Sunday, May 8, 2016

Safest Sunscreens for Babies

Are you using sunscreen on your baby? There are so many different options out there and frankly some of them might be doing more harm than good! The EWG has published their Suncreen Guide giving customers tips on what sunscreens are the safest for themselves and baby.

Before you go outside, EWG suggests the following:

1. Wear clothes.
Shirts, hats, shorts and pants shield your skin from the sun’s UV rays, reducing risk by 27%.

2. Plan around the sun.
Go outdoors in early morning or late afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky.

3. Find shade – or make it.
Picnic under a tree or take a canopy to the beach. Keep infants in the shade, reducing the risk of multiple burns by 30%.

4. Don’t get burned.
Red, sore, blistered skin means you’ve gotten far too much sun.

5. Sunglasses are essential.
Not just a fashion accessory, sunglasses protect your eyes from UV radiation.

6. Check UV Index
The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent sun overexposure.

Some of their best rated sunscreens are:

Babytime! By Episencial Sunny Sunscreen, SPF 35 - Rated 1



The Honest Company Honest Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30 - Rated 1


Thinkbaby Sunscreen, SPF 50+ - Rated 1

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Prenatal Yoga Classes

Prenatal Yoga provides a relaxed and nurturing atmosphere where you can enhance the bonding process with your baby while supporting the development and strengthening of your body, mind, and spirit during pregnancy and after pregnancy. The yoga exercises and postures, deep breathing techniques, and mantras greatly impact the quality of your pregnancy and birth experience as well as the many changes your body and emotions go through after the baby arrives. This class ends with an extra-long relaxation period. This class is also a wonderful opportunity to meet other pregnant women who can relate with you as you experience the miracle of the life growing within you and the transition of becoming a mother.

The benefits of a regular prenatal yoga practice will provide you with the healthiest and most peaceful pregnancy possible. Prenatal yoga practice can also help ease morning sickness, alleviate edema, and prevent varicose veins. The benefits of a regular postnatal  yoga practice will provide you with core and pelvic floor strengthening, increase overall strength and flexibility and you will gain upper body strength and stretch shoulders to promote healthy spine movement and openness for breastfeeding .

In this class you will:
  • Help strengthen the pelvic muscles – instrumental in the birthing process, and post-birth to bring your body back to a pre-pregnancy state.
  • Exercise and strengthen the uterus so that it functions more efficiently and increases the potential for a normal delivery.
  • Exercise the spine and help reduce backaches.
  • Aid in proper digestion and circulation, and regulate breathing.
This 1 hour and 15 min. class is held every Monday evening. If you would like to bring your own yoga mat, feel free! Otherwise we do have mats available for you to use, we just asked that they be wiped down after each use. We also provide all of the yoga props such as blankets, bolsters, straps, etc. to make a variety of postures possible and comfortable for everyone.

Cost: $18 per class – Register Now!
Limited Time Offer! 10 Classes for $100 ($10 per class) - Register Now!
Time: Mondays from 7pm – 8:15pm (Prenatal Yoga)

Call (818) 380-3111 to reserve your spot - or register online at http://shopthehaven.com/products/classes/10-series-yoga-registration/

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Encino, CA. 91436
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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Say Goodbye to Back Pains and Hello to the Support You Need!

Ah the joys of pregnancy! You're glowing, your belly's growing... and with that, sometimes you develop back problems. Lucky for you there are now a number of support products to ease discomfort and let you progress with ease and style.


As your belly grows, you may find it uncomfortable and difficult to move with this sudden new weight. The Upsie Belly by Belly Bandit provides immediate relief, making it easier to increase your range of motion and daily activity throughout your pregnancy. Featuring revolutionary SecureStretch materials that mold to your body with just the right amount of tension. This allows for strong support and a stable fit while the exclusive soft-front closure allows you to move freely, without digging or discomfort. Because your baby bump is all the matters, Upsie Belly is created from ultra soft bamboo made from viscose materials.

Instantly relieves pregnancy discomforts:

- Minimizes stretch marks
- Adds back and abdominal support
- Helps relieve bladder discomfort
- Increases circulation and blood flow
- Eases sciatic, back and leg pain
- Provides extra support to hips
- Decreases varicose veins, hernias & hemorrhoids
- 12” of adjustability to grow with your belly
- Aids in post hysterectomy recovery.

The SOOTHING HOT/COLD PACK INCLUDED Fits conveniently into built in back pocket!

This band works DOUBLE DUTY! Use it AFTER you deliver for added comfort and relief. Simply turn the belt around and fasten it in the back so the hot/cold pack lays over your healing belly.

It's smooth and invisible under clothing, as well as machine washable, so you can wear it everyday!

If you have a history of back problems, or are carrying mutiples, or even if you just need stronger support, the Gabrialla Maternity Support Belt is what you've been waiting for!

This strong support belt creates warmth and increased blood flow to the lower back, thus encouraging flexible muscles and therapeutic healing. By providing support and compression to the hips, the garment helps to stabilize the weakened hip area and reduce pain. Belt helps maintain proper posture and prevent stretch marks.


The Gabrialla Maternity Support Belt is highly recommended by doctors as an excellent abdominal support and to reduce lower back pain. It promotes proper posture and balance while allowing you to continue an active lifestyle.

To purchase any of our pregnancy & postpartum products, feel free to visit us online or come by the store.

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Raising a child with a healthy self esteem!


Nurturing your toddler's self-esteem is essential to boosting his self-worth and laying the foundation for your child's development as he tries things on his own. Self-esteem is believed to come from having a sense of belonging, believing that we're capable, and knowing our contributions are valued and worthwhile. As a parent, you want to ensure that your child develops pride and self-respect — in himself and in his cultural roots — as well as faith in his ability to handle any life's challenges - whether social or educational. Here are ten simple strategies to help boost your child's self-esteem:

Give unconditional love. A child's self-worth blossoms with the kind of no-strings-attached devotion that says, "I love you, no matter who you are or what you do." So go ahead and lavish your child with love. Give him/her plenty of cuddles, kisses, and pats on the shoulder. And don't forget to tell him/her how much you love them.

Discipline with love. Your child benefits the most when you accept him/her for who they are regardless of strengths, difficulties, temperament, or abilities. And if/when you do have to correct your child, make it clear that it's his behavior — not him — that's unacceptable. For instance, instead of saying, "You're a being a bad boy! Why can't you be good?" you can say, "Pushing (friend's name) isn't nice. It hurts and gives him an ouchie." This also allows your child to develop empathy.

Give undivided attention. Carve out time to spend one-on-one time with your child. This sends the message that you think s/he's important and valuable. It could just be a few minutes of talking/ reading/playing/interacting on some level while making eye contact and affirming your child's self worth. When you're strapped for time, let your child know it without ignoring his needs. Acknowledge them by saying something like "tell me about the tower you built with your legos, and then I'll make dinner."

Set limits. Establish reasonable rules for your toddler/preschooler - make sure it's something they can follow like eating snacks at the dinner table or cleaning up after playing. Be specific with your rules, if you tell him to put his dirty close away - make sure to tell him where they go (hamper) and make sure he understands that's the only place they go (ie not the floor or his bed). Rules give children a sense of security and stability. It may take constant repetition initially, but with some encouragement he will learn to follow the rules. If you're clear and consistent while show him that you trust him to do the right thing, he will.

Support taking healthy risks. Encourage your child to explore something new, such as trying a different food, finding a new pal, or riding a bike, etc. Though there's always the possibility of failure, without risk there's little opportunity for success. So let your child safely experiment, and resist the urge to intervene. If he's showing frustration with a task, don't try to "rescue" him. You'll build his self-esteem by balancing your need to protect him with his need to tackle new tasks.

Celebrate the positive. Everyone responds well to encouragement, so make an effort to acknowledge the good things your child does every day within his earshot. They'll enjoy hearing good things said ABOUT them as opposed to TO them. they'll get to bask in the glow of your praise and the person's heartening response. Be specific about what your your child did. This will enhance his sense of accomplishment and self-worth and let him know exactly what he did right.

Let mistakes happen. These are valuable lessons for your child's confidence. So if your child puts his juice too close to the edge of the table and it tips, encourage him to think about what he might do differently next time. That way his self-esteem won't drop and he'll understand that it's okay to make mistakes sometimes. Also, when you goof up yourself, admit it, so he sees adults make mistakes too but show him what you do to correct them. Acknowledging and recovering from your mistakes sends an important message to your child to accept his own shortcomings.

Listen well. If your child needs to talk, stop and listen to what he has to say. He needs to know that his thoughts, feelings, desires, and opinions are heard and matter. Help him get comfortable with his emotions by labeling them. Say, "I understand you're sad because you have to say bye to your friends." By accepting his emotions without judgment, you validate his feelings and show that you value what he has to say. If you share your own feelings ("I'm excited about going out to see a movie"), he'll gain confidence expressing his own.

Resist comparisons. Comments such as "Why can't you be more like your brother/sister?" or "Why can't you be nice like (a friend)?" will just remind your child of where he struggles in a way that fosters shame, envy, and competition. Sometimes even positive comparisons, such as "You're the best player" could be potentially damaging since a child can find it hard to live up to this image. If you let your child know you appreciate him for the unique individual he is, he'll be more likely to value himself too.

Find the balance between encouragement and praise.
Make sure to reward the task, not just the person to let your child know you acknowledge his efforts as well as his accomplishments. Provide the kind of support encourages progress — not just rewarding achievement. So if your preschooler is struggling to fasten his seat belt, you could say, "You're trying very hard and you almost have it!" instead of "Not like that. Let me do it." offer empathy and acknowledge his feelings. You can dole out the praise judiciously and offer encouragement liberally - it will help your child grow up to feel good about himself.

And for a bonus eleventh tip - enjoy your time with your kids. Really learn to appreciate the special moments - your kids already do!

A Mother's Haven takes pride in trying to help our "moms" with any issues, questions or concerns. We support your child rearing views and encourage mothers to trust their gut and feel empowered by motherhood. We're always here to be a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on. Feel free to give us a call at (818) 380-3111 or drop by the store.

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16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Choosing the Right Belly Bandit for You

The Belly Bandit wrap is designed exclusively with a woman's post pregnancy body in mind. The seamless creation hugs your body for a comfy inconspicuous fit under most garments. The smooth, tagless design and latex free materials won't irritate most skins.


Among many of its benefits, you'll find that the Belly bandit:
- Provides a Slimmer Look Instantly
- Helps lose inches faster
- Reduces Discomfort
- Supports Back & Legs
- Adds Support While Breastfeeding
- Improves Posture

HELPFUL HINTS FOR SIZING YOUR BELLY BANDIT
 
 
SIZES
BAND SIZE FITS BELLY SIZE
X-SMALL 28"-32" /71 cm-83cm
SMALL 33-37"/ 84cm-95cm
MEDIUM 38"-43" / 96cm-111cm
LARGE 44"-49"/ 112cm-126cm
X-LARGE 50"-57"/ 127cm-126cm



Due to the size and shape variations in women's bodies, it may be tricky to size yourself for a Belly Bandit. Correct sizing is essential for comfort and product effectiveness. Buying a Belly Bandit that is too large will not wear well under clothing and may affect end results. There is no exact science that fits all women, but don't fret, here are some tips.....

In the eighth month many women will be the same size as they will be post delivery. Simply measure the circumference of your belly starting at your belly button. Choose the corresponding band for your size.

Just prior to delivery simply subtract 3-5 inches from your belly measurement. Select the corresponding band for that size.

If you purchase your Belly Bandit after you give birth, simply choose the corresponding band for your belly size.

FINDING THE RIGHT STYLE

The Belly Bandit has been so successful at trimming down new moms' waistlines, they've expanded their brand to include a variety of styles.

The specialized graded elastic Bamboo Belly Bandit style helps to aid in tightening the belly, as well as the Original Belly Bandit, minimizing stretch marks and supporting core muscle structure. This is definitely a perfect balance of outstanding comfort and compression.

While another fantastic bamboo option - the Belly Bandit B.F.F will likely become your very best friend for 6-8 weeks after you deliver, the B.F.F. also stands for Body Formulated Fit. We listened closely to women around the world and combined their feedback. Utilizing a corset inspired construction and eco-friendly super-soft Promodal, our premier band features many unique fit and fabrication advantages.

The patent pending design creates the ability for mom to have two different panels of compression that simultaneously cinch the waist and conform to your body to create a natural silhouette – because we are all not built the same. As a fabric blend that comes directly from nature, Promodal offers optimum moisture management, smooth fiber structure to help avoid skin irritations, and a reduced growth of bacteria, to name a few.

The B.F.F. has been created and shaped just like a woman’s body, making sure both Mother and Mother Earth are happy.

Visit us at:
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Encino, CA. 91436
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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Packing Tips for Traveling with Babies


Little travelers need a surprising amount of stuff! Here are some tips and a checklist of items that can help alleviate stress while traveling.

- Start preparing to pack a few days before you travel. Keep a running list of things to take, or put items out on a table or dresser as you think of them.
- Use a diaper bag with a waterproof lining and a shoulder strap.
- Be prepared for leaky diapers and baby spit-up on the airplane: Tuck an extra outfit or two for your baby – and an extra shirt for you – into your carry-on bag.
- Prevent leaks by packing medicines and toiletries in resealable plastic bags.
- Pack each of your baby's outfits in its own zipped plastic bag so you don't have to hunt around for tiny socks, shirts, and so on.
- Take your camera, battery charger, and an extra memory card.
- Take a clip-on reading light so you can read without disturbing your baby.
- Take the phone number for your baby's health care provider in case you have questions while you're on the road.

Packing Checklist
- Diapers - The rule of thumb is to take one for each hour you'll be in transit, plus extras in case of delays
- If you use cloth diapers, make sure to also take all your extra pads and cleaning essentials.
- Pad or blanket to put under your baby during diaper changes
- Blankets - Bring a few — you'll use them to lay your baby on, cover your baby, cover yourself if you're nursing, protect your clothes from messy burps, shade your baby, and more
- Nursing Shawl - if you're nursing
- Breast pump - some like the pump in style or freestyle for their convenient mobility while others prefer a manual handheld because it's smaller.
- Plastic bags - Carry a variety of sizes for storing soiled diapers, clothes, and blankets.
- Diaper rash cream. Those by Motherlove, and Earth Mama Angel Baby are among our moms' favorites.
- Wipes. Gaia Bamboo Baby Wipes are made from a soft bamboo cloth with natural and organic extracts to gently cleanse, soothe, and care for your baby's skin at changing time.
- Small bottles of disinfecting hand gel, body wash, and baby lotion.
- Tissues or Boogie Wipes
- Soothies and Extra pacifiers (if your baby uses one). Products like Sophie The Giraffe and the Caaocho Ball Rainbow Sensory Ball are an absolute must for the majority of our moms.
- A few of your baby's favorite toys. Haba and PlanToys make wonderful eco-friendly wooden toys that are high quality with no harmful additives and colorings.
- Clothes, socks, and booties or shoes - Two outfits per day is a good guideline.
- Washable bibs
- Sun hat and sunblock.
- Lightweight plastic feeding set with utensils, snack packs and baby food.
- If your baby's eating solid foods - Formula, water, and juice if necessary.
- Extra bottles, nipples, and sippy cups if appropriate
- Nightlight - Especially if you're staying at a hotel - this allows you to keep the lighting soothingly soft for middle-of-the-night diaper changes. It's also good if your baby uses one or in fact having anything familiar your baby will use to help him sleep.
- First-aid kit
- Baby pain reliever (for teething or ear aches) and supplies for treating minor injuries
- Sling/Wrap or baby carrier - Keep it lightweight - it's a wonderful hands-free way to keep your baby close in crowded places like airports.
- Portable crib or play yard - creates a safe place for your baby to sleep or play
- Inflatable baby bathtub - makes for an easier bath time at your destination
- Car seat for safer travel by car or plane
- Collapsible stroller that can be gate-checked or stored in the overhead bin of an airplane.

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Encino, CA. 91436
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

How to Interact with a Newborn

I was pretty clueless when my daughter was born. In 2000 I had never heard of tummy time or Baby Einstein. I followed my instincts and spent my time with her holding her, singing to her, talking to her, lying on the floor with her, going for walks and of course nursing her and changing a lot of diapers! I even managed to give her a bath every so often.
When teaching newborn care classes many parents ask me what to do with a baby all day (and night) long. The obvious basic care of feeding, diapering, bathing and dressing are clear to them but what else?

Here are some ways to interact with your newborn:

hold her
massage her daily
 Touch is the most important sense in newborns. The more a baby is touched or held, the more it lowers her stress, promotes healthy weight gain, enhances her immune system and lowers her heart rate.

– do tummy time
 Tummy time has many benefits including strengthening the back and neck muscles, which will help her learn to sit up, crawl and walk. Tummy time may also help prevent a flat head caused by sleeping on her back. Start tummy time as soon as you get home from your birth place. A few times a day, lay her down on her stomach on the floor for as long as she will tolerate it. Roll up a cloth diaper and place it under her chest, as she gets stronger: this will encourage her to push up and strengthen her muscles. Lay on the floor with her and rub her back if she becomes fussy. Let tummy time last as long as the newborn is happy. If she gets too upset try again at another time.

sing to her
 Even if you don’t feel you have a great voice – your baby will love it!

talk to her
Newborns recognize their mother’s voice as soon as they are born and sometimes the partner’s as well. They will move their heads toward the origin of the sound. When talking to a newborn, be descriptive and use different voice levels. For example, when in the grocery store, tell her what you are doing, “I’m picking out three red apples to eat later.” Talking to her in descriptive ways engages her, teaches her about conversation and teaches her words. Begin this as soon as possible. People may think it is odd, but when the newborn is about a year old, she will understand many words and respond to them. This will make it easier to communicate with her and it is fun!

make eye contact
– get a mobile and bright-colored toys
A newborn’s vision is generally blurred, but she can see clearly about eight to fourteen inches in front of her. She is able to follow objects, but her eyes do not always work in tandem, so she may look cross-eyed at times. Newborns prefer black, white, and bright colors like red and yellow. They are also drawn to bull’s eye shapes like eyes and nipples. Newborns like faces especially and will also notice light, patterns, movement and shapes.

– go for walks
Getting outside is good for you both. It is a brand new environment for her to see, hear and feel. Wear her if you feel comfortable or use a stroller. You may find this helps her fall asleep also.
Finally, do what I did – follow your instincts! Trust that you are making good choices for your baby and family.

Lauren Ryan is a Supported Birth Childbirth Educator and Supported Birth Certified Doula who teaches childbirth education and newborn care at A Mother’s Haven and privately.