With the holidays quickly approaching, many new parents traveling with their little ones can feel quite stressful and anxious. I have made two trips with Rhys so far and learned some great traveling tips for a new mom like myself. The first trip was when we relocated to Hawaii from NY for the winter, a direct 10.5 hour flight and the second was a quick island getaway to celebrate our anniversary on Kona.
We’ve been enjoying the Thanksgiving holidays at the new Four Seasons Oahu that just opened up with our family. It’s been such a great vacation and Kaia is having the time of her life being poolside and enjoying all the fun kid amenities the Four Seasons has to offer. (They have the best kid program btw!) While we are out in the sun most of the day, we have to be safe in the sun and protect our skin, especially little Kaia’s. She has extremely sensitive skin, so we always make sure she is constantly wearing sunscreen and additionally, we have her wearing a UV protective swimwear that goes even a step further for maximum protection.
Two weeks after bringing Rhys home from the hospital we decided to bring on a baby nurse to help us take care of Rhys and show us everything we need to know about taking care of a baby. We were lucky to have this wonderful lady from Trinadad named Miss Trudy. One of the most important things Miss Trudy stressed was a routine for the baby especially in the evening so the baby gets into a rhythm and knows his bed time. She always said the three B’s would be our lifesaver in the evenings; bath, bottle and bed, and boy was she right!
With the holidays coming up, it only seemed fitting to talk about healthy eating habits for our little babies. When Kaia started to get on solid foods, she ate what we ate and I never went into preparing a different meal just for her unless of course it was too spicy. I know some parents have a challenge feeding their kids healthy foods, but I think if you incorporate it early and they also see you eating it, meal times can be so much easier. We love to eat real foods and with her in the prime stages of her growth, we want her to eat foods that fuel her brain and growth. One of her favorite meals is salmon and avocados, and it’s loaded with healthy fats loaded with omega-3 fatty acids.
There really is no magic date when you should start the transition from bottles to sippy cups. I feel that every child is different in their developmental process that you would know when it’s a perfect time for them to make the switch. With Kaia, she began as an early eater at 4 months old, so she began drinking from a sippy cup then. It was challenging in the beginning on finding a cup that she would drink from, but with many trials and errors, here are some tips that can help you switching from bottles to sippy cups.
As a first time mother, getting my body back has been a challenge. I was able to lose the majority of the baby weight after giving birth; it was just now finding the motivation and time to actually tone it all up, like my tummy. I’ve always had a pretty flat and toned stomach, but noticed that my body definitely changed after having a baby. My tummy wasn’t as firm and sculpted as it used to be. With a few things that I have incorporated into my every day fitness and health, I wanted to share 5 tips that I’ve been doing that have helped me banish some of that baby belly for more of a toned, sculpted abdomen.