(This post was sponsored by Amazon and Culturelle®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)
Having a second child is like experiencing new motherhood all over again. Naturally, you feel like you’re going into it as pro. Those second babies, though, with their own personalities and characteristics, still manage to keep you on your toes! One of the things I really worried about for Ever was that she was going to get sick much younger and more frequently than Parker had since she has a big sister who is in preschool. While sickness in kids in sometimes just unavoidable, last fall I started doing some research on things I could do to help keep Ever healthy. It’s not rocket science, I promise, but even just these simple steps have seemed to help our family this year. Today we’ve partnered with Culturelle® to share some of the things that we have been doing these past seven months to help keep our new babe healthy!
1. Parker started school when Ever was just five days old and we immediately started the habit of changing Parker's clothes and washing her hands every day as soon as she gets home from school. It’s like she has to scrub in to get into our house—ha!
2. Probiotics, as a lot of you probably already know, are foods or supplements that contain healthy bacteria. When these good bacteria are able to populate in your gut, there are all kinds of wonderful benefits, but a main one is a to support your immune system and boost digestive function.* Our whole family takes them—I put a packet of probiotics in Parker’s school water bottle every morning (like these ones, but for older kids-- they’re essentially tasteless) and Ever takes the Culturelle® Grow & Thrive drops that contain both probiotics and Vitamin D. The drops are super easy to give and incorporate into our morning routine. (Plus, you can Prime them on Amazon, so it’s really convenient to get them straight to your door!)
3. I’ve been diffusing a mix of lemon, clove, and eucalyptus essential oils in our common spaces. The mix is thought to help with the ridding of germs and bacteria and promotion of a healthy respiratory system. Honestly it also just makes our house smell so good! I also don’t wear any fragrance when I have little babes on me constantly so I’ve been wearing roll on essential oils as well in blends that promote immunity and health.
What does your family do to help stay healthy? I would love to know your tips, too!
Photography by Katie Jameson
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
I have been planning to change my son’s clothes, and wash his hand and faCe after preschool as well. He actually started today! Im curious what you tell your daughter about why you are doing all of those things after School. My son hates washing his hands (constant battle) and i doN’t him to think school is dirty. But want to Keep germs Out of the house as much as possible. I’m 31 weeks so will have a newborn soon! Thanks for any advice you have!
Jen Pinkston says
We have actually just been really honest about the germ factor and told her that washing our hands and changing our clothes helps us keep baby sister safe. It really hasn't been an issue for her as far as thinking that school is dirty, but I have often times worried that we might be creating someone who is totally afraid of germs, but that hasn't at all been the case thus far! (PS. Congrats on your pregnancy and good luck with delivery!)
Thank you! And thanks for the advice. I think it might make more sense to him once the babY is here. But i figured we would get in the habit now to get a routine going. Glad to hear she isnt afraid of germs! That’s defInitely my concern!
I diffuse oils but I still ended up getting sick! I can't seem to shake this cold either! Will try probiotics!
Where do you get the mix of lemon, clove and eucalyptus oils?
Jen Pinkston says
I use Plant Therapy essential oils that I purchase on Amazon and mix them myself. They also have Kidsafe roll-on oils that I use on both the kids and myself.