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Let’s stay with the ladies – when removing make-up, the direct throwing away of the cotton pads creates massive waste. The plastic-free alternative to avoid garbage is these reusable eco cotton pads*. Or you simply make the pads yourself from old fabric remnants. Then simply wash and reuse them. Lower costs, less plastic waste.

  1. Cloth diapers & diaper-free instead of disposable diapers

Ordinary disposable nappies are 70% plastic and are garbage after one use. So how can we replace diapers without using plastic? It’s simple: with such washable and reusable cloth diapers* or simply without diapers at all. Anna explains how this works in her diaper-free experiences.

  1. Plastic free cotton swabs made of paper & cotton

Plastic cotton swabs are plastic waste directly after the single use. The packaging is also often made of plastic. Why not switch to an alternative without plastic if it exists? In the sense of the plastic-free life you can get paper cotton buds at DM or here plastic-free online*. Cotton swabs without plastic made of bamboo & cotton can be found here.*

  1. Renouncement of PE, PP. PA and PET

Renouncement of cosmetic articles with the microplastic components polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyamide (PA) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) Incredibly enough, the addition of microplastics to cosmetic products is still permitted in our country. Packaging causes plastic waste that can end up in the environment and the microplastics in peeling, shampoo, make-up, shower gel and co. definitely end up in the sea. Because at the moment no sewage plant can stop these small plastic parts. The microplastics from the cosmetic products end up in the sea, are eaten by fish and sooner or later end up back on our plates.

Note: Under bio-accumulation of toxins you can learn more about this.

  1. Plastic free toothbrush tablets

Yeah, that’s right. More and more people are starting to use plastic-free toothbrush tablets. The tablets are simply chewed and then used in the mouth like ordinary toothpaste. No fluoride, no aspartame and above all no microplastics in the toothpaste! In addition, they are packed plastic-free.

  1. Shaving soap without plastic

Shaving foam from the plastic can is a thing of the past if you simply switch to the plastic-free alternative shaving soap. This way you avoid plastic waste and can shave as usual. You can get the shaving soap here at Mühle.*

  1. Check product labels before you buy

Simply use the CodeCheck app to stop buying products that contain microplastics or palm oil or are otherwise harmful to the environment or health. With the app you simply scan the barcode on the back of shower gel and co. and see in a second whether the product is harmful. So not only can you live plastic-free, but you can also live micro-plastic-free.

  1. Mouthwash without plastic

Mouthwashes contain a lot of chemicals and come in plastic packaging. There is no plastic-free mouthwash on the market – but you can make your own mouthwash and choose the natural ingredients yourself. See the article Making your own mouthwash.

  1. use metal tongue scraper

Tongue scrapers are actually made of plastic – kind of a stupid feeling to put plastic in your mouth, isn’t it? Similar to disposable cutlery or the toothbrush, there are fortunately more sensible alternatives without plastic. Just use a metal tongue scraper.

Here you get a good tongue scraper*. Alternatively, you can just try a large stainless steel spoon from your cutlery drawer.

  1. Exchanging alb foil for ReUse wipes

What you definitely cannot use in your lunch is aluminium that has been transferred into the food. But that is exactly what can happen. In addition, the production of aluminium foil is super expensive. So switch to reusable cloths made from beeswax, jojoba oil and resin. I can warmly recommend these plastic-free cloths*! You simply wipe them once after using them for your food and can reuse them immediately.

  1. Use bamboo kitchen paper without plastic

    I bought kitchen paper forever in the supermarket. Problem? Is clear. Kitchen paper without plastic wrap is still not found in ordinary supermarkets. In addition, every kitchen paper is thrown in the trash after only a few seconds. So why not just use it on the environmentally friendly, reusable kitchen roll without plastic? Such kitchen rolls made of bamboo * replace up to 60 paper towels, are significantly more stable than conventional kitchen roll paper and, according to the manufacturer, can be washed up to 100 times. Kitchen paper without plastic is also possible.
  2. Do without a salad spinner

    As long as there is no salad spinner without plastic (please write me a comment, should you find one), you can simply use the plastic-free alternative: Put your salad in a jute bag and fling it until your arm falls off. 😉
    No, fun. A few seconds are enough and the salad is dry. You can do that just as well with a lockable stainless steel basket with a relatively dense grid.
  3. Use biodegradable dishcloths or sponges

    the classic colorful dishcloths are made of plastic and also packed in plastic. Even now there is an alternative for this that makes it a little easier for you to live plastic-free. Here you can get dishcloths without plastic made of cellulose and cotton *.

  4. Use linen tea towels

    what we use for wiping in the kitchen has usually been packed in plastic or made of plastic fibers. Living plastic-free is different. Give it a try with these linen tea towels *. They come to you plastic-free and are made of natural material. In addition, the linen towels look very good and upgrade your kitchen.
  5. Make the oven cleaner yourself

    It’s quick, it’s natural, and you can avoid plastic waste. Again, you need the home remedies baking soda (2 tablespoons), salt (1 tablespoon) and water (1-2 tablespoons). Stir everything together until a paste forms. Spread your mixture in the oven and let it sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a rag. Rinse the oven really thoroughly with a damp cloth. Plastic waste? Can you search for a long time! Here you will learn what else you can do with baking soda to continue your life without plastic.

    Tip: In the separate article you will learn exactly how to make this and other oven cleaners yourself.

  6. Bamboo wood cutting board

    what do you use to cut cheese, sausage, vegetables and Co.? Still a plastic board? Exchange it for such a beautiful cutting board made of oak wood *. Packaged plastic-free and made from sustainable, regionally growing wood. The perfect plastic-free alternative to cutting that fits exactly into your life without plastic.
  7. Air freshener with bamboo activated carbon

Unpleasant odours, whether in the kitchen, living room or other rooms, you want to get rid of them quickly. However, conventional plastic air fresheners only perfume the room and do not eliminate the cause. The natural alternative without plastic is this air freshener with bamboo activated carbon. The activated charcoal has a natural odour-neutralising effect. Odours are absorbed and emitted again when warm (simply place in the sun). Ideal for the kitchen, the wardrobe, the car or even shoes. Live plastic-free and remove odours without plastic? Yep, that works too!

  1. Buy diapers plastic free

You can’t imagine how many plastic diapers we collect at our Beach CleanUp. It’s not only disgusting, but completely unnecessary. Because of course there are also diapers without plastic. These cotton nappies*, for example, are the best way to continue living with your baby without plastic.

  1. Buy bread in the bag you brought with you

I do not want to do without my bread and therefore buy it plastic-free in the supermarket by putting it fresh in a bag that I take with me when I go shopping. There I can recommend the project Naturtasche.de to you. Practical and visually cool. Not only for bread, but also for fruit and vegetables. To avoid plastic waste, you can alternatively reuse your bread bag from your last purchase.

The same applies to rolls, by the way. To avoid plastic waste, simply buy your rolls at the bakery and avoid plastic-wrapped buns. Alternatively you can make your own rolls

  1. Go shopping with basket or rucksack

Admittedly, a woven basket for shopping does not look so casual for men, but the shopping basket is probably more for women. But a big backpack will do. The main thing is that you have something to carry so you can avoid plastic garbage. You should either use this classic woven basket* for shopping or, like me, switch to this sea plastic Gotbag backpack. For shopping without plastic, almost all backpacks are suitable. So you can easily shop and transport without plastic.

  1. Shopping meat & cheese without plastic

Admittedly, plastic-free shopping for meat and cheese is a little more complicated, but just as possible. Just take your stainless steel cans or glass containers with you and have them filled at the meat and cheese counter. This might be a bit unusual at first, but you have saved some plastic waste again. Take your box with you and get it filled. Done.

ATTENTION: Due to hygiene regulations, the waiters are not allowed to give you sausage and cheese without packaging. As long as the container you brought with you stays on the counter and sausage and cheese are simply placed inside, this is usually okay. Have a look at the article Buying sausage & cheese plastic-free.

  1. Ice cream from the waffle and not from the cup

It’s summer, close to 30 degrees, and you feel like having an ice cream. Leave the plastic-coated cup, a plastic-coated cup and enjoy your ice cream in a waffle. Since you can just eat it with you, there is no waste. If you like ice cream in a cup so much, many ice-cream shops now have a waffle cup as well. So you can enjoy your ice cream without plastic. 🙂

  1. Buy plastic-free at the weekly market

Weekly markets are everywhere, but we tend to prefer the convenient option in the supermarket next door. I can only speak now for the weekly markets in Berlin, but they are diverse and often have more than 100 stalls offering a huge selection of regional products. The best way to shop naturally & plastic-free.

In Berlin I can recommend the weekly market at Karl-August-Platz (Charlottenburg), at Maybachufer (Neukölln) or at Hackescher Markt (Berlin-Mitte). Just bring your own jute bag. Plastic-free shopping at the weekly market is easier than anywhere else.

Buy diapers plastic free

You can’t imagine how many plastic diapers we collect at our Beach CleanUp. It’s not only disgusting, but completely unnecessary. Because of course there are also diapers without plastic. These cotton nappies*, for example, are the best way to continue living with your baby without plastic.

Tip: cloth diapers are reusable – but does it have to be a diaper at all? Take a look at our diaper-free experience report. 

  1. plastic-free wine bottle with natural cork

Buying a wine without plastic is not so easy. The bottles often have a plastic or metal stopper (with a plastic lining), but this is often only visible after opening. On the website CorkWatch you can check before buying wine whether the wine has a cork made of natural cork or not.

  1. Leave out the chewing gum

Did you know that classic gum is made of plastic? That’s right. Since natural substances are not available in sufficient quantities, the chewing mass is made of plastic, so-called synthetic thermoplastics, among other things. If you want to live without plastic, just leave the chewing gum on the shelf

  1. Make your own detergent

Detergents have regularly caused plastic waste in our shared flat and are also full of chemicals. You can also make dishwashing detergent yourself and, above all, plastic-free! You can also get the ingredients without plastic. Learn here how to make your own dishwashing detergent.

  1. make your own detergent deeply

To avoid microplastics in the sea, you should wash as rarely as possible with the washing machine. But also the detergent packaging regularly leaves plastic waste. Fortunately, there are plants that have been used for centuries for washing, as they naturally foam. Learn here how to make your own detergent.

  1. Make your own toothpaste

The packaging is usually made of plastic and even in the apparently healthy toothpaste, microplastics and other harmful substances often lurk. We can also avoid this in a natural way by making our own plastic-free toothpaste.

  1. Packaging gifts sustainably

On birthdays, at Christmas & Easter, at weddings or just as a small gift. We give away with pleasure. Unfortunately this also creates a lot of plastic waste. Learn a few simple tricks how to wrap your next present sustainably.

  1. Make deodorant yourself

Deodorant spray, roll-on deodorant and deodorant creams normally make a lot of plastic waste. In keeping with the Zero Waste lifestyle, you can also make your own natural, plastic-free deodorant.

  1. Rubbish bags made of newspaper

It is super easy to replace the plastic bin liner with a self-adjusting bin liner made of old newspaper. Here you learn in the DIY manual how to fold garbage bags made of newspaper.

  1. Making mouthwash yourself

Since you can’t get plastic-free mouthwash at the drugstore, you’ll have to get it yourself. Learn how to make your own mouthwash from baking soda, birch sugar and herbs in the article Making Mouthwash. Completely natural!

  1. Make your own furniture

Whether you order furniture online or buy it locally – in the end you have a lot of packaging waste made of foam, plastic film and cardboard. In the DIY Furniture Blog, I introduce you to cool homemade furniture from time to time, where I make for example 35 year old dusty oak planks into unique furniture. Take a look at how you can make a dining table out of wooden planks yourself, for example.

  1. Make confetti yourself

Yes, even confetti usually makes a lot of plastic waste and is often spilled outside in the environment. In the spirit of the plastic-free life I recommend you to use natural material and make your own confetti – for example from punched out leaves.

  1. Make your own bathroom cleaner

The mostly weekly cleaning day leaves behind a lot of plastic waste after a few weeks. For example the bottle of chemical bath cleaner. The  alternative? You can also simply make it at home from natural products. You can find out how this works in the article called Making your own bathroom cleaner.

  1. Making glass cleaner  yourself

The glass cleaner is one of the most frequently used cleaning agents. Since we use it for cleaning windows, mirrors or the stove surface, for example, we quickly produce a lot of plastic waste.

By making the glass cleaner ourselves, we save the waste and clean with a less dangerous, natural product.

  1. Cook & fresh yourself

This tip on plastic-free living actually sounds so banal, doesn’t it? But in our ToGo society this is no longer a matter of course. To avoid plastic waste, you can simply cook a little more in the evening than you plan to eat. In a stainless steel lunch box or preserving jar, you can then take your food with you the next day for your lunch break. This way you will stay plastic-free during your lunch break and don’t rush to take fast food out of the plastic box.

  1. Do not throw cigarette butts into the environment

If you want to live plastic-free, you should also stop throwing your cigarette butts into the environment. Because cigarettes are also partly made of plastic, namely vinyl chloride. The contents of a cigarette butt pollute 1 litre of water so much that fish can only survive for a few days.

  1. Stick a sticker with “NO ADVERTISEMENT” on your mailbox

How many times did you maybe want to put that sticker on the mailbox, but you moved it. If it’s not on there, put it on now. That way, you save yourself a lot of brochures wrapped in plastic wrap.

  1. Eat no more gum.

Chewing gum consists to a large extent of plastic. One more reason why the biggest manufacturers keep their recipes secret. So with every discarded chewing gum, some plastic gets into the environment. Try chewing on mint or other tasty plants as a natural alternative. If you want to know more, take a look at the article Plastic in chewing gum.

  1. use apps

Even your smartphone can help you live plastic-free with the best Zero Waste apps. For example, use the Clothes Spinning Top app to buy used plastic-free clothes before you order new clothes online, produce a lot of plastic waste and maybe you don’t like the clothes so much.

  1. do without clothes with plastic fibres as far as possible

Since we don’t notice it ourselves, we consider it less bad. But every time we wash our clothes with the washing machine, an average of about 1900 plastic fibres get through the drain into the waters and finally into the sea. So try to use clothes made of natural materials. A really good online shop is Waschbär – Der Umweltversand.*

  1. Party without plastic

You want to celebrate a party and prevent all the plastic waste in advance by using disposable cups, disposable cutlery, disposable plates & Co.? Then take a look at the article Party Party without plastic.

  1. Freezing food without plastic

Forget the classic freezer bag. It ends up just plastic garbage. From paper to preserving jars, there are many alternatives for freezing, which make your plastic-free life much easier. Just read the detailed article Freezing food without plastic.

  1. Plastic free in the airplane

Admittedly, staying plastic-free on an airplane seems impossible. But you can also live the Zero Waste lifestyle on the plane. For example, with your own water bottle and food in your lunch box. Just read my article on plastic-free flying.

  1. Grilling without plastic

Barbecuing usually produces a lot of plastic waste which ends up directly in the environment. To prevent this I have summarized my best tips for plastic-free barbecuing. Try it out!

10th advent calendar without plastic

You can make a really cool, personal Advent calendar from small jute bags, a few mistletoes and fir cones. This is much more personal and above all plastic-free than the finished DIN A4 calendar from the supermarket. Find out in the separate article how you can make such a plastic-free Advent calendar yourself.

  1. Christmas without plastic

After the plastic-free Advent calendar, the Christmas season begins – here, rows of new goods in gift wrapping paper with a plastic coating go through the cash registers. Find out how you can survive Christmas without plastic in the Extra article.

  1. Sustainable and plastic-free New Year’s Eve

At no other time of the year is there so much fine dust in the air as at the turn of the year. At the same time, rockets and firecrackers generate huge amounts of plastic waste. One more reason to spend New Year’s Eve without fireworks, simply sustainable and plastic-free.

  1. Start of school without plastic

Did you ever experience it yourself? Your own child comes home from the first day of school and has a huge list of things to be done. Before that the problem even starts with the school bag. In order to avoid plastic waste in the sense of a plastic-free life, there are some tricks. You can read more about this in the separate article Starting school without plastic.

  1. collecting soap residues

Do you know it, for example, from the hotel? A soap wrapped in plastic is only used once and then you have to leave again. What usually happens with the soap residue? It is disposed of in the trash – just like the packaging. It was really worth it. :-/

In a soap bag you can easily collect and reuse such leftovers.

  1. exchange books or buy used ones

Unfortunately, most publishers still wrap their new books in plastic foil. This of course provides the certainty that the book is freshly printed. Do

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Have you Ever Faced a Dental Problem and Received Dental Treatment for it? 

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If yes, then you are not alone! In India, the data of the Government says that around 60% of the population is somehow affected by some or other dental problems. 

The number of people also going for RCT treatment in India is on the rise. The list of dental problems faced by people in India is long. 

Let’s check out various types of dental problems, treatment options and a modern-day method to manage costs smartly! Read on!

List of dental problems and treatments in India at a glance

  • Toothache 

Toothache is something that is faced by many people sometime or the other. You may experience a toothache at any point, and it may happen due to bad dental care regime. The best treatment options include twice a day brushing, flossing, rinsing the mouth with warm water, taking an OTC pain reliever and visiting your dentist. If you notice pus with fever, then it could be abscess – a more serious problem. And in this case, you must visit your dentist urgently. 

  • Stained teeth 

What you eat may stain your teeth. The foods, medications, tobacco that you eat, along with trauma, are something that discolours your teeth. If you don’t take care of it properly, then it may lead to something serious. You can visit your dentist to get your teeth whitened. The whitening toothpaste in the market only removes surface stains and does not solve the problem from the root. 

  • Cavities 

Cavities are holes, and they are bad news for your teeth. You may get them when plaque, sticky bacteria build up on your teeth. It may slowly destroy the hard outer shell known as enamel. To keep off it, you should brush your teeth twice a day, check your intake of snacks, floss daily and rinse your mouth with a mouthwash. If the problem persists, then you should see your dentist. 

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold 

A lot of people also feel sensitivity while eating anything cold or hot and its cause could be cavities, worn enamels, gum diseases, exposed roots, and fractured teeth. Once your dentist finds the issue, you may have to go for a filling, RCT treatment or anything else. You may also need desensitizing toothpaste, or a fluoride gel. 

  • Gap between teeth 

Many people don’t consider the gap between their teeth as a problem. But you can go for options like orthodontics to get your teeth closer. Cosmetic dental treatments like bonding or veneers may also be taken. 

  • Gum problems

Do your gums bleed occasionally? Are they also tender? You may have some gum diseases known as gingivitis. Plaques may cause it. To avoid gum diseases, you should include dental treatment options like brushing, flossing and using a mouthwash daily. You should also see your dentist frequently to keep the conditions under checks. 

You are now aware of the common dental issues that may affect you if you don’t indulge in proper dental care. The cost of dental treatments in India is also on the rise. It may take thousands to lakhs of rupees to cure your teeth issues. 

Manage dental treatment costs on affordable EMIs  

If you are facing one of the dental issues and don’t want it to affect your monthly budget, then you can opt for a modern-day solution. 

You can now divide the cost of your RCT treatment or any other over the tenure of 24 months. This way, you can pay only a fixed EMI amount per month and don’t need to hurt your monthly outlays. 

This facility is available only via the Bajaj Finserv Health EMI Network Card. 

The Bajaj Finserv Health EMI Network Card is loaded with a pre-approved limit of up to Rs.4 lakh. You can use the credit limit to manage any of the dental treatments in India and pay only fixed EMIs. This way, you can be sure of an amount that you will pay per month, and it will help you in proper financial planning. 

If you are an existing Bajaj Finserv EMI Network Card member, you can get the Bajaj Finserv Health EMI Network Card by paying the joining fee of Rs.707. 

With Bajaj Finserv Health EMI Network Card, you can walk into any of the 5,500+ partner centres in 1,000+ cities in India to avail dental services. 

Not only dental services, but you can also use the Bajaj Finserv Health EMI Network Card to avail a variety of other medical services. 

Now, if you have dental treatments to go for and don’t have enough cash at hand, then you don’t have to worry. Your dental health is of utmost importance, and you can use the EMI finance option to arrange it without hassles. 

What are you waiting for? You may visit your dentist today and get a screening of your teeth done to know if there are any issues. 

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Know The Facts and Challenges Behind Mass Vaccination for COVID-19

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The COVID19 pandemic has resulted in throwing people’s lives out of gear. It claimed many people’s lives and snatched away numerous people’s livelihoods across the world, leading to rising poverty levels.

The efficient distribution of COVID19 vaccines is imperative to restore the global economy and protect people from contracting the Coronavirus. With premier drug companies, Pfizer and Moderna, making their COVID19 vaccines ready for distribution, the world is waiting for a mass vaccination program.

Even before the US arrived at a decision, the UK’s medicine regulatory authority authorized Pfizer’s vaccine’s emergency use. Subsequently, the UK government bought 40 million doses of the vaccine.

At first, the vaccination involved administration to 400,000 of the highest-risk category of people. Notably, the second dose showed 95 percent efficacy.

After the UK, the US government granted emergency use authorization for the vaccine, leading to the vaccine distribution.

However, the distribution has led to an increase in the vaccine capacity, which brought unprecedented challenges in ensuring an inclusive and safe distribution to administer frontline healthcare workers, high-risk groups, and eventually all people worldwide.

The Challenges

The planning needs to be done in a never-before way. By now, all COVID19 vaccine producers have announced that they will release more than 21 billion vaccine doses in 2021.

We can expect six to seven billion doses to be shipped in the first wave of distribution. After that, we can expect many countries to attain the World Health Organisation’s minimum target of 20 percent immunization.

In the vaccine distribution, the role of COVAX also deserves mention. It is a joint venture of the World Health Organization, Gavi-the Vaccine Alliance, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovations. COVAX is working with UNICEF to coordinate the distribution of vaccines to low to middle-income countries. As a result, the scale of tasks for COVAX also has grown bigger.

For the first distribution of vaccines to 92 countries, COVAX’s initiative represents two to three times UNICEF’s yearly routine vaccination program.

Moreover, the World Economic Forum Supply Chain and Transport Industry team has been coordinating with the leading logistics and transportation companies to tackle the logistical challenges in distributing the vaccines.

The first challenge involved in the vaccine distribution process is the spread of different geographies. As more than 90 percent of all COVID19 vaccines will be produced in the US, Europe, India, and China, the significant importers will be Africa and Asia (excluding India and China).

According to a joint-estimate of the World Economic Forum and McKinsey, Europe and India, the largest exporting nations, will ship approximately one billion doses each in the first wave to actuate 20 percent global immunization. Out of the first wave distribution, 600 million doses will go to Africa and 1,100 million to Asia(excluding India and China).

Top drug-maker, Pfizer, has announced that it will produce 1.3 billion doses of its COVID19 vaccine in 2021. And the announcement also signals the need for investing in an ultra-low temperature freezer for storing the vaccine, preserving the potency. Pfizer’s vaccine necessitates a storage temperature of minus 70 degrees Celsius. In the event of failure to maintain the storage temperature, damage to the vaccine will result.

Despite all countries having logistical challenges, African countries will need more support in the vaccine distribution process. Constrained air cargo capacity will affect international vaccine distribution. But, chartered flights can help solve the problem.

In African countries, logistics capabilities are not as matured as those of advanced countries. Besides, the cold chain logistics are also not up to the mark. The most challenging aspects in those countries are airport handling, warehousing, dry ice facilities, and the last-mile in rural areas.

How to Deal With Challenges?

There is no alternative to dealing with the challenges, so let us see how prudently the distribution community can effectively distribute the vaccines across the globe. Here are the ways:

  • Enter into partnerships with governments, customs authorities, and NGOs for leveraging the collective strength to safely and quickly distribute the vaccines. The initiatives in this context can include getting pre-clearance, airspace clearance, documentation, and training.
  • When necessary, share assets to sort out bottlenecks and fill potential gaps in the vaccine supply chain, such as consolidating air cargo volumes, deploying reefer containers, sharing re-icing facilities and warehouse spaces, or consolidating last-mile volumes.
  • Extend your expertise to support governments to advise on solutions related to vaccine distribution planning.
  • Support COVAX in its coordination and respond positively to its requests for assets, information, resources, or emergency calls for action.

Conclusion

The unprecedented challenges are thrown by the COVID19 vaccine distribution call for innovative and bold collective actions from governments and businesses to distribute the vaccines across the globe effectively.

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The Ferber method-What is it, and how does it affect babies

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The Ferber method is not a new term for most parents. And the worst part is a huge misconception lying around the parent’s minds. They think of it as a cry it out method till the child gets exhausted and sleeps.

But the fact is the Ferber method is completely misunderstood by almost all parents. For a child, sleep regression is a phase that occurs repeatedly.

Want to know more?

Parents must know beforehand how to tackle it rather than stressing over it. The best practice is to read out the book first to gain max information.

Yet today we will share a brief introduction to the Ferber method and everything you need to know. So without further delay, let’s dig in!

What is the Ferber Method?

Richard Ferber is the genius who blessed parents with a sleep-training strategy. He is the director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders as well as a pediatrician. Currently working at Children’s Hospital Boston, he wrote a best-seller book in 1985.

Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems is the book he wrote initially. But in 2006 the book went under update and Ferber detailed his methods.

According to Ferber, you must let your babies self-soothe and then fall asleep. By letting them learn this in their own practice, they become independent. So even if they wake up at night, they won’t look around for you.

Start by putting your sleepy child in the crib and leave the room.  Check on them if they cry but keep increasing the intervals. First, leave them for a few minutes, then add more time to that. The goal is to soothe them but let the team do the most part.

The common issues faced by infants that causes sleep disruption are:

  • nighttime fears
  • nightmares
  • night terrors
  • sleepwalking
  • bedwetting
  • disruptions in sleep schedules
  • bedtime routines

Apart from these issues, the actual problem is sleep associations. Before getting towards the effect of the Ferber method, take a look at sleep associations.

Sleep Associations

Sleep Associations  According to sleep experts, the major issue is sleep associations. Due to this problem the infants can’t get a sound sleep.

In simple terms, behaviors, and items used by a child to sleep at night. These are what we term as sleep associations. For some babies, it can be singing, rocking, etc.

Now, the little mind associated sleeping with rocking. When at night the babies can’t feel the same associations, they won’t sleep. Hence now you know that actually problem arises at night.

All you need to do is let your baby sleep on his own. This will develop a habit in them. When they would wake up at night, rather than crying out loud.

You would see that your child will sleep on his own.  This is what we refer to as self-soothing. Through this approach, Ferber wants to develop a habit among babies.

Does It Work?

Now, there are 50% chances that the method will work for you and 50% chances that it won’t. For some parents, this method turned out to be blissful. Whereas others couldn’t get through it despite various trials.

But a set of 19 different studies by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine found it worthy. It claimed that all results showed a certain decrease in the night waking. So the method does actually work on the babies.

What’s a Parent to Do?

Being a parent your concern is permissible and there are other options if the methods fail you. So in such a scenario, you need to put in a little extra effort for the sake of your child.

Also, the method might sound extreme but give it a try before discarding it. Otherwise, you can opt for various sleep methods and tips.

Conclusion

Your goal is to let the child self-soothe and ultimately fall asleep. This might seems to be a challenge but is only a matter of time. Soon your baby would be able to sleep peacefully throughout the night. We hope this method would work out for you also. In case of further queries, contact us.

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