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Create A Lifetime Of Warm Memories While Cuddling With Pello Pillows

Create A Lifetime Of Warm Memories While Cuddling With Pello Pillows

RESIZE-PELLO-0035-150x300Finding a comfortable position to nurse or bottle feed your baby can be a bit challenging. That’s why Pello, a mom-founded company, recently launched the Pello Comfy Cradle, a soft, comfortable arm nursing/feeding pillow that supports your baby’s head and neck. It wraps around your arm and features a crease for your elbow. Genius! And the brand’s popular floor pillows are great for a cuddly place to put your baby down, tummy time, or anything else a baby can think to do with it!

Pello will be at the 2017 LA Baby Show, on November 4 and 5, at the Magic Box at the REEF, in DTLA, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families returns to Los Angeles. A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the LA Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Los Angeles County, the surrounding counties, and beyond!

Tickets to the LA Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

FOR TICKET INFO & OTHER BABY NEWS: To be alerted when tickets first go on sale, and to plug into other news, trends, and resources of interest to expectant and new families in LA, sign up for our free LA Baby Newsletter.

We spoke with the founder and owner of Pello, Cindy Perry, to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the LA Baby Show.

For someone unfamiliar with Pello, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Our mission is to create beautiful baby products that are functional and used every day, all day!

Our floor pillow is our main product, and it was designed with both baby and parent in mind. Your Pello will grow right along with your baby, becoming the one item he or she never wants to give up. In infancy, the soft center cuddles your baby, creating a permanent bond of feeling safe and secure. As your baby grows, Pello becomes the perfect counterpart for practicing sitting, tummy time, an obstacle course when crawling, and endless wonders for pretend play.

We just launched a new product to help parents nurse and bottle feed in comfort! Pello Comfy Cradle is soft, yet supportive, and it wraps all the way around your arm to keep it protected. It even features a crease down the middle to allow your elbow to bend comfortably.

Best of all, it supports your baby’s head and neck! The Pello Comfy Cradle offers your little one extra soft support for his or her head and neck while snuggling in your arms, allowing for better digestion and comfier mealtimes.

Tell us about Pello. When did Pello start? How has Pello evolved since then?

Here’s a letter to my customers. It explains how Pello got started:

Dear Friends,

I’m a Mom. I wear yoga pants and bobby pins to keep the bangs out of my face. I drink espresso, workout, volunteer at school, and, yes, I give thanks every day.

As a young girl in Texas, my mom taught me to sew. I put myself through the University of Maryland working as a children’s librarian and by sewing at night. I met my wonderful husband, Andrew, fell in love, and have two amazing boys.

I decided to stay home with our boys and continue sewing and designing window treatments and bedding. I always kept the boys with me. I wanted them to feel safe, warm, and close to me (laying them on the floor seemed too cold).

While at a breastfeeding support group, I was inspired by a woman who brought a pillow to lay her baby on during the meeting, instead of a blanket. When my first born, John was trying to sit up, he would always fall through the pillows I placed around him, hit his head, and cry. I then remembered that woman with the pillow…. I took some scrap fabrics and after a number of changes and tweaks “Pello” was born, and my John’s head was protected! Next thing I knew, I was taking orders from all over the country—just by word of mouth!

It’s hard to believe that was 14 years and thousands of Pellos ago. I developed Pello out of a need for my own children to feel safe, warm, and close to me while being stimulated.

Our Pellos are still around our house today, a now comfy reading cushion full of a lifetime of memories.

In 2011, I was diagnosed with melanoma. I didn’t want to sit back and talk about life and my ideas for Pello any longer. It was time to give it life! I’ve been busier than ever and could not be happier.

Thank you for reading my story. I hope Pello gives you and your baby many warm & cuddly times with moments that will provide you a lifetime of memories.

Love,

Cindy

Since July 2012, when we launched to the retail market, Pello’s floor pillows have been sold in over 500 boutiques throughout the United States. Also, we have a Canadian distributor and a toy/baby store chain in Australia carrying our floor pillows. Additionally, there are several independent, international stores selling our products. Our e-commerce business is really growing: we are sold on nordstrom.com,  houzz.com,  amazon.com,  thanksmama.com,  pishposhbaby.com, and several other websites, including our own mypello.com.

What are the most popular and newest products from Pello?  

The floor pillow is our most popular product, but since the launch of Pello Comfy Cradle, we have been extremely busy filling orders for our new nursing/feeding pillow!

What sets Pello apart in the marketplace?  

Both our floor pillow and our arm nursing/feeding pillow are mom-invented and patented, and that sets us apart from the rest! We are a company committed to developing products that are functional yet beautiful! Also, all of our products are made in the USA!

What can parents expect to see from Pello at the LA Baby Show?

We will have a drawing for a FREE Pello Luxe Floor Pillow, Pello Comfy Cradle, Pello Rattle, and Pello Links! Also, a special discount will be given to parents who purchase a Pello floor pillow during the event. We will also offer free shipping on all orders placed at the LA Baby Show.

To learn more about Pello, check out mypello.com.

Take Care Of Yourself And Your Family With Clean, Green Seventh Generation

Take Care Of Yourself And Your Family With Clean, Green Seventh Generation

0417_seventh_generation_BPC_dresser_2100x1500_300_RGB-300x214Seventh Generation has been a trusted pioneer and leader in the creation of natural products for personal, baby and home care. Seventh Generation cares about your health as well as the environment. The company is the first to disclose ingredients on labels and has always striven to be a model of ethical, community-minded business practices.

Seventh Generation will be at the 2017 LA Baby Show, on November 4 and 5, at the Magic Box at the REEF, in DTLA, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families returns to Los Angeles. A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the LA Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Los Angeles County, the surrounding counties, and beyond!

Tickets to the LA Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

FOR TICKET INFO & OTHER BABY NEWS: To be alerted when tickets first go on sale, and to plug into other news, trends, and resources of interest to expectant and new families in LA, sign up for our free LA Baby Newsletter.

To learn more about Seventh Generation, we spoke with Amanda Marcus, the company’s PR representative.

For someone unfamiliar with Seventh Generation, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Seventh Generation is a leading natural home, baby, and personal care products company that helps protect human health and the environment. As a pioneer in the eco-friendly products space, the company believes it is their responsibility to set the course for a more mindful way of doing business, where companies act as partners with other stakeholders to create a brighter future for the whole planet.


Tell us about the company’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

Established in 1988, Seventh Generation has been creating powerful plant-based solutions for your home and family for more than 28 years. In 2007, the company became a founding member and B corporation, certified to be better for workers, better for communities and better for the environment. As a leader in the home care industry, Seventh Generation was the first company to disclose ingredients on labels in 2008 and has continued to fight for the consumer’s right to know what’s in their products through both the state and federal legislation.

What are the most popular and/or newest products from Seventh Generation?

Last September, Seventh Generation launched our new Coconut Care™ line featuring a Diaper Cream, Foaming Shampoo & Body Wash, and a Moisture Lotion, all formulated with organic coconut oil and clinically proven to be gentle on skin.

Seventh Generation is also dedicated to helping protect and keep your baby’s skin safe and dry with the softest, most gentle diaper the brand has ever made, our Free & Clear diaper line. The special quilted liner is made to provide the ultimate caring experience for your baby’s delicate skin. The absorbent core of the diapers is not bleached or processed with chemicals containing chlorine. Best of all, the Free & Clear Protection for All™ designs are FSC® certified, since they are made with sustainably sourced materials to help protect animal habitats.

What sets Seventh Generation apart from other companies?

Seventh Generation cares about your baby and the planet. We are committed to sustainable ingredient choices, such as organic coconut oil, that help protect forest habitats and the animals that call them home.

What can parents expect from Seventh Generation at the LA Baby Show?

Seventh Generation is excited to support families coming to the LA Baby Show by sponsoring two diaper changing stations! We hope parents will enjoy using these comfortable and private settings where they can find Seventh Generation’s Free & Clear Diapers and Wipes made for baby’s sensitive skin. We encourage parents to try out our diapers, which feature an ultra-absorbent core to keep baby’s skin protected and dry, and our thickest wipes ever, which provide a soft and gentle clean for baby.

 

To learn more about Seventh Generation, check out seventhgeneration.com.

Share Your Memories Safely With Tinybeans

Share Your Memories Safely With Tinybeans

UntitledMemories of your little one are now easier to store and organize thanks to Tinybeans, a technology based journaling system that can be accessed via the company’s app, website, and email platforms. Family and friends can view your photos minus the pitfalls of social media. Tinybeans’ can also be used as a virtual measuring stick by helping you keep track of your child’s growth and development.

 Tinybeans will be at the 2017 LA Baby Show, on November 4 and 5, at the Magic Box at the REEF, in DTLA, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families returns to Los Angeles. A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the LA Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Los Angeles County, the surrounding counties, and beyond!

Tickets to the LA Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

FOR TICKET INFO & OTHER BABY NEWS: To be alerted when tickets first go on sale, and to plug into other news, trends, and resources of interest to expectant and new families in LA, sign up for our free LA Baby Newsletter.

To learn more about Tinybeans, we spoke with Sarah-Jane Kurtini, the company’s co-founder and head of marketing.

For someone unfamiliar with Tinybeans, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Tinybeans is a baby journal app for parents that helps them connect with family and raise their children. Parents use Tinybeans to organise their photos and videos and track their children’s development. Tinybeans makes is easy to safely share those moments with family and close friends and avoid the dangers on social media. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and close friends and family receive updates and stay connected to a child’s life. Tinybeans is available through apps, the Tinybeans website, and email so it caters for all levels of technology use and is very grandparent-friendly.  Many call it “the highlight of my day.” Tinybeans also shares personalised recommendations based on a child’s age and developmental stage to help families nurture their growth.

Tell us about the company’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

Stephen O’Young wanted to find a way to privately share photos of his newborn son with his family. He built Tinybeans as an easy way to share moments with loved ones and keep them connected to his family’s everyday life. At the same time, he wanted to help his eldest son overcome speech delays so developed Tinybeans further as an easy way to track developmental milestones and find the help and support his family needed.

He met Sarah-Jane Kurtini who had just moved to Sydney from the U.K. She completely understood the issue of keeping far away family connected and they launched the very first version of the app together in May 2012.

5 years later Tinybeans is a 5-star app in the App Store, has over 1.7 million users, and offices in both Sydney and New York.

What are the most popular and/or newest services from Tinybeans?

Parents love how private Tinybeans is. They can overshare with abandon knowing that the family and close friends following their journal won’t be rolling their eyes when they see lots of baby pictures. Tinybeans makes it super easy to track developmental milestones and measurements so parents are always on top of their child’s growth.

Our newest feature is Flashbacks which shows parents what their babies looked like on the same day in past months and years. We’ve been told parents have lost hours to Flashbacks reminiscing.

What sets Tinybeans apart from other photo sharing companies?

Our focus on making our users happy! Lots of big tech companies have automated responses and it is impossible to talk to a person. We know how precious moments and memories are so we respond to every email and request we receive. It’s especially important when we have so many grandparents using Tinybeans.

What can parents expect from  Tinybeans at the LA Baby Show?

The Tinybeans app is free to download in the App Store and Google Play. We also have a Premium service that gives users access to heaps of extra features. We’re giving every parent who comes to our booth to sign up to Tinybeans a free subscription to Tinybeans Family Premium worth $24. We’ll also be giving away some cute merchandise and surprises. We can’t wait to meet the babies and parents of LA!

Greentom: Transport Your Little One In Style While Helping The Planet

Greentom: Transport Your Little One In Style While Helping The Planet

greentom-222x300Greentom is an award-winning, green company that produces sleek-looking, fully functional baby strollers. Good for the planet and super safe for babies, this is a product that parents can feel great about buying and using in their busy daily lives.

Greentom will be at the 2017 LA Baby Show, on November 4 and 5, at the Magic Box at the REEF, in DTLA, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families returns to Los Angeles. A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the LA Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Los Angeles County, the surrounding counties, and beyond!

Tickets to the LA Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

FOR TICKET INFO & OTHER BABY NEWS: To be alerted when tickets first go on sale, and to plug into other news, trends, and resources of interest to expectant and new families in LA, sign up for our free LA Baby Newsletter.

To learn more about Greentom, we spoke with Rebecca Gallegos, the company’s USA director of operations.

For someone unfamiliar with Greentom, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Greentom is on a mission: developing and producing smart and sustainable products in order to make the planet and the future of our children a greener one. Greentom turns post-consumer plastic waste into beautiful, safe, high-quality products. This way, plastic that would otherwise end up in oceans, rivers, on beaches, and in landfills is now turned into cool, functional products. At the end of their lifecycle, these products can be recycled and re-used.

Suited for every modern parent’s lifestyle, Greentom strollers are not only highly sustainable but also comfortable, light, safe and strong. The frames are made from recycled plastic and the fabric is made from recycled drinking bottles. You can find the number of recycled bottles on the product. Additionally, the Greentom Carrycot mattress is 100% natural: made of wool, flax, and organic cotton. Awarded Red Dot’s ‘best of the best’ design for 2016, Greentom strollers are designed smart, omitting superfluous details without compromising on looks.

Tell us about the company’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

Greentom is a young, innovative, Dutch company that designs and develops sustainable, smart and practical products using the design concept “less-is-more.” Founded in 2014 by designer Bart Bost, Greentom has a simple philosophy: green, recyclable design produced in a smart way. Bost has been a coveted contractor to some of the top brands in the industry, and the Greentom line is a testament to his experience and knowledge of consumers’ ultimate needs. Greentom omits superfluous details and components that aren’t really necessary while designing beautiful, sustainable products that fulfill a need today and create a better future for tomorrow. At Greentom, we believe in taking responsibility for the environment and the future of our children; the brand and the products follow suit.

What are the most popular and/or newest products from Greentom?

 We’re launching the brand in the U.S. this year, so everything is new! We’re excited to announce the Classic, the Reversible and the Carrycot, along with a number of accessories that will pair beautifully and meaningfully with every frame and fabric, available in 10 colors, and always green!

What sets Greentom apart in the stroller marketplace?

We offer the greenest stroller on planet earth, and we’ve designed it in a smart way, giving parents exactly what they need and children the future they deserve. In addition to all of the great features and benefits that come standard, parents have the option to change the fabric set to suit their style at any given time. The Greentom stroller has the longest product lifespan on the market, growing with you and your little one from birth to 4½ years.

What can parents expect from Greentom at the LA Baby Show?

We’re excited to welcome new and established parents to the booth, where it is our goal to show them how meaningful smart, sustainable design can be. We know there are a lot of options on the market, and the decision is a big one, but we have a wealth of experience in the category and want to encourage parents about the decision they’re making. With Greentom, you’re not only purchasing a product that meets your present needs, but you’re investing in the future of your little one as well. We have incredibly designed products that are highly competitive and we look forward to showing parents how, together, we can create a green tomorrow.

We’re also looking to recruit Greentribe members, so if you’re a parent, or expecting, and identify with the brand and want to use your voice to spread the word, we want to learn more about you!

 

To learn more about Greentom, check out greentom.com.

Cozy Cheekz Keeps Baby Warm And Happy During Diaper Changes

Cozy Cheekz Keeps Baby Warm And Happy During Diaper Changes

Cozy CheekzChanging your baby’s diaper just got a whole lot easier with Cozy Cheekz! The heated changing pad is the first of its kind on the market and helps babies regulate their body temperature during diaper changes, which means a more pleasant time for baby and mommy.

Cozy Cheekz will be at the 2017 LA Baby Show, on November 4 and 5, at the Magic Box at the REEF, in DTLA, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families returns to Los Angeles.  A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the LA Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Los Angeles County, and the surrounding counties, and beyond!

Tickets to the LA Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

FOR TICKET INFO & OTHER BABY NEWS:  To be alerted for when tickets first go on sale, and to plug into other news, trends, and resources of interest to expectant and new families in LA, sign up for our free LA Baby Newsletter.

We spoke with Vanessa Peterson, owner and inventor of Cozy Cheekz to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the LA Baby Show.

For someone unfamiliar with Cozy Cheekz, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Our mission is to provide products for new moms that are unique and that truly strive to make life more convenient with a new baby. I invented our Heated Changing Pad and our Cozy Cradle is not available anywhere else.  The Heated Changing Pad stays warm for 12 hours at a time and then shuts off for safety reasons.  It can be turned right back on for another 12 hours, which is perfect because we never know when our baby is going to need changing.  The Cozy Cradle is a multifunctional travel pad for baby to lay comfortably anywhere mom needs to go, and can be used as a nursing aid and even as a travel changing pad.  It rolls up to easily fit into a diaper bag so that only one pad needs to be carried.   Both pads come with removable covers, which can be washed.

Tell us about the company’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

I have a friend that mentioned to me when we were on the phone that her grandson always cried during diaper changes because he was cold.  While we were talking, I was surprised to hear that she could not find a heated changing pad.  I did some checking and she was right, there wasn’t one so I decided to try to find out if there was a reason for that.  After doing some research, I could not find any reason why there wasn’t one and, in fact, many reasons why there should be one.  Babies have difficulty, especially as newborns, regulating their body temperature so even when something feels temperate to us, it feels cold to them.  About two years ago I began the process of inventing a heated changing pad.  I made a prototype and then worked to get it manufactured to my specifications.  As a part of the manufacturing process, I came across our Cozy Cradle, which was being sold in Europe and felt it was the perfect fit for my brand. I started shipping my products December 2016.

What are the most popular and/or newest products from Cozy Cheekz?

Both products have been very popular, and we have had some wonderful reviews of each.

What sets Cozy Cheekz apart from other companies in the baby marketplace?

Our products are unavailable anywhere else and are of the highest quality materials.

What can parents expect from Cozy Cheekz at the LA Baby Show?

We will have both products there to sell and, of course, to see and touch.  We will also be offering special show discounts for those who attend.

To learn more about Cozy Cheekz, check out cozycheekz.com.

Family Photos 101

Family Photos 101

We asked our friends at Canon for great tips on photographing babies and toddlers. Enjoy!

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1) Baby bump photo series: Learn how to document your pregnancy with a fun portrait series.

• Find a neutral, even-toned background like a white or beige wall.
• Frame the shot and keep Mom’s belly as the hero.
• Shoot at the same time of day to keep lighting consistent.

2) First baby picture: They’re only born once. Be prepared to capture this life-changing moment with the quality it deserves.

• Set white balance to Tungsten to keep your image from looking yellow.
• Turn off the flash and use natural light.
• Set ISO to 400 for greater brightness.

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1) Baby on the move: From crawling to walking to full-on sprinting, use these tips to get great photos of your budding stock-photo-purple-baby-103744407_BOTTOM IMAGE LOWR ESexplorer.

• Use Continuous Shooting Mode to keep your baby in focus no matter how fast they’re moving.
• Shoot in Shutter Priority (Tv) mode and make sure you use a high shutter speed to avoid any unwanted blurring.
• Get low at ground level and simply touch the LCD screen to keep your on-the-move baby in focus.

2) Baby birthdays: Before they blow out the candles, prepare to blow them away. Check out these tips for great candid photos and videos for any birthday party.

• Capture a close-up video of your child with an f/2.8 or faster portrait lens for better low light images.
• Get up close to your child so you can capture the fun of the moment.
• Increase the ISO in low light situations to avoid dark images.

To learn more from Canon USA, visit shop.usa.canon.com/Family!

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The JPMA’s Essential Safety Tips For Young Children Around The Home

The JPMA’s Essential Safety Tips For Young Children Around The Home

Editor’s Note: The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), is a valuable resource both for the product manufacturers it represents, as well as for expectant and new parents when it comes to matters of home safety for children. Their safety blog, babysafetyzone.org, serves as an educational, interactive hub and community for parents and caregivers—and is the source of the home safety tips below. JPMA also offers a certification program for juvenile products.

Bedroom/Nursery:

  • Changing pad: If you are using a changing pad on top of a dresser, place a piece of no-skid runner (the kind that’s usually used under area rugs) underneath the pad. This will prevent the pad from sliding around. Always use the straps!
  • Baby monitors: Baby monitors can look like toys to babies and toddlers. Keep your monitor at least 6 feet away from the crib or bassinet to avoid strangulation.
  • Crib sheet: Always use a crib sheet that fits securely on the mattress, wraps around the mattress corners, and stays securely on the mattress corners.
  • Cords: Cords can pose strangulation hazards to children, whether they are connected to blinds, home gym equipment, or baby monitors. Keep cords tied up and out of reach of children and remember to keep cribs away from cords that can be reached while inside the crib.
  • Recalled products: Know if a product you own has been recalled, including second-hand products. The best ways to ensure your products are safe are to fill out your product registration card and check for recalls at recalls.gov.
  • Loose rugs or carpet: Area rugs or carpets that are not secured to the floor can trip little ones who may already be unstable on their feet. Make sure that all corners are taped down and bumps are smoothed out. JPMA

Kitchen:

  • Heating food: Heating baby food in a microwave is convenient, but be sure to check the temperature very carefully. Use microwave-safe dishes and stir food from the center out after heating to ensure the temperature is even.
  • Portable chairs: Do not use portable hook-on chairs on glass or loose tabletops, or on a table with a single pedestal, leaf, tablecloth, or placemat.
  • Tipover: Prevent tipover—keep the highchair far enough from the table, counter, or wall so the baby can’t push off from it.
  • Pot handles on the stove: When cooking, turn pot handles inward instead of sticking out from the stove where little ones may reach up and grab the hot handle.
  • Magnets: Small magnets can be easily swallowed by children. Once inside the body, they can attract to each other and cause significant internal damage. Keep magnets out of reach. If you fear your child has swallowed magnets, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Liquid laundry packets: It is estimated that thousands of children have been exposed to and injured by laundry detergent packets. Easily mistaken by children as candy, these packets pose a risk to the eyes and, if ingested, to their lives. It is important to keep these items out of reach of children.

Living Room:

  • Infant seat: Baby’s movements can slide an infant seat, so be sure not to place the infant seat on any elevated surfaces.
  • Highchair: Move your baby away from the table or anything they can use their legs to push off of while sitting in their highchair.
  • Loose change: Change can easily wind up on tables or in couch cushions, where curious children could ingest them. Assign a tray or jar for loose change and keep it out of a child’s reach.
  • Hot mugs: A relaxing cup of coffee or tea can quickly turn into an emergency if hot mugs are left unattended or are placed near the edge of tables where little hands can grab them.
  • Button batteries: Button batteries are flat, round batteries that resemble coins or buttons found in common household items such as flashlights, remotes or flameless candles.
  • Similar to coins and magnets, they pose a serious risk if ingested.
  • Tipovers: Tipovers are a leading cause of injury to children. The best way to avoid them is to make sure all furniture items and televisions are secured to the wall.

Bathroom:

  • Unattended: Never leave a child unattended in the bathroom. Collect all bathing materials before bringing baby into the bathroom so you do not have to leave.
  • Safeguarding: Keep bathroom doors closed and toilet seats closed and locked. It is possible for babies to drown in as little as 2 inches of water.
  • Bath seat: Never use a bath seat on textured or non-skid tub surfaces unless the manufacturer’s instructions specifically state that the seat is intended for such surfaces.

Garage:

  • Stroller: Always put your stroller in the locked position when remaining stationary or placing your baby inside. Do not hang heavy items off the back of the stroller as this could cause it to tip.
  • Car seat: Follow the car seat manufacturer’s instructions when installing.

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10 Tips For A Better Hospital Birth

10 Tips For A Better Hospital Birth

By Lizabeth Baker Wade

Although there are a fair number of home births in the United States, most women choose a hospital birth setting. More and more hospitals are trying to make the clinical setting feel less clinical. Beautifully painted walls, fine art, and comfortable linens are all nice selling points when you see them during your hospital tour, but are those things the most important? During birth class, most of the questions women ask me have to do with the surroundings in labor and delivery and not the more important questions which might help someone experience a better hospital birth. Let’s look at what a labor nurse might tell you.

1. First and foremost, get to know your caregiver. We all envision a calm, safe birthing environment but it all begins with the right OB or midwife. If you haven’t had a conversation about your birth vision, you won’t know if your caregiver is on board with your preferences.

2. If you have a choice between two hospitals, tour them both. Sometimes it comes down to the hospital’s reputation, and sometimes it’s just a feeling. If the place has a good vibe, that might be good enough.

3. Are the people involved in your labor and birth supportive of your preferences? We love when family is around—most of the time. Your parents, siblings, and closest friends should be compassionate and accommodating to your choices. Have this conversation when nearing your due date. There is nothing more distressing to your birth nurse than when her patient is being bullied and browbeaten into someone else’s vision of what your experience should look like. For instance, if you decide to have an epidural and your family disagrees, you can politely ask them to go get something to eat or ask for “a few minutes of privacy.” If that doesn’t work, your nurse will usually be happy to intervene.

4. Ask your birth educator, your doula, and your caregiver about hospital policy and area standards of care. When laboring women come to the delivery room with a long birth plan, I sit with them and go over it line by line. Your RN will be able to tell you what is and is not possible in the hospital setting. Your birth instructor should know what is and isn’t an option as well. Knowing what to expect adds an extra layer of confidence in your team.

5. Understand your nurse’s role in the delivery room. We examine you for dilation, access your progress, and interpret the fetal heart rate monitor and your contractions. We administer your medication, mange your IV lines if you have them, and help you make decision about pain relief options. It’s your nurse with whom you will be spending almost all of your time. She is responsible for carrying out the doctor or midwife’s orders, advocating for you when necessary, and sometimes delivering your baby if it happens fast!

6. Your labor nurse may be taking care of two families. Ask your caregiver how the unit is staffed and what the nurse/patient ratio is in your hospital. Remember, a labor unit is a collaborative effort. A different nurse than the one assigned to you may come into your room to answer your call bell, examine you if your doctor asks, or take over while your nurse is on a break. Every mom is our patient. There is no “yours and mine” in this setting.

7. Does your OB allow intermittent fetal monitoring to allow for freedom of movement, eating, and drinking lightly throughout labor or the use of a saline lock (an IV that is capped off in case of immediate need) as an alternative to continuous IV fluids? These practices are fully supported by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American College of Midwifery. Remember, gravity is your friend! Ask for the least amount of intervention possible and when intervention is suggested, ask why. Knowledge is empowering. When you understand a procedure, only then can you make “informed consent.”

8. Hire a doula if you can. Ask around, talk to your friends and look on area websites. There are wonderful, caring, compassionate doulas in most communities. Interview a few doulas and look for someone who understands how hospitals work. If a doula tries to get between you and your caregiver, run! A labor doula’s job is to provide physical and emotional support to the laboring family—not to make any medical decisions. Sometimes the OBs or midwives have a list of doulas they feel comfortable working with or you can go to the DONA or CAPPA website to find doulas in your community. If your caregiver is reluctant, unsupportive, or dismissive, ask questions. The labor environment should be collaborative and supportive.

9. Is your hospital baby-friendly or, at the very least, able to provide full-time breastfeeding coverage? Ask your hospital labor and delivery director or tour guide if you can count on breastfeeding support from a certified lactation educator or consultant, and if so, ask if you can count on that same coverage on the weekends. Take a comprehensive breastfeeding class before birth—please! You’re going to be drained and having a tool chest of strategies for successful breastfeeding will give you a running head start. If you’re going to bottle-feed make it clear to the staff and ask for support. Your postpartum experience is part of your birth experience; it doesn’t end in the delivery room.

10. The most important tip for a better hospital birth is to be open minded. Yes, practicing relaxation techniques learned in class, birth ball maneuvers, and positions and postures for labor are all important preparation, but I can honestly say that the women who come into this experience with an open mind often have a much better birth experience over all—even when things don’t go as planned. Moms that can let go and allow the process to play out often have much less postpartum depression and an easier time breastfeeding, as well as a faster recovery.

Lizabeth Baker Wade RN is Labor and Delivery Nurse, birth doula, and birth educator. In 2002 she opened Birth and Beyond in Santa Monica, CA, and has provided birth education, labor doula services, and postpartum doula services for hundreds of new parents. For more information, visit birthandbeyond.net.

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What To Expect From A Lactation Consultant

What To Expect From A Lactation Consultant

By Tamara Hawkins

Breastfeeding can be a wondrous and easy experience for many families, while others need expert support to get it quite right. The early days after a mother gives birth are a critical time in establishing a comfortable breastfeeding experience for both parent and baby. That’s where IBCLCs come in. An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant is a clinical lactation specialist often playing detective to solve cases of low milk supply, painful breastfeeding, and low weight gain in infants.

There is an alphabet soup of initials of those who offer breastfeeding help. There are La Leche League Leaders (LLL), Peer Breastfeeding Counselors, breastfeeding educators (CBE), and lactation counselors (CLC). All of these professions are dedicated to support breastfeeding families; however, they have far less training than an IBCLC.

IBCLCs are clinical lactation professionals who, among other standards, have completed 90 hours of lactation-specific education, college level health science courses, 300-1,000 supervised clinical practice hours, and passed a certification exam administered by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.

Should you need to hire an IBCLC, here is what you can expect during a consultation:

1. An IBCLC’s first role is to listen to you. He or she will ask a bunch of questions related to your medical, pregnancy, and birth history. They will observe a full breastfeeding session and piece together clues helping you solve breastfeeding issues to reach your short and long term goals.

2. During the visit, the lactation consultant will perform a thorough exam of your breasts, the baby’s mouth, the baby’s behavior while breastfeeding, body strength, and structure.

3. When necessary, the IBCLC will reach out to your medical team to collaborate on a plan to improve your breastfeeding and be your advocate.

4. Your IBCLC should give you a care plan that meets your needs at the moment. The priority is to get adequate milk to the baby, building your milk supply, and then ensure that the baby is feeding perfectly at the breast. It’s important to understand that it can take several visits before a breastfeeding concern is completely resolved. Follow-up is essential to your success.

5. Don’t be upset if your IBCLC does not accept insurance and you have to pay out of pocket. Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) states that lactation support is to be covered, most insurance companies are not inviting IBCLCs to become in-network providers and are assuming the pediatrician, obstetrician, or midwife will provide separate lactation care. Some insurance companies will offer a special out of network coverage contract good for 1-3 visits. This care plan may be referred as an “infer out.”

6. If you are not able to get your insurance company to pay your IBCLC directly, expect the IBCLC to give you a “superbill.” This a medical receipt that has the diagnosis and procedure codes for your visit. The insurance company will use this to consider reimbursement to you for your payment. You cannot request reimbursement without this form. Confirm this document will be given to you at the time of your appointment.

7. The National Women’s Law Center has an excellent handout titled “Understanding Your Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act” to help you understand your breastfeeding benefits. Use this when you need help negotiating reimbursement or direct payment with your insurance company.

There are also a few steps to consider before the baby is born to be well prepared for the realities of breastfeeding:

8. Take a breastfeeding class during your pregnancy. Most classes discuss latching the baby to your breast, making enough milk, and care for your breasts.

9. Order your breast pump from your insurance company during your third trimester so you have it before the birth of the baby. Breast pumps are covered by the ACA. Should your baby need extra milk in addition to breastfeeding because of a medical concern, you can feed your baby expressed breastmilk instead of formula.

10. Find a breastfeeding support group near you and attend at least one meeting during your pregnancy. This allows you to meet the host and other mothers in the group, and to see normal breastfeeding.

If you still struggle once your baby arrives, the early intervention of an IBCLC insures that most breastfeeding issues are solved within a few days!

Tamara Hawkins is the founder of Stork & Cradle (storkandcradle.com), a local prenatal education group specializing in childbirth classes and lactation consultation, and is currently the president of the New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYLCA), which has directory of local breastfeeding consultants and support classes. Learn more at nylca.org.

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Mothers Will Love Motherlove’s Organic Herbal Products

Mothers Will Love Motherlove’s Organic Herbal Products

BreastfeedingMotherlove is a pioneer in organic products that can be used during pregnancy, birthing and postpartum by moms desiring safe, effective remedies, both externally and and internally.

Motherlove will be at the 2017 LA Baby Show, on November 4 and 5, at the Magic Box at the REEF, in DTLA, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families returns to Los Angeles. A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the LA Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Los Angeles County, the surrounding counties, and beyond!

Tickets to the LA Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.

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To learn more about Motherlove, we spoke with Theresa Fowler, the company’s administrative coordinator.

For someone unfamiliar with Motherlove, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?

Motherlove’s dedication to consistent quality means crafting only the finest, purest products, and using certified organic ingredients designed to nurture, soothe, and heal women on their all-important journey of nurturing life. Each of the products for pregnancy, birth, baby, and breastfeeding are time-proven and backed with integrity, wisdom, and an intimate knowledge of herbal remedies.

Tell us about the company’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?

Motherlove’s founder, Kathryn Higgins, has always had a passion for plants. After moving to the Colorado Rocky Mountains from Minnesota, she began incorporating the wild vegetation from the meadows and forests surrounding her rural canyon home into her daily life – as food, medicine, and as a way of teaching others to honor and love Mother Earth. Unable to find herbal products to support her pregnancy and birthing experiences, Kathryn began making her own and sharing them with other women.

Her creations from the early 1980’s became the seeds of today’s Motherlove products. Over the course of three decades, Motherlove Herbal Company has grown from Kathryn’s kitchen to a large and modern USDA-certified organic manufacturing facility. It also encompasses a 120-acre organic farm on Colorado’s Front Range, where the company continues her legacy of growing organic herbs and educating the community on their uses.

Known for such products as More Milk Plus and Nipple Cream – today Motherlove is the trusted industry leader for safe and effective, organic herbal pregnancy and breastfeeding support products. Recommended by lactation consultants and healthcare providers, Motherlove’s line is sold in hospitals, pharmacies, natural food stores, and specialty retailers worldwide.

What are the most popular and/or newest products from Motherlove?

Motherlove Herbal Company’s best-selling product is their Nipple Cream – a 100% certified USDA organic salve that quickly and effectively relieves the discomfort of sore, cracked nursing nipples. It contains no lanolin, is safe for ingestion, and does not need to be washed off prior to nursing.

Motherlove is primarily known for its line of organic liquid herbal extracts that effectively support lactation in a variety of breastfeeding scenarios. Many of its herbal blends have been developed at the request of our customers, lactation consultants, and other health professionals. Motherlove has most recently added malunggay (moringa) and shatavari to its line.

Known as the “miracle tree,” malunggay (moringa) is widely recognized for its nutritional benefits, and has been used for generations by breastfeeding women to support breast milk supply. Shatavari is a rejuvenating Ayurvedic tonic that balances the female hormonal system, including fertility and breast milk production.

What sets Motherlove apart in the healthcare/skincare marketplace?

For over a generation, Motherlove has championed its founder’s vision of safe, organic herbal products, and the “recipes” for its core product line have not changed from the inception of the company almost 30 years ago. When Motherlove first came into the herbal products industry, “organic” and “natural” products were more of the exception than the rule. Motherlove has been at the forefront of the natural products industry, bringing organic products for women into such mainstream stores as Target and Walgreens.

Particularly over the past 10 years, Motherlove has worked hard with the medical community providing information and support so that its products are now recommended by healthcare professionals all over the country, and sold in hundreds of hospitals throughout the US. The consistent quality and efficacy of its products have helped it to maintain a leadership position in the natural products industry.

What can parents expect from Motherlove at the LA Baby Show?

From pregnancy and labor, to breastfeeding and babies, parents can be confident that Motherlove products nurture mother and baby with only the purest ingredients and certified organic herbs. They can trust Motherlove’s organic certification when looking for non-GMO products for their families. Each formula is time proven, and backed with integrity and an intimate knowledge of herbal remedies. It’s all part of Motherlove’s long tradition of creating only the finest, purest products to nurture the parenting journey.

 

To learn more about Motherlove, check out motherlove.com.