Tea for two? If you’re pregnant, every sip you take might have an impact on your growing baby, so you’re never drinking alone. Because many teas are brewed from herbal leaves that also can be used for medicinal effects, you do need to think carefully about what’s in your cuppa’. Here is a list of teas that are safe during pregnancy—and ones you should avoid until after baby arrives.
Aromatherapy, when I first heard the phrase, holding a newborn on my lap, sounded like something that people who had time to brush their teeth should worry about, not me. The only “therapy” I thought I needed then was a solid night’s sleep (or at least four hours…is that too much to ask??), not some fancy little bottles I didn’t have time to learn how to use! But a been-there-done-that mom convinced me to give aromatherapy oils a whirl (or a whiff) and let me tell you—our sense of smell is much more powerful than we tend to give it credit for! I can honestly credit my nose for becoming a much more mellow mommy. So before you turn your nose up at essential oils, let me tell you why the right scents are indeed exactly what you need right now—for you and your baby.
Store-bought baby wipes certainly get the job done, but they can be expensive, and you’ll go through hundreds of them every month. Plus, if your baby has sensitive skin, you might need to go through some serious trial-and-error before you figure out which product works best on your baby’s delicate tush. So why not try homemade baby wipes? Of all the DIY baby ideas out there, this one will save you money and save your baby’s skin because it’s 100% natural and contains no harsh ingredients.
New moms, if you haven’t figured it out by now, I’ll be the one to break the news: your husband is not the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to caring for babies. A Baby Whisperer he is not. He can’t calm the cries as quickly; his swaddling skills are sub-par; he fastens diapers as if he’s not sure what part of the body they are supposed to be protecting. But I’m here to tell you something that might sound absolutely insane to you:
Peas, string beans, butternut squash, carrots…the labels on those cute little jars of baby food sound so wholesome. But if you’re not choosing organic baby food, your baby’s first bites from a spoon might be anything but wholesome. Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture does not (yet) make claims that organic foods are more nutritious than conventional produce, here are 5 reasons why this mom of three thinks it’s not worth taking the risk on infant foods that don’t have the non-GMO, certified organic stamp.
To win the war of the wills with my adorable-but-stubborn 3-year-old, Charlie, I have to give him choices. “Milk or water?” when he asks for juice; “Do you want to play with your books or your blocks?” when he demands to watch more TV. This approach, however, hasn’t translated well to potty-training. “The Elmo potty or the Dora one?” just wasn’t enough to compel him to sit down long enough to get the deed done. I was worried he might be too stubborn to potty train—but then Jeanine, the mom of Charlie’s best friend, Stevie, who is probably even more stubborn than Charlie, told me she’d trained her son in less than three days using a sort of “boot camp” she cobbled together from parenting blogs and her own mommy instincts.
My husband is one of eight grandsons, with no female first cousins. After my first son was born, I got lots of knowing smiles from those familiar with his male-dominated family tree and comments like, “Aren’t boys great? It will be so cute one day when he has a baby brother to play with.” Sure, boys are great. But I hoped to have a daughter, too.
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