Baby Care Basics

The Art of Baby Massage

  “Massaging your baby is a very special way to let them know they are safe, loved, and understood. A daily massage lays the foundation for a lifetime of self esteem for your baby and good communication between the two of you.” -Vilma McClure Founder, The International Association of Infant Massage Instructors. The first communication...

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How to Swaddle

Swaddling your baby is a great way to keep her calm. A nice, tight swaddle gives her neutral warmth and keeps her contained, reminding her of the womb. When babies are swaddled, it is much harder for their reflexes to take over and disturb them. Nothing like a startle reflex to ruin a good nap!...

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That First Connection

  Everyone’s birth story is individual and unique. Rarely do we have the perfect scenario where mom pushes three times, baby pops out, cries, is swaddled and placed in mom’s arms where she begins nursing and bonding immediately… More likely mom is somewhat “drugged” and fuzzy, baby requires some extra care or cleaning up and...

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Newborn Reflexes

  I am careful to say “infant” or “newborn” reflexes (also called primitive reflexes) because it is important to note that these reflexes are meant to disappear as your baby grows older and if they don’t disappear or integrate, the reflex could interfere with development and purposeful movement. A reflex is an involuntary muscle reaction...

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