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    April 25, 2016
    Stay Cool This Summer, Mama!

    I have several friends that just announced that they’re pregnant! And my own sister is due with my niece in three weeks- so I’m really excited all around. However, the days are getting hotter and longer, and anyone who has been pregnant can tell you that the summer heat can sometimes be unbearable. If you’ve recently found out that you are expecting, first of all, congratulations! Second of all, read this article by Holly at Simplify Create Inspire for tips on surviving a summer pregnancy. It could seriously save your life:

    -Get comfortable- get you some breathable, stretchy, cotton clothes

    -Find a way to cool down- bump up the AC, turn on the fans, take a cold shower, or take a dip in a pool

    -Eat some frozen desserts- popsicles, icecream, and froyo is going to be your best friend

    -Keep up your fluids- always keep a bottle of cold water with you

    -Get comfy at bedtime- crank up the AC, sleep in comfy Pjs, and surround yourself with fluffy pillows. A good body pillow can be a lifesaver.


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    April 14, 2016
    “Cheat Sheets” For New Parents

    3580638847_8f53f93590_zRemember when you were in school, and sometimes a teachers would be merciful and let you use an index card “cheat sheet” on a test? Why don’t they have those for real life? For doing your taxes, or auto maintenance, or raising kids? Well, good news- at least for the last one. This post by Jennifer Fishkind at Princess Pinky Girl has rounded up the best “parenting cheat sheets” on the internet. Check it out, and you will have a handy guide for:

    -How many diapers you will need per day

    -Diaper contents and baby health

    -Baby sign language

    -Baby Physical Development

    -Appropriate chores by child age

    -Baby feeding charts, when to move on to solid food, etc.

    -Baby sleep guidelines

    It’s super useful! Every new or expecting parent should bookmark that post immediately.

    Photo Credit: Terrance Nance 


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    March 22, 2016
    What Should Dad Bring To The Hospital?

    6290752139_d7524cd162_zI’ve seen countless articles, posts, and Pinterest tips about what pregnant women should pack in their hospital bags- but never anything about the dads. That is, until I found this article by Krista at While He Was Napping! Check it out for a great list on what Dad can bring to the hospital to make himself, Mom, and Baby more comfortable. It has a full list of hospital essentials (pillows, shirts, comfy pants, snacks, etc), but here are a few super useful out-of-the-box things I’d never think of:

    -Extra towels from home- if he wants to take a shower, he’ll need one! It’s also just a good idea to have extra towels. You never know if a hospital is going to be generous or stingy with them.

    -Swim trunks- if he wants to shower or help you shower, but isn’t keen on doctors/nurses potentially walking in on him.

    -A laptop, tablet, or something else to do- sometimes labor can be a LONG process

    -A list of important contact numbers- grandparents, aunts, uncles, family friends- everyone who needs to know about the baby!

    Photo Credit: Family O’Abe 


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    March 1, 2016
    Best Foods For Breastfeeding Mommies

    5974332411_4edcebaae2_zBeing a new mom is one of the most draining things in the world. Recovering from childbirth, taking care of a newborn, lack of sleep, and still maintaining activities of daily life can seem impossible. If you are also breastfeeding, the stress can negatively affect your milk supply. It’s important to maintain your own health, so your child can also be healthy and grow up strong! Check out this list by Devany Ledrew at Breastfeeding Place for the best foods for breastfeeding moms to eat. These foods will provide you and your baby with tons of vitamins and nutrients:

    -Oatmeal

    -Eggs

    -Leafy Greens

    -Berries

    -Fish

    -Fruit Salad

    -Avocados

    -Almonds

    -Yogurt

    Photo Credit: Didriks 


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    February 9, 2016
    Why Every New Mom Should Add A Playpen To Their Baby Registry

    3274035415_24e166f623_oBeing a parent is hard work: especially when your baby learns how to use his legs and becomes a toddler. Chasing them all over the home, keeping them out of dangerous areas, and the constant vigilance you have to keep over them is extremely exhausting. A huge part of keeping your sanity at that stage is by setting up an area where kids can safely play. That’s why play pens are such godsends! That, and they have so many other uses. Check out this post by Rachel at A Mother Far From Home for why you need a play pen on your baby registry:

    -Napping in other areas of the house when room sharing with sibling

    -Safe independent playtime

    -Corraling kids when you need to get other stuff done

    -Family homes: bring the play yard to grandma’s so the kids have somewhere to sleep if they are sleeping over

    Photo Credit: Jelene Morris 


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    February 8, 2016
    How To Get Your Body Ready For Pregnancy

    15747976465_a9e2b753e6_zBeing pregnant isn’t a walk in the park by a long shot. While it has its ups, and is totally rewarding in the end, it can also be exhausting and draining. However, you can combat the negative side effects by making sure your body is as healthy as possible before conceiving, and by mentally preparing yourself by knowing what to expect. Check out this article by Leigh Ann at Intentional By Grace for how to best prepare your body before the baby arrives. She also has several tips on boosting fertility, so be sure to check out the full article:
    -Eat plenty of nutrient rich foods that are full of vitamins, like fish, fruits, and leafy green veggies.
    -Limit sugar and caffeine
    -Exercise regularly
    -Rest, rest, rest. Get plenty of sleep at night, and take naps during the day.
    -Take vitamins daily
    -Pamper yourself: take baths, and splurge on a massage every once in a while
    Photo Credit: Joana Coccarelli 


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    February 1, 2016
    Before The Baby: Conversations Parents Should Have

    Before you decide to have a child with someone, it’s important that you both agree on some fundamental issues. Sure, you and your partner don’t have to share all the same beliefs and ideals, but you should be able to agree on how to raise your kid. Check out this post by Michele Zipp at The Stir for conversations that you and your partner absolutely need to have before the baby arrives:

    -How you want to birth- hospital or in home?

    -Baby name choice- find something you both love

    -Potential complications- what will you do if your child has special needs, etc. ?

    -Money

    -Discipline methods

    Photo Credit: Pedro Ribeiro Simoes 


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    January 25, 2016
    Nature Baby Name Ideas

    I’m obsessed with baby names. I love looking at name books, reading lists online, and discussing future baby name ideas with friends. My favorite kinds of names are ones that are unique, yet still recognizable as names. I’m also a hippie at heart- I love nature and love names that incorporate the great outdoors. Here’s a list of cute nature based names that I like.

    Rose

    Iris

    Flora

    Ivy

    Juniper

    River

    Clay

    Forest

    Sage

    Aspen

    Mica

    Sky/Skylar

    Ocean

    Rain

    Personally, I think lots of these would work better as middle names, since they’re a little out of the box!

    Photo Credit: Mohamed Malik 


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    January 12, 2016
    How To Prepare For A C Section

    When my sister had her son, she had to have an emergency C-section after being in labor for 8 hours. The fact that it was so last minute was scary, and she had several complications arise when recovering from it. Everything’s fine now, but if she (and the doctors) had known that it was going to be a C-section going in, I feel like it would have gone much better for her. Therefore, if you are pregnant and know you’re going to have a C-section (or if you’re pregnant at all- it’s always a possibility), it’s important to do your research first and know what to expect. Check out this post by Katie at Double the Batch for how to prepare for a C-section to make recovery easier:

    -Find the best possible doctor- ask around and read reviews

    -Focus on the positive things- ask other C-section moms to tell you the positive parts of their deliveries

    -Make sure you are as healthy as possible

    -Prep for surgery- make sure you know all the details of what is done, so that it’s less scary

    -While recovering in the hospital, be sure to eat lots of fiber and try to walk as much as possible.

    Photo Credit: Lauren Nelson 


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    January 11, 2016
    Pregnant? Here’s What To Stop Eating

    Most people are aware that eating sugary, fatty foods should be avoided anyway, especially when you’re pregnant. It’s also common knowledge that alcohol and shellfish should be avoided at all costs, because of the potential damage to the baby. However, there are also other, less known foods that can harm pregnant women and their babies. Check out this list by Maanasi at Mom Junction for more foods that pregnant women should skip:

    -Raw and undercooked ANYTHING- Meat, eggs, and even produce. This should be common sense.

    -Unpasteurized dairy products and cheese

    -Unwashed fruits and veggies

    -Nuts that cause allergies

    Just pay attention to what your body is telling you, and be sure to use common sense. Don’t eat anything that you think was prepared un-hygienically, or anything that may be raw or undercooked- and always ask your doctor if you are unsure!

    Photo Credit: Tips Times Admin 


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