Back and neck pain can be caused by a number of factors when nursing a baby. As you recover from childbirth and pregnancy, hormonal and physical changes might cause pain, swelling and unease in your ligaments. In addition, your body takes time to readjust to the forward weight distribution of the baby in the womb after pregnancy. The most common cause, however, is improper posture and repetitive nursing positions used every day during feeding. This is what leads to pain in the shoulder blade region, back, and neck.
Going on vacation takes a completely different meaning when you have a baby. Simply lounging at the beach or finding spontaneous adventurous may no longer be as easy. All the same, getting away with the family is an amazing way to reset and experience new thrills, and you’ll probably be glad you’re traveling (even if it’s after the fact).
Here are some must-have gift ideas for brand new dads, and those that have been around the block a few times. These gift ideas from Isabelle Grace Jewelry and Finn + Emma speak volumes about how much a father is loved. Plus they can be given to current dads and dads who are expecting their bundle of joy soon.
Congratulations! You made through 40 weeks of pregnancy and probably quite a few painful hours of childbirth. You’re now a proud mama and ready to get back to your pre-pregnancy lifestyle. Here’s what you need to know about the postpartum recovery period and the best ways to start feeling more like yourself.
Keeping track of developmental milestones is one of the most exciting parts of being a new parent. Seeing your child grow before your eyes will quickly make you forget all of those sleepless nights and stressful trips to the doctor. Here are four of the biggest developmental milestones that you should keep an eye out for in the next few years.
Kids will lose their baby teeth as they grow up. This a natural and predictable process. There will be no pain when the tooth is lost. And yes, the new permanent tooth will come through to fill the space and complete the cycle. However, parents need to know how to take care of the gums and the new tooth to handle a natural process in a comfortable manner. You should also know the timetable for the teeth coming in and falling out to care your little one better. Sometimes, things, however, don’t follow that predictable a trajectory for which you should be ready in advance.
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It is no secret that babies require a lot of gear. Especially in this day and age when we have a million accessories, apparatuses and three times more clothing than a baby realistically needs, it’s easier than ever to find yourself drowning in all of it. In fact, since nurseries are often small, and need to fit a lot of things, they end up being messy and impractical after a very short time. Not to worry, there are some simple hacks that will help you get rid of the clutter and make your child’s room the safe, comfortable place it’s supposed to be.
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It’s never comfortable watching your baby go through the teething process and feel extremely uncomfortable. While it’s a normal part of every baby’s development, it’s still hard to see them endure so much pain. There are a few things to remember when it’s time you’re dealing with a baby who’s in the middle of teething.
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Becoming a mom changes your world, but it may not change your need or desire to return to work when your maternity leave is up. Without some planning, your first day back to work could be the first time you and your new baby are apart, which can be difficult for both of you. Thankfully, there are ways to make the transition easier for you both.
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Baby Showers can be so much fun! It’s a great time to fellowship with family and friends to celebrate the soon coming baby! If you are the lucky one who gets to plan the shower, here are a few games you can include:
- Sing It, Baby!
- Measuring up Mommy
- Here’s Looking at You, Kid!
- Don’t Say Baby
- Baby Truth or Dare
- The Seventh Gift
- Dig out the Pins
These baby shower games are some of the most common played. They are a great way to break the ice and let the guests get to know each other.
Here is the run-down on how to play each game:
In Sing It, Baby!, the guests form a circle. They can sit or stand. Then, each guest must sing a line or two from a song that has the word “baby” in it. When the first player has finished, the next person seated on her right has ten seconds to sing another “baby” song. “Baby” songs cannot be repeated, thus, participants who repeat a song or cannot think of a “baby” song get booted out of the game. The last person singing in this shower game wins a prize!
Measuring Up Mommy gives the guests the freedom to measure mommy’s size. Have a couple of toilet paper rolls ready and ask each guest to estimate the size of mommy’s girth by cutting the toilet paper to their guess size. Then each one wraps the toilet paper that they cut around the new mommy’s stomach. The closest length that fits around the mommy’s stomach wins a prize!
Remember how you looked when you were a baby? This game takes you down memory lane as you need to dig up your old baby pictures. Here’s Lookin’ At You, Kid! requires you to request all the guests coming to bring the cutest baby picture of themselves to the shower. Upon their arrival, secure each baby picture and assign a number per picture. During the game, lay out all of the baby pictures and give each guest paper and a pen. Ask them to identify as many baby pictures as they can. The guest with the most number correct is the winner.
Don’t Say Baby is precisely that! Don’t say “baby” during the entire length of the baby shower. The object is to keep the diaper pin that was given to you upon your arrival. If you say “baby” it will be taken away from you. The person with the most number of diaper pins collected at the end of the baby shower wins a prize.
Play Baby Truth or Dare by writing down baby trivia, some correct and others purposely written incorrectly. During the game, ask if the baby facts are either true or false. Those who guess correctly win a prize, while those who don’t will be dared to perform in front of everyone else.
We all know that the single lady who catches the bride’s wedding bouquet is said to become the next bride. The Seventh Gift is not so much a game, but more of a fable that says that the giver of the seventh gift that is unwrapped will be the next expecting mother. Avoid “planting” the seventh gift.
Last but not the least, Dig Out the Pins is the game that tests the agility of the guests as they fish out diaper pins from a large bowl filled with uncooked rice. Players have two minutes to fish out as many diaper pins as possible. The guest with the most number of pins at the end of the game brings home the prize.