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Johnson’s Baby Sense Seminars (+ Win Hampers)

June 4, 2015 | 19 Comments

This giveaway is now closed and the winners were Adele Klusener and Lauren Henderson. Congrats!

I loved being pregnant. I was one of those weird women who never got morning sickness, glowed with good health and felt as strong as an ox during both pregnancies. Yip, pregnancy I was very “good” at. Newborn babies? Not so much.

I was one of the first of my friends to have babies. I didn’t have an older sister. And my Mom was sick at the time. So when squawking opinionated little Rachel arrived into this world, I was completely clueless. New parents are always clueless aren’t they? But I felt like the most unprepared person in the world, even though I’d been to antenatal classes. In fact, Gareth still reminds me of that first night home, where I came to him with my screaming infant in my arms and asked bleary-eyed if we could take her back to the hospital. I just wanted to spend a few more nights there, in the safe zone with the nurses who knew it all. I felt very alone.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a bit now, you’ll know I’m a bit of a reader. I will read anything. Even the back of the toilet spray bottle. So because I didn’t have anyone to ask about the baby stuff, I read ALL the baby books. And I mean ALL of them (I have about 9 or 10). And the one that I kept returning to, again and again, was Baby Sense. It just made a whole lot of sense to me.

Baby Sense, together with Johnson’s, have been running parenting seminars for the last 12 years and they’ve been growing in popularity. If you’re pregnant, or have a baby under 1 year old, you should make this the one seminar, event or talk you attend.  Here are the dates and locations of the seminars to be held around the country in 2015.


1 August 2015 – Port Elizabeth – Radisson Blu Hotel

15 August 2015 – Durban – Three Cities Riverside Hotel

22 August 2015 – Cape Town – The Vineyard Hotel

5 September 2015 – Johannesburg – The Protea Balalaika Hotel


The parenting experts this year include Sr Ann Richardson (co-author of Baby Sense and Sleep Sense), Tina Otte (midwife and special editor of Your Pregnancy) and Lizanne du Plessis (OT and author of Raising Happy Children), amongst others. Trust me, these ladies know what they’re talking about. The morning session will equip parents-to-be with all they need to know and the afternoon session is aimed at parents with babies up to 12 months.

The cost for a seminar ticket is R240 and you get a great goodie bag, plus the chance to win some amazing prizes from sponsors like Johnson’s, Baby City, Huggies, MySmartKid and others.

**Buy your tickets or read more info here.**

Win 1 of 2 Babysense Hampers worth R635 each!

The team at Babysense have given me two great hampers of goodies to give away to some lucky readers. This is what’s in each one:

  • 2 x taglets (our entire family existence revolves around where Ben’s taglet is. We have to wash it twice a day and no one can rest if it is “lost”. Trust me, you need 2. Or 3).
  • 1 x burp cloth (babies burp A LOT).
  • 1 x Nurture Nest (a pillow that provides support for both mom and baby when you’re breastfeeding).

How to enter:

  1. Leave a comment below this post (only one, duplicate entries will be deleted).
  2. For an extra entry, tweet this: I want to win a Babysense hamper on Making Mountains with @belindamountain worth R635. Enter here:

If you know anyone else who’s expecting a baby or who is a newish Mom, please share! You can click on the little Facebook, Twitter or email buttons directly below this post.

This giveaway closes at noon on Thursday 11 June 2015. Please note:

  • You can only enter twice in total (1 entry via commenting, 1 entry via Twitter)
  • Only South African citizens can enter.
  • The winners’ names will be chosen randomly and announced on this blog and via Twitter.
  • The winners will be contacted via email no later than Tuesday 16 June 2015.

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  • Reply Taryn Botha June 4, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Love this post. I was the opposite though, not such a good pregnant woman but loved being the mom of a newborn. Or maybe it was just that anything was easier than 9 months of morning sickness 😉

  • Reply Christine Kenny June 5, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Loved the baby sense seminar I went to when I was expecting the twins. Gave us such a nice overview of what to expect with the children and how to handle little things like navel care and sleep training techniques. Would also recommend this to every new parent-to-be.

  • Reply Lauren June 5, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Taggies make the world go round… You can ever have too many!!!

  • Reply Adele June 5, 2015 at 8:56 am

    These seminars look amazing, definitely going to look into them, currently 7 months pregnant!!

  • Reply melissa jane June 5, 2015 at 9:12 am

    This is an awesome win and much needed at this time!
    Stunning 😉

  • Reply Ailsa Porter June 5, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Would be great win for my grandchild arriving in October. Have tweeted.

  • Reply Carolyn Augustus June 5, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Awesome giveaway!

  • Reply Megs Hartwig June 5, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Lovely giveaway…Definitely entering for my friend who is expecting her first child in October and it will be great to spoil her by giving this to her 😉 I have shared this giveaway on Twitter (@flutterbymegs). Holding thumbs.

  • Reply Elana Pellissier June 5, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Really appreciate the honesty. …18weeks pregnant now and it’s definitely harder than I thought it would be. The hamper doesn’t look bad either

  • Reply rehana seedat June 5, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    I would love to win this for my sister in law who is expecting her third baby. I have tweeted as well @rehanaseedat Crossing fingers & toes

  • Reply Lindi Dewing June 6, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Please pick me, Im having my first baby in October! I have heard such amazing things about babysense. 🙂

  • Reply Cirsten June 7, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Amazing. Love babysense I’m 19 weeks pregnant would love to go to the Durban seminaar

  • Reply Denise Helen Gordon June 7, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Would love to win this for my friend and colleague whose baby is due in October 😀

  • Reply Nicky D June 8, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Great giveaway!! Love baby sense stuff.

  • Reply Jackie Katzen June 8, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    What a fab prize. Tweeted @JaxxLisa

  • Reply Lisa June 9, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Love BabySense products!! These look lovely

  • Reply Theresa June 9, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Our son loved his taglets from fluffy white to beige, single ply… This would make a lovely gift for a friend due next month.

  • Reply Lorinda June 10, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I was also fortunate enough to have a really easy pregnancy and my second one has been the same so far! Would love the hamper for baby #2 due in Jan 2016!

  • Reply Taran Viljoen July 12, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Sleep sense is the best range, I just love your products.

    And I can’t wait for the seminar in August 🙂

  • Let me know what you think!