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Month: April 2017
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If you’ve had your first baby or your first born is on the way, you probably know your whole life is about to get turned upside down. There are so many things you need to learn about before the baby comes, so you can help get them off to the best start in life. One of the most important things you need to be aware of, is the dos and Don’ts of feeding your baby. Read on for some hints and tips that you can use:
Do: Feed Your Baby When Your Baby Gets Hungry
Feeding your baby when they get hungry is important. They aren’t like us; they aren’t happy to wait until we find somewhere ‘appropriate’ to be fed. The fact is, your baby should be fed wherever you are, whether that’s picking up some groceries or going on a stroll. There are ways you can ‘protect your modesty’, but think about how you’d feel if you had to eat with a blanket on your head? More and more places are becoming baby-feeding friendly now, so it shouldn’t be a problem if you nip into a nearby coffee shop or somewhere similar to feed your baby. Anybody who has an ounce of emotional intelligence will understand that it needs to be done, and won’t try to sexualize what you’re doing in any way.
Don’t: Stress Out
The time you spend feeding your baby should be a lovely time for you both to bond. Relax! This could very well be the calmest part of your day with your newborn. Get comfortable, and make sure anything you need is within arms reach.
Do: Introduce New Foods Quickly
Babies usually start eating solid/pureed food at around 6 months. However, they can be a little earlier or a little later depending on your baby. It’s important to look for signs that they might be ready. Do they have good neck strength? Can they hold a spoon? If so, you’re ready to go! Ignore the rule that says you should spread out the new foods your baby tried. Some say they like to wait 5 days before introducing new food, but there’s no evidence to say that this is beneficial. In fact, introducing new foods quickly tends to create more adventurous, happy eaters in the long-run!
Don’t: Give Up Too Soon
Introducing your baby to new food can be fun. However, it can take 6-10 tries for a baby to like a new food, especially if it’s sour or bitter. Guess what? Many parents give up well before 6 tries, and just assume that this is something their baby does not like. Obviously you shouldn’t feed it to them every single meal until they like it. Just don’t leave it too long between trying them on it. Maybe give it a few days and try again, then again after another few days. Organic baby food is something you should definitely make an effort with when feeding your baby. Remember; 10 is the magic number!
Owning a pet is a wonderful thing. They can bring joy to your home, and make a faithful companion for life. But too many people get a pet without proper forethought, and end up realising that they cannot care for it. This is unfair on the animal and so you should think long and hard about whether you can fulfil their needs before you decide to buy a pet. If you are unsure, here are a few things to consider before getting a pet.
Can You Commit?
This is the main one. If you buy a low maintenance animal like a cat, you won’t need to dedicate as much time to them. If you buy a dog, you will need to walk it everyday without fail. If you don’t, you could harm their health. You might think that you can commit now, but dogs can live for up to fifteen years. Are you prepared to be there to look after them for that long? Any uncertainty should be a warning sign and you should think about maybe waiting a few years until you are in a position to say for definite whether you can commit to looking after that animal.
Can You Afford it?
A lot of people think that the costs involved with having a pet amount to buying it in the first place (unless you are adopting) and then paying for food. Unfortunately this is not the case. You need to be prepared to pay for vet bills if necessary, and this can be very expensive. If your pet brings pests into your home, then you will need to pay companies like Terminix to get the infestation under control. You also need to think about what you are going to do with your pet if you go away on holiday. There might be a friend or family member that can look after them for you, but if not, your only choice will be to pay for kennels.
Another consideration is the damage that they may do to your home. If you get your pet at a young age, they will need to be house trained, and this might mean that your brand new sofa gets ripped up a few times.
Making Your Home Pet-Friendly
If you have decided that getting a pet is the right choice for you, you need to make sure they have somewhere safe to live. There are lots of household items that are extremely toxic to dogs and cats. Make sure you know what these are, and remove them. Also make sure that there are no sharp corners that they can run into while they are young. The garden also needs checking, to make sure that there are no toxic plants, and that there isn’t any holes in the fence for them to escape through.
Before committing to anything, seek the advice of vets. They can tell you whether the pet will be happy in your home, and what the costs of keeping the animal are likely to be. Some animals will need regular check-ups with a vet, which can end up costing a lot of money. If you aren’t prepared to do this, it is better to know sooner rather than later.
Once you have considered all of these things, you can go and meet your new best friend.
Mornings aren’t the easiest time of the day. Especially if you are a mom and you need to try and get ready for work while also getting the kids sorted for school! It’s fair to say that this time of the day is always a little hectic and chaotic!
And this is always made much worse if you find it difficult to drag yourself out of bed in the mornings. Begin tired is one thing, but feeling completely exhausted and drained is another. Thankfully, you shouldn’t have to deal with these low energy levels every day. In fact, here are some amazing ways you can perk yourself up each morning.
It’s easy to get into a routine in the mornings, but this habit can become very repetitive and monotonous. You will no doubt end up bored with it and won’t want to face it every morning. So why not switch things up a bit and treat yourself some days? Rather than having your usual instant coffee, you could indulge in a fancy coffee like from a gourmet coffee maker. Click here to see a full list. And rather than having a dull bowl of bran flakes for breakfast, you could treat your whole family to a round of pancakes and bacon! If that doesn’t entice you out of bed in the morning, nothing will!
Prep The Night Before
If the thought of trying to run around after your kids to get them ready for school is making you want to hide under your duvet, you might want to start preparing the night before. For instance, make sure that your children have everything in their school bags that they will need. This will save you a lot of time trying to pack their bags in the morning. It will also save time to prepare their packed lunches the night before as well. You can leave them in the fridge overnight so that they stay fresh.
Eat For Energy
Did you know that there are changes that you can make to your diet which should help to boost your daily energy levels? For example, eating lots of whole grains such as quinoa and brown rice will give your body plenty of fuel to burn. Quinoa is actually a great diet addition for extra energy as it is very high in protein, which will keep your mind and body going for even longer. Green tea is a great way to get a natural energy high and, as it doesn’t contain any caffeine, you can drink it all day long without worrying about it keeping you awake at night!
Change Your Alarm
Tonight before you get into bed, set your alarm clock to play your favorite songs. This will be an upbeat start to the day tomorrow, and will get you ready and raring to go for the day ahead! Once you hear your favorite tune, you won’t want to hit that snooze button either!
Don’t be a sleepyhead in the mornings anymore – try out all these tips for size!