Smoking is Injurious To Health – Of Smokers children!

Couple of days ago, I was sitting in a coffee house with a friend and I saw through the window 2 lovely children (baby of few months and the other about 3 years old), outside the coffee house sitting in the stroller with their Mum standing next to them.Within few minutes, she pulled out a cigarette and started smoking, the smoke was all over the children. Perhaps nobody told the mother, Smoking is injurious to health! I also noticed that the cigarette smoke was irritating the baby’s eyes but the mother was totally oblivious to the whole thing ! How selfish and inconsiderate!

Are smoking parents unaware of the danger or are they just plain selfish?

Should I mind my own business?

I know I should mind my own business and not tell parents not to smoke, as it is their life. But what about the budding life of their children ! Some doctors class passive smoking as child abuse. Why should babies and children be subjected to secondhand smoke? Shouldn’t there be some law for this?

We all know that cigarette smoke is cancerous

Second hand smoke causes a lot of damage to health, we all know that. So why should you subject your child to this danger? Cigarette smoke not only causes cancer but also causes health issues in children later in life. It can also cause asthma and pneumonia in children.

Smokers who claim that cigarette smoke is not dangerous

There are a lot of smokers who claim that everything the medical experts or government agencies say about the dangers of a cigarette smoke are just made up things, you are just trying to find excuses so that you don’t have to give up smoking. But at least don’t smoke for your children’s sake!

“Children of smokers are up to four times more likely to get heart disease later in life” 

source: Dailymail.co.uk

Parents are responsible for shaping the life of their children

If a child is always surrounded by smoke all the time, it is going to affect their mental and physical health. As per my previous post,Should parents be allowed to spank their children, parents are chosen by the universe to shape the lives of their children, they cannot not do this by harming their health .

I can sympathise with those smoking parents who have inherited this habit from their parents. But you cannot repeat the mistakes of your parents. You should be correcting them!

Children always copy their parents

Children always look upon their parents as their role models. They copy everything the parents do- good or bad. Therefore, children of smokers are most likely to be smokers, even if you limit their exposure to smoke! Smoking out of car window or outside the house is also not good enough! Smoke travels back in to the house or car ! It will also cling to your clothes and linger in your breath!

Mental health of the child

When parents smoke, they teach their children how to escape from all their fears and stresses by smoking rather than being brave and facing their fears! Smokers teach their children how to become a smoking addict ! This is not an ideal upbringing !

‘I do not smoke in front of my children’

If you say the above, then I would like to tell you that according to the experts, it best not to smoke at all, not even when your kids are not around, only then your children will be able to lead a healthy life.

Are you smoking because of peer pressure?

Did you start smoking because your parents smoke? or did a friend introduce you to smoking? Even if you did, it is never too late to stop. Think of your children now!

Cancer can strike anytime

Smokers , beware! Cancer doesn’t see what your age is or how many children you have  or how young your children are . If you want to see your children grow up, it is best to stop smoking . Smoking is cancerous and this is a proven fact!

How can you correct this situation

  • Accept that smoking is wrong thing to do as a parent.
  • If you are chain smoker or are unable to stop smoking, get professional help to stop smoking. Remember, the will to stop smoking has to come from within.
  • You have to remind yourself again and again that passive smoking is harmful to your children and that’s why you need to quit smoking.
  • If you have got relatives who smoke like grandparents, uncles or aunts- ask them not to smoke around your children. As a parent you are responsible for the safety and security of your child.

It is absolutely infuriating when you walk on the street with your child and cigarette smoke of all the smokers around envelopes you and your child! Smokers should have the moral and social responsibility of not smoking in public places which are frequented by families and kids! I also feel that smokers are selfish in nature that by smoking they put the lives of other people in danger ! If smokers are not worried about their own health, then that’s their business but they have no right to put others lives in danger especially young and innocent children and babies!

Are you a parent who smokes? Have you got any relatives who smoke around your children? Do you think that passive smoking is child abuse? Please comment via comment box below, I would love to hear from you .

Meanwhile, stay safe and away from cigarette smoke!

Regards

 

 

 

 

How to Afford to Be a Stay- At-Home Mom – Become Self-Employed

Many stay-at-home moms are often faced with the dilemma that how do you make ends meet with one salary(husband’s salary) and look after the children. If you decide to go to work, you will have to factor in the childcare costs. You would be hardly left with any money after taxes and childcare. Looking after children is especially hard during the school holidays. I tried to go back to work but nothing worked out – the job, the money, the homework ! So how to afford to be a stay-at-home mom and also be financially independent ?

Why is important for mothers to be financially independent?

  • Create your own identity after motherhood. Mothers always think of their children first. Mothers will be happier and able to look after their children, if they think of their own needs too.
  • Increases your confidence- if you are earning money you will be naturally more confident.
  • In case your spouse is unable to provide for you or your children due to any unforeseen circumstances – you are able to provide for the family.
  • Extra money always helps- we all know that.
  • Your children will not take you for granted and will respect you.

Part time jobs

Unfortunately, part-time jobs are not easily available and you would still have to think of childcare during the school holidays unless you can find a job where you can work from home which might or might not be of interest to you.

Have you got any hobbies?

In case you have got any hobbies or any skill that you are good at, why not turn that into your own business? You can run your business from home which would reduce your overheads. As mentioned in one of my previous posts, stay-at-home-mom business ideas -earn while you are at home, you can sell on a website called Etsy, if you have made the product yourself.

If you don’t have any hobbies

I fall under this category. Yes, that’s right – I am not a very creative person and I don’t have any hobbies with which I could earn money! Therefore, I decided to become an Affiliate Marketer and I started blogging and to my surprise, I really love my work. To become successful it is very important to enjoy the work you do!

The path to self -employment is not easy

The path to self employment is not easy but if you work hard the rewards can be more than double your salary. It is important that you are:

  • disciplined
  • dedicated
  • hardworking
  • have a goal or a plan in mind

As I mentioned above do something you enjoy !

During the school holidays

During the school holidays, if you struggle to do your work refer to my previous post on how to work from home with kids. Also tell your children about your work if they are old enough to understand. Explain to them that you are working from home so that you can look after them.

 

Start Early

Start early- preferably few months after birth of your child. You will have to give time to the business before it starts making money. I know it will be hard when you have a baby to take care of, you can work when your baby is asleep, and ask your partner to help look after the baby. Even if your child is older, it is never too late to become self-employed. Bear in mind the benefits of self-employment :

  • Work at your own convenience
  • No need to apply for annual leave during school holidays or when your child is sick.
  • Whatever you earn is yours
  • You are not answerable to anyone

In short,

You are your own boss!

Motivation

If you are planning to be self- employed or have just become self-employed, you would have to continuously motivate yourself to move further. Don’t be discouraged by failures. Treat failure as an experience. Believe in yourself and in your goals. I watch motivational videos on You Tube to motivate myself.

Training and Support

If you are doing something completely new, it would be a good idea to get some training and support. For example, I didn’t have a clue about affiliate marketing so I joined Wealthy Affiliate which not only provides excellent step-by-step training but also gives community support. Best of all, you work at your own convenience and at your own pace.

You are on your own

Some people do feel apprehensive about being self employed as you are on your own but being alone comes with the territory. If you feel lonely , then you can also go for some networking events where you can meet people who do similar work as you.

Have you had any experiences of being self employed? What are the positive things about self employment?  What are the aspects you do not like about self employment? Share via comment box below.

 

Regards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parents Arguing In Front of Children – What Are The Effects?

Have you ever argued in front of children? Are you feeling guilty about it ? Or has it become a habit now that you do not realise when you both start arguing in front of them ! You can always bring changes in your life and reduce the arguments. But before you do this, read below the effects of parents arguing in front of children.

Effects

  • According to the experts, children who witness their parents arguing on a regular basis, are at a risk of depression.
  • Children “copy” their parents. If they see their parents argue on a regular basis, they would do the same (not only during their childhood but also carry this habit into their adult life).
  • Children might lose faith in marriage.
  • Children might develop insecurity.
  • Children might develop rage, sulk and shout just like the parents.
  • Parents might not have a healthy, positive relationship with their child especially the father . Unfortunately, children always think that their mother is right and their father is wrong , even if that might not be the case.

Put yourself in your child’s shoes

If you and your parent are constantly arguing (doesn’t matter whose fault it is- I am no one to judge) , try thinking from your child’s perspective. The two people she/he loves the most in this world are constantly bickering, giving a lot of negativity, anger,fear and insecurity to her/him. Children do not have the perspective that adults have. They just accept things as seen, as understood, they do not think what is the reason behind these arguments.

Do you like to witness constant arguing, bickering?

If 2 people constantly argue in front of you would you like it? Even you would feel anger, rage and sadness at having to witness this very single day. If children or adults are sad every day, it ultimately leads to depression .

Do you actually like to bicker?

Every couple fights. But not constantly. There comes a point when you just don’t want to argue anymore. You can’t shout anymore.

How do you stop arguing in front of kids?

Only you can judge whether the reasons for your bickering with your partner are worth it. Is the reason important enough? More likely than not, it is nagging about everyday stuff! If the reason is not important for all the arguments, then you need to take control of your mind and tongue which can easily achieved:

  • LET IT GO- this is the price you have to pay to buy some peace. You need 2 people to argue. If you stop arguing your partner will stop as well. It doesn’t matter who is right and who isn’t!
  • Be the bigger person, think of the children and the impact it will have on them – be conscious of them around you . It doesn’t matter how old they are 6 months or 16 years. They will KNOW that something isn’t right between the parents.
  • While you are alone with your partner, try to talk things out (without raising your voices)- try to arrive at an understanding. Also remind him/her what effect it is having on the kids to witness you both arguing.
  • Try to form a habit of not arguing in front of kids by following the above, it won’t be easy to do in the beginning, but if your partner agrees and co-operates doing all the above , then the chances of this working will be ten- fold.
  • In case you fall off the wagon and argue in front of kids, hug each other and say sorry. Remember when your kids fight, you would be telling them to do the same thing!
  • Meditate- even if its for five minutes every day- This will bring inner peace, reduce your anger and most of all give you clarity of thought.

If you feel that reasons for your arguments are something very serious then, you would need to still talk to your partner in private (preferably when kids are not at home) and try to sort your differences out amicably and with maturity. Remember if you shout and scream you will be ruining your own peace as well.

Despite all the above, if you are not able to stop arguing then you should get help. For the sake of your children, you should do it rather than avoiding the issue or shoving it under the carpet. Longer you leave it, the worse it will get.

In my opinion, it is better to cut off a relationship and be at peace then to bear a burden of a bad relationship. Weigh the pros and cons of everything and the impact it will have on the children. Deal with it wisely and with maturity. Remember you as a parent are responsible for shaping the life of another being. Nobody, not even parents have the right to ruin their child’s life- emotionally or physically .

Parents will be able to walk away from their arguments or from each others’ life. But their children will have to bear the brunt of this for the rest of their lives!

 

 

Regards

 

 

 

 

 

Nintendo Switch Game Review – Is this Game For You and Your Family?

I have been considering buying the Nintendo Switch for my children and therefore I would like to share all my knowledge about the product with other parents in case you have been thinking of buying one as well. So here is the Nintendo Switch game review – with all the features, pros and cons.


 

Nintendo Switch Game Review

Product name: Nintendo Switch

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £ 279.00

Warranty: Nintendo systems carry 12 months warranty. Games and accessories have 3 months warranty.

My rating: 4/5

Other features:

  • Switch and play with anyone, anytime and anywhere.
  • There are 3 modes, television mode, tabletop mode and handheld mode. The tablet for handheld mode has 6.2 inch screen.
  • The 2 Joy-Con can be used as a traditional controller by attaching them to the Joy-Con grip. If you do not attach the Joy-Cons to the Joy-grip, you can use each Joy-Controller as an individual controller ! Both Joy-cons can be attached to main console also to play in handheld mode.
  • Each Joy-Con has a full set of buttons and can be used as a standalone controller. Each Joy-Con has got an accelerometer and gyroscope motion sensor which makes independent right and left motion control possible.
  • The left Joy-Con has got a capture button with which you can take a screenshot of the game and share it on social media. The right Joy-Con has a NFC touch for connecting to amiibo figures. It also has an IR motion sensor camera which can detect from a distance,shape and motion of nearby objects in specially designed games.
  • Both Joy-Cons have got advanced HD rumble which provides subtle vibrations which feel very realistic. For example, you can feel the vibration of ice cubes colliding inside a glass when shaking a Joy-Con. This features gives a touch of realism – apart from the sight and sound effect.
  • Local and online multiplayer. You can connect up to eight consoles for multiplayer or online play with friends around the world. The online play is chargeable at £17.99. You can subscribe to online play here.
  • You can buy Nintendo Switch with pre loaded games like Mario Kart 8 and Zelda: Breath of the Wild as a bundle at an extra £30. If you buy the game separately each games costs around £41.
  • You can use the parental control app which provides control over the time your child plays with it, you can suspend the game when time is up with the “suspend software” feature, monitor what games they are playing, set different times for playing on different days of the week. For example, they can play for longer time on weekends and for a lesser time on week days. You can also control if you want  your child sharing screenshots of the game on social media or not.

Pros

  • Overall the product has great quality as it from Nintendo. If you are a Nintendo fan then there is no need to say this!
  • Great fun for families. Perfect ‘family gift’. Provides great family bonding time!
  • You can play with it on the go too in the handlheld mode. This would be handy if you need to keep kids busy at restaurants, airports etc.
  • Nintendo has got the best games like Mario, Zelda ,Mario Kart etc.
  • The Joy-Con batteries are very good and last for a long time.
  • You can seamlessly move from big screen to small using the handheld console. So if the family feel you are taking over the TV , you can move to the handheld console while the rest of the family watches TV !

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Cons

  • Console is expensive and each game is very expensive.
  • There are only 2 controllers so if you are a family of four or five, you will have to buy another console or take turns playing .
  • Some children under 8 years of age might struggle to use the controls .
  • Children can get hooked to the games in case you are planning to limit or reduce screen time. You can use the parental control app to control the screen time your child gets.
  • Nintendo Switch is more known for its offline games and PS4 is known for its online games, in case you are looking to play only offline or only online. You have to pay subscription for online games now unlike before when they were free.
  • The main console is just for gaming. You cannot use it like a regular tablet for accessing You tube etc.

Conclusion

Nintendo Switch has got the best games like Mario,Breath of the Wild etc. But Nintendo is more known for its offline games. Both Nintendo Switch and the games are a very expensive buy so only buy if you are not too bothered about the cost. If price is not an issue then it can be great fun for entire family. You can use parental controls to control the time and games your child plays .

Enjoy if you buy!  Don’t forget to share your experience or opinion of Nintendo Switch via comment box below.

Regards

 

 

 

Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier – Review for Parents Planning to Buy It

If you are a new parent or to be parent and are facing a dilemma whether you should be buying a baby carrier or not, then please read my review on Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier. At the very least you would be able to decide if a baby carrier is for you or not. If you are considering buying a baby carrier, you have a lot of things to consider for example comfort for the baby and you, safety, fastenings etc.

Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier

Product name: Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier

Price: £123.90

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Suitability(weight of baby): 5.5 Kg to 20 kg (if the baby’s weight is between 3.2kg to 5.5kg – an insert will have to be purchased separately)

My rating: 4.5/5

Other features:

  • This baby carrier can be worn in 4 ergonomic baby positions – front inward(baby is facing you), on the back, on the hip and front outward(baby is not facing you).
  • This baby carrier is suitable for babies and toddlers within the weight range of 5.5 kg and 20 kg . If your baby weighs between 3.2 kg and 5.5 kg you will need an insert which will have to be bought separately. The insert is available on Amazon.co.uk as well.
  • This is carrier comes with a breathable 3D mesh material which provides optimal temperature for your baby. I would suggest that if your baby is always warm or is wrapped up use a baby carrier with the mesh material as you do not want your baby to get heated up inside the carrier. As you parents are aware that if the baby gets heated too much, it could be fatal for the baby.
  • This waist belt has lumbar support due to which the carrier can be worn lower or higher on the back as per your comfort. The waist belt provides support to your lower back. The waist belt is wide enough to give comfort to mothers who have given birth by c-section. The shoulder straps are padded for comfort.
  • Adjustable waist and shoulder belts. The extended back panel can be adjusted too as per the weight of the baby and it also provides support to the head and the neck of the baby.
  • Quick and easy carry position changes.
  • Suitable for both mums and dads.
  • 100% polyester, machine washable.
  • Available in interesting colours.

Pros

  • Good quality product. The baby carrier has an “everything thought of” design.
  • You can use this when the baby doesn’t want to be put down.
  • Handy when you need to go shopping. It is not possible to single handedly push the trolley and the stroller together!
  • It is useful if you have got an older child.
  • Keeps baby snug and protected .
  • Comfortable for both the baby and the parent. The baby carrier is designed in a way that it spreads the weight of the baby everywhere.
  • Mesh material keeps the baby cooler.
  • Good for breastfeeding mothers.
  • In case, you have a dog then there chances of the leash getting tangled with the stroller. So a baby carrier would be a better choice than a stroller.
  • Easily adjustable to your growing baby.
  • Handy on flights as you have to check in your stroller at the check in counter or at the boarding gate.
  • The velcro on the product doesn’t make a lot of noise – useful if your baby is asleep.

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Cons

  • Expensive.
  • Baby might get clingy or “get too used to” to the carrier and might not sit on the stroller at all.
  • Some might find it hard to all the fastenings themselves or they might not be able to figure out how to fasten all the belts.
  • Baby might get over heated if you are not careful.
  • You need to make sure you have fastened the baby correctly otherwise there are chances that the baby will fall.

Conclusion

Overall a good, well thought of product. The best feature of the product is that you don’t need to hold the baby while you are doing all the chores. The worst effect of this product is that the baby will want to be strapped to you all the time! So if you decide to buy this product, make sure you don’t strap the baby to yourself all the time. Otherwise, a great product as long as you have strapped and fastened belts correctly as per instructions!

Regards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Should Parents Be Allowed To Spank Their Children?-Is Spanking Right or Wrong?

“Parents should not be allowed to spank their children” is a headline I often see in the UK newspapers. Other countries in Europe have banned parents spanking their children, should UK do the same ? Should parents be allowed to spank their children? In case the Government decides to make this a law, will this effect parental rights? Are all parents being punished because of the wrongdoings of a few violent/abusive parents?

 

 

 

 

Please read the following before you decide if spanking is right or wrong.

Parents are the Legal Guardians /well-wishers of their children

Ask any parent how many pains they have gone through just by giving birth and even raising their child. Do parents like spanking their children? Here, by parents, I mean normal, happy parents not mentally disturbed or alcoholic or drug addict parents. Normal parents have always got the best intentions and good wishes for their children .

We all know that the amount of hardships a parent goes through, in bringing their children up, fulfilling their duties as a parent is enormous. Not to forget the financial pressures of raising them.

Parents are responsible for shaping the life of another living being

Parents can make or break their child’s life. Parenting is like walking on a tight rope, they are responsible for creating the foundation of a happy life for their child. Any or every action will have a psychological impact on the child’s mind.

Physical Abuse is different from Spanking

Surely physical abuse is different from spanking ! A tap on the bum is different from breaking your child’s bones or punching them on the face!

Does spanking help?

In my opinion , when a parent raises their hand or gets angry with the child, it means that they have lost control over the situation and in order to take charge, this seems to be the easiest option. Spanking is the way for a parent to release their frustration.

Reasons for spanking

Why would a parent spank a child ? If you decide to spank your child,you should ask yourself this question why do you want to spank your child? Has he/she done something so terrible ? If the answer is yes, then read my suggestion below on the alternatives to spanking. Whenever, my children misbehave, I always try to find out why are they behaving like this ? Is it an attention issue or something else. If they haven’t done anything so terrible, then you shouldn’t be spanking them.

Effects of Spanking

Spanking might have negative effects on the child like he/she will learn to hit others or they might hit the parent! A slap for a slap! As per my previous posts, children always “copy” their parents. From a spiritual point of view, spanking is a negative behaviour and therefore you will have negative effects of it.

If you believe in spanking, imagine this scenario. You are very angry with your child for doing something very very terrible, and you would like to spank them. Because you are very angry (out of control), you spank your child harder than you intended to … and you cause serious physical injuries to them. Then there will be only be a feeling of regret and nothing else. It is  better never to consider spanking .

Alternatives to spanking

Disciplining the child, teaching them what is right and wrong is a must. But spanking is not the answer. If the situation is very heated and the parent is feeling very frustrated and angry it is best to “take time out “. Either you leave the room or tell(not ask) your child to go to their room . After an hour or so when things have calmed down, explain to your child why you were asking them to do what you did before the situation got heated.

The kids of today are very clever, they need a reason behind everything you ask them to do. If you explain and make them understand in a nice,calm, friendly way, it will be more effective than spanking.

Another way is to take all the “goodies”(favourite toys, chocolates, birthday parties, television,computer games, play dates etc.) away from them. Tell them you have to earn them back by good behaviour.

When my son does tantrums, I just ignore him. After 5 minutes he calms down because he knows it is not going to do much for him ! When he is calm, I ask him ‘why did you do this?’ If he is wrong I explain to him why he shouldn’t have done this. He listens to me a lot more than if I try to put my point across to him in the middle of a tantrum. By doing this, parents also get some peace of mind! Win the battle mentally not physically!

Also, if your child talks to you, listen and understand their point of view. If you do that, the chances of tantrums and arguments with your child will be much reduced !

Conclusion

I feel that spanking is not the way to take control of the situation. As a parent, we need to be patient with our child’s behaviour however bad it may be. However, I also believe that to spank or not to spank is a parent’s decision. This right shouldn’t be taken away from them just because of few violent/abusive parents.

Spanking can be a tempting option but in that heated moment it is mind over matter. Parents have to develop that mental strength to resist that temptation.

Parents have been given, a responsibility of continuing humanity by the Universe or God, which is a great honour. We have to make sure that we teach the right things to our children. Our children are the future, and we have to teach them non -violence so that their generation and generations after can have a peaceful and a happy life.

Would like to share your opinion ? Do you believe in spanking your child and why? If not, then why not? Share via comment box below.

Regards

 

 

 

 

Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller – Compatible With Maxi Cosi Car Seats Too!

After my previous post, Maxi Cosi Car Seat Reviews, on Maxi Cosi Car seats for babies up to 1 year of age, I would like to provide you with a review of Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller which is compatible with Maxi Cosi car seats like Maxi Cosi Cabrio Fix, Pebble and Pebble plus. This way you have got complete information and will help you decide if Maxi Cosi is the car seat for your child. You can also decide if Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller is something you would like to buy when you are out and about with your baby.

You would need some sort of travel system for your child especially when you are out and about or for your visits to the health visitor or to the nurse. It will be easier for you as a parent as the car seat will start getting heavier as your baby grows. Also, the baby can sleepy peacefully and without any disturbance if the ride is smooth !

Review of Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller

Product name: Maxi Cosi Quinny Buzz Xtra 3 Wheel Pushchair /Stroller

Price: £349.99

Where to Buy: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Rocking Black ,Blue Base, Grey Gravel and Red Rumour

Item weight: 13 Kgs

My Rating: 4.5/5

Box Contains:

  • 1 X Pushchair
  • 1 X Maxi Cosi Seat or Quinny Cot Adapters
  • 1 X Raincover
  • 1 x Sun Canopy
  • 1 x Parasol Clip
  • 1 x Shopping Basket
  • 1 X Bumper Bar
  • 1 x Newborn insert
  • 1 x Manual

Other Features:

  • This 3 wheel pushchair is suitable from birth until 15 kg(3.5 years ).
  • Comfortable seat with newborn inserts.
  • It has 3 forward facing and 2 rearward facing recline positions which is handy for nap times.
  • Folds with seat attached in forward facing position at the click of a button !
  • Extra large canopy for different weather conditions.
  • Comes with large all terrain tyre, made of foam which will give a smooth ride on any terrain.Also it has got swiveling front wheels which makes it easy to manoeuvre the pushchair.
  • Includes a shopping basket at the bottom.

Pros

  • This 3- in- 1 pushchair can be used from birth to 3.5 years. Therefore, it is an all-in-one pushchair. You won’t need any other stroller/pushchair/buggy or travel system. After this pushchair your child will be walking or scootering or cycling everywhere!
  • Quinny have thought of everything a parent would want in the pushchair. The stroller is made of water resistant fabric on which all spills can be easily wiped clean.
  • Tyres are a great feature of this 3 wheel pushchair . They are strong all terrain tyres , which will give a smooth ride on any terrain. It has got swiveling front wheels which makes it easy to manoeuvre especially in tight places. This will be a very handy feature when your child starts growing. The best part is the tyres are injected with foam which means you will never have a puncture !
  • Quinny provides a lifetime warranty (you have to register for it online within 3 months of purchase of the pushchair), which means that if you have any problems with the pushchair , Quinny will provide support and solve it for you!
  • You can transform your pushchair into a travel system for your Maxi Cosi car seat or with the fold able carry cot(has to be bought separately).
  • The Buzz Xtra folds and unfolds automatically at a click of a button within seconds. This feature will be useful for women who have given birth by C-section .
  • It is very light and easy to wheel about.
  • Easy to use brakes just by pressing the red lever and grey leaver to release it.

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Cons

  • Price is steep at £349.00.
  • Only one child can be placed in it at a time. Therefore, not suitable for twins .
  • Car seat will have to be purchased separately.
  • Carry cot will have to be purchased separately, although there is a carrycot /pushchair bundle available on Amazon at  £ 498.98.
  • The pushchair will occupy a lot of space even when it is folded down.
  • Shopping basket is small but you can buy shopping clips and hang your bags on it.
  • Buggy board can be fixed to the Buzz Extra but it will have to be purchased separately.

Conclusion

Quinny Buzz Xtra stroller is a quality stroller, there is no doubt about it. But you as a parent need to decide whether, after reading all the features of the stroller, does it satisfy all your needs? For example, if you are expecting twins this is not the stroller for you or if you have very little storage space, then this might not be the stroller for you. But if you live in a small town and do lots of walking then this stroller will be very handy due to its all terrain tyre or if you already have a Maxi Cosi Cabriofix or Pebble car seat and are looking for a travel system then this is the stroller for you!

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If you have any experiences or opinions to share please do so via comment box. I would love to hear from you !

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Maxi Cosi Car Seat Reviews – Your Baby’s First Car Seat

Car seats are very important for babies to keep them safe during travel. If you have just given birth, you would know that they don’t discharge mother and baby from the hospital until they have checked that the parents have got a car seat to put the baby in ! I have always used Maxi Cosi Car seat for my children when they were babies therefore I would like to provide you with Maxi Cosi Car seat reviews and  Maxi- Cosi Easy Fix base review. I do hope you find it useful.

Maxi -Cosi Cabrio Fix Car Seat

Product Name: Maxi-Cosi Cabrio Fix Car Seat

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £98.99

Ages: 0 to 12 months (or up to 13 KG)

My rating: 5/5

Box includes: 1x Maxi- Cosi Cabrio Fix

1 x newborn car seat reducer

1 x removable soft head hugger

1 x manual

Other features:

  • This car seat can be used from ages 0 to 12 months or up to 13 kg of weight.
  • The car seat can be installed easily with a click and go isofix base or with the car seat belt.
  • This car seat is compatible with a Maxi-Cosi or a Quinny Travel system.
  • This car seat offers an optimum side protection system which offers high protection from a side impact.
  • Practical belt hooks.
  • Provides enhanced comfort to the baby due to heavy padding on the seat
  • Includes a seat size reducer.
  • Maxi Cosi Cabrio Fix can be easily transferred to a Maxi – Cosi or a Quinny travel system.
  • Available in 12 different colours.

Pros

  • This is the best brand of car seats for babies up to 1 year of age.
  • You can secure this car seat either with the seat belt of the car or with an isofix base. Isofix base would keep the car very secure. It can be used with Easy Fix(isofix) base and a Family Fix(isofix) base.
  • Car seat comes with optimum side protection .
  • Light to carry and good value for money.
  • Available in lots of good colours.
  • Newborn insert is very soft.
  • Very easy to put the baby in. No fiddly bits.
  • Very comfortable for baby to sleep in. It is very strong as well. I used my car seat(brand new) for two kids and it was still intact when my second one grew out of it.
  • It has a built- in sunshade

Cons

  • Only Maxi Cosi or Quinny travel system are compatible with the car seat that is these are the only two travel systems which are safety tested by the manufacturer. The Cabrio Fix can be fitted with adapters on other travel buggies but they are not safety tested by the manufacturer.
  • You would have to purchase the isofix base separately as it doesn’t come with the car seat.
  • You would have to buy a rain cover separately.

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Maxi-Cosi Easy Fix Car Seat Base ISOFIX

 

Product Name: Maxi-Cosi Easy Fix Car Seat Base ISOFIX

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £99.99

Ages: 0 to 12 months (or up to 13 KG)

My rating: 5/5

Box includes: 1x Maxi- Cosi Easy Fix car seat base

Other features:

  • This car seat can be used from ages 0 to 12 months or up to 13 kg of weight.
  • Easy and quick installation.It can be installed either with the isofix or with the seat belt of the car. This will give you the option to move the base from one car to another, in case you have one base but two cars.
  • Clear belt routing, belt tensioner and lock-off
  • Safe solution for cars with short belt length.
  • To be used in combination with Maxi – Cosi Cabrio Fix Car Seat.
  • Adjustable support leg automatically snaps into correct vertical position
  • Colour indicators which show if the installation has been done correctly or not.

Pros

  • It is significantly easier to attach the car seat on the isofix base rather than put the seat belt on the Maxi – Cosi Cabrio Fix car seat. It literally has to be “clicked in”! It has the click-and-go system.
  • The isofix base provides more security. It attaches the car seat literally to the car!
  • Easy to install the base for both isofix installation or using the seat belt of the car .
  • The support leg always snaps to its correct vertical position. Colour indicators will also give you peace of mind that the base has been installed correctly.
  • The Easy fix base is very robust and strong .
  • The base is especially good for mothers with C- section, as you don’t have to bend to secure the belt. The car seats just needs to be dropped in the base and it clicks itself in .

Cons

  • It can only be used with a Maxi – Cosi Cabrio fix car seat.
  • It is heavy so you might need help to install.
  • It is expensive but it is good value for money.
  • In some cars it might be hard to adjust the support leg.

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Conclusion

I had used both the Cabrio fix car seat and the easy fix base for my children and I found it very easy to put the car seat or take the car seat out from the base. Few times that I took the taxi, I found it harder to put the belt around the car seat. Therefore, I feel that if you would like to buy the Cabrio fix car seat, you should buy the Easy Fix base for more safety of your baby and your convenience .

Do you have any experiences of using the two? Would like to share your opinion ? Please do so via comment box, I would love to hear from you!

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Teaching Kids Positive Thinking – Why is it Important?

My daughter is forever saying things like “I am rubbish at maths”, “I am bad at times table”, Maths being the subject she dislikes the most! Teaching kids positive thinking at a young age is very important. If they are taught how to think positively at a young age, they will also learn to think positively throughout their adult life too. This will help them deal with difficult situations in their adult life positively. If you think about it, positive thinking is a life skill. But why is positive thinking so important? I can think of a few reasons

Positive energy is source energy

If you believe in God or source energy, then positive energy is the energy of God. If we think positively, we are going with the flow of the universe. If we go against it, it will bring a lot of unhappiness, stress and frustration in our lives. By teaching children to think positively, we are in essence teaching them how to deal or face difficult situations which might come in their adult life, in case we parents are not around to comfort them!

 

Positive thinking keeps your mind clear

You are at peace if you think positively. If you are always thinking the worst your mind will be a mess! If kids are taught to think positively, they will be able to do their homework, assignments, tests with a much clearer mind. They will also be able to eliminate stress before tests or exams or before results.

Positive thinking leads to happiness

If you think positively, you will be stress free, your mind will be clearer. There will be no clutter in your mind. This will automatically make you more happy !

Positive thinking leads to a healthy life

By thinking negative things and feeling negative emotions of anger, frustration, fear etc, we invite a lot of stress and physical illnesses ranging from acne, eczema to heart problems. This can be prevented by always being positive in our thinking.

Also, negative thoughts can lead to mental illnesses like depression, anxiety. Therefore, positive thinking gives you the strength to deal with difficult situations and thereby prevent mental and physical ailments.

Positive thinking improves all aspects of your life

If you have always got a positive out look, your vibes will be positive. This will improve the atmosphere around you, give you better relations at home(which leads to happy family life) and at work .

Positive thinking and Law of Attraction

Your thoughts create your reality. If you think positive and therefore think good of yourself, it will reflect in your life and vice versa.

For all the above reasons (and many more) , parents must teach their children to think positively. But how do you make them do it? I have got a few suggestions:

Parents should practice positive thinking

As per several of my previous posts, children always copy their parents. Whatever parents do, children do the same. If parents want to teach their children to think positively, they must first start practicing positive thinking themselves.

Positive affirmations

I make my daughter say positive things when she gets upset about maths. I make her say “I am very good at Maths”,” I am very good at times table”. This exercise has brought better maths results for her. If possible make your child say positive affirmations in front of a mirror. No harm in parents do the same every morning! It might sound silly but don’t knock till you try it !

Writing

Make your child write all positive experience she/he had during the day in her/his journal. This will help your child remember the positive feeling she/he had. For example, my son enjoyed a lot playing with his best friend at school today. The memory of that joyful time will bring a lot of positively in him.

Meditation

Meditation is an excellent way to bring positivity. If you would like some tips on how to make your child meditate please refer to my previous post, Meditation Benefits for Children .

Teach your child to be grateful

If you teach your child to be grateful for everything he/she has, this will automatically bring positive thinking in them. Please refer to my previous post , Teaching Children To Be Grateful.

Love and Attention

Giving your child a lot of love and attention will bring a lot of happiness and positively in your child. In case your child is doing something you do not like, always try to understand why they are doing so. Explain rather than shout. Do not lie to your children. Do what you say you will do.

Surround yourself with positive people

It is important for families to always be surrounded by positive people. Positivity is infectious and this will help your child become more positive in their thinking.

Have you got any positivity to share? Please do so via comment box below. I would be happy to hear from you!

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Fashionable Maternity Wear – Fashion ideas for Pregnancy and After Birth

During pregnancy every woman always feel, “I look so fat” or “none of the clothes fit me”, even though the pregnancy glow makes women look very beautiful! After birth too, it takes a little while for the weight to come off.So during the pregnancy, you have to make sure your clothes are big enough to accommodate the bump and if you would like to breastfeed your baby after birth, you need to have a nursing top/dress to accommodate breastfeeding! Here are some fashionable maternity wear tips which I hope you find useful.

Product name: Happy Mama Women’s Maternity Stretch Knit Jumper Dress

Price: £14.99

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Aqua,  Baby Pink, Black,Purple Red and Turquoise.

Description: A pretty jumper dress with long sleeves, V-neck and a stripe design. A comfortable dress made from soft stretch fabric. Just one size which fits normal sizes (pre- pregnancy size) 8,10 and 12. Dress is made of 95% Acrylic and 5 % Elastane. Machine Washable. It is incredibly warm so it is good for winter pregnancy. A trendy dress with ribbed cuffs on hem and neckline. I would like to add here that whenever you look for maternity clothes always buy the size you were before you fell pregnant. As a precaution always try the clothes straightway before you wash, in case the clothes don’t fit you!

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Product name: Krisp Maternity Dress

Price: £7.50- £15.99 ( as per the size)

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Black,Black/Nude, Black Purple, Mocha

Description: This good size dress is very comfortable during pregnancy . It is made of soft stretch jersey fabric and is 95% viscose and 5% Elastane. It has a banded long bat wing sleeve and a V -neck. This is good for winter pregnancy too. It is a good size top and covers the bump very well. Prices are as per the size, small (£7.89),medium (£15.49) amd large (£15.49).

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Product name: H Hiamigos Casual Maternity Top

Price: £15.99

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Pink,Black,Green,Grey,Navy Blue, Wine red

Description: This maternity top has a soft stretchy fabric and is 65% polyester 30% cotton and 5% Spandex. It has round neck and is perfect for pairing with skinny jeans. It has got long sleeves so can be worn in the winter. Handwash is recommended for this top. A perfect casual wear during pregnancy!

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Product name: Happy Mamma Women’s Maternity Pants

Price: £17.79

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Graphite,Graphite Melange and Black

Description: These comfortable trousers are for casual wear and are made of 95% cotton and 5 % Elastane. It is machine washable. It has a low waist so it has to be worn under the bump. When I was expecting, I preferred trousers with a low waist. These trousers are available in short length( 108-112 cm) ,medium length (116 – 121 cm) and long length (123 cm).

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Product name: Futuro Fashion Maternity Leggings- full length leggings

Price: £3.49-£6.99

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Ashen,Black,Brown,Denim,Graphite,navy,plum,red,royal blue, voilet and white

Description: This full length maternity leggings are a great price and good quality. Leggings are available in a variety of colours. Leggings have to be worn over the bump.

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Product name: Zeta Ville Maternity Summer Dress with Short Sleeves

Price: £13.70

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Black,Blue/Grey,Cappuccino,Crimson,Cyan,Fuschia,Navy,Purple,Red,Royal Blue and Teal

Description: This beautiful Maternity summer dress with short sleeves is comfortable but stylish. This flare dress is machine washable and made of 95% viscose and 5% Elastane. It fits nicely in all the right places! It is available in lots of beautiful colours. All the colours will go perfectly with your pregnancy glow!

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Product name: Zeta Ville Maternity T-shirt with Short Sleeves

Price: £9.95- £15.30(depending on colour and size)

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Black,Coral,Crimson,Fuschia,Graphite Melange, Khakhi,Light Grey Melange, Navy,Royal Blue, Teal.

Description: Maternity T- Shirt with short sleeves. A print of a funny baby in a pocket in the front. T-shirt made of 95%Viscose and 5% Elastane. Machine washable and available in lots of colours!

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Product name: Neu Fashion Maternity Hoodie Jacket/Fleece Top with a Baby Carrier

Price: £29.99

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Description: This is a maternity fleece top. It can also be worn after birth and you can also used to cover your baby. It is ideal solution to keep yourself and your baby warm during autumn/winter. Please note you need a separate sling or baby carrier to keep your baby secure. This fleece top is only to keep warm, it doesn’t hold the baby secure!

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Product name: Happy Mama Pregnancy and Nursing Top, Sleeveless

Price: £10.89-16.79

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours:Grey Melange and Graphite Melange, Aqua and Light Blue, Beige and Cappuccino, Grey Melange and Cyan, Khaki and Graphite, Navy and Raspberry, Off White and Grey Melange.

Description: This beautiful sleeveless top is a pregnancy as well as a nursing top. It’s layered design allows you to breastfeed in privacy. It has got a feminine round neckline. Available in lots of pretty colour combinations. This top is simple yet stylish. This top is 95% Viscose and 5% Elastane. Machine washable.

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Product name: Happy Mama Pregnancy and Nursing Top, with turn up sleeves

Price: £11.79 – 15.69

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours:Black and White, Cappucinno and Beige, Coral and Ecru, Graphite and Gray, Navy and Fuschia

Description: This beautiful top with turn up sleeves is a pregnancy as well as a nursing top. It’s layered design allows you to breastfeed in privacy. It has got a feminine round neckline. Available in lots of pretty colour combinations. This top is simple yet stylish ideal for colder months. This top is 95% Viscose and 5% Elastane. Machine washable.

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Always make sure you get the right sizes. Try them before you wash them! When I was pregnant I used to wear flat comfortable shoes and trainers only as heeled shoes would be not only be bad for my back (which has to take the weight of pregnancy as well ) but also it would be dangerous if I would lose my balance.

If you would like to share your opinions or experiences on any of the above please do so via comment box below. I would love to hear from you !

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