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Great Quote!

Posted April 3rd, 2012 in clothing, Fresno birth, Fresno Birth Doula, Fresno VBAC, Newborns by Kathryn DiPalma

“Children cry because they are hungry, lonely, tired, wet, or in pain. Compassionate people do not withhold comfort from adults who are crying. Why in heaven’s name should a
loving parent withhold comfort from a little child?”

– Robert Mendelsohn M.D.

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Birth Day Suit Maternity!

Posted July 28th, 2011 in birth, breastfeeding, clothing, Fresno birth, Fresno Birth Doula, Motherhood, Uncategorized by Kathryn DiPalma

As a woman, you know the importance of that perfect little birthday dress that will have all eyes on you the night of your big party, right? Then why would you show up to the MOST important Birth Day in a drab, used and unflattering hospital gown? Don’t stress, let Birth Day Suit Maternity dress you in delivery couture! Birth Day Suit Maternity offers chic, yet functional, labor and delivery hospital gowns for the fashion forward mommy-to-be that will definitely win you best dressed in the maternity ward!

Please check us out so you will be properly outfitted for that special day!

http://www.birthdaysuitmaternity.com/index.html

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Some very exciting news will be announced very soon!

Posted July 12th, 2011 in birth, Birth Doula, clothing, Fresno birth, Hospitals, labor, Motherhood, Pregnancy, Uncategorized by Kathryn DiPalma

I will give you one little hint….. my darling daughter and I are about to start another business. Stay tuned for the announcement!

EZ SOX-The "I Can Do It" Sock!

Posted February 6th, 2011 in Children, clothing, Fresno Birth Doula, Motherhood by admin

I found a really cute wbesite that I wanted to share with you.  The EXSOX are  for children  and they are  fun learning socks!  What a wonderful and helpful tool for parents trying to teach their children how to put on their socks.  Think of the confidence that your children will gain as they learn to dress themselves!

Check them out!
EZ SOX-The “I Can Do It” Sock!

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Heading Home: Safe clothing and accessories for newborns

Posted September 20th, 2010 in Children, clothing, Motherhood, Newborns by admin

I love the internet and all the information I find!  I simply can not write better articles than what I find! Hope you enjoy them too!  This great reminder came from CentralValleyMoms.com!

By admin on Sep 20th, 2010
ShareThe following is an excerpt from “Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality” (Second Edition):

You’ll want to always take safety into account when choosing baby clothes.

Fortunately, there aren’t too many hazards lurking out there when it comes to baby clothing if you just put the necessary forethought into your purchases. An organization called the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) provides safety standards for clothing as well as other baby and consumer products, and routinely issues recalls to alert the public about potentially unsafe items. In addition to directing you to the CPSC website (www.cpsc.gov) for the purpose of identifying specific products as potentially unsafe, we’ve listed below some good general baby clothing safety considerations.

Safe at sleep. Baby sleepwear should be flame-resistant and/or snugfitting. That said, not all pajamas for babies come with a flame-resistant or flame-retardant finish. After determining that loose-fitting clothing could catch fire more easily, the CPSC required in 2000 that all tags and labels on children’s sleepwear alert potential purchasers if they are not flame-resistant and therefore need to be snug-fitting. In other words, check the labels.

No strings attached. Simply put, anything in which a baby could potentially become entangled is best left on the rack. While prevention measures have made it far less likely to find potentially dangerous outfits in the stores, items with strings or large, loose hoods should be carefully scrutinized before purchase. The CPSC recommends that no strings whatsoever be used in the neck or hood region and advises shortened drawstrings (measuring no more than 3 extra inches at either end) at the waist.

Loose object liability. Get in the habit of evaluating baby clothes for small and potentially removable objects. The most obvious, of course, are buttons. It’s amazing how many small 3-dimensional objects you can find attached to baby clothing in the name of fashion these days. If it isn’t securely fastened, be sure to avoid or remove anything your child could choke on should it come loose.

Pediatricians, moms and authors, Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP, and Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, offer a wealth of “parent-tested, pediatrician-approved” advice in “Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality,” Second Edition (American Academy of Pediatrics, September 2010). Available on the American Academy of Pediatrics official website for parents, HealthyChildren.org at www.healthychildren.org/heading-home. Also available in bookstores nationwide.


By LAURA A. JANA MD, FAAP, AND JENNIFER SHU, MD, FAAP
Read more: http://centralvalleymoms.com/2010/09/20/heading-home-safe-clothing-and-accessories-for-newborns/#ixzz106USmxlF

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Ten Reasons to Wear Your Baby

Posted July 29th, 2010 in birth, Children, clothing, labor, Life, Newborns, parenting by admin

Below is a great article about wearing your baby and the benefits for everyone.  However, it has come to my attention that not only babies receive benefits from you wearing them…but puppies also do.  This is a friend of mine with her new puppy.

1. Wearing a baby is convenient.
    When we carry a baby in a sling, we can walk around freely and not have to worry about negotiating steps, crowds or narrow aisles with a stroller. Plastic “baby buckets” and removable car seats are heavy and awkward for parents, babies often look uncomfortable, and they are kept at knee level. A sling can block out excess stimuli when breastfeeding a distractible baby, and it allows for discreet nursing in public places. A sling can also double as a changing pad, blanket, or cushion when away from home. I’ve found my sling especially handy when negotiating busy airports with a small child and several bags!

2. Wearing a baby promotes physical development.
    When a baby rides in a sling attached to his mother, he is in tune with the rhythm of her breathing, the sound of her heartbeat, and the movements his mother makes – walking, bending, and reaching. This stimulation helps him to regulate his own physical responses, and exercises his vestibular system, which controls balance. The sling is in essence a “transitional womb” for the new baby, who has not yet learned to control his bodily functions and movements. Research has shown that premature babies who are touched and held gain weight faster and are healthier than babies who are not1. Mechanical swings and other holding devices do not provide these same benefits.

3. Babies worn in slings are happier.
    Studies have shown that the more babies are held, the less they cry and fuss2. In indigenous cultures where baby-wearing is the norm, babies often cry for only a few minutes a day – in contrast to Western babies, who often cry for hours each day. Crying is exhausting for both the baby and his parents, and may cause long-term damage as the baby’s developing brain is continually flooded with stress hormones.3 Babies who do not need to spend their energy on crying are calmly observing and actively learning about their environment. Baby-wearing is especially useful for colicky babies, who are far happier being worn, but placid, content babies and children will also benefit greatly from the warmth and security of being held close.

4. Baby-wearing is healthy for you!
    It can be challenging for new mothers to find time to exercise, but if you carry your baby around with you most of the day or go for a brisk walk with your baby in her sling, you will enjoy the dual benefits of walking and “weightlifting”. A long walk in the sling is also an excellent way to help a tired but over-stimulated child fall asleep.

5. Toddlers appreciate the security of the sling.
    Slings are usually associated with infants, but they can be very useful for toddlers as well; most slings accommodate children up to 35 or 40 pounds. The world can be a scary place for toddlers, who feel more confident when they can retreat to the security of the sling when they need to do so. Toddlers often become over-stimulated, and a ride in the sling helps to soothe and comfort them before (or after!) a “melt-down” occurs. It can be very helpful in places like the zoo, aquarium, or museum, where a small child in a stroller would miss many of the exhibits.

6. Baby-wearing helps you and your baby to communicate with each other.
    The more confidence we have in our parenting, the more we can relax and enjoy our children. A large part of feeling confident as a parent is the ability to read our baby’s cues successfully. When we hold our baby close in a sling, we become finely attuned to his gestures and facial expressions. Many baby-wearing parents report that they have never learned to distinguish their baby’s cries – because their babies are able to communicate effectively without crying! Every time a baby is able to let us know that she is hungry, bored or wet without having to cry, her trust in us is increased, her learning is enhanced, and our own confidence is reinforced. This cycle of positive interaction enhances the mutual attachment between parent and child, and makes life more enjoyable for everyone.

7. Slings are a bonding tool for fathers, grandparents, and other caregivers.
    Slings are a useful tool for every adult in a baby’s life. It makes me smile when I see a new father going for a walk with his baby in a sling. The baby is becoming used to his voice, heartbeat, movements and facial expressions, and the two are forging a strong attachment of their own. Fathers don’t have the automatic head-start on bonding that comes with gestation, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make up for this once their baby is born. The same goes for babysitters, grandparents and all other caregivers. Cuddling up close in the sling is a wonderful way to get to know the baby in your life, and for the baby to get to know you!

8. Slings are a safe place for a child to be.
    Instead of running loose in crowded or dangerous places, a child in a sling is held safe and secure right next to your body. Slings also provide emotional safety when needed, so that children can venture into the world and become independent at their own pace.

9. Slings are economical.
    Slings cost far less than strollers, front-carriers or backpacks. Many mothers consider the sling to be one of their most useful and economical possessions. Inexpensive used slings can be found in consignment and thrift stores, and new ones can be bought for about $25 -$50 (U.S.) – not bad for an item many parents use daily for two years or more! A sling can also be sewn for the price of a length of cotton, some rings and batting; sling patterns are available.

10. Baby-wearing is fun.
     Who doesn’t love to cuddle a precious little baby? And when your baby is older, having her in the sling makes conversations easier and allows you to observe her reactions to the wonders of the world around her. It’s also fun for baby, because when she is up at eye level, other adults notice and interact with her more. Your child will feel more a part of your life when she is in her sling, and you will find yourself becoming more and more enchanted with this special little person.

by Laura Simeon, MA, MLIS