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5 Common Myths Concerning Prenatal Vitamins

Many women believe that pre-natal vitamins are just the same as any other vitamin out there – just the same old stuff that they’d need to take every day at frequencies recommended in the bottle. The truth, however, is that it can get a lot more complicated than that. There sure are a lot of myths surrounding pre-natal vitamins, and here are the five most prevalent ones that we are going to debunk.

You Should Only Take Prenatal Vitamins During Pregnancy

Many women think that they only need to start taking prenatal vitamins by the time they get pregnant and stop taking them after they have given birth. However, it is recommended that they should start a lot earlier than that. Women should be taking prenatal vitamins before and throughout pregnancy and should keep doing so while they are still breastfeeding.

Several key developmental milestones including the closure of neural tubes occur during the first few weeks of pregnancy, a period when most women do not even realize that they are pregnant. Furthermore, the reason why women need to continue taking the vitamins while they are breastfeeding is the fact that vitamins can be passed to the baby through breast milk. This means that if you neglect to take prenatal vitamins during these stages, you are having your child miss out on essential vitamins during key developmental stages of their life.

You Will Not Need to Worry about Your Diet When You’re Taking Prenatal Vitamins

Untrue, most definitely, as prenatal vitamins are intended for healthy childbearing and are not meant to cover your entire daily vitamin needs. It is also known that some vitamins are best absorbed into your system through food. Furthermore, a healthy diet can help pregnant women maintain a healthy weight such that their bodies can easily support their child’s rapid growth.

All Prenatal Vitamins Are The same But in Name

As ignorant as it sounds, it is surprising that many women adhere to this myth. This, of course, is completely untrue. There are certainly variations between different brands, and although the variations may tend to be slight, different prenatal vitamins may provide different doses of nutrients.

It is thus advised that women taking prenatal vitamins should check the key ingredients of the vitamins that they are taking or are planning to take, and should look out for these key ingredients and their recommended dosages:

  • Calcium (1,000-1,300 milligrams)
  • Folic acid (400-800 micrograms)
  • Iodine (150-220 micrograms)
  • Iron (27 milligrams)
  • Vitamin D (15 micrograms or 600 international units)

Prenatal Vitamins Will Make You Feel Healthy and Energetic

Vitamins promote better health through the beneficial nutrients that they contain, but in the case of prenatal vitamins, you will not feel the effects. It is also well-known that they will not make you feel energetic and strong, but in fact, will do the opposite. These vitamins will typically make you sick, with nausea and constipation as their common side effects.

That said, we recommend that you take steps to alleviate these side effect should they start to kick in. Take your vitamins with food or before you hit the sack. You should also drink water and stay as active as allowed.

Should you find the negative side effects persistent and unbearable, talk about it with your doctor. They will provide you with helpful advice with regards to dealing with those effects, and will perhaps recommend a different brand for you. You may also safely try another brand yourself and see if your body finds more bearable than the vitamin you’ve previously used.

A Multivitamin Has Everything You Need

Multivitamins certainly may have the nutrients that you need for a healthy pregnancy, but they likely do not have those in the right dosages and certainly are no substitutes to actual prenatal vitamins. For instance, multivitamins typically do not contain any Omega-3 fatty acid like DHA or EPA. This particular ingredient promotes the development of a fetus’ brain and is very important in the early weeks of pregnancy.

If you are keen on taking multivitamins, it is recommended that you have your doctor look at it first before you start taking it on your own accord. Should you get the green light for it and the multivitamin does not contain Omega-3, be sure to talk to your doctor and get their advice on what you should eat to make up for this lack.

Doctors will typically advise that you eat seafood, particularly fish and shellfish, and will recommend a specific dosage of these products, as well as the kind of seafood that you should be eating. Some fish and shellfish species do contain unhealthy levels of mercury that can negatively affect your health and your child’s brain development, so knowing what you should and should not eat is extremely important.

How to Keep the Playpen and Your Baby in It Safe

What we call playpens today used to be nothing more than a fenced area for babies to roam around and play inside the house. Nowadays, they are pretty much multifunctional baby equipment that you can easily convert into the likes of a crib or a bassinet, often including a diaper changing station. Of course, babies are precious and will need protection from everything around them and themselves, and the playpen is the best place to start with.

Sudden infant death syndrome is one of the worst things that can happen to your baby during their time in the playpen. Sudden infant death syndrome, otherwise known as SIDS, is defined as the sudden death of a healthy baby during their sleep, having apparently spontaneously ceased breathing. Here are some tips that you can use to keep the playpen safe for your kids. Follow these to make your kid’s playtime a lot safer and make yourself worry less.

  • Before you buy a playpen, you should check the label and see whether or not the pen has a Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) label. The industry group JPMA evaluates products and makes sure that they meet the safety standards of the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission. Their label is an indication that the product meets the said standards.
  • If you are using old playpens – especially hand-overs that do not have a JPMA label or are produced before the current safety standards are in place – make sure that the spacing between the wooden slats measures 2 3/8 in. If the sides feature some mesh, be sure that the holes are ¼ in. In diameter at most. The included mattress should be firm and have a 1 in. Thickness. Also, check if the hinges and supports are adequately covered. If the playpen does not fit any of the above criteria, or if it has a diamond opening, do not use it.
  • Be sure to set up your playpen according to the manual provided by the manufacturer. Follow the directions to the tee, making sure everything is locked in place to prevent the sides from being pushed down. If the mattress comes with the playpen, place it at the bottom and strap it in if possible. Even better, cover it with a sheet with the size that matches the mattress.
  • Keep your baby’s playpen free of soft items like pillows, stuffed animals, and thick blankets until the baby is about 12 months of age. Past that age, you should keep toys that they can use as some step or platform as it will encourage them to climb out or cause them to fall.
  • Set up the playpen away from anything that hangs on the nearest wall. Examples include blinds, curtains, objects hung on the wall, and hanging wall decorations. These objects not only have a chance of falling on your child; the baby might also reach out for the wall hangings and pull them down themselves. Either way, this poses the risk of the child getting injured by falling objects. In worst cases, your children may end up strangled by binds, curtains, and the like, especially when the child is left unattended.
  • It is a best practice to lay a baby under a year old on their back when putting them to sleep inside the playpen. Do so unless your pediatrician recommends a different sleeping position. Laying a baby on their back can help eliminate the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, be it in or out of the playpen.
  • The playpen is designed to keep babies safe. If they are too large for it, though, the pen may prove more of a hazard than a safety asset. You should stop using the playpen once the baby reaches 30 lbs. in weight or 34 in. In height.
  • Do make sure that the pen playpen is always safe for use by checking it now and then to ensure that it is in full working condition. Keep watch of damages to the playpen such as holes and tears. It is always best that, if ever you need to replace parts of the pen, you only use parts from the same manufacturer.

Swing Repair & Maintenance

Baby Equipment just like any other types of equipment also needs proper care and maintenance and baby swing is not an exception. Swings are easy to maintain, it should just be given regular cleaning and checks on the important parts of the base or the harness.

If there are some problems your swing, you might want to check if the swing can still be repaired to avoid spending more on having to buy a new one. It is important to note, however, that you should also identify what swings can still be fixed and repaired and what are the ones that will already need a replacement.

Here are no-fuss tips to easily repair your baby swings:

When dismantling the swings, always be mindful of the screws that are all around the swing. You should properly identify the right screwdriver for the screws. Be careful in taking each of them while dismantling the swing, remember that each screw is important to ensure that after the swing has been repaired or fixed, it is should still be secured and hold up and the screws are vital to ensure that the foundation of the swing is strong.

Make sure that when trying to dismantle the swing, there are no kids playing round near you. You don’t want them to accidentally spill something or cut the thin wires being exposed while the head of the swing is dismantled. A wire cut might cause severe malfunctions to the swing and might ultimately destroy its motor functionality. Now, for the motor, take each part out gently, again take note if there are any screws that need to be removed before pulling any part out to avoid damaging the parts or pulling and breaking out any wires.

Motor replacement is simple just take not how to properly dismantle the head of the swing and properly remove the motor from the parts connected to it then replacing it will be at ease as long as you don’t miss any screws when putting the swing back altogether. Remember to replace the motor with the same type as it might cause the short circuit to your swing. Be very delicate in pushing, twisting as well as sliding the brand new motor in the head of your swing. After which try to test if it works and the swing is functioning as expected.

It is better if you know your swing, each swing manufacturer has different styles and models of their swings. It is best if you get familiar with the operation and user manual guide of your swing. Read the instructions and be familiar with each and every part of the swing so you would know how to properly maintain them as well as the parts which can be dismantled and assembled, which ones are hazardous or needs to take precaution in dismantling or assembling. It also better if you know your manufacturers well, manufacturer’s reputation says a lot about to their products. Good quality products are reflective of the commitment of the manufacturers to their customers that is why it is important to consider in choosing a swing and usually these are the swings that are long-standing and durable.

These are the ones that can still be salvaged and repaired and with proper care and maintenance can sustain another round of demanding the use of the baby.
Swing owners should also be mindful that not all the time swings can be repaired or fixed, they should also be mindful of the wires if they are already open as it will destroy the swing. Check if they can still be salvaged by electric tapes as it is crucial to the function of the swing.

Additionally, you should also check if the harness is still tight or already loose due to the use (or overuse) of the swing with the baby. It is important that the harness can still hold the baby safely and securely as it is the first and foremost the function of the harness. Also, check the harness locks and make sure that they are still durable and can still stand another batch of use of the swing.

Another thing that is important to be tackled is cleaning the swing. You need to be familiar what are the parts that can be removed cleaned or soaked into soap and water and which parts should be at all times avoid water contact as it will destroy the functionality of the swing.

At the end of the day, the most important thing is that the swing should function properly and the baby is secured. The parents should be able to quickly assess and identify if the swing can still be fixed as it is important not to jeopardize the safety and security of the baby. If the swing looks like it can’t be fixed or repaired it might be best to replace it with a new one.

We will also post a buying guide for you so you can easily get a high-quality swing that is just right for you and your baby.