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Rooming-In Strengthens Attachment Bond

Rooming-In Newborn

In the early 1940’s a new concept of maternity care appeared in American hospitals.  As a solution to create a more fulfilling postpartum experience, newborns were placed in the same room as the Mother. Today evidenced based research supports the many advantages for this model of care and “rooming-in” is encouraged by hospitals and embraced by expectant Mothers.
One of the major reasons for rooming-in is to establish a strong attachment bond with your baby. During the first days of life a baby’s attachment instinct is at its peak. A secure attachment creates trust and has an effect on the physical, intellectual, emotional and social aspects of your child’s development. Studies show being responsive to your infant’s needs does not “spoil” your baby but rather helps him grow into a more independent child.
An important method for bonding is skin-to-skin contact. This keeps your baby warm and helps ease the transition to life outside the womb. By the time a baby is one to two days old he can recognize his mother’s smell from other women. Placing baby on your chest allows him to hear your heart beat, smell your scent and feel safe.
Babies who room-in have a higher success rate with breastfeeding. When your baby is close it’s easier to keep up with the demands of breastfeeding. You are able to pick up on his feeding cues and readily provide comfort. Frequent feedings helps establish an ample supply of milk.
Data reveals babies who room-in cry less. You may get more restful sleep knowing you can quickly offer comfort and soothing when needed. You have a chance to recognize and learn to respond to your baby’s gestures and sounds, this is all part of the bonding process.
Your hospital stay provides an opportunity to observe how your baby is bathed, handled, changed and swaddled. Nurses ensure you get the help you need to develop these skills and encourage the natural bonding process.
The average hospital stay for normal vaginal delivery is 1-2 days. So, where’s the best place for your baby to sleep when he comes home? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends newborns sleep in the same room as their parents, but not in the same bed because of suffocation risks. Bassinets and Moses Baskets require a small footprint and are a means of keeping your baby close if your room can’t accommodate a full sized crib.
Rooming-in gives you a glimpse into the future and hopefully instills you with the confidence you’ll need to nurture your baby in an environment where he feels safe and secure.

Written by Debbie, Owner of AbsolutelyOrganicBaby.com
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Newborn Baby

Most new parents think they have nine months to prepare for the arrival of their baby. In reality,  preparing for Baby starts the moment you become aware of your pregnancy, the moment you are transformed into a Mother.  Nurturer, protector, guardian from all harm, that’s the new you. Your days ahead will be spent reading and researching the latest information on prenatal vitamins, healthy foods, suitable exercises, anything and everything out there to keep your baby safe and healthy.

An essential first step is finding the best organic mattress for your newborn.  It’s normal for a newborn to spend up to 16 hours a day sleeping. You want to make certain her tiny little breaths aren’t contaminated with toxic off gasses. These off gasses can come from synthetic materials like foam and vinyl, present in virtually all mattresses except organic. Then there’s the off gassing from components you can’t see. Our government has mandated every mattress meet CPSC flammability standards.  While it’s great for all those people who fall asleep with cigarettes, this concoction of chemicals is made from known carcinogens and poses a risk to your baby’s health.

Educating yourself is the most important thing you can do to insure your baby’s wellbeing. It’s a harsh world out there.  Once your baby is born, it’s up to you to create a healthy environment which will shield her from harmful chemicals and hazardous products. That can be a daunting task.

When choosing an organic mattress make sure you understand what materials are used. Look for descriptions that explain the process of creating the mattress. Reputable brands are proud of their products and are more than happy to explain what makes them superior.

Written by Debbie, Owner of AbsolutelyOrganicBaby.com

Co Sleepers and Toxic Mattresses

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Co Sleepers are great for keeping your baby close at night. As a matter of fact the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends it to help reduce the chance of SIDS. But you may be exposing your baby to harmful chemicals if you use the mattress that comes with your Co Sleeper.

Most often they are made of foam. Foam is a very flammable material. In order to meet the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s regulations for flammability the foam must be treated with fire retardant chemicals. These chemicals are known to cause health problems in laboratory animals. It’s definitely not something you want to expose your baby’s developing lungs to.

It’s a simple solution. Replace the toxic mattress with an organic one. Organic infant mattresses are made without any harmful chemicals. They meet the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s regulation for flammability by using organic wool. Wool tends to smolder rather than burst into flames. This gives you and your baby more time should you ever be in danger from a fire.

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