Monday, December 28, 2015

Prenatal Yoga Classes

Are you pregnant?  Want to stay in shape, practice breathing techniques, and meet some other expecting moms?  Come take prenatal yoga at A Mother's Haven Boutique and Educational Center in Encino!

Prenatal Yoga Classes are held on Mondays at 7pm and Thursdays at 6pm - you are welcome to come once or twice a week, and you can start anytime during your pregnancy - no experience necessary!

$18/drop-in
$100 for 10 Class Series

Call (818) 380-3111 to reserve your spot - or register online at http://shopthehaven.com/products/classes/10-series-yoga-registration/

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w. shopthehaven.com

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Say Goodbye to Back Pains and Hello to the Support You Need!

Ah the joys of pregnancy! You're glowing, your belly's growing... and with that, sometimes you develop back problems. Lucky for you there are now a number of support products to ease discomfort and let you progress with ease and style.


As your belly grows, you may find it uncomfortable and difficult to move with this sudden new weight. The Upsie Belly by Belly Bandit provides immediate relief, making it easier to increase your range of motion and daily activity throughout your pregnancy. Featuring revolutionary SecureStretch materials that mold to your body with just the right amount of tension. This allows for strong support and a stable fit while the exclusive soft-front closure allows you to move freely, without digging or discomfort. Because your baby bump is all the matters, Upsie Belly is created from ultra soft bamboo made from viscose materials.

Instantly relieves pregnancy discomforts:

- Minimizes stretch marks
- Adds back and abdominal support
- Helps relieve bladder discomfort
- Increases circulation and blood flow
- Eases sciatic, back and leg pain
- Provides extra support to hips
- Decreases varicose veins, hernias & hemorrhoids
- 12” of adjustability to grow with your belly
- Aids in post hysterectomy recovery.

The SOOTHING HOT/COLD PACK INCLUDED Fits conveniently into built in back pocket!

This band works DOUBLE DUTY! Use it AFTER you deliver for added comfort and relief. Simply turn the belt around and fasten it in the back so the hot/cold pack lays over your healing belly.

It's smooth and invisible under clothing, as well as machine washable, so you can wear it everyday!

If you have a history of back problems, or are carrying mutiples, or even if you just need stronger support, the Gabrialla Maternity Support Belt is what you've been waiting for!

This strong support belt creates warmth and increased blood flow to the lower back, thus encouraging flexible muscles and therapeutic healing. By providing support and compression to the hips, the garment helps to stabilize the weakened hip area and reduce pain. Belt helps maintain proper posture and prevent stretch marks.


The Gabrialla Maternity Support Belt is highly recommended by doctors as an excellent abdominal support and to reduce lower back pain. It promotes proper posture and balance while allowing you to continue an active lifestyle.

To purchase any of our pregnancy & postpartum products, feel free to visit us online or come by the store.

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w. shopthehaven.com

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Raising a child with a healthy self esteem!


Nurturing your toddler's self-esteem is essential to boosting his self-worth and laying the foundation for your child's development as he tries things on his own. Self-esteem is believed to come from having a sense of belonging, believing that we're capable, and knowing our contributions are valued and worthwhile. As a parent, you want to ensure that your child develops pride and self-respect — in himself and in his cultural roots — as well as faith in his ability to handle any life's challenges - whether social or educational. Here are ten simple strategies to help boost your child's self-esteem:

Give unconditional love. A child's self-worth blossoms with the kind of no-strings-attached devotion that says, "I love you, no matter who you are or what you do." So go ahead and lavish your child with love. Give him/her plenty of cuddles, kisses, and pats on the shoulder. And don't forget to tell him/her how much you love them.

Discipline with love. Your child benefits the most when you accept him/her for who they are regardless of strengths, difficulties, temperament, or abilities. And if/when you do have to correct your child, make it clear that it's his behavior — not him — that's unacceptable. For instance, instead of saying, "You're a being a bad boy! Why can't you be good?" you can say, "Pushing (friend's name) isn't nice. It hurts and gives him an ouchie." This also allows your child to develop empathy.

Give undivided attention. Carve out time to spend one-on-one time with your child. This sends the message that you think s/he's important and valuable. It could just be a few minutes of talking/ reading/playing/interacting on some level while making eye contact and affirming your child's self worth. When you're strapped for time, let your child know it without ignoring his needs. Acknowledge them by saying something like "tell me about the tower you built with your legos, and then I'll make dinner."

Set limits. Establish reasonable rules for your toddler/preschooler - make sure it's something they can follow like eating snacks at the dinner table or cleaning up after playing. Be specific with your rules, if you tell him to put his dirty close away - make sure to tell him where they go (hamper) and make sure he understands that's the only place they go (ie not the floor or his bed). Rules give children a sense of security and stability. It may take constant repetition initially, but with some encouragement he will learn to follow the rules. If you're clear and consistent while show him that you trust him to do the right thing, he will.

Support taking healthy risks. Encourage your child to explore something new, such as trying a different food, finding a new pal, or riding a bike, etc. Though there's always the possibility of failure, without risk there's little opportunity for success. So let your child safely experiment, and resist the urge to intervene. If he's showing frustration with a task, don't try to "rescue" him. You'll build his self-esteem by balancing your need to protect him with his need to tackle new tasks.

Celebrate the positive. Everyone responds well to encouragement, so make an effort to acknowledge the good things your child does every day within his earshot. They'll enjoy hearing good things said ABOUT them as opposed to TO them. they'll get to bask in the glow of your praise and the person's heartening response. Be specific about what your your child did. This will enhance his sense of accomplishment and self-worth and let him know exactly what he did right.

Let mistakes happen. These are valuable lessons for your child's confidence. So if your child puts his juice too close to the edge of the table and it tips, encourage him to think about what he might do differently next time. That way his self-esteem won't drop and he'll understand that it's okay to make mistakes sometimes. Also, when you goof up yourself, admit it, so he sees adults make mistakes too but show him what you do to correct them. Acknowledging and recovering from your mistakes sends an important message to your child to accept his own shortcomings.

Listen well. If your child needs to talk, stop and listen to what he has to say. He needs to know that his thoughts, feelings, desires, and opinions are heard and matter. Help him get comfortable with his emotions by labeling them. Say, "I understand you're sad because you have to say bye to your friends." By accepting his emotions without judgment, you validate his feelings and show that you value what he has to say. If you share your own feelings ("I'm excited about going out to see a movie"), he'll gain confidence expressing his own.

Resist comparisons. Comments such as "Why can't you be more like your brother/sister?" or "Why can't you be nice like (a friend)?" will just remind your child of where he struggles in a way that fosters shame, envy, and competition. Sometimes even positive comparisons, such as "You're the best player" could be potentially damaging since a child can find it hard to live up to this image. If you let your child know you appreciate him for the unique individual he is, he'll be more likely to value himself too.

Find the balance between encouragement and praise.
Make sure to reward the task, not just the person to let your child know you acknowledge his efforts as well as his accomplishments. Provide the kind of support encourages progress — not just rewarding achievement. So if your preschooler is struggling to fasten his seat belt, you could say, "You're trying very hard and you almost have it!" instead of "Not like that. Let me do it." offer empathy and acknowledge his feelings. You can dole out the praise judiciously and offer encouragement liberally - it will help your child grow up to feel good about himself.

And for a bonus eleventh tip - enjoy your time with your kids. Really learn to appreciate the special moments - your kids already do!

A Mother's Haven takes pride in trying to help our "moms" with any issues, questions or concerns. We support your child rearing views and encourage mothers to trust their gut and feel empowered by motherhood. We're always here to be a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on. Feel free to give us a call at (818) 380-3111 or drop by the store.

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w. shopthehaven.com

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Choosing the Right Belly Bandit for You

The Belly Bandit wrap is designed exclusively with a woman's post pregnancy body in mind. The seamless creation hugs your body for a comfy inconspicuous fit under most garments. The smooth, tagless design and latex free materials won't irritate most skins.


Among many of its benefits, you'll find that the Belly bandit:
- Provides a Slimmer Look Instantly
- Helps lose inches faster
- Reduces Discomfort
- Supports Back & Legs
- Adds Support While Breastfeeding
- Improves Posture

HELPFUL HINTS FOR SIZING YOUR BELLY BANDIT
 
 
SIZES
BAND SIZE FITS BELLY SIZE
X-SMALL 28"-32" /71 cm-83cm
SMALL 33-37"/ 84cm-95cm
MEDIUM 38"-43" / 96cm-111cm
LARGE 44"-49"/ 112cm-126cm
X-LARGE 50"-57"/ 127cm-126cm



Due to the size and shape variations in women's bodies, it may be tricky to size yourself for a Belly Bandit. Correct sizing is essential for comfort and product effectiveness. Buying a Belly Bandit that is too large will not wear well under clothing and may affect end results. There is no exact science that fits all women, but don't fret, here are some tips.....

In the eighth month many women will be the same size as they will be post delivery. Simply measure the circumference of your belly starting at your belly button. Choose the corresponding band for your size.

Just prior to delivery simply subtract 3-5 inches from your belly measurement. Select the corresponding band for that size.

If you purchase your Belly Bandit after you give birth, simply choose the corresponding band for your belly size.

FINDING THE RIGHT STYLE

The Belly Bandit has been so successful at trimming down new moms' waistlines, they've expanded their brand to include a variety of styles.

The specialized graded elastic Bamboo Belly Bandit style helps to aid in tightening the belly, as well as the Original Belly Bandit, minimizing stretch marks and supporting core muscle structure. This is definitely a perfect balance of outstanding comfort and compression.

While another fantastic bamboo option - the Belly Bandit B.F.F will likely become your very best friend for 6-8 weeks after you deliver, the B.F.F. also stands for Body Formulated Fit. We listened closely to women around the world and combined their feedback. Utilizing a corset inspired construction and eco-friendly super-soft Promodal, our premier band features many unique fit and fabrication advantages.

The patent pending design creates the ability for mom to have two different panels of compression that simultaneously cinch the waist and conform to your body to create a natural silhouette – because we are all not built the same. As a fabric blend that comes directly from nature, Promodal offers optimum moisture management, smooth fiber structure to help avoid skin irritations, and a reduced growth of bacteria, to name a few.

The B.F.F. has been created and shaped just like a woman’s body, making sure both Mother and Mother Earth are happy.

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w. shopthehaven.com

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Packing Tips for Traveling with Babies


Little travelers need a surprising amount of stuff! Here are some tips and a checklist of items that can help alleviate stress while traveling.

- Start preparing to pack a few days before you travel. Keep a running list of things to take, or put items out on a table or dresser as you think of them.
- Use a diaper bag with a waterproof lining and a shoulder strap.
- Be prepared for leaky diapers and baby spit-up on the airplane: Tuck an extra outfit or two for your baby – and an extra shirt for you – into your carry-on bag.
- Prevent leaks by packing medicines and toiletries in resealable plastic bags.
- Pack each of your baby's outfits in its own zipped plastic bag so you don't have to hunt around for tiny socks, shirts, and so on.
- Take your camera, battery charger, and an extra memory card.
- Take a clip-on reading light so you can read without disturbing your baby.
- Take the phone number for your baby's health care provider in case you have questions while you're on the road.

Packing Checklist
- Diapers - The rule of thumb is to take one for each hour you'll be in transit, plus extras in case of delays
- If you use cloth diapers, make sure to also take all your extra pads and cleaning essentials.
- Pad or blanket to put under your baby during diaper changes
- Blankets - Bring a few — you'll use them to lay your baby on, cover your baby, cover yourself if you're nursing, protect your clothes from messy burps, shade your baby, and more
- Nursing Shawl - if you're nursing
- Breast pump - some like the pump in style or freestyle for their convenient mobility while others prefer a manual handheld because it's smaller.
- Plastic bags - Carry a variety of sizes for storing soiled diapers, clothes, and blankets.
- Diaper rash cream. Those by Motherlove, and Earth Mama Angel Baby are among our moms' favorites.
- Wipes. Gaia Bamboo Baby Wipes are made from a soft bamboo cloth with natural and organic extracts to gently cleanse, soothe, and care for your baby's skin at changing time.
- Small bottles of disinfecting hand gel, body wash, and baby lotion.
- Tissues or Boogie Wipes
- Soothies and Extra pacifiers (if your baby uses one). Products like Sophie The Giraffe and the Caaocho Ball Rainbow Sensory Ball are an absolute must for the majority of our moms.
- A few of your baby's favorite toys. Haba and PlanToys make wonderful eco-friendly wooden toys that are high quality with no harmful additives and colorings.
- Clothes, socks, and booties or shoes - Two outfits per day is a good guideline.
- Washable bibs
- Sun hat and sunblock.
- Lightweight plastic feeding set with utensils, snack packs and baby food.
- If your baby's eating solid foods - Formula, water, and juice if necessary.
- Extra bottles, nipples, and sippy cups if appropriate
- Nightlight - Especially if you're staying at a hotel - this allows you to keep the lighting soothingly soft for middle-of-the-night diaper changes. It's also good if your baby uses one or in fact having anything familiar your baby will use to help him sleep.
- First-aid kit
- Baby pain reliever (for teething or ear aches) and supplies for treating minor injuries
- Sling/Wrap or baby carrier - Keep it lightweight - it's a wonderful hands-free way to keep your baby close in crowded places like airports.
- Portable crib or play yard - creates a safe place for your baby to sleep or play
- Inflatable baby bathtub - makes for an easier bath time at your destination
- Car seat for safer travel by car or plane
- Collapsible stroller that can be gate-checked or stored in the overhead bin of an airplane.

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w. shopthehaven.com

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

How to Interact with a Newborn

I was pretty clueless when my daughter was born. In 2000 I had never heard of tummy time or Baby Einstein. I followed my instincts and spent my time with her holding her, singing to her, talking to her, lying on the floor with her, going for walks and of course nursing her and changing a lot of diapers! I even managed to give her a bath every so often.
When teaching newborn care classes many parents ask me what to do with a baby all day (and night) long. The obvious basic care of feeding, diapering, bathing and dressing are clear to them but what else?

Here are some ways to interact with your newborn:

hold her
massage her daily
 Touch is the most important sense in newborns. The more a baby is touched or held, the more it lowers her stress, promotes healthy weight gain, enhances her immune system and lowers her heart rate.

– do tummy time
 Tummy time has many benefits including strengthening the back and neck muscles, which will help her learn to sit up, crawl and walk. Tummy time may also help prevent a flat head caused by sleeping on her back. Start tummy time as soon as you get home from your birth place. A few times a day, lay her down on her stomach on the floor for as long as she will tolerate it. Roll up a cloth diaper and place it under her chest, as she gets stronger: this will encourage her to push up and strengthen her muscles. Lay on the floor with her and rub her back if she becomes fussy. Let tummy time last as long as the newborn is happy. If she gets too upset try again at another time.

sing to her
 Even if you don’t feel you have a great voice – your baby will love it!

talk to her
Newborns recognize their mother’s voice as soon as they are born and sometimes the partner’s as well. They will move their heads toward the origin of the sound. When talking to a newborn, be descriptive and use different voice levels. For example, when in the grocery store, tell her what you are doing, “I’m picking out three red apples to eat later.” Talking to her in descriptive ways engages her, teaches her about conversation and teaches her words. Begin this as soon as possible. People may think it is odd, but when the newborn is about a year old, she will understand many words and respond to them. This will make it easier to communicate with her and it is fun!

make eye contact
– get a mobile and bright-colored toys
A newborn’s vision is generally blurred, but she can see clearly about eight to fourteen inches in front of her. She is able to follow objects, but her eyes do not always work in tandem, so she may look cross-eyed at times. Newborns prefer black, white, and bright colors like red and yellow. They are also drawn to bull’s eye shapes like eyes and nipples. Newborns like faces especially and will also notice light, patterns, movement and shapes.

– go for walks
Getting outside is good for you both. It is a brand new environment for her to see, hear and feel. Wear her if you feel comfortable or use a stroller. You may find this helps her fall asleep also.
Finally, do what I did – follow your instincts! Trust that you are making good choices for your baby and family.

Lauren Ryan is a Supported Birth Childbirth Educator and Supported Birth Certified Doula who teaches childbirth education and newborn care at A Mother’s Haven and privately.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

8 Ways to Create the Best Birth Environment

I would have rather given birth at home, but between my insurance, being a first time mom, having a partner that was a little scared of the idea and living a mile off a dirt road that was very difficult to traverse in the rainy season, the hospital was where I needed to be. I was uncomfortable with hospitals because of past experiences with sick family members as many of us are. I was able to understand though that I was going to the hospital not because I was sick or anything was wrong, but to give birth.

While laboring at home you can mostly control the environment. No one is watching you or interrupting you, the temperature can be controlled, the lights can be adjusted, you can move around freely, take a bath or shower, light candles and go outside.

At the hospital your partner and/or doula can do their best to create an environment that works for you. By creating a birth environment that connects to the “old” part of the brain you will be thinking less, trusting your instincts and able to handle pain better because your body is releasing endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.

Components of a good birth environment:
  1. privacy
  2. warmth
  3. low lighting
  4. access to water
  5. freedom of movement
  6. familiarity
  7. pleasing scent
  8. having nature present
Here are some ways to make these work in a hospital.

Privacy – Always close the door and pull the privacy curtain every time someone enters or leaves the room. Also, if there is someone there and you do not know who they are or why they are there, politely ask their name and how they will be helping you.

Warmth – Most hospitals have individual thermostats for each room. Many times they are set at 65 degrees so check it as soon as you get in the room and make it so the temperature is comfortable for the laboring woman. Also, ask for (or find out) where the heated blankets are and drape one over a laboring mom.

Low Lighting – Find out where all the light switches are and turn the lights off. If a care provider enters the room they will ask to turn on lights if they need to. Feel free to turn them off as soon as they are done.

Access to Water – Get in the shower or tub if provided and you are able too. Soak washcloths or small towels in cool and warm water and apply to the mom’s upper or lower back or chest and/or abdomen.

Freedom of movement – Don’t get hooked up to an IV unless it is medically necessary and if you are hooked up don’t be afraid to move around, your partner or doula can move the stand as needed. If you are hooked up to an EFM move around if you need too. If the sensors slip and are not picking up the baby’s heartbeat the nurse or your doula will readjust it.

Pleasing Scent – Make a massage oil with your favorite essential oil to be used during labor. You can also bring in a plug-in diffuser that you add essential oils to. Try filling a spray bottle with water and your favorite essential oil and spry the room and linens.

Having nature present – Open the blinds if you have a window to see outside if there is a nice view. Play nature sounds. Tape pictures of nature around your room or create a slideshow for a tablet or laptop.

If you are unsure what you are or are not allowed to do the hospital room just ask!

Lauren Ryan is a Supported Birth Childbirth Educator and Supported Birth Certified Doula who teaches childbirth education and newborn care at A Mother’s Haven and privately.