Hi! My name is Lindsey Shipley, Registered Nurse, IBCLC, certified lactation specialist and mom of 2. I provide lactation consulting services before and after baby is born. I teach breastfeeding courses in-person and online. I also offer breastfeeding basics, intermediate breastfeeding, and returning to work and breastfeeding. I’m here today to share some of the benefits of skin-to-skin contact.

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Just when you thought Solly Baby had given you enough reasons to choose their wrap with the beautiful design and easy how-to videos, I’m here to share some research-based reasons why you should consider babywearing! I teach clients in my breastfeeding classes about the benefits of Kangaroo Mother Care, also known as Skin-to-Skin. Kangaroo Mother Care is when an infant is placed on the maternal chest with just a diaper on, and blankets are placed over the top. This practice has been shown to aid in stabilizing infants after birth. It is important to practice skin-to-skin not only immediately after birth, but the benefits can extend well beyond that time. Babywearing allows mother and infant to practice skin-to-skin contact wherever they are. With Solly Baby wrap, you and your baby can enjoy the benefits of Kangaroo Mother Care up to one year of age! Today, I’m going to give you some research-based reasons why to consider babywearing for your infant.

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Physiological Benefits to Mom and Infant –
Research has shown that skin-to-skin contact creates a more stable environment for both mom and baby. The physiological benefits to the infant include temperature regulation, heart rate consistency, blood sugar control, quicker weight gain, improved sleep patterns, increased immunity, and an easier time breastfeeding overall. Benefits to the mother include a better milk supply, quicker recovery, reduced risk of postpartum depression, sleep patterns regulated to the infants’, and ability to breastfeed longer (Sywulak-Herr, 2002, p. 290).

Enhanced Mood and More Rest –
For a long time, there was a notion of “take the baby, so Mom can rest”. Now, we know that a mother can get more worry-free rest with the infant closeby (Merewood, 2014, p. 510). Babywearing facilitates this closeness. Skin-to-skin contact can stimulate oxytocin release, a hormone that creates a very relaxing effect for mothers. When mothers and infants are separated, it can create mutual anxiety; which means more infant crying and less restful sleep.

Ease the Transition –
Being born is hard work! It is quite a shock for infants that have spent nine months in a warm, protective environment to transition to the outside world. They are used to constant soothing motion and the sound of their mother’s heartbeat and voice. No wonder why infants are most comfortable in skin-to-skin contact. Babywearing is a great option to extend the many benefits of Kangaroo Mother Care beyond the first few days postpartum.

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References:
1. Merewood, Anne. (2014). Skin-to-skin at Birth: A New Model of Care. Journal of Human Lactation, 30. 509-510. doi:10.1177/0890334414549768

2. Sywulak-Herr, C.M. (2002). Video Review: Kangaroo Mother Care: Rediscover the Natural Way to Care for Your Newborn Baby. Journal of Human Lacation, 18, 289-290. doi: 10.1177/089033440201800324

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Baby Shower

March 26, 2015

Hello everyone! My name is Leila Lewis, founder of the Los Angeles-based wedding and lifestyle firm, Be Inspired PR, and lifestyle site, Inspired by This. I am a working mom of 2 and life couldn’t been any crazier or more rewarding right now with my 2 year old daughter and newborn son! I’m a huge fan of Solly Baby wraps and am honored to be guest contributor today! I am very excited to share some cute and fun spring baby shower ideas with you all! Whether it is for a baby girl or boy, or you want to keep it gender neutral, I definitely recommend sticking with a theme! It is a great way to help keep everything unified and there are so many unique ones out there! Spring baby showers are definitely my favorite because you can play around with bright colors, décor, and florals! Here is to all of the mamas-to-be! Hope you enjoy these tips and ideas!

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+ This baby shower was inspired by blue jeans! How cute are those DIY blue jeans pocket utensil holders?! A great shower theme for a boy and for Spring!
Image via Inspired By This.

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+ DIY “Push Baby Push” cupcake push pops – such an easy do it yourself dessert to have at your baby shower. The final product is so yummy and adorable, plus super affordable! 
The full tutorial is on Inspired By This.

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+ A baby shower inspired by feminine flowers is perfect for Spring! Pink, yellow, and crème is a great color palette to start with.
 Image via Inspired By This.

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+ I still can’t get over these hanging umbrellas! So unique! Adds so much to just your typical outdoor tent! Love the idea of having a “garden party” themed baby shower for a girl.
 Image via Inspired By This.

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+ It’s always a fun idea to keep your family and friends guessing the gender of your baby until your shower. Play a fun game and have a big reveal such as this “hiding giraffe”. Image via Inspired By This.

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Thanks to Leila for the fun post!
P.S. She’s currently hosting a giveaway of all her favorite baby must haves. Good luck!

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We made it! The spring/summer 2015 line launched last week and we’re finally getting an opportunity to take a moment to reflect on all the amazingness. Each launch just keeps getting better and better as we make improvements along the way and continue to grow the Solly Baby team. Last spring we posted our first behind-the-scenes video to give you all a little sneak peek of the photoshoot (my favorite part of the entire process) — it was so much fun to see it all come together that we brought it back for this launch too!

Enjoy!

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Resources:
Photography by Max Wanger
Styling by Jacqui Saldana for Madewell
Hair + Makeup by Kelly Shew

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We are opening the doors to our new office in Carlsbad, Calif., and welcoming all of you to our first-ever Solly Baby Warehouse Sale. Grab the last of our fall/winter line and some extra fun goodies too.

And don’t forget, if you bring an item to donate to our local women’s shelter, we will send you home with a special treat for your generosity.

Details:
Saturday, Feb. 28
11am – 2pm
*RSVP required*
For official location address and to reserve your spot, please register here.

We are so excited to meet you all!

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Intro
Guest Contributor: Jane Maynard // This Week for Dinner

When I started nursing my first baby I could NOT believe how hungry I was. Coupled with being the most tired I had ever been (am I making new motherhood sound fun yet?), I needed fast and easy food at my fingertips at all times! But that food also had to be nutritious and baby-friendly. (Needless to say the gobs and gobs of cookie dough I ate those first months probably didn’t totally fit the bill!)

Having filling snack food at the ready is a must after baby is born, especially when you are nursing and needing that extra 500 calories a day. The following snack ideas are perfect for nursing moms, packed with all kinds of great nutrients and flavor and, most importantly, SUPER EASY to make and eat! The last thing you need is a recipe when there’s a newborn to be fed!

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Hummus –
Hummus is a great snack to keep in the fridge. It’s super healthy and flavorful and pairs well with chips of all kinds as well as fresh veggies, which you simply can’t get enough of when you’re nursing.

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Nuts –
It doesn’t get much easier than reaching into a bag of nuts! Nuts are an incredibly nutritious way to get in protein and they taste great, too.

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Fruit –
This might seem like a no brainer, but don’t forget to keep a stash of fruit in the kitchen! No prep necessary, vitamins, fiber and a good way to satisfy a sweet tooth, fruit it where it’s at!

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Cheese –
Cheese is another great snack for nursing moms, thanks to protein and calcium galore. Throw it on a whole-grain cracker and you’ve got fiber added to the mix. Any new mom knows just how much we need that fiber – so fun!

Greek Yogurt –
Greek yogurt is not only packed with protein and calcium, but it has all those great probiotics to keep your system happy. I love getting plain Greek yogurt and mixing in a dollop of homemade jam (that I made months before baby was born, by the way). So good!

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Boiled Eggs –
If you like boiled eggs, then you are in luck! Eggs are another one of those protein-packed snacks and boiled eggs are beyond easy. Just boil a bunch of eggs at once and then keep them in your fridge for when you need a quick bite.

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Peanut Butter –
Whether you’re dipping yummy things like apples or celery into your peanut butter or just eating it straight off the spoon, peanut butter is a pantry staple that is perfect for the nursing mom!

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Hummus Guacamole Dip –
I know I said no recipes, but I swear this recipe is easy and you can make a bunch and have it last for several days. I love hummus guacamole dip not only because it’s tasty (which it is!), but because it’s packed with all kinds of healthy ingredients, like avocados, hummus and black beans. I can seriously sit down with this dip and some corn chips and be happy for lunch or dinner, so imagine what a fantastic snack it must be! Click here to get the recipe from This Week for Dinner.

Avocados –
Avocados are a true super food, packed with all kinds of good nutrients and healthy fats. They are also loaded with fiber (good for new moms!) and potassium (good for moms who might be getting Charlie horse cramps due to dehydration). Plus, they just plain taste good. Cut an avocado in half and scoop with a spoon or smash slices on a piece of whole wheat toast with a bit of salt and pepper and you’ve got one of the best snacks around.

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Cookie Dough –
I know, it’s not healthy. But sometimes you just have to splurge to keep your sanity! This recipe for eggless cookie dough from Kailley’s Kitchen is absolutely perfect for new mommas. No dangerous raw eggs to contend with and all the cookie dough your heart could desire. Trust me, cookie dough and a glass off ice water is the best when you’re nursing!

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My Entrepreneur Story

February 16, 2015

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Last month, I was incredibly fortunate enough to share an Alt Summit stage with three amazing women. I chose all of these women for this panel because we all seem to walk similar paths and shared similar values when it came to our businesses but it did not occur to me how incredibly similar all of our stories were until we were all on stage sharing our stories.

Meeting other like-minded women has been such a beautiful thing for me. It’s inspiring to hear their stories, learn about their struggles and applaud their successes. The only regret I had after the panel was the fact that we couldn’t share with more of you. I wish I could’ve brought together everyone who has ever asked me a question or looked for guidance as it relates to being a mother and entrepreneur because this panel was overflowing with lessons learned and inspirational tales.

Luckily, we live in a digital world and the age of sharing content. Not long after our Alt pow-wow, we were all interviewed by Jason Richardson, the host of Patterns of Success. So before I go into more about how much I adore all of these women, I’ll let you hear for yourself and I hope you find all the information as useful and inspiring as it is to me.

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This is Solly Baby’s family traveling series “Wrap Around the World with Solly Baby”. Here you’ll find our traveling tips & notes from our five-week adventure across Europe with my husband and three children (ages 5, 3, and 6 months). 

Planning our locations and activities as we went along, as well as asking for suggestions from locals and other traveling families on our Instagram, we learned a lot and are sharing in hopes of encouraging other families to plan their own “babywearing adventure”. See more pics on our Instagram account @sollybabywrap and with the hashtag #wraparoundtheworldwithsollybaby.

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Stop ii: Oxford & The English Countryside

WHY 

Besides watching an absurd amount of BBC series over the years and always wanting to experience the English countryside firsthand, we chose this as our second stop for another major reason. Although I love the pace of big cities, Jared and I knew our little ones would burn out quickly if we didn’t give them space to breathe and run after each city. For this reason, we made the pacing of the trip: big city, rural, big city, rural… It made all the difference for such a long trip and this turned out to be one of their favorite stops.

Also, the Cotswolds, specifically, are BEAUTIFUL. Like, Downton Abbey, everywhere you look, stunning.

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STAY

We stayed in a hotel in Oxford overnight, which we loved and wished we’d planned more time for. Besides touring the campus, which is a trip in and of itself, there are lots of fun restaurants, shopping, and sites surrounding.

The bulk of our time was spent in a cottage in the little town of Pershore that we booked on Home Away. It was built in the 1600s and although it wasn’t super luxurious, it was such a charming experience and really gave us a feel for the area. It was also very inexpensive (around $100/night), which was a nice break from London.

TIP: If you’re staying > 3 nights, book a house through Kid & Coe, Airbnb, or Home Away. If you’re staying < 3 nights get a hotel. Homes were key for traveling for such a long time. We could all stretch out, do laundry, go to the grocery store and you get a totally different feel for each city. We loved using Orbitz for hotels because we kept earning Orbucks throughout the trip, which helped pay for the next hotel, flight, or car rental. 

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TRANSPORTATION

+ Train
+ Rental Car

TIP: If you haven’t driven on the right side of the car before, it’s not the easiest transition to make! It made us pretty hesitant to go out exploring, but there’s really no other way to really see the beautiful, rural spots since public transport only takes you so far and taxis are far and few between. 

TIP: Upgrade to first-class for about $5/adult and you will usually get a train car all to yourself! Absolutely worth it for any rides over half an hour.

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DO & SHOP

+ Stratford Upon Avon: Shakespeare’s hometown full of charming shops, historical tours, tea rooms, and a Harry Potter inspired shop that is just like walking into Diagon Alley. *Try the butter beer!
+ Castle tours: Check hours and admission costs before going as costs and hours vary greatly.
+ Picnics and parks

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+ Oxford: Harry Potter haunts, incredible architecture, darling shops and the best food we had in England

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+ Hikes
+ Quaint bookstores
+ Armory Museum ( of course my 3 year old loved this! )

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+ Antique stores
+ Quaint children’s boutiques and toy stores

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EAT

TIP: Don’t forget the grocery store! Rural areas are the best for eating at home. We would buy some food specific to the area we were in and our kids’ favorites to give them a taste of home while we were away. Macaroni and cheese never tasted so good.

+ Bakeries ( always and forever, amen )
+ Local favorites: Ask around and find out the locals’ favorites
+ Candy shops: So fun for the little ones and great to stop by before a traveling day

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WOULD’VE / COULD’VE / SHOULD’VE
We should’ve kept it shorter. We stayed for 7 days but 4 would’ve been perfect!

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REFERENCES 
Check out our Pinterest Board, Traveling with Kids, for our favorite websites and articles on traveling with little ones! London is toward the bottom!

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