When it comes to babies and young children, nothing is worse than not knowing what to do in an emergency. Accidental deaths through incidences in the home are very common in children and many are entirely preventable and so knowing what to do if the worst happens can alleviate a great deal of stress that surrounds anything happening to a child.
Knowing basic first aid and life support can not only bring you reassurance and confidence as a parent but learning what to do should there be an emergency can provide quicker relief and care for your child in addition to potentially saving their life. Check out this great infographic with basic CPR Training and life support tips all parents should be aware of.
Putting on weight during pregnancy is both natural and expected and the average mother to be can put on around 12kg during her pregnancy with about a third of this total covering the baby, amniotic fluid and placenta. The remainder of the additional weight is down to the changes in your body as it grows and changes shape to accommodate your baby including extra fat laid down to give you energy for breastfeeding, an increase in your uterus muscles, extra blood and fluid pumping around and lastly that increase you see in your breasts!
After expecting to shed some of the weight immediately after giving birth, there’s still a good deal to go before your body is back to its pre-pregnancy shape and size and having read a Slim-Shortcut article I am already planning on a post-natal fitness plan once I give birth in December to baby #2!
Firstly, I am going to expect losing baby weight to take a good deal of effort on my part and that I will need to be aware that I need to keep energy levels up to breastfeed. I plan on taking things gradually and progressively, not doing anything too drastic and continuing to eat healthily for both baby and me. Initially I anticipate easily being able to cut out certain foods such as the increased amount of sweets and chocolate I’m finding I currently eat! I will take the advice I’ve just been reading and replace the bad foods with healthy alternatives rather than cut them out altogether such as replacing chocolate with fruit or peanuts and raisins.
Once I’ve been given the all clear I shall also aim to take up exercise again. Currently I love Zumba classes on a Saturday morning but I imagine nearer the time this will become more of an effort and chore than a pleasure so I hope to ease back into exercise perhaps starting with regular long walks which will do both me and baby good!
Swimming is also a low impact activity and a good way to improve tone and maintain flexibility and let’s not forget that breastfeeding itself is said to help new mothers to lose weight!
With a certain amount of discipline and preparation I am sure that my fitness plan will coincide with my New Year’s Resolutions and with 6 months to plan for it before baby arrives I am quit hopeful that it will be the next step to a fitter and healthier lifestyle too.
The law currently dictates that a child car seat must be used for all children under 135cm. Girls usually reach this height around age 12 and boys by age 10. Generally though, safety experts believe it safest to keep any child under 150cm tall in a car seat to ensure your child is protected at each stage of their development and growth.
The reasons for this should be obvious – a child is more vulnerable and babies in particular should definitely be in appropriate baby seats designed to protect their growing bodies. Their bones and muscles are not properly formed and they can’t protect themselves as adults have a chance to do in the event of a crash. A baby seat for example has extra padding and security around the head area to protect it from even the most basic of road humps.
You may find best car seat reviews useful when choosing the most appropriate seat for your child and the main things to bear in mind when choosing are the height, weight and age of your child with different seats being the preferred option at different stages of your child’s development. Babies for example, generally travel in rear-facing infant carriers and these days many of these carriers will be compatible with prams and buggies so that they can transfer from the car and on to your pushchair with the aid of basic adaptors.
To avoid neck and brain injuries in the event of a crash, babies should travel in rear-facing seats until the age of around 15 months, or around 13kg when they can move into a forward facing infant seat. Other factors in determining which seat is best for you and your child also include the car you have, whether you plan on using the Isofix system to secure your seat and how curved your seats are. All factors may play a part in the eventual one you purchase and it is good advice to shop around, read best infant car seat reviews and do your homework.
Baby and infant car seats may be a costly investment, but getting one of the best car seats 2014 will mean that it will certainly be one that you will never regret purchasing.