Love a Lactation Consultant!

Our two lactation consultants at Babies in Bloom were feeling the love on yesterday when we celebrated International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Day – a special day to let them know just how treasured they are in the lives of so many local families.

We all hear a lot about how wonderful breastfeeding is. While it’s easy to talk about the pros, from unbeatable health benefits to bonding, the truth is, breastfeeding can be anything but easy. Even if it all goes to plan, it’s still intense, time consuming and plain old exhausting.

When it doesn’t go to plan, it can be complex, daunting, frustrating, stressful, even heart breaking. To many new moms it can be the defining marker of their success (or perceived failure) as a parent.

When breastfeeding issues arise, the right support, encouragement and guidance is EVERYTHING.

It takes a very special person to be a lactation consultant. They often walk in to a new mom’s life when mom is at their most vulnerable. They have to quickly earn that person’s trust in order to enter the most intimate of special relationships. They have to make mom believe in themselves – make them believe that they CAN do this. That it is still possible to try and meet their breastfeeding goals.  They also importantly have to ensure the partner is fully entwined, and not isolated, in this challenging experience by showing them the valuable and supportive role they can play.

Juggling that many emotions takes a big heart, steady hands and a calm mind. We are so grateful to our consultants for doing it with such grace, compassion and sensitivity. We are grateful for their expert knowledge, their perseverance and their strength at a time when it is most needed. They work tirelessly to transform families’ lives and set them on the path they so desire in this crazy ride called parenthood.

We know how much our consultants love their job, but do they know how much we love them? How big an impact they truly have on a family home?

IBCLC Day might be over, but it’s never too late to spread the word. If you have ever worked with a consultant, let everyone know what their support meant to you and your family. Because somewhere, out there, another new mom might be sitting there struggling, doubting herself and in need of some reassurance. She needs to know that while breastfeeding is natural, it doesn’t always come naturally without some loving guidance. She needs to know that even though she is struggling, she is still a great mum, and that help is always at hand.

For information on Babies in Bloom’s Lactation Consultation visit here.

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Happy Hallow-Green!

Did you join us for our Hallow-Green costume swap earlier this month? For those who uncovered a new costume in the swap, please don’t forget to share pictures of your adorable little ones on our Facebook page, we’d love to see them!

A costume swap is a great idea isn’t it? You know us, we hate waste and like to do our green part wherever we can. So with that in mind, on top of the swap, we thought we would pull together some extra tips on creating a more sustainable Halloween experience. Because every little helps!

TRICK OR TREASURE:

With child food allergies to be mindful of, sometimes it’s easier to think treasure instead of candy! Little ones would love to be treated to things like stickers, collectable cards, spinning tops, mini cooker cutters, crystals, seashells, beads, crayons, and even hair barrettes, instead of candy (just avoid the cheap plastic toys).

However if you want to keep it more traditional and go with edibles, you’ve still got lots of healthy, green options – just look for organic, all-natural, dye-free ingredients, that are ideally ethically sourced and packaged.

Perhaps just keep a little bag of non-food goodies aside for those kids with allergies – join the teal colored pumpkin movement and leave one outside your house to let parents and kids with allergies know, you’ve got them covered!

TRICK OR TREAT BAGS:

Forget the plastic tubs in the store, use and decorate household items to collect candy in. A great way to bag some family craft time together! Kids will love decorating and personalizing a bucket, a pillowcase, old bags lying around at home, or even sewing one out of fabric with mom’s help.

SNACK-O-LANTERNS:

Make sure you use the goodies from inside your pumpkins. Toast the seeds – yum! Make pumpkin pies or muffins – double yum! Or simply compost it, along with any other uneaten party food. If you don’t have your own compost pile, you can also look in to local pumpkin recycling.

Have you thought about growing your own organic pumpkins in the yard for next year? Go on, give it a try!

And one more thing…don’t forget to light your pumpkins with beeswax candles, instead of soy or paraffin based waxes.

GETTING THERE:

Plan your trick or treating journey in advance and walk, bike ride, carpool or take the bus in costume to your chosen spots. You’ll be needing a light, so try a solar torch, or remember to load your regular torches with rechargeable batteries rather than disposables. If you do end up using disposables, please remember that dead batteries should be treated as hazardous waste and disposed of properly.

 

Have fun, be safe and HAPPY HALLOW-GREEN everyone!

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You Guys Rock!

winner-badgeWe won a ‘Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award 2016’. Hooray!

We are absolutely thrilled to be named ‘Hippest Baby and Maternity Shop’ in SoCal. Thank you so so much to everyone who voted for us – you guys are the best. And you ALL need to share this wonderful moment with us, because we are much more than just a business, Babies in Bloom is a community. A place to not only shop, but learn and share family experiences, whatever your parenting style (no judgement here!). You make us who we are and that’s a big part of what makes us winners.

Some wise old soul once said: ‘Customers may forget what you said, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.’ And we truly believe that. We aim to make all our customers feel heard. Feel supported. Feel excited. Feel inspired. Feel confident, and just feel special – like every mama and mama-to-be should. Daddies, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles too. The whole family.

And thanks to you, we feel pretty special right now too. So from the bottom of our hearts, thank you once again for taking the time to vote for us. And thank you for shopping small. We hope to see you really soon!

 

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September is Baby Safety Month

From the moment that line appears on the pregnancy test, you never stop worrying about your little ones safety and wellbeing. You worry about eating the right things while pregnant. And then how much your baby is eating once they arrive. How much they weigh. How much they are sleeping. Why they aren’t crawling yet. Sometimes Every. Darn. Thing!

It can get a little overwhelming can’t it? There’s information just everywhere. And sometimes you can’t help but think that some manufacturers are fuelling the worries in order to sell more gadgets and gizmos, right?

That’s why we like September – it’s Baby Safety Awareness Month. A whole month dedicated to helping us parents make sense of the information overload out there. A month which encourages manufacturers to highlights the main safety issues we need to be aware of. And more importantly the simple steps we can take to reduce those rising worry levels.

This year, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is focusing on the importance of product registration cards and recall response. Something that is often overlooked. Or thrown away with the empty box.

The JPMA made this little video to highlight how useful these registration cards can be when it comes to matters of safety.

https://youtu.be/FkVj4sYL-K4

Awareness of product recalls can be lifesaving – so a) make sure you register so you have a direct way for manufacturers to contact you if a product you have purchased comes in to question and b) make sure you spread the word to other parents you know, be it on the phone, at the school gates or via social media. We’re all in this together – let’s support each other through it!

If you are seeking more information re: potential baby hazards in the home, from liquid detergent packs to kitchen safety, please visit the official Baby Safety Website here.

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