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      Love Languages of Children

      Love Languages of Children

      A ‘love language’ is the way others treat you that makes you feel most loved. It is also the way you prefer to show love. Children, too, express and receive love in different ways. There are, according to psychological and behavioural studies, five different love languages. This particular concept was introduced by Dr. Gary Chapman and aims to create beautiful, healthy relationships with your children.


      At Petit Love, of course, cuddles, gifts and happy words are non-negotiable! Give the below a read, and let us know which love language your little one speaks most:


      Physical Touch 

      Hugs, kisses, pats on the back and holding hands are all physical expressions of love. Your child’s love language is affectionate and will show love in the most obvious way. Physical play is also a way of meeting your child’s emotional needs.


      Words of Affirmation

      Gentle, heartfelt words nurture a sense of security within your child. They thrive on words of affection and endearment. Praise and encouragement, and phrases that suggest care and guidance will leave your child feeling loved and assured.


      Quality Time

      Being present and giving your child your undivided attention will make them feel like the most important person in the world. The activity is rarely important but doing the activity together, uninterrupted, is.



      A hand written note, a freshly picked flower or a small gift are a tangible token of affection for your child. Yes, all children beg for things but, for those whose love language is receiving gifts, they see the gift as an extension of you and your love. They feel appreciated by the thoughtfulness of the gift.


      Acts of Service

      In the early stages of life, we do things for our children that they can’t do for themselves. As they get older, our love is expressed by rather teaching them how to do things for themselves.

      It does not mean doing everything for them but rather easing the burden of responsibilities where you can. Helping with homework or fixing a bicycle wheel puncture are such examples of this love language.



      How do I know what Love Language my child expresses?

      1. Observe how they express love to you.
      2. Observe how they express love to other people.
      3. What do they request most often?
      4. What do they complain about the most?


      Though children receive love best from one language, there’s no doubt they benefit from all expressions of unconditional love.





      To get in touch | online@petitlove.co.za

      Photography by Wilma Kotze Photography.




      Gary Chapman, PhD, is the author of the bestselling The 5 Love Languages® series, which has sold more than 10 million worldwide and has been translated into 50 languages.




      The shift to an E-commerce Boutique

      The shift to an E-commerce Boutique

      Recently, we made the decision to move from our brick-and-mortar stores to an e-commerce baby boutique with a wholesale offering. We’ve received so much excitement around this move, especially from our Johannesburg and Durban customers. In this blog, we deep-dive into ‘why’ this decision was the BEST decision we’ve ever made.


      Rent & Reason


      It’s no secret that growing, local businesses renting a physical store aren’t getting the support they need from landlords. But, are desperately eager to run sustainable, long-term, profitable stores.

      Everyone knows that economies of scale work in most businesses, and most certainly applies to the retail industry. The level of expansion required to reach these economies however, basically puts you in the realm of big box retail.

      We still have an office space and warehouse. But, we’re no longer concerned about a hike in rental from year-to-year. We’re also not worried about an unexpected reshuffle/closure of our neighbouring brands.


      The retail landscape is changing, and we took control of what we know best. Ultimately, it was about delivery to our customers. How to offer a customer base value is ultimately a location, quality and price balance. We are better set to achieve this through our e-commerce platform.


      Customer-Centric Culture


      Since inception, in 2010, we’ve made it our mission to be South Africa’s parenting partners. We position the customer at the very core of our organisation. We channel decision-making around the feedback we receive from moms, dads, grandparents, aunties and uncles. Especially in the last 2 years, the call for a ‘Petit Love Johannesburg‘ has been part of this feedback. But, Durban, Bloemfontein and Somerset West were as equally prominent.  E-commerce allows us to curate our items with purpose, package with love, and deliver in a mere 1-2 days nationwide.



      Clever Collaborations


      Adding value in the complete value chain: Lifestyle (Brand), Retail (Online) and Wholesale (Brick & Mortar).  As a very proudly South African team, we’ve always been excited to partner with other local brands. Especially those we consider to be benchmarks within the industry. In 2018, the launch of Petit Rooms saw some incredible new doors open up for us. The ball started rolling quickly with new, collaborative opportunities.

      This includes the wholesale of our Petit Love Capsule & Signature collections. Additionally, from May 2019, Petit Love favourites are available at Olney Fashions in the Cape Quarter Lifestyle Centre in Green Point. Olney Fashions have a Petit Love Concept Box, where parents can shop for essentials or collect online orders (for those customers who prefer to pick up in person). During the course of the next few months, other Petit Love pop-ups and collaborations are set to appear nationwide – so be sure to keep an eye on @petitlovestore on Facebook andInstagram.


      Practical Parenting


      The baby and children’s industry is unique, not only because collections are made for the world’s most precious human beings, but also because parents seek simplicity at every turn.


      Busy moms who are bustling to their next appointment, or dads on a mission to grab essentials, no longer have to worry about piling little ones into the car to go shopping.


      Another added benefit of e-commerce, especially in Cape Town, is that customers don’t have to stress about finding parking, which often also costs a small fortune.


      Digital Shopping


      In a world where we’re all addicted to a social media platform on some level, e-commerce makes the ‘click-click-as-soon-as-you-love-love’ concept all together easier. From Facebook to your online basket, then straight to your door, digital shopping means that shopping becomes as easy as ‘one, two, three’.

      We collaborate with various brands and influencers on social media and take great pride in creating authentic photography. Through visual and written storytelling elements, we bring the Petit Love lifestyle to life to allow parents to engage with the luxury, cuteness and practicality of our items. We try to do this in a way that’s beyond a simple ‘touch-and-feel’ in-store experience.



      Faith, Trust, Pixie Dust & E-Commerce


      Over the years we’ve created a platform of positivity for customers and suppliers alike – and our online store is no different, only better. Parents can shop for travel systems, toys, clothing, shoes, bags, accessories and nursery room furniture and décor all in one spot. We’re proud suppliers of beloved brands such as Doona, Ruby Melon, JellycatMaxiCosi, Quinny and Mamakids, in addition to our own ethically-sourced and locally-made ranges for little girls and little boys from newborn to 4 years old.




      To get in touch | online@petitlove.co.za

      Photography by Wilma Kotze Photography.

      Early Childhood Education  | Preperation

      Early Childhood Education | Preperation

      It’s the start of a new school year and, for some families, the start of early childhood education!

      This means that little ones will be joining ‘the big world’, by attending pre-school for the first time. It’s an exciting stage in a child’s life but, also a big transition for them and the rest of the family.

      In this week’s Petit Love blog, we’ve pulled together some advice, from various parenting articles, that might help both parents and little ones for this next exciting chapter!


      The Petit Love Pre-School Wardrobe


      Frankie Harems
      Akela Tee
      Spill Proof Cups
      Floppy Hat
      • Dark-coloured clothing that’s more forgivable on stains and messes; loose and comfortable and perfect for play is also a big win


      • Did you know? Sun hats are now a nursery school requirement!


      • The non-spillable sippy cup, essential for lunch boxes & mom bags



      Growing Independence


      “When you’ve been by your baby’s side from when they were born, it’s hardly a surprise that watching them disappear into a room of virtual strangers is enough to trigger feelings of anxiety and sadness amongst parents.” ~ Georgia James, Writer


      As a parent, these feelings are normal but shouldn’t take away from the positive development of your child. So, we wanted to share some tips on how best to handle this new phase with confidence.

      Children can start pre-school from as little as 3 months old. This is dependent on each family and their needs. Some parents opt to send their children from 6 months old, once their maternity leave is up, and others a bit later on. Other parents only send their children to a daycare a few times a week and others, full-time.

      Early childhood education is important for a child’s development. It’s a place for them to learn as well as develop their emotional and social skills, says Educational Psychologist Tshepiso Matentjie. Children can interact with other children through play, which helps build their stamina and energy levels.


      “We know from the research that daycare is very positive for your baby’s growing independence, learning and socialisation.” – Heather Wittenberg, Child Psychologist


      Babies are at the peak of separation and stranger anxiety between 6-12 months old. Unfortunately, this is the age that most babies are going into pre-school.

      But, there are ways you can optimistically prepare your child and ease them into this new routine.


      Mommy Backpack
      Hani Backpack

      The Petit Love Backpack is the perfect accessory for parents and lasts a lifetime. As your little one gets ready for their day of pre-school you can make sure you’re prepared with all of the essentials you’ll need. From bottles, to nappies, to easy-to-find key clips, to baby wipe pouches, this PVC backpack has it all!


      Preparation: For Children


      Talk to your child about going to pre-school. Ensure your tone is positive and comforting.

      Start by sending your child to pre-school for an hour each day to get used to it. Another option is to start them on Thursday so your child doesn’t immediately go into a five-day schedule.

      For babies, pack something in their bags that is familiar and smells like home. This could be a blanket or even a parent’s item of clothing. For older children, a laminated photograph of their family can help provide comfort.

      If your child is having difficulty settling in, arrive at pre-school an hour earlier and play with your child until they are comfortable to say goodbye.

      Create a consistent goodbye ritual that is quick and reassuring. Whether it is a high-five, a kiss on both cheeks or whatever feels natural for you. Make sure you use this routine every time so your child knows what to expect. This also limits you, as a parent, from lingering which makes goodbyes harder.

      Do not sneak away, this creates a sense of abandonment in your child. Always say goodbye and tell your child when they can expect to see you again. For example, “after storytime I will be here to fetch you”.


      “The routine of saying goodbye and reassuring them that you will return is essential when supporting a child to settle into an unfamiliar environment.”


      Most children who attend pre-school will be shy and nervous in the beginning. But babies and children are more resilient than we give them credit for. They should adjust in a short time and will start to have loads of fun, even looking forward to school!

      For parents, sending their child to their first early childhood education centre can be emotional. It can trigger feelings of stress, fear or even sadness due to the separation, change in routine or even due to their own past experiences.


      Preparation: For Parents


      Even if you’re feeling emotional, try not let your child see that you are stressed or anxious, they will pick it up and start to feel worried too.

      Babies need bottles, nappies, extra clothing and more. To put your mind at ease and eliminate any morning chaos, create a list and pack any bags the night before.

      Expect tears, both at drop-off and pick-up! It’s important not to react to your child’s anxiety by becoming impatient with them. Communicate with the teacher to see if your child remains upset throughout the day or if their tears dry up after you leave. Upon pick-up, you can also expect some tears, especially from little ones. This is their way of decompressing after a day in a new social situation.

      But, if you could remember your first experience at your first early childhood education centre, you’d have felt the same way as your child.

      Your child will be more tired. Try to keep to a healthy sleep routine while they gain stamina for a full day of play and socialising.

      If you are struggling with the separation, chat to the pre-school, perhaps if you work close you can pop in for a visit throughout the day. Try to distract yourself with a new hobby if you have more free time. Get in touch with the other parents from the pre-school as you are probably not alone in your feelings.




      Photography by: Wilma Kotzé from Kaleidoscope SA



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