How I learned to love that new baby bubble

You should have a very limited focus in the first few weeks—recovering from birth and caring for your new baby.

How I learned to love that new baby bubble

#FreshBaby is my favorite hashtag to see pop up on my Instagram feed.

Not only do I get to see pictures of my friends’ new babies, but for just a moment, I am taken back to my #FreshBaby days, sitting on the couch, exhausted and consumed with love for my very own little miracle.

The two weeks after both of my daughters were born are two of the best times of my life and also the hardest.

That new baby bubble can be exhausting and frustrating, but it is worth it all.

Take some steps to make sure that it is a time you look back on with love. Here’s how:

Focus on what's right in front of you

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Know that you should have a very limited focus in the first few weeks—recovering from birth both physically and emotionally and caring for your new baby.

Everything else can wait.

Anyone who feels like judging my messy floor can get the vacuum out.

Speak up

Are you hungry and the thought of walking to the kitchen makes you hurt all over? Ask someone for a sandwich. Ask your husband to just get you a glass of water any time that he sees you nursing.

Are you feeling overwhelmed and would like for someone to hold the baby so that you can walk to the mailbox for 2 minutes of peace? Ask for it.

Beginning your journey as a mother by allowing other people to help you and being open and honest about your needs will set you on a course for success.

Buy what you need

There are a whole host of products aimed at brand new mothers that will only be helpful for the very early days of motherhood/babyhood.


Not everything, obviously, but assuming you have a small amount of money set aside for baby purchases, don’t be afraid to buy something that helps you, even if it has a short shelf life.

Every woman and every baby is different; my go-tos are a belly wrap, ice packs and all the Miracle Blankets I can get my hands on.

Eat. It. All.

There will be a time to work hard and eat very carefully, the weeks directly after giving birth are not that time.

Especially if you are nursing, eat when you are hungry, and to some extent, eat what you want.

Personally I carbo-load like I am running a marathon and enjoy my share of the pregnancy forbiddens (Sushi! Rare Steak! Blue Cheese!)

Give grace

Grace for yourself—you will have ideas about what these weeks should look like and they will not always live up to your dreams.

It is not your fault.

Grace for your husband—he is new at this too and you are learning together and in it for the long haul.

Grace for your baby—he has no idea that nursing is important to you/what a sleep schedule is/that she shouldn’t spit up on her carefully curated wardrobe.

It will get hard.

There will be tears.

Your baby will also cry. (You might, too)

Pick a tv show to binge watch on Netflix; grab a water bottle, nursing pillow and your baby; and spend as much time as possible staring into each other’s eyes.

You will never regret a moment of it.

Andrea Corker is a writer and a mother.

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They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


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