FREE Children’s Book with Your LaborKit Purchase

Until October 31 ONLY, when you order a LaborKit you will receive a Sandra Boynton children’s board book for FREE!!!

Did you know you can start reading to your baby as early as 4 months? If you are a parent already you likely have a stack of Sandra Boynton books. If you are mom-to-be, know that these will be some of your child’s favorite books and you will likely read them hundreds of times!

Going to Bed BookAs a special thank you to our customers and to help encourage a love of reading we are giving them away–no contest, no need to comment to win. Just simply purchase your Laborkit and the book will arrive in the mail at no additional charge. LaborKit is a prepacked hospital bag that contains natural and organic items that mom needs through labor and recovery.

The only requirement is that you place your order at www.laborkit.com on or before October 31. So if you are expecting and plan to pack your hospital bag soon or if you are trying to think of a practical, thoughtful Christmas or baby shower gift, grab it now while we have this special offer.

*Note: The Going to Bed Book is pictured but you may receive any of Sandra Boynton’s wonderful books.

The New LaborKit Prepacked Hospital Bag

We first introduced our LaborKit many years ago but so much has changed since then.
The growing awareness of toxins in our food, cosmetics and baby products has pushed some big brands to make some changes in order to keep their customers. Moms are more concerned about what they put on their pregnant body and on their newborn baby. Healthier options like organic, GMO-free products are introduced everyday to serve those who are making informed choices about what they eat and who they buy from. This is all good.
Our new LaborKit focuses on natural and organic products including biodegradable diapers and a water bottle made of recycled materials and BPA-free. Each LaborKit also includes organic breast pads, a breast milk storage guide, a compact nursing pillow and nipple cream to help new moms get through the first days breast feeding.  Here is a complete list of what EVERY LaborKit contains:
Included in your LaborKit™
1 Beautiful pre-packed duffle bag with room for clothes for mom & baby
1 AxillaPilla™ (great for nursing)
2 Washable Bamboobies Nursing Pads and Nipple Butter
5 Premium natural skin care items (Natural Lip Balm, Organic Shampoo & Body Wash, Organic Washcloth, Natural Stretch Mark Cream, Body Lotion)
3 Eco-friendly, biodegradable diapers
3 Sanitary pads, 2 pair of mesh underwear
2 ice packs and 4 sleeves (for relief of engorgement or for perineal area)
1 Stretchy headband
1 20 oz water bottle (BPA free) made from recycled material, recyclable
1 Stress Ball
1 Document folder with Birth Plan, Hospital Checklist, Breastmilk Storage Guide
4 Thank-you note cards and note pad
1 Pair of non-skid socks
1 Pair Flip flops
1 KIND healthy snack bar (gluten-free)

We first introduced our LaborKit prepacked hospital bags many years ago but so much has changed since then.

The growing awareness of toxins in our food, cosmetics and baby products has pushed some big brands to make some changes in order to keep their customers. Moms are more concerned about what they put on their pregnant body and on their newborn baby. Healthier options like organic, GMO-free products are introduced everyday to serve those who are making informed choices about what they eat and who they buy from. This is all good.

Our new LaborKit focuses on natural and organic products including biodegradable diapers and a water bottle made of recycled materials and BPA-free. Each LaborKit also includes organic breast pads, a breast milk storage guide, a compact nursing pillow and nipple cream to help new moms get through the first days breast feeding.  Here is a complete list of what EVERY LaborKit contains.

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Included in your LaborKit

  • 1 Beautiful pre-packed duffle bag with room for clothes for mom & baby
  • 1 AxillaPilla™ (great for nursing)
  • 2 Washable Bamboobies Nursing Pads and Nipple Butter
  • 5 Premium natural skin care items (Natural Lip Balm, Organic Shampoo & Body Wash, Organic Washcloth, Natural Stretch Mark Cream, Body Lotion)
  • 3 Eco-friendly, biodegradable diapers
  • 3 Sanitary pads, 2 pair of mesh underwear
  • 2 ice packs and 4 sleeves (for relief of engorgement or for perineal area)
  • 1 Stretchy headband
  • 1 20 oz water bottle (BPA free) made from recycled material, recyclable
  • 1 Stress Ball
  • 1 Document folder with Birth Plan, Hospital Checklist, Breastmilk Storage Guide
  • 4 Thank-you note cards and note pad
  • 1 Pair of non-skid socks
  • 1 Pair Flip flops
  • 1 KIND healthy snack bar (gluten-free)

Remember to have your hospital bag shipped at the start of your third trimester. You want to be ready and knowing you have everything you need helps ease any stress as your due date approaches.

Wishing you a wonderful birth experience!

I Am A Breastfeeding Advocate but Offered to Buy Formula for Another Mom

I support breastfeeding.

I admit that when I went to a grocery store recently and the woman in front of me was buying a case of formula it made me a little sad. BUT I am not going to judge and there are many reasons why a mom would use formula so I just waited my turn. Being a breastfeeding advocate doesn’t mean I am anti-formula, nor does it mean I give dirty looks to moms who give their babies bottles.

As I am waiting she hands her card to the cashier. The cashier handed it back and said, “Sorry, do you have another card?” and the customer (who was ONLY purchasing formula) tried again and was declined again.

Many of us have been there — money is tight, cards have been declined, payday is three days away. It’s a reality of many young families and they are living paycheck to paycheck. Formula is expensive and if formula is the baby’s only source of food — then it is the most necessary and important purchase you make every week.

So what came out of my mouth next?… “Let me get that for you” and offered the cashier my card. The mom looked at me and said “No, no, that’s OK” but all I could think about was that she was probably a bit embarrassed and, more importantly, there is a baby that NEEDS TO EAT.

If I am in a position to help another mom, I should. Her third attempt went through so she didn’t end up needing my help but she turned to me, put her hand on my arm, and said a very genuine, sincere “thank you”.  It may have been a thank you for offering to pay or a thank you for not judging her, I’ll never know but I will offer again if I see someone in that situation.

I believe there is a time and place for advocacy and I also feel that we can never know another’s story (especially in the ten minutes waiting in line at a grocery store). I also believe we are able to influence change in many ways that are positive, empowering and non-judgmental.

We are all moms trying to do the best we can. We can help each other even if we have taken different paths. Breastfeeding moms can support formula feeding moms and vice versa.

Will Pitocin Help or Harm Your Birth Experience?

Guest post by Ann Sawdo, BabyCountdown

This subject has been bothering me for a while. BabyCountdown has been very busy lately with babies being born. I do understand there are medical reasons for induction. I also understand we get very anxious the closer we get to our due dates. Only in my opinion though, do I think Pitocin is the most overused and unnecessary drug during labor and delivery. Pitocin was another one of my many reasons to birth at home, far from unnecessary interventions that I was sure because of my age the hospital would have forced on me.

What exactly is my problem with Pitocin?

Pitocin is the name of a synthetic hormone to replace the hormone our bodies make naturally.

Oxytocin, your body’s natural hormone, is secreted in bursts. However, when you are given this synthetic-Pitocin, you are placed on a regulated intravenous pump to regulate the amount of Pitocin to a steady flow. Therefore, Pitocin-induced contractions are different from your body’s natural contractions, in strength and effect. Pitocin alters the induced force of the contraction and may decrease uterine blood flow. This is reducing the oxygen to the baby.

Pitocin can be the beginning domino in the domino effect. The IV, the infusion pump, and the continuous monitoring will confine most mothers to bed, decreasing her ability to deal with the contractions naturally. The more painful contractions a mother is more likely to need pain medication, such as an epidural anesthesia. About 80% of women who have had Pitocin say that there is more pain with Pitocin than without. Unlike natural contractions, you do not get the slow build up with Pitocin induced contractions.

Pitocin also presents other issues. The mother may experience one or all of these: tumultuous labor and tetanic contractions, which may cause premature separation of the placenta, rupture of the uterus, laceration of the cervix or post birth hemorrhage.

Baby issues include: fetal asphyxia and neonatal hypoxia from too frequent and prolonged uterine contractions, physical injury and prematurity if the due date is not accurate.

This is just the short version on why Pitocin is not good for you, the mother, or for your baby. Please think twice before you allow a caregiver to administer this drug to you during labor.

To learn more about the recent study on Pitocin Risks on Huffington Post Parents

Beware of Misleading Labels

DoraBubbleBathAs you are running warm water to get your 3-year-old ready for bed, would you use the bubble bath with Dora or Elmo that states clearly on the front: “Mild Formula”, “Dye-Free”,”Hypo-allergenic”, “Paraben Free”, “Pediatrician and Dermatologist Tested”? Maybe. Consider that your child probably spends almost 30 mins soaking in the bath water — did you know their little bodies will absorb some of the toxins that is in that bath water?

It appears by the wording on the label that the bubble bath is harmless for children BUT consumers are paying attention and not easily manipulated by label claims.

These products are representative of many, many products on the market and are an example of why we need to read beyond the front label.

Johnson & Johnson has been the “trusted” brand for baby care and only recently committed to removing toxic chemicals from their baby products by the end of 2013. The greatest concern for me is why they would ever create products for babies that have ingredients that cause cancer.

I trust the Sesame Street brand and love that Sesame Street provides educational programming showing cultural diversity and acceptance of everyone. I especially love that the subject of breastfeeding was shared with children as the norm in 1977 as Buffy explains breastfeeding to Big Bird. I might go to products that appear to be “endorsed” by Sesame Street assuming that they would only affiliate with companies with shared values for our children’s health and wellness.

This type of labeling is about sales. Often labels over emphasize the positives in order to minimize the negatives. In this case the product implies that it is safe by stating that it has been tested by Pediatricians and Dermatologists. It’s dye free and tear free so there can’t be anything harmful in the bubble bath, right?

Skin is our largest organ and is highly permeable. Products that are applied to our skin (or in the water that you submerge your child in) will end up in our bloodstream. When you EAT foods with some toxins, enzymes in your help to break it down and flush it out of your body. If products are APPLIED to skin then they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream and organs. Many ingredients used in body care products — including baby shampoo, lotions and body wash — have KNOWN endocrine disruptors and may even contain chemicals linked to cancer. Perhaps the exposure seems small as some ingredients are only listed as “moderate hazard” on the the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database BUT please consider the cumulative exposure to several harmful ingredients in each product over several baths and then add all the other pesticides and toxins that your child is exposed to. It can be frightening — and it should be. Here’s why:

The Elmo and Dora Bubble Bath is for children “3 and over”. Here are the ingredients in the Elmo Bubble bath:

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Not all these ingredients are concerning but do we even really know what these ingredients are?

Sodium Laureth Sulfate is commonly used and is a known irritant that may also cause organ system toxicity. To make thing more confusing, it can also be listed under almost 10 other names. Sodium Laureth Sulfate also has a high risk of being contaminated with known human carcinogens (see Contamination Concerns).

As shown on the above label is the use of “perfum” or “perfume” as a single ingredient. Any number of ingredients can be hidden under this umbrella term used by manufacturers as they are NOT required by the FDA to disclose their ingredients–many of which have been documented to have toxic hormonal effects on the body and are transferred through breastmilk to a nursing baby.

The companies that get it right

Recently I discovered Dolphin Organics and their labeling is brilliant! They have found a way to make it very easy for consumers to know what they are purchasing–no misleading phrases–just a very simple (and effective) way to let consumers quickly know if the ingredient (which for most of us are not familiar) is organic, natural or artificial (see the example of their product label).

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Another label that recently caught my attention was for Attitude products. The graphic designer in me wants to see a clearer connection of the words “carcinogen” and “free” but the label did get my attention and I appreciate how clearly they get to the point that many moms want to know: Does this product contain toxins?

What do you think? Is the importance of reading labels catching on or do most consumers ignore it?

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