Friday, May 2, 2014

                Why so many moms quit breastfeeding?

What the #1 reason moms quit breastfeeding? Not enough milk. It is the most common reason for stopping nursing and introducing formula in the first two weeks of a baby's life.
Why so many mothers struggle with something their bodies designed to? 


                                          What Nursing Moms Need

Here's what helps:

Being skin to skin with mom right after birth helps a baby get ready to suckle for the first time. " Early skin-to-skin contact - ideally for at least an hour immediately  after birth - seems to help the baby's ability to latch properly," - Beverly Chalmers, an independent Ottawa researcher and lead author of the Maternity Experiences Survey.

No formula (unless absolutely necessary)
Any bottle of formula(or water) in the first days of a baby's life disrupts the establishment of the mother's milk supply. " If you give the baby formula, she will drink less mother's milk. If the baby drinks less breast milk, the mother makes less milk." Plus, the baby misses an early opportunity to learn to suckle, and make no mistake, the baby's skill at nursing is part of the milk-making equation.
The mother will also have to express milk, so her brain keeps getting the signal to make it. But if she's not shown how, has no encouragement from family or friends, goes home with a sample of formula, and then can't find help if she runs into problems, it can be the beginning of a serious milk supply problem. 

Rooming-in and feeding on demand
Having babies and moms together 24 hours a day, and feeding the baby whenever she(he) wants - even if she(he) just nursed a half an hour ago - are strategies that go together because both lead to more frequent nursing, which is what helps a moth make milk. 

Frequent nursing is not only normal, it's necessary. 
Yet how many mothers have heard someone say, "You're feedim him again already? He can't be hungry yet! Does that kid ever stop nursing?"

Frequent nursing is not only normal, it's necessary because it stimulates the breast to make milk. This is particularly important in the early days when the milk supply is just being established. 

Showing moms how to breastfeed
Milk supply isn't just about the mother's body making milk; it's also about getting it into the baby. A good latch is key. If the mother is making milk, but the milk is not flowing to the baby properly - often because of latch problems - then the milk gets stuck in the breast. So the baby isn't getting milk, the breasts swell and get sore, and nursing becomes uncomfortable and discouraging. On the other hand, the baby's efficient sucking because of a good latch signals the mother's breast to make more milk.

More challenges
Here are the basics of a good latch:
  • It's not just sucking on the nipple. The baby's mouth is wide open and nipple is at the back of his mouth. 
  • His chin will be pressed against the breast, and his nose, though close to the breast, will not be pressed in like the chin.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Oball Toys Support and Stimulate Infant Growth & Development

Like many great brands, Oball™ started out as a single product developed by a company called Kids II.  The company has been in business for four decades producing innovative baby products. 

The original Oball™ was, as its name suggests, a ball-shaped toy, now called the  Oball™ Classic.  The soft, flexible moulded sphere consists of what look like fused rings, resulting in 32 holes that create a tactile experience that babies love.  Each ball is multi-coloured in various bright shades, adding another sensory element to this toy that is simple in its complexity. 

Tactile sensation is critical to the process of developing motor skills in babies, both gross and fine.  Oball™ places a great deal of emphasis on the tactile experience, incorporating a variety of tactile sensations into each toy they make.  Designing each toy with bright colors helps to stimulate the brain, develop eyesight and encourage color differentiation.  Some Oball™ toys also add the element of sound by incorporating rattles.  Babies quickly learn that shaking the object produces sound, which, among other things, helps babies to discover the principle of cause and effect.

The popularity of the original Oball™ lead the company to develop more toys based on the original concept.  Fuzzy Freckles Children's Store and online catalogue carries several of these fantastic developmental toys.   Take a look at some of our favourites:

* The  Oball™ with Rattles:  This is a new take on the Oball™ Classic.  Four inches in diameter, this award-winning design provides the same great tactile experience, but with the added element of rattles.  The rattles are small beads safely contained inside of transparent round cases mounted inside some of the Oball's™ rings.  The rattles add another sensory factor, sound, as well as enhanced tactile experience.

* The  Oball™ Rattle and Roll: This design is destined to become baby's first toy car.  The sturdy, moulded design is safe for play, tactile, and brightly-coloured.  Each wheel contains a bead rattle similar to the ones in the Oball™ with Rattles.  The car has a "roll cage" made of…. naturally…. soft, flexible moulded rings just like the original Oball™.

* The Oball™ Mini Beebo: Similar to the original toy, this design features twisted spindles instead of circles.  Small beads can be moved over the spindles for even more sensory stimulation.

* The Oball™ FlexiLoops: This toy consists of a solid spherical core with semi-circular rings attached.  Each toy is multi-coloured and made of the same flexible material as the original Oball™ toy.

* The Oball™ Clickety Twist: This fun design has a sphere-shaped core, similar to the Oball™ FlexiLoops toy.  Sprouting from the core are spindles of different textures: smooth, ridged and coiled.  Each one provides a different tactile sensation.

All of the Oball™ toys that you'll find in our children's store are PVC, BPA and phthalate free, which is perfect for parents who worry about the chemicals that may leach from toys into baby's mouth.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013





Mocc Ons are moccasin style slipper socks, designed to fit baby from six months up to three years. They’re made of a lovely soft and stretchy cotton, stitched to a real leather sole, which helps to prevent slipping ensuring that your little one’s toes stay toasty all year round!

Mocc Ons are designed to be funky, practical, fashionable and, most importantly, washable! 



Sunday, August 11, 2013

Cradle Cap

It looks like my baby has dandruff. Is it cradle cap?

If your baby's scalp has flaky, dry skin that looks like dandruff, or thick, oily, yellowish or brown scaling or crusting patches, it's probably cradle cap. Doctors call it infantile seborrheic dermatitis, and it's very common. 

Cradle cap isn't cute, but it's harmless. It shows up most often in the first few months of life and  usually clears up on its own in about six to 12 months – although some children have it for longer.

You might notice the same condition around your baby's ears or eyebrows, on his eyelids, or even in his armpits and other creases.

What causes cradle cap?

The cause is unknown. But we do know that cradle cap is not caused by poor hygiene or allergies. Some experts believe that the hormones a baby receives from his mother at the end of pregnancy overstimulate the baby's oil-producing (seborrheic) glands, resulting in cradle cap. Irritation from a yeast that grows in the sebum (the substance produced by the glands) is also thought to be a possible culprit. But there's no consensus on the cause.
Cradle cap isn't contagious. And it probably doesn't bother your baby at all, although if it gets severe it might itch.

How should I treat my baby's flaky scalp?

CRADLE ME is a perfect remedy for cradle cap. Contains a creamy blend of oils that work wonders to soften, moisturize and lift dry cradle cap scales. Apply 100% natural 'Cradle Me' over cradle cap area and let absorb for several hours. Once scales are softened, slough off with a soft-bristled baby brush and shampoo hair with Dimpleskins Naturals' Avocado Soap. Repeat as often as needed.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

When does process of Teething Begin?

When a baby begins teething there is no set patters on when it will begin, how long it will take and how painful it will be. To one baby cutting a tooth might happen overnight without pain, while another child might have to go through a long, drawn out and painful experience. You may sometimes visibly see a rise or lump in the gum for several weeks, while sometimes there may be no visible clue at all until the tooth actually appears.
On average the first tooth comes in during the seventh month, although it can arrive as early as three months, or as late as a year, or in rare cases even earlier or later.

Which teeth come first? 

What are the symptoms of teething?

The symptoms of teething vary from child to child. Because of these different experiences, parents and physicians often disagree as to the symptoms of teething and how painful it is. 
Some of these symptoms may include - 

Irritablility: As the sharp little tooth rises closer to the surface your babys gums may become increasingly more sore and painful, leading your baby to become fussy.
Drooling: From three to four months of age you may see your baby start drooling more often than normal. Teething stimulates drooling, which is often worse with some babies than others.
Coughing: the extra saliva can cause your baby to occasionally cough or gag. This is nothing to worry about as long as your baby seems fine and shows no signs of a cold/flue and does not run a high fever.

Chin rash:
 If your baby is a big drooler, the constant contact with saliva can cause the skin around the chin and mouth to become irritated. To help prevent this, gently wipe your baby mouth and chin periodically throughout the day.

Biting & gnawing: 
A baby that is teething will gnaw and gum down on anything she or he can get their mouth around. The counter pressure from biting on something helps relieve the pressure from under the gums. This is where our products come in handy for your little one.

Cheek rubbing and ear pulling: Pain in the gums may travel to the ears and cheeks particulary when the back molars begin coming in. This is why you may see your baby rubbing their cheeks or pulling at their ears. However, keep in mind that pulling at an ear can also be a sign of an ear infection.

Diarrhea: While this is a symptom that is disagreed upon by most physicians, morst parents usually notice slightly looser bowel movements when baby is teething.

Low-grade fever: A fever is another symptom that doctors are sometimes hesitant to directly link with teething, but there are many parents who will disagree with this and find their baby gets a slight fever while teething. The best thing to do is be extra safe and notify your dr if the fever lasts more than two days.

Not sleeping well: With teething pain happening during the day and night, you may find your child wakes more often at night when the pain gets bad enough.

Cold like symptoms (runny nose etc): Some parents find that their baby will show signs of having a cold. Runny noses, coughing and general cold symptoms are believed to come from the baby having their hands in their mouth more often. Play it safe and always notify your doctor if symptoms such as this occur.

How can I help my baby with the pain?

The teething process will come and go just like so many other things with new babies. Keep trying different things until you find what provide the best relief for your child.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Amber Jewelry For Pain Relief, and more!

Real Story about Amber Healing !

"After a rough couple weeks this summer with my son working on his 2-year-old molars, I looked into purchasing an amber necklace for him to wear to see if it would help with the last two. As I was buying them, I added another amber necklace for my 4-year-old daughter, partly because they are really cute,
partly because I will randomly try things like this to see if it helps with some aspect of her autism, and partly because whatever her brother has, she wants.
I put the necklaces on the children right away, and because of the amber necklaces were small enough that they couldn’t see them when they looked down, and light enough that they barely felt them, they had no problem keeping them on. I didn’t notice a drastic difference with either child right away, but a couple weeks later I realized that my son had cut in his two remaining teeth without me noticing, which meant that we didn’t have any fussy evenings or all night nursing sessions.
For my daughter who has autism, I didn’t notice a difference until I took the necklace off a few weeks later. With the necklace off she gets more fussy, more picky, and has more meltdowns. So we keep the necklace on!  Another completely anecdotal observation: My children recently had chicken pox, and they didn’t seem to itch at all! They had the necklaces on the entire time, and didn’t seem bothered by the pox one bit.
For us, these changes have been slight, but noticeable. As with most natural remedies, your mileage may vary".
Healing Properties:
A powerful stone for manifestation, amber is also used for healing of the physical body as well. For over 7,000 years it has been used to stimulate the metabolism and treat skin ailments caused by a metabolic imbalance.
Because of it's warmth it is used also in the treatment of asthma and allergic respiratory problems. Generally wearing amber in a necklace is the most effective for this ailment.
Amber carries a negative electrical energy charge and therefore is good to draw power and energy into its bearer. Amber gives a soothing, light energy that is both calming and energizing at the same time. It can help manifest desires and heighten intellectual abilities, clarity of thought, and wisdom. It cleanses its environment by drawing out negativity, and relieves physical pain the same way.