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The Ins And Outs Of Getting Your Home Ready For A Baby

The Ins And Outs Of Getting Your Home Ready For A Baby

All mothers and fathers to be will feel excited at the prospect of welcoming their first child into the world and bringing the baby home. Of course, the issue is that most family homes aren’t geared up for the little ones. For that reason, parents […]

A Financial Checklist For New Parents

A Financial Checklist For New Parents

There’s a huge checklist of things that you need to do before you start a family. From baby proofing the house to setting up a nursery and buying all of the clothes and bottles you’re going to need, the list is endless. But on top […]

Does Your Budget Include Future Planning?

Does Your Budget Include Future Planning?

Household budgets are a pain to plan and even harder to stick to! Life doesn’t seem to get any cheaper as the years go by. The kids need more and more clothes and toys and books. Then they have all their classes and activities that need to be paid for. Extra child care when you least expect it can also throw your budget out of whack. So when on earth are you supposed to be able to plan for your future when every cent is going on today?

Home Improvements

As your family grows, there is a good chance you will need to make a few changes to your home to accommodate everyone. This takes a big cash injection to make happen. Of course, if you’ve been saving up over the years you won’t have to pay over the odds with an interest loan.

How can you do this? Try to put just a few dollars each month away in a savings pot. This will add up over the years, and you’ll be able to cover much of the cost of your home improvement.

Education

All of us want our kids to have every possible opportunity in life. Much of this pivots on the quality of education we can afford for them. Not every child wants to go to college, but having the choice will depend largely on the money you have set aside.

Some parents start putting a dollar a week away from the day their kids are born. This isn’t a bad idea. Put that cash in a high-interest account, and you’ll be surprised by how much you have put away by the time they turn 18.

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More Kids or Pets

If you know you want a large family, then you know there will come a tipping point where your monthly budget no longer covers the extra expense. Put off your pregnancy for a year. Choose a cheaper first pet for your child, like a hamster. You can save up enough to help as your child grows older. As always, a little each month can really grow quite big quickly.

Your Pension

It’s hard to believe right now, but there will come a time when you just can’t work for a living anymore. A pension provides a labor-free income for the rest of your life once you retire.

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The trouble is, many parents are now self-employed and don’t have a pension pot! This is very important to sort out, so speak to a financial advisor about more flexible options. Try to put as much into this as possible to reap better rewards at retirement.

Your End Of Life

This, sadly, is inevitable, and it can be very expensive. Funerals alone can cost thousands, and if your mortgage isn’t paid off, your family might be in trouble. Read up on life insurance options at lifeinsurancequote.co to see which level of cover will suit your needs in the future. It might depend on your circumstances today.

So many of us are consumed with figuring out how to pay the bills today. We rarely consider the consequences of not planning for tomorrow. After all, it’s not an easy thing to think about.

If you’re struggling to put together a budget that works for you, why not see where you can make more savings? How do you find those extra few dollars for the future?

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You & Your Dog’s Health: They’re Not Too Dissimilar!

You & Your Dog’s Health: They’re Not Too Dissimilar!

A lot of us can take a pet for granted, and if you’ve grown up around animals, you may be very aware of dogs and their temperaments. For anyone that is new to owning a pet, they are more similar to us than you realize. […]

The Doctor Will See You Now: Getting Yourself Ready To Get Pregnant

The Doctor Will See You Now: Getting Yourself Ready To Get Pregnant

For many people, having a baby is something that has been planned. It is rare to find someone that gets pregnant when they aren’t planning to. So as it is a conscious decision, it means that there are plenty of things that we can do […]

Five Reasons Why Children Need To Grow Up Around Animals

Five Reasons Why Children Need To Grow Up Around Animals

If you grew up with a pet, then no doubt you will have many happy memories of the time you had together. As it happens, just over sixty percent of American homes have a pet, meaning we are a nation that loves animals. However, there are still just under forty percent of homes that have no pet at all. With all of the benefits that come from raising children around pets, then it seems quite a sad statistic. If you’re not convinced about raising your children around animals, then here are some ideas and reason to get you inspired.

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  • Children that grow up around a pet are reported to have fewer health problems, especially when it comes to respiratory problems. So if you’re putting off getting a pet cat or dog because of them shedding, then it won’t be affecting your health as you might have thought.
  • Pets can teach children responsibility. If they have a dog that needs to be walked or a fish that needs to be fed each day, then it gives them responsibility over that pet. This is an important lesson for us all to learn, so why not when they are young? Seeing the consequences of their actions, in both a positive and negative way, is also a good life lesson.
  • Teaching children empathy and to have a nurturing side to them is also an important lesson that can be a result of having pets. Like us, our pets will get sick from time to time. But being able to care for a sick pet can be a great lesson for our children. Plus, if you have to give medication to your pet, such as equine laminitis treatment for your horse or an anti-tick and flea treatment for a dog, it requires time and patience. All good things to be learning when our children are younger.
  • Studies have shown that children that grow up with a close animal companion are likely to have much higher self-esteem. You can see from some of the points above, that improved self-esteem could come from the things children learn as they have a pet; a kind of feeling of independence. It could just be that having a pet makes them more confident and like they are never alone. Either way, it is not going to be a bad thing for them.
  • If you have children that are on the autistic spectrum or are diagnosed with ADHD, then having a pet at home, or a therapy dog has been shown to help them gain more confidence. It has also been recorded to show that autistic children’s speech and communication can be improved with a pet, as well as lowering their blood pressure.

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If you’re thinking of getting a pet for your family, then as you can see, it is pretty much a no-brainer! Not only do they help in all of the ways mentioned above, but they also help to create a sense of fun at home as your children will always have a playmate that can feel just like part of the family.

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Date Night: Cooking Up A Feast For Your Loved One

Date Night: Cooking Up A Feast For Your Loved One

If you’re busy parents; it can be a challenge to find the free time to spend with one-another and catch up on how you’ve been. Finding a babysitter isn’t always possible, and money and routines might be tight, especially if your older kids are now […]

The Art of Building Stronger Relationships

The Art of Building Stronger Relationships

Photo Credit Life is all about the relationships we build. While the vast majority of them are superficial and lacking in depth, it is the ones that run deeper that make a real difference to our lives. If you are looking to form more lasting […]

Pay Attention, Men! Getting The Spark Back After A Baby

Pay Attention, Men! Getting The Spark Back After A Baby

If you go online, there are hundreds and thousands of articles about preparing for a baby, preparing for labour and how to manage your hormones during pregnancy. They talk about the moments leading up to birth and how you will feel after your baby is in your arms. The one thing they don’t talk about? Romance.

Post-partum, mothers and fathers the world over are TIRED. There is no other word for it. A tiny fireball has entered their lives and turned everything out of sync and upside down, and the only feeling that most new parents manage to identify is sheer exhaustion. Did you know that sleep deprivation was used as a torture method in the war? Well, welcome to torture! It’s only when you have a new baby in the house that you truly understand what exhaustion is. So, a new mother is generally weepy, overwhelmed, exhausted and in need of a good and hot shower to wake up and feel like a human being again instead of a milk machine. Because of this, it’s up to you fathers out there to pick up the reins of being a couple as well as parents. This is sometimes a difficult feat; the exhaustion we mentioned can skew the brain and the only thing you can think about is the next snatch of sleep.

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Injecting a little romance back into your life after a baby is something you need to do slowly. A six-week check for Mom happens first, and baby needs to get into a routine of feeding and sleeping. Contraception is always discussed at the six-week check, but what you need to do is get yourself back in the groove as a couple without pressing the issue. Sex after a baby can feel like the last thing on the mind of a new Mom, and new Dads can end up feeling rejected, even when it’s not intended. You can do as much clothes shopping, manscaping and beard trimming as you like, but if Mom isn’t ready to get back on the horse – so to speak – you need to show her romance in other ways. Take the baby so she can have a catch-up nap. Run her a bubble bath to relax in. Support her by cutting up her food while she is breastfeeding. Change the dirty diapers and put on a load of baby washing so that she feels like you’re getting involved.

All these small gestures to show her you care actually warm a mother in ways you couldn’t imagine. Sex may not be on the cards the initial days after a baby, for either of you, but there are ways to be romantic without going the distance. A new baby changes your life, and it’s up to you to make sure that Mom feels like you are equally as invested in this little game changer as she is. Make those little gestures and she will fall more in love with you than she did before.

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Here Comes The Rain: Fun, Weatherproof Activities To Keep Your Kids Happy

Here Comes The Rain: Fun, Weatherproof Activities To Keep Your Kids Happy

Summer is almost over, and if you’re trying to make the most of the dying embers, you may be wondering where on earth the last couple of months has gone. Time flies when you’re having fun, and before you know it, the nights are drawing […]


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All mothers and fathers to be will feel excited at the prospect of welcoming their first child into the world and bringing the baby home. Of course, the issue is that most family homes aren’t geared up for the little ones. For that reason, parents will have to make some changes and preparations before the big day arrives. There are some ideas and tips on this page that anyone can use to ensure they haven’t overlooked anything important. The last thing any parent wants is for their child to become injured because they forgot to tidy something hazardous away. With that in mind, pay close attention and note down some of this advice to ensure the house is 100% safe and ready for that bundle of joy.

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Invest in some essential baby accessories

There are some items that all parents have to purchase for their home before the baby arrives. In some instances, it’s possible to save money by getting the products from friends who welcomed a child into the world within the last couple of years. Those people might help individuals to limit spending, and so it’s always sensible to let others know donations are accepted. At the very least, mothers and fathers will have to invest in:

  • Changing mats
  • Cots
  • Walkers
  • Diapers
  • Milk sterilization devices
  • Baby baths

If parents ensure they have all those items at home, they shouldn’t have to rush out to the store ten minutes after getting back from the delivery unit.

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Ensure the heating keeps rooms at a suitable temperature

Experts recommend that the best room temperature for babies is somewhere between 68–72°F according to Baby Gooroo. Depending on where people live in the world, and the time of the year, lots of parents will have to set their heating to ensure the house doesn’t become too cold. Babies should feel happy at that temperature, and that should mean they don’t get uncomfortable and cry all the time. It’s vital not to set the temperature too high because there are many cases in which cot death occurs due to excess heat. Other ways to keep the baby warm, include:

  • Placing the bed near to a radiator
  • Wrapping the baby in a blanket
  • Using a cot heat pad

If anyone needs some extra advice on that topic, it’s wise to speak to a doctor at the hospital before bringing the baby home. They should have all the required knowledge.

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Use gates at both ends of the stairs and keep doors closed

Babies are inquisitive creatures, and they will learn to crawl around the house in a matter of weeks. For that reason, all parents need to guarantee their child can’t get themselves into trouble or cause an injury. Placing gates at the top and bottom of the stairs is a fantastic step in the right direction according to specialists from The Gate Adviser and other sites. Over the years, those devices have assisted in preventing thousands of accidents that would have otherwise required hospital treatment. So, all mothers and fathers must research the market and purchase the most secure and stable solutions possible. Some people might also place gates on:

  • Kitchen doors
  • Garage doors
  • Bathroom doors
  • Basement doors

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Get a lock for the cleaning cupboard

Most people store a lot of dangerous chemicals in their cleaning cupboards at home. That is the place where parents will keep their polish, bleach, and lots of other liquids that human beings won’t want to drink. The issue, of course, is that babies don’t have the best-inbuilt danger defenses. That means they are likely to pour any liquid they find straight down their throats. Parents shouldn’t need anyone else to tell them why that is something they need to avoid. Just head down to the local home store and purchase some cupboard locks and install them as soon as possible. Other products people might want to purchase include:

  • Drawer stoppers
  • Multi-purpose latches
  • Magnetic locks

Readers who choose to fit those devices in their home should never have to worry too much about the baby’s safety. Those products are also perfect for families with animals in the house. While it’s good for children to grow up with pets, it isn’t sensible to let a big dog anywhere near a small baby for the first few weeks. They might harm the kid unintentionally while they’re trying to play.

Unfortunately, most children will find a way to hurt themselves at some point, regardless of how hard the parents work to improve safety. At least if people put some of the tips from this article into action, they should manage to avoid the worst instances. The basic rule of thumb is that all mothers and fathers need to keep their eyes peeled and use some common sense when it comes to child safety. That is the best way to ensure the baby grows up in a happy and hazard-free environment.

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