My last two births have been repeat clients. It has been fun beingon the birth team again, and the family feeling that has been established before we even get to the hospital. Thank you Co Family and the Leach Family!
What an amazing day!! 2 beautiful, healthy babies in 12 hours, in 2 different towns, 50 miles apart, = 16 pounds.13 oz of true love!
by Dr. Bob Sears
When that tiny baby is placed into your arms, he or she is the ultimate reward for your nine months of careful preparation. You may not know that what you and others around you do in that very first hour of your baby’s life can have a significant—even lifelong—impact on the bond you have with your baby. This article shows you how to best prepare for that golden hour, how to maximize the bonding experience, how to defer hospital procedures that may interfere with bonding during that first hour and how to communicate those needs to your medical caregivers.
To read the entire article by Bob Sears, please go to: http://choicesinchildbirth.org/choices/postpartum/golden_hour
Mom, Dads and Grandparents: Do you have a Summer Infant Baby Bather?? If so, please read!!
This afternoon, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada recalled over 2 million Summer Infant Baby Bathers. The recall comes after a series of reports of babies falling from the tub after the folding wire frame disengaged from the side hinge, leading to serious head injuries.
The recalled bather was sold at mass merchandise stores nationwide and on the Web from September 2004 through November 2011 for between $15 and $30.
You can find the model number on either on the side of the baby bather near the warning label or on the front near the wash instructions. The following numbers are included in the recall:
Model numbers with an additional letter at the end of the model number are also included in this recall.
Do you own this bather? Stop using the product immediately and contact Summer Infant for a free repair kit that includes a locking strap and instructions. The manufacturers note that even with the new locking strap installed, the baby bather product should never be used to lift and carry an infant. For additional information, contact Summer Infant at (800) 426-8627 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.summerinfant.com/batherrepairkit.
Great information from Midwifery Today:
I see slings as basic items of clothing, and I recommend that my clients have several available, try different kinds and wear their babies as often as they can. Each sling, carrier, backpack and hip carrier has its place and appeal. One mom who wouldn’t think of using a fabric sling loved the high-tech fanny pack I got from Cuddle Karrier. It converts into a sling-like carrier, but goes back to being a fanny pack easily. Just as different styles of parenting work for different people, there are different carriers that work for different mothers. As long as the baby is being carried, that’s the whole point.
— Jennifer Rosenberg, excerpted from “Cuddle Up! Slings and Baby Carriers,” Birth Wisdom, Tricks of the Trade, Vol. III
He inquisitively ask the lady, “Why is your stomach so big?”
She replied, “I’m having a baby.”
… With big eyes, he asked, “Is the baby in your stomach?”
She said, “He sure is.”
Then the little boy, with a puzzled look, asked, “Is it a good baby?”
She said, “Oh, yes. It’s a real good baby.”
With an even more surprised and shocked look, he asked…
“Then why did you eat him?”
Another common concern that parents face is how to handle a diaper rash. Nothing can be worse than seeing your precious little one with a red, burning bottom and not knowing what to do to help. This article comes from the Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine. I love Dr. Sears and follow his advice when I have a question . Go here to read more.
When you’re new to the baby-raising game, every bump or discoloration can seem to be cause for alarm, but there’s no need to panic just yet. William Sears, MD, pediatrician for more than 30 years and renowned author of more than 40 books on child care, offers the following tips on calmly caring for your babe’s bottom.
All babies have diaper rash. It’s a misconception that a baby’s skin will always be as soft and smooth as the day he is born. In fact, diaper rash is a common and normal occurrence in babies’ lives. Whether newborns or curious crawlers, babies rub around in their diapers, causing friction. When that friction is combined with moisture, bacteria and yeast from their urine and stools, diaper rash is bound to happen.
Diligence is key.
For newborns who regularly suffer from diaper rash, you should change soiled diapers or air out the unsoiled ones at least every two hours. Poopy diapers should be changed immediately. This routine may be difficult at first, but the frequency of stool movements will diminish as your baby grows. Parents with little ones who experience less
diaper rash can then become more lax in changing regularly.
Change it up.
If your newborn is suffering from diaper rash, try varying your diapering routine. This means using another brand of disposable diapers and/or switching to unscented wipes or plain water for cleaning. If you use cloth diapers, try adding a half-cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle to help remove alkaline irritants.
Treat bottoms with all natural creams.
To avoid diaper rash, use a daily preventative cream after each change to moisturize and protect baby’s delicate skin. Be sure to cleanse and thoroughly dry the area before application. For those with a severe diaper rash, try a thicker treatment cream with the skin protectant zinc oxide, to alleviate pain and offer immediate, refreshing relief. Due to babies’ sensitive skin, creams should always be all natural and free of harmful chemicals. Be vigilant about carefully reading the labels on any products you use on your baby’s skin.
For more diaper rash and baby care tips—and for information on Dr. Sears’ all natural baby care line (including diaper rash prevention and treatment creams)—visit askdrsears.com.
“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.