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Top Benefits of Skin-to-Skin Contact

Carrying your baby for nine months creates a special and unbreakable bond. After-all, you did provide all the important nutrients and necessities they needed. But once he’s pushed out of the comfort of your womb and into the outside world, creating a bond is even more important. And that’s where skin-to-skin contact comes in. Skin-to-Skin contact gives babies the security and comfort they found in your womb. And even better, it can have a lot of health benefits that can carry onto their infancy. So, here are the top reasons to have skin-to-skin contact with your newborn baby.
Breastfeeding Experience
Skin-to-skin contact between baby and mom can begin a strong lifetime connection. So, if you can have skin-to-skin contact after birth, it will usually result in your baby’s first breastfeed. This tender moment will help you produce prolactin, the hormone that begins milk production. Skin-to-skin contact also benefits your baby’s growth, digestion, and increase interest in feeding.
Fights Infections
Skin-to-Skin contact introduces your baby to the helpful bacteria on your skin. This means that the same bacteria that colonizes you will also colonize the baby. And that will help promote new breast milk that contains antibodies. These antibodies will fight off infections and improve your baby’s immune system.
Premature Babies
Skin-to-Skin contact can help the health of premature babies. The warmth and comfort of your skin provides the same level of security they found in the womb. It also helps improve oxygen levels, reduce stress and assist in healthy development.
Emotional Bond
Engaging in skin-to-skin contact can strengthen the bond between baby and parent. During the first time of contact, the body releases love hormones create a bond. Some of the hormones like oxytocin, and prolactin, help mom be closer to baby. This is beneficial for mom’s in reducing postpartum depression and stress.

Celebs Who Are Expecting in 2018

Last year was a fertile year for some of hollywood’s top A-listers. Hollywood welcomed cute bundle of joy’s from famous celebs like Jessica Alba, Beyonce and Natalie Portman. And now that we’ve entered into 2018, it seems like there will be even more famous births to keep our eyes on. Yes, that means some of our favorite celebs are expecting for the first, second or a third time. So, here’s a list of some of the most anticipated celebrities who are expecting in 2018.
Khloe Kardashian & Tristan Thompson
It’s been no secret that Khloe Kardashian has always wanted to be a mother. And now all her dreams are coming true in 2018. Khloe recently announced via Instagram that she and boyfriend Tristan Thompson are expecting! After keeping it a secret for six months, everyone is happy to finally know her secret.
Kate Middleton & Prince William
Kensington Palace has announced that the royal family is growing in 2018. Prince William and Kate Middleton are growing their family and are expecting a third bundle of joy. Let’s face it, we all can’t wait to see another adorable royal baby this new year.
Jessie James Decker & Eric Decker
Country singer jessie James and Husband Eric Decker are expecting baby no.3 in 2018! The family of four are eagerly waiting their new addition in the new year.
Chrissy Teigen & John Legend
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have graced our Instagram feed with adorable pics of baby luna. But now, the iconic duo have announced a fourth addition to their family in 2018. We’re sure baby Luna will be an amazing big sister.
America Ferrera and Ryan Piers Williams
America Ferrera made her pregnancy Instagram official with a cute post on new years eve. The happy couple announced that they’re expecting their first child in 2018. And we could be more excited for the new addition to the sisterhood of traveling pants.
Kylie Jenner & Travis Scott

Known for breaking the internet, Kylie Jenner has reached new levels with her pregnancy”. It’s reported that the 20-year-old star and boyfriend Travis Scott are expecting in 2018. Though it hasn’t been officially announced, the internet is eager for some answers from the makeup mogul.

 

Pregnancy Body Changes to Expect

There are plenty of movies, books, and TV-shows that show us the glamorous side of pregnancy. We have huge Hollywood A-listers like Kim Kardashian-West and Kate Middleton that make pregnancy look like nothing but a cinch. I mean if they can do it so can we, right? But is pregnancy really all that we cut it out to be? Well, here at iBaby, we’ve got you covered on all the not-so-glamorous truths about pregnancy. Including pregnancy body changes no one ever wants to talk about. So brace yourself, because that baby is coming and we have all the details you don’t want to miss.

Legit Body Changes You Don’t Need to Worry About:
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that your body will change throughout the course of your pregnancy. Seriously, it’ll happen. You are growing a human after all. But no one has the guts to tell you about the not so pretty ways your body will change. Like when your butt starts to burn more than you want it to (these are called hemorrhoids). Or when the pressure from your uterus makes your amazing legs look like they’re crawling with spider and varicose veins. Yes, these things often happen. You may think your butt is trying to kill you or that those legs will never look the way they did pre-pregnancy, but they’re usually gone a couple months after you give birth. Hooray for that!

Nesting Breakdowns Are Real:
Nesting and breakdowns are two of the many mishaps you’ll get into during pregnancy. And thanks to all those raging pregnancy hormones, you’ll probably breakdown for the simplest things. Like not picking the right shade of blue for your nursery or trying to figure out what iBaby monitor will work best for you (wink, wink). But if thinking about breakdowns is making you want to have a breakdown, don’t worry about it. A rollercoaster of emotions is something that comes with the territory. Even if you might not think so. So grab yourself some popcorn and have a good cry while you binge-watch your favorite Netflix shows.

Where Has Your Body Gone?
If you look at your body in a mirror you may think you’re going through some nightmare pregnancy body changes. Hair growing out of places you didn’t expect, not being able to reach said hairy places, having gas attacks, and having to fight your way through the bathroom. Yes, the journey through pregnancy can be one of the nastiest blessings. But if we’re being, honest, it’ll be even worse through labor. But all of this is normal and part of nature’s process. And if that still doesn’t help, just remember that even some of the most beautiful and talented celebs have also gone through these embarrassing incidents

But when this journey’s over, you’ll find out that every moment of pain and embarrassment is worth it. And remember, whether you have to deal with fiery butts, mountains for legs, breakdowns, or body changes you never expected, you’re never alone. But if you ever do feel alone and need a bit more help through your pregnancy, make sure to check out our iBaby blog and follow us for more informative pregnancy stories.

Find your Baby’s Estimated Due Date and Prepare for What’s Ahead

Calculating your baby’s estimated due date is simple. Just use the start of your last menstrual cycle as your starting point, add 40 weeks to it, and there you have it!

Knowing your baby’s estimated due date can help you plan for your new little one. However, it is important to prepare yourself for the unexpected. It is very rare for a baby to be born on their exact due date.

The journey of parenthood typically begins the moment you find out about your pregnancy either from a doctor or two little lines on a pregnancy test. When this happens, a flurry of questions may come up such as the all time favorite, “When is the baby due,” or even “What do I do now?” Knowing your baby’s estimated due date will help you better prepare for the journey that awaits you.

Parents with multiple children can especially agree that you cannot be one hundred percent prepared for everything that can possibly happen. The important thing is to do what it takes to prepare yourself as much as possible so you’ll have a smooth sailing pregnancy.

Here are a few things to consider during your first month of pregnancy:

  • Double check that you are really pregnant by taking a second or even third pregnancy test
  • Ask your healthcare provider for information on how you can maintain top notch health for you and the development of your baby.
  • Start taking prenatal vitamins
  • Read books, books, and more books on pregnancy
  • Maintain healthy habits and nutrition
  • Take cute belly pictures
  • Quit smoking & drinking
  • Research morning sickness remedies such as ginger or acupressure bands
  • Find resources for potential baby names such as books and websites. Check this out for starters! 
  • Speak with your healthcare provider about any medications you may be taking
  • Drink lots of water! Incase you’re having trouble with this, here are other ways you can stay hydrated. 
  • Learn relaxation techniques to reduce stress

These are just a few items to help you better prepare during your first month of pregnancy. Also, building a strong support system of friends and family will make sure this life changing journey will be full of joy and excitement.

A Wi-Fi Baby Monitor Gift for Christmas

Holiday shopping is in full swing!  You’re busy picking out gifts for your friends, family, and even for yourself (the very best gifts, of course!). This is no easy task, so we’d like to help make this challenging process a bit easier. For those with young babies or a baby on the way, a shiny, new baby monitor is at the top of their wish list. Our Wi-Fi baby monitor sets itself apart from others on the market with its smart, innovative features. So if you’d like to be known as the best gift giver this holiday season, read on!

Why a Wi-Fi Baby Monitor?

With a Wi-Fi baby monitor, you can view your baby from anywhere, at anytime using your iPad, tablet, iPhone, or Android device. You no longer need to lug around a heavy monitor, or worry about walls or distance limiting function. Multiple users can access the feed at once, so all of your approved friends and family may view the video stream. When you leave for work or date night, our Wi-Fi baby monitor also acts as a nanny cam. Even though you may be away from your baby, you may check –in on him or her whenever.

The iBaby Monitor M6S

Our Wi-Fi baby monitor collection includes a variety of models to match each need and budget. The iBaby Monitor M6S is our latest model and newest addition to the iBaby Monitor family.
The iBaby Monitor M6S has 1080p resolution HD camera, two-way speakers, 360° pan, and 110° tilt. With the M6S, you may track the temperature, humidity, and air quality of your nursery. The monitor’s night vision feature provides a sharp image throughout all hours, day or night. Additionally, with the free companion iBaby Care App, you may easily adjust the camera view and set-up sound and motion alerts. The iBaby Monitor M6S even has a pre-loaded music library, where you may also add or record your own music. In addition, you can access songs from your iTunes account, or add your baby’s favorite lullabies.

Where to Get One?

You can shop our entire iBaby monitor collection on our SHOP page. Use code “Thanks16” to save an additional 15% off. Enjoy!

How to Plan the Perfect Baby Shower

Hooray! August is here, and that means many of you might be expecting super soon! About 4 million babies are born every year, and stats show that the biggest month is usually August. Afterwards, the next biggest months are typically July, October, and September. So if you haven’t already thrown a baby shower, you’re probably looking to kick one off very soon.
If we know you guys, it’s most likely your first ever baby shower, which means you could be super stressed about it. Very recently, Mean Girl and Mom-in-waiting Lacey Chabert had a baby shower hosted by Good Carma Studio. It got us thinking about all the planning that went into an event, and all the fun that they had during it.
Now your baby shower probably won’t have a camera or a live studio audience, which means planning it is going to be way easier and way simpler. Plus, we’re here to help out. So read on for some tips on how to get that baby shower juuuust right.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Location, Location, Location

Location is crucial when hosting a baby shower
The first thing to figure out is where to actually hold the baby shower. It should be large enough to be roomy, but not so large that parts of the space aren’t even touched. In that sense, it does depend on who RSVP’s to your invite, but it doesn’t hurt to start planning now.
But yeah, where to host it? You could host it at home, but do you really want to clean up that much afterwards? I think not. Besides, you’re about to spend a ton of time at home in the near future. Best to enjoy the shower in a spot that you already love visiting, and it might be a while until you get to go again. Not that home isn’t a great place to celebrate, but maybe reserve it as a last-ditch location.
Do you have any restaurants, cafes, or clubhouses that you love to frequent? Places sometimes do allow parties, so it wouldn’t hurt to ask if you can host a baby shower there. Your fave bar might also work, but you might have to host it during the day instead.
Other great locations include ballrooms and spas. Actually, now that we think about it more, hosting your baby shower at a spa would be magical. Imagine having your party, and then getting group facials right afterwards… You should totally call your nearest spa right now, and make that foot massage party/baby shower happen asap.

Pick a Theme, Any Theme

While a theme isn’t strictly necessary, and you could host a regular baby shower without one… Question is: why wouldn’t you? Having a theme simply ups the ante, and gives the event a pretty substantial boost. At the very least, it’s a talking point for a bunch of your friends and family and a way for everyone you know to find a way to socialize with each other.
In any case, what theme to pick? Well, what do you love? Are you into Pokemon? Go with that! Or are you a movie buff? How about a Star Wars theme? Or a Frozen theme? Or a Star Wars/Frozen hybrid theme, where you dress up as Jedi Elsa? It isn’t a party until everyone breaks out with their toy lightsabers. If you’re a fan of classic literature with strong female protagonists, you could go with a Pride and Prejudice theme. And if you’ve got a macabre sense of humor, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Okay, that last one might be a bit much. But still, tons of choices; the sky’s the limit. You can hop on Pinterest and do a search on baby shower themes. You’ll find a ton of inspiration from the ridiculously cute results. Pick your favorite and run with it. No matter what you go with, you and your guests will surely love it. If not, that’s what Force Persuade is for.

Spreading the Word

Baby shower invites should be brilliant and awesome and promise the world. Not really. But they should be cool.
Alright, you’ve got a venue and a theme. It’s time to do the invitations – these puppies have to be solid. You can’t just call everyone and ask them to show up. That’s not very special at all. You’ve gotta go big on this one!
Now, you probably shouldn’t go all out and do hand-written invites on imported bohemian invitation cards. But they should look great, convey your baby shower’s theme, and be fun to read. Definitely draft out what you want them to say, and be as funny as possible. For example, if you go with the Jedi Elsa theme, you could include some Force Persuade and Chosen One puns. And if you have any writer or designer friends, be sure to rope them into ask for their help putting your invitations together.
Finally, instead of mailing them out, reach out to your friends and family, go out for some tea or some other event, and hand-deliver the invite. That’s extra super special (also, it’ll be harder for them to say no, bwa-ha-ha!)

Refreshing Refreshments

The food and drink at your baby shower is super important
The food and drink you plan for your baby shower don’t have to be outrageous. Rather, you don’t have to necessarily go all out. Having a good spread on a buffet table should be all you need. As long as the food tastes great and the drinks are light and bubbly, you’re pretty much set.
Don’t forget to ask your guests about food allergies and special dietary needs – you wouldn’t want anyone getting sick during this special day. In any case, the best food to have here is probably lots of good finger food. It allows every to snack through the day without getting too heavy to party later on.
And speaking of partying… We don’t want to say alcohol is mandatory, but it totally should be. Yeah, you can’t really have any, but your guests will absolutely appreciate it. Alcohol just helps get everyone in a celebratory mood, plus you don’t have to go heavy. Some crisp, cold champagne works wonders for any occasion, especially for celebrating you finally getting your own mini-you.

It’s All Fun and Games…

Even your baby shower needs games, otherwise people will riot
Guests… Check!
Venue… Check!
Food & Drink… Check!
The only other important thing that needs planning are the games and activities. Eating, drinking, and socializing is good, but all parties need that element of fun to help bring it to the next level.
There’s the classic baby photo game, where everyone sends you a photo of themselves as a baby, and during the party, the rest of the guests have to figure out which baby turned out to be who. It’s actually pretty good fun, and is a really good ice breaker.
If your baby shower is Pokemon themed, you could always fire up Pokemon Go (Grandma’s been itching to find a Mewtwo) and have a quick walk around your venue. Chances are, it’s already a Gym, and you guys could literally have a huge match to claim it. It’s a highly social game being played at a very social event. Win-win. Leave a Magikarp to defend, just for fun.
There’s other things you could plan for and play as well – trivia, board games, the Telephone game, yea olde card games, etc. Some of the best social games that exist typically have few or simple rules. Just do a quick search and see if you can find any that match the theme you’ve picked out.

Five Lifestyle Changes Every Woman Must Make When Pregnant

Congratulations, you’re pregnant! You are now one with your baby. It is time to take care of your child with these five lifestyle changes.

Finding out you are pregnant and carrying a new life is one of the most magical things that could happen to a woman. If you were planning this pregnancy in advance, you might have been taking prenatal vitamins and have been leading a healthier lifestyle. And if not, here are the five things you should do as soon as possible.

Eat well
Eating well certainly does not mean ‘eating for two’, as people used to think. Choose wisely what you eat, and give preference to organic, non-processed food. Do not forget about supplements.

Exercise moderately
Pregnancy is not the reason to stop working out, if you are doing it regularly. However, especially in the first trimester, it is important to exercise caution. Talk to your personal trainer to see if you need to adjust your gym routine.

Know what’s around you
Many household items contain harmful chemicals that we usually do not think about on a daily basis. Detergents, cleaning supplies, perfumes, make-up, shampoos… all of these might need a revision after you get pregnant. Read the labels and learn what is safe to use, and what is not.

Get out of the house
Don’t spend all of your free time at home! It is good to get some fresh oxygen for your blood. Going for walks will give you more energy, and will improve your muscle tone.

Maintain positive attitude
You might be worried that what you eat or do will largely impact your baby’s health. It is important to maintain positive attitude during pregnancy, and remember that about 95% of babies are born healthy. Do your part by being a responsible mother, but do not beat yourself up if you have an extra cup of coffee once in a while.

Five Baby Shower Gifts No Mom Will Ever Return

pink toy stroller on the table as a decoration for a babygirl baby shower
If you are invited to a baby shower, most probably there is a baby registry to buy gifts from. But what to bring to a baby shower if you didn’t buy the gifts in time?

When you are going to a baby shower, you should bring a gift for the expecting mom or the baby, even if the family asked for no gifts. Buying a gift card is always a safe choice and will be useful for the future parents. However, we compiled a list of five gift ideas that no mom will be able to return that are a fun alternative to a boring gift card.

  1. Video baby monitor. This gift is usually on the more expensive side, but any parent will love it. Modern nanny cameras are extremely easy to set up and operate. Most of the baby monitors connect to a parent’s mobile device, which means access to the video feed from anywhere, and not just from inside the house.
  2. Books. Well, where do we start on the benefits of reading books to babies? There is no time that is too early for the parents to start reading to their children. Not only reading provides an opportunity for parents and babies to bond, but it also brings an educational value that is hard to overestimate. Reading helps children to learn new words, develop cognition, set up the routine, and also practice their motor skills when they touch the book.
  3. Swaddle blankets. As tempting as it may be, it is not recommended to buy clothes for the baby. First, you might get a wrong size, or a color that the parents might not prefer. Second, kids grow out of clothes too fast to be able to truly enjoy them. Instead, get something that the kids won’t grow out from, such as swaddle blankets. Make sure you get ones made of natural fabrics and in gender neutral colors (parents might reuse them or pass them down to relatives or friends).
  4. Lotions/wipes. Some people think that giving diapers is a safe choice for any expecting parent, but in reality parents are advised to buy diapers in small batches until they learn which ones work best for their child. For this reason, it is a better idea to buy other cosmetic products that will be used by parents: body lotions, baby wipes, or baby powder. Just make sure you pick hypoallergenic and fragrance-free ones that have organic ingredients.
  5. Picture frames. There is never too many baby photos, and every day presents and opportunity for a cool new shot of the baby. Picture frames is something every parent will appreciate and use. Make sure you know what style of frames parents prefer for their interior. Better yet, buy a gift certificate for a professional family photoshoot, or a digital photo frame. Print out articles on how to take the cutest baby photos and what photos to take during baby’s first year.

 

iBaby Monitor M6 Gone Glossy In June Issue of Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine

iBaby Monitor M6 featured in June issue of Pregnancy & Newborn magazine
When you are ready to set aside that Vanity Fair issue, you are welcome to take a look at our iBaby Monitor M6 in June issue of Pregnancy & Newborn. We think M6 looks great in his photo!
“One of the coolest features of the M6 is its motion alert… Not only you are instantly aware that your little monster has mastered climbing out of the crib, you have evidence to see exactly how he managed it!”, says the magazine.

Pregnancy & Newborn has been around for almost a decade, guiding parents through pregnancy and the first year of a baby’s life.

You Are What You Eat: Four Rules For Healthy Lifestyle During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a special time for any woman, and it is natural for a future mother to be concerned whether or not she is providing the best care for her unborn child. Often times, these concerns involve a woman’s diet during pregnancy and her lifestyle in general.
‘Now that you’re pregnant, you should eat for two’. We all have heard this saying. But is it true?
‘You should not do this when you’re pregnant’. Most of us have heard something like that as well. But remember, pregnancy only qualifies as a ‘disability’ in the HR office.
Let’s take a closer look at some rules to follow when you are expecting a baby:

  1. Do not pack on calories. Your baby is really small and does not require another 2,000 calories, which is a typical diet for an adult. In fact, you should add only about 300 calories to your everyday diet when you become pregnant.
  2. If you haven’t been eating healthy, it is the best time to start it. This means eating more fruits and vegetables, and choosing lighter, leaner meats. Skip sushi, coffee, soda, and alcohol. Add a good prenatal vitamin.
  3. Do not forget to exercise. Spend at least 30 minutes a day outside, preferably walking. Not only exercise helps you stay in better shape, it also provides a boost of endorphins, which will make you a happier mom-to-be.
  4. Do not compare your weight to that of your pregnant girlfriends. Did you know that the amount of weight you should gain depends on your body mass index before pregnancy? According to the Institute of Medicine, for women who were underweight before pregnancy, 28-40 lbs weight gain is considered healthy. Moms with normal weight pre-pregnancy are recommended to gain 25-35 lbs. Overweight women are okay to gain 15-25 lbs, while obese women should aim for 11-20 lbs.

There are many resources a pregnant woman can consult on keeping a healthy lifestyle, including doctors and online resources. We recommend exercising common sense and good judgment when listening to advice, and doing good homework when learning something new.