as if fall isn’t busy enough for most of us, there’s one more thing to add to your adulting to-do list: open enrollment. that’s the time – usually just once a year, and usually in the fall – when you may have an option to buy new health insurance, or to shop around and switch plans. the rest of the year, you may not be able to buy insurance at all, unless you have special circumstances like changing or losing your job, or getting married. if you don’t have health insurance, you have a 6-week window to get insured. because… Read More

ah, autumn. apple picking, pumpkin spice everything, cooler temperatures, and three words that have the power to strike fear and dread into the heart of parents: daylight savings time. while we usually welcome an extra hour of sleep, having your kids wake up extra early in the morning is not so welcome. don’t fret though: this is doable, and you can – and will – get through it! Here are some tips to help smooth the transition and make it easier on parents and kids. take it slow kids are sensitive to the littlest things – as anyone who’s… Read More

long gone are the days when a husband stood outside a birthing suite, wringing his hands and listening to the sounds of labor with terror and hope in his heart. (also gone are the days when it was acceptable to carouse with his friends at a pub, enjoying preemptive cigars as the woman did ‘woman’s work.’) no, today we expect our partners to remain by our sides, actively providing support as we bring our children into this world. but how, exactly, can your partner help? here are ten things your partner can do to make labor just a little bit… Read More

sudden infant death syndrome, or sids, is every parent’s worst nightmare. october is sids awareness month; since sids most often occurs when a child is sleeping, we want to focus on sleep products and techniques that will help protect your child from this inexplicable tragedy. your child’s sleep environment is important not only for decreasing the risk of sids, but also for allowing your child (and you!) to get a full, restful night of sleep. when you’re purchasing a crib or bassinet for your child, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the wide array of options. we’ve done the… Read More

so, you’re pregnant. and you’re over the moon about your new baby, but you just don’t feel the same way about your healthcare provider. whether you’re just learning about baby+co. and want to birth with us, or you’re still shopping around – at some point in your pregnancy you may find yourself transferring care to a new doctor or midwife. below are some helpful tips if you want to know how to change care providers during your pregnancy. whatever the reason for your care provider switch- remember that it is common for women to change pregnancy care providers and it… Read More

are you considering expanding your family? are you starting to think about adding a little one to your family, or maybe trying for number two or three? did you know there are some easy pre-pregnancy wellness steps you can take to improve your health and better equip your body to conceive? that’s why baby+co. created our new, pre-pregnancy wellness program, well+prepared. baby+co.’s pre-pregnancy wellness program specifically is designed to improve the health of women for future pregnancies, as this pre-conception program provides individuals with a wellness plan customized just for them. every woman’s pregnancy journey is not the same. that’s… Read More

You may have heard of mindfulness but what is it, really? Let’s take some time to learn about what it is (and what it isn’t) and how it can help you to navigate the stresses and challenges, and deepen the joys in your daily life.  What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of being present to whatever is before us in this moment. This may sound simple but it is not easy! It takes practice and lots of it! Our minds are constantly moving from thought to thought, evaluating, analyzing, judging, thinking about the past or the future. We… Read More

There’s a lot to keep track of when you’re trying to conceive. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the timing of intercourse, obsessed over the consistency of your cervical mucus, or stressed about the amount of sleep you are getting. But starting with one of the most basic of activities may prove to help you conceive. Making small changes to your diet may not only increase your odds of conception, but will also support better overall health outcomes for you, your baby, and your family. Start with the sweet stuff A good place to start is reducing sugar in your… Read More

Most women think that pregnancy care begins when you find out you are pregnant. The latest research, however, tells us that the best time to start your care is before you become pregnant or start trying for a baby. A check-up before pregnancy is called a pre-conception visit, and it is the healthiest way, for mom and her future baby, to begin the pregnancy. A pre-conception visit is part of making sure that you and your partner are prepared, both physically and emotionally, for the addition of your next little one. It’s a first step to understand and address any… Read More

So it’s getting to be that time: returning to work after your maternity leave – but you’re breastfeeding. You’re not alone. Almost two-thirds of women work during their pregnancy, and 70% take leave after giving birth. On average, the leave is approximately 10 weeks, but 16% of women only take 1-4 weeks off. (The state of maternity leave in this country is a whole other post…). In order to make both work and breastfeeding happen, then you will likely end up needing to pump. Before you go on maternity leave, you should be familiar with your rights as a… Read More

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