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Our First Baby | Our First Day Home Together.

Our First Baby | Our First Day Home Together. 9 months of planning, reading, on-line, baby classes, delivery and that first car ride together. None of this planning had prepared us for our first day home alone.

We arrived safely and daughter and mother fell asleep on our bed.

We have a large extended family, all visited our new daughter at the Hospital. Upon arrival at home the phone started ringing and within a few hours we had, Grand Mothers both sides, Mothers and Fathers both sides, Aunts and Uncles who all decided they should come and help us out. They brought food and gifts and wanted to hold the Baby.

I felt like our daughter was being passed around like a sack of Potatoes from one relative to another.

The advise started from the woman for my wife, breast feeding the Grand Mothers, not so sure about that. Breast pumps how to use them, make sure your breasts are stimulated before you try breast feeding. One relative compared this event to how cows are milked. You have to stimulate your breasts. Okay my wife, her breasts are engorged with with milk and any conversation on this topics resulted in her milk coming down.

The men in our Family, a lot of suggestions for me as the new Father. You have heard it all, this is a big responsibility financially, have you started a college fund, was one? Please. Are you planning any more children? Well to be honest this was a surprise baby. Not a bad thing. Planning another, we just got home.

My wife had planned to take 9 weeks off work. One of our relatives is a therapist. Oh you need more time off work. The first two years of your child’s life needs to be with the mother. This sets the foundation for your child’s growth and social development. Separation from mother will cause stress for the Baby once you go back to work. We have that covered we have a Nanny.

The idea of us having a Nanny care for our Daughter threw the entire family into a fit. You are going to leave your Daughter with a stranger? Please don’t get me wrong, we love our entire Family and for them this was a Family event filled with love and kindness. It was time for them to leave, early evening, the three of us are exhausted.

Now we are ready for that first night alone?

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All Babies are Babies even Babies with Special Needs.

All Babies are Babies even Babies with Special Needs

All Babies are Babies even Babies with Special Needs.

When expecting a baby; being pregnant, anticipating an adoption or a surrogate, all of us experience bouts of anxiety. Will the baby be OK, will I be a good parent, will the delivery be easy, and can I handle this. SHOULD I BE DOING THIS?

All Babies are Babies even Babies with Special Needs.

All Babies are Babies even Babies with Special Needs.

We can all borrow trouble, bringing us down and robbing us of the awesome experience of becoming a parent. It’s amazing to hold that baby in your arms, to kiss him/her for the first time. The amount of love you feel is something you had no idea you could feel. Once this happens all of your worries start to seep away. All that matters is the love you have for this baby.

All Babies are Babies even Babies with Special Needs. They all need to have nutrition, sleep and to grow. Regardless of whatever issues may have presented itself either in prenatal testing or upon birth. Some of the issues may be serious, scary and sad. But all babies need to eat, nap and grow.

A good care provider, great support and positive vibes is so important regardless of the journey the baby may be facing. Sure, there may be different protocols, different methods and variations to a routine, but that’s the fact with everyone. All babies with the same diagnosis have differences; all babies who don’t appear to have any issues have variations to the norm. It’s a basic plan that has to be adjusted to fit the individual needs to the specific child.

Moms of 2-3 kids can attest that what worked like a charm for baby #1 didn’t work at all with subsequent children.

All Babies are Babies even Babies with Special Needs.

All Babies are Babies even Babies with Special Needs.

Letting go of what you can’t control is a tough concept. Placing blame or pinpointing why can consume parents of babies with special needs. Being positive, happy and strong can be impossible at first. It will come. Certainly there is the initial disappointment, anger and sadness. Once the grieving period has passed parents then focus on what is positive. A group of happy energetic supporters is essential in the quest for contentment.

We’ve all read stories from parents with babies with issues. There is so much hype on the struggles, the therapies and the worry about their future. Society may pity the family; they may feel sorry that the child may not walk, hear, see or go to the local preschool, may not every be an athlete and be able to be mainstreamed.

Seems that the focus is on the negative aspects with the dialogue being on family disruption and stress. The trend seems to be overstating the negatives and overlooking the positives. Sure, there will be challenges but new studies have shown that with good support, families can be as vibrant and happy as families without disabled children.

Many parents, in fact, feel their families have been blessed because of their special child. They say they’re closer and have become more compassionate, and understanding of those with lesser abilities. They learn to be more tolerant, now have the opportunity to teach their other children the importance of being sympathetic, flexible, and selfless.

Ever hear a parent say that their special needs child is a gift? How that baby that needs therapy is the best thing that happened to their family? There’s a reason for this.

All Babies are Babies even Babies with Special Needs. They come in all different shapes and sizes and abilities. Each being an incredible gift.

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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?

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We are passionate about creating innovative technology that deepens the connection between people and the things they care about most — their homes, families and businesses. Millions of people trust Alarm.com every day for better security, advanced automation and dependable service.

Our award winning technology and cloud services power Smarter Home and Business solutions, including Interactive Security, Energy Management, Video Monitoring, Automation and Wellness. We connect a broad array of smart devices, making them easily controlled through an intuitive mobile app.

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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 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.

 

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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”

Having a Successful Boston Newborn Experience?

The upward trend in Boston Baby Nurses, Newborn Care Specialists and Infant Overnight Care in Boston is due to success of the parents.

Lets face it; we have a city of really successful parents. Smart, talented and dedicated people who surround themselves with smart talented and dedicated help.

It’s not by accident that couples move to Boston. In Beacon Hill, Back Bay, South End, Southie and the Seaport you will find like-minded, smart, folks who work hard, and have nice things.

They worked hard at school, are dedicated to their job, their trade, their skill. They put in the time to be a success. Long hours, missed vacations and long weekends at work so they are where they are; they earned their spot as the impressive head of the department, top sales person or savvy entrepreneur.

This didn’t happen overnight. Today most women are ready to have a baby after sometimes up to 10 years after they graduate from college.

Having a successful Boston Newborn experiences?

Having a successful Boston Newborn experiences?

The average age of first time moms in 2000 was 24 years old. Today’s moms are still in school or seeking a career until they are closer to 30. Medical professionals are in their early 30s before they can even consider having a baby.

Not only are first time moms older, but also so is the support system around them.

I am the 3rd born in my family and my mom was 24 when she had me.

I was 25 when my first son was born. At the time my mother was 49 years old and my dad was 50. They were my support system. My dad brought me to Dr’s appointments and my mom put the nursery together, she was my Florence Nightingale, my Mary Poppins and came to support me in the middle of the night.

Today, many first time moms are in their 30’s and 40’s. Having grandparents as support, be it in the early days of chaos or when moms go back to work, just doesn’t seem to be the best option.

Not to mention the fact that many in the Boston area are not from here originally. So grandparents are not next door anymore. Hiring help is the way of the world now.

Don’t get me wrong, grandparents are still very much part of the mix. They come to stay for a few days and definitely help all day. They just do not do the overnight shift. They go to bed at 9 P.M. I usually have a nice chat with them at

6 A.M. when they get up to let the new mom get some more sleep.

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Hiring a Boston Night Nurse for Your Newborn

Hiring a Boston Night Nurse for Your Newborn. Boston is a popular area for baby nurses. I get that I live this world, but it is always astounding to me that folks have never heard of a night nurse or a baby nurse that support families when an infant (or two or three) joins the family.   Or maybe it is something they have seen in TV but feel that this is just a service for the rich and famous.

SOOO not true.

First of all, parents are not expected to know the specific industry terms.  The “industry” consists of nannies and agencies that are trying to outline the different roles.  Parents who need support will search for whatever term they think is most likely going to yield the best candidate.

So, be it a night nanny, newborn care specialist, maternity nurse, overnight nanny or baby nurse or whatever you want to call it,  were here to help.

In a recent article I read, parents lose an average of six months of sleep in the first two years of their child’s life.

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Yikes, that’s a pretty big sleep debt.

Like many things in life, the amount of sleep, where you sleep, the conditions in which you sleep is important to many.  It’s an area in life that most don’t mess with.

Aside from fuzzy brain, forgetfulness, and appearing like a space cadet there are many serious ramifications to being up all night going to bed.

Migraines, seizures, and wakening some dormant condition due to lack of sleep.

Just like many other things, perhaps sleep is worth the price to pay to get it.

I once had a client who said, “I’m young, I can always make money, I just don’t want to be miserable in what is supposed to be an awesome time in my life”

Another client was so thrilled with being referred to me, she said ”I’m going to bed, I’ll just leave a suitcase full of cash by the door”  Another said she would have written a blank check had she known about this service.

There is a short-term expense to this service Boston Night Nurse.  But it’s just a short time.  Not always a sustainable outlay for years, but most feel it’s worth it for a few months. You decide the time frame, the hours and the bonus tasks performed while you are dreaming away.

I’m from a customer service background.  It’s important to me to only present professional, experienced legitimate baby nurses to my clients.

Word of advice.  Google them.

If you see articles about the newborn care specialist you are planning on with another career, you may want to reconsider.  Don’t you just want a passionate professional?  Not a sales rep or a hospital translator.

Just sayin…Boston Night Nurse

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…..