Join Bloom Baby Planners and Baby Sips Lactation Consulting for 2 essential new parent classes!

Baby Sips Classes

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Parent Education is the cornerstone of Bloom Baby Planners. We offer group classes as well private classes (which can be scheduled in the privacy of your home). Our next group class is scheduled for April 10th, 2013.  Registration is required, so Credit union online please call or email soon as classes fill early.

Infant Care and Parenting Class

“How do I prepare infant formula?”
“How do I know when to feed the baby?”
“When can I give my baby a tub bath?”
“How do I take my infant’s temperature?”
“What items must I have before the baby is born?”

This one night course designed for expectant parents, grandparents, siblings and child care providers answers these and many more questions. The class teaches (or refreshes) basic infant care skills including feeding, diapering and bathing. Hands-on instruction using a life-sized doll is included. Additional topics addressed are infant safety, recognizing signs of illness, necessary supplies and adjustment to parenthood.

Offered at Women’s Care Medical Group
2900 Whipple Ave., Ste 135
Redwood City, CA 94062
Wednesday Evenings 7:00-10:00 pm
Fee $45 per person

Class taught by Suzanne Einsiedl, RN, MSN, PNP
www.bloombabyplanners.com
Please call or email to register
Suzanne@bloombabyplanners.com
(415) 297-7675

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What is Baby-Wearing?

I “wore” all three of my children in a front carrier for varying amount of times until they were about a year old.  With my oldest and fussiest baby, it was a matter of saving my sanity.  At his fussiest times, I’d put him in his carrier and walk for hours on end (literally). It was often the only thing I could do to calm him down.  He enjoyed the closeness, hearing my voice and the movement of my walking.  Luckily, his fussiness subsided by the time he was about 6 months old and his time in a carrier decreased.  It was about this same time that his activity level increased-he was in constant motion and became far too active for the carrier.  So, sadly, his time in it was very limited from then on.

My second child was a much happier baby during the day (night-time was a different story!) and he was happy to be on the floor playing and watching his brother, in a stroller or in the carrier.  I wore him mainly out of my own convenience-for trips to the store when watching a toddler and a baby was often nerve -wracking, at the park or on walks or for his occasional fussy periods.  I enjoyed baby wearing him, but it definitely was not an everyday thing with him.

Well, along came baby number three…I think she lived in her carrier.  With a two year old and a four year old brother, I literally didn’t have enough hands to keep track of everyone.  I started putting her in there just so I knew where she was, that she was safe and happy and I had two hands free to hold the boys, make their lunch, change a diaper, or clean the house. I don’t think she was ever in a stroller when we were out.  It got to the point, that I never even removed the carrier from my body.  My friends used to laugh at me as  they’d see me driving with it still on (with the baby securely in her car seat in the back, of course) but as soon as we got to our destination, I’d take her out of her car seat and put her in her carrier.  She loved it, I loved it!   I had one hand free for each of my boys.  She was definitely my happiest, most content baby and I believe that had a lot to do with the security she felt by spending so much time being “worn”.

So, clearly, I used my carriers a lot and for different reasons, but what is Baby-wearing and why is it becoming so popular?   Baby-wearing is simply means carrying or holding a baby using a cloth baby carrier.  It is a means for parents or caregivers to hold or carry their baby while going about their daily tasks.  It frees up their hands to work, do laundry, prepare meals (keeping safety in mind), or go for a walk.  Baby-wearing has also been shown to prevent crying or soothe a fussy baby, promote parent-child attachment and promote babies development.

Some parents worry about spoiling their baby by holding him too much, but they need not worry.  Most pediatric experts agree that holding a baby in the early months meets the baby’s need to feel safe and secure.  Babies who are picked up as soon as they begin to cry tend to cry less than those whose cries are ignored.  Baby wearing is a great way to meet this

There are many different types of carriers to choose from.  Some can hold your baby on your chest, some your hip and some on your back.  When shopping for a carrier, be sure to think about the comfort of both you and your baby.  The baby should be held in a position that is similar to how you would hold him (whether it is on your hip, back or front).  Most carrier companies have weight limits, so be sure to read the manufacturers recommendations for upper and lower weight limits.  Additionally, always read and follow the manufacturer’s safety guidelines for safe use.

A great resource for baby wearing is www.babywearinginternational.orgBaby #3 in her carrier

Baby #3 in her carrier.  She was always this happy!

Babies stay little for such a short time, why wouldn’t you want to hold yours as long as you can?

 

 

 

 

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Infant Care and Parenting Class

Parent Education is the cornerstone of Bloom Baby Planners. We offer group classes as well private classes (which can be scheduled in the privacy of your home). Our next group class is scheduled for January, 7th, 2015.  Registration is required, so please call or email soon as classes fill early.

Infant Care and Parenting Class

“How do I prepare infant formula?”
“How do I know when to feed the baby?”
“When can I give my baby a tub bath?”
“How do I take my infant’s temperature?”
“What items must I have before the baby is born?”

This one night course designed for expectant parents, grandparents, siblings and child care providers answers these and many more questions. The class teaches (or refreshes) basic infant care skills including feeding, diapering and bathing. Hands-on instruction using a life-sized doll is included. Additional topics addressed are infant safety, recognizing signs of illness, necessary supplies and adjustment to parenthood.

Offered at Women’s Care Medical Group
2900 Whipple Ave., Ste 135
Redwood City, CA 94062
Wednesday Evenings 7:00-10:00 pm
Fee $45 per person

Class taught by Suzanne Einsiedl, RN, MSN, PNP
www.bloombabyplanners.com
Please call or email to register
Suzanne@bloombabyplanners.com
(415) 297-7675

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Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Kids

Happy New Year everyone! I know many of these tips don’t quite apply to a newborn, but the whole family can benefit from following them.  I love that they are all attainable goals-let’s hope we can all follow them all year long!

The following New Year tips are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Preschoolers
I will clean up my toys and put them where they belong.
I will brush my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.
I won’t tease dogs or other pets – even friendly ones. I will avoid being bitten by keeping my fingers and face away from their mouths.
Kids, 5- to 12-years-old
I will drink reduced-fat milk and water every day, and drink soda and fruit drinks only on special occasions.
I will apply sunscreen before I go outdoors on bright sunny days. I will try to stay in the shade whenever possible and wear a hat and sunglasses, especially when I’m playing sports.
I will try to find a sport (like basketball or soccer) or an activity (like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a week!
I will always wear a helmet when bicycling.
I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car. I’ll sit in the back seat and use a booster seat until I am tall enough to use a lap/shoulder seat belt.
I’ll be nice to other kids. I’ll be friendly to kids who need friends – like someone who is shy, or is new to my school.
I’ll never give out personal information such as my name, home address, school name or telephone number on the Internet. Also, I’ll never send a picture of myself to someone I chat with on the computer without my parent’s permission.
Kids, 13-years-old and up
I will try to eat two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day, and I will drink sodas only on special occasions.
I will take care of my body through physical activity and nutrition.
I will choose non-violent television shows and video games, and I will spend only one to two hours each day – at the most – on these activities.
I will help out in my community – through volunteering, working with community groups or by joining a group that helps people in need.
When I feel angry or stressed out, I will take a break and find constructive ways to deal with the stress, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal or discussing my problem with a parent or friend.
When faced with a difficult decision, I will talk about my choices with an adult whom I can trust.
When I notice my friends are struggling or engaging in risky behaviors, I will talk with a trusted adult and attempt to find a way that I can help them.
I will be careful about whom I choose to date, and always treat the other person with respect and without coercion or violence. I will expect the same good behavior in return.
I will resist peer pressure to try drugs and alcohol.
I agree not to use a cell phone or text message while driving and to always use a seat belt.

Published 12/11/2012 12:00 AM
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Little Miracles

Little miracles

Come into our lives,

not on huge bolts of lightning,

but on gentle beams of light,

love and hope!

I just love this quote…it sums up babies perfectly.  Is there any greater miracle than newborn baby?

I’m so lucky that I get to witness so many miracles on a daily basis.  From helping pregnant families chose the right baby gear for their lifestyle, to teaching them how to diaper, I get to be a part of this amazing time in their lives.  I love watching new families grow their tiny miracles into perfect human beings and witnessing their whole family blossom in the process.

This week I had the pleasure of working with an amazing family.  My time with them Moneygram agent began when I taught their Infant Care Class a few weeks ago and continued this week after the birth of their baby.  I had the honor of being there on the day that they were discharge from the hospital to help with their new routine, assist in basic newborn care, calm their nerves and answer their questions.   A few days later, I was lucky enough to be able to return to their home and, again, assist them as they continued their transition from a couple to a family.

It was such a joy to see how in a few short days their confidence in themeselves and  their skill in caring for their newborn grew right along with the palpable love they have for her and one another.  I am so lucky to be a Baby Planner-I get witness little miracles every day.

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Bloom Baby Planners Parent Education Classes

Bloom Baby Planners is thrilled to announce our partnership with Diddalido, an indoor infant and toddler play center in San Bruno.  We will be offering Infant Care and Parenting classes and Toddler Development Classes.  Please note that registration prior to the class is required.  Our July schedule is as follows:

Understanding Your Toddler’s Behavior

Monday, July 9th 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This 2 hour education course is designed for parents, grandparents and child care providers of children aged 1-3.  The class will begin with a discussion of normal toddler growth and development and how their abilities and needs develop over these 2 years.  I will also explain how their emerging personalities and quest for independence affect their behavior.  I will offer tips and suggestions for coping with and discouraging negative behavior, as well as suggestions for encouraging positive behavior.  Participants will be given time to ask specific questions regarding their child, listen to comments and suggestions from other members of the group and gain support from others during this fun,  but often frustrating,  time in their child’s life.

$40 for one adult and one child (includes all-day access to Diddalidoo Play Center)

$35 for second adult, $10 for each additional sibling

 Infant Care and Parenting Class

Thursday, July 26th 7:00pm-10:00pm

 This one night course designed for expectant parents, grandparents, siblings and child care providers answers these and many more questions.  The class teaches (or refreshes) basic infant care skills including feeding, diapering and bathing.  Hands-on instruction using a life-sized doll is included.  Additional topics addressed are infant safety, recognizing signs of illness, necessary supplies and adjustment to parenthood.

$45 per person

Classes taught by Suzanne Einsiedl, RN, MSN, PNP of

Bloom Baby Planners

 (415) 297-7675

 Classes offered at Diddalidoo

 www.diddalidoo.com

544 San Mateo Drive

San Bruno, CA 94066

(650) 741-9065

To register please contact Bloom Baby Planners or Diddalidoo

Infant Care Classes also offered by Bloom Baby Planners in Redwood City.  Please contact us for dates and locations.  Private classes also available by appointment,

 

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