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Kids and Money

Most of the parents tend to escape this discussion with their kids therefore make the children to grow without any idea or knowledge about money. Note that if you do not expose your child at an early age to this ideas and characteristics of money then they will not in future be able to plan or handle the same. As a result you tend to find that most of the kids when first exposed to money they tend to waste it all in other activities whereas they could have used the same for some important project. Some of the parents also have really increased the strictness to their children about money and therefore do not even allow them a shilling. The following are some of the factors that you can follow so as to ensure that you expose your child to the needed education about money.

Be honest enough to your children about money. Some of the parents tend to think that by telling our children about the advantages of money then they will end up getting spoilt. For this reason we tell them that money is not something good and that we should avoid too much of it. However you will be surprised that when your kid is exposed to the same and taste the sweetness of money then they will waste it all. It is therefore important that you tell your children honestly all the advantages of having money and also the danger of having a lot of money and using it badly. This will ensure that your child gets a good understanding of the same.

2.Give your child some space.
Do not be very tough to your kid when it comes to money issues. However it is important that you assess his/her behavior with the same. For instance you can allow your child some amount of money then at the of the day account for the various ways that he spent the money. You will be surprised that if you exposed your to the honest money talk then they will have a full account of the day usages. However if you ignored then they will give some lies to cover up for the various ways in which they wasted the money.

Do not be so strict on your child as this may make them not to be completely open to you. Ensure that you are very friendly to the child and if the behavior of their spending is not good have a talk to them. You can also indulge your children in saving schemes where they can be able to save their own money for future use. This will be a very important skill that they will grow up with once exposed to the same at an early age.

There are smartphone apps that are brilliant for teaching your kids about money. Click here to find out more information and read how they can be brilliant tools.

3.Creating a budget.
In the case that you have exposed your child to the various ways in which they can save then ensure that they have a good plan once they withdraw the money. You can do this by helping them to create the first budget hence this will surely reduce the chances of the money being wasted.

Myths about Breastfeeding

generalDespite the myths, everyone knows that breastfeeding is perfect for mother and baby. It seems that a lot of people only use those myths as more of an excuse than anything. It can also be quite saddening because some women will even let a myth get in the way of their choosing to breastfeed, in fear that one or more of them might actually be true. Here are just some of the common myths about breastfeeding that you may have heard over time passed between friends and family members leading up to the birth of your little one. It can be quite strenuous on all to make the right decisions so I hope this article help a little in removing some stress:

Breastfeeding ties the mother down – This is not true by any means. It is actually much more convenient than bottle feeding. Think about it, all you need is a breastfeeding shawl and your baby. You can breastfeed your child anywhere, anytime. With bottles and formula, you have to continuously wash your bottles, pour the messy formula into the bottle which can sometimes end up getting spilled, (especially if you are traveling) sterilise your bottle nipples, heat the formula, and other very annoying things that are associated with bottle feeding.

Mothers should wash their nipples every time they are about to feed their baby – This is not true either. With breastfeeding, you do not have to worry about constant cleanliness and sanitising like you do with bottle feeding. Bottles are very easily contaminated and are able to pass the infection on to a baby in no time. The breast, however, protects against infection. Continuous washing of the nipples is not necessary. It can cause dry and cracked skin around the nipple and wash away the protective oils.

Some women just do not produce enough milk, or no milk at all – Can we say “excuses, excuses”? It is so saddening at how many mothers do not want to breastfeed their children just because they do not want to. What is even worse is that they come up with these bogus excuses for not doing it – and everyone believes them. Breastfeeding your child should be the number one priority on your list after you give birth to them. Women that state they are not producing enough milk or none at all, are telling a lie. If they feel as if they cannot produce any milk at all, then there are pills that can be prescribed to them that will help with milk production. There are no excuses. Either way, women produce and can produce enough milk for their babies.

These are only a few of the several other myths associated with breastfeeding. When it comes down to it, every mother should breastfeed their babies. As stated earlier, there are absolutely no excuses for not doing it. Breastfeeding helps the mother’s and the child’s immune system beyond belief. It can help to relax and calm the mother and child. It strengthens the bond between mother and child, and there will never be a better time to experience the feeling of closeness that it gives.

7 Breastfeeding Myths Dispelled

7 mythsThere are a lot of myths about breastfeeding that are of concern to nursing mothers. In this article, I aim to dispel a few common myths.

Myth 1

When you breastfeed your breasts will sag.

This is not true Pregnancy will bring about some changes to your breasts which is true. However breastfeeding itself will not play a role in the future shape of the breasts. Genetics and your body type also gaining weight or losing it has a role to play. The original size and also your calorie reserves for your baby. This acts as a kind of natural contraceptive and may also reduce the chances of breast cancer.

Myth 2

I do not have enough milk Have you had a few restless nights over this one? In general most women do produce enough milk for their babies. In the first few days, your body will produce colostrum. This is the first milk mothers produce and you will produce it in small amounts. It is rich in vitamins, proteins, and infection fighting properties. Until your body starts producing milk, the colostrum satisfied all your baby’s needs. Is your baby getting enough milk? If you have any doubts about your baby getting enough milk or the baby is not gaining weight. Check to see if the baby is attached to the breast properly. You can get advice from your midwife or other health care worker about breast breastfeeding.

Myth 3

You cannot breast feed because you have to go back to work. Yes, you can go breast feed while you go back to work. Breastfeeding allows you to develop a special bond with your baby. When returning to work. Babies who are breastfed are generally healthier than bottle fed babies and mothers and mothers miss work less. You may want to consider a breast pump as an option for working mothers.

Quite a few companies now support nursing breaks and supply facilities like a room to be able to pump milk in private. You may want to learn more ways to solve this problem.

Myth 4

The modern baby milk is as good as breast milk. There is nothing to beat breast milk for the baby. Breast milk will contain live cells and antibodies that will help prevent infections. It also provides enzymes, hormones and many other vital ingredients that you cannot be provided by a company. Breast milk is designed to suit your baby’s needs, unlike the milk provided by a company.

Breast milk has the advantage of being fresh and well packaged. The other advantage is that it is always at the right temperature.

Myth 5

You should stop breastfeeding if your baby develops diarrhoea or vomiting Breastfeeding is a natural treatment for any stomach infection In most cases your baby won’t need any other fluids for diarrhoea. If you baby breastfeed adequately. You will need to make sure that you know the difference between the various types poop.

Myth 6

Breastfeeding babies need extra water in the hot weather Breast milk will provide the baby what it needs in all weathers. You will, however, need to make sure they get enough fluids though. You don’t want to allow yourself to get to the point of being thirsty. You need to be hydrated at all times as this is crucial to the production of breast milk.

Myth 7

The frequent breastfeeding produces obesity in children On the contrary, the over-eager bottle feeding and weaning too soon off breast milk is likely to promote obesity in later years. A breastfed baby learns to adjust their feeding pattern and eat only what they need to.

4 Myths Regarding How Breastfeeding Helps New Mums

help new mumsThere is this simplistic idea that breastfeeding allows new mums to shed their baby weight a lot faster in comparison with non-nursing mums.

The main thought to this particular idea is that nursing can burn enough calories to influence weight loss. In this article, we take a look at 4 common myths that are widely accepted as facts.

Myth 1 – Nursing burns fat faster than general exercise.

Fact: Whilst body structure changes rapidly after a new mother gives birth, the extra body fat accumulated in pregnancy does not go away any more quickly for women who nurse, in contrast to those who don’t. Studies show that fat is gained by mums that breastfeed in certain parts of the body where non-nursing mums don’t gain. In general, mothers in both groups lose fat at approximately the same rate while body makeup becomes more toned for non-nursing mothers, just a little quicker.

Myth 2 – Breastfeeding mums burn more calories than non-nursing mothers.

Fact: More productive mums burn more calories than more inactive mothers. Breastfeeding mums are more unlikely to be active. Allowing the body to recuperate from childbirth is critical, but there is evidence that sensible exercise enhances recovery and restores the body to a pre-pregnancy state faster than staying inactive. While all new mums ought to ease into diet and exercise to permit time for their bodies to recover from giving birth, non-nursing mothers can begin to diet sooner than nursing mums. As early as three months after birth, non-nursing mums can start to restrict calories to facilitate faster weight loss.

Myth 3 – Nursing takes the place of exercise.

Fact: An appropriately demanding workout programme and judicious diet assists new mums to get rid of the additional twenty-five pounds that most women gain in pregnancy.

Exercise also offers the advantages of reducing the chances of developing post-partum depression. Exercise after pregnancy boosts your mood and also increases confidence. These are important factors when allowing for the stress of caring for a new-born. The fact that exercise also increases energy is important as new mothers face tiredness. Nursing should be carefully considered by every new mum but deciding to nurse based exclusively on the hope to lose weight faster isn’t encouraged.

Myth 4 – Nursing mothers are able to eat anything they want but not gain weight.

Fact: Merely a balanced diet can help you to lose or maintain weight. Unhealthy foods, excessive calories and an excessive amount of sugar can cause you to put on weight, regardless if you are a nursing mother or not.

Although nursing may burn calories, it’s still true that you need to burn more calories than you eat to lose weight. It is even more important for mothers that are nursing to aim to eat a healthy balanced diet. Plenty of green vegetables and nutrients will ensure that they pass from the mother into the baby at this vital time in their development.

It is also important to remember that poor quality food in the form of sugars and simple carbohydrates. Could pass from mother to baby.

Breastfeeding is harder than bottles

In reality, this is another myth. While getting used to breastfeeding in the early stages can very difficult especially for new mum’s, it does get easier with time. As your baby gets older over the first few months things can settle down and become part of your normal routine.

A baby screaming in the middle of the night feels ten times worse as does everything negative in the early hours. Making a bottle can be very hard if you aren’t prepared or organised and this can result in baby only screams louder as you fumble to make a bottle. A breastfeeding mum can simply get to the needs of her child with the food it desires with speed and no preparation required, more importantly the milk is ready to go and just the right temperature. If the baby sleeps close to mother there is very little fuss in getting baby settled, this can be very important when you have number of children in the house as you don’t want to wake them all when you are making bottles in the night. It can be very hard to get to baby in the night with switching lights on and navigating obstacles. If baby isn’t in your room and you have moved them to their own nursery you may need a baby monitor to keep in contact with baby. If you are unsure about the monitor you might want you can’t find good reviews at Best Video Baby Monitor and this may aid you in finding the best monitor possible.

There is nothing better than baby being in the room with you, however this isn’t always practical.

Cut out the Alcohol when Breastfeeding

The reality is this is just another one of the breastfeeding myths that scare new moms! There is becoming increasing evidence that giving up drink for a pregnancy is a good idea and should be followed. However the fact is that everything should come down to balance and as long as the alcohol intake is reasonable, and you take a common sense approach you should be fine. There is very little alcohol that will end up coming out in the milk, so this is fine for mother’s who are nursing.

Recently the BBC made it know that the “The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists” had come out and stated that to be 100% sure of no harm to baby you must abstain from alcohol completely. However, the same people had said that a few glasses was fine in their recent findings. Therefore, the commonsense approach would be no alcohol would certainly cut the chances of harm to zero however they go on to still offer guidance on acceptable levels.

Should you wish to read the article you can go to the BBC Website.

Considering a Video Baby Monitor

Before your baby arrives it’s imperative to think not just about feeding but all the other accessories you need to get through a day. Choosing the right baby monitor that works for your household is key to building up the confidence in keeping a watchful eye over baby when they are asleep.

In the past a normal audio based monitor would suffice but with the advances in technology there are a number of other options. More modern Video based Baby monitors are now at a reasonable price, comparable to those that are more traditional.

Should you wish to make your mind up on which monitor to choose I suggest comparing as much as possible and make an informed decision so that it works for your family. There are a lot of sites set up online to compare and contrast all the features of video baby monitors available, I would, therefore suggest visiting a site such as bestvideobabymonitor.co.uk to help make your decision.

When baby is due there can be a lot of influences on you that result in paying out in budgeted amounts of cash. It is important that the money you spend is worthwhile and you aren’t throwing good money after bad.



Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep

After our final baby had been born we decided to buy a Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep bottle making machine. This has been revolutionary in terms of our home life. It has meant night time bottle making is quick and simple, we fill the water reservoir up before heading up to bed and take sterilised bottles, formula and the bottle maker with us. No need for kettles being boiled and the wait whilst baby is crying as the bottles are made to the right temperature within a matter of minutes.

Whilst this isn’t ideal and once again flies in the face of breastfeeding now that we have 3 children we are finding ways of saving time and energy. I suspect if this device has been around when out first son was born we might have given it a wide birth however now that time is so valuable and we are constantly tired we are taking whatever benefits we can as parents.


Stopping Breastfeeding

As a husband, I have supported my wife over 3 pregnancies now and on each occasion she has wanted to breastfeed. With our first we received a lot of pressure from the nurses pre-birth and when we finally got admitted to the hospital they also applied pressure. For me, not the best time apply more pressure especially when it’s your first and everything appears daunting. That said my wife took the option to give it a try, and try she did. The first few days after our son was born, through gritted teeth she endeavored to breastfeed him but it wasn’t working for both parties.

When we took the decision to stop we both felt like we had let out son down but it just wasn’t working and was causing more issues for all of us. Also as a husband it meant I could help out with bottle making and try and share the load of feeding. That’s not to say we hadn’t thought about expressing, we had bought all the tools and gadgets to do so, but it just want working for us.

I have to say that the response was quite negative from the medical staff around us and we were made to feel a bit like failures. Before the baby had been born we have read all the benefits and positives of breastfeeding and I really wanted my wife to give it a go but not at the expense of her own health.

Since our first we have had two more babies and the same process has followed, initial progress only to give up and revert to standard formula. The final time however it was more of a 50/50 split as we borrowed a friends expressing machine and baby got half her bottles from expressed milk and half from formula. The benefits to my wife of pain relief were really noticeable, with the first two, the weeks after the birth left her sore and in a lot of pain. This expressing at the time of the birth really aided her and released a lot of pressure.

Welcome to Boobbaby

My aim with the following posts on this site is to share my experiences as a husband and that of my wife when dealing with the subject of bringing up our children, breastfeeding and any other helpful tips and advice we have found along the way. The majority of the information provided on the site has been researched by me from a number of online reliable sources and personal experience.

The information included within this website is NOT intended to replace any professional advice and if you believe anything I have posted feels uneasy with you please get it verified by your GP or nurse.  In the modern digital age there are a number of resources available 24/7 and helplines at the end of a phone. I will try to offer the quickest ways of contacting these helplines throughout my posts.