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  • Tips to encourage your child to eat more vegetables

       

    In the last couple of weeks there has been a lot of talk about how bad too much sugar and salt intake especially for children really is. So every parent has a desire for their child to eat a nutritious diet. After all, it’s what will help them to grow into the strong and healthy human that will be one of the goals of good parents.

    The trouble comes when the toddler years arrive and parents may not have quite so much control over what their child is eating. Other children in nursery are allowed crisps, grandparents who spoil them…your little cutie has tried a few unhealthy treats, and now they want more of ice cream, fried chicken and cheese cra
    ckers. But their interest in green vegetables may be regrettably non-existent.

    Fruits and vegetables contain the vitamins and nutrients that will provide your child with a protective immune system and will also help them to grow as they should. But how do parents encourage their toddlers to chow down on those vegetables? Here are some tips to encourage more eating of the green stuff for even the pickiest of eaters:

     
    • Presentation goes a long way. Children are more likely to eat plates of food that look fun and exciting, so therefore present fruits and vegetables in that way. You can arrange the foods in an arty way- for example, create images of faces, vehicles, butterflies, dogs etc. Anything that will grab the attention of the children.

       
    • Hide vegetables in the food. You can put grated carrots into Shepherd’s Pie or other minced meat dishes and they will be practically undetectable. Quite often, just cutting up vegetables into small pieces can make them look all that more approachable, whether you hide them or not.
       
    • Explain to them why vegetables and fruit are so important. Children understand more than we think. It might be difficult to reason with a toddler but the more often you repeat that this is really good and healthy and makes you strong.. the more likely it is that the message will be heard (one day).
       
    • Give a reward. Give them a ‘carrot’ for eating that carrot. You can offer a little reward in exchange for a clean plate. Once they build a habit to eat their vegetables then it will become easier. They will then eat them whether there is a special reward to look forward to or not.
       
    • Set a good example. Show them that you eat vegetables and that it’s so that you can remain strong and healthy. You could also explain how it helps you to feel good, helps you to look good and be strong.
       
    • Humans are born with a natural suspicion towards foods that they are not familiar with. Scientist say that it can take up to 5 presentations of vegetables for children to get familiar with them, so just keep trying. It’s best to start early by offering vegetables to your baby. In that they get familiar with the different tastes early on.
       

    By using these tips, you should be able to encourage your toddler to eat more vegetables.

     

     

     

     

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    Tips to Reduce Stress During Pregnancy

    It’s easy to get upset about the smallest things when we’re under too much stress. A friend of mine related to me recently how she had spent all day thinking about going home to eat her mashed potatoes. When she got home, it became apparent that there wasn’t any milk to add to the potatoes. This piece of unwelcome news reduced her to tears almost instantly.

    For the expectant mother, it’s crucial to reduce stress. When you’re doing something as important as growing a new human life inside you, you shouldn’t feel so uptight that potatoes send you over the edge. Here are some tips to keep you on the pathway to less stress:

     

    Don’t take on too much. Pregnancy isn’t an easy time. Not only do you feel tired, but there are a lot of hormones, and therefore, emotions to cope with. It’s not the time to volunteer for extra assignments in the office or to start hosting social engagements. Your responsibility is to cut back so that you can get extra rest. You can let friends know that you feel tired and need to take it easy. Good friends will understand and will want the best for both you and baby.

     

    Don’t be concerned about the thoughts of others. You’ve got other things to be working on. Being a mother is the most important position you’ll ever hold and don’t make others make you feel bad for putting your pregnancy first. You are not being selfish by doing this, you’re putting your baby first. Remember the happier and healthier you are, the more likely your baby will be the same.

     

    Don’t do too much pregnancy related research. It’s fine to read about the development of your baby but you don’t want to start getting panicked by mentions of very rare conditions that may affect pregnant ladies. It can just put you under pressure that you don’t need. It’s very unlikely that you’ll be a sufferer of complications as most babies are very healthy. They are remote possibilities, and keep them that way. However, if you have a legitimate concern, ask your doctor.

     

    Try to meditate, do yoga or simply relax with a nice cup of tea. Anything that works for you and is relaxing is fine. It's not helpful if you have stress getting to yoga class on time.

    Expecting a baby is a time to relax and allow nature to take its course. Reduce your stress and both you and the baby will benefit from it.

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    Our Breastfeeding Tea

     

    Bringing a new baby into the world can evoke a whole range of emotions and it will be your instinctive nature to provide the best for them.

     

     

    You will be overwhelmed with information and opinions on how to breastfeed; but how do you decide what is best for your baby; and once you know, how do you put it into

    practice?

     

    Healthcare providers, midwives and other parents will tell

    you about the benefits of breastfeeding your baby; from the immunities and nutrients you are providing them with, to the bonding that occurs when they are feeding from you.

    There is a multitude of information advising new mothers on the best foods to eat and what to drink while they are nursing, and the additives and ingredients that they should try to limit or avoid.

    When it comes to choosing what to drink while breastfeeding, there may be very few choices that are healthy and safe for your baby, whilst also being nourishing and tasty. Neuner’s Organic nursing Tea provides you with many of the nutrients and goodness that you would want to include in your diet whilst nursing, with a little added extra. The tea is 100% natural with no added flavourings and is also caffeine free. It is infused with many herbs including fenugreek seeds (Trigonella foenum-graecum) which are thought to have a medicinal quality and the ability to improve low milk supply. If you are able to improve your milk supply, this may in turn allow you to breastfeed for longer and with more success.

    If you are a new mother and you are not producing enough milk for any reason, then the wish of exclusively breastfeeding your baby may be a challenge. In this case, Neuner’s Organic Nursing Tea may be able to help you improve your milk supply and is also soothing for you and your baby.

    Neuner’s Organic Nursing Tea has been voted the Best Breastfeeding Tea UK by independent mothers. So give it a try and see how quickly it works for you. The method for making Neuner’s Organic Nursing Tea is simple, and can be done even if you are running around after your little one. To make a cup of delicious nursing tea, just:

     

    1. Pour boiling water into a cup and add one Neuner’s Organic Nursing Teabag

    2. Allow the tea to brew for a minimum of 7 minutes to allow the essential oils to diffuse

    3. While the tea is brewing, cover the cup to ensure that the essential oils do not escape

     

    You can drink up to 4 cups of Neuner’s Organic Nursing Tea every day; however the premium organic herbs and high content of essential oils in every cup mean that 2 cups per day is usually sufficient.

    A month’s supply of Neuner’s Organic Nursing Tea is only £17.96 which is equivalent to just 45p per day.

    So if you have a low milk supply which would benefit from the addition of fenugreek seeds; or if you would just like a delicious tea to drink while you are nursing then please try Neuner’s Organic Nursing Tea. You can always contact us for free samples.

    Your Neuners UK team.

     

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    Let me be me!

    Having your first baby is a special time like no other.

    The thought that you have made the most wonderful and beautiful thing ever, and it lives, breathes and exists, is as overwhelming as it is exciting.

    And as it is a wholly new experience, there are many people on hand to help and offer advice, often to the point of total distraction.

    This time that should be the happiest time of all, can all too soon descend into a world of confusion as people, albeit with good intentions, forget that this is your time to exert your ideals and wishes in order to bring about the happy family you have always dreamt of.

    Becoming a Mum for the first time is as exhausting as it is exhilarating, as tiring as it is tremendous, and as confusing as it is captivating. But what it definitely should be, is what you want it to be, and that is an incredibly hard thing to achieve.

    If you give birth in hospital, from the very first moment you are led into a world of rights and wrongs, with people telling you how to do things a certain way. Naturally, a lot of what is said is invaluable, and means that you are an excellent Mum from the offset.

    For those who have trouble breastfeeding for example, on tap help to overcome the problem is the difference between successful feeding on going, or a problematic and distressing time that can push even the calmest of people to the limit. But don’t forget that you are this baby’s Mum.

    As much as babies are wondrous, cute, remarkable and so many more positive adjectives, they are also a marketing dream. It is a minefield of brand and product choices out there, and it can be beyond confusing to know where to start when it comes to your first born.

    As such, advertisers know that if they can get you hooked at any early stage, there is a likelihood that you will become brand loyal throughout not just this child’s upbringing, but that of future offspring too. And naturally, well intentioned friends and relatives will tell you what product they swear by, as well as hospitals providing you with samples of products from day one.

    With so many products claiming to do the same thing, just how do you choose which ones to buy?

    The answer lies in being honest to yourself and trusting your instinct. For example, if you are passionate about the environment, look for items that not just claim to be eco-friendly, but are made by people who are clearly dedicated to that aspect of their product. Lesser known brands doesn’t mean lower quality.

    Also, trust your own gut instinct. It pays to do your research and read packets, but after that be led by what you feel and not by price or special offer. This is your chance to shine as a parent, so always trust that you were born to do a fantastic job.

    By Maxine. (Mum and Guest blogger)

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