Sunday, November 29, 2015

8 Ways to Create the Best Birth Environment

I would have rather given birth at home, but between my insurance, being a first time mom, having a partner that was a little scared of the idea and living a mile off a dirt road that was very difficult to traverse in the rainy season, the hospital was where I needed to be. I was uncomfortable with hospitals because of past experiences with sick family members as many of us are. I was able to understand though that I was going to the hospital not because I was sick or anything was wrong, but to give birth.

While laboring at home you can mostly control the environment. No one is watching you or interrupting you, the temperature can be controlled, the lights can be adjusted, you can move around freely, take a bath or shower, light candles and go outside.

At the hospital your partner and/or doula can do their best to create an environment that works for you. By creating a birth environment that connects to the “old” part of the brain you will be thinking less, trusting your instincts and able to handle pain better because your body is releasing endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.

Components of a good birth environment:
  1. privacy
  2. warmth
  3. low lighting
  4. access to water
  5. freedom of movement
  6. familiarity
  7. pleasing scent
  8. having nature present
Here are some ways to make these work in a hospital.

Privacy – Always close the door and pull the privacy curtain every time someone enters or leaves the room. Also, if there is someone there and you do not know who they are or why they are there, politely ask their name and how they will be helping you.

Warmth – Most hospitals have individual thermostats for each room. Many times they are set at 65 degrees so check it as soon as you get in the room and make it so the temperature is comfortable for the laboring woman. Also, ask for (or find out) where the heated blankets are and drape one over a laboring mom.

Low Lighting – Find out where all the light switches are and turn the lights off. If a care provider enters the room they will ask to turn on lights if they need to. Feel free to turn them off as soon as they are done.

Access to Water – Get in the shower or tub if provided and you are able too. Soak washcloths or small towels in cool and warm water and apply to the mom’s upper or lower back or chest and/or abdomen.

Freedom of movement – Don’t get hooked up to an IV unless it is medically necessary and if you are hooked up don’t be afraid to move around, your partner or doula can move the stand as needed. If you are hooked up to an EFM move around if you need too. If the sensors slip and are not picking up the baby’s heartbeat the nurse or your doula will readjust it.

Pleasing Scent – Make a massage oil with your favorite essential oil to be used during labor. You can also bring in a plug-in diffuser that you add essential oils to. Try filling a spray bottle with water and your favorite essential oil and spry the room and linens.

Having nature present – Open the blinds if you have a window to see outside if there is a nice view. Play nature sounds. Tape pictures of nature around your room or create a slideshow for a tablet or laptop.

If you are unsure what you are or are not allowed to do the hospital room just ask!

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.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Is Your Child Ready For A Sippy Cup

Sippy cups can be a great way for your baby to transition from nursing or bottle-feeding to a regular cup. They can also improve hand-to-mouth coordination. When your baby has the motor skills to handle a cup but not the skills to keep the drink from spilling, a sippy cup can give him some independence while keeping cleanup to a minimum.

When should I introduce a sippy cup to my child?

Encourage your child to use a regular cup when you think he's ready. Some babies enjoy using a sippy cup as early as 6 months, and others aren't interested until after their first birthday. Most babies seem ready around 7 to 9 months, though.

What's the best way to transition to a sippy cup?

Some babies take to a sippy cup immediately, while others take a while to get used to the idea. Here are some tips to make the transition smoother:

- Start off with a soft, pliable, nipple-like spout, which will feel more familiar to your baby than a hard plastic spout. Some trainer cups offer a spout that's similar to the bottle, making for a smoother transition.
- Show your baby how to raise the cup to his mouth and tip it up to drink.
- Give it some time. Until your baby masters the technique, you may want to put water in the cup to avoid too many messes. Don't worry if your baby doesn't use the sippy cup properly for a while. It makes a fine toy, too!
- Try different models until you find one that suits your baby.

What should I do if my child refuses the sippy cup?

Give it time. Your baby may not be ready or may desire a different spout or type of sippy cup. Some babies even graduate from breast or bottle straight to a regular cup. If you'd rather your baby learn to use a sippy, though, whether for convenience or because you think it'll make a good transition – try these strategies that many parents have used successfully:

- Dip the tip of the sippy spout into the breast milk or formula and then give it to your baby. She may just need a hint! Babies 6 months or younger should get only formula or breast milk in the sippy cup.
- Show your baby that the spout is like a nipple (it needs to be sucked on). Try touching the tip of the spout to the roof of her mouth to stimulate the sucking reflex.
- If she drinks from a bottle, give her half of her formula in the bottle. When it's empty, switch to the sippy cup for the second half of the feeding (continue to hold her as you do when she's bottle-feeding).
- Offer your baby a straw. Some baby cups, like the ZoLi Bot Sippy Cup, come with built-in straws, and some babies find these easier to use than a spout (though others will give you a clueless look). If your baby does get the hang of sucking from a straw, she may then be better able to handle sucking from the spout.
- Switch beverages. Some babies will drink water or juice – but not breast milk or formula – from a sippy. Sometimes it's a matter of association (milk belongs in a bottle or breast). Never give juice to a baby 6 months or younger, and remember to limit juice for older babies and toddlers to no more than 4 to 6 ounces (a half cup or so) a day.
- Some parents have had success waiting to introduce the sippy cup until their baby is ready to start drinking whole milk (at age 1). Show her how. Get yourself a clean sippy and let your baby see you drink from it. Or have a sibling drink from a sippy in front of the baby. Sometimes all it takes is a little sucking noise (make it when you give her the cup) to inspire a baby to start sucking.

Shop around.

There are all kinds of sippy cups, with all kinds of spouts or funky handles and designs.

There are even bottles that transition from a regular bottle to a bottle with handles or to a sippy cup with a lid and straw or to a regular toddler cup. Sippy cups give your child a certain level of independence, so it's worth letting your baby test-drive several if the one in hand isn't working.

To spare your diaper bag any added mess, make sure to pick one that's spill proof. Then all you have to do is sit (or stand) back and enjoy this incredible milestone.

And to keep those sippy cups and toys from hitting the floor, snap and trap with this super cute (and safe) tethering device. The Lil Sidekick is long with DIFFERENT sized elastic loops on each end to accommodate any accessory. Just attach one loop to your stroller or car seat, and the other to your child’s sippy cup or toy, and you’re done!

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Supported Birth Education

Your body already knows how to give birth - it just needs some preparation...

Supported Birth covers stages of labor, pain coping techniques, drugs, and cesareans as most typical childbirth classes do. What makes Supported Birth different from other Childbirth Preparation classes is that it is taught in an interactive and personalized way where couples will participate in discussions as opposed to only listening to lectures. Couples will use self-exploration and come out of class feeling empowered and positive about birth by learning there is no one right way to give birth. This class is especially good for women who have fears about giving birth and those attracted to the idea of natural childbirth.

This four week course educates women and their partners to make conscious choices about the birth of their baby based on a combination of technical knowledge, confidence in the natural biological process of birth, self exploration, and many different pain coping tools and techniques. Women and their partners will understand the importance of a woman’s need to feel safe & nurtured in her birthing environment. There is “no one right” way or method for giving birth.

Taught by Lauren Ryan, childbirth educator / labor and postpartum doula
Find out more about this class on Lauren's site

This 4-week series is offered every month on Tuesday nights from 7-10pm.

You can register for the Supported Birth series by calling the store at (818) 380-3111 or through the online registration page.

For class, soon-to-be parents should dress in comfortable clothing, as well as bring water and pillows.

Class 1
History of birth
Associations with birth
Partner’s strengths
Physiology (dilation & effacement)
First stage of labor
Pain coping exercise

Class 2
Pain coping exercise
Birth environment
Tools for dealing with pain
Sexuality of birth
Second stage of labor
Pain coping exercise
Practice positions

Class 3
Pain medication
Pitocin, induction, monitoring
Cesarean / complications
Pain coping exercise

Class 4
Trial Run cards
Postpartum- body, PPD, moods, support
Review stages of labor

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Did you know? Symphony Rental Pumps!

Breastpump Rentals

Only you can provide for your baby. We can help!
A Mother’s Haven carries Medela breast pumps for rent and sale and Medela pumping supplies. Pumps for sale are available in our online store. Pumps for rent are available for in-store pick up only.

Medela Symphony® Breastpump

Medela Symphony® Breastpump is the first breastpump with 2-Phase Expression® technology which is proven to achieve faster milk ejection and faster milk flow.*  More efficient and comfortable.  Unique overflow protection.  Double or single pumping.  One knob control.  Whisper quiet operation.  Easy-to-clean.  Compatible with Preemie+ technology (Preemie+ Card sold separately). Featuring the original 2-Phase Expression® technology – found only in Medela breast pumps.
Babies breastfeed in 2 phases:
1. Stimulation Phase – when babies first go to breast, they suck fast and light to start milk flowing.
2. Expression Phase – after milk flow or “let-down” starts, babies breastfeed with a slower, deeper suck, bringing out more milk faster.

Rental Rates:
– 2 Weeks $56
– 1 Month $75
– 3 Months $195
– 6 Months $300

*Late fee of $1.00 per day will be applied after account reaches 5 days past due.
We need a valid driver’s License and credit card for breastpump rental. No deposit required.
To rent the Medela Symphony Hospital Grade Breastpump, click here. If you would like more information you can call the store at (818) 380-3111 or fill out form below.

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Infant & Toddler CPR & First Aid

We'd all like to think that we'll never be in a position of having to save our baby's life, but it could happen. Babies choke on food and toys, or slip under the water in the tub or a pool, or get caught in drawstrings and curtain cords. If your baby is ever choking or suddenly lifeless, you would want to know what to do!

Although you might be able to find some tips on the internet, these techniques differ depending on the age of the child, and doing them improperly can possibly be harmful, so it's important to set aside a few hours to take an infant and child CPR course in your area, to learn and practice the proper techniques. If you live in Los Angeles, whether in the San Fernando Valley, the Westside, or even Burbank, Pasadena, or Glendale, we have the class for you.

At A Mother's Haven, our Infant and Toddler CPR and Family Safety Class class will show you just what to do in those situations. We offer the “Save a Little Life” course at our Encino location about once a month throughout the year. The course is also offered in Spanish about every other month. We highly recommend that all parents, grandparents, and caregivers attend this potentially life-saving course. You can either take the class while you are pregnant, or after your baby is born (come to class without your baby though, so that you can really focus your attention on learning the techniques).

To register for Infant CPR, you can call us at (818) 380-3111 or use the online registration pages for CPR in English (couple), CPR in English (one person), or Spanish CPR.

For more information about all of our classes, please visit our website.

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Time to babyproof?

Parents worry endlessly about how to protect their children from strangers and violence, but many overlook one of the biggest threats to their children's safety and well-being — their own home. Whether your little bundle of joy is crawling, walking, or still perfecting tummy time, it's never too early to begin childproofing, so make sure you do so carefully.

Take Safety Measures

Is your sweet little munchkin pretending to be top chef by getting into all kitchen cabinets and appliances? Mommy's Helper Appliance Lok helps keep appliance door safe from little hands. It has a locking strap for refrigerator or stove and can be easily installed.

The most effective way to ensure your baby's safety is to take a baby's-eye view of your home. Get down on your hands and knees and see how things look from down there. What's within reach? What looks tempting? Where would you go if you could crawl, toddle, or walk?

This will help you figure out which cupboards, drawers, and other spaces your child might get into. As he starts walking and climbing, you'll have to reevaluate again, looking higher each time.

Carefully lock up or stow away every potential poison or other hazard, including cleaning products, medicines, vitamins, and knives. The cabinet and drawer latches by the American Red Cross help prevent children from opening cabinets and drawers. They also feature a two-step locking mechanism for added safety and can be easily installed in cabinets and drawers.

Aside from cabinets, closets and doors also quickly become a fun activity for your now physically active child. The Door Knob Safety Covers will help deter curious children from entering rooms or closets.

The over-sized grip design spins loosely around the door knob when a child tries to turn it, yet is easy for adults to grip and squeeze to open the door. In addition, the Lock-Guard feature covers the door handle locking button to protect against accidental lock-outs and fits all standard door knobs.

If you have bi-folding doors on your closets or cabinets, you can use the Bi-Fold Door Lock by the American Red Cross.

Sharp Turns Ahead

When babies start to crawl or walk, they're so excited by their new freedom, they won't bother 'watching their step.' To help insure they get to where they're going safely, certain precautions need to be taken. For example that beautiful coffee table smack in the middle of your living room, with the sharp edges, that you never gave a second thought about before kids... Your child apparently likes it as much as you do and feels the need to play there as often as possible. Now you can let him without worrying. Apply Jumbo Corner Guards to sharp corners of table, counters, cabinets, and anywhere else you have sharp corners. The full-length double-stick tape keeps the Corner Guards securely fastened and removes quickly and easily when no longer needed. They're also fire retardant, non-toxic and latex-free.

Protect Outlets

Kids are explorers by nature. It's a good idea to protect electrical outlets with outlet covers. The American Red Cross Hinged Outlet Covers help keep your child safe while providing access to one outlet and keeping the other covered. These are ideal for frequently used outlets and fit any standard electrical outlet. Their neutral color is less likely to attract children while its hinged design is sturdy, durable, and easy to use.

If your child is extra curious and you're worried these removable plug-in caps can eventually end up in your baby's mouth, replace the outlet covers themselves – at least those that are accessible – with ones that include a sliding safety latch.

The Universal Outlet Cover by KidCo works on both Standard and Decora style outlets. It automatically covers the outlet when plug is removed thanks to its sliding mechanism and ultimately prevents injury from inserting objects into outlet.

Go for the Glow

When your baby cries in the middle of the night, you don't want to go into their room and fumble around in the dark looking for things and you certainly don't want to turn on the big overhead light and completely wake them up. The Cool Touch Nursery Light by the American Red Cross provides a soft glowing light with a simple on/off button. It has cushioned pads for scratch-resistant tabletop use and it also has a mounted hanger for wall mounting.

Another option is to use a night light. The LED Night Light by the American Red Cross uses far less energy than standard light bulb. Its cool white light is not too bright for the nursery and its long life gives more than 30,000 hours of use. There are no bulbs to change for convenience and added economy. Its photo sensor turns the light on when room gets dark and off during daylight, while the lens remains cool to the touch.

To order any of our safety products online, please visit our website or call us at (818) 380-3111. You can also feel free to email us at with any questions.

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w.

Cinch Couture and Signature Adjustable Tummy Wrap for After Baby

The Cinch is an adjustable belly wrap to help you get your figure back after baby!

The wrap provides 360 degree support for compression along your abdomen and support along your back.  The adjustable panels shrink with you so you only need to buy one size, and the lightweight yet firm material is comfortable and compressive all day long.  Come on in to try The Cinch on and see how you can get your body back even after having a baby!

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w.

Mothers' Gathering - Create Your Village!

You've heard it so many times before... it takes a village to raise a child! Well it does... sort of.

We know that your first year with your baby is challenging - You're tired, overwhelmed, and confused - This is where Mothers' Gathering comes in. Whether this baby is your first or fourth, we offer classes that are catered to your specific needs.

It's about building a community. This class can help alleviate those feelings of loneliness - even if you have family or friends around, you can feel alone in this journey as a new mom. Allow yourself the chance to get support from people who truly understand what you're going through. You will make friends for life. Mothers' Gathering provides the opportunity for your little one to find a new buddy, and most importantly, for you to build lasting friendship with other moms. These friendships will undoubtedly make a tremendous impact on your journey through motherhood.

Much more than a "Mommy and Me" class, our Mothers' Gathering classes are education & support groups for thinking moms who are looking for information, guidance & friendship. These eight week sessions truly allow for a place to establish a foundation and gather the tools to determine what fits best for each mom and her child.

Our philosophy is that there is no one "right way" to parent and what works for you might not work for another mother. And what might work one week, might not work the next. Whether you're a first or second or third time mom, we give you tips and strategies for your parenting tool box, helping you to find confidence in your parenting skills and choices.

Groups for new mothers start approximately every 4 weeks. These classes do fill quickly and require pre–registration. You can call (818) 380-3111 to register or use the online registration page.

For a full Mothers' Gathering class schedule, you can visit our online class calendar.

You can also read more about our Mothers' Gathering teachers on our blog:

Interview with Synthia Praglin

Interview with Danielle Vorzimer

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Milkmakers Lactation Cookies

Since everyone was asking for them, we now carry the Milkmakers Lactation Cookies!  And they're delicious!

These cookies are wonderful for moms who are trying to help keep their milk supply up, whether at home or going back to work.  Baked into each lactation cookie are oats, brewer's yeast, and flax seed - all ingredients that help to increase breastmilk supply and help new moms get the nutrition they need.  Oats are eaten by nursing moms worldwide to boost breast milk supply, and are a nutritional powerhouse providing plenty of whole grains, fiber, iron, and an abundance of healthy vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Brewer’s yeast is a traditional herbal remedy used to stimulate and increase the production of breastmilk and is a rich source of the B-vitamins and amino acids essential for nursing moms and their babies. Flax seed provides an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids, necessary for brain development, which can be passed from mother to baby through breastmilk. These ingredients work together to make these yummy cookies a wholesome, beneficial treat for breastfeeding moms.

The Milk Makers lactation cookies come in Oatmeal Raisin and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, and we sell them both as individual cookies which make a great snack when you come for Mommy & Me and also in bags of ten cookies to take home. 

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w.

Zoli Buzz B Nail File

Scared of cutting your baby's nails?  The Zoli Buzz B Baby Nail File/Trimmer is safe and gentle for newborns, infants, and toddlers.  The cushioned pads gently file baby's nails with easy adjustable two speed control on all the tiny fingers and toes.  It comes with the nail trimmer, extra cushioned pads of varying textures, 1 AA battery, and a storage/travel case.

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w.

Breastfeeding 101

Breastfeeding is endorsed by the world’s health and scientific organizations as the best way of feeding infants. Years of research have shed light on the vast array of benefits not only for children but also for mothers and society.

While breastfeeding is best for you and your baby, it is a learned skill. The natural aspects of breastfeeding are the baby’s innate suck mechanism and need for sustenance and your body’s production of milk. Because many of us were not breastfed, and didn’t grow up watching women nurse their babies, it is a topic and skill that we must learn as soon-to-be parents. Proper positioning and latch-on are essential for successful nursing. Learning prenatally how your body produces milk, and practicing proper nursing techniques, are the first steps to successfully breastfeeding your baby.

In this class you will:

- Learn about the anatomy and physiology of breastmilk production
- Learn and practice proper positioning and latch-on
- Learn how often a typical newborn will nurse
- Learn strategies to use if problems arise and when to seek help
- Discuss strategies for working and breastfeeding

This 3 hour class is held once a month on a Saturday afternoon from 2–5 pm. Our next class is Saturday, November 12th! Class size is limited to 6 couples. This small group size allows you to get your specific questions answered and the teacher to personalize the class to the couples' needs. Handouts and materials are provided.

Pre–registration required. You can register by stopping into the store, calling us at (818) 380-3111, or signing up online on the Breastfeeding 101 registration page.

See our calendar of classes for the next dates of the Breastfeeding 101 workshop.

As with all of the prenatal classes, we recommend that you take Breastfeeding 101 at least one month before your due date. So just in case baby comes early, you'll be prepared and already have all of the information and practice that you need. We look forward to seeing you soon!

And for after baby is born, we also have lactation consultants who can come to your home or meet with you in the store. As well as our Breastfeeding Support Group on Tuesdays at 10am - only $10 drop-in!

We also rent out hospital-grade Medela pumps. Rental pumps are only $75 per month!

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w.

Friday, November 6, 2015

New Aden + Anais Beginnings Gift Sets

Aden+Anais just came out with their New Beginnings Gift Sets - perfect for baby shower presents!

The Aden and Anais New Beginnings Gift Sets come in Liam the Brave (boy), For the Birds (girl), and Jungle Jam (unisex).  The gift set includes:
1. Two cotton muslin swaddle blankets in cute prints
2. One Burpy Bib, great for using as a burp cloth and then a bib
3. One Musy Mate Lovey, a cuddly muslin companion for your baby
4. Swaddle Love Book, which demonstrates the history and techniques of swaddling

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Caring For Your Newborn

Is the hospital staff really going to let you take this baby home? What can you really expect when bringing home baby? Learn the essential skills you need to take care of your new baby in this fun, informative, hands-on class!

You will be given information to help you physically care for a new baby, gain an understanding of newborn behavior and needs, and develop parental confidence. This class cover the following topics:

- Typical newborn eating and sleeping patterns
- Handling a newborn in the first few days/weeks
- Feeding
- Burping
- Diapering
- Bathing
- Changing clothes
- Swaddling
- Cord care
- Nail care
- Soothing a crying baby
- Illness - what to look for
- Care of the Mother
- Layette - what to buy
- Topics that are important to your family

This 3 hour class is held once a month on a Saturday afternoon from 2–5 pm.

Our convenient Encino location caters well to San Fernando valley residents, living in Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Tarzana and Woodland Hills. We are also central for residents of the Westside, Hollywood, Santa Monica, as well as Calabasas, Agoura, Glendale, and Pasadena.

Class size is limited to 6 couples. This small group size allows you to get your specific questions answered and the teacher to personalize the class to the couples' needs. Handouts and materials are provided.

Pre–registration required. You can register by stopping into the store, calling us at (818) 380-3111, or signing up online on the Caring For Your Newborn registration page.

See our calendar of classes for the next dates of the Caring For Your Newborn Workshop.

As with all of the prenatal classes, we recommend that you take Caring For Your Newborn before your last month of pregnancy. So just in case baby comes early, you'll be prepared and already have all of the information and practice that you need. We look forward to seeing you soon! Feel free to call us at 818-380-3111 or email with any questions!


“I learned a lot - this Caring For Your Newborn class went above my expectations.”
Karen Hopkins

“This class was very informative in teaching new parents all the basics they need to know in preparing for their newborns.”
Sandra Whang

How The Miracle Blanket Can Help Stop The Fussing

The Miracle Blanket is truly a miracle for many moms and babies! Research has shown that the two best fussiness "eliminators" are classic swaddling and gentle abdominal pressure. A lateral belly wrap is a very old Irish remedy for fussiness that is comprised of a long band of "stretchy" fabric that is wrapped around a babies abdomen to provide a gentle, even, lateral pressure around the baby's mid-section. 

The Miracle Blanket is the first and only product that combines these two incredibly effective solutions in one product. Because of the way  design combines the perfect classic swaddle with the even, horizontal pressure of the lateral belly wrap, it seems to work better than anyone ever thought possible.

Here are some of its benefits...
• Helps Fussy Babies Sleep Great!
• Helps Ease Fussiness For ANY Baby!
• Aids In Preventing Facial Scratches!
• 100% High Quality Cotton
• Helps Babies Sleep Better On Their Backs!
• Helps Stop Twitches That Wake Your Baby!
• Makes Breast Feeding Easier!
• One Size Fits All Up to Four Months

It's also easy to use:

Step One:
Lay the blanket on a flat surface with the foot pouch at the bottom and lay baby between armflaps with tops of shoulders slightly above top of blanket. 

Step One

Step Two:
Fold the arm flaps over the outside of your baby's arms and tuck them snugly under her back on each side. IMPORTANT: You should lift the baby's bottom to be sure the arm flaps are flat and snug under baby's back.

Step Two

Step Three:
Pull the footpocket up over the feet. NOTE: Some babies' feet may not reach the foot pocket yet. This is okay: It will be there for them as they grow.

Step Three

Step Four:
Fold the right side of the blanket over your baby's belly and tuck it under the left arm pit (her right). This flap should wrap all the way under the baby's back.

Step Four

Step Five:
Wrap the left side of the blanket over the top of her belly and all the way around her until you run out of blanket. This is where it is important to pull the blanket snug. THE BLANKET MUST BE PULLED SNUG. 

Step Five

Important for newborns and smaller babies:
After wrapping the arms (Step 2), fold the bottom of the foot pocket up so the feet touch the bottom of the wrap. This will create a more perfect, custom swaddle. Follow steps 4-5.
Step Five
To further enhance effectiveness, try the following:
  • After wrapping your baby, cradle her on your forearm facing down or forward.
  • Gently rock or jiggle your baby while making long "Shushing" sounds in her ear.
  • If your baby likes a pacifier, definitely use it
Here are some more helpful tips: 

If your baby seems too warm, dress her in a diaper and The Amazing Miracle Blanket only.

The room temperature where your baby sleeps should be comfortable for a lightly dressed adult (67-72°F).

As your baby grows, the blanket may seem loose around her legs. This is perfectly okay. This will allow for proper movement and development of her hip and knee joints. 

It is best to wrap your baby very snugly. It's normal for her to fuss when first wrapped - especially the first few times. But don't worry, after a week or two most babies begin to relax at the mere sight of the blanket.

Be sure that the blanket is NOT touching your baby's cheeks. This may wake her. If the blanket is touching her cheeks, you have wrapped her too low in the blanket. You must be sure the top of the blanket is slightly below the tops of her shoulders.

It is very important to tuck the arm flaps securely and flat under your baby's back as the flaps keep your baby from working her arms free and waking herself. This also keeps your baby's arms in the most effective position - at her sides.

Many babies prefer to have their feet free. In step two you may position your baby with her feet on top of the foot pouch to see if your baby prefers to be wrapped this way.

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Kicky Pants - Combining Fashion and Function

These natural baby clothing in bamboo and cotton prints are sure to be your child's favorite! There's an incredible variety - pants, shirts, tunics, dresses - you name it! The fabric is stretchy and soft, the construction is of the highest quality, the colors are rich and beautiful, and the design is simple and well executed.

Bamboo is an eco-friendly, sustainable crop that grows wild without the aid of fertilizers or pesticides. Bamboo wicks water from the body 3-4 times better than cotton, keeping skin comfortable, rather than sticky, in summer weather. And, Bamboo stays 2-3 degrees cooler in hot weather & warmer in cold.

Check out some of the cool new styles we got in stock!

This adorable layette gown is perfect for brand new little ones! Elastic bottom makes diaper changes easy! Easy fold over cuffs prevent baby from scratching himself.

The baby doll top is in a crimson lattice pattern, with ruffles around the hemline and the sleeves.

The baby doll top is in a striped pattern, with rosettes along the top and gentle ruffles around the hemline to create a cool and edgy, yet sweet vibe.

These Bamboo Basics are incredibly soft and luxurious feeling. Pair these leggings with any Kicky Pants top for a complete look!

Roar! Run wild with lions and tigers through the jungles with this cute coverall from Kicky Pants.

Or keep your little one's feet cozy and snuggly with this cute red coverall.

Kicky Pants are available at A Mother's Haven. To order your Kicky Pants clothing online, please feel free to visit our website or calling us at (818) 380-3111. You can also email us at

Visit us at:
16101 Ventura Blvd. Suite 230
Encino, CA. 91436
p. (818) 380-3111 w.