Communications At Every Age

babytalkGood Communication is fundamental to the health of any relationship – and it is definitely true as you embark on your journey as a parent communicating with your child during pregnancy.

Here are some tips for communicating through the ages:
In Utero – Don’t skip this one!  While still in Utero your baby hears and absorbs all the sounds and voices around them.  This is a great time for them to get to know the voices of both Mom and Dad: read to them, play them music, strum the guitar etc.  Dads – talk to the bump!  Your baby will recognize you all the better once they are born.

Infants – Your baby will be curious about noises, but none more so than the spoken voice. Talk to your baby whenever you have the chance (narrate what you are doing if you have run out of things to say…..). Even though your baby doesn’t seem to understand what you are saying, your calm, reassuring voice conveys safety.
Communicating with newborns is a matter of meeting their needs. Always respond to your newborn’s cries – babies cannot be spoiled with too much verbal attention. Indeed, prompt responses to babies’ cries lets them know that they’re important and worthy of attention.

Babies – Introduce Baby Sign Language.  This gives children the opportunity to communicate long before they can verbalize their wants and needs and the confidence that they are understood.  Research studies show that signing with babies accelerates language acquisition, reduces frustration, enhances a child’s self esteem, and  deepens the bond between parent and child.  Take one of our intro classes or play series to learn more.

Toddlers – This time of development is huge in terms of speech and language development. It can also be a challenging time, however, because often times toddlers understand much more than they can say and therefore they can become frustrated sometimes…which can lead to tantrums and tears. It is challenging for them and even more challenging to us as parents – the way we respond to them can make a huge difference in how their behavior and emotional intelligence take shape.  Learn how to respond in “real time” with our Toddler play and learn series. 

Do’s and Don’ts of Newborn Care

doula service babyTips for handling a newborn

  • Do: Wash your Hands (or use a sanitizer) before handling baby. Since Newborns are susceptible to infections because they do have not have a strong immune system, it is crucial that anyone who handles an infant wash their hands.
  • Do: Support both the neck and head when handling a newborn. Cradle the head when carrying your baby and support the head when carrying the baby upright or when you lay your baby down.
  • Don’t: Place your newborn to sleep on their belly. Always place a baby on its back. This will help them maintain a good sleeping posture and is the best precaution against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Do: Practice Skin to Skin. Studies have shown there are important benefits of practicing skin to skin for babies and for mom (and dad!) after birth and in the weeks following. Find out more about skin to skin and baby wearing
  • Do: Join your local mom’s group.  Come to ours – Free!  Every Wednesday at 12:30.

5 Easy Tips to Protect Yourself from Everyday Radiation

radiationSince everyone is hooked up to cell phone, ipads and wifi every day all day, We do get asked a lot about whether it affects baby or not, and to be honest from reading the research I still can not tell one way or another.  This is where I refer to your own “parental common sense”.  I do get a lot of customers from Europe and Asia looking for the shielding blanket so I wanted to mention it in our products and also list easy ways to lessen your and your family’s exposure.

1. DISTANCE – Keep your cell phone, computer and other electronics from being in direct contact with your body. (Read the fine print that comes with your cell phone – most manufacturers direct you to always keep 1/2 – 1-inch between yourself and your phone.) You can do this by:

  • Using earphones and speaker phones (but be sure to keep the phone away from your pregnant belly as well).
  • Don’t place laptops or tablet computers directly on your body, especially your pregnant belly – and if you must, then use a pillow between the device and your body.
  • Don’t carry your cell phone right next to your body – carry it in your bag instead. If you don’t have a bag and must put it in your pocket, face the front to your body so the radiation is directed away from you or turn it to airplane mode.
  • Text instead of calling, but be sure to keep your phone away from your pregnant belly.
  • Don’t sleep with your phone under your pillow or close to you on the night stand.

2. AIRPLANE MODE – Turning your device to airplane mode turns off the cellular and wireless signals. If your child must use a cell phone or tablet computer, switch it to airplane mode. Any time you don’t need your device to be on (especially if you are carrying it next to your body), turn it to  airplane mode (this will also save battery life).

3. LIMIT TIME – When possible, limit your time using your cell phone and other devices. Use a corded landline for long calls.

4. BUY SMART – Not all cell phones are created equal. The radiation emitted varies significantly between them. Cell phone manufacturers are required by law to list a measure known as the SAR (specific absorption rate) of the phone, which is a measure of the radiation absorbed by the user. CNET, Environmental Working Group, and others keep up-to-date compilations of the best and worst phones for radiation emission and can be found by searching for “cell phone SAR ratings”.  However, regardless of the SAR, avoid using cell phones directly next to the body.

5. SHIELDING – Shielding is a safe and convenient way to reduce radiation exposure while you are using radiation emitting devices, as well as helping to reduce ambient radiation from cell phone towers and wireless networks. Reducing this exposure is especially important during times of high risk – pregnancy, early childhood, and even while trying to conceive.