As a hockey wife and mommy we have always been on the go, travelling from country to country since my son was five weeks old. My son is now eighteen months and travel has changed a lot over the last year and a half – it has been (and is) quite the adventure! So, based on my own experiences, I’ve put together a list of tips, best practice and advice for travelling with a baby that I hope will help make things a little bit easier and less stressful for you as you prepare to travel with your little one!
Adding a new baby into the family is a huge transition for everyone including siblings. We know that after the birth of a baby older siblings can really struggle with feeling left out. Some children will embrace the role of big sister or brother and happily help out with bringing diapers and bathing baby, but many will regress waking up more often in the night, whine and become clingy, or fight with other older siblings.
The pregnancy and the postpartum period are often made out to be the most exciting time in a woman and couples life. However, this journey does not always bring joy as described. Getting pregnant and having a newborn often brings along increase stressors and worries which are usually unspoken. It is reported that 1 in 7 women experience Postpartum Mood Disorder (PMD) and/or Postpartum Anxiety.
As a mom of 2 boys who are 18 months apart I have done my share of babywearing, but I have to admit that I was quite limited in my confidence and willingness to try new types of carriers. I had two carriers – a stretchy wrap (for the newborn/infant stage) and a Meh Dai (for my heavier toddler) and trying any other type of carrier was out of my comfort zone for whatever reason (let’s not even talk about how overwhelming all the buckles were to me on a structured carrier)!
As the Technological Age has developed and taken over in North America, we have become music ‘consumers’ rather than music ‘makers’. We have decided that music is reserved for the ‘talented’ ones. You are only allowed to sing if you are GOOD at it. This concept is so unfortunate for our culture. Making music together has so many benefits for us, both cognitively and emotionally.
Prior to having children, I envisioned myself as a working mother. I really enjoyed working and when I became pregnant with my first son, I knew (or thought I knew) that I would have no issues returning to the work following maternity leave. I mean, I’ve seen other parents in the office return from maternity/parental leave. They all seemed to adjust fine; still staying on top of their workload and tasks at home.
The postpartum time is a time of learning how to care for this tiny human you created and dealing with his or her needs; however, it is also a time of great physical and emotional healing for YOU! Often as new moms we put all our needs, wants, dreams, and goals on the back burner and get ready to settle into our “mommy role”, but in reality we need to take care of ourselves first so that we can function at full capacity and be the best mommies we can be!
Congratulations! You have a baby on the way! Your emotions are probably running rampant as you process the news that you’re about to become a parent. Don’t worry, it’s normal. You can help yourself remain calm by preparing your life and home for your baby’s arrival, and our tips will show you how.