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Nesting Days — A Metaphor For The 4th Trimester

I’m a trained postpartum doula. Because many people don’t know what a postpartum doula is or does, I usually begin by explaining what I don’t do. I am not medically trained. I do not make diagnosis, give medical advise, or administer medicine. What I do do is Nurture, Educate, Support and Transition (N.E.S.T.) the new mother and her infant on …

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Moms Who Inspire: Holly Gerson

“When I was 28 years old I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Due to the incurable nature of the cancer I had, my doctors decided it would be best to do a complete double mastectomy with reconstruction surgery. Looking back, now 5 years in remission, it all feels like a dream. And the perspective I had gained was so invaluable. …

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What if Baby Cried Only Half as Often?

Crying babies—they’re a fact of life for new parents. It’s great if you’ve got the magic touch and can calm baby right when the bawling begins, but wouldn’t it be better to keep ’em happier 24/7? The answer is simpler than you might think: All you have to do is wear—or hold—your baby. Researchers have found that when parents keep …

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Better Together—How Skin-to-Skin Contact Can Help Combat Postpartum Depression

You’ve probably heard about the proverbial “baby blues”, and its more serious sister, postpartum depression, both of which can leave you and your body feeling all kinds of bad after you give birth. Let’s start with something really important: If you feel this way consistently, you’re not just having a “bad day”, and more to the point, it’s nothing to be ashamed of! Postpartum mood swings are very common, due to the intense changes in hormones that new moms experience.

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Happier Breastfeeding : When Leaning in Doesn’t Work, Try Leaning Back!

I’ve asked Kristen LaValley to tell her story in this post about breastfeeding, and she has graciously accepted my invitation. She has a wonderful blog, When At Home, with many loyal followers, and has been a Nesting Days since she used it with her second baby. She is also helping me out with social media. Being the Chief Mother Officer …

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Dancing skin-to-skin helps boost Mama’s mood

As a postpartum doula, one of the first things I help my clients do is develop a Nesting Strategy around three key objectives: 1.) getting adequate rest and good nutrition to facilitate healing and lactation, 2.) delegating tasks to others so that she can focus is on nurturing herself and her baby, 3.) and spending lots of time skin-to-skin with …

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And they all went to the sea shore…

My holiday story of hope and renewal… I miss my mom most at Christmas. She loved movies, and one of her favorites was Never on Sunday (1960), a movie about a spirited young woman named Ilya who maintains a positive worldview despite living in difficult circumstances. Ilya would retell the endings to her favorite Greek tragedies with the happy conclusion,“And …

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Natural Breastfeeding: How I Nurtured My Baby (And My Instincts)

Kristen LaValley had so much difficulty breastfeeding her first child that she eventually gave up. I asked her to tell her story of how she listened to her instincts, went skin-to-skin, and used the Nesting Days carrier to successfully nurse her second child.                                   …

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5 Ways Love Changes After Having a Baby

“Your heart expands when you have a baby.” That’s the message we hear time and time again. Before kids, I would sigh when hearing this. Yeah, yeah. So you love your baby. I love my partner/dog/BFF/[insert beloved companion here]. I get it. Fast forward five years and three kids. I SO did not get it. It’s funny that the English …

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Hospital Charges Couple For Holding Newborn Baby Skin-To-Skin

The title of a recent post by Reddit user Ryan Grassley shocked the Internet and parents around the world: “I had to pay $39.35 to hold my baby after he was born.” In the now-viral post, Ryan explains, “During the C-section the nurse asked my wife if she would like to do skin to skin after the baby was born. …

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is increasingly promoted these days, as more and more evidence shows the importance of feeding babies this complete, species-specific food. We know that breast milk is full of living vitamins and minerals, but here are some things you might not know:

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Why 9 months? Why is pregnancy nine months long?

This article talks about some fascinating new research arguing that pregnancy lasts for 9 months simply because our bodies can’t hold our babies any longer. This highlights the importance of re-creating the experience of the womb in the 4th trimester as baby continues to grow- which is exactly what we designed our Nesting Days carrier to do!

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Skin to Skin Contact: The power of the human touch

I love the picture of mother and baby in my garden that is on my current home page! She has a radiant smile on her face, baby is happy, and as the mother of the Nesting Days Newborn Carrier, I was all smiles too.  While we snapped a few pictures and chatted, she shared with me how much she loved …

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Nesting Days Goes Global To Improve And Save Lives

The world really does need a better baby carrier! I’m excited to share the news! I’ve been invited to participate in the International Kangaroo Mother Care Product Forum this November in Rwanda. In the spirit of ‘it takes a village’ the conference will be made up of researchers, policy makers, business leaders, and product developers from around globe. Their common goal is to …

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World Breastfeeding Week & Newborn Baby Carrier Sale!

World Breastfeeding Week is here, and we are thrilled to express our support for breastfeeding mothers around the world. Nesting Days loves breastfeeding moms! We know that breastfeeding is best, but we also know that it takes a lot of effort to learn a new skill like breastfeeding. Tiny babies need love and comfort, and new mothers need encouragement and …

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Lessons Learned From Kate: Women Deliver Babies, Not Doctors!

We want to congratulate Kate on that new baby GIRL! We are sure the royal family is thrilled with a new addition. But we also want to take a step away from that exciting arrival, and recognize how the world following Kate has changed our attitudes about birth itself. Kate’s willingness to challenge some of the stereotypes associated with birth has helped …

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The Nesting Days Lullaby Collection

We are in love with this beautiful photo session of Annabelle, Scott, and baby Eliza in a carrier from our new Lullaby Collection. Such a sweet little family! Thank you Meghan Elizabeth Photography for the gorgeous pictures! Buy Petal Pink Nesting Days Buy Baby Blue

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Nesting Days At The 2015 Pre-Golden Globes Kids & Baby Style Lounge

Nesting Days had the incredible opportunity to go to the Pre-Golden Globes “Boom Boom Room” Kids & Baby Style Lounge in January. We got the chance to meet many wonderful women, from expectant mothers to busy moms of active toddlers. It was a great opportunity to meet new people. And even though these women seemed to come from a very different lifestyle, …

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Nesting Days Reaching Local Moms In San Francisco

The Nesting Days newborn carrier brought smiles to the faces of these three expecting San Francisco moms who are members of Nesting Days New and Expecting Moms MeetUp group. The carrier was a hit!  All three moms were nearing their due date.  Word is spreading every day about the benefits of skin-to-skin babywearing.  This week we had orders from Switzerland, …

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Integrating Baby Into Your Daily Life From Day One

Let’s face it, no matter how thrilled you are with your new baby, you still need to be able to perform simple functions to get through the day. As a postpartum doula, I encourage new mothers to slow down and give their bodies time to recover from pregnancy and delivery, and to get to know their babies, but you can …

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Honoring lessons from the past and bringing new ones to life

When I was in college studying Early Childhood Education at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute in Detroit Michigan, I had the good fortune of having a teacher named  Luella Lutz. I credit Mrs. Lutz for sparking the passion in me that still burns bright, forty years later, and has lead me to this point in my life, and to Nesting …

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Beautiful mom, beautiful baby. Meet Honorine…

“I am in love with my Nesting Days carrier!  It is incredibly easy and quick to put on. The fabric is lightweight so my baby doesn’t overheat when we are out. The stretch of the fabric gives it a little bounce which is fabulous when it comes to soothing my little fussbucket. I just bounce a little on my heels …

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Stay Close to Nature

We’re at our cabin in the Sierra Nevada mountains for the weekend. It sits on ten acres of wilderness on the San Juan Ridge just outside of Nevada City. We bought the property twelve years ago and slowly turned an old barn into a sweet cabin. Recent rains have turned everything around us a vivid green, the  birds are singing, and spring has sprung. …

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Meet Heitje – Our Featured Nesting Days Mom

Meet Heitje, our featured Nesting Days Mom, and her brand new baby girl! Heitje (high-gee) lives in Arizona, where her husband Tanner is school and she works as a dental hygienist. Heitje was so thankful to receive a Nesting Days carrier as a gift to use with her little girl! She says that Brielle loves it just as much as …

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Olivia’s Story

When Olivia’s mother, Alexis, wrote me to tell me about how Nesting Days had helped her and her family care for Olivia I was deeply touched. Olivia was born with Prader-Willi syndrome, and Alexis has graciously let me tell her family’s story so that other families with special needs babies might also ‘nest’ their babies safely and gently, skin-to-skin and …

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Time to tune in to your baby…

If you are expecting, it’s never too early to prep and if you have recently brought a new baby into the world, it’s never too late to learn your baby’s cues! Here are some tips to get started: Here’s a clip from our focus group at Natural Resources early this year! Julie, Your Chief Mother Officer

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Meet the Arevalo Family!

I received these pictures along with a sweet email this week, and I couldn’t wait to share them! It is Nesting Days stories like this that make my heart sing! Please send us your pictures, and share your story! — Julie, Your Chief Mother Officer