Monthly Archives: August 2015

Breast Milk 101: Five Foods Every Breastfeeding Mother Should Eat

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Humans have been breastfeeding for millions of years, and there is no doubt about the advantages of breast milk. Not only brings it nutrition to the baby, but also strengthens its immune system and helps fight off diseases. According to recent research, mother’s breast milk changes every day in agreement with baby’s needs.

We wrote previously what foods should be avoided when a woman is breastfeeding, and today we are listing top five foods that are beneficial to a breastfeeding mom.

  • Water – Many breastfeeding women complain about increased thirst. Choose water over any other liquid to stay hydrated.
  • Fruits and vegetables – these will provide extra hydration as well as vitamins, nutrients and fiber. Watch if your baby has an allergic reaction when you eat such fruits as strawberries, kiwis, and citrus fruit.
  • Protein – this should be eaten 2-3 times a day and can include meat, fish, eggs, beans, dairy, and nuts.
  • Multivitamin – most often breastfeeding mothers are recommended to continue with their prenatal vitamin for at least a month after giving birth, and then switch to a regular multivitamin. Consult with your doctor for choosing the best one.
  • Foods that boost milk production – certain foods are rumored or proven to help increase milk supply. Such foods include garlic, oats, fennel, anise tea, and sesame seeds.

Contrary to popular belief, breastfeeding women do not need to eat significantly more. Doctors recommend adding about 500 calories for lactating women. Listen to your body and watch your baby’s reaction to foods to determine the best diet for yourself.

Router Setup 101: How To Achieve Best Performance for Your Baby Monitor

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With the abundance of Wi-Fi baby monitors, and Internet being an integral part of our lives, many people do not realize the importance of routers in getting many gadgets to work. Today we are bringing you these tips to ensure your iBaby monitor gives you the best performance:

  • For the initial iBaby monitor setup, make sure you do that within 10 feet of the router.
  • Your router should be set up in broadcast mode to be discoverable by other devices.
  • If you have a dual band router, choose the 2.4 GHz frequency, not 5 GHz.
  • Make sure your network name is not longer than 16 alphanumeric characters. Do not use special characters, or spaces.

Want to learn more about routers, including whether or not they are safe, and where it is best to place one? Head over here.

How To Make Lunch Fun (And Healthy) Even For Picky Eaters

Photo credit: www.flickr.com/photos/voedingscentrum

Photo credit: www.flickr.com/photos/voedingscentrum

Have a picky eater who wouldn’t eat a thing? A lot of parents worry about their children’s eating habits. The time when it’s necessary to pack lunch for school can become terrifying.

If this sounds too familiar to you, get a bento lunch box and spend some time on Pinterest looking for food packing designs. Result? Your child will be coming back home with an empty box even if you sneak in some food she does not usually eat.

The secret is in its visual look that appeals to most kids. Packing bento lunches has become so popular that there are now many Instagram accounts solely devoted to the art of packing a bento box for kids.

To get started, you will need a leak-proof box, some small cookie cutters, and the healthy food you want to pack. This link has some easy ideas on how to get started. Really, with bento boxes, there is no limit to possible designs, and it’s a great way to have your kids eat healthy food.

Your Breakfast Plan For The Week With Cooking Time of 5 Minutes Or Less

It’s time to go back to school! As the whole family is adjusting to the change, what to make for breakfast should be the least of your worries. Here is our plan for a healthy and super easy week in breakfasts.
Monday Everyone needs some encouragement on Mondays! Start your week with crunchy apples and peanut or almond butter.
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Tuesday No cooking day! Take a yoghurt from the fridge a little earlier if your kid likes warmer food in the AM, and add fruit, chia seeds and a bit of honey.
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Wednesday Make Weetabix fun! Let in float in the milk of your choice, or spread jam on top.
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Thursday Make a quick omelet with egg whites, bell peppers, tomatoes, cheese and chicken.
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Friday For Friday or any other day your kids don’t feel like eating, trick them into having some juice instead or make your own smoothie.
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Five Ways To Prepare Your Kids For School

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New school year is right around the corner! Transitioning back to school can be hard not only on kids, but also on parents. However, making sure your child is well-prepared for the change should not be difficult.

Here are five things you should do to be ready for the change.

Buy school supplies. Preferably, you should not wait until last minute, or deals in your local supermarket. Going to the ‘back to school’ aisle in a store when it’s overcrowded is a stress in itself.

Prepare clothes. End of the summer is the perfect time to go over your child’s wardrobe to see what still fits, and what doesn’t. Have fun trying things on, shopping for new clothes, or donating old clothes.

Establish a routine. It is time to get back on track with the school routine. If you allowed your child to stay up a little longer, it is time now to get more sleep and discuss the new school routine.

Fight ‘summer brain‘. Do you think might have forgotten things she learned in the last year? It’s time to refresh the skills with fun and simple problems, or just asking your child questions on different subjects.

Start something new. See if your child wants to start a new hobby or join a new club. Doing something fun will help her ease the stress of the new school year.

iBaby Monitor M6/M6T Wall Mount Kit Starts Shipping Today

Today is the day that iBaby Monitor M6/M6T Wall Mount Kit starts shipping. The kit comes with a monitor base, two different brackets, and a screw set, which allows for a quick an easy installation on virtually any surface.

For crib or table installation, use Bracket A. Simply slide the magnetic plate into the wall mount’s base and push it down until you hear a click. You will also hear a click when you attach the bracket to the wall mount base. Finally, fasten it with the screw! Your wall mount is now ready for your iBaby monitor.

For wall installation, you will need Bracket B. Use screws and anchors provided to attach the bracket to the wall. Now, just hang the base with the magnetic plate and put your iBaby in.
Thank you for your patience and enjoy your iBaby!

Will Netflix Lead To A Change in The US Policy On Parental Leave?

Child-parent bonding is crucial in the baby's first year

Child-parent bonding is crucial in the baby’s first year


Netflix made headlines this week announcing a full year of paid parental leave for new parents. This move, revolutionary for a US company, is hoped to be followed suit by other businesses.
The US is the only developed country that does not have any form of paid parental leave, and many people find it not fair.
Since the first year of a child’s life is critical to her development, the necessity for parents to spend time bonding with their new bundles of joy is universally recognized.
What’s your experience with parental leave – and how long do you think it should be?

Ten Things Every Parent Should Do In August

It might seem like the time is flying too fast in the summer, and August is already here. What can you do to make the last days of your child’s summer vacation not just with fun but also in useful? Here are some ideas that every parent should look into before the school is back:

  • Check on your child’s back to school vaccinations
  • Read books from the summer reading list
  • Take a short family trip, even to a neighboring town
  • Go to a beach, or go swimming in a pool
  • Have a picnic in your favorite park
  • Go shopping for school supplies
  • Watch a movie together – at home or in a theater
  • Learn and try a new recipe
  • Take a family photo and print the pictures
  • Sleep in a tent, even in the backyard

September will be there before you know it. Help your children make the summer memorable and fun!