Start the New Year With Potty Training

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Start the New Year With Potty Training

(This was an article Hehe wrote originally for Family Education, you can view the full article HERE.

Sometimes we make potty training much harder than it needs to be. Don't set your family up for potty training failure, make the resolution of successful potty training this year. Here are the top tips you will need to potty train your child in as little as two weeks.

Here are some tips for successful potty training this year:

Introducing the Potty
Be intentional about introducing the potty consistently. It’s helpful to set a time to specifically offer the potty such as waking up in the morning or going down for a nap. 

Go Slow
Do not force your child to sit if they are scared. You will make them more afraid or cause them to refuse. When they are ready, you can place them on top and help them sit.

You can (and should) model using the toilet for your child. You can show them that you are safe. Throw in some language development by narrating what you are doing like, “I’m sitting on the toilet so I can put my pee in there,” and “Time to flush!” After washing your hands, you can offer to your child by saying, “You do” or “Your turn” for younger children or “Do you want to try?” for older toddlers.

Normalizing the Potty

Fill your home with books about using the potty. There are plenty out there. The more your child hears “bathroom words” and sees toilets, the easier they will begin to accept the idea of using the toilet.

Be Cautious
If you are potty training your child for any reason other than they are ready, you are risking your child’s success. Remember, your job is to be their cheerleader and their safety net. You are there to reassure them that they are safe and to cheer them on with each thing they try.

Teach Boundaries
It’s your responsibility to teach your child healthy body boundaries. This includes safe people and who they can trust with their body. It is always best to use anatomically correct terms so that children are never confused and are always able to identify if there is a problem.

Nap Time
Children still need diapers at nap time. Anytime their body is asleep, they are more likely to have an accident since they are relaxed. If you notice that they are consistently having dry diapers when waking up from nap, you can have a conversation with your child about napping in underwear.

Self Work
Keep yourself in check during this process. Just like everything else, potty training will look different from child to child and from family to family. Let your child lead and be receptive to their cues, body language, and words. You are your child’s best cheerleader and you get to decide if this is a pleasant or stressful journey for your child.

Check out the FULL article with breakdowns for each tip, here.

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7 Things to Do When You Bring Home Baby #2

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

7 Things to Do When You Bring Home Baby #2

(This was an article Hehe wrote originally for JEducational, you can view the full article HERE.

Bringing home a baby can be an exciting time for the whole family. However, it can also be challenging to navigate. Introducing Child #1 to Child #2 can cause new emotions to arise for your older child and disrupt any sense of normalcy you may have. Keeping these helpful hints in mind when preparing this transition can help for a smoother change in family dynamics.

Tip #1: Prepare in Advance with Language, Books, Songs, Pretend Play
- Tip #2: Help your child settle into their new role.
- Tip #3: Involve your older child(ren)
- Tip #4: Routines (vs schedules)
- Tip #5: Carve out alone time for each child.
- Tip #6: Capture casual snapshots
- Tip #7: Ask for help

Don't forget to check out the FULL article with breakdowns for each tip, here.

The relationship between siblings is an unbreakable bond. However, your interaction and support as a parent is irreplaceable and absolutely necessary. Helping your child settle into their new role can be crucial to the way they view their role as an older sibling. Involving your older child(ren) and carving out special time for each child can help the transition and enhance sibling relationships. The chaos will be over before you know it and you’ll one day reminisce on the beautiful times. Don’t forget to take casual snapshots of your children so you can remember all of the laughs, snuggles, and special times.

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What to Expect: 20 Weeks

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

What to Expect: 20 Weeks

Look at you! You've made it half way through this journey! This is an exciting time because your belly has most likely popped out by now making you look visibly pregnant (i.e.: people can stop wondering if you're just a little pudgy). It also means that the risk of complications goes down as you've been able to sustain a healthy pregnancy for 5 months. The second trimester is filled with a series of tests so buckle up! The 20th week, specifically, has tons of tests that you need to be aware of and prepare for. I also want you to know the what and why of the tests/screenings.

At this point in your pregnancy, your medical provider will want to see your baby which is exciting for you, too! You get to see your baby, hear their heartbeat, and learn about their anatomy! Yes, this means find out whether you're expecting a little bit or a little girl. If you're wanting to keep the gender of your baby a secret, you will want to share this with your tech because they might just blurt it out. I would remind them a time or two if it's really important to you.

During this particular scan, you will be evaluating your child's face, body, brain, spinal development, heart, and their limbs. You will also get a report on your placenta's health, a check-in on your uterus, and a measure of your amniotic fluid. Your providers are looking for your baby to be growing and developing as expected based on an average. The test can take 30-45 minutes if baby cooperates, you're well hydrated, and baby is in a good position. If baby isn't in a great position, it may take a bit longer.

A few things to keep in mind for the anatomy scan:

- Try not to read your tech's face during the actual scan. They are trained to not show any emotion or reactions. It is your providers job to read and deliver sensitive information. 
- These 'expected growth charts' are based on an average. If you and your partner are not average humans, why on Earth would your baby be an average baby? Just think about it. To expect two very small individuals to have a baby the grows as expected is good, but is it realistic? I would expect that child to fall a bit below the expected growth average since both parents are small. Same with larger individuals. 
- The accuracy of ultrasounds are questionable. We can't really see inside of your belly so this means there is room for error. Keep this in mind. 
- Be sure that the birthing parent is well hydrated for the scan. You can get a better look with the ultrasound if you're well hydrated. 

Another thing your provider will offer is a series of screenings and diagnostic. A screening will tell you the likelihood (what are the chances?) of your baby having a specific condition. A diagnostic test will tell you a definitive yes or no. Generally, you start with a screening and if that brings back questionable results, you will move to a more invasive or more sensitive diagnostic test.

- Quad Screen (screening): This is a blood test that screens for neural tube defects, Down syndrome, and other genetic disorders.
- Genetic Carrier Screening (screening): This test for several genetic conditions that you may be a carrier for and potentially might pass down to your baby. Ask your doctor if these test would be appropriate for you.
Amniocentesis (diagnostic tool): This test takes amniotic fluid to test for genetic markers.
- Chorionic Villus Sampling (diagnostic tool): This is similar to the Amniocentesis, but tests tissue from your placenta.

These tools are not that accurate which is unfortunate because it's information that creates high anxiety in many people. It is 100% up to you whether or not you pursue these screenings and tests. You have the right to deny them altogether if you feel strongly.

My best suggestion for this decision is to consider how you feel now and how you might feel in the future. You should explore all your questions including if you deny it now can you change your mind? If you say yes and receive a result you weren't expecting, what will you do? What are you options for each possible outcome? You should inquire about costs and the actual procedure if it's more than a simple blood tests. Some of the procedures are quite invasive and may be enough to make you think twice. 

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5 Tips To Help You Relax During Labor

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

5 Tips To Help You Relax During Labor

(This article was originally written by HeHe for Mama Goose, see the FULL article here.)

Everyone’s birth story is a little different. This means the way people prep for labor is different and everyone’s goal is different. However, there are 5 tips that can help in any labor, no matter your goal or your story. 

1 | Use your senses to your advantage
Heat helps muscles relax and this will be the sweet antidote to the contractions. It will not take away the contractions, far from it actually, but it will help relieve the sharpness.

2 | Water inside, water outside
Hydration is key! Eating is important, but water is crucial.

3 | Control the environment
Consider the people in your room and the energy they bring, consider sounds that may set or break the tone you are looking to set, and consider the lighting for you birth - which can have a HUGE effect on atmosphere and tone. 

4 | Find your voice and use it
You have to be able to advocate for yourself because no one can know what you truly want for yourself, but you.

Hiring a doula can help with having our voice heard during your labor. 
5 | Master your mindset
This is a Tranquility by HeHe pillar and it is 90% of the game when it comes to navigating the space between trying to conceive to birth and motherhood. I always say, “The antidote to fear is exploration.”

We think mindset is SO important - we have created a FREE webinar all about 'How to Master Your Mindset for Birth' - do NOT miss this! You do not get a re-do for the birth of your baby! Click here to sign up!

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One Handed Snacks for Mama's

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

One-Handed Snacks That Won’t Break Your New Year’s Resolution
(This was originally written as an article for Birch Baby, here.)

The new year is a time filled with making goals to strive for, and envisioning yourself one year from now. Many parents will make promises to themselves to eat healthier and exercise more.

However, between feedings, diaper changes, doctor’s appointments, play dates, and household chores, it can be challenging to find time to prepare food let alone eat.

If eating healthy were easily incorporated into your daily life, would you be more likely to stick with it? Of course!

Check out this (free download!) list that requires little prep, can be easily taken on-the-go, and won’t make you break your New Year’s Resolution of eating healthier. Our free download and the Birch Baby article break down the reasons behind each snack, so be sure to check one (or both!) out, but let's get to the good stuff: snacks! You don't want to miss these- especially if you are a nursing mama!

  • - Apples
  • - String Cheese
  • - Nuts
  • - Blueberries
  • - Grapes
  • - Hummus/Pretzels
  • - Yogurt 
  • - Hard boiled eggs
  • - Carrots
  • - Celery
  • - Granola 
  • - Dried Fruit
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