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Babies live on their own schedule, be it for nap time, play time, and especially when it comes time for food! Whether you are team free the nipple, or looking for a more discrete feeding method, when your baby needs to eat, you have to be ready to feed them. In honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we're sharing some of our favorite nursing covers. Perfect for the coverage you want and added style that never hurts!
NuRoo Coverup Infinity Scarf
Why we love it: Lightweight! We love this super cute lightweight nursing cover, perfect for summer to keep baby and mom cool.
Itsy Ritsy Infinity Nursing Scarf
Why we love it: Infinity! Who doesn’t love an infinity scarf? One that doubles as a nursing cover is perfect for the mom on the go!
Nursing Cover - Haven Breakfast in Birkshire (Organic Cotton)
Why we love it: Optimal coverage! This cute nursing cover is perfect for the mom looking to ensure complete coverage during feeding time.
aden + anais Swaddle
Why we love it: Versatility! This swaddle can be used not only as a swaddle, but also as a nursing cover, stroller cover and even a burp cloth! Who doesn't love a multi-use item in the diaper bag!
2-in-1 Organic Cotton Nursing Cover + Scarf
Why we love it: Patterns! We love these super soft cotton nursing covers and their stylish patterns. Doubling as a scarf keeps Mom looking chic and its one less item to carry in the diaper bag.
May is National Pregnancy month. In honor of this, we have asked Miss Megan, Owner and Founder of Conscious Proactive Parenting and Mantra Sleep Solutions, to offer some sleep tips for pregnant and new moms. Here's what she had to say:
Sleep disturbances, pregnancy related insomnia, and weird or vivid dreams are common during pregnancy, especially during the first and 3rd trimester. In a National Sleep Foundation poll, 78% of women reported experiencing more disturbed sleep during pregnancy than when not pregnant. Hormonal changes, pain & discomfort, and anxiety are three key factors that contribute to sleep challenges.
During pregnancy, progesterone levels rise, and this can cause sleepiness during the day and wakefulness at night. Fluctuating estrogen levels also create physiological changes. Nausea, heartburn, lower back pain, needing to pee a lot, and general discomforts can leave the body feeling out of sorts. Feeling anxious about baby coming can make falling asleep and staying asleep trickier.
Sleep during pregnancy is as much about quality as it is about quantity. Below I have listed some effective and time-tested sleep aids. Enjoy & Sweet Dreams!
FIRST: Prepare Your Sleep Environment:
- Get room-darkening blinds.
- Cotton or bamboo sheets can keep you cooler.
- A sound machine with waves or white noise (such as: Homedics Sound Spa Relaxation Machine with 6 Nature Sounds) can help mask distracting background noises and lull you to sleep.
- A star scape (such as: Laser Stars Indoor Light Show).
- Use an oil diffuser to produce your own aromatherapy experience. During both my pregnancies I really enjoyed doTERRA Essential Oils.
- Everyone can benefit from a Himalayan salt lamp, which releases negative ions into the air, creating an effect similar to an ionizer, purifying the surrounding air.
SECOND: Prepare Yourself:
- Hot bath, Epsom salts and a hot shower can always relax the body after a long day of bearing the weight of being pregnant.
- Massages or acupuncture by licensed professional can be used to target especially problematic areas and clear the body of trapped or displaced energy.
- The benefits of sleeping naked, or at least using loose fitting, cotton, and pajamas are endless.
- Earplugs or sleep mask may help.
- As your pregnancy progresses, sleep on your side or use a pillow between your knees or cuddle a body pillow. Elevating your feet during the day can help as well.
- If you can’t do all the fancy stuff…sometimes just a heating pad can do the trick! Heating pads may help ease soreness and reduce inflammation in some individuals. Just make sure not more than “15-20” mins at a time, and keep it on a lower setting (102 or lower), and not directly on your baby bump (as it can over heat your baby)! Instead, use it on a localized area, like your lower back, knee or shoulder—one area at a time. Make sure to use ONLY when awake. Better yet, just use to warm your bed!
- I also personally, put an electric water kettle by my bed (Hamilton Beach 1 L Stainless Steel Electric Kettle) and had tea (chamomile) ready incase I would wake in the night! I would also have my journal and pens to jot down thoughts, dreams and ideas to clear my mind—which helped me ease back into sleep.
You can also:
- Take short naps during the day but not too close to bedtime—as this can disrupt your sleep schedule.
Use a food log to watch what you are eating, in case what you eat is upsetting your body.
Deep breathing during pregnancy can maximize your body’s energy levels, help you and your baby to get better circulation and oxygen to grow properly, relieve anxiety & stress, and prepare you for labor.
You can also use exercise followed by a hot shower or bath, plus essential oils to stretch and calm down tight and overextended muscles.
THIRD: Post Partum:
Watching what you eat, once you have your baby, is even more important than when pregnant. As it effects breast milk supply, your baby’s sleep, and therefore your sleep as well. There is conflicting research on what to avoid, but across the board, most say to avoid: caffeine, too much alcohol (unless you are going to pump and dump), fish high in mercury, sage (it can decrease your milk supply), extremely spicy foods, “gassy” veggies, and citrus.
Sleep when your baby sleeps.
Take a walk for fresh air, sunlight, and vitamin D. Both you and your baby will sleep better afterwards.
Give your baby the gift of sleep on a Newton Wovenaire Crib Mattress! Made in the USA, this mattress is of the highest quality food-grade polymer, and created in such a way that it is 90% air—which makes it completely washable, hypo-allergenic and breathable! Thus, safer for your baby! With a Newton Mattress, your child is safe from suffocation, overheating, and bacteria & fungi.
Most importantly, get support for yourself and your little bundle of joy! Coordinate with friends, family or a sitter to get breaks or to be able to sleep in. Better yet, seek out a professional Sleep Coach, such as Miss Megan (myself lol)! Proactive sleep teaching can set your baby up with healthy sleep habits from the start! With my support, you’ll be building a foundation that doesn’t need to be rebuilt! “Mantra Sleep Solutions” will take your child on their personalized ‘Sleep Journey’…creating peaceful nights of tranquil sleep for all! Call today for your free consultation!
***Miss Megan is the Owner and Founder of Conscious Proactive Parenting and Mantra Sleep Solutions. She is an innovator and an expert in her field. Her unique and creative methods of focusing on positive discipline and sleep training have serviced families within the greater New York City area and worldwide for years. In fact, Miss Megan has been a Governess for over fifteen years and has extensive experience working with children in a wide range of settings. Miss Megan is also a Montessori trained Directress, a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach and successful Life Coach.
Most notably, Miss Megan’s greatest source of knowledge and expertise comes from being a working mother. Miss Megan is the proud mother of two (a boy born 8/9/13, and a girl born 3/8/15). From direct experience, Miss Megan was able to utilize and integrate her strategies and methods to help improve her son’s sleeping, eating and behavioral patterns and now her daughters as well. One of Miss Megan’s greatest campaigns, is knowing and teaching parents about the distinct difference between a Governess and a Nanny. Miss Megan has used her expansive knowledge to dispose of various myths and reveal the truth to New York metropolitan families, thus enabling them to attain a higher quality of care for their children. This is one small testimony to the revolutionary change that “The Miss Megan Effect” can bring to any home, forever revitalizing and revamping parenting and childcare. Check out her website at: TheMissMeganEffect.com. See one of her recent publications at:
Here at Newton, your baby’s safety is our top priority. As you start to put together your nursery and get ready to bring your little one home, we want to remind you of some important safe sleep practices.
#1 Snug fit- Your crib mattress should fit snuggly in your crib with or without a crib sheet on it. An easy way to know if there is a proper fit is to use the two finger test, making sure there is no gap larger than the width of two fingers between the ends of the crib and the mattress. Of course, make sure your little one is sleeping on a breathable crib mattress, like the Newton Wovenaire® Crib Mattress.
#2 Nothing but baby- Remember not to place any objects in the crib other than your baby. If you decide to use a crib sheet, please make sure it’s breathable by checking if you can effortlessly breathe through it before using it.
#3 Tummy up- Remember to always place your baby to sleep on their back, or as we like to say “tummy up!”.
#4 No sleeping around- When it’s sleepy time, the crib’s the place to be. For maximum safety, your baby should sleep in his/her own crib. We understand how wonderful it is to share a bed but having baby sleep anywhere other than the crib can pose safety risks.
We hope that these important reminders will help keep your little one safe while sleeping sound.
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