Archive for October, 2011

Should Mums Work Part Time?

Many mums fear returning to work as they think that they should be at home with their kids rather than at work. Many believe that they will miss out on their children’s milestone, like their first steps, first words and all those things that mums should be there for.

A recent study has actually shown, however, that mums with a part time job are not harming their children in any way. The study of 4,500 preschoolers in Australia actually found that mums who work part time are healthier than their full time counterparts and their counterparts who stay at home.

The study found that children of part time mums were less likely to eat junk food or watch TV and were also less likely to become overweight. The study was conducted over a two year period and the results actually suggested that mums who work part time also went to considerable lengths to make sure that they spent time with their kids and that that time was high quality, interactive time.

Jan Nicholson, of Melbourne’s Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, said: “When mothers work part-time, there’s obviously something about the way the house is run, and the way parents are looking after their children that is protective.”

The study was aptly named “Do working mothers raise couch potatoes” and it did actually find some negative results, which were that if a mum were to work more than 34 hours a week that she would struggle to find the time to engage in family activities and cooking. But then again, who wouldn’t?

Of course there are pros and cons as to the effects of working mums on their children, but it’s unlikely to do them any harm and in fact working mums should be seen as role models who support and provide for their families, whilst still being great mums.

Things to Consider Before Buying Fashionable Baby Girl Clothing

Baby and children’s wear has come a long way from being purely a functional item to parents dressing their babies and young children in designer and fashionable baby girl clothing.  Many clothing lines have experimented and introduced to the clothing market baby clothing items that follow the fashion trends currently available in adult clothing and also materials that have traditionally been used only for adult clothing.  As more and more fashionable and designer baby clothing comes on to the market there are a number of things that need to be considered when purchasing these clothes for young children especially babies.

Fashionable and designer baby girl clothing uses a huge range of materials synthetic and natural in their designs.  When choosing clothing especially for young children it is important that any material or fabric used in the clothing item is able to breathe and not cause the child to overheat.  When it comes to choosing baby girl clothing select items that use more natural products such as cotton which allows the baby or child’s skin to breathe and keep cool especially in the warmer months.

Another consideration when buying fashionable baby clothing is the type of decoration and fasteners used on the clothing item.  Using sewn on features such as beads and other small decorations should be avoided with baby and children’s clothing as beads are quite small and if they come loose from the garment can pose a choking hazard.

When purchasing children’s clothing, especially clothing that is from a designer it is important to consider the washing requirements of the items.  Babies and small children can be quite messy especially if they are out during a meal time such as lunch.  It is important that fashionable clothing is easy to clean and wash as you don’t want to be stressed about the children getting their clothing dirty.

Another thing to consider before buying fashionable baby girl clothing is the cost of the items and also the relatively short amount of time they will wear the clothing before it becomes too small.  Designer and fashionable clothing is quite expensive when compared with the prices of wash and wear baby clothing or second hand clothing and for many this may seem a waste of money as the child will quickly grow out of the clothing in no time at all.

Baby Cots: What to Know Before You Buy One

Buying the right furniture for your child can be a time consuming process as there are a huge range of kids furniture on the market.  When shopping for the best baby cot to suit your situation there are a few things that you can consider that will make this choice a lot easier and also safer for your child.  The following is a checklist that you can use to ensure the baby cot that you chosen is going to have a safe sleep environment and also meets the relevant Australian standard for safety.

One important fact to consider when choosing a new baby cot is that more expensive does not mean that the cot is any better or safer.  Any baby cot that you are considering should pass the Australian Standard and this will normally be shown on a sticker or tag on the baby cot while in the show room of many retail stores.

The next thing to check is the height of the mattress to the top of the rail.  It is important that when a mattress is fitted to the cot it does not reduce the distance between the mattress and the rail to a point where it can be possible for the child to climb out.  Selecting a cot with a high rail will avoid this potential problem.

Another feature that should be part of the cot you select is to make sure that there is adequate room in the cot for air to circulate.  Make sure that you choose a baby cot that slats for the best air circulation and also one that is open on all four sides.  Babies who are active when they sleep and tend to push blankets up against a side or end of the cot benefit from having a cot that is open on all four sides so there is still adequate air circulation even with the blankets blocking one side of the cot.

Before you purchase a baby cot it is also necessary to consider what features you would like the baby cot to have and also what budget you have for the purchase.  Baby cots come with a great selection of extra features such as storage for blankets and sheets and also toys that can be added to the cot.  Many of these things add to the cost of the baby cot so it is important that you decide on a budget before committing to buy a particular baby cot.