Hospital Bag Necessities

Part of feeling prepared for your little one to arrive is to efficiently pack your hospital bags with all the possible necessities you can think of. It’s easy to get carried away but it’s also hard to make sure you have all your bases covered. If this is your first baby, you likely don’t know the details of how this is all really going to work out and what will help you get through it. This list of hospital bag necessities is of the must-have variety. Items such as make-up or hair dryer are not here. You can certainly have a baby without those things and still be comfortable. Feel free to pack your luxury comfort items but it’s quite possible you won’t even touch them!

This list is broken down into separate bags: Labor Bag, Recovery Bag, Partner’s Bag and Baby’s Bag. If you know that you will be laboring and recovering in the same room, you can easily pack your labor and recovery items into one bag.

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Good Protein Sources For Your Little Eater

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We all know that in order to have a balanced diet, we need to have a proper mixture of nutrient rich foods.

Protein, in particular, is suggested to be introduced to babies typically around 8 months old. The normal human body needs 22 amino acids, however, it only makes 13 of them. The other 9 amino acids must come from foods high in “essential acids.”

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Life After C-Section: What to Expect After a C-Section

Moving Around After a Cesarean

The first and most important thing you need to be aware of is that any movement is going to feel impossible after a c-section. In order to make things more bearable bring your own pillows. The hospital pillows are pretty flat and you are going to need to prop yourself up into comfortable positions. Take help from any friends and family to get you up in those first few days and take advantage of the different chairs in the room to get into different positions. Don’t be shy asking the nurses for help venturing from your bed either, especially the first trip to the bathroom. The sooner you get moving, the faster you will start healing so try to take your first short walk within 24 hrs after surgery.

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Eyebrow Threading vs. Waxing

Many women today have their esthetician on speed dial. It’s a busy world, and having perfectly manicured brows makes the right kind of statement for any woman. However, some people have extremely sensitive skin, so waxing their eyebrows (and other facial hair areas) may be off limits. There is a way to have shaped brows, without putting hot wax on your face and removing a layer of skin.

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How To: Introduce Your Child To A Swimming Pool

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As the snow melts, and the leaves turn green, now is a good time to think about introducing your child to a swimming pool. Most accredited and certified water instruction agencies suggest waiting until your baby is at least 6 months old, so they are more likely to have proper head control and can regulate their own body temperature effectively.  That is also enough time for your baby to build up a stronger immunity towards such things as pool chemicals and bacteria. Below are some tips that will help to make your child feel more comfortable, which in turn, improves their new experience.

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10 Best Books to Read While Pregnant

With the intimidating sea of books and information available on the topics of pregnancy, birth, and babies, it can be confusing and daunting to choose which books to read. Even just within the topic of baby sleep, you could read a handful different books! We have put together a nice well-rounded list of the best books on each topic to help you feel educated and prepared for the new journey you’re taking.

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Top 3 Tips for Amber Teething Necklaces

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We recently talked about our 3 favorite natural teething remedies, and now we’re back with our top 3 tips for Baltic amber teething necklaces, including how to buy the most effective necklace, and how to use it properly.

In case you haven’t yet read our natural teething remedies post, Baltic amber has a natural healing property – it’s a live resin that contains succinic acid, a natural anti-inflammatory analgesic that is activated by the warmth of your baby’s skin. Your baby doesn’t actually chew on the necklace – the amber simply must rest on your baby’s skin, and then the magic happens!

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Toxic Foods You May Be Giving Your Pets

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We’ve all been there; the doorbell’s ringing, the baby’s crying, dinner is burning in the oven and the dog is sitting on the table licking the breakfast plates clean. (Yes, it’s 6 PM and they’re still there.) It might come up as the opener to a joke you tell your neighbor while gathering the mail the next morning. “Well, at least I didn’t have to do the dishes!”

While you may think your beloved pet is lending you a helping hand, letting him sneak some table scraps now and then might actually be doing him harm. A number of human food items are quite toxic to cats and dogs.  Before you slip some leftovers in your dog’s bowl tonight or turn your back at the sight of your toddler dropping niblets into your kitty’s mouth from her high chair, take a look at this list of the most toxic foods and be sure to keep them away from your fury pals.

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Asking for help after a C-section

 

When people who live far away from their family are preparing to have a baby, many times they request no out-of-town house guests immediately after. In order to have a complete birth plan, you need to discuss the possibility of having a c-section, though frequently, people tend to discard that possibility in an “out of sight, out of mind” way.

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