The Christmas Series: Baby Journals For New Parents

We’ve mentioned baby journals a few times, and that’s because we absolutely adore the idea of recording every single thing about baby. With the journal, you’ll be able to look back fondly upon those memories and you will be able to tell stories to your kid too!

This Christmas, if you’re looking for presents for new moms or dads, why not go for a journal?

1. The Baby Book

This baby book by Sugar Paper has everything you need. From envelopes for loose keepsakes, a place for “A letter to my baby”, month to month milestones, “The way we told everyone you were coming”, and “Things I don’t want to forget”, the book will make sure mom and dad won’t run out of things to write. It comes in two colours, pale pink and chambray.

Available for $85 here.

2. The Story of You

This interactive photo journal for baby’s first year and beyond will encourage parents to create new and meaningful habits as they document their child’s life. Each book comes with a pen as well as adhesive for securing those photos.

Available for $99 here.

3. The Story of You

Similarly titled as number 2, this memory will record baby’s journey from when they were born until they reach age 5. There will be monthly pages for the first year and question prompts throughout. It comes in pink and blue.

Available for $62 here.

4. Passion Journal: Baby Journal

Simply titled baby journal, the handy guide comes with a box to safe keep it. There are 6 separate sections to help parents better collect their thoughts: Nine Months to Go, B-Day, Special Moments, Health & Care, Notes, and Addresses. Every section is structured to guide your notes and comes with blank space for parents to record events however they want to.

Available for $35 here.

5. First Memories: Hello World

With sections for monthly milestones and first moments, we’re pretty sure moms and dads won’t find it a chore to record their favourite memories of baby in this journal. It comes in a beautiful hardcover box, with sweet illustrations and foil typography too.

Available for $30 here.

The Christmas Series: Adorable Mugs For New Parents

Mugs are one of the most dreaded presents one can receive on Christmas Day. One of the reason no one wants to receive mugs is because of the insincerity. Most of the time, it’s a generic mug that was bought last minute. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Mugs are something that can be used in our everyday life, and there’s no reason people would hate it if you get them a super adorable mug, right? ūüėČ

We’re going to change the perception of mugs as presents and here are some of the cutest ones we found online:

1. Papa and mama bear mug

Source: Etsy

Here are some watercolor-inspired mugs that proudly show you off as protective new parents. Pretty, eh?

Available on Etsy.

2. Minimalist parents mug

Source: Etsy

These mugs are designed and made in a home studio and the designs won’t wash or peel off too! Psst, you can customise the words on them too ūüėČ

Available on Etsy.

3. Dad promotion!

Source: Zazzle

What a way to announce your daddy-hood, right? Here’s a mug that dad can use at work to proudly show off his new credentials.

Available on Zazzle.

4. Bump mug

Source: Etsy

Let mom and dad show off their baby-making skills with this bump-proud mug!

Available on Etsy.

5. Eat, sleep, get pooped on.

Source: Etsy

Eat, sleep, repeat? Nope, not so fast, not when you have a baby in toll. More like eat, get pooped on, repeat.

Available on Etsy.

5 Baby-Friendly Christmas Meals (Recipes Included!)

Christmas is almost here! You don’t want your baby to miss out Christmas, but usually the lavish meals are not suitable for babies. Don’t fret, here are some meal ideas so baby won’t feel left out.

1. Pancakes

Source: Happy Family Organics

This is one for Christmas morning. You can make them the day before and heat them up on Christmas day too!

Ingredients:

  • 50g plain flour
  • 25g self-raising flour
  • Half teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 75ml full-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Pinch cinnamon

Instructions:

1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
2. Heat a thick-based pan and lightly wipe with oil.
3. Use a dessertspoon to pour baby pancakes into the pan. Heat gently on one side, turning once lightly browned.
4. Repeat until all the batter is used up.
5. Serve with soft cheese, butter or a little fruit spread.

2. Turkey

Get your baby some baby-friendly turkey! Take note though, only babies older than 7 months are recommended to have solid food.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large turkey slice
  • 1 cooked potato
  • 1 medium cooked¬†carrot
  • 2 cooked broccoli florets

Instructions:

For turkey

  1. Blend the turkey in a food processor with water or homemade stock until fairly thin.
  2. Then add the potato (which will thicken the mixture) and the remaining veggies and puree to the desired consistency.
  3. Older babies, already comfortable with finger foods, can be given this meal cut up into bite-sized pieces.

For gravy

  1. Take 4 oz (about 1/2 cup) of the cooked veggies and puree with 8 to 12 fl oz (around 1 to 1/2 cups) of meat juice from the pan.

3. Brussels sprout and pee puree

Source: Kahakai Kitchen

The puree is packed with antioxidants and will provide a healthy yet yummy meal for baby.

Ingredients:

  • 15 small Brussels sprouts
  • 100g peas, fresh or frozen
  • 3 sprigs flat leaf parsley, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Remove the outer leaves from the sprouts and cut off the base.
  2. Prepare your steamer and add the sprouts.
  3. After about 10 minutes, add the peas and parsley and cook until just tender.
  4. Drain and pulse the vegetables in a food processor until smooth. Add cooking water to help blend, if needed.
  5. Store portions in your weaning pots and freeze extras for future use.

4. Salmon and yoghurt couscous

Going for seafood instead of turkey? Opt for this recipe then.

Ingredients:

  • 50g couscous
  • 140ml boiling water
  • 1 small skinned salmon fillet, checked for bones
  • 1 tablespoon peas
  • 1 tablespoon plain yoghurt

Instructions:

  1. Pour boiling water over the couscous and allow to stand until the water has been absorbed.
  2. Cook the salmon, allow to cool slightly. Check again for bones.
  3. Meanwhile cook the peas.
  4. Place the couscous, peas and salmon in food processor and add the yoghurt.
  5. Blend until smooth.

5. Berry fool

Source: Dr Jockers

As dessert, serve this pink pudding for baby!

Ingredients:

  • 100g fresh strawberries or raspberries
  • 25g sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 200ml full-fat milk

Instructions:

1. Wash the cranberries and place in a small saucepan.
2. Add the sugar and heat gently, stirring frequently until the berries are soft.
3. Make a thick sauce with the cornflour and milk.
4. Puree the berries and, if your baby doesn’t like seeds, pass through a sieve.
5. Spoon into small containers and chill.

Sources: Homemade Baby Food Recipes, Mummy Cooks, Baby Center.

The Different Types Of Depressions Faced By New Moms

It’s normal to experience baby blues after giving birth. You don’t go through that tiring 9-month period without experiencing body and hormonal changes, after all. But how do you know when the baby blues are more serious than just blues and not one of the different type of depressions? When do you need medical attention or to seek a therapist?

We outline the different types of depression often experienced by new mums:

Source: Baby Love

1. Baby blues

This will occur in most women in the days right after childbirth, and is considered very normal. In fact, it’s abnormal if you don’t experience it. You will have sudden mood swings and may feel extremely happy or sad without any reason. You’ll feel impatient, irritable, restless, anxious, lonely, and sad too. It can last for only a few hours after or up to 2 weeks. Usually talking to someone about your feelings can help.

2. Postpartum depression

Symptoms of PPD is fairly similar to the baby blues. You’ll feel¬†impatient, irritable, restless, anxious, lonely, and sad, but what isn’t normal is if it affects you from carrying out your daily needs. If your ability to function normally is affected, it’s time to consult a professional – be it your counselor, therapist,ob-gyn, or GP. This can happen for a few days of even months after childbirth.

3. Postpartum psychosis

Postpartum psychosis is a very serious mental illness that will result in hallucinations and delusions. It’s usually characterised by auditory hallucinations, which means hearing things that aren’t actually happening, and visual hallucinations, although this is less common. Other symptoms include difficulty sleeping (insomnia), feeling agitated and angry, pacing, restlessness, and strange feelings and behaviors. It comes quickly, often within first 3 months after childbirth. Those affected by postpartum psychosis usually have to be put into a hospital because they are at risk of hurting themselves and those around them.

Source: WebMD

Symptoms, Risks And How To Cope With Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is one of the more common ailments experienced by mothers who had just given birth. PPD happens to men too, but is more commonly seen in mothers. It is a form of major depression that has its onset within 4 weeks after delivery, and those affected sees a complex mix of physical, emotional, and behavioural changes in themselves. It is also linked to chemical, social, and psychological changes associated with having a baby.

Source: Parents Magazine

Symptoms of postpartum depression

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Appetite changes
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Decreased libido
  • Frequent mood changes
  • Major depression
  • Depressed mood
  • Loss of pleasure
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Hopelessness and helplessness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Thoughts of hurting someone else

Will I be affected by postpartum depression?

While it is difficult to ascertain if someone will have PPD, there are certain factors that will increase the risk:

  • a history of depression prior to becoming pregnant, or during pregnancy
  • younger people are more likely to have PPD
  • ambivalence about the pregnancy
  • the more children you have, the more likely to be depressed
  • having a history of depression or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
  • limited social support
  • living alone
  • marital conflict

How to cope with postpartum depression

Having PPD doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. There are some tips to help you cope, and of course, specialists will be there to treat you.

Be realistic about your expectations of motherhood and don’t hesitate to ask for help if needed. It’s also not advised to stay cooped up at home, so take a break by going out for a brisk walk or do some light activities. Follow a healthy diet and avoid alcohol as well as caffeine. Although your baby can consume all your time, make sure to make some time for your partner and keep in touch with friends and family. Don’t isolate yourself but do limit visitors. You don’t want to tire yourself out so get as much rest as you can!

Source: WebMD

Fatherhood: 5 Things That You Never Saw Coming

You’re a dad. It might take some time for that reality to set in, but you now have new life on your hands. New responsibilities, new pressures, and new expectations to live up to. With the realisation comes several surprises, those that you never expected from fatherhood.

Source: The Independent

1. Confusion

With fatherhood comes many confusing and conflicting emotions. On one hand, there’s the pride from creating new life, on the other, there’s the helplessness that comes when you don’t know your baby and wife’s needs.

2. Depression

With the feeling of helplessness might come the blues. Men are not free from postpartum depression too. Interrupted sleep, constant baby cries.. Everything will get on your nerves and soon, you’ll find yourself breaking.

3. Fear

This is almost a cycle. With confusion comes depression, with depression comes the fear. Of course, things could go the other way too. Nevertheless, you’ll be afraid that you won’t live up to expectations or you’ll be a bad father.

4. Your relationship with your significant other will change

With a baby in the equation, things will change. You will spend less time with each other, and even if you want to, date nights won’t come that easily anymore. You’ll even barely have time to talk as baby will take up all your time.

5. Interactions with baby

Envisioning heartwarming images of you holding baby in your arms and rocking him or her around? We hate to break this to you, but it’s more likely that baby will cry (A LOT) and make you second-guess your decision to be a dad.

Goals New Dads Should Aim For In The New Year

Has the year been tough on you? Being a dad (or soon-to-be dad) can be unfamiliar and if we’re being honest, a little intimidating. You could be doing all the right things but one wrong will make you feel like you’re not being the dad (and husband) you’re supposed to be. Don’t let that drag you down. Aim to be a better dad in the new year. Set some goals.

Source: Parents Magazine

Here are some simple changes you can make:

1. Be more affectionate

Be more affectionate, both to your baby and wife. Go for more hugs and kisses instead of just a verbal bye. Cuddle baby and even mom to sleep, show your appreciation.

2. Bond with baby!

Many dads feel left-out because of the mom-baby bonding, but if you don’t take the initiative to bond with baby, nothing will change. Click here for some bonding ideas.

3. Stop yelling

We mean it. No matter if you’re frustrated or angry, yelling only serves to aggravate the problem. It’ll end up in arguments, so keep your tone down even if you’re really annoyed.

4. Eat healthily

And make sure your family eats healthily with you too. If you can’t cook, learn how to. If you’re too tired to cook, order from a regular delivery service.

5. Be more empathetic 

You’re not the only tired one. Everyone is. First step is to stop yelling and stop venting your frustrations on others, second step is to try to put yourself in their shoes.

6. Be the person you want your baby to be

Rather than a new year goal, this is a long-term one. Aspire to be the person you want your kid(s) to be. Kids pick up habits all the time, and you don’t want them to pick up the bad ones.

Realistic Resolutions For New Moms In The New Year

New year, new you. We make resolutions every single year, sometimes we fail to achieve them, but when we do, it’s cause for celebrations. As a mum, though, resolutions are another ballgame. It’s never about yourself anymore, because whatever you do, you’ll worry about baby. Many mum resolutions are baby-centric, but never forget to take care of yourself!

Source: Nurture Parenting

Here are some goals you should set for yourself – as an individual and as a first-time mom – in the new year:

1. Love yourself

We’ve repeated this a few times, but we’re going to say it again: you’re the most important person in your life. At this moment, it may feel like baby takes precedence. A life without baby is just dreadful to imagine. Sure, goodbye to sleepless nights and all worries, but at such a big cost, is it worth it? Nevertheless, don’t feel like you’re not allowed to give yourself a break. Whether it’s a day off or a week off, if it’s too tiring, reward yourself. This will help you rejuvenate too.

2. Trust your instinct

Despite all the common (and sometimes unsolicited) advice, one that you should heed is this: to trust your instinct. Believe it or not, you have motherly instinct ingrained in yourself. Those urges to protect your baby and keep them healthy? It will come naturally. You’ll find yourself caring for baby even without anyone to teach you. So trust those instincts, unless something abnormal happens – then consult a professional. Which brings us to our next point…

3. Ask for help

Never be embarrassed to seek help, whether it’s mentally or physically. If you need someone to care for baby for a day, ask someone close to help. If baby acts abnormally, consult your GP. Don’t feel like you have to carry that burden by yourself, there are plenty of people willing to help if you just ask.

4. Eat a healthy diet

Don’t let excuses stop you from having a healthy diet. Caring for baby can be extremely tiring, and who has time to prepare a balanced meal, right? Ensuring that baby gets all the nutrient and care they need will already bush you out. If you don’t have the time to cook for yourself, get your husband to do it or get someone to cater meals. There are plenty of home delivery out there. You’ll figure something out.

5. Enjoy every moment

Now, this is an important one. Don’t let the bad moments overshadow the joy you feel from baby. Appreciate every stage because you’ll never be a first-time mom again. The memories and happiness will stay with you for life.

5 Things New Moms Are Sick And Tired Of Hearing

With a baby comes countless of unsolicited advice from people who are close to you and, well, acquaintances too. Suddenly everyone has good advice for you and it’s really understandable if you reach a point where you just want it to stop. We know you appreciate all the well-meaning help, but too much of good things can have the reverse affect.

Source: @lauraiz

If you’re a new mom, we’re sure you’ve heard these – and are sick of it:

1. Have you tried [inserts something generic or absurd]?

Thank you for the recommendation, but really, we’ve tried everything. And if we haven’t tried it, there’s a reason. We just wish everyone would just stop piling their suggestions on us ‘cos it gets exhausting after some time. Imagine having to explain yourself every single time.

2. It will get better soon.

People usually mean well when they say it, but it doesn’t stop that from being grating to the ears. When will it get better? When will I stop being tired? We’re sure questions like these have crossed your mind. Answer is, it won’t – but you’ll get used to it.

3. Can we come over?

We know how adorable our baby is, we know how cuddly they are. We want to share the joy, but sometimes it’s just too tiring. If we say that our home is too messy, its cue for “I don’t want you to be there”, but in a polite way.

4. Get some sleep when your baby is sleeping.

What, and leave these dirty dishes or laundry there? Will it magically clean itself? Our guess is no. And since babies have weird sleep schedules, you can’t expect mom to sleep for intervals of 10 minutes? Not to mention, babies take like 2 seconds to fall asleep, but for adults… well, let’s just say it’s not that easy.

5. When are you going back to work?

Honest answer: We don’t know. So leave us alone and stop asking questions that will make us doubt ourselves.¬†And when you do actually get back to work, you get people who will ask you, “Don’t you miss your baby?” Newsflash, bills need to be paid yo.

You’ll Love These Tattoo Ideas For New Moms And Dads

Welcoming a newborn baby to the world can be a life-changing and a defining moment for many. Some parents would want to flaunt their love for their kids and we understand that. There’s no better way to show it than through a tattoo – they’re forever etched to your skin, like how they’ll forever be your babies no matter what.

Here are some tattoo ideas for your inspiration:

1. Footprint/handprint

 

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2. Roses and babies

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3. Mother-son 

 

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4. Realistic one of your baby

 

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5. Family portrait

 

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6. Tattoo-ception

 

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7. Baby’s birth date

 

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8. Watercolor-ed foot

Source: Ale

9. Baby blocks (with name or birth date)

 

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10. Mother and daughter

Source: rockrosetattoo

11. Elephants

Source: Natta Sza

12. Simple Name Tattoo

Source: Gervo Ink