Thursday Thoughts – Does My Newborn Recognize Me?



Answer: Newborns recognize their mother’s voice at birth. They’ve been listening to you for 9 months! It is said to take baby somewhere between 15-20 days to recognize their dad’s voice after birth. Babies are also said to have a heightened sense of smell, allowing them to recognize their mom’s presence in the dark for night time diaper changes and feedings.

Tuesday Thoughts ~ Family Vacation Time!



With Spring Break quickly approaching and the summer months as well, what are you and your family planning for a family fun getaway this year?

Perhaps you are choosing not to take a vacation, but rather indulge in a stay-vacation. Visiting your local zoo, theme park, a day out to the movies or a picnic at the park. What’s on your vacation list this year, Mom? Share with us!

Thursday Thoughts ~ Changing Diapers 101

Changing a diaper takes practice, but one task that you will learn quickly, mom!

Here are just a few hints to make it as quick and easy for you (and baby) as possible….

Take care not to make the diaper too tight. You do want to avoid leaks, however, a too-tight diaper can cause pressure on your baby’s stomach making him more likely to spit up. This is especially true after feedings.

If your baby has a rash that doesn’t seem to be clearing up after a few days, or if he seems to be in a lot of pain and has skin that is red and raw in appearance, contact your health care provider immediately.

If you are using a changing table, always make sure that you use the safety straps. Even when using the straps, never leave a child unattended on an elevated surface.

Some parents don’t like using a changing table. An alternative to this is to use a changing pad on the floor or bed.

Keep diapers are wipes close! Having multiple changing stations throughout the house oftentimes makes diaper changes faster and easier.

Thursdays Thoughts…Acupuncture & Fertility

It sounds a bit out there. Sticking needles in women to help them become pregnant suggests that acupuncture might improve the odds of conceiving if done right before or after embryos are placed in the womb.

The surprising finding is far from proven, and there are only theories for how and why acupuncture might work. However, some fertility specialists say they are hopeful that this relatively inexpensive and simple treatment might ultimately prove to be a useful add-on to traditional methods.

Acupuncture involves placing very thin needles at specific points on the body to try to control pain and reduce stress. In fertility treatment, it is thought to increase blood flow to the uterus, help relax the cervix and inhibit stress hormones that can make it tougher for an embryo to implant.

IVF alone costs around $12,000 per attempt, so an acupuncture treatment that improves its effectiveness and overall ability to boosts fertility might save couples money in the long run.

Acupuncture is a personal choice and one that should be investigated fully before choosing to do so. It is not proven to work for everyone, but taking the step to try just might be the right answer for you. Take the time to research the subject and even contact an acupuncture specialist for a consultation.

Thursdays Thoughts…Poetry For Baby

Come back into the fold 
of my protective wings.
Let not your spirit be restless,
For you are here with me.
I will always be 
your one on which to lean, 
your rock, your number one fan.
Fear not child 
to speak your mind.
Undo the wrongs of the day,
And together we’ll make them right.
Speak of heartaches, 
so that they may be subdued.
Share your joys, 
so that they may be my joys too.
Always know that I am with you,
For you are my precious gift 
from God.
I will always love you,
And keep you safe from life’s hardships.
I will cushion your bumps,
And tend to your scrapes.
I will guide you tenderly;
Your brilliant eyes 
will always be my sun;
Share with me your heart,
And I with you.
~ Elizabeth Pillari

Thursday Thoughts ~ Hypnotherapy In Childbirth

Hypnotherapy is quickly becoming popular among the mom to be community. What exactly is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy can be used during pregnancy and childbirth to prepare a mother for birth and/or to attempt to treat a number of issues ranging from fears and minor health conditions related to the pregnancy, as well as the possibility of reducing or eliminating pain during the labor process.

Hypnotherapy is the process of interactive therapy with a certified clinical hypnotherapist to determine and resolve the root cause(s) of any overwhelming fears, beliefs and attitudes. There are many basic hypnosis techniques that can be used throughout pregnancy and childbirth for the purposes of relaxation, sleep, physical comfort, preparation for childbirth and preparation for parenthood.

Hypnotherapy isn’t for everyone. But, it is certainly something to learn more about and explore. Find a certified clinical hypnotherapist near you to discuss options and value.

Have you ever used hypnotherapy, mom? If so, share your experiences with us!

Thursdays Thoughts…Baby’s Nursery

There are so many cute baby nursery themes, prints and styles out there. For me, it was so hard to choose what I wanted and what I thought baby could grow into.

I ended up going with simple prints and muted colors. But I have been told that is so yesterday!

Bright bold colors, shapes and stripes are so in! You can spend as little or as much as you want to create a retro haven for your sweet little bundle. Mix and match colors. Don’t be afraid to use bright purple and electric blue together. Sounds wild, but when pieced together it looks so grand.

Wall letters are big as well. Spell out baby’s name or do initial’s only. Either way, presenting baby’s name on his or her wall is fabulous.

Simple wall shelves are great too. This is an easy and super inexpensive way to display trinkets, pictures and stuffed toys in baby’s room.