Posts Tagged ‘newborn’

9 Activities to Enjoy with Your Baby and Dog

Almost half of the households in the United States have a dog. Adding a new baby into the family can change the dynamics and the routines in your home. Sometimes it can be traumatic for your first furry love, but it doesn’t have to be like that. You always can find ways for your dog to be an active member of your child’s development.

Today we will talk about nine activities that your dog will enjoy with your baby.

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24 Easy Family Vacation #TravelHacks

As summer approaches, many families begin to plan family vacations. We dream of fun at theme parks, exciting adventures around the country, or a relaxing vacation at the beach. All of those things sound wonderful – in theory – until you realize you have to actually get to the vacation spot before you can enjoy all of those things. And even when you get there, there is the headache of all the gear you have to carry, making sure everyone has snacks (we don’t want any hangry toddlers after all), and generally trying to keep everyone happy, all while making sure you catch brief moments of joy to share on social media so you can prove that you did, indeed, have a good time with your family. Experienced parents know that fun family vacations are do-able if you have the right #lifehacks up your sleeve. Below are some of the best travel tricks and tips for a headache-free family vacation. 

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Beyond 6 Months: Benefits of Nursing Until One Year

It is no surprise to most that breastfeeding is beneficial to both baby and mother. But many are not aware of exactly how breastfeeding can improve the health and cognitive abilities of mothers and babies, especially when nursing is extended to at least one year of age. Dr. Rachel Borton, the director of Bradley University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program, has conducted extensive studies in the benefits of increasing the length of time women are advised to breastfeed. She is currently working to educate other doctors, mothers, and the community as to why extended breastfeeding is so important and to remove the social stigma against nursing, especially in public. 

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Gifts for Baby: Holiday 2016 #DMHoliday16

Earlier this year, you welcomed a new baby into your family. Before that baby arrived, you likely celebrated with showers and gifts. Babies are so easy to shop for, right? But, now that the baby is here, what do you give for Christmas? We’ve got a few ideas up our sleeves that will make moms and babies alike smile from ear to ear. Read on to find out what baby gifts are in for Christmas 2016.

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Daily Mom’s New Mom & Baby LIVE Holiday Extravaganza

Shopping for a pregnant mama or a new mom can be a challenge – there’s a dizzying array of products to choose from, and it’s hard to know what’s sure to delight her. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up all the very best – some new products and some tried-and-true favorites – for the New Mom & Baby Holiday Extravaganza. And the best part? YOU can win the items featured here. Be sure to read about these incredible products, watch our Facebook LIVE video to see the products in action, and scroll to the bottom of this post to enter for your chance to win.

Be sure to hop on over to our Facebook page and check out our LIVE Video. Leave us a comment on the video for another chance to win. 

By sharing our event page, RSVP’ing to the event page, and sharing the LIVE video on Facebook, you can also gain extra entries – and you’ll want them after reading about all the gear that’s up for grabs, below!

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The Only Advice New Parents Need

I have one piece of advice for expectant parents about to embark on the journey of brand new parenthood. Just one thing, and I will share it unsolicited because I think it is that important, and I am confident that if you can follow this advice, your first year of parenthood will be a lot less stressful for you, your partner and your baby. It is something I realized early on and it continues to guide my parenting today. Are you ready? Here it is:

The things you do to keep your baby calm today are not habits that will last a lifetime!

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Maternity Leave vs Me-Ternity Leave- It’s No Vacation

It’s no secret that the United States’ maternity leave laws are some of the worst in the world. New mothers barely have time to get settled into their new lives as sleep-deprived and exhausted parents before they are shuffled back into the working world. Oftentimes their partners get very little to no time away from work to help the recovery process, leaving the vulnerable state of a new mom’s physical and emotional well-being at stake. It is a stressful time in which many parents feel goes by way too fast.

During those six to eight weeks that women are generally given by employers for maternity leave in the US, most parents are struggling to stay afloat. Sleep is rare and spit-up is aplenty. You are eating standing up while bouncing a baby, hoping that a shower is in your future. Your entire routine has been shaken up, and nothing is about you anymore. It’s about this tiny little person you are holding, who is possibly screaming in your ear that he/she wants to eat for the twelfth time that day. Any new parent on maternity leave will tell you it’s stressful, exhausting, overwhelming, and scary. No one thinks that maternity leave is a vacation from work. Well, no one except this woman. 

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The Other Side of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

Postpartum depression and anxiety are mood disorders that occur after a woman experiences childbirth. Anyone can experience postpartum depression or anxiety – it does not discriminate based on age or ethnicity. It is a hard disorder to pinpoint because there are several other variables in which people may think are the cause of the sudden change of mood, such as exhaustion and sleep deprivation, lifestyle change, possible issues with breastfeeding, and physical recovery.

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My co-sleeping journey

Today I would like to share my personal story about how bed-sharing and co-sleeping has worked and continues to work for me and my family- despite the negativity sometimes associated with it. 

From the moment my little girl was born I had this overwhelming need to have her close to me at all times. I would carry her around in my arms constantly, despite remarks such as:

“Put her down.”

“She needs to learn to be by herself.”

“You are getting her into bad habits by holding her all the time.”

“You are spoiling her.”

And this need persisted even at bedtime. I wanted her right next to me in the tiny, uncomfortable hospital bed, just the two of us together.

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Win It: Pretty Pushers Labor & Delivery Gown!

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the third trimester! As you pack your hospital bag, you’ll notice that you don’t need many clothes for you… because you’ll be spending the bulk of your time in that fashionable, über-sexy garment known as a hospital gown.

Ah, the hospital gown. Do yourself a favor and BYO-Gown to the hospital this time around! Get something that’s flattering and a little more photo-friendly than the duds from the maternity ward. We love the Labor & Delivery Gowns from Pretty Pushers!

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Win It: ComfortCam Video Monitor!

A baby monitor is a must for new (or even seasoned) parents. Being able to see your baby as he sleeps provides an invaluable peace of mind — plus, you get a heads’ up when your little one is about to wake! There are lots of great baby monitor options on the market today; however, most of us don’t have several hundred dollars to spend on such a high-tech baby item. That’s why we love the afforably priced Wifi Baby Monitor by ComfortCam!

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