Tip of the Week

It’s only a matter of time now. Your little bundle of joy is on its way, and for the first time you are about to be a parent. Think you’re ready? Many people do and then the reality of parenthood strikes them. Remember your friends who said being a parent is nothing like they expected? They were right.

To give you the leg up you so desperately need, Dawn Dais, author of the parenting book “The Sh!t No One Tells You,” offers this advice:

• Take advantage of your freedom. If this is your first baby, you need to maximize every second of freedom you have left. Go to the movies, order an appetizer and a dessert at dinner, travel, decide to leave the house and then do so 25 seconds later. Watch television shows with cuss words.

• Sleep now. Dais recently teamed up with Store Brand infant formula to help get the word out about ways parents can prepare before their baby arrives. Earlier this year, they released a “Baby’s First Year” survey that found 25 percent of new moms confessed their biggest fear before their baby’s arrival was the fear of never sleeping again. You will sleep again, but it might not be for a few months, so it’s important to get it in while you still can!

* Do your research. Make sure to discuss important topics before the baby arrives, such as feeding. The Baby’s First Year” survey also found infant formula is the last topic researched by new moms while pregnant, but the No. 1 topic researched after their baby arrives. The survey also found that more than 50 percent of moms experience issues when it comes to breastfeeding baby, with low breast milk supply being the top concern. So knowing your feeding options before baby arrives is vital.

• Babies are expensive, so know where you can save big. It’s important to note that all infant formulas are required to meet the same FDA standards. That means store-brand infant formulas meet the same federal nutrient requirements for baby as nationally advertised brands.

Make the most of your new role as a parent

Having a child is the most monumental change you can make to your life, but the joys that come with parenting make the process entirely worth it. So, plan ahead now by applying the tips above and you’ll eliminate some of those potential headaches.

— Brandpoint

Family Movie Night

“Battle of the Sexes”

Rated: Pg-13

Length: 121 minutes

Synopsis: The uplifting true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

Book Report

“Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere”

Ages: 4 - 10 years

Pages: 96

Synopsis: This book is a beautifully illustrated collection of mindfulness exercises designed to teach kids techniques for managing their bodies, breath, and emotions. Best of all, these 30 simple, short breathing practices and movements can be performed anytime, anywhere.

— Rodale Kids

Did You Know

Chronic diseases— such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity and arthritis— are responsible for seven out of every 10 deaths each year, and treating people with chronic diseases accounts for most of our nation’s health care costs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “New Year, New Healthy You” campaign focuses on nine tips people can use to make 2018 their healthiest year yet and avoid these diseases:

Get 150 minutes of exercise each week, eat more fruits and veggies and less salt and added sugars; quit smoking; get at least 7 hours of sleep every night; wear sunscreen and insect repellent; stay up-to-date on cancer screenings; avoid excessive alcohol; get your flu shot; and wash your hands often.

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