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Aden and Anais Swaddle Blankets

Posted by on Nov 26, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Aden and Anais Swaddle Blankets

Let’s talk about Aden and Anais swaddle blankets. I sometimes go into clients’ homes and they have an entire drawer full of these muslin swaddles. They often come in bundles of three and the patterns are so adorable that it’s hard to pick one pack. Before you know it, you have six to nine! If you are having a fall or winter baby, one pack is plenty. Many clients are surprised to find out they probably will not be your most often used swaddle. They are too light weight for the fall and winter months so you will need to layer another blanket on top. Having a newborn is hard. Do what you can to make your life simpler. There are many swaddles on the market that make swaddling a breeze. Many brands make swaddles with velcro on the edges so they are more secure. As baby is in the crib, she may move or stir in her sleep and a swaddle that is not securely wrapped can become loose. We all know loose blankets in the crib pose a suffocation hazard. Also, Aden and Anais swaddles are difficult to navigate in the middle of the night when you need to take a peek into baby’s diaper. A mom on her second or third baby may feel very confident swaddling baby securely without a special swaddling blanket, but I suggest you have an easy swaddle on hand for Dad as he cares for his baby. We always try to empower both parents with the tools they need to care for their newborn. What do we recommend? Our top nighttime swaddle recommendation is the Halo SleepSack. We also have had many babies love the Miracle Blanket, Swaddle Me, and the Love To Dream Swaddle Up. Should you skip the muslin swaddle altogether? No, they are useful to have on hand. They are a versatile blanket to have with you on the go. Throw this breathable blanket over the car seat when baby has sun in her eyes. It’s also nice to put over your shoulder if you are out without a nursing cover and want some privacy while feeding baby. Moms of summer babies are usually the ones who use Aden and Anais swaddles much more. They can be very helpful when baby needs to be swaddled and soothed but you are concerned about her becoming overheated. I love helping parents feel well prepared for baby’s arrival. Are their any other products you would like to hear my thoughts...

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The Snoo Review

Posted by on Nov 14, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Snoo Review

The Snoo!! Is this thing worth the hype?? Or the outrageous pricetag? We think maybe it is! What is The Snoo? The Snoo is a bassinet with a swaddle and sound machine built in. When baby starts to stir in his sleep, the Snoo gently moves and sways. That movement helps baby get to sleep before he completely wakes up and needs you to get up for another feeding. We love being in your homes to care for your babies! Sleep is a necessity of life and we love to help you get it. We know you are careful about who you allow to care for your precious baby. We choose only the most loving and nurturing women and we train our doulas well on how to care for these little ones. We arrive rested and ready to care for them during the long nights of those first months. Unfortunately, this high level of service isn’t cheap! Could buying a Snoo save you money on overnight doula services? Maybe! If the Snoo will get your baby sleeping through the night sooner, we would love to see you shorten the time you need our services and save your money. We Want You to Have the Help You Need We are booked solid months in advance. We want to help all of you moms but we just can’t get to you all! Our hearts go out to the many moms who call after baby arrives when motherhood ends up being much harder than they expected or their second baby is a high needs baby. Often we just can’t find room in our schedules but we so badly want to help! Moms and doulas are excited about the Snoo and we are hopeful this product might extend our reach so we can help more moms. What do we love about it? Baby is on a flat mattress and not in a seat. We have found babies, like us, sleep best laying flat. Do you get your best sleep in your bed or in the recliner? Babies also need a flat sleep space. If you are concerned about reflux, there are ways to angle the mattress without having it wrap around baby’s body or shifting their weight to their bottom. We also love that the white noise is continuous. So many other white noise machines turn off. Conversely, we love that the movement is NOT continuous. Movement sleep, such as a car ride or swing, is not as restful as still sleep. However, movement is awesome when baby needs a little encouragement staying sleep or getting back to sleep. The Snoo only turns on when baby starts to stir in his sleep. Lastly, we love the quality of the Snoo. It is beautifully designed and built very well. This article was not sponsored by the Snoo. We just love moms and love products that help you enjoy your beautiful babies to the fullest! You can see a short video of the Snoo in action here. And you can watch this video to see why it was created and what it...

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Mixed Reviews for Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Information | 4 comments

Mixed Reviews for Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play

Throughout the past several years, both moms and doulas have loved the Fisher-Price Rock n’ Play Sleeper. It’s a versatile and inexpensive piece of baby equipment that make babies feel extremely cozy and comfortable, and since it’s angled most babies seem to sleep more soundly when in it. Millions have been sold and they are used every day with new babies throughout the United States. For most babies, the Rock ‘n Play will not adversely effect them. Unfortunately, however, its use has recently been linked to some developmental and medical issues in infants, such as Torticollis and Plagiocephaly: Torticollis – Congenital or positional, Torticollis is a shortening or stiffness in the neck muscles. How does this relate to the Rock n’ Play? Congenital Torticollis: Babies with this diagnosis tend to get worse when they sleep in the Rock ‘n Play. Unless the doulas or moms make a point to move the baby’s head to another position, babies with Congenital Torticollis always sleep with their head settled into the same position. Positional Torticollis: Inclined positions allow gravity to pull the baby into a position of preference and to get nice and comfy in this position. Over time, this limited movement can cause Positional Torticollis, which the baby develops after birth. Plagiocephaly – Torticollis can cause Plagiocephaly, or “Flat Head Syndrome.” Positional Plagiocephaly has been linked to Torticollis and has also been linked to sleeping in a Rock ‘n Play, as well as other angled baby equipment. So, what is our solution? At After the Stork, we no longer recommend that new parents purchase the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper. We now recommend the Fisher Price Soothing Motion Bassinet (approx. $100 – $150 on Amazon.com). There are several reasons we prefer to recommend this item: The bassinet provides a flat sleep surface. It is well ventilated. Calming vibrations make it a a great option in the middle of the night to be used if you need to when the baby is not settling. There is an overhead mobile. Light features project stars onto the ceiling. Serene songs or sound provide soothing white noise. In addition to just a sleeper, the last three features above can become a wonderful part of your baby’s bedtime routine! Want to discover other products After the Stork recommends? Check out our Product Recommendations...

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Taking Care of a Newborn the EASY Way

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Information | 0 comments

Taking Care of a Newborn the EASY Way

It’s the one thing every new parent wants and every newborn needs: a routine. Designed to empower new parents and to create a happy, well rested baby, the EASY routine (Eat, Awake/Activity, Sleep, You) will help give you a sense of order and assist you in learning to read your baby’s cues so you know what your baby is trying to tell you and when. I first read about this routine from Tracy Hogg’s book, “Secrets of the Baby Whisperer.” This routine starts typically at about three weeks. However, if you have a wakeful, well-fed newborn you can certainly start earlier. Here’s how it works: Eat – Feed your baby as they are waking up, and feed them thoroughly. If they are sleepy, undress them for the feeding and feed them while they are wearing a diaper only. This helps to keep them awake and alert during the feeding. Burp at least 3 times during the feeding. Awake/Activity – Hold your baby upright and keep trying for additional burps. Talk to your baby a lot when they are awake. Look into their eyes, and look for their eyes to lock on your face. Try to engage them: touch their lips, stroke them and gently caress their face. This could be their bath time. For most babies, 4 weeks old is not too early for toys, so get rattles that vibrate and play with the rattle. Put it on your baby’s foot, hand, and cheek. Help them to connect. Get out toy arches and hang toys. The Boppy is a great spot to sit your baby in. For example, set them in it under the toy arches. During this activity time, look for additional burps, poopy diapers, etc. Sleep – Your baby will need your help to get back to sleep before the next feeding. When the activities are not keeping them happy – either they keep falling asleep or are getting fussy – get the swaddle out. Swaddle your baby and turn on white noise. Hold your baby upright and try for one more burp over your shoulder. Also, peek into their diaper one last time for a poopy (a little wet is okay). If your baby is not settling in the swaddle, loosen it. Sway your baby, and gently rock/walk/bounce them. Keep trying to get them to sleep. Your Time – Now that your baby is sleeping, this is your time off. You should sleep, eat, and shower, and in that order. Despite the name, the EASY routine is not necessarily easy. However, it is extremely empowering and can be life-changing for new moms and dads learning to parent a...

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Welcome to After the Stork!

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Welcome | 0 comments

Welcome to After the Stork! As you may already know, After the Stork has been Philadelphia’s premier postpartum doula agency since 2006. We provide day and overnight newborn care for a calm, restful transition to parenthood. Our goal is to support and empower parents, and our blog is focused on achieving that same goal. We’ll bring you a variety of information on an array of topics, including: Breastfeeding news and support Newborns and sleep How to handle the challenges of caring for multiples …and so much more! If you have any questions, or if there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Thank you! Sincerely, After the...

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