Informed Baby Care
Save the Vernix! By Angelica Ortiz
Everything is better with cheese and babies are no exception. The cheese-like covering that babies are coated in at birth is called Vernix Caseosa or simply vernix. the vernix has vital benefits in utero, at birth, and even after birth. The vernix develops mostly in the third trimester and covers the baby from head to toe… literally! The cheese-like appearance is due to its composition of 81% water, 9% lipids, and 10% proteins.
APGAR Scoring and Implications By Angelica Ortiz
One minute outside of the womb and your baby is already taking a test! Fortunately for them they get a retake at five minutes after birth. Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity, and Respiration or more commonly referred to as APGAR testing was developed by Virginia Apgar in the 1950’s. Since then, this testing method has been utilized in hospitals and healthcare settings in order to determine how well a baby tolerated the birthing process, which is depicted through the APGAR analysis given one-minute after birth........
Calming your Cry Baby
By Angelica Ortiz
Similar to when you left the nest, the real world is a shock to say the least. And after advancing from a nice cozy womb to a bright, loud, unknown world your baby feels that same shock and may have trouble adapting. One of the easiest ways to help your baby transition, is through engaging their senses.
How Toxic Are Your Personal Care Products?
By Kristen De Paula
In the U.S. today, it is completely legal for companies to use toxic ingredients that are known to cause cancer or other health problems in the products that we put on our (and our family’s) skin daily. Most cosmetic companies prefer to think of our Health in a very short-term context, working to avoid acute reactions such as a rash or irritated eyes, while little to no attention is paid to our long-term health.
That, we have to do ourselves.
Babywearing - Making Parenting Practical
By Informed Pregnancy Staff Writer
Imagine hands free baby carrying, where you are able to access your child and serve their wants and needs, but still have two hands free. Could this be real? The concept may seem like a fairytale, but it in fact is becoming very popular among parents wanting more convenience and versatility. This growing trend is called “babywearing” and has been freeing up tired hands and doing away with squeezing strollers into small spaces.
We don’t really give a second thought to where we lay our heads at night, but when it comes to organic versus non-organic mattresses, there are some key factors that will change your opinion on what you choose to sleep on.
Informed Pregnancy recently had the opportunity to sit down with environmental engineer Barry Cik, founder of the Naturepedic Organic Mattress company, to learn why so many people are going green in the bedroom.
Naturepedic Organic Mattresses for Kids
By Andre McPherson
The Art of Raising Multiples
By Andre McPherson
Parenting is challenging and adding multiples to the mix can be intimidating. When Sue Darrison had a set of twins she found the local mommy-n-me parenting classes lacking in valuable information for moms of multiples; so she created her own class specifically for multiples.
Sue, acclaimed teacher at Babies First Class, feels that parents should always feel empowered and trust their own judgement, “I tell parents to trust their instincts..."
Top Questions From the Pediatrician Interview
By Dr. Edmond Sarraf
Autism, Allergies, Asthma, Anxiety, Atopic Dermatitis, ADHD…. those are just a few of the ‘As’ I hear about almost daily from concerned parents in my pediatric practice. Unfortunately, I do not believe the families I serve are suffering from mass panic or hysteria – I believe these are very real...
Sleep for New Parents and New Babies By Shannon Hernandez
With a newborn in the house, sleep becomes a precious luxury. Even a short nap feels incredible, and it’s hard to believe you ever managed to stay awake until 3am in college. With a dull headache and an overwhelming desire for anything that might offer a quick “pick-me-up,”...