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Baby Registry Guide: My Must-Haves for a Happier Postpartum

Stepping into a big-box baby store for the first time can make anyone hyperventilate! And trying to sort our your registry list can be equally daunting, and easily mount to thousands of dollars (the average registry is between $1500 and $3000). The truth is, you really DON’T need that much.

In fact, it’s often said in birth-y circles that if you have two hands and two breasts (or a bottle and some formula) you’re all set. Now while I wouldn’t necessarily go that far, I think there’s a happy medium between these two extremes.

Below are my ultimate must-haves for a happier postpartum. Every single item on this list is intended to make your life easier, while supporting your baby’s needs and/or making it simpler for you to connect and communicate with your baby.Of course, you’ll have to add some other essentials like clothes, diapers (if you are doing that), a sleeping surface, and a car seat. While very necessary, those items don’t really fall into the category of sanity-savers. The items on the list below do.

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10 Unforgettable Doula Moments, with Adriana Lozada

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #94

January 10th marked my 10th year as a doula, and so I wanted to do a bit of celebrating by bringing you some fabulous birth moments but from my doula perspective. And of course, I’ll be digging deeper by telling you WHY I think these moments are special. Check it out!

A big enormous and heartfelt thanks to all the families that have had me as their doula. You’ve made it an amazing decade! Special thanks to Arthur Rothfuss, the man that unconditionally supports this doula. Love you oodles!

To listen here, click the play button on the player above, or click the button below to listen in iTunes.

 

My unforgettable doula moments:

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From a podcast listener: 3VBAC hotel waterbirth!

Recently I received this email from a Birthful podcast listener:

Hi Adriana,
Just wanted to share my latest birth story with you. Still love the show, i even got my midwife loving it! Sorry for the typos. I did this on my phone with a wiggly toddler climbing on me and trying to breastfeed lol.

Thanks, Olivia

I ‘m honored that she chose to share this with me. With her permission, I’m equally honored to share it with all you. Here it is:

Lincoln Everett Shook’s Birth Story

Before the Birth

Baby was due on Sunday October 25th. On the Friday morning before we packed up and made the scenic trip through the Rocky Mountains on the Pine Pass. It was a beautiful day unseasonably warm, and sunny. The leaves had already fallen and the mountains where left grey and green looking rather naked, waiting for their annual blanket of snow to tuck them in for the winter.

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Your child’s sleep and Daylight Savings Time

Time to spring forward!

by Adriana Lozada 

Even though it it’s still snowing in this part of the world, spring is just around the corner. Longer days also mean Daylight Savings Time changes, and that can certainly wreak havoc with your child’s sleeping patterns. Here’s some ways you can prepare and minimize the effects.

Next Sunday, March 8th, you will wake up having to turn your clocks forward one hour.

Newborns and younger babies who don’t have a well established biological clock probably won’t be affected by the time change, but older babies, toddler and children are more likely to be thrown off by the drastic switch.

Early riser? You’re in luck!

If you have a particularly early riser, take advantage of this clock change! When the clock springs forward, the usual 6 am will be 7 am. Let her sleep “in”, and make her bedtime one hour later according to the clock. So if your child had a bedtime of 6 pm, then switch it with the clock to 7 pm. Biologically, she won’t know the difference, but according to the clock she will no longer be waking so early. Win-win.


Here are 4 ways you can help your child (or children) adjust to the time change:
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Our Most Painful Parenting Fail

by Adriana Lozada

I got an email from a friend last week saying “I really don’t know how you do it all!!”. t’s a sentiment I’ve been hearing a lot lately, so I want to set the record straight: I don’t. My house gets vacuumed less than 10 times per year (last minute visitors?: break out the carpet sweeper), the bathrooms are lucky to see a cleaning every 3 weeks and my garden grows au naturel. My desk is covered with piles of papers and there may be one or two live-in spiders that come out to play every now and then. A few days ago I found a binder that had been “misplaced” for over two years in the bottom of a laundry basked covered by an assortment of toys, outgrown baby clothes, and craft supplies, located in the back of the storage space under our stairs (a.k.a. “Harry’s Room”). Just one of the many perks of working from home.
And it would be great to say that when it comes to the *really* important things: my child, my husband, my self (not necessarily in that order) it’s all perfectly under control. But nope. Just like you, I’m just trying to do the best I can. That’s why I wanted to share with you our most painful parenting fail to date. So with the consent of my husband and daughter, here goes: Read more

Your child’s sleep and Daylight Savings Time

Get ready to fall back!

by Adriana Lozada 
When trying to figure out your child’s sleep patterns, there’s always something to keep you on your toes: teething, colds, growth spruts, developmental milestones. And then there’s Daylight Savings Time changes. While the first ones show up nilly-willy, leaving little time for preparation, you know exactly when DST is going to hit. And you can be ready for it.

Next Sunday, November 2nd, you will wake up having to turn your clocks back one hour.

Newborns and younger babies who don’t have a well established biological clock probably won’t be affected by the time change, but older babies, toddler and children are more likely to be thrown off by the drastic switch.Here are 4 ways you can help your child (or children) adjust to the time change:

12 Days of Birth: Day 12

If you could only have one of my 12 wishes, this is it. A doula is your own personal birth fairy! She may not be able to do the work for you, but she will do everything she can to make it a better experience.

“Asking your husband* to be your sole guide through labour is like asking him to lead the way on a climb of Mount Everest. He may be smart and trustworthy, you may love him, but in the Himalayas you’d both be a lot better off with a Sherpa!”
Pam England in Birthing From Within on hiring a doula

*or partner, significant other, best friend, family member, or anyone else that you consider your primary support person. Read more

12 Days of Birth: Day 11

If your care providers talk about what they will “let you” do or not do during labor, most likely they do not truly follow Woman-Centered Maternity Care.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines patient-centered care as: “Providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.”*

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