The Child Health Guide for Soon-To-Be Parents

Finding out you’re pregnant is an exciting and life-changing moment for those who’ve been wanting and planning for a child. Soon there will be a new little life joining your world! You’ll have the joy and pleasure of seeing them born, growing into a child, waving them off on their first day of school, to watching them leave home for university.

But after the joy has somewhat worn off the worries of parenthood, and all its tasks, set in. The panic of a parent never really goes away, because once you’re a parent, you’ll always be worrying about their safety. To help with some of those post-joy worries are some tips and guides to help you plan you for a new little bundle.

 

Vaccines

Although there are negative myths about vaccinating your child, they are false. While there are some very rare cases of people having allergic reactions to vaccines, it is so rare that not vaccinating your child because of this worry would do more harm than good.

Childhood vaccinations help protect your child from childhood diseases that have been infecting children for millennia. Our technology and medical advancements mean we’re able to study such diseases and create ways of preventing the harm they cause. Vaccinating your child against childhood illnesses such as Diphtheria, Tetanus, Acellular Pertussis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Meningitis, and other illnesses, means your child already has a stronger immune system going into life. And don’t worry if these names are a mouthful, vaccines are a topic discussed with you by your OBGYN at your prenatal and antenatal visits.

 

Teething

While you won’t have to worry about your baby teething until they’re around six months old, being prepared for this process will save both you and your baby some pain. For babies, teething can be painful, but providing teething toys such as medical grade silicone rings to chew on, can help relieve their discomfort. Teething rings and toys are available at your local chemist, as well as specialized parent and baby stores.

Your child’s teeth are always something you’ll worry about, especially while you are abroad. A child can chip or fracture a tooth with ease. Luckily, most countries offer great emergency dental services. A quick search along the lines of dental implants hong kong will steer you in the right direction.

 

Breastfeeding or bottle?

Now, there’s that old saying, “breast is best”, but for some, breastfeeding is too hard, or even impossible to sustain. While it’s true that anti-bodies are passed on from parent to child through breast milk, many, many children have also been raised just as healthily on formula milk from the bottle. Again, your OBGYN will provide you with all the information you need, and will discuss with you your worries and intentions on breastfeeding or formula.

Many people shame new parents for choosing formula over breast milk; those people are wrong. Regardless of choice, or why it’s chosen, it’s a parent’s prerogative to do what they feel is best for their child, and themselves. The only people whose opinion is valid in making these decisions is the parents and their baby’s doctor.

 

So, from making sure your baby is protected against common childhood illnesses by vaccinating them, to preparing yourself for the terror that is teething and deciding for yourself what is best for you and your child about feeding, I hope that this guide has helped you prepare for the arrival of your little one.

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Why It’s Important to Get Outdoor Time with your Children

These days we are almost entirely focused on the progression of the tech world. We are all excited to see the release of a new phone or smart device and can spend hours every day playing and using our own personal tech. This was not the case over a decade ago when these technologies didn’t really exist and so we had to find other ways to entertain ourselves. This was especially the case if you were a child growing up in the years before the technologically advanced 2000s. Kids back then would spend hours and hours outside, exploring their local area and hanging out with their friends. However, kids these days choose to spend their time surfing the web or connecting with friends on social media.

 

It is rare to find a child that prefers to experience the outdoors over new technologies, and though these new technological advancements may be exciting, it really is not healthy for children to spend all of their time indoors. Here is why it is important to get outdoor time with your children.

 

Health reasons

As we have advanced in terms of technology, we have also seen a rise in the number of children suffering from childhood obesity.  This is because children are not taking the time to go outside and get that much needed physical exercise. There have been steps to try and combat this through the use of technology, as many gaming companies have released games that encourage people to get on their feet. Though this has been helpful, nothing can really combat the feeling of walking through the great outdoors and stretching your legs.  Getting your child into the routine of often going out to play is also much more useful than trying to make them do strenuous exercise that they may not enjoy.

 

Bonding

Spending time with your children can also be very beneficial in terms of building your relationship. If you spend all day inside, it is easy to get on each other’s nerves and this may put your relationship on the rocks. One of the best things that you could do with your child is to go on a camping trip. Camping trips are a great opportunity to take on the great outdoors and work together. It will also mean that you are spending an extended time away from technology, which can be extremely helpful if you are trying to gain some mental clarity. If you are hesitant to take a camping trip due to a lack of outdoor knowledge, you can always go online and look at reviews of gear for the outdoors. This will give you a good idea of what gear you will need and how to use this gear.

 

Memories

When your child gets older,  you don’t want them to only have memories of their childhood based indoors. There is nothing exciting about looking back at the days you spent indoors watching tv, so getting your child out and about will be a great opportunity to form memories that they will be able to look back on and smile.

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4 Great Starter Pets you Can Get for your Children

Fish

A classic pet to get your children used to the responsibility of owning an animal, parents have been buying fish for many years now. Fish take little maintenance apart from their daily feeds and cleaning of the tank so they are definitely a safer option when it comes to buying your child their first pet. Your local pet shop is likely to sell a whole range of different fish, depending on how many you buy will depend on the size of the tank and the other equipment you will need. Something to remember is that you will require the right size aquarium filter to ensure the filtration system is able to effectively filter the aquarium, according to how many and what type of fish you choose to buy. Fish are particularly great starter pets as they teach children the responsibility of having a pet, and a fish can be a great compromise in comparison to the other pets they may want.

 

Lizard

If you think a fish may be too basic for your children, a step up in terms of responsibility would be a lizard or gecko. Leopard geckos in particular would make a great starter pet as they only require a small-sized tank, and little maintenance or attention. The only thing that really requires observation is the maintenance of a warm temperature within your lizard’s enclosure, as lizards tend to be from warmer areas of the world it is important their tank is at a regulated temperature, if you feel that your children are ready for the responsibility of owning a lizard of some kind, it is definitely something that should be thoroughly researched before going ahead with a purchase.

 

Hamster

Another great option for a starter pet would have to be a hamster, as hamsters are kept in a contained hamster cage, they are perfect for starter pets as they can be constantly observed. Hamsters are an affordable alternative to the larger pets your children may want, as well as teaching valuable lessons about the responsibility of owning a pet hamster are relatively easy animals to look after. For a starter pet, you want something that doesn’t require daily activities such as walking, if you are a busy family it can be hard to find the time to look after a larger animal like a dog. It isn’t fair to bring an animal like that into a home where its needs are not properly met, hamsters are a great alternative as they only require regular feeding and cleaning, which can be done around work or school schedule.

 

Cat

A cat may not be the first pet you think of when it comes to buying your children their first animal, however, cats are actually pretty low maintenance animals as they tend to look after themselves, aside from the daily feed, ensuring fresh water is available and changing the litter tray if you choose to let your cat outside it is likely you won’t see them until they return for something to eat, or to sleep. Giving your children the responsibility of ensuring the cat has everything they need on a daily basis can prove to be a very valuable lesson in what it takes to own an animal. Something to consider before getting a cat is deciding on where to get it from, as a potential pet owner you should be aware of the illegal breeding of pets that goes on, so you should either make sure that you find a reputable breeder or consider adopting a cat from a licensed charity such as the Blue Cross.

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The Best Educational Word Games to Play With Your Kids

Using word games as an educational tool is a great way to inject some fun into learning. Making vocabulary expansion fun is very effective and if your children enjoy playing games then why not twist it in a way that can have some educational value too. With so many online and physical word games being available on the market it is certain that there will be a game out there that works for you and your kids. Why not try to make learning fun, if you can provide your child with some enjoyment whilst they learn you may find your methods to be a lot more effective in getting educational results.

Scrabble

Classic board game Scrabble is a household staple when it comes to board games, players choose letter tiles at random and are challenged to create words with the highest point value. The more obscure letters have more points and with the opportunity to boost your points with double and triple word spaces on the board, this game can get extremely competitive. In terms of how educational this game is, because it challenges players to make words from a random selection of letters it really does get your children thinking about the words they know and can even reveal new words they didn’t know the meaning to already. For beginners who may struggle with the concept of scrabble you may choose to use a word unscrambler, which makes words from a given set of letters, using a tool like this may seem redundant but it still encourages your children to think about expanding their vocabulary as they are being exposed to new words.

Words With Friends

With a similar concept to the board game Scrabble, Words with friends is another great way of getting your children to have fun whilst doing something educational. Play with friends and family online to to add even more competitiveness and enjoyment to the game, challenge yourself to make the best words in terms of point value from a set of given letters, as this game is on a smartphone application platform your children may be more inclined to get involved and expand their vocabularies whilst having fun with their peers.

Hangman

Classic time killer, Hangman is a perfect example of a word game that encourages the development of your children’s education. The beauty of this game is that it can be played anywhere, all you need is a pen and a notebook for hours of fun. The simplicity of Hangman with how well it encourages your children to think about vocabulary makes it an extremely useful educational tool. Players take turns to think of a word that fits a given category and the other players take turns to guess the letters the word contains, as you guess the letters correctly more of the word is revealed to aid you in guessing however, should you get a letter wrong a body part is added to the Hangman and once complete if you haven’t guessed the word you lose.

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9 Ideas for Decorating your New Baby’s Bedroom

Pregnancy is a long, often exhausting process, but there are lots of joyous times along the way. One of the most exciting times for expectant parents is decorating the soon to be baby’s bedroom. It is a lovely bonding experience and lets you flex your creative muscles. Below are nine simple, yet effective, ideas for decorating your new baby’s bedroom.

Cot

The most important part of the nursery is the baby’s bed. It is where it will spend most of its time. So you will want to invest in one that provides, not only comfort, but also safety for your little one. It needs to be sturdy and secure.

But looking further than that, you will want it to match the overall feel and theme of the room. Maybe look at the color scheme you are using and paint it to match.

Changing Table

Aside from the most obvious thing a new baby’s room needs, a cot, there is a lot more that can go into the nursery to make things easier for both the baby and you, the parent.

Investing in a new changing station will be invaluable. It will quickly become one of, if not the most used item in your house. You don’t want to be scrimping on cost when it comes to this. That being said, taking some time to look for one that meets your creative wants as well is not to be ignored.

Painting

Babies love colour. At a young age a colour scheme serves to stimulate their senses and engage them. At the same time it can serve to calm them down when they get upset. To that end you will want to look at perhaps some softer colors, baby blues or light greens.

This interior decorating company has a wide range of options and colours available and will be able to help you create room worthy of your new-born.

Toys

Kids love toys. It is the universal truth of being a child that the most exciting time of the day is playtime. To that end taking the time to invest in a solid selection of toys will be invaluable to you and your baby.

Play Mats

Playtime is a great bonding experience for you and your child. But it can be an absolute nightmare for your knees and legs. To that end you will want to invest in a playmat. Setting aside a corner of the nursery room just for a play station will be a good idea. Find something comfortable for both you and your little one.

 

Rocking Chair

Sleep will not come easy to you once the baby arrives. You will have countless nights of running into the babies room and soothing it back to sleep. A great idea will be investing in a comfortable rocking chair. Having somewhere by the cot to rock your baby back to sleep will be invaluable and a rocking chair will make things easier for you.

Baby Monitors

Baby Monitors are an obvious tool needed to care for your new-born. They will let you know when your baby needs you at all hours. But there is no reason this electronic device cant be used as a great decorating tool. There are many visual models that can be bought. Maybe have the monitors shaped like a comforting animal to help soothe the baby. Maybe have them shaped like fluffy clouds to fit in with the colour scheme of the room.

Themes

As the baby grows you might find they start showing an interest in certain things. Fairies, cowboys, space. What ever it is, this is a perfect opportunity to decorate to the theme. Maybe grab some interesting wallpaper or some cot bedding with their favorite animal on it. What ever it is, don’t be afraid to go all out for the enjoyment of your little one.

Stuffed Animals

Stuffed Animals are a great decorating tool and plaything for your little one. Their softness means there is little chance of any accidents and children are naturally inclined towards softer objects. Having something they can cuddle at night is both healthy for them and will bring them endless joy. Alongside that you can fit the theme of the stuffed animals to match the theme of the room.

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Biking with Kids: Choosing a Cargo Bike

Cargo bikes are becoming an increasingly popular method of transport, particularly for families with kids. This is due to their low cost, non-existent carbon footprint, and the myriad of health benefits of they bring. Consequently, many people have even swapped their cars for one.

Cargo bikes sometimes have two wheels, sometimes three. They can be big or small, and as stated, they are all great for families with kids, with some having space for child to sit in the front and others having space for them in the back. Only some are suitable for transporting babies however, and some may be unsuitable for older kids. With that in mind, what are the best cargo bikes for biking with kids?

Best Cargo Bikes on the Market

Urban Arrow Family CX

Manufactured in Amsterdam, the Urban Arrow Family CX is one of the pricier bikes on the market, costing £4,900 (or around $6,300). Also, it only has two wheels so may be a bit wobbly at first, however, if you ride cargo bikes often you should get used to it pretty quickly.

That being said, you do get your moneys worth. There’s tons of room in the Arrow, with a bench that can sit two children and you can even put a car seat for a small child in the front if you have the right adapter. You can also customize the bike and add another bench for an additional child, along with a bench at the rear for a fourth child.

Nihola Family-e

Coming in slightly cheaper at £3,600 (or $4,600), this Denmark built bike is it a bit easier to ride even for amateurs as it has three wheels. It is designed to carry two children and is extremely stable and safe. This is because the fact that it has three wheels means that you don’t have to worry about things like kickstands or the bike toppling over, which is very appealing if you will be travelling with kids and you don’t ride a bike often. The Nihola Family-e also has e-assist, which makes getting up hills much easier.

Bakfiets Riksja

If you’re looking for a bike that can transport adults as well as children, the Riksja is the bike for you. While it is very expensive at £5000 ($6,400) it is extremely sturdy and could be used for things like playdates with other parents and their children.

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