As a pregnant woman, how much time are you spending preparing for birth? Are you taking breathing classes? Touring your hospital? Packing a hospital bag? Reading books? What about for breastfeeding? If you're anything like me, you barely prepared at all! Before giving birth I knew I wanted to breastfeed, but I really had no… Continue reading What You Need to Know About Breastfeeding BEFORE Giving Birth
Congratulations! You're pregnant! But you're...in Japan. Now what? Bringing life into the world is intense enough, let alone doing it outside your home country. If you're anything like me, you turned to Google to help you find a caregiver and you probably got the same result as I did...Aiiku Clinic and Dr. Sakamoto! Although this… Continue reading Choosing a Maternity Caregiver in Japan
Caregivers in Japan can be quite conservative compared to other countries. When choosing a caregiver, it is important to do your research early in your pregnancy so you know their policies and what options are available to you (particularly surrounding pain relief) before it's too late to make a change. For more info about how… Continue reading Mom and Baby Friendly Hospitals, Maternity Clinics, and Birth Houses in the Tokyo Area
Hosting a baby meetup is easy, but finding the perfect location sometimes isn't! When you are catering to moms and babies, you need a place that can tick all the boxes. In my experience, those are: A clean space for baby to lay down, sit, crawl, or walk Breastfeeding friendly Open, so you don't have… Continue reading My Favorite Spots for Mom & Baby Meetups in Tokyo
How are we already at 10 months?! I wanted to start doing some updates (and maybe I will go back and write up some posts that cover previous months...) just so I have some an online record. I already keep a journal but it might be nice to have something on my blog as well!… Continue reading 10 Month Update – Walking Already??
We recently traveled to the US to visit family over the summer and I flew several different airlines with a baby: Air Canada, Hawaiian Airlines, and ANA (All Nippon Airways). I knew I was going to be flying by myself with my 8 month old on the way home (about 14 hours in travel time)… Continue reading Flying with a baby: My Experience with ANA
Summer is in full swing here in Tokyo and we've been fortunate enough to have some (mostly balcony) pool time! However, the other week we went to Meguro Kumin Center to check out their baby pool. The cost is only 100yen for the first two hours and 70yen for every hour after that (sooo cheap!)… Continue reading Meguro Kumin Center Baby Pool!
Moving to Tokyo? Planning to have a family or you already have one? You have seriously come to the right place! Tokyo is surprisingly fantastic for kids and equally as fantastic for connecting with new mom friends, a necessity for all moms! Here are my top seven tips for making new mom friends in Tokyo:… Continue reading 7 Tips for Making Mom Friends in Tokyo
Tokyo is the city of trains and subway systems so therefore I am CONSTANTLY babywearing when I'm out of the house. We have a stroller as well but I only use it for trips around the neighborhood. The carrier is just so much more convenient. On the train, you don't have to worry about the… Continue reading Babywearing in Japan – Carrier or Wrap?
My son is just over four months old now and exclusively breastfed. We've been through a lot in our breastfeeding journey, here are five things I've learned since we started: Breastfeeding will feel completely normal the moment your child is born. When I was pregnant I honestly wasn't sure how I would feel about breastfeeding. For… Continue reading 5 Things I’ve Learned About Breastfeeding in the First Four Months