Celebrating Fathers Day this year!
Annapolis Area Doulas
by annapolisadmin
9M ago
Being a new dad is an exciting and challenging experience. Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and honor all the new dads out there. Here are some fun ideas to make Father’s Day special for new dads: 1. Plan a Family Outing: Plan a fun outing with the whole family. This could be a trip to the zoo, a museum, or a picnic in the park. Make sure it’s an activity that the whole family will enjoy and that the new dad can participate in. 2. Create a Handmade Gift: Get creative and make a handmade gift. This could be a photo album of the first year of the baby’s life or a handprint or ..read more
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Family Friendly events in the Annapolis Area Spring 2023
Annapolis Area Doulas
by annapolisadmin
10M ago
Here are some family-friendly events happening in the Annapolis, Maryland area this summer: 1. Annapolis Arts Week – June 6-13, 2023 This week-long event celebrates the arts in Annapolis with a variety of activities, including art exhibits, live music, theater performances, and more. There will be plenty of family-friendly events throughout the week, so make sure to check the schedule for details. 2. Annapolis Independence Day Celebration – July 4, 2023 Celebrate Independence Day with a parade, live music, food vendors, and a fireworks display over the harbor in Annapolis. This event is free a ..read more
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9 New Baby Products We’re Excited About in 2020
Annapolis Area Doulas
by sara skiles
4y ago
As postpartum doulas, it’s our job to know about all the best mom and baby gadgets so we can make appropriate recommendations for our clients. Baby gear is one area where inventors are constantly coming up with new ideas and improvements to try to “hack” parenting, so there’s always something new and cool coming down the line! Here are some of the new 2020 baby products we can’t wait to try this year: 9. MiaMily Carrier Baby carriers are great, but not everyone can use them due to back and neck pain. The MiaMily carrier may make babywearing more accessible to these parents, thanks ..read more
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Are Postpartum Doulas and Night Nurses the Same Thing?
Annapolis Area Doulas
by sara skiles
4y ago
Are Postpartum Doulas and Night Nurses the Same Thing? As professional postpartum doulas, who help new parents navigate life with infants and save the day (night) with overnight shifts so they can catch up on sleep, there is just one tiny thing that gets under our skin: being referred to as night nurses or night nannies. Postpartum doulas are still not widely known in the mainstream public, but whether from TV, books, or tradition passed down through history, almost everyone is aware of the concept of the “night nurse” or “night nanny” – the person who cares for a new baby at night ..read more
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5 Questions for Moms Who Hate Pumping
Annapolis Area Doulas
by sara skiles
4y ago
Breast pumps are pretty unsexy. They’re not glamorous, and they’re not fun. But in this modern world we all need them at some point after having a baby – whether that’s to go back to work, to provide medically necessary supplementation, or even just to give a bottle to the babysitter. Breast pump usage causes lots of complaints, from pain and discomfort, to uncertainty over how much milk should come out, to the sheer tedium of doing it. Pumping may be necessary, but there are definitely a few things that can make it a little easier to be hooked up to the tubes multiple times each day! Her ..read more
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What does “body positivty” mean to me?
Annapolis Area Doulas
by annapolisadmin
4y ago
You hear a lot of talk about body positive these days and I’ve been pondering what that means in relation to pregnancy and postpartum. This seems to be a time where people question their body more than ever, especially postpartum, but sometimes even during pregnancy. Your body does some amazing things but pregnacy can also do some damage to your body. So how do you love your body even though you feel it’s damaged or not like your own? That’s the real hard part. You don’t have to love everything about your body. You don’t have to love your stretch marks and your flabby skin or your separatio ..read more
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Keep Your Baby Cool
Annapolis Area Doulas
by annapolisadmin
4y ago
As we slowly work our way into the warmer summer months, we’re spending more sunny days outdoors with our little ones. No one likes to be hot and sweaty, especially your baby. While it’s easy to reach for a water when we start to feel overheated, your baby has a difficult time letting you know that they need some help cooling down. Luckily there’s some helpful gadgets, attachments, tips and tricks to help parents keep their baby cool in the summer months ahead. We put together some of our favorite ways to enjoy the heat and keep their baby comfortably cool. Handy Cooler Stroller System This a ..read more
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When Your Doula is Pregnant Too
Annapolis Area Doulas
by sara skiles
4y ago
There’s just something about having a doula with you for your pregnancy and birthing journey. That supportive, unbiased, compassionate person is always there for you if you have a question or need to talk through some of your worries and fears, and that takes so much of the stress out of the whole experience. Maybe they’ve even been in the exact same situation as you – or maybe they haven’t, but they walk alongside you anyway. And sometimes, you get to enjoy an even more special and sacred connection. Sometimes, your doula is going through pregnancy just like you! Pregnant Doulas Are ..read more
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What’s the Fuss About Peanut Balls?
Annapolis Area Doulas
by sara skiles
4y ago
If you’ve taken any childbirth classes, toured your local hospitals and birth centers…or talked to any doulas for any length of time, you’ve probably at least heard mention of the so-called magical properties of the peanut ball. This unassuming, smallish, peanut-shaped physical therapy ball couldn’t really be super useful during labor…or could it? So What is a Peanut Ball Anyway? A peanut ball is an exercise ball, similar to a yoga ball, but smaller – and shaped, like the name suggests, as a peanut. The peanut ball is typically used in physical therapy exercises to help with mobility, po ..read more
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What Will the Dog Think? How to Introduce Your Pets to Your Baby
Annapolis Area Doulas
by sara skiles
4y ago
In many American households, it’s practically unthinkable not to have furry friends who are part of the family. However, when it comes time to add a new sibling of the human variety into the fold, parents are understandably anxious. Will the animal react strangely? Dislike the baby? Or even worse, bite or scratch? Here are some tips on how to introduce your animals to the new baby. Behavior Training Starts Nine Months Early Rather than focusing too much on baby-specific manners, it’s important to start early with behavioral training in general. If your dog knows good manners, does no ..read more
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