Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Yoga Stars Summer Camp is here!

Don't forget to enroll now for our Yoga Stars Summer Camps starting June 27th or for our Me & My Parent Classes starting July 7th!
Contact the Yoga Stars office at 310-998-3399, visit our website or email us at to enroll in Me & My Parent Classes at The Pump Station Santa Monica.

Register now for Santa Monica Yoga Stars Summer Camps and Saturday classes at or by calling 310-458-2239 or for Hermosa Beach classes at (econnect and activities tab) or call 310-318-0280.
Click here to see class schedules.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Belly Bandit's New Mother and BFF

Pump Station has added the Belly Bandit BFF to our website. Shop from the comfort of your own home for Belly Bandit's Body Formulated Fit (BFF) Band. It will be your Best Friend after your little one says hello. We like it because unlike the regular bandits the BFF has two panels of compression, that cinch at the waist while conforming to your body. Moms wanted a more natural silhouette from the Belly Bandit and the BFF brings it.

Also from Belly Bandit we are carrying the Mother Tucker Compression Tank. Mother Tucker offers simple nursing access combined with a slimming compression in a soft breathable fabric. The Compression Tank has underwire-free support, slide-over cups and 3 compression zones to flatten your momma belly. It tames the muffin top from front to back.

Yeah, you have one. Don't feel bad, we have one, too. Honestly, everyone has one, except those Popsicle sticks with big sunglasses. But they don't count.

Belly Bandit BFF

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Raising Lifetime Readers from the Start

By Dr. Jenn Berman

After seeing 18-month-old child prodigy Elizabeth Barrett read flashcards on The Today Show, many parents asked me what they could do to help their children acquire similar skills and get the same thrill out of reading.

Experts say that most children learn to read between the ages of six and seven and it is not beneficial to try to push a child to read before then. In fact, one of the most damaging things you can is to create pressure for her to read – a negative association between your child and reading.

There is, however, one simple and inexpensive thing you can do which will guarantee an uptick in your child's reading success: reading aloud, which parents can even start while their child is in utero. This is also an excellent bonding ritual with other beneficial elements for both parent and child.

Most important is the positive association between reading and pleasure. It can last a lifetime.

Don't Miss Our "Rockin' Babies" Events THIS Weekend!
see below
The single best predictor of language acquisition is the number and quality of words a child is exposed to each day. Reading has the added benefit of exposing children to "rare words," complex sentences, literary devices like alliteration and rhyming, descriptive language and original synonyms and story conventions (i.e. "in a land far, far away"). According to Betty Bardige and Marilyn Segal, authors of Building Literacy with Love, "children who have lots of experience with books are likely to develop richer vocabularies and deeper understanding of the meanings, sounds and uses of words than those with less literary experience. They are also likely to be familiar with the conventions of language and story form."

The study results very clearly show that reading makes a world of difference in achievement.

It Starts at Home
It is up to parents to create enthusiastic readers. Studies show that children who come from what researchers call a "print-rich environment" consistently score better in writing, reading and math skills than those from "print-poor environments." Print, in this case, relates to a wide variety of materials, including: books, magazines, newspapers and even comic books. When researchers examined 21 kindergarten classes to see who displayed high interest in reading and who showed low interest in reading it became clear that the home environment and parents' reading habits are crucial factors. Of the high interest group, over 78 percent had mothers who read for leisure, 60 percent had fathers who read for leisure, more than 98 percent of the kids were taken to the library and more than 76 percent were read to daily.

Book ownership is a significant factor in reading enthusiasm and achievement. Children need to have books that they own, ones that they can put their name in and don't have to share with siblings. As they get older they should be able to mark up books by writing in margins, highlighting and earmarking pages. This allows kids to learn new words, come back to passages that intrigue them and make the reading experience their own.

Start reading to your child right away. Children, even infants, are never too young for a picture book. Attention span is a learned process. Infant reading studies show that most infants average a three-minute attention span. However, like exercising a muscle, those who are read to regularly can have an attention span as long as 30 minutes a day.

Be a role model. Children read more when they see other people reading. There is a direct correlation between how often children read for leisure and how often their parents do.

Create reading rituals. Create regular times in your children's day when you read to them. My daughters look forward to hearing two books after every meal while they are still in their chairs. We started this ritual as soon as they were able to use a highchair. Many parents use nap or bedtime for a reading ritual.

Keep books on hand at all times. Bring books with you wherever you go: to the park, doctors' appointments, play dates, relatives' homes, etc. Keep them in the car, in the diaper bag, in your purse and any place else you can think of, especially around the house. Have book baskets in your children's rooms, bathrooms, the kitchen and living room.

Read to your child regularly. A study of early readers, like Elizabeth Barrett, found that their parents not only read them books but also read package labels, street signs, billboards and other reading material that they encountered throughout the day.

Give your child a bed lamp. As soon as your child is old enough to read in bed get him a night light and allow him to stay up past his bedtime to read.

Point to the words as you are reading them. The visual receptors in the brain outnumber the auditory receptors 30 to 1 and therefore the chances of a word being retained in our memory are 30 times greater if we see it instead of just hearing it.

Use books to help you deal with difficult situations. A toddler who is hitting a sibling can learn from Hands Are Not for Hitting.

Get books about topics that interest your kids. If you notice your toddler showing interest in birds, buy books about birds. If your child seems interested in fire engines get books about fire engines.

Always read the name of the author and illustrator. This helps children understand that people create books. It also gives them the opportunity to pursue other books by the same author if they like the book.

Turn off the TV. Every minute that your child sits in front of the television is a minute he is not reading, playing, exercising or being creative. Not only does TV viewing directly cut into reading time, but once exposed to television and given the choice, most kids will pick television over books. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that parents limit their children's viewing to fewer than 10 hours a week. This makes sense since an international study of children in four countries found that those who view more than 10 hours of television in one week experienced a proportional decline in their academic scores.

Don't Miss Our "Rockin' Babies" Events this Weekend!
Put on your best rocker outfit and come hang with Dr. Jenn Berman and Award Winning Lyricist Cynthia Weil as they share valuable info on the benefits of reading to your baby. Don't miss out on the fun activities!

  • June 24th: Westlake Village, Book reading & Book Signing

  • June 25th: Santa Monica's Rockin' Babies Palooza

  • June 26th: Hollywood, Book reading & Book Signing

»See details for all locations...

Dr. Jenn Berman is a Marriage, Family and Child Therapist in private practice in Los Angeles. She has appeared as a psychological expert on hundreds of television shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show and is a regular on The Today Show, The Early Show, and CNN. She is the author of the LA Times best selling books SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years and The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy Confident Kids. In May 2011 she released her first children's book Rockin' Babies.

For more information on Dr. Jenn go to:

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Breastfeeding May Cut SIDS Risk

By Jennifer Warner, Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

June 13 - A new review of recent research studies shows that infants who were breastfed were about 60% less likely to die from SIDS than infants who didn't receive any breast milk. This protective effect increased the longer the baby was breastfed and if the baby was exclusively breastfed.

"Breastfeeding to any extent and of any duration is protective against SIDS," researcher Fern Hauck, MD, of the department of family medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and colleagues write in Pediatrics.

Researchers say there are many proven physical and emotional benefits of breastfeeding, but it has been unclear whether breastfeeding specifically lowers the risk of SIDS. Some studies have suggested a protective effect of breastfeeding against SIDS, while others have not.

But they say many of these studies included broader definitions of SIDS and methodological flaws that may have affected results.

In this study, researchers identified 288 studies on SIDS and breastfeeding from 1966 to 2009 and narrowed their analysis to 18 studies that met basic research quality criteria.

The results showed that for infants who received any breastmilk for any duration, the likelihood of SIDS was 60%lower. For infants who were breastfed at 2 months of age and older, the risk was 62% lower.

Exclusive breastfeeding without any use of formula for any duration appeared to provide the biggest benefits. The risk of SIDS among exclusively breastfed infants was 73% lower.

Although these findings are based on observational studies and cannot prove a direct cause and effect relationship between breastfeeding and SIDS prevention, researchers say there are several plausible biological reasons.

For example, breastfed infants may be more easily aroused from sleep than formula-fed infants at 2-3 months of age, which is within the 2-4 months peak age of SIDS cases.

In addition, breastfeeding delivers antibodies known as immunoglobulins that may help protect infants from infection during the period they are most at risk for SIDS.

Researchers say the results suggest that the recommendation to breastfeed infants should be included with other SIDS risk-reduction information given to pregnant women.

WebMD Health News, Breastfeeding May Cut SIDS Risk Breastfeeding May Help Protect Against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Researchers Say, By Jennifer Warner, Reviewed by Louise Chang, M. June 13, 2011

Article Sources:
Hauck, F. Pediatrics, June 13, 2011; vol 128

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Sling and Dance FREE Trial Class this Thurday!

Got baby weight? Or just like to boogie with your baby? Sling and Dance is a unique new class that gives moms a chance to bond with their little ones, get back in shape, and learn some slick new moves with the help of Jennifer Tseng, who has danced and toured with Disney. She also has ten years experience teaching dance and Mommy & Me classes.

Classes are for moms/caregivers and their babies. Babies welcome with a sling or any type of carrier. The class is 45 minutes. No dance experience necessary. Classes are designed to be fun, both for caregivers and babies.

Only supplies needed are a sling or any type of carrier. Also, please feed your baby half an hour before class.

We look forward to dancing with you and your little one at our
FREE Trial Class on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 3PM in Santa Monica

6 weeks to 2 years or even older if your baby likes to be in a sling.

Call our Santa Monica Store to confirm Dates and Times (310) 998-1981.
Space is limited, register today!

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Honor a Special Dad in Your Life

Last month we asked moms to share stories about how they were supported to breastfeed...and the response has been incredible! Almost 500 stories have been submitted so far, documenting just how valuable the support of employers, health and child care providers, peer counselors, and of course, dads, truly is. One mom wrote: "I can't imagine not having my husband's support or constant applause in this journey," highlighting the father's important role as a breastfeeding cheerleader for his family.

This Father's Day, USBC would like to celebrate the amazing contributions of the millions of supportive dads-past, present, and future! Give the gift of a donation to USBC and we'll provide a tribute donation certificate made just for dads. To designate your gift in honor of a dad in your life, simply include his name in the "in honor of" section of the online donation form. We'll e-mail you a greeting card insert that you can print instantly or e-mail to acknowledge your gift. Choose from our designs or insert your own photo for a truly personal touch.
You can also honor a dad in your life by sharing the story of how he supported you (or another mother) to breastfeed. We want to hear from YOU to add to our bank of real-life stories documenting the many ways that "everyone can help make breastfeeding easier."

This week we had a chance to use your stories to respond to Representative Virginia Foxx's misguided attempt to cut breastfeeding peer counseling in the WIC program. We sent her dozens of your stories of how the support of peer counselors was critical for you to reach your personal breastfeeding goals.

A mom in North Carolina told us about the advice she received at her local mother-to-mother support group when she started to doubt herself: "The other moms told me about WIC and how they help breastfeeding moms with pumps and support and so I applied, we qualified and there is when it happened. I realized that breastfeeding had helped give me the confidence I needed to raise this baby...a year later I still attend this mommy group not as a parent but as a WIC breastfeeding peer counselor." Another mom told us: "Peer support is so special and I will always be grateful."
Share your stories of what made all the difference for you. Your stories are making a difference for others!

Many thanks for your continued support!

Megan E. Renner
Executive Director
United States Breastfeeding Committee
2025 M Street, NW, Suite 800 ? Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202/367-1132 Fax: 202/367-2132

Friday, June 17, 2011

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Virginia Foxx Proposes To Cut Breast-Feeding Support Funds

by Laura Bassett, Huffington Post Reporter
First Posted: 06/15/11 05:26 PM ET Updated: 06/16/11 10:40 AM ET

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) introduced an amendment to a House spending bill yesterday that would zero out funding for a peer counseling and support program for low-income women who never learned how to breast-feed.

"All this money is being spent on salaries, benefits and cell phones for a program the federal government has no business doing," Foxx said on the during Floor debates on Wednesday.

The program is run through WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, which stands to lose $686 million in total funding if the appropriations bill passes on Wednesday. In addition to providing food for low-income women, children and babies, WIC sets aside money for breast-feeding support and education through one-on-one peer counselors.

National WIC Association president and CEO Douglas Greenaway said Foxx's staff advised that "women have been doing this for millions of years and shouldn’t need any help." But WIC estimates that women who attend its breast-feeding support groups are twice as likely to plan to breastfeed as those who do not.

"Your mother may not have breast-fed, so she can't show you how to breast-feed," Greenaway told HuffPost in an interview. "Now we've got infant formula that they promote, advertise, and give away in hospitals, so we've had to use peer counselors to help moms feel comfortable and appreciate that they can breast-feed too. When they do succeed, they discover how amazing it is to be nursing a healthier child and providing the best food possible."

According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three out of four new mothers now starts out breast-feeding, but rates of breast-feeding at three and six months remained "stagnant and low" in 2010, and hospital practices and policies that interfere with breast-feeding remain common.

Rep. Foxx’s Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Amendment was defeated with a vote of 119 to 306 Wednesday afternoon. Greenaway said he couldn't estimate exactly how many women would have been affected by the loss of the breastfeeding program, but he knew the cuts would have had a great impact.

"Formula manufacturers would be delighted with this," he said.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Rockin' Babies Palooza!

Bring Your Baby to the Rockin' Babies Story Book Reading and Stick around for his/her first Rock Concert!
June 25th at 11:15am
at The Pump Station 
Santa Monica
Ear Plugs not necessary.
Pull out your best rocker outfit and hang at the mosh pit (our classroom) and rock on with the best musicians in the biz (local guest children's music artists). Hang with Dr. Jenn Berman & Cynthia Weil while they share valuable information on the benefits of reading to your baby. 

Rockin' Babies mini concert and book reading will be followed by a Q&A and book signing, Best Baby-Rocker Look contest, Rockin' Babies Tattoos, snacks and more!

Space is limited.  
Call us Today!
Tickets $10 each 
(1 Parent and baby) 
$15 for both parents 

Buy 3 Rockin' Babies Books and receive the Rockin' Babies Swag Bag! Retail Value $200+
Quantities limited. While Supplies Last.
Great Stuff from:
  • Delta Children's Products
  • Sourpuss
  • Signing Time
  • Boogie Wipes
  • Trumpette
  • Baby Banz
  • My Little Legs
  • Silly Bandz
  • Rockabye Baby
  • Happy Baby Food
  • Piggy Paint
  • Personalized Pacifiers
  • Rock In Green
  • Highlights 
Dr. Jenn Berman and Music Legend Cynthia Weil
Unveil the Lives of Rock Star Babies

Dr. Jenn Berman and Cynthia Weil are not your average daughter-mother writing team. An award-winning family therapists, bestselling author and radio host, Dr. Jenn Berman and her mother, multiple Grammy Award winning lyricist Cynthia Weil, were inspired to write the book while caring for Dr. Jen's new bay twins. For more information, visit

The daughter of powerhouse songwriter team Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, who created classic songs as You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling, the most performed song of the twentieth century, Dr. Jenn was the original Rockin' Baby. Breaking ground in the early sixties as one of the first women writers in Rock and Roll, Cynthia Weil is an icon to generations of rockin' musicians. For more information, visit

Are you an aspiring Children's Music Artist? Want to showcase your work? Get free publicity? Want to play at our Rockin' Babies Palooza? 
Email and tell us about yourself and submit one or two video sample songs. We'd like to hear acoustic versions of fun and happy children's song.

    Rockin' Babies Book Reading and Book Signing

    Dr. Jenn Berman and Music Legend Cynthia Weil Unveil the Lives of Rock Star Babies

    Dr. Jenn Berman and Cynthia Weil are not your average daughter-mother writing team. An award-winning family therapists, bestselling author and radio host, Dr. Jenn Berman and her mother, multiple Grammy Award winning lyricist Cynthia Weil, were inspired to write the book while caring for Dr. Jen's new bay twins. For more information, visit

    The daughter of powerhouse songwriter team Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, who created classic songs as You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling, the most performed song of the twentieth century, Dr. Jenn was the original Rockin' Baby. Breaking ground in the early sixties as one of the first women writers in Rock and Roll, Cynthia Weil is an icon to generations of rockin' musicians. For more information, visit

    Come along with your Rockin' Baby and hang out with Dr. Jenn Berman and Cynthia Weil  while they share valuable information on the benefits of reading to your baby. They will also be reading their new book Rockin' Babies to your little ones followed by a Q&A and book signing.

    Call us to reserve your spot!
    Don't miss out on the Best Rocker Baby Look Contest, Rockin' Babies Tattoo session, snacks and more! 

    Buy 3 Rockin' Babies Books and receive 
    the Rockin' Babies Swag Bag! Retail Value $200+
    Quantities limited. While Supplies Last.
    Great Stuff from:
    • Delta Children's Products
    • Sourpuss
    • Signing Time
    • Boogie Wipes
    • Trumpette
    • Baby Banz
    • My Little Legs
    • Silly Bandz
    • Rockabye Baby
    • Happy Baby Food
    • Piggy Paint
    • Personalized Pacifiers
    • Rock In Green
    • Highlights

    Cara Sayer a Mum-preneur

    Cara Sayer from the UK says the inspiration for the SnoozeShade came about while she was trying to keep her daughter, Holly, asleep in her pram (stroller) when they went out. She also felt Mums should not be forced into being housebound because of their baby's sleeping patterns.

    How the SnoozeShade® was born

    It's a clich̩ but it happens. I left my career in marketing to look after my lovely daughter. One day, I had an idea for a product that would help make my life as a mum easier and now over a year later, here I am, a mumpreneur with a baby product РSnoozeShade.

    My daughter always needed her sleep and I needed to go out. When she was tiny, a walk to the shops in her buggy was easy as she slept deeply and often. As she got older and became more alert, it became harder for her to switch off and snooze in her buggy – or, once asleep, she would be woken by lights, the sun or by whatever activity was going on nearby.

    Meeting friends for a coffee or bite to eat involved a lot of time attaching muslins with clothes pegs or draping blankets over buggy hoods and even resorting to hanging coats over the sun canopy – with varying degrees of success. Manoeuvring up and down kerbs could be treacherous too with things sliding off randomly – resulting in a wide-awake and grumpy baby.

    How nice it would have been to pop into a shop and try on something new while baby slept peacefully in her pram, undisturbed by mummy twirling in front of the mirror.

    Sayer searched the internet believing there must be something she can buy. She looked at mosquito, cat and insect nets, but they allowed too much light into the stroller. The current Sun shades were all big and bulky and not very portable. Plus the baby could still see out and get woken up or distracted. She couldn't find a simple answer that blocked out light and was small enough to carry with you in the stroller or diaper bag.

    "One day, I rather foolishly said to a few friends that someone should invent something – so they said 'go on then'."

    She spent a number of months working on the design of a blackout blind and how she would be able to sell it.

    "It was either Dragons Den (BBC TV Show featuring entrepreneurs pitching their ideas) or a trade show. Of the two I thought if I went to the trade show, even if they laughed at me, at least I wouldn't be embarrassed on national television. I got everything ready and went to the show at the beginning of October, and it turned out to be really useful, I got some good feedback, and some companies were interested."

    She has invested her life savings into SnoozeShade, and is hoping that not only is it a success, but it will open the door for more inventions.

    Her company, Really Simple Ideas has seen profits after only a year of trading.

    "It has been difficult and very busy at times. But it’s amazing how fast everything's happened.

    I do most of my work when Holly is asleep or at nursery. When my husband comes home from work he is on bedtime duty so I can work.

    Antonia Chitty, of the BusinessMums Conference, says Cara Sayer is proof that mothers can make it in business while bringing up children.

    Antonia Chitty says "Mothers can sometimes see themselves as being stuck at home"
    "But being at home can also be about taking the time to think up ideas – something creative and new."

    Shop for the SnoozeShade at The Pump Station

    Information complied from:

    SnoozeShade: Background
    DayBreak: Meet mum-trepreneur Cara SayerDec 10, 2010
    Surrey Herald: Mum-turned-inventor creates new pram product, Nov 9 2009 By Rupert Basham
    Mail Online: Sleeping on the job: Invention to help babies sleep in buggies could make mummy a millionaire, Oct 6 2010 By Paul Bentley

    Friday, June 10, 2011

    Give It a Shot Don't Wait Vaccinate

    Kids Los Angeles - June 06, 2011

    Your kids' wish list:
    • Puppies
    • Multicolored cereal
    • Fifteen more minutes before bedtime
    • Pertussis vaccine
    Er, well, maybe they’re not exactly pining for that last one. But they should be, especially now that California is experiencing what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers the worst epidemic of whooping cough in 60 years.

    Fantabulous mommy that you are, you make sure your little ones have the utmost defense against whooping cough and the other serious illnesses vaccines help to fight. That's why you’re all over the site L.A. County has developed to cut through the Internet's information overload and conflicting opinions. Guiding you straight to the right options for your child's best health, the site is designed to keep you in sync with the new state law requiring all seventh through twelfth graders to get the booster for the upcoming school year.

    When they’re kicking and screaming over the teeny, tiny prick, just promise ice cream afterward. It does the trick every time.

    Call your doctor or clinic to learn whether your children's vaccines are up to date and learn more about vaccination by calling 211 or visiting

    Be sure that dads, moms, caregivers, and grandparents are up to date on their whooping cough vaccines before being with your newborn

    HEALTH ADVISORY: from County of Los Angeles Public Health

    LOS ANGELES – There has been an increase in the number of meningococcal disease cases reported from different parts of Los Angeles County, with seven cases reported since mid-March. Meningococcal disease is a serious, life-threatening bacterial illness that can cause meningitis and blood infections. The Department of Public Health is monitoring the cases and is working with affected contacts to limit the spread of disease.

    "The increase in cases of meningococcal disease in a short period of time is higher than expected. Last year, there were a total of 21 such cases," said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and Health Officer. "It is important to know that the meningococcal vaccine can prevent two of the three most common types of meningococcal disease in the United States. Also, meningococcal disease can be treated with appropriate antibiotics if caught early."

    Meningococcal disease is spread through close contact with an ill person’s respiratory or throat secretions, including saliva. It is not spread by casual contact or through simply breathing the same air as an ill person. Symptoms include high fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, skin rash, and aversion to bright lights. Suspect cases of meningococcal disease require immediate evaluation by a doctor and treatment with antibiotics.

    It is recommended that all 11- and 12-year-olds receive a meningococcal conjugate vaccine, along with a booster dose between 16 and 18 years of age. Currently, less than 50 percent of children in this age group are vaccinated. Certain high-risk children from two to 10 years of age should also receive the vaccine. High-risk children include those who travel to countries where meningococcal meningitis is hyperendemic or epidemic and those with complement component deficiency or functional or anatomic asplenia.

    Young adults should get vaccinated if they are planning to live in a college dormitory. Adults requiring immunizations include those who are immuno-compromised, microbiologists who are routinely exposed to meningococcal bacteria, U.S. military recruits, or those traveling to countries where the disease is common. Check with your health care provider for more information on meningococcal vaccination.

    The Department of Public Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of the nearly 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health oversees environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Public Health comprises more than 4,000 employees and has an annual budget exceeding $750 million.

    To learn more about LA County Public Health visit
    YouTube channel

    See Health Alert PDF

    Tuesday, June 7, 2011

    Who loves Moby Wrap?

    Have you heard about the NEW Moby Wrap Ambassador Program? We just heard about it too, and want to share this opportunity with our Pump Station Family.

    Moby Wrap is looking for people who are knowledgeable and passionate about baby wearing to be selected as Moby Wrap Ambassadors. The Ambassador will attend events and demonstrate proper Moby wrapping technique and present safety information.

    For more information contact Addie at Moby Wrap
    Addie Imseis []

    The only excluding factors are Ambassadors cannot be owners or employees of stores that carry the Moby Wrap as we would like to keep the referral process as objective as possible. Another major consideration is that the person must be able to attend events child-free.

    Select Slings, Wraps and Carriers are on Sale this Month!

    Moby Wrap Moss

    Sale Price $31.50

    Moby Wrap Black

    Sale Price $31.50

    Moby Wrap Mini

    Sale Price $10.46

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    Friday, June 3, 2011

    Water Safety Class Lecture rescheduled - NOW July 6th

    by Lisa Cook is the Founder and CEO of KidSwim

    Some facts about child drownings:
    • Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates.
    • Fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years.
    • Among children ages 1 to 4 years, most drownings occur in residential swimming pools.
    • Most young children who drowned in pools were last seen in the home, had been out of sight less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the time.
    • More than one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger.
    • For every child who dies from drowning, another four received emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
    Drowning is a preventable tragedy. It does, however, require an understanding of how children explore, learn and adapt to their environment in order to grasp the process of how a non-swimming child becomes a water safe child. Many people believe that once their child has learned to swim that he is on his way to safety. What is true however is that for a certain period of time, the risk of potential drowning for a beginner swimmer is even higher than that of a non-swimmer.

    Our water safety education class will provide you with the information you need to reduce your anxiety and heighten your awareness of all the potential variables that can create drowning scenarios.
    • We will give you our litmus test of 5 key components that indicate a child’s level of water safety.
    • We will explain the do’s and don’ts of swimming lessons and give you the breakdown of when to spend your money on lessons and when to save it.
    • We will answer all your questions regarding your child’s propensity towards water related activities and will guide you on how to overcome reluctance towards water.
    Most of all, after the class, you will come away feeling empowered and assured that you are more than capable of keeping your child safe and guiding them positively towards becoming a water safe individual.

    NEW DATE & TIME: July 6th 2011 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    2415 Wilshire Blvd.
    Santa Monica, CA 90403
    (310) 998-1981
    Space is limited. Register today!