Your Questions About Baby Care

Ken asks…

I need ideas for a name for my mommy business?

I’m going out on my own and starting my own business. Now is a good time since I no longer have any clients (since ihave a 6 week old) so it won’t be a conflict of intrest to leave and start my own business. Anyway . . .

I plan to offer many services for new and expecting mothers.

From childbirth education to post-pardum care, newborn care, lactation consultant, baby-wearing, a whole range of things. Any hopefully I can find another mom or two to help teach the things I’m not familiar with (such as cloth diapering, and raising a healthy vegan, ect)

I want a name that I can use for my email and website so it needs to be rather short. I thought of mommys helper but it is already taken. Any ideas?
I want a name that suggests motherhood in some way. Mom, mama, mommy, mother, ma, something

Rug Rats R Us is too cute LOL, however I”m sure the “R Us” would cause legal problems.

The Expert answers:

1.Developing Babies
2.Tiny Minds Help
3.Parents Little Helper
4.Youre Not Alone

Carol asks…

Is it right for child protective services to remove a newborn baby form her mom while breastfeeding?

I had a baby girl 20 days ago and child protective services took her away from me while I was breastfeeding her. I keep a very clean house and my baby girl had everything that she needed. Everytime they came to my house she was clean, in a clean diaper, content, fed, and sleeping. I just need insight on this situation. The reason for them taking her was on my past history from years ago. I believe that people can change. I have been in a parenting class for 7 months now, counsiling, and have been drug free for about a year. I just don’t understand why they would take her from me while I am breastfeeding her and doing everything to better myself so that I can be the mom that I want to be. They say that they just look out for the best intrest of the child, but how is that in her best intrest? But yet since they have taken her she has missed two doctors visits, has been dirty at the visits that I get, and just not cared for like she would be if she were with me. I need answers.

The Expert answers:

Well i would say that’s despicable,they have no compassion,especially how you have just given birth,how can they hold you responsible for your past,that’s discrimination,especially as you say you have been to classes etc,and if you are clean all well and good,i don’t know the answers but i agree everyone deserves a chance how can you ever prove your self if you are not given a chance,i hope everything works out for you,and you find the happiness everyone deserves,i wish you well,peAce.

William asks…

What are your thoughts on this?

The Green Thing

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good
for the environment.

The woman apologized to him and explained, “We didn’t have the green
thing back in my day.”
The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment.”
He was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to
the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and
sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and
over. So they really were recycled.
But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every
store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t
climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby‘s diapers because we didn’t have the
throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy
gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really
did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their
brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that old lady
is right; we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every
room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief
(remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana .

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have
electric machines to do everything for us.
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded
up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut
the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised
by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on
treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup
or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.
We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we
replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the
whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But we didn’t have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their
bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour
taxi service.
We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets
to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget
to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in
order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old
folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a
lesson in conservation from a smarty pants young person.

The Expert answers:

Yeah… And I walked to school every day, eight miles there, eleven miles back, uphill… Both ways!

My parents’ generation (post war) and our grandparents and all the others for that matter did everything in their power their entire lives not only to know nothing, but to sabotage a liberal society and prevent it from happening. I remain unimpressed by milk bottles. They reused the milk bottles because they were cheapskates, not because they ever cared about anything. They burned down the planet. They tried to use it all up and leave us nothing because they were resentful of the idea of anything ever being better for us than is was for them. Everybody over the age of 30 deserves their backsides kicked out the tops of their skulls by young people today. What we have handed the next generation is a crime beyond measurement or description.

Mark asks…

What would you have said if you we’re in my place?

Last night, we had a surprise post baby shower for one of the young wives in our spouses group. She had twins 8 weeks ago, and has been caring for them all alone, because her husband is on deployment. Poor gal has been running herself ragged trying to care for two colicy babies on her own. She didn’t have what she needed for her precious babies. I know that she and her husband have been struggling financially. I called the leader of our spouses group, and asked if we all could help her out. All 43 members of our group donated baby items, bottles, services, gift cards, diapers, babysitting time etc. She knew who the culprit was that set the whole thing up.. I admit it was me.. LOL. It made my heart feel good to see the joy in her eyes, as she was opening her gifts.

But there is always a bad apple in the barrel that has to spoil the whole bunch. There is always a woman at our meetings (some of us call Attilla, The Breast Feeding Hun), who has very militant attitude about breast feeding. She has offended everyone that belongs to our spouses group. Our group is fun, friendly, and we keep it family oriented. The leader of our group was a breast feeding mom, and our co-leader is not a breast feeding mom. Both of the leaders feel that it doesn’t matter how babies are fed, as long as they are happy, healthy, and well taken care of. The leaders of the group are laid back, funny, gifted, smart, wonderful women. They do an excellent job of making sure things get organized. I appreciate all of their hard work.

Well Attila the Breast Feeding Hun, decided to open up her big mouth last night. She saw that some of the moms bought Dr. Brown’s Bottles for our guest of honor. She made a comment to someone next to her, that bottle feeding moms are “Useless, Lazy, and Uneducated.” Our guest of honor heard what Attilla said, and it made her cry! Our co-leader took our guest of honor to the restroom.

I then looked at our leader, and she nodded at me to go ahead and say something to Attilla. I turned to Attilla and said, “This evening was to help a fellow wife in need. No one wants to hear your militant views about breast feeding anymore! Your words and comments made that sweet young woman cry. That’s not acceptable! Now I’m asking you as a lady, to please leave.” This made Attilla mad. Our guest of honor came out of the restroom after Attilla left, and enjoyed the rest of her party.

This morning, Attilla called the ombudsman, and told her that we we’re, “Cruel, and embarrassed her”. The ombudsman said, “Well, that is something that you will have to take up with the leaders of the enlisted spouses group. This matter is out of my hands.” The squadron ombudsman is part of our support group, but she was not there to hear me ask Attilla leave..

So ladies, have you ever met a woman like Attilla, The Breast Feeding Hun? If so, what would you have said in my place?

I would like to add a few things: My sweet young friend has health condition that prevents her from breast feeding. The medication she takes, could cause damage to a baby if the baby is breast fed. Her pregnancy was an unexpected surprise.

The Expert answers:

“Useless, Lazy, and Uneducated,” at a baby shower? Wow, that woman is a TRIP! I bet her husband is happy to be deployed to get far, far away from that crazy hen.

But, truly it is not the end of the world and the new mom should learn that many people she comes in contact with will always try to put her down or try to force their beliefs on her. The sooner she learns to stand strong & confident in her decisions…the happier and better-off she will be.

Oh, and yes, I have met MANY women like Attilla– more than I could count.

Helen asks…

What’s going on with my husband? Kinda long only serious answers

My husband is deployed were we live I don’t have anyone around and we have a newborn baby. I am going back to work and the day care center is around $180 a week for FT child care.
My husband is giving me the money for rent and an extra $150 a month. So I have to pay a sitter so I can work to buy our baby what she needs and pay all the other bills. I don’t know if he gets any extra pay while he is deployed he is in Kosovo.
I had a hard time with him paying anything before when I was pregnant now it’s like I’m a single parent with no help. I won’t have much left over every payday after paying for child care. I bought a bus pass so I can travel to the child care center and work that way. I don’t have insurance on my car now and can’t afford gas. When my husband left for deployment all he bought was a bag of diapers he didn’t give me any money for anything. My friend watched my baby for me this week while I did a temp service job so I could buy the baby formula and diapers. I don’t know what to do anymore I am seriously upset I just feel like our marriage should be 50/50 and it’s not. I the one who goes without all the time and it sucks not even being able to go to the grocery when I need to. When he left for deployment he didn’t put the baby on his insurance he had awhile to do so but didn’t. So last week I had to go to job and family services and apply for her to get insurance through them. I love my husband and I give this marriage my all people, I do seriously. But when is enough enough it sucks being married leaving my baby with my friend and walking all over the city just to find something for right now so I can buy her what she needs when I do think my husband could be helping us out more. Even after all his bills he should have something left over I would think but who knows. When he was home he spent any extra money he had on eating out and who knows what else. I just need some advice on what my game plan should be. I can’t live like this I should not have to worry about my electric going to be turned off when I have a new baby it’s sick. Any advice would be helpful thanks.

The Expert answers:

Call his commanding officer, find out why your not getting a check sent from the govt.

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