March for Babies 2016

And like that another year has passed and another March for Babies is around the corner! This will be the 3rd year the Loving Nest is proud to participate in the March for Babies in Boston. Last year the event took place at Fenway Park and this year it will return to the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell. This year’s walk is 2 days after my due date, so although we will not be physically there, we still want to contribute as much as possible.   Tell me more about it, you say.   Well, March for Babies is a wonderful cause that raises money to help give each baby a healthy beginning. The money raised not only is used in research, but also supports local programs that educate women and reduce risks during pregnancy, as well as provides comfort and information to 90,000 families with a newborn in intensive care through March of Dimes NICU Family Support®. Their involvement has also helped the U.S. premature birth rate to drop for the 7th year in a row. When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to nearly half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies.   How can I help?   This year I won’t be physically walking, but anyone who wants to spend a nice day in Boston walking for a wonderful cause is welcome to join and represent The Loving Nest’s team. Don’t feel like walking? That’s fine too. Head over to our page and place your small (or big)...

6 Guidelines for Raising Emotionally Healthy Kids

There are so many things I am passionate about when it comes to the field of Early Childhood Mental Health. So, when Nicole Starr Photography asked me to pick a theme close to my heart to write about as a guest blogger for her website, it was really hard to choose just one thing. I decided to write an article that would give a little bit of information on several different topics that are the most frequently asked about when it comes to raising babies and young children. If you want to learn more about my 6 Guidelines for Raising Emotionally Healthy Kids, head over to Nicole’s blog and read all about it! I hope you enjoy it and come back to my website and leave your thoughts and comments below! Read...

Small Business Saturday 2015

It’s Small Business Saturday and The Loving Nest prepared 3 special deals just for you!  2 Private Infant Massage Classes for just $99 Newborn Package now for just $170 2 Parenting Workshops for $30 Just add these classes to your cart and your discount will automatically be applied! Purchase until next Saturday, December 5th, but you can schedule into 2016. Home-visits will be scheduled according to availability. The parenting workshops will happen in Framingham on December 1st and 15th and in North Attleboro on December 2nd! Please e-mail any questions about this sale/promotion to: info@thelovingnest.com  Shop...

Infant Massage: what is it and why you should do it

  What Is Infant Massage? Infant massage consists of using nurturing touch to massage a baby.  It is also a helpful way to learn how to read your baby’s cues and understand the unspoken language of the newborn.   Why should I massage my infant? There are many reasons why you should massage your new baby. First of all, the sense of touch develops in utero and is one of  his/her most developed senses when a child enters the world. This is why babies enjoy being in close contact with their parents, doing skin-to-skin and being held so much. Furthermore, research has shown that the positive, nurturing, and purposeful touch that happens during infant massage, can help foster your baby’s development. Using infant massage routinely, you will also find that you will be able to feel more in-tune and better communicate with your baby, as you pick-up more and more their nonverbal cues. This may increase parenting confidence as you learn to understand and respond to these sometimes subtle cues. Finally, through the unique interaction and nurturing touch that you are giving your child during the practice of Infant Massage, you will be teaching your baby that he/she is loved, cared for, and respected. This rich communication helps to develop even more the attachment and bonding between you and your child! Other benefits may include:  • relaxation • promotes healthy digestion • improves sleep patterns • sensory stimulation • relieves gas pain • increases confidence in parenting by learning to understand and respond to infant non-verbal cues Watch this video to learn more about the benefits of Infant Massage! Do you want to learn how to massage your baby? Schedule a class...
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