Your children enjoy playing outdoors, but that usually means they are getting bit by mosquitoes each day. Knowing that mosquitoes can carry harmful diseases, you may be concerned about your children.
However, there are ways to start protecting your kids from mosquitoes. It is best to take as many precautionary measures as possible to keep them from getting bit by these annoying insects.
Apply Mosquito Repellent to Your Children’s Skin
Repellent is one product you do not want to skip out on if your children are planning to play outside. The repellent will deter the mosquitoes from coming near your children so that they can have fun without suffering from several itchy and even painful bites. There are tons of repellent products on the market, but organic options are often the best choice because they are safe to use on all skin types yet still do the trick.
Always apply the repellent before your children head outside. You should carry a bottle of it with you when traveling or heading out on adventures with the kids. It will come in handy to have it available when you need it.
Get Mosquito Bands For Your Children to Wear
Mosquito bands are convenient for kids because you can put them on their wrist and simply tell them to leave them on if they want to keep the mosquitoes away. These bands looks just like wristbands and contain repelling ingredients, such as citronella oil. The scent of the oil will keep these pesky insects away from the kids throughout the day. Another great thing about these bands is that they are extremely affordable and you can get them in bulk so that you never run out of them.
My baby is now 2 years old. The terrible twos, as they say. I find myself wondering if it is too early to potty train my kid. I love my son, but I am exhausted from being a single parent and working full time, and to be honest, changing diapers is just disgusting, nasty, and has gotten very old. I do it when I have to; I will never leave my child dirty, uncomfortable, or at risk of bad health, so do not think for a minute I ever hesitate to change a diaper.
I just don’t like it anymore. I never really did, but who does? The first year it didn’t bother me. There was no chance of doing anything else. But something clicked in me as my kid turned 18 months old. I thought, he’s halfway to the age of 3 which is when my pediatrician recommends I start toilet training. So, I started wondering if it was too early to potty train my kid. He’s always so compliant and a good kid, maybe he was ready?
I turned online for answers, but I’m not sure I found them. Sure, there’s websites touting that’s how they do things in Europe, and how toddlers are more behaved and obedient than 3 year olds, and even how I can save the environment from excess diapers, but I’m not sure any of these sites were actually objective.
My pediatrician convinced me otherwise, suggesting that early training can actually create problems. These range from bedwetting to urinary tract infections. Kids taught to hold their pee and poop wind up doing so, perhaps for too long. Being told to hold one hour and then go the next can actually confuse them. He recommends I wait another six months, so I am.…Read More
These days, bed bugs are a regular problem in a lot of areas across the United States and the globe. As a matter of fact, it is not all that uncommon for someone to have to deal with a bed bug infestation as least one time in their life. The bites can be very annoying. However, they can also pose a dangerous threat to your baby’s health. In addition to that, it can be hard to get rid of the bed bugs unless you can enlist the help of a professional if you are unable to implement the best all-natural tactics. These are some helpful tricks that you can use to attack bed bugs from a natural standpoint to get some great results:
Focus On The Bed Frame And Headboard
In a lot of cases, there will be bed bugs present in either the headboard or bed frame areas. You need to make sure that you can get into all of these areas and then clean it out completely so that you will have the chance at wiping them out. This is something that calls for a good combination that includes both vacuuming as well as natural, light insecticides.
There are a lot more products available on the market today that is all natural and just as effective as some of the commercial grade pesticides that you will find. Both cost-effective and non-toxic, you can use them safely for any bed bug infestation. Some are in the form of a powder that you just sprinkle on the bed to help you kill both the bed bugs as well as the eggs that they lay. You will usually find them in a lot of the gardening stores as well as online retailers. We used this non-toxic bed bug repellent successfully on our baby’s crib. We highly recommend CedarCide’s completely baby safe products.
Do You Have Lavender Oil?
A lot of people swear by using a variety of essential oils to help battle infestations of both bed bugs and mites. Some of the common choices throughout the years have always been peppermint, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus. However, a lot of people like to use lavender oil because even though the scent is powerful, it is also very pleasant and known for being soothing for helping to improve your sleep patterns at night. If you do use lavender oil, just be sure that you go with a concentrated form and add a few drops of it all across the corner regions of your bed frame. The strong scent will last for several days, and it will both kill existing bugs and keep others from jumping on board.
It is always going to be best that you remember that high temperatures will be able to kill just about everything, including microbes, bacteria, mites, lice and bed bugs. This makes washing at high temperatures the best when you want to be able to sanitize any of your bedding and clothing. If you have an infestation you are dealing with, be sure that you wash at a high temperature, dry thoroughly in your dryer and then put the items into clean plastic bags to store to help with keeping future infestations away.
Whether you are attacking the bedding or you have soft furniture that you need to free of bed bugs, you are going to find that steam cleaning these fabrics will always be best. The hot steam is very efficient for killing off the bed bugs as well as their eggs. However, make sure that your steam is hot and dry, not too moist. The excessive moisture can end up destroying your fabrics or the soft furniture.
In the end, while a bed bug infestation can be frustrating, you will find that there are some great natural methods that you can use to get rid of these nasty little critters.
Every parent must have gone through this difficult but necessary process of potty training their kids. This process can be very time-consuming, frustrating and sometimes exhausting too. We never expect our kids to give us such a hard time to learn a simple and easy process. However it is not a simple and easy process for the kids. For them, it is a very complicated process and it takes a lot of concentration and efforts on their part so that they can be completely potty trained. So it is important to show patience and be gentle while you are trying to potty train them.
Potty training tips for the first time parents!
• You have to remember that the process of potty training is different for every kid and therefore the time they take will also differ. So don’t compare your kid with any other child.
• Make sure that your child is able to tell you or at least recognize by himself when he or she needs to potty. This is the most important thing as unless they know that they need to potty, you cannot start training them to use the washroom.
• Make sure that your kids are able to remove their clothes and put them back again without your help. This is necessary because they should be able to do it fast when they need to use a washroom.
• Once your child is able to do the above-mentioned things, you can start potty training slowly. Using different potty training products like portable potty seats can be very helpful for the kids. You can purchase these seats in attractive colors and designs so that your kid is interested in using that potty seat.
• Keep the potty seat in an easily accessible place, preferably in the room where your child spends most of his time, such as his play room.
• Start the process by making him sit on the potty seat at thesame time every day. You can start with mornings and increase the number of potty visits at regular intervals.
• You can let them sit fully clothed on the potty seat and then encourage them to remove their clothes and sit on the potty seat.
• If you are potty training your boy, then make sure that you make him sit and urinate while you are training him. This will help you when you are training him for his bowel movement.
• Carry the portable potty seat everywhere you go for some time so that your child can have a familiar seat if he has to go potty. You can train them to use public restroomsonce they are potty trained.
• Patience is the most important thing while you are trying to potty train your kids. If you get frustrated or raise your voice or scold them, then it will take more time to train them.
• Don’t forget to reward them when they complete one set of instructions in the training process. The rewards encourage them to do better next time.
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