What is the best double jogging stroller out there?

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If you are looking for the best double jogging stroller 2016 in the market today then this is the perfect article for you. Let me start off by saying that Bob double jogging stroller is the one you’re looking for. It is a great jogging stroller and by the time you’re done reading this post you will definitely agree with me. Let’s look at a few of the unique benefits that the stroller offers as well as why it is considered number 1 by so many people all over the world:

Folding

The biggest problem with most double jogging strollers is taking care of them when you aren’t using them. You will not have that problem with this stroller though. It uses a 2 hand fold and comes with a manual lock. It doesn’t have a carry handle and doesn’t self-stand either. It takes 3-4 steps for you to fold and is quite easy to do. As with most strollers, you will have trouble getting it through small passages even when folded. But the fact that it is so light you don’t feel any pressure while carrying it more than makes up for this. In fact, once you get used to it, you will even be able to fold it using just one hand.

Commuting

This stroller has basically been designed for commuting. It certainly lives up to its reputation too. Even if you take it off-road, you will not have any trouble whatsoever. Dirt trails are a piece of cake with this stroller. It is hard to beat on any terrain and will always be more stroller than is required.

Setup

It is extremely easy to set up. It doesn’t take more than a couple of minutes to get everything out of the box and assembled. The documentation is quite clear and there are informative pictures regarding what you need to do as well. The assembly doesn’t even require any additional tools which is a welcome relief as compared to some other strollers. In fact, reading the instructions takes longer than actually assembling this stroller. Isn’t that great?

Application

You’ve already read that it’s a great stroller for any outdoor enthusiasts. It offers sufficient storage space so that you can store all sorts of goodies not only for your children but for yourself as well. The canopies are nice and oversized which ensures your children are properly protected from the elements. The execution and design make it a terrific option for any parent who are looking for a quality stroller that will get them through anything. It certainly is a great stroller for anyone. Read More

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Tips to get Your Baby to Latch On

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Breastfeeding looks easy, mums just whip up their tops up and the baby gets her food – right? Wrong! While breastfeeding is very easy, getting started, getting your baby to latch on and feeding in the correct position is incredibly hard. The good news is, once you’ve mastered the latch and your positioning, breastfeeding will become as easy as eating a whole packet of biscuits!

First things first

Your baby’s face is specially designed for breastfeeding. Her little turned up nose and receding chin means she can feed happily and breath at the same time, so never worry that she cannot breathe. If she can’t she will pull away from feeding. If your baby’s nose seems to be blocked by your breast, change your positioning slightly to see if that helps or move your breast so that your baby has a clear airway.

It is important to have a proper latch when breastfeeding, firstly, so that your baby is extracting your milk in the right way and therefore getting as much milk as she needs and secondly, to avoid blisters and sore nipples for you. Here are nine tips for achieving that all-important latch:

1. Start early

The best time to start breastfeeding is the first hour after your baby is born (we know you want to rest, but it’ll be easier in the long run!) This is because babies go through a period of being alert straight after they are born, but after that they spend much of the next 24 hours asleep. Most babies will instinctively suckle at the breast soon after birth, so take advantage of this time and also having the midwives around you to help to get breastfeeding started.

2. Tickles

Try tickling your baby’s bottom lip with your nipple to make her open her mouth wide. Once your baby’s mouth is wide you should quickly move it onto your breast. Make sure you bring your baby to you rather than leaning towards your baby, to get the ideal positioning for your baby.

3. A proper latch

When moving your baby’s mouth onto your breast, make sure that she gets about an inch of the surrounding areola (the darker area surrounding your nipple) into her mouth. You can also pull your baby’s chin down gently after she has latched on to help her take more of the areola in her mouth. Your nipple should be pulled back into your baby’s mouth so that extracting your milk is easier for her. If you find that your baby only has your nipple in her mouth, rather than the surrounding area, it is likely that your nipples will get sore and possibly blister. If you think your baby is feeding incorrectly, insert your index finger into her mouth while she is feeding and gently pull her off your nipple. Just pulling her off your nipple without a finger can be very painful!

4. Fish mouth

Make sure that your baby’s lips are rolled outwards while she is feeding so that they resemble a fish’s mouth! If her lips are inverted, gently use your finger to pop them out as this will help with her latch.

5. Hold your breast

You might need to hold your breast to help guide your nipple into your baby’s mouth. For larger breasted women you may have to do this with every feed. If you do have to hold your breast, grasp it at the sides rather than at the top or the bottom so your hand doesn’t get in the way of your baby’s mouth.

6. Nipple positioning

Your nipple should be aimed at your baby’s upper lip rather than the middle of the mouth.

7. Head positioning

Your baby’s head should be slightly tilted back and not slumped forward. Her chin should indent the lower portion of your breast.

8. Switch positions

Switch positions if one position doesn’t work. The traditional position is your baby facing towards you with ‘tummy to mummy’ and her legs around your tummy. Your could always try the football or underarm hold, where you hold your baby’s head to your breast with her tummy on her side and legs pointing behind you.

9. Don’t give up!

If you start to feel like nothing is working and your nipples are sore – try not to lose heart. Have some time out and try again when you’ve both had a bit of a break. Follow the instructions above and try not to get frustrated with your baby. It might be worth visiting your health visitor or a breastfeeding councillor to help you to get your latch right, or read our feature on breastfeeding problems. Read More

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Meningitis: How to Spot The Signs

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Babies and young children are more susceptible than adults to illness and disease because their immune systems are still forming.

Due to this vulnerability, meningitis is more prevalent amongst little ones. As a parent, it is important to understand the warning signs and find ways to protect both you and your child against meningitis.

Listeriosis: what is it?

Mums-to-be are at a higher risk of contracting listeriosis, a bacterial infection that can lead to meningitis. Listeriosis is not usually harmful to pregnant women and can feel like a mild flu case with body aches and a high temperature. However, it can be dangerous for an unborn baby if passed on to him from the mother. The bacteria can be found in food but will usually be killed if cooked or reheated thoroughly. Though the chance of being infected by this disease as a pregnant mum is very small – about one in every 20,000 pregnant women will be affected – it is important to go to your GP if you suspect an infection. Listeriosis can be detected by your GP through a blood or urine test.

Meningitis: what is it?

Meningitis occurs when the lining around the brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed. Almost any microbe can cause meningitis; however, it is usually bacterial or viral and occasionally due to fungal infections. Viral meningitis is more common and milder form, but bacterial meningitis can come in many different and dangerous forms. When bacteria enter the bloodstream and migrate to the brain and spinal cord they can result in acute bacterial meningitis. It can also occur when bacteria are able to enter the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord directly due to a sinus infection or a skull fracture. Meningococcal disease is the most common serious type of bacterial meningitis to be acquired by individuals. In the UK about four out of every 100,000 people will get Meningococcal each year.

What are the symptoms?

Signs of infection include a tense or bulging soft spot on your baby’s head, a purple-red rash, a refusal to feed and irritability when picked up – with a high-pitched or moaning cry. He may have a stiff body with jerky movements, or appear limp and lifeless. An infected baby may also experience high temperatures, throbbing headaches, vomiting, fast breathing, extreme shivering, cold hands and feet and may develop a dislike to bright lights. He may have a stiff neck and be unable to put his head to his chest.

If your child has any of the above symptoms or you suspect he may have meningitis it is imperative that you take him to the hospital immediately. It is far better to be safe than sorry. Most meningitis infections occur in babies and children under the age of five. The disease can be spread through coughing, sneezing, kissing, contact with infected blood, or contact with contaminated food or water. If the disease is acquired, it normally takes up to five days for visible symptoms to appear. Read More

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Baby Health: Ringworm

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Ringworm is one of several related skin infections called tinea and it can occur on the skin, scalp and nails. You will probably have heard of (and may even be familiar with!) athlete’s foot, which is the term used to describe ringworm when it occurs on the feet, but in young children it’s more likely to appear on the face, torso or scalp. It’s very contagious and common in toddlers and preschoolers who tend to mix more with other children. Here’s gurgle’s roundup of the facts you need to know to recognise, treat and prevent it…

1. It’s not a worm

Ringworm is actually a fungal infection caused by mould-like fungi called dermatophytes that live on dead cells from the skin, hair, and nails.

2. It doesn’t always appear as a ‘ring’

Ringworm first appears as a red, scaly, itchy (but not painful) patch before gradually forming the shape of a ring or a series of rings with raised borders and a smooth, clear centre. The rings can range in size from a few millimetres to a few centimetres and may merge if they’re close together. If ringworm occurs on the feet, it usually doesn’t form a ring at all, but instead appears as red, scaly patches.

3. It can resemble cradle cap

On the scalp ringworm may first appear as a sore and progress into a dry flaky patch, or a moist patch that oozes fluid. It’s fairly easy to confuse it with cradle cap but if your child is over a year old, cradle cap is unlikely so if you notice sore patches on her scalp, with hair loss, it’s most likely to be ringworm.

4. Your child can catch it from people, pets and soil

Ringworm is very contagious and easily spread if your child comes into contact with another child who has ringworm and the fungus gets into your child’s body through a scratch or a patch of eczema. It’s also possible to catch it from a pet dog or cat, and it also can be transmitted through soil if your child has a cut on her hands and they get dirty while she’s playing outside.

5. It’s easy to treat

Thankfully, ringworm can be easily treated with antifungal cream or ointment – your doctor may prescribe one or you can buy an over-the-counter cream containing one or two percent clotrimazole (your pharmacist can recommend one). Use the cream as directed and watch for any signs of sensitivity, such as a rash. You should continue using the cream on the affected areas for a week or so after the patches have cleared. If your child has ringworm on her scalp your doctor will prescribe an oral antifungal medicine and a medicated shampoo. Read More

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When do Babies Teeth?

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Teething is known as the period in an infant’s life that the teeth grow and break through the gums. For some babies, this can be a painful experience and for others it occurs with no complaint at all. The answer to ‘When do babies teeth?’ is different for every baby. Some babies are born with a tooth (known as a natal tooth) while others get their first tooth after the age of one. If a natal tooth is securely set in the gum, there is no problem. If a natal tooth is loose, it will more than likely be removed as this can be inhaled into your baby’s windpipe if it were to fall out. If it is removed, your child will be left with a gap until a second tooth grows around school going age. Your doctor should be made aware if your baby has a natal tooth. The average age for a baby’s first tooth to break through is about six months. Your baby will probably have been drooling and biting from the age of three to four months already. It is thought that the teething pattern could be hereditary. If either you or your partner were an early or late teether, chances are your children will follow the same pattern. You should consider visiting your dentist to check that everything is growing fine if your baby has no sign of showing teeth by the time they reach their first birthday.

In most cases, the lower teeth appear before the upper teeth. It is usually the girls that cut teeth before boys. All babies are different. It could be the first tooth that causes the most pain for some babies, while it is the molars in other children that are the cause of the most pain. It’s the most painful for some babies when they cut a few teeth at the same time.

The first two teeth to appear are usually the lower central incisors. These are followed by the four upper incisors. This is the average tooth development by the time a baby is one-year-old. There is normally a few months break before the remaining two lower incisors break the gum. At around the same time the four molars break through. These are at the back of the mouth, leaving space for the canines which appear several months after this. This is usually the second half of the second year. By the first half of the third year, the second set of molars breaks through the gum. This completes the set of baby teeth.

Some babies show no signs of teething while others might have a variety of symptoms. Teething symptoms can begin days, weeks or months before the tooth appears. The symptoms can include drooling, one of the cheeks might appear flushed and the area on the gum where the tooth is trying to cut through may appear to look red and sore. Your baby will be looking to chew on anything to relieve the pain. They might rub their cheeks and pull their ears. There could be an increase in saliva and your baby might become irritable. Symptoms like diarrhoea, rashes, fever and earache should not necessarily be put down to teething. If you have any concerns, you should contact your paediatrician. Read More

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Why babies need tummy time

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Although it’s important to ensure your baby sleeps safe by placing her on her back in her crib for naps and at night time, spending time on her tummy is also important for her development. New research suggests that if babies don’t get enough ‘tummy time’ they can have delays in motor development.

Sleeping your baby on her back is a vital safeguard against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and the incidence of SIDS has dropped by 40% since the Back to Sleep campaign was launched in 1992. However, safe sleep, combined with the fact that many babies spend long periods of time in their infant carrier and swing, means they don’t get to experience the variety of positions that can help them progress. And they’re also at risk of flat head syndrome, where the back of the head can take on a flattened appearance due to resting against their crib mattress, car seat or swing.

Tummy time helps strengthen the muscles in your baby’s neck, shoulders and back and also gives her the opportunity to track objects with her eyes: fundamental for head control, rolling and crawling. So what can you do to ensure your baby gets enough time on her front during the day, when she is awake and you’re there to keep a close eye on her? Here are gurgle’s tips for incorporating tummy time into your baby’s day, whether she’s being carried, nappied, fed or played with…

Keep her safe

Always supervise your baby during tummy time – don’t leave her by herself even for a second. If she isn’t accustomed to spending time on her front start off with just a minute or two at a time and increase gradually. If she becomes very distressed, try to distract her with a toy before changing her position.

1 . Switch your newborn from side to side

Most mums tend to carry their newborn up against their shoulder, supporting their head with one hand. You’ll likely have a shoulder preference depending on whether you’re right or left-handed but try to get into the habit of regularly switching your baby to the other side and turning her head the opposite way from the way you lay it on your other shoulder. This plants the idea in her head that she can turn her head – and once she’s able to support it she’ll have a try at doing it herself. Once she gets the hang of it she’ll do it when she’s lying on her back, which will help avoid flattening at the back of her skull.

2. Carry her on her front

Carrying your baby draped along your arm on her front is a great colic-soothing method and it also ensures some tummy time. When she’s tiny your baby will need you to support her head with your hand but as she grows and gains strength in her head and trunk muscles, she’ll need less support – when she’s at this stage you can increase the fun factor by playing aeroplanes with her and flying her around the room! Read More

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