The Best Places to Buy a DockATot

So, before we get into where the best place to buy a DockATot Deluxe is, a lot of people ask us, what exactly is a DockATot??

A DockATot Deluxe is an all in one baby lounger, sleep  positioner, portable crib and bassinet. It is for babies ages 0-8 months. It has so many functions and that’s why we LOVE it!

This product is great for safe co-sleeping with your baby!

The DockATot Deluxe is safe and comfortable. It is designed to be a snug, safe and soothing environment for babies. DockATot says, “We like to think it’s the next best thing to the womb.”

It is also great for tummy time and diaper changes as well.

Travel a lot?

The DockATot Deluxe is lightweight and portable. It is so easy to travel with! And baby always has a bed no matter where you go!

All the materials are breathable, washable and hypoallergenic. That’s always a plus in our book!

DockATot also makes the DockATot Grand for ages 9-36 months. This one is great for transitioning from a crib to a bed. The built in air bumpers act as bed rails and gives your little one a sense of security.

Please note this is in no way intended for use in cribs or bassinets!

So, where’s the best place to buy a DockATot Deluxe?? Did you know you can purchase one right here in Northwest Arkansas?!

You can visit Oh Baby Boutique – NWA on their Facebook page or visit their website. The DockATot Deluxe runs around $185.00 at this boutique.

So, where else can you purchase a DockATot Deluxe? You can purchase it online, directly from the manufacturer by going to their website. A plain white DockATot Deluxe runs you $165.00 while any of the prints or patterns run $185.00. So, if you’re opting for a print rather than a plain white DockATot, keep in mind that Oh Baby Boutique sells them for $185.00 plus tax. If you spend the same on the manufacturer website, you will have shipping costs on top of that price.

Wanting a Caribbean Vacation but Not Sure Where to Go?

Are you ready to go somewhere TROPICAL that you can truly relax and be at ease, but you have children to consider?

We’ve done all the leg work for you and found the most kid-friendly place in all of the Caribbean! After a lot, and I mean months of research, and input from a mom of a two year-old who went there, we’ve found just the right place for your family vacation!

Ready to know the place?!

Franklyn D. Resort and Spa located in

St. Ann Jamaica!

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Why this resort, you ask?

The list of reasons are endless! Besides the fact that it is all-inclusive, I would say our top reason would be that it is the ONLY resort or hotel in all of Jamaica that has a Nanny Vacation Service. So what exactly does this service entail? Your family is assigned a FREE, that’s right, FREE NANNY! This resort truly is all inclusive. She has been specially trained to take care of you and your family’s needs. When you arrive at the resort, you are greeted by your Vacation Nanny. She will be with you from check-in to check-out. She can participate in family activities, which is nice because you have an extra set of eyes on your child/children while playing on the beach, etc. allowing you to relax a little easier with that added peace of mind. Or she can watch the children and do fun activities with them while you enjoy adult activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, etc. When you want to spend time with just your family, she will care for your suite by tidying up and cleaning it. Unlike other resorts in other countries, your nanny is yours and yours alone for your entire trip as part of your all-inclusive package. She will be with you free of charge from 8:30AM to 4:40PM each day. (Additional services are $9/hr) At the end of your stay here, she will feel like part of the family!

What else makes this resort a great destination? Aside from the FOUR restaurants (one of which is on the beach!) to choose from, they have a “Kidz Buffet” that runs from 5:30PM to 7:00PM each day.

To see all the other amenities that this resort has to offer, check out their website, Franklyn D. Resort.

A Beginners Guide to Bathing Your Newborn

Are you a new parent and a nervous wreck thinking about that first bath you have to give your newborn?

Don’t be! We are here to walk you through it!

So, how often should you bathe your new baby? Many experts say that three times a week should be sufficient for the first year. Bathing your baby more often than that can dry out their skin. You should make sure to thoroughly clean the diaper area when changing diapers though.

For the first few weeks, until the umbilical cord stump falls off, you should not submerge your baby in water, causing the stump to get wet. You should only do sponge baths while the stump is attached to avoid getting it wet.

Babies lose body heat very fast!

For that reason, the room you are bathing baby in should be between 75 and 80 degrees.

Bathe your baby on a flat surface, placing cushioning such as another towel under the baby.

Before beginning, make sure you have gathered all your supplies. You will need mild baby soap, 2 soft washcloths, a towel, cotton rounds, a clean diaper, and clean clothes.

Start by dampening the cotton round in warm water and gently clean around each eye. Use a new cotton round for each eye.

Next, start with a little soap on a warm damp washcloth and begin with baby’s face, neck, and scalp.

Then, use the second washcloth, make sure it’s warm and damp, and rinse the soap off of what you just washed with soap. Dry baby’s head and face and cover with the towel to keep your baby warm. Start washing down the front of baby, again going behind with the damp, warm washcloth and then drying.

Again, DO NOT wash the umbilical cord stump or get it wet.

Do the same with baby’s backside. As soon as you have bathed your baby and they are dry, put on the diaper and clothe the baby.

Once the stump has fallen off, you can place your baby in a small tub for infants. Put approximately 2″ of water in the tub, keep a warm washcloth over baby to keep them warm, and bathe baby in the same manner as before.

Still nervous or have questions? Give us a call and arrange for one of our postpartum Doulas to be there with you! (870) 654-0649.

5 MUST HAVES for Pregnant Women

What do I need to be the most comfortable I can be during the end of my pregnancy?

We get this question A LOT! So, to answer your questions, after a ton of research, we have compiled a list of the top five items you need!

  1. A Pregnancy Pillow. The consensus from several websites was the Moonlight Slumber pillow by Comfort U. Although pricey at around $110.00 on Amazon.com, you will not regret spending that money. Its hard to find another pillow for pregnant women with as much comfort and support as this pregnancy pillow. Even non-pregnant patients use this pillow for back and full-body relief.
  2. A Maternity Support Belt. I recommend, from personal experience as well as many reviews, the Best Cradle maternity belt. It helps reduce swelling of the feet and ankles and helps with back pain. I used this particular belt that was recommended by my care provider because I have scoliosis. This belt significantly reduced my back pain. You can find it on Amazon.com for $54.00. It’s totally worth the investment!
  3. A good Maternity Bra is a must! After reading many, many reviews, women most liked the Women’s Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra by Bravado. It has removable foam molded cups, super soft fabric, NO horrible underwire and it can be easily used after pregnancy, especially if you plan to breast feed. It has one handed nursing clasps. It comes in sizes Small to XXL and can be found on Amazon.com for $49.00.
  4. Shoes are sooo important! In my research I found that Women’s Go Walk by Sketchers are a must! They are light weight and, lets face it, you’re already carrying around enough extra weight so that’s a definite plus! They are very soft, comfortable, and very supportive. Another plus is they can be found in a variety of stores for around $50.00!
  5. Lastly, maternity jeans are obviously a must. AG Maternity Jeans fit most all body types. The material is soft and comfortable and certain styles have great support bands. You can purchase these jeans on destinationmaternity.com starting at around $150.00 per pair. That seems like a lot but several pregnant women swear by these jeans over all other brands!

We hope this blog helps to steer you in the right direction!

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Why I Became A Doula

Every doula seems to have a story to tell about how they chose this line of work. It’s never really for the money or because it’s something simple and easy, it’s usually a labor of love and passion. My story is no different.

I was a sexuality educator for several years before I became interested in being a doula. I answered many questions and wrote articles on a variety of subjects pertaining to reproductive health and relationships. I began to realize that I was getting a lot of questions about pregnancy, birth, and childcare that I just didn’t know the answer to. I started taking online classes and doing research on the subject to be more informed. I was there for my little brother’s birth and then again for my nephew. Both were induced due to health problems and both were long labors. As I began to learn more about how pregnancy and birth worked I realized that my loved ones really needed way more support and education than they got. As I heard more people’s birth stories I came to similar conclusions. Just like I was supporting people through other reproductive health procedures as an educator, I saw a need for more people to receive assistance during birth. I wish I could say I was helpful during my loved ones’ births but I was basically paralyzed in a corner out of fear. It made me want to learn how to help people going through that experience.

I wasn’t interested in becoming a midwife or OBGYN but, in my research I learned about people called doulas. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to me. I just wasn’t sure how to become one, so it got put on my “things I want to do someday” list. One day I saw a car drive past with an advertisement for a local doula organization on it. I now knew there were doulas in the area! A quick google search led me to find a “Meet the Doulas” event so, I went to the next one to answer questions. I was the only one there besides the doulas who wasn’t pregnant. They told me about the leading organizations that certify doulas and I picked one and the rest is history. I love my job and I’m so glad I get to serve the great people of northwest Arkansas.

Lydia Nelson, Labor and Postpartum Doula

No, I’m Not Like a Midwife; Doulas VS Midwives

So many people have not heard of a Doula or they do not know what a Doula does. I’ve had phone calls from several women wanting a homebirth, asking me to attend their birth to deliver their baby.

According to Wikipedia  , a Doula, also known as a birth companion and post birth supporter, is a nonmedical person who assists a person before, during and/or after childbirth, as well as her spouse  and/or family, by providing physical assistance and emotional support. To read more about this, click on the above Wikipedia link. You need to make sure when hiring a Doula, that your Doula has been trained and is certified or pursuing certification through a reputable certifying agency.

A midwife, according to dictionary.com, is a person who serves as an attendant at childbirth but is not a physician. Some midwives (called certified nurse midwives)  are trained in university programs, which usually require previous education in nursing; others (called lay midwives)  learn their skills through apprenticeship.

So, are you still wanting to know more differences between a Doula and a midwife?

  • The Doula leaves all medical procedures to the midwife. Doulas do not do cervical checks or even take your blood pressure. That is within the scope of the midwife. If a doula were to do this, it would be outside of his or her scope of practice and if caught, the Doula would most likely be banned from her certifying organization.
  •  Doulas are with you at all times where as the midwives sometimes go in and out of the room.
  •  Doulas are more able to focus on the laboring woman emotionally while the midwives are busy focusing on the medical side of things.
  •  Doulas tend to work more with the partner by helping them figure out what they can or want to do to help the laboring woman.
  •  A Doula does not replace your midwife but rather can add extra services, such as helping with techniques to manage labor pain and even providing support and help during the newborn’s early days.

Still have questions? Give us a call at 870–6 54–0649. We serve all of Northwest Arkansas including Harrison, Arkansas and also serve Branson, Missouri. We also offer complementary consultations!

I’m Not Here to Replace Your Partner

Gone are the days when expectant parents were anxiously outside the birthing suite pacing the hall or sitting in the waiting room waiting on the arrival of their baby. Todays expectant partners, loved ones and families are different.

When it comes to the birth of your baby, your partner may want to share as much of that experience with you as possible. They may want to be actively involved but aren’t quite sure how they can be the most helpful. A doula can help your partner and guide them through this special experience feeling confident. With the support of a doula, partners tend to be MORE involved rather than pull away during stressful times.

Today, it is common practice for partners to participate in childbirth education classes and attend prenatal visits with your care provider. A lot of times, the partner is expected to be familiar with the birth process and the language of birth. They’re expected to be knowledgeable of medical procedures and to advocate for you, the birthing woman, in an unfamiliar environment. Doulas can help by interpreting the medical lingo and can provide you with information to make the appropriate decisions and to also facilitate communication between the parents and their care provider.

Doulas are skilled in physical, mental, emotional and informational support. Doulas have experience in the birthing process and also with supporting families going through this process.

Partners have love for the laboring woman and the baby. They also have a history with her, creating a deep connection between them. Partners are also more knowledgeable on how the woman deals with pain and stress and are aware of some ways to better support her.

Doulas support partners too! With a doula, your partner can eat, rest and take breaks all while you’re still being supported.

Partners and doulas are an excellent combination!