What Gift Should I Give A First Time Mom (And Why!)
The new mom in your life might be going through a lot; after all, having a baby for the first time means that they need to adjust to an entirely new way of living. It’s a wondrous, magical time, but it doesn’t mean the first time mommy won’t experience a few bumps along the way.
There’s no better way to support a new mom than by being there for her. But when you want to express your support as a physical reminder, you should give them a present that will last. Here’s why you should consider the benefits of cashmere.
Why cashmere is the perfect present
Cashmere is one of the most versatile, comfortable, and luxurious fabrics out there. For the new mother and baby who crave comfort and security, nothing says you care about them more than cashmere baby gifts.
Here are just some of the reasons you should choose cashmere over anything else:
It’s soft — Cashmere is known for it’s luxury softness. This quality makes it perfect for the sensitive skin of a baby, which is more prone to irritation and discomfort. As long as the cashmere is taken care of properly, it will never lose that plush, soft quality.
It’s durable — Many people think that cashmere is hard to take care of, but with proper washing, your cashmere baby blankets, wraps, toys, and clothing will last forever. Simply wash it by hand and lay it to dry on a towel. If you do that, you’ll have a baby cashmere set for years to come.
You can use it year-round — Cashmere is a surprisingly versatile fabric. In fact, you can wear it year-round. It’s warm enough to keep you cozy in the winter and light enough to enjoy all summer. There are countless benefits to this soft, versatile fabric.
Where can I get cashmere baby gifts?
At 10 to 12 Baby Lounge, we offer the best in baby cashmere sets for the new mother. And with the number of new mommies increasing each year, first time mother gifts are becoming more necessary than ever. Did you know that the average mother has 2.07 children in 2016? This is up from 1.86 children in 2006!
Whether you’re looking for the best baby blanket gifts, breastfeeding wraps for mommies, or baby cashmere sets, rely on the quality cashmere provided by 10 to 12 Baby Lounge
Imagination, Confidence, Hugs and Kisses, Unconditional Love/Acceptance, and Laughter!
August 24th, 2017
On the operating table, my OB told me I’d be meeting my son in abouttwo minutes. What are you supposed to say? Cool? Sounds good? Need any help?! *Cue Miranda from Sex And The City* but with a proper blowout and a fresh mani/pedi of course.
While I had a great perspective being pregnant, becoming a mother and delivering a baby was something I mentally missed prepping for. In fact, I didn’t even realize what the delivery process could be like until the day before I delivered. Though pressured by everyone, I never felt the need to take any birthing classes, or any breastfeeding classes, so I didn’t. I didn’t want to depend on someone else’s experience to shape mine.
I took hikes at Runyon (yes that was me with the belly and hot pink short shorts!), I took prenatal yoga, and I took phone calls from clients. I continued to show my clients homes up until three days before he was born and closed a real estate transaction the day of delivery! I had the instinctive confidence to trust the process, the unconditional love and acceptance of what was to be and imagined a seamless birth.
TWO MINUTES CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING!
In the next two minutes, a confident and calm anticipation set in. So calm in fact my doula told me she’s never seen someone so calm. Having access to the best doctors in the world, all the prenatal tests saw his 10 fingers and 10 toes and expected him to be healthy and well over 9 pounds. Having not attended medical school, and being more punctual for college socials in the quad over chemistry, I felt those tests were the best measurement of my little.
I also distinctly remember in those last couple of minutes I gave full release of any thoughts and control. I don’t know if I’ve ever been so free. What could I really have done in those two minutes? It was all going as planned.
3. Hugs and Kisses:
Congratulations, it’s a boy! You’re a mommy! It really was more a Miranda moment, as baby B was being brought toward me; although, I remember my arms instinctively reaching to hold him. I didn’t have tears and I wasn’t overcome with emotion. I was more in awe of this creature and couldn’t wait to meet him face to face. This creature who chose me as his mommy. This creature who made me wait 41.5 weeks to meet him! This creature whom I would share an unconditional love with. This creature where I could do no wrong in his eyes, and could truly just be me. A creature who immediately pulled the oxygen tube out of my nose and started suckling on my chin. This creature whom I would call my beautiful son.
I don’t even remember him crying, except for maybe a split second. I just felt a calm and mutual knowing that both of us were exactly where we were supposed to be, together, and in each other’s arms. We did it!
4. Unconditional Love and Acceptance:
Unknowingly, every experience I had gone through in life had prepared me for that moment and now, a year and a half later. With the birth of my little, I have embraced more of whom I’ve always been. I have given myself permission to be vulnerable to my nurturing side no matter the outcome. I have accepted to love fiercely and unconditionally. I have learned to embrace my confidence, to follow my instincts and to know if it can be imagined it is possible. It’s amazing how a baby’s trust and innocence validates what you’ve known your whole life but you have not yet been able to accept and embrace.
Becoming a mommy didn’t make me a new person. Becoming a mommy allowed me to accept and love everything I’m about and in turn that is what I will role model. With this promise to us both…
I will make you laugh (and I will make myself laugh). I will love you (and myself). I will support you (and myself). I will guide you (and myself). I will be a voice of reason for you (and myself). I will be accepting of you (and myself). I will hug you, squeeze you and kiss you. And we will get through anything that comes our way with grace and resilience!
So, hitch your wagon to a star mon petit prince, the world and all the love in it is yours forever and always. While it’s not always easy, it’s possible! While it’s not always supported by everyone, it’s rewarding to show others it can be done. While others may be watching, do it because you want it for you! And love wins Every. Damn. Time!
And this, my love, will be your super power forever and always! Shine bright!
Love Always, mommy.
And to you mommy, who’s reading this, mommy to be, or empowered female: two minutes from now, what can you release? What can you have an instinctive confidence in knowing? What can you identify as unconditional love and acceptance within yourself and where does your imagination take you?! What love note can you write to yourself? That mindset may impact not only you but generations to come! We sure do learn what we live!
You are loved! #lovewins Xoxo
I leave you with the insightful words of Dorothy Law Nolte my mom discovered and, shared with me as a child as words to live by. Thank you mom! Here’s to another generation!
Children Learn What They Live! By, Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
After a seemingly endless first month of the year, February is here! And the first fun holiday after New Years is here with it, Valentine’s Day. However, the better yet lesser-known holiday is, Galentine’s Day. Galentine’s day, the day before Valentine’s Day, is a time to eat your favorite chocolate, buy something pink, and smother your mom-friends with LOVE. We like to refer to Galentine’s Day as “Valentine’s Day for Mom”. As February is the month of LOVE itself, we are giving you four ideas for Galentine’s Day Activities for Mom.
Galentine’s Day was born in 2017 from the sitcom Parks and Recreation, when fictional character Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) celebrates her annual Galentine’s Day party for all her gal-friends on February 13th. Who doesn’t love an excuse to celebrate with your girl-only squad on Galentine’s Day?
Galentine’s Idea #1
In a true Parks and Rec fashion, grab your Galentine’s Day crew and do a traditional (as of 2017) waffle breakfast. Whether you Amazon Prime a waffle maker and host it at your house, or meet at your local brunch-ery, breakfast foods are always a sure-bet — the ideal Valentine’s Day for Mom.
#2 – Hit the Spa
Nothing says girls day like a trip to the spa. The pampering, the relaxation – it’s pure bliss. Who better to celebrate that than with your favorite girls on Galentine’s Day? Try your local spa for a quick massage, or go all out and book a few treatments at a day spa, where you can really bask in the in the art of doing absolutely nothing, for once. Facials, saunas, pedicures, we are convinced already. And then, top off the day with dinner at that place you’ve been dying to try, and you have a day for the books.
#3 for ME
Use this February 13th for you, because self-love is true-love (we even wrote a blog about it, here). Kick everyone out of the house, grab a bottle of vino and your most indulgent snacks, and make a DIY charcuterie board for you, yourself, and you. Maybe flip on Grey’s Anatomy and get lost in McDreamy, or belly laugh to New Girl. We are in full support. Everyone needs a little me time, especially on Galentine’s Day.
#4 Host a boozy game night
Call up your girls and have them bring their favorite adult board games. There’s tons to choose from on Amazon if you don’t have your own collection. We recommend: Cards Against Humanity, Telestrations After Dark, and The Voting Game. Get all the gals laughing with hilarious references with Cards Against Humanity. Or see what they really think of you with The Voting Game, where friends can make a vote on things like, “who would throw a birthday party for their pet”. Next, make fancy drinks, bake some carbs, and spend some quality time with the ladies in your life. Like a sleepover, but your friends can all Uber home before bed.
We hope these Four Galentine’s Day Activities for Mom inspires you to celebrate! Because it truly is the best, yet least known, holiday of the year.
Why is it important to enforce self care for moms?
Self care for moms is often too easily overlooked. As a caregiver, it can be hard to feel justified about carving out space to nurture your own needs and wants. How can you afford to set time aside between juggling the schedules and responsibilities of the rest of your family and possibly a career on top of everything? While it may seem virtually impossible that self care for moms could take precedence, enforcing that time for yourself is healthy. Not only does it allow you to have a break, but it allows you to perform everyday tasks more efficiently. Without time to relax, you are more prone to become frustrated and lose energy. By default, by restoring your energy levels, you are not only doing yourself a favor, but you are helping out your whole family. After spending time alone, you will feel rejuvenated, be able to improve your concentration and unwind. Self care for moms is essential.
How to enforce self care for moms?
Our advice for new moms is not to put off self care, but to enforce it early on. This early integration sets a standard of routine and normalcy that can be expected by you and your family. Ultimately “mommy-time” becomes second nature to all. Of all the benefits associated with prioritizing self care for moms, once the practice becomes a habit, you will start to notice improvements in how you experience those little moments that might otherwise feel stressful or difficult.
Our first piece of advice for new moms is to eliminate or reduce unnecessary tasks. Cutting down the amount of time spent on daily activities can be very beneficial. For example, making a list of what needs to be done during the week and what on that list can be outsourced such as using an app for grocery shopping, or asking for help with cooking, cleaning or laundry can contribute to more valuable personal time. Being practical and reasonable about your time is just as important. Perfectionism does not exist, and rather than feeling obliged to keep the house spotless or prepare an elaborate family meal nightly, give yourself the benefit of using moderation to allow yourself more free time.
Once you have eliminated a few things from your day, it is time to schedule in self care. Don’t just think about self care, write specific times and activities down in your planner. This may seem unnecessary, but if you decide when to enforce time for yourself, it is much more likely to happen. Additionally, if you want to work with a personal trainer or spend time with a friend, schedule it in advance. By looping in another person, you create accountability for self care. You can also partner with another mother and plan your self care time together. Instead of a workout buddy, find a “self care buddy.”
What are the benefits of self care for moms?
Some benefits of self care for moms include stress release, increased clarity of thoughts and improved emotional health. These benefits lead to healthier relationships amongst your family, and by allowing your physical body to relax, you can prevent chronic stress and improve your quality of sleep. In addition, you will find yourself feeling less irritable, meaning you will be able to more thoroughly enjoy time spent with your kids.
By enforcing time for yourself, you start to build a support system. It is important for your kids to interact with a variety of different people. Try leaving the kids with their dad or a grandparent when possible while you enjoy a spa day with your girlfriends or hide away with a good book. This creates variability in your children’s lives. Self care for moms is a win-win; Your kids are happier because their momma is more joyful and present, and you are happier because you are giving yourself the gift of balance.
Next time you begin to feel guilty or uncertain about carving time for your own self care, remember that everyone benefits: you, your partner and your kids. Our best advice for new moms is to be aware that your needs are intertwined with your children’s. You can’t fully care for another unless you care for yourself. Be an example for your family and display self care.
Designing the perfect nursery for your newborn baby doesn’t have to be a chore. After all, you deserve a nursery that marries function and fashion.
When you want to craft the perfect nursery that appeals to your tastes, here’s how to bring it to life.
Choose a great crib
Your crib is an investment. After all, your baby is going to sleep in it for most of their life during their first few years. As such, you want a crib that’s safe for your baby but doesn’t clutter up the whole room.
Ensure that the crib of your dreams adheres to the necessary U.S. safety standards for cribs. Even if you love the look of vintage options, choosing a modern crib is the best way to ensure the health and safety of your baby. After all, your baby can sleep in their crib for up to three years, making it a necessary investment. Luckily, the crib bedding and accessories can add a flair of design with minimal effort. If you’re worried about your crib looking outdated, you can always spruce up your nursery with the best baby blankets to create a cohesive space that grows with your baby.
Fall in love with neutrals
You can’t have a beautiful nursery without laying down the groundwork and there’s no better way to do that than by starting with neutral colors. Try painting your walls a calming, neutral white or beige and accent the space with lively, patterned curtains. After all, calming solid colors like purple can help ease anxiety and stress, two emotions which are common in the 15% of mothers who suffer from postpartum depression.
Every splash of color in the room should stem from your baby’s toys, cashmere baby wraps, and the accent pieces placed throughout the room. This will create an inviting atmosphere that doesn’t feel cluttered with too many patterns when you walk in.
Equip your nursery with the best tools
No nursery is complete without premium baby gifts. Along with a changing station and toy chest, your nursery should hold the best gifts for new parents to ease their transition into a family. This might include a stylish cashmere wrap for breastfeeding, a baby blanket made of cashmere, or a cashmere baby wrap designed for comfort and swaddling. Regardless of the mommy’s taste, first time mother gifts can help make their job so much easier.
If you’re designing the nursery of your dreams, start with the luxury cashmere products by 10 To 12 Baby Lounge. We offer only the best premium baby gifts to help your transition into parenthood go smoothly. To view our cashmere baby wrap selection, simply click on “baby blankets” today.
As your newborn begins to move and grow, learning from the sense of touch is incredibly important. Parents and caregivers will often introduce a host of different textures during “touch time” or other times of play. But why is this sense of touch so important for babies?
The role of touch
Infants are particularly sensitive to touch. As their minds grow, differentiating between textures and surfaces is essential to their development and awareness. After all, it’s estimated that your baby’s brain will more than double in size within the first year. As such, parents will introduce their babies to a number of different objects to feel. Many caregivers will play with their baby on a host of different surfaces as well.
Touch also extends to your child’s palate as well. Introducing new textures of food is often difficult for new parents, but interesting textures are necessary for the growth and development of your child. On top of that, physical closeness is important in growing the bond between parent and child. The sense of touch is a startlingly important sense for babies for a host of reasons.
For better or worse, babies also have incredibly sensitive skin. There’s no better feeling than squishing a baby’s soft leg only to feel the skin bounce back with vitality.
Unfortunately, this perfect skin is still in the early stages of its development. As such, your baby might experience a number of rashes, irritations, and dryness during their first few years of life. While this is no cause for alarm, it’s something to be aware of as a new mother. They’re also more sensitive to the sun, inclement weather, and the cold. The need for protection in these early years is vital to your baby’s health.
Tips for touch
Protecting your baby’s skin is essential. As such, you should always wash new clothing, cashmere baby gifts, and baby blankets you receive as gifts for first-time mothers. On top of that, you should ensure your own clothing is baby-friendly. That includes any breastfeeding wraps or breastfeeding covers that may come into contact with your baby’s sensitive skin.
When you introduce new materials and textures to your baby, ensure you don’t give them items that are easy to swallow and choke on. Monitoring touch time is essential when you want to ensure the safety and comfort of your child. You should give them a mix of hard items, rough items, and especially soft items, like the plush comfort of a cashmere baby blanket.
Cashmere baby gifts are the perfect present babies and mothers alike. Not only do babies love the feeling of a soft cashmere baby wrap, but they will be able to enjoy them for years to come. For the best premium cashmere baby gifts for the new mother, think 10 To 12 Baby Lounge today!
If you thought we were done celebrating mamas, think again. Mommy Appreciation Sundays are back at 10 to 12 Baby Lounge with mommy and baby freebies and more to come. We had so much fun with the campaign over the summer, growing our community of mommies, and got such rewarding feedback that we just can’t let it go.
A quick recap…
If you missed our first round of Mommy Appreciation Sundays or need a quick reminder of what it is, we’re happy to fill you in!
Mommies work a never-ending job without getting paid, and rarely even get acknowledged for much of what they do. They ask for almost nothing in return, prioritizing others’ needs before their own. 10 to 12 is here to give those moms a little extra attention and TLC, just to let them know how valued and appreciated they really are. We disagree with having only one day a year to truly celebrate these superwomen; we’re doing it every month!
What it includes
How exactly do we celebrate Mommy Appreciation Sundays, you ask? For starters, our social medias will be more centered around mommies, including inspirational quotes, images, and stories. We will be providing tips for new and veteran mommies alike. We want 10 to 12 Baby Lounge to feel like a friend, a retreat, a place that makes mommies feel extra special, because they are. Our goal is to spread that message throughout our Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, blog posts, etc.
In addition, similar to our previous Mommy Appreciation Sundays campaign, we will be doing special giveaways, because mommy and baby freebies are a wonderfully unexpected treat, especially when they’re made from the world’s softest cashmere! Upon visiting 10 to 12’s website, you will be greeted with a pop-up. It gives you the opportunity to enter your email so you can receive a special $25 gift card that will be delivered to your inbox immediately. This gift card can be used on any 10 to 12 Baby Lounge products, with the exception of our new Llama and Cacti plush toys. However, we are thrilled to announce our new fall line that includes multiple new gift sets, complete with the very cutest baby accessories from cashmere baby shoes to swaddle blanket sets. Our Happy Mommy, Happy Me cashmere gift set is a favorite amongst breastfeeding mommies, and it is sure to reign you the ultimate baby shower gift bearer amongst your friends.
But wait…there’s more. If you provide your email address to receive the $25 gift card to apply toward your next purchase, you will automatically opt-in to a raffle to win cashmere mommy and baby freebies during that month. On the first Sunday of each month, beginning in September, we will select a winner, in celebration of Mommy Appreciation Sundays. The raffle prize will change each month, but for the month of September, it will be one of our Stretch Me swaddle blankets, usually priced at $158! Spread the word to your new mommy friends! No purchase is required to win*. We only strive to give back to our community of mommies t0 help them feel more supported.
Why is this so important to us?
As a brand that has experienced mothers on the team, we understand the needs and feelings that are common amongst moms. Mommy Appreciation Sundays is not only about showing mommy appreciation by giving them special deals – it’s about creating a community of mommies who can be there for each other. As moms, we can celebrate each other’s victories, hold each other up during the tough parts, and encourage each other on our journeys as mothers. Thats why we loved sharing our live event so much this past summer; moms were able to make connections with each other, mommy bloggers, mom influencers, our non-profit partner Baby2Baby and press who happen to be mothers themselves. We hope to continue to share rewarding experiences and treats with our growing community of mommies, and welcome new ideas in the comments below! Stay tuned for more details on that in the coming months as Mommy Appreciation Sundays continues to evolve.
In the meantime, we hope you take advantage of the opportunities for mommy and baby freebies this fall by entering into our monthly drawings along with your mommy pals, and we hope we can be a place of support and love through #MOMMYAPPRECIATIONSUNDAYS.
When I got pregnant with my first child, I began seeing a prenatal chiropractor. Being a child gymnast, I had always seen a chiropractor to keep me balanced and on top of my sport, but I was amazed at the different approach my prenatal specific chiropractor had. Her approach was geared exclusively toward my prenatal issues and toward making sure I had an easy, natural birth process.
We all know that pregnancy involves physiological and endocrinological changes in the body. Some of these changes, like a more protuding abdomen, an increased back curve, pelvic adjustments and postural adaptations, can often result in a misaligned spine or joints. This can lead to a whole variety of pains and issues that not only affect an expectant mother but can critically influence the birth process too. I didn’t realize just how many prenatal health issues could be addressed through prenatal chiropractic care.
I remember my prenatal chiropractor telling me that all the “normal” prenatal aches and pains, reflux, foot swelling, etc. are actually not “normal” at all and that she had solutions for all of them through gentle chiropractic adjustments, pregnancy-specific massage techniques and natural home remedies. She even treated breech presentation, helping moms avoid non-elective C-sections with an 85% success rate using a gentle technique called the Webster Technique.
Because of my prenatal specific chiropractor, I was able to enjoy the unfolding of pregnancy and had a natural and beautiful birth. I was so inspired by how much she helped me and how much I witnessed her helping other pregnant mom’s during one of the most important times of life, that I BECAME A PRENATAL CHIROPRACTOR myself.
Now, years later I have a vibrantly healthy 17 year old daughter along with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree with a Fellowship in Prenatal Chiropractic Care, and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve spent the past 15 years treating pregnant patients and their families in my busy little Wellness Centerin Glendale. I’ve built a team of prenatal chiropractors, acupuncturists and massage therapists, and together we deliver the same quality of care to our patients that I was so blessed to receive when I was pregnant.
I love the quote from one of the founders of Chiropractic BJ Palmer, “You never know how far reaching something
you Think, Say or Do today will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.” It reminds me of how much my prenatal chiropractor changed the entire trajectory of my life, and now because of her excellence of care, passion in her craft and open hearted approach I am following in her footsteps.
I can only imagine that if we all look at our influence on others, especially as moms, we will see that
when we share our passions in an open hearted way and connect to others purely, we too are having a
far reaching impact. I hope this story inspires you to not only seek chiropractic care for yourselves but to
Find your Personal Passion and Share it!
“Mothers deserve more love & recognition than just one Mother’s Day.”
This Sunday between 10am and 12pm, we're giving away 3 FREE 'Cashmere Baby Sets' with code MOMMYAPPRECIATION at checkout!
If you're not one of the lucky 3, we're still offering 40% off ALL cashmere baby and mommy gifts all day on Sunday!