CreativeChild RSS Feed Meet This Mama: Premature Birth and NICU Experience <p class="p1"><span class="s1">We met with Nicole, mother of 2 year old Emma, to talk about her premature birth experience. </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"><strong>How far along were you in your pregnancy when you went into labor?&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Emma was born at 29 weeks gestation (11 weeks early). It was very unexpected; I was having a great pregnancy with no health issues.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"><strong>How was the experience of delivering prematurely?</strong></span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">At first, we were scared. We wanted our baby healthy&nbsp;and to survive! Emma was rushed<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>to the NICU minutes after she was born so I got to see her but not to hold her.&nbsp;One of the hardest moments&nbsp;was when I was discharged&nbsp;</span><span class="s2">from the hospital,</span><span class="s1"> and we weren&rsquo;t bringing our baby home just yet. Emma stayed in hospital 39 days and we would visit her 2 to 3 times a day. Every little milestone was exciting!&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"><strong>Do you think this experience changed you as a parent?&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">Having my daughter has changed me as a person; it has made me stronger! It has also taught me how to be more patient and to accept that sometimes, things that are out of my control and I just need to go with the flow.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p5"><span class="s1"><strong>How is Emma now?&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">She is healthy, energetic, creative, curious and loves trying new things. </span></p> Thu, 21 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 NuAngel Nursing Pads & Washable Baby Wipes <p class="p1"><span class="s1">NuAngel, Inc., is a U.S. manufacturer of quality products for mothers and infants. "Nu" in NuAngel represents nursing, nutrition, and new. "Angel" represents the belief that babies are precious angels and the most valuable gifts their parents will ever receive. &nbsp;NuAngel was founded in 1990 by Teresa Carroll, a Registered Dietitian, an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, and three-time nursing mother. She was serving as a State Lactation Consultant and ordering breastfeeding products when she realized the need for quality products at reasonable prices.<br /></span><span class="s1"> &nbsp;<br /> NuAngel understands the importance of what is needed in a nursing pad. &nbsp;Nursing pads should allow as much air circulation to the nipple as possible. &nbsp;This helps to keep the skin healthy and decreases the possibility of soreness. &nbsp;Health experts recommend the use of 100% cotton washable nursing pads and pads without the use of plastic or non-breathable water-proof liners. &nbsp;Cotton is breathable, absorbent, naturally hypoallergenic, and comfortable. This is the reason NuAngel manufactures a washable natural cotton nursing pad. &nbsp; <br /></span><span class="s1"><br /> Understanding the importance of cotton, NuAngel also patented a biodegradable disposable nursing pads made with a layer of cotton next to the skin. &nbsp;The NuAngel Biodegradable Disposable Pads are different from other disposable pads. Most disposable nursing pads are made from the same materials as disposable baby diapers and sanitary pads. <br /><br />NuAngel Biodegradable are made from three unique layers without the use of super absorbent polymers (SAP&rsquo;s). &nbsp;These are not used because as the gels swell there is less pad breathability and the gels can leak back on the breast. &nbsp;NuAngel offers two discrete designs, a flower shape (60 count package) and a shell shape (30 count package).&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">NuAngel also has Natural Cotton Washable Baby Wipes! They are w</span><span class="s1">ashable and reusable baby wipes made from hypoallergenic 100% natural cotton! Made in the USA.&nbsp;All products are award-winning!</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><br /><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 12pt;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank">SHOP NOW!</a></strong></span><br /><br /></span></p> Wed, 20 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 The Pregnancy Activity Book for My Big Brother or Sister <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Hurray! You&rsquo;re having another baby! Get your school-aged kids excited about the new addition with a book that truly involves the big brother or sister in the pregnancy. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">&ldquo;Making Me&rdquo; is written from the&nbsp;<em>baby&rsquo;s</em>&nbsp;point of view to the older sibling and narrates the daily changes taking place as the unborn baby develops from a single cell into a full human being. Your kids will have fun learning when the baby&rsquo;s heart beats for the first time, when he can open his eyes, or when he&rsquo;s the size of a hotdog.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"><strong>&lsquo;Making Me&rsquo; is 286 pages (1 page per day of your pregnancy). Each page contains:</strong></span></p> <ul> <li class="p2"><span class="s1">A place to write in today's date</span></li> <li class="p3"><span class="s1">A bit of information on what is happening to the baby today - all written 'from' the baby to the big brother or sister</span></li> <li class="p3"><span class="s1">A simple, related activity for the sibling to do (color, measure, weigh, count, journal, etc.)</span></li> <li class="p3"><span class="s1">A racetrack to visually count down the days to mom's due date &ndash; no more &ldquo;How much longer?&rdquo; questions</span></li> </ul> <p class="p2"><span class="s1"><strong>Bonus features Include:</strong></span></p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li5"><span class="s1">4 colored pencils to help the sibling write, color, and draw</span></li> <li class="p6"><span class="s1">The 24-inch "Mighty Measuring Tape" to track how big baby has grown</span></li> </ul> <p class="p7"><span class="s1"><strong>Sample Activities:</strong></span></p> <ul> <li class="p8"><span class="s1">Pick up a box of butter to see how heavy that is (when the baby weighs one pound)</span></li> <li class="p8"><span class="s1">Color the picture of a heart red (when the baby&rsquo;s heart beats for the first time)</span></li> <li class="p8"><span class="s1">Use the measuring tape to find a household object that that is 3&rdquo; long (when the baby is 3 inches long)</span></li> <li class="p8"><span class="s1">Try to pick up a pencil with your toes (when the baby&rsquo;s toes are developing)</span></li> <li class="p8"><span class="s1">Journaling questions for the sibling such as &lsquo;what are your 3 favorite foods?&rsquo; &lsquo;what color are your eyes?&rsquo; or &lsquo;what is the last dream you remember?&rsquo;.</span></li> </ul> <p class="p9"><span class="s1">Whether you use it as a fun bedtime routine or a homeschool unit, involving the older sibling has been shown to create excitement and love for the new family member.</span></p> <p class="p9"><span class="s1">Perfect for large families, blended families, or any family with a 4+ year difference in their children's ages.&nbsp;Grandparents find it a great way to connect with their grandchildren as well &ndash; it can even be done together virtually.<br /> </span></p> <p class="p9"><span class="s1">Pediatrician and Child Psychologist endorsed!&nbsp;</span><span class="s1">Two Time Award Winner!&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p9"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 12pt;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank">BUY NOW!</a></strong></span></p> Wed, 20 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Meet This Mama: Two Under Two! <p class="p1"><span class="s1">How old are your little ones?</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">A1: My son is just 2 years old, and&nbsp;daughter is 4 months old.</span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">You had two kids under two! How was that for you as a mom?</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">A2: Having two under two is definitely a challenge most of the time, the most important part was finding a schedule that worked. Luckily, the baby is a very good sleeper, and following in the same pattern as her brother, so we are already getting a good nights sleep in under 4 months.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">How did you prepare your son for the birth of his little sister?</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">A3: Honestly, I didn't do much preparing for her to come. Mainly I just kept mentioning that "sister is coming" and to "kiss my belly" etc, but someone gave me the advice that once she is born to always include the older sibling with every activity even changing her diaper. Now he loves her so much and always wants to hug and kiss sister on the forehead.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">How did you manage taking a short 6 week maternity leave?</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">A4: Returning to work after 6 weeks wasn't too hard, however I wouldn't&nbsp;be able to do it without my support system. My mother-in-law helps watch the kids on the days that both my husband and I are out of the house. I will say with no regret that working for me is a blessing because it is the mental break that I need! The hardest part has been&nbsp;finding time to exercise. I just have to try and fit it into my schedule for the day.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">What would you say is the best thing about being a mom?</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">A5: The best thing about being a mom is watching my babies grow up to be independent! Time really does fly, so I am taking each moment day by day, and living mom life with no regret.</span></p> Wed, 13 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Mobile App: Making Potty Training Fun! <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> is a mobile app &amp; media platform designed to help parents and Pre-K kids through major milestones and key social behaviors beginning with potty training and progressing thru developmental stages up through 5 years old.</span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">eCubed Designs, LLC.&nbsp;is a multi-media production company focused on&nbsp; providing smart products &amp; services through early childhood milestones &amp;&nbsp; key social behaviors to empower children as they grow and develop into mindful family and responsible digital citizens.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 12pt;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank">LEARN MORE!</a></strong></span></p> Wed, 13 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 First Wearable Baby Teething Tie! <p class="p1"><span class="s1">First Wearable Baby Teething Tie! &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">A stylish solution that prevents the constant dropping of most teething toys. &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Clips onto any baby outfit providing endless stimulating CRINKLE entertainment. &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Invented and patented by a mom to be truly multi-FUNctional.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 12pt;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank">SHOP NOW!</a></strong></span></p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 The Softest Ever! <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Luxuriously soft baby blankets, plush and more! </span></p> <p>At GooseWaddle we curate the softest fabrics for your baby. We know you will love our products as much as we do. That's why we offer a 100% money back guarantee. With our Buy 1 Give 1&nbsp;it's never been easier to give back. For every blanket or plush we sell we will donate one to a child in need.</p> <p><span style="color: #0000ff; font-size: 12pt;"><strong><a style="color: #0000ff;" href="" target="_blank">SHOP NOW!</a></strong></span></p> Wed, 13 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Meet This Mama: Keeping A Healthy Mindset <p class="p1"><span class="s1">We recently talked with mom, Tiffany, about life with her two babies, Malcolm 2.5 years old, and Joanie 5 months old.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">1</span><span class="s1">. How old are your little ones?&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">My babies are 25 months apart. Malcolm is 2.5 and Joanie is 5 months.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">##ad##</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> 2. How did life change for you by being a mama of two?&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">My husband travels for work, he works away typically about 3 weeks out of the month. He had about 2 weeks off with our newborn and then was thrown right back into travel. Things changed drastically for us when he went back to work because I now had a toddler to entertain AND the demand of a newborn.&nbsp; Finding time for myself whether it be working out or having a moment to myself has changed the most for me as a mother. I had to find a balance early on so that I could make it through each day with a healthy mindset, giving the right amount of attention to both of my kids.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> 3. What is motherhood teaching you?</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Being a mother of two has taught me patience and forgiveness in a new form. I&rsquo;ve learned to be more patient as a mother but also forgive myself when things don&rsquo;t turn out the way I thought &nbsp;they would. Sometimes, we see what we think we want our days to look like and nothing goes to plan. Someone has a blowout, or a tantrum, doesn&rsquo;t eat what you make for dinner or simply doesn&rsquo;t want to do what you want them to do.&nbsp; You have to forgive yourself for feeling frustrated or impatient and remember that life doesn&rsquo;t always look like it does in social media or what you &ldquo;thought&rdquo; it should look like and that is OK.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> 4. What&nbsp;would you say is the best part of being a mom?&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"> I love milestones, I am definitely a milestone mama. When they do something new, learning a new song or for our little one rolling over, etc I enjoy seeing their sense of accomplishment and pride. I&rsquo;d say one of the best things about being a mama though is the way my children smile at me, it absolutely melts my heart. Seeing them giggle together and the cuddles, the cuddles are the BEST</span><span class="s1">&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 07 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Stay Sane and Create Much-Needed Boundaries with Your Child <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Sheltering in place has added a deluge of roles for parents, which have blurred boundaries that once preserved sanity. Parents have suddenly been thrust into roles like teacher, therapist and social cohort. Meanwhile, parents still have their own list of responsibilities to fulfill.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>So how on earth are we to get anything done? </span></p> <p class="p2">##ad##</p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Truth is, we still need boundaries. Boundaries don&rsquo;t have to mean rigid inflexibilities we can&rsquo;t enforce. And while they certainly won&rsquo;t have the clean definitions once provided to us by the bolstering walls of schools and the support of coaches, we still need structure in our day to help keep us moving. Here are some tips to help create much needed boundaries and preserve sanity. </span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>1. Create a schedule.</strong> Formulating a schedule is a lot like interior designing: pick a focal point like a couch and design around it. A good place to start is by asking your child two to three things he&rsquo;d like to do that day. Then share three things you want to do that day. Design a loose schedule that incorporates these things as best you can, with the understanding that what doesn&rsquo;t get attended to will be paid attention to the following day.</span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1">Today, my daughters wanted to do a STEM candle project by Kiwico, go on a bike ride, and talk to their friends on Zoom.</span></p> <p class="p3">##adbig##</p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1">I, in turn, wanted to clean the living room and their playroom (something I would need their help with), work on taxes and exercise. </span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1">After they completed their schoolwork, the first thing we did was get some much-needed air and go for a bike ride. I decided to kill two birds with one stone and make the bike ride my exercise as well. I don&rsquo;t have a bike, but I ran alongside my kids. It wasn&rsquo;t exactly the peaceful idyllic jog I had in mind, but I was happy enough to get some exercise in. </span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1">Then I helped set up their candle STEM project. I did pull up my computer to do some work, but since this was their allotted time, I didn&rsquo;t mind when they interrupted me to show me their progress or ask me questions. Having the expectation that this was their time, also helped me to be more patient with them. I also chose to focus on a task that didn&rsquo;t require my full attention.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1">Next up, was mommy&rsquo;s time to work on taxes. The understanding here is that unless it&rsquo;s an emergency, they need to leave me alone and do things for themselves as best they could, like get their own water. Whatever questions and needs they may have had, needed to wait until my hour was over. A spontaneous fight did break out but having this understanding has kept the incessant demand for mommy in check. </span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1">Dinner was followed by a quick Zoom chat, which was followed by an even shorter cleaning session with the help of my kids, which I write more about below. </span></p> <p class="p4"><span class="s1">As you can see, my day didn&rsquo;t go according to my aspirational hopes. Not even close. My jog wasn&rsquo;t peaceful. I was interrupted while working on my taxes to play referee. And only half the living room got cleaned with most of the clutter still strewn about. But we made small progress. The kids did their candle project and they got to chat with some friends. We all got exercise. And I made a slight dent in my taxes. Everyone got a piece of the pie. Nobody was left out. Not least of all mommy.</span></p> Thu, 07 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 Protecting Your Child’s Mental Health During the Pandemic <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Our children&rsquo;s lives have been upended for the last several weeks and are still living with the uncertainty of when things will return to normal. Many kids are reported elevated levels of mental distress, anxiety, depression, fear, and loneliness. It&rsquo;s crucial that we do all we can to protect our children&rsquo;s mental health during this crisis. If nothing else, this pandemic will show our kids their own resilience and teach them critical coping skills that will serve them the rest of their lives. We can draw some positives from this if we are willing to look for the silver linings. Here are six things we can do as parents to help protect our children&rsquo;s mental health (and our own).</span></p> <p>##ad##</p> <p><strong>Create new routines that provide a sense of connection, safety, and stability.</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Routines provide kids with a sense of belonging and stability. Parents know that a good bedtime routine and general daily rhythm helps keep kids on track, so it makes sense to add in a little something extra fun to help offset the anxiety kids are feeling. Since the pandemic began, my family has taken to outdoor movie nights in our backyard and long drives on country roads, milkshakes in hand, for a nice change of scenery. Add something special to the mix in your family that you can do together on a regular basis. That could be family art events, game nights, movie nights, trips out for ice cream, read alouds, hikes, or whatever you know soothes your children and helps them feel connected. Doing so will infuse a positive, happy memory into this crisis that they&rsquo;ll look back on. One day, they&rsquo;ll tell their kids, &ldquo;I remember during the pandemic when we had to stay home for weeks, my parents took us twice a week for sundaes and hiking. We had such a good time together.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>##adbig##</p> <p><strong>Acknowledge their feelings.</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Parents are dealing with a vast array of our own emotions right now, and in comparison to some of the problems this crisis has made us face, our kids&rsquo; problems can feel like small potatoes. Remember, though, that their problems are big in their world, and we should listen to and validate all emotions they are having. There are no right or wrong feelings about what they are experiencing. They&rsquo;ve lost a big part of their school year, sports seasons, parties, proms, graduations, sports games, dances, and daily face-to-face connections with their friends. In addition, they&rsquo;ve had to try to adjust to online learning, new schedules, and fears they haven&rsquo;t known before. It&rsquo;s important to practice active listening skills and be empathetic. Tell your kids that all emotions are okay, that you hear and understand, and that you&rsquo;re there for them. Most often, kids aren&rsquo;t looking for you to fix all their problems as much as they just want to feel seen and heard.</span></p> <p><strong>Model self care.</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You can&rsquo;t give your best to your kids if you aren&rsquo;t taking care of yourself. Make sure you&rsquo;re getting adequate sleep, exercise, and nutrition. Turn off the news and take time away from your screens to recharge. Now possibly more than ever (because they&rsquo;re with us so much more now), our kids are watching how we are handling ourselves during this crisis. When they see you taking care of yourself, they will know it&rsquo;s an important part of protecting mental health and will be more likely to practice self-care themselves.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 07 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700