The Pros and Cons of a Pre-Tied Bandana Head Scarf

You may have seen them around town and not even realized. They look like a typical fabric head covering, but the difference is to the wearer. It’s a pre-tied bandana. A comfortable way to cover your hair.

A pre-tied bandana is a head covering for women that is comfortable to wear and easy to use. It is basically a piece of cloth that is sewn into a headcovering with elastic at the neck for an easy fit. The two ends of the fabric, know as “tails” hang down on either side of the head.

The pros of this type of hair covering is that they do not need to be tied – which is the number one complaint about headscarves and some other women’s headcoverings. It is already “tied”. Pre-tied bandanas, other wise know as pre-tied headscarves, kosher bandanas or elasticized tichels come in a vast variety of colors, fabrics, with any kind of decoration you can imagine. Plus the two tails hanging down can be left hanging as is, tucked inside the headcovering or tied in numerous fashions which lends itself to versatility.

Funky printed pre-tieds can be worn for casual occasions, or a dressy one can be the perfect accessory for even the most fashionable affair.

These coverings are great for women looking to cover their hair in a way that offers complete coverage since they are sewn in a way that no hair will show – unlike a regular tied bandana or scarf.

On the con side, one issue women have with them is that they tend to slip. This is easily corrected by finding the fit and fabric that go best with your hair texture. Often one that is too snug, or too loose will slip. Lycra fabrics tend to slip more as well. Other solutions are to use the 2 tails that hang down from every head covering to tie it tight to your head or make use of bobby pins, snap clips or a no-slip headband like the Milano WiGrip to fasten the pre-tied bandana to your head.

Pre-tied bandanas are manufactured by a large variety of companies, each with their own fit and shape. It can take a few tries to find the company or companies that fit you best. Someone who is new to pre-tied bandanas may want to test out a few different brands to find the one that works best for them.…

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Baby Bottle Warmers – Why You Need Them and What Are the Advantages

Baby Bottle Warmers – why do you need them?

Mom’s need to be careful when heating pumped breastmilk or formula. If you heat breastmilk in the microwave it can change the milk’s composition which cause the milk to lost certain anti-infective properties and nutrients even when microwaved for a short amount of time. This is why they are very effective and why most newborn’s parents are buying them. Breastmilk is generally very sensitive to warm temperatures and can very eaily lose it’s vitamin C content. Heating breastmilk on the stove is also ineffective because it causes a central spike in temperature which cause the breaskmilk to break apart. Just like microwaved breastmilk, it causes a loss of minerals, immunological properties, vitamins and micro-nutrients very quickly. So what can you do? You can obviously put the pumped breastmilk in a sterilized bottle and run it under hot water for ten minutes – but who wants to do this when a newborn is screaming because he or she is starving? The same thing goes with formula. For years doctors have been saying that microwaving formula causes horrible heat distribution which can burn babies’ mouth’s and bellies. Although most people shake bottles to avoid this – it always does not work because heat tends to re-conglomerate immediately. Warming the water is a much safer method.

How do you use baby bottle warmers?

Most can easily heat pumped breastmilk and formula in about one to three minutes. They are very convenient because if the baby’s room is upstairs you can keep the warmer up there also. By the time you change your newborn’s diaper the baby bottle warmer could have easily warmed up 3 or 4 ounce of milk. They are very easy-to-use, quick and reliable. You would never need to worry that your new babysitter will over cook a bottle in the microwave. I bought one of the Philips Avent iQ baby Bottle Warmers and it works like a charm. You just add water into the container and select setting. You put the bottle in and close the lid and leave it. The baby bottle warmer heats the milk by very quickly evaporate the water and heats the breastmilk without any hotspots and without breaking down the milk’s composition. Now that my baby is up to about 4 ounces, I can warm a bottle up in about 3.5 minute to heat the milk to a perfect temperature.

Who would have known that heating breastmilk or formula would be such a science!! On top of the great advantages noted above, I find that my baby simply prefers warm milk so it is perfect for me. It is very convenient, it does not take up a lot of room and I can easily put it in any cupboard when I am done with it. It is very compact and you can take it into any room! A little hint for most of the bottle warmer out there – if you can use distilled water then …

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