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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Baby Friendly Places in DC

For many new parents, the thought of getting out into the world with their newborn can be intimidating. Where will I change or feed my baby if needed? Is the area stroller accessible or do they have stroller parking? What if my baby starts screaming in the middle of...

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Newborn Care Specialist Interview Questions

There are many benefits to hiring a Newborn Care Specialist (NCS) to assist your family with the care of and education on newborns. Since they have a unique combination of practical skills, specialized education, and hands-on experience caring for babies, they have a...

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Infant Naptime Tips

Helping your baby learn to sleep is an issue that can keep parents up at night. Similarly, teaching your infant how to nap during the day can be equally as challenging. Many parents devote weeks of time and energy into promoting daytime napping, but when it doesn’t go...

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20 Quick and Healthy Dinners

There is nothing that quite upends your life as much as having a baby. The arrival of a little bundle of joy is typically accompanied by many sleepless nights and a lack of time for necessary household tasks such as preparing meals. As a result, new parents often turn...

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iPhone Newborn Photography Tips

Capturing the simple moments of life with your new baby and being able to share those moments with loved ones brings lots of joy to many new parents. One of the best ways to get high-quality photos of your baby is to hire a professional to take pictures for you....

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Houston Prenatal Resources

As an expectant mother, it is common to have questions about pregnancy, motherhood, and prenatal care. There are so many things to learn and a bunch of stuff that you need to ensure a healthy pregnancy. But where should you go for assistance if you are living in...

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Our Best Year Yet: 2016 in Review

How is it already 2017? With the blink of an eye, 2016 has come and gone. We are grateful to have had our best year yet! Hush Hush Little Baby has expanded to an additional location that now allows us to offer Houston overnight care and expanded our services to meet...

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Breast Milk Storage Guidelines and Tips

Many new mothers make a choice to breastfeed because of the numerous benefits associated with breastfeeding for both mother and baby. However, increasing and maintaining your breast milk supply often requires you to pump in addition to nursing. Additionally, it may be...

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Adding Galactagogues to Your Diet

Breastfeeding mothers or expectant moms that intend to breastfeed often have questions about building and maintaining their milk supply. Their questions often stem from fears of not being able to produce enough breastmilk for their baby. While searching for answers to...

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All About Tummy Time

As newborn care professionals, we often hear from parents that they want to do tummy time with their child but that they are hesitant to try it because they are not sure of the benefits or what to do. Additionally, several parents recognize the importance of tummy...

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Finding Your Houston New Moms Group

Being a mother is hard work and can often be lonely because it is not always easy to make friends with other moms in your area; especially, when you are doing everything you can to keep up with your little one. Sometimes, even the prospect of adult conversation or...

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Introducing Your New Baby to Your Fur Baby

In this day and age, many families bring home pets before they bring home babies, so it has become increasingly necessary to acclimate our four-legged friends with our new bundle of joy. Pets, and dogs, in particular, can be resistant to changes in their surroundings...

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Temporary Daytime Care Service Highlight

As you may already be aware, Hush Hush Little Baby provides overnight and 24-hour newborn care services to support you and your growing family.  However, you may not have known that they also offer temporary daytime care. Having newborn care during the day can make a...

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Tips for Traveling with a Newborn

The holidays are here and with them comes travel and overnight stays that can be terrifying for many new parents. It is understandable to be concerned about staying away from home with your new baby because there are many things to things to consider and plan ahead of...

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Making the Most of your Hospital Stay

Most parents don’t realize the importance of the time they will spend in the hospital after the completion of labor and delivery. The postpartum recovery in the hospital is a vitally necessary part of having a new baby as there are many things that must be taken care...

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5 Great Holiday Gifts for Baby

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, many of us are busy with the activities of the season, especially shopping for presents for everyone on our list. Unfortunately, many families with new babies are unsure what to get baby for their first holiday season....

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Pregnancy Back Pain Relief Tips

Most women who have gone through pregnancy can attest that there are some great things about the experience. However, one part of the experience that is not pleasant but is often experienced by expectant mothers is back pain. As your baby grows with each passing week,...

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Postpartum Anxiety

Do you find yourself frequently worrying about aspects of your newborn’s life during pregnancy or the postpartum period? If so, you may have a perinatal mood disorder known as postpartum anxiety. Today, we will be discussing postpartum anxiety symptoms, tips, and...

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Newborn Family Visit Guidelines

The birth of a new child is an exciting time for any family, and it is likely that your relatives will be clamoring to see your little one. Unfortunately, many new parents don’t think to set ground rules for these visits and end up being miserable the whole time or...

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Witching Hour: Tips for Minimizing the Fuss

At some point or another, most parents have experienced having a baby with late afternoon or nighttime fussiness when baby seems to be inconsolable. Unfortunately, a lot of parents search for a cause of the endless crying and end their search with many of them...

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Lactation Recipes to Boost Your Supply

Keeping your supply up can be a challenge for breastfeeding moms because it is dependent on a variety of physiological, nutritional, and temporal factors. Other milestones such as going back to work or your baby sleeping through the night can also have a profound...

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Surprising Breastfeeding Facts

Your body goes through a lot in the days and weeks following delivery, and there are many changes to the chemistry inside of you.  Breastfeeding also causes changes to the way your body functions and the hormones or natural chemicals that appear inside you. Most new...

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Birth Preparation Tips

The process of labor and delivery can be very intimidating for many women and in the rush to get things prepared for the baby’s arrival; mothers often forget to prepare themselves. Many parents think the only thing they need to do prepare for birth is to put together...

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Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving dinner is one of those family meals that we look forward to every year and it is not uncommon for people to travel thousands of miles to enjoy food with family and friends. Typically it is a family tradition for the host to provide the main courses and...

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Avoiding Bad Newborn Sleep Habits (Part 2)

The quality and quantity of sleep that your baby receives has a profound impact on your home and family life.  Helping your baby to fall asleep and stay asleep is a learned skill which requires dedication as well as consistency to achieve. But how do you know which...

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Avoiding Bad Newborn Sleep Habits

Getting your infant to sleep for long stretches is a source of anxiety for many parents because a restless newborn can make long days and even longer nights. When dealing with a troubled sleeper, it is not uncommon to resort to “whatever it takes” to get your baby to...

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Hungry Baby: Feeding Cues and Stomach Size

One of the most difficult things for new parents is how to determine what their baby needs based on their behavioral cues. More specifically, many parents have a tendency to miss the various hunger cues that babies exhibit and may overfeed their baby as a result....

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New 2016 AAP Sleep Recommendations

New 2016 AAP Sleep Recommendations Safe sleep practices and recommendations from the AAP are monitored closely by Hush Little Baby Newborn Care. The AAP released updated sleep guidelines today and plush accessories and elaborate bedding are still out in terms of a...

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Hottest Houston Prenatal Yoga Studios

We’re not talking about  hot yoga today, we’re talking about the best Houston prenatal yoga studios! Prenatal yoga is a great way to strengthen your core and stay active during your pregnancy, because let’s be honest, most of us don’t have the energy to head out for a...

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Baby’s First Halloween

If this is baby’s first Halloween season, it’s likely that you are looking forward to dressing them up and doing ALL the fall things. You’ll go to the pumpkin patch and take lots of pictures, and maybe pick out a few to place on your porch. Of course, you’ll stop at...

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Post Delivery Engorgement Tips and Treatment

As if moms don’t endure enough during the birthing process, our bodies have something in store for us a few days later. Often times as your milk is coming in your breasts will become hard and painful. This is called engorgement. Unfortunately, this condition is not...

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Parents of Multiples Groups

Having twins or multiples is challenging and having a group of parents to connect with that understand what you are going through is helpful.  Most major cities have at least one parents of multiples group that can serve this function. In today’s blog, we provide take...

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Hospital Bag Essentials

While many expectant mothers get excited at the thought of putting together their hospital bag, it can also be difficult to decide what you need to bring to the hospital.  Rest assured that the hospital will have everything that you truly need to have a baby....

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But Can I Still Have my Latte?!

In honor of National Coffee Day, we are going to tackle this tough question. Lack of sleep is a common occurrence for new moms, especially during the early days. It is easy to reach for a cup of coffee as a pick me up, but many women wonder if caffeine is safe if they...

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New Sibley Labor and Delivery Wing is Now Open!

If you are in the Washington, D.C. area and expecting, you are probably aware that Sibley Memorial Hospital has been working on a new Mother-Baby Unit for some time now. We have some awesome news! The new building officially opened on September 26th, and they didn’t...

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Washington, D.C. New Moms Group

Being a new mom can be overwhelming and isolating, especially if you don’t have a lot of friends or family in the area. Sometimes, having a new moms group to connect with can be just the support you need to navigate having a new baby at home and maintaining your...

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Labor Doula Service Highlight

As you may already be aware, Hush Hush Little Baby provides newborn care specialists and doulas to support you and your growing family.  However, you may not have known that they also have labor doula services that are available to you during birth and delivery....

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Work After Maternity Leave

At Hush Hush Little Baby, we understand how difficult it can be to return to work after maternity leave. Women often feel guilty about not being home with their baby when they return to work. We believe that no mom should have to feel shame for their choice to stay...

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Washington Nationals Nursing Lounge for Mothers

If you enjoy sporting events and live in DC, you’ve probably been out to Nat’s Park to watch the team.  My husband and I enjoy going to Washington Nationals games, and when we went to a game the other night, I had to check out the nursing room. While you might already...

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