Baby’s First Bath, Level Up With These Tips

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Baby’s First Bath, Level Up With These Tips

These tips for a baby’s first bath will help ease your fears and make the first bath (and many more) run smoothly. At The Jax Baby Company, we help bathe lots of slippery newborns, wiggly infants, and rambunctious toddlers. We have bathtime down to a science!

When parents talk about baby’s very first bath, most of them are referring to a bath with water and some soap. That’s what we will cover here today. However, until your baby’s umbilical cord stump falls off you’ll want to skip a traditional bath with water and soap and give a “sponge bath”. Wiping your baby down with a warm wet washcloth is sufficient and keeps the umbilical area dry. Pay close attention to the neck creases where milk drips and collects, the creases of the legs, and diaper area.

Tip #1: Follow the 3 T’s of Bathtime

When we teach parents about babies we always talk about safety! Follow the 3 T’s of tub time What are the 3 T’s you ask?

  • Temperature: A newborn can chill easily. You want the room your bathing your baby in to be free from drafts and not too cold. You don’t need to turn on the heat in Florida unless it’s true winter, but you can turn off any fan you may have running in the room. Likewise, make sure the water temperature isn’t too hot or too cold. Baby bear like’s it “just right”. To prevent scalding, before your baby is born adjust the thermostat on your water heater to below 120 F (49 C). Always test the water temperature with your hand or thermometer if needed before bathing your baby. Aim to have the bath water around 100 F (38 C).
  • Touch: Keep one hand on your baby at all times. Babies slip and slump easily in the water. It only takes a moment for an accident to happen. If you can’t reach “it” while keeping a hand on your baby you don’t really need it.
  • Time: Baby’s first bath shouldn’t take long, in fact, all baths should be kept to under 10 minutes. Newborns have very short sleep/wake cycles. So, although your baby may seem very content, at a moments notice your baby can be sleepy again and things can escalate quickly.

Tip #2: Gather Your Supplies First

You want everything you’ll need for the bath, from start to finish, within an arms reach. Go ahead and rip those safety seals off before you ever starting. Remember touch of the 3 T’s of bathtime? One hand on your baby at all times, always! You’ll want all the rest of the supplies you’ll need right where you’ll dress and groom your baby. What supplies do you need? Well, that depends on what you’re tackling, remember to keep it under 10 minutes total.

Bath Time:

  • tub, bather, or bloom sink insert
  • a cup to pour the water on the baby
  • baby wash/soap of choice
  • warm water (100 F (38 C)
  • 2 washcloths
  • towel

Grooming & Dressing:

  • diaper
  • clothing
  • socks
  • cotton ball for drying ears
  • lotion
  • brush
  • nail clippers

Tip #3: Take a Deep Breath & Keep Calm

Most newborn babies hate being naked, cool, and wet. If you find that your baby starts to cry keep calm! Don’t panic! If she takes a pacifier you can use one that doesn’t allow water to get inside of it, like this. Most of the time baby’s first bath involves some tears. You can stop where you are, wrap it up, move on to our bonus tip and call it a success. OR you can push through, finish the bath, move onto the bonus tip, and call it a success! Either way keep calm because your baby can sense when you’re feeling sad, down, or panicked. This is new to you too, it gets easier I promise!

We’re wrapping up tips for baby’s first bath with a bonus tip!

Bonus Tip: Follow Up with Skin to Skin Bonding

Babies love being skin to skin with their parents! They love everything about it! The warmth, the closeness, and the hormones it helps mom release. They love your smell and the gentleness. They love the sound your heart makes as they lay against your chest and the humming of your voice. If your baby cried during bathtime this is a sure way to make it up to him (and you). Fresh babies are the best! So this bonus tip is just as much for you as it is for them. These moments are the “stop and smell the roses” of life. Take them every chance you get!

How do you do skin to skin?

You’ll want your baby to be in only a diaper and you’ll want to remove your shirt and bra if you’re wearing one. Lay your baby on your bare chest facing you on his/her belly. Place a blanket over the two of you leaving only your baby’s head exposed. Snuggle that muggle! Smell him, caress him, touch his soft, fine hair. Let him hold your finger in his tiny precious hand. Enjoy this time, uninterrupted for as long as you’d like.

I hope you find these tips for baby’s first bath as helpful as the families we work with. If you’d love help with your baby’s first bath contact us and one of our baby whispers will come and help you through bathtime, instilling confidence along the way!

To recap just remember:

  • 3 T’s of Bathtime: temperature, touch, time (10),
  • Gather all of your supplies first
  • Follow up with skin to skin

Be sure to check out our upcoming blog: When and How to Wash a Newborn for step by step instructions!

Happy Birth & Parenting,

Elizabeth Luke

Surviving Nights with a Newborn; Tips for Tired Parents

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Surviving Nights with a Newborn; Tips for Tired Parents

Surviving nights with a newborn can be difficult, but not impossible. It’s the wee hours of the morning. You’ve just about drifted off to sleep when your baby again. Every muscle in your body is exhausted, you feel weak and you think to yourself, how are other people surviving nights with a newborn? Will we ever get through this?

If you’ve ever had a newborn you know what I’m talking about. If you’re expecting a baby, you’ll soon find out. Lack of sleep can and often does get the best of people. Fear not! We have some tips for surving nights with a newborn!

It’s important if you’re breastfeeding to know that nighttime feedings are essential!

Your body naturally produces more of the hormone prolactin at night. During the first two weeks, your body is trying to figure out what it needs to do to meet your baby’s needs. How will it do this? By responding to what you’re doing. In the first six weeks breastfeeding or pumping at least (I can’t stress this enough) 10-12 times, getting one 4-5 hour stretch of sleep, and as many naps as possible in every 24-hour period is crucial to you and your baby’s well-being. If you’re bottle-feeding the logistics is a bit different, but it’s still challenging!

Surviving Nights with a Newborn; Tips for Tired Parents

1. Nap, Nap, and Nap

Make sure you’re getting as many naps in as possible. Doing so will help with the longer nights. Three to five-hour long naps and one 4-5 hour stretch of sleep in a 24-hour period will be one key to surviving nights with a newborn. Most parents can sustain themselves on that.

2.  Create a Nest

Think, everything you need in one place! Make your nest cozy, conducive to sleep, and user-friendly. If you can do this successfully you’re already ahead of the game!

Things to Consider When Fashioning Your Nest:

  • Make your baby’s sleep space as close to yours as possible.
  • Create a portable changing station to keep next to your bed. That way you can change your baby’s diapers while in bed or in the bassinet or crib right next to the bed. A small cleaning caddy works great for this purpose.
  • Are you pumping? If so have enough supplies in your nest to last you all night. No walking back and forth to the kitchen.  Put a small cooler in the room close to your bed with ice packs to keep your pumped milk in. You don’t have to wash pump parts or use a new set every time through the night. Put your pump parts in a gallon ziplock and place them in the cooler in between pump sessions. Genius right?!
  • Are you formula feeding? Simplify! Create as many bottles are you need for night duty and have them at the ready. Depending on what type of formula you are using this will look a little different. Keep a bottle warmer on a table close by, but at a safe distance from the baby of course!

3. Keep the Lights Low and the Room Slightly Cooler

Seems like a no-brainer right?! Not really, it easy to get into the habit of flipping the lights on to get “it” done real quick, but it really does interrupt the sleep cycle significantly. A low night light with a small flashlight is often a better choice! You want to keep your room slightly cooler than you would in the daytime. Dress your baby slightly warmer than you’ll dress yourself or in a single layer if you’re using a swaddle.

4. Learn to Nurse in the Side-Lying Position

I am a true believer that every mom on the planet who is breastfeeding a baby for any period of time should learn how to feed her baby in the side-lying position. For survival, for comfort, for bonding, and for healing! Most breastfed babies want to nurse more through the night. There are a number of reasons for this, one being the additional prolactin the body produces at night.

Learn this skill, practice this skill, and utilize it for maximum rest! If you’re not comfortable nursing in the side-lying position for fear of co-sleeping you can set a short timer, ask your partner, family member, or postpartum and infant specialist to sit quietly and keep a close eye on your baby as you drift in and out of sleep.

5. Ditch the Clock

It’s so easy to focus on how long the hours are when you’re staring the clock in the face. Like the watched pot that never boils time stands still while your awake. If you have a clock in the bedroom turn it around or cover it.

Instead focus on learning your baby through each feed, soothing techniques, low lights, and maximizing your rest even if you’re not getting solid periods of sleeping.

6. Hire a Postpartum & Infant Support Specialist

The Jacksonville Baby Company provides support for parents at one of the most critical times in a new families life, after the birth of their baby. If there were ever a time in someone’s life that they could use all the help it’s the postpartum time period, also known as the fourth trimester. Laundry, dishes, and chores can wait, but babies don’t keep! Let us help you with all the things so you can focus on what doesn’t keep; your baby!

There you have it! These are some of our tips for surviving nights with a newborn. I hope you found these helpful!

Happy Birth and Parenting!

~Elizabeth

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Jacksonville Baby Company

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT JAX FL

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Jacksonville Baby Company

We’re often the first people many couples share their special announcement with! Our clients excitedly share names they’ve come up with for their babies and many call us first when they’ve given birth! Now it’s our turn! [insert happy dance] We have a very special announcement to share with all of you!

Do you remember when you would think about what you wanted to be when you grew up? Remember the feeling you had when you discovered what you wanted to do with your life or even just the next chunk of time in your life?

First Coast Doulas is now The Jacksonville Baby Company!

We’ve totally outgrown our name and what it says about what we do! We’ve been fine-tuning our skills and perfecting what we’re already well-known for! Please help us say goodbye to First Coast Doulas and hello to The Jax Baby Company!

Our Team is Growing

Elizabeth, the owner of The Jacksonville Baby Company or Jax Baby Co. for short knows it will take a team to fulfill our mission! Each person on our team is hand-selected, thoroughly screened, and carefully trained to meet the needs of The Jacksonville Baby Company, our clients, and our community!

Preparing for Birth, Baby, and Parenting

We help you prepare with research-based, no bullshit education! Education for vaginal, cesarean, medicated, and unmedicated birth. So that you can shoot for the sky and land among the stars no matter what unfolds during the birth process!

Birth Is Just One Day

One very meaningful day! While we help you prepare for a satisfying experience no matter how your baby makes his, her, or their grand entrance we also understand the value and importance of preparing for the period of time after birth! The postpartum time period.

Postpartum is often used interchangeably with depression, “I had postpartum after my first was born.” A more positive postpartum experience begins with preparation!

Postpartum Recovery and Newborn Care

This is where families are often impacted the most for the longest period of time. So many things are happening at once: healing physically, changes emotionally, bonding, learning, adapting and adjusting just to name some of it. We’re experts in postpartum recovery and newborn care. Helping you and your family with emotional support, meals and snacks, showers and baths, sibling care, SLEEP, breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, and light housework!

Scheduled Cesarean Support

We recognize that birth can be beautiful, scary, and empowering no matter how it happens, but we see a HUGE need for cesarean support in the Jacksonville area! As respected perinatal and postnatal support professionals in the Jacksonville area, our team is welcomed with open arms into many of the local hospital’s operating rooms. Because of the nature of cesarean birth (a major surgery), the environment is very controlled and must be for the safety of mom and baby, therefore not everyone gets this privilege. We are honored to support families welcoming babies via cesarean birth!

Jacksonville’s Safest Provider of Placenta Encapsulation Services

Placenta encapsulation is much more black and white than birth! There actually is a “safest” way to provide this service.  The Jacksonville Baby Company is the only provider in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia who offers the No-Doubt Guarantee to every client every time! In an unregulated industry where very limited studies have been done, safest practices, highest standards, training and certification is most certainly of importance.

Sleep Shaping and Sleep Training

Humans need a minimum amount of sleep to function and sleep is a key component to good physical, mental, and emotional heath. That is where The Jax Baby Co. comes in. No matter your babies age or your parenting style the Jax Baby Co. has ways to help you and your family get more restful sleep.

With the special announcement of The Jacksonville Baby Company, we want you to know that we provide the same amazing support we’re well-known for with a completely updated name and refreshing look and feel!

Check back here for some fun blogs to help you get to know our team better! We’ll also be covering some completely new and informative parenting and birth topics! Watch your inbox and our social media pages for engagement posts and dates and places around town for playdates and workshops!

So there’s the “skinny” on what’s happening here! The Jacksonville Baby Company provides exceptional support and inclusive care for families with babies in the Greater Jacksonville, FL area!

GIVEAWAY TIME >>>>>>To register to win a $25 Starbucks Gift Card take these 5 steps:

1. Leave us a comment letting us know what you think about the new business name, The Jacksonville Baby Company!

2 Like” and “Follow” us on Facebook

3. Tag a friend!

4. Hit the share button on the post!

5. Comment on Facebook letting us know!

That’s it! When we hit 3k likes we will do a random drawing and select a winner! Anyone in the US can enter you don’t have to be local to Jacksonville, FL to win! We have another GIVEAWAY coming soon on Instagram!! Follow for follow on IG and get the deets there!

For a warm welcome home contact us today! We book up at least a month in advance so booking early is best!

Happy Birth & Parenting!

Special Announcement

 

Best IKEA Finds for Baby

Best IKEA Finds for Baby

Heather & Elizabeth, professional postpartum doulas and experienced moms share the best IKEA finds for baby in this fast & fun video!  They say leave your work at the door, BUT they just can’t! Supporting families is what they love, they’ve done this their whole lives, becoming certified doulas just made it official! You can watch the video (ignore Elizabeth’s RBF, LMAO) read the blog or both. Either way, you get in on the fun and get pro tips!

It’s an IKEA take over, baby edition!

The first item to make the Best IKEA Finds for Baby list is a potty seat!

The LILLA 1-piece potty seat and the LOCKIG 2-piece  potty seat made the top of the list! The LILLA is a lean-green minimalist machine. Think easy to clean, space saving, low-profile potty and it is priced right at only $4.99. The LOCKIG is great too! Priced right at only $9.99 its two-piece design offers a higher back and a wider base for those who might need to feel a little more secure while taking care of business. Both pieces pack away nicely in the back of your SUV for potty learning on the go!

The second product to make the Best IKEA Finds for Baby list is fun-tastic!

The LEKA baby gym is stylish and functional without being too garish!  Its primary colors provide a great contrast for developing eyes and makes for easier hand-eye coordination. The toys come off of the base so babies can hold and enjoy the reward after kicking and hitting them around. The entire thing is wooden and is priced right at only $29.99. As a bonus, these same toys can be used during tummy time because again you can remove them easily from the base and let baby reach and enjoy them! We also really love that you can use your own blanket underneath the gym and switch them out as often as you’d like or need to. Do you have a beloved quilt or blanket you want to use when a special someone visits? This baby gym allows so much versatility.

The last product we’re featuring today on our Best IKEA Finds for Baby list blog is the ANTILOP highchair!

This lovely chair ssembles and breaks down easily, can be used at home or on the go, and cleans up in record time! We appreciate it’s curved back because it provides a little more comfort on your baby’s bum!  I think the coolest thing about this highchair aside from easy cleaning (think more time for fun or sleep) is that you can buy it with the tray for $19.99 or without the tray for $14.99 and even order a replacement tray for $5.00 if you need a new one later. Not sure this is the chair for you? Call a friend, drop into IKEA together, grab a complimentary coffee, latte, or cappuccino using your IKEA family card and try this chair out for yourself in the cafe!

We have a few other favorites, but these are the best of the best IKEA finds for baby! You can create a gift registry at IKEA  and add these items and many more to your list, making gift buying easy for all your IKEA loving friends! What do you think? We’d love to hear from you! Leave us a comment, email us at info@firstcoastdoulas.com, or connect with us on Facebook!

First Coast Doulas do not any kick backs whatsoever for mentioning IKEA, we’ve just genuinely enjoy their products (and coffee) and want parents to know about things that can make their lives easier!

Happy Birth & Parenting!

~Elizabeth & Heather

Holiday Specials Worth Celebrating

Christmas Baby Jax FL

Holiday Specials Worth Celebrating

Back by popular demand! This holiday season doesn’t have to be full of stress or a nightmare waiting to happen! The Jax Baby Company know how busy it gets this time of year, especially if you are expecting a Christmas baby. Between traveling and/or hosting family and friends, the holidays are overwhelming as it is. Add a new baby, and things get a heck of a lot more difficult. Every new parent wants help and wants to sleep, even if they don’t yet know it! It’s a lot harder to get those things with the hustle and bustle of the holidays. However, we think we’ve solved that problem!

How can I get holiday baby help in Jacksonville? This town has nothing!

Not so! Hang on there! We come bearing gifts for all the Jax-based families out there. From now through Christmas we are offering special packages tailored just for you and just for the unique needs, this season brings. We have everything you need to get some rest, recover, and bond with your new baby while having family over and enjoying that turkey and stuffing.

While you can’t wrap your doulas and place us under a tree, our electronic gift certificate delivered to your inbox is the next best thing and it’s an eco-friendly option to boot!

We’re here to do what we’ve always done in addition to helping you plan and savor the festivities! Want to sit and have an egg-nog with your ma? Great! We’ll hold your sweet babe. Need to plan a meal? Great! We’ll help you scour Pinterest and accompany you and bubby to Publix. Have to get some shut-eye before the folks get there? We gotcha. All you have to do is call us! No “bah humbugs” here!

Holiday packages-I need one now!

Our special, limited time packages are perfect! They can even be purchased online and be gifted. Because ’tis the season, right?


Across the Miles Package:

  • 1 four-hour shift AND 1 ten-hour overnight shift to ensure good cheer
  • Perfect gift for a special new mom who may not live close by

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Rockin Holiday Package:

  • 1 eight-hour shift to ensure the tree is trimmed and your list is checked off
  • Perfect for last-minute wish-lists

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Silent Night Package:

  • 1 Ten-hour shift to ensure that all is calm and all is bright
  • Perfect for an exhausted mom or dad!

holiday baby help in jacksonville fl


We know that Santa is working double-time this year, so we decided to include a very special offer for those on the nice list! With each purchase of our special, holiday packages you’ll be entered to win a $10 Target gift card! There are no limits to how many you can purchase, and each time you do, you will gain another entry.

Remember this limited time special offer is subject to end at any time! Drawing for the gift card will be held on 1-31-2018, the winner will be contacted by email!

Ho, Ho, Ho!

Love,

The Jax Baby Company

Private Childbirth Classes in Jax, FL

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Private Childbirth Classes in Jax, FL

Considering private childbirth classes means you’re a dynamic individual!

When preparing for birth it’s much easier to know what you want when you are aware of what is available to you. You need an educator that is as forward-thinking as you are. Someone that can lay out all of your options, knows the ins and outs of the local birthing facilities, and presents the information in a way that allows you to explore what is best for you and your family. That’s exactly what you get with The Jax Baby Company!

When attending The Confident Birth & Baby Class with The Jax Baby Company you can expect to learn about:

  • pregnancy & common ailments
  • the stages of labor & birth
  • comfort measures
  • your rights
  • how to navigate labor in a way that works best for you in the moment
  • the physiological process of birth

You’ll also learn:

  • how to work with your body to feel more comfortable
  • positions that are helpful during birth
  • when those positions are most helpful

What’s better than that?

How about also learning tips and techniques from someone who works intimately with families giving birth and during the first six weeks after birth. Information to prepare you for what you can expect based on your birth choices, and how to care for your postpartum body, are also included.

The private classes we teach are the perfect place to explore how you will define a satisfying birth experience.

We provide you with information on un-medicated vaginal birth, various options for pharmacological pain relief including epidurals, and what to expect if you choose or require a cesarean. All the information is presented in an unbiased and judgement free manner. Regardless of your desires for your birth experience, gathering knowledge of the most common options and variations will help you feel prepared should your plans change along the way.

All of this in the comfort, privacy, and safety of your very own home.

Overall, these amazing classes will help you find what works best for you. You will complete your class feeling prepared with tools to navigate the unpredictability and intensity of your baby’s birth. Using research based information and proven techniques, you can expect to feel safer and less fearful of the birthing process. Are you ready to meet your baby?

Authored by Lacey Park agency owner at Chinook City Doulas, serving families in Calgary!