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safe to sleep

I can remember when my first of four sons was born how anxious I was each time I went to check on him in the crib.  I knew about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) but, back in the mid-70’s, there was not anything known that would reduce the risk of an infant dying suddenly and unexpectedly.  Even today, without a clear reason or known cause, SIDS remains the leading cause of death in infants between one month and one year of age.

In 1994, research gave us evidence that putting infants to sleep on their backs reduced the number of SIDS deaths.  The “Back to Sleep” campaign has dropped the rate of SIDS deaths by 50%.  This past year, the program was expanded to include new information on safe sleep practices for infants, the “Safe to Sleep” campaign.  These 3 simple recommendations of the campaign will provide a safe sleep environment for your infant to further reduce the risk of death from SIDS and other sleep-related causes.

1.       Always place baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night, to reduce the risk of SIDS.

2.       Put baby to sleep in a separate sleep area in the same room where you sleep.  If you bring baby into your bed to breastfeed, make sure to put him or her back into a separate sleep area, such as a safety-approved crib, bassinet, or portable play area when you are finished.

3.       Use a firm sleep surface, covered by a fitted sheet, to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of death. Remove all loose bedding, soft objects and toys.

Please share this information with anyone caring for your infant and with other parents.  This education will save infants’ lives.  For more information on SIDS, visit www.nichd.nih.gov/SIDS

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Jill Frost is the Interim Education Director at North Hills Hospital. She has been working in Women’s Services – both Labor & Delivery, and now childbirth education – for 33 years. In addition to delivering thousands of babies in the Northeast Tarrant County area, together Jill and her husband have 6 children and 7 grandchildren.

Summer is one of those seasons that I anticipate, fantasize about, plan for, and then I blink and it’s over and I haven’t done half of the things I had hoped to do.

To fix that, two years ago I started my annual Summer Bucket List. My husband and I spent a few weeks brainstorming what types of things we wanted to do over the summer, made a list, and left it on our fridge so that we could check off each item, one-by-one as we did it. It was perfect for those nights when we wanted to plan a fun date, but couldn’t come up with anything creative.

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The second year, we decided to start our Summer Bucket List in May, because hot Texas summers prohibit a lot of our outdoor adventures after mid-June. Things like eating dinner on a restaurant patio aren’t nearly as fun when it’s 110 degrees outside and the metal chair burns a permanent reminder of your night into the back of your legs. So we have since declared that summer in our house offiically runs May 1 through Labor Day.

This summer our bucket list will be a bit different – we’ll be welcoming our first baby in July, and I’m not really sure what to expect yet. This year’s list may be all about simplicity and relaxing by the pool. I guess we’ll play it by ear.

But for the rest of you, here’s a free printable of a Summer Bucket List that you can use with your family to brainstorm fun activities.

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Download your own copy here

What will be on your list? Please share some fun ideas in the comments below. And, for more ideas, visit our Summer Bucket List page on Pinterest.

 

Bethe Wright is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at North Hills Hospital, a wife, and a first-time mom-to-be this summer.

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Now that I’ve finally come out of my first trimester fog, my husband and I are starting to think about our nursery. Thankfully my sister is an interior designer so I know I’ll have help – but there are still so many decisions to be made.

Recently I posted a question on my Facebook page about gliders vs. stuffed rockers, and boy was I surprised at the number of responses I received! Not only did my friends give me great opinions on the chair (I went with a glider), but I got all sorts of other tips on baby gear I need for my nursery.

We’re on a budget and also want to be minimalists – we are trying to avoid having too much gear, but we want to make sure we invest in the items that will make life easiest. Which is where you come in – what’s your best advice to me, a mom-to-be, when it comes to designing a nursery? What do I just have to have, and what mistakes did you make that you’d redo the next time? Please leave your advice in the comments, and hopefully other new moms can also get some great ideas.

 

Bethe Wright is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at North Hills Hospital, a wife, and a first-time mom-to-be next summer.

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I never knew that Kate Middleton and I would have so much in common. Not exactly the part about living in a castle and having an unlimited clothing budget. But the Duchess of Cambridge and I do share one unique gift – having round-the-clock morning sickness with our first babies.

That stuff isn’t for sissies.

Don’t get me wrong – I am absolutely THRILLED to be expecting a little bundle of joy next summer. My husband and I were delighted when we found out we were pregnant, and can’t wait to hold that precious boy or girl in July.

But I should have known I was in for a wild ride, since my first “sign” of pregnancy was when I mistakenly thought I’d gotten food poisoning. Only this food poisoning was different, because I just couldn’t shake it. And that’s how I’ve felt ever since – like I have food poisoning, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and it’s been like that for two months now.

So like any first-time mom, I’ve solicited advice from those women who have gone before me and been through the same thing. According to one online article, morning sickness affects 75 percent of women, so I know I’m in good company.

Here are my go-to nausea remedies:
Crackers (in my purse, in my car, next to my bed – I don’t go anywhere without them)
Sour candies (a friend gave me Preggie Pops, but almost any sour candy will do)
Ginger tea
Ginger Ale, Sprite
Any sort of plain carbs – bagels, toast, pasta
Broth-based soups
WATER – I’m amazed at how much better I feel when I drink nothing but water.
Small, frequent meals – Big portions make me sick, as does an empty stomach (especially in the morning, which is why I keep crackers next to my bed).
Gatorade
Salty chips
Sea sick wristbands (I used to think it was hocus pocus, but they really do seem to help.)

All of those, plus an anti-nausea medication have kept me going. I’ll admit I get overwhelmed when I think about possibly feeling nauseous for another few weeks – my only way to cope is to take one day at a time.

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And in the meantime, I will dream about the day I go from “green” to glowing. Since I’m 11 weeks along, it should only be a little while longer.

What about you? Any other suggestions for morning sickness fixes, from one mom to another?

 

Bethe Wright is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at North Hills Hospital, a wife, and a first-time mom-to-be next summer.