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We’re back with an update from Vegas! Yesterday we walked and walked and covered more ground at the Expo but still have so many more vendors to see today. It’s super-fun to meet so many new people from around the world and see such great inventions. Then again there are some funny inventions, too (some are shocking, really).
What’s new that you’ll see in store soon? The G diaper, new prints from bumGenius, Eco-dough (like playdough but way better and good for your child and you), some new brands of bum balms and lotions and cleansers for mom and baby, cloth sandwich and snack bags, new diapers from Rumparoos, a comfy hip carrier from Scootababy…the list goes on. We’re very excited and hope you are too! Be sure to come into the shop a few times over the next month to check it all out and remember what a great place MoCo is to shop for the holidays (and moms, you might actually want to do a wish list with us for your holiday or birthday gifts…we can do that for you or your baby, just ask. Okay, it’s a bright morning here, and we’re ready for another exciting day of discovery! Here are some pictures to help you get excited, as well as a photo of part of the Venetian Hotel, a breathtakingly beautiful place to visit!

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Okay, so technically it’s not summer yet, but we here in Massachusetts have been having some pretty fantabulous weather this spring. And around here, any time it hits 60 degrees, it’s time to think summer!

This sunhat from iPlay isn’t just adorable; it’s safety in a hat. We got our 14-month-old his first last year when he was just a wee one. Talk about coverage! This year we opted for the royal blue, but there are so many fun colors to choose from!

IPlay Babywear Sunhat

With skin safety in mind, a good sunscreen is an absolute must. I love California Baby’s SPF 30+. Last year I could make due with just the cream, but they also make a stick version — a recent purchase as my guy has become, shall we say, a tad feisty, and lathering sunscreen on his face has become a challenge. The stick makes it easy. I’ve used it on him several times and he hasn’t even attempted an escape!

California Baby Sunscreen SPF 30

California Baby Sunblock Stick SPF 30

You know you need a good pair of sunglasses, but so does your child. I must confess that the first pair I purchased didn’t work out. Let’s just say I got a bit too caught up in how handsome my son looked (think baby James Dean) that I didn’t quite pay attention to the fit. Only now that he doesn’t try to immediately remove them (and in fact finds them fun to put on) do I realize they’re much too big for him. The falling off the face when he crawled was my first clue. I figure he’ll grow into them and wear them at some point, but I learned my lesson. Take my advice and try to get over how good-looking your kid is and really make sure the sunglasses fit. I’m getting practical this next time around and picking up a pair of these wrap-arounds from iPlay:

Infant sunglasses by iplay - blue

Insect repellent. There’s no ignoring it. With summer go skeeters in these here parts. I don’t like the idea of putting DEET on my baby’s skin, so I love the idea of an organic anti-bug balm! I haven’t tried this yet, but (1) it’s in stick form (see feisty above) and (2) it comes highly recommended. I can’t say I’m excited to try it; it is insect repellent, after all.

Anti-Bug Push-Up - 1.5 oz - Stick

This next one may just be a must-have for me, but mama needs a little fun, too. I love this kickball from Melissa & Doug. I just do. It makes me smile. Sure, my son doesn’t fully appreciate its fabulousness yet, but he will. It’s sturdy and I know he’ll have for several summers to come. And did I mention it makes me smile? Isn’t that reason enough to deem it a must-have? There’s a ladybug version too, but I had to draw the line somewhere…at least this year.

Melissa and Doug Sunny Patch TM Froggy Kickball

So these are my summer must-haves so far and the summer hasn’t even begun! What items can’t you live without when the temps soar?

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Ever wonder what was in your lotions, lipsticks, shampoos, mascara, baby lotions, sunscreens…anything you use in your personal care rituals?  Check this out and rock your world.  Lower your chances of toxic side effects and cancers by reducing your risk.  Do your research–your children will love having you around longer and you’ll love having healthier children.

Skin Deep: Cosmetics Safety Database by the Environmental Working Group

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We received this via email recently and had to share…www.childbirthconnection.org is a rich website full of important information for informed mommas and poppas!

New Mothers Speak Out
August 8th, 2008 by Judith Lothian

“Childbirth Connection has just released the findings of their
landmark postpartum research, New Mothers Speak Out
http://www.childbirthconnection.org/article.asp?ck=10413. This was a
follow up study, six months later, of the women who were part of the
Listening to Mothers II research. The results of this survey as as
disturbing as the results of Listening to Mothers II.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the results related to the
incidence of post traumatic stress disorder and postpartum
depression. There is an accompanying podcast on the WSJ website by
Dr. Cheryl Beck. Cheryl is a professor at the University of
Connecticut School of Nursing who researches postpartum depression as
well as birth trauma and was an adviser on the Childbirth Connection
survey. She discusses how to identify symptoms and help women get the
help they need.

Related to the findings on the mental health of new mothers, what
struck me most was that at the time of the survey 63% of mothers were
likely to be experiencing some degree of depressive symptoms and 18%
appeared to be experiencing symptoms of post traumatic stress related
to their birth experience. Most startling, 9% of the mothers appeared
to meet all the formal criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder.
This is the first national survey of post traumatic stress disorder
related to childbirth, and the high number has to be a surprise to
most people. Just as troubling a finding, most mothers experiencing
symptoms had not contacted a health care professional and only 2 out
of 3 mothers who reported that their symptoms interfered with their
ability to care for their baby had contacted a professional for help.

The mothers who reported signs of PTSD in the survey appeared to have
a higher rate of medical interventions and describe feeling powerless
in a threatening environment. I am not surprised. Childbirth
educators and doulas have noted for years now the increased incidence
of PTSD and have shared with each other women’s stories that seemed
to describe a relationship with both the escalating rate of medical
intervention..nearly routine induction, unnecessary and frequent
internal examinations..and impersonal, routine, and, sometimes
abusive treatment of women in labor. It’s not just the stuff that
gets done to women…routinely, abruptly, and uncaringly. It’s the
powerlessness that women feel in an environment that is inherently
frightening at a time when they are vulnerable and literally at the
mercy of the system. Gone are the days of kind words and
encouragement and loving touch. Now it’s get the job done fast or
you’re on the cesarean fast track.

Nine percent is shocking but not a surprise. This is a call to
action. The findings of New Mothers Speak Out is a call to action…for
childbirth educators, doulas, midwives, physicians, and women.
Reducing post traumatic stress disorder related to birth will require
reducing unnecessary routine medical interventions. And treating
women with respect and dignity as they do the hard and sacred work of
giving birth to their babies.”

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