Whether it’s a baby or pet, a new addition to the family calls for new, unexpected responsibilities, and is bound to come with adjustments for every member of the family.
While it would be silly to guarantee zero stress for the new family environment, below are tips for a transition with more playtime and fewer headaches to help you get started.
Here’s what you need to know:
Get ready in style
Prep the space with all the necessities needed to make your new addition’s life as happy as possible. Based on the needs of your new child or pet, this could mean turning your home office or game room into a nursery, or finding the perfect doggy door to install in the back entrance. After checking big-ticket items off your list, consider how moments such as bath time will change in the new dynamic. Choose a product that is stylish and functional, like the Peerless SideKick Shower System, which has interchangeable attachments for parents, pet and baby. Versatile shower additions create a one-stop shop for everyone in the family, limiting mess and making bath time more efficient (and cost-effective!).
When you walk through your front door, you are greeted with the comfort and security of being in a space made just for you. With a new baby or pet, that could all change! It is important to take a careful look at your home and proof for all possible dangers and accidents. Move chemicals and cleaning products onto high shelves, tape electrical cords to baseboards, find ways to secure cabinets and doors that you would prefer not to have curious hands, mouths and noses digging around in, and make sure anything that can induce choking is stored in a safe place, far away from the curious new family member.
Budget for two
A new addition to the family means one more mouth to feed and nurture. It is important to prepare for unexpected expenses. Babies and pets are more prone to illness, injury and accidents because they are constantly exploring their environment. Remember to plan ahead by setting up a monthly savings plan to make room for miscellaneous expenses in your monthly budget. Go the extra mile and save more money by buying clothes and accessories from thrift or consignment stores, using family or friends for backup daycare, and asking relatives to babysit or puppy sit. Remember that planning is key. You’ve got this!
Ensure a stress- and mess-free playtime by designating an area for play in your home. If possible, create a gated space to give yourself a sense of control over playtime activities. This will offer peace of mind and allow your new addition to have fun and express themselves without any inhibitions. Bonus: There is less cleanup time as well.
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How to improve indoor airflow and quality
More efficient, tightly built homes than those constructed in previous generations are generally well-regarded, for the most part with good reason. However, when you consider people spend 90 percent of their time indoors on average, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), such airtight environments raise some concerns.
All that efficiency cuts down on airflow, effectively trapping allergens and toxins inside. According to estimates from the EPA, the air inside the average home may be as much as five times more polluted than the air outdoors, even in a bustling city.
“We know instinctively that spending so many hours in stuffy places isn’t good for us,” said Peter Foldbjerg, head of daylight energy and indoor climate at Velux. “According to research, living in damp and moldy homes increases our risk of asthma by 40 percent and leaves us vulnerable to developing other ailments.”
Limited fresh air and light during the day can negatively impact mood, sleep and performance. Air pollution can also pose a health risk through irritation to the eyes, nose and throat; headaches, dizziness and fatigue; and respiratory conditions, heart disease and cancer. To help alleviate some of these concerns, consider these tips.
Bring the outside in.
Rely on natural air flow.
Eliminate potential obstacles.
Creating Cleaner Indoor Air
Creating more airflow is an important step to improving your indoor environment, but considerations like air quality should not be overlooked. More air is a good thing, but more clean air is better yet.
Everyday home life activities such as cooking, showering, lighting candles, sleeping and doing laundry can all contribute to polluted indoor air, which over time can lead to the development of illnesses.
These tips from the indoor climate experts at Velux can help make the air inside your home healthier:
1. Keep bathroom doors closed and turn on the extractor fan or open a window or skylight when showering.
2. Turn the hood fan on when cooking and open your windows, if weather permits.
3. Avoid burning candles excessively; look for alternatives such as sprigs of lavender to add a natural fresh scent.
4. Dry clothes outside when possible, which reduces carbon emissions from the dryer and minimizes potential pollutants traveling through the dryer vent.
5. Clean regularly with non-chemical based cleaning products, and pay attention to ingredients in cleaning products that may create hazardous fumes.
Increasing Natural Light
Find more tips for creating a healthier home at veluxusa.com/indoorgeneration.
Sources: Family Features | Velux
With a new baby, along with other responsibilities such as bills, getting or staying organized, cleaning your home--there are so many causes of stress in our lives. Unfortunately, stress can take a negative toll on one’s health and wellness, particularly if it goes unaddressed for too long. Indeed, common effects of stress include headaches, stomach upset, anxiety, sleep problems and more, according to the Mayo Clinic.
This summer, consider these strategies for relieving stress in your daily life:
This summer and beyond, considering adopting stress-reducing hobbies and habits for a healthier body and mind. Your baby will sense your newfound calmness and will be calmer as well.
For decades, we’ve been told that the only way to get our bathrooms clean is to use store-bought cleansers. Yet although the commercials show cute cartoon bubbles and smiling bald men benignly scrubbing away dirt and germs, and leaving a spotless, gleaming white bathroom behind, the truth is still a little grimy. Take a closer look at the labels of those cleansers, and underneath the promises of lemony freshness you’ll find more warnings than assurances. In many cases, bathroom cleansers warn you not to use them in enclosed spaces because the fumes can be dangerous. That may be OK if your bathroom is several hundred square feet, but it’s safe to say that most of our bathrooms could be considered “enclosed spaces.”
The truth is that, despite the sunny packaging and cuddly mascots, most store-bought bathroom cleansers are harsh chemical cocktails that may do as much harm as they do good. They may be effective at removing soap scum and killing germs, but they also can contribute to indoor air pollution that can make you and your family sick. What’s more, these caustic chemical cleansers don’t just disappear when they go down the drain — they end up being introduced into the water supply, where they can have a negative impact on the environment. You may be concerned about the effects chemical bathroom cleansers can have on your family and on the environment, but you may also be wondering how you can keep your bathrooms clean without them. The following Slideshow, created by Modern Bathroom, details how to make natural bathroom cleaners that are safe for the environment.
One area of the kitchen that is often overlooked when it comes to spring cleaning is the area home chefs keep their spices, whether it’s a cabinet, rack or drawer. Keeping your spices fresh and organized is a smart way to create faster, more flavorful meals.
Try these tips from Toni Hammersley, author of A Bowl Full of Lemons, for a simple and stress-free way to spruce up your spice storage.
Find more tips for storing and organizing your spices at McCormick.com.
Sources: Family Features |McCormick
As days grow longer and temperatures rise, spring cleaning starts to creep to the top of the to-do list for many people. Spring is the perfect time to think about where things can be tidied up, and the kitchen can be a great place to start, especially if you’re looking to make room for healthier options.
Look no further than a store like ALDI, which offers high-quality food at affordable prices, including award-winning, wholesome, better-for-you foods. In fact, 40,000 shoppers voiced their choice in a national survey by global research agency Kantar TNS, and three ALDI-exclusive foods won the prestigious 2018 Product of the Year title.
Try these tips for healthy spring cleaning swaps for your pantry and fridge, and find more helpful ideas at aldi.us.
If you’re in the mood for something sweet, reach for the fruit bowl instead of the candy bowl. Fresh fruits like apples, grapes and oranges can curb your craving for sweets without the extra sugar.
For a simple and filling snack, swap out greasy chips and unhealthy dips for hearty veggies and a dip option like ALDI-exclusive Little Salad Bar Fresh Guacamole, a 2018 Product of the Year winner in the Spreads category. It comes in three creamy and delicious flavors: Chunky, Southwest and Pineapple Poblano.
Cut down on carbs by making your favorite pasta dishes with vegetable noodles instead of spaghetti. Try making “noodles” by peeling vegetable ribbons of zucchini, sweet potatoes, carrots or cucumbers. Simply mix them with your choice of protein and top with a savory sauce for a feel-good twist on comfort food.
Instead of conventional yogurt, pick a better-for-you Greek option with more protein. For example, ALDI-exclusive Friendly Farms Greek Yogurt Tilts, a 2018 Product of the Year winner in the Snack Cup category, contain low-fat Greek yogurt and delectable toppings that can be combined with just a tilt. The yogurt comes in two fun flavors: Crazy for Coconut and Key Lime Crunch.
When choosing breads and grains, go for multigrain or whole-grain options instead of white. The same goes for rice. Brown rice and whole-grain foods have a higher nutritional value and keep you feeling full, thanks to the increased fiber content.
Opt for snacks that can fill you up with protein and nutrients. Try an option such as ALDI-exclusive Elevation by Millville High Protein Bars, a 2018 Product of the Year winner in the Better-For-You Snacks category. They live up to their name with 20 grams of protein and 13 vitamins and minerals in each bar. They also come in two delicious flavors: Mint Chocolate and Chocolate Peanut Butter.
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Sources: Family Features | ALDI
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