Ch-Ch-Changes at BabyLove!

BabyLove has been open for almost two months already! In these past few weeks, Veronica and I have had the chance to meet so many wonderful people, and begin teaching some amazing classes. One of the main reasons we opened BabyLove is to be able to have a space that is OURS. We have the flexibility to move and change things as needed, and we are trying our very hardest to make classes attainable for every family. We’ve been listening to what you have been saying, and here are a few things we’ve changed in response:

1. Baby Happy Hour-One recurring comment we’ve heard from moms about our Baby Café is that they really want to attend, but Tuesday morning doesn’t work for everyone. We have cleared a few days on our schedule, and we will be having our first EVENING Baby Café Wednesday, November 9th, beginning at 7pm. We hope this can be a time for moms who can’t make it in the morning to come and ask questions in a comfortable atmosphere, and build a community of other nursing moms. Other dates are listed on our website!

2. Combined Cloth Diapering and Baby Wearing Class- We know our cloth diapering and baby wearing classes are very important, and extremely worthwhile for parents to attend. We also realize that committing two extra evenings to attend classes can be inconvenient. In the BabyLove spirit of keeping excellent education and information affordable and attainable, we have combined the cloth diapering and baby wearing classes into one fun and exciting night. Baby wearing and cloth diapering are two topics that are loaded with options. While doing your own research and attending other workshops can be helpful, we know you will leave our class feeling confident you’ve gotten un-biased help with every option available to you. A little bit of time in this class can save you a lot of time, headache, and money! Please visit the class page for a list of upcoming class dates and registration information.

3. 5 Week Sunday Evening Lamaze Series- The end of the weekend is usually a laid back and uneventful time. After thinking over what days would work best for a majority of people, we’ve decided to get rid of our Monday evening series and begin a Sunday evening series. We will still have our Thursday night Lamaze series as 6 weeks (link to dates), but this new Sunday series will be one less week. This series will still be 15 hours (5 consecutive evenings from 6-9pm), because we do not want to cut out any important information. Veronica originally taught a Sunday night series when she first started teaching independently 3 years ago, and we think it will be a great option for families. By being able to present a variety of times and dates to families for childbirth classes, we hope that more people will find a class that works for them.

Veronica and I are very excited about these changes, and welcome comments and feedback. These are just a few things we’ve talked through and improved, but the beauty of having our own studio is that we can constantly change and better our offerings. We hope you’re excited as well! Maybe we’ll see you at our Baby Happy Hour, or you know someone who is having trouble finding a good day to take classes, and the Sunday series is perfect for them. Let us know your thoughts!

Warmly,

Brittany and Veronica

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CD(DONA), CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE

DONA-Certified Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.

New SIDS Recommendations from AAP

Chances are, you’re going to see articles about the new SIDS-prevention recommendations that were released by the American Academy of Pediatrics this week.  It’s not, in our opinion and for many reasons, an absolutely perfect list, but some things are really good to see.  Like what? Well:

  • Discouraging the use of crib bumpers
  • Discouraging the use of sleep positioners and wedges
  • Stating that not breastfeeding increases the risk of SIDS
  • Underlining the importance of prenatal care

There are a few things that will probably end up being controversial (pacifiers, vaccines).  I wish a distinction was made between sharing a bed with a baby versus falling asleep with a baby on a couch or in a chair.  I am glad they dismissed the fan suggestion, since the one “study”  on the subject was done by interviewing mothers after the fact, a study method that is quite unreliable.    And, since many baby products are a lot of hype with no proof, it’s satisfying to see the effectiveness of “SIDS alarms” being marketed to families being called out as unproven.   However, I often get the question in class about how long the safe sleep area is important, and I am happy to see my answer of one year is right in line with the new recommendations.   But while the entire text is quite interesting and a lot to wade through, here’s the top 3 things to know to protect your baby:

1) Never smoke or allow anyone to smoke around your baby, or even expose your baby to 2nd hand smoke

2) Breastfeed!

3) A baby should always sleep on a firm surface, free of blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, pets, or any sort of pads

I’ll be curious to see how this issue is sorted out over the next few days.  Readers, any thoughts?

Warmly,

Veronica

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CD(DONA), CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE

DONA-Certified Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.