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taking time for mom

With Mother’s Day now a day of what seems like the distant past, it is easy to forget to take time for yourself. Taking a few minutes for yourself is very important and we want to make sure you remember to do just that. Here are a few of our favorite ways to take a few minutes of ‘me time’.

1. Bath

I love a good bath! If the bath is at bedtime sneak a little sweet slumber baby wash, it isn’t just for baby and will help you get relaxed for bed.

2. Exercise

Take an exercise class at a local gym or do some yoga at home. If you prefer running lace up your shoes and get moving.

3. Spa Day

Plan a spa day (or spa morning) with some friends and get that massage you have been dreaming about.

4. Enjoy the Silence

One of the things I loved to do for some ‘me time’ when my kids were little was to get a sitter and go a restaurant by myself. I loved eating in silence with just a book to keep me company. It really is the little things.

 

tipsforsummertravel

Summer and travel go hand in hand, having a baby can make you think twice about taking trips. It doesn’t have to! Here are some of our favorite tips to help make summer travel with kids a breeze.

What to do before the trip

Ahead of your trip make sure if you are traveling out of the country all passports (including baby’s) are up to date. You will also want to check the current TSA guidelines paying special attention to rules on medications, expressed breast milk and formula.

What to pack

Make a checklist of all the things you use on a daily basis, this may seem silly at first but you will be surprised how many things you use in a day that you forget about. In addition to daily items bring along some small toys for baby to play with along the way and when you reach your destination. Remember to pack a full first aid kit full of any medications and supplements you may need including gripe water.

Don’t forget about nap time

For both nap time and bedtime you will want to plan ahead and think about where baby will sleep. Whether that means calling the hotel and making arrangements or seeing what the sleeping situation is like at grandma’s house this is not something you want to leave for when baby is screaming. Remember all the things for the normal bedtime routine like the sweet slumber line and things you need when bedtime is difficult, like night time gripe water. We love the Guava Family Lotus Everywhere Crib, it sets up in 15 seconds, comes with its own back pack carrying case and fits in the overhead bin on an airplane.

Plan Around Their Schedule

To make the trip fun for everyone try to plan travel around baby’s normal sleep schedule as much as possible. If you can drive/fly during regular nap times that would be ideal. When you reach your destination try to have baby back at the hotel/house for naps and get them to bed pretty close to their regular bedtime. You and baby will both love the downtime.

We wanted to extend a very heartfelt thank you for helping us to Spread the Bliss, with your support we were able to donate enough money for 10,000 kids to have vitamins for a year through Vitamin Angels!

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About Vitamin Angels

Vitamin Angels helps at-risk populations in need – specifically pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five – gain access to lifesaving and life changing vitamins and minerals.

Importance of Vitamins

Vitamin A deficiency is a cause of child mortality.

Multi-vitamins increase the educational potential of children.

*all stats via Vitamin Angels

fathersdaygiftguide

As Father’s Day approaches you may be wondering what to get the new dad on your list, here are some of our top picks.

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These dog tags from Chewbeads are perfect for the new dad, a ‘toy’ and teether for baby he can wear.
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Mom probably picked out a diaper bag to double as her purse, I am sure dad doesn’t want to carry that around. A diaper bag just for dad is perfect for dad to carry all the essentials like diapers, wipes, change of clothes and gripe water on the go when he takes his little out around town.
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3. Date Night
With a new baby at home it can be hard to find time alone for just mom and dad. Gift dad with a date night, pick what you (or the lucky couple) is going to do and arrange childcare. Need some inspiration? Here are some great ideas from The Bump.
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If dad has a sense of humor, this onesie from Etsy shop The1stYearBaby is perfect.
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Dad is sure to take a ton of pictures of the new baby, the Olloclip will take those smart phone pictures to the next level.

yawning baby

Like adults, babies need to wind down after a long day before they can go to sleep. If your baby is having trouble winding down at night consider establishing a bedtime routine to help them, you can get some tips here. If the bedtime routine isn’t working you may need to dive a little deeper to find the root of the problem. Here are some common reasons why babies have a hard time unwinding at the end of the day.

1. Baby is overstimulated. If there is too much going on around baby they may have a tough time going to sleep. Be sure that the room is dim and free from distractions while baby is trying to fall asleep. You may also want to consider a white noise machine for the room to help create a calming environment.

2. Baby is overtired. This is the most frustrating for parents, when you know baby is tired but they won’t go to sleep. Consider trying an earlier bedtime so that baby does not get overtired.

3. Gas pains. If your baby is fussy, squirmy and keeps pulling his or her legs up they may be experiencing gas pains. You can try to ease their gas pain by laying them on their backs and moving their legs and hips in a bicycle motion to try to break the gas bubbles up so they can pass them. A warm bath can help and our gripe water is a safe and natural remedy for baby gas relief.