The Medicine Cabinet Series was created to give you a unique look at the everyday lives and wellness routines of a diverse group of women from around the country. Dive in for a candid approach to wellness unlike any other.
Meet Taylor, a Baby-Led Sleep and Well-Being Specialist. Her own journey of motherhood inspired her passion to change the way society thinks about postpartum, parenting and sleep. She runs educational courses that seek to holistically support families by placing an emphasis on postpartum wellness. She writes about her work on her website and her Instagram, @taylorkulik.
BINTO: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
The morning routine is always a work in progress with a toddler as her sleep is inconsistent and she’s an early bird! In an ideal world, I would be able to wake up at 5am, drink a glass of water, pray, journal, and stretch. That routine typically gets interrupted by an early riser, but I’ll keep pushing towards it!
BINTO: What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
I strive to make the last thing I do before bed relaxing. I turn off my phone at least 30 minutes before bed, and I usually either read something enjoyable or listen to a progressive relaxation exercise.
BINTO: What are some of your favorite healthy foods?
Great question- I love food! I love chia seed pudding as a sweet treat, and homemade guacamole or salsa with veggies for a snack. Lately, I’ve been craving this locally made sourdough bread we purchase- topped with grass fed butter, avocado, cucumber, and tomato. So good!
BINTO: Tell us about your fitness routine.
My fitness routine has transformed so much in the past few years since becoming a mom (and now pregnant with my 2nd child). Currently, I’m really tuning into my body and following its lead, and what that usually looks like is:
15-20 minute resistance training sessions 4-5x/week
30 minute walks daily as long as the weather cooperates
Lots of gentle stretching during the day
I prioritize lots of functional movement during the day over long exercise routines.
BINTO: What was the defining moment when you realized you could take your health into your own hands?
This has been such a never-ending journey and process. I have always been interested in health, ever since I was a kid. I remember “meal-planning” and exercising. At that time, as a young girl, the way I was doing it wasn’t healthy. When I went to college, I was excited to be able to decide what kind of food I ate because I knew that it impacted health. I just didn’t know how much! Since then, I feel like I constantly learn new pieces of information that help me to transform my perspective on health, and empower me to take charge of it.
BINTO: Do you use Binto? If so, what kind of changes have you experienced as a result?
I do! I love that, with Binto, I have all of the supplements I need to support my body and my baby. I love that I don’t have to order 3-4 different supplements separately and keep track of them all. With Binto, it’s so convenient that it just comes to my door, and I never run out!
BINTO: How do you define wellness?
To me, wellness is about thriving in many different areas of your life. It’s not just about eating the right food or exercising. It’s really about thriving in those areas, but also having mental health, emotional health, getting enough sleep, having satisfaction in life choices and relationships, being true to yourself and so much more!
BINTO: What do you consider to be the most important step of your wellness routine?
That’s a hard question since so many factors impact my wellness, but I would have to say movement. I know myself well, and I know that on the days when I’m getting very little movement, I feel it- not only physically, but it impacts my mental health and energy levels greatly.
BINTO: How has your wellness routine evolved over the years?
When I was younger, wellness to me was really about exercising a lot and eating what I considered to be well at the time. It was unhealthy. I used to plan my life around my exercise schedule, and was not at all flexible with it. As I’ve gained more knowledge and experience, I know how important balance is for overall wellness. Those things are important, but they are not everything. Especially since becoming a mom and an entrepreneur, I really have to prioritize my time, and make sure I’m filling my days with small things that positively impact my wellness.
BINTO: What is one product you absolutely cannot live without?
Magnesium bath salts!
BINTO: How do you take your health and wellness routine on the go?
Binto makes it so easy to pack my supplements on the go! For traveling, I love to bring exercise bands with me so that I can do a quick workout from my laptop or phone wherever I am. I also try to plan ahead and pack healthy snacks or food options, or at least scout out restaurants with options in advance.
BINTO: What is your biggest challenge in terms of health and wellness right now?
Fitting it all in! As a mom who runs a business out of the home, keeping up with the demands of parenthood and business while being intentional with the time I spend with my daughter can be so hard. It is a learning process and daily growth journey.
BINTO: What is your favorite part of your job?
So much of what I do is helping parents tune into their own intuition rather than listening to everyone around them, and it is so powerful!
BINTO: What is baby-led sleep and why is it so important?
Baby-led sleep is really about understanding infant development and what is normal in terms of sleep and attachment, then working WITH your baby’s needs instead of against them. Right now in our culture, we have these really pervasive ideas about how our babies should be sleeping, and it’s pressuring a lot of parents to do things they feel uncomfortable doing, things that really go against their intuition. With baby-led sleep, parents can find acceptance and understanding of their baby’s biological needs while also creating ideal circumstances to support their baby to get optimal sleep.
BINTO: How do you channel your own ideas about wellness into your work?
Much of the work I do with families is helping them to find balance and helping to free them from unrealistic societal expectations. With this mindset shift, often comes powerful changes that trickle down, and the effects can be often be seen in their children! In addition to that, with all families I work with, I help them identify areas of their lives and routines that can be altered in some way to optimize the wellness of the entire family. It’s really a holistic approach as families are so dynamic and complex. We can’t just focus on one piece and expect our problems to be solved. This is true of many of the issues I help families with- whether we’re talking about postpartum mental health, toddler sleep, or the parent-child relationship.
BINTO: If you could give one piece of advice to our readers with new babies, what would it be?
Lean in to your baby and your intuition! It is never wrong to be responsive to your child.