Do you need a Nanny, Night Nanny, Sleep Consultant or Newborn Care Specialist?

For any new or expectant parent, determining what provider may be the most helpful for your particular situation may seem challenging. This is primarily because you are likely sleep deprived and operating at less than optimal capacity and because the use of some professionals isn’t common knowledge in all areas of the country. This causes Read more about Do you need a Nanny, Night Nanny, Sleep Consultant or Newborn Care Specialist?[…]

Long Distance Postpartum Support

For local friends and family, supporting new parents after the birth of a baby is a little easier. You may offer to drop off dinner, take an older sibling out for a play date or pick up a few items at the grocery store. But friends and family out of state don’t have this luxury. Read more about Long Distance Postpartum Support[…]

The value of emotional support

Oftentimes, the role of the Postpartum Doula is not well understood. Friends, family members and expecting parents frequently ask, “so, what does a Postpartum Doula do?” The role of the Postpartum Doula is one of the most sacred relationships a new family will have with a provider, during one of the most intimate times in Read more about The value of emotional support[…]

13 Things to celebrate the first week of baby’s birth

Having a baby is one of life’s greatest joys and gifts. A new life has been created, a family expanded and the next generation is being formed. As amazing as it is to bring a new life into this world, a lot happens in the weeks and months before a baby is born and having Read more about 13 Things to celebrate the first week of baby’s birth[…]

Preparing for Your Baby’s Birth – Packing Hospital Bags and Last Minute To-Do’s

Congratulations! You’re in the final stretch. Your baby(ies) will be here soon! Now is the time to make sure you have your bags packed for the hospital and any final last minute to-dos taken care of. Most hospitals will have a 24-hour observation period for a healthy singleton and a 48-hour observation period for healthy Read more about Preparing for Your Baby’s Birth – Packing Hospital Bags and Last Minute To-Do’s[…]

5 Rules for the Pacifier

Pacifiers – 5 rules Pacifiers are one of the most universally purchased gifts for a new family expecting a baby. It’s not uncommon for the parents to be to receive upward of a dozen! There are all different sizes, shapes and colors. Some even have those cute little animals attached to them.   New parents Read more about 5 Rules for the Pacifier[…]

Q & A with the Boise Baby Nurse #1

Q & A with the Boise Baby Nurse #1 *Disclamer* Baby nurse is a term commonly used for someone that cares for infants. I am not a licensed registered nurse in Idaho (RN) and am not claiming to be one.  When you work exclusively with newborns, as I do, there are a lot of scenarios Read more about Q & A with the Boise Baby Nurse #1[…]

Healthy Lactation Cookies – gluten & dairy free

Healthy Lactation Cookies Gluten & Dairy Free In my role as a Newborn Care Specialist and Postpartum Doula, the topic of lactation comes up quite a bit. While there are a number of factors that influence the mother’s milk production (another blog for that), I wanted to share with you my all time favorite lactation Read more about Healthy Lactation Cookies – gluten & dairy free[…]

Happy Thanksgiving from The Early Weeks

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and times of year. It is a time to cozy up to a nice warm fire, sip hot chocolate or warm apple cider, spend time with family and friends, cook and eat a lot of yummy food and reflect on all we truly have to be grateful for. Read more about Happy Thanksgiving from The Early Weeks[…]

Miracle Babies

This last week I was reminded that while all babies are miracles, sometimes we have extra special miracles that come much earlier than expected. My client who was carrying twins was scheduled to be induced at the end of December, at 38 weeks. I received an email from her on November 7th, titled “Early Surprise”. Read more about Miracle Babies[…]

Reasons Your Baby Isn’t Sleeping (Parents Magazine)

While in Washington DC earlier this year my clients came across this article in Parents magazine. I thought it was worth sharing because it think it’s important for new parents to keep a light heart and remember that their baby may not always know what they need. Even as a Newborn Care Specialist (the professional), Read more about Reasons Your Baby Isn’t Sleeping (Parents Magazine)[…]

5 Tips To Create The Best Sleep Environment For Your Baby

As a Baby Nurse, Infant Sleep Consultant, Newborn Care Specialist and Postpartum Doula the topic of infant sleep comes up a lot. I am called in to not help only reverse sleep issues, but to establish healthy sleep habits from birth. So, what are the most important things you can do to create a healthy Read more about 5 Tips To Create The Best Sleep Environment For Your Baby[…]

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Reflux, Colic and a Witching Hour – Oh My!

I was recently called to help a third time mom who really wanted some help sorting through a few things. Her little one was about 3 weeks when she contacted me. He was eating nearly every hour and she was spending another roughly 6+ hours per day trying to get her baby to sleep for Read more about Reflux, Colic and a Witching Hour – Oh My![…]

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8 Things to Know When Hiring A Baby Nurse

Congratulations! You are currently expecting or have recently just had your little one. Getting to this point may have been easy or unexpected. Or, it may have been a huge struggle filled with fertility and IVF treatments, surrogacy and challenges that possibly took years to achieve. Regardless of your journey to this point, you are Read more about 8 Things to Know When Hiring A Baby Nurse[…]