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Introducing Your Dog and Baby

For dog lovers, our pets are family.

If this is your first pregnancy, your dog might have very well been your first baby. When it comes time to bringing your baby home for the first time, you might be wondering how to introduce your dog to your brand new baby. 

Our dogs are very in tune with our emotional energy, but they don’t always know what these different feelings around the house mean. Pregnancy is an emotional journey with ups and downs and your pet will likely reflect these emotions in their own behavior.

New parents shouldn’t feel stressed to introduce their two favorite “people” together for the first time, so we’re bringing expectant parents some peace of mind for this exciting new chapter for their growing families. 

Break Bad Habits

While you’re pregnant, it’s a great opportunity to focus on your pet and breaking some bad habits they might have. If your dog has some behavioral quirks like jumping when greeting new people, territoriality or even accidents in the house, it might be helpful for you to get them on a training regimen. When it comes time to bring home your newborn, it’s a sigh of relief to have your dog being well behaved and in a calm and comfortable state of mind.  

Prepare Your Pet 

Dogs have an acute sense of smell and sound and these are immediately connected to many of their behaviors. Preparing your dog with the sights, sounds an scent of your new baby helps acclimate your dog to the changes around your home. Play baby sounds at a low volume throughout the day, turning the volume up while your dog is more relaxed. Use a realistic baby doll to help your dog understand how to interact around the baby, praising or rewarding them for good behavior. It can also be helpful to introduce your new baby’s scent on a blanket or an article of clothing to help your pet develop a relationship with the new baby.

Don’t Scold

When dogs are confused or anxious, they might give warning signs to people that can come across as aggressive. Low growls or mumbles out of your dog give you an opportunity to assess the situation or conflict, understanding more about what is triggering this emotion in your dog. Observe their body language, help remove them from the situation if they become visually stressed. Don’t punish the warning signs your dog are sending you, they are just looking for some understanding.

Patience is everything in the first few weeks home with your new baby and that goes for your baby’s relationship with your dog too. 

Don’t overstimulate your pet by forcing the interaction with your baby and a little understanding and patience will result in an amazing lifelong friendship.

Real Fitness for Real Moms

Whether you’re expecting or just welcomed your new baby, a little fitness worked into your daily routine is a good thing.

Most women think that fitness is a strict gym routine of cardio and weightlifting and that type of environment can be anything but motivating and simply out of the question when you’re a new mom. If you’re looking to be healthier during your pregnancy or just after having a baby you can incorporate a great work out in fun and easy ways.

Squat!

There’s no denying the power of squats. If you’re trying to give yourself a lift, working a series of squats into your day will tone your legs and lift your hiney. Squats can also strengthen your pelvic floor during pregnancy and make to make your labor a faster process and jump start your postpartum recovery. Do 5 to 10 squats after using the bathroom, during commercials, or on the hour and before you know it, you’ll have hundreds done each day. Cleaning up after kids? Do some squats while you’re picking up toys and clutter. Before you know it, you’ll have established an awesome workout routine.

Lunges

Lunges do some amazing things for your legs. If you’re pregnant, these not only help strengthen your pelvic floor but also improve circulation and alleviate swelling. While doing some lunges, you’re strengthening your core and lower body. When recovering postpartum, core strengthening exercises help retrain the muscles and avoid injuries. Lunges are easy to do around the house, when you walk from room to room do 5 to 10 lunges. If you’re baby wearing, you’re adding some weight to your workout! Be careful with lunges while you’re pregnant, as it can be easy to lose your balance.

Stroller Workout

A walk around the block or through the park is a great way to get some fresh air, stretch your legs and give your baby a change of scenery. Pushing a stroller even adds some additional weight to your workout. It doesn’t have to be a strenuous gym visit to get an amazing workout into your daily routine. Make the most of your workout by paying attention to your posture and your breathing. Team up with other moms in your neighborhood to empower them to get up and moving!

One of our childbirth educators, Alisha, leads a walking group two times per week called Mama Movement. This is an awesome opportunity for families in our area to socialize and practice a healthy exercise regimen.

Getting back into a workout routine is easier than you think.

It only takes a few minutes each day to get some valuable activity into your busy day. A body in motion stays in motion, and whether you’re pregnant or postpartum, you can benefit from some extra activity.

Listen to your body. Know your limits. Start slow.

Find a workout routine that works for you and always keep the safety of you and your family at the front of your mind.

 

New Year’s Resolutions for New Moms

As 2016 draws to a close, we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate all the beautiful babies, strong mothers and loving families that made our year a little brighter.

Every year we make a long list of resolutions to start off on the right foot and make changes to be the best we can be. If you spent your holidays welcoming a new baby or expecting one any day now, your resolutions might look a little different than they did last year.

Before you fill up a long list of things you’d like to change, consider how far you’ve come and ways to make you feel accomplished every day on this long road ahead. 

Emotional Health

Having a new baby can be stressful. Emotionally draining as well as physically, it’s important to take the opportunity to de-stress every chance you get. Take the opportunity to relax and recover each day, starting with some positive affirmations for the day ahead and winding down for bed while you’re thinking about all the tiny accomplishments you’ve made. Don’t get caught up in the little things and always reassure yourself that you’re doing the best you can when you start to feel overwhelmed.

Physical Health

Once your baby arrives, your body has plenty of recovering to do. Nourish yourself from the inside out, choosing foods and meal plans that offer sustainable energy and the nutrients you need. If you’re breastfeeding, certain foods will encourage lactation and even boost your immune system. You might feel anxious to loose that baby weight, but don’t rush yourself. Take it slow when it’s time to start an exercise routine to avoid injuries and even walking around the park is a great place to start. Make some resolutions that help you incorporate healthier lifestyle choices each day and you’ll have all the energy you need to care for your new baby.

Self Care

Self care is one of the most important areas to focus on when you’re newly postpartum. As a mom you’ll always put your kids first, but it’s important to practice a little self love too. Every day you should incorporate some relaxation strategies and confidence boosters to help keep you feeling your best. It can be as easy as treating yourself to a cup of coffee in the morning and curling up to your favorite book or TV show before bed. Take some time putting yourself together, even if it’s a little extra makeup just to run errands. When you’re in touch with self care strategies, you’ll feel beautiful, confident, empowered and ready to take on anything.

No matter what you choose to incorporate into your resolutions for the New Year, remember to focus on what’s most important to you.

You’ve come so far and accomplished so much to be proud of!

We wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year and look forward to the beautiful babies that 2017 will bring.

Holiday Family Activities

The holidays are best spent surrounded by family and friends and your new baby 

Just because we are in the beautiful and sunny state of Florida doesn’t mean we are missing out on holiday spirit.

With all the hectic to do lists of the holiday season, it’s easy to lose touch and become overwhelmed. Take the opportunity each day to make the holiday season a little extra magical with your little ones, and the season will surely be sweeter.

It’s never too late to start up some new family traditions that will grow with your kids! So get out, spread some joy and make some unforgettable holiday memories!

Decorate the House

Decking the halls for Christmas was always our favorite part of the holiday season. We would beg our parents to take the decorations out of the attic and leave no room without a little something festive. Make some homemade decorations with your kids like garland, wreaths or advent calendars and surprise them with an afternoon of themed movies, cookies, and decorating the house inside and out. Once your lights are hung and glowing outside, take a drive and check out the light displays in local Sarasota to wind your littles down for bed. It works like a charm.

Decorate Holiday Cookies

It might be a little messy, but toddlers love decorating cookies. With a little extra planning on your part, the whole process can go a lot smoother and give you more of an opportunity to get creative with your kids. Make your cookies ahead of time in assorted shapes, with plenty of time for them to cool. Your kids won’t have to wait for cookies to bake and cool, and they can jump right in to decorate. You can even ice a dozen cookies with their royal icing base colors, allowing your kids to put the finishing touches on each cookie like sprinkles, sparkles, and candy. The whole family can spend time together making these tasty treats for holiday snack time or drop some off at school for a festive treat.

Throw a Holiday Party

The holidays are time for celebrating! Have your little guys help you throw a holiday party, decorate and plan your menu. This can double as a fun playdate for your kids complete with themed crafts, story time, dress up and games while the parents can socialize and relax throughout the night. Kids love a good party and helping you plan the event will keep the whole family involved in this awesome tradition. Parents can help the kids decorate gingerbread houses for a contest and play some games for a night of memories with close family and friends. This time of year, you don’t need a reason to gather together and celebrate!

Gather your family together each week during the holiday season, devoting time to a little holiday cheer.

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