FIVE WAYS TO STOP YOUR KID FROM BITING NAILS

If your child has the habit of biting his/her nails, then you are not the only parent who is worried. The condition of nail biting in children is medically termed as onychopagia. It is one of those common habits that affect most of children across the world.

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According to medical estimates, about 50% children aged between 10 and 18 years have the habit of biting their nails. Though this habit can be quite annoying, it is important for you, as a parent, to understand why your child does it.

What causes nail biting in children?

Kids tend to bite their nails owing to various reasons, such as stress, anxiety, comfort or boredom. Here are the most common reasons that may have led your child to bite his nails:

1. To Feel Comforted:
The reflex of your baby can make him to put the finger in his mouth in order to get a comforting feeling. This habit, sometimes, continues in kids even after they grow. This is why your toddler or preschooler might bite his nails, as he finds comfort through this habit.

2. Boredom:
You will find your kid indulging in this habit when he is bored. It could also be common when he is not doing any work with his hands, such as those times when he is watching TV, attending classes, etc.

3. Stress And Anxiety:
Your child will bite his nails if there are any unpleasant situations in his surroundings, for example, at home or at school. These might trigger stress or anxiety in your child. There can be a number of issues such as:

-Divorce
-Quarrels between parents or family members
-Loss of a grandparent or close relative
-Relocating to a new home
-Joining a new school
-Getting bullied in class
-Pressure to perform well in class
-Getting punished or scolded
4. Genetics:
Your habits too, would be inhibited in your children through your genes. If you had the habit of biting nails during your childhood, chances are your child too will develop the same habit.
5. Imitating Other’s Habits:
Children tend to imitate the habit of biting nails when they see their sibling or other members in the family doing the same. When your child copies the same habit of a family member, it gives hi a sense of “feel good” and feeling like a grown up.

How To Stop Nail Biting in Children?

Though it can be extremely frustrating, you need to refrain from scolding or punishing your child for nail biting. Here are some useful ways through which your kid can bid goodbye to nail biting habit in children:
1. Talk To Your Child:
Talk to your child to know why he has this habit. If there is any particular reason he does it, such as boredom or stress, discuss with him and eliminate the cause.

2. Germs and Diseases

Let your child know that there might be germs hiding beneath the nails and that he needs to stop the habit immediately. Help your child understand that the disease causing germs can enter his body easily when he bites the nails and can make him fall sick.

3. Offer reward

Enter an agreement with your kid that you will be checking his nails every day and would reward him if he refrains from nail biting. Offer him a reward like a special dish during dinner or his favourite homemade dessert.

4. Get A Mini Manicure:

Get your kid a mini manicure and look at her nails after the session and praise how neat they look. Also tell her that it was looking very shabby previously when she was biting it. This will stop her from biting her nails again.

5. Bitter Taste Treatment:

You can find many liquids available at medical stores to avoid kids biting nails habit. Grab one of these products and apply it on your kid’s nails. The bitter taste is the best reminder for your kid to stop biting.

Understanding why your child bites his nails will help you remove the causes, and the habit.

 

RAZOR PART FOR YOUR LITTLE ONE

Selecting the perfect haircut for your little boy can be a real task. You must choose the perfect hairstyle for your kid, as kids these days are getting serious regarding their look.

The razor part is the best and is trending nowadays as it gives a cool and trendy look.

Now, what is a razor part?

It’s nothing more than a side stripe, made with a razor. It has a retro style, as it divides the hair on the side of the head, highlighting the quiff.

It’s necessary to leave the sides low, as the “undercut”. Super versatile, all moms can leave it both dry and more loose or “wet” and tidy.

Famous in the 30’s, it’s coming back with everything in 2016. This haircut is indicated for parents who love spending time grooming their children, after all it requires greater care. We know that hair grows fast, so it’s always necessary to touch it up a little bit.

Below are some cool hairstyles to give your child a trendy look. Get inspired and try them out!

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CREATIVE KIDS’ ROOM IDEAS

Most parents will agree that providing their children with a wonderful living space in which they can thrive, learn and play is of paramount importance, which is why we’ve collected this list of awesome interior design ideas for children’s rooms.

A child’s surroundings can have a huge impact on how they grow and develop, so parents always try to make their children’s living spaces as comfortable and fun as possible within their means.

Have a look at these cool and funky room decor ideas for your kids’ room.

  1. The Pirate Ship Room

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    2. The Tree House Room

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3. The Fairy Tale Story

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4. Hello Captain

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5. The Racer Room

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6. The Comfortable Sleeper Room

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7. The Disney Room

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8. The Minions Room

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Dresses for Pregnant Women

Dresses for pregnant women are usually represented with high waist, floor-length long maternity dresses or midi, but in the last season, short dresses in the style of the 60s came to the arena. These dresses have straight cut or A-shaped style. Moreover, these dresses are universal and could be worn courageously worn after childbirth. Fashion designers have presented a large number of maternity evening wear models, which is usually performed in the Greek or in Empire style.

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Adorable Hairstyles for Little Girls

Tired of the same boring hairstyles for your little girl? Amp up the creativity and be inspired by some of these cute, hip and totally wearable hairstyles for little girls. Customize the looks to make them your own and make your little girl the coolest on the playground.

 #1 Classic Cuteness
Braids and pigtails are things that adorable little girl hairstyles are made of! This sweet hairstyle has both and looks great on short or long hair.
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How To Style:

  1. Part hair down the middle or to the side, depending on the look you want.
  2. French braid each side of the part down to the ear and then gather hair into a ponytail.

Recommended Products: Goody Hair Ties!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:  All face shapes and hair types can enjoy braided pigtails, as long as the hair is long enough.

Tip: Use a comb to create your part line for a nice and crisp result.

#2 Curly Q

Adding just a few ribbons of curls elevates this medium length hairstyle from cute to super cute.

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How To Style:

  1. Use a medium-sized curling iron throughout the hair. Feel free to have fun creating different textures, curling some tight curls and some loose.
  2. Use pins to pin hair up and back on the top to keep hair up and out of the face.

Recommended Products: Pureology Precious Oil is a great product to keep those curls looking shiny and sweet.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: All face shapes and thick, curly hair or hair that can be curled with an iron can wear this look.

Tip: Add some matching barrettes to really make her hair sparkle!

#3  Long Bob

A sleek long bob looks great on little girls who want to look a little more sophisticated.

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How To Style:

  1. Part hair to the side and brush out.
  2. Use a flat iron to go through, section by section, and smooth hair out.
  3. Bevel the ends under to create a nice and polished finish.

Recommended Products: Redken Glass Serum will help add a little extra shine to straight strands.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: Round and square shaped faces are ideal for this look. Most hair types can pull off this style as long as you are willing to spend some time flat ironing.

Tip: If you have kinky or frizzy hair, try blow drying hair strands smooth with a paddle brush first, then go in with a flat iron. It will make life a whole lot easier!

#4 Perfect Princess

This stunning updo is fit for a princess! Cute little curls are all pinned up for a special occasion.

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How To Style:

  1. Curl the entire head of hair with a small or medium-sized curling iron.
  2. Loosely gather up curls and pin them up on the top first, then add other pieces gradually until you achieve the look you want.

Recommended Products: Circle of Friends Valerie’s Vanilla Freeze Hairspray will keep this sweet updo in place all day and night.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: All face shapes and hair types can wear a sweet version of this hairstyle.

Tip: Have your daughter get dressed first so you don’t ruin her hair while taking clothes off and putting clothes on.

#5 Cute Caitlin

Who remembers having blunt bangs as a child? This timeless style is super cute on kids who want to add a little framing to their face. These classic bangs are kept in a thickness proportional to the amount of overall hair. They are also rounded out slightly towards the temples to make them appear soft.

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How To Style:

  1. Spray a good detangling spray on towel dried hair.
  2. Comb out any tangles and comb bangs straight down. Let hair air dry or use a blow dryer to remove moisture.

Recommended Products: Grab Paul Mitchell’s Lite Detangler spray for out of the shower combing time. The spray is super lightweight and also nourishes and conditions the hair as it’s absorbed. You can also spray it on dry hair when you’re in a pinch.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: Bangs look great on round, pear, and some heart shaped faces. Girls with curly hair will not be able to have short bangs around their face, so make sure your daughter has pretty straight hair that will lay down nicely.  If your daughter has crazy cowlicks in the front you may not be able to get them to lay down, so always consult with a professional when cutting hair.

Tip:Bangs are a great idea for girls who have a ton of hair and like to wear it down all the time. Instead of watching them struggle trying to put hair behind their ears all the time, chop in some bangs for a light and easy feel.

#6 Ponytail Paige

Nothing is sweeter than your daughter’s beautiful face! Show it off by pulling hair up and out of her eyes and back into a fashion forward ponytail. Adding a section of hair at time to the ponytail creates a fun, caterpillar-like effect and is played up with colorful coordinating hair ties. This look is super cute for long or short hair and also great for all occasions.

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How To Style:

  1. Take a small square section of hair on the top of the head and secure it with a hair tie about one to two inches away from the front hairline. Leave the hair from the crown and down out of the ponytails.
  2. Grab another square section of hair to the right of the section you just tied and include the hair from the first ponytail into another secured elastic.
  3. Continue adding more sections until you have a row of about three to five hair tied sections. It should look kind of like a connected train.
  4. When hair is back behind the ear, grab all the remaining hair that was left down and pull it over to secure as the last ponytail.

Recommended Products: If you are worried about flyaways or pieces falling out, you can choose to use a hairspray like JoiMist Medium Hairspray by Bel Air Beauty Joico.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: Ponytails look great on everyone. If your child’s hair is too thin or fine it may not be able to create all of the sections, so medium to thicker hair is best.

Tip: This style is great for young girls who have lots of layers in their hair because the small, secured sections will keep the layers from falling out.

 

 

Travel Accessories for Kids

Even in the best of conditions, traveling can be tough. Traveling with tired and cranky children can lead to even more stress. However, whether by car, plain, bus or train, learning to travel with a few kid-friendly essentials can help to make the ride a bit smoother for all.

Travel Pillows

Traveling can be exhausting for anyone, kids included. Packing along their own pillow can make it much easier for tired children to take a nap while on the road. Because they are available in a range of sizes, designs and colors, it is easy to find one that is gender neutral and just the right size.

Travel Blankets

Having their own blanket while traveling can help kids to feel more secure in less than familiar surroundings. This can calm cranky toddlers and allow for easier napping while traveling. Bring their own blanket from home or purchase a special travel blanket for special occasions, like a trip to grandma’s.

Kids Travel Bags

Packing a special bag just for your child will make them feel special and help get them excited about the trip ahead. Be sure to pack their favorite toys and snacks to prevent them from getting hungry and bored on long car rides. For planes, be sure that you pack foods that are travel friendly and will pass inspection, such as crackers and cookies.

Kid Designed Identification Badges

Every parent’s fear is to lose their child in a crowded place. Allowing your child to decorate his or her own identification badges can be a creative way to help your child feel safe as well as help to make sure that they understand the importance of not talking to strangers and staying with the group. These can be made from simple index cards and then pinned onto a child’s clothing.

THE PERFECT OUTFIT FOR KIDS:LEGGINGS

If there is a piece of clothing that every child should have, it is the legging pants.

Very popular in the 80’s, this model of pants portrayed the life at the gyms, dance, and all the fitness universe evidenced at that decade.

Fortunately, over the years, the pants has been renewed with new fabrics, new models, prints, gaining style and being featured in fashion productions, conquering  all age groups, especially children.

For the babies the legging pants is presented in the most comfortable way possible. Aways in pure cotton, it’s not so tight and has just a little bit of spandex. It’s an unisex piece that brings a comfort feeling and let the baby freed to move as he wants, a super important thing at this stage.

The girls can mix the legging pants with almost all kinds of tops, coats, cardigans, t-shirts, as well as matching it with skirts and dresses, using the legging pants as pantyhose. In other words, it is a versatile piece that  never goes out of fashion.

For the coolest boys, there are leggings with more thick or resistant materials that seems like jeans our denim.  The  look is a modern skinny pants with a rock’n’roll style.

New materials that  imitate leather, metallic, among others, are perfect for a tidy look. And all of this, without kneading, not being too tigh and letting the skin perspire, besides matching with sneakers, flip flops, boots and shoes.

When choosing one to call your own, look for a pair with  good material, those that do not age easy . Choose one with a beautiful cut and good finish, so it will be  never restricted as pants to wear at school, playgrounds and clubs.

Finally, always consider the kid’d personality. With creativity, you can create several styles, and get an appropriated appearance  for all the seasons  and occasions.

SIX SUMMER SAFETY TIPS

School may be out, but moms and dads should take a little time to study up on summer safety. Doing so can help you make this the best, safest summer yet. The Window Covering Safety Council suggests parents and caregivers follow these six simple rules to help protect children:

1. Keep window cords away from kids

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As temperatures rise and you hunker down inside with the AC, check your drapes, blinds and other window treatments for exposed cords. Some exposed cords pose a strangulation hazard to infants and young children. Replace cords with safer cordless products, if possible. If not, then check out kits that keep the cords out of reach of little hands.

2. Prevent falling accidents

If trying to stay cool means opening windows, be aware of the dangers. To prevent falling accidents, open windows at the top instead of the bottom, if possible. Install window guards and stoppers if you have kids age 10 or younger.

3. Thwart little climbers

Open windows are just one cause of falling accidents. Improperly placed furniture can lead to serious problems. Keep all furniture—and especially cribs and beds—away from windows. Little kids often use furniture as climbing aids, so place those items so that the windows can’t be reached from them.

4. Keep kids cool

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To avoid heat-related illnesses, dress your kids properly for the weather. In hot weather, children should be dressed in lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect some of the sun’s energy. In addition to applying sunscreen, put hats on kids or set up an umbrella to further shield them from the sun.

5. Keep summer chemicals away from children

Sunscreen, bug repellent, gardening sprays and pool chemicals are typically in heavy use all summer long. When you’re done using them, put them away, out of children’s reach.

6. Drink water

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No summer safety list would be complete without an admonishment to stay hydrated. Don’t let your children get dehydrated. Parents should always carry water for their children, and kids should take breaks from playing to drink up.

Checklist for your upcoming baby needs!

The ultimate newborn checklist can help you determine what you’ll need to purchase and prepare as you get ready for baby’s arrival.

Clothing

  • 8 undershirts (mix of short-sleeve and long-sleeve)
  • 5 nightgowns (for use until the cord falls off)
  • 8 one-piece stretchy sleepers (go for ones with zippers; new moms swear by them!)
  • 5 pairs of pants
  • 2 newborn hats
  • 8 pairs of socks or booties, to wear with nightgowns and outfits
  • 2 pairs of scratch mittens, to keep baby from scratching his face
  • 2 cardigans or jackets, more in winter
  • Bunting bag or snowsuit for winter baby
  • Laundry detergent for infants
  • 4 outfits for dressing up (optional)

Blankets

  • 3 large cotton blankets
  • 8 receiving blankets (they also make handy burp cloths)

Feeding

  • if you’re breastfeeding, you don’t really need any equipment.

Some nursing mothers like to have these items:

  • Lots of bibbs
  • Burp cloths
  • Breast pump
  • Milk storage containers
  • Nursing pillow
  • Nursing bras (if buying before baby is born, buy one cup size larger than your pregnant bra size)
  • Breast pads (disposable or washable)
  • Lotion for sore nipples
If you are formula feeding:
  • Lots of bibs
  • Burp cloths
  • 8 four-ounce bottles with nipples
  • 6 eight-ounce bottles with nipples
  • Bottle and nipple brush
  • Formula (be sure to check expiry date and note the lot number in case of recalls)
  • Thermal bottle carrier
Diapering
If you are using re-usable cloth diapers:
  • Several dozen (4 or 5) cloth or re-usable diapers
  • 8 waterproof covers
  • 1 diaper pail
  • Changing pad
  • Baby ointment or other barrier cream to prevent rash
  • Snaps, Velcro or safety pins to secure re-usable diapers
  • Disposable wipes or a couple dozen washcloths for cleaning baby’s bottom
If you are using disposable diapers:
  • Two boxes of newborn-size diapers (it’s better not to buy too many in advance in case your baby is large or grows quickly)
  • 1 diaper pail
  • Changing pad
  • Baby ointment or barrier cream to prevent rash
  • Disposable wipes or a couple dozen washcloths for cleaning baby’s bottom
Bathtime
  • 1 plastic infant tub (or use a large dishpan in the sink, or take baby in the bath with you) 12 washcloths, not used on baby’s bottom
  • Baby soap or cleanser
  • Baby soft-bristled hair brush
  • 3 soft-hooded towels
Bedtime
If you are using a crib:
  • Approved crib and crib mattress
  • 3 waterproof mattress covers
  • 4 fitted cribsheets
  • 4 light blankets that fit in the crib
  • Sleep sack
If you are co-sleeping:
  • Firm mattress (not a waterbed)
  • 3 waterproof pads to place under baby
  • Light comforter (keep away from baby’s head)
  • Sleep sack
Other necessities
  • Approved infant safety seat for car
  • Stroller that reclines so newborn can lie flat
  • Nail clippers or scissors (or just bite off baby’s nails as needed)
  • Bulb syringe for suctioning mucous
  • Baby thermometer
  • Eye dropper or medicine spoon
  • Medication in case of fever
Nice-to-have items
  • Change table (or just use change pad on top of dresser or bed)
  • Rocking chair for feeding and swaddling
  • Playpen
  • Sling or baby carrier
  • Diaper bag
  • 1 or 2 change pads
  • Plastic hangers for closet
  • Sun shade for car windows
  • 2 or 4 pacifiers (if you choose to use these)
  • Rattles and other baby toy
  • Night light