The children being born each day in 2018 will be the decision makers, leaders and the conscience of our society tomorrow. As a parent, I have long known just how critical it is to spend time investing in your children’s most impactful environment – that of his or her earliest developmental years, 0-5. Today it has become universally recognized that it is beneficial for a parent to consistently exercise the very young mind of their child…as early and as often as possible. In addition to the genetics passed along, it is the absolute best means for a child to reach full developmental potential as an adult. The toughest aspect of such diligence, if you will, is that after a certain time frame…you can’t return to the most important window of opportunity. The more we know as parents, the more we’re called to do as we foster the best in our children and for our children. This isn’t a forceful missive but one that encourages proactive attention and nurturing along the way.
It is super fitting that our most recent consumer award is the 2017 Mom’s Choice Award. I say this because it is truly our very own BabyPlus moms in over 60 countries to date who have created and sustained the global awareness for our brand! Mom to mom, sister to sister, friend to friend…each relationship scenario has served to spread the word and illuminate the message of the BabyPlus opportunity. Call them brand evangelists or market ambassadors, we just call them part of our growing global BabyPlus family.
It’s such an honor for us to know each and every Mom… along the way.
At BabyPlus, we have huge community of parents who know the joys of having a BabyPlus child. In fact, we receive pictures and stories about BabyPlus children every single day.
We love reading about how BabyPlus babies are more readily to nurse and develop great sleep patterns. It’s rewarding to hear parents share how their toddlers hit developmental milestones earlier and exhibit improved school readiness.
We love reading about how BabyPlus babies are more readily to nurse and develop great sleep patterns. It’s rewarding to hear parents share how their toddlers hit developmental milestones earlier and exhibit improved school readiness.
We even hear from parents of high school students who firmly believe BabyPlus helped their children have intellectual, developmental, creative, and emotional advantages from the time they were born to now!
To maximize this incredible group of parents and their voice, we’ve decided to create the BabyPlus Mom Ambassador Program.
Why should you join us esteemed network of women? Here are 5 reasons:
- Vote on product innovations. Feedback from our parents is critical to our success. By becoming a BabyPlus Mom Ambassador, you will have exclusive insights into all BabyPlus product innovations. You’ll be the first to see, test, and hear about our latest products!
- Participate in studies around the world. Prenatal auditory learning is a popular research today. Harvard Medical and other research organizations are digging into how babies learn from within the womb. Based on your passion and experience, you are a perfect candidate to share your opinion and stories in these studies.
- Provide your feedback and stories. To help spread awareness and excitement about BabyPlus, we invite BabyPlus Mom Ambassadors to tell their story. We will equip our Mom Ambassadors with the right tools, format, and platform to educate the world about the advantages of BabyPlus.
- Connect with a large community. BabyPlus parents are part of an esteemed-network that have a passion for giving their children a better start. As a BabyPlus Mom Ambassador, you will serve as a sounding board in our quest to provide expectant and new parents with the best products for early auditory enrichment. You will also be among scientists, educators, and professionals who all agree that enriching conditions of the prenatal environment will positively impact the long-term development of a child.
- Chance to receive bonuses and gift cards. As a way of saying thank you, we will regularly reward our BabyPlus Mom Ambassadors! Our valued ambassadors will be eligible for Family and Friends pricing on all BabyPlus purchases in the future.
Most importantly, you will have a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. If you would like to join us as BabyPlus Ambassador – sign up today!
Thank you for supporting the BabyPlus brand and mission. You don’t want to miss what we come up with next.
Pregnancy is rough on our bodies. New pains, stretch marks, swelling – often getting a workout in is the last thing on a pregnant mom’s mind. But there are many benefits to staying fit and healthy throughout pregnancy, including a healthier baby.
Evidence shows that physical activity can prevent gestational diabetes, diabetes that develops during pregnancy, relieve stress, and grow the stamina needed for labor and delivery. Now, this certainly doesn’t mean going out and immediately starting to train for your first marathon when you learn you’re pregnant. If you were physically active before you became pregnant, you should be able to continue exercising – albeit on a lower impact level. If you weren’t active, ask your doctor to help develop a low impact exercise routine for each phase of your pregnancy.
If your goal to stay in shape during your pregnancy, the following tips should help you do so in a healthy way for both you and baby.
1. It’s not just cardio!
One of the best ways to keep off extra pregnancy weight, and make postpartum weight loss easier, is to maintain muscle tone. Low-impact strength based programs using light weights works great for muscle tone but you can also do plenty of exercises using just your own body weight. Strength training also reduces muscle aches and pains that pregnancy can bring. Great low impact workouts that can help build and maintain muscle for pregnant women include barre classes, yoga or pilates.
2. Enjoy your exercise
Whatever you’re doing, make sure it is something you enjoy! Finding exercise and physical activities you have fun doing helps you stay motivated throughout pregnancy. Don’t start cycling classes if you don’t like it just because you read it was good for pregnant women – you likely won’t stick with it, particularly in the later months. Remember to find a workout program you can modify – and if you can find other pregnant women to workout with, even better!
There are few things more important to pregnant women than staying hydrated. Drinking plenty of water helps to keep you energized and can reduce pregnancy-related nausea. Being hydrated can also keep your body feeling satisfied and prevent overeating. Oftentimes, we think we are hungry when we’re actually just thirsty. Pregnant women should drink around 12-13 8oz glasses of water a day – more if you are exercising.
4. Listen to your body
This is the most important tip on this list. We are all different and every pregnancy is different. Listening to what your body tells you is critical. Somedays, you’ll feel exhausted, some days, you’ll have the energy to take on the world! Take the rest when you need to and don’t push yourself too hard. Your body and your growing baby will tell you what you need!
If you’re interested in learning how BabyPlus can help your baby’s brain be fit, learn more here!
The first trimester can be both an exciting and scary time for any newly pregnant woman. It’s an important time and critical time in the pregnancy when the mother’s job is to focus on her health and the health of her growing child.
Our list of tips will help new moms get through these first 3 months and pave the way for a smooth rest of the pregnancy.
1. Find your healthcare provider
Finding the right healthcare provider, be it an OB/Gyn or a midwife, is vital to ensure you and your growing baby are healthy throughout your entire pregnancy. It is recommended that pregnant mothers see a healthcare provider once a month the first six months of pregnancy for prenatal care, so make sure you trust your doctor and he or she makes you feel comfortable. If you don’t have an OB/Gyn or pregnancy health care provider, ask your primary care physician, family, friends, or colleagues to recommend one.
2. Eat healthy and stay hydrated
According to the American Pregnancy Association, pregnant mothers must keep their bodies well hydrated as your blood volume increases to support two bodies. Consuming quality fluids is essential for both you and your baby’s health. It also helps prevent fatigue, constipation, and preterm labor. Pregnant mothers should eat healthy, nutrient-rich food throughout pregnancy. That’s not to say you shouldn’t give in to the occasional ice cream craving, but keep the leafy greens close by as well.
3. Budget for baby
Buying each and every fun and new thing for baby sounds great…and those tiny clothes are definitely adorable and tempting. But it’s important to set a budget for your maternity and baby needs. Borrowing items such as strollers or cribs, or accepting the generosity of friends and family, is a wonderful option. Try to stick to a budget – there can be plenty of surprise costs down the road.
4. Prenatal health
Without effective prenatal care, mothers face higher risk of encountering prenatal, childbirth and postpartum complications. Mothers who receive late or no prenatal care are more likely to give birth to babies with health ailments. In addition, be sure to ask your doctor or healthcare provider about what the right prenatal vitamin is for you. This is also time to think about your baby’s cognitive development. A safe, simple curriculum like BabyPlus Prenatal Education System has been shown to help your baby’s chances of being self-soothing, attentive, curious, and of reaching important infant development milestones in the strongest way.
It is normal for newly pregnant mothers to feel fatigued. Go to bed early, take naps when you need them. You need more rest and sleep as your body changes to accommodate your growing child. Your energy is being used elsewhere – let your partner, close friends and family pamper you! You won’t have much time for sleep, peace, and quiet later on.
If you have questions on how BabyPlus can be a wonderful prenatal tool to encourage healthy prenatal cognitive development, let us know!
Written by BabyPlus mom Janine Snyder
Life is easier when you have a love for learning. You have the ability to succeed and achieve in school, at work and even athletically and socially. This is not a unique concept and that is why parents start thinking about how to inspire a love of learning in their children, sometimes even before birth. I am guilty of buying devices and spending time talking, reading and playing varying heartbeats to my first born in utero. As I am working on conceiving my second, I have thought about all of the ways that I have tried to foster this love of learning in my first and I wanted to share them as I am knee deep in heartbeats and hand me downs.
During my pregnancy
When I was a first-time mom, I wanted to be involved and give my baby every advantage. I thought I would have to wait until my little guy was born, but I was stoked to learn that I could start interacting with him in utero. One of the ways I helped to foster his love for learning was by using the BabyPlus Prenatal Education System. Your baby listens to varying heartbeats, beginning when you are 18 weeks pregnant, on a schedule. With all of the ways that BabyPlus is said to give your baby a head start, I can attest to the fact that my son was alert at birth, interactive, hits his milestones early and is a straight up genius (according to my mother).
Another thing I did for my baby in utero was to speak to him, softly and soothingly, into a microphone that was attached to a little speaker on my belly. I read to him, sang to him and played classical music. I’m not sure if any of this helped, but it made me feel involved and connected to him.
When my son was born, I continued reading, singing and listening to music with him. Sometimes we would listen to music in French and Spanish. I had heard that listening to music in another language would make it easier for him to learn languages as he got older. He was also exposed to a lot of young men and women from different countries. As an ambassador for cultural exchange through the Au Pair program, I spend time supporting Au Pairs that are caring for children in the US. A lot of them are bilingual and even trilingual and I had always encouraged them to speak to my son in another language. You could see that his eyes would get wider and he would move around a lot when they spoke to him. He enjoyed hearing these new languages and accents. I had seen Host Kids of the Au Pairs easily picking up a second language while in their care and I hoped that some of it would rub off on my little guy.
Another language that I was able to teach him myself was sign language. The benefit was that he could communicate a few words before he was even able to speak. I believe it also helped him learn to speak faster as he realized that he could make me understand his needs with a single word. He started speaking in full sentences at an early age and at two, he his constantly talking and is really very funny!
As he grows
Some ways that I have encouraged him to learn from very early in his life and continue to do so is by singing the same educational songs frequently. Right now, we sing the alphabet, the days of the week and the months in the year. I sang these songs to him at every bath and continue to do so. Most of the time, he sings them by himself now, but every so often, he lets me sing along with him. Next, we will be working on the 50 states and their capitals and the US presidents.
My son has also been exposed to older children that he plays with regularly. While he does have friends his own age, I see a lot of development when he plays with children that are a little older. The older children are able to help him work through social situations that he doesn’t know how to handle yet and they encourage him to use different words and play games. He has certainly picked up some the older kid attitude, but the benefits outweigh this humorous, sometimes frustrating, trait.
Lastly, I let him watch TV. I know that some people feel that this would have the opposite effect, it has actually encouraged him to learn about things neither of us knew he would be interested in and has taught him a lot about math, language and social skills.
As I think back on the past few years and the years to come, I wonder if any of these things will have a great impact on him when he gets into the school-aged years and into adulthood. I’m not sure there is a way to know for sure, but I do know that being involved and connecting with my kid will always be beneficial for him and for me too.
Janine Snyder is a wife, mom, stepmom and ambassador for the cultural exchange program. She supports parents and nannies from all over the world and enjoys writing about their experiences as well as her own. She lives with her family in New Jersey and enjoys moving around her furniture.
When we think of characteristics of creative people we often think of the idealized version of an artist or musician.
Although these can be examples of obvious creativity, it’s the characteristics of the highly creative that matter in shaping of our lives over time.
Adobe conducted State of Create survey among a group of 5,000 adults. Interestingly enough, Japan and the U.S. are the first- and second-most creative countries, respectively, among a global audience. Around the globe, more than half of Adobe’s respondents said creativity is being stamped out rather than nourished by the education system. “One of the myths of creativity is that very few people are really creative.” Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D. Many experts feel that one of the problems is that too often educational systems don’t enable students to develop their natural creative powers. Most schools instead promote uniformity and standardization.
It is by asking questions, wondering and being curious that creative people come up with spontaneous ideas. Rather than simply collecting information, creative brains play with it. This can’t happen in an environment of extreme structure and rigidity that lack brain stimulation. In fact, most studies show that creativity is about using both sides of the brain to solve problems. The highly creative child does not focus on left or right brain but instead relies on both to begin divergent thinking.
So how do you raise creative children? First, suspend the idea that creativity is inherited. While creativity is inherent in every human being, parents can nurture and strengthen a child’s creative abilities:
- Provide children an enriched environment early on. Products like BabyPlus Prenatal Education System® can provide baby with an appropriate environment for positive prenatal cognitive development.
- Provide unconstructed playtime. Resist the temptation to overschedule your child with activities.
- Get outside! Children often find the outdoors as a source of inspiration even from the stroller.
- Look for preschools which encourage creativity and allow for contemplation of abstract ideas.
Your child has the capacity to be creative. It’s empowering when you understand just how important your role as a parent can truly be!
“The brain can be developed just as a set of muscles.” ~ Thomas Edison
By Dorinne Davis – Audiologist
Parents can often read and react to their child’s emotional states. Parents often understand a baby’s cry or laugh as illness, fear, hunger, or more. A study reported on ABC news in 2005, shared that Allan Schore, a leading neuroscientist at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Center for Culture, Brain, and Development pointed out that the connection between parent and child during the first year of life affects a child’s psychological state and plays a role in physically shaping the brain. His own research concluded that the parent-child interaction plays a key role in baby brain development on the right side.
The right side of the brain is stimulated when interacting with others, especially care-givers. When a care-giver interacts with an infant, the child’s brain and prenatal health is being affected, shaping emotional responses. This interaction appears to help the child’s ability to handle stress and feel emotionally secure.
Shore also shares that the child’s brain is not only shaped by ‘genetics but also the experience of the last trimester of pregnancy through the child’s first year and a half of life’. At 7 months in utero, the ear’s neurological system is developed, supporting the stimulation both to the left hemisphere of the brain, important for speech and language development, and the right hemisphere of the brain, important for this emotional connection. The child’s brain will be shaped by prenatal brain stimulation and personal attachments.
As the parent, you do not need to wait until your child is born to talk, sing or interact with them. Start interacting while you are pregnant with prenatal sound. Singing lays the underlying tonal and rhythm patterns of the world, but talking provides the smaller, subtler sound changes that can also support your child’s emotional well-being. Prenatal sound systems like BabyPlus can also provide Have fun with your baby. Chat, talk, sing and interact with them. Enjoy the experience!
A prenatal sound system like BabyPlus can also provide desirable prenatal cognitive development. If you want to be kept in the know on BabyPlus developments, let us know!
Coming up with ideas for your own baby shower registry or looking for a sweet, but practical, gift for a new parent-to-be in your life? Look no further than the list below! We’ve compiled ideas for gifts that will be appreciated and welcomed before and after that little one arrives.
Adorable baby clothes and tiny baby shoes will warm your heart and are wonderful gifts. However, those sweet baby clothes are often outgrown quicker than anyone believes. Books are the perfect, evergreen gift. Sharing a favorite book from childhood, a prenatal education book, or perhaps something you treasured reading to your little one, are priceless. A good book will be long-enjoyed by parents and baby – even when ‘baby’ is all grown up.
Gifts for Mom
We focus so much on gifts for the little one, we sometimes forget about mom! Prenatal massages, pedicures, tickets to sporting events or shows for a pre-baby date night are all great gifts that mom can enjoy. Or, if you want to add something extra, arrange for a deep house cleaning while mom is out being pampered. Whatever the gift, make sure it’s something that fits her personality – giving her that little bit of extra love can go a long way.
At first, gift cards may seem impersonal, but they can actually be a wonderfully useful gift for new families. A large gift card to a local baby store or a larger retailer can be a huge help as the baby grows and the family’s needs change –prenatal vitamins, diapers and other baby necessities are expensive! More general, non-store specific cards can be used for necessities like gas or extras that a growing family will need.
This may seem obvious, but most moms agree that you need far more diapers than you think you’ll need. And even moms who decide to cloth diaper could use an extra few on hand.
If you’re a parent yourself, consider buying things you loved having during pregnancy and just after. If you and your baby benefited from it, your friend likely will as well. A BabyPlus Prenatal Education System is a wonderful gift as it allows mom-to-be to help grow and develop baby’s mind and cognitive health while strengthening baby’s body. Considering the long-term benefits, BabyPlus will be a gift to both mom and baby long after the birth.
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We recently had a pair of adorable fraternal twins born near and dear to the BabyPlus family. They are not my babies, but it sparked an interest about the uniqueness of twins. So I dd a little research and compiled some things that I found interesting about twin pregnancies. There is a little more to it than double the pleasure, double the fun.
- during twin pregnancies you should take in approximately 2700 calories a day
- you may be prescribed additional vitamins and minerals from an average pregnancy
- twins may have a longer labor, but they are usually born minutes apart
- 1/3 of twins are identical, 1/3 are same sex fraternal and 1/3 are male/female fraternal
- you will probably have additional ultrasounds
- 22% of twins are left handed
- more than 1/2 of twins are born before 37 weeks
- of identical twins 1/2 are female/female and 1/2 are male/male
Interesting Facts compliments of:
Parents.com- Twin Pregnancy Facts by American Baby
Fit Pregnency, Pregnancy Day by Day editor in chief Maggie Blott, MB, BS and consultant editor Paula Amato MD
Twins UK- TwinsTips
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