Why is Skin to Skin contact so important

Skin to Skin contact is very important. It helps the baby to get used to life outside the womb and is highly important for supporting mothers to start breastfeeding and to develop a close, loving relationship with there baby So it’s a great idea to keep doing skin to skin with your baby for as long as possible. Immediate benefits of skin to skin includes.

  1. Helping regulate infant temperature, breathing and heart rate
  2. It encourages and support breastfeeding by releasing hormones to stimulate milk production.
  3. Skin to skin contact relaxes mom and baby
  4. Stimulates digestion and an interest in feeding
  5. Regulates temperature

Research shows that it helps decreased the stress for mother and baby. Not only will there be less crying , your baby will be able to sleep much longer. It also improves the physical health of mom and baby and it gives them more bonding time by helping baby be aware of a sense or love and warmth. Children who experienced more skin to skin showed better language, cognitive and motor skills.

Have you been doing skin to skin with your baby? It’s not too late to start.

Ultimate Hospital Bag Checklist for Mom and Baby

After having four children and this time with my fifth I learned what to pack and what not to pack in my hospital bag. Some things are just unnecessary. With your due date fast approaching, and you know it’s time to pack your hospital bag. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some ideas.

When to Pack Your Hospital Bag?

Usually you should have your bag ready to go (besides last-minute items like your toothbrush) by your 36- 37 weeks, just in case you go into labor before your due date.

Here’s a list of everything you may want or need with you in the hospital.

What to Pack in Hospital Bag for Mom

  • Birth Plan – Print a couple of duplicates—one for you, one for your work nurse(s) and maybe another to secure in your room. It’s a good idea to highlight some key points for quick reference.
  • A Robe. A comfortable robe is one of the best postpartum clothing items out there. I kinda regret not bringing one on my first pregnancy. It is good to use as cover up when your breastfeeding or when you have visitors.
  • Toiletries. Remember these! You’ll need your hair brush, toothbrush and toothpaste, antiperspirant, lip balm, additional hair tie ( I was always losing my hair ties) and face wipes (I recommend these in case your not going to be showering right away).
  • Comfortable Clothes. If you plan to breastfeed I suggest you pack a comfortable tank top, nursing bra. Pair your tank top with a soft, loose pant like joggers or lightweight sleep pants. For footwear, shoe socks are great for being comfortable. Slip-on shoes, Crocs or flip-flops for returning home. Your feet may be swollen from IV liquids so you’ll be appreciative for shoes you can undoubtedly slip on.
  • Drinks. Pack a reusable water bottle. I was so thirsty I felt bad because I kept asking the nurses for water.
  • Extra Long Phone Charger. I’ve noticed that the outlet at the hospital are far away from the hospital beds.
  • Nipple Cream. If you plan breastfeeding this is a must have. Sore and Crack nipple is no fun.
  • Adult Diapers. Hospital will provide you with those mesh underwear but I feel like adult diapers like Depends felt more comfortable and secure.

What to pack for Baby

After you’ve pack what you need for the hospital it’s time to decide what you need to pack for baby.

  • Carseat. If you are driving home this is a must. The hospital won’t let you leave without it and it must already be installed.
  • Going Home Outfit. Aim to bring two different size outfit because you don’t know how big or small your baby is. I usually bring one newborn size and one 0-3 months in size. Don’t forget hat and socks!
  • Your pediatrician contact information. Doctors and nurse will ask you these information multiple times so its good to have it handy.

Do not bring Diapers and Wipes. The hospital will provide it all for you. I actually recommend to bring an extra plastic bag to put all those extra freebie you get from the hospital.

What your partner should bring to hospital

If you have a partner that would be staying with you and keeping you company. Remind them to pack extra clothing and their toothbrush. Here are other things they can bring with them

  • Lots of Snacks. For example crackers, candies. Their own reusable bottle water.
  • Book, Ipad, Laptop or anything that can keep them entertain incase of downtime.
  • Blanket. Hospital blankets are usually thin..

Once you pack these things in your bag you will be all set to go once the big day comes. Good Luck!

BLOGGING TIPS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE I STARTED MY BLOG

While it appears as though I began this adventure yesterday, I’ve been blogging for some time now! I have observed it to be so satisfying to have the capacity to share my life, style, and musings with all of you. I adore getting your inquiries and remarks, and I am so thankful for the little network that we’ve made. Be that as it may, it hasn’t generally been simple. From an outside viewpoint, blogging can appear as though it’s everything silly buffoonery. In any case, all things considered, there is a great deal of diligent work, arranging, imagination, energy, late evenings and early mornings that go into making everything work. Blogging permits individuals the opportunity to convey what needs be, and permits a group of people simple access to a boundless measure of motivation, stimulation and information on a gigantic assortment of subjects. In case you’re thinking of starting a blog, read beneath for a couple of things I wish I would have known before I started. I trust they can help you in your adventure!

Find Your Niche

Prior to beginning your blog, consider an explicit mission that you need to direct you through your posts. Perhaps you’re energetic about serving healthy meals and exercise, finding popular garments without using every last cent, dieting. Whatever it is, ensure that you are expounding on what intrigues you. When you are amped up for a subject, it’s less demanding to be imaginative and it will decipher in an increasingly real manner. Your group of onlookers will have the capacity to see your eagerness radiate through with your substance.

Social Media Isn’t Always Priority #1

Even though internet based life is an extraordinary method to advance your substance, gain and develop your following, and permit your group of onlookers an inside look in to who you truly are. It’s crucial to nurture your blog above everything else.  Thus, put the lion’s share of your vitality in to a well thoroughly considered blog, and utilize online networking as an optional apparatus to allure your users to tap the link in your profile. Continuously go back to your blog when you can!

The saying is true it takes a village! You can’t do everything all alone, so in the beginning periods when you probably won’t have the capacity to enlist a right hand, turn to loved ones to encourage you. Regardless of whether it’s taking photographs or editing your blog entries, it’s useful to have an additional arrangement of eyes on your work. When you come to the heart of the matter where you can hire help, do so. I’ve discovered that it tends to be hard at first not to play a part in each and every detail, except figuring out how to delegate and trusting my family and friends has helped me hugely in developing my blog.

Find your Inspiration

Regardless of the amount of experience you have in your specialty, it’s important  to focus on what others in that same specialty as you are doing.
It’s also extremely helpful for gathering inspiration, which is important in being able to move your blog forward and come up with fresh content
I  like to create Pinterest boards filled with everything from style inspiration to DIYS, which I pull from sometimes when I have writers block
Utilize different websites and destinations to start your very own imagination, however make sure to have an independent mind and make content that is interestingly you

Blogging is a 24/7 Job

Being a full time blogger isn’t easy at all. There is a ton of time that goes in, and there are no genuine days off. It’s hard to continually create new content to keep your gathering of people interested. Notwithstanding when I’m in the midst of a furlough, I feel that it’s important to share moments with my visitors, so I don’t get switch off completely.. I think that its useful to utilize programs like Later or Coschedule to plan your posts ahead of time, so you don’t need to continually consider timing and regardless of whether you posted that day.

Interact With Your Audience

Regardless of how enormous or little, keeping a active relationship with your visitors is vital. Keep in mind to like their remarks, answer to their messages and pay heed to who is interfacing with your blog. Not exclusively will it mean a considerable measure to your users, it can assist you with bettering comprehend your statistic and take into account.

Collaborate

Linking up with different bloggers are the best! I have been able to meet such a significant number of stunning individuals through blogging, and I adore presenting my group of onlookers to bloggers that I like. These coordinated efforts can be commonly advantageous for achieving another intended interest group, and develop your followers and most of all you make new friends and have fun.

Blogging is not a traditional employment. It’s anything but difficult to get enveloped with the web world, particularly when you are putting yourself out there by sharing your own considerations on a blog. While it’s imperative to be proficient and work, make sure to take some time disconnected for yourself. Try not to give mean remarks a chance to get you down, or debilitate you from proceeding to act naturally through your blog. In case you’re having a great time, your gathering of people will as well!

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