Tops Tips that Will Help Prepare your Babies Nursery

If you know that you have a baby on the way then you will understand how exciting this can be. You may also be under a lot of stress because you have so much to get ready and so little time to get it all done in as well. If you want to avoid all of this then one thing that you do need to concentrate on is getting the nursery ready so that you don’t have to do any hard manual labor for when your newborn arrives.

Preparing the Room

It is so important that you clear out the room first. When you do this you can then have a clean slate and it also gives you the chance to plan out everything as well. You can also give the room a big clean as well as this will help you to get everything sorted for when your bundle of joy comes along.  When you do prepare the room it is also important that you wipe down and clean all of the surfaces. This does include the walls and even the floor as well. The main reason for doing that is because babies really are susceptible to allergens such as pet hair, dust and even mold as well. If you are not sure how to clean down the room then consider using a sponge and some hot water. Try and avoid using harsh chemicals when you do this because this can also irritate your baby.

 

Install a Dimmer

Another thing that you can do is try and install a dimmer switch. They are very easy for you to do and when you want to put your baby to bed, it will make it much easier. You can also go into the room without having to turn on the lights and this will make it much easier for you to stop waking your baby up. If you want to make the room even more relaxing then you can easily add a lamp with a very soft bulb as this will add a nice glow when you read them bedtime stories.

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Oiling the Hinges

If you can you should also try and oil the hinges. When you do this it will stop them from creaking and this can save you a lot of sleepless nights later. After all, the last thing that you need is for you to open the door and instantly wake up your baby. You will be glad that you did this and you can easily do it yourself. Some WD40 will do the trick and it can sort out the problem in an instant.

Furniture

And lastly, you need to go through all of the furniture that you need. It may be worth you looking into a nursery furniture collection. When you do this, you can easily find something that suits the room and you can also make sure that everything fits in nicely with the shape and even the style of the room as well so do keep that in mind.

4 Tips for Soon-To-Be-Parents

They say that you can’t prepare for becoming a parent, but is that really true? It can’t be. While you can’t prepare fully for the madness and joy that comes with parenthood, that doesn’t mean that you should just sit back and do nothing. There are absolutely ways you can prepare for parenthood, which will make the process all the more smooth when it eventually happens. Below, we take a look at some useful ways to prepare, which will take your “absolutely clueless” to “slightly less clueless.”

 

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Ease Out Of Old Lifestyle

You’re going to have a long list of responsibilities when you become a parent, and that means there will be an even longer list of things that you can’t do. If you’ve been making a habit of staying out late or otherwise being social, then you might want to slowly ease out of that routine. If you only go cold turkey – when it comes to socializing – when the pregnancy becomes “real”, then you might find the process pretty difficult. Enjoy the process of being at home, of settling into motherhood or fatherhood before the baby has arrived.

Read Up On What to Expect

How difficult parenting would be – actually, how difficult everything would be – if there weren’t useful advice from people who have already done it available to read. While your circumstances will be unique, you can get some general advice on how to manage your forthcoming bundle of joy by reading some parenting tips for newborns. They’ll be an invaluable source of guidance and know-how knowledge when it comes to making sure your child has everything they need. No-one has all the answers, but between all of us, we’re getting pretty close.

Monitor Your Temperament

The number one fear among soon to be parents is that they’re going to be a bad mother or father. If it’s a concern, then it’s highly likely it’s going to come to pass. Still, there’s always room for improvement, in all aspects of our lives. Take a look at yourself; what are your flaws? No matter what they are, there will be a way to improve them. If you’re not a patient person now, you might not automatically become a patient person when your child arrives. Read up on how to improve yourself. It might just be your saving grace when the baby arrives.

Talk To Your Parents

It’s your first child. You’re going to be nervous, and have a sense that you’re going to get everything wrong. But don’t worry, because everyone feels that way. To drive the point home, just talk to your parents about their experiences as first-time parents. They’ll fill you in all of the horror stories and uncertainty that was part and parcel of raising you and any siblings you have. And if you turned out just fine, then that’ll show you that there’s nothing to worry about.

 

Apart from the tips above, take the time to enjoy the experience. You only become a mother or father for the first time once!

Money Saving Tips for your Next Family Vacation

Tips to Save you and your family money while traveling

Summer is over for another year – deep sigh – but you may still have plans to go away with your family on a vacation. Perhaps those wintry slopes of a ski resort lie in wait, or if the cold isn’t your thing, and your hometown is prone to those annual visits from cheeky Jack Frost, then you may be thinking about heading to sunnier climes. Or you may be thinking about next year, planning your annual family vacation when summer rolls around again. Whatever the case, here are some tips that will help you save money on your travels.

  • Start your vacation fund. If you still have a long way to go before you head out on your holidays, start to put money aside now. The more you save, the more you have to play with when away. You might even start to make some extra cash, so you won’t have to donate huge chunks of your pay into your vacation fund.

Vacation tips for families

  • Book your vacation early (or late).  If you know where you want to go, look for early booking deals with your travel agent, or visit travel sites online. You may be able to get cheaper prices on flights and hotels. Some travel companies also allow you to set up price alerts, so you will be notified by email when prices drop. If you’re not ready to book early, then book late! Conflicting advice we know, but there are sometimes special travel deals for late bookings, as travel companies try to cut the losses of any cancellations.

 

  • Sign up to a travel rewards credit card. A credit card is one way to lose money, but provided you act responsibly, signing up to something like the Amex platinum edge credit card can be cost-effective. Not only will you get a signup cash bonus, but it doubles as insurance, meaning you have a backup should your flight get cancelled, or you lose your luggage.

 

  • Choose a cheap destination. When traveling with kids, nowhere is particularly cheap, especially if you give in to their ‘I want’ demands (hint: don’t!), but some places are cheaper to travel to than others. Consider the cheap family vacation ideas here, as this useful guide may hold the ticket to the next place that captures your family’s heart. Alternatively, head to somewhere that is less touristy. This way, you are less likely to fall prey to hotel and food diners who hike up their prices to ‘steal’ money from gullible tourists.

Travels Tips for Families

  • Research available discounts. When you have chosen a place to visit, research the destination, and look for any discounts that may be available. Some places offer a CityPass for discounted admissions into popular attractions, and there may be family travel passes available that will make getting around a town or city on bus or train cheaper than it otherwise would be.

Disney Travel Tips

These are just a few of the ways you can save money on your family vacation, but if I have neglected to mention any money-saving idea that you use, please share in the comments!