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Back to school

The day has finally arrived.  Your little baby is going to kindergarten.  You knew it was bound to happen and you even felt prepared for it after registration.  But, with the days quickly approaching, you feel like you aren’t going to be as calm and collected as you think (which is totally normal).  Not to worry! Here are a few tips to help you make it through that inevitable first day of kinder.

Visit the Classroom

A few days before your little one walks into that seemingly huge building, take them into the school to visit their classroom.  Not only will it remind them where they have to go; but it will bring you some peace of mind since many school districts do not allow parents to walk their children into their classroom on the first day (due to security issues).

Email the Teacher

Once you know who your child’s teacher is, you can send them a brief email to introduce yourself and make them aware of anything you want them to know about your child and any concerns you may have. Even provide them with your cell phone number and give them permission to text a photo or call anytime.  Kindergarten teachers are pros at putting parents at ease and they will most likely give you an update on your child’s first day.

Wear Sunglasses

You may think you won’t get emotional as the bus pulls up or as you drop them off at the front doors, but you never know.  It’s wise to wear sunglasses to cover your eyes in case a few tears slip out and keep your child from seeing that you are upset.

Send a Note

You can let your child know that you are thinking about them by tucking a note into their lunch bag or folder.  It can be something as simple as a heart and the word mom on it, or a picture that will make them giggle.

Practice the Basics

The week before school starts, don’t assume anything.  Your child might need assistance with opening their lunch box, juice cartons, snack packages, etc. Run through the day at your house like it’s an actual day at school. Encourage them to independently do these things and discuss when they should ask for help.  Also, start each morning out by singing the days of the week and months of the year song.  You can even discuss how to say the date and have your child sit and do some letter and number work.  It’s difficult for children to stay focused for a long period of time, but if you require them to stay on task for at least 20-30 minutes at a time, you are helping them prepare for this challenge on the first day.

Pray

Praying with and for your little sweet pea the night before school, the morning of and of course all throughout the day will bring peace to your child as well as yourself.  There is nothing better than recognizing your precious baby is in good hands.

 

Sending your child to school may be one of the hardest things you’ve had to do as a parent.  And maybe you decide homeschooling is a better option for your and your family.   But, like most hard things in life, you’ll look back and realize it all worked out great.   From  all of us here at Promise Prenatal, we wish you and your kindergartner all the very best this school year!

Natural Prenatal Vitamins

A healthy diet is the best way to get the vitamins and minerals you need, but even the healthiest of eaters may fall short on some key nutrients essential to preconception, pregnancy and lactation. Prenatal vitamins are designed to fill in the nutritional gaps that keep your body strong and healthy as well as, help prevent birth defects in your growing baby.  There’s a lot of information out there about their effects and effectiveness, but read on to learn four fun facts to make prenatal vitamins work best for you.

Conceive Quicker

Taking 400 to 800 micrograms (0.4 to 0.8 mg) of folic acid daily plays an important role in lowering the risk of birth defects of the brain and spine. Medical professionals recommend increasing folic acid intake at least one month prior to conception.  Make sure your prenatal vitamin contains enough folic acid to meet these requirements.  Eating healthy, getting enough rest, lowering stress, cutting out alcohol and other harmful chemicals along with taking a prenatal supplement, are all great ways to get healthy and boost your fertility.

Go All Natural

When choosing a prenatal vitamin, it’s best to go all natural and stray away from the gummy versions when possible.  Why?  You may think you are getting everything you need in a gummy, but what many of them are missing is iron (check the labels) and may contain sugars and dyes.  If you struggle with morning sickness, taking a gummy vitamin is better than taking nothing at all, but be sure your gummy contains adequate levels of folic acid.  Consider shopping for an, all natural, non-GMO prenatal.  These supplements contain zero fillers, synthetic binders or dyes.  High quality, natural vitamins will deliver nutrients in their most natural form, making it easier for your body to tolerate and absorb.

Helpful Reminders

The biggest complaint from women is that they simply can’t remember to take their prenatal.  Don’t fret.  There are some simple things you can do.  For starters, you can set everything out the night before.  Place a bottle of water and the vitamin next to your car keys.  If you have to grab the keys to get to work, it will be nothing for you to pop the pill while heading out the door.  You can also leave the vitamins next to your toothbrush, so even if you forget to take it in the morning, you are certain to see it in the evening before preparing for bed.  Please not it’s always recommended to take your vitamins on a full stomach (during or right after a meal).  This will help with absorption and help prevent any stomach sensitivity.  You can even set an alarm on your phone and let your device do the remembering for you.

Post-Partum Recovery

Did you know you should still take a prenatal vitamin once you have delivered your baby?  Doctors recommend you remain on your prenatal for up to eight weeks after delivery. Why?  Prenatals will help your body with post-partum recovery and healing.  If you are breastfeeding, your little one takes in all the nutrients that you do, so you want to ensure that you are giving them everything they need.  During this time of little or no sleep, vitamins can also help increase energy and give you that extra boost every new mom needs.

Keep these four facts in mind as you choose a prenatal vitamin that is best for you.   Always ask your doctor or midwife when beginning a new supplement as he or she may recommend additional folic acid, calcium or iron if there are any special health needs.  Keeping yourself and your new little blessing healthy is one of the best things you can do as a new mom.  From all of us here at Promise Prenatal, we wish you the very best as you begin your journey into motherhood.

10 Must Haves for your Diaper Bag

If you go shopping, you wouldn’t leave your wallet at home, right? We feel the same way about the diaper bag;  if you go absolutely anywhere with your baby, you need to have your trusty diaper bag.  Not only do you need that bag, you need it to be equipped with all of your baby necessities to ensure you are prepared for any and every situation, which will always occur at the most opportune time.  Here are the top ten items you need to make sure you have in your baby bag, before you venture out with your little one.

Diapers

Obviously you need diapers. Things can get pretty ugly pretty quickly if you leave home without these bad boys! You can even leave a few in your glove compartment or trunk for emergency situations.

Wipes

Wipes are your savior. Not only do they cleanse your baby’s bottom, they can be used to wipe spit up, food on the face – you name it!  It’s not a bad idea to include these with your back up stash of diapers in your car.

Bibs/Burp Cloths

Babies can spit up a lot.  Protect their outfit (and yours!) by packing about three bibs and a couple of burp cloths to help with wipe ups.

Changing Pad

You’ve seen public restrooms before. You certainly don’t want to place your baby on the ground (or even on the changing table) without something padded (and protective) underneath. Most diaper bags come with a cushioned pad, but if they don’t, you can find one in any baby store or online in a variety of waterproof style and colors.  A rolled up cloth diaper makes a nice pillow for babies head, as most changing pads are pretty thin.

Pacifier

If your sweet pea uses a pacifier, you understand the importance of keeping a back up close by.   You can pop it in your baby’s mouth quickly when they are about to erupt.  It is also great to calm them down if they get over stimulated on your trip to the park or store. There are even special pods that hold them and you can attach it to your bag to ensure you have a paci on you at all times.  Cute cloth cases are also available to keep that paci clean and from getting lost in the depths of the diaper bag.

Bottle

If you are not nursing, then you don’t have the flexibility of feeding your baby on demand without the drinking gear. Be sure to pack your bottles accordingly. If you are only going to be away from your home for an hour or so, one bottle should do the trick. If going away longer, plan on packing a few more. You can also put your pre-made bottles in a small insulated lunch bag with an ice pack to make sure they stay chilled and fresh; or you can bring some bottles of water and your canister of formula to make as many bottles as you need.

Toys

Toys are great for stimulation and create good distractions for babies on the go. Try to find one that has a detachable ring so you can hang it from your diaper bag, stroller, or even a highchair.  Having a “special” toy that is only used in the car or stroller can help with the newness and keeping your baby interested.

Snack

Depending on your baby’s age, packing a snack is a must. You’ll be amazed at how well your little one will sit quietly in a restaurant when they have an array of snacks or baby food in front of them.

Wet Bag

Don’t leave home without one! Accidents happen. Be sure to invest in a wet bag that you can place soiled clothes or diapers in until you get home.

Change of Clothes

As previously mentioned, accidents happen (sometimes more than one), so it’s wise to make sure you have two outfits, socks, and another pair of shoes packed snugly in your bag.

Any mom can tell you, life is full of surprises.  Having a few essentials on hand can make those surprise much smoother.  So, enjoy those outings mom, even if it’s just to Starbucks drive thru and back, you’ve got this!

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