s Weekly Roundup #296

By Cyprus Mum

NEWS

Happy Mothers’ Day for yesterday! We hope that you were able to spend your day with loved ones doing something special.

For those of you are involved in Summer Schools or are running any interesting activities over the summer and would like to be included in our popular Summer Schools and Activities Guide 2017… please submit your form by close of day this Wednesday 17th to: kat@mumsincyprus.com

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK & A NEW #WEDNESDAYWIN!

MAΜ Clip-it & Cover – always at hand, always clean!

MAM Clip-it Cover

The new innovative MAM Clip-it & Cover can be used with all kinds of soothers and other baby accessories. The length of the clip can be individually adjusted with its flexible strap to make it quick and easy to add ring-style soothers, teething rings, toys and more. The ring is simple to remove so that you can attach MAM soothers as well as other button-style soothers. It comes with a cover which protects and keeps the soother clean. The MAM Clip-it & Cover is available in a choice of colours and designs at pharmacies throughout Cyprus

Clip-it BlueClip-it Pink

Three winners will be drawn at the end of the month, on

May 15th

#WednesdayWin - Product of the Week -

By Cyprus Mum

MAΜ Clip-it & Cover – always at hand, always clean!

Clip-it & Cover

The new innovative MAM Clip-it & Cover can be used with all kinds of soothers and other baby accessories. The length of the clip can be individually adjusted with its flexible strap to make it quick and easy to add ring-style soothers, teething rings, toys and more. The ring is simple to remove so that you can attach MAM soothers as well as other button-style soothers. It comes with a cover which protects and keeps the soother clean. The MAM Clip-it & Cover is available in a choice of colours and designs at pharmacies throughout Cyprus.

If you require further information please visit the MAM website. For an Interactive Map of MAM Sales Points across Cyprus, please click here: http://bit.ly/MAMCyprus

Clip-it Blue Clip-it pink

We've got three MAM Clip-it & Covers to give away to MiC members! To enter the draw, simply

May 10th

Soothers – how to use them correctly!

By Cyprus Mum

MAM Baby

The following information is kindly provided by MAM Baby.

MAM Baby Soother

Dear Parents,

This month’s topic is soothers and how to use them and in this article we hope to cover some of the questions you may have. 

Babies need a sense of security and they love to suck. Nothing calms them more, nothing is as familiar. Even unborn babies are already practising with the help of their fingers. So it is hardly surprising that soothers are such a popular baby accessory. Even when they are not hungry and not drinking, sucking is pure relaxation for babies. But how often and for how long is a child allowed to have a soother? What is the best material? Can you combine breastfeeding and soothers? And what if the baby prefers his thumb?

The history of the soother

Strange but true – the history of soothers spans approximately 3,000 years! The earliest versions were made of rags and filled with flour or honey. Occasionally even alcohol or poppy seeds were added to keep babies quiet. The birth of the modern soother came in 1845 when the first rubber soother was patented. Rapid developments in the soother immediately followed, but the start of the 20th century brought major discussions about the advantages and disadvantages. The debate has since become much less heated. Today soothers are made from high-quality materials and are an essential baby accessory. They are widely accepted as fulfilling the early need to suck. In modern industrialised nations 80% of all babies enjoy the calming effect of soothers.

The natural sucking instinct

Babies are born with a strong sucking instinct. From about the 14th week of pregnancy the unborn baby can be observed sucking his fingers via ultrasound. This is how the baby relaxes and prepares himself for feeding after birth. In the 1st year the need to suck is enormous; even though its hunger is satisfied, baby actively continues to suck on average every 13 minutes. This is referred to as non-nutritive sucking which is one of the most important comforting mechanisms a baby has at his disposal and helps him deal with stress, discomfort and tension. Everything within reach is

May 9th

Reading aloud and starting them early

By georgies mummy

Hey mamas.

Do you read aloud to your child everyday? I do. Especially to Georgie. I've always thought starting this cute little habit can only work with kids who actually understand what is being said. How wrong was I??

It's all on the blog.

Peace and love

eleni x

May 8th

MiC’s Weekly Roundup #295!

By Cyprus Mum

NEWS

After the success of last year, we’re going to be publishing another Summer School and Activities Guide later this month! If you’d like your Summer School or Activity to be included in it, make sure to contact us by the end of the week on: kat@mumsincyprus.com to receive your submission form!

#WednesdayWin

And the winners of last week’s #WednesdayWin were: Maria R., Nasia N., and Ella K.! For those of you who didn’t win but would still like to get your hands on a MAM Easy Start™ Anti-Colic bottle in a choice of three sizes and four colours, you can find an interactive map of sales points across Cyprus here.

MAM EASY START ANTI COLIC

BLOGS

Isla Wright has got another blog for us this week! “5 Essential Money Hacks for First Time Parents”. 

WAHM MARKETPLACE

New addition to our WaHM Marketplace under Arts/Crafts and Babies/Children: Giraffe in a Bath, for die-cut felt and paper

May 5th

5 Essential Money Hacks for First Time Parents

By IslaWright

Entering the world of parenthood is both exhilarating and frightening at the same time. On one hand, you might be ready to meet all the challenges head on, but still, you are probably not quite sure what these challenges consist of. One of the issues that first-time parents have to deal with sooner or later is the issue of finances. Now that there is a whole new person in the household, the rules of the games have completely changed. With this in mind, here are few tricks that you might find particularly helpful.

Saving for College

Getting your kid into a good college may be a thing in the distant future, but trying to finance it as it comes is not something that a lot of people can afford. Because of this, some of the most fiscally responsible parents set up a college saving plan as soon as their first child is born. Needless to say, such a thing gives you a lot of maneuvering space and allows you to pay for

May 1st

MiC’s Weekly Roundup #294

By Cyprus Mum

NEWS

Happy International Workers’ Day, Labour Day or May Day, depending on where you’re from! Click on these links here and here to read more about the origins of International Workers’ Day and the establishment of the 8-hour working day. To read more about the ancient rites of Spring celebrated around the World, click here.

#WednesdayWin -  Get your entries in before Monday!

MAΜ Easy Start Anti-Colic Bottle – relaxed nights for babies and parents!

MAM Easy Start Anti Colic

The MAM Easy Start™ Anti-Colic is the best choice from the start to feed expressed breast-milk or, if necessary, formula milk.  It is specifically designed to support breastfeeding when unforeseen events happen such as Mum getting ill.  Thanks to its SkinSoft™ teat that feels like skin, 94% of babies will accept the MAM Easy Start™ Anti-Colic. The unique vented base prevents air swallowing and thereby helps to reduce colic in 80% of babies because they