Dancing for Birth

Have you heard of this phenomenal, energizing, connecting, educational and dynamic class for expecting and new moms? Read on

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Dancing for birth combines intuitive childbirth education with…you guessed it! DANCING!

When I decided to join Sheina’s Dancing for Birth Class, I’ll admit I was nervous, because I hadn’t danced in years (well, outside of my kitchen when a scissor sisters song comes on- then I just can’t help myself). I was pretty sure I couldn’t dance at all (and I will vehemently state that I DO NOT dance in public situations), but I figured it would be a good motivation to get out of the house and active with my (then) babe in arms.

The best part of the class was getting to talk to other moms, while we had fun and exercised! I felt energized, and lighter after each class.

I loved every class, in fact I was sad when it was over, and If I was pregnant right now I’d be signing up for the next series… which happens to start very soon BTW (March 21 https://www.facebook.com/events/242210862851251/) hint hint 😉

Do you have questions for Sheina? Head over to her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DancingforBirthLondonOn%20/

or email her at sheina@dancingforbirth.com

Have you been to a dancing for birth class? tell us what you thought!

 

-Written by Kate, Local (London,ON) birth and postpartum doula, PSW, Student and mother of 3

 

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3 Tips For Changing Toddlers (peacefully)

Your cooing, drooling, adorable little bundle of joy who hardly squirmed or put up a fuss about diaper changes, bath time, or being dressed, has changed into a (still adorable) laughing, running, thrashing, autonomous human being.The days of a still, cuddly baby on the change table are long gone.

 You might feel frustrated and maybe discouraged if they decide to use their new found autonomy come diaper changing time. You might also begin to dread diaper changes, and maybe dislike how upset your little one becomes. I assure you, you are not the first parent to have a toddler running around with a saggy diaper (or better yet naked) because it wasn’t worth the struggle.
Here are 3 quick tips I have learned diapering 3 toddlers
1) Take Your Time

Nothing will kill your toddlers desire to be cooperative faster than you trying to rush them. Nothing. So, make sure you have a good 10-20 minute window of time if possible. If 10-20 minutes isn’t possible then having an established routine will be, so read on.
2) Find ways to make it fun

Making diaper time fun, could mean something as simple as a special toy on the change table or having a soother\ teething toy (or in our case a favourite baby lotion).Music, or even a favourite video or t.v show can help keep a toddler calm or distracted (and still)
3) Involve them as much as possible

It sounds counterproductive but it’s really not. Little things like letting your toddler pick their diaper or getting the wipes etc are helpful in keeping them calm and encouraging cooperation. Talk to your toddler about what your doing and why, throughout the process. Let them play with a wipe or have them throw the old diaper in the garbage. Or maybe they want to name their body parts, like their feet or toes while you clean them up.
I’m no expert but I do know what has worked with my 3 kiddos over the years. These tips may not work on the first try, especially if the child has formed a habit of fighting you during a diaper change, but over time your toddler will learn to cooperate more if you remain peaceful and calm in your attempts. Nothing ever works 100% of the time so just try new things and experiment with what works and what doesn’t with your toddler
And if all else fails and they are ripping off diapers and clothes constantly… You can always dress them backwards! Let us know if you have any other tips in the comments and I’ll make sure to include them in the next post!
More toddler tips to come. Make sure you check back for quick parenting tips from me and other local experts.
Written by Kate Williamson, Mother of 3, blogger, Birth and Postpartum Doula, and full time fanshawe student

Great Expectations Annual Diaper Drive

Thats right! We’re doing it (again!)

 

This is the perfect time to throw some education your way. Prepare to learn

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Why do I do this? because I was that parent who couldn’t afford diapers. The month my first child was born we couldn’t afford rent or groceries and we turned to the food bank for help, they gave us 8 diapers, and I remember thinking ‘How can I make 8 diapers last?’

Now, I’m in a position to help. Join us as we raise awareness for a critical need in London. #helpababyoutlndn

 

 

Spring Diaper Drive

I am delighted to announce that I am organizing a diaper drive starting on March 21rst! and ending on March 31rst

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All donations will go to The Rothholme Shelter and Lifespin, both of which serve families in crisis

Please join our group if you wish to donate: Join our facebook group

We will be accepting:

Unopened/opened Disposable diapers (larger sizes are preferred)

Gently used baby clothing

Cloth diapers

and unopened baby toiletries as well

Drop off Locations:

Unique Birth Services (March 2rst only)

Come to the Wholistic hall, enjoy an afternoon of pampering and drop off your diaper drive donation!

head on over to: www.facebook.com/events/433255880165378/

Rebirth Wellness Centre
http://rebirthwellness.ca/
256 Central Ave
London, ON
N6A 1M8

Nurturing Baby (home address-please check out the drop off list in the group)
www.nurturingbaby.ca
Sweet Stellas (home address- please see the drop off list posted in the group)
http://www.sweetstellas.blogspot.ca/
https://www.facebook.com/SweetStellas/timeline
More locations to come!

Sponsors

Great Expectations

greatexpectationsdoula@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/greatexpectationsdoula

Sweet Stellas

http://www.sweetstellas.blogspot.ca/
https://www.facebook.com/SweetStella

Nurturing Baby

www.nurturingbaby.ca

Rebirth Wellness Centre

http://rebirthwellness.ca/

The Doula Chef

http://www.thedoulachef.com/

www.facebook.com/Doulachef

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