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Top 5 Baby Gifts New Parents REALLY Want!

By Bonni Berger | November 12, 2019 |

Don’t know what baby gifts to get the new baby (or parent) in your life? Want something parents will love and remember for a long time or do you prefer a gift that can be used (and used up) right away? Before you stray from the baby registry with a purchase of a giant 5…

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Top 5 Things New Moms Wished They Had Known

By Bonni Berger | November 5, 2019 |

Top Five Ways to Get Ready for Your New Baby I asked both new and experienced moms, “If you could advise your “before baby” self one thing to help prepare for the postpartum experience, what would it be?” I received more than 140 responses. They were spot on, raw and oh, so real. The answers…

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Baby Blues, Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety. What’s the difference?

By Bonni Berger | October 23, 2019 |

Recognize the Symptoms and Know How to Feel Better A major concern for pregnant women, new mothers and their families is postpartum depression. To add to their concern is the confusion surrounding the terms used to describe the various postpartum moods, recognizing their symptoms and knowing how to treat them. Baby blues, postpartum anxiety, postpartum…

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Becoming a Mother When You Don’t Have Yours Can Be Traumatic

By Bonni Berger | October 16, 2019 |

Coping With the Loss or Absence of a Parent When You Are Postpartum As a postpartum doula, I work with and support new mothers. Very often, these women don’t have mothers of their own. For some, their mothers have passed away. For others, their mothers aren’t present. They’re either ill, live too far away, or…

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Bringing Baby Home: Here’s What the First 24 Hours Looks Like

By Bonni Berger | October 2, 2019 |

What to expect on your first day home with your newborn. After the shock wears off that the hospital is actually letting you take your baby home after a mere two or three night stay, you may be left wondering “now what?” Assuming you had an uncomplicated birth and everyone is healthy, you can expect…

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Your Last Child Is Leaving The Nest. So What Else Is New?

By Bonni Berger | September 29, 2019 |

For generations, parents have been saying goodbye to the last of their children when they graduate high school. They go off to college, the armed forces, a gap year or otherwise move away. What more can be written that hasn’t already? What else is new that we haven’t heard before? For anyone, like me, who…

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That Time I Chose My Career After Googling ‘Weird Jobs for Moms’

By Bonni Berger | September 29, 2019 |

I Googled “weird jobs for moms.” I scrolled past “Organic farm manager” and “Secret shopper.” I was feeling restless with my work as a reading specialist, and at the same time, nostalgic for the days when my three kids were all home and needed me in ways that they just didn’t anymore. Finally, there it…

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What Do Postpartum Doulas Do When No One’s Looking?

By Bonni Berger | September 24, 2019 |

What Can You Expect Your Doula to Do For You? When you’re awake and present, it’s clear to see what your postpartum doula is doing. But what exactly do doulas do if you’re napping, your partner is back at work and your baby is sleeping? Here’s the lowdown of what I do and what you…

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Getting Your Minimalist Home Ready for Baby in 6 Easy Steps

By Bonni Berger | September 18, 2019 |

What New Parents Really Need When Baby Comes Home When you’re expecting a baby, it can be daunting thinking about all the things a baby needs. Between your more experienced friends, targeted ads, baby stores, parenting magazines and the latest “magical gadget you can’t live without,” it can feel overwhelming. But what exactly is necessary…

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New Parents Need These 11 One-Handed Healthy Snacks

By Bonni Berger | September 10, 2019 |

Easy Foods for the Postpartum Period New parents, especially moms, get hungry. And fast! As hard as they try, new moms are not jugglers. Those who breastfeed are lucky if they have one hand free. Between baby, breastfeeding and bottle, eating can feel like a monumental task. Eating healthy, nutritious food is important in the…