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Spice things up with our Warming Paste!

Cramps suck. Period. (Pun fully intended.)

What's one thing everyone experiences after birth that no one tells you about?  After pains.  As your uterus returns to it's normal size (a process called "involution") you are likely going to be feeling crampy and sore.  But don't worry - we've got you covered.

Sweet & Spicy!  Massaging this Warming Paste onto your postpartum body provides comfort and promotes healing.

Sweet & Spicy!  Massaging this Warming Paste onto your postpartum body provides comfort and promotes healing.

Fight those cramps with a sweet & spicy belly rub

Whether you use our Warming Paste to help yourself heal after birth or later when you start menstruating it's sweet & spicy scent will bring your comfort.  Bonus!? The act of gently massaging the paste into your skin warms the paste and promotes circulation and healing. Add a hot water bottle into the mix and you have some serious cramp fighting power!  Each tin holds 2oz of dry mix. Just combine one scoop with an oil of your choice (sesame oil or almond oil are especially nice) to create a paste which you can massage into your belly!

What's in the mix & how do I get some?

A blend of herbs and spices featuring cinnamon, nutmeg, anise seed, and ginger give this Warming Paste it's sweet & spicy smell. Want to order your tin now?  Just click HERE to buy online!

Seriously. Go the F@&k to sleep!

Babies sleep a lot... until they don't.

Getting your baby to sleep is one of the top sources of stress for parents.  There are tons of products geared towards lulling baby to sleep but there is one key thing they all fail to do!  None of these products help to soothe you!  Our babies feed off of our emotions and there is little more frustrating than a baby that just will not go to sleep.  Sometimes, the simplest solution is the best solution which is why aromatherapy sprays work so well!

Aromatherapy spray blended for a 2% dilution with baby safe Essential Oils.

Aromatherapy spray blended for a 2% dilution with baby safe Essential Oils.

How does Sleepy Time spray work?

Using an aromatherapy spray couldn't be easier!  Stop. Spray. Breathe.  Taking a moment to spritz and smell in the sweet and earthy scent of Sleepy Time spray forces you to slow down and breathe deep.  It is instantly relaxing to you and to baby! Sleepy Time spray sets the stage for a peaceful bedtime routine.  

What puts the sleepy dust in Sleep Time spray?

All of Hello, Baby!'s aromatherapy sprays are diluted to 2% which keeps them safe for both parent and baby. Sleepy Time spray includes: 

Lavender: Eliminates nervous tension and anxiety

Bergamot: Has both antidepressant and sedative qualities

Palmarosa:  Is a mood enhancer and leaves you more open to positive feelings

Blended together Sleep Time is a recipe for relaxation and calm and sweet, sweet sleep.

Where can you get Sleepy Time spray?

Hello, Baby!’s Wellness Collection is  Naturopathic Doctor Approved and available online!  Click HERE to view the whole Wellness Collection and treat yourself to some self care products for pregnancy, birth, and the first year with your new baby!

Give yourself a BOOST!

Sometimes you need a little something to lift you up!

Ask anyone who has given birth and they will tell you that there is a point during labour (maybe even more than one) when you "hit a wall".  You have been working hard and both your body and your mind need a boost!  A simple self-care tool you can use during labour - or anytime- is an aromatherapy spray.

Aromatherapy spray, 2% dilution, EOs safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Aromatherapy spray, 2% dilution, EOs safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Using aromatherapy is a popular comfort measure during labour but diffusing EOs in the birth room is not always possible.  A spray can be packed in your birth bag and used as much (or as little) as you like.  Boost! is fresh and bright; just what the Doula ordered to help give you some extra energy as you labour.

What gives BOOST! its pep?

All of our aromatherapy sprays are made with carefully selected Essential Oils and mixed to a 2% dilution to ensure that they are safe for both pregnant and breastfeeding women.  BOOST! is all about refilling your cup and putting the pep back in your step during labour and afterwards during the busy baby days.  BOOST! spray is a blend of: 

Lemon: Lifts the mood and wards off depression
Ylang Ylang: helps to calm your mood and can boost blood flow
Spearmint: Promotes a sense of focus

Blended together Boost! promotes a positive mind frame and a cool & calm sense of focus. Perfect for labour!

How do you get yourself some BOOST!?

Hello, Baby!’s Wellness Collection is Naturopathic Doctor Approved and available to order online HERE ! Treat yourself to some beautiful, hand-made wellness products for pregnancy, birth, and the first year with baby.

3 Simple Steps to Get the Silent Night You Are Dreaming About!

Are you getting enough sleep?

The holiday season is fun but, if we are being honest, it can also be stressful especially with a baby in the picture!  All the hustle and bustle, parties, and travelling can really put a kink in your baby's sleep patterns and can make having a Silent Night seem like the impossible dream.

As always, we've got you covered. From The Best Holiday Gift List for New Parents to our latest post all about Holiday Foods to Avoid While Pregnant, this year's Holiday Blog Series is all about taking the stress out of the season!  So, on that note, let's talk about what you can do to get the Silent Night your are dreaming about in 3 simple steps.

Peterborough doula Hello Baby sleep

Healthy Sleep Habits

So... Silent Night is probably a little bit misleading if you are living with a newborn.  Did you know a newborn will not internalize the difference between night and day (this is called the circadian rhythm) for as long as 3 months?  So, even though they can sleep for up to 18 hours each day, frequent nighttime waking is totally normal for babies throughout the first year of life and beyond.  This is tough for us as parents because we need our nighttime sleep!  Even though a completely silent night may be a few months away, by creating healthy sleep habits for you and your baby you will cut out some of the stress (and noise) that comes with nighttime wakings.

When you start working to create healthy sleep habits, the first step is to create a routine that you will be able to use regularly at home or elsewhere.  Most bedtime routines involve feeding, bathing, reading or singing, maybe some more feeding (especially if baby is breastfed) and then, for the first few months of life, some rocking or cuddling to sleep.  This wind down routine helps your baby calm and settle so that they can drift off more easily when the time comes for the lights to go out.

Touch & Smell

Something that often gets left out of the bedtime routines that we create for our little people is the use of our senses!  Touch and smell can both be incredibly soothing and calming for you and your baby.  As doulas, we recommend incorporating some massage and aromatherapy into your routine whenever possible!

Featured: Sleepy Time Spray & Rub from Hello, Baby!'s Wellness Collection

Featured: Sleepy Time Spray & Rub from Hello, Baby!'s Wellness Collection

The products in our Wellness Collection are meant to make healing and wellness simple and beautiful and our Sleepy Time Set is no exception! BONUS: You can take them with you anywhere over the holidays to keep your bed time routine consistent!

Sleepy Time Spray is our own blend of essential oils blended to reduce stress and help bring the sleepy dust.  Give the bottle a little shake and spritz your clothes or baby's bedding lightly to create an atmosphere of calm.

Sleepy Time Rub is a beautiful massage oil infused with organic ginger and lavender to warm and soothe wrestless limbs before bedtime.  Squeeze in a little massage between bath and bed and enjoy a few minutes of bonding as well as the benefits of infant massage!

Sound like something you would like to include in your bedtime routine?  Head over to Play Cafe (Chemong Rd., Peterborough) to pick up your own set today!

Fill Your Own Cup

Do you find yourself getting impatient and stressed out when you are gearing up for putting your little one down for the night?  You are not alone!  In fact, it is not uncommon for parents dreaming of a silent night to feel outright resentful when baby is taking a long time to get to sleep or when they wake in the night. The best way to melt that stress is to practice self care.  

While your baby is young, go to bed early... REALLY early... whenever possible.  This way, even when night wakings happen, you will be able to rack up more total hours of sleep than if you went to bed later.  If you are a person who can nap, do it!  Daytime baby snuggles are the best so indulge and get some extra sleep.  Finally, if you are part of a parenting duo, try to take the night in turn.  For a breastfeeding mother this can feel impossible but even though your partner can't feed the baby, they could change a diaper, sing a song, or even grab you a quick glass of water to make the night a little less bumpy.  If your partner is not able to take the night in stride with you or if you are a solo parent, consider hiring a postpartum doula to fill that gap and help you get the rest you need.

Peterborough doula Hello Baby postpartum

A "Silent Night" is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Sleep is one of the top three worries shared by virtually every parent.  When your baby is well rested they are happier and healthier which means you and your family will also be healthy and happy!  Create a consistent bedtime routine, incorporate smell and touch, and make sure you are getting enough sleep, too.  When in doubt, call in the troops in the form of friends, family, or a postpartum doula to lend a helping hand.

Wishing you silent nights and pleasant dreams!

Happy Holidays 

Jenn & Steph