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Holiday Gifts for the New Mom in your Life

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 9.46.18 AMThere is nothing quite the experience of being pregnant with your first baby. It’s exhilarating, exciting, exhausting and frightening all at once! Take advantage of the holiday season to pamper the first-time mom in your life with some of these fantastic holiday gifts.

Photo session. Too many moms end up looking back and regretting that they didn’t have this time documented in pictures–I know I did! Help the new mom in your life by finding an amazing maternity or birth photographer to document this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Spa gift certificate. Once the baby comes it will be a long time before the new mommy gets some me time to do nothing but relax. Take advantage of the days before the complications of coordinating childcare begins and book a full day of pampering or a specialize prenatal massage.

Restaurant gift certificate. With smell and taste aversions during pregnancy sometimes it’s just easier to just go out for a nice meal instead of cooking at home– especially during the first trimester and the final stretch of pregnancy! Make sure you do some research to find some favorite restaurants so the gift cards don’t go unused.

Food delivery service. Probably my favorite gift for after the baby arrives! Navigating a newborn baby for the first time can be stressful and having a great, healthy, fresh meal can be a lifesaver. Search out local meal delivery services that can either deliver daily or a few days of meals at a time. If the due date is still a few months away you can still set this up and present mom with a gift card to cash in when the time comes.

Monthly goody boxes. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! Focus instantly shifts to the new baby and it can be so nice for a new mom to have a little something just for her to look forward to each month. Birchbox and Julep are great choice for fun, high-end beauty and makeup products. Taste Trunk is great for the foodie in your life and Escape Monthly is fabulous for the travel lover. No matter what the new mom in your life loves you’re sure to find a subscription box that she will love!

Magazine subscriptions. Another fun little gift that mom can look forward to every month. I would skip the baby magazine subscriptions and stick with a subject that interests her whether it is fashion, culture, literature, travel or science. Having a new magazine to flip through every month can be such a simple, unexpected treat.

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor focused on nutrition and green living strategies. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception, through pregnancy, lactation and beyond to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mother and baby.



Infant Massage

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Infant MassageBeing a baby is tough stuff. Between the shock of life and large quantity of unknowns, I can imagine the toll simply living can put on a baby body. For this reason, the joys of a nice massage are not just for worn-out mamas. Infant massage can help you and baby reduce stress, rest, and bond.

Whether you have just a few minutes to rub baby’s tummy or can fit in a full-body massage, both baby and you can benefit from meaningful time together, one-on-one, to rub away the day’s stressors. If your babe has any health issues, always consult with your doctor before offering your wee one an infant massage.

Online videos can offer you insights in how to best massage your babe in detail, but here are a few tips:

  • Ask permission from your baby before massage. A toddler you can actually ask; an infant may roll away, have stiff arms and legs, or fuss if not interested. You know your baby. Also consider your babe’s temperament before offering massage. If babe is too grumpy, tired, or stimulated, a massage may cause further irritation and stimulation. Wait until your babe is content overall. Ideally, wait until about an hour after eating or avoid the belly and back when you offer your babe a massage.
  • Remove your jewelry, grab oil or other child-safe form of moisture if you’d like, and find a comfortable area. Make eye contact and speak softly with your baby if you’d like. Consider the difference in this massage versus one you might receive as an adult by a professional. As an adult you spend much of your time inaccessible with eyes closed and without much conversation; with your child feel free to make eye contact, gently speak, and respond to your child’s movements.
  • After washing your hands, use a soft but firm touch to offer massage in long strokes, gentle twists, taps, and little circular motions. Gently stretch joints of the toes, fingers, and wrists. When you approach the belly, an inverted L and “I love you” movement across the abdomen can help aid digestion. To help ensure your baby retains warmth, keep baby covered. Afterward, offer milk or cuddles before transitioning to rest or slowly returning to more activity.

Lynette Moran shares her life with her husband and two sons, ages 1 and 3 years. She has cloth diapered both since birth and enjoys all things eco-friendly and mindful living.