Self Grooming tips during Pregnancy

As your belly grows bigger during pregnancy, your movement becomes a bit limited and it gets harder to see some areas of your body. For example, you can barely see your toes because your belly gets on the way. In addition, you cannot do the usual things you like such as sleeping on your belly as it is just not possible. Not only that, pregnancy brings another challenge that some women are not comfortable bringing up, like grooming your private part. However, others are really bold enough to talk about how to shave their pubic hair when pregnant. If this is the same dilemma you’re facing, these tips we gathered might help you. 

 

Keep it moisturized.

 

Never shave on a dry skin. Any dry surface has some friction including our skin. Just imagine how the blade would glide smoothly if your skin down there is dry. Apart from being more sensitive, it is prone to irritation and razor burn. Use a clean razor and shaving cream or unscented conditioner. The conditioner softens the hair for an effortless shaving. 

 

However, make sure to use a paraben-free and organic conditioner for safety reasons. Some conditioners and shaving creams are too harsh on the skin or may negatively affect your pregnancy. Glide your razor downward for an easy hair removal and avoid razor burns. 

 

Use scissors if necessary. 

 

You might need the help of a pair of scissors if your pubic hair is too thick. Hair grows twice faster because of the hormonal changes when pregnant. If there’s thicker hair, the harder it is to shave. Use a pair of scissors with rounded tips to trim it first. Then you can start shaving the rest when it’s thinner. 
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Visit Barbados. Like, Right now.

I’ve been obsessed with Barbados since I was a kid, when I read the Newbery Medal winning book “The Witch of Blackbird Pond” by Elizabeth George Speare. For anyone who somehow managed to escape their summer reading, the book is about a fictional 17th Century young woman who, orphaned, must leave her home in Barbados and travel to New England. Now in Puritan Connecticut, she often reminisces about her home and her childhood growing up in beautiful Barbados.

Yes, as an adult, I now realize the colonizer themes that ran rampant in the book. However, the images left in my mind’s eye of the lush and balmy Barbados had impressed on me the desire to make my way over to the tiny island as soon as I was able.  No better time then the present, so we headed over to finally see the nation well known as the birthplace of rum.

Located in the lesser Antilles of the West Indies, in the Caribbean region of North America, Barbados is about a 5 hour flight from New York City.  Just 166 square miles in total, it dwarfs the smallest state in the USA by quite a bit (Rhode Island, at 1,034 square miles), it packs a lot into a small space.

Though she be but little, she is fierce. Alright, perhaps not exactly fierce, but definitely a force. On this wisp of an island, you will experience amazing food (yes, quite a lot of seafood, but vegans and  vegetarians rejoice, there are plenty of options on this very foodie-progressive island), blissful beaches, friendly people, and incredible scenery. No matter what you are interested in, you will find plenty to keep you occupied while you vacation in beautiful and diverse Barbados.

Not ones to lay about the beach and resort all day, we wanted to see as much as we were able to in our (much too short!) stay. Not that lying about has anything wrong with it- you couldn’t pick a more picturesque place to relax and take in the sun and sand. We did our share of lazing, but spent most of our time exploring the island.  The history of the island is as colorful as it’s gardens, and during our stay we enjoyed learning about the island’s first peoples through events in our current time period. Luckily for us, there are some fantastic tour guides who are gracious enough to share Barbadian culture and history with tourists, and they are very thorough. The best part is, the more you learn, the more you want to know.

The Arawaks and the Caribs were the first inhabitants of what became known as Barbados. English Captain John Powell arrived in 1625 and claimed the island for King James I of England. After returning to England and back again, the island was given the name “Los Barbados”, a variation of “Os Barbados”, used by the Portuguese sailors since 1536.  It was named after a tree that grew on the island, the “Bearded Fig Tree” aka  Shortleaf Fig (Ficus Citrifolia) that the sailors thought looked like a bushy beard. As Barbados was named for it’s magnificent foliage, you can rightly assume that the natural beauty surrounding is going to make it hard to put your camera away.

Regardless of what kind of touring or adventure you are after, you are bound to be excited by and admiring of the natural beauty that will envelop you. One of the first tours we opted to take was a walking tour of Historic Bridgetown. This 3 hour walking tour was the perfect introduction to the area, and was led by local professor and historian Morris Greenidge. Extremely passionate, knowledgeable, and just honestly impressive, Mr. Greenidge is “the” expert, called to discuss Barbados and topics that intertwine with the local history on panels and conferences worldwide.

When there was not enough history or information available, Mr. Greenidge just decided rather than lament it, he would research and write the histories himself. Almost all by himself, as well. Self taught, he has researched and written the history of the island from it’s founders to local legends and heroes as well as walking guides and more. (Side note, some of these books are hard to find outside of Barbados, so you may want to buy them while you are there if you like them. Bonus, he will be happy to sign them for you. I regretfully only bought two of his books at the time, and am having a rough time finding some of the others. Lesson learned, hopefully you can avoid my error.) There are not a ton of books out there on the history of Barbados, not many novels either, so they were a good find and give good insight from that of a lifelong inhabitant. As well, I have to admit that after having spent time with Mr. Greenidge, I hear the books in his voice and they are quite a fun and unique reminder of our time spent touring.

Meeting us in dress slacks, crisp shirt, and suspenders on a blisteringly hot day, Mr. Greenidge speaks slowly and deliberately, often pausing in thought, giving an incredibly thorough tour of a place you can see he loves dearly. We began the tour at Chamberlain Bridge in aptly named Bridgetown (the capitol and by far largest city in Barbados) under Independence Arch. The bridge connects Bridgetown over the Careenage aka Constitution River, which cuts the city in two parts. Formerly a swing bridge that was vital to the shipping industry as well as connecting one part of the city to it’s other half, it’s now rebuilt and designed for the current needs of the island- mostly pleasure boating and fishing. Not only one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean, but also a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site, there is a lot to experience in Bridgetown.
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Best Tips for Feeding Your Baby

 

The following is a guest post. The opinions are those of the author and do not  represent those of this website.

 

If you are here today, the chances are that this is the first time that you are dealing with a newborn. Or in simpler words, you are just about to become a parent for the first time and you are confused about particular things like feeding the baby, etc. Well, if that’s the case and if you really are worried then first we’ll ask you to stop panicking and stay easy and calm. Yes, you read that right! You don’t have to panic at all because it’s not that difficult. After all, everyone becomes a parent sooner or later in his life, so think about it? If it was that difficult, would everyone have babies? 

 

Now, coming back to the topic of today, if you want to know how to feed your baby or if you are looking for some tips to feed a newborn then you are at the right place, reading the right article. Today we are going to jot down some of the best tips and suggestions from the pro moms who have been excellent when it comes to dealing with a newborn. 

 

1- Stick With Breast Milk 

You don’t use any fluids other than breast milk or infant formula when it comes to newborns. Especially if you want your baby to be healthy and strong, then the wiser thing to do is to stick with breast milk. A lot of mothers out there use infant formulas to feed their babies which isn’t wrong, but if you have the breast milk and if there’s no problem with it then this should be your first priority. Infant formulas don’t have the nutrition and vitamins etc that your little one needs and this is something every doctor will tell you too. 
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Dream better with these Children’s bedroom alterations

Your child’s bedroom should be a space that relaxes them and makes them feel safe and comfortable, to promote a restful night’s sleep. Tweaking their bedroom space can not only help to boost their sleep quality and duration but it can also help them to dream easier. The longer they sleep, the more REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep cycles they will have, and dreams typically happen in these cycles. Bedroom furniture experts, Room to Grow, share their top tips on how you can optimise your child’s bedroom space for sweet dreams:

 

 

  • Eliminate clutter

 

Your bedroom is your sanctuary, and your children’s is theirs; it should be a relaxing and peaceful space. Clutter can distract from this and make falling asleep difficult. Spending the time to put things in their rightful place can have a big impact – make use of drawers, wardrobes and shelves! If you still find yourself struggling for space, check out the cabin beds for sale from Room to Grow, the useful integrated storage space will ensure clutter is a thing of the past!

 

  • The darker the better

 

Light and darkness are powerful cues that let our bodies know when it’s time to rest or to get up for a new day. The Sleep Foundation advise that light in the bedroom impacts quality of sleep; artificial light after dark can make it harder to fall asleep and to stay asleep. So, consider replacing your child’s curtains with blackout blinds to help keep their body in sleep mode. 

 

  • Invest in quality bed linen

 

When choosing your child’s bedding, as well as looking out for trending unicorn or space designs, it’s also important look out for fabrics with moisture-wicking properties such as cotton, silk and linen. These will absorb excess moisture and keep your child comfortable throughout the night. Synthetic materials have the opposite effect and can actually trap moisture, making them warmer, and disrupting sleep.
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WIN Boudreaux’s Butt Paste With Natural Aloe

This weather is great for the beach and for barbecues, but it can wreak havoc on skin. If you have a baby, you know that their skin is extra sensitive year round, so it’s no surprise that hot and steamy weather might bother baby a little more then usual.

Of course, keep baby cool, change diapers often and keep them fresh, and at the first sign of a rash or irritation, try a nice cooling balm to help sooth the skin. We are fans of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, and they now have a new variety to try out.

Just in time for the warm weather, one of your favorite and most trusted baby care brands, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste is adding Aloe to it’s ingredients. With the beginning of Summer has launched the new Boudreaux’s Butt Paste with Natural Aloe. When tough diaper rash appears, give Boudreaux’s Butt Paste With Natural Aloe a try – a solution with plant-based ingredients for getting rid of rashes in a rush. We also use it at the first sign of redness sometimes- an once of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as they say. No use waiting until things worsen, at least in my opinion.

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Built For Your Growing Family

Thinking about adding on to your family? That can be a fun, even if somewhat stressful time. Trying to choose what essential everyday items you will need for your growing brood can be difficult, as you need to think about cost, size, durability, safety, ease of use, and more. We are hoping to help you with some of our favorites, as well why we like them and think you will find them useful.

One of the first and most important things to decide on is a car seat. Once your baby outgrows his or her carrier “snap and go” type car seat, the DualFit Harness-2-Booster seat by Britax is a good choice that is both safe and less expensive then some. It easily transitions from a three point harness seat to a booster that is best for older and larger children. As your child grows, the seat will grow with them.

Designed to fit children from 25 pounds to 65 lbs in harness mode, then in booster mode for children up to 100 lbs. Britax’s “patented system of safety components work together to transfer energy away from your child and 2 layers of Side Impact Protection shield your child in the event of a crash” (as per brand). It is easy to install, and has easy-on and easy off lower connectors that lock into place with a click and are released with the push of a button- however this mom always lets the fire station install with me the first time. It’s a service offered for free by many towns, and one I like to take advantage of to make sure I’m doing things right.

You can find this seat (as well as others) at https://us.britax.com for $169.99

Britax also makes the B-Lively Double stroller, which is a smooth, easy ride for two children. It has a lightweight aluminum frame (which is a necessity for packing up and getting into the car) as well as a quick fold. It takes storage seriously as well, knowing how much moms and dads have to lug about. With six storage pockets as well as a large under-storage basket, there is quite a lot of space for what you need to bring along. The stroller itself is easy to push, and not clumsy or cumbersome. No one likes to feel like a pack mule, or like they are taking up all the space in the aisle. It corners easily, and doesn’t “stick” on you, which is something I find ever annoying about larger strollers. Something else that makes the B-Lively Double Stroller extra handy is that it is compatible with your infant car seat should you need to do so. (*When paired with a infant car seat adapter kit, sold separately.) If your baby is still in a “snap and go” type seat, that makes it that much easier. It sells for $399.99 on https://us.britax.com
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When Can Baby Sleep on Tummy

 

Parents have to be careful about how they put an infant to sleep to avoid the SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). This is the reason till the baby grows up to a year old; they are made to sleep on their back. Until the baby grows beyond 4 months of age, there is always a risk of SIDS to the baby. After one year, the baby is strong enough to roll on the sides as well as sleep on their tummy. There are a few things to know as to when can baby sleep on tummy.

 

-Sleeping habits of infants

 

A newborn and an infant who is a few months old sleeps between 12 to 16 hours a day. They sleep in naps during the day time and could sleep longer during the night. It depends on how you have scheduled the sleep patterns for the baby. After the baby is 6 months old, the number of hours they sleep is lessened. They also stay awake in between and are active during those hours. When you place the baby on its back and let it remain in that sleep position, it is the safest way to ensure that they have a sound sleep and prevents all hazards of SIDS.

 

-Put them on a firm sheet

 

Choose a firm sleep surface for the baby to have a good sleep. They sleep for most of the day and night and are awake only for a few hours. Ensure that the sleep surface is not too soft or too hard. The mattress inside the crib must fit in properly. There must be no folds and keep away toys, pillows, and comforters away from the crib. You must also check for the temperature before putting your baby to sleep.

 

-Swaddling for fussy babies

 

Sometimes infants might want to sleep on their stomach and can get fussy about it. It is not recommended for the baby to sleep on its stomach until they are at least one year old. When the baby is fussy about sleeping on their stomach, you can try swaddling and get them used to sleeping on their back. If the baby is still fussy about sleep on its back, you can contact the healthcare provider to know the underlying reason and learn ways to let the baby sleep on its back.
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Staying Healthy when Traveling Abroad with a Baby

family travel

When you have children and become a parent, you definitely don’t have to stop doing things that you did before. One of those things in particular is travel. There can be a bit of an idea that your wanderlust and travels has to stop when you’ve got a baby. But travel with children can be a really rewarding thing to do, as there are some amazing memories that you can make, as well as fun experiences that you can all do together. It isn’t always easy, and will be different to what you are used to, but it can most certainly be done.

One of the biggest stressors when traveling with a baby is that you want your baby to be healthy when you are away. The thought of having to visit a doctor or a hospital when you’re in a place that you don’t know, or where you don’t speak the language, can be stressful and not something that you want to do. So making sure that you are able to keep your baby well on your trip is such a good idea, to make sure that you can have the best trip possible. With all of that in mind, here are a few ideas and tips to help you be prepared and keep baby healthy and well when you travel.

See a Doctor Before You Go

 

If you are unsure about anything before you travel, then speaking to your doctor or pediatrician is a really good idea. It could be a good idea to talk about your travel plans, as well as checking on things like vaccinations, especially if your baby is young. Sites like this one could also help if you’re looking for information about vaccinations and travel with young children: https://www.fitfortravel.com/general-travel-health-advice/child-travellers. Your doctor might even give you some suggestions to keep your baby healthy as you go and travel.
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