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Monday, August 14, 2006

personalized baby blanket: Hard road to discover breast is best

15 August 2006

The reality of breast-feeding is not as rosy as the idea. For some women, it's not possible. But advisers maintain it's the healthiest option for a good start in life. Kim Ruscoe reports.

Mother and child nestle together in a window-facing rocking chair, cocooned by the soft glow of the moon, the silence broken only by the gentle mewling of a baby at the breast.

This romantic portrayal of maternal bliss is put to us often but achieved by few.

Plunket figures show that just six weeks after giving birth, half of new mothers have given up trying to breastfeed their babies or are supplementing by bottle feeding.

The number of women still exclusively breastfeeding their babies by the time they are six months old drops to 13 per cent.

It is a far cry from the World Health Organisation recommendation to breastfeed infants till they are two or older.

For first-time mother Sarah Glenny, the agony of having a baby suckle on already dried, cracked nipples was almost too much to bear.

"Initially, breastfeeding is worse than actually giving birth," she says from her home in Raumati, on Wellington's northern coast. "I'd break out in a sweat just at the thought of it."

On one occasion, before her milk had come in properly, her son Zachary was latched on for eight hours.

"It was all on in the first six weeks. I got to the stage where I was going to express and feed it to him in a bottle," she said. But in the end, she decided expressing would be a hassle and stuck with breastfeeding.

By the time Zachary was six weeks old, Sarah's nipples had healed and mother and baby had settled into a comfortable routine at home. She even started to enjoy feeding in the middle of the night.

"It felt like you were the only two people in the world," she says.

Shy by nature, Sarah was at first uneasy about breastfeeding in front of others, particularly her single friends.

The couple's best man didn't know where to look during a visit to their house soon after the baby was born.

He later told her husband Damian "there's something wrong about sitting there watching your best mate's wife get her breast out".

"But you get over the embarrassment pretty quickly," Sarah says.

Feeding in public can be easily made discreet by draping a shawl or baby blanket over your shoulder, she says.

Sarah says she has breastfed in a shopping mall only a few times, but frequently does so in cafes.

Zachary, now one, is still being breastfed three or four times a day, though more for comfort than nourishment, she says. She will carry on breastfeeding him till he doesn't want it any more.

Despite her success with breastfeeding, there were times when Sarah's confidence wavered. Sometimes she worried Zachary wasn't getting enough, other times she simply thought he'd been on the breast long enough.

The time it takes to breastfeed is also an issue. While sitting feeding Zachary she'll be looking around thinking she should be vacuuming the floor or folding washing. But Damian encouraged her to keep going, reassuring her that she "can do it".

"He would sit with me and keep me company (while she fed)," Sarah says.

"Your partner's support is crucial to continuing breastfeeding."

In the bigger scheme of things, it really doesn't matter if the house is not always spotless and tidy.

Plunket's national clinical adviser and lactation expert, Allison Jamieson, agrees that breastfeeding can be difficult, especially for those with cracked nipples or breast infections. It is also hard for breastfeeding mothers to know how much milk their babies are getting.

Breastfeeding is by demand, she says, with the baby letting the mother know when it is time to be fed.

The demands can change from day to day and may mean the baby is sometimes feeding for up to 40 minutes with just an hour's sleep in between feeds.

Bottle-fed babies, on the other hand, tend to feed every four hours.

But Allison likens it to adults going to the pantry or fridge for food whenever they are hungry.

"Why should babies have to wait?"

Eating three healthy meals a day plus snacks, keeping to the 5-plus a day rule and getting plenty of rest goes a long way to ensuring a continuing supply of milk, she says.

But the amount of time that has to be dedicated to breastfeeding can make it difficult for new mothers with older children to get enough rest. She suggests making baby's sleep time a quiet time, perhaps with mum reading a book to the older child while sitting down together on the couch or lying on the bed.

Breast milk is not only the best food for babies, says Allison, it impacts on a person's health for the rest of their life.

It can even protect girls from getting certain types of ovarian cancers years down the track.

A year-long survey by American doctors Thomas Ball and Annette Wright in 1999 compared the health of 1000 babies who had never been breastfed with that of 1000 babies exclusively breastfed for three or more months.

They found the never-breastfed group went 2033 more times to the doctor, spent 212 more days in hospital and were prescribed 609 more prescriptions for drugs. A recent consensus report shows 54.4 per cent of women in paid employment stop breastfeeding, compared with 34 per cent of women who are at home.

Allison says some working mothers do manage to carry on breastfeeding. Some have their babies brought into the office for them to feed if they are being cared for at nearby childcare centres, others prefer to express and take the milk home.

"But there just aren't the facilities at work to breastfeed or express in private," she says.

It is not acceptable to expect women to breastfeed or express in the restrooms.

"We wouldn't eat our lunch in the bathroom, so why would you express or feed your baby in there."

Breastfeeding is gradually increasing in popularity and employers are going to have to face up to the issue at some stage, she says.

"Women have to be able to negotiate," she says.

This year, the Health Ministry set up a National Breastfeeding Advisory Committee which aims to identify barriers to breastfeeding and ultimately boost the number of women breastfeeding.

"Breastfeeding supplies food in a hygienic, cost-effective, balanced and convenient way," chief public health adviser Ashley Bloomfield says.

New Zealand College of Midwives spokeswoman Norma Campbell says that breastfeeding must become the accepted lifestyle choice of new mothers, rather than just agreeing to "give it a shot".

"We are a quick and instant society. We want things immediately and time seems to be in short supply for many important things in life," she says.

"Breastfeeding takes time. The rewards, though, are numerous."

One of the main roles of midwives is to provide breastfeeding support, which starts off by encouraging skin-to-skin contact within 30 minutes after birth.

"That first contact forms an imprint, a mental and physiological reference for the newborn," Norma says. "That first feed, that little mouth looking for milk, can be the start of a wonderful experience."

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

personalized baby blanket: Baby drowns in Nova Scotia


SYDNEY MINES, N.S. -- A grief-stricken father tugged on the ends of a personalized baby blanket slung over his shoulders yesterday as family and friends gathered at his home to mourn the drowning of 21-month-old Emma Bennett.

"It's her blanket. She's my angel," said Charlie Bennett. "She was the happiest child we ever came across."

Police responded to a 911 call in Sydney Mines around 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

The toddler was found in a small blow-up pool set up in the family's backyard.

"She loved to sing and play," said her father. "She loved to play on the swing. I think her spirit is really flying today on that swing."

Police are warning the public to be diligent in and around pools at all times.

"It can happen so quickly," said Const. Hank Lamond of the Cape Breton Regional Police.

The Bennett family was enjoying the warm weather Sunday evening in a backyard loaded with all the ingredients for a young family's idea of summer fun. They have a large screened-in gazebo, a pile of children's toys, basketball nets and the small pool.

The parents were inside only a few moments when they realized young Emma was no longer in tow. A swift search ended when they found her small body in the pool.

"The only thing that will get us through this is our faith in Jesus Christ," Bennett said.

Emma was the youngest of six children and daughter of Charlie and Michelle Bennett. Police said the death is not suspicious and no charges will be laid.

Monday, August 07, 2006

personalized baby blanket: Crochet and Knitters Group in Eddyville just the right fit

By LORI FAYBIK, Courier correspondent

EDDYVILLE — Some ladies come to work on that extra special Christmas present for a loved one, while others may be working on a personalized baby blanket for a charity.

Whether you want to learn a new skill or just need a little help finishing up a complex knitted sweater, the Crochet and Knitters Group in Eddyville and Oskaloosa may be just the place for you.

Mostly it is just a chance to get away from it all and visit with other ladies while working at a productive hobby.

“It is just a good gathering of women” Bellina Buban says. “It is like in the old days when they used to have quilting bees, only we like yarn.”

Buban, who has a real passion for her hobby, started the Crochet and Knitters Group in Oskaloosa over a year ago. The group has grown and recently expanded to a second group in Eddyville.

“It is really big on the east and west coasts,” Buban says. “Groups are a popular trend for women who like to knit and crochet. These groups are just popping up all over. It is fun.”

Dot Maudlin of Eddyville suggested the second group because she couldn’t make it to the Oskaloosa one on Thursdays.

“I taught myself to knit, and I want to learn to do it better," she says.

At a recent meeting of the group in Eddyville, Maudlin was working on blankets for Precious Angels of Centerville, providing for premature or stillborn infants.

Buban adds that prayer shawls are a big thing right now. The ladies pray and think pleasant thoughts about a widow, cancer patient or someone else in need as they knit shawls for them.

“We teach you the basics and offer help in finding supplies,” Buban says. “Everyone makes a wash cloth to start and then jumps into socks. It is a wonderful sense of accomplishment.

“We have grandmothers who come in who want to learn to knit a baby blanket for a grandbaby,” she says.

The group is open to all ages. In the olden days, even children knew how to knit, because everyone had to mend their own socks, Buban says. They used to use red for mending. That is why you see the old fashioned gray socks with a red heel.

The group — which can be as large as 35 at times — is good about encouraging each other with their hobby.

At a recent meeting, one woman was a tad frustrated with something she had made and said it would just have to be doll clothes for her grandchildren.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

personalized baby blanket: Personalized Baby Gift Ideas To Celebrate The Gift Of A Bouncy Baby

by Rika Susan

A personalized baby gift is a memorable welcome-to-our-world gesture, that will be treasured by mom, dad, and baby alike. You don't want your gift to be just another baby shower trinket. If chosen with care and consideration, a personalized baby gift is likely to become an heirloom, with stacks of sentimental value.

Personalized Baby Gift Ideas For The Nursery: If you want to indulge the parents-to-be, and you have a budget without bounds, help with the baby furniture is always welcome. Personalizing these items can be arranged. However, 'special' doesn't have to equal 'expensive'. There are a host of personalized baby gifts for the nursery, that are affordable, yet meaningful and practical

A personalized baby gift idea that will be used for many years, and remembered with fondness beyond childhood, is a wooden rocking chair. If it is expertly crafted of solid wood, and given a special place in the nursery, it will be a little corner of comfort and dreaming right through the toddler years.

Another very useful personalized baby gift, is a wooden toy chest. If this piece of baby furniture is combined with a seat with a comfy cushion, so much the better. Just make sure that the chest has been made according to sensible safety regulations, with hinges which aren't prone to mishaps. You don't want the chest to be memorable for a totally unexpected reason! Toy carts can also be personalized, and will come in very handy later on.

Smaller personalized baby gift ideas for the nursery include a natural growth chart. This gift will feature high on the sentimental value list in time, with special memories connected to each growth phase. Every baby loves being introduced to his or her own image. Personalized mirrors will become a source of entertainment, and distraction.

Wooden shelving for all the baby paraphernalia are useful. Beautifully decorated wall plaques, collage picture frames for all the 'firsts' in a baby's life, and wooden wall clocks all become treasured personalized baby gifts.

Personalized Baby Gift Idea To Cuddle Up To: One of the sweetest personalized baby gift ideas, is the My Baby Forever doll. The softest, cuddly fleece doll, custom made according to newborn-baby size and shape, will delight and comfort. The birth information is embroidered on the clothing. A cute knotted cap completes the outfit. This machine-washable little darling, will be much loved and hugged.

Later on, toddlers love to dress the doll in their own baby clothing. Grandpa's Doll Bed is an add-on must-have, perfectly sized for the 'newborn' doll. The Doll Bed is unfinished, to be painted and personalized by the toddler, with a little help from mom or dad. Swaddled in a matching interlock blanket, or a fleece blanket, your My Baby Forever doll arrives looking very much like the newborn. A muslin Peek-a-boo Gift Bag can be added for the perfect delivery, so to speak.

Personalized Baby Gift Idea With Old-Fashioned Charm: What little girl or boy doesn't dream about their very own rocking horse? Painted in cheerful colors, this personalized baby gift will be adored in a year or two. Choose a generous size, to allow for use over a number of years. Many of these rocking horses are masterly crafted of solid wood, with exquisite detail. Some even include a 'mane', bridle and leather ears.

Personalized Baby Gift Idea For Dressing-Up: Clothing and related items are always welcome gifts, and if these are personalized, are valued that much more. From hand painted bibs to backpacks, shirts to sets of hangers, washcloths to baby wipes, abound in all shapes, textures, and colors. A selection of these, creatively collected in a baby gift basket, will be a hugely appreciated personalized baby gift idea.

Be considerate, and include personalized sibling shirts for a big brother or sister. These youngsters often feel very left out, with all the hullabaloo about the baby.

These are just a tiny, tempting taste of all the unique personalized baby gift ideas out there...

Also read 'Personalized Baby Blanket - Monogrammed Gift Swaddles Newborn In Softness' at

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

personalized baby blanket: New Planet Dog for Pups Collection Extends Popular Lifestyle Brand to Puppies

Portland, Maine (August 2006) – The puppy market is growing faster than a freshly whelped Newfie and Planet Dog has responded by creating Planet Dog for Pups, a new line of toys designed for puppies of all sizes up to 10 months of age. By using materials, shapes and sizes developed specifically to encourage natural puppy behavior, Planet Dog has created an assortment of toys appropriate for this life stage of canine development.

The new collection consists of Orbee-TuffÒ Toys for Pups that feature a special soothing formula of Planet Dog's award-winning Orbee-Tuff material that was developed to perform best for softer puppy teeth and developing jaw muscles. The line also includes Squeaky personalized baby blanket Buddies and Squeaky Alphabet Blocks, fleece toys that mimic the timeless, ultra-soft baby blanket material that babies love so much. Rounding out the line is a gift pack. The Bundle of Joy is a pre-packaged assortment of all the toys listed above in puppy pink or blue.

Orbee-Tuff(TM) Toys for Pups

The new Orbee-Tuff Toys for Pups collection is made up of Orbee-Tuff Pup Orbos with Treat SpotsÔ and Orbee-Tuff Bones. All Orbee-Tuff for Pup toys are offered in Big Pup and Lil’ Pup sizes and in puppy pink and blue.

Like all of Planet Dog's toys made from the Orbee-Tuff material, the new puppy versions are buoyant, bouncy, minty and recyclable. And since puppies gnaw to soothe teething pain versus ripping and shredding like adult dogs, these toys are made with a special formula that can be chilled or frozen for extra soothing relief.

"We set out to develop a line of toys to introduce pups to Orbee-Tuff early in life but because pups have different chewing needs than adult dogs, we needed to make some minor tweaks to the formula," says Catherine Frost, Planet Dog's Director of Marketing and Product Development.

"Orbee-Tuff for Pups is every bit as durable, tear and puncture resistant as the original Orbee-Tuff material, we just made the toy’s chewing surface a little softer and more pliable – just right for the soft teeth and developing jaws of pups," adds Frost.

Baby Blanket Squeaky Toys

The new Baby Blanket Squeaky Toys consist of well-constructed fleece Buddies and Alphabet Blocks. All of these toys are downy soft and perfect for a comforting nuzzle. The nappy fabric will easily take on the scent of the pup’s parent giving them additional comfort. For more rambunctious puppy play, they feature reinforced seams and higher pitched, double-bellow squeakers.

The squeaky Alphabet Blocks are sold in a reusable, zippered 3-pack and feature “doggified” ABCs: A is for Arf. B is for Beg. C is for Cuddle. One size fits all jaws. The cream colored squeaky Baby Blanket Buddies are offered in a classic Baby Blanket material in two sizes for Big and Lil' Pups.

Bundle of Joy Toys

Planet Dog for Pups products are also sold in Big and Lil' Bundle of Joy gift packs offering all the toys a new pup needs for teething and snuggling packaged in a convenient drawstring satchel for storage. The Big Pup Bundle of Joy contains a Big Pup Orbo with Treat Spot, Big Pup Bone, Big Pup Baby Blanket Buddy and a set of Squeaky Alphabet Blocks. The Lil' Pup Bundle of Joy contains a Lil' Pup Orbo with Treat Spot, Lil' Pup Bone, Lil' Pup Baby Blanket Buddy and a set of Squeaky Alphabet Blocks. Both are available in puppy blue or pink.

Added value is always part of the Planet Dog experience. Beyond offering new products of superior quality and style for puppies, Planet Dog is committed to educating puppy (and dog) parents about the special needs of their new family members and the benefits of the lifestyle shared with such pets.

In addition to the new puppy line, Planet Dog has created "The ABC's of Parenting Your New Pup," a fun, informative and educational brochure for new parents to be used as an added value for retailers (and consumers).

The brochure, which covers basic things that puppy parents should know in order to offer the best care, also includes Sweet and Savory Pup Stuff Recipes for the Orbee-Tuff Pup Orbo Treat Spot as well as an emergency contact card that can be filled out and carried at all times in case of a puppy emergency.

Planet Dog for Pups Easy Order Kit

Adding the new puppy line is easy for retailers thanks to the Planet Dog for Pups Easy Order Kit which contains a case of each new toy in assorted colors and sizes. The kit also comes with a free Planet Dog for Pups Shelf-Talker, Planet Dog Retailer Decal and complimentary versions of "The ABC's of Parenting Your New Pup” intended to be used as “take-ones” for customers who purchase Planet Dog for Pups products. Planet Dog's Introductory Order Promotion gives retailers who purchase the Easy Order Kit 15% off the kit price on their initial order.

"Our new puppy collection is not just cute, it is also extraordinary and socially responsible," says Alex Fisher, Planet Dog's Founder and Chief Creative Officer. "People will buy these products because of how they look, but they will purchase them again because they work and support our social mission," adds Fisher.

Planet Dog Foundation

A portion of each purchase from Planet Dog goes directly to the Planet Dog Foundation (PDF) to promote and celebrate programs in which dogs serve and support their best friends. For more information about how Planet Dog products are supporting canine service programs, please visit

"Giving back has always been as important to Planet Dog as creating high-quality products that are 100% guaranteed," says Fisher. "We are proud that our unique philanthropic outreach is paving the way in the pet industry like Ben & Jerry's and others have done in other industries," adds Fisher.

Planet Dog products are available for retailers to order online at or by calling Planet Dog directly at 800-381-1516.