Grandparents Love Comfy Crawlers!

grandparentsThe minute the world hears the baby’s first cry, the race is on! While mom is giving birth, there is a group of very competitive older yet wiser adults waiting for their names to be called first. Yes you guessed it, the grandparents. Pacing back and forth in the waiting area they are filled with excitement and great plans as to how they will become the world’s greatest grandparents. Thinking over and over again the many times they could have done things different with their own children, but now it’s different they feel the pressure of getting a second chance to get things right. This time it’s different they don’t have to deal with the tough love, they just have to love.  Will it be his parents that become the favorite or will it be her parents, hum, what to do?

In thinking how hard it was for me to pick the favorite grandparents, I wished it was both sets of grandparents but it is inevitable; one must become the “other grandparents” and the other “nana and papa” the favorites. For many families it is dependent on wisdom, care, geography, love or really just how much you interject. Here is a simple idea that can help you win some points toward becoming the world’s best grandparents in your grand baby’s life:  Padded pants, you heard me right Comfy Crawlers! Why you ask, well it’s simple. Comfy crawlers come in great designs and sizes, providing care and protection for the precious baby. It will show that you care from the moment they are newborn to well into the crawling stages. The padded pants provide protection on their elbows, knees and bottoms. Think about it, anywhere your grandbaby goes with you he/she will be protected against any harsh surfaces that can cause them to bruise or even earn their first scrape (yikes! You would not want that to happen on your watch). As a mom I would see Comfy Crawlers as a sign of wisdom, thinking ahead on how to protect the baby at all times, “safety first” knowing that not everywhere you go has padded floors. In conclusion had my parents thought of Comfy Crawlers from the very beginning, they would have had 1st place in grandparents race. Hope this helps, congratulations and good luck on your grand parenting journey.

Blog by Lluvya Jagtiani

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Grandparents Love Comfy Crawlers!

Von Willebrand Disease (VWD)…What Is It?

T_vonWillebrand1 According to the medical dictionary, VWD is an inherited autosomal recessive disease in which abnormally slow coagulation of blood may lead to spontaneous and excessive bleeding following an injury. Huh! In simpler terms von Willebrand disease is the most common inherited bleeding disorder, in which a clotting protein called von Willebrand factor is deficient or defective.

There are three different types of VWD and they are as followed:

Type 1 VWD is the most common form. People with Type 1 VWD have lower than normal levels of VWF. Symptoms are usually very mild. Still, it is possible for someone with Type 1 VWD to have serious bleeding.

Type 2 VWD involves a defect in the VWF structure. The VWF protein does not work properly, causing lower than normal VWF activity. There are different Type 2 VWD defects. Symptoms are usually moderate.

Type 3 VWD is usually the most serious form. People with Type 3 VWD have very little or no VWF. Symptoms are more severe. People with Type 3 VWD can have bleeding into muscles and joints, sometimes without injury. According to kidshealth.org here are some signs and symptoms. The symptoms of von Willebrand disease can include:

  • bruising that’s unusual in location or frequency
  • bleeding in the mucous membranes, such as the gums, nose, and lining of the gastrointestinal system
  • excessive or prolonged bleeding after a tooth is pulled or tonsils are removed or prolonged oozing from cuts
  • excessive or prolonged bleeding after circumcision

Von Willebrand Disease (VWD)…What Is It?

Keeping Your Crawling Baby Safe

Do you remember the times in your life when it all seemed so big and so far? For me it is every Monday morning while trying to tackle mount washmore and attempting to talk myself into the reasons why I should go for that mile walk that looks like ten miles. Well for your baby it may feel that way now as they begin to explore the world around them thru crawling. To their little size and eyes a dog may look like a pony, a playpen like a room and a room may appear to be a park. Preparing them to have a joyful and wonderful experience is a whole lot of fun, however we must consider safety first. Making sure to drop down on the floor to see what they see is important in trying to understand them and working hard at keeping them safe. For example before your baby started crawling you may have dropped a few things here and there like the back of an earring and it was no big deal but now with your baby crawling that can be a whole other story. The baby may come across that earing backing and decide to place it in their mouth to see how it tastes. Yuck!! This is why I encourage you in the beginning of your baby’s crawling experience to close off an area for your baby to freely, joyfully and safely crawl. Make this area off limits to small objects, dirty shoes, pets, pet toys, electrical cords etc… It is also much easier to keep an area that is off limits clean, free of unwanted germs or harsh cleaning chemicals. Invest in things like gates, foam mats, pop up tunnels, play rugs, toys and of course my all-time favorite padded pants. As your baby gains speed their little knees can become bruised or even scratched while playing and exploring their new found freedom. Play games with your baby, like obstacle courses, chase, tag, hide and seek; have fun, be creative and protect your knees! (Our bodies just aren’t the same after having a baby). There are so many fun outings for you and your baby to enjoy the season of crawling. Places like Gymboree, My Gym, your local YMCA offer great mommy and me playtime where you and your baby can socialize while mastering the art of crawling.

Keeping Your Crawling Baby Safe

Baby Shower! Items To Add To Your Registry

Pregnancy-2If you are a new mom, the first trip to the baby store to start your gift registry can be a scary experience. My advice is to have the company of a veteran mom of multiple kids to help you make that trip a little more realistic. Some of the things you may want to consider adding to your registry are:

  • Baby-furniture (crib, changing station, bassinet)
  • Infant car seat
  • Medical supplies (thermometer, medicine dropper, suction bulb, baby meds)
  • Breast pump, bottles of your choice, milk storage supplies
  • Nursing accessories like pillows, breast pads, and nipple creams
  • Formula if you are not able or planning to breast feed
  • Stroller
  • Play yard
  • Baby monitor
  • High chair
  • Stationary entertainer
  • Swing
  • Nursing chair
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Bibs and burp cloths
  • Receiving blankets
  • Diaper pail
  • Baby carrier or sling
  • Bouncy seat
  • Bottle warmer/bottle rack/bottle brush/insulated bottle bag
  • Bathtub and hooded towels
  • A diaper bag
  • Mobiles
  • Baby Bullet
  • Crawling mats
  • Pop up tunnels

 Again these are some suggestions we at Gissybella thought will help make your gift registry a little less stressful. Believe me, you will get plenty of pacifiers, onesies, washcloths, lotions, shampoos, adorable baby clothes, accessories, and booties that there really is not much need to add those items to your registry. That is of course unless you come across something you absolutely must have and can’t see your baby going without. Be prepared also to receive some gifts that will shock you, confuse you and straight up make you laugh. What to do with the extra stuff? Most stores will give you store credit for those duplicate or abundant gifts; you can save or use that credit when you need it (whether its diapers, wipes or a neat gadget you just had to try). Donating to local places, selling items, or starting a hand-me-down co-op are other great ways to put to use those items your baby outgrew in what seemed like a couple of days for great use.

Baby Shower! Items To Add To Your Registry

My Child Has Hemophilia…Now What? Important Resources For Parents

Screen_shot_2010-04-12_at_4.08.07_PMAccepting the news that your precious child has hemophilia is overwhelming all in itself, now trying to do research on the subject matter while being consumed with emotion can sometimes feel unbearable.   With the amount of information available at our fingertips it can become time consuming. This is precious time that you need to be free and available to spend with your child. How can you get it all done and still be able to be a wife, a mother, a woman; not to worry! Here at Gissybella we have taken the initiative to do some of the research for you. We have taken the time to put together a small list of resources  that are available for you to help you adapt and be equipped for this new chapter of life.

        National hemophilia Foundation

www.hemophilia.org

Their Mission

The National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) is dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for inheritable bleeding disorders and to preventing the complications of these disorders through education, advocacy and research. Established in 1948, the National Hemophilia Foundation has chapters throughout the country. Its programs and initiatives are made possible through the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations as well as through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

World Federation of Hemophilia

www.wfh.org

Their Mission

We save and improve lives by:

training experts in the field to properly diagnose and manage patients;

advocating for adequate supply of safe treatment products; and

educating and empowering people with bleeding disorders to help them live healthier, longer and more productive lives.

Our vision of “Treatment For All” is that one day, all people with a bleeding disorder will have proper care, no matter where they live. Treatment for All means:

proper diagnosis, management, and care by a multidisciplinary team of trained specialists;

safe, effective treatment products for all people with bleeding disorders; and

expanding services beyond hemophilia, to those with von Willebrand disease, rare factor deficiencies, and inherited platelet disorders.

  

Hemophilia Federation of America

www.hemophiliafed.org

Their Mission

HFA member organizations across the country utilize HFA’s collaborative federation to strengthen community support and awareness, develop effective local organizations, and implement valuable community-based programs. These programs include a wide range of adult outreach initiatives, as well as broad-based support for families with bleeding disorders / hemophilia.

 Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health

http://www.mchb.hrsa.gov/programs/hemophilia/

Their Mission

The National Hemophilia Program assists people with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders and their families by helping to provide recommended and appropriate coordinated care through 12 regional grants with a connected regional network of 130 hemophilia treatment centers (HTCs) located throughout the country. These HTCs help improve the health of these patients by providing diagnostic and educational services for these inherited conditions; developing wide-ranging, culturally sensitive and family-centered genetic services and an understanding of how these genetic conditions affect people’s health.

 

Hemophilia Moms

www.hemophiliamoms.com

Their Mission

Connected by shared experience. Comforted by shared understanding.

Hemophilia Moms is a community of mothers whose children have hemophilia. They work to build awareness about bleeding disorders, maintain an active support network, and help caregivers and people with hemophilia stay in touch with others who share their experience

 

As you can see, you are not alone! There is a community of moms like you working hard to keep their kids safe, healthy and comfortable. You don’t have to do this alone. Until next time…

 

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My Child Has Hemophilia…Now What? Important Resources For Parents

Baby Got Crawling Style! Different ways babies crawl…

Crawling baby stages

Clear the way mama because here they come! From the moment you give birth to that precious baby the race begins their first diaper change, their first smile, and their first roll; then it begins the signs of independence. Every racing month your baby is growing and you are eagerly looking forward to the next milestone to catch every moment on camera. Yes mamas it goes by so fast it feels like you are always trying to catch up. One of these milestones is when your baby is ready to crawl. The pediatrician will most likely advise you to get your house ready when you see signs like the baby pulling their weight with their arms because they have not developed the muscles on the lower body. Some will do a traditional cross crawling, some will scoot, and some will roll; it is different for every baby so take a breath and enjoy the uniqueness of your child.   According to zerotothree.org here are a few different ways babies learn to move:

  1. The “I’ll Have the Usual”: This is the classic crawl—alternating hand on one side and knee on the other to go, go, go.
  2. The “Crab”—Just like at the beach, the “crab” bends one knee and extends the opposite leg to scoot forward.
  3. The “Commando”—Look out, this crawler lies flat on her belly and drags herself forward using her arms.
  4. The “Rolling Wonder”—Who needs to crawl when rolling gets me where I need to go?
  5. The “Take It in Stride” Kid—Some children skip crawling and go right to walking. No time to waste—here I come!

There’s no right or wrong way to crawl. As long as a baby is making progress in his ability to use his body to get around, that’s what is important.

Keep in mind that now the floor becomes the baby’s world: be prepared! Some of the ways to prepare are by making sure the way is clear and safe for your baby: removing cords, small objects, covering outlets, investing in a good baby gate and padding are great ways to help your baby. Chances are you can’t put foam padding all over your floor, investing in padded pants or rompers are great ways of keeping your child safe. Now back to the racing, on your marks get set go!!!! My advice is to not worry about the countless amount of chores you have to do on a daily basis, just lay on the floor to enjoy this season with your baby because as the saying goes “time flies when you are having fun”.  Until next time…

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By Lluvya Jagtiani, Mommy and Blogger

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Bumps and Bruises-What is Hemophilia?

Understanding HemophiliaWhat is Hemophilia?

From the first signs of crawling, we as parents begin to realize that our fragile babies will experience bumps and bruises along their life. It is a pretty normal reaction to want to prevent any injury from happening since the last thing we would want is to see our children be hurt in any way. It is all easily controlled by taking all the safety precautions of making your home baby proof. That is until you get news from your pediatrician that something could be wrong with the baby’s health. There are many health conditions that can go undetected for a number of months.

One of these many conditions is hemophilia. According to Kids Health, currently about 17,000 people in the United States have hemophilia. Hemophilia affects mostly boys -about 1 in every 5,000-10,000 is born with it. Girls are more rarely affected but are still at risk. So what exactly is hemophilia? According to a medical dictionary hemophilia is defined as a medical condition in which the ability of the blood to clot is severely reduced, causing the sufferer to bleed severely from even a slight injury. The condition is typically caused by a hereditary lack of a coagulation factor, most often factor VIII.

According to the allaboutbleeding-us.com website, it is difficult to see these symptoms in an unmovable baby. It is easier to see the symptoms once a child is moving around or even a toddler.

Symptoms to look for:

At first, parents of a child with hemophilia A are unlikely to notice symptoms in their baby. This is particularly common when parents are unaware of a family history of hemophilia. In 30% of cases, the first indication of a bleeding disorder will occur when a male child is circumcised. Otherwise, the sign of hemophilia A is not usually noticeable until the child is a toddler, when injuries are more common.

Signs that your toddler might have hemophilia include:

Prolonged nosebleeds.

Excessive bruising, sometimes raised, often appearing on the stomach, chest, buttocks and back.

Mouth bleeds when a child bites on his or her lips or tongue, as toddlers tend to do.

While hemophilia cannot be cured, it can be treated and successfully managed.

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Although hemophilia is incurable, Comfy Crawlers can aid in making the condition more manageable. The unique design of the Comfy Crawler padding can help reduce the appearance of bumps and bruises on a baby or toddler.

Take a deep breath and be more at peace knowing that there are treatments and resources that can help you and your little one.

Written by Lluvya Jagtiani, Mom and Blogger

Bumps and Bruises-What is Hemophilia?