Pregnant With Your First? 5 Ways to Prepare

Giving birth is no easy task, hence the term “labor”. The expectant mother has most likely read tons of material for preparing for the birth of their first child, but sometimes a quick checklist is the most helpful way to get ready for this life-changing event. Preparing ahead will help you feel more confident and in control. These five ways to prepare for your first can do just that.

 

Follow a Schedule of Prenatal Visits

Make a doctor’s appointment with your OB-GYN or specialist as soon as you think you are pregnant. They will be able to confirm your pregnancy and check your health as you progress. Expect a schedule that begins with monthly check-ups and ends with weekly ones. The doctor will check the growth of the fetus and perform special tests that can detect problems like high -risk symptoms early. These visits are important to avoid any complications that may arise with your pregnancy. If you are having a high-risk pregnancy then visits with a maternal fetal specialist, like Dr. Gilbert Webb, are all the more important.

 

Pre-register and Practice Checking In

Most hospitals and birthing centers are more than happy to have expectant parents pre-register for the event. This allows them to take care of your paperwork and insurance matters in advance. It is a good time to also find out what you should do to have the new family member added to your health insurance policy. Ask for a tour of the birthing area and nursery. Ask about your options. Scope out parking and entrances. Pretend it is 3 a.m. and you have just arrived!

 

Stock up on Supplies

Cooking up a few meals for the freezer will save you and your family time and energy once baby is born. Heat-and-eat meals will allow you more time to rest and be with your baby. Don’t forget easy-to-grab non-perishable healthy snacks like granola bars and dried fruit.

This is also the time to decide whether you are going to breastfeed or put your baby on formula. If breastfeeding, purchase a couple of comfortable nursing bras and a breast pump. For formula feeding, get a case of formula and your choice of bottles. Disposable ones will make life easier in the beginning.

Stocking up on plenty of “incidentals” will cut down on errand-running after the baby arrives. Don’t forget maxi-pads, baby wipes, a gentle stool softener, and, of course, newborn diapers.

 

Recruiting Outside Help

Friends and family will be invaluable during those first few weeks of new parenthood. Now is the time to ask and recruit. Have a cleaning service come right before your due date. Bringing home the new baby to a clean and neat home will feel good. Enlist the cleaners on a temporary basis while you get established as a new mom. It may sound like splurging, but you will find that it’s worth it to save your own energy for being with the baby.

 

Planning Transportation

It’s never too soon to purchase and install a proper infant car seat. Hospitals won’t allow you to leave without one. If you must take a taxi, practice installing it in another car a few times. Make sure the car has gas, or if you are using a taxi service, decide on which one and have the number in a handy spot. Plan out the best route from home to hospital. Consider possible traffic jams at certain times of the day and any road construction that is in progress. Together with your partner, take a few practice runs.

Waking up at 2 a.m. with labor pains or having your water break while at work or lunch are not the times for packing your bag for a hospital stay. At least two weeks before your due date, pack up and put your bag in an easy-to-spot location. Pack a comfy gown and robe, slippers, and personal items you will need. Don’t forget a coming-home outfit for you and the baby.

These tips can help first-time mothers feel in control. And being in control can help you relax and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience,

 

 

A great guest blog from our friend Brooke Chaplan!

 

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Take Time for Yourself as a Mom

take time for yourselfIt’s amazing how quickly a baby can take over your life. Don’t get me wrong: it’s a wonderful experience and the change was welcome, but wow… One day you are your own person with interests, hobbies, and social engagements; the next you are at the beck-and-call of a helpless little nugget.

After a few months of serving (for lack of a better word) someone else (let alone years), it’s tough to let go of that mentality. We have all heard stories about parents who struggle letting go when their kids are grown: they continue to parent their child long after parenting is necessary, often to the detriment of both parties and the relationship.

You Are Not Superwoman

Superwoman could balance a robust social life, a healthy diet and exercise schedule, and a powerful career, all while raising a bright, happy, loved child. But there’s a reason the comics bestow incredible gifts on their characters: those people are the ideal, not the reality.

Women embark on their journey of motherhood with the expectation that they are going to do it better than everyone else. That’s a noble goal, and raising kids better than our mothers and their mothers is part of parenthood, but striving to be the perfect mother is just plain silly. You are going to feel stress, anxiety, and need some space.

Don’t Forget Yourself

Caring for yourself is a big part of caring for your child. That sounds a bit circular, and honestly it is, but it’s the truth. A relaxed mom is better than a stressed mom, even if the stressed mom devotes more time and attention to her child.

Don’t feel guilty about an evening with the girls, a date night with your spouse, or a movie alone. You’ll return to your motherly duties with a renewed spirit and sense of purpose. Plus, you’ll teach your kids valuable lessons about understanding oneself.

Furthermore, while motherhood is permanent, providing full time care is not. You’ll always be “mom,” but there will come a day when that little nugget is your size or larger and running his or her own life. You’ll get to bring out all those interests and qualities you had set aside.

Indulge in Yourself

Give yourself permission to step away from motherhood from time to time and remember who you are aside from someone’s caregiver. Schedule the break at regular intervals so you have something to look forward to. Leave the kids with your partner, invite grandma and grandpa over, or call the sitter for the evening.

If you can only squeeze out fifteen minutes at a time, go with it. If you have the support to take a whole day, that’s great too. Here’s the kicker: No one will think less of you for it. Every mom gets it.

I started this blog post with the intention of offering some ideas as to how you can truly exploit that “me” time, but I decided that wasn’t helpful. Everyone is different, which means I can’t tell you how to enjoy your time away. Perhaps you’re into book clubs or winetasting, or maybe you prefer rock concerts and go-kart racing. You’ll have to decide what brings the inner you out.

car seat cover nursing cover stroller shadeGuest Blog by Laura Gravett, Inventor of PunkinWrap

Laura, a mom of two, is the inventor of PunkinWrap, a multi-use car seat cover and baby wrap. PunkinWrap is the only wrap purposely designed to multi-task as a blanket, car seat cover, sunshade, changing pad, tummy time mat, and nursing cover.  The 7-in-one baby solution can be placed over baby while nursing, over the car seat, or over the stroller to keep baby protected from the sun at all times. The wrap is lightweight and breathable so baby is always comfy. Plus, it also gives baby privacy while sleeping and protects him from the other elements like rain and wind.

More so, Laura is a former nanny with a degree in psychology who formerly worked at Yale University doing research. As an Atlanta native and currently residing in the best suburb of Atlanta: Roswell, Laura and her husband love their community. Laura volunteers on various committees in their city to help give back in any way she can.  Laura and her husband spent several years taking care of rescue dogs – transport, intakes, fostering, etc. and had to step away a bit once they had their first child. The Gravetts now have two children (girls ages 3 and 10 months) and three rescue dogs.

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How to Help Your Child Overcome Bedwetting

how to deal with bed wettingIt’s completely normal if your child has been wetting the bed. It’s actually quite common. One in eight second graders will wet the bed several times per month. For many kids, the problem is neurological – the brain isn’t sending his or her bladder the right signals to hold urine during sleep. Here are six tips to help.

1. Put a nightlight in the hallway

If your child’s route to the bathroom is dark and scary, they aren’t going to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Try putting a nightlight in the hallway, so that when they wake up and have to go, they aren’t afraid to use the bathroom.

2. De-stress

If you have recently moved, or there is a lot of stress in your family right now, your child could be wetting the bed because of stress or anxiety. If you suspect this is the culprit, talk to your child about their current stresses and try to relieve some of their anxiety.

3. Talk to their pediatrician

Although this is fairly normal, you should still talk to your child’s pediatrician to rule out any health issues. It is likely that nothing serious is wrong, but better safe than sorry!

4. Cut out liquids close to bedtime

A lot of parents let their kids bring water to bed with them, or even let them drink a glass right before bed. This could be a huge reason as to why your child is wetting the bed. Try cutting out any liquids to close to bedtime. You can wet the bed when your bladder isn’t full!

5. Wake them up before you go to bed

One strategy you could use to eliminate bed wetting is to wake them up right before you go to bed to use the bathroom. Make sure your child goes to the bathroom before they go to bed, and then a few hours later when you are headed off to bed, have them go again. Don’t put the lights on in the bathroom when they go, this way they won’t be too awake and unable to fall back asleep.

6. Double up your sheets

If you know that your child is having an issue with bedwetting, put two layers of sheets on their bed. This not only helps to protect their mattress, but also makes it easier on you to change the sheets.

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Finally it’s cool to be GREEN! Rockin’ Green is made for families that care about taking care of themselves and the Earth. As a mom Kim was fed up with the empty promises of “green” cleaning products that were not delivering what they promised… So she invented Rockin’ Green! We can all do our part for the environment while doing something good for ourselves. All of our organic cleaning products are biodegradable, and gluten and vegan friendly. They don’t contain phosphates, SLS, Parabens, or optical brighteners. All of our packaging is made from recycled materials.

Visit www.rockingreensoap.com for more information.

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Stay Calm as a Parent Using These 5 Tips

tips for staying calm as a parentAs a parent, it’s easy to become stressed, especially if you have multiple children. You are responsible for the care of other people and want to do everything in your power to keep them safe, and prepare them for the world. Furthermore, you have your own life to think about; your own obligations and dreams. That’s a big weight to carry around. When you become so stressed you can hardly think and start yelling, you won’t be helping anyone. Use these five tips to stay calm as a parent.

1. Stop over-parenting.

One of the hardest parts of parenting is backing off, but it’s absolutely necessary to develop well-rounded people. You will cause yourself a lot of stress and anxiety if you feel compelled to run to your child every time he whimpers. Let your kids handle some of their own struggles while you watch from afar (when it’s safe, of course). Let the tantrum pass without addressing it. If your daughter has a disagreement with a schoolmate, give her a minute to work it out. You’ll be surprised how many problems don’t require your interference.

2. You aren’t just a parent.

In the early years of your child’s life, you spend a majority of your time parenting, but as they age you’ll find yourself with more free time. Don’t let parenthood define your life. Remember all the other things you like doing or the places you like going. Make time for that type of stuff. Reconnect with your friends and pick up old hobbies. When your son or daughter doesn’t want to spend time with you, don’t despair or feel abandoned. Further, your children will benefit by seeing you as a well-rounded person.

3. Remember that your kids are different people.

It’s natural to want what’s best for your children; to see them success and have fulfilling lives. But you have to remember that they are not the same as you. They have different hopes and dreams. They will be interested in different activities and hobbies, and have different skills and talents. Trying to change them will just cause you stress. If your son doesn’t enjoy baseball, he doesn’t like baseball. It’s not worth the battle to make him like it because you do. You’ll just strain the relationship.

4. Simplify your life.

Overscheduling your lives is a quick path to regular tantrums. You and I are able to bear down and push through a busy day, but our children may not have that level of self-control. When they start to feel stressed, they let us know. It isn’t necessary to get everything done in a day. The dry cleaning will be there tomorrow, it’s alright if you miss a yoga class, and the laundry will be fine in the basket for a while. Lighten your kids’ schedules, too, so they don’t feel pressured.

5. Understand you aren’t being manipulated.

It’s easy to take your child’s poor behavior. When he’s pouting the store or she’s screaming at the bank, we often feel like they’re punishing us. The truth is that young children don’t misbehave to spite you. They are testing your boundaries because that’s how they learn; they haven’t picked up the nuances of behavior yet. Every time you correct them, they learn a little more. Understand that their misunderstandings of etiquette aren’t personal.

booster seat headrestWritten by Jason Arriola, President of Cardiff Products

Jason is a father of twin boys, husband, and the inventor of the revolutionary Booster Seat Headrest, an innovative headrest for children to sleep comfortably while in the car. The first of its kind, the Booster Seat Headrest features a flexible design that allows for 14 fully adjustable settings to meet the height and comfort needs of users of all sizes. When not in use, it simply flips up for stowage completely out of the way. The padded arms of the headrest feature soft, padded fabric sleeves which are also removable and machine washable for easy cleaning. In addition they offer themed fabric prints allowing you to personalize your headrest to suit your style. Once you see your child sleeping comfortably in the car, you won’t believe you ever drove a mile without the Booster Seat Headrest!

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Ways for Mom to Recharge and Get Some Personal Time

how mom can get some personal timeEveryone needs some time to themselves. They need a few moments a day to collect their thoughts and think about or do something they enjoy. When you’re a parent, finding time every day for that purpose is tough. Children demand a lot of your time so it’s easy to spend the entirety of your day worrying about someone else’s needs. Use these tips to recharge and get some personal time.

1. Wake up early or stay up late.

Being a mom is pretty tiring, so you may not be able to swing the extra time. If possible, wake up a half hour earlier or stay up a half hour later than usual. Do something during this time just for yourself. Take a long shower or bath. For once drink a cup of coffee before it cools, or read the paper.

2. Have your kids do some work.

You aren’t a cruel and abusive mom by insisting that your children take part in the maintenance of their home. Working together is part of being a family. If there’s a task you think your child is capable of handling, let them have it. Obviously you won’t have your six-year-old change your car’s oil, but putting away toys or dusting aren’t out of the question.

3. Actually use those peaceful moments.

Whenever you get a few moments of peace, don’t waste them by revisiting your to-do list or rechecking something. You have to actually take advantage of the few minutes of personal time you receive throughout the day.

4. Treat yourself now and then.

Every so often you need to consider your own needs as well. No one will be upset that you were five minutes late to dance class because you stopped for a coffee. If you constantly deny yourself the little things in life, you’ll start to resent being a mom.

5. Cook simple dinners.

Some moms feels a pressure to create elaborate, multi-course meals for their family every night. Dial back your urge to be complicated. There are plenty of fast, healthy options that don’t require a week’s worth of planning.

6. Get help!

Many moms don’t take advantage of the help their families offer because they are too proud. Take them up on their offers for a night out. Your parents or siblings would probably love to have your children for a few hours, even overnight. There’s no need to exhaust yourself if others are happy to shoulder some of the burden.

7. Relax when your kids do.

No matter how rambunctious, energetic, and hyper-active your kids may be, they have to stop every once in a while. When they are napping or at school, enjoy some of the time to yourself. Don’t fill the space needless cleaning and organizing.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

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Get the Facts About Baby’s First Words

baby's first wordsAs a parent, one of the most rewarding moments is when your children being to speak. Finally you’ll be able to communicate on a higher level. Instead of guessing your child’s needs and wants, you’ll be able to ask directly. Use these facts and tips to understand your child’s speech development and help them learn faster.

Talk to Your Child Often

You might feel foolish talking to someone who can’t respond, but it’s extremely helpful to your baby. After all, how will they learn without listening to someone? Narrate your everyday life. “Where’s Mommy going? She’s going to the bedroom. She’s picking up her book.” The more you talk, the larger your child’s vocabulary will be. It’s especially important to label things or actions that interest your child. If she’s looking at a book, your narration will truly reach her.

Kids Learn Fast

Between 18 and 24 months your child’s vocabulary will grow from fifty to 250 words. It’s a process called “fast mapping” where the brain exerts itself to store as much information as possible. By one year old, your child will understand your words even if he can’t say them. He might be confused every word you use, but he’ll gather enough from your sentences to gleam what you want.

Baby Non-Talk is Talk

Early baby speech, or babbling, is still speech. Your baby is talking to you, he’s just not very good at it. When this happens, establish eye contact and use clear facial expressions so he feels you want to be a part of his dialogue. Don’t ignore him! Reply to him even if the reply is meaningless so he’s encouraged to continue communicating.

Relax

Just like everything else, children learn at different rates. Don’t worry about your child’s speech development unless he appears to lack a desire to communicate at all. If he’s not reaching out or making eye contact, consult your doctor, but otherwise he is probably fine, even if he isn’t using sentences like all the other kids in his class.

Teach Some Sign Language

Kids are capable of learning sign language very early. It’s not a substitute for speech, but it can help ease some frustration them (or you) may feel about their inability to communicate. Teach simple gestures to mean certain phrases. You can use traditional sign language or make up your own motions. Be sure to say the actual word every time you make the sign so the connection is made and your child does start saying it.

First Words Are About Needs

Children will first learn about the things that they need or interest them. He will learn “mama” and “dada” early because calling those names often gets him what he wants. If he loves playing with his ball, he will probably utter “ball” soon. You can use this pattern by repeating these phrases often. Don’t craw “Ball! Ball! Ball!” into his face for an hour, but use the word naturally as often as you can. This will help teach him to associate sounds with objects.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

For more information, visit wwww.weeurban.com

Interested in writing a guest blog for Wee Urban? Send your topic idea to tasha@socialmedia22.com

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