Babies are born with the innate skill to put anything they come across into their mouths. Some have even been seen on ultrasound sucking their thumbs while still in the womb. It is a reflex action. Sucking brings them comfort and doesn’t necessarily mean they want food. A pacifier may come in handy in comforting and calming down your baby. Some babies can’t get enough of suckling and cuddling or rocking them won’t be soothing enough. It is better to get them a pacifier (which you can get rid of) than to let them get used to sucking their thumbs.
Here are five tips to get the best out of your baby’s pacifier;
Don’t force your decision on the baby
Yes, you need something to distract your baby as you struggle to meet some tight deadline. A pacifier might just be the answer. Do not however force it on your baby. If they are receptive to it, go along. If they are not, try again some other time or just let them be. You’ll have more on your hands than you can handle.
Pacifier isn’t a substitute for your attention
Read that slowly and let it sink in. While pacifiers can come in handy when the baby has to wait, for example if you are in a check out queue, it should not be a substitute from you giving the baby attention. It is your parental duty to spend as much time as possible with them.
Taking care of the pacifier
Tying the pacifier around their neck or the crib to avoid it getting misplaced is a bad idea as the cord can strangle them. Instead, pin it to the baby’s clothes using a clip. Keep the pacifier clean by frequently detaching it and rinsing it with warm clean water. Do not clean the pacifier by sucking on it, neither should you dip it in sugary drinks. Replace it once it starts cracking up or wearing out. A silicone nipple-shaped pacifier is the Best Pacifier For Breastfed Baby since they are much easier to clean.
When not to use a pacifier
Pacifiers aren’t recommended for babies who have a problem breastfeeding. Suckling on the pacifier and breastfeeding require two different techniques and combining them at the same time might cause ‘nipple confusion.’ It can lead to them having weight problems from poor feeding. Keep the baby off pacifiers too if they have ear infections. Extended periods of use has also been known to cause dental problems to the baby, so get them off a pacifier as soon as you can.
Cleaning the pacifier
Before you get your baby on a pacifier, clean and sterilize it first. You have no idea the amount of germs you’ll find on things that otherwise look clean. You can use hot soapy water and a clean dish rag. You can also boil the pacifier for about five minutes then let it cool totally before letting the baby use it. If you are willing to dig deeper into your pockets, you can purchase an electronic sterilizer.
As we head into the remaining months of the school year, it’s normal to start thinking ahead to summer vacation and plans you may have. Before getting too wrapped up in the summer though, it may be nice to give a little thought as to how you plan to celebrate all the success your child has had during their school year. For elementary school aged children in particular, it’s always nice to give them that recognition and show them how proud you are of their hard work. This can also help to motivate them as they head into a new school year in the fall.
So, if you’re looking for some fun ways to celebrate another successful year for your child in school, here are some ideas you may want to use.
Hold a Backyard Party with Friends
What better way to celebrate the end of the school year than a party with friends. As long as the weather allows, a backyard party can be the perfect plan. If you happen to have a pool, then obviously you can turn it into a pool party. If not, you can create your own fun and entertainment instead. There are all kinds of fun outdoor games that you can post around the backyard, creating stations if you will, so kids can mingle, socialize, and enjoy the activities.
The party can be made even better with a casual barbecue complete with hamburgers, hot dogs, and lots of snacks. Top off the party with a customized cake, which you can access pricing information for at Allcakeprices.com and the party will be a hit.
An Afternoon at the Spa
If you happen to have a daughter who loves being pampered, then a mommy and daughter afternoon at the spa can be a wonderful option. You can book services such as a manicure and pedicure, and even a facial. It’s a special treat the two of you can enjoy together, which means it’s also a chance to bond.
The Summer Vacation Basket of Essentials
While summer is something everyone looks forward to, unfortunately most parents can attest to the fact that it doesn’t take long before they start to hear the kids complain that they are “bored”. Rather than listen to the complaints all summer, you can think pre-emptively and gift them with the summer vacation basket of essentials on the last day of school.
This basket can contain all kinds of board games, indoor and outdoor activities, craft supplies, snacks, and treats that will keep them busy throughout the summer. Fun items to include are skipping ropes, sidewalk chalk, water guns, bubbles, a soccer ball, kite, water toys, kid-sized gardening tools and gardening gloves, coloring books and markers, a variety of crafting supplies, and anything else that catches your eye.
Make It Special for Them
Whether you go all out with a big party, or opt for something a little more low-key, recognizing their school achievements is something kids will greatly appreciate and remember as they grow older.
The benefits of removing a wasps’s nest early while the queen wasp is establishing it rather than the nest becoming larger and causing a large infestation.
Respond to the queen wasp’s nesting and egg laying to prevent infestations
While some pests can be a year-round concern, some are seasonal including wasps – they’re active from spring to late summer and maybe on into the early autumn if the weather stays warmer. The spring and early summer is the time to ideally spot a nest in its early stages of development and have it removed before it grows and becomes potentially full of thousands of wasps.
An aggressive pest
Wasps are particularly unpleasant pests; they’re aggressive when anyone or anything approaches their nest and will attack ‘en masse’ in certain cases.
They can be especially annoying and possibly dangerous later in the summer. Wasps cluster around sources of preferably sugary foods and drink as their own supplies of sweeter food declines so making summer drinks outside a less enjoyable experience as they gather round to scavenge.
Removing their nest – preferably at an early stage – is well worthwhile and should be undertaken by local experts such as these Chelmsford pest control professionals.
From one queen to thousands of wasps
At the end of the ‘wasp cycle’ each year – about the time you stop seeing them around – the last of the wasps and the queen die as the weather cools off and autumn wears on. The nest then becomes dormant so could, in theory, be left alone but removal is advisable as it could encourage a nest to be built nearby by the next generation of queen wasp during the following spring.
In late summer young queen wasps that grew from the egg during the spring and earlier summer period are fertilised by males before leaving the nest to fly off to find a warm and secure place to hibernate over the winter.
You may come across a hibernating queen in locations such as sheds, small crevices or cracks. Not all hibernating queens will survive; many get killed off by predators such as spiders.
The following spring the queens who made it through their hibernation unscathed wake and seek out somewhere to build a nest. At this point, a queen may choose somewhere in your property or its surrounds such as the loft, a roof cavity, a garden shed or maybe a tree or shrub.
The golf ball size nest: beginnings of an infestation
The queen’s original nest building work produces a nest about the size of a golf ball and will be generally rounded in shape and have a pale grey or woody colour; it’s actually made from a form of wood pulp the queen produces through stripping off small layers of wood from fences and the like and mixing them with her saliva.
The queen lays a handful of eggs to start with and continues doing so as spring and summer wear on. The eggs turn into adult wasps who start work enlarging the nest, and the population of the nest could grow to between 3,000 to 5,000 wasps. By this stage, depending on exact weather conditions, it will be in the period between late May and late June when the nest contains this number of wasps.
By this point it’ll be clear enough you have a major infestation as you’ll notice wasps frequently entering and leaving the nest or, if it’s concealed, higher numbers of wasps generally ‘around’ whether near a certain area of the property adjacent to the hidden nest, in the garden, or maybe in various rooms in your home on a regular basis.
Once the weather cools off and autumn gets under way, the nest will ‘quieten down’ as the resident queen and the workers die and the young, fertilised queens leave to go and hibernate elsewhere so starting the cycle all over again.
Ideally, you’d prefer to identify and have the nest destroyed – or at least the wasps and queen inside killed off – when it’s still ‘golf ball size’ rather than when it’s larger and full of possibly thousands of wasps.
The nest is harder to spot when smaller as activity round it will be less obvious as there are fewer wasps. If you do notice the small nest – and you may if it’s situated somewhere more open such as in the garden shed – then having it removed by professional pest removers will head off the likelihood of a major infestation in a month or two’s time as the nest and number of wasps inside it grows.
Language, speech and communication skills are of key importance in a child’s formative education and success. Humans use a variety of ways to communicate, but arguably none are as important to a child’s academic success as language and speech skills – their ability to express themselves through spoken and written language. A child’s brain is a flexible, curious and bottomless object, and as a parent it is your job to help them wrap that brain around speech and language conventions, exposing them to new and different ways to communicate. Whether your child is a language whiz or having difficulties with expression, here are four ways you can help their speech development.
See A Speech Therapist
If you have any concerns about your child’s speech development, it’s a good idea to start looking for a childrens therapist that specializes in speech therapy – they’re often known as speech-language pathologists, or SLPs for short. SLPs focus first on assessing and evaluating the speech issues, and then on creating a treatment plan, which can help children express themselves better and, in turn, see greater academic and social success. This is the first and best line of defense if you are concerned about your child’s speech development – language acquisition and usage is a vast and complex subject, so it’s best to get help from the experts.
Hearing you read to them, seeing the words go by on the page, and then taking a turn themselves trying to read – these three steps, as part of an evening family ritual, can be extraordinarily effective in helping speech development. Don’t be afraid to start your kids early. Even if they just sit there and absorb themselves in the narrative of the story, they are learning valuable things about language and speech operate. Choose books that are appropriate for their age group, but don’t be afraid to give them something complex – children listen on a higher language level than they are able to read, so this is a great way to expose them to complicated ideas.
Chat About Everything
Chat about the book you just read together. Chat about the things you see out the car window. Chat about their day at school, their friends, their teacher, their lunch, their hobbies, their hair… anything! The more you engage with your child, the better their speech development will be. And don’t be passive in the conversation – get in there and talk about yourself, your day and your interests, because receiving information is just as important a language skill as being able to dispense with it. Try to vary up your vocabulary as well; whereas yesterday you asked them about their favourite “sports”, today ask them about “athletic activities”.
Be Supportive, Not Critical
Finally, it’s important to always be supportive of your child’s attempts, and refrain from being critical if they make mistakes. The last thing you want is to stifle your child’s desire to express themselves, but the fear of failure can be a strong deterrent to a child. Helpful, happy corrections are welcome, of course.
Language and speech skills are the foundation upon which much of your child’s academic, social and (later) work life will be built, so it’s important to help their development any way you can. Visit a Speech-Language Pathologist if you are concerned about your child’s speech development, and remember to read and talk with them often.
As a parent, the most natural thing in the world is to want to protect your baby and give them the best possible care. But with the baby equipment industry being bigger than ever, it can be hard to know when you’re making the right choices for your child. There are simply too many offers, each claiming that they are the best one. But the trick is to know what you are looking for in products, rather than looking for a specific recommendation.
Know your child
The first part of buying perfect products for your child is to know what perfect means for them. Each child is different, and since they have no way of telling you what they like, you need to look at all the other signs that might indicate that a product is or isn’t good for them. Some things you should pay attention to are quality of sleep, skin reactions, stool and the general mood of the child. All of these can be subtle signs, and it’s especially important to pay attention to them in the period right after introducing something new into their life.
The first thing you want to make sure your baby is getting is proper food. If you are breastfeeding, then you are going to need a pump, and any other breastfeeding assistance like a pillow and a synthetic nipple if yours are inverted. However, if for any reason you can’t breastfeed your child, then you want to make sure they are getting a suitable replacement. There is a variety of different formulas, from animal-based to plant-based, and it’s up to you to pick what you think is best. Of course, you should always consult your doctor to see which brands they recommend and to check whether the ones you pick are good enough. If your baby doesn’t have a proper diet, they will get sick easier and might fall behind on growth. Keep an eye on any symptoms of an upset stomach (apart from the usual gas and cramps) and inform your doctor during regular check-ups.
A soft touch
A baby’s skin is so delicate that it should only come in contact with other delicate materials. When choosing clothes, many parents opt for cheaper options, under the explanation that they will only be wearing these clothes for a month or so, and that there is no use buying something expensive. However, the quality of cheap clothing is often low, and your child might feel itchy and even get skin irritations. Always check the clothing and bedding materials that your baby is in contact with. Ensure that it is made of bamboo, cotton or wool, like the ultra soft Bubba Blue products. The same goes for towels, blankets and literally anything touching your baby’s skin. But since they are so delicate, you might want to keep some rash cream on hand all the time for when their skin gets irritated.
The life of a baby is pretty great, but when there aren’t many places to go, you should at least give them plenty of things to do. Yes, when the baby is very small, it will mostly sleep and cry, but even then, they can enjoy some things, like electronic cradles with sound effects that remind them of the womb or their mother’s heartbeat. And after just a few months, they will start grabbing things, which is the perfect time to see if their hands are developing properly. If you see that their grip is a bit off, there are simple correction toys that will put their hands in the right place when the child simply plays with them. And, of course, every child needs their favorite stuffed toy. Make sure that the toy is completely safe, without any parts that they can swallow or any harmful stuffing.
Getting the best for your baby also means being the best parent you can be, which means getting enough sleep, eating properly and making sure you’re in a good state of mind. Going to parenting workshops before the baby is born is a great way to hit the ground running, and make sure you give your child the best love and support you can, from the day they are born.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – known better by its acronym, ADHD – affects an estimate of over 50 million people, and is common in children. Characterized by impulsivity, difficulty paying attention, and excessive restless activity, ADHD can be difficult on children and parents. But the good news is that, through therapy, diet and medicine, it can be managed.
But many parents here in Ajax are sceptical of medicine prescribed for ADHD, either of its side effects or its overall efficacy, and that’s why they look to natural medicine as either a replacement or supplement to their child’s traditional ADHD medicine. Using non-invasive, non-toxic treatments natural medicine helps a child with ADHD gain better focus, control impulsivity and become calmer.
The first step, as with anything, is to do some research, and learn about the benefits of seeing a naturopath for your child’s ADHD. Finding a Naturopath here in Ajax will take some looking, but the ones that are here are wonderfully helpful, offering an array of naturopathic services, like botanical medicine, vitamin supplements, homeopathy and acupuncture. A Naturopathic Doctor will treat your child personally – that is, they will resist an easy, catch-all approach and instead delve into the specifics of what might be underlying your child’s ADHD.
This focus on the big picture belies a more preventative approach, one that seeks not just to remedy symptoms, but get to the root of what’s causing those symptoms. It’s the kind of personal approach that, unfortunately, is missing in much of mainstream medicine, which is another reason parents should consider supplementing their child’s traditional medicine with naturopathic treatment as well.
There is solid evidence that diet plays a major role in ADHD symptoms, so one of the first things that a Naturopathic Doctor is likely to do is create a diet for your child. This might include a focus on overall nutrition, or supplemental vitamins and minerals, or it might entail eliminating certain things from your child’s diet. There have studies done that indicate rolling back simple carbs and introducing more omega-3 fatty acids – found in nuts and olive oil, and also in fish and fish oil supplements – help treat ADHD symptoms. There is also good evidence that food additives (such as these nine) and artificial colour are linked with hyperactivity, so a Naturopathic Doctor might suggest eliminating those from your child’s diet.
Of course, ADHD symptoms can vary greatly between people, and you shouldn’t take as gospel anything you read on the internet; you need to look into seeing a naturopath about your child’s specific form of ADHD to properly treat it with natural medicine. According to this study, from BMC psychiatry, a significant number of children overcome or partially overcome symptoms of ADHD as they grow older, and it’s with the help of a number of approaches. If you are treating your child’s ADHD with conventional medicine, it might be time to think about supplementing those efforts with naturopathic medicine. Visit a Naturopathic Doctor here in Ajax to learn more.
We all take our retirement plans seriously and if you’ve been looking at broadening your investments beyond savings accounts and mutuals, then you may well have been thinking about a precious metals IRA.
It’s not actually as simple as buying some gold bars here and then keeping them in your safe, though; you need to open a specific account with a company that can handle precious metals in the context of an IRA.
Thankfully there’s lots of companies that can do just this for you, so talk to your financial adviser to find the best one for you.
How does your IRA work?
It’s important to understand how each investment vehicle works before you part with any cash. Precious metals IRAs have come up the popularity ranks in the last decade, possibly as a reaction to the 2008 crash. Many people wonder if they’re better off sticking with their 401K, swapping over to a precious metals IRA, or even doing both.
First off, you need to find out if your existing IRA lets you invest in precious metals. If it does, then go ahead; if not, then you may need to rollover your funds into an IRA that will let you use precious metals.
Ideally, this IRA should also let you use other investments in it as well so you’re well-diversified. Basically, what you’re doing with a precious metals IRA is changing assets like stocks, bonds and mutual funds for gold, silver and platinum – but without using any cash to make the transaction.
Say for example your IRA was gold-backed; it’d be handled by the account administrator and a custodian who would store the metal in a vault, in compliance with IRS laws.
It’s vital that you comply with IRS regulations if you want to get the full benefit from your investment once you’ve stopped work. You need to keep your metals in a safe place – one that’s approved by the Federal Reserve – and that’s separate from the custodian’s address.
Why you should think about a PM IRA
Just understanding how a PM IRA works isn’t enough – you need to think about why you might want to start one and if it’s right for you.
If you put some of your money into assets that aren’t dollar-backed then you’re giving yourself some really useful diversification in your retirement funds. Many people use metals as a hedge against inflation and market uncertainty, especially when the global markets are more uncertain than usual, as is the case now.
Gold is the big hedge-metal, but silver is also increasingly valuable as it’s being used in more and more industrial applications, especially in solar power tech, which isn’t showing any signs of flagging!
Diversifying your retirement portfolio means that you have more bases covered. If inflation suddenly goes up, your metals will “step in” to balance things out and if the market becomes very buoyant, well, your dollar-backed assets are doing great and you’ve got lots of gold and silver, which never hurt anyone.
Studying in Bolton can be an enriching experience for any student and you’ll find the town has an active nightlife and plenty of entertainment to enjoy throughout the day. Of course, finding somewhere to live will be your primary consideration, but, once you’ve found your student accommodation Bolton can be explored to the full!
There are plenty of big supermarkets in and around Bolton, and, if you want to make your money stretch further, you’ll learn to shop wisely and take advantage of offers and discounts from some of the bigger stores. Tesco, Farm Foods, Morrisons, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Lidl and Aldi will be ideal for regular shopping trips and stocking up on freezer foods helps ensure you will never go hungry, even if you run out of ready cash. Shopping at smaller, local shops or grocery stores can be convenient, but you won’t find these shops provide the choice or discounts available from larger stores.
Some of the popular pubs in Bolton include the Dragonfly, which has special offers on spirits at £3 for a double on Wednesday nights. It also hosts a popular quiz night on Sundays. Yates’s on Bradshawgate often send promotional staff around campus giving out tokens for cheaper drinks. Yates’s also offer bargain meals which are great for hungry students; different £3.25 special meals are available daily. The Blind Tiger on Nelson Street is popular with students, as it offers live music and a student Rawkus Club night every Wednesday with alternative music and cheap offers on drinks before 11pm.
Bolton is only 15 minutes away from the centre of Manchester, and it’s easy to get to Manchester using public transport, so you can enjoy nights out in the city on a regular basis. Flash Saturdays at the Milton Club and student nights at the Tiger Tiger club are popular venues with students living in the Bolton area.
You’re sure to find heaps of ways to cut costs when you live in Bolton, as the town caters to the student lifestyle and the people are really friendly too.
Visiting the dentist can be a daunting experience, especially for children. Here are a few ways on how to make your kids feel more comfortable when visiting the dentist.
What to Expect
If your child has never been to the dentist, they will have no idea on what to expect for their appointment. Taking the time to explain to your child where they are going, why they are going and what time the appointment is can help your child feel more in control and get a better understanding and what is going to happen. The more information your child has, the more confident they will feel when going for their dental appointment.
If your child needs dental work, it is important to be honest and explain to your child the type of treatment they will need. Choosing the right words can have a significant impact on how your child reacts, so make sure you describe the process in an easy to digest and non-threatening manner, so your child can feel at ease and fully understand why they must get treatment.
The Good Points
For your child to place trust in the dentist, make sure that you speak positively about them. Projecting dentists in a positive light can help your child do the same and help eliminate any fears or worries that they might have. Letting your child know the importance of dentists and how they are the good guys in maintaining healthy teeth can be incredibly beneficial and ensure that the experience runs as smoothly as possible. If you are interested in going into the dental profession, websites like best-dentalassistantschools.com can give you more clarification on the skills and requirements needed to join.
Make It Fun
Going into an unfamiliar environment can cause distress to your child, so make sure to describe all the good points of the dentist. Some dental practices have children’s toys and games in the waiting room so make sure to let your child know so they can have something to look forward to. Also, having a fun dentist can help your child enjoy the overall experience.
The most important way on helping your child feel safe and secure in the dental room is by being with them. Your presence can have a massive difference in how your child reacts at the dentist so make sure to be on hand and stay calm to help your child feel more relaxed. The experience can be incredibly stressful so being there to help reassure and give your child the guidance they need can help improve the overall experience.
If you would like more information on how to make you kids feel more comfortable when visiting the dentist, it can be beneficial to ring up your dental practice and let them know your worries and concerns, so they are able to act in the right manner when your child has their appointment. There are also online forums where parents can engage with one another to get a better understanding and to ensure your child has a pleasant dental experience.
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Many of us watch what we eat and try to follow a healthy diet. A lot of emphasis is put on the foods that we consume, but the beverages we drink are equally important. In some cases, it’s actually more important to your health than food.
Today, many drinks contain sugars, additives and alcohol that are just as unhealthy as junk food. Worse still is the fact that these beverages contain little to no nutritional value and can become addictive.
The good news is cleaning up what you drink is often easier than adjusting what you eat. Follow the tips below to clear out the toxins that build up from beverages.
One of the most harmful drinks people consume today is alcoholic beverages. Alcohol, also known as ethanol, is extremely harmful to the body when it isn’t consumed in moderation. The problem is twofold. Alcohol impairs the body in many ways from stretching heart muscles to liver inflammation to increasing the risk of some cancers. Alcohol is also highly addictive for some people, which makes matters much worse.
Because the effects of alcohol can build over time, even drinking moderately can take a toll on your health. If you overindulge on a daily basis it’s time to consider outside assistance. Joining a support group like AA or getting treatment at an alcohol detox center may be needed to address addiction concerns.
Drink a Lot More Water
The next best thing you can do for your body is to drink a lot more water. Some research estimates that as many as 75% of adults in the U.S. are chronically dehydrated. The vast majority of people don’t get the recommended daily water intake (91 ounces for women and 125 ounces for men). CDC reports suggest that on average adults only consume 39 ounces of water a day.
Beyond provided vital hydration for bodily functions, water also has no calories and can help with weight management. If you’re on the go throughout the day make sure to bring along a refillable water bottle so you can stay hydrated.
Drink Your Coffee Black
There are many health benefits of drinking coffee as long as you limit it to one or two cups a day. Coffee is high in powerful antioxidants such as polyphenols, hydrocinnamic acids and vitamin B which helps to fight disease. It’s also been shown to boost mood, help burn fat and ward off type 2 diabetes.
A cup of java becomes less healthy the more you add to it. Spoonfuls of sugar and rich cream add a ton of calories and fat. All the unhealthy additives negate the benefits of the coffee itself.
Start Drinking Tea
You can get the antioxidants of coffee without the caffeine by drinking teas. In many of the world’s healthiest countries and cultures, tea is a mainstay of peoples’ daily diet. Some research suggests drinking tea regularly can extend your life and even change your genes.
Hot or cold, tea is a healthy drink that keeps you hydrated and healthy. But like coffee, it’s best to drink tea straight without added sugar. If you want to burn more fat opt for green tea. The catechins in green tea have been shown to increase fat burn and improve muscle endurance.
Stop Drinking Soda
There’s a reason schools are beginning to do away with soda machines. Soda drinks contain high levels of caffeine and sugar, which is why people can become addicted to their daily pop. Many parents are surprised to discover that sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) like soda are the main source of added sugars in our daily diets.
The biggest problem associated with sugary sodas is obesity. Excess weight gain leads to a number of other health issues, including type 2 diabetes and a higher risk of some cancers.
And diet soda isn’t a good alternative. Diet soda may not have calories, but it also provides no nutrients. Research has linked regular artificial sweetener consumption to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke, dementia and high blood pressure. Ironically, people who consume a lot of diet drinks have also been shown to have a higher risk of obesity.
We’re all familiar with the old adage “you are what you eat,” it seems we should add drink to that as well.