Continuing Baby’s Music Education and Exposure After Birth

Posted June 26th, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

Well, I rocked my Lullabelly all throughout my third trimester and loved sharing my jams with my little one while she was still growing inside me.  Now that Baby L is here, I really wanted to continue sharing music with her and so I decided to enroll us in a mom and baby music class.

Every Tuesday morning this summer we will be singing along to classics like Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Itsy Bitsy Spider.   I found a local music school that offers mommy and me music classes for babies and toddlers, but there are lots of national programs that offer similar classes across the country.

Starting music class with your little one early is a great way to introduce and educate children to music and culture. Research shows that music has a positive influence on children’s cognitive skills such as spatial reasoning and memory. Research also shows that providing children with a rich and stimulating musical environment can support their healthy growth and development.

Plus, taking a baby music class is a great way for Baby L and I to have some bonding time without her big sister around. And it’s a great way for me to meet other mommies with infants in my community. Cheers to that!

By the way, while I love singing to children’s songs, I also love teaching my girls about the music I love. We listen to Billy Joel and Lady Gaga too J

Navigating Air Travel While Pregnant

Posted June 19th, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

This past weekend while I was going through the security line at the Charleston airport, I noticed they had forgone metal detectors and were using the full body scanners.  The young woman in front of me opted out of the screening, saying she’d rather submit to the body pat down by a TSA official. 

She had been waiting for quite some time for a TSA official and wondered aloud, “What’s taking so long?”  I replied back to her, “They need a woman to do your pat down.” The woman asked me how I knew this and I told her when I was six months pregnant, I opted out of the body scanner at the Denver airport and required a pat down.  I didn’t want to go through the scanner with my baby belly.  I didn’t know if it was safe and hadn’t discussed it with my doctor.

The woman whispered to me, “I’m pregnant.  Shhh. Please don’t say anything. The friends I’m traveling with don’t know yet.” I assured her that her secret was safe with me and congratulated her.

There are so many do’s and don’ts when pregnant that it’s hard to keep them all straight, but there are a whole new set of rules when traveling when pregnant.

Flying when you are pregnant is typically safe, as long as you are having an uncomplicated pregnancy and are not flying too close to your due date. 

Here are a few quick tips for healthy air travel while pregnant:

       Avoid traveling alone. Get someone else to do the heavy lifting for you.

       Carry documentation that includes information on your expected date of delivery, your doc’s contact info and your blood type.

       Drink a lot of water.  Planes can be dehydrating so drink plenty of caffeine-free fluids before, during and after your flight.

       Wear your seat belt throughout the entire flight.

       Pack fresh fruit to ensure you have a healthy, vitamin-rich snack.

       Wear support hose and comfortable shoes in case you swell.

       Get up and walk around the cabin every two hours.

       We also recommend you bring your Lullabelly musical belt so you and your baby can relax to your favorite tunes during the long flight!

According to the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, air travel is safest for pregnant women during the second trimester. If you are considering a flight during your pregnancy, confirm your plans with your doctor before you book your trip.

What’s on Your Baby Bucket List?

Posted June 12th, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

I have been keeping a bucket list for quite some time about places I want to visit during my life.  When I saw this “Baby Bucket List” in babytalk magazine, I just had to share!  I thought it was too darn cute and such a great go-to for things to do with baby (because believe me, you’ll have days where you’ll need creative ideas for activities).

A UK survey asked 1,000 moms what every tot should do before the age of three and here were the top 10 answers: 

1.) Pick fruit

2.) Sing loudly in public

3.) Dance with no inhibitions

4.) Make a mud pie!

5.) Get chased by a monster

6.)  Break something valuable

7.)  Jump in a puddle

8.)  Host a teddy bear tea party

9.)  Wear a pair of pants on their head

10.Climb a really big hill

Would you create a bucket list for your baby? What would you put on it? 

I think I might add a Wiggles or Laurie Berkner music concert to my baby’s bucket list.

 

Hey Lullabelly Bumps – It’s Bathing Suit Season

Posted June 5th, 2012 by Lullabelly

 

You’ve spent the last few months able to hide under your flowy maternity clothes, but now it’s time to strut that bump at the beach.

Take a cue from Miss Tori Spelling – preggo extraordinaire – and flaunt that belly this summer.

Bikini Bump: Who says your tummy needs to stay under cover? If you are comfortable baring your bump, then do it!  An adorable (and supportive) bikini top will accentuate “the girls.” Try choosing a bottom with a little ruffle, like this cute number from Ingrid & Isabel.

Halter-kini: The tankini was a great addition to the bathing suit style and with the halter-kini, you’ll add a bit of sportiness to your look.  Old Navy features a great halter-kini with a flattering V-neck and a snug fit that hits below the waist.

One Piece Style: The one piece is back!  Try a one piece with a print that helps minimize the look of your growing belly.  We love this polka dot number from Destination Maternity!

These fabulous suits prove that even pregnant gals can look HOT in Spandex!

Oh, and don’t forget to sport your Lullabelly musical belt while sipping virgin cocktails at the beach or pool this summer! I’m sure anything by Katy Perry or Carly Rae Jepson will get you in the summer swimwear mood!

 

 

 

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