The true costs of bringing up a baby

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The cost of having a baby…

No doubt, the issue of finance comes up at some point when you discuss the arrival of a baby. Whether planned or a complete surprise, the prospect of any new arrival brings the question of money and few parents are actually aware of the trues cost of having a baby beforehand.

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Not that having a baby is a financial decision, but money is a factor for some people when planning a family. And, planned or not, it can help to know what to expect.

What Financial Advisors Wish You Knew About Having a Baby

Interesting article about the financial impact of your little bundle of joy. From nappies, child care and other essentials, few things can prepare you for the financial impact of the arrival of a baby. baby budget – dealing with your OMG moment…

thought you may need cheering up

Maybe it’s 2am and you’ve had a rough time. Here’s my favourite joke of the moment. Hope it cheers you up.

A dad hunts and kills a deer and decides to cook it for the family dinner. As he doesn’t want to upset his kids who love bambi, he decides not to tell them what it is. However, during the meal he decides to give them one clue.
“It’s what your mother affectionately calls me.” he says. His six year old boys shouts out “It’s a fucking dick, don’t eat it!”

more sillyness here if you need a laugh… guaranteed pick up lines

baby wee

A newborn urinates about every 20 minutes and then roughly every hour at 6 months. Just like dad.

baby’s skull

The protein that keeps a baby’s skull from fusing is called “noggin.”

Baby got the snuffles? Especially at night? Where’s the best place to apply vapour rub?

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Vapour Rub has many benefits, it has anti-fungal properties, it can soothe tired muscles and joints (and boy! we have them after a day with the children), it can heal sunburn, be used to moisturise your skin, help you combat dry cracked heals and calluses, it can even provide pain relief for ear infections and soothe dry itchy ears, with headaches, acne, dandruff…

The list is infinite!

But did you know if you rub a bit on the soles of your little ones feet right before bedtime it can help with their night time snuffles and so aid a good night’s sleep!

Amazing!

Top 50 boys names 2013-14

The top 50 boys names from 2013-14

If you were like us, you probably trawled the internet and bought various books looking for baby name ideas. If you choose not to go with mum or dad’s name then it’s a hard job because you can’t help feeling that it has a bearing on how his or her life will be. Does the world need another John (no offence to all the Johns out there). You want the name to be individual but not dumb or obscure. We could not agree on one and we both had pretty strong ideas about names. It’s not easy, you get one shot and you will NOT please everyone with your choice. I know we didn’t – but ‘Felix’ and ‘Lucas’ kind of stuck with us and now we can’t imagine them be called anything else. It’s who they are…

The top 50 boys names from 2013-14 were…

50 DAVID
49 HARLEY
48 HARVEY
47 MATTHEW
46 LEWIS
45 LUKE
44 TOBY
43 ARTHUR
42 JAYDEN
41 THEO
40 ADAM
39 ZACHARY
38 SEBASTIAN
37 TYLER
36 HARRISON
35 FREDDIE
34 FINLEY
33 EDWARD
32 JAKE
31 DYLAN
30 BENJAMIN
29 ISAAC
28 LOGAN
27 MASON
26 LUCAS
25 MAX
24 ALEXANDER
23 MOHAMMED
22 DANIEL
21 RILEY
20 SAMUEL
19 JOSEPH
18 HENRY
17 LEO
16 ARCHIE
15 MUHAMMAD
14 ETHAN
13 NOAH
12 JOSHUA
11 ALFIE
10 GEORGE
9 JAMES
8 WILLIAM
7 OSCAR
6 THOMAS
5 CHARLIE
4 JACOB
3 HARRY
2 JACK
1 OLIVER

Top 50 girls names 2013-14

The top 50 girls names from 2013-14

A catch up to the previous post about top 50 boys names in 2013-14. Boy or girl, it’s a tough job. If you choose not to go with mum or dad’s name then it’s a hard job because you can’t help feeling that their name helps shape their lives. You don’t want them to be one of 6 ‘Scarletts’ in their nursery – Nor do you want one of those dumb ass made-up names like ‘Jezzellia’ (apologies if there are actually any out there). We could not agree and we both had pretty strong ideas about names. One thing’s for sure though, you will NOT please everyone with your choice. We certainly didn’t – but ‘Felix’ and ‘Lucas’ kind of stuck with us and now we can’t imagine them be called anything else. It’s who they are….

The top 50 girls names from 2013-14 were…

50 JASMINE
49 MEGAN
48 SUMMER
47 ELSIE
46 ABIGAIL
45 EVELYN
44 HANNAH
43 ELLIE
42 LEXI
41 MAISIE
40 ERIN
39 ELIZABETH
38 ROSIE
37 LILLY
36 MATILDA
35 MOLLY
34 IMOGEN
33 HOLLY
32 LOLA
31 LAYLA
30 SOFIA
29 FLORENCE
28 LUCY
27 ALICE
26 EVA
25 MILLIE
24 PHOEBE
23 DAISY
22 SIENNA
21 CHARLOTTE
20 FREYA
19 ISABELLE
18 CHLOE
17 SCARLETT
16 ELLA
15 SOPHIA
14 EVIE
13 GRACE
12 LILY
11 RUBY
10 MIA
9 SOPHIE
8 ISABELLA
7 POPPY
6 JESSICA
5 ISLA
4 AVA
3 EMILY
2 OLIVIA
1 AMELIA

The Baby Vest Epiphany

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Well I never… too late for me now, but may help one of you in your hour of need!

Found this article on this site it is accompanied by a video…
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Aresenic levels in rice

Aresenic levels in rice

Very disturbing news about the levels of arsenic in rice and rice based food products. There won’t be a parent in the land not concerned by this shocking news item.

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Arsenic in baby rice

As a food that’s generally accepted as a healthy choice and the perfect weaning food, it’s very disturbing to learn that naturally occurring arsenic has been found in rice and in some cases is many times higher than what would be considered safe. As a parent, I would not consider any level of toxicity safe or acceptable when talking about my children’s diet as I am sure, most of you would too. So, I was surprised to learn that inorganic arsenic is present in many forms of food, even in mineral water, however, rice has been found to contain as much as ten times more that other foods.

Arsenic exposure risk to children

As children generally ingest three times more food on a body-weight basis it’s seems likely that their exposure to inorganic arsenic is also three times higher than that of an adult. If you factor in a gluten allergy to a diet that is often supplemented with rice products, including rice milk, then that exposure risk rises even higher.

How arsenic in our diet affects our health

Inorganic arsenic is naturally occurring but it’s effect of rice being grown in a flooded environment that increases it’s absorption into the food chain. High levels for arsenic through diet can lead to developmental problems in children, diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer.

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bladder urothelial carcinoma – one of the risks associated with inorganic arsenic in our diet

Regulations on arsenic levels

Despite there being regulations in Europe about the levels of arsenic in our mineral water there are none in place for the the levels in our food. The World Health Organisation and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN have just announce guidelines for arsenic in rice. Brown rice is higher with 400 parts per billion and white rice is lower, due to the milling process and has a level of 200 parts per billion.

Basmati rice has been found to have the lowest levels of inorganic arsenic and obviously the lower the better, however any exposure is a risk.

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Interesting baby facts!

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In 1970, the average age for a first-time mom in the U.S. was 21. By 2008, it was 25.1.

In 1235, Henry III decreed that Christian wet nurses could not nurse Jewish babies.

Babies are born with natural swimming abilities. And can hold their breath. However, this ability quickly disappears..