Friday, July 31, 2009

World Breastfeeding Week 2009

August 1st-7th is World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), a time to raise breastfeeding awareness and to fundraise to support breastfeeding in the US. The theme for WBW in the US is “Breastfeeding: Prepared for Life,” recognizing the importance of supporting mothers with solid breastfeeding information so they can be successful at any time, especially in emergency situations including natural disasters or personal emergencies. WBW celebrates the signing of the Innocenti Declaration, produced and adopted in 1990. The document lists the benefits of breastfeeding, plus global and governmental goals. WBW is celebrated in 120 countries on various dates. For more about WBW worldwide, go to

(And we will be celebrating by having a fun sale on different breastfeeding items every day and hosting a fabulous Baby Fair on the 8th. For more details, click here to get a copy of our August newsletter, The Latest Buzz)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Find Your Sunscreen

Finding a safe sunscreen for you and your kids may be challenging. EWG (Environmental Working Group) did the work for you. They have a list of the 10 safest sunscreen with reviews from customers so you can choose which one is going to work best for you.

Friday, July 24, 2009

$5 Cloth Diapers!!!!

Cloth Diaper Clearance Blowout Sale - $5 each, while supplies last (and at these prices, they won't last long)! Bumkins, Fuzzi Bunz (regular), Imse Vimse and Happy Heinys. Also, Keeka and Sckoon organic clothing - $10 each. Get them before they're gone!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Natural Birth Stories

From The Natural Birth Project:

JULY 26th, 2009
2:00 PM-5:00 PM

Soul of Yoga
Encinitas, Ca


Pregnant or Planning?
· Come hear from families who experienced natural childbirth
· Ask questions of a panel of birth support experts.

Already a parent?
· Come share and connect with other parents.
· Learn NEW options for your next birth.

Are you a health professional?
· Come learn to support women in natural childbirth.

Understand the significance of shifting women's relationship to birth.

Encinitas CA 92924

(Between Quail Gardens Dr/Westlake St & Dephenium St just past CHEN'S)

Tickets are $10.00 with an advance rsvp to registration or $15 at the door

RSVP by July 24th and bring a friend for free!

Limited childcare available: please RSVP for more information.

WE WILL ALSO BE PULLING THE WINNING TICKETS FOR THE "OPPORTUNITY DRAWING (RAFFLE)" AT THIS EVENT...for more details and to buy tickets check out our site.

AND...We will be sharing our vision for the future of birth in San Diego following our inspiring weekend with Suzanne Arms last won't want to miss it!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Teether Recall

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is urging consumers not to purchase or use certain brands of gel-filled teethers. There is a nationwide recall of teethers with the brand names “Nuby,” “Cottontails” and “Playschool,” because the liquid inside of them has been found to contain Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus circulans bacteria in the gel. Although these bacteria generally do not cause illness in adults, infants and children with weakened immune systems can experience stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and uncommonly more serious disease, if the teether becomes punctured and they ingest the liquid gel. Consumers who have teethers included in the recall should immediately stop using them and discard or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, including a list of brand names and UPC codes included in the recall, go to the FDA Web site at

*Note: We do not carry these items at Babies in Bloom*

Monday, July 13, 2009

If Breast Is Best, Why Are 70% of U.S. Hospitals Pushing Formula?

WASHINGTON (July 13, 2009)—The majority of U.S. hospitals are providing formula packets upon discharge to breastfeeding mothers while nearly one-fifth of hospitals give something other than breast milk as a first feeding to healthy babies, a report by the Centers for Disease Control found. This practice contradicts the best medical evidence available and breastfeeding recommendations supported by many organizations working to improve maternal and child health nationwide, including Lamaze International.

Breast milk, the natural first food for babies, provides a potent dose of antibodies and essential nutrients. Research indicates that breastfeeding benefits continue throughout a child’s life, including decreased risk of diabetes, obesity, juvenile leukemia, heart disease, asthma and ear infections. Breastfed children also have been found to have better jaw and eye development than those who are not breastfed.

Breastfeeding benefits moms, too. Directly after childbirth, breastfeeding helps a uterus return to its normal size. It may help a new mother lose pregnancy weight, and studies show that it reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The act of breastfeeding has been shown to increase bonding between mother and baby.

Lamaze International has used recommendations from the World Health Organization to develop six healthy practices that increase the opportunity for women to have safe and healthy birth experiences. One of these practices is to Keep Mother and Baby Together—It’s Best for Mother, Baby and Breastfeeding. When a mother and her baby are skin-to-skin, rooming-in together, there are unlimited breastfeeding opportunities. Researchers have found mothers were more likely to continue breastfeeding if their baby was brought to them for feeding when rooming-in was not possible.

Lamaze International, an organization that bases its education on the latest scientific research, encourages expecting women to tell their care providers they want to keep their babies with them during their hospital stay. By making her preferences known, a woman can ensure unlimited breastfeeding opportunities, which in turn will help give her baby the best start possible.

For more information, download information about the Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices, view videos online, or visit

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Kindermusik Begins Friday...

...sign up today!

Our summer session of Kindermusik with Miss Lisa begins Friday, July 17th. For more details, please click here. Hope you can join us!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Free Museum Admission

Do you have a Bank of America credit card? Get free admission to selected museums the first weekend of every month!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Summer Safety Tips from the AAP

As summer approaches, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Web site features tips for keeping your family safe. These include guidance on topics ranging from avoiding sunburn and heat stress to information on pool and playground safety. The Web site also features guidelines on avoiding and treating bug bites and using bikes, scooters and skateboards safely. Access the AAP Web site at