10 Great Books for Baby

One of the most exciting habits to develop with newborn babies is reading to them. You really don’t need to prepare very much in order to have a wonderful experience reading to  your baby, but it can be hard to know what  are the most entertaining books to read to your child.   Here is a list of the top 10 best books for reading to babies in 2011 Note: The annotations for each book were written by the "Best Books for Babies" committee: • "A You're Adorable" (board-book version, Candlewick Press, $6.99), written and illustrated by Martha Alexander. "From...

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Creating a Wonderful Birth Plan

Most of the clients we work with are excited, but unsure about how to proceed when creating their birth plan. We like to remind expectant mothers that a birth plan contains your birth preferences. A birth plan states how you want your birth to proceed if mom and baby are healthy. Here are a few things to consider as you put together your own birth plan:  1- Talk to your care provider beforehand about your plan- If they are not supportive, or repeat “comforting phrases” you may want to walk away. Having a care provider that supports YOUR vision of your...

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Top 10 baby gifts

It seems like friends like to have babies together, so one you get invited to one baby shower, you usually get invited for 2 or 3 more as well. Almost every mother will have a Baby Registry attached to her invite. This is full of items like Blankets, Clothes, Bouncers, etc. This is what everyone else will be getting this mom, if you really want to make an impression, consider getting her something from our list of Mommy Must-Haves. Here is a list of what we think are 10 of the best alternative gifts to give mom, and believe me,...

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3 Rules to Infant Sleep

When it comes to getting your little one to sleep, it seems everyone has advice to offer. If you search infant sleep online, you are likely to find anything from cry it out methods to co-sleeping, and everything in between. It's no wonder that new parents are at a loss as to what they can do to help their baby sleep better at night. At The Doula House we have used our work with clients to help us find the most important keys in supporting parents when they are trying to develop better sleep habits in their children. Here are...

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Benefits of Having Night Support

Why do I need a Newborn Care Specialist? Why do I need Professional Sleep Support?  Many parents wonder if it is worth the investment to have a newborn care specialist to provide night support in the first few weeks to months after their baby is born. Hiring a infant care specialist to support you and your partner at night has the benefits of faster healing, better bonding, and happier parents. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep every night. When you sleep only a couple of hours a night on an...

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What to Look For in a Doula

When you are looking at hiring a doula many things come to mind that become qualifying criteria; this may include your budget, her experience, and her proximity to you. Here are 10 things that you may want to consider when looking for the best fit in a doula. 1- Is your doula supportive of where you are planning to birth? Some doulas are  "Home Birth" doulas. Many "Home Birth" doulas will have a strong agenda geared towards the home birth experience and this can cause issues during your birth. Make sure you pick a doula who is truly supportive of...

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Top 3 deliveries services to have in the first 6 weeks after your baby is born

When planning for your baby's birth, you may think of taking care of things like car seats, Newborn Care Specialists for night support, and even choosing the best pediatrician available, but may couples are not aware of the variety of supports available to them during those first few weeks post-birth that can make a major difference in the support they receive after their babies are born.  Parents can arrange to have products delivered to their homes on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis to support them through those first few weeks after their babies are born to ensure their job...

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Confidence and Support, in the Mail

In today's busy world, parents are looking for ways to simplify and streamline many parts of their lives. For new and expectant parents, this is even more exaggerated. New parents want to be up-to-date on all the best quality baby and pregnancy items. With the need for convenience at an all time high, regular monthly subscription “boxes” are the new hot item. There are boxes for clothes, boxes for cleaning products, and boxes for new parents, there are products and boxes geared to this unique and wonderful time of life. New parent boxes give parents the benefit of research already...

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The Power of Less: Creating an Inviting Space for Your Newborn to Thrive

As many new parents plan for their new bundle of joy, they are often tempted with all the latest parenting products. Add to that, the mountains of gifts given by loving family and friends; and before you know it, the nursery looks more like a storage unit than a quiet oasis for your little one to grow. With the growing awareness of minimalist living, when we tell new parents to limit the amount of stuff, they often fear we are recommending a zero-scaped nursery. On the contrary, we want to help you find the best products that will truly benefit...

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The Stress of Being A New Dad

While there are many articles, blogs, and books about what life will be like for a new mom, there is a lost section about new dads. Whether you are in a same-sex relationships, where both dads are experiencing parenthood unique to men, a single dad, or the partner to a wonderful women; men can experience fear, anxiety, and even Paternal Depression when welcoming a new baby into the home. Many books out there address fatherhood stresses mainly in regards to concerns about being the “breadwinner” but there is more to it than worrying about the financial space of the family....

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