Giveaway! Win a R300 Johnson’s Baby hamper this week

August 18, 2014

When I was pregnant and a new mom, it was hard to know what was true and what wasn’t. And it turned out that some of the craziest “advice” was actually sound, like when someone suggested to me that I should lie in the sun without a top in order to harden my nipples for breastfeeding (apparently there is truth in this).

I have listed a few common myths to help pregnant moms, and I am giving away a Johnson’s Baby hamper worth R300 if you share a myth you’ve heard along the parenting way (details of the giveaway at the end).

1 Myth

The shape and height of your belly can indicate your baby’s sex.


The popular belief that women carrying boys carry low and that women carrying girls carry high just isn’t true. The shape and height of your belly is determined by your muscle tone, uterine tone, and the position the baby is in. That’s why someone may think you’re having a boy because you’re carrying low, when actually the baby just dropped lower into the pelvis because you’re closer to delivery.

2 Myth 

Sneezing in a newborn baby means he or she has a cold.


Babies have no other way of clearing their nose than by instinctual sneezing (unlike adults who can blow their nose).

3 Myth

Baby shampoo causes cradle cap


The reality is that cradle cap is thought to result from the over excretion of oil from the sebaceous glands as a result of hormonal activity – and may occur despite the use of any shampoo. To treat it, smooth a gentle baby oil like Johnson’s Baby Oil onto the scalp and gently comb the scales out. Follow by washing the hair with Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and rinse well.

4 Myth

Occasional rumours say that baby powder is harmful to a baby’s health as it may be inhaled.


Clinical tests have confirmed that if Johnson’s Baby Powder is correctly used, it is absolutely safe for use on infants. Johnson’s Baby Powder should first be poured into the palms of the caregiver, away from baby’s face, and then applied to the baby’s body where it effectively reduces friction and absorbs moisture. Generations of mothers weren’t wrong!

5 Myth

Preservatives in products are bad


Contrary to some popular thinking, preservative-free skin care products can be unsafe and potentially hazardous to the skin. Preservatives are a necessary ingredient in certain products. They ensure the integrity, purity and quality of the product during its use. They also protect against the development of microorganisms, including bacteria, mould and fungi.


6 Myth

Baby skin does not need moisture.


A baby’s skin produces less natural moisture than adult skin and dehydrates faster, so it’s more prone to dryness. Therefore, one should instead make sure baby’s skin is always well moisturised with a cream or lotion formulated for baby’s delicate skin, like Johnson’s Baby aqueous cream or moisturising lotion.

7 Myth

If you keep your child awake during the day, he will sleep better at night.


Parents are often told this, but in fact, all you will end up with is an over-tired, cranky child who may be find it even more difficult to settle to sleep in the evening.  Alternatively he may wake even more frequently during the night. To help baby sleep better at night, try Johnson’s Baby Bedtime range which contains NaturalCalm™ essences that have been proven to help baby sleep better when used as part of a nightly bedtime routine.

8 Myth

Children don’t suffer from sleep deprivation, only parents do.


Children DO suffer from sleep deprivation, but they show this a little differently to adults.  Like an adult, a sleep-deprived child’s attention span is reduced; co-ordination is affected; they easily become frustrated and loose their temper; and also find it difficult to fall asleep. However, unlike adults who tend to slow down and become sluggish when they are sleep deprived, many children become MORE active.


9 Myth

Babies sleep best in a room that’s silent and dark.


While some children really are light sleepers, most do fine with background noise and a little light. Plus, if your little one gets used to some activity around him when he’s sleeping, he’ll be more willing to snooze in a variety of situations.

To enter to win a Johnson’s Baby hamper

Simply comment below and mention the craziest or most “normal” myth you’ve ever heard. There’s no right or wrong – we simply want to hear what they are. The competition closes on Friday 22 August at 9am, and the winner will be drawn randomly via The winner’s name will be announced on the Rattle and Mum Facebook page, and prize details will be emailed too.

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  • Angelique Steyn

    Myth – If you get Majstro alot during your pregnancy your baby is going to have lots of hair

    August 18, 2014 at 8:34 am Reply
  • Charlotte aka The Stiletto Mum

    The bigger your bum, the bigger the baby… Still wondering if it is a myth or true…

    August 18, 2014 at 8:38 am Reply
  • Beth_N

    Don’t live your arms above your head a lot , the cord will get wrapped around the babies neck

    August 18, 2014 at 8:39 am Reply
  • Tidi

    When my Phoebe was about a months old and I was preparing to bath her…..My mum came rushing in with an entourage behind her and they stopped me in such a way that I got a affright as I thought something horrible was happening outside. Then my mum at the top of her voice shouted, “You never ever ever wake a baby up for a bath EVER! If you dare, this baby will cause the whole family to have sleeping problems from today on!”.

    I am shocked months later…what? I bathed my baby anyways and no one ever lost their sleep. ahahahahahahahaha 🙂

    August 18, 2014 at 8:39 am Reply
  • Andrea

    A low baby bump mean you’re having a girl.

    August 18, 2014 at 8:41 am Reply
  • Jackie Katzen

    Crazy myth – your nose gets wider and bigger if you are having a girl

    August 18, 2014 at 8:43 am Reply
  • kerri

    heartburn means a hairy baby- i will find out in September PG 🙂

    August 18, 2014 at 8:44 am Reply
  • Linda Laing

    If you have small feet(size 4 and smaller) you have to have a cesearian section because your pelvic bones are too narrow.

    August 18, 2014 at 8:44 am Reply
  • Kim Muller

    Your bum gets bigger/fatter if you’re carrying a boy. Lol!

    August 18, 2014 at 8:55 am Reply
  • Pamela S

    Dying your hair is harmful for baby !

    August 18, 2014 at 8:58 am Reply
  • Serena Curtis

    The use of baby powder on girls causes cancer.

    August 18, 2014 at 9:14 am Reply
  • Serena Curtis

    When a baby has hiccups they will become fat.

    August 18, 2014 at 9:16 am Reply
  • Lizelle

    If you eat a lot of Oranges your baby will get Jaundice

    August 18, 2014 at 9:19 am Reply
  • dummymommy

    If small bum it’s a girl, if your bum gets bigger it’s a boy? Also love the heartburn lotsa hair story – weird

    August 18, 2014 at 9:36 am Reply
  • Megs Hartwig

    If you get a lot of heartburn during pregnancy, your baby will have a lot of hair.

    August 18, 2014 at 9:44 am Reply
  • Lerato

    Lol, if u sleep a lot during pregnancy your baby will be lazy during labour(long labour hours)

    August 18, 2014 at 9:53 am Reply
  • priyenka

    I think this is just an indian thing, but have seen it common in european countries as well, that if you bandage a coin on babies umbilical cord stump, it will result in baby having an “innie” belly button.

    August 18, 2014 at 10:00 am Reply
  • Rikisha

    If you wash babies clothes in a washing machine the babies stomach will cramp (twist) as the clothes get twisted in the machine, therefore all babies clothes must be handwashed

    August 18, 2014 at 10:04 am Reply
  • Nafisa

    If you have terrible morning sickness, then it’s probably a girl! (Whaaaat?) ;P

    August 18, 2014 at 10:23 am Reply
  • ruth t

    Heartburn means a hairy baby and the first two weeks are the ‘honeymoon’ period where all the baby does it sleep!! Ha!!

    August 18, 2014 at 10:53 am Reply
  • nirvana

    If you don’t hold/nurse Baby in the first few hours after delivery, you won’t bond adequately.

    August 18, 2014 at 11:56 am Reply
  • Megan Kelly Botha

    If your nipples go dark, you’re carrying a boy. If you have morning sickness, a girl. And if you have heartburn, you have a hairy baby.

    August 18, 2014 at 12:05 pm Reply
  • Astrid Julies

    Cold drinks will freeze your pelvic bones, making impossible to give normal birth

    August 18, 2014 at 1:26 pm Reply
  • Claire

    Eating curry will bring on labour!

    August 18, 2014 at 1:31 pm Reply
  • Hettie S

    What you eat determine the baby’s sex Lol

    August 18, 2014 at 5:55 pm Reply
  • Stacey Lear

    If you crave sweet things when pregnant you will have a girl and if you crave salty things you will have a boy…

    August 18, 2014 at 5:58 pm Reply
  • Esda D

    When a baby hiccup alot he /she is growing

    August 18, 2014 at 5:58 pm Reply
  • Tony D

    If you tickle a baby under his feet alot he will stutter when he starts talking ROFL. Poor baby!

    August 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm Reply
  • Lee-Ann Barnea Dowrie

    You have to take babies washing of the washline before 14H00 in the afternoon, god knows why 🙂

    August 18, 2014 at 6:16 pm Reply
  • Natz Govender

    Myth: If you crave litchis, you’re having a girl

    August 18, 2014 at 6:53 pm Reply
  • rehana seedat

    REHANA SEEDAT Myth 1: Babies need to poop at least once a day

    August 18, 2014 at 7:02 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    Ive heard if you have heartburn, you will have a hairy baby

    August 18, 2014 at 7:02 pm Reply
  • Charlene Scheepers

    Take your wedding ring with a strand of your hair and holdover your tummy.If it swings it is a girl and if it goes in circles it is a boy. Once it stops fora minute you will even know how many children you will have and the gender.Still not sure if this is true or a Myth.

    August 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm Reply
  • Deserise Cocklin-Viljoen

    I’ve heard that if you leave your baby unattended with a cat, the cat will suck the babies brain out through the babies nose.

    August 18, 2014 at 8:57 pm Reply
  • Euginia Fortuin

    If you cut your boy’s hair before he cant speak, it will harm his speaking when developing.

    August 19, 2014 at 6:06 am Reply
  • melissa jane cook

    You are more likely to go into labor during stormy weather or when the moon is full

    August 19, 2014 at 7:35 am Reply
  • Sarika Govender

    In our ‘Indian Culture’ it is believed that during pregnancy, if you start looking ‘not pretty’ (for lack of better words) then you’re having a daughter as your baby is taking all your good looks and if you are glowing and cheerful throughout your pregnancy and your beauty is suddenly enhanced then that definitely means you’re gonna have a bouncing baby boy. Lol.

    August 19, 2014 at 8:47 am Reply
  • Jenny

    If you get a lot of heartburn during pregnancy, your baby will have a lot of hair.

    August 19, 2014 at 9:10 am Reply
  • Rene Beukes

    After birth you should put cabbage leaves on your breasts, it helps for inflamation and helps the hard (dolly parton) boobies go soft again. Well it worked for me . I hard my first baby in March this year and my boobs were rock hard and very sore . But after putting the frozen cabbage leaves on for 2 days they were back to normal again

    August 19, 2014 at 8:27 pm Reply
  • Zasha

    People believe that if you are craving salty foods while pregnant, you can count on having a boy. If you crave sweets, fruit, and orange juice, you are having a little girl.

    August 20, 2014 at 2:16 pm Reply
  • LOIS

    The worse the morning sickness, the more likely it is you’re having a girl

    August 20, 2014 at 6:28 pm Reply
  • sherron ledwaba

    Avoid sleeping on your back or, always sleep on your left side

    August 20, 2014 at 6:28 pm Reply
  • reshma

    Myth:A lot of heart means ur bby as a lot of hair.

    August 21, 2014 at 8:28 am Reply
  • Lorraine Naidoo

    Eating a lot of leafy greens means baby will have a lot of hair!

    August 21, 2014 at 8:37 am Reply
  • Zaida Solomons

    Eating too much curry during pregnancy will cause baby to have yellow jaundice

    August 21, 2014 at 9:04 am Reply
  • Dhesh

    If you don’t take off baby’s first hair they will not have a healthy head of hair growing up!

    August 21, 2014 at 11:51 am Reply
  • Sanette Swift

    The funniest/craziest myth I heard during pregnancy was, that if the pregnant mother was to peak out of (the/a) window, then when it came time for labour, the baby would also just “peak out”, and not be birthed but would need a ceasarean!!!

    August 21, 2014 at 1:21 pm Reply
  • Roxanne Chutthergoon

    If you eat sour stuff during your pregnancy, it will be bad for your baby’s health.

    August 21, 2014 at 2:03 pm Reply
  • jandi

    Children need a lot of educational toys.

    August 21, 2014 at 5:56 pm Reply
  • Maret

    It’s a girl if you “carry in your bum”

    August 21, 2014 at 7:05 pm Reply
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