The Snuza Hero is portable and easy-to-use movement monitor which clips onto baby's diaper to ensure that normal movement is maintained. Hero detects even the slightest abdominal movement and will alert you if your baby's movements are very weak or fall to less than 8 movements per minute. If no abdominal movement is detected at all for a period of 15 seconds, Hero will vibrate gently. Often this vibration is enough to rouse the baby, and Hero will revert to monitoring mode. After three vibration/rouse incidents, the Rouse Warning will alert you to the fact that your baby's abdominal movements have stopped for 15 seconds on three occasions. If no further movement is detected for another 5 seconds, an alarm will sound to alert you.
- small - fits onto baby's diaper
- vibration stimulation after 15 seconds
- Rouse Warning
- audible alarm after 20 seconds
- Movement-rate Indicator to warn about weak or infrequent movement
There are so many things to think about when preparing for your little ones arrival, we sometimes for get to prepare for what comes next. If you are planning on breastfeeding, it is important to prepare yourself baby's arrival. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for breastfeeding success:
1- Get Educated- If you are new to breastfeeding it is important to learn as much as you can! Talk to breastfeeding moms, attend a breastfeeding class, check out sites like The Leaky Boob and Kelly Mom, or find some great books to help prepare yourself.
2- Get a Support System- Talk to your partner and be sure you are on the same page about breastfeeding. Find a group of moms you can discuss your successes and frustrations with and who can encourage you when your feeling defeated.
3- Get Comfortable- For the first few weeks, it may seem that all you do is feed your newborn. Find a calm quiet place you can be comfortable while you get things figured out. Put together a basket that has everything you may need or want while you are nursing: snacks, water, burp clothes, nursing pads, etc. so you don't get stuck.
4- Get Supplies- Invest in a good nursing bra that is comfortable. You will also want a small supply of breastpads (we recommend Bamboobies reusable nursing pads) and some nipple cream to help with sore nipples. A nursing tank, like Undercover Mama is great to keep your back, sides and belly covered while you nurse your baby.
5- Get Help- In an ideal world, breastfeeding would come easy for all of us. But just in case it doesn't click right away, make sure you have resources on hand should you need help. Getting help early on can make all the difference for breastfeeding success. You can ask your OB/GYN, the hospital, your local La Leche League or visit the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA).
Breastfeeding during the Holiday Season can be stressful and difficult.
Here are a few tips to help make your life a little easier:
1- SLOW DOWN: Take regular breaks and go to a quiet place to feed your baby when possible. Accept help from family or friends when offered. (Easier said than done!)
2- WATCH WHAT YOU EAT: Drink! Drink! Drink water to stay hydrated to help maintain your milk supply. Avoid peppermint and sage as they can negatively impact your supply.
3- WEAR YOUR BABY: Avoid overstimulation and germs from too many visitors by wearing your baby. Plus baby may be more likely to sleep when tired and you get extra cuddles.
Do you need a baby tub? After a lot of babies and a lot of experience, we can honestly say we have found our favorite!
"The Puj Tub makes bathing your baby so fast, easy and convenient. After using a conventional tub for our first baby and dealing with the hassle of filling it up, cleaning it out, and storing it, I knew we wanted to go a different route for our second. The puj has made it so our baby actually gets bathed on a regular basis! Definitely one of our favorite baby purchases!"
Here are our favorite features:
- Cradles and comforts baby
- Hangs flat for easy and convenient storage
- Mold and mildew resistant
- Fits in standard-sized bathroom sinks
- Works with pedestal and countertop bathroom sinks
And here's the best part: We have teamed up with Puj to give our favorite baby tub away!
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We've rounded up our Top 10 favorite gifts for Pregnant Mamas to make shopping a little easier.
1-PREGNANCY PILLOW- This is a lifesaver to help that expecting mama find a comfortable position to get some much needed rest. Here's one of our favorites:
2- PAMPERING KIT- Every mama deserves a little pampering. The Earth Mama Angel Baby a Little Something for Mama-to-beincludes happy mama hand to toe wash, happy mama spray, organic morning wellness tea, earth mama body butter, and natural stretch oil.
3- PREGGO LEGGINGS- The key to a happy pregnancy is leggings and these are chic and comfortable and go with practically everything!
4- LINGERIE- Every woman needs beautiful and comfortable maternity and nursing bras and panties and that's why we love You!Lingerie! It's not just cotton, it's super cute and comfy cotton nursing lingerie.
5-COOKIES- What mama doesn't want wholesome, real, nutritious snacks? Bumpboosters are the perfect sweet snack to grab on the go specially designed for pregnant mamas.
6- PRENATAL MASSAGE- Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
7- PEDICURE- Treat that Mama in your life and help her have perfectly pedicured feet when it comes time to push.
8- Push Pack - Prepacked hospital bag, just for mom which includes Lather® body wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and facial soap, loofah, shave cream, razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant wipes, Motherlove® nipple cream, breast pads, Earth Mama Angel Baby® lip balm & bottom balm, comb, hair band, nail file, disposable under ware, maxi pads, thank you cards, note pad, snacks, gum, lollypop, playing cards, pen, gifts from Daddy & Co and Stickybellies.
9- DIAPER BAG- Every mama needs a new bag and we absolutely love the Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared Messenger Diaper Bag!
10- UNDERCOVER MAMA- Perfect for pregnancy, breastfeeding and beyond. The lace add extra length to the Undercover Mama, perfect for a growing belly.
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The dreaded teething baby. Teething is painful for the sweet suffering baby and painful for everyone trying to comfort them. Every baby is different and there is no fail safe remedy but we've rounded up 3 NATURAL tips and remedies to help sooth teething babies.
1- BREASTMILK POPSICLE- Anything cold brings relief to swollen gums and there is nothing more nourishing than mother's milk so why not combine the two and make a Breastmilk Popsicle? You can make your own mold by using the lid off a gerber bottle and a pacifier. Fill the lid 2/3 of the way to the top and place the pacifier in the milk and freeze. When ready, run the lid under warm water for a few seconds to loosen and give to (supervised) baby. If you don't have either of those on hand, you can trust Amazon to come through again with these:
2- ESSENTIAL OILS- There's a lot of information out there about Essential Oils for Teething, but we love Mama Pure. Check our her post here. But if mixing oils isn't your thing, you can purchase an already mixed version:
Punkin Butt Teething Oil 2 oz is made with essential oils of chamomile, clove and peppermint, on baby's gums will help banish teething pain and soothe baby.
3- TEETHING BISCUITS- Biscuits are the perfect hard, edible snack that can help disctract your baby from the pain. Pinterest is full of natural recipes, but here are a few of our favorites:
What remedies have worked for your little one?
A birth plan is a simple, clear, statement of your preferences for the birth of your child. Remember that things don't always go according to plan and at the end of the day the important thing is the safe birth of your child.
Some Issues to Tackle:
-Natural, Non-Medicated, or Medically Assisted (throw in there water birth or VBAC if needed)
- At What Point to Go to the Hospital
-Personalizing Atmosphere (clothes, music, etc.)
-Managing Pain (medication, breathing, hypnosis, massage, etc.)
-Situations that Warrant an Episiotomy and C-Section
-Presence in the Delivery Room
-Role of Father
-Vacuum Extractor or Forceps
-When to Cut Cord and Cord Blood Banking
Here are some great resources to help you in your birth plan creation:
Great Resourse from the Bump, there's a lot of questions here but it will help you really narrow down what you want to include in your birth plan.
Here is a great straightforward one page birth plan from the Humbled Homemaker
Did you write a birth plan? What would you add to this list?