Your baby has Torticollis…what now?

Torticollis is a condition that develops in the third trimester of pregnancy. But what is this thing that sounds like a turtle? Let’s have a look at the condition and why you should learn more about it. What the heck is torticollis? Despite the fact that the word might evoke scary feelings, torticollis is very treatable if you notice and address the problem as soon as possible. All this means is that your baby has a tight neck. Have you ever noticed what your next feels like when you fall asleep in the wrong position? Now imagine being stuck in that position for weeks on end. In newborns, the condition happens due to positioning in the womb or after a difficult birth. The condition is also known as congenital muscular torticollis. The muscles on the one side of your baby’s neck tighten up while the muscles on the other side stretch out. In most cases, you can spot it if your baby prefers to have his or her head to a specific side. Boys and girls are equally likely to devel…
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The best winter activities for toddlers to keep them happy and snug

It can be tricky to keep little humans busy during the colder winter months, especially when it’s too cold to head outside. We’ve compiled a list of the best winter activities for toddlers, just to give you a helping hand. We’re hoping they’ll help you stay sane and keep your little person entertained and snug at the same time! Top winter activities for toddlers Make gingerbread houses Building a delicious snack is super fun, and it’s one of the best winter activities for toddlers. All you need are some gingerbread crackers (or graham crackers), icing, and candy. This activity is great for motor skills, dexterity and creativity.   Have a camping day Just before the coldest temperatures arrive, go on a backyard camping trip with your tot. Grab a tent and set it up in the backyard. As evening approaches, light a fire and enjoy some hot cocoa while you snuggle under the blankets and do some star gazing.   Smores! This one kind of goes hand-in-hand with the c…
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Hey mom, here’s how to reduce belly fat effectively!

Looking for some advice on how to reduce belly fat as a mom? There are countless myths and “secret weapons” on the internet, but please don’t fall into those traps. They’re expensive, hardcore and do far more harm than good. Here’s a roundup of what you need to know about training to regain your pre-baby body! Tips to reduce belly fat 1. Start with the core Belly fat cannot be tackled if you’ve got abdominal muscle separation. Did you know that in 60% of pregnancies, there’s an abdominal separation of 2-2.5 finger widths, which is called diastasis recti (DR)? In most cases, the problem will clear up on its own, but focusing on core strength training is an absolute must.   2. Then sprint mama, sprint! Sprinting, just like other high-intensity interval training, is super-efficient to increase fat burning hormones and finally get rid of the pregnancy pooch. Once you start sprinting regularly, your body will go through a lot of hormonal changes, which in turn teaches y…
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Gum infections during pregnancy: Everything you need to know

Gum infections during pregnancy happen during the second trimester. Although pregnancy does not cause gingivitis or gum inflammation, it’s the hormonal changes during pregnancy that are to blame for this problem. Your body is producing more estrogen and progesterone, which can dilate the blood vessels in your gums and make them more permeable. As a result, you’re at risk of contracting inflammation, which leads to a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis. How serious are gum infections during pregnancy? If left untreated, gum infections during pregnancy can affect deeper supporting tissues and cause gum disease. From the second or third month of pregnancy, you might notice some of the following symptoms: Redness, swelling of the gums and tenderness Bad breath Bleeding gums after eating or brushing Inflammatory overgrowths on the gums due to bacterial irritation Can pregnancy gingivitis impact neonatal health? The bacteria that build up in a pregnant wo…
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Postnatal vitamins to get your body back on track after birth

After delivering a baby, your body will be out of sorts, more than you ever thought possible. You’ll go through some crazy hormonal changes and afterwards, your body will need time for physical healing. Roughly 600,000 American women suffer from postpartum depression. Most women are also prone to vitamin D deficiency after giving birth which leads to fatigue and pregnancy brain. But postnatal vitamins can help clear all of that up. Here’s a quick look at what to take and when to take it. Best postnatal vitamins for new moms 1. Prenatal It’s recommended that you stay on your prenatal vitamins until you’re done breastfeeding. Even if you’re not breastfeeding, you can still pop your pregnancy vitamins until you feel like yourself again.   2. Fish Oil Baby blues is more than just a myth, and you need to take the necessary precautions to ward it off. Since fish oil contains Omega 3 and fatty acids, it can help reduce postpartum depression. You can also keep the fish oil…
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Baby chiropractic care: Is it even safe?

Have you ever considered the idea of baby chiropractic care? Is it even safe? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you might want to consider this holistic healthcare approach for your little human. Is baby chiropractic care beneficial? Birth can be a very traumatic experience as far as a baby’s body is concerned. Your baby gets pulled, torqued, squeezed and twisted in a range of weird positions, which can affect the alignment of their spine. As your baby matures and learns to walk, they might start showing signs of clumsiness and low muscle tone. And that’s why baby chiropractic care can be very beneficial, to help correct the chiropractic subluxations. When your child receives chiropractic care, it can help reduce nerve interference. The treatment can also increase immunity and digestive function. Another great benefit is that chiropractic treatment can increase blood flow, especially to the developing brain. In essence, these adjustments help restore proper grow…
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Baby bath time boosts development, and here’s why

There are few things that are so relaxing as baby bath time. Watching them stare in amazement at the water and the bubbles is super special. Most of us associate bath time with a means of cleanliness, but it is actually so much more. Believe it or not, baby bath time is one of your little human’s most important activities that set the stage for good overall development later on in life. Don’t believe us? Here’s why it’s true: Why baby bath time is important Because babies need attention Bath time is a special time you have with your baby, and it’s uninterrupted one-on-one time. You get to hold your baby the entire time and get to spend some bonding time with them. Studies have shown that bath time is one of the best times for cognitive development for your baby and can help stimulate and expand their brains and social interaction skills.   And they need touch too The importance of touch with babies can never be stressed enough. When you’re giving your baby a bath, …
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How NOT to raise a clingy toddler

Nobody has a grand vision to raise a clingy toddler. Although they’re by no means bad kids, raising tots that always need your attention is draining and intense. You don’t even get to spend five minutes to pee in peace. But it takes two to tango, and clinginess is as much about you as it is about your tot. If you don’t want to raise a clingy toddler, rest assured that it just takes some mindful adjustments to your current approach. Here’s how to help your tot become autonomous, confident, and independent! How not to raise a clingy toddler 1. Give them space mama It’s normal to feel kind of compelled to always interact with your kid. Come on, they’re cute and snuggly and who doesn’t want to bury themselves in that? Most of us also have a misplaced sense of parental duty, thinking that we need to bring joy into the lives of our kids at every moment. To keep them happy, we’re always making noises and pulling funny faces just for the sake of keeping them entertained. But you …
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Prenatal classes: Your options at a glance

From pregnancy tips to breastfeeding crash courses and newborn care techniques, you’ve got a LOT to do and learn as a mom-to-be. Preparing for life with a newborn is no easy feat, but finding time to educate yourself on the deal increases your excitement for baby’s arrival and sets you up for success. That being said, prenatal classes are one of the best ways to prep for baby life. But where do you start and what are your options? Here’s a quick look at what’s on offer: Prenatal classes: The ones you need in your life A newborn care class A newborn care class answers all of your I-feel-too-dumb-to-ask questions. Want to know how to swaddle a baby or when the best times for nappy changes are? These classes cover you on all aspects of life with a newborn. Benefits of these classes: You’ll get to try out techniques for swaddling, holding your baby and even changing their diaper. Small, group settings allow you to as questions throughout the class It’s a great way to get you…
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Finding time for exercise as a new mom: It’s possible if you do these things!

It can be hard to schedule some time for exercise as a new mom. You can’t do it when the baby is hungry, and what if they cry while you’re trying to burn some fat? To get you on your way to reclaiming your pre-baby body, here are some nuggets of wisdom you can use. Tips on time for exercise as a new mom Set that alarm It’s super tempting to hit the snooze button in the wee hours of the morning, especially if your baby was up all night. But setting your alarm 40 minutes ahead of your routine can allow you to squeeze in a quick 20-minute workout before the day starts. It’s also better to get it over and done with as early as possible before you start making excuses later in the day. Working out before everyone else in the house does gives you some time for yourself, and it’s a great way to start the day!   Start doing something, anything! Okay so you barely have time to scarf down a meal, so how the heck are you supposed to fit a workout into your routine too? Here’s a mott…
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