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Easing New Mom Anxiety

Easing New Mom Anxiety
Becoming a mom changes us. Not just in a naturally progressive kind of way, but in a deep, shaken-to-the-core kind of way. Anxiety surfaced with my new life as a mother. Sure, there were anxious times or periods of high stress before kids, but somehow I was a lot better at coping with it then. Maybe it was the fact that I got a full night’s sleep, or that I didn’t have the pressure or guilt associated with being the “perfect” mom. My previous fears seemed so small compared to the fierce love and mama bear instinct that kicked in nearly immediately upon meeting my little humans. Was I fit to do this? Did I really have what it would take? Continue reading

Baby Massage

Baby Massage

All three of my children love to be massaged. It was a ritual we began when they were babies and has gotten us through infant colic, teething, nighttime growing pains, stress, and provided a special bonding experience for any pre-bedtime wind-down. As they grow older, sometimes these massages are the platform for precious conversations and a means to bring calm after a hard day. 

This powerful tool is too good to not recommend to every mama, so we have created a simple, useful, downloadable guide that covers everything from the benefits of baby massage to creating the best environment. At the end of the download are guidelines that you can cut out and keep in the nursery to help get you started. 

Cheers to hours of bonding and special memories that will last a lifetime!

 

What is Baby Massage?

Infant massage is a gentle, soothing therapy that has been shown to have physical and psychological benefits. It’s also a wonderful way to bond with your baby.

 

The Benefits of Baby Massage

  • Stimulates brain activity and releases oxytocin
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Increases alertness/heightens awareness
  • Reduces stress hormones
  • Improves immune function
  • Enhances development of the nervous system
  • Aids with digestion
  • Relieves discomfort of gas, colic, constipation
  • Deepens bonding between baby and parent/caregiver
  • Helps parent/caregiver respond to baby’s cues
  • Enhances communication between baby and parent/caregiver
  • Creates an opportunity for father, grandparent, or another special person in baby’s life to bond
  • Improves relaxation, sleep
  • Deepens baby’s feelings of security and overall well-being

 

The Process

Create a comforting environment.

  • Set aside 15-30 minutes of uninterrupted, distraction-free time
  • Choose a time when baby is happy and alert
  • Make sure temperature is warm enough so baby doesn’t get cold
  • Dim the lights and play a favorite lullaby album, or enjoy the quiet
  • Remove all jewelry that could scratch or distract
  • Follow up massage with snuggle or rocking time

 

Begin massage using these guidelines:

  • Make eye contact
  • Before you begin, request permission from your baby. This develops trust and respect; empowering him /her to accept or reject their body being touched
  • Watch for cues of engagement
  • Use gentle, fluid strokes (not so light that it tickles)
  • Keep strokes slow and relaxing; avoid over-stimulating baby by going too fast
  • Move from baby’s center, outwards (example: move from baby’s upper thigh down to his /her feet)
  • Balance – if you massage the right arm, massage the left arm next
  • Do each stroke 3 times and watch for cues from baby to continue or move to next stroke

 

Baby Massage GuideZoe Organics Baby Massage Guide

Click here for our FREE Baby Massage Guide!

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Sweet Dreams: Spotify playlists

Bonus!

We’ve created three playlists for lullaby/sleepytime, that are each a bit different, but that are all relaxing, beautiful music. We hope you enjoy!

 

 

Sweet Dreams 1

Sweet Dreams 2

Sweet Dreams 3

 

 

 

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A Quick Update On Our Intimate Collection

A Quick Update On Our Intimate Collection

In 2016 we did a soft launch of our Intimate Collection with three beautiful products – Body Oil, Aroma Oil and Candle. We introduced this collection with a lot of passion, especially because we saw a need for them in our own lives. And as we delve deeper into our understanding and concern for all areas of women's health and wellness, we have recognized the value of sexual wellness and the need for quality, safe and (enjoyable, delightful) products that support a sense of inner peace, inspire affection, and set the mood for that beautiful intimate connection that can exist between partners. 

 

Zoe Organics Intimate Collection

 

After we launched this collection, we asked for your feedback and suggestions. What we found was that you too have a desire for clean sexual health products! Not just any “clean” products... products that are much different than what is currently on the market.

Since our initial launch, we've been taking your feedback and we are working behind the scenes to tweak and improve this collection and bring you more products. It will take time, but man, it’s going to be worth it!

 

Zoe Organics Intimate Collection

 

This week we restocked the Body Oil (just in time for Valentine’s Day) and, WOW, you have blown us away with your response! This amazing organic oil is flying off the shelves, and we couldn’t be happier.

 

Zoe Organics Intimate Collection Body Oil, No.1

 

If you haven’t checked out our 100% organic Intimate Collection Body Oil No. 1 yet, you can see it here.

Also, we want to hear from you! Please comment below, email us, or head over to our last post in Instagram, with any products ideas that you think should be added to our Intimate Collection. Tell us as well if you enjoyed the Aroma Oil and Candle. We want to make products that enrich your life, so please let us know your thoughts! 

xo,

Team ZO

 

Zoe Organics Intimate Collection

 

 

 

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