Postpartum Wellness Registry Picks

3 wellness experts share the wellness registry picks that will ease your postpartum journey.

Postpartum Wellness Registry Picks

When you’re prepping for baby, there’s a whole lot of focus on, you know, baby. Which gear you need to make baby happy, to make baby stop crying, to make baby comfortable. But who’s looking out for you? We are! Because guess what, mama? That postpartum period is no walk in the park. The good news is there’s plenty of gear that will make your postpartum journey easier. And thanks to the personalized registry site Gugu Guru, which offers unique registry recommendations related to your unique lifestyle, you can actually register for it now. Because baby registries should be as much about mama as they should about baby, right? To help guide your postpartum picks we asked 3 postpartum wellness experts to fill us in on their registry must-haves for mama. Get them on your own baby registry stat, then head over to Gugu Guru’s postpartum wellness mega-giveaway and win a package (worth more than $1,600!) that will help ease life for you after baby. SARA JANE MERCER, Clean Living Expert “Staying hydrated is incredibly important. If you are nursing you need tons of water to produce breast milk (breast milk is mostly water). Proper hydration also helps your body balance all those postpartum hormones, reduces swelling from pregnancy and any IVs you may have had during birth. Keep a large bottle of water with you at all times and aim to refill it at least eight times a day!”   SARA’S CLEAN LIVING REGISTRY PICKS 1. Baby Bump Balance/Birth Ball After nine (ok let's be honest 10) months in the womb babies are used to motion and are born wanting to be rocked and bounced all the time. A yoga ball is a great way to calm a baby and help get them to sleep while mom gets a great core workout. I used my yoga ball as a desk chair at the end of my first pregnancy, labored on it and spent many, many hours bouncing my newborn daughter to sleep on it! 3. Daily Harvest subscription Figuring out how to keep yourself properly fed while taking care of a newborn can be almost impossible. Smoothies are ideal for new moms as they can be made and consumed with one hand leaving the other free to hold a baby! Daily Harvest provides frozen, ready to blend smoothies that will make sure you are getting all the protein, greens and healthy fats you need to recover from birth, produce breast milk, and get your strength back. No chopping or prepping, just add a liquid base like almond milk or coconut water, blend and enjoy. 2. Baby K'tan Newborns love to be close to their moms. Babywearing in a wrap or a carrier can help calm a fussy baby,promote bonding and give mom's arms a much needed break. I love the Baby K'tan because there is no complicated wrapping technique to learn (it's all pre-done) and it can be used from birth. You can even nurse while your baby is snuggled up in a K'tan.   MELISSA PARIS, ANJA PIERRE, founders of BYOB Fitness “Take it day by day, be nice to yourself, but know that working out makes you feel better emotionally and physically. Get out there when you can. It is worth it!”       MELISSA and ANJA’S FITNESS REGISTRY PICKS 1. Breastfeeding Extra Parts Since we’re moms on the move (we don't have an office) we need breastfeeding supplies that travel well. A battery pack, extra cones, spare parts, wipes to clean those parts in a pinch, a breastmilk cooler set, vehicle charger, and freezer storage are critical. 2. The Babybjorn: As city moms and co-founders of a baby wearing strength class this item is a MUST HAVE! Hands free and durable! 3. Bugaboo Runner: This runner allows me to continue my workout routine with my baby in tow! Super durable, technical, and meant for high speeds. AIMEE RAUPP, women's health and fertility expert “As a women's health and fertility expert, I have worked with thousands of women on their path to motherhood. And, now being a new mom myself, I can speak to postpartum mental wellness personally. The bottom line is: you need to ask for help. You need to put yourself and your health and wellness FIRST-- yes, even ahead of your baby- so that you can nourish your family from a place of ease and love. If you put yourself behind all your other family members, the family unit suffers. And your health and wellness really suffers. Start off motherhood on a well-rounded (pun intended) foot and prioritize self care. One of the best ways you can do this is to ask for help: do things like hire a baby nurse, have family members prepare meals, ask your partner to share duties. Delegate and take it easy on yourself.” AMY’S MENTAL WELLNESS REGISTRY PICKS 1. Massage gift certificate for YOU. To use AFTER baby is born. As I said-- prioritize your wellness first. 2. Hands free pumping bra. I couldn’t live without this! And, rent yourself a hospital grade pump (someone can pay for a month or two of this rental on your registry) it'll make all the difference in breast milk production. 3. Gift certificate to a lactation consultant. Go BEFORE you give birth, this way you can gather the correct information on how to breastfeed, when to start pumping etc. I did this and she talked to me about hand pumping/self expression which made such a difference for me in the hospital when my baby didn't latch right away. I knew what to do (I hand expressed into a bottle and was able to give him the colostrum). Don't forget to enter to win tons of these postpartum wellness picks in Gugu Guru’s postpartum wellness mega-giveaway, a package of gear worth more than $1,600! Enter now.


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    These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

    Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

    While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

    I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

    I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

    My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

    The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

    Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

    Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

    1. Go apple picking.

    Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

    To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

    2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

    We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

    To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

    3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

    Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

    To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

    4. Have a touch-football game.

    Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

    To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

    5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

    Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

    To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

    This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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