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Who Should You Love First?

The month of love is coming up. :)

But, honestly, I think the best love you can give is the one you give yourself. Because once your vessel is solid and filled, are you truly able to give love to others. I'm a strong believer in nurturing yourself before you can nurture others. And this includes always learning and being open to receiving.

For new mothers, I can't recommend enough to take our New Mommy & Baby Group. It's a supportive, welcoming, loving group that's facilitated during our 6 weeks together. 

Parenting Blues? Whaaaaat! You mean parenting is not always a piece of cake? I know, I have four kids. But, with Positive Parenting, there are parenting tools that help you raise confident, kind and caring children. This is available to you both in-person and online, so there's no way to miss out. Learn more and sign up today.

Which reminds me...do you know how to do CPR? Be prepared, know what to do. Learn to save a little life with our CPR Class happening this coming month.

 

Having a baby soon? We have both Weekend Childbirth Class, as well as the One Day Class coming up! I'm also happy to do a private one-on-one class with you.

I know that breastfeeding is natural. But, having supported mothers for years, I also know it's not easy. We're here to help. Take our Prenatal Breastfeeding Bootcamp on Feb 17th.

Need more one-one-one with baby at home? Feel free to book a Lactation Consultation at your home, anytime you need, directly with me.  Symphony Medela Breastpumps (hospital-grade) are also available to rent.

There's more happening in February, including our unique Newborn Care + First Time Parenting Class, so be sure to see our full list of classes.

Plus share our links with friends..they'll thank you for helping them be better at this parenting gig. ;)

With love...
Giselle Baumet

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Ouch! How to heal during postpartum

Mom and Baby Postpartum

Over the years, I've taught postpartum care for hundreds of pregnant women. I feel strongly that postpartum care is something we need to talk about over and over and over again so that we are better able to support women during this time of their lives. Here are some of the tips that have been helpful in healing and caring for the postpartum woman.

Sitz Baths

Sitz baths can feel soooo good on a sore perineum. What is a sitz bath? Well it’s a little bath for your bottom! You can simply fill the tub with just enough water for you to sit and have your bottom covered. Or you can order a sitz bath bowl (you can find one here ~ you only need the bowl part…you can put away the tubing that comes with it).

I recommend doing a sitz bath a few times a day, for example morning, middle of the day and at bedtime. Fit more times if you are able to, but aim for three times a day.

A warm sitz bath is good if you are sore but not swollen. And a cold sitz bath works wonders if you are still swollen as it will help reduce the inflammation. You don’t want to do a warm sitz bath while still swollen as it draws more blood to that area and can keep you swollen longer.

For a cold water sitz bath, keep some water in the refrigerator that you’ll use for your sitz bath or if you make an herbal infusion, keep it cool in the refrigerator. If it’s too cold for you to use, just add a little warm water to make it less cold, but be sure that it’s still cool and you don’t turn it into a warm sitz bath by mistake.

For a warm sitz bath, I like using an herbal infusion (though you can also use an herbal infusion for a cold sitz bath) and letting it infuse for hours and then using that warm infusion for the sitz bath. You can reuse the infusion over again by just reheating it slightly before using it again. Or if it’s easier for you, just keep it at room temperature and reuse it at room temperature. You are getting all the benefits of the herbs even when doing the sitz bath at room temperature.

When doing a sitz bath, take a book, a magazine, your smart phone or whatever will help you sit there for  5- 15 minutes.

Herbal Sitz Bath

All of the herbs (all the herbs can be found here) I use in the herbal sitz bath are healing for postpartum perineum care. Together they reduce swelling, help to heal tears or cuts, help to rebuild the sore and wounded tissues and also will help prevent infections.

1 part Comfrey root
1 part Yarrow
2 part Calendula flowers
1 part Echinacea root

Simply add all your herbs in a pot and add boiled water to the pot ~ enough water to fully cover your herbs. Stir and cover the pot (don’t let your herb goodness evaporate into air). Let the herbs infuse for at least 4 hours. Then strain the herbs and use the liquid (aka your infusion) for your sitz bath. For a cold sitz bath, once you strain your herbs, place the infusion in the refrigerator for a couple of hours and then use in your sitz bath.

Essential Oils Sitz Bath

Make this aromatherapy sitz bath for your cool sitz bath.

The essential oils used are soothing, healing, reduce swelling, help heal cuts and tears, reduce itching and help in prevent infections.

1-2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
1 tablespoon of sea salt

Fill your sitz bath bowl or your bath tub with just enough water to cover your bottom. If you’re using the sitz bath bowl, add 1 drop each of Lavender essential oils.If you’re using your bath tub, use 2 drops of each essential oil. Also add your salt to the mix (bowl or tub). Once you add your oils and salt, swish the water really well with a large spoon or your hand to fully mix the oils into the water.

Witch Hazel Pads

Oh the mama pads…love these. First, forget the normal size pads. Instead get the large overnight pads. You can also do these with reusable mama pads. Saturate them in witch hazel and stick them in the freezer. I’ve seen other blog posts that say to wrap them in aluminum foil. Save yourself the time ~ they work just fine by just putting them in the freezer right after you add the witch hazel.

Once frozen, use these to provide some soothing relief, reduce inflammation and reduce itching after birth.

Perineal Bottle

Whether you’re having a homebirth, a hospital birth or birthing in a birth center, you’ll receive a perineal bottle after the birth. Keep this little friend with you any time you go pee. Have it filled with water, ready for use. And then when you go pee, simply squirt it on your perineum to decrease any burning on your sore or wounded areas from the sting of the pee.

You can also fill your bottle with the herbal infusion (cooled). And you can also add a drop of lavender essential oil a couple times a day and use the entire bottle on your bottom for quick relief.

Tidbits

To finish this blog post, I wanted to mention that most importantly, you should be resting your body. Most of your day during at least the first week should be spent laying down or comfortably sitting down.

Also, if using toilet paper is too harsh for you, you can always dampen it first or use cloth during postpartum.

 

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Working Parents and Bedtime Routines

Working Parents and Bedtime Routines

In most households, there's going to be at least one parent that works outside the home. And like most working parents, you come home sometime around dinner or bedtime. You want time with your baby, after a long day at work, yet we all know that a tired child = cranky and overtired = hard to put down for bedtime child.

Is there a way to get both - the time with your child while also making sure your child gets to bed at a time that works best for their sleep cycle?

Here are some tips to get that after work dinner and bedtime routine down as easily as possible.

Easy Dinner Making


There's are several ways to do this, but I recommend one or more of these three methods. Use a crock pot and prepare it before you go to bed, so that in the morning you just have to turn it on. Another method to reduce dinner making time, is by doing meal prep during the days you don't work. Cook a couple of large meals during these days and reheat them during the work week. And finally, have simple meals that you shop for ahead of time and rotate during the month. These are meals that take 45 minutes or less from the time you start to the time you finish.

Quick Bedtime Routine


While it may seem that a long bath, a massage and some storybooks is ideal for bedtime, a lot of times these long routines work against you, instead of for you. A child has a short window between the first sign of sleep and when they need to be in bed to sleep. Instead of a longer bedtime routine, make bedtime routine quick and easy. I recommend to keep it simple with just a quick PJ change, 1-2 storybooks and a song.

Wise Use of Time


Skip watching media together and instead do a physical activity together. Go for a walk around the block,  play some games or light wrestling together in your living room floor, play outside in the yard. Use the moments you have together to interact and reconnect with your child.

I know being a working parent can be challenging for keeping good bedtime routines. The goal is to still honor your child's need for sleep, while having some time with one or both parents to bond before bedtime.

I know it can be challenging, so if you need help with sleep coaching, feel free to reach out. One of our packages for sleep coaching may just be what your family needs.


 

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Holiday Season and Sleep [Webinar]

All good and fun times...until someone gets cranky from not enough sleep!During this webinar, we'll help you implement healthy sleep tips for your child during this time of year.

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You'll leave this webinar understanding the importance of healthy sleep during the holiday season, how to be flexible while still honoring your child's need for routine and sleep and how to maintain consistency during the holiday season.

Sign up to attend this complimentary webinar on December 5th from 12pm PDT - 1pm PDT.

 

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Tips for Pregnant Moms-to-be

Tips for Pregnant Moms

As a pregnant mama, you most likely have dreams of what it will be like to be a new mama. How lovely your baby will be (and she/he will be for sure!), how beautiful your baby will look in the new nursery, how when it’s time for sleep you’ll smile as you put your baby down for a nap and watch her/him sleep soundly for a couple of hours as you read a book and catch up on things….

I will thread gently when I say that it doesn’t always look like we dreamed it to be. Life with a newborn is different than what we’re shown in cultural depictions of new motherhood. It *is* lovely and you will love this little being more than you ever thought possible, but there are some realities that differ greatly from how babies are born and what we expect them to be.

Here are some tips that I hope will help.

Babies aren’t born to sleep all night long.

You may have a newborn that sleeps a lot, well you most likely will have a baby that sleeps a lot, but babies have small tiny tummies and breastmilk is very easy to digest and so babies are biologically and amazingly designed (for survival) to wake up often to eat.  When babies wake up they also reset their heart rates and their breathing, so wakings help to prevent SIDs. Embrace those wakings and  use it as a time to connect, bond and feed your little one.

Babies are contact seekers.

Your baby right now is surrounded by…..YOU. Held in your miraculous womb, surrounded by your sounds, your tastes, your movement. In this way, you’ve grown your baby in uterus and towards the end we call this the “third trimester”. When your baby is born, it’s now time for the fourth trimester. A time when your baby seeks and needs your touch, your sound, your taste, your breastmilk, your movement. During this stage your baby strives the more he/she is touched and carried and interacts with you. It’s not a want – your baby doesn’t just want to be with you. Your baby needs to be with you for neurological and physiological development.

A comfortable baby carrier can be your most treasured baby gear.

There are swings, strollers, bouncy seats, mats…you name it there is a baby gear for that. But a comfortable baby carrier is the only baby “gear” that allows your baby to meet his developmental needs while giving you freedom of movement and convenience. Carried babies are touched more, kissed more and cuddled more and in this are able to have mother meet their needs. While other baby gear have their place, it’s a baby carrier that keeps on giving for both mother and baby. Baby carriers  help you meet baby needs #1 and #2 above and more.

Follow your instincts

There will be 1million and 1 books, blogs, friends, family, even this email that will have recommendations for your baby. Guess who is your baby’s expert? YOU. Listen to your baby – your baby will tell you what he/she needs. Watch for your baby’s cues, sometimes they can be very slight but they are there. Your baby will communicate with you and it takes time to figure out what he/she is saying. And sometimes you won’t be able to, but be there for your baby and listen to your instincts. You’re eternally connect and that bond never ends. Follow it and ignore anything else that tells you to go against your gut.

 

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