Ditch the schlep of shopping
You don’t mind cooking, but you can do without the hassle of trying to get your toddler to stay in the trolley while you stock up on supplies. Ucook.co.za gives you a choice of meal plans, and then drops off the ingredients at your house. It works out to R612 for three meals a week (for four people).
Tack the hack out of pureeing
You’ll puree your own baby meals – right after that unicorn goes to bed! Babytastes.co.za does it for you – and they deliver. All meals are homemade with no additives, stabilisers, preservatives or colourants. Starting from R39 for 240g veg puree (we like the sound of carrot, potato, parsnip, patty pan and courgette) to R50 for 240g meaty purees, such as lamb, pea, tomato and pasta.
Zero-effort healthy lunch boxes
Are you sending the same old boring peanut butter sandwiches to preschool? The Lunchbox can put an end to night-before sandwich-making sessions by delivering a month’s worth of nutritious kids’ lunch bags (R595 for 21 lunch bags, including juice).
If you can’t make the school run
If you’re time pressed for the school run, Johannesburg parents can order an UberFAMILY to pick up your childminder and take her to collect your kids from school. Every family vehicle comes with one car seat and two booster seats, and is driven by Uber’s highest-rated partner drivers, who are professionally trained.
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When your baby gets sick at night
There’s nothing worse than a sick kid – especially if he’s ill after the doctor’s rooms have closed. Luckily, help is at hand and it isn’t the emergency room of your local hospital.
- MTN subscribers can download the Hello Doctor app, which allows you to text a doctor or leave a message for a call-back within the hour.
- Doctors On Call will send a doctor to your house at any hour, day or night.
- Nitedoc offers after-hours services until 9pm every day from two locations in Johannesburg.
Nanny emergencies can be quickly sorted by Emergency Childcare. Simply drop off your child at one of the Emergency Childcare Services premises or hire one of its professionally-trained childminders for the day.
In her 16 years as journalist, Lisa Witepski’s work has appeared in most of South Africa’s leading publications, including the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Entrepreneur and Financial Mail. She has written for a number of women’s magazines, including Living & Loving, Essentials and many others, across topics from lifestyle to travel, wellness, business and finance. She is a former acting Johannesburg Bureau Chief for Cosmopolitan, and former Features Editor at Travel News Weekly, but, above all, a besotted mom to Leya and Jessica. Lisa blogs at whydoialwayscravecake.blogspot.com and lisa.witepski.blogspot.com, and tweets at @LisaWitepski.