24 Mar

Choosing Baby Crib Bedding – Gender Specific Vs. Neutral

Choosing baby crib bedding may seem like a small decision, but it’s one of the most common design issues faced by expectant parents. For first-time parents especially, there’s a lot of pressure to get the baby’s room “just right.” Selecting a wall color and furnishings is half the battle, but there are plenty of “soft” details like baby quilts and curtains to consider as well. Much like the comforter or duvet in an adult bedroom, baby quilts and crib bedding dictate the color palette for other soft items in the room.

For many parents, the biggest hurdle in choosing items for the nursery is deciding whether or not to use a gender-specific theme. Particularly for parents who already know their baby’s gender, it’s often tempting to go for the quintessential “boy” or “girl” room. Baby boy bedding might feature baseballs or puppies, while baby girl bedding often displays flowers, lambs or other feminine details. Choosing baby crib bedding based on your baby’s gender is a great way to tie the room together if you’re already using a gender-based theme or palette. For rooms that are decorated in neutral shades, opting for gender-specific baby crib bedding is one way of establishing the new baby’s identity in the space.

Selecting baby quilts and other textiles based on your baby’s gender isn’t always the right answer, however. For the many expectant parents who’d rather not know whether they’re having a boy or a girl, choosing gender-themed baby crib bedding is a gamble. It might seem easy enough to “double up” and purchase sets for both sexes, but returning the unneeded set later will just add hassle to the already overstressed schedule of a new parent. Speaking of doubling up, selecting only baby boy bedding or girl bedding may not be a good choice for parents expecting multiple births.

From a frugal perspective, buying baby crib bedding that leans toward a specific gender may also increase expenses for parents who hope to eventually have more children. Having another child of the opposite sex will mean purchasing different baby quilts, sets of crib sheets and pads, and other textiles to decorate the nursery. While these may seem like insignificant costs with your first child, it’s important to remember that you’ll have more expenses after your baby arrives. Particularly if you’d like a large family, it’s wise to cut corners wherever you can. By examining your budget and predicting how much you’ll have to spend when planning for subsequent children, you might find that discarding the baby boy bedding and selecting brand new baby girl bedding later is impractical and costly for you.

Only you can decide whether gender-specific baby crib bedding is right for your nursery. By examining your unique situation in terms of design style, family planning, available budget and some other factors, you’ll be able to make an informed choice about the bedding that’s best for your home and your wallet.

24 Mar

Tips To Help With Heartburn During Pregnancy

Every woman’s experience of pregnancy is different. Some have no problems and enjoy every day with their growing belly and then others are plagued by some inconveniences. A less pleasing appearance for most is probably heartburn during pregnancy. How can you counteract this?

There are few things worse than heartburn. Constant heartburn and a burning sensation in the esophagus. Unfortunately, I was allowed to endure this suffering in pregnancy And therefore knows exactly what I’m talking about. You cannot lie in bed at night and can go straight to sleep because there’s always this hochkrabbelt liquid in your throat. There are several ways you can get rid of heartburn during pregnancy or at least diminish it a little.

* Tip 1: So, from my own experience I can say that milk is a good recipe for heartburn. At least for a while.
* Tip 2: Do not eat large meals. You may prefer to eat several small portions a day to.
* Tip 3: Avoid coffee and carbonated beverages, especially with meals. Otherwise it will not be long until the acid reflux occurs again.
* Tip 4: Do not sleep flat on your back, but put yourself under a pillow. For me personally, there were nights I spent sitting, because it was impossible because of heartburn when lying down to get just a little sleep
* Tip 5: If you feel heartburn coming on once again, you should resort to a dry slice of bread.
* Tip 6: Avoid greasy food like pizza, fries, sausage and Co.
* Tip 7: Try constant chewing on peeled almonds or hazelnuts to neutralize the acid.
* Tip 8: From personal experience I can recommend half a teaspoon medium hot mustard.
* Tip 9: From the pharmacy which recommended Gaviscon Advanced. A medicine that can safely take while pregnant.
* Tip 10: Even healing clay to neutralize the acid in the esophagus. Healing earth you get in the form of capsules in many drugstores.
* Tip 11: Heartburn during pregnancy can be Prevented by drinking potato juice.
* Tip 12: Cut a small piece of ginger root and pour boiling water over it. Sweetened the tea a little with honey to help with this troublesome heartburn.

I hope I have given you a few ways you can get rid of the heartburn or at least for a while to enjoy carefree pregnancy.Usually it helps to change a few lifestyle and dietary habits in order to alleviate the symptoms

24 Mar

Kangaroo Mother Care To Enhance The Relationship Between You And Your Baby Its About Touch.

Skin-to-skin contact is the practice of caring for newborn infants that involves putting the infant on the mothers chest skin-to-skin, between the breast in an upright position. Skin-to-skin contact is an important part of newborn care known as Kangaroo Mother Care. For skin-to-skin contact to occur, the baby is in a diaper and a hat, and placed between the mothers breasts, so that frontal body contact of mother and infant is skin-to-skin. The infant and Mom or Dad are covered, and the mother provides warmth and stimulation that simulates the prenatal environment of the womb.

Whilst the benefits of skin-to-skin contact for both premature and full-term infants have been extensively researched, there has been less research about the effects on the Mom or the Dad and the developing parent-infant relationship. A multidisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners led by Dr. Ann Bigelow, Professor of Psychology at St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, has undertaken research study to examine the impact of mother-infant skin-to-skin contact on Moms and their developing relationship with their babies. What was shown through the research was that Moms who spent more time doing Kangaroo Mother Care, that is in skin to skin contact with their newborn baby, then the greater the sensitivity and bond that was reported as being felt by the Mom toward her baby.

So as a new Mom or Dad you may want to think about:
What does skin-to-skin contact mean to you?
Have you ever heard of mothers and babies practicing skin-to-skin contact and what have you heard?
Have you, or anyone you know, practiced skin-to-skin contact ?
What are your predictions about what some of the benefits of skin-to-skin contact might be?

Kangaroo Mother Care helps in establishing and maintaining breastfeeding, nurturing of your baby while feeding, reducing feelings of depression that you as a Mom may experience, increase your babies alertness and responsiveness to you.

Once you have done Kangaroo Mother Care with your baby you may want to think about:
What was your experience and how easy was it?
What might encourage a mother or Father to try skin-to-skin contact with theirbaby?
What might limit a Moms and Dads from trying skin-to-skin contact with their baby?
What your views on the role of the father in skin-to-skin contact are?
How important is the role of health care practitioners in supporting skin-to-skin contact?
What can Moms and Dads do to gain the support of their health care practitioners for skin-to-skin contact after they give birth?
How can Moms and Dads support each other to provide skin-to-skin contact?
Do you think skin-to-skin contact has benefits for Moms, Dads and babies in your area?
Let us know your thoughts and answers to these questions by commenting on The Miracle of Kangaroo Mother Care site.

22 Mar

Baby Swimming Classes A Gentle Way To Teach Babies And Toddlers

Many parents want to enroll their babies in swimming classes to teach them survival skills. In the past, these swimming sessions used to be filled with screams, tears, threats and other aggressive methods of teaching. Today, there are many swimming classes specifically designed for the babies and toddlers to learn swimming in a friendly, holistic, child-centric and age-appropriate manner. Using these methods, swimming instructors are ensuring that children are safe and happy and also develop a lifetime love for water.

Family friendly swim lessons for the baby

These child-centered baby swimming classes are structured to be family friendly. Parents are often encouraged to get into the pool to reduce the babys anxiety. The mother or father is also encouraged to act as the co-teacher along with the babys swim instructor. Many toddlers eagerly take to the water after watching their parents and siblings along with the friendly instructors in the water.

Interactive Tools for making the most of the swim lessons

Just like modern education methods include colorful toys, interactive games and other educational objects; these baby swimming classes also include stimulating learning environment in the form of colorful objects, songs, games etc. Such tools provide an encouraging learning environment for the child.

Swim lesson DVDs

Many swim lesson DVDs are available in the market today, using which parents can encourage and prepare their toddlers or babies for their swimming classes. Seeing the happy faces of toddlers and kids on the DVDs is an encouragement to the new students. These DVDs can reduce the fear factor associated with the swim lesson.

Drown proofing your baby with help of the swim lessons

Of most importance are the safety skills that babies learn from these swimming classes. Whereas in the past aggressive methods were used to teach these necessary survival techniques to the babies, today the same techniques are being taught bearing in mind the childs emotional and physical well being. Depending on the childs age, these gentle swimming classes can teach all the necessary skills for saving the childs life in case he/she accidentally falls in the family pool. Children who have been through such infancy swimming programs can swim back to the side of the pool with ease and confidence.

Here are more reasons to teach baby swimming lessons to your baby

Younger the baby, easier it is adapt to water
Fear of water grows in older children
It is a great form of exercise for the baby. It encourages fine motor skill development
It is a great form of cardiovascular exercise and encourages babies appetite and sleep.
It is good for their self esteem and self confidence.

As can be seen, there are multiple benefits of baby swimming classes and it is important that parents enroll their babies and toddlers for these lessons.

22 Mar

Playground Safety Violations What Every Parent Should Know

Each year in California, more than 1,000 children suffer injuries at playgrounds. In some cases, the childs parents choose to file a lawsuit against the owner or operator of the facility for negligence, either as a result of improperly erecting or maintaining the equipment and surrounding area. This recently occurred in Orange County, where a 4-year-old girl fell from a play set and suffered serious injury, including fractures to her arm, explains a local lawyer. An investigation of the play set and grounds around it by a certified playground safety inspector revealed several safety violations.

The safety violations involved the height of the play set, the surface materials placed underneath it, and the signage posted around the playground. The play set was much higher than California and federal safety standards allow: it was 87 inches high instead of 60 inches. Compounding the risk of injury was the fact that the wrong type of sand was placed under the play set: instead of fine sand, which absorbs impacts well, quartz sand was used. This type of sand does not compact easily, over time adopting the consistency of concrete. Not only was the child playing on a structure that was too high, the impact of her fall was more severe because the surface underneath her was extremely hard. Lastly, there were no signs indicating the age appropriateness of the equipment.

To parents without a comprehensive knowledge of the laws regulating the measurements, materials, and other features of playgrounds, these violations would not have been immediately apparenta disturbing fact when one considers that annually playground injuries send more than 200,000 children to hospital emergency rooms.
Unfortunately, out of ignorance or unscrupulousness, the owners and operators of playgrounds do not always keep them up to code. Consequently, parents must educate themselves on the risks children face at playgrounds.

Given that falls are the leading cause of playground injury, parents should pay attention to the height of equipment and the surface materials used underneath. Wood chips work well to cushion falls and are among the most commonly used material; however, they must be laid at least 9 inches deep to effectively prevent injuries. Fine sand, pea gravel, rubber tiles, and mats are among other materials that are safe to use as surfaces under playground equipment. Parents should never allow their children to play above concrete, blacktop, packed earth, or grass.

As the accident that recently occurred in Orange County illustrates, there can be many safety hazards at playgrounds that an untrained eye would never catch, explains a local lawyer. Just as parents take precautions like using child safety seats, they should stay informed about playground safety to prevent their children from suffering injuries.

21 Mar

Childrens Fancy Dress Princess Or Superman

Childrens Fancy Dress

Fancy dress is great for adults because they have an excuse to dress up and be silly, they dont have to be the sensible and respectful adult they are on a daily basis, for one night they can dress up and be anyone they want to be. Fortunately for kids they can dress up, be silly, and play make believe all day everyday! Fancy dress for kids isnt limited to fancy dress parties or Halloween; its for everyday use, for when your friends come round to play, for going to the supermarket because mummy has run out of cheese, or simply for watching the Disney channel before bath time. Any time of day and any day of the week is perfect for dressing up when you are a child.

With so many opportunities for dress up there are many fancy dress costumes to choose from for kids, here is a look at a few of them.

Fancy Dress Princesses a common concept amongst little girls is that they love Princesses and fairytales. They love the Princess pretty dress, their beautiful hair, and the way they dance and sing, they love everything about them and want to be just like them. There are many costumes along these lines such as Belle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, or a generic Princess or Fairy costume. An idea to think about is a 2 in 1 costume, you can buy a costume that is reversible, for example a dress that is Snow White on one side, turn it inside out and its Belle – perfect for your little princess.

Fancy Dress Super Heroes now you may think your little boy is a hero anyway but he will want to dress up and prove it to the world! Usually little boys love to dress up as their favourite action man or super hero whether it is Superman flying around from one sofa to the other, or Spiderman climbing up the walls, or maybe its the Incredible Hulk (hopefully he wont rip the costume apart playing this one) but whichever your childs fantasy hero is there is a costume to choose from.

Just Like Mum or Dad are you a nurse, a policeman, a doctor, or something along those lines? Kids copy everything you do and say, they always want to be like and dress up like their mummy or daddy. There are many kiddie costumes of uniforms such as the fireman, the S.W.A.T policeman, the ER doctor, the paramedic, and many more. Maybe you have something from work you can tailor to fit your child, or maybe you need to buy the costume but they can borrow a few items that fit well to finish off the outfit, have a look around and see what you can come up with.

21 Mar

Be A Good Parent Kids Money Ideas

One of those family traditions that seems to survive no matter what is to regularly give kids money. Working out exactly in what form it should be given and earned, and how much should be given can be a challenge though.

Indeed, there are in fact a great number of ideas which can positively empower a family to give an allowance to children. Grandparents are generally seen as an easy touch regards given kids money; almost treating it as a rite and right. Whilst a wonderful gesture however, directly linking the gift with good behavior is always a good idea.

An allowance given from parents should really be handled in a different way however. Whilst irregular increases and bonuses could be given from time to time, the regular amount should be given directly for completing chores.

Nobody really likes being told what to do of course, and that is no more true than in kids. As such, talking to them about what tasks they would like to help with is a good idea. Obviously, there will be silly suggestions, but leading them to think about tasks related to things they enjoy is a good. Budding chefs for example can help prepare meals and, importantly, tidy the kitchen afterwards.

Other interests can of course be entertained. Perhaps a child has a love affair with the garden; here of course the chores speak for themselves. If a home has a family dog; walking, feeding and generally caring for its needs is another great task which most kids will enjoy.

Over time, chores can be increased of course; and more tiresome tasks introduced. From here, an introduction to weekend working is a natural progression. From teaching the value of money to helping explain the importance of financial management, giving kids money in a responsible way is far more than a simple reward.

Derrick Janson is an expert in Teaching Kids About Money. He has taught about kids money topics such as allowances, budgeting, saving money and making money for kids.

20 Mar

Sponsor a Child- Help in the Betterment of Society

There can be no better deed than helping those in needs. When you will look around or read about the people across the world, you can discover that not all are as well to do as you are. There are millions around the world who become victims to ghastly natural calamities like famine, flood, tornado and so on. Some of the undeveloped or underdeveloped countries also engage in wars which complete transform the lives of these citizens. Their homes get completely destroyed and they are rendered homeless. Additionally, they do not even get the basic facilities like food, water and shelter. The worst who suffer are the children. Many of them are simply abandoned by their parents and are forced to reside in an orphanage or on the streets.

But you can change the lives of these children for the better. You can sponsor a child and help them lead a better and dignified life. You can either choose a boy or a girl to sponsor and then decide on the amount you wish to send on a monthly basis. But before initiating this process, it is viable to search for a charitable organization that helps in improving the lives of these children for the better. With the ready availability of the internet, your task can become extremely easy and convenient. You won’t have to roam around searching for a charitable organization or seek advice from your friends or colleague. Instead with few clicks you can discover information about numerous organizations that promises to help orphaned and abandoned children.

You can then explore their website and learn about their experience, the works they do and they procedure of sponsoring a child. It is important to be extra careful as some of the organizations use the donated money for their personal benefit. So, choose an organization that is well known for its work and is highly credible. To be extra sure about your choice, you can even read the testimonials of people who have donated money to the organization.

Once you have chosen the organization, you can now contact them through call or via mail. Their representatives will explain you in detail about the procedure to sponsor a child. You just need to send a fixed amount of money which will be used for the betterment of the child and provide them with safe water, food, medical facility and even school facility.

Source:

19 Mar

Ovulation kit – Plan your pregnancy

For a lady the most memorable feeling and moment is when she comes to know that she is pregnant. In today’s changing lifestyle, women have to work, take care of house and manage other things also. In this entire busy schedule, women get tired very fast which may reduce libido. Amongst all of this, if a couple want to have a baby, then an Ovulation kit will help them to know the right time to make relation.

Ovulation testing is a very simple way to know the most fertile day of your cycle. In females, there is a monthly cycle, and in this entire one month only once a mature egg comes in the fallopian tube. When the egg reaches the fallopian tube, it is considered to be the right time to conceive. An Ovulation test kit helps to know in advance that a mature egg is going to release and will reach the fallopian tube within 1 to 1.5 day. Ovulation testing has worked for many women and today they are happily enjoying life with their own kids.

Previously it was tough for working women as to know her ovulation day, she had to visit the hospital daily around her likely date of ovulation for a sonography. An Ovulation kit is very easy to handle, carry and is convenient, more than this it can be done in privacy. Research has shown that the accuracy of an this is equivalent to the report of sonography. With the help of an Ovulation kit you can save time and money both, as it can be performed anywhere even in office and it is 40% cheaper than other methods available in the market.

Awareness of ovulation kits in India is increasing day by day as infertility rates are on the increase. By using this one can know other things related to infertility also. If Ovulation testing consistently receiving Negative results or one is ovulating but still not able to conceive, then a doctor should be consulted. Ovulation testing is the first step in planning a pregnancy.

For couples who are planning on falling pregnant, an Ovulation kit helps them a lot to plan any vacations so that they can pass memorable moments with each other. If you want to choose B one should see whether it has been approved by third party or not. FDA, CE, TGA are some of the very stringent regulatory authorities throughout the world. If an Ovulation kit is approved by these authorities then it will be your right choice. Beware of those which don’t carry any of these approvals.

Many couples feel they are not able to conceive but it may be because they do not know the right day of conceiving. Ovulation kit is the right choice for those people who want to conceive.

19 Mar

Take Care Of Mother Earth! Start Today And Make A Big Change!

Waste Management refers to the process of collection of waste matter generated mainly by human consumption and activity, transport and shipment of the collected waste matter to a waste treatment facility and processing/recycling this waste material for further use or disposing it for good. When we hear about waste disposal and rubbish removal it all sounds easy but Is it really? Are you really getting rid of your waste properly? With what’s happening all over the world it shows that Mother Earth is crying for HELP so why not start today and let’s give her the CARE she deserves by proper waste management and recycling, and ONLY ONE BINHIRE COMPANY cared enough to do this for 12 years now.

In Australia, skip bin hire has been popular as waste management. Skip hire is a waste management solution wherein you can call a company and hire a skip bin to eliminate wastes. Skip bins are usually large, industrial sized bins that you will often find on construction sites and waste removal trucks. But, there are also skip bin available for business and residential use. You can purchase your skip bin, but there are companies that hire them out if you only require their use for a limited period of time. That company will remove or dispose the waste that accumulated in your skip bin.

In Earthcare binhire www.earthcarebinhire.com.au We make sure that all your waste are properly disposed and that we have over hundreds of the best and reliable suppliers to deliver your orders and aside from that you can get in touch with our friendly managers anytime from 9am-7pm through the hotline number 1800-680-225. We make sure that any inquiries and orders you, our loving customers make are proritized. Looking for skip bins is not easy, You might get a bad supplier who’ll take advantage of your needs. but with www.earthcarebinhire.com.au every processed orders are sent directly to the cheapest and highly trusted suppliers in your area who can deliver your skip bins in no time. In our company we implement recycling and no other company does that, For we believe that in doing waste disposal and rubbish removal, taking care of Mother Earth should never be compromised. So hire your skip bins today from the Australia’s most trusted online skipbinhire company who cares, and together let’s make a BIG change today!