Why Preparing For Postpartum Is Just As Important As Preparing For Birth

Why Preparing For Postpartum Is Just As Important As Preparing For Birth

You weren’t meant to travel the postpartum time alone....


We spend all this time preparing for birth. Once we give birth, we are handed our baby and sent on our merry way.  We are essentially left to figure everything out on our own! 

 

There is little wonder that new mothers, many of whom have little or no experience with babies or children, are often physically exhausted and emotionally depleted. They may find themselves easily anxious and confused about ‘doing what is right’. 

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You Don’t Need An App To Raise Your Baby

You Don’t Need An App To Raise Your Baby

“Is there an app you’re using for baby’s milestones and daily development activities?”


The amount of times I hear mamas either asking each other, or even asking me for my recommendations in terms of which apps to use to track various things like sleep patterns, feeding schedules, amount of wet/dirty diapers and even developmental activities for their babies is getting to be more and more each week!

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Does Swaddling Cause Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)?

Does Swaddling Cause Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)?

Swaddling has become a bit of a controversial topic these days. Some people and professionals are still using and recommending this age-old practice, and some have done a 180 and turned completely against it.


Historically, swaddling has been used all over the world, in various cultures, for thousands of years, with the goal of calming a baby, and reducing night wakings by promoting a deeper sleep.


Lately though, particularly here in our Western culture, there have been a lot of questions as to whether swaddling is safe or whether it is detrimental to a baby’s development.  And I have even been hearing and reading about some healthcare professionals saying that swaddling causes sensory processing disorder.  Eek!!! #saywhat?
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What Are Sensory Processing Difficulties & When Should I Be Concerned?

What Are Sensory Processing Difficulties & When Should I Be Concerned?
Everything we learn and take in from our environment comes into our body (and brain) through our senses, and once the brain has integrated or processed this information, we act on it1.  When a person or child is having difficulty perceiving and/or interpreting information from these senses, this is often referred to as sensory processing differences, issues, or concerns.  The brain does not receive all of the sensory information necessary to do an effective job. And, as a result, there will be more effort and difficulty in every day activities, and less success and satisfaction.
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Do You Know What Is In Your Sunscreen?

Do You Know What Is In Your Sunscreen?

With the warmer weather and the hotter, stronger sun, we find ourselves lathering on sunscreen ALL.DAY.LONG!!!  And I know you know how important it is to wear sunscreen and block those harmful sun rays, but also to prevent burns…..and ultimately the big ‘C’ word!


But, I also don’t love all the nasty chemicals that are found in conventional sunscreens. 

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What You Need to Know about the 8 Senses and Sensory Processing in Babies

What You Need to Know about the 8 Senses and Sensory Processing in Babies

We live in a sensory-rich world. Everything we learn and take in from our environment comes into our body (and brain) through our senses, and once the brain has integrated or processed this information, we act on itSensory processing is the ability of the nervous system to register input from our senses, interpret the information, and form a response (either a motor response, language, cognition, etc).


We actually have 8 senses..... and when one or multiple sensory system(s) aren’t working efficiently, then the brain views some sensations (or incoming information) as too strong, or not strong enough.  This is when we often see signs of sensory issues, or differences. And yes, we see this even in babies.
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