Tips to Make Bedtime More Fun With Animal Bath Towels

If you are a parent of toddlers you know very well that little children hate the idea of sleeping at night! They seem to have tons of energy left when we are more than ready to call it a night! The article below provides some tips that will help your little ones look forward to the bedtime every single night.

Start With a Bath

You will have to give your children a bath every night before they go to bed. A warm bath with lots of bubbles will help your children to relax and unwind after a long day of learning and playing. So make sure you invite them to the bath just before their bedtime. Let them splash around and spend their energy in the bath! You will be thankful for this for sure.

Let them pick out a few cute animal bath towels so they will feel excited during bath time. You can let them pick out their pyjamas as well so they will feel excited at the end of the day, to wear fresh clothes and sleep tight. Buy a few good rubber toys as well so your children will be able to enjoy themselves immensely as they bathe.

Let Them Brush Their Own Teeth

You have to train your children and get them to brush their teeth. Good habits like this will promote good oral health. They will be able to take great care of their pretty little pearly whites exceptionally this way. You will have to ensure their teeth are clean at night because as they sleep the bacteria in their mouth will multiply. So it is important to check if they have brushed well before they sleep too. You can let them brush at the start and then take over.

Read a Good Book

Buy some nice little bedtime books and start reading to your little ones. They will love reading with you and they will often even continue the good habit of reading if you train them in the right way from the start. Research on the internet and find some great children’s books with lots of nice pictures and stories. They will enjoy the experience of cuddling up to you and reading when night falls. You will be able to cherish these beautiful memories for many years to come. Research on the internet and find good titles. You will be able to order quite a number of books online with ease now too.

Give Lots of Cuddles and Kisses

Your kids need to know that you love them, especially before they go to sleep. They need to feel safe and loved in order to enjoy a good night’s sleep. So give them lots and lots of cuddles when you tuck them in. If you co-sleep you will be able to cuddle them and sleep. But if you don’t, you can stay with them until they fall asleep and then turn off the lights. They will surely enjoy the sense of protection and security they feel when you are with them until they fall asleep!

Hope you will follow the tips above and give your precious little one wonderful rest at night!


Get Rid Of Your Runny Nose Fast

How To Make Vicks Vapor Shower Disks

Whether you are a busy stay-at-home-mum or working mum, it can be tough not being able to have a break to get over a cold, nor is it good having to constantly clear your child’s running nose or help a hubby get through the dreaded man flu!.
As a kid I loved Vicks Vapor rub on my chest but wish I had come across this idea to learn how to make Vicks Vapor Shower Disks sooner. It’s always great to have a 100% natural alternative to making your own shower disks and it saves money too. The great thing is that these Vicks Vapor Shower Disks really work!
I am not a doctor, so if you have any medical conditions please consult a medical practitioner prior to making and using these DIY shower disks.

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups of bicarbonate of soda
  • 2/3 a cup of water
  • Essential oils: eucalyptus, rosemary, and lavender.
  • Muffin tin
  • Muffin liners

How To Make Vicks Vapor Shower Disks:

Step 1: Mix baking soda with water gradually pouring in. Add more water if needed. Make sure it is like a thick paste.
Step 2: Pour into muffin trays, allowing 2/3 full each one and Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 mins.
Step 3: Add 1 drop of each Essential oils per muffin liner: eucalyptus, rosemary, and lavender to the top once cooled allowing them to soak in the oils.
Step 4: Allow to cool for 24 hours before using, so they are nice and hard. This mixture should make 12.

When you feel a cold coming on, or you have a runny/blocked nose. Add a shower disk to the bottom of your shower floor whilst you have your daily shower and feel the snot flow out. Gross I know, but it works, and your sinuses feel nice and clear afterwards.

Tips: To stop the Vicks Vapor Shower Disks from crumbling we encourage you to add the essential oils after you have baked them, remove the disks from the tray before the muffin tray has completely cooled, and also ensure the liners are removed from the disks before you add them to the shower. These vapor disks can be stored in a plastic container or mason jar in the cupboard.

10 Ways To Look Good Pregnant

Have you ever read the warnings posted on the back of medicine boxes, only to come across a extensive list of contradictory side effects the medicine may have if you take it.

It may cause constipation, but then further down the list you read it can also cause diarrhoea.  It may cause drowsiness and sleeplessness, what the…
If it can cause polar opposite effects in different people, how can I know what it will do to me?  Will I be awake and constipated one minute and then passed out with explosive diarrhoea the next.  Either way it doesn’t sound pretty.
What has this got to do with pregnancy you ask?  Well nothing really, but pregnancy is a bit like that list of precautions.  There doesn’t seem to be any constants with your journey, from one pregnancy to the next, or from one expectant mother to the next.  The only constant seems to be at the end of it all, you get a little baby version of you.  But don’t quote me on that, in case 9 months later you give birth to a hairy four legged version of you, in which case I think you need to seriously look at how you spend your Friday nights!

Ten Ways How To Look Good Pregnant

Because during pregnancy some of you will get a dramatic thick head of beautiful shiny hair and others will end up looking like Scarecrow from ‘The Wizard Of Oz’, we thought it best to give you a few tips on how to look good pregnant that should work across the board.

  1. Confidence – You’re pregnant, not fat so embrace it, be proud.   It is a beautiful thing and no longer something to hide from society.  People love a pregnant women so love yourself too.  Confidence and believing you look good is the first step to looking good.
  2. Cover Up – You may have boobs for the first time in your life but that doesn’t mean you have to show them off to everyone.  Go for elegance over sexy and comfy over slutty.  Think church not clubbing clothing, your boobs might be awesome but putting them on display for the world to see should be left for teenage girls and cougars.
  3. Bin That ‘Baby On Board T-Shirt’ – Novelty T-shirts with curry stains on them pulled down over your bum to hide the ever growing entity that your rear end is, doesn’t conceal the fact you have a big butt, it just makes it more obvious.  Be proud of your new curves, your husband’s football jumper stretched down over your ass should be used as a night shirt not in the shopping mall.  If you can’t help but feel self conscious and want to cover up, wear looser clothing which wont hug your new shape.
  4. Catch Some Zzzz’s – You can’t get that pregnancy glow without being well rested.  Try to have consistent sleep and wake times, this is the best way to make sure you are awake and sleepy at the right times of day.  But if you are spending most nights up peeing and your ‘morning sickness’ is a misnomer and is just plain ‘sickness’ it is hard to feel rested when you are doing trips back and forth to the toilet each day and night.  So best to listen to your body, rest when you feel you need to, even if that means taking regular nana naps.
  5. Banish Them Cankles – Elevate your legs when you get the chance, consider wearing support stockings and getting lymphatic drainage to help shift some of that water retention.  Giant sausage rolls crammed into a pair of heels is not a good look.
  6. Indulge, Don’t Gorge Yourself – Beyond your control, you may be gaining weight faster that a kid returning from fat camp, but that doesn’t mean you should use it as an excuse to scoff sweets like they are going out of fashion.  Distinguish cravings from just being a big fat pig.  Consider using massage, aromatherapy, reflexology and getting your nails done as your treat, not Snickers Bars.
    Keep your weight gain within the recommended range
  7. Don’t Play Rugby – You might have the body of a prop forward but you don’t have to pack down a scrum or try to run a half marathon in a futile attempt to burn off your pregnancy weight.  Nobody wants to see that and it’s just plain dangerous, (refer back to the top of the list ’1 – Confidence’, love your new self don’t try and stop it happening).  Exercising during pregnancy for most women is great, ultra distance training is not.  Exercise which causes slight breathlessness is perfect, it helps to control excessive weight gain, gets the muscle pump action in your lower legs going to help with dem Cankles and accentuates that radiant glow everyone associates with pregnancy.
    Note – Always remember to check with your midwife or GP prior to embarking on any exercise program.
  8. Stand Up Straight Girl! – Your tummy and boobs may be changing and telling you to slouch, but get that text book back on your top of your head and start those high school deportment lessons all over again.  Carrying yourself erect with a straight spine and your shoulders back can help alter your mood and improve your breathing, not to mention help prevent back aches.  Slumping down like you are tired and exhausted will make you feel, just that!
  9. Drink Like A Fish (and eat them too) – Drink plenty of water to help with flushing out toxins and rehydrating your skin.  This will help your skin look fresh and smooth.  Oily fish like salmon, mackerel and trout, contain lots of essential fatty acids, Vitamin A and zinc, also necessary for good skin structure.
  10. Pick Your Time – If you do all of the above 9 tips on how to look good pregnant, you may look too rested and glow excessively.  Pick your times to look exhausted for example getting on the bus or train so you always get offered a seat, or when shopping so people open doors for you and offer to carry your bags to the car.
    We can all dream that chivalry is not dead!

NOTE: The information given here on how to look good pregnant is meant as a guide only and does not replace professional advice.

Thoughts from a novice dad to be

Memoirs of an expecting father

Here are some thoughts from a novice dad to be and now new father for all the other Dad to be parents out there. Welcome to fatherhood your going to love it!

I would say I am a typical guy when it comes babies. Until my own I had never really spent any time holding one, or had anything much to do with kids in general. I was always too scared to hold a baby in fear of breaking it. With significant peer pressure I would reluctantly accept to be passed a baby and in doing so make body shapes and a face like I was holding explosives.

Usually my baby proud friends had to settle for me playing with their kids foot or hand and a passing some standard observation on how little it was, before quickly trying to direct the topic of conversation back to sport. I never even realised I could have just said, “wow they are gorgeous, I would love to have a hold but I shouldn’t get too close as I think I am coming down with something and don’t want to risk it”. This would satisfy the desire to hear that their baby is the most beautiful baby in the world and looked like I had their best interests at heart whilst covering up my total absence of baby skills. Looking back that would have certainly been a better option than man handling their kids foot and making a comment like “babies have small feet”, well you don’t say, they are a baby dumb ass.

So I guess to be honest my concerns for myself as a dad to be, before my beautiful daughter came along were similar to my partners concerns about me. Would I actually be any good as a dad and more importantly as far as I was concerned, would I actually enjoy it or would I want my old life back?

So it was fair to say as a dad to be I was excited but had concerns and apprehensions. Not around would I know what to do when I got the baby home, because I was arrogant enough to believe all that stuff would just come natural to me. But would I want to be a dad when the day finally came. So many people had passed on advice or comments in the lead up to D day, which basically led me to believe my life would never be the same again and it was a hell of a lot of hard work but… there was always a BUT. Every sacrifice you make is totally worth it, or some equally unbelievable comment when made following a long list of negatives. “Oh you’re having a baby that’s great, no sleep, money, fun, there is shit and vomit everywhere and it’s the hardest thing you will ever do and nothing can prepare you for it BUT… you’ll love it”. What if there isn’t a BUT for me, would she live up to my expectations?

I had 9 months of people asking me am I excited and building up the whole anticipation of the experience. My answer when asked was always yes, a very truthful yes, because I was excited, really excited. However the fact is as a dad to be nothing had changed for me in the 9 months leading up to the due date, my level of excitement often seemed to disappoint those who asked the question. My life was exactly the same, still working, still playing sport, still hanging with my friends, my stomach was the same size and I didn’t waddle when I walked. So I wasn’t Tom Cruise, jump up and down on the sofa excited when they asked if I was excited. I guess if you asked someone 8 months after they won the lotto if they were excited you probably wouldn’t get the same reaction from them as when their numbers first came up. Fact is they still won the lotto and that is how I felt, I had a little girl arriving soon and that was my lotto. Winning the 30 million jackpot would still be pretty cool lotto gods, so don’t think this means that I no longer want to win.

Perhaps some of the reservation in my answer was due to the fear of the unknown, the point is, I don’t know what the point is… But, I guess if you are asking an imminent dad to be if he is excited, don’t expect him to start hugging strangers because he is so happy, I am sure on the inside he is grinning from ear to ear.

So, did it live up to my expectations? Absolutely and ten times over. I have tears in my eyes now writing this, thinking how much I love her. My Monday blues now are not about being back at work but that I wont be home till about 8 pm and she might be in bed already.

I was right in having no fear around would I know what to do when we got her home, that was easy. Sure I was all thumbs changing, wrapping and bathing her but it was a joy to learn. Yeah, I spent the first night we got her home awake the whole night because she fell asleep in my arms and I couldn’t work out the best way to put her down so I just watched her sleeping for about 7 hours. That was one of the best nights of my life.

Seven months on watching her sleep is still one of my favorite pass times, I have to fight the urge to want to wake her up so I can meet her again. The only thing stopping me, is that she looks so beautiful just laying there snuffling away occasionally.
Sure my life has changed as I was repeatedly advised it would. It is relentless the attention babies require but every sacrifice made in providing this care for her couldn’t possibly feel further from being a sacrifice. Yes, it would be great being out with my mates all the time, as I use to be but (there we go again) there is just such a strong pull to home now that spending time with her is my number one choice.

Every day I look at her I don’t want her to grow up as love her exactly as she is but at same time every day she develops makes me love her more.
I could be better, I could always be better but so far I think I am a pretty good dad. Not because I feel I put effort in to being a good dad but simply thru the love I have for her making me want to do everything I do.
So if you previously had an aversion to babies and children like I did, I am sure you will be great because once your baby arrives you will want to be the best dad you can be. And personally I like the fact that the first baby I ever really held was mine. That made it seem even more special.
Word of advice, just don’t start calling teenage shop attendants darling like I found my self doing for a while as you get all swept up in your nurturing side. Because that doesn’t come across as caring, just creepy!


The Origin Of The Babymoon

The original meaning around a babymoon was talking about the time that parents spend bonding with their baby. Where the father takes some time off to be with his partner and newborn baby, but more recently the marketing people of the world have worked out that this doesn’t make them any money and tweaked the focus to be a vacation taken by expecting couples usually in the third trimester. Supposedly this change has come as a result of couples desire to enjoy a final holiday together and indulge while you can, before the sleepless nights and all things baby come along and control their lives! I can see the point of that final vacation spent together, where it is just the two of you. Having a child now, it is true our holidays are quite different, but with the word babymoon coming from the term honeymoon it really just sounds like something else expensive to add into the long list of must have pre-baby items. The new version of the babymoon just seems like societies way to turn something beautiful and rewarding like having a baby into another avenue to make a quick buck and don’t even get me started on a ‘push present’, I remember before my daughter was born someone asked me what I was getting as a push present, having no idea what they were talking about but not wanting to look like an idiot I just said “I hadn’t decided yet and should probably get onto it” and then quickly Googled push present next time I was alone. Are you serious? giving a mother a present for having a baby. Having seen child birth it certainly is harder than anything I have ever done in my life but honestly giving a women a present because they had to go thru labour, I see this as a total insult to the baby, that child is the greatest present anyone could ever get. What other ‘moons’ can we come up with… I’m thinking we could look at popularising the divorcemoon, so when you have gone broke from paying for all your honeymoons, babymoons and push presents and she leaves you for someone with more money you can pay for the new couple to go on a lovely holiday as their divorcemoon (I guess there is already a divorcemoon, it’s called not having a prenup).

Check Your Passport Before Traveling

It is possible I am just bitter considering our babymoon to Fiji didn’t exactly go to plan. Arriving at the airport I only had three months left on my passport and apparently that is not enough to get on the flight you need six months minimum left on you passport to fly from Sydney to Fiji for a 5 day holiday. Not exactly an accurate expiry date then as far as I’m concerned but that is probably worthy of another rant some other time. So she gets on the plane without me and I rush off to get an emergency passport in the city so I can hopefully join her the following day. 6hrs and a little over $400 later I have a new passport and have a seat on the next flight out early the next day. I arrive to rain which doesn’t let up for the whole trip, all tours and expeditions from the resort are cancelled during our stay due to weather and then we come back to Sydney. We had a massive resident gecko the size of my leg living on our roof for the whole time, which left me a little bit uneasy that I was going to wake up spooning it not my wife, but I guess at least I could sleep knowing a Gecko that big was obviously very good at catching spiders. So our babymoon was it more relaxing than being at work? Absolutely. Good holiday? No. Worth it? Debatable.

Pregnancy Travel Restrictions

Advice regarding a babymoon, is for women with low risk pregnancies wanting to fly somewhere for their holiday then they travel in the second trimester, and not to fly beyond the 36 week mark. Preferably taking a short car journey is safer (and cheaper) than flying and remember if you are choosing to babymoon overseas or even considering flying domestically that airlines may have their own restrictions on allowance regarding pregnant passengers flying beyond a certain stage of their pregnancy, so it is advisable you check with your specific carrier before booking.

NOTE: The information given here on “Babymoon Peer Pressure : An Extra Baby Related Expense” is meant as a guide only and does not replace professional medical advice and information.