Baby and Toddler Sleep Schedules and Daylight Savings

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By Melanie Venuti, IBCLC, RLC

Happy Spring Forward! Here are 6 ways to navigate your kiddos through daylight savings.

Make gradual changes over the course of a week. Each night, put your child to bed 15 minutes earlier and every morning, wake them up 15 minutes earlier. This will help you reach your target bed and wake time without causing change too fast.  “The biggest challenge of spring day light savings is bedtime resistance, so you need to adjust bedtime slowly. Trust me on this. If you don’t adjust bedtime slowly, you will have a baby or toddler who starts to cry, protest, get out of bed, or try to negotiate with you.” Teresa Stewart, Stewart Family Solutions

Understand the Circadian Rhythm, also known as the body’s internal clock which regulates the body’s cycle of many functions, including sleep and wake cycles, is also important.

Use Light and Dark. Melatonin, the hormone that regulates your bodies circadian rhythm increases in the evening as it becomes darker. This process helps induce sleep. Production of melatonin stops with exposure of light, increasing wakefulness. Keeping the room dark in the evening even if it’s light outside, and light in the morning, even if it’s dark, will help regulate your child’s body’s biological clock.
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Our New Over The Moon Parent and Child Enrichment Center Opens!

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New Arrival Educators opened our new Over The Moon ~ Parent & Child Enrichment Center in the former Mamas Move location in Norwell. Our center is a special place for little ones and the grown-ups who love them, offering South Shore families expert education, support and fun from pregnancy to preschool!

Over The Moon will offer prenatal education, prenatal fitness classes, new mom and baby groups, new mom and baby fitness, early development, art and music classes for caregivers and children age 6 months to 36 months, toddler play school for children 2-3 year olds, and pre-play school for 3-4 year olds. We will offer 2-hour “Drop-in Play Sessions” for caregiver and child in our “Play Zone” (1 child = $10, 2 children = $12 and 3 children = $15). Soon we will add even more classes and expert workshops on child development and parenting. Theme-based birthday parties will also be available on weekends! Continue reading “Our New Over The Moon Parent and Child Enrichment Center Opens!”

How to Pump at Work

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By Melanie Venuti, IBCLC, RLC

In 2013, 62% of mothers giving birth in the United States went back into the workforce, most likely within three to six months of the birth of their baby. The most common questions working and breastfeeding mothers have are, “How often do I need to pump?” and “How much will my baby drink while I’m gone?”

How Often? – When returning to work with a baby at home who is 6 months or younger, I would encourage mom to express milk approximately every 3 hours. For example, if you are separated from baby for 10 hours, it is recommended that you pump at least three times. Pumping often while away from baby will ensure that your body continues to be stimulated and will keep production up. Continue reading “How to Pump at Work”

7 Habits for Car Safety in Hot Weather

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By Brindey Marine

Summer is here, bringing the promise of popsicles, fireworks and pretty awesome pedicure colors. It also brings the heat, turning your car into hot box in the scorching parking lot. New moms are, more often than not, overtired, distracted, and burdened with baby paraphernalia. Even the very best moms can forget a sleeping child in the backseat, and heatstroke can affect a baby within minutes. Here are a the top 7 tips to prevent it.

1. Look before you lock. Before locking up, open the back door and make sure it’s empty.

2. Bag with baby. Make a habit to put your purse, baby bag or briefcase in the backseat when you strap your baby into their car seat. Loop your bag through the opposite seatbelt in the back to secure it in place.

3. Use a plush placeholder. Keep a stuffed animal in the car seat, and strap it into the passenger seat up front when the baby is in the seat.

4. Always lock the doors. Curious kids climb into anywhere they can fit – and cars have lot of fun buttons. Garage, driveway, or street parked – it doesn’t matter. Lock it up.

5. Keep keys out of reach. Make sure those doors stay locked.

6. Plan with childcare providers. Ask your daycare to call you if your child does not show up without prior notice.

7. If you see something, do something. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911.

For more information, please visit http://www.kidsandcars.org

Beautycounter Exclusive for NAE (with coupon code!)

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Guest Post By Elise Macaluso-White, Beautycounter Manger

Let’s Start at the Beginning and Do It Right
The skin and body care industry in this country is not as regulated as you might think. During the last two decades, the EU has banned 1300 ingredients while the U.S. has only banned 11. There are about 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products —only 10% of those chemicals have safety data. Even more troubling, chemicals linked to breast cancer, learning disabilities, infertility, and other health issues are allowed in the products we use every day.

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Summer Baby Safety Tips

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By Judy Roy, RN, BSN, CCE

I am the mother of three summer babies and live by the ocean, so my babies went to the beach. It is usually cooler at the beach, especially at low tide, so it was a great place to spend part of the day amongst the soothing sounds of the sea. Here are my tips to keeping your babies safe at the seaside!

  • Invest in a good quality beach tent with SPF protection. I like the three-sided ones with pouches along bottom that you fill with sand or rocks to hold it down, in addition to stakes that come with it. Make certain there are vents for air flow because it makes a big difference! Aim the solid side towards the sun to provide the most shade, and you may need to adjust the angle of the tent during the day. My tent was big enough for me to sit under while I nursed, room to change baby, for their seat or to spread a towel out for tummy time. Make certain to keep babies out of direct sunlight, and remember, babies under six months can’t wear sunscreen.
  • Dress the baby in lightweight, light-colored, loose clothing. Don’t forget a sun hat, preferably one that ties and covers the backs of their neck.
  • A mosquito net is also a good investment to use in your yard, on the beach, or out on walks.  Very fine netting with elastic around the edges can go around a seat or the stroller.
  • Concerned about AC or a lack thereof? Generally,  your baby needs one more layer of clothing than you do. When in doubt, check their temperature with an axillary thermometer, and it should register in the 98 degree range.
  • Snuggling or nursing babies can get pretty sweaty in the summer. You may want to consider giving the baby a bath as part of your daily routine. Sprinkle a little corn starch on your palm, and then rub it on baby. Avoid talc, and spraying the cornstarch in the air which can get into your baby’s lungs.
  •  Consider wearing your baby and both of you can enjoy a walk in the fresh air.
  • If possible, try to head to the beach earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon when the sun is less strong.
  • Moms, do not forget yourselves! You do need to wear sunscreen, and make certain to pack lots of cold drinks and food for you. It is easy to get caught up in what the baby needs and forget about yourself!

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Safe Sleep for Newborns

By Margaret Breen RN, MS, CCEstock-photo-79161787-newborn-baby-sleeping-while-swaddled

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Every parent’s number one goal is to keep their baby safe! So, of course, many of you devoted parents of newborns were quite upset this week due to an overwhelming number of scary headlines that followed the publication of a new study  “Swaddling and the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: A Meta-analysis”. Pediatrics (May 2016).
“Swaddling babies may increase risk of SIDS,” the headlines blared. Some readers latched on and panicked. But the analysis emphasizes a more nuanced conclusion that supports what many parents and pediatricians already know.

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