With Halloween just around the corner, I thought I would share some of my favourite Baby Halloween costumes…all of the below photo’s are courtesy of www.buycostumes.com they have some great promotions on right now, and the costumes below all range in price from $35 – $50! Happy Shopping!

What is a Doula?

September 19, 2011

What is a Doula, and is hiring a Doula right for you?

A Doula is often trained but since they do not perform clinical duties suck as heart rate checks, vaginal exams or give medical advice it is not required. Their basic duties are to guide expectant, laboring and nursing mothers through their experience with an aspect of care that was traditionally practiced in midwifery. Doula’s rely on techniques such as; massage, aromatherapy, visualization, positive positioning, emotional support, encouragement, and nurturing to help women through labor. A Doula can provide a variety of care options, and their level of care is discussed between the doula and the family, as expected rates range dependent on the level of support. Some of the duties that may be provided are as follows: infant care, new mother skills and newborn education, breastfeeding support and education,  guiding you through the challenges, and helping you discover your abilities as parents, hands-on baby care, household organization,  screen for hurdles such as breastfeeding issues and postpartum mood disorders.

The average price of a Doula is $300 – $1000 dependent on the level of experience and duties required. Most offer a free consultation, so the very best way to see if a Doula is right for you, is to visit one and see, remember to prepare any questions you may have ahead of time! Good Luck!

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Jump on board this global adventure of science discovery where you’ll encounter the earliest creatures of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous Period. Join renowned palaeontologists as they discover new fossils and uncover evidence that dinosaur descendants are still among us. Realistic and scientifically-accurate computer generated animation brings dinosaurs back to life . . . in a big way! Enjoy this larger-than-life film for just $5.50 when you purchase General Admission. Extreme Dinosaurs gathers some of the world’s strangest dinosaurs and gives you the inside scoop on their unique looks and how some may have been related to birds instead of reptiles. These life-sized animatronic creatures come to life and let you experience first-hand what it would have been like to share our world with these wacky reptiles. Learn how their extreme features were adaptations which helped to keep them warm, find food, make babies, and stay safe. This 10,000 square foot exhibition features 19 animatronic dinosaurs and two full-scale articulated skeletons. The dinosaurs come to life with blinking eyes, moving limbs, gnashing teeth and thundering roars. This is the first exhibition to open in our new 10,000 square foot feature gallery space. This amazing new gallery has been increased by 66% to allow for bigger, more mind-blowing exhibitions.

Location Science World Vancouver, BC

Daily: 12noon, 2pm Complement your visit with a trip to the OMNIMAX Theatre!

Source and Photo Credit ~ Science World

Top 10 Jogging Strollers

September 12, 2011

Top 10 strollers:

Looking for a great jogging stroller? Here are some favourites…in no particular order! Follow the link and find the stroller that is right for you!

 

#10 – The Euro Mountain Buggy

#9 – The Baby Buggy Summit XC

#8 – Valco Runabout Tri Mode EX

#7 – Schwinn Tourismo Swivel Single Jogger

#6 – Instep Safari Swivel Jogger

#5 – Tike Tech X3 Sport

#4 – Joovy Zoom ATS

#3 – Jeep jogging stroller

#2 – BOB Ironman

#1 – The BOB Revolution SE

 

First Day of School!

August 30, 2011

Is your child starting elementary or preschool for the very first time? Worried about how they will react? Here are some tips to help make the day go smoothly should things go a stray!

1) Try and point out another child yours might know through church, other activities or sports. By seeing someone they know they will feel more comfortable being without you. If there is no one there that they would know…try to introduce your child to some other children in the classroom!

2) Once you are in there, don’t remove your child if they are upset…this will only set you backwards…instead talk with them about their feelings, keep smiling and stay positive

3) Take the teachers lead…in most cases they have dealt with this many times, and they will instruct you to leave…it may be hard…but typically the child will stop crying if there is no one to cry to…and once they see all the fun they are going to have…they become distracted and move on.

4) Don’t try to sneak out while your child is busy with an activity…they need to know you are leaving and that this is a normal and safe part of the school experience.

5) Don’t ask if it is OK to leave…you are the adult…and you must set the boundaries and rules.

6) Don’t make promises or bribe your child…this can encourage poor behavior.

Good luck and have a fantastic first day of school!

Symptoms of Food Allergies

August 25, 2011

Food Allergies are one of the toughest thing to diagnose sometimes…obvious swelling or vomiting is one thing…but there are many symptoms that (while less painful or dangerous) can still pose a problem! Do you know the signs?

-Diaper or skin rash
-Colic or gas
-Runny nose and congestion
-Diarrhea and constipation
-Mood swings or hyperactivity
-Multiple ear infections
-Poor sleeping habits

For more information visit www.resourcefulmother.com

Most of these are common sense, but it doesn’t hurt to keep them fresh in your mind! This is a scary topic…but one that can save lives!

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1) Supervise your children! Make sure to give your undivided attention, take turns sharing the “water watcher” role with other parents…but make sure someone is watching them at all times!
2)  Swimming Lessons save lives! From about the age of 4 you should enroll your kids into swimming lessons! But remember, this is not a guaranteed safety net!!! Some of the best swimmers in the world have drowned, but even basic knowledge can prepare children for sticky situations!
3) Make sure the kids swim only in designated area’s…seems simple but true, these area’s have been roped off because they have been inspected for safety! Use these area’s
4) When swimming in lakes, rivers and oceans, make sure your children know the differences from a pool i.e. currents, drop-offs, undertow’s, varying depths…etc…
5) Last but most importantly…learn CPR (and keep a phone handy for emergency’s)…if the worst should happen…be prepared!

For more safety tips visit: www.safekids.org

Also learn the “real” signs of drowning as provided by the Journal of the US Coast Guard:

  1. Except in rare circumstances, drowning people are physiologically unable to call out for help. The respiratory system was designed for breathing. Speech is the secondary or overlaid function. Breathing must be fulfilled, before speech occurs.
  2. Drowning people’s mouths alternately sink below and reappear above the surface of the water. The mouths of drowning people are not above the surface of the water long enough for them to exhale, inhale, and call out for help. When the drowning people’s mouths are above the surface, they exhale and inhale quickly as their mouths start to sink below the surface of the water.
  3. Drowning people cannot wave for help. Nature instinctively forces them to extend their arms laterally and press down on the water’s surface. Pressing down on the surface of the water, permits drowning people to leverage their bodies so they can lift their mouths out of the water to breathe.
  4. Throughout the Instinctive Drowning Response, drowning people cannot voluntarily control their arm movements. Physiologically, drowning people who are struggling on the surface of the water cannot stop drowning and perform voluntary movements such as waving for help, moving toward a rescuer, or reaching out for a piece of rescue equipment.
  5. From beginning to end of the Instinctive Drowning Response people’s bodies remain upright in the water, with no evidence of a supporting kick. Unless rescued by a trained lifeguard, these drowning people can only struggle on the surface of the water from 20 to 60 seconds before submersion occurs.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and be safe!