Category Archives: Pregnancy Concerns

How a Cerclage Saved my High Risk Pregnancy

A cervical cerclage, or stitch helping to close the cervix, can be one way to help a high risk pregnancy. Here’s one mama’s story about her own experience. The day I found out I was pregnant with my second baby, I wished for it to be a girl. I already have a son but I have always wanted a mini-me.Imagine our excitement when at our 20-week appointment we found out that we were having a girl. It was the sweetest feeling ever. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a […]

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Beyond Depression – Navigating Postpartum PTSD

Postpartum PTSD affects about 9% of women following childbirth. Here’s what it looked like for one new mom, and how she ended up getting help. There was a white pick up truck driving close behind me. I had just left the Target parking lot with my 4-month-old son, and I was pretty sure this truck had followed us out. I turned right, the truck turned right. I started to panic, my breathing getting faster, my heart pounding. I turned left, the truck turned left. My mind started […]

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14 Best Outschool Camps for Preschoolers

Life with a new baby and a young kid is hard under the best of circumstances but add in a global pandemic and ooooh girl. That’s some next level shit! Closed parks, cancelled playdates, and non-existent childcare make for some loooooong days for all parties involved. So what’s an exhausted mom (and bored kiddo) to do? One promising option is looking into something like Outschool. What’s Outschool? Taught by a diverse group of teachers, Outschool offers live online classes in just about anything you could think up. […]

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When Can My Baby Start Eating Solids?

Although there are roughly ten million questions parents have about taking care of a newborn, one of the most common ones is when to start feeding a baby solids. With so much information and many differing opinions on introducing solids, it’s no wonder parents are confused. We’ve got some nuggets of wisdom to share to try to clear things up on when it’s the right time to start your baby on solid foods. How will I know when my baby is ready to start solid foods? If […]

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7 Ways to Survive Life With a Newborn and No Family Support

It was never my plan to have a baby while living hundreds of miles from my family, therefore completely destroying any possibility of having nearby family support.  Before we had a child, I imagined that every other aspect of our lives would have miraculously fallen into place. My husband and I would return home, buy a cheap yet beautiful country house, and acquire fluffy chickens and rabbits to wander picturesquely in the grounds. Best of all, we’d have free childcare at the perfect distance (not too far and […]

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Where to Find Fabric Face Masks for Toddlers

Finding a fabric face mask for your toddler and/or small kid isn’t easy. There’s sizing issues, comfort issues, and the fact you can’t try them on or return them if you figure out they won’t work for your little. In an attempt to give you the best shot at success, here are a few tips and tricks to finding a cloth face mask for your toddler or small kid. When do kids start wearing masks? The CDC is currently recommending kids over the age of two wear […]

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I Tried Dr. Karp’s 5 ‘S’s for Baby Sleep… and They Worked

Halo on Instagram Being a parent is wonderful, crazy, adventurous, and joyful, but it isn’t wrapped up with a nice, tidy bow on top. It can be simultaneously messy, stressful, frustrating, and confusing. I read and researched a lot of information related to babies. Some of it was conflicting. Some of it was helpful. And some of it was take it or leave it. However, the single best thing that I read was Dr. Harvey Karp’s 5 ‘S’s. His advice has been tremendously helpful in keeping my husband […]

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The Best Llama Baby Stuff

Llamazing stuff for baby! It looks like llamas might be dethroning unicorns as 2020’s “it” animal, so here’s a round up of the best llama baby stuff out there. Halo Muslin Sleepsack Halo’s llama patterned sleep sack provides an extra layer of warm and cozy comfort to your baby while they snooze. This 100% cotton sack can be opened from the bottom for easy diaper changes and gives your baby space to move their little tootsies without kicking off their blanket.  Get your Halo Sleepsack here. Skip Hop […]

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10 Things I Wish I’d Done When I Was Pregnant

Looking back, I could should have done things differently. Now, with baby, I regret some decisions I made when I was pregnant. I don’t regret them enough to try and have another child, but still. If there’d ever be a second pregnancy, I know what I’d put on my pregnancy wish list. I wish I had… gotten a maternity shoot (or at least taken some tummy pictures) No matter how much you hate your belly in the third trimester, about a week after giving birth you can’t […]

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Baby Product Safety Standards: Who Regulates What?

If you’ve ever wondered who’s in charge of making sure the products you’re using on your baby are safe, you’re not alone. The information around baby product safety is ever-evolving, and sometimes a product parents swear is a lifesaver one day is considered a ticking diaper bomb the next. If you’re in the dark about what acronyms like “ASTM”, “CPSC”, “JPMA” and “AAP” stand for and what in the sweet hell they’ve got to do with baby safety, we’ve done some digging so you don’t have to. […]

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