A few birth and parenting lessons learned while pruning pear trees in western North Carolina...
So you have a new baby. Congrats! You're suddenly immersed in snuggles and sweetness and ooey-gooey adorable baby sounds and smells..... oh, and probably also seemingly constant fussiness and your baby's desire to sleep only when held, am I right?!
Final days or weeks of pregnancy got you feeling like April the Giraffe? We feel ya! For so many expectant parents, it's like those last days before baby slow to a crawl and everyone in your life has swapped "hello!" for "are you still pregnant?!"
Wondering what to get for the new parents in your life? As postpartum experts, we can assure you "better sleep" is at the top of their list. You're probably thinking its impossible to give the gift of better sleep, but there's definitely a few gadgets on our wishlist that can make a big difference in the sleep quality of new parents.
If we had a dollar for everything we do as parents now that we said "I'll never..." to prior to having kids... we'd be rich!
Why does my baby cry all day? Is my baby getting enough to eat? Am I overfeeding my baby? Why won't my baby sleep? Why hasn't my baby pooped?! You've heard it before, "every baby is different". But now you're experiencing lots of new (and often hard) things. Where do you turn?
If you're a new(ish) parent, you've probably seen posts about the new SNOO Smart Sleeper by now. In a nutshell, it's a beautifully designed, high-tech sleeper that promises to help you and your baby sleep better. It "listens" to your baby's cries, responding with gentle rocking movements and white noise to soothe your baby back to sleep. Baby is soothed back to sleep, parents get to keep resting... sounds like a win-win! Right?!
Even if you felt fully prepared to welcome a new baby into the mix, there's a lot of questions that you might find yourself missing the answers to now that your baby is here. One of the best parts of our job as postpartum doulas is helping new parents feel confident as they navigate postpartum life. Let's get you some of the answers you need.
We get it mom and dad, you're feeling exhausted. When you bring home your newborn, it's difficult to get a sleep pattern under control. The whole household gets a little disrupted during this new transition and it's normal to be operating on a whole new level of tired.
Breastfeeding can be a big transition for many moms, but there are a few basic supplies that can lend a helping hand and bring some comfort to the process. Click through to see what we recommend you have on hand (and one item you may want to hold off on)...
Bringing home a new baby can be stressful for any mother and it's normal to feel a little overwhelmed. Sometimes this stress takes a darker turn and manifests into Postpartum Depression, a serious illness that is as misunderstood as it is common. So what's normal and when/how should you seek help?
When your kids head back to school this fall, take the opportunity to catch up on a little bit of self care with some of your new-found kid-free time. After all, it's pretty exhausting being a mom. And self care is as much about maintenance as it is a luxury.
Everything seemed perfect, then you got pregnant and that seemed perfect too... until it hits you like a ton of bricks. That things just won't be the same from here...
A swimwuit model may seem an unlikely parenting hero, but hang on. There's a lot to admire about how Chrissy Teigen is taking to motherhood and silencing her critics...