Infant Vision What Will Baby See?

  We all know newborns prefer to see faces.  Who wouldn’t, they are much more engaging then objects.  However, how does infant vision work and what are the focusing ability of babies?  What will baby see? The ciliary muscles of the eyes contract so an image is projected onto the retina. These muscles are responsible [...]
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What is Positional Plagiocephaly?

Positional plagiocephaly is the medical term for flat-head syndrome in babies.  It sometimes occurs in young babies during the early months of life due to excess pressure on the bones of a baby’s skull.  This can happen in the womb with crowding from multiple births or after birth due to lying in the same positions [...]
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Babywearing Today

Babywearing has been around for hundreds of years.  It was especially important for nomadic tribes who moved from place to place gathering food.  Wraps made of animal skins were used to carry their children long ago and then when weaving cloth came about that was used to carry their young babies and children.  The types [...]
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Nightmares and Night Terrors Part 2

  Night terrors are different from nightmares as they usually happen early in the evening about 1 ½ to 3 hours after going to sleep.  They happen in non-REM deep sleep and during transitions from deep before getting to light sleep.  The child may sit up suddenly and cry out and be unaware that he [...]
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Nightmares and Night Terrors Part 1

    As a sleep consultant, I occasionally work with children that have nightmares and night terrors.  Parents often don’t understand the difference and don’t know how to deal with them.  I would like to give you a good idea of what they are, and the difference between nightmares and night terrors so you can [...]
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Become a DONA International Doula

This month of May is International Doula Month and I would like to let everyone know why you should become a DONA International Doula.  DONA International is often referred to as the “premier” doula training and certifying organization in the world.  DONA is not only the largest organization but also the oldest.  It was created [...]
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Third Hand Smoke and SIDS

Students often ask me how third hand smoke affects babies and its relationship with a greater risk of SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome. Third hand smoke is tobacco smoke residue that remains on clothes, hair, skin, carpet, upholstery etc. after the cigarette has been extinguished.  These toxins build up over time when exposed to the [...]
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Keeping a good milk supply after returning to work

Keeping a good milk supply after returning to work can be challenging.  Mother’s with long term breastfeeding goals are very vulnerable the first few weeks at work. They need time to adjust to being away from their baby and how to manage their milk supply when time is limited and responsibilities are abundant. During this [...]
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Storing and Handling Breastmilk Part 2

When nursing, it is easy, no worries about is the milk fresh, does it need to be warmed or what to do if she doesn’t finish the bottle.  When parents begin giving a bottle of expressed breastmilk many questions arise that they had never thought about before.  Part two of this blog is about safely [...]
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Storing Breastmilk Part 1

There will come a time when you need to give your baby an occasional bottle or you have to go back to work.  When this happens and you start pumping your milk for future use there are some good strategies to follow for safely storing breastmilk which is part one of this blog. First you [...]
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