5 tips to prepare for a newborn’s arrival
Bringing your baby home with you for the first time is typically one of the most exciting moments for a parent. However, preparing for baby’s arrival can be a little overwhelming at times.
While there’s no one-size-fits-all manual for becoming a parent, these tips can help ensure you’re ready to bring your little one home.
Prepare the Nursery
Baby-Proof the House
Pack a Hospital Bag
Ready the Car
Set Some Boundaries
Find more tips to prepare for your child’s arrival at eLivingToday.com.
Photo courtesy of Getty Images (mom and dad bringing baby home)
Sources: Family Features | eLivingToday.com
Between feedings, changing diapers and household chores, sleep is often put on the back burner for new parents at the end of a busy day.
In fact, a survey of 2,000 parents, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Mattress Firm, found the average parent loses one-third of his or her nightly sleep after a baby arrives, decreasing from an average of six hours per night to just four. The same study also found that nearly half (48 percent) of new parents said sleep loss is their biggest obstacle to overcome.
Getting adequate sleep may seem impossible with a new addition but it is essential for managing stress and preparing for the day ahead. While there isn’t a magical formula for getting enough sleep, these strategies can help:
Find time for rest
Establish a routine
Try soothing techniques
Choose the right mattress
Remember, the sleepless nights won’t last forever; the American Academy of Pediatrics notes almost all babies should be able to sleep through the night by 6 months of age. For more strategies for helping new parents sleep, visit DailyDoze.com and follow along on social media with #WorkHardSleepHarder.
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Sources: Family Features | Mattress Firm
By Daniel Sherwin for Natural Baby Magazine
Congratulations! You’re going to have a baby, and it’s time to get ready! A bit of trepidation is normal when you realize that you’ll be bringing home a wiggly, squiggly, squalling infant in just a few very short months. Most new parents anticipate parenthood with a blend of excitement and apprehension.
But if you’re joining the ranks of more than 4 million U.S. families with children under age 18 that include at least one parent with a disability, you know that you’ll face additional challenges besides the usual diaper blowouts and toy minefields.
If you’ve lived with your disability for a while, you’ve probably already taken creative steps to accommodate for the challenges it presents. Approach preparing for a new baby as an exciting adventure that requires strategy, a little ingenuity, and a healthy dose of humor.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for parenthood:
Standard baby gear and equipment isn’t necessarily designed to accommodate physical limitations. Fortunately, big-box stores and online retailers now carry equipment to accommodate parents who may have trouble using their hands, use wheelchairs, or who have vision/hearing impairments. This equipment includes:
For a more comprehensive list of baby care equipment that’s recommended for parents with disabilities, visit Through the Looking Glass, a “nationally recognized center that has pioneered research, training, and services for families in which a child, parent, or grandparent has a disability or medical issue.”
Modifying Your Home
Your home may already have certain adaptations, like grab bars in bathtubs and non-slip rugs or mats. But it’s likely that there will be other modifications that you’ll need to make so childcare is easier
If you’re sight-impaired, consider these modifications:
American Foundation for the Blind has more ideas on creating a comfortable, usable environment that’s also infant and kid friendly.
A Strong Support System
Never think that self-care is an indulgence—it’s a necessity! All new parents need a break to relieve the stress brought on from late-night feedings, crying babies, and serious sleep deprivation now and then. Whether you ask a friend or family member to watch your baby while you nap, escape into a book, or enjoy a date night with your partner, take time for yourself.
Musician Taylor Hanson said, “Having a baby is a life-changer. It gives you a whole other perspective on why you wake up every day.” And that’s the magic of parenthood.
Daniel Sherwin is a single father of two and the creator of DadSolo.com
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.
Consider a high-protein, low-carb and low-sugar option
This time of year, millions of Americans are making resolutions to lose weight. When it comes to adopting a healthy eating plan, it can seem like the options are endless. With new diet plans popping up seemingly every day, the process of choosing a plan that works for you and fits your lifestyle can be an intimidating one.
Many experts agree, however, that a diet high in protein and low in sugar and carbohydrates offers significant benefits. This was the foundation for the South Beach Diet, introduced 15 years ago by cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston. Since its introduction, it has helped millions of people successfully lose weight, while its books became best-sellers with more than 23 million copies sold in print.
Now in its second year as a structured weight-loss meal delivery program, South Beach introduced an enhanced three-phase approach designed to burn fat, transform metabolism and boost energy, including a 7-Day Body Reboot to help break the sugar habit and South Beach Complete Shakes. According to the company, users can expect to lose up to 9 pounds and 3 inches overall in their first two weeks on the program.
Over-consumption of sugar, which can lead to diabetes and heart disease, is one of the biggest problems in many Americans’ diets, according to Agatston.
“Sugar, be it simple sugar or from refined carbs, should be avoided,” Agatston said. “In fact, I would say fats aren’t making us gain weight, sugar is. It’s not about eliminating fats and carbs, it’s about the quality of the fats and carbs you’re eating.”
To help break the harmful sugar habit, foods on the South Beach Diet provide 1 percent of calories from added sugars – significantly lower than the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendation, which suggests that no more than 10 percent of calories come from added sugars.
So what’s the easiest way to live a high-protein, low-sugar, low-carb lifestyle? The answer could be a weight loss meal delivery program, like South Beach. For many, meal prep is equally as intimidating as sticking to a New Year’s resolution. The time required for food shopping and meal preparation often prevents a person from sticking to his or her healthy lifestyle. A weight-loss meal delivery plan allows one to make smarter meal choices and eliminates nearly all prep time. According to South Beach, its program delivers fully prepared, delicious meals that make sticking to a healthy lifestyle simpler and more convenient.
For added convenience, the South Beach Diet Tracker App provides access to meal plans and recipes as well as support and counseling from trained weight-loss coaches and registered dietitians.
Find more tips and tools to begin the weight loss journey at SouthBeachDiet.com.
Sources: Family Features | South Beach Diet
For people living with asthma, managing the condition becomes part of their daily life. But some may not know that, in spite of their best efforts, their asthma may still be uncontrolled.
Benjamin Buckley was one of those people. Ben, as he was known, was just 7 years old when he died from asthma-related complications in 2014. Now, Ben’s mother, Cristin Buckley, is sharing his story in an effort to help raise awareness of just how serious asthma can be.
According to Cristin, it was a normal Saturday morning in the Buckley household. Ben went to his sister’s basketball game with the rest of the family, but when the game ended, Ben asked if he could go home and use his nebulizer, as he was experiencing an asthma attack.
Later that day, Cristin received a frantic call from her husband and daughter and came home to find Ben had collapsed in the driveway. Police and paramedics were already on the scene performing CPR. They were able to start Ben’s heart, but he was unconscious and not able to breathe on his own. He remained in a coma for five days until he passed away.
“What we didn’t realize was that Ben was using his rescue inhaler way more than he should have been. We were refilling it once a month,” said Cristin. “The pharmacy just kept refilling the prescription, so we didn’t think it was an issue. Looking back now, we know his asthma was uncontrolled.”
And it appears the Buckley family is not alone, as studies indicate that asthma is responsible for deaths every day in the United States, most of which are believed to occur in patients with uncontrolled asthma.
“Uncontrolled asthma can have a huge impact on a patient’s health,” said Dr. Purvi Parikh, a New York City-based allergist and immunologist and national spokesperson for the Allergy and Asthma Network. “Patients may not know the signs — but if someone is using their rescue inhaler more than twice a week, and their asthma is interrupting daily activities and sleep, they should really talk to their doctor immediately to assess if it is uncontrolled.”
Cristin’s number one priority today is that Ben’s asthmatic twin brother Adam, now 11 years old, is equipped to handle an attack on his own. To ensure he is prepared, Cristin takes Adam for his annual check-up with his allergist before the school year starts.
“Make sure their doctor takes the time to sit down and teach them how to properly use their inhaler,” Cristin said. “People think they can just put it in their mouth and take a few puffs and it works just fine, but so much medicine is wasted or doesn’t get into the lungs because they’re not taking a deep enough breath.”
Another one of her main priorities, particularly before school starts, is to make sure all of Adam’s inhalers have enough medicine in them. As such, Cristin relies on inhalers fitted with dose counters to help both her and Adam better manage his asthma. A dose counter works by showing the user exactly how many doses are left in the inhaler — similar to looking at a bottle of pills to see how much medicine is left.
“I think dose counters are one of the best things ever invented,” Cristin said. “Before they were integrated into inhalers, you were blindly leading your child. You had no idea how much medicine was left.”
Dr. Parikh also noted that the addition of a dose counter to asthma management can create a helpful dialogue between patients and their doctors. She explained how the dose counter allows the doctor to see how much medicine has been used since the previous visit and determine if a patient is using their rescue inhaler too frequently.
“When using an inhaler that does not include a dose counter, you really are taking a gamble on your life,” said Cristin.
For additional information on the importance of dose counters, visit KnowYourCount.com, and for more on Ben and Cristin’s story, visit www.BenWasHere.org.
Mrs. Buckley has been compensated for her time in contributing this program.
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