How to Plan a Birthday Party for Your Child

​Whether you set aside a few months or just a week to organize your child's birthday party, we got you covered. Here you can find the ultimate list of all the things you need to do to make the best birthday party ever. It doesn’t matter if you are planning a small gathering or giant party, with these tips everything that is left to do is to find a perfect birthday gift for your kid.

​Choosing a space

​Choosing a space

​We suggest that you first compile a list of invitees, as this is the starting point for any further steps. According to the number of children and adults you expect on your birthday, choose a space that has the right capacity. When choosing a space, keep in mind the age of your child as well as the other children who will be present.

​Birthday cake

​Birthday cake

​The size and therefore the weight of the cake should be in accordance with the planned number of guests. It is often the case that there are two cakes with different flavors – a larger one (the main cake, with candles) and a smaller cake.

Chocolate cakes generally go well. If you have two cakes, they should have different flavors - for example, one chocolate, and the other fruit. Avoid common allergens in the cake to avoid any side effects. Of course, you can also ask guests in advance if they have any allergies to food.

​Animators

​A birthday party in a beautiful, comfortable space that both children and adults enjoy is certainly something we all wish for. However, what makes a birthday memorable is having a good time. Consider hiring an animator or getting a trampoline. If you already have one in mind then the matter is resolved.

​What kind of animation did you envision and what would suit your child, according to its age and temperament? Some children are afraid of noisy animation, but also those who adore dynamics. Don't lose sight of these things. It would certainly be a good idea to check that the animator's energy matches what you envisioned for your child's birthday party.

​Salty food

​Salty food

​Miniature croissants, mini pizzas, and mini sandwiches are proved to be the most practical on children's birthdays. The second most common type of salted serving is barbecue, which now also exists in mini form. Keep in mind that the best food for kids is the one they can eat alone without making too much of a mess. The method of serving can be a buffet table with special decorations, or a serving plate put on each table.

​Sweet spot

​You can leave the creation of a sweet table to the experts, or you can make it yourself. If you choose to do it on your own keep in mind that this is a big project. You can also skip this tip entirely.

​The most common treats on the sweet table are muffins, creams in small glasses or jars, gingerbread, lollipops, and candy bars with little messages for your guests. For decorations, you can use nice bowls, decorative boxes, toys (dolls, characters of famous heroes…), balloons, and flags with the name of the birthday kid...

​Photographer

​It shouldn’t be you, because you will be busy with guests. Ask one of your friends or find a professional photographer. If you decide to entrust this to a professional photographer, all you have to do is find the right one. Some photographers have profiled themselves for children's birthdays and are thus able to capture important moments better than others. Remember to make a few videos too. It's nice that at least the birthday song is filmed.

​Birthday attire

Birthday attire

​For their child birthday, parents often choose festive tulle dresses for girls and butterfly bowls for boys. It's all sweet, but make sure your kid is comfortable, and that the type of clothing material is appropriate for the weather. If the birthday is themed, you can choose a wardrobe accordingly.

4 Things You Should Know About Postpartum Exercise

After a natural birth without complications, light physical activity can begin after six weeks. In the case of the cesarean section, the waiting period is eight weeks. In both cases, you need to get the approval of your gynecologist that you can start exercising. Initially, the training should not last more than thirty minutes, three to four times a week. You can start some light treadclimber exercises. Probably, you’re still not prepared for going to the gym so buying a treadclimber for the home workout is always a good investment because it can be a benefit for the whole family... After three months of childbirth, you can start with a more intense workout, but you need to keep in mind that our body is still recovering.

​How to choose your exercises

​How to choose your exercises

In the first part of your recovery, it is very important that you listen to your body and not strive for a quick boost of your fitness level. Your goal should be to enhance the recovery of pelvic muscles as well as the deep muscles of the abdomen. It is very important not to do classic abdomen endurance exercises, as well as all the exercises that put extra pressure on the muscles of the stomach and lower back.

Various fast walking techniques are used to achieve weight reduction. In addition, the entire complex of ground floor exercises is based on the principle of resistance and hydraulics. Go for a light walk or use a treadmill. Your training should end with specific stretching exercises, after which you will feel more energy, which, with a cheerful mood, is a sign that the exercises were appropriate.

​Baby and exercise

Of course, you can exercise during breastfeeding, but the intensity of your workout must be moderate. You should always breastfeed your baby before training. Sufficient fluid and nutrient intake are important. As time goes on and you slowly start improving your fitness level, your training will also become more demanding.

As the baby grows so does your selection of exercises, because after three months your child can be an active participant. In the fourth to sixth month (which is a turning point if you persist) your results will rapidly start to show because of all that exercise. That is why it is very important not to give up. During this period you will feel the taste of victory by being able to fit into your old jeans again.​

​The most effective exercise is from 5 to 10 months postpartum

​Intense training is not recommended in the first 4 months because of the potential harmful impact on your body and lactation quality. That is why it is very important for women who intend to return to their previous weight to take advantage of the period between the 5th and 10th months. The experience of losing weight at this interval is fantastic. After 10 months, the return to physical status before pregnancy is more difficult.

​In practice, this means that after 10 months, it will take you much more time to achieve a massive reduction in your weight, and it will take longer to make the muscle fibers compact. If you start light exercises earlier, you will have enough energy and strength for all obligations that follow in the life of childbirth.

​Don’t start too early

​Don’t start too early

Although physical activity is generally good for health, doing exercises the wrong way, especially when the body is weak after childbirth, can do more harm than good. Some women feel they have to lose their weight and tighten their belly immediately after giving birth. It is because they see all those celebrities who have allegedly succeeded in doing so. Because of this, they do endurance training, tummy tucks and similar training that can exacerbate certain conditions resulting from pregnancy - for example, abdominal muscle splitting.

​Every pregnancy, whether a woman gives birth naturally or by cesarean section, puts pressure on her pelvic muscles and potentially damages them. Therefore, no woman should do intense training for at least four months after giving birth. But with light exercises, you can start almost right away.

6 Things Every Postpartum Moms Should Consider When Buying Shapewear

After covering postpartum underwear here on The Impressive Kids, we’re going to go into more depth about postpartum shapewear and how to choose the right one. Many moms worry about getting their pre-pregnancy body back and starting to feel confident again but can’t find the time to exercise regularly once the baby comes. Shapewear can really come in handy in this situation. So, with that in mind, here are a few things to consider when buying shapewear for the first time.

Goals

First of all, decide what you want the shapewear for. One thing you should know about it is that it’s not meant to make you lose weight. Designer Kiana Anvaripour provided an overview stating, “Properly fitted undergarments improve your posture, your confidence, and the way you walk, which gives you an all-over sleeker physique.”

Well-fitting garments compress areas that are loose from giving birth which all moms should have the option to do. It can also be beneficial in recovering from a diastasis recti. Today’s Parent explains that binders provide support for abs that have separated during pregnancy until a woman makes a full recovery.

Wearability

The correct shapewear should be easy to put on, remove, and adjust. If it makes you feel uncomfortable every few minutes, then it probably isn’t the right fit or design for you. Look for fabric that's elastic and breathable so that it can stay on all day.

There are even materials that promise moisture and odor control so that you can keep it on even as you sleep without needing to wash it every day. Wearability also means that the undergarment should be easy to hide under your regular clothes. Make sure that the band doesn’t clump in places and clasps don’t poke out. The goal is to make you more confident in your postpartum body without worrying if the shapewear is obvious.

Size

Sizing really depends on the product you’ll end up choosing. On average, women gain 2-4 dress sizes after they give birth so you want to make sure that it’s tailored to your postpartum physique.

Style

Shapewear comes in different styles, from bodysuits for overall contouring or corsets that specifically target the tummy. The shapewear listed on Woman Within includes waist cinchers, tummy shapers, and curvewear that extend down to the thighs, all of which do a great job of de-emphasizing said features.

If you’re going back to work, curvewear that also compress the thighs might help you feel more confident in wearing skirts and slacks again. If you’re homebound, it might be easier to slip in and out of a waist cincher. Go with whatever caters to your personal style and postpartum needs.

Mobility

New moms have a lot on their plate and need to move around which is why it’s important to find shapewear that doesn’t hinder you from performing your daily chores. Good shapewear doesn’t just make you appear slimmer; it should also provide support to the hips and the back. Improving your posture is also one way to hasten the recovery process.

Comfort

There are fabrics that can be irritating depending on the type of your skin so it’s vital that you’re careful in choosing the material. Moms who underwent a C-section also need to think about getting the right amount of compression for their incision, according to an article by Healthline.

As the swelling subsides, you have to be able to adjust the size of the binder in order to provide adequate support and comfort at the same time. At the end of the day, getting back to a physically active lifestyle is what will ultimately help improve your fitness level and remedy conditions such as diastasis recti. That being said, there is no harm in using shapewear, as it can act as a confidence booster and help in recovery.

The Best Sleeping Positions During and After Pregnancy

Sleeping can be rather difficult when you’re pregnant, so you may find you’ll need to change a few of your regular sleeping positions once you start carrying a baby. There are a number of reasons for this discomfort, including increased abdomen size, back pain, heartburn, and shortness of breath.

Here are a few helpful tips to help you get a good night’s rest.​

​Your Pillow Is Your Friend

Sleeping on your side, or “SOS”, is by far the best position for you during pregnancy. It’s even better if you sleep on your left side, as it helps with the nutrients and blood that travel to your placenta and baby. It also helps keep you from pushing too hard down on your liver as your body weight increases.

To be more comfortable in this position, keep your legs and knees bent and add a pillow. You can use a small cushion, or opt for a wedge-shaped pillow, which will also come in handy when you’ll be nursing.

If you have back pain, place a pillow under your abdomen. Note that sometimes this position can cause heartburn, in which case it’s recommended to use pillows to prop up your upper body as well.

If you are experiencing shortness of breath, place a pillow under your side to help raise your chest. At first it might be difficult to sleep like this if you’re used to other positions, but try it out and experiment with your pillows until you find a formula that’s comfortable.

Your symptoms and discomforts will evolve from the first to third trimester, and so will you sleeping patterns. Purchasing a body pillow early on in your pregnancy can be very useful in helping you find the most comfortable sleeping position.

Sleeping Positions to Avoid

There are a few sleeping positions you should avoid during pregnancy. For example, sleeping on your back can give you back aches, breathing problems, hemorrhoids, low blood pressure, and harm your digestive system. Plus, it can also decrease circulation to your baby as your abdomen is resting on your intestines and the major blood vessels in that area.

One of the main vessels is the inferior vena cava (IVC), which carries blood from the lower to the middle body and to the heart. When on your back, you constrict this vessel and your aorta, which also constricts blood flow to the placenta. This can actually cause you to wake up with your heart racing and short of breath.

If you’re unable to switch to sleeping on your side after a lifetime of sleeping on your back, then try sleeping on your back at a 45 degree angle, propped up on some pillows.

There are challenges to sleeping on your stomach, especially later in your pregnancy once your stomach has grown. For some, sleeping on their stomach early in pregnancy may not be comfortable due to breast sensitivity or tenderness.

Generally, you can sleep on your stomach for the first 16 to 18 weeks of your pregnancy, depending on how big your belly is getting. Not only will sleeping on your stomach grow increasingly uncomfortable as your pregnancy progresses, but doing so comes with the same safety risks as sleeping on your back.

When you sleep face down it can still cause your stomach to move inside, press against the IVC, and restrict blood flow, and sleeping on your right side still compresses the IVC, so your left side is still the best. Using your pregnancy pillow to better prop up your uterus also helps.

How to Sleep After Giving Birth

After giving birth you should be able to sleep in any position, although some moms find that sleeping on their stomachs puts pressure on their breasts and reduces their milk supply when breastfeeding.

For new moms worried about getting their pre-pregnancy body back, sleeping on your stomach while breastfeeding has been linked to women developing saggy breasts after pregnancy. If you’ve had a c-section or a complicated delivery, it’s also important to avoid sleeping on your stomach to ensure a speedy recovery.

Some new moms also experience breathing problems and obstructive sleep apnea due to elevated hormone levels. The trick to relieving these postpartum breathing problems and getting better sleep is to prop up the upper body, just as was done during pregnancy.

The bottom line? Get comfortable -- you’ll be needing all the rest you can get!

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