The Key to Having a Social Life After Baby Arrival

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When a baby arrives, a mom’s needs take a back seat. And in the way back seat? That thing you called your social life. Finding the time and energy to get out to see friends may seem like more work than its worth. However, having a social life after a baby arrival will be beneficial for you and your baby. The key to a social life after your baby arrives is communication. Continue reading

How to Develop a Post Pregnancy Workout Plan

Post Pregnancy Workout Plan - SmartMom

Before you have a baby, you start thinking about what life will be post pregnancy. Life without the constant heartburn, swelled feet, constant bathroom breaks and a beautiful baby moving around in your belly will be things of the past! Many new moms start to form their post pregnancy workout plan towards the end of their pregnancy….and then the baby comes. All sorts of unknowns come into play: recovery could be longer or shorter than anticipated, energy levels may be unpredictable, and time may be limited. As a new mom who was focused on fitness before, during, and after pregnancy, I thought I had my post pregnancy workout plan all figured out. However, I learned that my plan wouldn’t really take shape the way I thought it would. Here are some tips that helped make my post pregnancy workout plan work for me. Continue reading

Why Early Intervention Therapy is Okay

A mom plays with her son and wonders if early intervention therapy might be a good option for him.

If you’ve become a parent within the last few years, you know how Facebook and Instagram posts can promote the comparison game. You may have caught yourself thinking, Wow, that baby was born three weeks after mine and is already crawling?! Or My child has zero teeth and theirs has six?! As parents we want our children to grow and develop along with their peers. However, the age old saying “Every child develops at their own speed” may be sugar coating a real developmental need. Early Intervention Therapy, though it seems to have a negative connotation, is a fantastic service for children with delayed development.

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Milk Alternatives For Babies and Moms

A baby feeds itself one of the various milk alternatives for babies.

When I found out my son had a dairy allergy, I thought “I’ll never be able to eat anything I like again!” Since I was still breastfeeding, what he was allergic to, I was allergic to. I came home from the doctor appointment and looked at all the food that I could not eat in my fridge and pantry. Although it seemed like a huge deal at the time, there are plenty of milk alternatives for babies and mamas if you know what to look for. I promise if you find yourself in this position, all is not lost. There are ways to use milk alternatives with some easy substitutions. Whether you’re abstaining from dairy while nursing or monitoring your child’s dairy consumption, these milk alternatives for babies are great options for you too!

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How to Increase Fertility Naturally

A mom with her toddler wonders how to increase fertility naturally.

If you’re at the point where it’s time to get yourself in baby making shape, chances are you want to know how to up your chances of success the natural way. There are no supplements or superfoods that will guarantee a positive result on your pregnancy test, but there are ways to make your body more enticing to a potential resident. Keep in mind that not all natural remedies are the right fit for you, so before you try anything out, consult your doctor. Here are a few adjustments that you can make in your life for how to increase fertility naturally.

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How to Raise a Son to Be A Really Great Man

Two boys are eating cupcakes together with frosting around their mouths, which makes us wonder how to raise a son that will be a great man.

When you’re pregnant, everyone asks you if you want a boy or a girl. Some people have an opinion; others say they have no preference. I personally wanted a girl. The night before our anatomy scan, I rolled over to my husband half asleep and said “We’re having a boy.” I knew it in my heart and it was confirmed the next day. I thought to myself, “What do I know about raising a boy?! I’m a girl! I am closest with my nieces!” As I started warming up to the idea, I began to think about how to raise a son and what it would mean to me. I came to the conclusion that I wanted to raise a really great man.

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The Importance of Parental Involvement

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Time is a valuable gift. Unfortunately, that precious gift often slips through your fingers like water as a parent. There can be a feeling of constant rushing, transitioning, and “doing.” Although it can feel frustrating at times, there are some valuable ways to spend your time as a parent. The importance of parental involvement can be a high standard in today’s society. Being involved in activities that will help, encourage, and teach your child are worthwhile ventures to pursue. Consider some of the following options as you decide how you would like to increase your parental involvement.

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How to Spot an Infant Dairy Allergy

A woman paying close attention to her child trying to spot the signs of an infant dairy allergy.

Extremely fussy baby? Multiple spit ups after feeds? Noticing some eczema on your baby? If your baby is showing signs of these symptoms, they may be experiencing a dairy allergy. Whether you’re a new mom or a seasoned veteran, seeing your baby in discomfort can be difficult and frustrating. Knowing the signs and symptoms will help you identify or rule out an infant dairy allergy.

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Things No One Tells You About Pregnancy

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Pregnancy seems to be the breeding ground for advice. Everyone is ready to tell you about their experiences and what to expect. This often fills new moms with a sense of confidence knowing the awesome and, well, not so awesome side effects that can occur during pregnancy. However, there seem to be a few things that people leave out. While many of the side effects of pregnancy are not enjoyable, you will feel better knowing that other moms have experienced them too. Here are a few things no one tells you about pregnancy:

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Do’s and Don’ts of Things to Register For Baby

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If you have ever registered for gifts, or helped someone do it, you fall into one of two categories: those who get euphoric over the experience, and those who get overwhelmed by the experience. No matter which category you fall in, registering for a baby takes research, planning, and an understanding of what you will really need. If you are getting ready to get all click happy with a registry gun, here are some do’s and don’ts for being a SmartMom registry pro, and a guide to what things to register for baby.

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