Archive for March 6, 2015

Deciding to Adopt a Pet

adopt_me1I am quite sure that your family has pleaded you to adopt a pet but you are having qualms especially if you have a baby at home. I also had that same problem years ago and I was glad that we did it. We may have issues regarding our family’s health and safety, I will not be tackling the scientific part of owning a pet though.

First of all, always consider your family members when selecting a pet. Though the adults are the primary caretaker, always give small responsibilities to the children as this will serve as life lessons to them. So, before going to the pound (I always believed in adopting not shopping for a dog) discuss the weight of the responsibility and commitment with your family. They are nice surprise gifts to the children but it is always better to have an expressed commitment from them, make sure that they do not lose focus after a week or so. These pets will be with the family for 5-10 years. That is 5-10 years of food, play, and love.

Ask yourselves necessary questions like: how much will a pet cost, everybody’s role in taking care of the pet, the medical issues the pet may encounter, how the pet will be cared for during family vacations, allergic reactions to the pet and so on. Do research on topics, you may know everything about pets because you had them when you were 10 years old but there are new discoveries each day and there are tips that you might not have encountered. Look for sites that could help you in grooming them like http://www.playsafedogs.com/best-vacuum-for-pet-hair/.It is better to adopt or buy puppies from private owners who have cared for their pets like a family rather than those in pet stores who get them from puppy mills. They might have issues because of poor breeding practice. Also check for the best food for them like looking into http://www.playsafedogs.com/best-dog-food-for-pitbulls/ or other sites discussing food.

A pet has made my kids more social and it also became a part of our family. They have helped solved many family crisis and made our relationship with each other better. Owning a pet has been the best decision so far. Just make sure that everyone is ready for it and the commitment will stay.

Imagine Dragons is Not for Babies

Most of the time it’s really comforting to just sit on your car and had that road trip of your life, but it doesn’t go your way when you have babies. If you enjoy Imagine Dragons soundtrack inside your car’s stereo before your little one was born, you have to change your taste now. You may try some nursery rhymes or something else, like the songs repeatedly play on baby channels. Now, the hope of hearing your favorite band is likely bound to happen only in their live concerts. If you want to check the dates check here.

Travelling with a baby is rather difficult especially for mothers all over the world. It can be relatively challenging in preparing to meet the exact need of your baby away from home or on your way to your dream weekend getaway. Even breastfeeding moms had the difficulty on managing their feeding time during travels, it is best if you have prepared jackets or shawls that may be used for private nursing. For bottle fed babies, mothers are advised to bring bottles with premeasured sterilized water to use with the one pack ready to mix milk formula.  Those that are not required to be refrigerated unless opened.

The best thing is try to keep your baby’s food healthy and fresh, don’t go reaching for processed food on the supermarket just to make your travel mealtime easy. You can try feeding your baby with fresh fruits prepared in a lunch box inside your backpack.  You should feed your little one and keep finger foods away avoid choking. Always prepare a baby’s first aid kit in your bag or in your car.

For long travels, taking the journey at night is the best option because the baby is likely asleep when you get to arrive at your destination.  The best thing about travelling by the road is that you have the best option in feeding your baby healthy foods, just don’t forget the utensils needed to make life easier on the go.

Whether going to a vacation spot or visiting grandmother’s house will make your baby the happiest if kept on a schedule.  Babies are in their best mood with stomach full even with unfamiliar routines in a changed environment.

Lowering the Fussiness Level

babyFor first time parents, having a baby can be quite daunting, especially if you live far from your own parents and have no one to ask when the baby is fussing. Thankfully, the Internet is always ready to help. Here are some reasons why babies are crying.

When Fussiness is Normal

There is a certain phase when babies are regularly fussy, whether you breastfeed them or not. Sometimes this occurs during the late afternoon or evening, some parents can even guess when the baby will fuss again. This starts at 2-3 weeks and will end during the baby’s 3rd to 4th months. So if your baby is fussing at regular intervals, do not overthink, just let them be. If your baby is fussing and it’s not at regular times, then it’s the time to worry.

Oversupply Causes Fussiness

When your baby receives too much milk or the opposite. They also feel overtiredness, overstimulation, discomfort, loneliness, etc. that could cause their fussiness. Other physical causes are diaper rash, thrush, sensitivity to food, and nipple confusion.

Simple Ways to Comfort the Baby

Change their diapers as often as you can because overdue diapers may cause pain especially for female babies. Do not forget to burp your baby once you are done nursing. Massaging or rubbing your baby’s back can also soothe and calm them, another good exercise when your baby starts to fuss. Reduce the stimulation of senses, make sure that the swaddle is right and the baby does not move too much, dim your lights and lower the volume.

Spoiling the Baby

Do not be afraid of spoiling the baby by holding it too much or giving them milk. The opposite is the effect; giving the baby’s needs would lead to less insecurity and the babies cry less. Needing their mothers is the same as their need for food so once you give them what you need they are easily contented.

Do Away With Stress

Female bodies have also a mechanism that they would feel uncomfortable when the baby cries. So once in awhile, have time for yourself and go out with friends as not to be overloaded with fussiness. Too much time with dealing with your baby might cause to harbor dislike. So go and check here for Bruno Mars’ next concert date to see with your girl friends. It is a fun and good way to de-stress.