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What to Consider in Your Breastfeeding Diet

When you make the decision to breastfeed your new baby there are a few things that you will want to keep in mind related to your breastfeeding diet. Your doctor may speak to you about some of the foods that you will want to include or foods that you may want to leave out from your breastfeeding diet. This article will explore some of the foods that should be consumed and avoided in order to give you a starting point that you can use to get your started.breastfeeding diet

First you need to remember that when you make the decision to breastfeed, what you eat affects not only you but your baby as well, so be sure to have the right breastfeeding diet!

Breastfeeding Diet- What to Include?

Your breastfeeding diet needs to be very well balanced so that you and your child are getting all of the nutrients that you both need in order to remain healthy. Make sure that you are eating protein and that you are eating at least three servings each and every day. Combine in your breastfeeding diet at least five servings of calcium each and every day. This is actually a little bit more than you are recommended to have when you are pregnant.

Do not forget fruits and veggies. These are also very important parts of your breastfeeding diet. It is recommended that you have three to four servings of these as well when you are planning your meals. While it may sound like a lot, you need to remember that you are trying to ensure that your child is getting all of the vitamins and minerals that he or she needs, and they will, only through the breastfeeding diet you will compose for yourself.

What to Exclude From Your Breastfeeding Diet

Finally, there are a few things that you should avoid when you are consuming a breastfeeding diet. You will want to limit the amount of coffee that you are drinking and keep it light. More than one or two cups of coffee a day can actually make your infant jittery and it can affect his or her sleeping.

furthermore, you should not include raw meat or fish, like sushi in your breastfeeding diet to protect yourself from listeria.

Keep your B6, A, D, AND B12 levels high since a long term sufficiency of these will affect your milk and therefore your baby.

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Babies Sleeping

Many new parents are often worried about their babies sleeping patterns and habits. And though it is very common, it can be very frightening at times. This is especially true if new parents do not know what is normal and what is to be expected from their babies sleeping customs. This article will explore some of these things in detail so that you will have a better idea of what to expect, and hopefully some of your concerns in relation to your babies sleeping patterns will be decreased.

First of all, many babies sleeping behaviors include what is called breathing pauses. This means that the baby will breathe a little bit faster for a few moments and then he or she will seem to stop breathing for approximately 15 seconds.

While many parents often become very concerned with this, it is normal for their babies sleeping customs to include this type of behavior. If you want to be on the safe side and ease your concerns you can speak to your baby’s doctor about this but there is not likely to be any complications because of it.

The next thing about babies sleeping habits that you may want to know would include snoring or making noises. Snoring is not generally a problem with babies sleeping but it should be monitored. As long as it has a pattern it is most likely normal. It may even indicate that your child has a stuffy nose. However, if it continues for a long length of time you might want to consider speaking to the doctor about this because most babies sleeping habits do not include snoring on a regular basis.

Finally, many parents may notice babies sleeping habits that include grinding their teeth. This generally occurs when your baby starts getting his or her first teeth. While it may sound bad to many parents that need to listen to it, it is nice to know that your child is not harming themselves at all while they are doing this. You might, however, want to speak to your child’s doctor about this issue the next time that he or she has an appointment.

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Twins dancing to the guitar

In this video there are two wonderful girls dancing in their high chairs. The music is performed by their father.

Two little girls dancing

These two beauties are 11- month old twin sisters. It is visible that they are already cooperating with each other despite being so small. When their daddy started playing they first looked at each other as if deciding what to do. Have you mentioned how they smile to each other? They definitely have a non-verbal connection as many twins are concerned to have.

It is visible that they try to repeat practically everything after each other. When one sees her sister dancing, she does the same.

They seem to like when their father plays his guitar. By their smiles it is possible to say that music gives them pleasure and they get really excited they hear it.

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Teach Children About Dental Care From an Early Age

When was the last time your kids saw the dentist? Are they brushing and flossing regularly? Dental care is important, even from a very early age, and neglecting your kids’ oral health can cause many painful and sometimes permanent problems. Here are a few points to consider.

Start early

I’ve known too many parents who simply didn’t worry about dental care for their children until they were several years old. “They’re just baby teeth, they’ll fall out anyway,” is a common refrain. Sadly, these parents are uninformed about the importance of early dental care.

The American Dental Association recommends that babies have their first visit with a dentist by age one, and that they continue with regularly scheduled visits thereafter. Parents should start cleaning their baby’s gums with a soft cloth from birth, and move on to a baby toothbrush and water as their little one’s first teeth emerge. Fluoride toothpaste should not be added until age two.

Reinforce good habits

As your children get older, they will assume more responsibility for their own dental care. Don’t leave them on their own too quickly, as proper brushing techniques can take time to master. Instead, let them gradually take over brushing and flossing, with corrections as needed. And periodically check up on even your older children to make sure they are maintaining good oral care and not simply rushing through the routine.

Reinforce a young child’s good dental habits by using fun techniques, like a sticker chart to keep track of brushing and flossing. Our family dentist also gave each of my kids their own egg timer with brightly colored sand, so they’d know just how long to brush.

Shop regularly for supplies

If your kids are new to brushing their own teeth, you may be surprised to see how quickly they can mangle a toothbrush or waste a whole tube of toothpaste. Participating in their dental care routine will help you prevent waste, but make sure to shop for fresh brushes, dental floss, and toothpaste regularly.

Maintain a schedule with the dentist

We love our family dentist and his friendly staff. My kids aren’t afraid to go in for regular visits, because they know that the sooner a problem is detected, the easier it is to resolve. My twins, for instance, both had small cavities because of deep indentations on the surface of their teeth. Catching these quickly prevented more extensive damage.

Even more damage was avoided through the application of sealants. The ADA says that decay in the normal pits and fissures in teeth often begins early in life, so sealants can help protect teeth even from a young age.

Celebrate healthy teeth

When your kids get a great checkup, make sure to tie the good news to all their hard work. Celebrate their efforts and let them know you are proud of them for taking good care of their teeth. Positive reinforcement can go a long way toward maintaining good dental habits.

If the exam does not go so well, let your kids know you will help them learn to take better care of their teeth so the next checkup isn’t so bad. Talk to your dentist at each visit and ask for advice on ways to improve your children’s dental health, for now and the future.

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Choosing an Infant Daycare

Most women are able to stay at home with their newborn baby only for a few weeks once the baby has been delivered. This is because in today’s society, most families need two incomes. Therefore you are probably going to return to your work place and the thought of choosing an infant daycare is most likely creating some anxiety and fear for you… Here, I will try to help you with selecting an infant daycare.

There are a few things you will want to check first before looking for an infant daycare. You may not realize it but you actually do have several options to consider. First, you can find a family member to watch your baby. This means they can come to your home or you can take them to your family member’s home so you would not need an infant daycare. However, while having family available is a great option, and it can help ease your stress, not everyone has this option.

In this case, you could check the Department of Job and Family Services website and find out whom they offer as providers and infant daycare providers. These providers must go through training in order to open up their homes and the department monitors them. You may be able to get assistance paying for childcare if you use one of these providers as well.

And finally, you can look for area infant daycare centers near your home. They may be more expensive than your family or using a provider through DJFS but they may be your only option as far as infant daycare providers go. These locations often register through the state and you can verify credentials that way. Many of these workers also have degrees in child development so they can provide learning activities for your child while he or she is in an infant daycare.

When you go to check an infant daycare for the first time, see if you can examine the place (and especially the teachers) from the outside, before entering. (You will be surprised how different they may treat the children when there is no adult watching…). When you go back home, try asking yourself these questions: Do I trust the teacher in this infant daycare? Will I be able to leave my child here for the whole day? Do I believe that my child is going to be happy in this infant daycare? And of course, always trust your instincts…

A good infant daycare will…

  • Be clean and safe! Watch for dangerous “traps” , don’t be embarrassed to ask if the teachers are familiar with first aid assistant and what to do in case of a fire.
  • Include nice, educational activites for the children and a variety of toys and games.
  • Have a playground!
  • Have warm, loving, patient teachers…

Good luck!

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How to Survive Baby Weaning

Before we start discussing how to survive baby weaning, you may be wondering what this means. This is when your child stops getting his or her nutrition from the bottle or the breast. It can be very difficult for some babies to handle because they have become very attached to that form of feeding. Therefore, this article will explore some of the things that can be done in order to help parents and caregivers go through baby weaning and stay alive…

The right steps for baby weaning

First, you will want to start the process of baby weaning when you feel that it is the best time. You and your baby are the only two individuals that will be able to tell you when that is. You need to make the decision based on your child’s actions. If he or she has started eating jarred food and they are not taking a bottle or the breast very often then you may want to start your baby weaning. But, again, that is your decision.

Baby Weaning- The Beginning

When you decide that you are ready to start baby weaning you will want to start by skipping a feeding. To do that, you can offer something else rather than the bottle or the breast, such as jarred foods. If you start baby weaning by skipping a bottle (one at a time) for a few weeks your infant will have time to adjust and the transition will be much easier for him or her.

Another option to consider is shortening the feeding times when he or she is taking a bottle or the breast. Simply cut this time in half and try that for a few weeks. The longer that you do this you will be able to implement baby weaning because you will be able to eventually remove the bottle or breast all together. Your child will begin to expect shorter feedings from these sources and it will not cause him or her stress.

Finally, if you have been trying baby weaning for a few weeks and it is still a complete struggle you might want to consider taking a break from it. Stop for a few weeks and resume a normal schedule. It might not be the best time for baby weaning in your household. Simply try again in a few weeks. Good luck!

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The Best Infant Books

When you have children you may want to start creating a love of learning and reading very early on in the child’s life. This is always encouraged and it is a great way to create a desire to learn and educate oneself for years to come. However, it may be very difficult to know where to start if you do not know how to select infant books that your child will enjoy reading with you or by themselves. This article will provide a few brief guidelines that can be followed in order to help you select the best infant books.

First of all, when choosing infant books, try picking books that have a lot of different pictures and a contrast of colors. These types of books really draw children in and help keep them focused and fascinated with what they are looking at.

As a parent or caregiver, you may also want to spend some time naming the things that are in the photographs so that your baby is learning while you look at the book with them.

Another thing to consider while looking for infant books is spending time searching for hard, laminated books. These are much studier and they are safe for children to chew on. This can even help with teething as your infant begins to grow. You will also notice that board books like this are very sturdy and your child will not be able to rip them. This kind of infant books will last for a very long time.

Some individuals may also decide to look for cloth infant books. These are very easy to come by and they are designed especially for small children. Many parents will find that they are not as sturdy as board books that can be purchased, but these infant books are created for flexibility and safety. They are also very durable and they will last a long time as well.

If you really want your child to feel special, and that you truly put your heart in the book, you can try making him Personalized Children’s Books. These are fantastic books in which the star is youy very own child! It really cant get any more special than that… 🙂 So, it is easy to see that you do have a few options when it comes to selecting infant books. You just need to select a book that will last and can withstand your infant child tugging at it and chewing on it. You always want to spend your money wisely, so consider the types of infant books that were discussed above.

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

There’s nothing more beautiful than clean and polished hardwood floors. They can transform almost any room, giving it a contemporary, more polished, and open look. If you want to keep your hardwood floors looking their best, there are various guidelines to keep in mind when cleaning and maintaining them. Here’s how to correctly clean hardwood floors:

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

The cleaning process

When cleaning hardwood floors, it’s important to remember that water is the enemy to beautiful wood flooring. Why? Water can filter down into the floorboards and cause the wood to warp. The best way to clean your wood floors on a routine basis is remove the superficial debris with a vacuum cleaner using a soft brush. Once the loose debris and dust has been removed, use a dry damp mop to gently go over the surface of your hardwood floors. Be careful to remove all grit as this can cause scratches on your beautiful wood floors when people walk over it. There’s really no need to invest in expensive hardwood floor cleaners. A mild, low pH cleanser should be sufficient and much less costly. Plan on cleaning your hardwood floors about once every ten days if your floors undergo normal day to day traffic.

Should you wax or polish your hardwood floors?

After completing the cleaning process, you’ll want to reassess. Do your hardwood floors look bright and shiny? If they still look dull despite your best efforts at cleaning, you may want to consider applying a light coating of wax or polish. This can add an extra dimension of beauty to your hardwood floors that will be worth the extra effort.

Removing tough stains

If your water your neutral pH soap and water won’t remove a stain from your wood floor, you may be able to remove certain stains such as heel marks with mineral spirits and a damp cloth. Deeper stains may require removal of part of the floor finished using course grit sandpaper. This will also require a touch up to replace the finish you removed.

Preventing future problems

The best way to preserve your hardwood floors is to take precautions to protect them on a daily basis. Quickly wipe up spills and remove water from the floor immediately. Limit exposure of your wood floors to shoes and pet toenails which can cause heel marks and scratches. Protective mats may help protect your floors in this respect. Limit exposure to sunlight which may alter the color of your hardwood floors. Maintain a humidity level between 45% and 60% throughout the year to protect your wood flooring.

By knowing how to clean your hardwood floors and taking some precautions to protect their surface on a day to day basis, you can enjoy the beautiful of your wood flooring for many years to come.

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Diet and Exercise Help With the Weighty Issues of Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time to take care of your body as it is harboring a precious life. But, for many women it is sometimes a license to eat whatever they want.

As a new mom, I know that sometimes cravings kick in, not to mention food aversion to even the healthiest of fare.

While extreme dieting is also not advised, doctors caution pregnant women not to go overboard in giving in to their cravings.

A new study from the United Kingdom echoes that sound advice with results showing “that following a healthy diet, overseen by health professionals, stems excess weight gain in pregnancy and reduces the risk of pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia, diabetes, high blood pressure and early delivery.”

The study as reported on ScienceDaily.com was recently published in the British Medical Journal and compiled data from more than 40 other studies.

Both the effects of just diet or exercise alone as well as when both are done simultaneously were evaluated. The results looked at the impact on both mothers and babies health.

The results found that dieting alone contributed to a more than 30-percent less likelihood in the development of pre-eclampsia as well as a 60 percent less occurrence of gestational diabetes.

As told to ScienceDaily.com, the researchers hope to confirm these studies with additional larger studies.

From my personal experience as a trainer as well as experience with a recent pregnancy I know that it’s important to be mindful that what you are eating is best for both mother and baby.

It is important to make sure you are getting quality calories and enough vital nutrients. Pizza, ice cream and chips are typically not in the nutrient-rich category, while fruits and vegetables obviously are important.

While the above mentioned study focused primarily on the results of dieting alone, I believe prenatal exercise is still important. That is of course, as long as you have no contraindications.

In fact, I exercised and taught exercise classes throughout my pregnancy and was told by my doctor that it truly helped me during labor, delivery and recovery.

A recent article in The New York Times written by Shivani Bora talked about the trends of many fitness studios and clubs catering to pregnant women.

Bora spoke about her own prenatal exercise experience as well, stating, “those with a growing belly can regulate their weight gain, recover faster from delivery, sleep better and lift their moods through regular exercise. What better way to prepare for a new life?”

Prenatal exercise expert and author of Exercising Through Your Pregnancy, James Clapp, agrees, concluding in his book, “Women who exercised regularly during their pregnancy had shorter labors, fewer C-Sections, less uses of forceps and their babies had higher APGAR scores. APGAR is an acronym for Activity, Pulse, Grimace, Appearance, and Respiration and is the test given to a newborn immediately after birth.”

Source: https://www.empowher.com/gestational-diabetes/content/diet-and-exercise-help-weighty-issues-pregnancy

Baby Mattress Pads: Give Your Baby A Comfortable Sleep

Babies need rest in order to grow but getting a baby to sleep can be a real challenge. In fact, getting a baby to sleep can often require that everything but perfect; low noise levels, a tummy full of milk or food and a properly designed baby mattress pad to line their crib. All of these things are critical, but the last will be the focus of this article: Baby mattress pads.

Baby Mattress Pads: Give Your Baby A Comfortable Sleep

Baby mattress pads are designed to create a safe and comfortable environment in a crib. The baby may or may not realize the safety portion of the proposition, but well chosen baby mattress pads offer an unmistakable level of comfort that helps promote restful slumber. Best of all, most baby mattress pads are not particularly expensive, especially when compared to the alternatives.

Making a crib a safe place is done with simple water absorbing materials that are the prime component of baby mattress pads. Babies spill drinks, vomit and of course, go potty in their cribs and baby mattress pads can absorb all of these in an easy to clean manner. Failing to provide a hygienic sleeping arrangement can be lethal to a baby or create serious medical conditions. These problems can all be avoided by using baby mattress pads that absorb these spills and can be quickly and effectively cleaned.

Babies are also likely to object to sleeping in dirty conditions and quickly changeable and cleanable baby mattress pads offer a very viable solution to this problem. After all, who wants to sleep on a bed crawling in bacteria that breed in one’s own urine and vomit?

In addition to creating a clean and safe sleeping environment, baby mattress pads also create a more comfortable sleeping environment. Babies, like adults, can use a little padding to sleep comfortably, but there is too much of a good thing. Too much padding can create a sleeping platform that lacks support. Lacking in support can be uncomfortable and/or create long term developmental problems, so only use one baby mattress pad at a time. Multiple baby mattress pads are a bad idea if used in tandem, but if purchased together at a discount and for the express purpose of quickly changing a baby’s bedding, then it is probably a sound idea.

It is possible to purchase baby mattress pads at many department stores, baby stores, most retail chains and via the internet. Hypoallergenic baby mattress pads may be a good idea for babies with allergies but be certain to consult with a medical professional first. The reason for this piece of advice is that a number of medical experts are starting to warn that creating too clean of an environment stunts the development of natural defense systems and lowers immunities to a range of bacterial and virus problems that most children will eventually have to face.


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