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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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Wall Decor for Baby's Nursery: A Fun, Easy DIY

I love making DIY projects. There have been many days where I have felt like being creative, but just had no energy to create something myself. That’s when I go to Pinterest and search for something that would look good in my house AND would be easy enough to do in less than 30 minutes! I can’t be the only one who does this, right? Here is the cutest and easiest wall decor for your new little one's nursery! This can also double as a picture prop for your monthly growth pictures. Here’s what you’ll need! An embroidery hoop – I used a 12” hoop, but you can use any size. Fabric of your choice – I went to the clearance section...

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