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There are many aspects to looking after a baby, and you are probably well clued up on a lot of them. But something that often escapes people’s attention for one reason or another is skincare. The truth is that looking after your baby’s skin is just as important as many other aspects of being a parent. But are you really doing everything you should be doing in order to keep your baby’s skin in the best possible condition? As it happens, there is plenty to take on board here, and once you do you are bound to find that you could be doing something a little differently. Here is how to look after your baby’s skin much more efficiently than ever before.
Knowing Your Rashes
One of the first things to remember here is that babies always get rashes. Rashes are so much a part of having a baby that you should expect them. This is useful to know, because many parents worry when they first see their baby with a rash. More often than not, it is a completely benign rash and nothing to really worry about. But on occasion, the rash will be the kind that does demand medical attention, and it is vital therefore to know your rashes as well as possible.
The question here then is how to identify a potentially worrisome or dangerous rash. There are certain things to look out for here. Firstly, if you have been keeping the diaper too tight or not changing it frequently enough, then you are likely to discover a nappy rash. This should be voided as best as possible, so make sure you don’t do that if you can help it. You should also watch out for rashes that last longer than a week, or seem to spread quickly or over a large area of skin. If this happens, you should take your baby to the doctor immediately to have them checked out.
Knowing your rashes will mean that you won’t worry unnecessarily, but also that you will know when further action is genuinely required. This alone could make all the difference, and help to ensure that you keep your baby as healthy as possible about their skin.
A lot of parents completely overlook the issue of moisturizing, but the truth is that if you want to keep your baby’s skin in the best possible condition then it is a must. Keeping up on the moisturizing can really make all the difference, and might even ensure that your baby does not suffer from any more severe skin disorders early on in life. It’s also quite simple to do. Just make sure you are using the best mustela baby oil on a daily basis, ideally after bathing, and you will be doing all you need to do in order to keep your baby’s skin well moisturized.
Well moisturized skin is likely to be healthier for longer, and will ensure that your baby’s skin does not dry out after washing, so be sure to keep on top of this and you will be very glad that you did.
The Bathing Routine
It can be surprising how many parents do not really know full well how to look after their baby’s skin. It is important to get to grips with a good bathing routine with your baby if you want their skin to be looked after as well as possible, as it is cleansing above all which really makes the difference here. First of all, be sure to use the correct temperature when you bathe your baby – it should be warm enough to touch with the elbow without burning. Then make sure that you clean them as thoroughly as possible, but without excessive scrubbing or anything that could damage the skin in the long term. Also ensure you do not wash them too frequently, as doing so is one of the quickest ways to cause problems with their skin. As long as you follow this advice, you should find that you are doing everything necessary to keep their skin clean without overdoing it.
Given the way in which baby skincare is so routinely overlooked, it is important that you do whatever you can to ensure you stay on top of it as well as possible. If you follow the advice above, you will be well on the way to keeping your baby’s skin as close to perfectly healthy as possible. This will affect other aspects of their health positively too, and that will mean that you will feel much more confident as a parent too.
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When you’re a parent to young children, it can be one of the most exhausting times of your life. It can be physically tiring to wake up in the night and not get a full night’s sleep. It can also be tiring to chase after little ones all day. Not to mention the exhaustion (and exasperation) that comes as a result of trying to get your children to eat their food. Which is why as a parent, you need to make the most of any sleep that you are able to get. So if you’re feeling constantly like a zombie, then this post is for you.
Create a Comfortable Sleep Environment
When you’re trying to get to sleep, then it isn’t going to help if where you are sleeping isn’t conducive to sleeping well. If the room is messy and cluttered, it can make your mind feel a little messy and cluttered. It also helps if you have an environment that allows you to switch off. Close windows if the neighbors are being noisy and consider getting things like blackout blinds to make the room nice and dark. You’re likely to wake up earlier if the mornings are light, even if you’re still tired. So have a look at your bedroom and think about what changes you can make.
Get a New Mattress
One of the things that can help to create a comfortable sleeping environment is getting a new mattress. If you share your bed, with your child, your partner or even both, then you’ll know how annoying it can be when they move a little, and the motion wakes you up. It can also be annoying if the bed is too soft and you end up rolling inwards toward the middle. Which is why a new mattress might be the thing to help you maximize the sleep that you do get. There are a lot of brands out there, but looking out for a Leesa mattress could be a good idea. They are reported to reduce the motion when someone moves or turns in the night. So it could be just what you need to sleep better.
Stick To a Routine
Over time we give our children a routine in the day and especially at bedtime. It helps them to know what is coming next and can make things like bedtime easier. But why do we not give ourselves a proper bedtime routine? It can make such a difference to us too. So choose a bedtime for yourself and stick to it. Your body will get into a routine, and you will feel much better for it. We can’t always predict the time that we will wake up. But we can at least make sure that we go to bed at the same time each night.
Now I’m not saying avoid caffeine at all because, for many of us, that is one of the things that helps us to get through the day. We just need to be more wary of the effect that it has on us specifically. Some people can have a coffee before bed and sleep through just fine. Others can’t have a coke after lunch without being awake for hours on end. So just monitor how much caffeine you’re having and the effect that it has on you. If you’re quite sensitive to it, then it is best to be avoided in the hours leading up to bedtime. Opt for a sparkling water if sodas are your thing, or choose a fruit tea if you like a hot drink before bed.
Sleep When Baby Sleeps
It can be so hard getting your baby to nap sometimes. So when they are napping, you can feel tempted to rush around and get everything done that you need to. But nap times can be so important for momma too. Even if you’re not able to get properly to sleep, taking the time to rest and close your eyes can be just what you need after a rough night. You might not feel the need to do this every time. But to start with, it can be just what you need.
So although the sleep that you get as a parent to young children can be interrupted and broken, you can make sure that the sleep you are getting is the best quality. Being able to fall asleep as soon as your head touches the pillow has got to be the dream, right? So clear your head, take time to unwind, and stick to a routine. You’ll be getting better sleep in no time.
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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 of that, you also need to be sorting out your finances. The cost of raising a child is huge and there are all sorts of new financial considerations you need to make now you’re adding a third person to your family. When you’re expecting, don’t neglect this financial checklist.
Before you’re a parent, it isn’t so important to have life insurance. If the worst were to happen, there is nobody that depends on your income but you. Once you have a child all of that changes. They are completely dependent on you to look after them both emotionally and financially and if you leave them with nothing, they’re going to struggle. Look at sites like wholelifeinsurance.co for information on choosing the right policy for you. They’ll give you a free, no obligation quote so you can decide without having to commit to anything. Taking out a life insurance policy while you’re younger means that you’ll pay lower premiums and it’ll be cheaper in the long run.
It’s also important that you assess your health insurance to make sure that it covers all of your needs during pregnancy, and in the months following the birth.
Write A Will
Now that you’re responsible for a child, things can get tricky after you’ve gone. If you haven’t got a will in place, there might be disputes about who gets what. You never know what could happen so it’s important that you make a will straight away. If anything were to happen to you, it’ll be an incredibly difficult time for your family and having to deal with dividing up your assets is just piling unnecessary strain on them.
Bulk Buy Membership
Getting a membership for a warehouse store like Costco could save you a lot of money over the years. Buying things like diapers and food in bulk is a great way to save cash as well as reducing the amount of times that you need to go out to the grocery store which is a huge help in those early days. However, be careful that you don’t get carried away and start overbuying just because you can, otherwise, you’ll find yourself with a house full of baby stuff that you’ll never use.
At least one of you is going to have to take some time off work and you need to factor in the financial impact of that. The USA is one of only three countries in the world that doesn’t have guaranteed paid parental leave. The closest thing you can get is 12 weeks of unpaid leave, but your job is guaranteed when you get back. 3 months without pay is a long time so you need to make sure you can actually afford that and if you can’t, consider returning to work a little earlier. When deciding which of you should take the time off, look at who earns the most and have them stay at work.
Ticking off the items on this financial checklist will make things a whole lot easier once your new baby arrives.