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When to Have a Baby Shower: Planning & Shower Etiquette

A baby shower is a heartfelt celebration of a soon-to-arrive new life, requiring thoughtful planning and etiquette. Here's what you need to consider: Timing: Ideally, host a baby shower four to six weeks before the due date for comfort and excitement. Seasonal Themes: Adjust themes and settings based on the season to enhance the ambiance (e.g., spring florals, cozy winter gatherings). Venue: Choose indoor or outdoor based on the weather, ensuring guest comfort. Invitations and Etiquette: Send invites four to six weeks prior,...

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From A to Z: Your Ultimate List of Newborn Essentials

Preparing for a newborn is thrilling yet daunting, but our comprehensive guide simplifies your preparations. Here's what you need: Feeding Essentials: Bottles, breastfeeding supplies, bibs. Diapering Essentials: Diapers, wipes, rash cream, changing pad. Nursery and Sleep Essentials: Crib/bassinet, baby monitor, nightlight, sound machine. Clothing Essentials: Onesies, sleepers, hats, socks. Travel Essentials: Car seat, stroller, baby carrier. Health and Safety Essentials: First aid kit, thermometer, babyproofing supplies. Ensure everything is ready for your baby's arrival with this newborn essentials checklist! As you eagerly await the arrival of your...

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Returning to Work After Baby: Tips for New Mom Work-Life Balance

TL;DR: Returning to work after baby can be challenging and emotional. This blog offers practical tips and support for new moms transitioning back to the workforce, emphasizing a balance between professional and parental duties.   Setting Realistic Expectations: Understand that it takes time to adjust to a new normal at work and with baby care.  Easing into Your Routine: Start with a part-time or flexible schedule to ease the transition.  Breastfeeding and Pumping Tips: Plan pumping sessions and know your rights in the...

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Understanding your Breastfeeding Schedule: How Often to Breastfeed? 

TL;DR: As your baby grows, so too will their feeding needs and schedule.  Newborn to 1 Month: Feed on demand (every 2-3 hours); focus on responsive feeding based on baby’s hunger cues.  1 to 3 Months: Gradual increase in stomach size allows for longer intervals; typically feed six to eight times a day.  4 to 6 Months: Introduction of solid foods may decrease frequency of breastfeeding.  Beyond 6 Months: Establish a more regular schedule, integrate breastfeeding into daily routines.  Approaching the First Year: Frequency...

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Creating a Cozy Nursery Room: Nursery Ideas for Baby Girls & Boys 

TL;DR:  Functionality first: Plan for essential furniture like a crib, changing table, rocking chair, and storage solutions like dressers or shelves.  Safety considerations: Choose sturdy furniture with stable bases and avoid sharp corners or edges.  Baby girl nursery ideas: Soft and sweet (color palette of soft pinks, lavenders, or whites accented with pastels), whimsical and playful (colors like sunshine yellow, mint green, or a touch of coral).  Baby boy nursery ideas: Classic and serene (color palette of blue, green, or grey with calming...

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Baby Proofing the House: Essential Tips for Each Room of the Home

TL;DR: Baby proofing your home is a crucial step in ensuring a safe environment for your little one's exploration and growth. By identifying and mitigating potential hazards, you can create a nurturing space for your baby.  Living Room: Secure furniture and cover electrical outlets. Keep small objects and fragile items out of reach.  Kitchen: Install safety locks on cabinets and use appliance locks. Ensure stable highchairs and child-friendly utensils.  Bathroom: Use toilet locks, non-slip mats, and keep medicines out of reach. Always...

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Creative Pregnancy Announcements for Partner, Family + Friends

TL;DR: Discover heartfelt and imaginative ways to announce your pregnancy, ensuring your big reveal is as memorable as the journey itself. From intimate moments with your partner to joyous family gatherings and special sibling announcements, embrace these unique ideas to share your wonderful news.  Announcing to Your Partner: Custom surprise box, breakfast in bed reveal, scavenger hunt.  Telling Your Family: Group gift unwrapping, dinner announcement, custom puzzle.  Sharing with Friends: Movie night reveal, themed photoshoot.  Announcing to Siblings: Treasure hunt, sibling story time,...

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How to Swaddle a Baby Correctly & Why It Matters

TL;DR: Swaddling offers newborns warmth and security, aiding in sleep and calm. Correct technique and timing are essential for comfort and safety, with specific guidelines on when to swaddle and how long each day. Explore steps for proper swaddling, the debate between arms up or down, and alternatives like swaddle suits for older or more active babies.  Swaddling, an age-old practice cherished across cultures, offers more than just warmth for your little one—it's a cocoon of security, promoting calm and...

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Returning to Exercise After Pregnancy While Breastfeeding

Embarking on the journey back to fitness after pregnancy can be both exciting and daunting, especially for new mothers who are breastfeeding. That’s because incorporating exercise into your daily routine postpartum brings a unique set of challenges and considerations. Activity can be beneficial for your physical and mental health, but you also have to be understanding of the changes to your body.  Today, we’re here to help you navigate the complexities of returning to exercise while breastfeeding. Our goal is...

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10 Tips for Breastfeeding Newborns You May Not Be Aware Of

TL;DR: Breastfeeding is a rewarding yet challenging journey. This concise guide offers essential tips for new moms:  Body’s Timing: Trust early milk production.  Skin-to-Skin: Enhances bonding and breastfeeding success.  Proper Latching: Crucial for comfort and effectiveness.  Feed on Demand: Respond to baby's hunger cues.  Session Duration: Expect frequent, varied-length feedings.  Comfortable Positioning: Find positions that work for you.  Pumping Strategy: Pump to increase milk supply as needed.  Engorgement Management: Soften breasts pre-feeding for ease.  Pacifier Use: Introduce after establishing breastfeeding.  Nutrition and Hydration: Vital for milk production.  Self-care: Prioritize your...

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