Houseplants that are safe for the baby

Nature. An ally of ours, most of the times. Especially if we live in urban areas and we need to recreate our own mini-gardens inside our apartments, houseplants are true oasis in all that cement.

However, when people expect a baby or she is already home, they have to be careful even at the plants they have around in gardens or apartments.

Cleaning Indoor Air

Some houseplants are perfect for cleaning the indoor air and soothing the baby’s lungs. The air in the house is fresher and more natural. Even so, make sure they are out of baby’s reach because babies tend to put in their mouth everything since they are exploring and learning new things.

There are a couple of houseplants that are suited for cleaning the indoor air.

Aloe Vera

It is known for removing the household toxin called formaldehyde.

Areca Palm

A general and most common purifier of indoor air, especially as it grows larger. Place it somewhere out of the baby’s reach, because the baby can reach and pull the heavy pot over herself.

Boston Fern

It not only purifies the air, but also keeps the air humid and the chances of having a sore throat are reduced.

English Ivy

Can be rather invasive, so it needs a large place, away from your baby’s exploring hands. It is useful for removing the chemical benzene from the air that is met in cigarette smoke, detergents and pesticides.

Danger Zone

If you are the type of person that wants a private jungle in the house, make sure the plants are out of your toddler’s reach, because most plants can give your baby an upset stomach and can be poisonous.

Garden trees or plants that have berries can be a choking hazard.

Chrysanthemum and Tulips can irritate the skin.

Autumn crocus, Deadly Nightshade, Yew and Monkshood are poisonous.

Snowdrops, Lilly of the Valley and Golden Chain can cause sickness.

Make sure all the plants are placed somewhere your baby cannot taste them or pull them. As babies explore they tend to eat and cling to everything.

How to choose a baby name

Most new parents expect to have the ultimate inspiration when seeing for the first time the sparkling eyes of their baby. “Thou shalt be named: [big pause]”, but it is not that easy.

Scroll down this article and you will find the five best sources to inspire a baby name.

  1. “What say you?”

Lord of the Rings – You like the trilogy or not, Tolkien’s books offer great inspiration for baby names. He created an entire world so you can choose between an elf, a dwarf or a human. Do not forget the hobbits. There are many name generators created by fans of Tolkien that can help you with the meaning.

You can have lots of fun with those tools, but for the sake of your baby do not choose a name that is easy to mock.

  1. “The force is strong in you”

Star Wars – Another epic realm that can inspire you to come up with a cool baby name is the Jedi world. Your child, especially if it is a boy will be proud to bear the name of a Jedi master or a Sith lord. Just make sure he watches the films at one point in his life. You can find plenty of name generators on the Internet that are based on the Jedi culture.

  1. “The one who must not be named”

Harry Potter & co. – We are all Harry Potter fans, in secret. This piece of art has numerous names that can inspire a girl or a boy name. Some examples are Bartemius or Alecto, or even Fleur. Your baby will be proud to have the name of a strong wizard.

  1. “We call that one muad’dib”

Dune – Frank Herbert is another creator of worlds. Though the movie made after his book is not that recent, checking the name of the characters is a delightful experience. Your baby will have an exotic name with a philosophical touch.

  1. “Once upon a…”

Fairy tales in general are a rich source of names. From Disney’s Elsa to Grimm’s Gretel, these names have a magical ring. Your child will probably expect a fairy to be his best friend, but at least you will have a sociable offspring.

Many celebrities have used this type of sources to name their children such as Nicholas Cage and Steven Spielberg.

10 Life Hacks to Make Your Pregnancy Easier

Whether a product you can buy or a tip you can follow, these ten life hacks will turn out to be priceless for your pregnancy experience.

1. Use a custom body pillow to sleep on your side.

Sleeping on your back is not healthy during pregnancy, and sleeping on your belly will become increasingly uncomfortable as your bump will grow. Invest in a total body pillow for sleeping on the side. It will truly make a difference for the quality of your sleep.

2. Get massages

Ask your partner or go to a massage therapist for a relaxing massage at least once a week. Even a simple back rub every night will help relief your backaches.

3. Enhance your bath experience

Taking a nice, relaxing bath before bed can do wonders for your well-being. Take your time to improve this experience with candles, aromatherapy and bath salts.

4. Go swimming

Swimming will feel completely different when you are in the third trimester of pregnancy. Most pregnant women enjoy swimming because they feel more lightweight. It’s a great exercise and at the same time it’s a break from the daily weight load.

5. Wear pretty maternity clothes

Being comfortable in your maternity clothes is the most important, but feeling beautiful matters. Invest in maternity clothes that are not just comfortable, but also pretty (or fun to wear). Body image issues can get stressful during pregnancy, so nice clothes and beauty products will make you happier.

6. Treat your skin

Use oils and lotions after your baths to feel pampered and prevent stretchmarks.

7. Use a warm rice bag for your backaches

Fill a pillow case with rice and sew it at the open end. Heat it in the microwave whenever you have a backache. Rice bags are perfect for this because they keep a warm, not too hot temperature. For an upgraded experience, add a pinch of cinnamon or lavender and mix it with the rice.

8. Exercise with a birthing ball

Sit straight on a birthing ball and roll in small circles, it’s very soothing for your back.

9. Turn your veggie meals into smoothies

When you get tired of salads, start your morning with a veggie smoothie. Try a new recipe everyday through combinations and experiments with veggies, fruits and nuts.

10. Create pampering opportunities for yourself

Having a relaxing moment for yourself is precious and rare during pregnancy and maternity. That’s why you need to create them with every opportunity you get. Take advantage of your free time and go to the spa, take a nap, read a book or get your manicure done. It’s the little pleasures that keep us happy.

A positive vibe, from the start

The womb is your baby’s first home. He or she gets 9 months of settling in, so as its first host, you need to provide your child with the best environment possible. However, this first place in which the baby gets cozy is not isolated from the outside world…Connected to you and your body, the baby perceives all the flows of feelings you go through, sharing your tensions and your moments of peace as well. That is why it is crucial for you to allow yourself to be at your best, leaving aside any minor problems that ask for your attention. During your pregnancy, your thoughts need to be a smooth flow of positive emotions which you can transmit to your child, so that it absorbs all the positive emotion it needs to flourish.

Positive thoughts and a relaxed mind are just as important during pregnancy as the nutrition you give your body, and subsequently, your child. As you are tied together and the baby grows organically within and from you, the degree of empathy between you is at its highest level and whatever you take from the world around you and internalize will make its way to your child, as it develops. Sharing is caring, but sharing the best of all things is what utmost care and love are about. Pay attention to the thoughts you plant within you each day, so that you can sow a healthy and peaceful child.