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 >

International GBS Awareness Month

Did you know that July is International GBS Awareness Month? What is "GBS" you ask, and why should we be aware of it? Group B Strep (GBS) is a bacteria that can be found in the intestines, rectum, vagina and urinary tract of 1 in 4 pregnant women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and GBS can cause illness and possibly death in an infected newborn. Do I have your attention now?  Good. Luckily there are ways to prevent GBS infection! Please take a moment to learn more about GBS, and ways to prevent GBS Infection in…read more >
Why Everyone Needs a Postpartum Doula

Why Everyone Needs a Postpartum Doula

What is a postpartum doula? Why would anyone need one? Since my recent transition from neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) RN to postpartum doula, I get asked these questions a lot. People are typically more familiar with the birth doula, and usually when anyone uses the term “doula,” they typically are referring to someone who supports births.  Postpartum doulas are the reinforcements that arrive after you're home with your new little one. The challenges of postpartum are many.  Weeks (ahem, years) without a decent night’s sleep.  As a new mom that breastfeeds, you are no longer an individual, but a food source--…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 >