Health During Pregnancy: 9 Tips for Expectant Moms

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If you’re reading this, most likely you’re already or soon to be pregnant.  And if that’s the case, I’m pretty confident this isn’t the first post you’ve read about how to maintain optimal health during pregnancy.

Beyond that, I would imagine that you have had conversations with your medical professionals about how to maintain health during pregnancy for you and your unborn child.  Here we have a few “less traditional” pieces of advice for staying in great health during pregnancy.

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The First Toothbrush: How to Care for Baby’s Dental Health

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I have to admit that I was a little skeptical when I learned that we should be “brushing a baby’s gums” long before teeth appeared.  Like most first time Moms, I continued relishing in my weekly emails telling me about my baby, only this time instead of telling me what size fruit he was, it was telling me various things I needed to do to ensure a healthy and well-adjusted child. Enter: baby toothbrushing. I do believe starting early with the first toothbrush has put us on the path to a life of oral hygiene, but we’ll have to wait and see when we have our first dentist appointment.  In the meantime, here are some of the tips that worked for our family. Continue reading

How to Stimulate Breast Milk Production

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Mothers who choose to breastfeed need to be aware of their own diet and health more than ever. In order to stimulate breast milk production, it is necessary to stay as healthy as possible.

It’s a common for many mothers to expect that after the hard work of labor and delivery, she will have a moment to reclaim her body as her own and heal from the trauma of childbirth. In reality that doesn’t happen. If you choose to breastfeed, at least in my case, I was shocked to feel even less control over my body. Instead, my caffeine intake was more restricted; I had to be careful of what I ate in case it would upset the baby’s stomach (which led to crying and then not sleeping); and my dreams of having a glass of wine? Well, those were quickly smashed to shreds upon reading up on breastfeeding and alcohol. Continue reading

Introducing Solids to Babies: A Complete Guide

Introducing Solids to Babies: A Complete Guide - SmartMom

There is no subject that divides parents more significantly than introducing solids to babies.   Whether it’s the time (4 months vs. 1 year?), the method (purees vs. food in its original form?), the food (organic and homemade vs. jarred?), the location (in a high chair vs. on the floor?), controversy looms around every corner of the solid food terrain.   Continue reading

Playrooms for Kids That Inspire Learning and Creativity

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Everybody needs a place to call their own. It could be an office, garage, bathroom, or bedroom, but wherever it is, we need a place where we can feel safe and comfortable. Often, for our little ones, those places are playrooms for kids.

A playroom is a place for our children to learn and grow on their own, a place where they can guide themselves and learn from their environment. Playrooms for kids are important places for a child and as such, special attention should be paid to items we put in our children’s’ playroom and how we set up the environment. Continue reading

Best Jobs for Stay at Home Moms in 2014

Best Jobs for Stay at Home Moms in 2014 - SmartMom

The decision to be a stay at home parent is never one that is arrived at easily. But for moms who want to be home with the kids and contribute to the household income at the same time, we have found some of the best jobs for stay at home moms in 2014.

There are multitudes of logistics to consider before informing your boss, that yes, you would prefer to spend time with your adorable children rather than stare at a computer screen all day (really?).  However, there often comes a moment a few months into the new gig one looks at the bank account and realizes that along with all the pros that can come with staying at home, there is one glaringly obvious negative: less income.

So what’s a parent to do?   If you’re anything like me, you’ve found yourself Googling “best work from home jobs” or “best jobs for stay at home moms” or “I will do anything for money as long as I can do it from the comfort of my home in yoga pants.” Continue reading

How to Prepare for a Newborn: Month By Month

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Nothing can prepare you for the shock of bringing home a newborn.   Whether it’s your first or your fourth, each child has a different personality and therefore a different set of realities are needed for their arrival home. Regardless, there are some basic tips about how to prepare for a newborn that can help ease the transition from hospital to home. Tackle these steps month-by-month during your pregnancy. Continue reading