Our Favorite Baby Monitors

Our Favorite Baby Monitors

When determining what monitor(s) to get for your baby, we think it's important to consider three factors: your home, what stresses you out, and your budget. First, assess your home and think about it's layout, how far you'll be from baby, and other considerations such as if you'll have access to wifi.  For example, we live in a two story house where our kids sleep upstairs and my husband and I sleep downstairs.  A significant factor for us is the distance between us and crying babies, so we need a monitor that gives us great visibility on our kids. The…read more >

How to make “Crotchsicles” for Postpartum Recovery

"Crotchsicles" or post-recovery pads are ice packs made of witch hazel that are an essential method for healing the first few days after baby is born. Crotchsicle Ingredients Dickinson's Witch Hazel Tucks Medicated Witch Hazel Hemorrhoidal Pads Dibucaine Ointment Slim, thick maxi pad (for ice pack) Large Poise Pad to catch liquid from ice packs Instructions Place 1/2 cup (full saturation) of witch hazel on maxi pad until it is fully saturated, and then freeze.  You can layer the soaked maxi pads on top of each other in a ziplock bag in the freezer for storage.  We suggest making 15-20 crotchsicles and use them each…read more >

Tea Time with Your Vagina: How to Make a Perineal Rinse

A perineal rinse is a solution that you put in a peri squirt bottle and spray when going to the bathroom (midstream).  Some women like the solution to be cool (kept in the fridge), and others prefer it to be warm (heated up in a bowl of hot water). Ingredients Chamomile tea bags Rosemary bunch (get this close to your due date or have someone get it for you when you deliver) Hellichrysum oil (this is expensive you can use frankincense as alternative) Instructions Boil water with 6-8 tea bags and free floating rosemary bunch (few stalks) Stir until the…read more >

August Giveaway with @BellyToBeloved

Our friends at Belly to Beloved are offering a generous giveaway in August to celebrate a busy summer season of births! You can learn more about their giveaway offer on Instagram, and checkout BtoB's useful, modern and eco-friendly products that moms love on their wonderful Etsy shop! 🍉🍍It's the middle of #Summer and we're heading into the busiest birth month of my year! To celebrate I'm giving away 1 item per birth this time it's one of our wall #mobiles! I'll select a winner each time one of my clients has had their baby!! I'll then list the next item…read more >
Keeping up with the Jones’: from Infertility to Parenthood

Keeping up with the Jones’: from Infertility to Parenthood

  Here at Expecting Joy, we love hearing about our client's birth experiences and seeing photos of their babies.  Today we hear from the Jones family-- a busy working couple that, after several years of trying to get pregnant, found themselves scrambling to get educated on how to welcome their little one into the world!  Enter the Jones Family My wife and I had quite a journey to get pregnant.  After several years of disappointment, my wife was finally pregnant!  It took us a long time to really believe and accept that it was happening. When it came to signing up for…read more >
Stuff Our Doulas Recommend

Stuff Our Doulas Recommend

We often get asked what products or gear we recommend expecting parents consider for all of their baby needs.  We'll add to this last as we learn more, and we recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience.  Enjoy! Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, Expecting Joy will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.  We recommend these products because we use them ourselves or find that they are helpful, not because of the small commissions earned if you decide to buy something.  Don't drop any cash on these products unless you feel…read more >

Stay-At-Home Dad Workout (with toddler & baby)

This stay-at-home Dad uses objects found around the home, like his baby, to keep fit and active.  Exercises include: Basic Lifts (with toddler) Bench Presses (with toddler) Basic Pushups (with toddler) Curls (with baby) Situps (with baby) Some classic lines from this clip: Get a body like this by using the thing you have to look after... kids. If the weight starts complaining, you put it down and you give yourself 2 minutes. Children weigh between 20-30 lbs., which is also the ideal weight for chest presses First you beckon the weight... the weight will need a onesie for this...…read more >

Meet Hannah, the newest Expecting Joy doula

    Hannah Rutan is the newest doula to join the Expecting Joy team.  As a graduate from Robert’s Wesleyan College in upstate New York, she has, most recently, been working as an Registered Nurse at Eastside Family Health Center in Kirkland.  During her early education, Hannah supported a few births and instantly knew that her passions were in this line of work. She received her doula training at the Simkin Center/Bastyr University and she considers it a true privilege to work along side families as they prepare for the beauty of bringing a little miracle into this world! Why did you originally want to become…read more >