Sure, kids get cranky but when you add school to the mix things can get wild. Here are 5 simple ways to "calm the crankies". Need to find a pediatric focused chiropractor near you? Check out the ICPA organization.
Did your baby skip crawling?
Despite what you might hear crawling IS important. It helps integrate right and left brain, strengthens neck and shoulders, improves body awareness and also helps set them up for success later when kids need visual tracking to read.
But what if they refuse? What if they hate tummy time? What if they have a janky crawl?
Bring them in for an evaluation and we can gently adjust any spinal or pelvis restrictions, do cranial sacral therapy, muscle work AND offer tips for you to help them at home.
Check out my crawling guide with what to look for. Crawling matters so let me help your baby succeed. Call my office today.
Newborns use their hands to help find the breast. Their vision isn’t great so they have to rely on other senses in order to find the source of food and survive.
The nipple area emits the same smell as the amniotic fluid they swam around in for so long. It helps guide the baby in the right direction. That’s why initially it is suggested to not wash your breast in the early days. Their hands ALSO smell like amniotic fluid so letting the infant suck their hands until they choose to STOP will help them prepare for feeding. Covering them with mitts, swaddling them or moving their hands out of the way DURING nursing sessions is actually making things worse.
Your baby will give a few feeding cues and as long as you know what to watch for you can start the latching process before they melt down and lose it.
•eyes start to flutter and you can see the eyeballs moving back and forth under the closed eyelid as they awake from a dreamy sleep.
•licking lips, opening mouth, sticking tongue out seemingly licking the air
•sucking on hands or anything near the mouth
•fussing, trying to bat at you or lean/thrust themselves toward the breast
•crying….oh boy, you better listen because things are about to get rough
•once they reach screaming status it will take you a minute (or several) to calm them enough to latch as their nervous system is jacked up and you need to sooth them first. Don’t wait for this feeding cue if you want to have an easier experience at feeding time.
Allowing your infant to touch the breast helps your body produce oxytocin and get the nipple erect in anticipation for a feed. Letting them push against the breast or knead it like a cat pushes on a blanket actually massages the breast and signals deep in the glands to send more down the shoot. Let’s use this to our benefit!
Too often we try to be logical as we learn to feed our first newborn and end up halting these innate responses the baby naturally does. Now you know your newborn is actually helping!
Seek help from an IBCLC in your area. They will be the best thing to help guide you and make suggestions for a more productive nursing journey.
Happy July friends! I’m so excited to offer this welcome package when you order your first oil bundle through me. If you’ve been thinking about grabbing oils, now is a great time. Listen, this quarantine has been hard on us all so treat yoself! This bundle has so many of my favorite things that will help you get oiling. Message me soon because I only have five left and I want you to get one.
Check the oil section of my website to learn more. Not interested in oils? There is a CBD bundle that has the most amazing CBD muscle cream, a calming roller and a tincture. That is another fantastic option.
I don’t know about you but I love my house to smell good, relaxing, welcoming and remind me of a fancy beach getaway. 🏝🌊
I’ve got this wonderful bundle to help you create that same mood without leaving your house. Eight essential oils and a diffuser machine you can use inside or even on your patio outside. We put citronella oil in ours every time we’re out to keep those nuisances away. I also bundled up my favorite recipe card using these oils and a few bottles for you to mix up your new goodies as a gift from me. I think it’s a steal at $125. Tell me you want it and I’ll get it ordered and shipped right to your front door but this is only for people that don’t already have a Young Living account. Just shoot me an email and I will help you get it ordered.
Just wrapping up a fun few days of a virtual convention I wish could have been at in person. I have always loved anything health and wellness related, nature, plants and natural products.
How did I fall in love with this company? Well, I learned about essential oils in my advanced pediatric training 15 years ago. We were taught that when using them to do lymphatic drainage on kids with fluid filled ears they seem to get better faster. I tried many different brands and settled on one that consistently over and over offered my patients better results.
I didn’t like that they were a network marketing company. I mean, isn’t that a pyramid scheme? Nope, turns out it that it means not sold in stores but rather shipped direct from the manufacturer to your door and promoted by product users. We all know that you don’t have to have a doctoral degree to know what works and what doesn’t. I’m ok with that. And even better that the company is family owned, cares about organic standards, employs local people and does good things for the world.
So here I am using these products consistently for years still getting results. That’s what led me to share about them. Why keep a secret to myself about something so good? I’ve never been one to bash sales of anything over your head. I provide heart led service and an honest opinion.
Happy to make suggestions to you for natural remedies for things like stress reaction, sleep support, calm and crazy kids, supporting normal body functions and chilling you out. I’ll even let you try before you buy cause I’m here to help. What do you need advice on?
Here’s a useful tip for ya. Keep your almost empty essential oil bottles and repurpose.
1. Mount a spray top on and fill with water. Makes a quick and easy portable freshen up. I use it for my pillow, under the pits and to freshen day old hair.
2. Add toothpicks to create a reed diffuser for your desk. Flip the toothpicks through the day.
3. Add a roller ball top and fill with massage oil. Swipe on skin when you need to chill out quickly or when on the go. Perfect for little toes before night night time!
More oily tips on my oily instagram page.
15 years ago tonight I was in labor with my first child. This giant belly here was ready to pop and he finally arrived at 3 AM.
We always tell our kids their birth story every birthday. Do you tell yours?? The kids love it!! Plus, I want them to know labor can be beautiful and not a dramatic, screaming mother like in the movies.
Tomorrow he will wake up as a 15 year old young man. For now, we celebrate with his beautiful birth story. I am filled with such love right now as my body, mind and spirit relive that moment.
Hi, I'm Dr. Heidi!
A mom of 3, pediatric chiropractor, natural remedy guru and wellness educator.
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