Postpartum Essentials for Mom and Baby

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Postpartum Essentials for Mom and Baby

During pregnancy, expecting mothers tend to spend so much time preparing for the baby, but they forget to think about themselves, the recovery after birth, and the transition of becoming new parents. There is a fourth trimester that many women don’t know about called the “postpartum period”. This fourth trimester is the first three months after giving birth. During that time there is a lot of healing, learning, and many sleepless nights. It can be difficult to adjust during this period if you don’t know what to expect.

As a postpartum doula myself, I have helped hundreds of new mothers, second moms, third time moms, and more bring home their newborn babies. Women tell me all the time that they forgot how difficult this transition can be and new moms say that they weren’t fully prepared. This is why I’ve come up with a list of products that I think are essential to have during this fourth trimester, your postpartum period. I hope that this list of postpartum essentials helps your transition from expecting mom to new mom much easier and more enjoyable. Here is my list of postpartum essentials for mom and baby:

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Postpartum Essentials for Mom

1. Sitz Bath/ Herbal Bath

After you have a baby, you’re definitely going to have a sore pelvic floor. Get some bath herbs to help soothe wounds, aches, pains, reduce swelling, heal tears and perineal bruising. It’s also really good for hemorrhoids, too. You can get a regular sitz bath at any corner store or you can purchase Earth Mama’s Herbal Sitz Bath. Your pelvic floor will thank you!

2. Pads

After giving birth, you will have lochia, which is vaginal bleeding from the uterus lining shedding and it can last as short as two weeks or as long as six weeks. (Note: Do NOT use tampons.) I highly recommend expecting mamas create their own padsicles for when they get home to help with healing so you can purchase some pads to prepare these and have them ready in your freezer. I also recommend picking up some TUCKS Medicated Cooling Pads as well.

  

And you may think I’m crazy, but I highly recommend getting some Silhouette Depends! They are comfortable, don’t leak, and are a great undie alternative especially if you just want to be able to toss what you wear. C-section mamas also like that it covers over their incision.

3. Hydrate

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Mothers that don’t stay hydrated have a lower milk supply so be sure to drink enough water throughout your day. You should be drinking the normal six to eight glasses of water a day (8 oz), but don’t overdo it. Drinking more than eight glasses will not help you make more milk or provide you with any additional benefits. Drinking an excessive amount of water has actually been shown to drop a mother’s milk supply. But again, remember to stay hydrated. Keep a water bottle near you and refill it throughout the day.

4. Tea

Teas can be so helpful for many things, especially a recovering new mama. I recommend Birds & Bees Teas. Their Ripe & Ready tea is made to help tone the uterus, which is perfect for healing after giving birth. Their Our Lady of La Leche tea is helpful to increase the quantity and quality of milk as well as support a nursing mother’s overall health. I give them two thumbs up!

5. Nipple Cream

You have to protect yourself from getting chapped or cracked nipples and two of my favorite nipple balms are Motherlove and Earth Mama. These are a must!

6. Heating/Cooling Pads

These products are postpartum mamas’ favorites! Pariday offers TendHer pillows to new mothers, which are soothing gel pads that can be warmed or cooled to help with healing and soothing aches and pains. They have pillows for the breasts and for the perineum. When you are feeling extra sore and are wanting some relief, these will make your day.

7. Nipple Shield

Breastfeeding can sometimes be difficult in the beginning. Some mothers have inverted or flat nipples which can be a challenge for babies to get a strong latch. Some babies have lip and/or tongue tie, which also causes latch problems. There are so many things that can happen and make breastfeeding a bit frustrating for both you and baby. Lactation consultants will sometimes recommend that you get and use a nipple shield to help your baby learn how to latch properly. It can also give your nipples a break from getting dry and cracked. It’s not something that you need forever, but it’s something nice to have on hand if you need some assistance.

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8. New Mama Bottom Spray

Earth Mama’s Herbal Perineal Spray is definitely a must-have for every new mom. It provides healing and relief without the harsh chemicals and all you have to do is spray for application.

9. Nursing Pads

Disposable breast pads are convenient, but can sometimes be uncomfortable and itchy. A company that I recommend is Bamboobies. They have soft, organic washable and reusable nursing pads. They are my favorites.

10. Healing Salve

With the U.S. cesarean rate being 32.7% (almost one in three people), it’s nice to have something that can help you heal after potentialy having a C-section. Earth Mama’s Skin and Scar Balm is a great all-natural product that helps with proper cell regeneration and wound repair. It can also be used for other surgical wounds, old C-section scars, stretch marks, inflamed rashes, and burns.

11. Nursing Bras/ Tanks

You’ll want to be sure to stock up on 5-7 nursing bras and/or tanks once you have your baby. You will be very leaky so it’s nice to be able to have those extra back ups. Some of my favorite nursing bras are this Underwire Bra, this Racerback Sports Bra, and the Bravado Designs nursing bras and tanks. These are supportive and very comfortable to sleep in!

12. Dermoplast

If you’re needing some major relief down there, I also suggest using Dermoplast Pain Relieving Spray a few times a day to help your pelvic floor heal. It’s slightly numbing, easy to use and offers instant relief.

13. Peri Bottle

For the first week or so after giving birth, peeing can sting (especially if you have stitches). Having a peri bottle handy filled with warm water each time you go to the restroom helps lessen the sting. The hospital usually gives you one to bring home, but I particularly like the peri bottle from Fridababy. Since it has an angled end, you aren’t having to lean over awkwardly aim and spray (and probably missing) every time you have to use the restroom. This makes it so much easier. And you could use it in the future as a portable bidet!

14. Stool Softeners

Going to the bathroom to pass your first bowel movement after birth can be scary and feel like giving birth all over again. Do yourself a favor and start taking a stool softener like Colace once after your little one has arrived. I would recommend continuing to take it for a week or so after, along with eating lots of easy to digest foods.

 

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Postpartum Essentials for Baby

1. Swaddle

I actually prefer swaddle blankets over everything. They are my absolute favorite. However, many parents like to save time and make their lives easier by purchasing some swaddles that are already folded up and designed to quickly put baby in. A few of my favorites are the Miracle BlanketErgo Swaddlers, and these ones by SwaddleMe’s by Summer Infant.

2. Zip Up Onesies

Zip up onesies are the way to go. No parent wants to deal with having to find every button in the middle of the night or having to put a new onesie on their baby that goes over baby’s head. (FYI: Babies normally hate outfits that go over their head.) Save your sanity and ask for zip up onesies only from friends and family.

3. Diapers

Diapers are an obvious essential and new parents NEED diapers. I’ve experienced that Pampers are really great for wet diapers and Huggies are great for poopy diapers, but since we don’t know when that will happen you can’t really go wrong. And the one diaper that holds it all that I constantly use and recommend are the Members Mark diapers from Sam’s Club. They hold everything! But if you want to get an eco-friendly option, I recommend cloth diapering or if you still want disposable, Pampers Pure or Honest.

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4. Hand Sanitizers

Every new parent wants to protect their newborn so having some hand sanitizer on hand can keep those germs at bay. It’s great to have around the house too when visitors stop by so no matter where you’re in the house, you can make sure that their hands are clean before holding your baby. I recommend Babyganics or Honest. Babyganics is an alcohol-free foam and Honest has a gel or a spray. I love that Honest’s gel doesn’t dry out your hands and their spray smells good, too!

5. Pacifiers

Some parents need a good pacifier for their little one. I personally recommend Natursutten and Soothies and a great option for a Soothie is a Wubbanub. These have Soothies as their pacifier and they don’t get lost as easily. Others that I have seen many babies like are SoothiesNuk, and Avent. Babies usually prefer a certain type so try not to buy too many of just one brand.

6. Diaper Rash Cream

Diaper rash is miserable, so don’t skip out on diaper rash creams. I recommend Earth Mama’s diaper balm. It’s amazing! I’ve had many clients use it and it really helps prevent diaper rash and/or treat diaper rash. I also like Honest’s healing balm as well.

7. Wipes

Here’s another product that you can’t get enough of, wipes! Some great options that you can get are PampersHonest and Water Wipes.

8. Baby Detergent

I’ve selected two different types, Dreft and Honest, so you can choose which you prefer. They are both safe for baby, but depending on your budget and if natural/eco-friendly is important to you, you have a second option. Or you can purchase a sensitive skin, fragrance free detergent for the whole family. This way you can save a little money and it’s safe for baby.

9. Nursing App

Another tool that can be a lifesaver is a Nursing App. The one that I really recommend is Baby Tracker Pro. The first few visits to the pediatrician are filled with the doctor asking how many times a day baby pees and poops, how often baby eats, how long does baby eat, etc. The lack of sleep and exhaustion of having a newborn can make it hard to track everything. With an app, it makes it so much easier for you to log eating and diapering. The apps are only a few dollars which is well worth the price and there are even some free ones too.

10. Nursing Pillow

Breastfeeding pillows are a nursing mom’s best friend since they provide relief to your back, neck, spine and arms. The primary function of the pillow is to bring your baby close to your body and closer to your breasts. This is obviously important if you want your little one to get a good latch and keep you comfortable during the process. It also can be a great option if you are recovering from a C-section. It protects the incision site and keeps direct pressure off of it which helps your incision heal faster. My favorites are Boppy and My Brest Friend.

11. Burp Cloths

Babies spit up all the time so it’s good to have a nice, thick burp cloth that can soak and hold all of it.  I have tried many different kinds, but honestly, the product that I prefer the most is Gerber’s cloth diapers and I use them as burp cloths. I know that they aren’t the cutest, but I promise that they can absorb much more and that they will be your favorite too. My second favorite is the Burpy Bibs from aden + anais.

12. Baby Soap

Babies don’t actually need soap very often since they don’t get very dirty, but when they do it’s nice to have some good smelling natural body wash that is made for your baby’s delicate skin. The Honest Company and Mustela are great brands to get for your newborn.

13. Breastmilk Storage Bags

If you plan on pumping your breastmilk, you will need to be able to store it. Instead of keeping each amount you pumped in a breastmilk collection bottle, I recommend that you purchase breastmilk storage bags. This way you will be able to save much more for the future and for emergency situations. Also, you can donate extra breastmilk if you have them frozen in your storage bags as well! Here are two brands of collection bags that you can purchase: Medela Pump & Save Bags and Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags.

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If you want more information on how to properly collect and store breastmilk, read my post here.

14. Breast Pump

It’s unrealistic to think that you are ALWAYS going to be able to nurse your child. You may need to give your nipples a break from your baby nursing and pump instead. You may want to catch up on some sleep or run some errands or want your partner or a family member to help with a feeding, etc. Thank goodness we have breast pumps so women can still give their babies breastmilk even when they aren’t able to nurse. The pumps that I love are the Medela Freestyle BreastpumpMedela Pump In Style Advanced Breastpump, Spectra S2Philips Avent Comfort Double Electric Breastpump, and Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Double Electric Breastpump. Instead of owning your own, there are also hospital grade breast pumps that you can rent too.

15. Bottles

Baby bottles are obviously an essential to have when preparing for baby. Some great bottles are Dr. Brown’s bottles, but, if you decide to formula feed your baby, a great bottle on-the-go is the PopYum bottle. You must check them out!

16. Baby Wrap/ Carrier

You can’t expect to hold your baby all the time when he or she needs you. There are some times in the day and night when you need both of your hands. This is why I am a huge advocate for baby wearing! I love the Baby K’tan Active wrap (their coral and bright blue are just too cute!) and the Lillebaby Complete Airflow. Some other brands that I like are Ergobaby and Tula. You will be so grateful that you have a way to keep baby close, but still get the things on your to-do list done.

17. Happiest Baby on the Block

ABSOLUTELY recommend. I feel like every new parent needs to learn these tricks. Dr. Harvey Karp teaches on this video (and his book) the 5 S’s on how to soothe your baby. Get it! You won’t regret it. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.

18. Sound Machine

Inside the womb, the baby hears so much! He/she hears your heart pumping, your breathing, you speaking, your blood circulating, and more. It’s loud in there. Once they’re born, it can be so quiet. Hearing white noise is comforting to them so this can really help them fall asleep. I highly recommend the Dohm White Noise Sound Machine, the Hatch Baby Rest, and the Baby Shusher. Dohm is the Official Sound Conditioner of the National Sleep Foundation, the Hatch Baby Rest has so many functions that can really grow with your child, and I love how the Baby Shusher is portable and can go with you anywhere.

19. Co-Sleeper

Having some type of co-sleeper for your little one to room-in with you is a great option. A Moses basket like this is convenient for moving your babe from room to room. A couple of other good options that are great are the babybay Bedside Sleeper or the Halo Bassinest swivel co-sleeper.

Who knew that there was so much out there that can help during these first couple of months with your new baby? It can be so much, but these products should help make it a lot easier. Did you use any of these products? Would they be on your postpartum essentials list?

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Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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#pregnancy #pregnant #momtobe #pregnancylife #morningsickness #mamatobe #babybump #pregnancyjourney #bumpie #firsttrimester #preggo #maternity #motherhood #momlife #expecting #mumlife #mommytobe #pregnantlife #babyontheway #inspirepregnancy #mommychick #babychick
A fabulous visual of cervical dilation. Women's bo A fabulous visual of cervical dilation. Women's bodies are incredible. 🙌💕⁠
Board by: @treasuresfromjennifer
📷: unknown⁠
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#childbirth #dilation #pregnancy #birthwithoutfear #momlife #mumlife #birth #empower #educate #prenatal #newborn #pregnant #birthbecomesher #birthisbeautiful #motherhood #empoweredbirthproject #birthwithconfidence #justborn #doula #laboranddelivery #motherhoodrising #positivebirth #birthmatters #babychick #mommychick
Anger. Rage. Frustration. Guilt. Shame. Remorse. A Anger. Rage. Frustration. Guilt. Shame. Remorse. Apologies. Self-digust. All make mothering complicated and layered with conflicting emotions.⁠
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Make space for mistakes. Try self-compassion when you disappoint yourself. Learn skills to help regulate your emotions if necessary. take care of your marriage/partnership. Your baby loves you unconditionally. Do not forget that.⁠
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Comic from "Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts" @familiustalk @brooklyn_rabbit⁠
Words & 📷: @postpartumstress⁠
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#thisispostpartum #postpartum #postpartumlife #speakthesecret #postpartumdepression #breakthestigma #selflove #dailyparenting #honestlymothering #motherhoodunplugged #youarenotalone #motherhood #mothering #momlife #newmom #4thtrimester #fourthtrimester #postnatal #babychick #mommychick #postpartumstress
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. ❤️ It is Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. ❤️ It is the day Americans honor Dr. King's legacy and his key role in helping our nation get closer to its goal of equality for all. There are several important lessons from MLK that we can all learn from and teach our children. If you want to spread his legacy and honor this day, share these 12 lessons with your kids and let's implement them into our own lives. 💜 {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
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#MLK #MLKday #martinlutherking #love #martinlutherkingjr #ihaveadream #civilrights #peace #inspiration #equality #mlkjr #mondaymotivation #dream #quoteoftheday #mlkjrday #babychick #mommychick
It may have been a messy day, but you are doing so It may have been a messy day, but you are doing so well, mama. Take it day by day. Or even minute by minute. Things will get better. You are strong and you are a great mom. ❤️⁠
📷: @helenetheillustrator⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #newmom #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
Crawling is correct. 🤣⁠ (quote via @mytherapi Crawling is correct. 🤣⁠
(quote via @mytherapistsays)⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
When you wish you could buy half sizes. 😑🤣⁠
📷: @momhashtags⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #toddlerlife #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
TRUTH!⁠ 😂⁠ (quote via @nottheworstmom via T TRUTH!⁠ 😂⁠
(quote via @nottheworstmom via Twitter)⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
We get that diapers and childcare aren't cheap and We get that diapers and childcare aren't cheap and bills really add up, but it doesn't cost much to schedule time as a family together. Get out of the house together and make memories. Whether you drive to the lake or your nearest beach or a cool park close by, spend time together. Invest in your memories. Invest in your relationships. Those will be the things that stay with you forever and make you the happiest and "richest" in the long run. ❤️⁠
📷: @momsgotink⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣
How would you finish this sentence? . . .⁠ You k How would you finish this sentence? . . .⁠
You know you have a newborn when _______.⁠
📷: @healthiest_baby⁠
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#parenting #parenthood #parentlife #motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #mommychick #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣
You’ve spent the past 9 months preparing for the You’ve spent the past 9 months preparing for the arrival of your beautiful baby. 🤰 Labor and delivery has come and gone. Now its time for your 6-week postpartum check up. 🏥  So much of life after delivery is focused on your new bundle of joy that you can sometimes forget to care for yourself. This is exactly why I believe the postpartum appointment is so important to you as a new momma – because it’s all about you! 💗⁠
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Sure, your provider loves to fawn over your sweet baby, but this appointment is about mom. How are YOU doing? Self-care is so important to your health and recovery after having a baby, so let this appointment focus on your well-being. 😊⁠
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Here are 10 helpful questions to ask when you see your provider at your 6-week postpartum check up. 📝 Your provider will likely cover most or all of these topics on her or his own, but use this as a guide to remind you to ask anything she or he doesn’t cover! {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @tailsandwings⁠
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#postpartum #postpartumlife #newmom #postpartumcheckup #postnatal #postpartumhealth #postpartumwellness #obgyn #4mind4body #momcare #motherhoodjourney #motherhoodlife #postpartumdoula #postpartumrecovery #mommychick #babychick
YES 👏 IT 👏 DOES👏⁠ Go and find your troo YES 👏 IT 👏 DOES👏⁠
Go and find your troop, your tribe, squad, village. Whatever you want to call it. Find people to surround yourself with who will support YOU, love YOU, encourage YOU as a woman and as a parent. Parenthood is tough. Especially when you feel alone. So find your village and love them hard. And from one mother to another, load up on wipes. Because motherhood can get quite messy too!⁠ 😉⁠
📷: @hallmarkbaby⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
An amazing story from a determined mom to breastfe An amazing story from a determined mom to breastfeed her #triplets. 💗 With hard work, determination, help and support, anything is possible.
Words & 📷: @triplets_and_toddler
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“I breastfed my first child so I knew I wanted to #breastfeed again. People were skeptical about me #breastfeeding triplets, and this drove my determination! 💪 My boys were born at 29+3 and therefore it was so important for them to have #breastmilk! 🤱
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After having an emergency C-section, I knew there was no time to rest, so I started hand expressing within the first hour. I set an alarm to ensure that I expressed every 2 hours during the day and every 3 hours overnight. ⏰
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Being separated from my boys was hard so having pictures/video links helped whilst I expressed. Seeing my teeny, vulnerable babies in their little incubators drove my determination to provide them with my milk! I also rotated muslin squares between us so that I could smell them and vice versa. This also helped me whilst I expressed during the night away from my boys. Their smell on the swaddles kept me focused! 💙
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Twice during our #NICU journey my boys were split between hospitals over an hour apart! This was the hardest time and meant I was separated from 2 of my boys for a couple of days. During this time I kept up with expressing and ensured that all three of them had enough milk to take with them until we were all reunited.
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Looking back I feel it is my sheer determination that has really enabled me to successfully breastfeed my triplet boys! Not once have they needed donor or formula milk. It required a massive commitment both physically and emotionally but I am so proud of my achievement! My boys are now 11 months and are still breastfeeding." ❤️
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*This story is not to bring any mothers down that choose to formula feed. (I, personally, had to give my son formula at 7 months old!) We share this mother's story to inspire mothers and celebrate our victories! ✨
If you are having breastfeeding struggles and want to succeed, contact a good local IBCLC and receive support. Find new mom friends who are also breastfeeding who can encourage you. And if you choose to formula feed, we honor you too. 💕 #mommychick
WTF 😑⁠ (via @thenatewolf via Twitter)⁠ .⁠ WTF 😑⁠
(via @thenatewolf via Twitter)⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
Repeat after me . . . 💗⁠ (quote via @friscoar Repeat after me . . . 💗⁠
(quote via @friscoareamoms)⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #mommychick #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #positiveaffirmations #motherhoodaffirmations
🧠 4 Ways to Promote Your Child's Mental Health 🧠 4 Ways to Promote Your Child's Mental Health 🧠⁠
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Your child’s mental health is fairly complicated. It's also critical to their overall health and wellness. We often think of mental health as it pertains to adults, but just like growth and physical development, research shows that mental health is something that should be considered starting at birth. ❤️⁠
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When children are very young, their brains are extremely sensitive to environmental stress. Toxic stress, defined as high levels of prolonged stress, can have life-long effects on children. Limiting stress for young children is critical for their early mental health. One of the most fundamental ways we can help eliminate toxic stress is by building a strong relationship foundation from the very beginning of their lives. Your relationship with your baby is an integral part of their sense of self-esteem, independence, and confidence; three key factors in mental health.⁠
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Building that relationship with your child can be broken down into four key concepts . . . {Click 🔗 in bio to find out what they are!}⁠
📷: @vlentine⁠
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#parenting #parenthood #parentlife #motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #mommychick #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣
Just in case you call her a boy, here's a MASSIVE Just in case you call her a boy, here's a MASSIVE bow that shows she's a girl . . . yet still somehow get's called a boy. 🤷⁠
📷: unknown⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
💤 Good Bedtime Routines for Babies of Every Age 💤 Good Bedtime Routines for Babies of Every Age 💤⁠
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If you’ve ever typed into Google, “Why won’t my baby sleep?” you’re not alone. In fact, you’re among thousands of other parents/caregivers who are likely as tired as you are. Chances are, if you have gone down the Google rabbit hole at 2:00 a.m. (or just asked your pediatrician for sleep advice), then you’ve most likely been introduced to the concept of a bedtime routine.⁠
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A bedtime routine can be an incredibly helpful tool in establishing healthy sleep habits and good sleep hygiene. Infants and young children thrive on routine; in fact, they are comforted by predictability (spoiler alert: most adults are this way, too!). Plus, a young mind is exposed to so much new information every day that it’s reassuring for a child to know that they can depend on certain events to have a predictable structure.⁠
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Bedtime routines are also a cue to their brains and bodies that sleep is coming. With a predictable bedtime routine, your little one will start to recognize the order of the routine and begin to anticipate what comes next. With enough repetition, this process happens automatically in a very Pavlovian way. A calm and successive routine will also make the onset of sleep come more easily. Can you imagine if you walked out of your workout and immediately someone told you that you had to lay down and fall asleep? This would be nearly impossible, and the same is true for our little ones. By allowing them some time to unwind, you are making the falling asleep process that much easier. Here are some tips on what to do for your little one's bedtime. ❤️⁠ {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @hannahxruth⁠
Article by: @ohbabyconsulting⁠
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#babysleep #goodnight #bedtime #bedtimeroutine #nightnight #sweetdreams #sleepconsultant #babysleeptips #sleepcoach #parenting #sleeptips #motherhood #babylove #sleeptraining #parentingtips #sleeping #toddlersleep #sleephelp #parentinghelp #sleepcoaching #parenthood #sleepdeprived #sleeptraininghelp #babysleepconsultant #babychick #mommychick #momlife
THIS. The struggle is real.⁠ ⁠🥴 📷: @brit THIS. The struggle is real.⁠ ⁠🥴
📷: @britt.kav⁠
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#parenting #parenthood #parentlife #motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #mommychick #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #momhumor
It's the beeeeeessssttttt . . . 😬😑 (quote vi It's the beeeeeessssttttt . . . 😬😑
(quote via @smalltowntallgirl)⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
🤗 7 Tips for Raising Secure and Happy Kids 🤗 🤗 7 Tips for Raising Secure and Happy Kids 🤗⁠
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Parenting is hard. And ever so important. But sometimes it feels like we need to have a special degree in “Managing Toddler Mood Swings” to navigate some of the unexpected scenarios that come with raising secure and happy children.⁠
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Like how do we handle a child that likes to scream instead of talk?⁠
“Please, child, just lower your voice while we’re in Target.”⁠
Or what are we supposed to do when a child prefers to strip down every time we get them dressed or only eat foods that are the color blue?! (In case you’re wondering, there aren’t many blue foods.)⁠
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It can feel tricky and tiring to try and do it all right and then sometimes still feel like you’re at a loss. But the truth is, there’s never any way to make everything perfect. But there are things we can do that set our children up to feel secure and happy. And here are seven of my favorite tips. {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @lauren.stewart_dc⁠
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#parenting #parenthood #parentlife #motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #mommychick #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣
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