Jaime King

Short answers from Hart of Dixie Actress: Jaime King

Jaime King has a ritual after she wraps a work project: She beelines it to Skywalker Ranch. George Lucas’s private resort is sort of her spirit home; the rugged Northern Cal landscape suits her outdoorsy side. Plus, she’s a second-generation Star Wars die-hard. Which you wouldn’t necessarily guess about the former model who spent her teens palling around with Karl Lagerfeld and Tom Ford. The latest trip to the Ranch (memorialized with an Instagram none of us at CC HQ can get over) was to recover from the third season of Hart of Dixie, a rigorous season joyfully interrupted by the arrival of baby James Knight, now almost 7 months old.

We chatted about the jolt of returning to set, the baby products she lives for (there’s a lot) and her five-part method for obliterating teething pain. Dr. Jaime King is in the house!

don't take it lightly
Godparents are a big deal. They’re not picked at random because they’re your bestie or because it’d be cool to have a fellow actor as your godparent. I picked Jessica [Alba] because if anything happened to us, I know she’d take care of James Knight the way we would.

topher grace, surrogate dad
My husband [director Kyle Newman] was away filming during my pregnancy. Together we thought about who would be his surrogate if I went early, and I chose Topher [Grace] because he’s very similar to Kyle – traditional and artistic, family focused. He’s reliable and trustworthy. Both me and my husband consider him a best friend, which is really special. When Kyle was gone, Topher would take me out for ice cream.

avert your eyes
I was in labor for 26 hours. My friends saw things that friends should never see. But that’s what friends are for, right?

back on set
I returned to work at 6 weeks. I’d be up all night breastfeeding and up at 4am to go to set, shooting 12-16 hours a day and running off to feed the baby. I felt like I was leading a double life; a consummate professional and a hormonal mess wanting my husband and baby. What got me through? My child. And Rachel Bilson, she was just so loving and happy for me.

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It’s been interesting to watch my husband “learn the baby”. He came back home and was so “game on” about it. There was no grand revelation about watching Kyle become a father; I always knew he’d be that way. But I love watching him step into the fullness of fatherhood.

tossing out the plan
We all have a lot of grand plans about our pregnancy and delivery. People would ask me about my preferences or my birth plan, but all I cared about was that the baby was happy and healthy. I’d see other women who wanted a natural birth or to breastfeed and when things didn’t go as planned, they’d judge themselves. It’s the same with childhood. It doesn’t matter how you want to raise your kid but that you are conscious in your choice to be loving, responsible, giving, caring and sharing and raise your kid to be the same.

kids say the darndest things
I’m concerned about raising a kid here [in Beverly Hills]. When I was young, if I didn’t have the Esprit top, it was a travesty. Now kids ask, “do your parents fly private?” It’s a whole new crazy level of comparisons that I don’t want my son subjected to. But I have to roll with it.

baby on board
We do lots of walking and hiking and incorporate him into our everyday lives, rather than changing our whole existence for him. My husband loves to watch soccer games, so, the guys come over and we put him in the BabyBjorn seat and they hang out and have fun. If we have friends who aren’t so into the baby, they come over when he goes down.

jaime king, teething expert
For teething I have what we call the “dentist’s office” bag. Amber necklaces. Hyland’s teething tablets. Camila homeopathic drops. These clove pods with a little Q-tip to rub gums. Together, it’s a magical combination!  And, if your baby won’t take the bottle because his gums hurt, fill a bottle with 4 oz water, then turn it upside down in the freezer, the water freezes in the nipple and the baby will gum it, and it numbs his gums and he’ll take a bottle!

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Alice and Olivia founder Stacey Bendet Eisner is proud of the fact that her girls never have “typical” days. She’s constantly seeking out new creative activities for her two girls – Eloise, 5 and Scarlett, 3. What’s on her roster of musts? She opened her little black book to the best playgrounds, camps, and family entertainment in her home bases of Manhattan and Malibu.

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CMA in SoHo is a hands-down favorite for family time.


Brunch at the Soho House.

The playgrounds down by Battery Park

Ballet classes at the Joffrey School

Gymnastics lessons at Chelsea Piers

Karma Kids Yoga

Brunch at Sarabeths in Tribeca

Trapeze school in Brooklyn

Bowling at Brooklyn Bowl

HiArts camp is amazing in the summer.

We love treats from Dominique Ansel.

Vegetarian food from Blossom

Smoothies from One Lucky Duck

Family dinners at Nobu

For a road trip, Weezee World in Chappaqua is amazing!

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We love art classes with B
Johnson
, who comes to our house in Malibu.


Swim lessons with Lori
Armstrong
(world’s best swim teacher)
Contact: 310-457-4574

Pony camp at Cross Creek

Dance camp with Miss Charissa.

Weekends at the Malibu
Farmers Market
for flowers,
organic treats and amazing
baskets from the Kenyan
weaving artisans.

We love the beach at Little
Dume
.

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Thanks, but no thanks:

Breastfeeding Advice
to Ignore

You’d think breastfeeding would be a sacred art seamlessly passed down from generation to generation. Nope. It’s surprisingly a tricky business rife with old wives’ tales and outdated advice.

We asked lactation consultant Quetzal Currie, LM, IBCLC (who’s seen it all after 16 years in the business) for the most common tips doled out by well-meaning moms, grandmas, and sister-in-laws you can politely ignore.

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The Tip:



Rub lanolin on your nipples



The Truth:


Slippery nipples can actually make it harder for baby to get a deep latch, and some little ones don’t like the taste/texture. Plus if your nips are cracking, slathering them in goopy wax will keep them too moist to heal. Instead, speed the healing process by dabbing a saline solution (8 oz. water + ¼ tsp. salt) on nipples after nursing, exposing them to air as much as possible (read: go topless), and using breast shells under clothes.


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The Tip:



Don’t use a paci



The Truth:


In general it’s best to wait 4-6 weeks, but there are lots of exceptions. Some babies have powerful sucking reflexes and aren’t happy unless they’re sucking on something—if you’re not having latch issues, it’s totally fine to opt for a binky ASAP instead of becoming a human pacifier.


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The Tip:



It’s just going to hurt—until you develop calluses



The Truth:


Yes, it’s going to be uncomfortable at first. And it will get easier as baby’s mouth grows (not because your nipples get tougher). But you shouldn’t be bleeding or having persistent pain after the first few days. Don’t grin and bear it; that’s a sign you need help with the latch.


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The Tip:



She’s eating so often! (said judgily)



The Truth:


Older generations, especially those who formula-fed exclusively, may hint that babies should be put on a schedule. Currie advises nursing when baby is hungry, or as she says, “on demand—within reason.” Shoot for 15-30 minute feedings every 2-3 hours, but be flexible.


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The Tip:



You’ll get more sleep if you nurse lying down



The Truth:


Yeah, good luck with that. Currie considers it an “advanced technique” and a recipe for a shallow latch and sore nips. Until you’re a pro, sit upright in a comfortable chair, and strap on a My Brest Friend pillow (better for keeping baby at the right angle than the mushier Boppy). If your baby is flailing her arms, swaddle her first; you can always do skin-to-skin after nursing.


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The Tip:



Get baby on a bottle ASAP so Dad can bond – and help with feedings



The Truth:


Sweet sentiment, but don’t feel pressured. If you don’t have to pump, it’s best to wait 4-6 weeks, to avoid nipple confusion and overwhelming mom (she has enough going on as-is.) He’ll bond just fine while changing and swaddling the baby and taking care of you, thankyouverymuch.


Currie’s a baby and boob whisperer. To get in-person help in New York, Brooklyn, or New Jersey, email her at quetzalcurrie@gmail.com.

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21 Guilt-Free Educational Apps

Yep, there’s an app for that (and that and that and that). But only a handful are kid-friendly – and educator approved. We questioned three developmental experts – Dana Rosenbloom of Dana’s Kids and speech-language pathologists Jill Rappaport and Mara Cole – to find apps that entertain and educate kids from 12 months to 4 years old.

A few things to keep in mind:

1. Some are available in “lite” versions so you can try them before you buy.
2. The most value lies in apps that can engage toddlers one way and utilize different features for preschoolers.
3. Plan to participate with your child by following their lead to enhance the experience, especially early on.
4. Set limits from the beginning on when and how long kids can be on their tablet or phone.
5. For children under a year, limit exposure to just music and an occasional video.
6. Lead by example – if you don’t want your child using it incessantly, don’t do so in front of him.

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Vocabulary

Creativity

Learning the abc’s

Sorting, Classifying Skills

Shapes/Numbers/colors

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