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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I’m a New Parent. What Kind of Parenting Classes Should I Take?

content provided by Janice

Wouldn’t it be nice if your newborn baby came with an instruction manual? Unfortunately, though, he or she doesn’t, and you are forced into parenting whether you think you’re ready or not.

The very first thing you have to realize about parenting is that nobody will ever do it perfectly. Parenting is all about learning, making mistakes, and simply doing everything you possibly can to raise your child to be a respectful and knowledgeable individual.

Although you are going to learn from your own parents as well as your own trial and error, there are many parenting resources available to help you along the way. Many community colleges, park districts, and YMCAs offer a variety of parenting classes to help new parents become a little more educated in child rearing. So if you’re a new parent, here are a few classes you should definitely consider participating in before or after your child is born.

Baby CPR

Your child’s safety is extremely important, and it’s always better to err on the side of caution. Babies cannot be treated like a toddler or young child, and if they are ever choking, you cannot administer normal CPR to a baby as you would to someone older. For this reason, it’s a good idea for you to take a baby CPR class. This class will teach you how to notice signs of choking in a new baby as well as teach you the proper way to perform CPR. Knowing this information can help you save your child’s life, and while you hope you will never need to use it, it’s always a good idea to know how to do it just in case.

Post-Baby Relationship Class

Your relationship with your significant other is going to change after your baby is born, whether you want to admit it or not. Many couples often find themselves arguing more often after the baby is born, resulting in custody battles. Some argue about different parenting styles while others argue about not having any alone time anymore.

In order to keep your relationship thriving even after baby, you should consider taking a post-baby relationship class. This class will allow you to not only see your relationship through your significant other’s eyes, but it will also teach you how to effectively communicate and get your relationship back to normal after your baby is born.

Basic Parenting Classes

While some parenting classes focus on specific topics, such as CPR, others are more general in nature. These classes teach you the basics of having a baby, such as how to correctly swaddle a baby, change a diaper, and feed a baby a bottle. These classes will also teach you some basic safety for a baby, such as how a newborn baby should sleep, how to properly use a car seat, and what foods/drinks a baby should avoid until his or her first birthday. While you may already know some of this information from other family members, it’s still a good idea to take one of these classes just to refresh your skills.


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Monday, March 16, 2015

Giveaway - 3 Bees & Me Portable Diaper Changing Pad - Standard Packaging

I'm very excited to be offering this giveaway to you. A portable changing pad is a very handy thing to have around. Changing you baby hygienically is made easy everywhere you go. No more dirty surfaces to clean with your baby wipes one handedly, before putting baby down!

I used to have a small changing pad with a diaper bag I own, but it was too small to change a bigger baby, and it was just a pad, so yet another item to put in the diaper bag.

The 3 bees and me changing pad folds down to a neat little pouch, offering space to store away useful items: diapers, wipers, toys...  yet it's big enough to fit your baby as he or she grows.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Green Parenting Tips

Content provided by Jurga

As a responsible parent, you want to take good care of your child.

As a responsible human, you should take good care of the environment.

Can you save the environment while taking care of your baby? Yes! Here are some tips that will guide you in the right direction.


Choose cloth or biodegradable diapers 

Until your little one is potty-trained, you want to use disposable diapers because it is easy. Once they are done, remove and dispose it. Let’s analyze this.

On an average, a baby needs seven diapers in a day. 7 a day, 210 a month, 2,520 a year. 

Babies cannot be potty-trained in a year. On an average, a baby is potty-trained in two years, sometimes a little more. That way, one parent uses approximately 5,040 diapers in two years. This is just one baby. Think about millions of babies all over the world.

So, it is better to switch over to cloth or biodegradable diapers, or practice eliminiation communication.


Electronic items

Use of electronic toys, swings and the like are being heavily promoted, but what's the benefit here? Baby tv and baby tablets have been largely discredited, as they can result in bad eye sight and can have negative effects on brain development.

That is not all. If your kids use electronic items, and for long hours, this will result in pushing your electricity bills on the higher side.

Toys

Plastic is the environment’s enemy. Try and reduce that count. If possible, eliminate it in particular sections. Choose wooden toys instead of plastics. Plastic toys contain hazardous materials such as plastic softeners and phthalates. This is dangerous because kids usually like putting toys in their mouth.

So, choose wooden or fabric toys for your kids.

Talking about wooden toys, here is a checklist.

1. It should be finished with nontoxic paint.

2. It should not be shiny.

3. It should not contain any sharp edges.

4. 100% child safe design is a must.

Planning to buy wooden toys? You can buy it online at Overstock.com and get exciting deals on toys. Specific coupons can help in pulling down your purchase price too.


Food

Fresh, healthy meals for your baby are important. So, skip ready-to-eat products and make your own baby food or try Baby led eating (Rapley). However, if you are tired or have a busy schedule ahead, choose organic ready made meals. 

Choosing organic food, you will help the nature grow and, at the same time, you will keep your child away from the risk of behavioral problems, allergies, heart diseases, and many other ailments linked with over use of pesticide laden food.


Shop online

Shopping at a retail store, you might ask for bags that are not reusable. However, if you are shopping online, you can enjoy a bag-free experience. So, shop online and stay happy.

Note: Overstock.com offers $20 Off $200 Coupon on all products. Also, there are Overstock.com coupons that can be used. Coupons are life savers. Use coupons and get the best deals on your purchases.


Would you like to add to this list? Share your ideas in the comments.



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Monday, January 12, 2015

Natural Mama Postpartum Gift Basket

Naturally inclined parents might be a little harder to shop for, since we read all our labels and abhor
from certain products. So what are good gifts for your natural mama friend when she's had a new baby?

I've compiled a list of things new mamas will be thrilled to receive, see what you can find and wrap them all up in a beautiful basket, success assured!


  1. Coconut oil. All natural mamas love coconut oil and I'm pretty sure your friend can list about 100 ways she uses it, but it's quite expensive, so getting her a jar will light up her day.
  2. All natural baby cream. I'm not very big on baby products and use very few if any, but a good bum cream is something all mama's will need at some point.
  3. If baby is born in winter, a good face cream might be a good idea, as baby's skin can get very dry with wind and cold and indoor heating. I specifically like weleda's calendula face cream for babies. 
  4. Cloth breast pad for those leaky boobs the first days after the baby's born.
  5. A Cloth diaper for your friend to try on her baby. there are so many systems available and new diapers can be quite expensive. Your friend may be a little overwhelmed. 
  6. Breastfeeding herbal infusion
  7. A Sitz Bath mix is a lovely way to heal the perineum and take a minute for yourself after childbirth. You can find lots of DIY recies for postpartum herbal mixes in my eBook The Postpartum Herbal Guide.
  8. Postpartum Cloth Pads are so much better than the chemically laden paper version, and can be used over and over during her period. I did reviews on most of the brands a couple years back and also wrote down everything you need to know about cloth pads
  9. Cloth baby wipes are easily made and you can never have enough
  10. Healing wool or healing silk such as this to treat baby's diaper rash
  11. Sweet almond oil is another topper, which works for massage, dry skin or as a moisturiser after the bath.
  12. Wool baby items, such as a little hat, socks, onesies, pants, blanket... extra points for knitting them yourself (or making them from recycled blankets or sweaters)!
  13. Postpartum Herbal Infusion
  14. Tea Tree or Lavender essential oil are really nice all round EO's, who'll certainly have use for these some day or another. 
  15. Maybe a little less known, but the Bengkung wrap is a lovely way of giving that extra little support of the back and belly after birth, and it also lightens postpartum uterine cramping. I'm a bit cross that I only discovered it after having a third child! If you think the tying will be much of a fuss for your friend (I certainly wished I had a postpartum doula to put mine on!!), there are simpler belly binding devices on the market. Such as this one.
  16. Firming belly oil for mama. Traditionally, the Bengkung is used with an herb infused oil. There is a lot to be said for a daily massage of the uterus after birth and combining this with lovely herbal scents will only be beneficial for your friend's recovery. Here's a DIY idea.
  17. Organic breastfeeding snacks, because your friend will be hungry A LOT and will have very little time to concoct things. Think of raw nuts and dried fruit, nut and seed bars, dark chocolate, fruit...
  18. Subscription to a Natural mommy proof magazine, such as The Mother Magazine, Natural Child Magazine or Natural Mother Magazine
  19. Onesies are the type of thing you can hardly have enough of the first months of your baby's life, so adding an organic onesie to the lot is a good idea.
  20. A nursing necklace is something the baby can fondle when he gets bigger - way more fun than pinching and fiddling with the breast! There are a lot of options in this department nowadays, from wood to knitted beads to healing gems, take your pick. 
Don't forget that offering a helping hand is priceless, especially in the early days after baby, when the family is still settling in to find their new balance. So bring round a healthy meal, clan some veggies, throw in a load of laundry or take home some ironing when you visit. Your friend may be too polite to ask, but she surely can use some help.

Making a basket? Share your picture on Authentic Parenting's Facebook page!



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