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Fantastic Babymoon Ideas

Won’t it be absolutely fantastic to go on a real adventure for your Baby Moon? (You know, like a honeymoon, only this is a getaway for couples who are now expecting their first child together.)  I mean, you have just discovered how often your body is going to change during this entire pregnancy, right? Plus, who knows how long it will be before you are comfortable leaving your baby for a couple’s getaway.  For your convenience, we have put together some ideas to help you get started with your planning, as well as a few essential things to consider while making preparations for your Babymoon. When planning your Babymoon, a few things can impact your travel choices and what activities you will prepare.  Keep in mind that along with the excitement of pregnancy often comes morning sickness!  Usually, morning sickness will decrease or even disappear sometime around the third…

Baby-Led Weaning

Your precious baby is growing before your eyes, and you know the time is nearing to introduce them to something other than breastmilk or formula.  While this is a significant milestone for every baby, it can be stressful for the parents!  What foods to start with, how to introduce them, and when exactly to start are essential things to consider.  You may have been hearing about this not-so-new trend called “Baby-Led Weaning” and are wondering what exactly it is.  When you hear this phrase and hear that it often starts around six months old, you may be wondering why wean your sweet baby so early?  Baby-led weaning isn’t referring to weaning your infant off breastmilk or formula.  It simply refers to beginning to introduce solids on your infant’s readiness schedule instead of baby cereal or jarred baby food.   How To Know If Your Baby Is Ready One of the…

Learn About Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders and Treatment

A new parent’s first year is quite a ride. There are new experiences, new people, and new responsibilities. For many new moms, the experience is compounded by a number of new and unexpected symptoms, including new and frequent mood swings, irritability, and low energy. However, when do you know it’s normal, and it’s not a postpartum disorder? There are many misconceptions and myths surrounding postpartum psychiatric disorders. Many women have a difficult time accepting that they need to seek help with their symptoms. Others are frightened by the idea of medication, thinking they will turn into a zombie, lose their identity and ability to get things done. Others still think that once they have a baby, they will never be able to have a meaningful relationship again. Postpartum psychosis is the medical term for a condition that can affect some mothers after childbirth. It is a serious mental health issue…

8 Cute Nursery Design Themes

From the sea to the jungle, there are endless ideas out there for choosing a theme for and designing your new baby’s nursery.  It’s easy to become overwhelmed and even go into massive debt!  To keep you from drowning in the sea of cuteness overload and madness of ALL. The. Things, here is a list of 8 themes that are sure to create a serene, relaxing environment for your little one’s first room! Cartoon Characters Yup, you read that right!  We all know that the classic woodland themes of Winnie-the-Pooh and Peter Rabbit have been popular for many years. Oh, but how times DO change! Disney magic has brought us the oceanic themes of Finding Nemo and Moana, breaking the trends we grew up knowing. We also can’t leave out the ever growing list of Disney princesses and Minnie Mouse!  The classics are still there for us with…

6 Ways to Maintain Freedom as a New Mom

Although tiny humans are quite demanding, having a newborn doesn’t mean that you are locked down until they walk and talk! With a few lifestyle changes, you can get that breather you need to keep you from drowning your sorrows in chocolate covered everything! Don’t base what freedom is for you by the trends and fads of today’s motherhood world, either! You’ll end up thinking that your baby is a ball and chain and not a bundle of joy. Here are a few things to think about when working to regain or maintain your freedom: Let people help you! In these challenging times, this can be tough; however, if you HAVE help, USE IT! Those who are offering don’t see you as the burden that they think you are to them. Whether it’s uninterrupted shower time, a nap, or unaccompanied trip to the grocery store, take what they…

Foods To Avoid While Pregnant

It’s vital to eat well-balanced meals at any time, but it’s more important when you’re pregnant. Some meals and beverages may raise your and your baby’s risk of injury during pregnancy. When it seems like there are so many foods to avoid during pregnancy, it might be intimidating, but there are still plenty of foods you can consume while pregnant.  Some meals must be cooked or prepared in a specific way, while others should be avoided entirely. As your baby’s developing body requires certain nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, therefore you must follow a pregnancy diet chart with the doctor’s guidance. While most meals are acceptable to eat while pregnant, there are several items to avoid. Foods to Avoid While Pregnant Raw Meat: Due to the risk of coliform bacteria, toxoplasmosis, and salmonella infection, uncooked shellfish, rare or undercooked beef, and undercooked poultry should be avoided during pregnancy.  At home, whole slices…

PACKING YOUR HOSPITAL BAG FOR DELIVERY!

It is almost time to greet your new baby, and as an expectant mom you are trying to make sure you have everything packed in your hospital bag ready for the baby’s day of delivery. You want to be sure it is by the door and ready to go when those contractions hit! How can you be sure you have not missed something? (Pregnancy brain is a real thing, you know!) So what are the items that are obvious, and what are the things that you might get to the hospital and say, “Oh, I wish I had thought to pack that!”? Let’s take a look! Be sure to read to the end to find your free downloadable packing list! Clothes When it comes time to deliver your baby, whether it is natural or by C-section, there are certain items you will want to have with you. Some of the…

How To Take Care of Your Newborn Baby

Coming home, now what? The day has finally arrived to bring your sweet newborn home!  You have the nursery decorated and well stocked with diapers, wipes, and more adorable tiny clothes than your baby will likely manage to wear before he or she outgrows them.  You have read all the parenting books, made a million and one lists and checked them all off, and now you are ready to take care of your darling little baby.  So what exactly do you need to do to take care of a newborn?  I mean, they just eat, sleep, potty, repeat right??  While this is the basic description of a newborn’s activities, there is more you can do than just change diapers, feed, and burp them! Constant Care There are the obvious doctor appointments beginning as early as two or three days after you bring your baby home, immunizations if you are choosing…

Cute Baby Shower Themes

This is an exciting time! Your due date is getting closer and now it is time to pick a theme for your baby shower!  The first question when planning your baby shower theme is whether you are having a boy, a girl, both, or want to be surprised.  Another thing you will want to consider is if you would like your baby shower theme to match your baby’s nursery decor and theme.  If you have not decided on a theme for your nursery, it is very easy to carry over the one from your baby shower.   Versatile  Baby Shower Themes These days, baby showers are more chic and mature than those in the past.  While it used to be all baby rattles and bottles, moms-to-be now choose themes such as boho or tea party with lots of lace and pretty florals.  In addition to these, there are also…

9 Things First Time Moms Should Know About Newborns

Being a first-time mom can be both exciting and a little bit scary!  We have compiled a list of 9 things you will want to know about newborns before you give birth.  While this list won’t cover everything, it covers essential key points regarding personal and baby care. Umbilical Cords and Circumcisions Unless your newborn has to stay in the hospital for an extended time after birth, their umbilical cord will still be attached when you bring them home.  Caring for the still-attached umbilical cord is very easy.  Simply clean around the area with a soft cotton ball wet with rubbing alcohol, and be sure not to cover it with the diaper to avoid pulling on it as your newborn moves around.  It will fall off on its own when the time is right (usually anywhere between one and three weeks after birth).  If you choose to have your…