The baby is on its way and you’re excitedly planning the nursery and lists of things you need to do and when! As the nesting instinct kicks in you may find yourself going to baby shows, events and scouring magazines for ideas and inspiration for everything you think you’ll need in addition to those things you probably won’t, but will get just in case.
An Exciting Minefield!
Organising what you need for your new baby is an exciting time and if you’re a first-time mum it can also be pretty confusing as you enter a minefield of supposed must-haves and essential clothing items and then there’s the things you’ve never heard of before but your best friend says she swore by it with her newborn. How does a pregnant mum decide on what she needs and how much it might all cost?
1) Asking friends and family for their top tips is always a good place to start. That will help you prioritise items into the actual essentials needed before the baby is born and the luxury items that would be nice to receive as gifts once the baby arrives.
2) Everyone knows that babies can be expensive, especially as you’re buying many items for the first time in your life. Scouring the voucher websites such as: http://www.newvoucher.co.uk/retailer-644-kiddicare for the latest deals on offers will certainly be a big help when it comes to totting up the tallies, especially for more expensive items such as car seats, breast pumps or pushchairs. There’s usually offers to be had and the bigger baby product stockists and stores such as Kiddicare can afford to offer more impressive discounts so keep an eye out for voucher codes.
3) Check online reviews of items to find out whether the experiences of other mums out there matches up to the hype of a particular product. I’ve often read baby product reviews when considering what items to buy.
It’s also a wise idea to give yourself time when purchasing your new baby items. Pregnancy can take its toll on the body and as you tire quicker during the latter stages of pregnancy you won’t want to be rushing around frantically worried about what you might not have in the nursery already. Bear in mind that your baby may also decide to make an early appearance so ensuring your newborn sleepsuits are purchased, washed and ready for you in the nursery is definitely a good idea.
Having a baby is a wonderfully unique time of your life and you should be able to enjoy every day of it. Do your preparations and research on what you and your baby will need and ensure you have everything ready in time and just let mother nature take care of the rest!
There are a number of reasons why introducing a fixed and manageable teeth-cleaning routine at a young age is so important for dental healthcare. From the moment their teeth start to appear, it’s vital that parents take responsibility early on for their child’s dental healthcare and plan a first trip to the dentist accordingly. Of course, it’s not always as straightforward as giving your two-year old a toothbrush and letting them get on with it, so here are some tips on how to effectively introduce a dental healthcare routine for your child and inspire them to look after their teeth properly in the future.
The first thing you need to do is keep an eye on when the first milk tooth appears, which is usually when your child is around 6 to 8 months old, sometimes earlier. When this happens, you need to start brushing your child’s teeth with a fluoride teeth cleaning solution. It’s important to use fluoride paste as this helps to prevent tooth decay.
As your child continues to grow, you can start to introduce the concept of brushing teeth independently. However, it’s vital that you always assist your child during the teeth cleaning procedure. You can start to use toothpaste that contains at least 1,000ppm fluoride. Children between the ages of three and six should start with a tiny blob of toothpaste containing around 1350-1500ppm fluoride. Your dentist can provide you with more information regarding the amount of fluoride needed to have a significant effect on your child’s teeth.
The usual number of times a child should brush their teeth in a day is twice; once in the morning and again before bed. Each brush should last around two minutes and incorporate the mentioned amount of toothpaste. It’s important to make sure your child doesn’t lick or eat the toothpaste from the tube, as the minty flavour can become an unwanted delicacy. Once the brush is over, encourage them to spit out any excess toothpaste and try to avoid rinsing with too much water, as this can prevent the fluoride from working effectively.
Once your child reaches seven or eight years, you can start to let them brush independently. You should only leave them to brush on their own if you are satisfied with how they are getting along, so stay with them for as long as it takes to make sure they are aware of the standard brushing method. You can introduce rewards or benefits if a child is struggling to stick to the dental healthcare routine you have introduced.
Your first visit to the dentist should occur as soon as you notice the first milk tooth appear. This gives your child the opportunity to get used to your local dentist and meet them in person. Any health problems or build-up of tooth decay can be quickly diagnosed by a dentist, so having them check over your child’s teeth and gums is essential at an early stage. Dentists are often disliked by young children, so try and make the trip as enjoyable as possible for your child so that they don’t worry as much about the trip next time around. You could always coordinate your own appointment with your child’s thus allowing them the opportunity to see how Mummy has it done before it’s their turn. Any child-friendly dental healthcare practice will be willing to ensure the appointment goes as smoothly as possible so if this way works for you, ask your Dentist if it’s possible. You can also pretend play with your child in the run up to the dentist visit and can play at looking inside their mouth to look at their teeth to get them used to knowing what will be asked or expected of them when the time comes around!
When we look at our kids, it’s hard to imagine them having any worries or stresses. All they are responsible for is trying to finish their dinner and playing nicely on the playground. But children can have very serious anxieties and worries and it is our duties as parents to show them the healthiest way to deal with these situations by giving them proper tools for them to use. When kids are worried or stressed out, it limits their ability to learn and grow, as cited in this article: http://www.schoolguide.co.uk/blog/10-proven-ways-to-help-your-child-do-well-at-school#off. They also might respond in very undesirable behavior such as a meltdown or tantrum. Below are great ways to teach your child how to handle stress and how to relax.
1 – Make a “Chill Out” Sensory Bottle
This is not only a great tool to help your child decompress but they will have a lot of fun helping you make one as well. Your little one can use this bottle as a way to chill out by just escaping with it by finding little treasures in their bottle. Here is a tutorial on how to make one of your own. http://mysmallpotatoes.com/2012/10/25/weekly-kids-co-op-ocean-chill-out-bottles-because-nothing-calms-the-soul-like-time-on-the-beach/
2 – Listen to relaxing music
There have been numerous studies that show that listening to relaxing music helps lower your heart rate and blood pressure. The next time you can sense a tantrum looming not far away or they need to decompose after a packed day, put music on and engage them by asking them how it makes them feel. You can try multiple types of music such as a lullaby or classical music. By showing them this, you are giving them a tool to help manage their stress and you might find that they will seek out their own MP3 player in times of need.
3 – Kids Yoga
Introducing yoga early on can help your child channel their energy and concentration when they are learning to do yoga poses. This will help them release that extra energy and can even help them relax better before going to bed. With simple yoga poses, kids will find them fun and have a kick out of doing the poses that look silly to them. Here are some great poses you and your kids can do together: http://www.parents.com/fun/sports/exercise/yoga-for-better-behavior/?rb=Y#page=9
4 – Exercise
Getting your kids out to play, walk or run is a great way to get kids to relax. They can channel that extra energy by doing what they love to do most – playing. Sometimes sitting around can only magnify any stresses they may have.
5 – Cuddle Time
From time to time all it takes to lower a child’s stresses is a good cuddle from a parent, stuffed animal or family pet. This simple activity has proven to lower blood pressure and decrease stress hormones. Encourage this activity whenever they are upset.
6 – Stretch
By stretching, you are helping your muscles release any built up tension. There are several easy stretches to learn and are very easy to do for kids. Teaching them to stretch, not just before a physical activity can give them another tool on how to deal with stress.