4 Tips on Doing Yoga with Kids

4 Tips on Doing Yoga with Kids

Do you have a yoga practice? Is it an essential part of your life, no matter how busy you are as a mother and all the other roles that you juggle? Well, we think that’s great! It’s also possible to blend these aspects of your life, and to maximize the joy you get out of them. One way is to get your kids to do yoga with you. It’s possible at any age, including when they are just babies. Focus on the basics If your kids are old enough to follow instructions, then focusing on the basics are a great way to introduce yoga to them. In general, children love the Tree Pose, Downward Dog and Warrior II. These are easy, beginner poses that are simple to get into and easy to mimic! In fact, the Tree Pose is a fun way to practice balance with your kids. Holding hands with your kids to build a “forest” is a great way to get into the pose and helping them to develop confidence in their abilities at the same time. Image from vibes365.com Play with animal poses What are some of the first things a kid learns? The alphabet, and all the accompanying names of animals. So getting into poses like Cat/Cow, Camel, Cobra and Down Dog are intuitive ways to get your kids to connect with the joy of yoga. They can learn how the shapes correspond to these animals and have lots of fun at the same time! Start with 5 to 10 minutes at a time Kids aren’t little adults – their attention spans are far shorter...
10 Must-Have Tools for Breastfeeding

10 Must-Have Tools for Breastfeeding

When it comes to breastfeeding your child, there are some definite must-haves that you should invest in. This is especially true when planning on returning to work, or sharing the feeding schedule with another family member, since these must-have products are designed to make things easier for you. Breast Milk Pump If you are planning to return to work, yet still want to continue breastfeeding your infant, then a breast milk pump is an essential must-have. A hand pump is fine for the infrequent use in the comfort of your own home, but investing in a double electric pump for more frequent uses will make things easier for you. You should also get an extra set of pump parts, so you can have a clean set ready while you wash the other set. Water Bottle Having a bottle of water close at hand when breastfeeding is critical. Breastfeeding mothers should ensure that they stay hydrated. Choose a BPA-free option with an easy spout, so you can keep one hand on your water bottle, and the other on your baby. Nursing Dresses Want to look beautiful, yet still be comfortable and maintain easy access for nursing? Nursing dresses are the solution you are looking for! One of the best options is the Alana Summer Tier Nursing Dress (Sunset) from Annee Matthew. It’s striking, flattering, and incredibly practical. The empire line band sits just under your breasts, and allows easy breastfeeding access. Breast Milk Storage If you’re pumping to feed your baby later on, you will need a secure storage for it. Stacking up on breast milk storage bags is essential...
How Many Nursing Tops Do You Need?

How Many Nursing Tops Do You Need?

Building a post-pregnancy wardrobe doesn’t mean you have to spend a pretty penny, especially if you plan ahead and think about how many nursing tops you truly need. Not only will planning save you money, choosing wisely will also mean that these tops can be incorporated into your post-breastfeeding wardrobe, if you take care to pick tops that suit your overall style and aesthetic. Do I even need a nursing top? To be honest, if you continue to wear ‘normal’ clothes, like oversized t-shirts, or even loose, flowing clothes – nursing is still possible. However, these clothes are not cut for nursing. This means that giving your baby breastfeeding access might be awkward or even end up damaging your clothes, like when you repeatedly tug at your straps or collar, or when you lift your T-shirt up from the bottom, exposing yourself unnecessarily. Oversized, shapeless clothes are unflattering, and for stylish mamas like you, we know how not looking your best might make you lose confidence, no matter how confident you really are about yourself. So how many nursing tops do you need? Before we go into how many nursing tops you really need, you will first need to think about what to look out for in the nursing top itself. The most important factor is of course ease of accessibility, because you would not want to struggle awkwardly with your top when feeding your baby. There are a few ways nursing tops give nursing access – from the neckline, from an empire cut, and from the center. The Alana Summer Tier Nursing Dress – Empire nursing access Then, there...
10 Essentials For Your Post-Pregnancy Wardrobe

10 Essentials For Your Post-Pregnancy Wardrobe

Becoming a new mom is one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life. For most, being pregnant is a glowing reminder of the beautiful new life that will soon change your world forever. However, after baby is born, there’s a certain reality that sets in with regard to how you look and feel about yourself. It takes weeks or even months to get your pre-baby body back in shape and back into your old clothes. Many new moms find it extrememly difficult to figure out the best way to handle this transition period. Here are ten essential items that every mom should include in her post-pregnancy wardrobe that will have her feeling like her beautifully confident self.   1. Nursing Bra Once your baby arrives and you begin to nurse, your breasts will need lots of support. You’ll want a nursing bra that is easy to use and comfortable to wear. You’ll fluctuate in size depending on how much milk you produce and how often you feed, so flexibility is important. A good nursing bra should have cup flaps that are easily opened and closed with one hand, and allow enough space for your baby to feed without restrictions. In addition, it’s crucial to have a nursing bra that does not squeeze the breasts as this could interrupt milk production and cause discomfort throughout the day. 2. Postpartum Shapewear Many new moms find it less than desirable to look down and see that postpartum pouch that is present after the birth of their baby. While it’s unrealistic and way too harsh on yourself to expect your body to...
10 Things to Buy for a Baby Shower

10 Things to Buy for a Baby Shower

Your friend is about give birth to a lovely bundle of joy, and is throwing a baby shower. You’re now in the market for things to buy for a baby shower. What’s a great gift you can give to your friend and/or her baby, that will be both useful, fun, or just plain bring a smile to their faces? Here at Annee Matthew we’ve put together a list of some gifts you can buy for a baby shower: 1.   Lamaze Play and Grow, Freddie the Firefly, US$15.21 New parents swear by it – this toy can simultaneously fascinate, stimulate and soothe babies at the same time. Suitable for newborns to 24 months. 2. My Pillow Pets Snuggly Puppy, US$10.99 Every baby has their favourite pillow – and this might become their new favourite, well into childhood. Comfortable for baby to snuggle and lie on, at any age. 3.  Moleskine Baby Journal, US$19.95 For the meticulous mom, this notebook helps you to keep all her notes and thoughts about her pregnancy and when baby arrives, up to the first two years of baby’s arrival. Includes task lists, wish list, growth charts, downloadable feeding tables, special moments, health, care and more. 4.  Aden + Anais Muslin Swaddle, $79.90 Baby sleeps pretty in his or her swaddle blanket. Perfect for hot Singapore weather as the fabric is breathable and will keep baby just warm enough. Comes in a pack of 4. 5. Le Petit Society, Sprinkles top We found this super adorable baby clothes label for your friend’s baby. For the style conscious mama and soon to be stylish baby. 6. Changing pad cover,...

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