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The Power of Self-Care (and an amazing toolkit for new moms!)

Around here at Stroller Packing, we are big proponents of optimizing for the entire family.  When it comes to travel, this means not putting off travel until the kids are out of the house.  It means planning travel activities that both kids and parents can enjoy, instead of focusing on segregated “adult” travel and “kid” travel.  It means growing together as a family by sharing amazing adventures.  It means learning to put your oxygen mask on first, so you can help and support those around you.

When you are a mom of a brand new person, you probably aren’t thinking about traveling the world yet.  But the principle still applies.  Yes there is a new tiny human being who seems to demand all of everybody’s attention.  But it’s so important to remember that

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.”

~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Of course the new baby is going to require so much care and attention.  But don’t forget, you as a mom – you’re new too.  You need some tender-loving care and gentleness, and you need it from yourself most of all.

Learning how to balance baby’s needs with your own is a skill that will set you up for success and less stress as you move through parenting.  Seeing your family as a unit with individual parts that all work together

I’m really really passionate about supporting and encouraging moms, especially new ones.  I know that having my own mentors and networks of support have been indispensable in my parenting journey so far, and I want to pay that forward.  That’s why I’m so incredibly proud to be a contributor to the New Mama Welcome Pack.  The Pack is a toolkit of support that comes in your email inbox every other day for the first 13 weeks of your baby’s life – aka the Fourth Trimester.  The tools you receive come in the form of videos, audios, love letters, poetry, art, worksheets, and much much more.

Many of the contributors to the Pack are coming together today to put on a blog hop so you can meet all of us and find your community, your tribe.  The Pack isn’t a static thing that ends after 13 weeks – we are a collection of incredible women who want to continue to support you in your parenting journey.  You can check out the pages of the other amazing participants in the links below.

I am here cheering you on through your whole parenting journey – we are in this together.  And when you are ready to take your growing family on awesome travel adventures, I will be here for you.

Being a first-time mama is an amazing experience. The New Mama Welcome Pack blog hop is a celebration of this life changing event! Follow the links to discover more unmissable advice, stories and essential tips. And if you’re a new mama who wants to rock motherhood without guilt, overwhelm or losing yourself, check out the New Mama Welcome Pack here.

New Mama Welcome Pack / Lotte Lane / Dreaming Aloud / Zhendria / Birthing in Conscious Choice / Natalie Garay / Eli Trier / Knecht Ruprecht / Lise Meijer / Naomi Goodlet / A Lifestyle By Design / Story of Mum / Like a Bird / Holistic Mama / Birth Geek / Joyful Parenting / Stroller Packing / My Healthy Beginning / Mums and More / Kate Beddow – Growing Spirits / Ellen Nightingale / Stacie Whitney / Maternity Leavers / Photography for Busy Parents / Close Enough To Kiss / Atelier Susana Tavares / Offbeat Family / Katie m. Berggren ~ Painting Motherhood / Winship Wellness Blog / Liberate From Weight / Jessica Cary / Art + Craft / Raising Playful Tots / Peaceful Mothering / Play Activities / Lauren Nenna / Nurture You / The Adventure Mama / Be Wise Be Healthy / b.a.d.momGoodmom / Doula in Your Pocket / Making Mom Strong / Adrienn Csoknyay / Joyful Parents / Alison Hummel / Simple Solutions for Photos / Lynne Newman / Euphoric Birth / Mumpreneur Mentor / A Walk in the Clouds / Parenting on the Fence / MiaMily

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  • pippa @storyofmum April 7, 2014, 11:25 am

    Hi Amy! I love hearing how your approach to travel translates to new mamahood, and your description of us all as an ongoing living breathing support system for new mamas everywhere. Wonderful to connect through this brilliant mama-supporting initiative x

  • Naomi Goodlet April 8, 2014, 9:31 pm

    I have loved traveling with my daughter (20 months) and she seems to like it too. She loves going new places and taking in everything that there is to see. It’s even cuter now that she waves and says “hi” to everyone she meets.