Meals After the Baby Comes

21464089_sLibbyNothing satisfies like a home cooked meal. But when you have a new baby in the house, the task seems daunting if possible at all! Fatigue, soreness and all the adjustments that come with being new parents don’t make being in the kitchen particularly attractive. Yet new moms need good nutrition. What to do?

Libby founder Linda Rosenbaum is committed to moms doing things as easily and efficiently as possible, and that includes cooking and eating.

Linda encourages new parents to make a meal plan in advance, especially in the first month after the new baby comes home.  One strategy Linda advises is to cook and freeze as many meals as you can before the baby arrives. Nutritious soups and casseroles freeze very well and will be a welcome meal.

We found some great recipes at Real Simple, that you can make and freeze ahead of time.

Many friends and family members will ask what you want and need as a new parent – tell them you want home cooked meals! You will be surprised at how much delicious food will appear on your doorstep if you are honest about exactly what you need!

Ordering out is something you should add to your budget ahead of time too. Sometimes some Chinese food or pizza or your favorite BBQ ribs are just what the doctor ordered for tired new parents.

Making a plan ahead of time, cooking and freezing in advance, budgeting for take out and telling friends and family that what you really need is home cooked food will all serve to make the first few weeks with your new baby easy – and nutritious!

Your Changing Body

16272650_sLibbyPregnancy is one of the most amazing transformations in nature. We found this great video of a woman’s pregnancy and we bet it will bring back memories for you!

But it’s certainly no secret that pregnancy and motherhood changes your body. For many new moms, this can add a lot of stress to an already stressful life adjustment.

At Libby, we believe that moms should take a two-pronged approach to her changed body: 1) Love and accept the changes in your body without feeling stressed out or self-conscious – these changes are natural! 2) Create the time you need to take care of yourself by doing yoga, jogging, swimming or whatever physical activity gives you the most benefit and makes you feel good!

Whether you start out by taking a short walk or simply doing some yoga at home, remember that making some “you time” a priority each day makes you a healthier, happier, more relaxed parent. And that is just what your baby needs.

With Libby, we make it easy for you to leave your baby for a few minutes each day at first, and then in longer periods too so you can take care of your body and feel good about being a new mom – in your way, on your schedule – while knowing your baby is well taken care of too!

At Libby, we believe that happy moms make happy parents.

 

How Much “Stuff” Does Your Baby Really Need?

18206282_sLibbyIt is natural that over time we try to improve on our lives and many innovations help us do just that. What did we do before cell phones, microwaves and disposable diapers? Sometimes it’s hard to imagine our lives without the innovations and conveniences being invented every day.

But for every useful invention or innovation for babies, there are a hundred others that moms just don’t need.

We’ve all heard the stories of babies sleeping in dresser drawers and crazy things like that  and thank goodness those days are over. But, in this quickly changing world – what does your baby really need?

We took an informal survey of moms and most moms told us that they found that gimmicky products are expensive and just take up space when often times simpler solutions will do. Moms, it seems, have always been improvisers.

What we discovered in our research is that babies don’t need things as much as they need you. Which is why Linda invented the Libby Feeding System. Less time spent washing bottles or preparing food for the diaper bag means more time you can spend with baby.  And you just can’t put a price on that. Libby, keeping it simple.

Why Singing to Your Baby is a Great Idea

9882006_sLibbyMost of us are familiar with the lullabies of our childhood and for good reason. Studies show that singing to your baby is soothing, relaxing and may even help your child acquire language skills later!

Making and maintaining eye contact with your baby especially during feeding time and singing a soft lullaby will relax you and your baby and provide an emotional connection that will last a lifetime.

Need some inspiration? Here is a list of the top ten lullabies for babies. Settle down with your beautiful baby and a Libby bottle and sing a soothing tune – for both of you!

So what if you aren’t a contestant on American Idol – in your baby’s eyes, you are perfect!

52 Activities for New Moms

Just because you are a mother does not mean that you should not also be you – with all the activities that enrich and make you happy. Many mothers today have careers plus they need and want physical and social activities!

Libby founder Linda Rozenbaum definitely believes that moms and dads are happier when they don’t put their lives on hold when there is a new family member.

Yoga, art classes, book clubs or simply having a coffee with a friend are all important activities for moms!

We were excited to find this amazing list of 52 activities moms can do with baby – but don’t forget “you time” as well!

 

Great Gifts for Expectant Parents!

We came across this fantastic list in Forbes Magazine and were inspired to share with you some of these great gift ideas for pregnant and new mothers! Click here for the list!

Of course, it goes without saying that a Libby Feeding Kit is one fantastic gift, first and foremost!

Consumer Friendly Tip: Make sure to Google products and look for consumer reviews. We found quite a few reviews on YouTube for all kinds of baby products and we learned about the good, the bad and the ugly!

 

 

 

 

 

20 Sites All Moms Should Know

As one year ends and a new one begins, we at Libby are loving all the “best of” lists we keep finding!

Here is a great list we found on Mashable, of the top 20 sites “all cool moms should know about”. I know we’re going to be kept very busy looking through these sites, how about you?

If you have any mom or parenting websites that you love, post them in the comments!

Leaving Baby with the Grandparents

For many grandparents, welcoming a new grandchild is an event they will never forget.

If you live near enough, leaving your baby with its grandparents can be a joy for everybody concerned.

You get a little you time and you or your spouse’s parents get to spend alone time with their new grandchild- everybody wins!

If you are concerned about safety, have an open conversation with your child’s grandparent and go over the proper procedures, emergency phone numbers, etc. You can easily talk through these concerns and make sure that grandparents have everything they need to watch your baby for just a couple of hours with ease and safety.

At Libby Bottles we make it easy to leave your child with his or her grandparents, with a feeding system that is easy and simple for anybody to use. Here’s to family love and togetherness!

 

Support for Bottle Feeding Moms!

At Libby we believe that breastfeeding is the most natural, healthy option but we also know that not every mother can do it 100% of the time or at all. There are lots of reasons parents bottle feed.

Being a good parent is about a lot more than whether you breast or bottle feed. The fact is that just about every mother or father needs to bottle feed their child for one reason or another at one time or another.

At Libby, we really admire Suzanne Barston, author of the book Bottled Up: How the Way We Feed Babies Has Come to Define Motherhood and Why it Shouldn’t.

Here are 8 Tips from Suzanne, for saying “I Support You” to bottle feeding moms. Read more about the I Support You movement here!

Leaving Your Baby With a Babysitter

All new mothers have the moment when they must leave their child with a babysitter for the very first time. It can be a nerve wracking experience! This is a totally natural feeling.

What if the sitter doesn’t understand exactly what your baby wants? What if your baby misses you? What if, what if, what if? 

Choosing a babysitter you trust is an important step. We found this helpful article about moms and babysitters that we think you might like.

While it is not easy to leave your child with a sitter for the first time, getting out to do the things that you love to do and establishing with your baby that you will return soon and that they are safe and loved in the care of their sitter is important for healthy families.

At Libby we want to make your life easier. Whether you need to work, or work out or have dinner with friends, the Libby Bottle makes it simple and easy for your sitter to feed your baby while you are gone.

At Libby, we think that healthy, happy parents raise healthy, happy children.