What is the biggest surprise you've had since becoming a new parent? When we posed this question to our Beaba Facebook page followers, the results were entertaining, sweet, and a little messy to say the least. But we have a feeling these moms wouldn’t have it any other way.
The More the Merrier
A lot of our followers noted that they were surprised with not one but two little bundles of joy! A great surprise, if we do say so ourselves. (Even if it means buying two of everything!)
By far, the biggest (and smelliest) trend we noticed in our comments section had to do with a topic only a parent could understand. This just proves the common idiom, “There’s no love greater than a mother’s love,” to be true! Proceed with caution:
Sleep: What’s That?
Apparently, a mother’s love can not only get you through some smelly and less than glamorous situations, but it can also give you another superpower: the ability to get by on no sleep! We get the feeling that all of these moms are completely happy with that, though. After all, the payoff is more quality time with the little one.
Our Facebook commenters reinforced the expression that people truly are like snowflakes-- each one is unique.
Hang in there, new parents! Worrying about your little one comes hand in hand with that natural parental instinct (and, of course, love).
The Power of Love
Our comments section was full of heartwarming posts about the most rewarding aspect of being a new parent: the love you immediately have for your child. It catches you by surprise and makes life completely different for the better.
Feel free to chime in, new parents! What are some of the biggest surprises you’ve faced after having your kids? Do any of your experiences top the ones on this list? We’d love to hear from you.
With a hectic schedule packed full of meetings, playdates, chauffeuring the kids, and prepping meals, when does a mom have time to exercise, eat right, and focus on her mental health? While it can be difficult to balance a busy life and incorporate healthy habits, never fear-- it is attainable! When you become a mom, it’s important to stay healthy-- after all, you have no days off from this job and there are plenty of people counting on you! Here are some ways I’ve incorporated healthy habits into my lifestyle as a mom.
Eat organic, wholesome meals -- I try to make sure to include a variety of fruits and vegetables into my diet. By taking measures to limit overly processed foods in my diet, I’ve found that I feel better and more energized when I make healthier food choices.
Spend quality time with my kids -- Their active energy truly is contagious! On the weekends, I try to spend as much time as possible doing things with my kids. Depending on the weather, we have play time indoors or outdoors and also schedule different types of family activities (like apple picking in September, sledding during the winter months, etc.) This keeps us active and bonding as a family-- a win win!
Do yoga or meditation -- Usually on Fridays after a long week, I head over to meditation class for an hour. I also like to take an hour to attend a yoga class close to home, depending on how much time I have on a Saturday morning. Just finding an hour to focus on my wellness makes all the difference.
Visit family -- I try to stay connected to my parents and sister as much as possible, whether it’s on the phone or by visiting them for a few hours. Being around my loved ones, the people who know me the best, allows me to relax, vent if I need to, and catch up on what’s happening in their lives.
Spend time with my significant other (SO) -- Although this proves to be very difficult with our hectic schedules, we try to squeeze in some alone time when we can. Sometimes it’s a full-on date night, but other nights it’s as simple as watching a movie together on the couch.
Have a girls night out or plan events with friends -- Whether it’s going out to dinner or grabbing a coffee, I like to make some time to go out with my girlfriends and talk about everything under the sun. During the summer, my SO and I like to plan group events with family/friends like rafting, going to the beach, camping, etc.
Catch up on health news -- Reading articles and learning about the benefits of whole foods and the healing powers of foods keeps my healthy habits on track. Following junk food accounts online will make you crave junk food. Following healthy accounts and reading fitness and health sites inspires me to keep living a healthy lifestyle, especially on days where I get off track. I also like to read about the latest fashion trends - something that has also always been of interest to me.
These are just some of the ways I motivate myself to live a healthy lifestyle. Most importantly, if and when you have off days (you’re human! It happens!), just remember tomorrow is a new day to get back on track and take care of yourself. What are some of your tips and tricks for being a healthy mom?
Do you know what the most popular conversation topic is for French parents? Food, of course! Food is a major staple of French cultural heritage, and we are more interested in talking about what our baby will be eating for lunch than how he slept last night! We love sharing tips to train the palate of our little ones.
If you are a new mom, I bet you already talk with your mom, girlfriends or pediatrician about your baby’s transition to solid foods. One of the first questions you might have is whether to make your own baby food or buy store-bought baby food. Whether you think it is too difficult or time-consuming to make your own baby food, you should definitely give it a try! With good tools on hand, you could find it easy, fun, and rewarding.
I think the biggest advantage of making your own baby food is knowing exactly what goes into your baby’s mouth and choosing the best ingredients. By selecting seasonal fresh fruits, vegetables, and other produce from local grocers, your meals will be tastier and more nutritious than any commercial jars. Most of the vitamins and nutrients are gone when jarred foods are processed at hot temperatures that allow them to be shelf-stable. If you make your own food, your baby can discover some tastes that you will rarely find in the baby food aisle-- you can experiment with fennel, eggplant, fish, and much more. In fact, recent studies show that babies who eat homemade food not only have a lower body fat mass between the ages of 1 and 3, but they also have a more diverse diet than those who eat commercially processed baby food. And of course, your food will be free of the preservatives and additives that we still find in a lot of industrially prepared infant food.
Another big advantage to making baby food is tailoring the meals to your baby’s development. As your baby grows, he needs to be introduced to more challenging textures that will train him to chew. You can blend, mash, puree coarsely, chop or add texture with couscous, quinoa, or little pasta. By doing so, you will be able to offer more options than what the industrial baby food has to offer and help him transition to table food.
When starting to feed my son's solid food, one of the most important things for me has always been educating their taste while making sure their meals were balanced. In the baby aisle today, the majority of blends have a sweet taste by blending fruits and vegetables together. Those products are definitely more palatable for babies but don’t train them to like veggies! Babies have a blank palate, and we underestimate their ability to like vegetables. I always made sure my sons were having their side of fresh veggies at every meal and their portion of fruit at the end of the meal. I’m happy to say that for the most part, they learned to eat and like their veggies.
In her book First Bite, Bee Wilson says,”A parent feeding a baby is training him or her how food should taste.” Nourishing your child goes beyond providing nutrients for his growing body, it is also transmitting an intangible heritage and helping them get healthy eating habits for a lifetime. Cooking for your baby using fresh, wholesome produce is an experience that will awaken all the senses of your little one, so take that opportunity to show them different flavors.
Once upon a time we posted a recipe for Pumpkin Nut Butter, which was a hit! So here's another "butter" that's simple and can be enjoyed as a purée for baby, or as a stir-in for yogurt and ice cream, or even as a dip for crackers! The possibilities are endless.