• High-Design Nursery Style

    5 nurseries you should get Pinning now.

    Article courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    One of the best parts of baby prep is designing your dream nursery. Yes, that nine months is crucial to getting life in order before your little one arrives, but it’s also crucial to scouring your feeds for inspo, shopping till you drop, and rearranging that furniture justonemoretime till you’ve created a room that will make you swoon during every change, cuddle and late-night feed with your baby.

    To help you get inspired, we’ve rounded up some of our very favorite nurseries from some of our very favorite mamas, filled with high-design from corner to corner...

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  • Things We've Read: Week of Oct. 17th, 2016

    Why Therapy During Pregnancy Should Be Required (Washington Post): People frequently consider going to therapy before they make a major life transition, such as getting married or changing careers. But what about when embarking on a monumental shift such as parenthood?

    Your Baby, No Sex Required (GOOD): Stanford professor Henry Greeley says we're just years away from choosing the child of our dreams. 

    9 Of My Favorite Birth Practices Around The World (Huff Post): Great birth practices from around the world that maybe should be adopted everywhere...what other ones would you add?

    Giving Every Child A Monthly Check For An Even Start (NY Times): By international standards, the US tolerated more child poverty in 2012 than 30 of the 35 countries in the OECD, a grouping of advanced industrialized nations.

    The Misdiagnosis of ADHD (Scientific American): Explaining this fact—how it is that perhaps two thirds of the children diagnosed with ADHD do not actually suffer from the disorder—is the book’s central mystery.

    Why This Working Mom Covered Herself In Breast Milk Bags (Huff Post): This "Working Mother Suit" highlights the obstacles that working moms face.

    Great Mommy-and-Me Style Doesn't Have To Come With A Huge Price Tag (Vogue): Mommy-and-me style inspirations from Instagram.

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  • Top Tips For The Second-Time Around Mom

    Congratulations! Now that you’ve mastered your first child, another new baby is on the way. If you’re expecting your second (or third, fourth…) baby, you might be in for some surprises. And this next baby might be exactly like your first, or entirely his or her own. Either way, things will change for you and your family, and it’s just as important to be prepared now as it was the first time around. With another baby, there are new questions and challenges, but it’s not all unfamiliar. There’s no reason for you to reinvent the wheel, and much of the same advice for your first carries on to your subsequent babies. But there are some tips specifically to prepare you and your family for the new arrival.

    Make “Let it Go” your new mantra. With another child on the way, feel free to lower your expectations a little. Clean house, folded laundry, adorable matching outfits and uber-healthy homemade snacks are probably not in the cards while you’re settling in with your expanded family. It will even out eventually (and probably sooner than you think!) but for the first several months, don’t stress out about doing everything - or anything - perfectly. Decide where it’s most crucial you spend your time, whether it’s packing healthy lunches or reading extra stories at bedtime, and prioritize those things. Don’t worry, the vacuum cleaner will still be there next month.

    Optimize what you can. The reality is that you have a new little person to care for, but you didn’t grow another set of hands or an extra 6 hours to the day. This is the time to learn little tricks to help you get everything done at home and work efficiently and effectively. One great second-time around hack is to carry the new baby in a wrap or other carrier. Whether you’re around the house or out and about on errands, this will help you get chores done or play with your older child while keeping the baby close and cozy.

    Be realistic about baby gear. Think back to your oldest child’s infant days. What were the most useful, the most indispensable items that got you through the day-to-day? If you still have them stored in the garage, dust them off and get them ready for the new baby. If not, get them again. The gear that made your first baby a happy camper will likely do the trick for the second or third. Be aware, though, that every baby is different. That baby swing your first practically lived in might terrify your next child. Don’t be afraid to let go of items if they’re not working. And definitely don’t feel pressure to pick up the gear that you barely used the first time around.  

    Adopt a flexible schedule. Remember how long it took to get out of the house with a newborn? Spit-ups, diaper changes, and other curveballs can end up monopolizing an entire morning. Now, that’s multiplied by two (or three). You may need to cancel or change plans at the last minute, and that’s okay. If those derailments mean that your older child misses something fun, like a party or a playdate, do your best to reschedule soon so he or she doesn’t miss out. Whether you need to be somewhere at a certain time, or you’re simply trying to go for a walk around the block, give yourself extra time to get out the door and plan on the unexpected delays.

    Involve the first child as much as possible. Give them small tasks that are easy for them to manage: bringing you a diaper when it’s time for a change, singing to the baby at naptime, restocking the pile of burp clothes by your bed. One sweet and meaningful activity you can arrange for your first child is for him or her to give the new baby a present when the siblings meet one another for the first time. It can be anything, from a blanket to a special toy to a crayon-drawn picture. You can also have a present waiting for your oldest child/children “from” the new arrival. Instant sibling bonding!

    Watch your language. As hard as it may be for you to adjust to another creature in the house, your oldest child or children are experiencing their own challenges. Let the older sibling know that the entire family is going through a transition, and frame it in a positive way. Blaming the baby for things you suddenly can’t do (“don’t be loud, your sister is sleeping” or “we can’t go to the park because your brother needs to nurse) could possibly plant seeds of resentment in your older child. Change the way you discuss the day-to-day as a family without centering “don’t’s” around the new baby. Say things like “I can’t wait to go outside and be wild after your sister wakes up” or “Let’s go to the park tomorrow when it’s nicer. We can do a picnic inside right now.”

    Be gentle with yourself and your kids. Just like when your older child was a newborn, every day was a learning experience for you. The same goes for your second or third baby. You’re managing another family member (who is at his/her neediest) while trying to keep on top of your other children, making sure everyone is getting their needs met. That’s a tall order, on a good day! Remind yourself that you’re learning - and creating - a new family rhythm with new norms, new traditions, and new relationships. That takes some time.

    Trust what you already know about being a mom. You’ve likely honed a pretty stellar mommy-instinct with your first baby. That intuition is still there, and it’s still strong, even if it’s been awhile since you’ve had a newborn around. You have your experience to call back on, which can alleviate any fear around pregnancy, childbirth, feeding, or the dreaded diaper blowouts.

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  • How to Help Your Baby Talk

    10 ways parents can support infant language development

    Article & Photos courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Whether your baby is almost babbling, just saying strings of babble while pointing at something he likes, or seems to be having a chat with you, the emergence of language and communication is how he begins to interact with others and the world around him. Here’s a few ways you can support language and communication from birth through 12 months:

    0- 3 Months: Gently begin to engage your baby through words, and consider baby’s response to your voice.

    In these first few months especially, we want to be sure we are helping baby stay calm and regulated, and we want to help bring them back to a place of calm when they are upset. When we begin to engage with baby through words, we want to be sure we are modulating our voices to match their needs in the moment. If baby is sleepy, or resting, or quiet, parents may want to speak softly and gently. If baby is awake and alert and starting to take an interest in the world around them, parents may want to speak in a still gentle, but slightly louder tone, perhaps even with a higher pitch (aka “mothereese”).

    3-6 Months: Take baby’s babbling ... Read more

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  • Things We've Read: Week of Oct. 10th, 2016

    Can Attachment Theory Explain All Our Relationships? (NY Mag): The most important parenting you’ll ever do happens before your child turns one — and may affect her for the rest of her life.

    The Right And Wrong Ways To Help Pregnant Workers (HBR): Companies should seek to understand what support women want most.

    Teaching Your Child Emotional Agility (NY Times): How children navigate their emotional world is critical to lifelong success.

    The Perpetual Panic Of American Parenthood (NY Times): "There is a dawning sense among voters that our lack of governmental support for child care, and the anxiety this causes, isn't normal."

    How Passive Aggression Hurts Children (The Atlantic): Studies show that kids are sensitive to quiet marital resentment—not just all-out shouting matches.

    IndiGo Airlines Adds Kid-Free Zone On Flights--Will Others Follow? (Traveler): “Keeping in mind the comfort and convenience of all passengers, row numbers one to four and 11 to 14 are generally kept as a Quiet Zone on IndiGo flights."

    Homeopathic Teething Gels May Pose Risks (NY Times): The products may contain inconsistent amounts of an ingredient that can be dangerous at high doses. 


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  • Best Salons in the US for Pregnant Women

    When you’re pregnant, your highest priority becomes taking care of your growing little one. Taking care of yourself is crucial, too! But when you want to pamper yourself with a trip to salon, it can be hard to know which ones are safe to frequent while you’re expecting. We’ve tracked down salons nation-wide that have gained reputations as agreeable to expectant mamas. It’s best to speak with your doctor about the safety of specific hair and beauty treatments during pregnancy. Craft your personal do and do-not list to bring with you as you book your next appointment. When you’re ready for a trip to the salon, there are fantastic picks across the country for you to choose from.

    Breathe clean in Hale Salon: New York, New York. Touted as the most environmentally friendly salon in NYC, countless expectant mothers come here with peace of mind. It’s a clean-air salon, which is particularly blissful when you’re living in the Manhattan area. Hairspray and similar products are off-limits, save for a specially designated room. The salon’s mission revolves around clean living, so the products they use are thoroughly vetted to be the most natural and clean they can find, including some vegan products. The rave reviews for Hale aren’t only for their nontoxic environs, but also the gorgeous beauty work they do. For the eco-minded, Hale Salon could become a main fixture even after the baby is born.

    Evolve your pregnancy style Evolve Hair and Art: Seattle, Washington. With an all-inclusive passion for holistic living, Evolve is an organic salon in the heart of the Emerald City. The products used here are the purest available, and even the hair color is organic and clean. Maintaining a toxin-free environment is a priority, and the stylists here are passionate about their mission. Customers call Evolve a peaceful and health-conscious place to be, which means you’ll be in like-minded company while you’re there.

    Blend style and substance at Garbo: Austin, Texas. Garbo is a salon and spa in Austin with a reputation for excellent service and an eco-conscious mindset. While you’re getting your hair done, you can relax knowing that the products used here will be as safe for your baby as for yourself. The award-winning salon is not only known for its cutting-edge style work, but also for its dedication to being green. Garbo also offers skin services and facial treatments, and remember to check with a doctor before you book your trip, to be sure about which treatments are pregnancy-approved.

    My Hair Trip Salon gives an offbeat, but eco-conscious, experience: Denver, Colorado. If you’re in Denver, book at appointment at the city’s most-frequented certified green and organic salon. The 5-star rated salon boasts hair stylists, but also a commitment to using organic, chemical-free products for every stage of haircare. An earnest commitment to nontoxic products and sustainable haircare choices makes My Hair Trip a special place to enjoy a pre-baby haircut or hair treatment. The offbeat salon also sells art, jewelry, and apparel, and with the clean-living environment, you’ll feel comfortable lingering and browsing in the stunningly green-designed long after your appointment is over.

    Go for the full treatment at Asha SalonSpa: Chicago, Illinois. Asha focuses on a natural approach to haircare and style, which makes this salon a worry-free choice for your haircare needs. Not only is their all-natural philosophy attractive for salon treatments, they also offer a stellar array of prenatal spa packages. With options like gentle mother-to-be massages, hydrating belly treatments, and prenatal waxing, this is a must-stop destination before the baby arrives. They also have a mother-friendly attitude: childcare (for children 8 weeks and older) is available for you during your time at the SalonSpa, just be sure to make a reservation first. Enjoy the eco-conscious spirit of Asha while you’re expecting, and you’ll want to make yourself a regular customer post-baby, too.

    Salon NOVO is your Bay Area pick: Sonoma, California. Sonoma County’s first eco-friendly certified salon, Salon NOVO makes green hair care hip. The main mission of the salon is to “detoxify the salon experience,” which makes it a comforting choice during pregnancy. They use a selection of the best all-natural hair, body, and skin care and are enthusiastic about their choices, which means they’ll tell you all about them if you’d like to know specifics. The salon receives rave reviews for their work, so you don’t need to feel like you’re trading quality for peace of mind.

    Go to Maria Heckscher Salon for an afternoon of care: Atlanta, Georgia. At MH Salon, going clean and green is a full-on philosophy that you and your bump can get behind. They are so dedicated to an eco-conscious (and pregnancy-friendly) environment, even the hand towels are made of soft, sustainable bamboo. The salon uses organic and all-natural hair products so as you’re maintaining your look, you can be certain that unwanted toxins will be avoided. Maria Heckscher Salon also has a boutique and cafe to spend a few blissful hours truly enjoying in worry-free relaxation.

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