Ferberization: Helping Your Infant Sleep Better

Some infants are born natural heavy sleepers while others are born light sleepers with a tendency to be irritable when tired. And for some light sleeper babies, their restless sleep patterns may extend from newborn age to toddler age, which can be quite tasking on parents who would lose hours of sleep to ensure their baby is well rested.

Dr Richard Ferber invented and propagated “Ferberization” as a means of helping parents avoid sleep deprivation issues by teaching their babies how to soothe themselves to sleep after a crying bout. Take note that most parents are wary of the Ferber Method, probably because they have to consciously ignore the natural parental instinct to cuddle their babies when they are being irritable and just allow their babies cry for a period of time before going to soothe them.  

Restless nights are exhausting for both parents and the infant, and that’s why Ferberization is such a hit with experienced parents. Even pediatricians recommend this training for light sleeper babies who constantly require external comfort to sleep.

A lot of fuss and tantrums are to be expected seeing as babies are not born with the ability to adjust automatically to situations. Do not be perturbed by the crying sessions but ensure your baby’s cries are not due to any danger by keeping the environment safe and checking for danger signs during each visit. It will take some time, practice and would require loss of sleep time but perseverance does pay as your infant would get used to the routine and fall asleep better and for longer periods of time.

For details of Ferberization, check out the infographic below from www.babyinastroller.com.

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Awesome and Affordable Gift Ideas for People With Pets

We all know an individual who is perfectly inseparable from their pet. Regardless of where they go their faithful animal is likely in the car with them. They spend numerous hours tending to their needs and playing with them in their homes.

These individuals can be hard to shop for. You may find yourself wanting to pull out your own hair and scream “How can I find the perfect gift for them without breaking the bank”. Fret no more! Thankfully this helpful guide will give you some excellent advice for finding the perfect gift for them.

Follow these tips and tricks the next time you go shopping for great savings and reduced stress.

Greenies are a great gift for anyone who owns a dog with bad breath.

If you are shopping for a gift for someone who owns a dog you may consider getting them a couple of bags of greenies to improve their breath. Greenies are an all natural dog food additive that reduce the foul bacteria in a dogs mouth and stomach and make their breath smell less foul.

They are usually around five dollars a bag and can be purchased at your nearest Petco.

Consider this excellent gift idea the next time you go shopping for the dog owner on your list.

A gift certificate to the groomers is a great gift for a pet owner

If the pet owner you are shopping for is the owner of a particularly hirsute animal you may consider getting them a certificate for a grooming. The groomer will pamper the pet by bathing it, trimming its nails, and then giving it a haircut.

Pets don’t always love to be groomed so if their animal is less than comfortable around people this may not be the greatest idea for that pet. If the pet is social it is a fantastic idea. Both the pet and their owner will be ecstatic to have a nice clean animal running around the house.

Consider this idea the next time you go shopping for the pet owner in your family. They are sure to think it is a fantastic and thoughtful gift.

The Unlikely Enemy: Exposing the Truth About Hidden Sugars

Simple sugars hurt our health in more ways than one. Unlike complex sugars which can be found in dairy products, whole grains, nuts or fruits that are actually good for our health, simple sugars are detrimental to our health and are added to certain packaged products for the sole purpose of improving their tastes, appearance, and longevity.

Now we know what their purpose is, let’s look at how they are hidden and how much damage they can cause to our bodies.

The rate of added sugar consumption today is at an all-time high because most individuals simply don’t understand how they get there. Added sugars have been linked to degenerative heart diseases, liver failure, obesity and tooth decay. Try as we might to improve our diets and meet the basic nutritional requirements that are expected of us, somehow we still fall short because the enemy lurks within.

Sugar has been described as a “sweet poison” and rightly so because it does so much damage to our bodies; one teaspoon of sugar contains about 16 calories but no vitamins, minerals or phytochemicals.  The WHO organization and the American Heart Association recommend we reduce our daily free sugar intake to less than 6 teaspoons per day. This is because they offer absolutely no nutritional benefits to us, but how can we possibly cut down our intake of free sugars effectively if we do not recognize the various forms sugars can take?  

Here’s a great infographic that could really help you out; so next time you reach for a bottle of sweetened yogurt or a can of soda at the grocery store, you might want to take 1 minute to read the product information.

 

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