How to Care for Your Postpartum Body

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Once your little bundle of joy has arrived you quickly become so involved taking care of him or her that you may push your own needs aside. Yet, this is the time when you really need to listen to your body and be aware of your own needs. If you are not at your best, you can’t possibly take care of your little one.

All moms – new and experienced – attempt to “do it all” once they bring home the new baby. In most cases they haven’t been home for 48 hours (at least) and attempt to pick up where they left off. It may even be more appealing now that the baby bump is gone and bending, reaching, and crouching is easier. Some women, especially those who enjoy exercising, may be tempted to try to get back into their workout routine and lose the baby weight as soon as possible.

But, it’s truly important to slow down and let your body heal. Just think, you’ve spent the last nine months watching your body change, so keep in mind that it will not heal or change back to pre-baby overnight. In fact, it could take up to a year. What you do now to help care for your postpartum body will ensure that you get back to your healthiest self sooner.
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What to do when Breastfeeding Hurts

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You’ve probably heard tales of cracked, sore nipples from breastfeeding mothers or even experienced the pain yourself.  There are many women who say, “I stopped breastfeeding because it hurt too much.” But, if you are breastfeeding correctly it will not hurt. That bears repeating. If you are breastfeeding correctly, it will not hurt. Unfortunately, it’s not unusual for breastfeeding to be painful and difficult particularly in the beginning for new mothers.  Good positioning and correct latch-on are key to helping you breastfeed correctly and cherish the precious time with your baby.

Although breastfeeding is a mother’s choice to do what she feels is best for both her and her baby, if you do choose to breastfeed, you should know how to do it correctly. Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to find the crucial support you need. Most women experience breastfeeding difficulty at some point, so you should not feel embarrassed, nervous or anxious about seeking help. Whether you reach out to another mom who is successfully breastfeeding their baby, a nurse for help before you leave the hospital, or a board-certified lactation consultant, it is important you begin breastfeeding correctly so you can continue to be comfortable.

Best Positions
There are several ways to hold your baby as you breastfeed. You may find that you need to try a variety of them until you and your baby are both comfortable. The most common positions include the football hold, cradle hold, and cross-cradle hold. Another popular position for nursing is side-laying. This is particularly comfortable if you have had a C-section. When you are properly positioned you will not experience a sore back, shoulders or breasts, and your baby will be able to properly latch on. Continue reading

Tips for Getting Baby to Sleep in Crib

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As a sleep-deprived parent of a newborn you’re probably ready to sleep just about anywhere, so it can be quite puzzling that it’s so dang difficult getting baby to sleep in crib. Chances are, your baby prefers to get most of her sleep nestled in your comforting arms. However, there’s a reason you spent so much time selecting the perfect crib for your baby’s room and you and your baby can both benefit from him getting a deeper, safer night’s sleep in it.

Many moms suffer from their baby doing more screaming than snoozing in their crib, but don’t give up. The sooner you can start creating good habits for your baby, the better. Studies have shown that babies get less sleep and wake up more often if they sleep anywhere but their crib. Whether you’re driving them around for 45 minutes in the car or pushing them in the stroller to lull them to sleep, they will always get a better rest in their own crib. In general, once your baby has hit the 6-month mark, their sleeping habits – both naptime and nighttime- become much harder to change. If your baby is older, rest assured it’s not too late to ease him into the crib. It just may take a little more time and patience. The following are a few scenarios and how to help your baby (and you!) get their healthy and safe rest. Continue reading

How do I Know if My Baby is Teething?

If your baby is cranky and constantly soaking the front of his shirt (and everything in front of him!) with drool, you might just have a teething baby on your hands. Generally, teething begins around 6 months of age, but rest assured there is nothing to worry about if your child starts sooner or a bit later. The timing of your baby’s teething depends on when Mommy and Daddy first got their teeth. Pediatricians say that it is completely normal for teething to start at any time between 3 months to 12 months of age, and all 20 primary teeth should appear by the time your child is 3 years old. But how do I know if my baby is teething? Continue reading

How to Help Children Overcome Irrational Fears

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When a child suffers from anxiety and fears we as parents suffer too. It can be heartbreaking to see your little one cry over issues that we, as adults, know are completely irrational. But you might wonder how to help children who have irrational fears? Things such as separation anxiety, fear of the dark, and the like are common for toddlers. However, knowing how to handle the issues by talking to your child appropriately can help ease their worries and help them overcome their fears. Continue reading

WAHM Jobs: 6 Work At Home Mom Jobs to Consider

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For those women who have spent most of their careers in an office, it can be hard to imagine that there are ways to stay at home with a child and work at the same time. But many moms have traded in their desk jobs for WAHM – Work at Home Mom – jobs! The following are several Work At Home Mom jobs to consider when they want to support their families financially while also staying at home with their children.

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Why You Need a Sleep Schedule for Your Baby

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When you become a new parent, it can seem as though your newborn is the one calling the shots for the first few months especially when it comes to his sleep schedule. Ask any sleep-deprived parent and they will tell you that in any given 24 hours, the days and nights can feel almost interchangeable. It might appear as though your baby is the one running the show for the first weeks and you are just along for the ride to satisfy his needs at random hours of the day and night. As new parents, this can become frustrating and disconcerting. After a few sleepless nights you may find yourself wondering if you will ever have a solid 8 hours of sleep again. I promise you will! By establishing a sleep schedule for your little one you won’t have to wait until your child is 18 to catch some shuteye.

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The Only Child Myth: How to Avoid Making It a Reality

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People always talk about having “kids.” Very rarely do you ever hear someone just say “kid” in reference to starting a family, so it’s no wonder that society as a whole seems to have a problem with only children. Whether it’s their portrayal in movies or simply a general stereotype, only children often get a bad reputation. They are said to be spoiled, selfish, lonely, isolated and non-social. However, that is just not true and more parents are debunking the only child myth as they choose to have only one child.

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When Baby Starts Crawling: How to Handle A Moving Baby

It's important to keep your house safe when baby starts crawling.

Every new stage of your baby’s development is exciting. Around 8 months, or sooner for some, when your little one starts crawling, you’ll discover how much fun a baby on the move can be. When baby starts crawling, this is just the beginning. They will soon be pulling themselves up and then they will literally be keeping you on your toes!

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Why Boys Should Learn Domestic Skills

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From proper social behaviors to money management, our responsibility as parents is to teach our children skills to prepare them for eventual independence once they leave home. More and more parents are breaking gender stereotypes and acknowledging that boys should learn domestic skills as part of that preparation.

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