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Why Is It Important To Enforce Self Care For Moms?

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.

Discover A Nursery Tailored To Your Taste!

Discover A Nursery Tailored To Your Taste!

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.

Mommy Appreciation Sundays Now Back With Mommy and Baby Freebies!

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.

“Mommy Appreciation Sunday” Free Event for Moms in Los Angeles

The event we’ve all been waiting for is fast approaching!!! 10 to 12 Baby Lounge is celebrating the grand finale of Mommy Appreciation Sundays on July 22nd at the Baby Lounge inside the American Rag store in Hollywood. The free live Los Angeles event for moms will take place from 1pm-2:30pm, and some of our favorite brands and organizations will be participating with giveaways, discounts, and more. This is our way of thanking all the amazing mommies out there who never take a day off. We believe moms deserve much more than just one day a year of appreciation, so we hope you’ll join take this opportunity to gather your mom pals, mingle and make many new friends, and let us GIVE BACK to you with pampering, gifts, drinks, discounts, shopping and more. Here are some of the incredible partners that are helping us make mommies feel special on July 22nd.

 

Baby2Baby Charity Organization

Baby2Baby is a wonderful organization that aids low-income children from 0-12 years old. They help to provide these children with diapers, clothing, and other basic necessities that all children deserve. For the live Los Angeles event for moms, they will be providing a special opportunity for photo-ops, as well as bringing in their Community Manager to speak about the organization. Baby2Baby has asked attendees to bring in a donation of packages of diapers and/or gently used backpacks and other school supplies. For each donation they receive, 10 to 12 Baby Lounge will be matching them with donations of baby security blankets and stuffed bunnies! All mommies deserve to know that their little ones’ basic needs are met!

Follow Baby2Baby on Instagram.

 

Indermica Skincare

Indermica is a unique skincare brand that we believe is perfect for mommies. Their aloe farm here in the United States, has been family owned for generations to ensure the highest quality. They create 100% hydroponically grown organic aloe skincare products. Indermica is offering a 20% off discount code every Sunday until July 22nd, which includes free shipping and an extra 5% off if you leave your email. For the Mommy Appreciation Sunday live Los Angeles event for moms, they are donating gift baskets full of full sized organic skincare products that mommies are sure to fall in love with.

Follow Indermica on Instagram.

 

Volvo and Bentley

On July 22nd, Volvo Cars of Santa Monica will give away a FREE Deluxe Cashmere Gift Set (value $426) along with extra Volvo goodies to the first mommy to come onto the lot that day to browse or shop and mention Mommy Appreciation Sunday! Definitely do yourself a favor and stop by before heading to the Mommy Appreciation event in Hollywood. This keepsake gift box contains a 100% machine washable, non-toxic timeless cashmere baby blanket, and cashmere cotton newborn wrap and mittens, a Volvo reusable coffee cup and Volvo reusable water bottle.

For the Mommy Appreciation Sunday live event in Hollywood on July 22nd, Bentley Motors donated a deluxe Bentley stroller that will be given away to a lucky mommy!

Follow Volvo Cars of Santa Monica on Instagram.

 

Glamifornia Style Lounge

Who doesn’t deserve to get pampered once in a while, especially mommies?! On Sundays leading up to the live event, Glamifornia Style Lounge in Malibu is giving mommies 50% off all Madflowers products, such as Body Bronzer, Breast Elixir, and Face Dew. They are also offering moms a free Deep Shine Treatment, normally priced at $75, with the purchase of any other treatment on Sundays.

Follow Glamifornia on Instagram.

 

Royal Quality Laundry

We know how busy mommies are, and the work never stops. Well, Royal Quality Laundry is coming to the rescue. Every Sunday until July 22nd, the full-service laundry business is giving Los Angeles moms 15% off of $1.45 per lb of laundry, as well as a free pink laundry bag. Even better, if a mom refers someone else to Royal Quality Laundry, she will receive another 15% off!

Follow Royal Quality Laundry on Instagram.

 

Califia Farms

We love that Califia Farms is constantly working towards a healthier, plant-based food system. For the live event, they are donating their delicious juices and probiotic yogurts. The juices will be used to make special cocktails and mocktails for the mommies in attendance, and probiotics are especially good for mommies who are breastfeeding or who feel elevated stress levels! Read more about probiotics benefits for new mommies here.

Follow Califia Farms on Instagram.

 

PC Greens

Our favorite healthy grocery store in Malibu, PC Greens is offering a special discount on their one-day juice cleanses. These cleanses are discounted more than 30% for this limited time for mommies, for $30 instead of the usual $45, and include the following:

Summer Greens 15oz, Apple Lemon Ginger 15oz, Coconut Delight 15oz, Beet Cucumber Cilantro 15 oz, and a 2oz Wellness Shot.

This promotion will occur each Sunday until the 22nd, but the cleanses must be pre-purchased over the phone by end of the business day on the Friday before and scheduled for pickup on Saturday or Sunday. Pre-Order by calling 310-456-0353 and ask to speak with Joe or Mike.

 

We are SO excited for the #MommyAppreciationSunday Live Event. Mommies are encouraged to come celebrate for free alongside many of our favorite mommy bloggers, social media influencers, editors of many high profile publications, and other brand partners. It will be an event to remember, so we hope to see you there! Save the Date!

Follow @10to12babylounge to keep up with the latest, and please share this Facebook event and spread the word to your baby mommy friends in Los Angeles and surrounding cities who deserve a day just for giving to moms!

 

#MommyAppreciationSunday!

“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!

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