Benefits of Baby Yoga

Stretching and movement is extremely important for both men and women. Just like adults, babies need movement as well to build strength and development. One way to do this is through yoga and building strength within their bodies to promote muscle development along with other beneficial simulations.

The practice of yoga is practiced all around the world and has been known to be extremely beneficial because it builds a healthy body and wellbeing. While this has helped many adults, studios have been popping up that cater towards baby yoga. Today we are sharing five reasons why baby yoga is beneficial:


  1. Promotes Digestion: When a baby practices yoga with their mothers they are able to do specific movements that aid towards their digestion. Yoga promotes regular bowl movements and lessens the chance of your baby becoming constipated. Regular knee movements and stretches will release tension in your baby’s stomach which will give them relief from gas and any other troubles.
  2. Stimulates Muscle and Nerve Development: Through yoga babies can become more aware of their bodies, specifically their arms and legs because they will be strengthening their muscles. Yoga also promotes upper body and neck strength. This can be done when you lay your baby on their tummies and they are more prone to trying to lift their head to see what is going on. These movements will further flexibility and balance as well. In addition, yoga stimulates a baby’s senses once they become more aware of their bodies and their movements.
  3. Reduces Stress: Because yoga is a calming exercise it reduces the stress hormone cortisol. This is true for babies as well. When stress and anxiety are reduced in your baby they often times will have a more restful behavior, which can lead to better and longer sleep.
  4. Creates a Stronger Bond between Parents and their Babies: Parents can become more in tune with their baby’s needs when they practice yoga or daily movements with their child. Yoga promotes confidence in parents and gives them more self-assurance when handling their baby. Yoga also encourages play and interaction between baby and parent. When a parent is more confident they are able to recognize their child’s needs and wants.
  5. Promotes Socialization for both Mothers and Babies: Baby yoga isn’t just relaxing it can also be fun and promote socialization for moms and babies. When moms participate in classes they can meet other moms, and babies can become accustomed to seeing other children and people.


Why Your Baby Sucks their Fingers

You may have noticed your baby has found her fingers and toes, and either one or the other has made their way into her mouth. While some parents might think their baby is sucking on their fingers too much and they may have concerns about whether this might affect their tooth and mouth development, it is actually completely normal for a baby between the ages of 2-6 months old to want to put things in their mouth. There is nothing out of the ordinary for a baby to be curious about their surroundings. In fact sucking on their fingers and toes is something that encourages development.

During their second month of life, babies will have developed a strong sucking impulse from breastfeeding and bottle feeding. They will begin to suck on their fingers, and maybe even their whole fist at times. This tends to be a comforting reaction for them, much like breastfeeding is also. However, finger sucking can turn into thumb sucking, and too much finger sucking may turn into a few difficulties. Today we are sharing why your baby sucks their fingers, the risks of finger sucking, and ways to control it.

There are plenty of reasons why your baby wants to suck her fingers. One could be to taste because as she explores her environment her sense of taste will help her distinguish items based on texture, smell, and what is tasty and what isn’t. Another could be to touch so they can feel and learn the quality and consistency of an object. However, most of the time when your baby puts her fingers in her mouth is because she is either hungry, teething, or because sucking on her fingers is soothing and relaxes her.

While sucking on her fingers can be a soothing, your baby may be at risk for some possible health conditions. Although it is normal in the beginning, if you notice the finger sucking continues after she has begun teething she might affect her tooth development. Not to mention the fingers can turn into thumb sucking, which can reshape the direction of her front teeth and the roof of her mouth. It can also be health hazardous if your baby is touching everything in her path and then puts her fingers in her mouth, which are covered in germs. This can lead to illness or even something far more serious. Sucking on her fingers too much can also cause her fingers to deform from the excess saliva soaking into the skin.

To prevent these possible health hazards, there are many ways to control your baby’s finger sucking. It’s important to know finger sucking is absolutely normal for a baby to do and it doesn’t necessarily need to be stopped unless it is becoming hazardous to their health. However, to prevent illness it’s a good idea to regularly wipe your baby’s hands and clean them after she touches objects that could be covered in bad germs. As they get older try to encourage them with other objects to suck on rather than their hands. Give them a pacifier or a teething toy to suck and chew on.

If the finger sucking is beginning to be a problem contact your doctor for further advice.


Tips for Decorating the Nursery

Tips for Decorating the Nursery

Decorating your baby’s nursery can be a very exciting thing to do as parents. From all the things you may want, from cute baby products to toys and what color paints to use, the finished project might be your dream nursery or something way over budget. If this is your first baby, planning the nursery can be a big deal. You want the room to be special and a place that is calm and relaxing for their first few years. If this is your second or third you might be thinking even though you want the room to be special and unique, time will come when it’s time to repaint and replace the decorations again.

Today we are sharing helpful and fun options to help you plan for your nursery:


Start Early

You’re going to love yourself a hundred times more if you listen to this advice. Organization is key and getting your ducks in a row before your baby arrives will help you immensely later on. There is nothing wrong with wanting to plan ahead, and when it comes to the nursery, it’s one of the first things you will want done. Soon after you find out about your pregnancy it’s a good idea to start making a list of possible items you will need. For example, a crib, a changing station, a rocking chair, etc. You might get many of your must-haves at your baby shower, but having a list will allow you to cross things off and see what you have left.

The Right Room and Space

Picking the right room is crucial for yourself and your baby. Choose a room close to your bedroom so late night breastfeeding will be easy. Also, picking a room with enough space for a crib and a rocking chair is important too. Make sure to measure the room ahead of time to make sure the crib and other furniture fit so you know what to look for before you buy.

Be Unique and Mix and Match

Have fun! Mix and match and be unique with your baby’s nursery. Load it with family pictures, cute and funny signs and paintings, add some color and some life to this little room. You’ll be spending so much time in this space watching your baby grow from their first few days to their first few years!

Following the Trend

Maybe you’re having trouble coming up with a theme for your baby’s nursery?  Looking at different nursery ideas is a great way to help! Here are a few of the most popular baby nursery designs we absolutely love:

-French Vintage


-Soft and calm earth tones, green being a favorite

-Modern with modern furniture

-Gender Neutral

-Wallpaper is back!

-Gold Metallic

-Artsy with fun pictures and collages

Using an Object to Create a Masterpiece

A lot of parents find objects, such as pillows, lamps, a picture, or a piece of art they absolutely love and feel inspired by. This is a great way to get some inspiration if you are having trouble deciding which colors or design you want to choose for you baby’s nursery. Maybe you have an old family antique or a frame holding a family picture that could be used to gather some creativeness. Designing your nursery around something unique will be something you can really appreciate as you share the precious moments with your newborn in the special room you made for them.

The “Let’s be realistic” Approach

If you plan on having more than one child, or if you do already and you know the ropes on decorating a baby nursery, you understand a room will eventually be changed from a “baby” room and into a “young adult” room. Your once perfect little nursery you spent months planning and then hours of painting and decorating will soon enough be changed again and again as your baby grows into an adolescent and then into a young adult. If you’re taking the realistic approach you’re probably thinking about making the nursery into a multipurpose room where it’s easy to change with your child’s transformations. You can still make a fun and special room for your little one, but the trick is to be smart about it. Instead of painting the walls a crazy pop color try something a little more neutral and safe. You can then grab some fun a colorful accents, such as the crib, pictures, pillows, and other accessories to jazz up the room. Stay away from things like decorative wallpaper and anything else that’s permanent or going to be a pain to remove. However, a great idea, and something your child will love as an adolescent and even as a young adult is chalk wallpaper. They will be able to draw on the walls and decorate it anyway they’d like!


The most important lesson to take away from this is to have fun! This is a room your baby will grow up in, and making it special from the beginning will make the experience of being a parent so much fun. Remember to plan ahead and be realistic with your goals. Your baby is going to love you know matter how much their crib cost. There are always fun ways to decorate your nursery whether you’re on a budget or not, but having the something special to bring your baby home to is all that matters!



How to Choose a Baby Name

While choosing your baby’s name might be difficult for some, others may have had their names picked out years before even expecting their first child. There are many things to consider before coming up with the right name for your baby, such as spelling, how the name sounds with your surname, how the name and the middle name sound together, what he initials might spell out, or can you see your child with this name as an adult? Don’t forget originality play a part in picking out a name as well. Our country is notorious for coming up with unique baby names!

Nonetheless, if you’re having trouble choosing a name, or maybe you have one picked but no one seems to like it, today we are going to discuss a few ways on how to come up with the right name for your baby!


  1. Discuss Possible Names With Your Partner: A great way to get the ball rolling is to discuss possible names with your partner. Maybe you’ve had a name you’ve loved since you were a child, but your partner doesn’t find it flattering. You’ll never know unless you talk about it! Make a list of your favorites and cross them off one by one until you find the best one you both can agree on.
  2. Use a Relative’s of Friend’s Name: If you or your partner have a close relative or friend who you love dearly, maybe think about naming your child after them. It’s such a heartfelt and warming thing to have someone named after you, or to be named after your mom’s favorite uncle or aunt.
  3. Do You Have a Word You Love?: As strange as this may sound, turning your favorite word or part of a phrase into a baby name has been done before. Many words stand for beautiful messages and now a day it’s not so uncommon to have uncommon baby names.
  4. Do You Want to Tell People the Name Before or After?: This can be a tricky factor. Sometimes you and your partner might have picked out a name you both love, but when you tell your parents they absolutely hate it. Sometimes it’s a good idea to keep your baby’s name to yourself until their birth, but other times it’s good to discuss with your family and friends because they might bring to attention something you might not have thought of.
  5. GO WITH YOUR GUT: Always, always, always go with your gut feeling. If you love a particular name, but everyone seems to think it’s strange, it’s okay not to listen to their ideas all the time. After your baby is born no one is going to care if their name is “Shoe” or “Lemon” because babies bring endless amounts of joy and love! Plus, in the end it is your ultimate decision on what you are going to name your child.


Follow up with our future blog, “Unique Celeb Baby Names!”


Back to School: Getting Yourself and the Kids Ready

It’s back to school time! The summer is almost over and your little ones have, or are about to embark on another school year. Depending on their age and personality some children may have a harder time grasping on to the reality of going back to school, or starting school for the first time. As parents it’s helpful to ease our children’s anxiety by preparing them for what’s to come. Getting yourself and your child ready ahead of time will diminish the stress and fear the first day of school can bring.

Today we are sharing helpful tips on how to prepare yourself and your child for school:



Preschool is a big step for your little one. It means they are growing up and taking on new responsibilities. They will be interacting with other children on a daily basis and learning new things such as, sharing, reading, art, and learning how to be polite. Before your child begins school it’s important to be aware of their schools curriculum, and how you will prepare yourself and your child for what’s to come. Preschool will bring new, exciting, and also intimidating factors your little one might not be used to. They will be around other children their age more, and they will be taking orders from someone else besides their mommy. It’s important to make them aware of this before they begin school.

A great way to do this is by talking and reading books about school with them, teaching them the importance of patience and how to follow rules, planning play dates with other children during the summer, teaching them how to share with others, and most importantly, urging them to be creative and themselves. Giving your child a sense of what they will expect will make those first couple weeks a little easier for the both of you.

It’s also very important to think about how you’re going to say goodbye that first day. It’s more than likely your child, and even you, will become upset when it’s time for you to go and say goodbye. You’re little one will assume you’re leaving them to a room full of strangers, and may become frantic. It’s vital you stay calm and remind them you love them and will be back as soon as school is over. Think about creating a goodbye ritual before school starts to practice with your child. This way they will be a little less nervous when it’s time for you to go.


Kindergarten and Elementary School

The anxiety might have resided a little from preschool, but starting Kindergarten is still something to plan for. While preschool was only a half day, your child will have to sustain a full day away from mom, and Kindergarten will bring another new set of responsibilities and assignments for them to master. During the summer think about practicing simple guidelines your child will follow in school such as, following bathroom rules, spelling, reading, writing, remembering their address and phone number, and counting. It’s also fundamental to encourage them to be social at school. Get them involved with extracurricular activities during the summer where they are participating with kids in their classroom. If they are shy, talk to them about it. Inspire them to put themselves out there and always nurture their independence, even though it might seem hard.

Just like Preschool, it’s important to teach them the importance of patience and sharing. Go over the same things as mentioned above. A few weeks before school starts reestablish some of their school routines to get them ready, like waking up a littler earlier instead of sleeping in.

Elementary school is much like Kindergarten is many ways. You’ll want to prepare them for their school curriculum and remind them about their responsibilities as students. Establishing a routine on ways to study, organize themselves, and listen are major things to set in with your children. These skills will help them with the extra homework and other assignments they will be in charge of completing.


Middle School

Middle School is another big transition for your child. Instead of being part of one classroom they may now be part of a home-room, and will be switching rooms and engaging with new students. While their atmosphere is changing, so are their emotions. It’s important to be attentive to your child’s needs, but also give them the space they need. Always let them handle their own situations, unless you feel your presence is needed. By giving them their independence you are helping them grow and be responsible adults.

Begin the summer before school knowing what your child needs to know. Their levels of education will be expanded into broader and more complicated areas such as, the scientific method, nonfiction books, and current affairs. Start discussing these issues with your child to prepare them for the new school year. It could also be significant for you and your child to plan a visit to their new school where they can walk around and meet some of their teachers.


Transitioning for Parents

Parents, this will be an emotional roller coaster not only for your children, but for you as well. Every new school year brings a new and more mature child. It can be emotional watching your children grow and become their own person, but it’s also very exciting! As a parent it’s your job to be attentive to their needs, while encouraging them to succeed. Make it your mission to be there at the first day of school meeting, parent/teacher conferences, sports games, music recitals, etc. Make attendance a priority for both you and your child, and that tardy slips are a big deal.

Another important thing to remember is to be excited, but realistic when your child is beginning school. Talk to them about their concerns and their fears. Try to stay away from saying things like, “It will be the best time of your life!” or “There is nothing to be afraid of.” School can be an emotional time for some kids, and by giving unrealistic remarks can be a real let down.



No matter what grade your child is beginning, the best thing to do is encourage them to be themselves and be there for them as a parent, not a friend. Love them and cheer them on as they succeed and grow!



Life as a Single Parent

Life as a Single ParentFor whatever reason, you find yourself taking on the roles of being both mom and dad to your child. It can be a challenging position to overtake, especially if you are your only support system. Being a single parent, nonetheless, married and having the support of the other parent, means you must put your needs aside, and put all your efforts towards giving your child the best possible life you can offer them. We are in no way saying spend every penny you have to make them happy, but instead shower them with love and compassion as those are two very important qualities to instill on their cute little brains.

Life is notorious for throwing us curve-balls, and if you find yourself being the only outlet and means to your child’s future, the feeling can be extremely overwhelming. Although your responsibilities may have doubled, and the journey that awaits you will have its bumps, remember that when life gives us a curve-ball there is always a possibility of a grand slam. Today we are going to share some helpful tips to overcome some of the obstacles single parents may face:

Tip #1: “A Bad Attitude Won’t Get You Anyway!”

Being a single parent won’t be easy. It’s a constant emotional roller coaster that will have you at times so exhausted you might not know what to do. Take a breath, count to ten, and know everything is going to be okay! Even though you’re the head of the house and the one making all the decisions just remember that even though you might be alone raising your child, it’s still an awesome experience teaching and watching them grow up. Keeping a good attitude will not only keep you from feeling stressed, but it will also help improve your child’s attitude as well. When they see mommy happy, they will be happy.

A huge helpful hint is to never talk about your ex in a negative manner. A positive attitude is a healthy attitude, and something you should model for your child. If they occasionally bring up the missing parent try and keep it short and simple. Don’t dwell on the past and crush your child’s persona of their parents. Even though it might hurt you, you’re child had nothing to do with the past and whatever decision was made. Talking bad about your ex in front of your child is irresponsible and nothing good will come out of it.

Tip #2: Learn to Multi-task

You’ll become a pro at multitasking in no time. Learning how to make dinner, pack school lunches, and settle a meltdown will be so much easier to tackle in time. The key to this is practice. Learn how to practice patience and find the best ways to handle certain situations, like your child not wanting to eat what you made for breakfast when you have to get ready for work and ironing to get done. Make a schedule and a routine for them to follow daily. This way you’re always prepared and they always know what to expect.

Don’t burn yourself out with a million projects. Get done what you need to get done and then move onto another. Things will be a little difficult at first when your child is a baby and a toddler, but once they get a little older, and can take care of themselves things will get better. A fun thing to do when you have a bunch on your plate, and your child is having a meltdown, is to try and come up with a game to keep them preoccupied. For instance, if you’re folding laundry or making dinner try involving them into the process. Talk about shapes and colors and different foods. This will make things go a little smoother.

Tip #3: Find a Work Schedule that Works for You and Your Family

If you have a family member or friend who is able to pick up your child from daycare, school, sports practices, etc. that’s awesome! But if you’re not so lucky, try talking to your boss about a different work schedule. If you’re able to come in an hour earlier, work on your lunch break, or maybe take some of your work home with you, don’t be afraid to ask. Your child is your main priority and nine times out of ten your boss will understand.

Tip #4: Somethings You Can’t Control

Although you’ve mastered to ease the meltdowns and have finally found a schedule that works for everyone, realize not everything can be controlled with effort. Extra expenses are going to come up when your child is in school and they need field trip forms signed, sports registration payed for, camps, etc. Child support will help with the basic necessities, but much will come from you. Don’t stress yourself out over the little things. Learn to live within your means. Life will be a lot more comfortable and happy that way.

If your ex neglects your child remember it is their loss, not yours! Again, don’t stress over things you cannot change. Giving your child with love and stability is the best thing you can do for them. One day they will recognize your efforts and what is really right in the end.

Tip #5: Be Proud of Yourself!

Last but not least, don’t forget to be proud of all your accomplishments. While it can be a stressful road raising your child all by yourself, trust that you are giving it your all as a parent. Being a single parent isn’t an easy task, and at times you may be the only one there to give yourself a high-five when you’ve mastered a milestone with your child. Be proud when you reach limits you didn’t think possible because you will get there. When you believe you can achieve.



Benefits of Infant Massage

Benefits of Infant MassageDid you know that the sense of touch is your baby’s most developed sensation at birth? Touch gives babies and their loved ones the ability to connect. During the first year, or at least before they are able to speak, touch is their primary way of communication between you and your baby. When your baby begins to cry you usually pick them up and bring them to your shoulder, sometimes gently caressing their back as you soothe them. When they are hungry you bring them to your breast creating skin on skin contact as you breastfeed. Both of these are important communication situations where touch is used to make your baby feel both calm and secure. As they begin to grow they use their sense of touch to learn by feeling and observing objects, and their environment. This is where parents use phrases like “hot” or “cold” to describe certain things that could be harmful.

Touch is more than a comfort and a learning process; it can also help with your baby’s developmental progression by strengthening their body and their mind. Infant massages have amazing developmental benefits that can help your baby in many ways. Many professionals encourage mothers and care givers to practice infant massage with their baby almost every day to help boost and support their bodies. Here are just a few things infant massage can do for your little one:


Emotional Health Benefits

Infant massages are great for a baby’s overall health. Studies have proven that a daily massage has impacted an infant’s emotional health in such a positive way. Because touch is a baby’s first sense, massages can help them relax, and when a baby is comfortable and relaxed their body releases the “happy” hormone, oxytocin. Oxytocin in turn lowers stress levels, decreases the feeling of fear and fussiness, and it enhances the feelings of love and security. When a baby or toddler feels safe they are able to feel more comfortable in their surroundings, which helps their ability to fall asleep faster and for longer periods of time. Infant massages also give the baby and their caregiver the chance to spend precious moments together they can both look forward to at the end of the day.


Developmental Health Benefits

Touch is the only way a baby is able to learn about their body and help themselves become developmentally strong. When a baby begins to recognize their legs and feet they will start trying to use them more and more, and soon learn how to control their muscle coordination. As you massage your infant you will play with their legs and feet stimulating their brain’s knowledge of their lower bodies and promoting their want to crawl and walk quicker. Infant massages also have huge benefits for babies who were born premature or those who are mentally fragile. Massage can help them become more alert and active, and for premature babies it can help them gain weight by strengthening their digestive, circulatory, and gastrointestinal systems.


Immune System Benefits

As your baby grows one of the things you will worry about is whether or not they have a healthy immune system. As stated above, infant massage can increase your baby’s overall health by strengthening their digestive, circulatory and gastrointestinal systems. It can increase an infant’s resistance to infections and enhance their body’s ability to get nourishment to important areas. Massage improves relaxation and decreases stress levels while their bodies produce more of the oxytocin hormone. It can also ease pain and increase a baby’s pain tolerance once they begin teething, or if they become injured or ill. Facial massages, just like adults, can help with sinus and head tension as well.


Mother and Baby Bonding Benefits

Bonding with your baby is very important. It increases a parent’s self-esteem and makes them feel they are really doing their best to love and provide for their little one. Through infant massage parents will be able to give their baby more attention they need to feel secure and loved. Many parents have found infant massage has made them more aware of their baby’s wants and needs and are able to tell certain cues apart and be more attentive of how to comfort them and ease their fussiness. Infant massage isn’t just time for mommy and baby but also a great way for dads, partners, and other loved ones to spend precious moments with their baby and strengthen their bond as well.


Practicing infant massages with your baby is a very smart and fun thing to do. However, if you are thinking about trying it out and are unsure where to begin, or what’s safe for your baby, make sure you search for trained professionals in your area that teach infant massage. Babies are delicate and the best way to care for them is to be 100% sure you know what you are doing, especially when it comes to massage.



DIY to Save Money with Your Baby

Budgeting for a baby can be difficult, especially if it’s for your first. Many parents, and with the help of family and friends, believe buying everything “baby” they see in the store will make them feel more prepared. In the end, you’re actually not doing yourself any favors, and could be wasting a lot of money on things you don’t really need or might not even use. Yes, it’s important to keep your baby healthy and happy, and many of the things you’re worried about not having could be very beneficial at some point, but you don’t need to spend a whole down payment for a house on them. There are ways to spoil your baby without buying the softest, most expensive and all-natural baby pillow.

DIY crafts are great solutions for effective ways to save your money while also pampering your baby with charming and adorable things! Studies have shown a baby can cost anywhere from $12,000 to $26,000 in just the first year. You can cut that price down more than half by making your own products at home. Plus, your baby will look cuter in their handmade cloth diaper than in any regular diaper you could have bought at the store. Here are a few fun DIY ideas you can easily do at home to save money with your baby:


How to Deal with Separation AnxietyMake you Own Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers are not only cute; they are also cost effective and safer for your baby’s skin. Compared to regular disposable diapers you can save more than $1,000 in the first year by making your own. Additionally, some brand name disposable diapers can contain chemicals and can cause diaper rash or other skin irritations to your baby’s skin. While cloth diapers may need to be changed and washed more often, they do not contain any chemicals. However, due to the fact the wetness will be more noticeable to your baby and you’ll have to endure in the hassle of washing and changing more often, it can actually promote faster potty training and in the long run you will save even more money! They are also easy to make and you can find help with the thousands of online tutorials. Here are step by step instructions from a cloth diapering blog I found useful:


Make your Own Bibs

Baby bibs are just another thing that can easily save you money! Many bibs are expensive, and after one or two uses they could already be ruined by food or spit up. A good idea is to buy cheap t-shirts that are too big for your baby to use as their messy “food t-shirt.” They can dirty the t-shirt as much as they want, and then later on you can use it as a play shirt for when they are toddlers. Another idea is to use hand towels or cheap microfiber cloths you can buy at any dollar store and make them into bibs. Making your own handmade baby bibs are one of the easiest DIY crafts! If you plan to use an old hand towel you can find a bunch of videos on YouTube or online to follow. Here is a link of a blog I found helpful:


Make your Own Wipes

Believe it or not, baby wipes can actually contain harmful ingredients that can harm our babies. Many of the wipes you can buy at the store have been linked to causing allergies, developmental problems, organ dysfunction and even serious diseases like cancer. Many moms don’t know the harmful effects of store bought baby wipes. All natural wipes can be very expensive, and it’s why most moms lean towards the less expensive ones. However, you can actually save more money making your own rather than buying regular wipes, and they are just as effective and safe as the all-natural wipes. Making your own baby wipes is fast and simple, and they can last for about a week at a time. You can save over $200 making your own wipes, and most of the products you need are already in your home. All you need is a roll of paper towels, your choice of baby soap and baby oil, and a plastic container to put them in. This is a simple ingredient list and you can find more online with step by step instructions.

No matter what you choose to do the most important thing to remember is your baby will love you no matter what! If it’s more effective for you to buy regular disposable diapers or store made baby bibs that’s fine. But if you love to craft and have time to get creative then try out these fun ideas and savor in their benefits! You don’t need to be a professional when it comes to crafting; all you need is a go-for-it attitude and wait to see what you can accomplish.