Call us:    651-747-6954

TWIN CITIES | DULUTH | ROCHESTER

Better beginnings logo- creme

Kid-Friendly and Drive Through Coffee Shops

With chillier temps finally here, a cozy coffee shop can feel like a welcome snuggle away from the intensity of a Minnesota winter. But which local coffee shops are family friendly? Where can families find easy to access drive through coffee shops or fun play areas for the littles? Below, our postpartum doula team shares their list of coffee shop favorites from across the Twin Cities, Rochester, and Duluth. Read on, and don’t forget to share your favorites too!

Packing Your Diaper Bag for the State Fair

The Great Minnesota Get-Together is upon us here in Minnesota! Like you, we know how good it feels to celebrate some of the last warm days of the season. So what are the diaper bag essentials for a jaunt to the Fair with your baby? We asked our doulas, and here is our running list of state fair (or any warm weather) favorites.

Six Tips for Babywearing in Warm Weather

Ready or not, summer is here! But just because our Minnesota summer is bringing the heat (and humidity) it doesn’t mean you have to forego being outdoors with your little one. It does, however, mean that you might have to adapt some of your babywearing strategies to keep your baby (and yourself) cool. Read on for a few tips for safe and comfortable babywearing in warm weather:

Introducing a New Sibling

Introducing your older child(ren) to a new baby can be one of the most joyous moments, but it can also cause some anxiety for some. Here are some tips for how to help your older child(ren) meet their new brother/sister in a way that feels joyful and loving, rather than confusing or overwhelming. These are most relevant for when you are having your new baby at an out of home location. Take what you like and what works best for your family!

A Home Birth Memoir – Part 3 – All the Home Birth FAQs!

If you’re considering a home birth, or just curious about what it may look like, chances are you have some questions. In this last section of our home birth series, we’ll cover the most commonly asked questions and help dispel any myths.

Finding Mom Friends

As a new parent, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by emotions, responsibilities, and expectations. We’ve all been there—the moment when you realize that you are drowning, and the only thing you want to do is eat a bunch of ice cream, collapse into bed, and not be needed for the next eight hours. While rest is always a good idea and a priority for a new parent (or even an experienced one!), we tend to push away something that we all actually, truly need: friends.

A Home Birth Memoir – Part 2

The night was just cool enough to pinken my cheeks as I journeyed down my quiet suburban street back toward home. The sight of a very vocal pregnant woman, waddling with the aid of two people, may have caused concern for several neighbors who witnessed it, but it didn’t matter – I was doing the work. During a particularly intense contraction, I threw my head up to the sky. There were the same stars and moon from earlier. There returned the same gratitude, strength, and solidarity with everyone else doing the work of birth.

A Home Birth Memoir – Part 1

Morning sun danced on my bedroom wall, peeking through curtains swaying gently with the fall breeze from the open window. My eyes slowly opened as my hands, out of habit, moved toward my belly to greet my baby. As if in response, I felt my first, ever so gentle, contraction. A smile took over my face. It was happening.

5 Tips for Surviving Your Baby’s First Cold

Every parent tries to protect their new baby from getting sick. We ask friends and family to wash their hands before touching our baby, and we stay away from sick people whenever possible. There’s even a whole market of infant wellness products created to make parents feel like they’re doing the best they can to keep baby healthy if they buy these special nose wipes, this fancy thermometer, or those homeopathic remedies. But the simple truth is that babies can catch colds just like the rest of us, especially if exposed to siblings, cousins, or daycare buddies.

Our Top 5 Apps for the Postpartum Time

As postpartum doulas, we love to make things easier for new parents. Sometimes what helps is a tool, sometimes a resource, sometimes a trick learned from lots of experience, but it’s almost always a combination of all the things we gather along the way. Most of us live our day-to-day in close proximity to a phone, and the postpartum time is no different. We’ve found that having some good apps at hand can be very helpful for new parents. From our own wealth of experience and education in parenting, and from all the awesome feedback of the clients we serve, here are our top five favorite apps for the postpartum time. Enjoy! And feel free to comment below if you’ve got more to add to the mix.

The owner of this website has made a commitment to accessibility and inclusion, please report any problems that you encounter using the contact form on this website. This site uses the WP ADA Compliance Check plugin to enhance accessibility.

5 Keys to Unlocking the Best Postpartum Time




Skip to content