Are you going to be welcoming a new baby soon? Congrats! No doubt once you begin to share your news with friends and family you start to be inundated with questions. What do you need? Can we help with a shower? Are you registered for gifts? Getting gifts for the baby and/or having a baby shower is one of the most fun things about being pregnant, at least it was for me. I generally didn’t enjoy being pregnant but I certainly loved the anticipation and getting to share my excitement with those closest to me. Baby showers are just a wee bit magical don’t you think?
But what if this is not your first rodeo and you don’t need very much. You may still want a shower and a registry because every baby deserves a party. Maybe you are a green mom or a minimalist mom. You happen to be pretty picky about what you want and like so that makes having a registry even more important.
Let’s imagine that you plan to open a registry at Target. That seems to be one of the most popular places. Heck that is where I registered for everything, including my wedding and that was almost 20 years ago. The baby options are a million times more vast and planet friendly too. If I was doing it all over again today…this baby thing…this natural mom insider would register for some of these key items:
Cloth Diapers – Amazing! The only cloth diapers you could find when my babes were wee was the cloth prefolds and plastic pants. You can still get those of course but now they have Bumkins, Bum Genius, and Thirsties. I love that moms can more easily choose cloth now.
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Nursing Accoutrements – I would definitely register for a nursing pillow such a Boppy and extra covers, some washable nursing pads, and some nipple cream/butter. You may also want a nursing cover.
Glass Baby Bottles – If you plan to do some pumping and bottle feeding then glass baby bottles are are the best to prevent exposure to plastic toxins.
Food Prep Items – If you don’t already have a food processor you may want to register for a Cuisinart Baby Food Maker to help you easily prepare healthy table foods when it comes time to start solids.
Teething Aids – Register for a non toxic teether such as Sophie the Giraffe or the Itzy Ritzy silicone teething jewelry.
A Baby Sling or Wrap – Wearing your baby is good for both mom and baby so put one, or two, or three good carriers on your registry.
Organic Baby Items – Target actually has a lot of organics for baby…clothing, blankets, crib sheets, mattresses, and more.
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There’s nothing like granola and tech as a part of your healthy, well-balanced breakfast. We certainly hope it is healthy as we all start the day with it – tech, that is. We’re still working on the granola. The alarm clock has been replaced by the smartphone. So we get up on time. We check our sleep stats to make sure we are improving in that area.
Before we finish getting dressed, we’ve got a handle on our schedule so that there are no surprises. Our tech has even told us what time we should leave to cope with weather and traffic.
After relieving our stress about the schedule, our tech is instrumental in surfacing the news that matters most to us. We have prepped the presentation to within an inch of its life. And we couldn’t be more ready to take on the day. All of that has to be a part of the good health equation. But there is so much more tech can do for our health, both directly and indirectly.
Peace of Mind
There are some very good reasons to make sure your kids are carrying a GPS device when away from home. Depending on the age of your kids, the most natural GPS device is a smartphone. That is a device they will not see as a burden, but a joy. They will want to carry it with them all the time.
If you splurge for one of the new iPhones, be sure to pick up one of the many iPhone 8 plus cases that can protect your investment. Both sides are made of glass. And it will cost more to have the back glass repaired than the front. So while your child may be voluntarily carrying a tracking device, accidents happen. Also a must have are pocket pouches or a backpack that blocks EMFs.
Your peace of mind is not just about knowing where your kids are at all times and having a way to reach them. It is also about making sure a costly investment stays in one piece. Part of good health is being able to call for help in any situation.
Nutrition Tracking and Calorie Counting
So just how many calories is that granola bar? You would know if you were using one of the best food tracking apps and calorie counting wearables. Fitbits offer a budget option for calorie tracking. The Apple Watch is the best all-around fitness tracker currently on the market for consumers, but expect to pay more for a complete package. Nutrition apps range from free to just a few dollars.
While you’re at it, be sure to use apps that automatically enter that data into the Health app if you are on the iOS platform. There are repositories for health information on other platforms as well. Just be sure those other apps and platforms use end-to-end encryption. Your health metrics are valuable to those who know how to exploit it.
Some technology is designed to help you heal such as portable bone regeneration devices that are sometimes used after surgery to stimulate bone growth. These devices are a little bigger than smartphones and operate like miniature sonograms. There was a time not so long ago when such devices were the domain of hospitals and doctor’s offices. Today, you can carry this equipment in your purse or book bag.
There are also the pill cameras that you can swallow as opposed to an invasive procedure. The camera pills pass through your system along with everything else that passes through your body, but the images are sent to a pager-sized device that you keep with you. The information is transmitted via a wireless protocol and the doctor can see detailed video imaging of every part of your digestive tract.
Whether it is tracking your kids, or tracking your diet or tracking your body’s internals, tech is an inseparable aspect of what it means to be healthy in the 21st century.