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Newborn, New Parents, and Sleepless Nights with Cry Detector and Baby Bedding

elephant-themed baby nursery

As a parent I am not wrong when I say this, people like to tell horrifying stories to new parents about the newborns. They like to brag how your life would change completely and your kid will be the center of the universe for you and so on. There is uncountable advice for you about the health, care, hygiene, milk, bath and what not. There are so many noises that it becomes completely impossible to filter what’s useful from the useless bunch. However, that’s one of the challenges of being a mom.

Speaking of challenges, the one I really had trouble with in the early months of my daughter was sleeping. Stacey is lovely. I like to believe she is well-mannered and well-behaved. She doesn’t panic around large groups of people. Mostly I and my husband don’t have any trouble with her. But (there is always a “but”) she took a long time to develop a sound sleeping routine.

She is almost a year old now, I am excited for her birthday but she started sleeping properly a couple of months ago. She used to be fine and happy throughout the day but most of the nights, we would have trouble getting her to sleep. So our initial few months with Stacey were spent devising solutions to get her to sleep.

Baby Cry Detector

Our first resort was the baby cry detector. It is an app which lets you know why your baby is crying. There used to be some nights where Stacey would cry for reasons not known to me or my husband. We took help from the baby cry detector, hoping that it would tell us what’s wrong with Stacey so we help her and then she would sleep.

Well, let’s just say baby cry detector did very little for us to actually stop Stacey from crying and then sleeping. It turns out, most of the time Stacey was crying for attention so that we would play with her instead of making her sleep.

Baby Bedding

Those were desperate times and we were doing anything and everything to get a sound sleeping routine for our daughter. One of the ideas was to get different baby bedding for her cot. Maybe the material wasn’t right for her skin. Although we had bought the finest quality of baby bedding from MyBabyStore, we decided to give it a shot. The collection of baby bedding was so impressive in a way that it tells you everything in detail before buying the goods. One can also go to IZZZ to buy or compare baby bedding in Australian market.

So we bought some new baby bedding of totally different material but it also didn’t do us any good. The situation was same. The funny thing to note here is we went for this idea knowing that Stacey had no problem sleeping on the same baby bedding during the daytime.

Anyway, we tried a lot of tricks (some stupid, some valid) to make Stacey sleep properly but she simply refused to and then gradually our daughter started sleeping at nights. She began with four hours straight and then five, six, and seven. Now Stacey sleeps for seven to eight hours straight every night.

What worked to develop this sleep routine? Honestly, I don’t know. Babies do things at their own will and as soon as you accept that, being a parent becomes more joyous.

Disclosure: this is a guest post.


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My weekend in a nutshell.

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Natural Ways to Relieve Digestive Distress

Digestive problems are very common. Millions of people deal with the debilitating effects of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and it has become normal to suffer with abdominal bloating, painful indigestion, food intolerances and constipation or diarrhea every day.

digestive distress

There are many underlying causes of digestive problems. Emotional stress can play a big part, as can systemic health problems such as thyroid disorders. Luckily, there are many natural remedies to treat the symptoms of digestive distress (for more info visit Rosewellness).

Go Gluten Free

Gluten is the name for a bunch of proteins found in various grains, including wheat, barley, rye and spelt. If you have Celiac Disease, you will already know your body cannot tolerate gluten, but a high percentage of people are intolerant to gluten without having Celiac Disease.

Gluten intolerance causes bloating, abdominal upset, constipation and diarrhea, usually within a few hours of eating bread or anything else with gluten in it. If digestive problems are ruining your life, try going gluten free for a minimum of six months. If your symptoms ease, you have an intolerance. Beware, however, that gluten is in a huge number of foods, so read labels very carefully – even a tiny amount will put you back to square one.

Take Pro-Biotics

Antibiotics have been a game changer for humankind, but the downside of using antibiotics to treat bacterial infections is that they wipe out all bacteria, including the good stuff.

If you have taken more than a few courses of antibiotics over the years, there is a high possibility you have a bacterial imbalance in your gut. Too many bad bacteria can cause digestive problems. To correct this, take a dose of good bacteria every day: add kefir or probiotic yoghurts to your diet, or buy some probiotic supplements.

Ginger Rocks

Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory and a great cure for nausea and digestive upset. Ginger has been used to treat sickness and stomach upsets for hundreds of years, and there is no shortage of ways to take it. Steep fresh ginger root in a cup of hot water, or pop some ginger supplements.

Drink Soothing Herbal Tea

Peppermint tea is very soothing if your tummy feels a bit tender. Even chewing on mint leaves may help. Other herbal infusions and teas worth trying include chamomile, lemon balm and fennel.

Boost Stomach Acid with ACV

Many gastric problems are caused by too much or too little stomach acid. Most people are aware of the problems caused by excessive stomach acid, but don’t overlook the fact your issue could be too little acid. To correct this, take a spoonful of Apple Cider Vinegar every morning. It’s great for digestion. If you can’t stand the taste, mix it with a bit of honey and water, and sip slowly.

Doctors do not always look for the underlying cause if you present with typical symptoms of IBS, so always push for answers and ask for further testing if your symptoms do not go away following lifestyle changes or natural remedies.


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Expert Suggestions For Anyone Who Wants To Become An Author

So, you finally want to put your ideas down on paper and become a professional author? Most people think that’s an impossible process because they lack the right understanding. In the past, you would have had to impress literary agents and publishers to achieve your goal. However, things have changed considerably during the last few years. Indeed, the industry is currently struggling to keep up with the market alterations. If you’re serious about writing a book and earning money, you just need to follow the suggestions here today.

Write about things you know

The process of planning a book can take a long time if you have no experience. Even so, it’s much easier if you stick to writing what you know. For instance, perhaps you have a lot of local expertise you could put into a guide? Maybe you have interests in niche subjects most people don’t understand? You could try something entirely alien, but you will limit your chances of success. At the end of the day, nobody is going to pay to read common knowledge. You need to offer something authoritative if you want to build a dedicated fan base.

Use technology to your advantage

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to become an excellent writer to make money from books. Indeed, you can use technology to improve your quality of work and impress the right people. Tools like Grammarly help people in your position to spot any unnoticed mistakes. It’s also possible to throw websites like Hemmingway into the mix if you’re concerned about readability. In truth, there are hundreds of different software packages that could make your life easier. So, now is the time to research each of them and work out which will become most useful.

Self-publish your work

As we mentioned at the start of this post, you don’t need a publisher to release books these days. There are some fantastic self-publishing services you can use. The most popular one around at the moment integrates with Amazon. That means your books become listed amongst thousands of other titles. There are no upfront costs involved, and they use a print-on-demand structure. You should also try to find a source for information about following the same strategy with ebooks. Research shows that digital book sales overtook the traditional market last year. That trend will likely continue well into the future.

Library books
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The only other things you need to worry about relate to promotion. It’s much easier to advertise and market a nonfiction book these days. So, you might like to consider that before you start work. You just need to select a niche subject for which there is a substantial demand.

For example, people who write paranormal titles tend to sell a lot of copies. In that instance, you would just email your press release to all the ghost hunting groups and websites you can find. You should follow the same strategy regardless of your chosen concept. Becoming a successful author often means you have to engage in networking from time to time. You might also want to arrange lectures and talks if you can find the right audience.


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Happy 34th Birthday to my love!

This amazing man is now 34 years old. Happy Birthday!!!

Daniel

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