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Useful Tips For Preventing Overnight Diaper Leaks

Category : Pregnancy

One of the first obstacles that new moms have to face is accepting all the mess and stinkiness along with dirty diapers. These useful tips below will help you prevent overnight diaper leaks if your baby usually wakes up in wet.

Tip 1: Reduce water consumption.

From birth to roughly 7, your child will empty their bladder 2 to 3 times at night. This means, depending on their age, they can remove up to 30 ounces of urine. Cutting down the amount of water your child drinks after 7 p.m reduces how much they’ll pee at night and then reduces the probability they’ll pee out of their diaper.

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Tip 2: Snug the diaper.

Most leaks will be around your baby’s thighs ( or waist to a boy, or a tummy sleeper). The diaper must be snug enough in these areas, so you have just a tad bit of trouble sliding your finger between the diaper and your baby’s skin.

Tip 3: using an Overnight diaper.

A diaper that is designed for overnight using will increase leakage protection. These bottoms have a more snug fit; a longer recommended wearing time, stronger closing tabs as well as more capacity for absorption, compared to other regular disposable diapers.

If your child has recently learned to walk, a thick cloth underwear under or over the diaper is helpful to prevent wet sheets and encourage potty training.

Tip 4: Choose the right fit.

Nighttime leaks are usually caused by a too-small or too-big diaper. If you use disposable diapers, remember to consult the weight and fit charts on the package. Besides, red marks coming from small diapers on your baby along with gaps around the waist and thighs are a definite sign of baggy bottoms.

To avoid nighttime leaks, just simply go up a size in diapers. When my girls are in wrong size diapers, they leak more at night. I turn into the larger size in the night and keep them in the smaller size during the day.

Tip 5: Use the diaper correctly.

Sounds simple, however, most of the diaper leakages are caused by poor fit and improper usage, no matter at night or during the day. When you replace your baby’s diaper with the last one on her day, try to make it symmetrical and straight, hanging at an angle or not crooked.

The diaper’s waist should be exactly on your baby’s waistline, not above or below and the diaper should cover her backside and hips. These crucial principles are applicable to both reusable and disposable diaper.

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Tip 6: Encourage your child to sleep on her or his back.

When my girls learned to roll over, both of them would rather sleep on their bellies. Although back is best among a number of reasons, belly sleepers also probably leak more. You may have less leaks when your child sleep on their backs unless they have a preference.

Tip 7: Change diaper at midnight.

Nobody wants to be waken up when sleeping but changing a diaper at midnight is what ultimately solve nighttime leakage. Change her diaper right before you go to sleep. At the beginning, this will wake her up but after about a week, your baby will get used to it.

Tip 8: Proper Diaper Changing is Important

What sounds like a simple task can become a real problem. Leaking diapers are normally from poor fitting nappies or the wrong usage. This can be applied to night or day nappies.

You should try to make sure the diaper is snuggly fitted, and the positioning is correct. This will ensure the child’s sleep will not be interrupted or disturbed by the uncomfortable feeling of a poorly fitting nappy.

To check, you can run your finger between the nappy and the bay’s thigh. There should be enough play or gap to ensure a degree of tightness but not too loose.

Tip 9: Booster Pad Usage

Should the above techniques not prove effective, try using a booster pad to prevent overnight nappies from leaks.

The booster pad assists in support the diaper. Again you will need to fit inside the nappy so that it absorbs any overflow from the nappy.

It may take a couple of goes before the little one becomes accustomed to the extra padding, but over time they will become used to the dryness and warmth, giving a more comfortable feel.

Tip 10: Use a Nappy or Diaper Pad for Changing

Don’t make the mistake of not using a nappy changing pad. The diaper changing pad provides a level of protection for your baby especially from dirty surfaces and prevents those unseemingly leaks onto the change area.

The diaper changing pad will also provide a safe surface for little one in one place, to more effectively change the nappy more quickly.

Author bio:

Emaa started her blog ShrewdMommy. Here she shares pregnancy advices and experience. There are lots of tips for mommies. Her blog can help you a lot if you are getting pregnant or expecting. Keep following.


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Smart financial moves to prepare you for the Baby

Category : Pregnancy

As you come towards the end of your pregnancy journey, which was coupled with a lot of hurdles that you have successfully leapt through, one thing becomes certain; you are finally going to be a mother. At that moment, you and your partner start to prepare for the baby.

Preparing for parenthood isn’t all about baby clothes and ultrasound photos since a lot of financial preparation are required. Making smart financial moves to prepare you for the baby will ensure that your little bundle gets all the things that she will need.

USDA estimates that averagely, middle-income parents will spend $14500 yearly when a new baby arrives. Apart from food and clothing that usually take up a big chunk of that amount, diapers may cost you between $30 and $90 per month; you will cough out around $2000 just to fit out a nursery. Let me not break down all the budget since having a baby is not a financial decision, although it will affect your finances.

Therefore, in order to enjoy your new-born, getting on top of your finances ahead of time should be a top priority. Here is how you can do that.

  • Review your health insurance

Due to the huge costs of medical care associated with pregnancy and childbirth, paying for these costs out of your pocket may leave you financially overwhelmed. Since childbirth and maternity care are essential health benefits, you can, therefore, look for a health plan that covers these benefits.

For vaginal delivery, the average cost is usually around $10,000 while a caesarian delivery with complication may cost you around $23,000 that is according to the US Agency for Healthcare Research. Reviewing your pregnancy and childbirth coverage before your baby arrives to make sure that your paediatrician and the hospital you will deliver in are covered so that you pay less for your delivery.

  • Pay off your credit card debt

Since being a parent comes with responsibilities that will always frown at your wallet, having a credit card debt that comes with some interest fees will make parenting to be a lot harder than it should be. Therefore, from the moment you realise that you are expecting a baby; you should spend the next eight months to knock out some of your debts, if not all. This is because once the baby arrives; it will be difficult to find that extra money to pay off the debt.

  • Get yourself a life insurance

Life insurance policies are usually affordable and offer you coverage for a set period of time. A smart parent should always ensure that they are ahead of whatever storms that life may be brewing for you. If you are having a baby, you have to consider all possibilities in life. Ask yourself this question, what if something happens to you? Will your child be able to face this world without you?

By taking a life insurance, you will still be able to provide for your child even upon your death. Although chances of you dying are relatively small, in life, anything can happen. For as little as $200 a year if you are a non-smoking adult, you may get a 20-year policy that is worth somewhere around $250,000.

  • Create a budget

Diapers baby formulas and clothes should not even get you financially worried. Daycare and school tuition which will come later down the line are what should motivate you to start saving. Creating a realistic budget will enable you to find ways on how you can trim some budget fat while at the same time you will be able to deal with the added costs.

You should also consider the impact of your maternity leave on your income. Once your maternity leave expires, you and partner will have extra bills to cover in the name of child care expenses which may cost you around $800 or more.

  • Save

Since Mother Nature is kind to give you nine months to prepare for the DS(Dear Son) or DD, once you have created your budget and analysed it, you can start setting aside some money to cover all the expenses that you expect to have.

You should also avoid overspending on your baby stuff by prioritising on your baby’s must-haves and avoiding baby items that will be a waste of money. You can also open education savings account for your baby since it is a smart financial move that only smart parents make.

What are the benefits of putting your wallet in order before the baby arrives

  • Less stressful parenting

If the latest surveys by the American Psychological Association are anything to go by, around 70% of those who participate always list money as the number one stress factor. Therefore, if you want to live to attend your child’s graduation day, you should always ensure that you eliminate stress causing factors from your life. Putting in order your finances is one of the ways you can do that.

  • More financially stable kids

Research shows that children who grow up in a family with a culture of financial accountability have greater chances of ending up to be financially stable adults. Furthermore, how will you teach your child about financial literacy if you can’t lead by example? Therefore, you can build the foundation for your child’s financial stability by making smart financial moves even before he or she comes into the world.

  • Better marriage relationship

Financial woes can also take its toll on your marriage or relationships. You may find yourselves pointing fingers at each other when maybe your mortgage is in foreclosure, or you have missed out on the deadline to settle your credit card bills.

To summarise, parenthood comes with new sets of financial responsibilities that if you don’t make early preparations, you may end up suffering from postpartum depression. Therefore, the earlier you start crunching those figures to see how much you should set aside, the better off you and your baby will be. If you have a partner, saving will be much easier since you will combine your efforts.

Author Bio: I am Kristi and have 3 charming babies. I love to share my experience through Intelligentmother.com. There are lots of solutions for pregnant women inside my blog. Thank you for reading!


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Child Safety Game Plan for Single Mothers

Category : Pregnancy

After giving birth, many women always give a sigh of relief for getting through the pregnancy since it is a very tiresome and burdensome nine-month long journey. Little do they know that by giving birth, they are starting a new and more challenging chapter of their lives, it is called motherhood.

For the single mothers, child rearing can sometimes be a very difficult task since you will have sole responsibility for the baby. Sometimes you can be emotionally and physically overwhelmed especially if you have to juggle between being there for your baby and chasing the dollar.

Common challenges you are likely to face when you are a single mother with a baby

Struggling to meet your career responsibilities, dealing with your emotional requirements and being there for your baby are just some of the issues that will make challenges appear in series that you may sometimes feel overwhelmed. Here are the challenges that you may face.

  • Scheduling: Flustered with loads and loads of responsibilities, juggling through all of them will leave you with a hectic schedule that will in itself be a challenge to keep afloat.
  • Balancing: As a single mother with a baby to take care of, your life will definitely revolve around your work and your home. Balancing between these two worlds will not be such an easy task.
  • Financial challenges: Since being a single mother puts all responsibilities of taking care of your baby on you; you cannot, therefore, be a stay at home mum since you will need money to meet all the expenses. If you are not very well off, it will be very difficult to meet all your expenses and give your baby all that she will need.
  • Finding a child care support: Finding a reliable person to look after your baby while you are away at work requires you to make an adequate arrangement, and this is usually a challenge.

Here are a few tips for single mothers to help them deal with such challenges

  • Create a routine: Having a regular schedule will ensure that you manage to balance between work and being there for your baby.
  • Find a good child care: Getting your baby a regular and qualified caregiver will ensure that your baby grows in a safe environment while you are away at work. You should not rely on an older child as a babysitter or ask a friend or neighbour to look after your baby.
  • Take care of yourself: Balancing between work and home can sometimes make you forget to take care of yourself. You should, therefore, create time for you and your friends or engage in some physical activities. Don’t forget to eat a healthy diet.

Due to your busy schedule as a single mother, it will be difficult to guarantee your child’s safety at home. This is one of the worries that single mothers have to grapple with while they are away from their baby. Home is the place where the heart is, but it is the same place where most of the hazards may lurk for your toddler.

Since there is little time to care for the baby, the only way to ensure your toddler’s safety is to make your house baby-proof. Whether your baby is a walker, a crawler or is still comfortable to be wrapped in your arms, you still need to childproof your home before your baby acquires new skills. Here is how you can make sure your house is a safe place for your baby at all times:

 

  • Use baby gates to build barriers

There are a lot of hazardous areas in your house that the baby should be denied access to at all cost. Places like stairways, fireplaces and the kitchen should be kept out of bounds completely. One of the most efficient tools that can help you achieve that is baby gates.

You can install them at the top and bottom of the stairs, near the fireplace and at the entrance of places that you don’t wish your baby to go to.

  • Learn to use locks in every place

Apart from baby gates, locks should also be your best friends. If your toddler is a crawler, investing on automatic cabinet locks will be a good thing to prevent your baby from accessing the cleaning products, tools and medicine bottles in the cabinets.

When your child learns how to be bi-pedal, the drawers too will need new automatic locks so that you don’t have to remind yourself each and every time to lock them, which is a task you don’t want to add to your busy brain.

  • Take care of the window dangers

If your toddler can now walk, he or she is likely to take advantage of his increased mobility and even reach out to open windows. Who knows when your toddler might decide that it’s time to be Superman? You can, therefore, install metal window guards to reduce the spaces between the window bars to no more than 4 inches apart.

  • Take care of the drowning risks

Places like the bathroom which contains water dangers should be off-limits for your baby. You should not allow your curious baby access to water or leave them in water unsupervised, not even for a second. This is because as little as two inches of water is enough to drown your baby. The lid of your toilet seat should also be locked with safety latches.

Therefore, since child rearing can be difficult for a single mother who has to find a way to balance between two worlds, the office work and the home, it takes a lot of dedication and strength to be a good parent. Nothing gives a mother the peace of mind she deserves than knowing that she is always there for the baby when the baby needs her and that the baby is always safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Things A 3 Week Pregnant Lady Should Know

Category : Pregnancy

Are you 3 weeks pregnant? whether you were actively trying, and waiting for results, or just letting it happen when it comes, the first sign might be a missed period. Before ovulation period, the estrogen level in the body is so high. Make sure that it has good support all the way around, including the underarm and back sections, and that it is not underwired. And don’t worry if your food intake drops in the beginning because of morning sickness.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, the outer cells of this raspberry will form into your baby’s amniotic sac, and the inner cells will eventually become your child. These somites will also form the bones of the spinal column, skull, sternum, and ribs. At this stage the baby will embed itself cozily in your uterus.

Now that you have reached the third week of your pregnancy, your body will begin to produce hCG, the pregnancy hormones that are responsible for positive pregnancy test results. It isn’t until sometime in week two that ovulation occurs. Your baby’s brain, spinal cord, muscles, and bone formation are also beginning to form.

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This is probably the most complained about cramping in pregnancy, and one most pregnant women will experience. Even though you don’t know you’re pregnant yet, it’s worth being aware of the recommended advice and making some basic dietary and lifestyle changes. If you cannot afford to pay the price for one of these tests, you can wait until you miss the first day of your period and use a cheaper brand.

Bing 3 weeks pregnant, your body is making adjustments as a result of your new pregnancy hormones and little one growing inside of you. Keep in mind that internal changes never take place randomly, it always happens due to some reason. A morula is a ball of cells that is constantly multiplying. If the test is negative, your result will read ‘Not Pregnant’. It’s needless to say that women are different, and so the earliest pregnancy signs are different for every woman. This process continues, and by the end of the week, your baby consists of hundreds of cells and will be called a blastocyst.

The implantation site, where your egg attaches to the uterine wall, will eventually develop into the placenta that is essential for your baby’s development for pregnancy. The placenta won’t be developed enough to take over this task until the end of next week. Your breasts may become increasingly tender and achy, and you may find yourself running to the bathroom because you need to urinate more frequently.

To calculate your due date, your health care provider will count ahead 40 weeks from the start of your last period. Once your pregnancy is confirmed in the next week or so, you’ll find you’re bombarded with more health information than ever. It first forms a ball of cells, then a hollow sphere called a blastocyst. Blood vessels may be quite visible just under the skin of the breasts, an appearance known as ‘marbling’. As your baby’s due date is measured from the first day of your last period, you are now considered three weeks pregnant.

If the sperm was carrying a Y chromosome, you’ll have a baby boy in nine months; an X chromosome bearing sperm will work with your egg to create a baby girl. Whatever the gender, every healthy baby will contain 23 chromosomes from daddy and 23 from mommy to make an entirely unique arrangement of 46 chromosomes. First, your heart is working harder to pump the increased blood throughout your body. Your eggs will only ever contain an X but sperm will contain either an X or Y sex chromosome. You have just passed the first period of major breast growth.

Do not be alarmed if you aren’t showing any sure signs of pregnancy or even if you have a wide combination of many. This stimulates your breasts to start lactating, initially producing colostrum for the first couple of days post birth and then, as its composition alters, increasingly mature milk. If you have inverted nipples and are worried about how this will affect breastfeeding, fear not. Right now, your body is working hard to help your baby develop.

So pop a prenatal vitamin, take a swig of whatever beverage you damn well feel like swinging, cross your fingers and hope for the best. Undoubtedly the most exciting development of this week is somewhere around the 21st day, when your baby’s heart will start to beat! Drugs and pregnancy don’t mix, and that goes for everything from allergy medicine to illegal narcotics. A germinal period is the time between the fusion of two gamete cells and implantation of the embryo in your uterus.


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Pregnancy Vitamins

Category : Parenting , Pregnancy

Pregnancy is simultaneously the most exciting and the most terrifying period in a woman’s life. Besides all of its beauties, it also carries a lot of worries with it, because during that time, a woman has two lives to take care of. Suddenly, you are in charge for health of one more human being and you must take that responsibility seriously. A healthy diet, above all, will help your baby grow strong, and there are some vitamins and minerals which are essential for a healthy development. Some of them will be possible to intake through regular diet, while any nutritional gap in your diet will have to be covered in other ways.

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Now, let us consider which nutrients do you and your baby need the most and how to consume them.

Vitamin D

This vitamin is in charge of regulating the amount of phosphate and calcium in the body, which are essential for keeping the bones and teeth healthy. Because your baby’s bones are yet to be developed, consuming enough vitamin D is crucial to avoid softening the bones or getting rickets (a disease affecting bone development in children). Natural sources of vitamin D are oily fish (sardines, salmons and mackerel), meat and eggs. It is difficult to get enough vitamin D from natural sources alone, so you should look up for alternatives, such as supplements or sun exposure (less than you need to start tanning).

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Vitamin C
Vitamin C protects cells and helps maintaining them healthy. When it comes to this nutrient, there is no need for drastic changes in your nutritional habits. A balanced diet containing vegetables and fruits, such as citrus fruits, broccoli, bell peppers, and blackcurrants will provide you and your baby with enough of vitamin C.

 

Calcium

Similar as vitamin D, calcium is crucial for proper growth of your baby’s bones and teeth. It can also prevent you from losing your own bone density, which is a common thing, because the baby uses calcium from your body for its own bone development. Natural sources of calcium you should include in your diet are dairy products, fish, cereals, dried fruit, tofu, almonds, bread, broccoli and green leafy vegetables. Natural calcium supplements are sometimes needed to increase the bone density and make sure you provide enough of this nutrient for both you and your baby.

Iron

Women in pregnancy often feel very tired and sleepy. That is sometimes caused by the lack of iron. This shortage can also lead to anemia, in some cases. To prevent such outcomes, you should consume green leafy vegetables, lean meat, nuts and dried fruits. Also, some breakfast cereals have iron added. When your iron becomes low in pregnancy, your doctor or your midwife will recommend iron supplements.

Prenatal Vitamins

In some cases, a doctor will recommend taking prenatal vitamins – pills which contain mixture of various vitamins and minerals needed in pregnancy. Usually those are the previously mentioned vitamin C, vitamin D, iron, calcium and iodine, folic acid, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, zinc, etc. Some of them have special tasks when it comes to your baby’s health. Folic acid, for instance, should prevent any neutral tube defect in early pregnancy, while iodine helps you maintain a healthy thyroid function. A deficiency of iodine can lead to stunted physical growth, deafness and mental disability.

The best way to be sure you will get a healthy and a happy baby is by living a healthy life with balanced diet and good habits. Consult your doctor to check about some specific needs of your pregnancy, if there are ones.