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Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month 2015

Posted by on September 3, 2015 under Caregiver Corner, Resources | Be the First to Comment

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September is bountiful month, full of fresh produce arriving to your local grocery store. It is beautiful to look at, but can be a lot to take in. Which fruits and vegetables are in season? How many produce items should I buy or not buy so they don’t go bad? What should I do with these things? And possibly even – what is this?

This Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month is the perfect time to learn more about those tasty foods we should be eating more. Did you know over 90% of all adults and children in the US do not eat the recommended amount of fruits and veggies? That means if you do, you’re in an elite (and healthy!) minority.

All of us are busy, and caregivers even more so. So what are some easy tips and tricks to get more of that produce on your plate?

For one thing, keep in mind that ALL forms of fruit and veggies count towards your daily recommended amount, so anything canned, frozen, dried or juice that says 100% on the label contains the same goodness as fresh.

With that in mind, smoothies become so much easier! You can have everything ready to go and not have to worry about anything going bad after just a week. Frozen blueberries, yogurt, milk, OJ, leftover kale, canned peaches: toss any or all of it into a smoothie. Smoothies are incredibly forgiving. If you have some spinach that’s about to go bad, you can toss it in with some soy milk, honey, juice, an almost moldy nectarine and even some old cupcakes (believe me, I’ve tried). As long as you have enough liquid and enough sweetness (honey, agave syrup or cocoa powder work great) you can get away with practically any smoothie ingredient.

If you’re wanting to fill your cart with fruit and vegetables but can’t remember while at the grocery store what is in season, print out a pocket-sized guide (your best bet is to find what works for your region, so search for your state and then add “fruits and veggies in season chart”), or download an app onto your smart phone.

Good luck! And if you need more advice, recipes and ideas, be sure to head to The Fruits and Veggies More Matters site, where we found much of the above information!

How To Choose The Right Size Baby Diaper

Posted by on April 10, 2014 under Everything Baby | 2 Comments to Read

What Size Baby Diaper Do I Need

What Size Baby Diapers Should I Use?

Choosing the right size diaper for your baby can be confusing. Since babies grow at different rates and have different builds, diapers are sized by weight, not age. For most diaper sizes, the weights overlap. If your baby’s weight is in-between sizes, how do you decide which size is better? For example, size 1 baby diapers fit babies 8-14lbs, while size 2 diapers are for babies 12-18lbs. If your baby weighs 12lbs, what size diaper should you use?

If you’re not sure, sample a diaper size to make sure the diaper has a snug fit around your baby’s leg. No matter how quickly a diaper absorbs, if there’s a gap where liquid can escape, it will. If you’re experiencing a lot of leaks, you may need to go up or back down a diaper size. Red marks can indicate a diaper size that’s being outgrown, while gaps indicate a diaper size that’s still too large. Incorrect size is the most common reason for leaks and blowouts.

How Many Baby Diapers Do I Need?

New parents can expect to change more than a thousand diapers just in their baby’s first year. On average, most young babies go through 10 to 12 diapers a day. However, every baby is different. Some babies may need more changes, while others don’t pee or poop as frequently. For the first few weeks, breastfed babies often have a bowel movement after every feeding, while most formula-fed babies have a bowel movement at least once a day. In your baby’s first month, you should expect a minimum of six diaper changes a day (more is fine). If your baby is peeing fewer than six times a day in the first month, he or she may not be getting enough milk.

After the first month, a baby’s bowel movements often slow down. If your breastfed baby goes several days without having a bowel movement and shows no signs of being in pain, this is normally nothing to worry about. Breast milk is rich in all the vitamins and minerals your baby needs, and at times may be completely absorbed and produce very little waste. Bowel movements often slow down for formula-fed babies after the first month as well, and most formula-fed babies have around one bowel movement a day. However, formula is more likely to cause constipation than breast milk. If your formula-fed baby goes several days without a bowel movement, contact your pediatrician.

Baby Diaper Samples

To sample a diaper size, find a retailer who offers samples before making a purchase. TotalHomeCareBaby offers Cuties Baby Diaper samples for sizes 1 through 6. Each baby diaper sample pack includes 2 baby diapers and a $9 coupon off your next order.

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What To Eat While Breastfeeding

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What To Eat While Breastfeeding

Best Breastfeeding Foods

There’s a reason breast milk is the perfect food for your baby: breast milk contains just the right amount of carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals that your baby needs to grow and thrive. Although there are no special foods that will help your body create more milk, the foods you eat while breastfeeding provide all the nutrients that nourish your growing baby. Lactating parents should aim for a healthy, balanced diet that gives your body everything it needs to create rich, quality breast milk for your child.

This means that for the most part, you can continue to eat and enjoy the same foods you ate before pregnancy. There are no foods you need to avoid unless they bother your baby. Nutritious foods for your body while breastfeeding include lean proteins, dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grain breads and cereals.

A lactating parent should aim to drink at least 12 8-ounce glasses of caffeine-free fluid daily. One popular technique is to drink a glass every time you nurse. Doctors strongly recommend avoiding alcohol, especially in large amounts, and limiting the amount of caffeine and sugary drinks you consume. A moderate amount of caffeine (no more than 2-3 cups of coffee daily) will not bother most breastfed babies. Approximately 1% of the caffeine consumed by the nursing parent will pass through your breast milk to the child. Too much caffeine may make it harder for your baby to sleep or cause fussiness.

Recommended: Breastfeeding and BPA (Bisphenol A)

How Do Foods Affect Breastmilk?

Research shows that your breast milk is only affected slightly by the food you eat. In most cases, your baby enjoys the different flavors that come from your diet. If your baby is sensitive to certain foods, the following signs may appear anywhere from a few minutes up to 24 hours after a feeding:

  • Fussiness during or after feedings
  • Waking up in discomfort
  • Wheezing or coughing
  • Inconsolable crying after feeding

These signs do not mean that your baby is allergic to your milk, only to something that you are eating. If you cut back on the food that is bothering your baby, or remove it from your diet, the problem usually goes away on its own.

More serious symptoms in your baby after breastfeeding may include vomiting, diarrhea,  green stools with mucus and/or blood in the stool, rash or hives. Talk to your doctor right away if you notice these symptoms. If your baby ever has difficulty breathing, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Vegan Parents

A lactating parent’s body requires up to 500 more calories a day to create breast milk. If you follow a diet without any forms of animal protein, or eat very little meat or animal protein, you or your baby may not get enough vitamin B12 while breastfeeding. Your doctor may recommend taking vitamin B12 supplements during this time to protect your and your baby’s health. Signs of low B12 in your baby can include loss of appetite, slow motor development, weak muscles and vomiting.  If you are a vegan parent, it is important that you talk to your doctors about your vitamin B12 needs.

For more information on breastfeeding, visit the TotalHomeCare Resources BlogWomenshealth.gov, HealthyChildren.org and La Leche League.

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Breastfeeding and BPA (Bisphenol A)

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BPA free baby productsBPA (Bisphenol A) is a chemical additive in many food and liquid containers that helps to harden plastics, keep bacteria from contaminating foods, and prevent cans from rusting. BPA can be found in many hard plastic items, including baby bottles, water bottles, food containers and other storage containers. It can also be found in the lining inside metal containers that come into contact with foods or beverages, such as food cans and bottle tops.

However, there are concerns over the possible harmful effects that ingesting BPA might have on humans, especially on infants and children. There are several studies underway to determine what levels of BPA exposure may be harmful. In the meantime, concerned parents can reduce their babies’ exposure to BPA by taking the following steps:

  • Use a BPA-free breast pump, and make sure all parts that come into contact with breast milk are BPA-free
  • Use BPA-free plastic baby bottles
  • Avoid clear plastic baby bottles or containers imprinted with recycling number 7 and “PC”
  • Use bottles made of opaque plastic, or look for containers imprinted with recycling numbers 2 or 5
  • If possible, breastfeed instead of using formula, which is frequently packaged in metal cans

Heat may cause the release of BPA from plastic. If you are concerned that the bottles or containers you use are made with BPA, consider the following precautions:

  • Do not boil plastic bottles or containers
  • Do not heat plastic bottles or containers in the microwave
  • Do not wash plastic bottles or containers made with BPA in the dishwasher

BPA-Free Breastfeeding Products

TotalHomeCare is committed to the health of all parents and babies, which is why we carry breastfeeding products that are 100% BPA-free. Ameda has been a hospital-trusted brand for more than 70 years, and the Ameda Purely Yours Double Electric Breast Pump Kit is 100% BPA-free. All accessories that come into contact with breast milk or your baby are also 100% BPA-free, including CustomFit Breast Flanges, Store’N Pour Breast Milk Storage bags and Breast Milk Storage Bottles. In addition, Ameda’s Dual HygieniKit collection system is the only milk collection system approved by the FDA to protect against cross contamination.  Click here to see all BPA-free breastfeeding supplies at TotalHomeCareBaby.

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Cuties Premium Baby Wipes for Sensitive Skin

Posted by on April 9, 2014 under Everything Baby | Be the First to Comment

Cuties Premium Baby Wipes for Sensitive SkinProtect your baby’s soft bottom with Quilted Cuties Baby Wipes for Sensitive Skin. These softly textured quilted wipes are made with hypoallergenic, unscented cleansing ingredients designed for sensitive baby skin.  Each wipe is pre-moistened with cleanser and enriched with healing aloe and vitamin E to protect against diaper rash and promote skin health. Cuties Baby Wipes are thicker, softer and stronger than retail baby wipes.

Cuties Premium Baby Wipes for Sensitive Skin are made from a triple-layer, cotton-enhanced fabric for exceptional performance and comfort. Single Hand Dispensing with a push button flip-top lid gives you easy, one-handed access each and every time. Thick and cushiony, these strong and durable baby wipes can handle the toughest cleanups while remaining gentle on baby’s skin.

Cuties Premium Baby Wipe Features:

  • Easy to use soft-packs with flip-top lid
  • Single hand dispensing for one-handed use
  • Thick, soft, cotton-enhanced triple layer fabric
  • Hypoallergenic cleanser with aloe and vitamin E
  • Wipe dimensions: 6.7in x 7.7in.
  • Made in the USA

Cuties Premium Baby Wipes come with 72 wipes per soft pack, with free shipping on all orders over $40:

CR-164131       Cuties Premium Baby Wipes for Sensitive Skin       72/pack       $4.00

At Total Home Care Baby, shipping is completely free on all orders over $40. Orders come packaged in discreet, unmarked boxes for customer security. With our fast, free shipping and superior customer service, parents can save time and money from the convenience of home. Spend less time at the store, and more time with the little ones you love…

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Cuties CR0001 Newborn Baby Diapers – Fast Free Shipping

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Cuties CR0001 Newborn Baby Diapers, fast free shippingMade with premium hypoallergenic materials for your newborn baby, Cuties Baby Diapers for Newborns are as soft as a baby’s bottom. Cuties Newborn Diapers feature an ultra-absorbent, flexible core that locks wetness away to keep your baby dry and comfortable until the next diaper change. Soft, stretchy side and waist panels gently stretch and move with your baby to prevent leaks. Reattaching StretchFit tabs grip over and over, allowing parents to adjust for a secure fit and reattach after checking for wetness.

We know how easily delicate baby skin can be irritated by chemicals or other additives. Cuties CR0001 Baby Diapers are 100% ECF (Elemental Chlorine-Free), latex-free, and free from all dyes and perfumes. The extra soft, hypoallergenic liner is enriched with a delicate touch of Aloe and Vitamin E to soothe sensitive baby skin and help keep it healthy. All Cuties Baby Diapers are made in the USA.

Cuties Newborn Baby Diapers Features:

  • Fits babies up to 10lbs
  • Ultra-soft for sensitive new baby skin
  • Chlorine-free, latex-free, and free from all dyes and perfumes
  • Ultra-absorbent polymer core that locks liquid away from baby skin
  • Soft, stretchy waist and side panels
  • Reattaching StretchFit tabs
  • Hypoallergenic liner, with a delicate touch of natural healing botanicals
  • Made in USA

Cuties CR0001 Newborn Baby Diapers are sold in case quantity, with free shipping, for a low discount price:

CR0001       Cuties Baby Diapers Size N (up to 10lbs)        168/Case       $42.00

For parents who prefer a sample, each Cuties Baby Diaper Sample Pack comes with 2 sample diapers and a $9 coupon off your next order. At Total Home Care Baby, shipping is completely free on all orders over $40. Orders come packaged in discreet, unmarked boxes for customer security. With our fast, free shipping and superior customer service, parents can save time and money from the convenience of home. Spend less time at the store, and more time with the little ones you love.

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Cuties CR6001 Baby Diapers Size 6 – On Sale, Free Shipping

Posted by on April 8, 2014 under Everything Baby | Be the First to Comment

Cuties CR6001 Baby Diapers Size 6Surround your baby with exceptional leakage protection, reliability and ultra-soft comfort with Cuties Baby Diapers. Designed for the active child, Cuties Baby Diapers Size 6 are designed to move with your baby, from crawling to walking and all the way through potty training.  A flexible, ultra-absorbent core locks liquid away to keep your baby dry and comfortable. Soft, stretchy side and waist panels move with your active child for a snug, secure fit that prevents leaks, even overnight. Reattaching StretchFit tabs grip over and over like Velcro, so parents can easily check for wetness and adjust for a secure fit.

Cuties Baby Diapers are 100% ECF (Elemental Chlorine-Free), latex-free, and free of all dyes and perfumes. The extra soft, hypoallergenic liner is enriched with a touch of healing Aloe and Vitamin E to soothe sensitive baby skin and keep it healthy. All Cuties Baby Diapers are made in the USA.

Cuties Baby Diapers Size 6 Features:

  • Fits babies size 35+lbs
  • Soft, stretchy waist and side panels that move with active little ones
  • Reattaching StretchFit tabs
  • Chlorine-free, latex-free, and free from all dyes and perfumes
  • Ultra-absorbent polymer core that locks wetness away to keep skin dry
  • Hypoallergenic liner, with a delicate touch of natural healing botanicals
  • Ultra-soft materials for sensitive baby skin
  • Made in the USA

Cuties CR6001 Size 6 Baby Diapers are sold in case quantity (plus free shipping) for a discount, wholesale price:

CR6001       Cuties Baby Diapers Size 6 (35+lbs)        92/Case       $42.00

Like to try before you buy? Each Cuties Baby Diaper Sample Pack comes with 2 sample diapers and a $9 coupon off your next order. At TotalHomeCareBaby, shipping is completely free on all orders over $40. Orders come packaged in discreet, unmarked boxes for customer privacy and security. With our fast, free shipping and superior customer service, Total Home Care makes it easy for parents to save time and money from the convenience of home.

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Cuties CR5001 Baby Diapers Size 5 – On Sale, Free Shipping

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Cuties CR5001 Baby Diapers Size 5Designed for active babies, Cuties Baby Diapers Size 5 surround your baby with exceptional leakage protection, reliability and ultra-soft comfort. Cuties Baby Diapers are designed to move with your child, from crawling to walking and through potty training. Soft, stretchy waist and side panels move with your baby for a secure, snug fit that prevent leaks. Reattaching StretchFit tabs grip over and over like Velcro, so parents can easily check for wetness and adjust for a secure fit. A flexible, ultra-absorbent core locks liquid away to keep your baby dry and comfortable.

We know how important diaper materials are to parents, who want to keep harsh chemicals away from baby skin. Cuties Baby Diapers Size 5 are designed with premium hypoallergenic materials. All Cuties Diapers are 100% ECF (Elemental Chlorine-Free), latex-free, and free of all dyes and perfumes. The extra soft, hypoallergenic liner is enriched with a touch of healing Aloe and Vitamin E to soothe sensitive skin and keep it healthy. All Cuties Baby Diapers are made in the USA.

Cuties Baby Diapers Size 5 Features:

  • Fits babies size 27+lbs
  • Soft, stretchy waist and side panels that move with active babies
  • Chlorine-free, latex-free, and free from all dyes and perfumes
  • Ultra-absorbent polymer core that locks wetness away from baby skin
  • Hypoallergenic liner, with a delicate touch of natural healing botanicals
  • Reattaching StretchFit tabs
  • Ultra-soft materials for sensitive skin
  • Made in the USA

Cuties CR5001 Size 5 Baby Diapers are sold in case quantity (plus free shipping) for a discount, wholesale price:

CR5001       Cuties Baby Diapers Size 5 (27+lbs)        108/Case       $42.00

For those who prefer to try before they buy, each Cuties Baby Diaper Sample Pack comes with 2 sample diapers and a $9 coupon off your next order. At TotalHomeCareBaby, shipping is completely free on all orders over $40. Orders come packaged in discreet, unmarked boxes for customer privacy and security. With our fast, free shipping and superior customer service, Total Home Care makes it easy for parents to save time and money from the convenience of home.

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Cuties CR4001 Baby Diapers Size 4 – On Sale, Free Shipping

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Cuties CR4001 Baby Diapers Size 4Surround your baby with exceptional leakage protection, reliability and ultra-soft comfort with Cuties Baby Diapers Size 4. Designed for active babies, Cuties Baby Diapers are designed to move with your child, from crawling, to first steps and through potty training. Soft, stretchy side and waist panels move and stretch with your baby for a secure, snug fit that prevent leaks. The ultra-absorbent, flexible core locks wetness away to keep your baby dry and comfortable. Cuties Baby Diapers feature reattaching StretchFit tabs that grip over and over like Velcro, so parents can easily adjust for a secure fit. All Cuties Baby Diapers are made in the USA.

Chlorine-free and latex-free, Cuties Baby Diapers Size 4 are designed with premium hypoallergenic materials for your baby. All Cuties Diapers are 100% ECF (Elemental Chlorine-Free), latex-free, and free of all dyes and perfumes. The extra soft, hypoallergenic liner is enriched with a  touch of healing botanicals Aloe and Vitamin E to soothe sensitive skin and keep it healthy.

Cuties Baby Diapers Size 4 Features:

  • Fits babies size 22-37lbs
  • Soft, stretchy waist and side panels that move with active babies
  • Chlorine-free, latex-free, and free from all dyes and perfumes
  • Ultra-absorbent polymer core that locks liquid away from baby skin
  • Hypoallergenic liner, with a delicate touch of natural healing botanicals
  • Reattaching StretchFit tabs
  • Ultra-soft materials for sensitive skin
  • Made in the USA

Cuties CR4001 Size 4 Baby Diapers are sold in case quantity (plus free shipping) for a discount, wholesale price:

CR4001       Cuties Baby Diapers Size 4 (22-37lbs)        124/Case       $42.00

Prefer to sample before you buy? Each Cuties Baby Diaper Sample Pack comes with 2 sample diapers and a $9 coupon off your next order. At TotalHomeCareBaby, shipping is completely free on all orders over $40. Orders come packaged in discreet, unmarked boxes for customer privacy and security. With our fast, free shipping and superior customer service, Total Home Care makes it easy for parents to save time and money from the convenience of home.

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Cuties CR3001 Baby Diapers Size 3 – On Sale, Free Shipping

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Cuties CR3001 Baby Diapers Size 3Made in the USA, Cuties Baby Diapers Size 3 are designed with premium hypoallergenic materials for your baby. Cuties CR3001 Baby Diapers Size 3 are as soft as a baby’s bottom. Their soft, stretchy side and waist panels move with your baby for a secure, snug fit that prevent leaks. A flexible, ultra-absorbent core locks wetness away to keep your baby dry and comfortable. Reattaching StretchFit tabs grip over and over like Velcro, so parents can easily adjust for a secure fit.

We know diaper materials are important to parents, who want to keep all chemicals away from soft baby skin. Cuties Baby Diapers are 100%ECF (Elemental Chlorine-Free) and latex-free, and free of all dyes and perfumes. The extra soft, hypoallergenic liner is enriched with a touch of Aloe and Vitamin E to soothe and heal sensitive baby skin and keep it healthy. All Cuties Baby Diapers are made in the USA.

Cuties Baby Diapers Size 3 Features:

  • Fits babies size 16-28lbs
  • Chlorine-free, latex-free, and free from all dyes and perfumes
  • Soft, stretchy waist and side panels
  • Ultra-absorbent polymer core that locks liquid away from baby skin
  • Hypoallergenic liner, with a delicate touch of natural healing botanicals
  • Reattaching StretchFit tabs
  • Ultra-soft materials for sensitive baby skin
  • Made in the USA

Cuties CR3001 Size 3 Baby Diapers are sold in case quantity (plus free shipping) for a discount, wholesale price:

CR3001       Cuties Baby Diapers Size 3 (18-28lbs)        144/Case       $42.00

Prefer to sample before you buy? Each Cuties Baby Diaper Sample Pack comes with 2 sample diapers and a $9 coupon off your next order. At TotalHomeCareBaby, shipping is completely free on all orders over $40. Orders come packaged in discreet, unmarked boxes for customer privacy and security. With our fast, free shipping and superior customer service, Total Home Care makes it easy for parents to save time and money from the convenience of home.

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