4 Frequently Asked Questions by New Moms

4 Frequently Asked Questions by New Moms

Being a new mom is not easy since there is no manual or clear guidelines on how to take care of your child. After the child’s birth, as a mother, you will experience many changes, both physically and emotionally. Many new things are happening in your life that may make you feel overwhelmed. You will constantly be questioning every activity since you want to provide the best care for your child. Many concerns can arise about the child that may require answers.

Here are some of the frequently asked questions by new moms:

new mom1)    Which Baby Products Should I Use?

Deciding which baby products to use as a new mom might be confusing. At times, you may forget to acquire some essential items. Unlike adults, babies are very delicate. Therefore, they require extra care and safe products. You will need help before deciding what to clothe your child with, how to bathe it, how and what to feed it, as well as how to hold and move it safely. For tips and advice on which products to use and a list of all baby items, you can check mommyhood101. Here, you will find crucial product reviews and comparisons of the best products. new momThey range from baby carriers, car seats, baby monitors, and many other baby-safe items.

2)     How Long Should A Child Sleep At Night?

On average, children sleep for five hours in a night. At 6 to 8 weeks some mothers are lucky to have babies who sleep soundly at night. The others are faced with sleepless nights since they are woken up by their baby every few hours. You will have to be patient if your child does not sleep all through the night. This may not occur until the child is five months.

In some cases, their established sleep patterns might be interrupted if they are sick or start teething. You can try sleep training your infant by not soothing them when they cry. This lets the child know that their cries will not always be answered immediately and over time they learn to self-soothe.

new mom3)    How Often Should A Baby Poop?

Once your baby is born, it gradually starts pooping like a normal person. What you feed your baby will determine the frequency with which they poop. If you are feeding your baby with baby formula, expect up to four diaper changes per day. For nursing moms, expect a similar number, but it will be kind of liquid. An infant’s bowel movements can change from as high as six times to a low as one time. If they do not poop but continue to pee, then do not worry since this will not last long.

new mom4)    Do I Need To Sterilize Bottles And Pacifiers After A Single Use?

No, you do not. It is advised that you wash drinking bottles and pacifiers with soap and water after every feeding. Sterilizing should be done overnight to kill the bacteria and viruses that you may have passed to your baby. Do not forget to maintain good hygiene practices in your home. Wash your hands regularly, especially before holding or feeding the baby. Avoid touching directly or placing the child’s pacifier on a surface that is unclean. All these sanitary practices are key in the well being on your baby.

4 Things You Should Look For When Buying A Child Car Seat

4 Things You Should Look For When Buying A Child Car Seat

car seatBuying a car seat for a baby can be a lot of fun and exciting. You get a chance to see the latest technology in the child car seat manufacturing industry. You also get to learn new approaches used by companies to guarantee the safety of your child.

But if this is the first time you are doing this, being a little bit cautious is necessary. You want to buy a seat that fits well in your car. Buying a baby car seat that is adaptable to the needs of your growing child is recommended. Buy a seat of the right size, weight, and color.

Considering all these aspects makes buying a baby car seat difficult. So, it may need that you incorporate advice from Law Firm Greenburg & Walden. Here are some of the important things you need to know before you buy a child car seat.

1. Not All Baby Car Seats Are Suitable For Children

It is important to know that not all car seats are suitable for children. A car seat of your choice should be adjustable to accommodate children as they grow. Also, the seat must be right for the height of your child. If you need one that reclines, buy one that will serve this purpose. Look at the rating of the manufacturer. Are there any shortcomings associated with the seats? Take your time to read through the comments posted by previous users about the car seat.

2. Has The Car Seat Been Recalled Before?

Before you spend your money on a seat, it is critical to check if the seat has been recalled before or not. If it has, it is important to know the reason why the manufacturer recalled it. Recalls occasioned by technical reasons may affect the way the seat operates. It exposes your child to a lot of risks.

3. The Expiration Date

Like any other product, car seats expire after some time. Most people who buy baby car seats don’t pay attention to such details. But the dates increases the risk factor and could compromise the safety of your child. Some manufacturers guarantee baby car seat safety for only a limited period of time. So don’t buy a seat that is about to expire.

4. The Common Mistakes That People Make

One of the mistakes that people make when buying a baby car seat is not choosing a well-fitting seat. If you have 3-4 cars, the seat may fit in one but not the others. Test the seat to ensure that it fits well in most of the cars. This way, it allows you to use any of the available cars.

There are many other things you may need to know when buying the best child car seat. But the suitability of the seat and the dates it will expire are the most important things to consider.

 

 

A Year of Date Nights – Ideas For Each Month

A Year of Date Nights – Ideas For Each Month

A few years ago I was telling a couple of girlfriends that my husband and I had gone for an evening drive around the island the night before; they both giggled and said, “Oh how cute, you had a date night”.  That was the first time I’d every heard the term “date night”, and I liked it!

The “date night” concept wasn’t a new and revolutionary idea, in our 30+ years of marriage my husband and I have gone out many times.  We just didn’t call it “date night”.

We called them going out to dinner for our anniversary, birthdays, and Valentine’s Day; these fell in the special occasion category.  When we went to the movies, the beach, and other places we just said we were going out.  Going out covered many activities including a trip to the ice cream shop, fishing, and evening drives around the island.  When I think about it I guess “going out” really was a “date night”. So clearly I been having date nights all my adult life.

I think the term “date night” can be misleading, implying that the date must be in the evening.  It can give the impression that you must go somewhere and do something special and romantic the whole night.  It can also be interpreted to mean that a date night must cost a small fortune.  It can be all of that or none of them.

In my opinion a date night can be anytime, anywhere, and last as long as you want it to.  It can be extravagant or almost free.  It can be romantic, fun, educational, or just about anything you want. The idea of date night is to spend alone time with your partner in an enjoyable environment.

Here’s some date night ideas for every month of the year to fit just about any budget.  I like to mix it up, do something extravagant at times and something cheap at others.

I’ve listed 3 different ideas per month ranging in price from extravagant $$$ to almost free $.  You’re not limited to doing an activity once, if  you both enjoyed it the first time, then by all means do it again.  Remember the idea of date night is for you and your partner to spend time alone doing something you both enjoy.  If you have kids plan for childcare; love the kids but date night is adult only!

January – Ring in New Year’s Day with a date night.  Drop kids off at grandma’s New Year’s Eve for an over night stay if you can.

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$$$ Check-in to a luxury hotel, bed-and-breakfast, or resort on New Year’s Eve.  Ring in the New Year in style at a near by night spot.  Wake up on New Year’s Day and enjoy a romantic champagne breakfast in bed.  If you have kids this will only work if  you have overnight childcare for them.

$$ Have a lovely brunch at a restaurant near you.  Arrange to leave the kids with a friend or relative for a few hours if you haven’t already dropped them off to spend the night at grandma’s the night before.

$DIY breakfast in bed.  Plan to feed the kids earlier and have an activity that will keep them entertained for a couple of hours, better yet drop them off at a friend’s house if possible.

February –  Folks dealing with nasty winter weather are more than likely sick of it and are dreaming of a tropical getaway by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around.  Make this month’s date one of those special occasions.  Turn the heat up by planning a fabulously romantic Valentine’s Day date.

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$$$ Fly off for a weekend at a tropical resort or set sail on a Caribbean cruise.  Bask on sun soaked beaches or enjoy a fruity drink on the pool deck.  Watch romantic sunsets on the beach and pamper yourselves with a couples massage at the spa.

$$ Reserve a table to dine at a romantic restaurant in your area. After dinner go home and snuggle up to a nice romantic movie.  Set the stage for romance with candles and flowers, and don’t forget the bubbly!

$ Create a romantic nest in your living room floor with cushy pillows, soft blankets, flowers, candles, and soft music.  Then have a picnic in your living room and let nature take its course.

March – Spring is in the air, warm breezes are ushering old man winter out.  Take advantage of warmer weather and take your date outdoors.

Date night

$$$ Spend a day or two in our Nation’s capital while the cherry blossoms are at their best.  Visit a museum or two, dine at one of the fine restaurant this city has to offer, and stroll along the Potomac on a moonlight night.

$$ Go for a horseback ride in the country.  Many ranches offer trail rides and horse rentals.  Find one not too far from you and plan to spend the day there.

$ Go for a walk at your neighborhood park and play on the playground equipment.  Don’t be afraid to push each other on the swings and ride the teeter-totter.

April – Spring is definitely here bringing along some April showers.  Spend rainy days doing something fun indoors.

Date night
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$$$ Nothing is better than Paris in springtime.  Fly over for a few days of dates.  View masterpieces at the Louvre, stroll along the Champs Elysees, and have dinner at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

$$ Spend the day at the local museum and go out for lunch at your favorite bistro.
$ Whip up a meal of your favorite rainy day comfort food.  After dinner surf the web together and explore new places.  Spend the evening making your travel bucket list.
May – Summer’s almost here which means the kids will be out of school very soon.  Take some time this month to charge up for the summer.
Date night
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$$$ Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in San Antonio, Texas.  San Antonio’s Market Square turns into party central on May 5 with concerts, dance performances, and more.  End the day with dinner at one of the fine restaurants on the River Walk where you can get some awesome Mexican food and mean margaritas.
$$ Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at a Mexican Restaurant near you.  Enjoy the food, the drinks, and the mariachi band.
$ Cook up some hot tamales, mix up a pitcher of frosty margaritas,  and watch a DVD of Nacho Libre in your living room.
June –   The kids are out of school and in your hair.  The first days of summer are fun times with the family, the summer doldrums have yet to set in.  Take some time for yourselves to recharge from all the summer activities.
Date night
Ballooning in France – Image by Savvy Nana’s Travels
$$$ Go on a balloon ride.  It’s amazing!
$$  Meet your partner for a long leisurely lunch at  your favorite cafe while the kids are at their friend’s house.  It’s a good time to catch up with each other and plan the rest of the summer.
$ Go for a hike at a nearby nature trail at sunset.  Pack a picnic dinner and gaze at the stars.
July – For many July is family vacation time.  We’re busy traveling by planes, trains, and automobiles.  Squeeze in a date or two wherever you may be.
Date night
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$$$ Find a concert, Broadway show, or ball game nearby and score some front seat tickets.  Indulge in a romantic candlelight dinner at a fabulous restaurant before or after the show.
$$ Spend an evening at the county fair.   Enjoy childhood favorite fair foods such as funnel cakes, BBQ, and sno-cones.  Ride the thrill rides and play carnival games.  End the night on the ferris wheel just before you go home.
$ Watch the Fourth of July parade in your town then head out to the park at night to watch the fireworks
August – By now the summer doldrums have set in, the kids are bored and you’re ready for school to start again.  It’s a good time for a break.
Date night
Roman Forum – Image from Savvy Nana’s Travels
$$$ It’s the best time of year to be in Rome.  The locals have left town for their vacations so there’re less crowds.  Enjoy a romantic dinner in an out of the way trattoria, toss a few coins in the Trevi Fountain, and rent a row boat at the Borghese Gardens.
$$ Play a game or two of miniature golf at the local fun park, looser buys ice cream.
$  Go for a moonlight stroll along the seaside or lake.  Take some time to stargaze and dream.
September – It’s autumn and the kids are back in school.  Life is getting back to “normal” and we’re gearing up for the busy times ahead.  Get away before the holiday chaos begins.
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$$$ Take a Fall cruise to New England and Canada.  Enjoy a few days to take in the colorful foliage.
$$ Get a couples massage at a day spa.
$  Go for a drive to see the fall colors
October – The leaves are definitely falling!  In our house October ushers in the holiday season.  From Halloween to New Year’s everyone is busy crafting, baking, shopping, and entertaining.  Don’t forget to schedule  some couple time in the midst of the madness.
Date night
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$$$ Rent a cabin  in the Adirondacks one weekend.  Spend some time outdoors before the weather turns cold, and romantic evenings snuggled up in front of the fireplace.

$$ Take a ghost tour or visit a haunted house
$ Rent a horror film to watch once the kids are in bed.  It’s a good excuse to cuddle, just in case you need an excuse!
November – This is a very busy month, too much going on.  Be sure you plan a break or two to unwind and relax.
date night
$$$ Book a full day for two at a fancy day spa, the relax and be pampered from head to toe.
$$  Go to a  Murder Mystery Dinner, it’s lot’s of fun.
$ Romantic movie night at home.  Choose one chick flick and a guy movie to watch and curl up in front of the TV with a bottle of wine, cheese, and chocolate covered strawberries.
December – This is the most wonderful time of the year, and it’s also the most hectic.  Our lives center around family activities and it can get a bit crazy when relatives come home for the holidays.  Scheduling a date night or two will help you keep your sanity.
 date night

$$$ Get away for a day or two to a ski lodge before guests arrive.  Even if you don’t ski the food is good, and sipping wine in front of the fire place is romantic.

$$ Have high tea at a local teashop, it’s a great place to find a quite corner and just enjoy each other’s company

$ Put the kids to bed early and enjoy a glass of wine in front of the fireplace.  That’s so romantic!

 

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5 Things you should know about getting out of an unhealthy relationship

5 Things you should know about getting out of an unhealthy relationship

A relationship is meant to be great for both partners, helping them to be happy and grow together. Trouble is that some people find themselves in relationships that make them miserable rather than happy. Because a lot of people are afraid of being alone, most people are involved in unhealthy relationships that end up draining their strength and self-esteem. Here are 5 things you should know about getting out of an unhealthy relationship.

Give yourself some breathing space

Whether it is a relationship with your friends, family and even spouse break away from an unhealthy relationship is more beneficial to you compared to being stuck in an unhealthy relationship. During this moment do not spend your time with people who make you feel bad about yourself.

Instead spend your time with people who make you feel good about yourself and who are always reassuring you that you will be fine and that everything will work out in the end. Find the type of people who can support you since it won’t be easy.

Plan your daily activities

Having moved out of an unhealthy relationship you will need time to recover. There are so many activities and plans that you might have made with your partner that will require some changes. The best suggestion is for you to make lasting changes and implement them straight away.

Once you have decided to move on, do so and stop questioning your decision, especially if you are coming out of an abusive relationship. Create a plan that you can use to avoid the temptation of going back to the same unhealthy relationship. This will not only help you to meet your health goals but it will also strengthen you as an individual.

Make a firm choice

Sometimes relationships are all about making choices that are beneficial to you. If you notice that you are not happy in a relationship or are getting abused, you need to make up your mind and end it. Do not attempt to end things in little steps since this only prolongs the process and makes it harder. Yes, the process won’t be easy and you might be single and lonely for a while but that is not the end. In due time you will find a partner who values you.

Do not bring friendship into the picture

Once you have ended an unhealthy relationship, give yourself some time away and try not to bring friendship between you two until you are sure there is nothing you feel towards the person, especially if at some point you have been intimate with the person. Deal with your anger and hurt feelings and give them time to heal.

Own your decision

Take a step back and carefully plan what you want in life. This might include making a list of activities that you can engage in that will keep you busy and going without the hustle and bustle of thinking about the other person. Just make the decision and own up to it.

If you know in your heart that the relationship you are in is not right, you don’t have to keep holding on. Try and fill the void at all times giving you lots of time following the breakup. In addition, give yourself both comfort and encouragement. Here is a guide from the law firm Anaya McKedy to help you start off.

Classic Halloween Movies for Adults

Classic Halloween Movies for Adults

With Halloween just around the corner many of us a busy with last minute preparations including finding the perfect Halloween movies.

I know one of the the favorite activities during this season is watching scary movies, everyone wants to be scared for just a little bit.  But it seems that  Halloween movies get bloodier and gorier each year and the higher the body count the more popular the flick is.   I personally don’t like blood and gore.  Watching zombies chew up body parts are not my idea of a scary Halloween movie, gross but not really scary.  I much prefer classic Halloween movies that don’t involve too much blood and guts splashing across the screen and screaming high school kids frantically running from zombies or monsters.

In my opinion classic Halloween movies that play on your mind are much more scary and can really send goosebumps up your arm for days if not weeks to come.

So pop some corn, grab your movie partner, and get comfy, I’m going to share with you 6 of my all time favorite classic Halloween movies.  If you prefer the blood and gore then pop one of John Carpenter’s Halloween movies in your DVD.  I hope you enjoy them, but if you’re looking for something that’s subtly scary read on!

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classic halloween moviesThe Sixth Sense

“I see dead people” the boy whispers, it never fails to send chills down my spine.  The movie hooks you in from the start and ends with an unexpected surprise.

I love this movie!  If you haven’t seen it you must, if you’ve seen it before it’s definitely worth seeing again.

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classic halloween moviesPsycho

When I say Psycho I mean the original 1960 version, not the recent remake.  Although I have to admit watching the series for a while, it was pretty good.

But the original version of Psycho is classic Hitchcock.  Easy on the gore; heavy on the suspense.  The soundtrack is enough to bring on nightmares!

Did you know that Hitchcock filmed this movie in black and white because of the infamous shower scene?  It’s true, he did because he didn’t want the bloody scene to be too gory.  He felt it would detract from the story line.

 

 

classic halloween moviesWhat Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

This classic movie is a real thriller.  Jane, aka Baby Jane in her child star days, and her wheelchair bound sister, Blanche, also an aging child star, are forced to live together in an old Hollywood mansion.

Watch the sisters’ plot and plan as one is bent of revenge and the other desperately trying to regain her childhood career.

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classic halloween moviesThe Exorcist

This movie was released when I was in 8th. grade.  After much begging I finally got my parents to agree to let me see the movie.  I had nightmares for months!

The whole movie is about a teenage girl played by Linda Blair, who somehow gets possessed by the devil.  The desperate mother turns to a Catholic priest who spends days trying to rid the child of the evil entity.

Ever since I first say this movie I’ve never been able to eat pea soup again!  Watch it, you’ll see what I mean.

 

 

classic halloween moviesBram Stoker’s Dracula

A list of classic Halloween movies wouldn’t be complete with out at least one vampire movie and Dracula is probably the most famous or infamous vampire.

Over the years since Bram Stoker’s classic novel was published in 1897 there have been numerous movies produced.  It’s actually hard to choose one as I actually like a couple of them.  Old time favorites are  Christopher Lee’s  1958 movie The Horror of Dracula and Bela Lugosi’s 1931 Dracula.

But recently those 2 favorites have gotten to seem a bit campy, what with all the new fangled special effects they use these days.  So my current favorite is the Francis Ford Coppola 1992 production.  It does not disappoint!

 

 

classic halloween moviesThe Good Son

This 1993 thriller with child star Macaulay Culkin of the Home Alone movies fame is a lesson in good and evil and that things or people aren’t always what they seem to be.

These are just 6 of my all time favorite Halloween movies, I hope you find them enjoyable.

Do you have a favorite Halloween movie?  Please share it with us!

Happy Halloween!

 

 

6 Halloween Books for Pre-Schoolers

6 Halloween Books for Pre-Schoolers

It’s that time of year again!  Yup it’s almost Halloween, one of our family’s favorite holidays.  (And you know we love all holidays!)  To get into the Halloween spirit, pun intended, we like to usher in the holiday by reading Halloween Books with the grandkids.

We have grands ranging in age from 2 months to 16, so clearly we don’t read the same Halloween Books to all of them.  Although in years past the oldest one sometimes sits in during the pre-schoolers story time if only to tease his brother about the baby books.

Anyway for this post I’m going to tell you about 6 Halloween Books our pre-schoolers love.  In fact they like them so much we’ll be reading them many more times between now and Halloween, and perhaps even after.

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halloween booksPete the Cat: Trick or Pete

My 4 year old twin grandkids love Pete the Cat.  They think he’s super cool!

Pete the Cat:Trick or Pete is the perfect Halloween book for them.  It’s a lift the flap book that follows Pete as he goes trick or treating in his neighborhood.  As he goes from house to house the flap opens to a fun spooky surprise.

It’s a fun book and will be loved now and the years to come!

 

 

halloween booksRoom on the Broom

My 5 year old grandson loves the Room on the Broom!  It’s good a witch on a broom, 3 helpful animals, and a hungry dragon, what more can a child ask for?

Is there room on the broom for the 3 helpful critters, and can they save the witch from the hungry dragon?  Read the book to find out!

 

 

 

halloween booksLittle Blue Truck’s Halloween

The 4 & 5 year old boys love this book.  Of course they’re currently in their cars and trucks phase and this book is perfect.

The popular Blue Truck is picking up his animal buddies to go to a costume party.  Lift the flaps on this board book to find out who’s wearing each costume.

Will the Little Blue Truck wear a costume too?  Lift the flap to find out!

 

 

halloween booksThe Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat

My 4 year old granddaughter loves this classic Halloween Book, but mostly I think she loves the stickers.  She loves stickers!

We’ve read this book with all the grands and will be reading it I’m sure next year to the now 2 month old grandson.

It’s a fun book that teaches kids right and wrong.  The bear kids are excited to go trick or treating with their friends but when someone decides they should play tricks this go quickly awry!

 

 

halloween booksCorduroy’s Best Halloween Ever

Here’s another beloved character!  Follow along as the cute bear plans his Halloween Party.  There’ll be pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, and of course trick or treating.  But wait!  What will he wear?  Help Corduroy decide on his costume!

 

 

 

 

 

halloween booksSpider Sandwiches

What pre-schooler doesn’t love monster?  Specially those that eat yucky gross food?

Come eat with Max, a monster with a monstrous appetite!