Posts by Baby's Own Room

Coffee & Pregnancy

Posted by on Oct 3, 2015 in General | Comments Off on Coffee & Pregnancy

While working as a barista at a coffee shop, I heard pregnant women were not supposed to drink coffee. Turns out, that’s just a myth. However, caffeine consumption should not exceed 200 mg per day. To put that in perspective, an 8 oz cup of coffee has approximately 95 mg of caffeine. Caffeine can affect your baby’s heart rate but the main reason for watching caffeine consumption is due to the risk of miscarriage. If you are a coffee drinker, confirm with your doctor that you are not a high-risk pregnancy before continuing to get your coffee fix. For the majority of coffee lovers, caffeine is a luxury (let’s be real, it’s a necessity) that you don’t have to give up! And as a barista, after learning this fun fact, could serve a caffeinated beverage and not be too quick to judge a (what I thought to be) poor decision. Be pregnant. Drink coffee. Be happy.

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Oh, Avocados!

Posted by on Oct 3, 2015 in General | Comments Off on Oh, Avocados!

Avocados, a well-known super food, are a great snack option before, during, and during pregnancy. Not only are they great for you, but they also have a positive impact on your little one before and after birth.

Avocados contain folate, vitamin E, B vitamins, iron, choline, and fiber to promote a healthier pregnancy. They also contain potassium – even more than a banana! Potassium is important for heart health and circulation, which means increased blood flow through your body – keeps you feeling good! Low potassium levels can contribute to infertility, so consider adding this healthy snack to your diet and increase your chances of a little one. Avocados are a fruit, but not high in sugar. They are high in HEALTHY fats – fats that are good for your heart. Also, they are easy for your baby to eat and offer your baby valuable nutrients!

You can do so many things with avocados – they make a great spread or addition to any sandwich, simply add them to your cheese and crackers, and even try replacing mayo with avocado in dishes.

Avocados are a raw food that is easy to prepare, easy to eat, and so good for you! Oh, avocados!fruit

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Take it Easy with these 3 Summer Activities

Posted by on May 30, 2015 in General | Comments Off on Take it Easy with these 3 Summer Activities

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Lemonade stands – a great activity for kids that they are excited about!

Lemonade stands help to teach kids the importance of hard work and reward, strengthens their communication skills, and keeps them busy for an afternoon.

Something new to try:

Get some fruit puree (or better yet, make some fresh yourself!) to add to your lemonade.

Just fill up the bottom 1/4 of your cup with the fruit puree and top with lemonade. It’s easy and adds something special to your kids’ lemonade stand! If this may be one-too-many steps for your child, simply add the fruit puree to the cups (preferably plastic as paper ones may get soggy) and set in ice, keeping the cup upright. The cups will be easy to grab and fill accordingly.

Treasure hunts – a new adventure at your own house!

Treasure hunts are a fun and organized activity that can be done with a group, inside or outside.

I found that leaving clues helps the kids keep interest and stay organized. After they find one clue, they move on to the next, and the last clue leads them to the treasure map. Once they find the map, they will know the location of the “treasure.”

Something new to try:

The treasure is water balloons and quickly leads them to their next outdoor activity. Divide the balloons up, pick your “home base,” and go!

Painting the dog house – help make something special for your furry friend!

Painting can get messy, so why not paint while you soak up some sun? One of my favorite activities I did as a kid was painting my dog’s house. Buddy was such a good dog I wanted to make his dog house extra special. So, when it started looking a bit faded, I got to pick out some paint and give the dog house a fresh coat. I even painted his name above the door. This is a fantastic activity to get the creative juices flowing and is appropriate for a group (probably 4 or less – one side of the dog house for each child) or an individual child.

Something a little less permanent to try:

Use chalk instead of paint. It’s temporary but still makes for a great activity and “gift” for your dog!

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Orange and Gray Stripe Teen Bedding Set

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in General, Kids Room Decor, New Arrivals, Our Designers & Brands | Comments Off on Orange and Gray Stripe Teen Bedding Set

gray-white-orange-4-piece-teen-stripe-twin-bedding-setIt’s spring! And this means it’s time for spring cleaning. Throw out the old and begin with something new – why not an orange and gray stripe teen bedding set for a young person in your home?! The orange and gray stripe bedding set by Sweet Jojo Designs is great for any young male or female. With a splash of color and simplistic design, this bedding set creates a clean and fun feel to any teen’s room.  The orange and gray stripe teen bedding set is available in full/queen size, but you can also get it in a 4 piece twin set, modernize your nursery with the 9 piece crib set or add some spunk to your toddler room with the 5 piece toddler collection.

Start your spring off with a fresh new look for your teen’s bedroom and even bathroom! This orange and gray stripe teen bedding set and all the matching accessories are a great transition into a more mature bedroom. It’s simple design and color scheme make this orange and gray bedding set and matching orange and gray accessories easy to match with other room decor. Throw out those old bedding sets and start your spring off with a new fun and fresh orange and gray bedding set!

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Planning an Exercise Program During Pregnancy

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Fit Pregnancy | Comments Off on Planning an Exercise Program During Pregnancy

Participating in low- to moderate-intensity exercise during pregnancy can offer physical and psychological benefits to a mother and baby. Benefits for the mother can include an easier labor with less complications, as well as an improved mental state and more positive attitude. Mothers that exercise tend to give birth to leaner and more neurologically mature infants when compared to infants born to women that do not partake in regular physical activity during their pregnancy. It’s important that a pregnant woman that is exercising is also eating a healthy and adequate diet. Consult your diet and exercise plan with your doctor before making it a part of your regular routine, just to be safe! Exercising at a low- to moderate-intensity for approximately 30 minutes each day, or most days of the week, is a great way to stay healthy, avoid a higher-than-average weight gain, and a way to positively impact the health of your baby.

When developing an exercise program remember TO DO the following things:

-Drink plenty of water

-Keep heart rate below 140 beats per minute (ask your health care professional where you can obtain a heart rate monitor)

-“Cool down” after exercise sessions so your heart rate can return to normal at a safe rate

When developing an exercise program AVOID the following things:

-Exercising in hot, humid weather

-Becoming overly tired

-Activities that may cause falls due to a rapid change in body position

-Strenuous/endurance activities because these activities may cause lower-than-average birth weights

-Exercising if discomfort occurs

-Deep flexing (for example, deep knee bends), joint extensions (for example, leg stretches), and jumping.

-Exercises that are done while laying down on your back after about the fourth month because these types of exercises can decrease blood flow to the fetus

Stay fit and feel better with exercise during your pregnancy. Share your exercise programs with us! What works? What’s fun? How do/did you feel?

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