Monthly Archives: March 2012

Things to Keep in Mind When Preparing for Labor and Delivery

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Pregnant mothers have many things to consider when it comes to giving birth. There are details to arrange at the hospital itself, like finding the right doctor and planning the method of delivery. Of course, there are also countless things that need to be organized at home, from cribs to clothing and buying diapers. Here are few things that are important to consider for the day before and day of delivery, but might not be the most common things to hear about.  Read through to prepare for what to expect as a pregnant mother.

1. Be Prepared: The single most important thing a mother can do is simply to be prepared. The more a mother researches and asks questions about the various aspects of pregnancy, the more likely she is to handle any situation that arises. A great way to feel more prepared is to create a checklist that mentions a range of subjects. Once that subject has been read about and is fully understood, it can be checked off the list. An obstetrician or gynecologist is the right person to come to as the best source to answer your questions since they will know your medical history and state.

2. Circumcision: Mothers who are pregnant with a male child need to carefully consider circumcision. In decades past it has been a common procedure, but its popularity is waning with time. As with any procedure there are benefits and risks and mothers should carefully consider each before making the decision.

3. Pain Management: It should go without saying that childbirth does involve some pain. However, there are various ways of managing pain that can vary greatly from mother to mother. Research these methods so that there is confidence going into delivery. Some mothers opt for a more natural birth plan that involves massage, acupressure, breathing and mild medication, while others are more comfortable with an epidural. Taking a childbirth class or speaking to your obstetrician is a great way to learn about the pain management options offered.

4. Future Health Preparations: As a new mother it is important to learn about the testing for babies that is mandated by the state as well suggested by the hospital. Making sure your pediatrician visits your newborn and keeps you on a regular schedule of appointments after you leave the hospital. On the subject of future health, mothers should consider whether cord blood banking is something that might be a potential course of action. This is where the umbilical cord blood is collected immediately following delivery and stored. By having your baby’s cord blood stem cells banked, you a source of cord blood stem cells that can be available to your family should the need for those cord blood stem cells ever arise.

By understanding these four areas, any mother can feel prepared and confident while heading to the delivery room.

This article was written by Alan Cassidy, an active writer within the blogging community covering maternity and childbirth, and always advocating for infant and children’s health. Connect with him on Twitter @ACassidy22

Choosing The Right Bunk Bed For Your Youngsters

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bunk bedsSo your family has grown and it’s time to invest in a set of bunk beds. How do you know which ones to pick? They all look great and you’re sure that your child would love any one of them. Here are a few things that you can consider when you are shopping around for twin over twin bunk beds for your little ones.

Most of the bunk beds that you’ll see come with a twin size mattress. For younger children this is the perfect size for them. With twin bunks you won’t have any problem finding sheet sets that will fit perfectly. As well, some of the themed comforter sets for children are available in twin sizes only so it will be easier to pick out the right bedding for these bunks.

As you do your bunk bed shopping you’ll see a wide variety of steel or wooden beds. Both of these options have their pros and cons. A wooden bunk will generally last longer than a steel one since they are more durable and solid. Steel bunks, however, offer a more modern look and are easier to move if you want to change the bedroom around for a different look.

The next thing you’ll want to check is the safety of the top bunk. You’ll be looking for a railing that runs along the length of each side. There may be an opening in the railing for the latter to fit in, but this opening should be quite small. Make sure that these railings are high as well so that your child cannot accidentally roll over the edge. See how high it is once the mattress has been added, not before.

Although it will take extra time, take your children along with you when you are shopping for these bunk beds. It’s important that your kids like the beds since they are going to be the ones that are sleeping in them, after all. If you’re shopping on the Internet for beds, let them look through the pages with you and give their feedback. Children love shopping, especially if it’s for something for them.

When it comes to bunk beds for children, safety should be the priority followed by the design and materials used. This way, you’ll be able to find the perfect bunk beds for your children’s room with a little persistence and some help from your youngsters.