Babies And Budgets

Bella Breakdown There are so many overwhelming factors when it comes to planning to have a baby. There’s the planning, the decorating, the actual birth, safety factors, and of course at the root of it all, money. No one is under the impression that raising a child is cheap. Because it sure as heck isn’t. Despite how expensive having a baby is, there are a lot of ways to be crafty and save money while you also attempt to raise a happy, healthy baby. 1. Opt for household products You don’t have to buy every baby product there is....

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Mothers, Children, And Working Out

Bella Breakdown As a mom, I feel as though I’m under constant pressure to workout and achieve some sort of insane, post-baby body. The idea of which, is totally crazy. The truth of the matter is, despite the fact I got back to my pre-baby weight, my body is completely different! I have muscles in places I didn’t have muscles, and I have fat and excess skin in places I didn’t before. I had to get past this idea of achieving a certain body type. Because honestly, that should never be the goal. It sets you up for failure....

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Why Millennial Moms Are More At Risk For Depression

Bella Breakdown A concerning study has determined that Millennial Moms are far more depressed than the generations of mothers before them. This has to do with a number of reasons. 1. Millennials Are More Aware Millennials are a generation that does not shy away from mental health issues. Young women have been warned in far greater detail, that suffering from postpartum depression is something to look out for. Postpartum depression is often discussed preemptively, and women can devise a plan to look out for symptoms and deal with it accordingly. 2. We’re More Empowered Because Millennials tend to be...

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Baby Talkin’

Bella Breakdown Baby talk is not so cheap! You might have heard that participating in baby talk is not great for your child’s cognitive development. Well, throw that little factoid out the window. Baby talk is actually really great for children’s development. Studies have shown that using shortened words, or nicknames for everyday objects along with a long vowel sound, have actually helped children create a better overall understanding of language development. There is also something soothing to children when you coo to them, and speak to them in a loving, higher toned manner. Also, at the most basic...

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Phones Don’t Make For Great Parents

Bella Breakdown I think of the days when my mom or dad would take my brothers and I out to dinner. Other than the occasional book brought to the table, we were pretty much always engaged with one another. I guess we were lucky to have never been sitting down, having a meal together during the age of the smartphone. Now, when I’m out with my own child I can’t help but notice all of the other parents nose deep in their phones, not interacting with their child. Now, I’m not saint, I too have been guilty of the...

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