Preparing for the Last Month of Pregnancy

You’ve almost made it and the day has nearly arrived for your to give birth to your child. There are many things to prepare before for your baby’s arrival. Below you will find a few suggestions that will help you to prepare for your last month of pregnancy. Sleep...

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Age Appropriate Newborn Activities

As newborn’s grow, they need stimulation when they are awake and alert during the daytime. This is especially true as the move from being newborns to infants. There are multiple options for you to engage in with your baby during their awake times throughout the day....

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The Basics of Baby Carriers

There are a wide variety of benefits to babywearing including helping to reduce overstimulation and making it easier to get things done around the house. Babywearing can provide soothing to an infant which can be of particular use for children who exhibit symptoms of...

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Understanding the Design of Cloth Diapers

The popularity of cloth diapers is on the rise. Many families have made the switch from disposable diapers for financial or ecological reasons. However, if you have never used cloth diapers before there are few things to consider before purchasing any specific style...

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Overstimulation in Newborns

“We are as prepared as I think you can be.” is a common phrase you hear from expectant parents. Unfortunately, even with classes aimed at new or expectant parents, there is a multitude of things that most people only find out about once they happen. One of those...

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Winter Newborn Care Tips

What better way to start a new year than being snuggled up with your new baby? While having a newborn any time of year can be fantastic, there are special considerations required for those with winter newborns. Depending on your climate and the changes that come with...

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New Year’s Newborn Care

Well, we’ve just about put another year in the books. That’s right. 2017 is almost to a close which means it is time to celebrate a birth unlike the one’s we typically talk about on this blog. The birth of a new year! For new parents, trying to balance the old with...

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After Christmas Sales – Baby Gear

Now that all the stockings are empty and the presents all unwrapped, many are looking forward to the New Year. However, the savvy shoppers are anxiously awaiting the exceptional bargains that accompany the after Christmas and New Year’s sales. However, many new or...

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Tampa Meal Delivery Options for New Parents

There is nothing quite like a home-cooked meal. However, finding the time to cook, especially after having a baby can be exceptionally challenging for any family. Fortunately, there are many establishments that have accepted that challenge and who are dedicated to...

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Houston Meal Delivery Options for New Parents

Today, we will be continuing our series on meal delivery services by focusing in one of the major cities in the Lone Star State. As you may know, having healthy, freshly prepared food can significantly impact postpartum recovery. Additionally, having proper nutrition...

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DC Meal Delivery Options for New Parents

While having a newborn at home is a joy, it is also time-consuming. Taking care of even the simplest of tasks during the day can be a challenge as you juggle feeding, cleaning, and naps. Not to mention the sleep deprivation that comes along with cyclically meeting...

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The Necessity of Postpartum Self-Care

The arrival of a new child in the family can be a joyous occasion. However, in the wake of a new baby, people tend to spend a lot of time fussing over the newborn and not concerning themselves with the health or well being of the mother. There are an incredible amount...

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Rights as a Working New Mom

For many parents, returning to work after the birth of a baby is an inevitability. However, there are particular challenges that specifically come along with being a working new mom. While each person’s financial and employment situation is different, it is vital that...

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Developing and Strengthening Newborn Intimacy

One common question that we receive from expectant mothers centers around the idea that they may not like or love their baby as much as they think they should. Some parents agonize over this possibility without understanding that their relationship with their child...

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Christmas Shopping for New Moms

Finding the perfect gift for the ones you love is not always an easy task. The matter can be further complicated when you are shopping for new moms. Avoiding duplicate gifts or purchasing something that they don’t need for their baby can be tough. Don’t worry though;...

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Newborn Cold and Flu Season Tips

With the changes in weather that come along with the arrival of winter, the likelihood of catching a cold or the flu increases. While this may not be of much concern to adults, new parents must be concerned about protecting their baby from these types of illnesses....

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Black Friday Baby Gear Deals

Now that the turkey has been eaten and most of the family is in a food coma, it’s time to turn our attention toward Christmas and shopping. Finding an excellent deal is something that we all strive for when possible. As a result, Black Friday is immensely popular...

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Surviving the Holidays with a New Baby

It’s that time of year again when families begin getting together to celebrate all they have to be thankful for and spreading the spirit of giving. That’s right folks; the holiday season is upon us once again. While it can be a wonderful time for families with older...

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Your Baby’s First Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a unique opportunity for a family to gather and give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy as Americans. While families with new babies may be immensely thankful for their little one, traveling to celebrate the holiday can be a severe challenge....

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How to Obtain an Infant Passport

Traveling abroad can be a wonderful experience for many people. However, for new parents, it can be a bit of a challenge to navigate the logistics of the trip and caring for your baby. When traveling internationally, one of the most substantial hurdles is obtaining an...

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Newborn Birthmarks and Their Effect on Appearance

During pregnancy, many parents have a preconceived idea of what their baby will look like after birth. However, there is a multitude of factors that may impact things like head shape, skin color, and texture. One of the main reasons for these differences in appearance...

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Newborn Milestone Categories

It’s no surprise that newborns go through an exceptional degree of growth and development during the first year of their life. Considering all the things that a one-year-old can do as compared to a baby after birth, it is not surprising that the changes are so...

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Baby Friendly Alexandria Events This Week

After the arrival of a new child, life can be quite hectic. As a result, it can sometimes feel like it is impossible to spend time anywhere other than your home. The lack of outings can lead to feelings of stir craziness. While there are many different reasons a new...

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Infant CPR Classes at Stork Childbirth Education

Protecting your child from harm is at the forefront of most parent’s minds. One of the best ways to safeguard a little one is to educate yourself in proper newborn care. However, it is immensely useful also to be well versed in emergency procedures and practices....

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3 Ways Sleep Makes You a More Pleasant Parent

It’s no secret that the first few months after having a baby drastically alters your sleep patterns. Even those who are technically sleeping for the recommended amount of time are typically being awakened much more frequently. According to an article from NPR,...

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Fall Recipes for New Parents

One thing most new parents realize quickly is how little time they have and how much time daily household tasks require. While most of us tend to take it for granted, having a hot, nutritious meal to eat is a crucial part of postpartum recovery. Unfortunately, meal...

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Issues and Ailments: Mastitis

Breastfeeding mothers may encounter numerous issues and ailments that are directly related to feeding their child. While many of these conditions are mild and require a minimal amount of medical intervention, there are some which can be quite severe if left untreated....

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Surviving Your Baby’s First Cold

Nobody enjoys being sick. Lacking energy, heavy congestion, coughing, sneezing, and generally feeling crumby is enough to take it out of anyone. However, many new parents don’t think about their kid getting sick in the midst of the joys of having a little one....

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Teething Symptoms and Tips

During the first year of life, children go through an incredible amount of growth and development. As a result, there are a ton of milestones to prepare for especially within the first six months. One milestone that significantly alters the appearance and behavior of...

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Picking a Newborn Halloween Costume

Halloween will be here before you know it and just because you have a new baby doesn’t mean you can’t join in the festivities. There are a surprising variety of options available to families that would like to dress their baby up. However, there are many things to...

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Newborn Handling Safety Tips

There are few experiences that compare to holding a newborn for the first time. The sweetness and innocence of having a tiny person in your arms tend to fill most people with a sense of joy. However, the fact that holding a newly born baby for the first time is...

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New Parent Support Systems

The anticipation of becoming a new parent is often filled with excitement as you begin a new chapter in your life and tend to grow closer to your partner. However, the addition of a new life to your family creates an exceptional amount of change. Your sleep patterns,...

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Pregnant Travel Tips

Pregnancy is a special time in the lives of expectant parents, and for first-time parents, there is often a desire to travel and visit with family. However, we are often asked how to be more comfortable while traveling or what precautions they should take to protect...

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NICU Equipment Part 2

Continuing our emphasis on the Neonatal Intensive Care Units for NICU Awareness Month. It can be quite scary to see your child with all those lines, monitors, and wires hooked up to them. As we showed in part one, these machines are vital to helping preemies and other...

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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Equipment

Parents that have babies that end up in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are often unfamiliar with all the machines used to help their child survive and thrive after birth. As a part of NICU Awareness Month, we will be doing a brief series on the lifesaving and...

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Preemie Care After the NICU

For families of premature babies, the first few weeks and months of life can be extremely stressful. The expert care of the staff in the NICU means that your child is in the best possible hands while in the hospital but how should you care for them when it is time to...

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Celebrating NICU Awareness Month

There is no debating the fact that Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU’s) across the country save lives. A 2015 article from Science Daily cited that “The neonatal mortality rate has fallen more than fourfold (from 18.73 per 1,000 live births to 4.04 per 1,000 live...

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Newborn Bath Safety Tips

According to Stanford Children’s Health, drowning is the 3rd leading cause of death for children one year and younger. For new parents, the most surprising aspect of this statistic is the fact that the majority of these drowning incidents happened in the bathtub....

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Making a Memorable First Grandparents Day

Believe it or not, Grandparents Day is less than a week away. That’s right, Sunday, September 10 is the day to honor and recognize our grandparents for the incredible contributions they make to our lives. For many new parents, the holiday may have snuck up on them...

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Our Favorite DC Pediatrician Practices

In the midst of all the fun of baby showers and ultrasounds, one thing that may be overlooked by expectant parents is picking a good pediatrician. Since many families stick with their initial selection until their child is ready to see a general practitioner, the...

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Hurricane Harvey Relief for Families in Texas

By now most of you are aware that Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on August 25, 2017, as a category four storm. Cities like Houston have been devastated by the flooding that accompanied Harvey as displayed by the numerous families that have been displaced and...

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The Importance of Newborn Healthy Sleep Habits

Anyone who has spent time around a newborn knows that they spend most of their day sleeping. In fact, according to Nationwide Children’s, newborns spend 16 to 20 hours of each day asleep. Since they spend so much time asleep, many parents think there is little they...

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Swaddling Benefits for Newborns

Swaddling is a practice that has been in use around the world for thousands of years. In its simplest form, the method involves using a cloth to wrap a child in a way that their limbs are restricted in movement. So why has it been practiced for such a long time?...

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Questions to Ask Your Newborn Care Specialist

As you may know, a Newborn Care Specialist or NCS is defined as an individual with a unique combination of specialized knowledge and hands on experience in the care of infants and newborns. Last week, we discussed what an NCS does overnight, and one of the things...

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The Basics of Baby Sensory Activities

Kids of all ages explore and experience the world around them with their senses. According to Good Start Learning, “providing opportunities for children to actively use their senses as they explore their world through ‘sensory play’ is crucial to brain development –...

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What Does a Newborn Care Specialist do Overnight?

Bringing home a new child often means that the sleep schedule of the entire household is interrupted. Most parents struggle through those early months running on little sleep and feeling exhausted. Hiring someone to care for your baby through the evening grants you...

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The First Hour After Birth

The first hour after birth is sometimes referred to as the “Golden Hour” because of the many important things that take place during this time. There are a variety of benefits to having your baby spend the first hour of their life skin to skin with their mom including...

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Newborn Care in the Hospital

It is not uncommon for parents to have misconceptions about how their hospital stay will go after the arrival of their child. While there are plenty of joyous moments to celebrate together with family, there are also some unique challenges that come along with caring...

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Breast Pump Cleaning – New CDC Guidelines

For many new mothers, pumping quickly becomes an important part of their life, but often parents have little instruction on how to care for their pump and its parts. While parents will do everything they can to protect their children, it is impossible to guard kids...

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How do I Tell Multiples Apart?

Based on an article from Huffington Post, citing studies done by the CDC, “the birth rate for twins has increased a whopping 76 per cent since 1980.” With the prevalence of multiples on the rise, there is a need for more information and resources on dealing with...

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Small Space Living

Shopping during pregnancy can be so fun, but do you hear yourself thinking “so much stuff, so little space!” every time you walk down the gear aisle? Don’t worry; you’re not alone. One of the challenges we often see while we are providing Washington, D.C. newborn care...

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Newborn Activities and Play Ideas

A common question that arises from many new parents after they bring their baby home is, “what can I do with my child and what is appropriate regarding play?” There are many ways to play and interact with your baby that can make deep, lasting memories for you while...

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The Basics of Newborn Skin Care

It should come as no surprise that baby’s skin requires some special care to maintain its health. In humans, the skin is the largest organ in the entire human body and, in some ways, is one of the most important. So how do you make sure that your newborn’s skin...

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Disposable Vs. Cloth Diapers

Anyone who has ever cared for a newborn or infant knows that one thing you can count on is the need for a fresh diaper. As such, diapers are a topic worthy of serious consideration as you will be using them from the moment your child is born until they are potty...

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Common Preemie Issues

When preparing for twins, it is easy to find advice on what types of gear to buy or how to feed multiples efficiently. However, there are plenty of things that new parents of multiples are not being prepared for such as the fact that their babies are likely to be born...

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Reading to Your Baby

While most would agree that reading is a fundamental skill that every child needs to reach their full potential, in today’s world, many adults don’t carve out dedicated time to read each day. With the time demands that come along with being a parent, it can be even...

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Baby Proofing Basics

As newborns turn into infants and become mobile, everything changes when it comes to caring for them. With mobility comes additional dangers for your baby and the need for persistent supervision of their activities. With the achievement of each developmental milestone...

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Three Month Sleep Regression

Whenever a child’s sleep patterns change, parents tend to be understandably concerned about what is going on with their little one. While there are a variety of reasons a baby’s sleep patterns may change, one of the more common reasons is a sleep regression. Read on...

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The Importance of Infant Probiotics

As parents, we all want what is best for our children, but sometimes it can be difficult to wade through all of the information that is available on the latest health trends. One of these trends that have gotten a lot of attention in the last few years is the use of...

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How to Barbecue with Baby

The joys of parenthood are undeniable, but it is also uncontested that the arrival a little one has a tendency to disrupt or upend your ability to host or attend social functions. In part, this lack of socialization can contribute to feelings of isolation that many...

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Our Favorite Baby Travel Gear

While it may be possible to completely avoid traveling with your child until they are a toddler, for most parents is impractical to forego traveling with their baby. Fortunately, there is a ton of excellent gear available to parents on the move. Whether it is visiting...

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The Truth About Baby Talk

There is no denying that communication is an integral part of the human experience. But what about talking to your newborn or infant? Dr. Betty Vohr, professor of pediatrics at Alpert Medical School at Brown University has been quoted as saying, “It seems to me that...

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Infant Music Classes

For many parents, it is never too early to start getting your child involved in extracurricular activities. One of the more popular options for parents and their kids is taking a music class together. Having small children involved with music has been shown to have a...

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Recommendations for Formula Feeding Products

There are a variety of reasons a mother may choose to formula feed her baby. Regardless of the of the source, the most important thing is that your child is receiving the nutrition they need to develop properly and at a reasonable pace. Fortunately, there are plenty...

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Bath Safety Series – General Safety Tips

One of the necessities of life is to remove dirt and oils from our skin regularly. Newborns are no different in this regard. In fact, most babies will have their first bath in the hospital before they are even brought home. However, most hospitals don’t teach you how...

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Issues and Ailments: Plugged Duct

It is not uncommon for new parents to be unfamiliar with common issues and ailments that breastfeeding mothers may face. While these conditions vary in severity, they are all worthy of your attention and being aware of them ahead of time can prevent a more serious...

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Excellent Baby Bath Toys

As babies grow from newborns into infants, they become more active during bath times. The constant fidgeting, kicking, and splashing may keep your child entertained, but it often makes the actual act of bathing them much harder. Ideally, you’d like the best of both...

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Recognizing Newborn Hunger Cues

During the earliest stages of a child’s life, their time tends to be split between sleeping and eating with other bodily functions being done during one of those two activities. However, as your baby begins to get older, it may not be as clear to you when they are...

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Three Reasons We Love to Support New Moms

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and we at Hush Hush Little Baby are thrilled to celebrate all of our clients and their transition into motherhood. While it can be a challenging, stressful, or even painful transformation, being a mom is also filled with love, joy, and...

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Cluster Feeding

Many parents have experienced the phenomenon of having a perfectly contented and peaceful baby throughout the day, only to see them become completely inconsolable around bedtime. Most folks tend to focus on what they are doing in the situation that is upsetting their...

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The Basics of Baby Sign Language

Many parents will notice their baby making gestures long before they can speak. The gestures they make may or may not be accompanied with babbling noises. Researchers have suggested that these gestures are evidence that infants are capable of communicating long before...

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Easy Recipes for Postpartum Snacks

Time is one of those commodities we have in life that can’t be taken for granted because it is in such limited supply. When you are a new parent, time becomes even more precious since you have little of it to spare. Parents need to keep their strength up throughout...

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Postpartum Hair Loss

Many expectant moms fall in love with the thick, shiny, and healthy looking head of hair that often develops during pregnancy. Those same moms are also typically distraught when their hair begins to fall out after they’ve given birth. So what’s going on here? Why do...

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Our Breastfeeding Journey

Where it All Began My breastfeeding journey began three years ago when I became a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). Through the education and certification process, I learned some great skills that allowed me to work with and assist new moms with breastfeeding. As...

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Getting Out with Multiples

For any parent, the thought of leaving the house with your newborn or infant can be terrifying. There are so many germs out there, what if my child catches something? What if they scream or become inconsolable while I’m in a store? How am I going to manage moving them...

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Breast Pump History and Technological Advancement

For mothers who choose to breastfeed, pumping is an activity that often can’t be entirely avoided. However, most people know little to nothing about pumps, their history, or how the have advanced to where they are today. Understanding the evolution of the modern...

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Why Use a Newborn Care Agency?

Let’s face it, life today is fast paced and demanding of our time, attention, and energy. Many new parents find out the hard way that their newborn needs these things as well. As a result, it is not uncommon for couples to hire someone to assist them with the care of...

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Multiples Sleeping Arrangements

For families expecting multiples, there can be a lot of unknowns and uncharted territory even if you and your partner have other children. A lot of the common questions we receive about caring for multiples revolve around sleep with one of the most asked questions...

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Recognizing Postpartum Depression

After having a baby, a mother’s body goes through a myriad of changes as it recovers from the process of birthing a human. There are several postpartum conditions to keep an eye out for, but one of the more dangerous ones is postpartum depression (PPD). If you suspect...

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SAFE SWADDLING – UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS

For many new parents, learning to swaddle their newborn properly is a lifesaver in their efforts to quickly put their baby down to sleep. However, there are a wide variety of safety considerations that should be kept in mind when swaddling your child through the...

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Issues and Ailments – Mastitis

While it is often taken for granted, the body’s ability to make milk and deliver it to a baby to sustain and nourish that baby is nothing short of astonishing. Unfortunately, it is often assumed that breastfeeding just happens and that once your supply is established...

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What Not to Say to a C-Section Mom

There are a variety of situations and circumstances that can result in a mother having her baby delivered via Cesarean section (C-section). Unfortunately, most people who have not gone through the process or had a close loved one go through the process tend to have...

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Newborn Issues and Ailments – Reflux

There are a variety of natural (and not so natural) behaviors that babies may exhibit of which new parents are often unaware. Unfortunately, this can often create anxiety about things that are perfectly normal or being unconcerned with behaviors that may be cause for...

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Spotlight on Bloom OB/GYN in Washington, DC

As many of you know, at Hush Hush Little Baby, we love showcasing new, upcoming, or excellent businesses that may be beneficial or of interest to our clients. Regardless of what stage of pregnancy you are in, you can benefit from being under the care of an...

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Breastfeeding Issues and Ailments – Thrush

Breastfeeding has a wide variety of benefits for mothers and their babies that have been well documented. However, that does not mean that breastfeeding is without its challenges. There are a few different issues and ailments that can arise that create challenges for...

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Pumping Must Haves for Breastfeeding Mothers

As many new moms are aware, breastfeeding typically requires pumping and all the gear that goes along with it. While the essential items needed for pumping tend to be common knowledge, often moms end up with some less than ideal breastfeeding support supplies. In this...

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Daylight Savings Time and the Infant Sleep Schedule

Whether you are ready for it or not, Daylight Savings time begins this Sunday, March 12 and for new parents, this can be a source of anxiety. The time change to “spring forward” can be especially worrisome for parents who have been working hard to get their child on a...

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Newborn Sleep Schedule Confusion

While it is fairly common knowledge that infants spend quite a significant amount of the day sleeping, it is assumed that the bulk of their sleeping will be during the night. However, many newborn babies can sleep all day and fuss all night which can, understandably,...

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Common New Parent Questions and Answers

Even with all of the resources that are available to expectant parents and the wealth of information and opinions from friends and family members, many parents still feel unprepared for life as a new parent. Unfortunately, some parents don’t get the information they...

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Prenatal Yoga and the Pregnant Body

Many expectant mothers have concerns about maintaining their fitness routines while pregnant. While there are some options, one of the more popular ones is prenatal yoga. But what does this type of exercise do to your body when you are pregnant? Today, we are...

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Funny Things New Parents Do

Sleep deprivation after having a baby is a real thing for parents. The massive disruption to your regular schedule often means that if you are getting sleep that it is not of the highest quality. But the lack of sleep is not all drudgery because it often results in...

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Interesting Baby Facts You May Not Know

Most of us know that babies undergo a significant amount of growth during the first year of life. When you stop to think about it, it is astounding how the body’s systems change, and the wonders of modern science and medicine have taught us a lot about the development...

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Breastfeeding Support for New Moms

It is not uncommon for new moms to have the misconception that breastfeeding just happens on its own. This idea stems from a lack of dialog surrounding the work involved in breastfeeding that gives most people in the general populous the wrong impression of how...

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NBC Interview on the BABES Act

Our very own founder, Haleigh Almquist, was interviewed on Monday at NBC Studios in Washington, DC about the BABES Act and its impact on families traveling with babies or small children. We are so excited to share this interview with the world and are proud of Haleigh...

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A Night in the Life of an NCS

Having a professional in your home to care for your newborn during the night can be a real game changer for many parents. The ability to receive a quality night’s rest can make you feel like a brand new person. Most families have never had a Newborn Care Specialist...

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