Postpartum

Best products for minimalist parenting, 2019

When you become a mother (and even before you’re a mother), everyone tells you about all the “stuff” you need. But the truth is, a lot of the things that are recommended for new babies aren’t even really useful!

If you practice attachment parenting for your baby, you can really cut down on many of the items you buy for your little one. Since you plan to be right there with her, you don’t need lots of extra gizmos to watch her or entertain her.

How do you know what baby products really are “must-have” and which ones you can take a pass on if you want to do a minimalist parenting style?

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Dealing with postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety

New mother with baby

Postpartum anxiety and postpartum depression are so often dismissed!

After my first baby was born, I had the typical emotional roller coaster for a few weeks. But by 4 or 5 months, it seemed I was becoming even more anxious. I didn’t think much of it, and I powered through.

After my second daughter was born, I was a wreck. I was terrified of being left at home alone with two children. I was angry every time my husband’s job kept him late. And I was constantly lashing out at my toddler because I was so stressed.

After about 3 or 4 months of my stress levels being through the roof, I realized something had to change. I sought help, and I learned that yes, I was suffering from postpartum anxiety.

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How to take care of yourself postpartum – 6 tips

Congratulations on your new baby! If you’re checking this post out, you’ve likely had a lot going on the past few weeks (or you will soon).

The adjustment to having a new baby is huge. And while there’s lots of information on how to take care of that precious bundle of joy (in fact, we have a great post on what to expect for the first few weeks of your baby’s life), there’s a lot less out there about how self-care for new moms.

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And frankly, that sucks. Your body and mind deserve better. If nothing else, your baby deserves for his mother to be treated better. (more…)

What to expect with a new baby – 8 tips

new baby

When you have a new baby,¬†everything¬†is so new, and it’s a steep learning curve. And the stakes feel insanely high.

Plus, you’re exhausted. The first month or two with a baby is hard. But with a few newborn tips and some support, you can do it!

So what’s normal for your little one, and what is actually something to be concerned about? Continue reading to learn more about what to expect with your newborn baby. (more…)

How to know if my breastfed baby is eating enough

Are you worried about your newborn’s breastmilk intake? After all, the hormones surging up and down (and up and down) make you much more prone to stressing about everything. And let’s be real, your baby’s food intake is your biggest job when he or she is brand new.

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Are you still pregnant, wanting to prepare for breastfeeding? This 90-minute online class will tell you EVERYTHING you need to know to be successful! Check it out!

At first, this job can be pretty intimidating for some moms! After all, you can look at the side of a bottle and read measurements of how many ounces (or ccs, if you’re outside of the United States) your child is drinking, but breasts don’t come with those markings.

Assuming your baby is healthy, it’s actually not that hard to know whether or not you have fed her enough. Despite this fact, I’ve noticed that there’s a lot of over-complication, fearmongering and misinformation out there. Breastfeeding support is a huge passion of mine, so I want to help. (more…)