There is nothing quite like the exhaustion of a new parent. I have known exhaustion; 50+ hour workweeks, or graduate school and work, for example. But that pales in comparison to the exhaustion and sleep deprivation of parenthood. It is a constant, continuous lack of uninterrupted sleep. It is a tentative, waiting-to-wake kind of sleep, when you finally manage to get some. My son is almost 4 months old, and there are times when I wake up to his cries for the second time that night, and panic at first, because I can’t remember if I put him back in… Read More

While there is not a one-size-fits-all approach, many women can benefit from supplementation for preconception and pregnancy. Supplements should definitely not take place of a nutrient-rich diet, but they are a good addition! Due to modern farming practices, a large amount of our soil is depleted from important nutrients, and supplements can help ensure there aren’t any gaps in your nutrient intake. Always remember to check with your Board Certified Nurse-Midwife or health care provider to be sure you are taking the right supplements for you and your body! So, what supplements should you take? Prenatal Vitamins New Chapter… Read More

Babies go through a lot of diapers, for sure. But just how many? According to The Real Diaper Association, one baby in disposable diapers generates at least one ton of trash to the landfill. One diaper can take up to 500 years to fully decompose, making this a serious environmental issue. Landfills are running out of space and disposable diapers aren’t being recycled or composted. There’s also a financial component to it. According to a report from Consumer Reports, it can cost $1,500 to $2,000 or more to keep one child in disposable diapers from birth to… Read More

Here is the second and final installment on our infant sleep safety series. If you missed part one, check it out here. Pick the thing that’s bothering you. Is it that you want to co-sleep because you’re so dang exhausted, but you’re afraid to because of the risk?  Read More

As a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) and childbirth and early parenting educator at Baby+Company, I chat with parents daily about baby gear, infant car seat recommendations, safety concerns, and what’s “best.” Read More

As an educator, navigating the path of discussion regarding newborns and safe infant sleep with first-time expectant parents can be a tricky one. I always imagine it as a trail, perilously traversing the top of a razor-thin ridge. You must choose your footsteps carefully as you make your recommendations to these parents. Not only is a child’s physical safety at stake, but also his emotional well-being, and a new mom’s sanity. Read More

September is Baby Safety Month, so we’re going to focus on keeping your baby safe during one of the most thrilling milestones – when Baby learns to crawl! For parents, this moment is both exciting and scary. Suddenly, you see danger lurking everywhere. But don’t worry. It isn't hard to babyproof your house, although you will have to get used to some of the changes. These guidelines will ensure that your new little explorer can crawl around safely. Read More

The body goes through a ton of changes during pregnancy, and the skin is no different. The skin is an organ system, and like all the other organ systems, it’s affected by the changing hormone levels during these 40 weeks. While not every woman will experience the same skin changes in pregnancy, here are some things you might notice. Stretch Marks You knew this one was coming, right? This is probably the one most women think of when thinking about skin changes in pregnancy. Stretch marks may not be limited to your belly, though – they can also occur on the… Read More

Pregnancy brings endless changes – new symptoms and feelings crop up, physical side effects abound, and it can be overwhelming, both physically and mentally. Even though you might be busy with work, preparing for baby, running errands, and dealing with everyday life, it’s important to take time for yourself to make sure you’re healthy for you and your baby. Here are some ways to practice self-care during this time. Rest Pregnancy can be exhausting – after all, you’re growing a person. Your body is working overtime, which means fatigue is a common byproduct. Take time each day to… Read More

Everyone knows you need protein during pregnancy (and always) as part of a healthy, balanced diet, but what does it actually do? Protein is an important part of every cell in your body – it helps build and repair tissue, helps the body make hormones, and is a critical component of things like blood, skin, bones, and muscles. Read More

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