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Returning to Exercise After Baby

There is sooooo much information on returning to exercise and on what is ‘normal’ postpartum on social media.  Heard the phrase ‘bounce-back’ or perhaps ‘pre-baby body?’ Is that pressure fair?  New mums are often busy multi-tasking, sometimes super tired, and their body is also realigning/healing after pregnancy and birth.  As we return to exercise after meeting baby, it is helpful to strengthen first and ensure that our postpartum body is functioning at its very best.   Photo by Mag Hood Photography  Shop swaddles Here   Before You Return to Exercise: Generally, a return to gentle exercise (such as walking) is recommended after 6 weeks (after an uncomplicated vaginal delivery) & at around 10 weeks after a C-section delivery. You should have your maternal healthcare provider’s approval before you begin exercise. These guidelines will depend on your individual fitness, pregnancy, birth experience, recovery and healing – it’s just fine to wait  a little longer. Abdominal Separation: The ‘Rec Check’ is simple to do and your maternal healthcare provider can help you. Do ask your GP/OB or Midwife to help you check your tummy for abdominal separation at the 6-week check-up. Important for all new moms: please avoid any form of ‘sit-up’ movement as this can make separation worse. See a specialist Women’s (Pelvic) Health Physio. Any leaking (i.e. sneeze pee) or pelvic pain/symptoms are NOT normal (even if they are common) and you CAN seek help. The physios will check your pelvic floor, give you bespoke exercises and even tips on c-scar massage. So important to make this appointment- even if you have no immediate concerns.   Photo by KD Lynn   What Is Safe Exercise? So, what is ‘safe’ exercise after baby? Of course, respecting that everyone is individual, I do suggest taking it slow.   Did you know running puts around 3 times your body weight through your pelvic floor? Remember your body has been through huge changes physically and it is healing and realigning. There are also some pregnancy hormones that may make some women more susceptible to injury postpartum. Connect with a qualified postnatal exercise specialist.  (If you are unsure about their qualifications, then do ask to see them - we don’t mind).  I recommend that my postnatal clients focus on their alignment, choose low-impact exercise options and aim to get a ‘reflexive core’ i.e. a core (tummy and pelvic floor) that functions with their breath correctly and without thinking – before subjecting it to repeated impact/stress.      A group mom and baby exercise class can be a fun and supportive way to return to exercise - making some new mama friends too! Getting out and getting fresh air can also be valuable in so many other ways. Walking is a great and accessible exercise that you can enjoy with baby. Did you know around 5 years after delivery around 1/2 of women report some degree of urinary incontinence?   Photo By Madison Massey Photography   Returning to Jogging Many clients ask me about this.  When you do decide to return to higher-impact exercise again, consider seeking professional advice and remember that even with a jogging stroller (with suspension and a hand-brake/wrist safety strap) it is not recommended to jog with baby until they are around 9 months old, owing to their neck strength. And, irrespective of delivery type, if you have no abdominal separation or pelvic health concerns that’s (perhaps) not a bad time to start a gradual return to jogging for mommy too. (Of course, respecting that everyone is different.) Photo By KD Lynn   Be Kind Rest is equally important and some days it may just be the best decision to have a nap instead of working out.   Be kind to yourself, listen to your body, try to be patient and take your recovery steady– your incredible, hard-working body needs rest to strengthen and heal! If you have any abnormal symptoms ‘down-there’ or any concerns about your tummy (abdominal separation) please seek professional help and advice. Ps. You are doing great, mama!   Photo By: Madison Massey Photography     Sarah Pearce BSc, is an Pregnancy and Postnatal Exercise Specialist  – a personal trainer and fitness instructor. Sarah first worked in fitness nearly 15 years ago. A #YourPelvicMatters teacher & #DiastasisDetective – Sarah favours an individual and whole-body approach when working with her clients. We look at everything from relaxation -to feet -to breathing! Sarah is passionate about providing a safe, kind, realistic and fun environment for women to exercise in. A military veteran of 16-years service, Sarah is mom to 2 energetic little boys (4 &1) and also a military spouse – currently posted to East-Coast Canada.  Follow Sarah on Instagram and Facebook @StrollerFiit or www.sarahlouisepearce.com * This blog post is designed to be informative and is in no way intended to replace the professional guidance of your healthcare provider. If you have any concerns about your health seek medical advice soonest and it is imperative that you speak to your healthcare provider before beginning exercise during pregnancy or returning to exercise post birth. *  Website: https://www.sarahlouisepearce.com  Instagram Link: https://www.instagram.com/strollerfiit/  Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/strollerfiit/    

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Twinning with my Mini's

Hello, I’m Caroline from the blog Top Knot Living. I’m a mama to two little ladies, who currently think I’m the coolest mom ever! Ok, ok one is only 4 months old, but I swear she thinks I’m pretty awesome. The other is 2.5 and she’s my #1 fan. Of course, every 2.5 year old thinks their mom is the absolute best, but what gives me an added touch of coolness is all the twinning we do. She loves it! By the time she’s 16 (if not MUCH sooner), she’s definitely not going to be into matching with her mama, so I’m soaking it all in while I can.  I love to twin with my girls. Better yet, now that I have two little loves, I’m happy to just have them match. Some days I match every little piece from our head to our toes, while other days I’ll dress us in the same colour or pattern, but my favourite way to twin is with a single item like a t-shirt, or an accessory. This gives me the opportunity to style it a few different ways – I’m pretty much a personal stylist to a baby and a toddler, who gets paid with snuggles and the occasional “I refuse to get dressed” tantrum. It’s pretty much my childhood dream job.  Mommy & Me Scrunchies Here When I saw that Lulujo was now carrying mommy and me scrunchies I got SO excited for 2 reasons. First off, my blog is called Top Knot Living because I LIVE in a top knot. For an added touch, I always accessorize my knot with a cute scrunchie (Top Knot Tip: Bow scrunchies look the prettiest). It’s the cutest, most functional “mom hair”, if you ask me. Secondly, their scrunchies match their swaddles and hat sets, which means you can match your baby from day 1!!! Now all 3 of us can match, which not only makes me happy, but it makes doing my daughters hair that much easier. She’ll do anything to get in on twinning with her mama and baby sister, so everyone wins!  If your little one loves to do everything you do, get in on the twinning STAT! And if you have a little who doesn’t quite have an opinion just yet, take advantage, and play baby stylist while you still can! Hat & Swaddle Set Here

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Teaching Our Kids To Trust Their Bodies by Dr. Kelly Fortier

Hi, I am Dr. Kelly and I am a mom of 3 little cuties! I own Uptown Chiropractic in Fredericton, NB with my husband, Dr. Jay (although I call him Jay, or babe!) and we have a lot of fun doing it!  Photo by Heart and Soul by LeGoff Photography   I love working with families, helping them reach health goals and I especially love working with kids. They say that laughter is a sign of a happy workplace, and let me tell you, we laugh a lot! I hope you enjoy this blog post as much as I did writing it. As a parent, my life has been forever changed. I never knew a love quite like that which exists between a mom and her babies. I feel it now more than ever to work on, and improve myself so I can be my best version for them. I hope that they will model that and become the best versions of THEMselves.    Photo by Madison Massey Photography   One of the big things that I am constantly working on is how I speak to my kids. What words do I say, how do I frame it? How do I help set them up to be the confident, resourceful, creative little beings I know they can be?  As a Chiropractor, I found the philosophy behind its principles regarding health and life in general, so beautiful and empowering. Teaching my kids that their body has an innate desire to be healthy and vibrant has become my framework.  I'd love to share some of the things I have been mindful of when speaking got my kids when it comes to health and healing.    When we refer to foods, we refer them to "growing food" or (healthys) and treats. I actually heard the phrase from a chiro friend of mine and thought it was brilliant. My kids often say they have to eat their "healthys" and understand the concept that food is a huge part of being healthy. They grasp the concept that if a food literally grows and dies, it's probably good to eat. Don't get me wrong, it isn't always easy to get my 3 year old to eat his growing foods, but it's the concept we are going for. :)   Photo by Madison Massey Photography Brushing our teeth- it isn't to "prevent cavities", it's to have our teeth be happy and healthy and scrub them clean! I want them to do healthy habits for positive reasons, not to scare them into doing something out of fear. Ie." if you don't brush your teeth, you will get cavities and your teeth will fall out".  There is an innate, inborn wisdom that exists in all living things that is coordinated through the nervous system. It controls every cell, tissue and organ function. It allows us to smile, cry, run, jump and play. It allows us to create new life! It's pretty amazing when you really think about it.    Photo by Mag Hood Photography Getting adjusted is a big part of our healthy routine. Telling our kids that our bodies need to move and each little spine should wiggle freely so our brains are as happy as possible- this is a big part of not just what we do at work, but extends into our home.     Photo by Madison Massey Photography  Instilling healthy habits should come form a place of encouragement, empowerment and course, FUN! Having a large pediatric base at our office, this is something we are extremely passionate about.  How can you flip how you speak to your kids? How about yourself?  Remember, HAVE FUN!  - Dr. Kelly  Photo by Mag Hood Photography     

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Blankets? Scarves? Why Not Both!

Hello! My name is Keshia….as some of you may know from our Instagram stories, but some of you may be wondering- “who is this lady and what does she do exactly?” I joined the Lulujo team in July and have absolutely loved learning all the new things I’ve been doing in my new role as well as using my skills and background. For example, for the past 10+ years before Lulujo, I worked in the fashion, retail, styling world in our province (we are in East Coast Canada). So when I saw and felt the new Hello World Blankets in the Navy, Pink, Tan, Leopard, I automatically knew that these blankets could also be used in another way- a scarf!   Maria is a bombshell & a new mom of a beautiful 3.5 week old boy!    If you’ve already purchased the new Hello World sets you’re in luck! We are going to show you some beautiful styling tips for fall. If you currently don’t have one of these sets and don’t have a new born in your life, don’t worry! You can purchase these blanket (scarves) individually in the near future! Here are some different ways to style and wear these blankets (scarves) for the fall:                                                        Wear it as a tie for a polished look! This can be easily dressed up with a white collared shirt and blazer or casual  with a T-shirt under a jean or leather jacket!   This pink is the perfect shade of blush and would be great to add a little warmth for your outfit to the office or to your fall wedding! Simply fold into a triangle, drape over your shoulder and tie!   Who else loves this tan colour!? It literally goes with everything and adds a great layer to any outfit.  . . . . . Let's end off with my favourite way to tie these blanket scarves! Again, start off by folding the blanket scarf into a triangle, roll it up into one long tube and wrap around your neck with the ends finishing in the front. Tie underneath and loosen the  scarf until you're comfortable with your look!  Let me know what you think of these looks by commenting below! Which one is your favourite colour? We love hearing from you!  <3 Keshia 

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Lulujo + Sheree Fitch: An East Coast Collaboration

A national award winning author who has touched the hearts of many and made our child-selves lovers of reading, Sheree Fitch has given her voice to our first board books! As a fellow east coast Canadian, mother, entrepreneur, and child advocate, we couldn't have asked for a better collaborator for this project. She is a prolific, national award winning author and storyteller known for her rollicking verses, exuberant wordplay, and humour. Many of today’s parents grew up reading her books, including Toes In My Nose and There Were Monkeys In My Kitchen, to name a few. She has represented Canada around the world and received numerous literary awards and honorary doctorates from Canadian universities. As a known advocate for children’s issues, Sheree was commissioned by UNICEF to write If You Could Wear My Sneakers, a collection of poems based on articles of the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child, for which she received the Silver Birch Award and the Hackamatack Award.  Sheree's books are timeless. I can recall sitting on the gymnasium floor with my grade two class and the children and teachers buzzing with excitement that Sheree Fitch had arrived to do a reading at the school. My memory of her from that time is the warm feeling of her enthusiasm and kindness and the connectedness she had with everyone in the room (and her wild hair!). Today, her books continue to be used by teachers in the classroom and parents are introducing the next generation of children to their favourite Fitch classics. Emily (aka Lulu), who is now eleven, says her all time favourite book is Mabel Murple that her dad read to her every night at bedtime. A serendipitous coincidence :) We have learned so much from Sheree as she graciously provided guidance and advice through some unknowns of our first book production. We put our love in the details to ensure the finished product met her standard of excellence and she thoughtfully wrote the stories based on memories of a young Jack and Emily. Together, we experienced many ups and downs; from obstacles in self publishing and exporting books for the first time, to Sheree losing one of her beloved sons - her inspiration for many of her most popular stories. A Lulu Lullaby and Rock A Baby Jo represents love, family, and connection and we hope the Lulu & Jo collection inspires bonding time for parents and their children. The books are $19.99 and available here for purchase as a book and blanket gift set and sold separately. Here is a photo timeline of the making of our books! Our first in person meeting was at a cafe in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. (September 2017) We worked via Skype with our illustrator, Brian MacKinnon, who is also from our hometown and a family friend who knows Dawn, Jack, and Emily. (January 2018) Our second trip to Nova Scotia (this time driving through a Canadian blizzard!) to Sheree's home in River John to show her our completed samples in packaging. Everyone was in love! (February 2019) First visit to the Lulujo office in Fredericton and meeting our designer, Cory, who pulled it all together. (May 2019) Our first book launch event is taking place at Sheree's book shop, Mabel Murple's Book Shoppe and Dreamery, in beautiful River John, Nova Scotia. Join us on Saturday, August 24th from 11am to 3pm for a special reading, signing, Lulujo pop-up shop, and more! For details and updates, check out our event page.

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Hi, I'm Dawn!

Hi there and thank you for visiting! I’m Dawn, the founder of Lulujo, and I’d like to introduce myself. I am originally from Nova Scotia but live and run our company in Fredericton, a beautiful small city on the east coast of Canada in New Brunswick. In the beginning and for several years, I ran Lulujo on my own from home so I could be with my children, Emily and Jack - AKA Lulu and Jo! - but today, I have an incredible team who manages design, product development, marketing, customer service, testing, and production, plus amazing partners around the world who represent the Lulujo brand in over 40 countries! One thing I have learned over the last ten years, is that every mother, no matter where she lives, language, race, age, or income, wants the same thing: comforting, safe, quality items to help them provide the best care for their child. Thank you for trusting Lulujo to be part of your journey through motherhood. We love connecting and seeing all of your beautiful photos and messages! ~ Dawn  

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All Natural for Baby and You

We're proud to introduce our all natural bath and skin care line! Launching this line just after our ten year mark has special meaning. In the early days of Lulujo, we offered small-batch, handmade, all natural and organic skin care products that we loved so much! We're excited to return to our roots with these must-haves that will help care for you and your baby. Today, the line has been improved, refreshed, and repackaged, but still made here at home in Atlantic Canada. Many of the ingredients are even grown locally to ensure only the best for you and your little one.  The finest quality ingredients nature has to offer is used making it good for your baby and the environment. Traditional herbal knowledge combined with scientific research is used to formulate products that are gentle and effective - so you don't have to choose between what works and what is good for you. not tested on animals all natural and no harsh chemicals organic vegan options made in Canada Available exclusively at lulujo.com, we hope this new collection is the soothing, gentle skin care you've been looking for! ~ the Lulujo team xo   Diaper Cream Ointment A zinc free blend of gentle healing herbs infused in a certified organic olive oil and beeswax base. Contains the soothing properties of organic calendula blossoms. Prevents diaper rash and provides a natural moisture barrier to keep skin healthy. Use during diaper changes and anywhere on baby for treating scrapes and dry, irritated skin. (shop here) Soothing Baby Cream An all-purpose cream containing skin soothing herbs in a certified organic olive oil base that is excellent for treating sensitive skin. Protects against and relieves dry, cracked, chapped skin. Use on minor cuts, scrapes, burns, bruises, sunburns and bug bites. (shop here) Baby Oil A sweet smelling, moisturizing oil infused with organically grown chamomile and lavender flowers. For massaging baby after bath or before bed to pamper the skin. (shop here) Calendula Soap This mild, unscented soap contains calendula flower petals grown in our gardens. Calendula-infused olive oil provides skin-soothing and moisturizing properties, making this a perfect facial bar or soap for baby's bath. (shop here) Oatmeal & Honey Soap The scent of oatmeal and honey is warm and cozy. Featuring certified organic Canadian oats grown in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and unrefined wildflower honey from our backyard beehives. Our gentle oatmeal and honey soap helps soothe itchy and irritated skin. (shop here)   Lavender Body Wash Made with ingredients from nature including moisturizing aloe vera and infused with certified organic calendula flowers to cleanse and moisturize from head to toe. This gentle, lathering formula can be used as a body wash or pour a capful under running water for a sudsy bubble bath. Lavender essential oil is calming, making it a relaxing bath. (shop here) Lemon Lip Balm A luxurious lemon flavoured lip balm reminiscent of summer lemonade. Flavoured with pure essential oils and contains moisturizing ingredients including jojoba oil and fragrant Canadian beeswax. (shop here) Honey Lip Balm A pure and simple moisturizing lip balm containing jojoba oil and fragrant Canadian beeswax to provide a light honey scent and flavour. (shop here) Chocolate & Mint Lip Balm A luxuriously rich lip moisturizer made with pure cocoa butter and peppermint essential oil. Tastes like your favourite mint chocolate ice cream! (shop here)  

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Celebrating Ten Years of Love

We love celebrating milestones and our ten year birthday was no exception! We hosted a fun and meaningful thank you party for some of the people who have supported us throughout this decade-long journey. We wanted our guests to feel that they have been part of something unique and special - how we feel every day! Lulujo is a small, dedicated, and passionate team with so many supporters; family, friends, community, and loyal moms, our true brand ambassadors, who use our products with their families everyday. All have contributed to the growth of Lulujo from one retail store in our hometown to global distribution in 30 countries today.  Dawn's story of founding Lulujo while on maternity leave with two children is a touching example of what is attainable with passion, perseverance, and the love and support of those around you.  Heather and Malcolm of Room2Remember Kids - first retailer to sell Dawn's original ring slings and the beginning of Lulujo! Friends, family, and Lulujo moms and dads came to celebrate with us. Emily (Lulu) and Sophia   Some of our baby models, the beautiful faces of Lulujo! So much love in one room! Special treats and swag bags of our new skin care line for guests. We share this celebration with all of our customers, followers, retailers, and partners. Thank you for ten years of love - we couldn't do it without you! ~ The Lulujo HQ Team xo          

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Welcome To Our Home

Welcome to our new home! Lulujo has grown over the years - thanks to your help - we couldn't have done it without you, our customer! From the entire team at Lulujo, we thank you and invite you to browse our new home, and share with family and friends. As a special thank you, use discount code HOME at check out to receive 20% off your entire order until October 31, 2018.  Yours truly, - Dawn Pottier, Founder