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7 Ways For New Moms To Get More Sleep

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Having a new born is like a full time job and it's hard to think of sleep when you know they constantly need you to care for them. Many say sleep when the baby sleeps but the reality of it is, sometimes when the baby sleeps, you have things to do and you want to get as much done as possible without feeling like you've lost grip on your own life. Sleep deprivation can cause serious health problems and makes it hard to function. It is certainly a problem you do not want to deal with. So how do you sleep with a new born in toe? Here are 9 creative ways to get a little shut-eye.  

1. SAY YES TO HELP

Okay mamas, this is SOOOO not the time to be modest and feel like you can do it all. Yes, you are a super mom but even super moms need sleep too. if a family member or friend offers to help watch the baby so you can rest, just say yes! Trust me, your body will thank you later.  

2. PUMP AND SLEEP

Yep! A genius idea. When you pump, this way, even when the baby cries because he/she wants some milk, someone else (significant other, friend or family) can pick up that responsibility for you. It's a win-win situation. The baby gets the milk and you still get some sleep. Viola! Problem solved!  

3. SHARE PARENT DUTY

It's okay to say "I can't do it all" and trust me, your significant other will understand. Make a schedule. Take turns taking care of the baby at night so you don't have to be the one getting out of bed every single time your baby cries or fusses.  

4. SLEEP WHEN BABY SLEEPS

Okay, this is the most popular advice in the market. Even though is a bit hard sometimes because the time your baby sleeps, you sometimes want to catch up on doing chores but hey, I think this advice is a solid one. If you do this, you might just be able to get a full cycle of sleep a few hours at a time each day.  

5.  HOLD OFF ON VISITORS

The first few weeks after your baby arrives home, everybody wants to take a peek at your bundle of joy. Well, it's only natural but for the sake of your health and getting down a routine, say no to visitors (and don't feel bad about it) until you feel like you have a handle on sleep and your baby's routine.  

6. FORGET ABOUT CHORES

The house is a bit of a mess, the laundry is over flowing with dirty clothes and the dishes in the sink is a few days old and you figure its best to take care of it when the baby sleeps but I say nope! I say fight the urge. It can wait a few more hours after you've gotten a little bit of a much needed power nap.  

7. TURN OFF YOUR PHONE

It's sweet your family and friends always want to check in on you to make sure you are coping well with the new addition to the family but the constant ringing of your phone can disrupt sleep for both you and the baby. So turn it off so you don't have to worry about answering calls when you are trying to sleep. Phones can also be a big distraction because you want to be in the know on what's happening on social media which can disrupt sleep so, turning off your phone while you are trying to sleep might be a good idea! How did you get some sleep during the first few weeks of your baby's arrival?
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This is Why Moms Get Nothing Done

Ever do laundry, clean your home and wonder why it seems like all your effort are really going toward spinning your wheels? Yeah, when you have a toddler in the house, it will surely feel like that because they automatically seem to undo everything you've done. Florida mom and "Story of this life" blogger Esther Anderson, posted this video about "why moms gets nothing done" with her 15-month-old Ellia. Esther made light of her real life story by turning it into a mini video that has since gone viral after posting it on her Facebook page. "I just wanted to show that this is part of life being a mom. Babies tear things up and take them apart; they unravel your life. Something would be wrong if they didn't. You would be a helicopter mom." said Anderson, who documents her life as a first time mommy on her blog. The idea for the video came about after Ellia kept undoing everything she did in the laundry room, so she set up a camera and allowed Ellia to do what she does best. She repeated the process around her house which is all documented in the 1:22 video. We each know a little bit about this right mamas? The more you do house chores with your toddler present, the more you notice nothing is actually getting done, LOL. Yeah, well click play and see for yourself. This video actually made us LOL because it's cute and very close to the truth. Can you relate to this video?

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8 Must Haves For Your Hospital Bag

 

The thrill of meeting your bundle of joy for the first time is super exciting for any first time mommies. Every expectant mom  wants to make their hospital stay as thrilling and easy as possible and the question every first time moms ask is "What do I need to pack in my hospital bag?" Believe it or not, you don't need to pack much as you think but no worries...I got you, mamas, so sit back and enjoy the packing process. Here are 8 must-haves to include in your hospital bag.

1. Health insurance: Be sure to take all your health insurance information along with your birth plan (if you have one.)

2. Toiletries: Although most hospitals provide some of this, you are more than welcome to bring your own shampoo, soap, conditioner, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste and contact lens solution. 3.  

3. Camera:  Say cheese! You definitely want to take your camera to capture the little moments. 4.  

4. Maternity and/or nursing bras:  Whether or not you choose to nurse your bundle of joy, you should pack one of two maternity bras. It will be nice to have the extra support. 5.  

5. Pairs of socks:   Hospital floor is usually very cold so you might want to bring a pair or two you don't mind throwing away after use.

6. Snacks:   After you meet your precious babe, you will be tired and hungry.  Yeah...the hospital provides food but you might want to pack something you know you will eat just in case the hospital food doesn't delight your taste buds.

7. Electronics / Entertainment:   As a first-time mom, the process of getting prepped for delivery might take longer than expected so you will totally need your iPad, phone, a good book and magazines to keep your fully entertained while you wait.

8. Take home outfits for you and your babe:  When it's time to go home, you know you want you and your baby to be super duper comfortable. For your little babe, pack a nice simple outfit without any zippers to avoid scratching him/her and for you, pack a comfortable maternity outfit and shoe for your ride home. What do you plan on putting in your hospital bag for the birth of your beautiful baby?

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Baby & Toddler Tech: Must Have Gadgets

Babies and toddlers have so many cool techs, it's hard to guess what type of gadgets will come out next because it seems with these cool stuff, the future is already here. Here are pretty awesome gadgets that are a must have for babies and toddlers.

iBaby Home Ultrasound Device

Although this is still a concept and is not yet sold in stores, this awesome device can capture your baby's ultrasound when connected to an iphone. It also has a built-in printer. That way, you are a click of a button away from sharing your baby's ultrasound with family and friends. Hopefully, this will hit the shelves real soon. Cool stuff huh?

The Mimo Smart Baby Monitor

Considered the world's smartest onesie, the mimo smart baby monitor uses a sensor shaped like a turtle (attached to a onesie) to give you real time audio, skin temperature, monitor your baby's sleep pattern and body position while they sleep. How awesome is this? You can purchase the Mimo monitor from Toys R Us 

Ilamo Go Self Warming Bottles

This amazing self-heating bottle is one of the coolest things I've ever seen! Made for moms on the go, It warms milk in four minutes without any electricity or cords. Baby tech doesn't get any better than this. You can purchase the Ilamo Go Self Warming Bottles from Amazon.  

Origami Power Folding Stroller

These strollers are so cool because, at the press of a button, it folds itself in 10 seconds. No hassle, just easy breezy. It has generators in the wheel that can help you charge your phone, and it comes with a thermometer and odometer. Oh and the best part, it has lots of storage space. You can purchase this item from Amazon.

Fisher Price Apptivity Seat

Maybe it's a bit too soon to have your new born dependent on ipads but you gotta admit, this is super cool. You can purchase this Fisher Price Apptivity Seat from Amazon. 

Withings Smart Baby Monitor For Iphone

Your iphone is automatically turned into a webcam, lullaby generator and this monitor has the capability to text alerts for motion, sounds, temperature and humidity changes. You can purchase the Withings Smart Baby Monitor from Amazon
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Mom-To-Be Dances To Thriller To Induce Labor

Bonnie Northsea is 40 weeks pregnant and this mom-to-be makes pregnancy look oh so fabulous! Bonnie wanted to induce labor and figured she would dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." The expectant mother, who resides in Florida, says her husband was diagnosed with cancer and the video has helped her laugh. From her YouTube description, she says: "Someone told me that thriller would induce labor. Here I am on my due date 40 weeks, February 11, 2015, looking like a fool. I’m so awesome! My Facebook video has 55,000 views after 24 hours, so I thought I would place on YouTube as well. My husband is fighting a battle with Testicular Cancer (just diagnosed a month ago) so it has been difficult emotionally recently. This video really helped as it has caused me to laugh over and over again. Now on day 4 morning since posting my Facebook video, I have 1.35 million views." You go Bonnie, Whoop Whoop!!!

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