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The Benefits of Kangaroo Care

Posted by Jocelyn Albertson on

What is Kangaroo Care?                     What’s sweeter than a newborn snuggled up to you, content and asleep? Did you know this very act, which feels completely instinctual, has amazing health benefits for both mama and baby? Skin-to-skin snuggles are also called Kangaroo Care. Kangaroo Care consists of holding a bare baby (diapered or not) chest-to-chest with a caregiver. There has been an increasing trend in hospitals to promote skin-to-skin immediately after birth because of the benefits involved for both mother and baby. Studies show that it fulfills the basic biological needs...

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It's World Breastfeeding Week!

Posted by Palestina Baronas on

It's World Breastfeeding Week!

It's World Breast Feeding Week 2017! We had a chance to ask local lactation consultant, Chrissy Nelson RN, BSN, IBCLC some questions about her work with families, as well as about breastfeeding in general. Here's what she shared: What inspired you to work in lactation support? I was always drawn to it. I was always that nurse that all the other nurses asked to go help their patients with breastfeeding.   I see a common need among families for breastfeeding education and support in the US. Lactation is a HUGE part of life with a newborn.  Newborns up to age four...

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Baby Carriers: Why Buy New?

Posted by Palestina Baronas on

A common post in parenting groups is a parent asking about baby carriers. It's usually someone new to babywearing. They are typically bombarded with multiple different carriers being touted as "the best" and inevitably someone, usually a very seasoned wearer, tells them to head to a used carrier trade site to purchase. Purchasing this way may save them about $15.00, sometimes more if they are really lucky. As an educator this tidbit of wisdom always makes me cringe. And here's why: Purchasing used bears an element of risk, especially if you are buying sight unseen from a stranger online. There is no...

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Cloth Diaper User Guide

Posted by Jocelyn Albertson on

Cloth Diaper User Guide

Cloth Diapering Tips You’ve decided to use cloth diapers with your baby.  That’s great!  We want to help you with your cloth diapering journey. Read on for our best cloth diapering tips to get you started. How Many Cloth Diapers Should You Buy? First of all, you need to know how many diapers you should buy.  If you have a newborn and plan on washing your diapers every 2-3 days, you should start with 24-30 diapers/inserts.  For a baby/toddler 6 months and older, you will need fewer diapers, about 20-24. Prepping Your Cloth Diapers for Use Your diapers will most...

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5 Top Cloth Diapering Myths

Posted by Palestina Baronas on

Cloth diapering has come a long way from pins and plastic pants. Cloth diapers are slimmer, sleeker and cuter than ever! There are still a lot of myths and preconceived notions many of our clients tell us are the reason they were originally hesitant to try. We are here to tell you- it's easier than you think! We promise! Here are the top 5 cloth diapering questions that come up when chatting with parents about diapering their babies: 1. Isn't it a lot of work? Not at all! Caring for your diapers is as simple as one to two extra...

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