Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Today Show Bobbie's buzz features Pedipeds

TODAY style editor Bobbie Thomas shares some great finds for the little ones:


"If there is anything I love more than shoes, it would have to be adorable, tiny shoes in sweet little boxes. My admitted soft spot for children's footwear was taken to a new level when I heard about Pediped's washable kicks for kids. With options for newborns to 9-year-olds, the line was originally developed by a mom in search of stylish, supportive shoes for her daughter. Today, the brand promotes healthy foot development and has more than 36 different styles and colors to choose from that can go from wearing right into the washer, making kid cleanup just a little easier. "

» We Carry the Washable pedipeds shown on Bobbie's Buzz:
Adrian & Brooklyn Grip N Go's and the Amazon Flex shoes. Also the Grip N Go Conner is machine washable.

more colors avail.

Flex Amazon

more colors avail.

Shop for pedipeds at The Pump Station
Note: Not all styles are machine washable, but all are awesome!

© 2011 MSNBC Interactive.
from Bobbie's buzz: Cool items for kids also help out parents

Friday, March 25, 2011

Research shows child rearing practices of distant ancestors foster morality, compassion in kids


Ever meet a kindergartener who seemed naturally compassionate and cared about others’ feelings? Who was cooperative and didn’t demand his own way? Chances are, his parents held, carried and cuddled him a lot; he most likely was breastfed; he probably routinely slept with his parents; and he likely was encouraged to play outdoors with other children, according to new research findings from the University of Notre Dame.

Three new studies led by Notre Dame Psychology Professor Darcia Narvaez show a relationship between child rearing practices common in foraging hunter-gatherer societies (how we humans have spent about 99 percent of our history) and better mental health, greater empathy and conscience development, and higher intelligence in children.

“Our research shows that the roots of moral functioning form early in life, in infancy, and depend on the affective quality of family and community support,” says Narvaez, who specializes in the moral and character development of children.

The three studies include an observational study of the practices of parents of three-year-olds, a longitudinal study of how certain child rearing practices relate to child outcomes in a national child abuse prevention project, and a comparison study of parenting practices between mothers in the U.S. and China. The longitudinal study examined data from the research of another Notre Dame psychologist, John Borkowski, who specializes in the impact of child abuse and neglect on development.

The results of Narvaez’ three studies as well as those from researchers around the world will
be presented at a conference at Notre Dame in October titled “Human Nature and Early Experience: Addressing the Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness.”

“The way we raise our children today in this country is increasingly depriving them of the practices that lead to well being and a moral sense,” she says.

Narvaez identifies six characteristics of child rearing that were common to our distant ancestors:

  • Lots of positive touch – as in no spanking – but nearly constant carrying, cuddling and holding;
  • Prompt response to baby’s fusses and cries. You can’t “spoil” a baby. This means meeting a child’s needs before they get upset and the brain is flooded with toxic chemicals. “Warm, responsive caregiving like this keeps the infant’s brain calm in the years it is forming its personality and response to the world,” Narvaez says.
  • Breastfeeding, ideally 2 to 5 years. A child’s immune system isn’t fully formed until age 6 and breast milk provides its building blocks.
  • Multiple adult caregivers – people beyond mom and dad who also love the child.
  • Free play with multi-age playmates. Studies show that kids who don’t play enough are more likely to have ADHD and other mental health issues.
  • Natural childbirth, which provides mothers with the hormone boosts that give the energy to care for a newborn.
The U.S. has been on a downward trajectory on all of these care characteristics, according to Narvaez. Instead of being held, infants spend much more time in carriers, car seats and strollers than they did in the past. Only about 15 percent of mothers are breastfeeding at all by 12 months, extended families are broken up, and free play allowed by parents has decreased dramatically since 1970.

“Ill advised practices and beliefs have become commonplace, such as the use of infant formula, the isolation of infants in their own rooms, or the belief that responding too quickly to a fussing baby will ‘spoil’ it,” Narvaez says.

Whether the corollary to these modern practices or the result of other forces, research shows the health and well being of American children is worse than it was 50 years ago: there’s an epidemic of anxiety and depression among the young; aggressive behavior and delinquency rates in young children are rising; and empathy, the backbone of compassionate, moral behavior, has been shown to be decreasing among college students.

“All of these issues are of concern to me as a researcher of moral development,” Narvaez says. “Kids who don’t get the emotional nurturing they need in early life tend to be more self-centered. They don’t have available the compassion-related emotions to the same degree as kids who were raised by warm, responsive families.”

Contact: Darcia Narvaez, associate professor of psychology, 574-631-7835 or dnarvaez@nd.edu

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Expert Wendy Haldeman: Sites for New and Expectant Parents

Shared by DotComsForMoms.com
Wendy Haldeman,MN, RN, IBCLC
When it comes to information on caring for a newborn and breastfeeding, Wendy Haldeman, MN, RN, IBCLC, is the go-to person. Wendy is the co-founder of the Pump Station and Nurtury™ and has been teaching baby care classes for close to 30 years. When Wendy was a new mom, she saw a need for baby care classes and developed a baby bootcamp with Corky Harvey, MS, RN, IBCLC. Soon after, Wendy and Corky began renting breast pumps and thus evolved the Pump Station. Seeing a need for greater lactation support Wendy received her lactation education at UCLA and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She lectures frequently on human lactation at medical and nursing schools and has been identified by publications, such as Fit Pregnancy, as an expert in her field.

Wendy is very proud of the extensive information The Pump Station provides for breastfeeding mothers and families with lots of helpful handouts and blogs, great online shopping for the most current, helpful, mother and infant-expert approved products, and weekly newsletters announcing upcoming classes and featuring blogs written by a variety of experts in the maternal-health field. But, Wendy and her husband Tim are most proud of their two grown daughters and their adorable ten-month-old granddaughter. Here are Wendy’s essential sites for new and expectant parents:

The Pump Station and Nurtury™: “Of course I need to tout my own site,” says Wendy. And the accolades are well-deserved. The site truly is a great resource for shopping and information. In addition to the incredible products, the resources section has great articles and downloads on breastfeeding as well videos and webisodes filmed during their breastfeeding mother’s support groups. “We call these sessions ‘Mommie Matters,’” Wendy adds. “Corky and I field a multitude of questions regarding breastfeeding, childcare and parenting issues.” We highly recommend them to see Wendy’s expertise in action!

New Directions Institute
: “I have tremendous respect for Dr. Jill Stamm who holds a PhD in learning and instructional technology,” explains Wendy. “Her specialization is in understanding how people learn.” Wendy is impressed with Dr. Stamm’s patented system called Brain Boxes for teaching parents and other care providers about the science of early development. “She [Dr. Stamm] instructs new parents as to how the brain grows and what parents can do to maximize their infant’s ability to learn.” Wendy also highly recommends Dr. Stamm’s book, Bright from the Start.

The Happiest Baby: Another favorite of Wendy’s and the Pump Station is Dr. Harvey Karp who has developed a simple “system” to help parents settle a fussy infant. “Known as ‘The Five S’s’ these effective techniques empower new parents and can work magic in helping everyone get more sleep,” says Wendy. Author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, Dr. Karp’s website was developed to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting. This site is very extensive, easy to read and current.

The Smart Mama
: Jennifer Taggart is an attorney and mother who has spent years researching toxic components in our household cleaning products, baby products, cosmetics, and plastics. Wendy is a fan of Jennifer’s book, Smart Mama’s Green Guide: Simple Steps to Reduce Your Child’s Toxic Chemical Exposure, and loves her website because it is “very helpful to new parents looking to create a safe home environment for their children and family.”

Kelly Mom: “As much as I resist touting other breastfeeding websites I would be remiss if I did not mention this site,” states Wendy. This site offers extensive information to breastfeeding mothers. “I secretly go here to check out the latest recommendations for breastfeeding issues,” confesses Wendy. “Kelly has done a fabulous job here and I applaud her great efforts.”

Monday, March 21, 2011

Toddlers in Rear-Facing Seat Until 2yrs

In a new policy statement published in the April 2011 issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics now advises parents to keep toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2, or until they exceed the height or weight limit for the car seat, which can be found on the back of the seat.

Previously, the AAP advised parents to keep kids rear-facing as long as possible, up to the maximum limit of the car seat, and this has not changed.

But it also cited one year and 20 pounds as the minimum for flipping the seat, which many parents and pediatricians interpreted as conventional wisdom on the best time to make the switch.

The new policy clarifies the AAP's recommendation, making age 2 the new guideline -- a real game-changer for parents of toddlers.

A 2007 study in the journal Injury Prevention found that children under age 2 are 75 percent less likely to die or to be severely injured in a crash if they are rear-facing. Another study found riding rear-facing to be five times safer than forward-facing.

"A rear-facing child safety seat does a better job of supporting the head, neck and spine of infants and toddlers in a crash, because it distributes the force of the collision over the entire body," said Dennis Durbin, M.D., F.A.A.P., a pediatric emergency physician and co-scientific director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and lead author of the policy statement and accompanying technical report.

Parenting talked to Ben Hoffman, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and a child passenger safety technician, to get answers to parents' most pressing questions about the new policy.

Although the new baseline is now age 2, the AAP has advised parents since 2002 to keep kids rear-facing until they reach the height or weight limit of their car seat. Why are parents so eager to turn their car seats?

"Parents are interested in milestones, and the minimum of one year and 20 pounds has been interpreted as gold standard instead of the minimum," says Hoffman. "Parents are always looking for the next stage of development because in every other scenario, that's a good thing. With car safety seats, however, that's often not the case."

But isn't forward-facing easier for everyone?

Yes, it's easier to interact with your child when she is facing forward, and less awkward to get her into the seat. But safety should be the main concern. "I would ask parents to consider the protection of the child in addition to comfort," says Hoffman. "It's minimally acceptable to change to forward-facing at a year, but parents can do better than that."

What about squished legs?

Kids who have been only rear-faced will most likely not be bothered, since they don't know anything else. And it's completely fine for their feet to touch the seat back, or for their legs to bend. "Once you make the switch, it's hard to go back, so try not to ever switch them before they are ready," says Hoffman.

Why are so few parents aware of even the older guidelines that say kids should stay rear-facing as long as possible?

There may have been some confusion with the message, with many parents mistaking the minimum for the ideal age to make the switch. The AAP hopes that by making age 2 the new guideline, the message will be less confusing for parents and for pediatricians.

If my child turns 2 before he reaches the height or weight limit for the seat, should I keep him rear-facing?

Yes. The safest decision is to keep him rear-facing until he reaches the height or weight limit for the seat.

If my child reaches the height or weight limit for my seat before age 2, what should I do?

Once your child exceeds the height and weight limit of his infant car seat, purchase a convertible car seat with a higher height or weight limit (most go to 35 pounds rear-facing) and continue to use it rear-facing until age two, or until your child hits the height or weight limit for rear-facing use. At that point you can make the switch to forward-facing-- or you can purchase a convertible car seat with a higher weight limit for rear-facing (some go up to 45 pounds). "That's a very personal decision for the parent," says Hoffman, one that may also be influenced by the size of your car, the arrival of a younger sibling, or your budget.

What should I do if I've already switched my under-2 child for forward-facing?

The best advice is for parents to consider switching their child back to rear-facing. But the next best thing is to, at a minimum, make sure you correctly use the seat you have: Make sure the seat is harnessed tightly to the vehicle, that the harness is snug over the child and the chest clip is in the correct position, and that the seatbelt or LATCH system are installed correctly.

Why didn't my pediatrician tell me about this?

"Pediatricians should be talking about this," says Hoffman. "But given everything else that needs to happen in a well-child visit, sometimes this message gets left behind. I would love to see a day where every family-care health provider knew the best possible advice and shared it with their patients."

By Sasha Emmons, Parenting.com
March 21, 2011 7:37 a.m. EDT

Links from Article

from The American Academy of Pediatrics
Policy Statement—Child Passenger Safety
Technical Report—Child Passenger Safety

from Injury Prevention BMJ (British Medical Journal)
Car safety seats for children: rear facing for best protection

Friday, March 18, 2011

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Ask the Pediatrician

Tuesday, April 12 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
at our Hollywood Location for Expectant Parents

Don’t miss this chance to ask three local Pediatricians anything as you prepare for your newborn. Expectant parent’s questions will guide the discussion. Here are some possible topics:
  • Well baby care: what is the schedule?
  • How will I know if my baby is sick?
  •  When should I call the doctor?
  • Which thermometer is best to use?
  • Normal baby behaviors (hiccups, sneezing, burping)
  • Skin care—rashes, wipes, diaper cream,  lotion, powder
  • What is colic and can it be prevented?
  • When might my baby sleep more?
  • Blocked tear ducts
  • Whopping cough epidemic (Pertussis)
  • Vitamin D supplement
  • Vaccines
Snacks will be served.
Don’t miss out on our Grand Prize Drawing!

$10 per couple. Space is limited to 14 couples. Register today by
calling our Hollywood Location at 323-469-5300.
Our Pediatrician Panel:
Tyler D. Krohn, MD, Santa Monica Pediatrics
Tyler D. Krohn, M.D. is currently a pediatrician at Santa Monica Pediatrics and an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.  His partners include renowned pediatricians Marshall Sachs, Dennis Woo, Sharon Kaminker, and Chiaki Jutabha and their group is one of the oldest and most well-respected pediatrics practices on the Westside of Los Angeles.  After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a focus on biomedical science and health care studies, he moved to Los Angeles  where he received his Medical Doctorate from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.  He then began his career in pediatrics doing his internship and residency training at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, which has been ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the United States and the best children’s hospital on the West Coast (Source: US News & World Report).  He has spent time in the leadership of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has conducted research in the area of cystic fibrosis, which is an area of particular interest to him.  He and his wife live in Brentwood with their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Henry and Jack, and they are currently expecting their first child.

Lisa Hauselman, MD, 
Lisa Hauselman, MD, is a pediatrician and partner at Premier Pediatrics Beverly Hills.  Born and raised in Los Angeles, Lisa attended the University of Pennsylvania before returning home to begin her medical education.  She attended medical school at UCLA School of Medicine graduating with honors, and then completed her residency in Pediatrics at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Lisa lives with her husband and two children: Sophie (6) and Moses (3).

Rachel J. Kramer, M.D., CLE
The Pediatric Group Beverly Hills
A native of Los Angeles, Rachel Kramer is a Board Certified Pediatrician in private practice. She and her partners, Jerry Whitman, M.D., and Monique Araya, M.D., are one of the most well established pediatric offices in Beverly Hills.  After completing her undergraduate education at UCLA, Rachel traveled to Israel where she completed  her medical school studies at the University of Tel Aviv, graduating at the top of her class.   In 2001, Rachel returned to Los Angeles to complete her General Pediatrics residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she was awarded  Resident of the Year for her excellence in patient care, and the Neonatology Award for superior knowledge in the field of newborn medicine. During her residency, Rachel realized the great need in the community for breastfeeding knowledge amongst medical professionals.  She created the lactation elective for pediatric residents at Cedars-Sinai, one which continues to this day.  After completing her residency, Rachel received formal training in lactation through UCLA and became a Certified Lactation Educator.  She is among a small handful of Southern California physicians who have this certification.  Rachel is on staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she is active in leadership in the Department of Pediatrics.  She lives with her husband and three adorable daughters, ages 7, 4 and 1 in Los Angeles. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

To “D” or not to “D”

The American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending that all infants and children have a minimum daily intake of 400 IU of vitamin D beginning soon after birth. Adequate amounts of vitamin D can prevent a bone-softening condition called Rickets. Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is produced naturally in the skin when it is exposed to sunlight, but exposing infants’ and children’s skin to the sun has been shown to increase the risk for skin cancer later in life. Interestingly, breastfed infants are at the greatest risk of having a vitamin D deficiency. Carol Wagner, MD, FAAP, a member of the AAP Section on the Breastfeeding Executive Committee states, “Breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for infants.” However, because of Vitamin D deficiencies in the maternal diet, which affect the vitamin D in a mother’s milk, it is important that breastfed infants receive supplements of vitamin D.

So how does your breastfed baby get that extra Vitamin D? We have a great, new product that gets the job done with just one drop a day. Until recently, vitamin D was only available in combination with vitamins A and C, and since babies don’t need to be supplemented with the other vitamins, that seemed unnecessary. The dose was a big dropper full of nasty-tasting brown juice, that babies disliked and either drooled it down their chins or sent it flying—into Mom’s eyebrows. Next we had large droppers full of pleasant tasting Vitamin D alone--a big improvement--but it was still a lot to get the babies to take. We encourage you to check out Carlson’s Baby Ddrops; baby needs just one drop a day! The package directions tell you to put the drop of vitamin D in your baby’s mouth or put it on your nipple and let the baby just suck it off while feeding. We loved that idea, but decided to do a taste test first; we wouldn’t want babies to associate a bad taste with their mothers’ breasts. Good news: to us it lacks any taste at all.

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So keep on breastfeeding; keep your baby safe from too much sun exposure with a safe, non-toxic sunscreen, and make sure your little one has enough Vitamin D.
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Monday, March 14, 2011

Instructions for Resetting Good Nite Lite for Daylight Savings

We love the Good Nite Lite which has been featured on The Doctors, CBS Health Watch and The View. We know daylight savings time can be a hassle, changing the clocks in the kitchen on all the walls and even in your car. We hope the video and information below will help make one change a little easier. The video is directly from Good Nite Lite.

To Set the Current Time:

1. Press and hold (for 2 seconds) then release the right/set button. The screen will illuminate brightly and display the default time of 10AM* (default times may vary on some models).

2. Press and hold the left/select button until the time flashes. Use the toggle/mode switch to adjust the time up and down for the minutes and then for the hours. Use the left/select button to move between hours and minutes.

3. Once the current time appears on the screen, press and hold the left/select button until the numbers stop flashing to "set" your time.

To Set the Sleep Time (time you would like the moon to illuminate):

1. Push and hold down the toggle/mode lever until you see the moon icon and the default sleep time of 7PM* blinking on the screen.

2. Use the toggle/mode switch to adjust the time up and down for the minutes and then for the hours. Use the left/select button to move between hours and minutes.

3. Once your Sleep Time appears on the screen, press and hold the left/select button until the current time appears. Your Sleep Time is set.

To Set the Wake-Up Time (time you would like the sun to illuminate):

1. Push and hold up the toggle/mode level until you see the sun icon and the default wake time of 7AM* blinking on the screen.

2. Use the toggle/mode switch to adjust the time up and down for the minutes and then for the hours. Use the left/select button to move between hours and minutes.

3. Once your Wake-Up Time appears on the screen, press and hold the left/select button until the current time appears. Your Wake-Up Time is set.

Once you have the three times programmed (Current, Sleep & Wake Up), plug your light into the outlet.

If at any time you unplug the light and turn the switch to the "off" position your light will revert to the factory settings and you will need to reset your personalized times.

*The Default time may vary on some models

*Your backlight only illuminates for a few seconds before you need to start to set your clock. If the screen darkens, press/hold/release the right button once again to "wake" the timer.

Dimming Feature:

An optional dimming mode is available to further dim your Good Nite Lite. To activate this option press and hold the SET button for 2/3 seconds to illuminate the indicator in the top right corner. To de-activate this option press the SET button again until the indicator no longer appears.

Thanks and Have a Good Nite!

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tummy Time: 10 Things You Need to Know

By Marilee Hartling, RN, MFT
Did you know that Pediatricians and physical therapists are concerned that babies are spending too much time on their backs when they are awake? Parents are encouraged to get their babies to spend at least 30 minutes a day on their tummies while they are awake. We call this "Tummy Time". Parents sometimes forget how important it is to have their infants spend time on their tummies!  However, it's often difficult to get babies to play in this position. Babies generally resist "Tummy Time" and may protest loudly when parents turn them over. Babies who have not been put on their tummies from the very beginning may experience this as an unfamiliar position and babies don't particularly like positions that are unfamiliar.
 The Top Ten Reasons for your Baby 
to do "Tummy Time"
l. "Tummy Time" gets babies off of their backs and provides a break for the posterior occipital area (back of the head). This lessens the chance that your baby will develop positional plagiocephaly (a flat or asymmetrical head), which might require helmet therapy.

2. "Tummy Time" lessens the chance that your baby will develop acquired torticollis which involves neck muscle shortening when a baby's head maintains primarily one position. Sometimes babies may need some physical therapy for a while to correct this condition.

3. "Tummy Time" promotes the development of strong head and neck muscles by allowing your baby the chance to hold his head up against gravity. This paves the way for your baby to push up, roll over, sit up, and crawl later. "Tummy Time" is related to faster achievement of these developmental milestones.

4. "Tummy Time" is great for stretching and giving the abdominal organs a sort of "massage" which then stimulates normal bowel functioning and can help to eliminate baby gas.

5. "Tummy Time" enhances posture and coordination.

6. "Tummy Time" helps to develop your baby's visual system including tracking.
As your baby lifts his head while on his tummy he looks to both sides. This helps the coordination of 2 eyes together as he follows movement and looks for interesting toys positioned in front of him.

7. "Tummy Time" helps to develop your baby's throat and mouth area muscles as your baby looks up and moves his head. These are some of the muscles needed for speech and language development later.

8. "Tummy Time" reduces any tightness in the head and neck muscles. For your baby's brain and nervous system to function at their best the head and neck muscles need to be as free as possible from tightness.

9. "Tummy Time" helps babies to develop both near and far vision. We call this "visual organization" which begins while they are on their tummies. "Visual organization" is especially important later on when your baby grows and finally goes to school. He will need this organization as his eyes switch back and forth from blackboard to desk.

10. "Tummy Time" simply promotes good health and prevents problems related to motor development and learning later. Prevention of problems is always better and easier than trying to fix problems after they happen.
Learn how to get your baby to LOVE "Tummy Time".  We will give you ideas and activities you can utilize at home, some of which we will actually practice during the workshop, to make sure your baby gets enough "Tummy Time" throughout the day. Our "Tummy Time" activities are enjoyable for both babies and parents. You and your baby will have fun! For more information about "Tummy Time” or to ask questions about the content in this blog, contact: 

Nathan attends Marilee’s “Mommy & Me” group at the Hollywood Pump Station on Mondays.  He has been practicing "Tummy Time" in the group since he was one month old and really enjoys it!  So does his dad!! (picture used with permission)

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Spring Ahead Without Falling Behind on Sleep

Daylight Savings This Sunday, March 13, 2011
Brought to you by Sleepy Planet

Here's how to help your little one transition to the new time change smoothly.  Before bed, turn clocks ahead 1 hour.  If your child normally sleeps till 6:30 AM, the next morning she will likely sleep till 7:30 AM.  Her entire schedule - naps and bedtime - will then shift one hour later.

If you're happy about this change, great!  Just protect her room from too much light in the early morning, and use white noise so she won't wake with the birds.

If you'd rather help your child get back to her usual schedule, try the following:

1.  Put your child down at her regular bedtime, say 7:30 PM, on Saturday night.

2. Set your alarm for 6:30 AM (according to the new clock) and wake your child at this time.  To her, it will feel like it's 5:30 AM, but don't worry.  She'll be tired, but she'll adjust.

3.  If your child naps, put her down at her normal nap time according to the new clock and resume a normal schedule from there.  Don't allow her to nap longer than usual.

4.  On Sunday night, put her down at her usual bedtime according to the new time.

Although the clocks are shifting later, this is the time of year when morning light is intense and bright - and when little springtime birdies start their songs very early!  So remember to protect your child's environment by making sure no morning light peeks in to wake him before he's ready (such as by using blackout shades), and protect him against potentially disruptive sounds, too (such as by using an air purifier or sound machine).
For more information about early wakings, check out our book, The Sleepeasy Solution - or email sleep@sleepyplanet.com to set up a consult. www.SleepyPlanet.com

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Carlson Labs Baby Natural Vitamin D Drops

Pump Station is now offering Carlson D Drops!

Carlson Labs Baby Natural Vitamin D Drops are the perfect way to ensure your little one is getting the much needed vitamin D. This small bottle will last a year with 365 drops per bottle. Just put a drop on your nipple or a pacifier and your baby will get their daily requirement of vitamin D.

Moms agree that Carlson's D Drops are easier to use than other drops because the D Drops are clear and tasteless. You can even put a drop in applesauce. It avoids watching your little monster make ugly monster faces. Less fuss, less mess is always better. Bonus, it won't stain your clothes!

  • Milk Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free

  • Preservative free

  • No Sugar, Soy or Corn

  • D3 400IU

  • 10ml 365 doses per bottle

Friday, March 4, 2011

Hi! My name is Zoey Alexandra

Hi! My name is Zoey Alexandra. I'm eight months old and thanks to the awesome lactation consultants at The Pump Station I was exclusively breastfed for the first six months of my life!

My favorite things to do are: crawling, putting things in my mouth, pulling the dog's tail and going for walks with mommy and daddy in my Ergo carrier.

I also enjoy jazz, reading Dr.Seuss and peek-a-boo.


Ok, let's face it, we all think we have the cutest (and most precious) baby on the block - well at the Pump Station & Nurtury we believe you!You do have the Cutest and most Precious baby!

With that said, we invite you to send us your own personal Baby Bio! Send us a great picture of your baby or a friends and then include a little information about him or her. Does your baby have a nickname, favorite food, favorite vacation spot, or even a favorite sports team? Baby Bios should be under 220 characters or 60 words. Text will be edited and photos will be cropped to fit in the allotted space.

Send your photo to info@pumpstation.com.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ameda Purely Yours Ultra™ Breast Pump $50 Rebate

Save $50 on the purchase of an Ameda Purely Yours Ultra™ Breast Pump!
To receive your Ameda Purely Yours Ultra Breast Pump rebate:
  • Purchase the Ameda Purely Yours Ultra breast pump between February 1, 2011 and August 31, 2011.
  • Enclose: rebate form, the original sales receipt (no photocopies accepted. Please circle the Purely Yours Ultra™ purchase price), the original proof of purchase bar code - cut out and attach the bar code from the bottom of the package. No photocopies accepted.
  • Mail with Rebate Form to (no later than 09/15/2011): 
CMS Rebate Center
Attn: Ameda Mail-in Rebate Offer #EF005
P.O. Box 426008, Del Rio, TX 78842-6008

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