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8 Ways To Naturally Reduce Anxiety During Pregnancy

Reduce Anxiety During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is stressful, both physically and mentally. While your body changes to accommodate a new little human, you’ll experience new sensations and stressors in all parts of the body. Plus, the emotional task of preparing for your new responsibilities can be overwhelming, especially for first time parents. Some stress is to be expected, of course, but sometimes parents-to-be might experience prenatal anxiety that’s worth checking out with your doctor.

If you are experiencing worry, stress, and anxiety, consult your care provider (OB/GYN, midwife, therapist, general practitioner, etc.) to discuss methods for you to help reduce your anxiety and stress. This blog post will explore 8 ways to reduce your stress and anxiety during pregnancy - we hope that a few of our tips will be just what you are looking for!

1. Snack Smart: It’s tough when you’re fighting morning sickness, but long stretches without eating anything will tank your blood sugar and lead to bodily stress and anxious behavior due to the lack of available fuel for your brain. Try to graze throughout the day, especially on snacks rich in quality proteins and fats along with whole-food based carbohydrates (think nuts and seeds with dried fruit or veggies with hummus). Sugary treats in moderation are perfectly okay, but relying on them could affect your blood sugar and leave you feeling even hungrier.

Sarah G. says: “Macadamia nuts are quick anxiety fixes - great to carry in your purse.”

2. Reduce Caffeine: You probably already know this one, but pregnancy and caffeine don’t always mix well. Caffeinated drinks like soda, tea, and coffee can also increase anxiety symptoms and leave you feeling breathless and stressed out. With your doctor’s okay, figure out how much caffeine is right for you (ranging from almost none to 1-2 cups per day) and work on tapering down to your ideal level.

For some parents, finding the sweet spot of just the right amount was key to managing their stress when it came to a morning cup of java.

Katie C. says: “Having my one cup of hot coffee in the morning was my relaxing escape during pregnancy.”

Andrea H. says: “Waking up early to enjoy a hot cup of coffee can be the most relaxing moment of the day when you have other kids.”

3. Stretch It Out: Yoga can help reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. Try a prenatal yoga routine to help stretch and soothe your body and mind. There may be a yoga studio in your area or you can check with your doctor or practitioner about poses and stretches that are safe for your pregnancy.

Kat B. says: “I did yoga in my first trimester to help reduce stress and practice mindfulness.”

4. Practice Mindful Breathing: Breathing technique isn’t all about labor and birth - practicing deep breathing techniques can also help you get a handle on your stress levels when you feel yourself start to panic. You can try a meditation app like Calm or Headspace, or just practice breathing in for a count of eight, holding for a moment, and exhaling for a count of eight. Start each morning with deep breath and a positive intention for the day.

Addie A. says: “Daily meditation, especially in the evenings for me, helped to alleviate the excess stressors. It allowed me to clear my mind so that I could focus on what was actually happening.”

5. Delegate and Say No: Many of us tend to try and have it all, do it all, and control it all. Involve your partner or a friend in handling some household chores or nesting activities that are overwhelming you. If you’re worried that nobody can perform a task the way you do it, ask yourself: is it better to get it done, or is it better to get it done “perfectly”? See what you can let go and allow someone else to take care of for you. The people in your life are here to help, if you’ll let them!

Briary R. says: “Knowing limits and saying NO is a huge one for anxiety and self awareness in pregnancy. You’re already taxed because of growing another human. Saying NO that you don’t want to do something or physically cannot is liberating for both stress and anxiety.”

6. Stick With Your Self Care Routine: Pre-pregnancy you may have had certain routines and rituals like a daily bath or an evening walk. Try to keep your routine as much as you can, with accommodations as your pregnancy advances. Taking a warm bath or shower can help you relax, especially if you include aromatherapy essential oils or candles. If you ever don’t have time for your full soak, take a sniff of your favorite scent - it’s associated with relaxation in your mind and will help you take a mental break.

Rachel C. says: “Keep up with your known and enjoyed hobbies as long as you can, and make sure to take time out for yourself.

7. Talk It Out: Join some parenting groups in person or on social media so you can establish a trusted place to talk out your concerns. You can also talk to a family member or friend, or even go to a therapist for a totally guilt-free third party to vent and talk to. Of course, you can also talk out any worries you have with your care provider.

Rachel C. says: “Join groups or find other moms-to-be to talk through your concerns with. You can find them online, in your community, and even some hospitals have parenting classes where you can meet people going through the same thing. Talk to others, especially your doctor or midwife.”

8. Set a Timer: Know that you will have stressful and anxious moments throughout pregnancy and as a parent. Everyone gets worried and stressed, and so will you. The important thing to remember is how to not let the stress overwhelm you. Establish a set amount of time you’ll let yourself go over all the what-ifs and worries. Jot any recurring stressors down to discuss with your doctor or therapist later.

Sara M. says: “Give yourself a fixed time period to go ahead and freak out. I had a high risk pregnancy and some of my anxiety was based on very real possibilities. When I couldn’t talk myself out of worrying about them, I set a time and let myself worry for fifteen minutes. After that, I took a hot shower until I felt better.”

Remember that stress and worry can be normal, but that doesn’t mean you have to handle it alone. No concern is too small, and no two pregnancies are the same. What worked for your best friend might not work for you, and what you experienced with your first baby may be completely different from later pregnancies. Anything that seems off is an acceptable reason to check in with your provider!

Are there any tips on this list that you want to try out, or do you have a favorite stress management tip to share with other pregnant parents?

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Tackling The Toddler Bed Transition

Tackling The Toddler Bed Transition

Transitions are challenging, regardless of age or situation. They can be even more difficult when the one making the transition is too young to understand the need for the change. You are a parent of a toddler now, which means your life is filled with changes and growth, and sometimes it feels overwhelming.

One of the changes you and your little one will soon face is the transition from a crib to a toddler bed. We know there are questions that come with the change, and we want to tackle a few of them.

Please remember to always consult your child’s pediatrician before transitioning them to a toddler bed.

 

When is the right time to transition a toddler?

 

Unlike many other toddler transitions, there isn’t an exact “right” time to make the toddler bed change— but there are several safety factors that are important to consider. The general rule is to make the transition before your child is able to climb out of the crib because that can lead to injuries. Typically, toddlers are able to climb out of the crib when they reach 35-37 inches, and most parents choose to make the transition between ages 2-3.

Some parents postpone the transition until ages 3-4 to prevent middle-of-the-night waking and wandering. If you choose to wait, here are a few tips to keep your child safe:

Lower the mattress to the floor.This prevents your child from climbing and falling.

Turn the crib around. Be sure the side with the higher bars faces outward. This makes it more difficult for children to escape.

Baby-proof the surrounding areas. One of the most common issues parents face during this time is wandering. When children are able to climb out of the crib, they will. Make sure their room and the surrounding rooms are safe, just in case.

 

How can we make the toddler bed transition go smoothly?

 

Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee an easy toddler bed transition, but there are a few strategies you can try!

Make it a big deal. Kids are always in a rush to grow up, aren’t they? Use that to your advantage. Play up the fact that this is a step toward your child becoming a “big kid,” and they will be more motivated to make it work.

Emphasize independence. As kids get older, they crave independence and responsibility. Explain the importance of changing beds by stressing the fact that you trust them to be more independent. It’s also a good idea to include your child as you set up a sleep schedule and create bedtime rules. Work together to figure out a time to go to bed. Ask your child which activity they want to do before falling asleep (reading, talking, etc.). When children feel like they are part of the decision-making, they are more likely to cooperate for a positive result.

Get excited! Kids often feed off enthusiasm—if you’re excited, they will be excited! Take your child to the store to pick out new sheets and blankets for his/her new big kid bed.

With the help of these tips and tricks, tackling the toddler bed transition can be fun and simple!

5 Ways to Prepare for School Success

5 Ways to Prepare for School Success

Transitioning from home life to school life for the first time can be challenging for both parent and child. With every new chapter comes new adjustments, right?

Let’s get your child ready for school success with 5 simple ways to prepare them for the journey ahead.

 

1. Start a Schedule Now.

One of the most important adjustments children must make is staying on schedule. Weeks before the first day of school, create a schedule with your child. Include a wake-up time, chore time, lunch time, nap time, play time, bed time, etc. The earlier they get used to a schedule, the easier time they will have with time management at school.

 

2. Go Out and Have Adventures.

While in school, your child will be experiencing all new things. New people, new personalities, and new challenges. By taking them out to new places beforehand, you can slowly expose them to new scenes, behaviors, and people. It’s a fun, subtle way to teach them how to interact in new surroundings.

 

3. Set Up a Chore Chart.

Not only will this help you keep the house clean, but it also teaches children about responsibility and accountability—two very important aspects of thriving in the classroom!

 

4. Take Time Away.

We know you’re going to miss them when they’re at school, and you want to spend as much time with them as possible while you can. But it’s important to get them ready for spending time away from you. Ask relatives to take them to lunch alone. Get grandparents involved, if possible. Set up playdates. Do anything you can to help them feel confident in their independence!

 

5. Get Excited!

Starting this journey can be scary for children, but excitement is contagious. Tell your child about your favorite school moments. Talk about your favorite teacher. Make a big deal about shopping for backpacks, lunch boxes, and school supplies. If you show them how exciting this time is, they will reciprocate the feeling.

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Keep Your Kids Safe This Fourth of July

Keep Your Kids Safe This Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a holiday known for lights, sounds and sun. This makes Independence Day exciting, but also an especially risky day for babies and toddlers. Young children are much more sensitive than adults, and there are a lot of hazards that children won’t understand at Fourth of July cookouts and events.

Follow these general safety tips for the Fourth so you and your children can have the best and safest holiday ever.

 

Protect Their Ears

More than adults, babies’ ears are particularly sensitive. You may want your little ones to experience the light and beauty of fireworks, but you don’t want to the loud booms to damage their ears. Invest in some noise-cancelling headphones or earmuffs so that your child can still take in one of the biggest traditions of July Fourth and stay safe.
 

Mind the Grill

Toddlers have a curiosity that many of us envy. This curiosity also tends to put them in dangerous situations. While one of the best parts of celebrating the Fourth of July is the cookouts and the food, we need to mind the curious children around us. Teach your children to not go near the grill when it’s on because it gets hot and smoky. Also, examine your grill before you use it to make sure there are no cracks, holes or leaks.

 

Practice Water Safety

The Fourth of July can be one of the hottest days of the year. Baby pools are, therefore, fun and smart things to include in kids’ Fourth of July parties. They may cool down your babies and toddlers, but don’t forget that children can drown in even an inch of water. Keep an eye on your child at all time, or opt for a sprinkler which is a safer option and still keeps them playing in the water.

 

Never Forget Sunscreen

Since the Fourth of July occurs during a day when the sun’s rays are strongest, and you may likely be celebrating at an outdoor cookout, don’t forget to protect your baby from a dangerous sunburn. Apply a non-toxic sunscreen on your child, such as Babyganics sunscreen, and reapply regularly throughout the day.

 

Avoid “At-Home” Pyrotechnics

While it’s best to avoid bottle rockets and sparklers all together, sometimes you will be at events where you cannot control what others do. These “at-home” pyrotechnics are extremely dangerous, especially near a baby who doesn’t know how or why to stay away from these explosives. If these sorts of activities are happening near you and your baby, head inside and enjoy the festivities there.

 

What safety tips do you have for your child during the Fourth of July? Share with us in the comments!

 

Have (Safe) Fun in the Sun

Have (Safe) Fun in the Sun

Summer’s here, so it’s time to head outside.

But wait, you don’t want to over-expose your kiddos to the sun! Does this mean you have to stay inside all season and miss the heat?

Not necessarily. If you pick activities that allow you to protect your kids from the sun’s rays and teach them how to enjoy the sun in a smart way, then you can still fully embrace this summer fun .

To help you out, we share five sun-safe activities to enjoy this summer.

 

Enjoy a “Smart” Beach Day

Going to the beach seems like the opposite of a safe sun activity, but if you do it right, it can be a great learning tool for your child. Plus, who wants to avoid the beach all summer long?! Clothe your children in protective attire, apply non-toxic sunscreen (such as this one from Badger Balm) when needed, give them a hat to shield them from the sun and explain how each of these things will keep them safe during a beach day.

 

Have Fun With Safe Gardening

Gardening can be a great activity in the summer because it keeps kids active and teaches them about ecosystems. To make this activity safe, adorn them in sun-protective clothing and equip them with the proper personal protective equipment for gardening. Gloves and long sleeve shirts are great examples of things to dress your little one in for safe gardening in the sun. Come prepared with some facts about plants and all of the animals that benefit from them.

 

Take a Nighttime Stroll

While you want to remind your children that they can get sunburnt at any time of day, the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. To avoid this primetime exposure and still get your kids outside, suggest a walk after dinner. Your children will get some outdoor exercise and avoid the sunniest part of the day. Plus, the cooled down temperature will be more comfortable for the kids, and you won’t have to worry as much about them overheating.

 

Explore and Learn at the Zoo

There are a number of animals who have the natural ability to protect themselves from the sun. For instance, elephants, gorillas and koalas all keep themselves safe from the sun’s rays. Plan a zoo day (dressing your child appropriately and applying sunscreen), and teach your child about these animals. It will be a fun way to explain sun safety and since it involves animals, your child may better retain the knowledge.

 

Picnic in a Pavillion

Grab a basket and a blanket and a handful of healthy snacks and head out for a picnic...in a pavillion! Picnics are great family fun, and it’s always nice to enjoy some sunshine while having a meal. Find a park with a pavillion so you can set up your spread there to avoid the sun’s direct rays.



What safe sun activities do you like to do in the summer with your children? Let us know in the comments!

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Non-Toxic Potty Training Products

 Non-Toxic Potty Training Products
As every parent knows, potty training is never an easy feat. Teaching your child any new routine is a challenge, especially when it comes to putting away the diapers.

Luckily, there are products that make this period a little smoother for both parents and children. And simplifying your lives doesn’t mean you have to introduce chemicals into the routine either. We rounded up our five favorite non-toxic potty training products!

 

1.) Primo 4-in 1 Soft Seat Toilet Trainer and Step Stool

Made in the USA and free of phthalates, BPA and lead, this non-toxic toilet trainer is not only eco-friendly, it’s also designed for smart potty training. The Primo Toilet Trainer is equipped with handles for your child’s safety and features an extra wide base that doubles as a step stool. It is designed to help parents learn how to effectively potty train their children in four simple steps.

 

2.) Under the Nile Organic Training Pants

The transition from diapers to potty does not happen overnight. Help your child ease their way into this new routine with Under the Nile’s training pants that are GOTS certified, made with organic Egyptian cotton and contain no BPA or flame retardants. They also feature extra padding and a comfortable elastic waist.

 

3.) BabyBjorn Toilet Training Seat

Getting your child to use the “big kid” toilet while training is always a plus because it saves you from having to transfer messes. When training on the toilet, you will need a training seat. That BabyBjorn Toilet Training Seat is made from BPA-free plastic, fits most toilets, is ergonomically designed, has a handle for safety and includes a built-in splashguard.

 

4.) Babyganics Flushable Wipes

No child goes from messy diapers straight to perfectly clean potty training. Trying to rely on just toilet paper after using baby wipes is not always the best for keeping your training child clean, so many parents invest in flushable wipes. Babyganics flushable wipes are paraben-free, so they won’t irritate your child’s more sensitive areas, and they still provide maximum conditioning.

 

5.) Prince Lionheart faucet EXTENDER

 Teaching your little ones the importance of washing hands is an integral step in the potty training process. Instead of making your child reach and strain to get to the sink, try adding a faucet extender. The Prince Lionheart faucet extender is BPA and phthalate-free, fits most faucets and is antimicrobial.

 

What non-toxic potty training product do you swear by? Let us know in the comments!

Sleep Tips for New Parents

 Sleep Tips for Parents

The first few months of a baby’s life are filled with wonder, excitement . . . and exhaustion.

We know how tiring it is to do the late-night feedings, followed by the middle-of-the-night diaper changes, and finished with the early morning wake-up calls that now consist of cries. And every day is a repeat of the day before.

We promise that one day, you’ll look back on these days and miss them more than you can handle.

But until then, we’ve got some sleep tips for new parents to make those sleepless days and nights a little easier!

 

Take Shifts.

It takes a village, right? If you’re in a position to use teamwork to your advantage, do it! Create a sleep schedule. It could be one night on, one night off or you could split the night in half. Figure out what works best for the two of you, and take on this adventure as a team.

 

When Baby Sleeps, So Do You.

Don’t underestimate the importance of catching some extra Z’s whenever the opportunity presents itself. Your nights may be difficult, but the days won’t feel as bad when you and baby share nap times.

 

If Someone Offers Help, TAKE IT.

Now is not the time to be shy or to feel like you have something to prove. If friends or family offer to watch your new baby for a little while, say YES. You need all the rest you can get, whenever you can get it. If you’re especially tired, don’t be afraid to ask for help, either. Your friends and family know this is an exhausting time for you. They want to help.

 

Go to Bed as Early as Possible.

Most newborns are up every few hours, so it’s a good idea to go to bed as early as you can. Even if you’re not sleeping, you’re still relaxing. Your body is still taking a break, which is important to your health.

 

Snack on Superfoods.

You are going to be sleep-deprived for the first few months, there is no way around that. But one thing you can do is feed your body foods that keep your energy high. Some of these foods include brown rice, honey, bananas, apples, oranges, and spinach. Ask your doctor for more suggestions.

 

The first few months are going to be a challenge, but our sleep tips for new parents should help make this journey a little easier and less exhausting!
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