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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.

Boston Baby Video Monitoring The Best Choices not to make!

Boston Baby Video Monitoring | The Best Choices not to make! If you search the Internet for Baby Video Monitoring products you will find many compact digital video baby monitor designed to give parents complete security by being able to actually watch their baby as they sleep from up to 200 meters away.

Boston Baby Video Monitoring

Baby Video Monitoring

This is a $49.95 product that has limited security and options. Would you trust your Baby’s safety and your piece of mind with a $49 device?

Smarter Home Boston Baby Video Monitoring

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Video Monitoring from Anywhere

Boston Baby Video Monitoring

Baby Video Monitoring

Pan and Tilt

Remotely move the Pan/Tilt camera via the web, smartphone or tablet to see the different views of a location. Simultaneously view multiple locations on the same screen. Live Video HD quality and great lowlight performance make for crystal clear video. Use our smartphone or tablet to view live streaming video while away from your property.

Doorbell Camera

See who’s at the front door with the Alarm.com WiFi Doorbell Camera. Two-way voice through the Alarm.com app lets you speak to visitors at the door, from anywhere. Video Alerts. Alarm.com video is connected to your security system and sends you video alerts based on specific system activity. Get an alert if your system is disarmed unexpectedly, if the alarm goes off, or when a specific user disarms the system. Receive alerts by text or email, and customize them by time, day, camera and motion.

Continuous Recording

Capture 24/7, high-definition, continuous recording with the Stream Video Recorder (SVR). The SVR is bandwidth optimized so it won’t slow your internet connection.

Live Streaming

Every connected camera should be able to stream footage of your home directly to your smartphone. Many cameras go further, allowing you to remotely pan and tilt your view, view in low light conditions, and view footage from multiple cameras (even at different homes) on the same screen.

Video Alerts

If something happens at home, your video solution should be able to instantly alert you. A good connected camera will detect motion, begin recording, and send you an alert or email with the video clip so you can see what’s going on.

Smart Clips and Other Smart Features

When your video camera is part of a multi-sensor smart home, your video monitoring becomes smarter and more convenient.

For example, you don’t want an alert for everything – so you can customize what triggers an alert. Contractors arriving or kids coming home? Yes please – your camera will use the door code or alarm panel as the trigger to record. Dog getting up to look out of the window? No alert necessary. It’s your home, so you make the rules.

You can even use your location as a trigger for complete control over your video solution. Alarm.com’s Geo-Services lets you pause recording when you’re at home, and start again when you leave, all based on your smartphone’s location.

Weatherproofing and Wall-Mounting

Many of the events you’ll want to monitor for – particularly security-type events – take place outside your home, where most connected cameras are susceptible to weather and connectivity issues. Here, you need an solution like Alarm.com’s new outdoor wireless camera.

Our new camera features a sleeker design, improved durability, and a high outdoor weather rating, meaning that it captures everything no matter what the weather: ice, rain or humidity. Best of all, a trained security professional can install this camera for you, taking care of mounting, wiring and connectivity while you stay warm indoors.

Interested in a connected video solution? Click here to connect with a local Alarm.com service provider.

Boston Newborn Care | Salute to New Moms

Boston Newborn Care Salute to New Moms comes in many forms. Most of the moms I speak to are looking for some support for when the baby is born. Be it overnight help, lactation support or just general training for a grandparent, their care provider or themselves.

I hear the angst in their voice. Birth plan, epidural or no meds; room in or nursery; car seat, stroller, breastfeeding, formula, bottles, pacifiers, swaddle, crib…

I feel so badly for new moms these days. There is a saying, “you don’t know what you don’t know until you don’t know it”.

Boston Newborn Care Salute to New Moms

It’s really not until now that moms worry that not knowing something is this important. The stakes are high. “This isn’t my dry-cleaning I’m looking for help with” a friend used to say to me. It’s a person, a totally incapable helpless one that I am completely responsible for. It isn’t until you have a second or third child that you realize the agony of not knowing something isn’t that big of a deal.

The 5-second rule vs. shrink wrapping and boiling the paci that fell to the floor, using the breast milk that has been out for 6 hours vs. tossing it, skipping a pumping session.. on and on and on.

But take all of these things and try to figure them out at once, all while not feeling well, not looking your best, being sleep deprived with a parade of strangers in your midst.

It’s a big deal. Boston Newborn Care Salute to New Moms

The other day I heard first hand a mom who was so worried about being pressured to breastfeed from the nurses at the hospital. She “heard” that at this particular hospital, it is customary for the nurses to not listen to you but to force you to breastfeed.

This mom really wasn’t leaning toward it. She wanted to be more comfortable making the decision as things progressed. She liked having an ‘out’ if she wanted it.

I tell all of my moms that I want them to be the parent they want to be. I want them, as unknowing and unprepared, as they are to figure it out. I’ll tell then that whatever they decide, I have probably supported a mom with similar feelings and will work with them to let it happen organically. In their terms. Well figure it out together if need be.

Boston Newborn Care Salute to New Moms. There are 4 roles in his scenario.

Baby, Parent,Doctor, Supporter

Pick one; the other roles are taken. And, learn your position.

Society, Facebook, every little thought and event being pictured and documented, commented on and discussed has created this angst I speak of.

So on this day after mothers day, I salute you new moms and empower you to make the choices that work for you.

Unless of course they are a tiny bit dangerous, then well have to chat.

Promise, I’ll be nice!

BLOOM: An Event for New and Expectant Moms

BLOOM: An Event for New and Expectant Moms. In 1993 when I was pregnant with my kids there were no resources that I could find to give me the much-needed support I desperately required.

Sure, my awesome mom came and stayed for a few days here and there but like anything, once the novelty wears off, so does any interest of friends and family to come to your aid.

Well, times have changed and many entrepreneurial women recognize the need and are delivering. (Not a baby; the services we desire.)

BLOOM

BLOOM

Finding the help, figuring out what fits best with your families needs is another trick of this century.

There will be tons of resources in one place at Bloom.

BLOOM is an event in Boston for new and expectant moms that you’re going to love. I am so happy to be participating in this awesome event on May 20th.

This event is geared towards moms who are currently expecting a baby, had a baby within the last year, foster moms of infants, or are planning on growing their family soon. This event will provide an afternoon of pampering, delicious food, educational resources, giveaways and swag, and connecting moms and families with relevant local resources.

Ticket Information and FAQs:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bloom-an-event-for-new-and-expectant-moms-tickets-33345291665

  • Everyone needs a ticket for this event.  Children under 1 are FREE.
  • Tickets price is only $15 (+taxes/fees)!
  • Tickets include – admission to the event, food and beverages, a day of pampering and pure relaxation, and the chance to win some giveaways!
  • Each ticket comes with a sweet SWAG BAG loaded with goodies!

Please note:  

Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.  We are only able to provide a certain number of tickets.  Therefore, once they are sold out, we will be unable to release more. Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE.

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Boston Baby Specialists Cradle Cap

Boston Baby Specialists Cradle Cap, I learned the importance of educating parents on their newborns’ appearance early on in my career. One postpartum nurse told me that she would run ragged throughout the night going from room to room answering questions about their baby’s skin, head shape, bent limbs, and lack of eyebrows.

Of course newborns are typically in the hospital for 2-5 days and not much changes in their appearance. The transformation from newborn to cute cherubic, picture perfect baby is quite astounding and as it seems, not all that well known among new parents. Cradle cap is a delightful little condition that happens to most infants to varying degrees. When I say varying degrees, I mean it can be so mild that parents are not aware, or it is so severe that it spreads beyond the baby’s head and onto her face.

One mom called me in a panic when she learned that the rash on her baby’s face, and across her eyebrows was in fact cradle cap! Not everyone knows that it is not limited to the scalp. Common signs of cradle cap include, patchy scaling or thick crusts on the scalp, greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales, skin flakes, and possibly mild redness. Similar scales may also be present on the ears, eyelids, nose and groin. Do see your doctor if the patches spread to your baby’s face or body.

Boston Baby Specialists Cradle Cap

Cradle cap usually resolves on its own within a few months. Self-care measures, such as washing your baby’s scalp daily with a mild shampoo, can help loosen and remove the cradle cap scales. Gently rub your baby’s scalp with your fingers or washcloth to loosen the scales. I also see more often than not, a blotchy scalp as a result of mom picking at it! Wash your baby’s hair once a day with mild baby shampoo. Loosen the scales with a small, soft-bristled brush before rinsing off the shampoo. If the scales don’t loosen easily, rub petroleum jelly or a few drops of mineral oil onto your baby’s scalp. Let it soak into the scales for a few minutes, and then brush and shampoo your baby’s hair as usual. If you leave the oil in your baby’s hair, the scales may accumulate and worsen the cradle cap. Once the scales are gone, wash your baby’s hair every few days with a mild shampoo to prevent scale buildup. If cradle cap persists or seems severe, your doctor may suggest a medicated shampoo, lotion or other treatment.

Boston Baby Specialists Cradle cap is most common in newborns. It isn’t contagious and probably won’t bother your baby. Cradle cap generally isn’t itchy for infants.

Though the exact cause of cradle cap isn’t known, one contributing factor may be hormones that pass from the mother to the baby before birth. These hormones can cause an abnormal production of oil (sebum) in the oil glands and hair follicles.

Cradle cap is sometimes confused with another skin condition, infantile eczema. One major difference between these conditions, however, is that eczema usually causes significant itching.

It will pass, usually just in time for baby acne to appear. Don’t cancel the photo op however. Its who they are at the time and can be a memory that will make you smile years later when they are all grown up.

 

Boston Newborn Care – No Dairy for Your Baby

Boston Newborn Care – No Dairy for your Baby, Another Newborn Care secret in the new mommy who is breastfeeding world is the no dairy thing. Definitely not in the book of things to prepare for.

All moms eating habits change when they are pregnant. They need to add to their meal plan, or clean up a less than healthy one.

Boston Newborn Care – No Dairy for Your Baby

Some of the “go to” items are yogurt, and bowls of cereal. It’s comfort food; sweet, yummy and totally allowed. It’s not doughnuts and candy but it’s a far cry from kale shakes and egg whites. Many moms loosen up on their strict regime and may go totally rogue and add ice cream and chocolate milk to the grocery list.

This is a fun little habit to cultivate. And, after 9 months of it, it does become a habit. So It’s usually stays in place once the baby is born. So, week 4 postpartum, the baby starts to get a little fussy. First line of defense, eliminate dairy. OK coffee is the first of many problems for most. But, the non dairy options are pretty plentiful. Thank god.

For some, it’s a non-issue. They are not big milk and cheese ladies. But for some dairy lovers it’s a disaster.

So moms have just grown a baby in their body, delivered it through their body and are feeding it with their body. Seems like a fairly substantial sacrifice. But as all moms know, the sacrifice for your children is a lifetime sentence.

Moms have limited time for themselves, maybe a shower and a new pair of yoga pants. There is no more room in their bandwidth for any fun. Perhaps the occasional rented movie that takes a day to watch or the best friend that comes over for a cup of coffee you heat up 5 times.

But the happy little afternoon chocolate chip cookie and milk treat is gone.
Seriously?

Moms are not looking for much. It’s ok they cannot enjoy a glass of wine, sleep like a human, go to the bathroom with the door closed, but now the little cheese and crackers with your non alcoholic wine pick me up in the early evening is gonzo.

Boston Newborn Care – No Dairy for your Baby

Its not really about the absence of the milk product, it’s the lack of time to figure out what the substitution is. They try almond milk because that’s fairly easy. They attempt to read every label to see if there is butter or –ase or -ose anything in it, and interrogate every waitress or coffee barista. Ugh! It’s exhausting.

Soy isn’t always an option either. That little food group attaches it self to a lot of diet eliminating menus. (I’m celiac, so in addition to any gluten containing foods, I have to watch out for soy anything, which, by the way, is in jelly beans and Swedish fish!)

Although it is not forever, I will say that eliminating dairy doesn’t mean eating only fruits and vegetables. You may stumble upon an entire world of new tastes, textures and foods that might not otherwise be part of your diet.

It takes 21 days to form a habit. Maybe you’ll just get used to it? Or maybe you’ll dream of the imported milk chocolate that in the cupboard your friend from Germany sent you.

Boston Newborn Care Bottle Tip “Mixie Bottle”

Boston Newborn Care Bottle Tip “Mixie Bottle”. Have you ever heard of it? It’s a brilliant way to be on the go with a bottle at the ready. Getting out of the house with a newborn is a feat among itself. Gone are the days where you have to just tuck your phone into your pocket and dash.

Now there’s the checklist.

Diapers, toys, change of clothes for baby, change of shirt for mom (annoying headlight spots on your shirt from leaking breast milk isn’t especially attractive) The diaper bag with favorite toys, loveys, blankets. Etc. etc. etc.

Now the chore of the bottle: Although your breastfeeding days are still in full swing, perhaps you are supplementing with some formula in anticipation of going back to work, or just because you want to introduce formula to your babe.

Boston Newborn Care Bottle Tip "Mixie Bottle"

Boston Newborn Care Bottle Tip “Mixie Bottle”

Now the questions:

Do I make it ahead of time and then search for a coffee shop where I can get a hot cup of water to warm it in? Do I bring the water separately and the powder in a different container to mix it on the go.

Holding an infant, trying not to touch any surface outside of your house and mix it without being one of those new moms who fumbles and spills?

Boston Newborn Care Bottle Tip “Mixie Bottle

The chamber has the perfect amount of formula, the water is the perfect temp. Push the bottom of the chamber; the powder is released into the water. And you have the perfect bottle with no struggle.

You can load up your stroller or your diaper bag with ready to go bottles so you are never stuck struggling in the ladies room in a full sweat with a hungry baby.

Here is one tip. The bottle can leak a little bit from the top if it is screwed on too tight. The pressure from the release of the formula somehow causes the nipple to be a little off where it attaches to the bottle collar.

Just don’t tighten it too much and you’ll have no issues. The wide Dr. brown nipples fit on this bottle as well.

Mixie Bottle Fill, Pop, Mix for the freshest bottle on the go.

Boston Newborn Care Bottle Tip “Mixie Bottle”

Boston Newborn Care Nanny Opportunities

Nanny Opportunities
Summers off – Framingham Ma.

Location: (Wayland Line) at Avalon Apartments

Schedule: 8:15am – 4:15pm, M – F

Rate: $18 per hour

Child: One 5. 5 month infant boy

Required: Infant CPR training cert; dog friendly, clean driving record, references

I’m looking for a great nanny for 1 child. Light Housekeeping, Baby Laundry. Comfortable With Pets: Take our dog outside for a bathroom break/walk.
We are looking for a motivated, fun, experienced nanny to care for our son. He will be 5.5 months end of February. We also have an older small dog; he is very friendly and will need to be taken outside for a bathroom break/walk. I am a teacher, so I am open to offer flexible summer hours. Your commute cannot be too far; location is important to us.

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Nanny Opportunities

2 days a week until September – Franklin Ma.

Location- Franklin Ma

Schedule- Monday and /or Thursday

Rate-

Child- boy 4 months and a girl 2.8

Required- Infant experience, CPR, Clean Driving record, references

We live in Franklin and are looking for Nanny services either 1 or 2 days a week (Mon/Thurs) until at least September.  It could possibly be longer as we are looking into pre-schools for my daughter but do not have concrete plans.

We have a daughter who is 2 years 8 months old and a son who is 4 months.  The nanny would only have to watch one of the children.
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Nanny Opportunities

Charlestown- Full time

Location- Off Bunker Hill Street

Schedule M-F 8:30-5:50- Baby all day, older girl 3:30-5:30

Rate- $18

Child – 2 girls 3 and 4 months

Required- CPR, parking spot available, references,

Monday – Friday 8:30-5:30.  Full time with baby and then they’d have our older daughter from 3-5:30 m-th and all day Friday.  

Guaranteed 40 hours, paid federal holidays off,

Five paid sick days, 2 weeks paid vacation and numerous other days off.

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Nanny Opportunities

Full Time –Boston

Location – Back Bay, Bay Village

Schedule-30-40 hours a week

Rate- $15-16 per hour

Child- 3 month old girl

Required- CPR, public transportation,

Things no one told me about Newborn Care

Why didn’t anyone tell me any of this, no one told me about Newborn Care?

Choosing Newborn Care in Boston is personal

Choosing Newborn Care in Boston is personal. This comes with such questions like Safety? Location? Hours? Price? and Flexibility? These can be confusing choices for first time parents

First Parents need to identify the categories of Choosing Newborn Care in Boston.

Daycare Center – Centers like KinderCare, Next Generation Child Care Centers, The Goddard School and Bright Horizons are located in most cities and towns. There are also many private centers-located in churches and community centers, which are run in a similar fashion.

Private, In-home Day Care – Home based day care centers, mainly in more suburban locations in most towns. They are located in designated areas in private homes operated by a licensed day care provider.

Private Nannies- Professional care providers with educational training, credentials, references, years of experience and local knowledge of child rearing resources and child friendly activities.

Au Pairs- Can come over 60 countries, Au Pairs come to the US for one – two years on a J1 learning visa and they come with stringent background checks. Plus parents are provided with local coordinators to assist the families with working with Au Pairs.

So parents now need to decide how to choose from these options.

Corporate Facilities; Those in designated buildings: school-like environment, with florescent lighting and industrial furniture, secure entrances and exits. These are more regulated; there are more eyes on your child. Report cards and progress reports- there are more checks and balances.

Choosing Newborn Care

Home based Centers; More cozy outfits with the nice lady down the street who bakes cookies and encourages the kiddos to come in PJ’s and their favorite lovey. Less structured, however the rules and regulations are in place, just a softer touch. Ratio of provider to child is strictly enforced here as well.

Nanny’s; The kids are in their own home, with their own things; napping in their own crib. No need to pack up the kids on those cold and snowy days. They get to stay in their nice cozy and warm bed. A huge perk is that there is an adult in your home to bring in the mail, meet a delivery, and take care of the children’s laundry, their food prep and their toys.

Live-In Au pair: Structured to be like a family member who can immerse a new language and culture to the children’s life. She lives there, knows the house as her own. Encouraged by the family to get a good a nights sleep and maintain a wholesome girl-next-door persona and become part of the family

I remember making these choices when my kids were small. I tested out each option because I couldn’t make the decision. Parenting isn’t as easy as you may think. The choices are endless and the worrying constant. But understand that we all get through it and find solutions for your most important priority, your child…..

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