How To: Introduce Your Child To A Swimming Pool

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As the snow melts, and the leaves turn green, now is a good time to think about introducing your child to a swimming pool. Most accredited and certified water instruction agencies suggest waiting until your baby is at least 6 months old, so they are more likely to have proper head control and can regulate their own body temperature effectively.  That is also enough time for your baby to build up a stronger immunity towards such things as pool chemicals and bacteria. Below are some tips that will help to make your child feel more comfortable, which in turn, improves their new experience.

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10 Best Books to Read While Pregnant

With the intimidating sea of books and information available on the topics of pregnancy, birth, and babies, it can be confusing and daunting to choose which books to read. Even just within the topic of baby sleep, you could read a handful different books! We have put together a nice well-rounded list of the best books on each topic to help you feel educated and prepared for the new journey you’re taking.

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Top 3 Tips for Amber Teething Necklaces

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We recently talked about our 3 favorite natural teething remedies, and now we’re back with our top 3 tips for Baltic amber teething necklaces, including how to buy the most effective necklace, and how to use it properly.

In case you haven’t yet read our natural teething remedies post, Baltic amber has a natural healing property – it’s a live resin that contains succinic acid, a natural anti-inflammatory analgesic that is activated by the warmth of your baby’s skin. Your baby doesn’t actually chew on the necklace – the amber simply must rest on your baby’s skin, and then the magic happens!

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Toxic Foods You May Be Giving Your Pets

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We’ve all been there; the doorbell’s ringing, the baby’s crying, dinner is burning in the oven and the dog is sitting on the table licking the breakfast plates clean. (Yes, it’s 6 PM and they’re still there.) It might come up as the opener to a joke you tell your neighbor while gathering the mail the next morning. “Well, at least I didn’t have to do the dishes!”

While you may think your beloved pet is lending you a helping hand, letting him sneak some table scraps now and then might actually be doing him harm. A number of human food items are quite toxic to cats and dogs.  Before you slip some leftovers in your dog’s bowl tonight or turn your back at the sight of your toddler dropping niblets into your kitty’s mouth from her high chair, take a look at this list of the most toxic foods and be sure to keep them away from your fury pals.

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Asking for help after a C-section

 

When people who live far away from their family are preparing to have a baby, many times they request no out-of-town house guests immediately after. In order to have a complete birth plan, you need to discuss the possibility of having a c-section, though frequently, people tend to discard that possibility in an “out of sight, out of mind” way.

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Preparing For A C-Section

No expectant mother wants to envision their labor ending with a c-section, but that’s your first lesson in motherhood: expect the unexpected. It is not uncommon to feel an array of negative emotions after having an unplanned c-section. Plan ahead of time for everything that could happen during labor so that whatever road your birth story travels, you will be as happy as possible.

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Cleaning With Baking Soda

BAKING SODA (sodium bicarbonate) is normally found in the kitchen for baking, but can be even more useful around the house as a cleaning product! Baking soda’s gently abrasive quality, along with being non-toxic, is what makes it so great to clean with. It can replace your use of harsh chemicals or stinky abrasive powders that need to be rinsed cleanly away. Although it is not a disinfectant, it is safe and natural to use for scrubbing and for neutralizing odors. As a bonus, baking soda is inexpensive!

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Homemade Garbage Disposal Cleaner

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 In order to keep your garbage disposal working properly, you must do some maintenance on it every once in a while. Many times, people will buy products to drop into their disposal to both clean it and release a fresh aroma into the air. However, those can be pricey, and you are unsure what chemicals you are coming into contact with and also releasing into the environment. An easier (and natural) solution is out there!

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