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Keeping Your Baby Safe in the Bath

September is National Baby Safety Awareness Month, and we want to speak about some important safety related topics throughout the month to help keep your little one safe. First, let's talk about safety at bath time. What is the best way to bathe your baby to keep her safe? What kinds of precautions should you take? Here are 5 easy and important tips to keep your baby safe at bath time.  1. Ensure the best temperature of the water. One thing to remember is that your baby has very sensitive skin and is therefore more susceptible to burns than you are. You want your baby's bathwater to be lukewarm, and make sure to swirl the water with your hands to make...

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Baby Safety Month + The Mission to Keep Little Ones Safe

September is National Baby Safety Month, a cause that is very close to our hearts both as a business and as a team of professionals, parents, and caregivers. The Ollie Swaddle was created with the safety of little ones in mind, and the entire premise of our product was developed and created as a safer, smarter alternative to traditional swaddles.  The story behind The Ollie World began when Hindi Zeidman was a single foster parent to a little boy named Oliver, who was on the verge of being labeled as failure-to-thrive. Other foster parents had difficulty caring for Oliver because he was struggling to eat and sleep. Hindi had a commitment to see Oliver flourish and proceeded to develop a swaddle to meet his...

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Postpartum Anxiety: Let's Talk About It

Photo Credit: Candace Baker Photography   "I just couldn’t get out of my mind. My body was tense, all day, every day, I had an ongoing feeling of nausea and I couldn’t eat for most of the day; I could not pull myself out of it, to focus on myself, my baby, or anything else. I was paralyzed." - Rochelle "Every time I tried to do something for my baby, I was sure I would hurt her. Did I put detergent in her bottle? If I walked near the window, could she fall out of the window? Did I leave something in her diaper when I last changed her?" - Alex "I was so overcome with worries all the time....

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When Should You Begin Pumping? From An IBCLC

  Photo Credit: Amanda Meg Photography Congrats on your newest bundle of love! Whether you are expecting or your little one has already arrived, I am so happy that you found your way here. I am excited to talk about the topic of “when to start pumping, which is a common question that I get asked in my private practice, MilkSprouts, or when working in the hospital setting.     Maybe you’re anxiously awaiting your little one’s arrival and trying to be as prepared as possible for when baby makes their debut. Or, perhaps delivery didn’t go as expected, and your little one is getting some extra love and attention in the SCN or NICU. You might even be snuggling your little one right now, as...

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What to Read During Pregnancy: A Doula's Top Picks

With so many options available, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes birth books. Quiet time can be a hot commodity for us parents too, so before we spend our precious moments alone reading a birth book, it helps to know it's worth devoting time to. With that in mind, I'm sharing a few of my top picks as a Birth Doula for books to read during your pregnancy journey in preparation for your birth. These are books I've read myself and recommend to the families I support as a Doula. In addition to being able to learn or review some of the important milestones and decisions you might encounter during your pregnancy and birthing time,...

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