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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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