Thula Baba Bucket
Buckets of Nurture and Stimulation
Various experts from Stellenbosch university and in the field have been consulted to ensure that the contents of the buckets meet all the latest theories of Attachment and Bonding, Nurturing and Nutrition and Early Developmental Stimulation.
A Passport to Baby Health
To qualify for a Thula Baba Bucket, mothers need to attend one of our 8-week courses (Antenatal or Moms & Babies). The buckets are handed out as part of the graduation ceremony at the end of the term.
The Antenatal course is aimed at expectant mothers, and offers help through a birthing support programme, pregnancy screening assessments as well as counselling provided by our Partner Organisations. Our Thula Baba Antenatal bucket is given after the Antenatal Class, and covers birth and those very early days. It contains some toiletries for mothers as might be required at or just after the birth, and also the first nappies and clothes for the baby. Extra items in this bucket are a wrap, which encourages the skin-to-skin contact of the newborn, and the first colourful toy and book. Included in this first bucket:
- a baby-wrap for skin-to-skin baby wearing
- re-usable and disposable nappies, breast pads & sanitary towels
- sensory textured teether
- first colourful toy and book
Moms & Babies
Teaching mothers about good feeding practices, health and hygiene and how to care for infants is a key objective of these classes. By aiming to address the stunting and malnutrition that affects infants in our communities, we support the targets set out by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG2 relating to Zero Hunger) in South Africa. Our Thula Baba Baby Care Bucket is given after the Moms & Babies Class, and is for the next few months for babies aged three to nine months. There is less focus on nappies and clothes in this one, which has another book and their rather special one-of-a-kind toy. This second bucket includes:
- baby oil & aqueous cream for baby massage
- baby books in the relevant home-language
- sensory one-of-a-kind toy – a string of different shapes and sizes and lots of bright colours
- tummy time stimulation boards and mat.
Currently, we offer the programs to women in the gang-ridden Southern Peninsula of Cape Town, through our partner The Zoe Project, at Retreat and Hanover Park Maternity Units and at Mowbray Maternity Hospital. These 3 Maternity units witness approximately 1000 births every month.
Yes We Can and Book Dash are fellow NGOs working in the South African context through social entrepreneurship and literacy programs. We are fortunate to be able to source highly relevant items for our buckets through these organisations.