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Modern Parenting Dictionary Part 2

Modern Parenting Dictionary Part 2Today we bring you Part 2 of our Modern Parenting Dictionary.  This edition is all about parenting styles.  Yes, the way in which we choose to raise our children is considered our parenting style.  Much like your sense of fashion, your home décor and your choice of car represent your style, various methods of child-rearing have been given specific names to represent the type of parenting involved.  Check out these parenting styles and see which one you identify with most.

Attachment Parenting:  This is a manner of parenting in which parents and children are rarely apart and develop a strong emotional bond, especially during the early years of a child’s life.  Coined by Dr. William Sears, this parenting style is based on the attachment theory of psychology and is believed to have a lasting affect on a child’s lifelong relationship with his parents.

Elephant Mom:  Similar to how female elephants treat their young in the wild, elephant moms hover over their children to nurture, protect and encourage their growth and development.  Mother and child touch lovingly and mother’s come to their baby’s rescue if they are in trouble.  Elephant moms also believe that other mothers, including grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and friends should all be involved in nurturing their babies until their teenage years.

Free Range Parenting:  Parents who avoid over-parenting and doting on their kids every need are known as free range parents and their kids are called free range kids.  This style of parenting allows kids to have freedom and responsibility appropriate for their age.  It was initially identified by author Lenore Skenazy.  [Antonym: Helicopter Mom]

Helicopter Mom:  Like a helicopter, a helicopter mom is one who hovers over their children, tending to their every need and desire.  This mom watches her children very closely and knows every detail of their experience in life.  Helicopter moms are especially involved in their kids’ academic life and intervene when adversity arises.  It was originally named by Dr. Haim Ginott in the 1960s.  [Antonym:  Free Range Parenting]

Lawnmower Parent or Snow Plow Parent:  Lawnmower or snow plow parenting is an extreme type of helicopter parent who clears the path and any obstacles that may lie in front of their child, like a lawnmower or a snow plow.  Lawnmower or snow plow parents often brown-nose teachers, get their kids into lessons for “power” sports such as golf or tennis and otherwise don’t let their children fight their own battles.

No Rescue Parent:  An extreme type of free range parent, the no rescue parent teaches their children to learn from their own mistakes without intervening on their behalf.  If a child forgets his homework or musical instrument at home, no rescue parents will not save the day by bringing it to them, but rather hope that their kids will not make the mistake again in the future, even if they have to suffer consequences in the present.

Tiger Mom:  This mother is extremely focused on a child’s academic success and is very competitive in nature.  Her goal is for her children to land in a financially rewarding profession and be highly successful as adults.  Often Tiger Moms are depicted in the Asian culture as strict parents who believe children should only improve themselves without regard for fun.

Caring for a Premature Baby

Caring for a Premature BabyIt’s an extremely joyous thing to have another life growing inside you. It’s even more exciting knowing you’re about to be a mother, but when your baby arrives earlier than expected, those feelings of joy and excitement can be washed away completely, and be replaced with fear and anxiety. For a baby to be considered premature they have to be born before thirty-seven complete weeks of pregnancy. Their bodies are not fully developed and this is why many have difficulties with breathing, feeding, keeping their body temperature regulated, or jaundice, which is quite common for premature babies.

Today we are going to discuss a few issues that are most common for premature babies and how you can keep the love and excitement flourishing through this difficult time:

After you’ve given birth to your new little one, they will more than likely have to be transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit for few weeks, or even months in order for your doctors and nurses to monitor their breathing, heart rate, and organ development. While it will be hard to see your tiny bundle of joy hooked up to a ventilator, it’s important to understand your doctor and their team is doing everything they can to provide the best care for your baby. To calm your anxiety, don’t be afraid to ask questions and do a little research. It’s okay to be a concerned parent! Knowing what exactly is going on with your baby will keep you connected to them and ease the tension you may have with the whole situation.

When your baby is ready to come home, and your doctor believes their health is strong enough to be taken out of neonatal care, you may be feeling another rush of anxiety and might think how are you going to give them the proper care they need outside of the hospital? Preemies need a lot of attention to maintain a stable temperature, especially during night time and bath time. Monitored sleep is a big issue for premature babies because cot death can occur. Cot death is an unexplained occurrence when a baby dies suddenly and unexpectedly. This can occur for a preemie because their body temperature can change in a range of seconds. Because you can’t possible watch your baby every minute of the day, you must be aware of their body temp and know the precautions of cot death. Talk to your doctor about a bed time routine and how to check your baby’s body temperature. If they are feeling slightly cold layering is an option. However, you want to be careful not to layer them too much because then they could over heat. Other ways to prevent cot death are to always lie your baby on their back to sleep, don’t fall asleep with your baby while you’re sitting or lying on the sofa, don’t let them sleep with a pillow, and make sure their head isn’t covered with bedding.

Bath time is another way your baby could be losing heat. How often you wash your baby depends on how premature he or she is. At first you should only be using water and never use soap without being told otherwise. Depending on their skin they may be sensitive and you don’t want to cause any infections. When their skin becomes wet they can become cold quickly. Once you’re done with their bath try cuddling them to your skin. This will create more heat and help regulate their body temperature. It’s a good idea to ask your doctor if you can watch the nurses wash your baby while they are still in the hospital. Watching professionals is good practice for at home.

Just like any baby, sleeping and feeding are huge factors for a preemies’ health. You might not think they will eat as much as a normal baby, but they actually need to eat more. They need to be feed more often so they can grow up strong and healthy. If you can, start breastfeeding right away once you leave the hospital. You can store milk and be ready for when your baby comes home. Talk to your doctor about a breastfeeding schedule and how often you need to feed. Breastmilk is one of the best things you can give to your baby because it is packed with key vitamins and minerals needed for your preemie to fully develop their organs. Sleeping is also something you should ask your doctor about because your preemie is going to have a harder time falling asleep than most babies. Ask your doctor about a proper sleep schedule where you can monitor your baby.

One of the best things you can do with your preemie is to spend time with them. The first couple months are going to be quiet ones because you’re not going to want to disturb your baby with lots of company or take them places because they are more prone to infections due to their underdeveloped bodies. While they are in the hospital try to visit as much as you can. Watch the nurses and doctors as they care for them, ask to be a part of bath time, and hold them as much as possible. Creating a mother and baby bond is very important, and getting yourself prepared before you bring them home will help immensely with your anxiety and stress.

 

 

Modern Parenting Dictionary Part 1

Modern Parenting Dictionary Part 1

As with each new age of parenting, modern parenting is filled with a world of new situations and experiences.  With that comes a unique set of terms coined to represent the current habits, intricacies, mental and emotional states, and circumstances that parents face.  As a brand new parent, you may not be familiar with all of the new age parenting terms.  Today we’re sharing Part 1 of our Modern Parenting Dictionary to help you better understand the words you may overhear at play group.

Baby Whipped:  When your baby is so adorable she has you wrapped around her little finger so tightly you’re losing circulation, you are baby whipped.  You will do anything for your baby including holding her all night long for weeks upon weeks because she will cry if you put her down.

Blowout:  No longer an elegant term used for getting your hair professional dried and styled, this blowout refers to an explosive dirty diaper that escapes the confines of the diaper itself.  The fecal matter literally blows out the side of the elastic strips of a diaper, leaving a poppy mess in its wake.

Mom Shaming:  Mom shaming is the act of personal judgment and making another mom feel bad for the choices she makes as a parent.  This can be done intentionally or inadvertently by other parents but essentially aims to label others as “bad moms” for having differently parenting styles than your own.

Mommy Wars [Mama Drama]:  To work or not to work, that is the question when it comes to Mommy Wars.  No matter which one they choose, most moms have some regrets and feel the grass may be greener on the other side.  Many moms pass judgment (see mom shaming) on moms who have made the opposite choice, creating mama drama.

Momnesia or Momory:  There is something about becoming a mom that makes you more forgetful.  Maybe it’s all the millions of details about your kids that are swirling around your head.  Momnesia is the loss of memory experienced by moms that begins as early as the second half of pregnancy.  Momory refers to the state of memory, or lack thereof, of mothers.

Momon:  Due to momnesia and momory, many moms feel like a momon.  A momon is a mom who sometimes acts like a moron due to mommy brain.

SAHM:  An acronym that stands for Stay At Home Mom or a mom whose work is taking care of the family and home.  There are variations of SAHM including WAHM or Work at Home Mom.

Sharenting [also called over-sharenting]:  Parents love to share every detail of their kids’ lives and their own experiences as a parent online, which is known as sharenting.  This term is often used when parents share too much via social media, such as multiple daily posts of their kids on Facebook and Instagram, or detailing their kids’ bowel movements on twitter.

Stay tuned later this week for Part 2 of our Modern Parenting Dictionary when we dive deep into parenting styles.

Breast Milk Glossary

Breast Milk GlossaryIf you are new to breastfeeding, there may be some terms that are unfamiliar to you.  Breastfeeding is unlike any experience a new mom faces.  While it is sometimes challenging, it can also be incredibly rewarding and the most precious, bonding opportunity you’ll have with your baby.  Today we’re sharing some basic terms you’ll need to know as a new breastfeeding mom in our breast milk glossary.

Latch:  Your baby’s latch is one of the most important steps to ensuring productive, successful breastfeeding and helps avoid sore nipples.  Latch refers to the way your baby attaches to your nipple.  A good latch allows for suction without pain.  The lips should curl above and below the nipple as the nipple faces upward into the mouth.  You may need to help your baby latch in the first few weeks of breastfeeding by opening her mouth or squeezing some milk onto your nipple to give her a taste.  After several weeks, most babies get the hang of it and turn directly toward the nipple with a beautiful latch.  If you have trouble achieving a good latch, seek help from a lactation consultant.

Let Down:  Let-down is the milk ejection release that is stimulated by your baby at the breast.  It usually occurs within the first minute of feeding.  After the let down, more milk is freely flowing as your baby suckles your breast so swallows become longer and deeper.  Let-downs are caused by the hormone oxytocin that signals the release of milk from alveoli sacs into milk ducts that flow to the nipple.  Let-downs can be stimulated by breast pumps or even the sight or sound of your baby.  Many women don’t feel let-downs but others find it to be a prickly, tingling sensation throughout the breast.

Colostrum:  This is the first hint of breast milk that new mother’s produce.  It begins in the last weeks of pregnancy and extends to the first two to four days after childbirth.  Colostrum is thick and yellowy, and is full of protein and antibodies to help protect your baby.  While a new mom only products 1 to 3 oz. of colostrum a day for the first few days, this is usually enough to sustain a newborn’s tiny stomach.

Transitional Milk:  Transitional milk replaces colostrum by day five after childbirth.  This milk is not quite as thick and now has more fat, sugar and calories for your growing newborn.

Mature Milk:  Finally, by day 15 after childbirth, mature milk comes in and is the absolute perfect food to nourish your baby exclusively over the next six months.  Mature milk may change in color based on the mother’s diet and will alter to meet the needs of the baby at any given time.  This includes nutrient content and temperature.

Foremilk:  Mature milk comes in two parts, the first of which is foremilk.  It is thinner but full of protein with less fat and calories.  This is what babies will suckle out first from the breast during each feeding.

Hindmilk:  The second part of mature milk is hindmilk, which comes after foremilk.  It is denser and chock full of fat and carbohydrates that will help your baby grow.  It’s important to allow your baby to feed thoroughly from each breast to get both protein-rich foremilk and creamier hindmilk during each feeding.  Hindmilk is not only nutritionally crucial, but will also fill your baby to go longer between feedings, which is especially helpful at nighttime.

We hope you find this breast milk glossary helpful as you begin your breastfeeding journey.  Happy Breastfeeding!

Breakfast of Champions: Weaning Your Baby to Solid Foods

Breakfast of Champions: Weaning Your Baby to Solid FoodsYou’ve decided it’s time to start weaning your baby to solid foods. Congratulations baby! You’re becoming the age where it’s still appropriate to eat with your fingers and make a mess, but you’re saying bye bye to the mush! Depending on your child, you can start introducing solids as young as 4 to 6 months. Although every baby is different, and their tastes and intake vary, it’s okay to start off with incorporating small bits of soft foods into their daily meals. However, we can understand that substituting breastmilk for applesauce can be a little intimidating. If you’re a parent, and you’re a little scared to stick a bunch of cheerios in front of your baby and let them have a go with them, we know how you feel. Going from liquids to solids is a big deal; but it’s also very exciting. If you think starting off slow is a good idea than that is just fine. You’re the parent, and you make the decisions!

Let’s start with breakfast; after all, it’s the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is a great opportunity to spend some time on your baby’s first meal and make it a little special. You can be creative and jam-pack it with key vitamins and minerals. There are tons of awesome breakfast ideas for your baby, but today we are going to talk about five of them:

Avocado and Egg Yolks

Avocados are a great source of vitamin a and potassium, and egg yolks have a lot of good cholesterol and iron in them. They are both also very high in monounsaturated fat, which is really good for a baby’s brain development. For breakfast slightly puree the two and serve it to your baby as a healthy meal. Both already have a creamy texture so don’t worry about adding liquid when you puree. After your baby becomes used to the food and the texture, try slicing them into chunks instead of pureeing!

Yogurt or Cottage Cheese with Fruit

If you are aware that your baby is not allergic to milk products, try yogurt and cottage cheese for breakfast or even for a great snack! Both of these foods will give your baby numerous vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, vitamin d, and protein! Cut up, or puree, soft fruits like berries or peaches into your baby’s yogurt or cottage cheese for an even healthier breakfast.

Sweet Potatoes and Mashed Tofu

The nutritional value of sweet potatoes and tofu is amazing! Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin a and e, and they are rich in calcium and folate. Tofu is a great source of protein and calcium. However, some parents might think tofu isn’t for their babies because of its strange sponge-like texture and their fear of their child having an allergic reaction to soy, but it’s actually really recommended to try because of its richness in proteins and iron! Just like avocados, sweet potatoes and tofu are easy to puree and slice so your baby will have no problem with this yummy breakfast!

Cheerios Soaked in Applesauce

Cheerios have long been known as baby’s “first finger food.” They are 100% whole grain oats, dissolve easily in the mouths, low in sugar, and have many vitamins and minerals. Applesauce is high in fiber and great for your baby’s digestive system. They have also been proven to help keep a healthy weight and cardiovascular health. Soaking cheerios is applesauce is great for beginners because it will soften the already soft cereal and give it a little more flavor!

Hummus w/ Pita Bread

If your baby already loves other fruits and vegetables, and they don’t mind expanding their palate, try out hummus with small bits of soft pita bread. Hummus is made from chickpeas and ground sesame seeds, which makes it high in protein and amino acids. It’s also rich in iron, folate, potassium, and vitamin e. Pita bread is great to pair with hummus even if you’re not a baby, but try to find the soft bread and tear it into small chucks that are easy to swallow.

 

To make sure your baby doesn’t have any allergic reactions to certain foods, consult your pediatrician first before you try anything new. Once you know your limits with your child’s food you are free to try a number of awesome breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that will be easy to wean them off liquids and onto solids!

 

 

Rolling Over Milestone

Rolling over is a milestone babies usually achieve between four and six months of age.  It’s the first time your baby is truly coordinating his muscles and realizing he can move with intention.  The back to tummy roll typically happens first, followed a few months later by the tummy to back roll.  Building the muscles for this exciting and important milestone takes practice and patience, both of which require your assistance in these precious early months.

The most essential thing to remember about the rolling over milestone is that it doesn’t happen overnight.  Your baby will work on this skill starting at birth by gaining head control and doing crucial exercises that you help him achieve.  All of this work must be done with the freedom to move about so spending too much time in a baby swing, rocker, bouncy chair or being held will not offer your baby the opportunity to explore and strengthen his body.  Instead, give your baby plenty of padded, firm surfaces on which to lie.

Rolling Over MilestoneBabies should spend plenty of time on their tummies, backs and both sides.  This helps strengthen your baby’s neck, midsection, upper and lower body evenly.  Tummy time should begin as soon as you return from the hospital.  This is when your baby lies on his front and eventually learns to lift his head (around two months) and chest (between two and four months) off the floor.  It helps develop extension when the back arches to an “up dog” position.

On the back, your baby will learn to tuck or otherwise known as the “happy baby” pose.  Side lying helps strengthen stomach muscles and encourages balance.  Plus, the front to back motion by way of the sides is certainly required for that good ole roll.  Be sure to give your baby target exercises that isolate the upper body and the lower body to strengthen both hemispheres.  Also, when your baby is a few months old, challenge him with cross-body movements.

As your baby enjoys each of these lying positions, help him navigate rolling over.  First start by rocking him from side to side, as this will build strength and momentum.  Then gently roll him from back to side to tummy and reverse it.  Be sure to work each side evenly for a well-balanced baby.  You can even practice simulating these moves as you ease your baby from holding to lying.  Simply put your baby on his bottom, lean him to the side and then roll him to his back.  He will naturally try to align his head to keep things stable.  As he gets older, the less you’ll be supporting him and the more he’ll be doing it on his own.

In addition to the way you position your baby on the floor and helping the roll along, the way you hold your baby can make a big difference in his ability to learn to roll.  Holding your baby in a tucked, downward facing or sideways position can simulate the rolling movement aerodynamically.  Again, the more experience your baby has with correct positioning the more likely your baby will be to try rolling on his own.  And once he masters rolling, sitting up, crawling, pulling up and eventually walking are not far behind.

Of course you’ll want to make the entire rolling over milestone fun for your baby and you.  Use toys to encourage your baby to enjoy playtime on the tummy, back and sides.  Incorporate vibrant colored objected, songs and sounds with movement.  Often babies are more willing to make a move if there is something – like a bright stuffed animal, a squeaking toy or mommy’s face – to give him that extra motivation.

How to Control Pregnancy Cravings

How to Control Pregnancy CravingsWe’ve all seen the commercials of the man driving his pregnant wife during the middle of the night so she can indulge in a double bacon cheeseburger from Wendy’s, or the smell of Gain’s laundry detergent. Maybe your pregnancy cravings were nothing like that, but they still happen to every woman experiencing the unstoppable hormones.

During pregnancy your body will experience hormonal shifts. You might begin to notice your emotions are all over the place due to the hormones affecting your levels of neurotransmitters, or how your senses have intensified. Your sense of smell is one of these things and that can be a cause of many of your food cravings. Because of your precipitous change of emotions and your all of a sudden love for chocolate covered bacon, you might not notice that many of your cravings are actually you “emotionally” eating. In fact, many pregnancy cravings are in fact just that. How do you control them? Today we are going to discuss a few ways to control your pregnancy cravings, and why it’s important for your health, and your baby’s.

Pregnancy cravings can be hard to shake. You might be really craving something sweet like a chocolate chip cookie, or maybe it’s something greasy and fried. No matter what it is your best bet is to try to take your mind off of it. It will be hard, but try calling a friend, your partner, or maybe going for a walk or cleaning. Doing simple things like this can help take your mind off eating unhealthy. Sometimes the cravings won’t go away, and it’s okay to indulge every once in a while, but just remember to never over-consume.

Over-consuming unhealthy foods can be a life altering to you and your baby’s future. Studies show that if you over eat during your pregnancy and indulge in sweet and fatty foods your baby is very likely to follow those unhealthy eating habits through their lives. Even if you try and teach them how to eat properly, and to choose healthier options, they might always have a craving for junk food.

If you find yourself emotionally eating, instead of eating when you’re hungry, take a closer look at your diet. Your body could be trying to tell you that you’re missing certain nutrients. When you find yourself craving certain foods such as, potato chips, your body might actually really needing food high in choline, which is something needed for a healthy digestion. Or if you’re craving sugary foods your body could be in fact telling you it needs sulfur or calcium, and you should be eating things like fruits or cheese instead. Keep in touch with valuable nutrients your body needs to thrive. If you do this then you will come to recognize your “pregnancy” cravings dwindling down.

One of the best ways to do this is by remembering your portion sizes and never setting yourself up to fail. If you keep to the same diet you had before your pregnancy, or you if you want to begin a new healthier lifestyle, add two to three healthy snacks a day to your regime. Even though you’re eating for two now, you still need to remember to stay healthy and strong in order for your baby to grow up healthy and strong. Try drinking more milk throughout your day, or eat foods rich in calcium for your snacks. You don’t need to excessively keep track of your calories, but do keep in mind how much you eat during the day. Try not to stock up the pantry with junk food. If you are aware you have chocolate covered donuts in your kitchen then you’re likely to eat them. That’s hard for anyone to resist. If you don’t have junk food in the house, it’s more probable you’ll stick to your diet.

Making your own versions of your favorite snacks, but in a healthier way, is such a great way to have fun with your food and be healthy. There are tons of different ways to make nachos or your grandma’s homemade brownies, that you will have no problem staying away bad food. Even though it might not taste exactly the same, or have grandma’s special ingredient, try it out. You never know, you might actually come to like it!

If you’re craving non-foods such as, rocks, laundry detergent, or something else, immediately contact your doctor. This could be a form of an illness called pica, and you will want to be treated right away. Try to remember every pregnancy is different from woman to woman, and even from child to child. You’re cravings might be really hard to pass up with your first child, but then with your second you barely notice. It’s okay to indulge every once in a while as long as you remember to never over-consume! Being pregnant is a beautiful thing, even though it’s a whirl-wind of emotions. When that baby finally comes you’ll know keeping yourself healthy was well worth the pain because of that sweet bundle of joy!

 

 

Washing Instructions for Nursing Bras: How to Wash your Delicates

Washing Instructions for Nursing Bras:  How to Wash your DelicatesYour nursing bras are perhaps the most important part of your breastfeeding wardrobe.  Therefore, the way you care for your nursing bras is essential for maintaining the shape, support, fit and beauty of them.  Today we’re outlining washing instructions for nursing bras to help you preserve the integrity of this crucial tool in your breastfeeding journey.

Until now, you may not have put much consideration into selecting and caring for your bras.  But when they are supporting your baby’s most precious source of nutrition, you probably have a new-found focus on and respect for your nursing bras.  Loving Moments wants you to get the most out of our bras.  After all, we pour lots of attention to detail, technology, femininity and love into creating them for your comfort and support.

Follow these easy washing instructions for nursing bras to keep yours in tip-top shape for you and your babe:

  • Nursing bras should be hand-washed. Washing machines are too harsh for your delicates.  You get by with running your everyday cotton underwear through your regular wash, but most special intimates, including all bras and your most delicate panties, should be hand-washed.  This ensures a thorough, even cleaning without shrinkage of the various fabrics used to create your intimates.  Cotton, spandex, polyester and lace are all common materials used in bras and underwear and each fair differently in the wash.
  • Use a gentle detergent designed for delicates. Abrasive detergents an ruin the fabrics that carefully construct your intimates.  You probably want a soap-free, dye-free and fragrance-free option to avoid any sensitivity on your breasts or when your bra caresses your baby’s skin.  Do not use fabric softeners on your nursing bras.
  • Nursing bras should be line-dried. Again, dryers can destroy your nursing bras because the tumble cycle and heat damage the fabric and hardware of your intimates.  Dryers can shrink and misshape your nursing bras, which can really affect their fit and support properties.
  • If your bra feels stiff after air drying, run a low-heat iron over it to soften it up a bit. Heat will help loosen some of the fibers in the various fabrics to help your nursing bras mold to the shape of your breasts.
  • Wear washable nursing pads to avoid major leakage into your bra. Our Loving Moments washable nursing pads are machine-washable but do not use fabric softener.  Instead stick to your baby-friendly detergent and machine-dry using a dryer sheet.  Always change your nursing pads when you notice they are wet.  This will help protect your bras for longer wear.
  • Rotate your nursing bras so they will last longer. Normal wear takes its toll on your nursing bras.  You may even be sleeping in your bras, which doubles their usage.  Rotate between your favorite Loving Moments bras to avoid stretching them beyond use.  Plus, different bras may be better suited at different points during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  Alternating nursing bras will help you find the best styles for each stage.
  • Replace your nursing bras when they no longer fit properly. Nursing bras usually last between 4 and 6 months when washed appropriately so you may go through several rounds of bras during your breastfeeding experience.  Wearing a bra that doesn’t fit you can be uncomfortable and unsupportive of your breasts, two major issues you’ll want to avoid while breastfeeding.

Swimwear for New Moms

Swimwear for New Moms

All new moms know the feeling of being overwhelmed when bikini season comes along. It seems it was a lot less stressful when you had your baby bump to cover up, and when everyone told you how cute you looked all the time. Just because they are saying it about your new baby now doesn’t mean you should be embarrassed by your post-baby figure. And you might not be back to your pre-baby shape just yet, but you don’t have to hide under a sweater at the pool or skip the family vacation this summer. Have a little confidence in yourself and just remember you’re a mom and human!

When it comes to swimwear, there are always two options that come to mind: a one piece or a two piece, considering a tankini fits in the category of a two piece. With those two options you may seem like you’re out of luck because you either don’t want to show off your post-baby belly or you think a one piece just isn’t fashionable. However, there are styles that slip in between these two categories and go unnoticed. Have you ever heard of a swim dress? A blouson tankini? You may have or might have not. It doesn’t take extreme online searching to find suitable selections for your summer swimwear. In fact it’s a lot easier than you think.

Whatever your style you will be able to dress comfortably this summer in a swimsuit that will look great on your body. Here are a few styles to consider:

Swim Dress

A swim dress is super cute and really looks great on just about any body figure. Whether you’re trying to cover up your belly or show off your curves it’s a wonderful pick. The swim dress falls just below the hips and gives you the coverage you’re looking for to feel comfortable and sexy. Look for a swim dress with ruffles or a ruffled texture. These are great to hide any bumps or lumps and will make your figure look slim without losing your curves. If you’re looking for some extra coverage around the bottom you can find a swim dress with a skirted bottom that adds a little more length to your bathing suit.

Blouson Tankini

The blouson tankini is such a great idea we don’t know why it hasn’t been around longer! If you’re looking for the durability of a swimsuit but the fit of a tee, the blouson tankini is what you need. You can either find the blouson in a tankini or as a one piece. They are both loose fitting and will give you the comfort you’ve been waiting for this summer.

The Vintage High Rise Swim Bottom

If you’re style is more urban and chic you will love this high rise swim bottom look! High waisted shorts and pants have been such a hit these past few years there is no wonder you can now find this classic look in swimwear. The high rise bottom is great for covering up your post-baby belly and giving you a flat and thinner appearance. This swimsuit can be worn as a two piece with a bikini or tankini top, and you can find it as a one piece as well.

Wrapped Top

The wrapped top is perfect for hiding bumps. You can find it in either a one piece or in a tankini, and you will have the smooth figure you’ve been dreaming of. The wrapped swimsuit has a double layer around the belly which works almost like shapewear. It’s not as tight and constricting, but it will give you the look of having a smaller waist.

 

Other options that work great for new moms are swim shorts and a swimsuit cover. If you’re the type that likes to spend your time lounging by the pool instead of swimming the cover is great. There are tons of different styles so whether you’re into dresses or skirts you’ll have no problem finding something. The swim shorts are more of a sportier choice. If you want to cover up your stomach and legs a little more try the shorts.

Have fun this summer with all your swimwear options for new moms! Forget the boring, classic styles and jump into something bold and different. You won’t be disappointed and your comfort level will be sky high in paradise!

 

 

 

Flat Head Syndrome

Ever since the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) made the recommendation of babies sleeping on their backs, flat head syndrome has been on the rise.  Flat head syndrome is the condition in which the back of a baby’s head is flat, slanted or otherwise asymmetrical, usually based on positioning in the womb or in the first four months of life.  Even with the increase incidence of this cosmetic issue, the AAP still believes that back sleeping is best for babies and lowers the risk of SIDs significantly.

Flat Head SyndromeFlat head syndrome is medically known as plagiocephaly and sometimes called positional molding.  It often occurs in utero where living quarters are pretty tight.  If the baby is positioned in a certain way, he can be born with plagiocephaly.  However, flat head syndrome most commonly occurs with babies who spend too much time lying on their backs, causing their heads to flatten.  Many babies have a preferred position, often with their head cocked to one side or the other, and work hard to get themselves comfortably in their “sweet spot.”  The repetitive pressure in a single position can cause flat head syndrome.  This usually occurs between two and four months when the skull is beginning to thicken and mold into a more permanent shape.

There are no medical concerns linked to plagiocephaly; it is a purely cosmetic condition.  It is typically unnoticeable by the time children reach the age of four, when their heads are bigger and hair covers the flattened area.  But still, it is undesirable and can be avoided with some care.

Although the recommendation remains that babies should sleep on their backs, they should spend plenty of time in other positions while awake.  Tummy time should begin as soon as a baby comes home from the hospital.  This allows baby to strengthen his core, neck and back muscles while also giving the back of the head a break.  Once a baby can roll from his back to his stomach and back again, he will probably start practicing this skill on his own in his crib, giving him even more time off of his back.  Once a baby can roll, it is OK for him to sleep on their stomachs if they turn themselves.  But still place your baby on his back for sleeping.

Baby-wearing is another terrific time to alleviate some pressure from the back of a baby’s head.  Placing your baby in a slightly cushioned sling or front-wearing baby carrier is a wonderful way to spend close bonding time with your baby and allow her head the freedom from lying down.  This upright position will help strengthen her neck and encourage her to start turning her head.  It’s also good for digestion as gravity helps the flow of milk through the digestive tract.

Breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact are other great opportunities to change your baby’s position to help avoid awkward molding.  When you vary your breastfeeding positions, you will also keep your baby’s head turned in various directions with different pressure points.  And skin-to-skin rocking or lying baby on your chest, which is great for moms and dads, keeps baby off the back of his head.

It’s estimated that 20 to 25% of babies have plagiocephaly.  Some parents choose to correct the problem by having their babies wear a helmet for most waking hours.  This usually corrects flatness over the course of several months.  If you are concerned about your baby’s head shape, ask your pediatrician.  What looks flat to you may be something your pediatrician is sure your baby will grow out of over time.