Children’s Bike Buying Guide

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A bike is something which most children have when they are growing up. When buying one for your child there are a lot of different things that you need to consider in order to make sure that you purchase one which is just right for them. After all, there are so many different bikes available in stores around the country and off of the internet at the moment. Thus, if you fail to give careful contemplation when shopping then you could risk your child’s safety.

The first thing you need to think about when buying the bike is the size of it. This is the main thing that attributes to your child having a safe and comfortable ride. A lot of parents assume that it is best to buy a slightly bigger bike in order to accommodate for when their little one grows. However, this is certainly not recommended. Your child will find the bike difficult to ride and thus the experience will not be an enjoyable one, furthermore because they find it tough it can also be dangerous. You need to make sure that the bike you buy is a perfect size for your child now.

In addition to size, you should consider other features that the bike includes, especially safety features. Sadly, some kids have been injured because of bike manufacturing issues. However, they have been able to claim with a personal injury attorney. This means considering aspects such as the number of gears. It is generally the rule that the older your child is or the more competent they are on a bike, the higher the number of gears that you should go for. This is something you should think about because gears help bikes to adapt to different terrains easily and make the ride smoother – therefore you also need to think about where your child will be riding their bike as well.

Aside from size and features, you also need to give contemplation to the style and the design of the bike you are going to buy. This is important because the look of the bike is the first thing that your child will notice. Therefore if you want them to become instantly interested in the bike that you choose, you need to pick something which is eye-catching. There are some fantastic designs out there at the moment. But if you are at a loss regarding what colour to go for then silver is always a good option. This is because it is versatile and thus is suited to boys and girls and all tastes. Nevertheless, it is still an exciting and stylish colour.

A final aspect that you need to take into consideration is obviously price. After all, this is an important factor when buying any product. Because there is a vast range of bikes available nowadays, this means that there is a vast difference in the price range available as well. Therefore it is recommended that you set a budget before you begin to search. But keep in mind that quality is crucial and thus make sure that you consider all things – not just solely price.  

All in all, if you consider the four main points revealed in this article then you should have no problem buying the perfect bike for your child.


Keeping Your Family Healthy... No Matter What Your Budget

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Mom life changes you. You become the ultimate instinctive protector. Suddenly nothing matters more to you than keeping your family happy and healthy. But it can sometimes feel as though good health and happiness are the preserve of the wealthy. When you have money, getting access to the best food, the best healthcare and the exercise we need to keep our bodies active in the deskbound age is easy. But when money’s tight, it can seem like all we have are less healthy options. Of course, good household finances start with a good household budget, but even the most careful budgeters can find themselves low on funds from time to time. Sometimes an unforeseen expense makes payday seem like a lifetime away.
Here are some affordable ways to keep your family happy and healthy no matter what your bank balance…

When it comes to food, keep it real!

Keeping your family fed on a budget is relatively easy… So long as you don’t care what you feed your family. Heavily processed convenience foods are more affordable than ever. Yet, these are hardly the foods that will keep your family healthy (even if they have been engineered to taste nice). It’s a common fallacy that healthy eating has to be expensive but nothing could be further from the truth.

Load up on fresh veggies and fruits in your supermarket’s produce section. Look out for the reduced stuff and reverse engineer your meal plans from what you can find. Looked for cheaper canned veggies like beans, carrots or peas where you can’t find the good stuff fresh. You can throw together a veggie curry or 5 bean chilli that will feed your family for days without spending a fortune. 

If you eat meat and fish, use these sparingly and freeze them when you don’t need them. You can supplement your protein intake from more affordable (and equally nutritious) plant based sources.

Buy fresh, real food to protect your family’s health and you’ll find that you never overspend. 

Use free healthcare services available in your area

Do you worry that your children might not be getting the best healthcare on your limited budget? If your kids fall ill, you may be reticent to take them to the doctor for fear of receiving a huge bill or expenses which are not covered by your insurance. Even if you have Medicaid, finding a doctor can be difficult in some areas.

Fortunately, there are free resources out there. It’s just a case of knowing where to look for them. Check out this mobile pediatric clinic, for example. Organizations like this provide free pediatric care in the communities that need them the most.

You don’t need to spend a penny to stay active together

Keeping fit and active isn’t a problem that we should need to throw money at. You don’t need to sign up to a fancy gym or pay for subscriptions to your kids’ sports teams to lead a healthy and active life. Just because money’s an issue right now doesn’t mean that your only option is spending your free time on the couch.

Go out for a bike ride together, or at the very least a brisk walk. Set up your own backyard olympics on a sunny Saturday. Climb trees, scrape knees. Do the kind of stuff that fun, active families did before expensive gyms and sports teams were a thing.

You don’t have to break the bank to keep your family well fed, happy and healthy!


Three Things Your Kids Need

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When you’re a mama, it’s safe to say that you’re always going to worry about your kids. Are they happy? Are they healthy? Do they feel loved? We’re all so scared of saving or doing the wrong thing and it going on to affect our kids as they grow up. But in reality, you have to really do your best at giving your kids what they need. So, ask yourself – do you know what that is? No, it’s not the latest game or toy? Because material things don’t matter. So, let’s take a look.

One: Space

First of all, you have to recognize that your kids need space. You cannot smother them into adulthood. They need room to grow and become themselves. And, as a step on from that, they need physical space too. Room to play and explore, and a space of their own too. Independence is so important, so if you want them to be happy, prioritize space. 

Two: Laughter

Next up, there’s laughter. It’s never enough to just assume your kids will entertain themselves – or even to rely too much on devices. Instead, you really do need to think about how you can all have fun and raise your children in a happy, light-hearted environment, This is the purest way to raise happy kids.

Three: Nourishment

Finally, they need nurture. Mental and physical nourishment is so important. As you can see from the infographic below, obesity is prominent. So, anything you can do to work on their nutrition and ensure they are healthy, really can make a difference – for their minds too.


Infographic Design By University of Nevada - Reno

4 Best Cities for Babies to Live

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WalletHub.com recently ranked the best and worst states to have a baby, with Vermont, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire and North Dakota among the top five – but, if you want more specifics, including the best cities to raise your baby, we’ve got you covered.

Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale is often named on lists of the best places to raise a family, making it a top pick for babies to live. It’s a safe city, a place where they can be happily pushed around in a stroller even after dark with a crime rate that’s 15 percent lower than the national average. It enjoys frequent sunny skies, lots of parks, including many with baby swings and fountains to splash around in, along with a wealth of recreational activities. There are plenty of pediatricians, and nearby Phoenix hosts a number of outstanding healthcare facilities like Mayo Clinic Phoenix and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Parents.com ranked Milwaukee as one of the country’s top 20 cities for a baby to live, but as impressive as that is, we think it should be ranked even higher. The state itself is often noted as one of the most family-friendly, as WalletHub noted in its ranking, while the cost of living in in this city is 10 percent lower than the U.S. average – you’ll definitely notice those lower price tags when browsing Milwaukee houses for sale - helping to mitigate the expense of raising a child. There are great schools, and when baby graduates from high school, he or she will have around two dozen universities and colleges to choose from in the Greater Milwaukee area. Plus, there are all sorts of fun things to do, from the popular children’s museum to a wide range of festivals with activities for all ages.

Newton, Massachusetts

Newton is a Boston suburb that offers the amenities of the big city with a small-town feel, made up of several small villages. It has a crime rate that’s 75 percent lower than the national average, excellent schools (over 96 percent of residents are high school graduates and more than three-quarters hold a bachelor’s degree), and it’s close to some of the top hospitals and health care providers in the country. While it doesn’t come cheap, the job market is very strong and incomes are high, with the median household income over $125,000. There are also plenty of kid-friendly activities in town and in nearby Boston, including lots of great museums and the New England Aquarium, which babies are sure to love. 

Minnetonka, Minnesota

Minnetonka is consistently rated among the top places to live in the country, especially for families, with excellent schools, high graduation rates, and a crime rate that’s 36 percent lower than the national average. It also offers plenty of outdoor activities and as it’s close to Minneapolis, it’s easy to enjoy big city delights too. While the cost of living is a bit higher than other Minnesota cities, it’s still a lot more affordable than places like Chicago, Boston, San Francisco or Miami.


Making A Great Father's Day Card

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So much attention is given to mother’s day but we have to admit that Father's day is a bit of an afterthought in society. Not all families have this imbalance of course so we can’t say everyone is guilty of this. On days for fathers and mothers, the simple things have a lot of impact. You’ve heard of the stereotypical bed in breakfast morning gift, then something that makes her feel good like a dress and finally in the evening you go out for a meal. Those are just some of the things many couples do that would be great for father’s day as well. But let's start off with the card. The card is perhaps something that will last longer than all the other things. The dad of the house can take it to their work and place it somewhere to give them motivation or it can just be nicely set on the bedside drawer. Regardless, you should be making it unique and special for your husband and father to your children.

Choose your background

For the card itself, you need to decide whether it's going to be a part of the card or will it just be a canvas to put all the decorations on? This is why you need to pick between a sturdy but basic white card or perhaps something that is a little more flexible and looks the part such as a laminated pattern or father’s day design card. Since you’re going to be making a lot of it at home yourself, you should probably go with the plain white as it gives you a much broader working space and the things you add to it will really stick out.

What do the kids think?

Of course no father’s day card would be a father’s day card without the children having some kind of input. This could be something like making a rocket ship out of the colored card, it could be putting smaller snapshots of the children and the father playing inside like a scrapbook effect, or it could be colored in by the kid's themselves. There are a plethora of options you have for a father’s day card but always let your kids have some say in it. Remember that it's supposed to be from the whole family even if it's you who is making it.

A notable front design

The front of the card should clearly have something that indicates it's for father’s day. Stamps are a good way to do this because there are already drawn out onto separate material. Check out these stampin up card ideas such as the ‘a good man cling stamp’ which has a stamp which you can cut out and stick onto the cover. You don’t need to color it in yourself and can make the rest of the card in the same colors as you find it.

A father’s day card should always include input from the children, so it's authentic. Let them color some things in or perhaps include some images you have of them together with the dad.













Is Botox Right for Me? Top Pros and Cons

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Botulinum toxin, or Botox as its best-known by, is used as part of a cosmetic procedure to remove fine lines and wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles. It’s a neurotoxin that’s derived from Clostridium botulinum, something that’s found naturally in the environment where it is largely inactive and non-toxic.

Some of the latest statistics reveal that the popularity of Botox in the U.S. has significantly increased in recent years. There were over 7.2 million of the procedures performed in 2017, with more than a 40 percent increase over the previous five years. If you’re wondering if Botox is right for you, whether you’re thinking about Botox treatment in Scottsdale, Arizona or anywhere else, consider these top pros and cons to make the best decision.

Pros

Botox is temporary. If you get your first shot of Botox and decide you don’t like the effects or simply don’t want to continue treatment for any other reason, your skin will return to its original shape over time and will not be altered permanently.

It’s minimally invasive. Those who receive treatment can obtain a beautiful complexion with minimal fine lines or wrinkles around the mouth, neck and forehead without having to turn to surgical enhancements. It’s minimally invasive which means there is no downtime or worries about having to go under anesthesia.

The procedure is quick, and the results are nearly immediate. Administering Botox typically only takes about five to 10 minutes. When it’s administered correctly by a skilled expert, you’ll see results anywhere from just a couple hours to a couple of days.

Botox may reduce migraines. In addition to smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, some migraine sufferers who have undergone Botox procedures have found that they don’t have as many migraines, or they’re eliminated altogether.

Few health risks. Although pregnant women should not get Botox injections, they are relatively safe, with few health risks when performed by an experience doctor. Possible side effects are minimal, such as some swelling, bruising or pain at the site of the injection, eye dryness and some flu-like symptoms.

Cons

The results are temporary. While this is also a “pro,” for those who like the effects of Botox, temporary results are considered a “con.” One of the primary disadvantages is that it lasts for anywhere from two to eight months, which means to continue the effects you’ll have to get more injections when they begin to fade. You’ll need regular injections to remove lines and wrinkles for as long as you wish to experience the effects.

The cost. Botox is pricey, with the average area injection priced at just under $500, with the amount varying depending on location. In certain areas of the country, like California, they can be nearly $2,000. While there are lower quality versions, you get what you pay for, which could mean shelling out money and getting little if anything in return.

Bruising is likely. With nearly all Botox treatments, patients experience some bruising around the site injection that can be unsightly. The better news is that it usually only lasts for a day or two.


 


Cultivating a Healthy Lifestyle

A healthy lifestyle doesn’t just happen. It takes dedication, hard work, and to be really great at setting goals - or at least finding the right people to help you do it.

But where do you start?

Here are some tips to help you start cultivating a healthy lifestyle.

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Honesty

Most of us know where our ‘weak’ spots are. We know if we like wine a little too much, or if we enjoy one too many potato chips. So the first step is, to be honest with yourself. What would you say you needed to work on. Is it the extra portion at lunch, or the fact you don’t want to walk a few additional steps when a bus is an option.

Goals

Once you can have been clear about what you could do better, it’s now time to nail those down. The key to setting really great goals is to be as in-depth as possible.

For example:

I will cut down my potato chip intake by buying less (or none at all) and replacing cravings with a piece of fruit or some nuts.

So you have given yourself an alternative behavior, that is healthier, to help you create these new habits.

Endorphins

It is time to start flooding your body with hormones. The best way to get them is by exercising. Now, it’s up to you whether you would prefer to hit the gym hard or do a daily workout that isn’t as grueling. But whatever you do, make sure that what you choose is something that you can comfortably fit into your routine, and something you won’t get bored with. Club4Fitness is an excellent example of a supportive program.

Rewards

It is very easy to fall into a very counterproductive path. Every time you go to the gym, you treat yourself to a piece of cake. Or cheat day spills over into many days. Try not to use sugary foods as your reward. Instead, do something like, when you complete 7 days at the gym, on day 8 you could have some fro-yo, or at the weekend you will give yourself an extra hour in bed. Try to disassociate those sweet treats with being a reward, and begin to build a link between fruits and veggies instead.

Share

When you are being held accountable for the decisions that you make, you are more likely to stick to them with vigor. Sharing your goals with people who are also on that journey will mean you have a support network when things get rough. And, when you meet your smaller goals, there will be a cheering squad for that too.

Kind

When you have made the decision to change your lifestyle, it becomes very easy for you to be down on yourself for not losing enough weight, or the fact no one has noticed yet. But one of the healthiest things you can do is being kind and supportive of your own goals and ambitions. Give yourself time to achieve, and you will appreciate it so much more when you do.

The Summer Of Living Stylishly

What’s everyone talking about this summer? It’s got to be the latest in fashion styles that are slowly emerging on the high street as the weather warms up. If you’re about ready to put those warm sweaters away and store those winter coats, then you’ll want to find out how to update your wardrobe ready for a summer that’s already heating up with high fashion.

Flowing

That’s going to be keyword for women’s fashion this summer and we couldn’t be more delighted. The maxi dress was already a huge success last year and it looks set to return with even more styles and twists this year. Think so much more in terms of variety and style this summer with a choice of bold, bright and beautiful to the more muted and subtle designs. As long as it’s long and flowing, you’re going to be on point.

But what of accessories? How best to set off your look? Think wooden bangles and necklaces with chunky beads, neutral in colour but large in design that perfectly complement that bold look.

To keep you warm during the evenings once the sun has gone down, you might consider cropped cardigans or jackets to maximise the length of your dress but keep the chill off of your arms.

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If the maxi dress isn’t enough flow then you’ll also want to consider one of Mountain Mama’s Tunics which will also deliver that flowing look but you can also team up with a pair of leggings or shorts. This tunic-style allows you to experiment with bold colours or stick to the more neutral shades depending on what else you’re wearing and where you’re heading. The same rule about accessories also applies here so think big and neutral but still making a statement.

Shoes

You’ll want to match these to your dress to complete your look and it seems that the maxi dress plus sneakers is a look that’s going to become very popular. Set off with your choice of warm top and you can take that look to the beach or to the bar.

If the idea of sneakers fills you with horror, then consider sandals that offer both style and comfort. The best of these seems to be the espadrille sandal that comes in a great choice of colours and styles. Choose a strappy version with high sole for maximum drama and a chic look or a flatter version for getting you around a day spent sightseeing, in comfort.

Whatever your style and budget you’re looking at creating a look that will turn heads and make you feel like a million dollars, even if you’ve spent a fraction of the price on achieving it.

Shop around, shop online and don’t be afraid to experiment with colours and patterns that you might not otherwise choose. Summer is almost here and with it comes the chance to create a new and vibrant look with your capsule wardrobe. Get a few basics in now and start as you mean to go on.






5 Things You Didn't Know About Ventriloquism

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The popular art of throwing one's voice or animating a "dummy" has been around for well over 400 years but was only perfected in the last 200. Many very famous comedians and performers began their careers as ventriloquists, just to move on to develop another talent.

Further, the methods of many ventriloquists are a mystery. The talent itself may be developed by anyone willing to practice. However, making a living from the skill can be quite tricky. This may contribute to the low number of professional ventriloquists in the world.

There are Fewer Than 1000 Professional Ventriloquists in the World

Compared to country singers from California, Ventriloquists are a rare bunch. This number is an estimate, though some would wager that the amount of actual professional ventriloquists (those that can make a full-time income from their craft) number less than 400. Whichever number is closest to the right, it's still one of the rarest professions.

The Art of Ventriloquism Dates Back to Ancient Egypt

Archaeology has found evidence of ventriloquism in ancient Egyptian and Hebrew sites. However, the first ventriloquist known by name was Louis Brabant of 16th century France, valet to the French King at that time. Since the late 17th and early 18th century, the “perfected” art has been found in places all over the world, as entertainment and more.

Ventriloquism has also been used to do much more than just entertain. In some cultures, the talent was ascribed to prophets. Others were known to provide wisdom in a similar, occult-type manner. Ventriloquists were also famous "performers" at seances.

Don Knotts Started Out as a Ventriloquist (So Did Johnny Carson)

Due to the vocal skills needed to successfully manage a ventriloquist act, as well as the acting and organization, it may be no surprise that these two favorite characters began their careers as ventriloquists.

Later, Don Knotts would go on to play Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith Show. The Late Show would be hosted by Johnny Carson for nearly 30 years.

You're Not Hearing What They're Saying

Ventriloquists use substitutes for difficult to make sounds. For Example, if they need their puppet to say a word that starts with V, they make the TH sound instead. If they need a B, they make a D sound.

The labials, BFPMVW, are these difficult to make sounds. If possible, a ventriloquist will design their act without these sounds. When not possible, they'll use many acoustic tricks to make it seem like they've said what they want you to hear.

The IVS (International Ventriloquist Society) Was Founded in 2013

Sadly, whenever an organization meant to bring the world's ventriloquists together has sprung up, it gets shut down within a few years. This has happened over and over again. There are no long-standing ventriloquism organizations still around today.

What there is, now, is the IVS. This society is rather informal and promotes fun and free learning resources for anyone interested in ventriloquism.


Top Things To Look Out For When Choosing Your Child's School

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When it's time to look for a primary school for your child, it can seem very complicated but in reality, it can be painless and if you get it right then your child can enjoy long-term benefits.

What is the catchment area?

The first thing to look at is your catchment school which is the school you get 'assigned' by your Local Education Authority. It's usually your nearest school. However, each school does have a designated 'catchment area.' Check online as your local council will probably have a list or a map you can look at. You'll see what your 'catchment' school is, but you do have the right to apply for others if you prefer.

What should you look for on a primary school visit?

It is essential to go and visit any school you are considering sending your child to, don’t rely on word of mouth, go and see for yourself. What’s right for someone else’s child may not be for yours. Most primary schools will hold open days when you can go and look around. If you can't make them, they will usually show you around in a small group or on your own. If you want to, you can go more than once as schools are generally pleased to show off what they have to offer. Also, go to more than one school so you can get a good comparison.

Take note of what the welcome like, are the office staff approachable and helpful? How does the building look? Is it well-maintained? Does it give off a warm welcome? Are there pictures on the walls and lots of evidence that the pupils are happy and proud of their school?

What's the head like? Does she or he know the children by name?

You’ll also get a good idea of how the kids behave and how the teachers act too. Take note of what’s on the wall? Is it displays of the work they have done and rewards systems? Then finally make sure you pay attention to the safety and cleanliness of the school, what equipment do they have and what are the outside areas like?

You’ll also want to ask some questions while you’re there, some schools might even give you a chance to talk to the older children. But also make sure you ask questions to the teachers. Find out what reading schemes they use, what discipline and reward systems are in place? How does playtime work? Does age separate the children? What is lunch provision? Are there kitchens or is the lunch brought in? Is there a healthy eating policy? What is their anti-bullying policy? Do they have any peer support, e.g., buddy benches, Year 6 'helpers' for reception children in the playground, etc? What does an everyday look like in your child's prospective year? Do they have teaching assistants in every class? Are they full time? How many other adult staff are available to help in classrooms? What extra-curricular children activities are on offer? Is there breakfast or after-school club? Make a note of all these questions and go in fully prepared to ask everything you need to know.


The Issues You Don't Want To Face When Moving Home!

Everyone has to move home at some point. Whether it be moving home to go and live on your own for the first time, or moving home because you’ve outgrown the one you’re in, you’re just going to have to do it at some point. But most of you will be reading this because a move is on the cards for you and your family. When you’re moving with a family in tow, things definitely do become a little more tricky, but sometimes the urgency of the move itself is what’s going to drive you to moving home even quicker. In a rush or not in a rush however, there’s still some things that you most definitely don’t want to do because they will no doubt cause you so much stress, and make an already hard process even harder. Which is why we’ve created this article for you. We know what’s like to deal with the stress of moving out, and we want to ensure your experience is as stress free as possibly by avoiding these issues that could come your way!

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Your Home Taking Too Long To Sell

Your home taking too long to sell is one of the worst nightmares that you could wish for. You’re desperate to move out, but you’re just not getting the attention you need on your end to make the sale. Which is why it might be worth thinking about how you’re trying to sell your home, and who you’re doing it through. If you check out companies such as William Pitt Sotheby's, you could put your home up for sale through a company you know you’re going to get exposure with, which could quickly increase your chances of a sale. You could then explore what homes are going to suit you, and even if you want to stay in the country! A move doesn’t always have to mean you’re moving to another city, it could be another country entirely.

Troubles With Finding A New Home

Again, another nightmare that you really don’t want to be putting yourself through, yet so many are going through. But if you have a family in particular, then the move into a new home has to be perfect, and that can lead you to being rather picky. To speed up the process, you might want to think about increasing your budget, compromising, or widening the area that you’re willing to stop in. No home is going to be totally perfect, it’s easy to forget that!

Financial Worries

Something you’re going to go through whether you’re moving home or not most likely, but you’re going to want to get those worries under control by going to speak to a financial advisor to help you through. There’s always a way to make cuts and make things work, it’s just sometimes beneficial to hear a professional tell you how to do it. If things are getting super tight, you might want to think about moving back into your parents just whilst the move is sorting itself out, so you can focus on saving money.



The Screen That Lets You Check Everything Is Okay

The idea that a screen could be benevolent is new to popular media. We’ve all stumbled across movies, imagery, and books that have used the typical “I see you” plotline. As a result, it’s fair to say that for a lot of people, the screen appears as a Big Brother-like threat that hovers over our fragile lives. However, the idea that someone watching through the screen doesn’t have to be synonymous with maleficent intentions.

On the contrary, screens can play a protective role in your lifestyle. They can keep you and your family safe, as long as you know how to make the most of their functions. If you want to get rid of the menacing and omniscient screen to embrace the potential of an all-knowing and kind ally, here are some of the best uses you can find for screens in your household.

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For new parents, everything begins with your baby

If you’re expecting your first baby, you probably have a long list of gear and equipment to purchase. Do make sure to add a baby monitor with a display feature on the list. Indeed, display features can be helpful to check on your baby, especially when you are surrounded by noises. If you’re trying to listen to music in another room or engaged in a conversation, it can be tricky to hear the cues and know when your child is awake. You could, of course, check in the nursery room regularly, but you risk waking them up. Instead, a video feed can let you keep an eye on your baby without disturbing their sleep.

Then you question your home safety

New parents often develop a sense of hyper-awareness about the potential dangers inside and outside the home. In the process of babyproofing your home – a.k.a. covering sharp corners and sockets, adding barriers in front of the staircase, and locking chemical products away – you should also give special attention to your security system. Ultimately, you want your home to be safe from intrusions, and this is something you can achieve with solutions such as Advanced Protection Services which can add CCTV and detection services to your residence. You can even receive the real-time CCTV feed on your smartphone when you’re away.

Finally, you control the screen too

Last, but not least, children nowadays are faced with screen technology from a young age. There are plenty of children-friendly games that are downloadable in your tablet – they provide an excellent travel activity for a long commute! You can also use apps such as the DisneyLife which lets your kids watch their favorite movies online. With the abundance of services dedicated to young and older children, it can be difficult to keep them off the tablet. Even if you control their playing time, you can worry about their safety online. Thankfully, most tablets such as the iPad offer a level of in-built parental controls that allows you to check that everything coming on the screen is child-friendly. A good tip for the future, though: If you want to use parental controls with young teens, make sure to change your passwords regularly as they’re tech-savvy!

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Your screen lets you access a new dimension of your household safety. From checking on your baby to keeping harmful online content at bay, you can make friend with the screen again and let it protect your family day after day.


The Questions Parents Google The Most - And Answers

It doesn’t matter if you are a first-time parent of a 5th-time parent, sometimes things happen, and you need answers. Unsurprisingly millions of us head to Google in search of information, help, opinions and of course, people who have been through the same thing. Baby health concerns can be a bit scary, and it's not always more manageable when they get older either.
Here are a few of those most popular questions:

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Why does my child wet the bed?

Well, this could be a number of reasons. The older they get, and if it is still happening there is a chance it is something that needs to be looked into. But in general? They’re totally normal. Some kids are super deep sleepers and they simply just don’t wake up when their bladder is full.

Another issue is, when children start using the toilet without help, you might not be as aware if there are day time problems too. So it is essential to talk to them regularly about how they are.

Genes play a role in how long your child might wet the bed too. If you or your partner wet the bed for years beyond the age of 6, your child will likely stop around the same time.

Alternatively, if you know that there has been bullying or something traumatic has happened, then bedwetting is a common occurrence - so talk to them a little more and see if there is anything you should know.

Why is my child repeating everything I say?

Well, like any new skill, practice makes perfect. So, when they hear new words or sounds, instinctively they will try to replicate them. Although this can be a little annoying, try to remember that they are working those small mouth muscles until those words are easy for them.

At the same time as they are trying to form those words, their brain is working at a rapid rate to work out what should come next. So you might find they repeat the same word over and over until they finally finish what they were trying to say.

Copying small sentences helps them process what is going on around them. ‘Say bye-bye’ or ‘Let’s go night night’ give them hints as to what is about to happen, and children will find comfort in those things.

My child has a fever, why?

It is difficult to know when you need to get to the doctors or when you need to leave them to fend off the illness.

Sometimes it is something as simple as a cold, and other times it is something more sinister.

Often parents mistake ‘slightly warm’ for a true fever. If your child feels warm to the touch, that doesn’t mean they have a temperature, it means they are warmer than you. You should make sure that you take their temperature with a children's thermometer before taking action if you aren’t 100% sure.

Real fevers will run at around 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. But if your little one is less than 3 months old of their fever lasts more than a couple of days, head to get them checked out.

Sometimes children also do things in a totally unexpected way. Keep calm and carry on parenting!