Why You Should Take a Postpartum Sitz Bath

A postpartum sitz bath is a great tool for self-care after delivery, especially within those first couple of weeks.

A sitz bath can be used for a variety of medical conditions, but it’s especially useful after childbirth to help heal and cleanse the area around the perineum.

Postpartum Sitz Bath | The ultimate guide to everything you should know about a postpartum sitz bath, including sitz bath benefits. A postpartum sitz bath is a great form of postpartum care and postpartum recovery. It helps speed up the healing process of childbirth and soothes any postpartum soreness.

The postpartum period is something that is near to my heart, because it’s such a raw time for new mothers. It’s a time of healing, bonding, learning – as well as an emotional rollercoaster. I think it’s important to prepare for this postpartum chapter while pregnant, so this post is the beginning my “preparing for baby” series.

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What is a Postpartum Sitz Bath?

During a postpartum sitz bath, you soak in 2-3″ of warm water. You can add ingredients like epsom salt, essential oils and herbal water (with herbs strained).

The warm water speeds up the healing process, because warm water boosts blood flow to the area.

The sitz bath also soothes soreness and irritation due to the water relaxing muscles in combination with the gentle herbs and essential oils.

Lastly, a sitz bath will help you cleanse your perineum.

How do I Take a Postpartum Sitz Bath?

Before we begin, always speak with your doctor about any questions you may have regarding a sitz bath.

1. Decide What Type of Bath You’ll Take

We know that taking full baths right after delivery isn’t suggested, so you’ll just want to soak in 2-3 inches of warm water so that your private parts are covered.

You can do this in a bathtub or you can go with a wash basin that fits over your toilet. I prefer the wash basin, because it’s easier to clean postpartum and I find it hard to get in and out of a tub right after delivery as well.

2. Add What You Want into Your Bath

Some people just opt for a sitz bath with a bit of epsom salts in it, but you can really boost soothing by also adding herbal water or essential oils.

I recommend getting a pre-made sitz bath soak to make your life easier and take the guesswork out of what type of herbs to use as well as their ratios.

3. Soak for 15-20 minutes

Soak in the sitz bath for up to 15-20 minutes. Afterward you’ll want to air dry a bit before getting dressed.

Other Ways to Use Sitz Bath Soak

You can also mix a bit of your sitz bath soak with water and add them to a peri bottle (a postpartum must-have) to use after you use the bathroom.

You can also add this solution to a DIY “padsicle” and freeze for a soothing ice pack.

Are you planning on using a postpartum sitz bath? If you have in the past did you find them helpful?

I hope you find comfort in the “preparing for baby” series. Preparing for everything you and baby will need before delivery is a great way to put your mind at ease.

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The Secret Behind Roasting a Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey (6 Quick Tips)

Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is such a labor of love, so the last thing you want when you finally sit down to enjoy the fruits of this labor is a dry turkey!

Thankfully, there are 6 secrets to creating a juicy Thanksgiving turkey!

Here are 6 tricks of the trade, for a juicy turkey! You don’t have to use all six tips, but incorporating at least a couple of these tips will certainly upgrade your next Thanksgiving dinner!

1. Use a Fresh Turkey

Using a fresh turkey is one major secret of roasting a juicy turkey, because fresh turkeys hold moisture better.

2. Brine

Brining a turkey not only enhances the flavor of the entire turkey, but it also keeps it moist.

This is because brining allows the turkey to absorb liquid and even though some of that liquid is lost during cooking, the turkey still ends up with a lot more juice than if it wasn’t brined in the first place.

3. Rub Butter under the Skin

As it melts, it bastes the turkey and adds delicious flavor. You can add herbs and spices to the butter to really make it your own.

4. Truss loosely

If you tie the turkey’s legs too tightly, the turkey takes longer to roast. This, of course, may threaten to dry out the bird. So truss loosely!

5. Roast Upside Down

Placing the turkey, breast side down, on a V-rack for the first hour of roasting essentially allows it to baste itself.

6. Let Turkey Rest

One of the most important secrets to serving a juicy Thanksgiving turkey is to let the bird rest for around 20 minutes after removing it from the oven.

This allows all the juice to redistribute throughout the entire turkey.

Related: The Top 10 Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes People are Raving About

There you go, 6 quick and easy tips to a juicy Thanksgiving turkey! What are your best tips?

The Top 5 Nursery Themes for Boys

There’s nothing sweeter than putting together the nursery while preparing for baby. I enjoy watching nursery theme trends every year and this year the nursery themes for boys are absolutely adorable! If you’re looking for boy nursery themes, this list is a great place to start!

BOY NURSERY THEMES | 5 boy baby room themes that are trending this year. Boy nursery ideas and themes, including color schemes. Boy woodland nursery theme, boy space nursery theme, boy sport nursery theme, and the classic boy nautical nursery theme. #boynurserytheme

1. Woodland Nursery

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The woodlands nursery theme is still a popular baby boy room idea among expecting moms. There are so many ideas you can run with while looking for woodland nursery decor, which makes preparing this type of nursery fun.

You can create a woodland nursery in 3 easy steps:

1. Choose Your Woodland Nursery Color Scheme

The woodland nursery theme usually consists of neutral grays and creams, with touches of blues and forest greens.

Try choosing a neutral wall paint color with your accent color of choice displayed in the decorative details.

Bring in nursery furniture with rustic touches, like a natural crib and dresser. Espresso and white colored furniture also looks nice in a woodland nursery.

2. Pick Your Focal Point

What’s the focal point of your baby boy woodland nursery?

You can paint one wall an accent color, use woodland themed wallpaper, or add woodland themed wall art above the crib.

3. Add in Woodland Nursery Decor Accents

This is where the fun begins!

Add bookshelves made out of birch accents, beautiful woodland crib sheets, decorative woodland baskets, woodland baby rockers and more.

Collect woodland art to decorate the walls, or even woodland themed name signs.

There are so many options to make your baby boy’s nursery theme one of a kind.

2. Space Nursery Theme

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I’m loving the space nursery theme that has been majorly trending! You can add such eye catching details to this type of nursery, so it becomes a really unique nursery theme.

You can create a space themed nursery in 3 easy steps:

1. Choose Your Focal Wall (or Ceiling)

Most space themed nurseries are going to have a wall or ceiling dedicated to a magical mural of stars and constellations.

You can do this with easy to apply (and remove) star nursery wallpaper or you can paint the wall and then apply star decals.

Consider adding an eye catching wall art piece to complete the look.

2. Pick Out Your Color Scheme & Nursery Furniture

A space nursery’s color scheme tends to be black, grey, silver and whites. I think also a pop of color in its accents would look great in addition to these colors.

Choose nursery that has sleek, straight lines. Mid-century modern cribs and dressers would look great in a space themed baby room.

3. Find Your Boy Space Nursery Accent pieces

This is always my favorite part!

Think of star filled baby sheets and blankets, moon shaped pillows, beautiful space-themed nursery wall decor, star and moon mobiles and more.

You can even add a personalized touch with customized constellation art from the minute your baby was born.

3. Nautical Theme

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The nautical theme is defintely a classic baby boy nursery theme, but it’s always trending with expectant moms.

Here are some ideas on how to prepare a nautical nursery for your baby boy:

Color Scheme

Usually a nautical nursery colors consist of navy and white. I think white nursery furniture looks great in a nautical nursery, but I’ve also seen rustic wood tone pieces that look great too.

Accents of gold, grey, or other shades of blue complete the look.

Nautical Nursery Decor

When you’re choosing your nautical nursery decor, consider the following:

4. Buffalo Plaid Nursery

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I’m obsessed with this theme. The buffalo plaid nursery theme has been trending lately and it’s adorable. It could also be considered a lumberjack nursery theme.

Here are a few ideas to inspire your buffalo plaid boy nursery:

Plank Wall

I’ve seen a lot of buffalo plaid or lumber jack nurseries have wood plank walls.

This looks great behind the crib!

Add in Rustic Touches

Choose rustic a rustic crib and rustic nursery furniture.

Decorate with allll the Buffalo Plaid

Well I suppose you could go a bit overboard here, but add in buffalo plaid to complete the look. Here are some ideas:

  • Buffalo plaid crib sheets
  • Buffalo plaid changing pad cover
  • Buffalo plaid wall art
  • Buffalo plaid nursery blankets
  • Buffalo plaid baby room curtains

Find “Woodsy” Touches to Complete the Lumberjack Nursery

Think about woodland animals, forest wall art and more.

Create a White and Black Buffalo Plaid Nursery

I’ve seen some awesome buffalo plaid nurseries that are decorated in black and white, rather than the traditional red and black. This looks really cool and it’s sort of a fun idea to use modern touches along with it.

One nursery that I love has black and white buffalo plaid wallpaper behind the crib, which I think looks amazing.

5. Sports Theme

A sports theme nursery is another classic and is always a trending baby boy room idea.

Add in sport elements in:

  • wall art
  • name signs
  • bed sheets
  • changing pad cover
  • sport equipment used as decorations
  • Baby blankets

There you have it! The 5 trendiest boy nursery themes. Which is your favorite?

13 Playroom Ideas That Will Inspire Creative Play

I’m currently knee-deep (literally) in decluttering and trying to minimize our playroom. I’m looking for playroom ideas that will inspire my kids to learn through play.

I’m determined to create an organized space for my little ones to play creatively and learn about the world in the process.

I’ll be writing several posts about this process, because it has been quite the undertaking. I’ve been clearing out old toys, organizing a toy rotation system, setting up an arts and crafts station, and creating a space that emphasizes creative play and learning.

Like any modern mama, I hit Pinterest to find playrooms that inspired our space at home. I’ve found some really great ideas from other bloggers that I’m featuring today.

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While searching for playroom ideas, this was the first one that I fell in love with. I love the big chalkboard wall with the beautiful, colorful mural.

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This RUG. It makes this playroom pop. I also love that kids’ artwork is framed and placed on the wall. You can find it here.

Related: 12 Genius Kids’ Artwork Display Ideas

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I love cubby bookshelves and I have a smaller version in our current playroom. I really love this large one in the above playroom. I’d imagine it would be hard for kids to get into the top cubbies.. but perhaps that is their genius point?

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This playroom features another cubby shelve with totes placed in the two bottom rows for grouping and storing toys.

What I love about this playroom is the seating. I’d love to have a cozy couch for my kids to curl up on in their playroom as well.

I also love the “play” sign as a focal point in the room.

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Organization BLISS. This is one of the most organized playrooms I have come across. Using plastic tubs and labeling them using chalkboard stickers keeps all the small toys sorted and organized.

Cup of Jo

I really like the idea of having a magnetic wall for educational magnets. We like these alphabet letters and these shapes.

Claire, Collected

I absolutely love this playroom. She uses a giant pegboard (you can find one at your local home improvement store) to display and store arts and crafts.

She also uses photo ledges to store books for easy access and display.

Domestic Objects

My daughter loves playing house and kitchen games. I’m working on finding a space to add a playhouse for her. I came across this canvas play house that would work perfectly and is easy to pack up and move if needed.

UpMotiveArt

Our playroom walls are full of alphabet and number artwork to inspire a little bit of learning throughout the day. I love this whimsical world map artwork for kids.

Pretty Little Row House

A reading nook is essential for our playroom. Instilling a love for reading is an important value I want my kids to have. I love this space in the above playroom. She uses a beautiful canopy hanging over a cozy beanbag.

Biggest Little Dreamer

Do you ever wonder what to do with the space below stairs? I love this cozy reading nook – especially that awesome wallpaper.

Chesapeak Chic

More organization bliss! Again we’re seeing chalkboard label stickers, because it’s so easy and inexpensive!

Chesapeak Chick

I love all the totes in this cubby shelf – all labeled and organized with hanging chalkboard labels.

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