Like every other aspect of motherhood, the breastfeeding journey is different for everyone. Some moms may find that nursing is easy right away, some may face discomfort and soreness in the initial weeks, and some may struggle for months to figure out the perfect latch. An easy routine may come quickly…or it may not. Regardless of the situation, there are things that can benefit all breastfeeding mamas. If your partner is breastfeeding or planning to, read on for some practical ways you can support her.
My son is seven months old and has yet to sleep longer than a four-hour stretch. He wakes up four, five, or even eight times a night and often takes over an hour to get back down. I try to enjoy these moments and remember that the snuggles won’t last forever. But I also know how hard it is to parent the way I want to when I can’t even keep my eyes open. We all want to do right by our children, and that means taking care of our own bodies. So I've compiled my favorite tips for dealing with sleep deprivation.
We all desire the best for our children—for them to be happy and healthy, to feel loved and valued. The reality is, we will face challenges along the way, many of which are probably shared by others. When we support each other on our motherhood journeys, we are better for it. Celebrating our differences and allowing them to enrich rather than divide us will only make us stronger. Read on for the benefits of uniting in motherhood!
Celebrating a first Father’s Day – and acknowledging all the wonder and challenge that becoming a parent can bring – is an opportunity to reconnect with your partner. Father’s Day can also be a time to celebrate any men in your life supporting your transition into motherhood, whether it’s your own father, friends, or other father figures in your family’s life. Check out our ideas for Father's Day gifts and activities to celebrate the dads who enrich our lives in so many ways.
Just picture it: your sweet babe with the most adorable tush decked out in the cutest print. Fluffy bottoms, adorable patterns—cloth diapering sounds like a dream, right? Take a step back, Mama. While cloth diapering has many benefits, it may not be the best solution for every family.
Birthdays are a big deal at Kindred Bravely. From our own birthdays to our KB birthdays (work anniversaries) to KB’s birthday (it’s our fourth anniversary!), we love having a chance to reflect on each passing year, celebrate what's happened so far, and look ahead at what could come next.
Our Social Media Manager Sarah Ortmayer shares her experience of becoming a "Girl Mom" after having four boys: "Finding out the gender of my first baby was one of the most exciting moments of my life. Even though my husband and I had both been convinced we were having a girl, we couldn’t have been happier to find out we were having a boy! ..."
Congratulations! You just found out that you’re pregnant. You’re excited, nervous, and eager to share your big news with your family and friends. Then you realize that you’re a thousand miles away from everyone you know and love. Your spouse is in and out of the field, off to trainings, and scheduled to deploy soon. What’s a military spouse to do? (Cue the freak-out.)
In this fast-paced world of never-ending news, social media posts, and hyper-scheduled days, it’s so easy to feel like we’re not measuring up to all the moms out there who seem to be doing everything perfectly. Can I tell you a secret? You’re doing a wonderful job. Seriously.
As moms, we know that comfort is queen. In fact, new moms often wear comfy loungewear for months (even years!) after their babies are born. Moms deserve all the coziness, so this Mother's Day, we’re giving you 25% off our favorite loungewear. Whether you’re shopping for your friend, daughter, or yourself, make Mother’s Day extra special with the gift of comfort.
This spring, we’re incredibly honored to partner with the Superhero Project, which raises money to help families with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). For each pair of pajamas purchased during our Mother’s Day Sale, we’ll donate a pair to the Superhero Project.
Guest writer Emily Foster shares, "Before having a baby, you might have had a romantic idea of what motherhood would look like. If you’re like me, in this vision your hair is wrangled in the perfect messy ponytail, you fit into your pre-pregnancy jeans, and the cutest baby you’ve ever dreamed of coos and smiles at you with 'thank you, Mama' eyes. Sure, you’re tired, but you’re so blissfully happy that nothing else matters..."
Guest blogger Maggie McGarvey shares how she found (her own) beauty in motherhood: "Puberty hit early for me, and it was not my friend. I sprouted into a C-cup overnight, and no one seemed to know how to react to my changing body. Where I’d previously walked with a dancer’s posture, I suddenly felt like everyone was staring at me, and I began slouching through the world..."
Spring is here. And so are the many delicious fruits and vegetables that spring brings. This is the perfect time for your family to indulge in the season’s best. It will be a pleasant change from the winter menu, especially for your toddler, as there will be more colors, flavors, and textures on the plate. Plus, introducing this variety will help create healthy food habits in your little one. Read more of our collaboration with What to Expect!
When I found out I was pregnant, I was pretty sure I knew what motherhood would be like. I’m a teacher and have worked with children in some form or fashion for as long as I can remember. The oldest of three siblings, I started babysitting for other families at age 12. (What were they thinking letting a sixth-grader watch their toddlers?) I’d read the books on what to expect and truly felt that all my experience and knowledge had prepared me to raise a little one of my own.
Many moms make sure everyone else in their family is taken care of before tending to their own needs. Well checks, dental appointments, haircuts for your kids? You’re on it. Your own stuff? Not so much. We hope our strategies help you overcome the hurdles you may be facing when trying to take care of your own health.
Discovering your baby’s gender may be one of the most exciting moments of your pregnancy. Some parents keep it to themselves, while others plan a party or family get-together with special food, decorations, or activities. Whether you cut into a cake to see if it’s pink or blue, shoot pink or blue confetti out of a cannon, or skip the typical color scheme altogether, go with whatever feels authentic to you.
Choosing a car seat for your child is a major decision, and we’ve got you covered! In this article, we’ll address all your car seat questions: What are the different types of car seats? How long are babies in infant car seats? How long do kids use booster seats? What are the best car seats? How do you properly install a car seat? Where can I get my car seat checked by a safety professional? We’ll clarify the entire process of researching, purchasing, and installing your car seat so you’ll feel more confident transporting your most precious cargo.
I remember the moment I realized our dinnertime routine needed a serious overhaul. Tears streaming down my face, newborn twins in my arms, and a hangry toddler at my feet, I was facing the nightly dilemma of what to make for dinner. After a long day of keeping tiny humans alive, figuring out dinner felt impossible. I felt like I was failing. Cereal for dinner again? We could live on that for only so long.
When you’ve just brought home a brand-new baby, you’re immersed in feeding, diapering, and trying to get whatever sleep possible. Your body is also healing from delivery, and your emotions are likely all over the place. The newborn phase is both blissful and challenging, and it’s easy to put your relationship with your partner on the back burner. Read on for some ideas for staying in and going out that are sure to spice up your relationship!
Jennifer Blossom of Blossoming Mommy and Baby shares her favorite tips to get kids to eat more veggies: "Whether you’ve got a little who’s refusing to eat the green-headed forest tree (AKA broccoli) or you’re skipping the vegetables altogether because you just can’t handle one more food battle, I hope the following tips and tricks will help you get your kids to eat more veggies."
Having a newborn is one of the most special times for you and your partner. There’s nothing like bringing home that precious bundle and settling into your new life together. With all of the wonderful changes during this time, there are also challenges in developing a new routine, including finding meaningful ways to stay emotionally connected with your partner.
Sometimes a few words of affirmation are all it takes to make a day more manageable. We asked our friends and other Kindred Bravely moms what they’d like to hear on a particularly tough day. Read on for the text messages new moms would love to get from their partners.
Since new and expectant moms deserve a little extra love, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite items. Whether you’re shopping for your partner, friend, or daughter, make her Valentine’s Day extra special. We’ve also included some KB Moms’ favorite Valentine’s Day traditions and gift ideas.
Being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) can be the most fulfilling role you’ll ever have, but too often, moms don’t get credit for all they do. On any given day, you may be a nurse, comforter, chauffeur, CEO of your household, cook, housekeeper, counselor, teacher, etc. You’re always on duty, and your job never truly ends. In fact, research shows that the average SAHM mom puts in over 90 hours per week. Remember that the next time you feel like you didn’t accomplish much in a day.
Guest blogger Jennifer Blossom, the CEO/Founder of blossomingmommyandbaby.com, shares her tips for healthy meals: "Healthy, fast meals and motherhood should go hand in hand, so why do so many of us seem to struggle in this aspect of #momlife? It is my mission today to figure out why it’s so tough and provide you with an action-packed game plan for creating simple, affordable, tasty, and healthy meals for you and your sweet little family."
Whether you’re exhausted from the holidays or energized by the new year, I hope you remember that you are nothing short of amazing, you are more than enough, and you are the right mom for your little one. May the coming year be magical and filled with new wonders as you see the world for a second time through the eyes of your child.