Bonding After Baby

You just have had that beautiful baby put in your arms and you’re a little nervous. You may have done this before, but the newness of it is still scary no matter how many children you have. You will definitely never be the same, ever again. The changes you are experiencing are good changes, full of hopes and dreams and expectations. Your partner is looking on, and is so amazed with all different kinds of thoughts running through their head. Some of these thoughts they share with you and some they don't. Some of these thoughts may seem like crazy...

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Signs to Know Your Baby Is Ready For Solid Foods

Between the ages of 6-8 months most babies are ready to start some form of solid foods. By this time they have lost the extrusion reflex which benefits with breastfeeding and bottles but will push a spoonful of food right out of their mouth if they are offered one. Usually they are exhibiting several of these next milestones:  Sitting up (with support) and can hold their head and neck up as well.  They are double their birth weight.  They are interested in what you are eating and may be trying to grab it. They can keep food in their mouth...

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10 Great Books for Baby

One of the most exciting habits to develop with newborn babies is reading to them. You really don’t need to prepare very much in order to have a wonderful experience reading to  your baby, but it can be hard to know what  are the most entertaining books to read to your child.   Here is a list of the top 10 best books for reading to babies in 2011 Note: The annotations for each book were written by the "Best Books for Babies" committee: • "A You're Adorable" (board-book version, Candlewick Press, $6.99), written and illustrated by Martha Alexander. "From...

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Top 10 baby gifts

It seems like friends like to have babies together, so one you get invited to one baby shower, you usually get invited for 2 or 3 more as well. Almost every mother will have a Baby Registry attached to her invite. This is full of items like Blankets, Clothes, Bouncers, etc. This is what everyone else will be getting this mom, if you really want to make an impression, consider getting her something from our list of Mommy Must-Haves. Here is a list of what we think are 10 of the best alternative gifts to give mom, and believe me,...

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3 Rules to Infant Sleep

When it comes to getting your little one to sleep, it seems everyone has advice to offer. If you search infant sleep online, you are likely to find anything from cry it out methods to co-sleeping, and everything in between. It's no wonder that new parents are at a loss as to what they can do to help their baby sleep better at night. At The Doula House we have used our work with clients to help us find the most important keys in supporting parents when they are trying to develop better sleep habits in their children. Here are...

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Benefits of Having Night Support

Why do I need a Newborn Care Specialist? Why do I need Professional Sleep Support?  Many parents wonder if it is worth the investment to have a newborn care specialist to provide night support in the first few weeks to months after their baby is born. Hiring a infant care specialist to support you and your partner at night has the benefits of faster healing, better bonding, and happier parents. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep every night. When you sleep only a couple of hours a night on an...

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Avoiding the Breaking Point of New Mother

The breaking point of new mothers comes when a mother is finally so exhausted, stressed out and delirious that she starts believing that if she wasn’t around her family would be much better off. Some mothers at this point actually consider checking themselves into a hospital because the fear of mentally breaking down is so powerful that they fear what will happen to their babies or family if they do. While this state of mind can exist in extreme postpartum depression, it usually is a signal that the mother has had all she can take and that she definitely needs...

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The Hidden Stresses of Breastfeeding and How to Avoid Them.

When a new mother is stressed about breastfeeding, or during breastfeeding, it can cause a decrease in supply, a painful let down, and lead to a feeling of failure. Physiologically breastfeeding is designed to be relaxing, the hormones prolactin and oxytocin help a mother to feel relaxed, peaceful, and sometimes even sleepy. So if our bodies are designed to send us hormones to relax us while breastfeeding, why do some women experience anxiety, pain, or even depression? Expectation has a lot to do with this. When a new mother is tired, stressed about caring for her newborn, and having pain...

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Ten Ways to De-stress as a New Parent

Ten Proven Ways To De-stress As New Parents Learning to de-stress during early parenting is a developed skill that comes with a lot of rewards for both you and your child. De-stressing can have many benefits allowing you and your child the deeper bonding experience that all parents crave. De-stressing also allows new parents to bond and truly enjoy every precious moment that the new parenting experience brings. Here are ten proven ways to alleviate stress during early parenthood: Learn To Meditate Meditation allows you to disconnect from the stresses of daily life and reconnect to a peaceful state of...

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Dream a Little Dream: Use our Wonderful Postpartum Newborn Care Specialists for Postpartum Care and Sleep Support

Many parents wonder if it is worth the investment to hire a newborn care specialist to provide night support in the first few weeks to months after their baby is born. Hiring a newborn care specialist to support you and your partner at night has the benefits of faster healing, better bonding, and happier parents. Our newborn care specialists sometimes referred to as a “Night Nanny,” or a “Baby Doula” can be extremely helpful with the transition of bringing home a new baby. They are there to help support the whole family as they transition during those first early months of adjusting...

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