Boston Newborn Care is A Full-Service Newborn Care Agency I am the founder of Boston Newborn Care; I hold an undergraduate degree in human sciences services from the University of Rhode Island who graduated in 1985. I have provided professional services in the childcare industry for the past 20 years. My training and experience started on the corporate level when I was the trainer for all new Corporate hires.

I will find you the perfect Nanny for your family

Newborn Care providers that have passed my courses are the perfect candidates to care for your Newborn.
 

Leeann Keady

Leeann Keady is the founder holding an undergraduate degree in human sciences services from the University of Rhode Island graduated in 1985. Leeann Keady has been working in the childcare training industry for the past 20 years. I provide education, training, and support for working Executives as they plan for a Newborn.

Tadpole | Strollers | Baby Registry | Boston Cribs | Bugaboo | UppaBaby Toys

Tadpole is an independently owned modern children’s store located in Boston’s hip & historic South End. Started by a South End mom & dad

Newborn Care Course Certification

Newborn Care Course Certification is someone who specializes in newborn care. The Newborn Care Course may assist parents in the home the first few weeks or months of baby’s life with parent education, feeding/breastfeeding, basic baby care, and light baby-related housekeeping. It is important to note that a Newborn Care Specialist is not a Nanny and not a Doula and requires special training and education specific to the profession.

Newborn Sleep Training?  What exactly does that mean? 

Newborn Sleep Training?  What exactly does that mean? Many families call to ask for help “newborn sleep training” their baby.

Truth be told, it is really just a term many families use when seeking advice to help their baby sleep better/longer/easier. Each parent has a different need.

It may be to transition them to their crib, or their room, or out of the swaddle, or to get them thru the night. (which is 11 PM – 5 Am BTW)

Most cases with infants we aren’t talking about scientific issues ie. circadian rhythm disorder.  Mostly we are talking about undoing bad habits, teaching the baby to be on a schedule and to learn the routines that parents need to instill.

Here’s a breakdown of sleep with all babies-

 

Age Hours of Sleep Naps
1 Months 20+ all the time
2 Months 16-20 4+
3 Months 15-18 4
4 Months 15.5 3 to 4
5 Months 15 3
6 -9 Months 14.5 2 to 3
10 -15 Months 13-14 1 to 2
2 years 12 1

 

 

When a baby ( 2-3 months)  is ready, they can sleep as long as they like after the last feed of the evening. (only when the pediatrician gives the go-ahead) Typically not more than a 4-hour stretch (which is way better than the 1-3 hours stretches they gave parents just a few weeks ago.)

As the baby gets bigger, they can take in more each feed (breast milk or formula) allowing for overnight sleep to really increase. As the baby’s tummy grows the majority of their calories will be in the feedings during the day.

So if this is the case, then why do so many parents have baby’s that “don’t sleep well”

It’s probably about the bad habits that every parent starts?

We all have the best intentions, but as a parent who has a job, other kids, family responsibilities, a desire for a reasonably manageable day, they will do ANYTHING to get their baby to sleep.

Rocking to sleep, feeding to sleep, sleeping on them, in their bed or in a carrier?  Eventually, these tactics are not sustainable.

Whatever you do once, plan on doing that for a year!

When parents rush in at the sound of a peep, squeak or faint cry, the baby learns.  Parents just want it to stop so they can get some sleep.

Sure, for that instant it may give them an hour or two which is way better than every 30 minutes.  BUT, tending to the baby every two hours for more than a few weeks is torture

They then make the call.  Usually seeking a sleep trainer.

After a short conversation, I can help them with breaking bad habits.

Maybe it is sleep training, but the training is with the parents.

First, I need to understand what happens during the day?

Sleep begets sleep

So, if I hear that the baby only sleeps 30 minutes all day, I know that they are overtired.  Their nervous system can’t handle being overtired.

Or if I find out that the baby didn’t eat enough during the day, I know that they’ll wake due to hunger.

Roughly a baby should have 2.5 times their weight in 24 hours. A basic rule of thumb is to divide that number by 8 bottles, 7 if they are older and can manage a larger amount.

Ex. A 7 lb. baby should have 17.5 oz in a day (24 hours)

If they eat every 3 hours that means they need to have bottles of around 60 Mls.  As the baby grows and can handle a bigger bottle, then the need to wake during the night will go away.

What won’t go away is if a parent picks them up every time the squeak and feed them.

 

Dedicated to Beautiful Women

Dedicated to Beautiful Women Watch her eyes

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“A little boy asked his mother, “Why are you crying?” “Because I’m a woman,” she told him.

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“I don’t understand,” he said. His Mom just hugged him and said, “And you never will.”

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Later the little boy asked his father, “Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?”

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“All women cry for no reason,” was his entire dad could say.

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The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry…

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Finally, he put in a call to God. When God got on the phone, he asked, “God, why do women cry so easily?”

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God said

“When I made the woman she had to be special.

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I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world, yet gentle enough to give comfort.

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I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her children.

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I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up, and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining.

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I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any circumstances, even when her child has hurt her very badly.

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I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart.

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Finally, I gave her a tear to shed. This is hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed.”

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“You see my son,” said God, “the beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.

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The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart – the place where love resides.”

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Please send this to ten beautiful women you know today. If you do, – You will boost another woman’s self-esteem. I am also waiting

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Pass it on to men too – perhaps they will then understand “why women cry….

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Dedicated to beautiful women.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father’s Day, Siblings Day, and Grandparents Day.

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day

Anna Marie Jarvis (May 1, 1864 – November 24, 1948) was the founder of the Mother’s Day holiday in the United States. Her mother had frequently expressed a desire for the establishment of such a holiday, and after her mother’s death, Jarvis led the movement for the commemoration.

Ann Reeves Jarvis was a social activist, founder of Mothers’ Day Work Clubs. As a woman defined by her faith, she was very active within the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church community. It was during one of her Sunday school lessons in 1876 that her daughter, Anna Jarvis, allegedly found her inspiration for Mother’s Day, as Ann closed her lesson with a prayer, stating:

I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mothers day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it.

— Ann Reeves Jarvis

However, as the years passed, Jarvis grew disenchanted with the growing commercialization of the observation (she herself did not profit from the day) and even attempted to have Mother’s Day rescinded. She died in a sanitarium, her medical bills paid by people in the floral and greeting card industries.

I hate all of the commercialization behind the day that celebrates moms; imagine how Anna Jarvis would feel now. The holiday’s founder worked so hard to get the world to give moms everywhere a day of recognition. Before her death, even she had to admit she had some regrets about starting Mother’s Day.

 

I hate the term “Empowering Women.”

I hate the term “Empowering Women.” Empowering Women has become the term used when you offer a woman a job or an opportunity. In many cases more of a marketing term to place on a website or in blog posts or Facebook rant. What were we doing before this term now overused and without meaning grabbed the spotlight?

Women’s Empowerment Principles:

Empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies, achieve internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability, and improve the quality of life for women, men, families, and communities.

How does this work if you are attempting to Empowering Women, where do you start?

In Guatemala, I have a great friend, supporter of Boston Newborn Care and our work. In turn, I admire James Dillon’s work in Guatemala, he never uses the term Empowering Women, and Enabling is his preferred means to express his work with Ethical Fashion Guatemala.

 

Empowering Women

Empowering Women

James works mostly Mayan Women Weaving Artisans, in the remote Highlands of Guatemala. The textiles are all handmade dyed from plant seeds, natural cotton, and handspun into works of textile art. The weavers lacked access to technology; he enabled the women to have access to websites, banking, and shipping.

Resulting in economic improvement, products sold internationally and sustainability for the weavers and other forms of Artisan works. Prior local Tourists were the customers, often bartering for a $20 scarf that took a week to weaver.

 

Empowering Women

Empowering Women

James stresses the fact that Ethical Fashion Guatemala is a business, not a None Profit seeking donations or a project. Artisans need work and sales, not donations.

Two years ago, James life in Guatemala changed, Fashionista wrote an article about how from Guatemala James forced ETSY, the on-line handcraft portal to remove thousands of Copyright works of Artisans from their website. The story went Viral.

Think about James story next time you see a sign or website about Empowering Women. I am today thinking how can I Enable more women??

Boston Baby Care | Helping Your Baby Sleep all Night

Boston Baby Care | Helping Your Baby Sleep all Nigh. A Baby nurse can do more than just stay up all night. We have a lot of tricks up our sleeves to help the whole family.

Boston Baby Care prefers a bedtime routine is your best bet for a happy baby and happy parents.

Until you experience the first few months of being a new mom it is impossible to see how unorganized the day can be. Not only is there no time to make sense of what you do but there is little time to come up with a better plan. Nothing feels right. Insecurity is trapping you from properly thinking through the steps you take to accomplish anything.

Boston Baby Care

Boston Baby Nurse

By the time 7 PM comes along there is no way you are in any shape to make a plan for tomorrow. You are just waiting for the next feed and trying to figure out when the night actually starts since days and nights are the same.

Establishing a bedtime routine is so vitally important for everyone. Even though your baby could wear a different onsite or stretchy footie consistently should establish the start and end of each day.

When a new baby joins the family everyone’s life changes. The working adult needs to adapt to the routines as well. With husbands and wives returning home late, it’s hard to check out of adult life to tend to the baby alone. Even children who are used to after dinner being a free for all have to learn.

Boston Baby Care | Helping Your Baby Sleep all Night

Just this week I had a frantic call from a mom whose 4 week old was on a good schedule, but didn’t go to sleep until about 10 – 11pm, despite starting the bed time routine at 7!

So off I went for an observation and consultation. As 7pm approached, up we went to the nursery, and mom put on some music, turned on the overhead lights, and started to feed baby, talking to him the whole time.

While the mom was feeding, older siblings and hubby were coming in and out, for one thing and another, and I could visibly see the baby becoming over stimulated, and fussy very quickly. Then when the feed was over, baby was put into pajamas and…..wait for it….put under a toy with flashing lights and more music!!! By 9 pm poor baby was a complete mess, over tired, over stimulated, and hard to calm. Eventually the baby passed out from sheer exhaustion at 10:40!

Here are the changes I made the next night.

Mom let everyone come up and say good night to the baby BEFORE the routine started, and not to come back into the nursery unless there was a dire emergency. So up we quietly went at 6:45, so that the feed could start at 7.

Siblings kissed baby and left, and then mom put on the white noise machine to cue it was bedtime, change the baby into PJs, swaddle, and turned all lights off, in that order. Mom fed the baby in a very low key, quiet fashion, as you would in the middle of the night, with no conversation, just hugs. The baby was placed in the crib, still awake but drowsy and fast asleep by 7:30 PM.

Bedtime routines are to be very calm, relaxing, and uneventful, with as little stimulation as possible. I’m pleased to report that this is the baby’s new bedtime every night now!

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My Babies Bum and Diaper Rash

Diaper Rash, Newborn parents find the first few weeks challenging, being accustomed to your baby, sleepless nights, breast-feeding and for some Diaper Rash. Seeing your Babies bottom ablaze in fiery color and pain all a mother seeks it to find relief for your Newborns suffering.

There are seven home remedies for diaper rash from diarrhea, yeast infection and other common triggers. Breast milk helps, if you are breastfeeding, if not the remedies include apple cider vinegar, olive oil, cornstarch, and browned flour.

I prefer to stay away from chemical based creams and lotion; one never knows what the hidden ingredients on the label may hold, many natural products may have side effects. The fact Microplastics found in almost everything we put on our body, including toothpaste.

Remember our skin is the largest organ on our body and what we put on it and our Babies bum will be absorbed.

 

I found in of all places Guatemala a natural product for Diaper Rash called “Baby Butter.”

Diaper Rash

 

On the shores of Lake Atitlan Guatemala, I found Geno Veva is a 35-year-old Guatemalan who gave up her career as an engineer five years ago to start a family and to take a break from the high tech world.

Her focus develop pure natural products based on Coconut, Coffee, Cacao, Avocado, Macadamia, and the vast supply of local herbs the Mayan culture have used for hundreds of years for natural medicines.

 

Diaper Rash

Geno working at home

Geno has real world experience with Diaper rash, stretch marks, her five-year-old daughter Love proves her products work as many of her products based on her experience as a mother. Geno continues to develop new products, natural deodorant for woman prone to breath cancer, soaps oil and lotions.

 

Diaper Rash

Geno Creams

I like the idea of supporting Geno through the blogs I write and my interest in natural products. Each products is handmade, extracting natural oils from plants. You can find her on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/Atitlanherbals/. She ships her products worldwide, offers workshops and classes.

 

Boston Newborn Care Frequently Asked Questions

A Newborn Care Specialist is a non-medical professional who comes into the home when the baby comes home from the hospital.