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Before the fourth trimester is over and done I wanted to share the “survival essentials” that have gotten me through this beautiful and sleepy time. These are really focused on the first month and aren’t entirely comprehensive for the full three months of the fourth trimester. While in theory most of these items are for Hazel, they’ve really made my life easier and a little more fun – cause who doesn’t love dressing up their newborn baby even if all you’re doing is hanging around the house?! I hope this list is helpful and please leave any essentials I’m missing out on in the comments below.

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The Archibald Project is an orphan care advocacy organization that uses media to tell stories. Their stories advocate for orphans, educate on orphan care, build community and inspire people into action. This week we have teamed up with this orphan care advocacy group, that harnesses the power of stories, by donating 20% of the proceeds from our Baltic wrap to The Archibald Project and their mission of eliminating the orphan crisis.

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It’s World Breastfeeding Week and in honor of the occasion we have Rebecca Agi of Best Milk LA here for today’s guest post. Rebecca specializes in lactation education and infant feedings. She is a Certificated Lactation Educator who provides in-home and over-the-phone counseling to new mothers in Los Angeles and around the country. For more breastfeeding tips and information, you can follow Rebecca here.

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In light of recent media attention regarding the safety of swaddling, we are sharing this guest post by Dr. Rallie McAllister MD, MPH. It was originally posted on the Baby Safety Zone and shared with us from our friends at JPMA. Dr. Rallie is a nationally recognized physician, known for the nationally syndicated newspaper column, Your Health. She has authored hundreds of other health articles on a variety of health-related websites, including WebMD.com, lifetimetv.com, ivillage.com, ParentsMagazine.com, msn.com and BabyCenter.com to name a few.

One of the hardest parts of being a mom is making the best, safest choices for your children. This is often complicated by changing, conflicting medical advice and media reports.

Case in point is the May 2016 Pediatrics study that questioned the safety of swaddling and implicated swaddling in increased risk of SIDS.

In our Tweet-length-attention-span world, the nuances of studies like these are quickly lost. To make matters worse, over-simplified, headline-grabbing sound bites don’t come anywhere close to telling the full story.

Here are important points to understand:

• This study was a review of a handful of previously published studies. It didn’t include new research designed to study swaddling in depth.

• The studies didn’t clearly define “swaddling.” It’s not possible to know if the babies who died of SIDS were swaddled safely and correctly and using products made specifically for swadding—or if these babies had been “swaddled” incorrectly.

• One of the findings of the study is that babies are at risk for SIDS when they sleep on their stomachs. This was already a clearly established risk—and it’s a risk whether a baby is swaddled or not.

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Pregnancy comes with its fair share of excitement and anticipation and tender moments, but my first trimester requires a survival guide. With growing bumps, hormones out of whack and touchy nausea, I’ve kept a list of (and clung to) my tried and true lifesavers. Here’s to looking, and sometimes feeling, like you are keeping it all together!

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1. Seamless day bra – I have one in almost every color. They’re so comfortable, super inexpensive, and perfect for sensitive and ever-changing, pregnancy boobs.

2. V-neck caftan – A little pricey but my favorite splurge this pregnancy. I had an event earlier this month that called for dressier attire but I couldn’t get excited about anything in this awkward, transition phase where maternity clothes aren’t necessary (or wanted, as I hadn’t shared the news yet) but of course, I still wanted to feel chic and put together. This dress was so comfortable and hid my already noticeable bump perfectly without looking frumpy. Can’t wait to wear this all the way through this pregnancy and beyond.

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3. BB cream – My skin freaked on me this pregnancy in a way it never has. I try to wear a light BB cream, if anything, to keep from irritating it more.

4. Oil-free foundation – When I do need to get more dressed up, then this oil-free but high coverage foundation is an instant fix.

To Feel Better — 

5. Ginger ale – The best ginger ale ever and a total lifesaver for nausea. My sister-in-law brought it to me on my worst day and I’ve been trying to figure out how to get it plugged into an IV ever since.

6. Ginger mints – Ginger in all its forms eases my pregnancy sickness. More ginger goodness when you’re sick of drinking it.

To Catch a Break — 

7. Floor coloring pages – I found this French company at the shop-up we participated in last month in LA. I brought home a large size poster for my kids and they were all three totally engaged. All the while I sat on the sofa next to them, sometimes participating, but mostly just lying there, sick as a dog and happy they felt like I was a part of it.

8. Netflix – The next time you’re up with heartburn or you wake up at 2 AM every morning for no apparent reason (don’t you love it when people tell you it’s because your body is preparing you to be awake all night when the baby comes?), I recommend binge watching Tina Fey’s Netflix series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” You’ll laugh so hard you won’t care that you’re awake.

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For your baby valentine

February 1, 2016

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We cherish every reason to celebrate our little loves well beyond Valentine’s day, but look to this gift guide for our round-up of the sweetest gifts for your baby valentines. Don’t we all live for every extra I love you, kiss and hug, both given and received! xo

 

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01. Harem Pants / 02. Pacifier Clip / 03. Knit Heart Blanket / 04. Solly Ox Blood Wrap / 05. Letterpress Print / 06. Love Bobbi / 07. I Love You Teether / 08. Flower Rattle / 09. Romeo & Juliet Board Book

 

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Bringing Home Baby

October 6, 2015

The feeling of a new baby in your home is almost impossible to describe. Time seems to stand still for a moment and, even amidst crying and gas and sleeplessness, the beauty of the whole thing is almost intoxicating. Somehow Shelby Osmond captures it perfectly in this video. Like, I-should-probably-have-ten-more-babies-perfect. Check out more heavenly baby moments on her blog, Brandon and Shelby.

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Hi! My name is Lindsey Shipley, Registered Nurse, IBCLC, certified lactation specialist and mom of 2. I provide lactation consulting services before and after baby is born. I teach breastfeeding courses in-person and online. I also offer breastfeeding basics, intermediate breastfeeding, and returning to work and breastfeeding. I’m here today to share some of the benefits of skin-to-skin contact.

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Just when you thought Solly Baby had given you enough reasons to choose their wrap with the beautiful design and easy how-to videos, I’m here to share some research-based reasons why you should consider babywearing! I teach clients in my breastfeeding classes about the benefits of Kangaroo Mother Care, also known as Skin-to-Skin. Kangaroo Mother Care is when an infant is placed on the maternal chest with just a diaper on, and blankets are placed over the top. This practice has been shown to aid in stabilizing infants after birth. It is important to practice skin-to-skin not only immediately after birth, but the benefits can extend well beyond that time. Babywearing allows mother and infant to practice skin-to-skin contact wherever they are. With Solly Baby wrap, you and your baby can enjoy the benefits of Kangaroo Mother Care up to one year of age! Today, I’m going to give you some research-based reasons why to consider babywearing for your infant.

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Physiological Benefits to Mom and Infant –
Research has shown that skin-to-skin contact creates a more stable environment for both mom and baby. The physiological benefits to the infant include temperature regulation, heart rate consistency, blood sugar control, quicker weight gain, improved sleep patterns, increased immunity, and an easier time breastfeeding overall. Benefits to the mother include a better milk supply, quicker recovery, reduced risk of postpartum depression, sleep patterns regulated to the infants’, and ability to breastfeed longer (Sywulak-Herr, 2002, p. 290).

Enhanced Mood and More Rest –
For a long time, there was a notion of “take the baby, so Mom can rest”. Now, we know that a mother can get more worry-free rest with the infant closeby (Merewood, 2014, p. 510). Babywearing facilitates this closeness. Skin-to-skin contact can stimulate oxytocin release, a hormone that creates a very relaxing effect for mothers. When mothers and infants are separated, it can create mutual anxiety; which means more infant crying and less restful sleep.

Ease the Transition –
Being born is hard work! It is quite a shock for infants that have spent nine months in a warm, protective environment to transition to the outside world. They are used to constant soothing motion and the sound of their mother’s heartbeat and voice. No wonder why infants are most comfortable in skin-to-skin contact. Babywearing is a great option to extend the many benefits of Kangaroo Mother Care beyond the first few days postpartum.

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References:
1. Merewood, Anne. (2014). Skin-to-skin at Birth: A New Model of Care. Journal of Human Lactation, 30. 509-510. doi:10.1177/0890334414549768

2. Sywulak-Herr, C.M. (2002). Video Review: Kangaroo Mother Care: Rediscover the Natural Way to Care for Your Newborn Baby. Journal of Human Lacation, 18, 289-290. doi: 10.1177/089033440201800324

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