Are They Ready?

My sister and her husband have a beautiful baby boy. That boy has begun to transition from being a baby to almost a toddler. I find that stage to be an interesting one, because they have no title, but they are also straddling the abilities of what each can do. In the stage they can walk some but not run or stay up for long periods of time. They are learning to be potty trained, but are not quite there yet. Lastly they are too big for a high chair but cannot be trusted in a big seat on their own. Well there is not much we can do about the potty training besides continue to encourage and use the strategies we had before, and the walking is up to the child. However, there is something we can do about the dinner table.

If your child is too big for a high chair then you need to look into buying a baby booster seat. This might be a new term for some of you, so let’s go into what that is. A booster seat is made to be attached to a dining room table chair so it cannot be moved or fall off at any point. Now do not be alarmed, because not only is the seat attached, but almost all booster seats come with an additional strap to secure your child into it. Fisher Price is the leading brand for booster seats both with and without straps. If you feel like your child is old enough and can be trusted to use one without a strap, then there is no need to buy one with the extra attachment. However, if you feel like your child will still squirm and try to move around resulting in them falling at some point, then you should look into the extra security. My sister and brother-in-law opted for the additional security seeing as how their boy is a wanderer. He is curious about absolutely everything, so even though it is the same experience just out of the high chair, he will see it as a whole new adventure and try to go anywhere he can.

Whether you baby is ready to sit on their own and just needs an extra boost to see above the table, or they are too big for a high chair but still needs to be strapped in, a booster seat is a good investment. They are not very expensive and saves you so much hassle in the long run.

Hot Tub Therapy

When I was nine years old, I started having swelling of my fists, knees and feet. This would happen when the weather changed, or I over did it with physical activity. My mother tried everything she could but decided it was best to bring me to see a doctor and eventually a specialist. I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). The swelling and pain my knees was unbearable some days. My mother and I tried every pain medication under the sun to try and relieve some of the pain. Some worked, but the side effects were almost as bad as the JRA. Then we heard of hot water therapy.

My family started looking and found hot tubs in Modesto for sale. We purchased a hot tub and for 15 minutes a day, I was able to enjoy the soothing sensation of heat, jets and blowers. The hot tub therapy was an easy regimented to keep up because of the relaxing nature and instant benefits which helped me over the years. Part of dealing with the effects of arthritis and other chronic issues is working out. This can cause flare ups, especially in those old “football injuries” as my dad used to call them. But it is the hot tub therapy which can ease someone out of the uncomfortable aches while providing additional benefits such as a personal space for “Me Time”.

In today’s hectic world, it is important to take some time for yourself. Often, people do not have a corner that is just for them. Having hot tub therapy time for yourself can make it so you can contemplate your thoughts without distractions. There is a true value for that money spent.

Often, when we purchase an item that we think we want, it only serves a purpose in our lives for a short time. It very often becomes just another “thing” we have laying around the house. But a hot tub is not going to be one of those unused items.

It can be of a great benefit both mentally and physically and for these reasons you are going to want to keep using it (and often finding excuses to use it). Having a little party or get together can be made even better when people stop over for a quick dip in the awesome hot tub.

To this day, I continue to use hot tub therapy in my regular routine, and I am so thankful I was able to use this type of therapy all these years.