6 Ways to make pregnancy a little more fun

6 Ways to make pregnancy a little more fun

I’ll never shy away from saying that moms are among the busiest people on the planet. They have so much going on in their busy schedules that it’s hard to overlook them. When a mom is pregnant (first time or otherwise), however, that busy schedule often has to be put on hold.

When pregnant, many moms are forced to slow down and take it easy. This is something that the “busy bee” mindset of a mom isn’t ready to adjust to. As a result, the overactive minds of these expecting moms suffer from the tragic condition known as pregnancy boredom (gasp).

Luckily for moms who face this affliction, we’ve stumbled across a helpful list designed to fight the boredom associated with pregnancy. Check out this resourceful list and find out some helpful ways to make pregnancy a little more fun:

 

1. Fill up your schedule

The best way to fight boredom, even when there’s no “bread in the oven”, is to avoid downtime. The most effective way to do this is to fill up your schedule and to always stay preoccupied. Now expecting mothers can’t be too overactive and overexert themselves. So, perhaps instead of big, intrepid activities, pregnant mommies can keep busy in other ways. For example, try organizing some things around the house you’ve been putting off, get a manicure or pedicure regularly, or plan dinner dates with your close friends! Anything to keep your mind busy will keep you from feeling bored while pregnant!

 

2. Treat yourself

Don’t cut yourself short of fun activities! If you’re going to abide by method #1, you should make sure you’re filling up your schedule with enjoyable activities. Treat yourself to things that are engaging or delightful. Try getting a massage, buy some quality beauty products, or splurge on that night out with your friends. Obviously, money can’t buy happiness but you deserve to treat yourself from time to time. Also, it’ll help make pregnancy a little more fun.

 

3. Don’t focus on things like due dates

Remember when you were in school and staring at the clock during last period? Time would seemingly stand still as you waited for the bell to ring and you could  finally  go home! The reason why time would move so slow is because knowing the exact time and date of something builds the anticipation and makes you impatient.

If you don’t focus on things like a due date, you’ll start to fixate on that exact time and date and time will move incredibly slow! Your baby will come whenever he/she is ready, and there’s not much you can do to change that. Eliminate the impatience and let go of worrying about due dates!

 

4. Feather the nest

One additional way to fill your schedule is to feather your nest, so to say. In other words, get ready for your expected baby by fixing up their nursery or tidying up the home. No need to condense this entry into one day, you’ve got tons of time to spend getting ready!

 

5. Go on a date

Nothing beats a good date night with your significant other, and that certainly doesn’t change when you’re expecting. Try implementing a night out on the town with your partner every now and then. It’s yet another way to fill your schedule, and  treat yourself!

 

6. Spend some quality “me time”

It may seem strange that on a list covering ways to not be bored we’d suggest spending time alone. However, for those who understand the beauty and importance of me time, this entry speaks for itself. You won’t really get a lot of me time when your baby arrives so it’s always wise to try to knock out some of those personal goals while you have more time available.

If you have a long list of books you’ve been meaning to read, movies/TV shows to watch, or other therapeutic me time activities, take the time to handle them while time is abundant. They’ll keep you busy, you’ll be entertained, and you’ll feel accomplished. That’s a win-win-win, moms!

 

Source: ph.theasianparent.com

5 Ways to keep your baby safer in the house

5 Ways to keep your baby safer in the house

Did you know that there are over 3 million visits to the emergency room each year from children under the age one?

Pretty disconcerting, right? As if being a parent weren’t nerve-wracking enough as it is.

There’s no doubt you’re already a cautious parent, but what if I told you there were 5 ways to keep your baby safe from some of the most common yearly injuries?

In a video post from eHow, experts explained how to keep your babies as safe as possible in the home! Avoid these common at-home chances of injury by being prepared. Check out the list of ways to keep your baby safer than ever at home.

 

1. High chair safety

According to eHow, one baby visits the ER from falling out of a high chair…EVERY HOUR! Don’t assume that your baby is safe and sound in their high chair. Parents who wish to avoid any high chair injuries should be vigilant and mindful of their babies when they’re in their high chair. Also, it’s wise to take advantage of the built-in safety restraints found on most models of high chairs. If your child’s high chair doesn’t have safety restraints, consider investing in one that does!

 

2. Pacifier/Sippy cup safety

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Approximately 2,300 kids per year are injured as a result of falling down with a pacifier or sippy cup in their mouth! Typically, this occurs in children who are learning to walk. When your kids start to learn to walk, make sure that they aren’t on the move with something in their mouth! Then, once they’ve come to a stationary position allow them to use the pacifier or sippy cup.

 

3. Button battery awareness

Button batteries are pretty common in household appliances and gadgets; heck, even some toys are powered by button batteries. The danger with these items, is that they look pretty similar to candies or sweets, and are very small and easy for a baby to swallow. In fact, 3,000 kids a year are sent to the ER as a result of swallowing a button battery. Always make sure that any battery powered products accessible to your baby are free of compartments with these tiny batteries.

 

4. Electrical cord safety

Each year, a handful of babies are maimed or killed as a result of getting entangled by an electric cord! Sometimes, the cords that are trapping the babies are from their baby monitors. Experts say to avoid baby monitors that use cords. If that’s unavoidable, they recommend that the cord be at least 3-feet away from the crib–well out of reach!

 

5. Bedtime safety

Bedtime can actually be pretty dangerous for a baby if you aren’t aware of the dangers, and worst-case scenarios. For example, babies who sleep on their stomachs are far more likely to from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Always rest a baby on their backs–not their tummies. Also, suffocation is another looming threat if you’re unaware of the possibility. Pillows, and blankets should be placed outside of the crib to ensure your baby is as safe as can be when sleeping. And, as an added tip, be sure to use tight-fitting sheets for your babies crib to make sure no loose folds of the sheet cause any harm to your sleeping baby.

 

Source: ph.theasianparent.com

BKFEP’s Top 5 Celebrity Super Dads of 2017

BKFEP’s Top 5 Celebrity Super Dads of 2017

As the foundation and stronghold of every family, being a dad is of no joke. Most of the time, they are the ones who make a lot of efforts and sacrifices to ensure all family needs are given adequate focus and attention.

But nothing will be more difficult than being a celebrity dad.

With their hectic working schedule, know how these five celebrity dads endured and defied the challenges of work and how they successfully manage to balance life at work and with family.

Richard Gutierrez

Ready for 2017 😎 📷 by @sarahlahbati

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Being a part of the family of prominent actors, Richard Gutierrez admitted that he had a phobia of carrying babies until Baby Zion, his child with girlfriend Sarah Lahbati, came out for which he dubbed as his life-changer.

Many are shocked when the public knew with this sudden revelation of Richard having a child. But for him, gone are the days of negativities and issues as this is a real deal for him. In an interview, Richard said that Baby Zion made him a ‘homebody’ and taught him so many lessons in life, including changing his diapers and preparing feeding bottles.

Currently, Richard is still in cloud nine with so many opportunities coming beforehand. Despite their busy schedules, he and Sarah used to devise a timetable to ensure that both of them would still be giving a time to take care Baby Zion.

Doug Kramer

Breakfast sandwich! Good morning! 😂😂

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Known for being a professional player at the Philippine Basketball Association, Doug Kramer is also a hands-on and very disciplinarian father.

Married to actress Cheska Garcia in 2008, he has three children named Kendra, Scarlett, and Gavin, still on their toddler ages. Their family is best known with the tagline Team Kramer and has been appearing as a family endorser of various television commercials. They are also considered as one of the model families in the Philippines with almost 1.2 million followers in Facebook.

In spite of the fame their children get from endorsements, Doug still stands committed to teach his children valuable lessons in life through proper way of discipline. Just like any other parents, he admitted that he also uses a discipline stick, as how he called it. It is a plastic stick he uses to spank his children whenever they are committed something wrong, but all of this with a certain limitation. He used to discipline his children privately, he never does it publicly – all of this, with the desire to raise a God-fearing children grounded on good values and virtue.

Up until now, Doug always look forward of spending time with his kids. According to him, “it’s my priority and it’s a natural thing.”

JC Intal

Sunday fun day! 🤗

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Married to television host, Bianca Gonzales in 2014, JC Intal is enjoying the peak of his fatherhood with his daughter Lucia, even coining it as “the best feeling in the world!”.

As per his wife, Bianca, JC is a very caring father. Since the time he knew that Bianca was pregnant, he has been very involved and supportive on her maternity period. And it all boils down to his deep excitement as JC is really fond of kids. JC would then often go with her during check-ups and birthing classes.

JC is fond of posting on his Instagram page photos with Lucia during their dates on weekends, be it on places, the mall or at home!

Hayden Kho

After so many challenges over his past, Hayden Kho regarded Scarlet Snow as his “priority ever since she was born”.

The medical doctor would often post photos and videos of their cutest moments via Scarlet’s Instagram account making her daughter the most followed celebrity baby on the site.

Most of their bonding time includes playing and learning. They go often on swimming, visiting the gym, and speaking Mandarin. They also love singing and differentiating sizes such as small, medium, and tall.

Ryan Agoncillo

Boys Night Out! with my zombie-slayin' steak-chompin' partner😉 #storiesforlucho

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TV host Ryan Agoncillo is in full enjoyment exclaiming that he found fulfillment in being a hubby to actress Judy Ann Santos and their children, Yohan and Lucho.

More than his career as actor and tv host, Agoncillo coins Juday, Yohan, and Lucho as his “most prized possessions”. On weekends, they often go to on a mixture of sweaty activities such as running, biking, swimming, and even food adventures. Agoncillo describes his children as “very funny, with very confident personalities”.

Sometimes, Agoncillo used to bring them on the gym using them as training buddies on his workout routines. But the most favorite time of his day is the early morning when they used to take some wacky and silly photo moments with them.

From simple gestures to extravagant moments, it’s good to see that even actors slash dads are doing their very best to endure the challenges of work and time, committed to accept the  one of the hardest jobs in the world – not  being an actor, but being a dad. Happy Father’s Day to all the Super Dads out there!

5 Tips to Get Your Kids Ready for School

5 Tips to Get Your Kids Ready for School

Getting your kids ready for school right after their summer break is important so that they can transition easily back into their school life.

Making sure your kids are ready to go back to school after their summer break is very important, as you need to slowly help them transition from the relaxed routine of summer, to the more rigid and structured routine that they have during the school year. Here are some useful tips:

1. Sleep early, wake up early

About a week before the start of school, you should already be preparing your kids to go back to school. One way would be to put them on a sleep schedule, especially if they tend to sleep late and wake up late during the summer. That way, they can get used to sleeping early, and waking up early to get ready for school.

It’s important to make sure your kids get enough sleep since even losing just an hour of sleep can lower your child’s ability to pay attention during class.

A lack of sleep can also make them feel very tired in school, and has a lot of negative effects on their health.

2. Get them back into the school routine

Aside from making sure your kid sleeps early and wakes up early, you can help them get back into the school routine by asking them to wake up, have breakfast, and get dressed at the same time every morning.

Establishing a routine should help them transition back into the mindset that they need when they go back to school.

3. Give them responsibilities

It’s also important to give your child responsibilities such as preparing the things that they’ll need for school, and making sure that they have everything they need.

Letting them do things on their own instead of doing it for them helps build your child’s sense of responsibility and helps them become more independent, which are both important skills that they need to learn as they’re growing up.

4. Make assignments a part of their routine

In order to make sure your kids always finish their homework, make it a part of their routine. Before school starts, you can keep their skills sharp by giving them simple “assignments” that they should do everyday. Make it fun and exciting, it doesn’t have to be anything difficult, as the important thing here is keeping your child’s mind active during the summer.

5. Get the family involved

To help your kids get ready for school, you can get the entire family involved. Preparing your kids to get back to school should be a team effort, and it’s easier if the entire family is on board.

You can ask your kids to make sure they wake up their siblings on time, and ask them to brush up on some of their subjects so that their minds are sharp when it’s time for them to go back to school.

 

Source: ph.theasianparent.com

5 Ways To Protect Your Child During The Rainy Season

5 Ways To Protect Your Child During The Rainy Season

The rainy season can offer a lot of fun activities, but it can also come with a lot of illnesses. Your little one can be prone to the common cold, cough, gastrointestinal infections and mosquito-borne diseases.

You don’t have to worry though, because there are several things you can do to protect your child during the rainy days:

 

Pack reliable water-resistant rain gear

Make sure your little one has a raincoat and/or umbrella. Since most kids don’t like the idea of bringing extra stuff to school, the best way to encourage them to carry protection against the rain is to get them fun umbrellas and colorful raincoats.

 

Boost your child’s immune system

Don’t wait for the rainy season to come before loading up on vitamins and minerals. Boost your child’s immune system by making sure he gets all the vitamins he needs. This will protect him from the common cough and cold. Vitamin C and Zinc are also great when it comes to warding off the cold virus. You can also double your child’s intake of vitamin-rich food like fruits and vegetables.

 

Give your kids clean drinking water

Making sure your little one drinks enough clean water helps fight and prevent many illnesses. Water cleanses your child’s body, flushing out toxins and the cold virus. When your child is well hydrated, he would be more capable of resisting the cold and flu.

 

Teach your kids proper hand-washing

Prevent germs from getting into your child’s body by teaching them how to wash their hands properly. Rainwater can cause ordinary things to become breeding ground for bacteria. It’s best if your child knows how important it is to wash their hands before eating and after touching dirty things.

 

Keep your surroundings clean

Throw away any empty containers around your house, especially those that would collect rainwater and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Stagnant water can invite parasites and bacteria and cause water-borne diseases that could affect your child.

Be extra vigilant during the rainy season to make sure your child is safe from any diseases.

 

Source: www.smartparenting.com.ph