Cord Blood Banking/Donation

Before your baby is even born, the umbilical cord serves as his or her (or their) lifeline. Did you know that after your baby is born, that lifeline can give hope to others? When patients with leukemia, lymphoma or other life-threatening diseases need a transplant, cord blood can be an option and a life saver. How does it work? It starts with parents donating their baby’s cord blood to one of several cord blood banking centers. Then, the doctor will look for a donor or a cord blood unit with a tissue type that matches their patient. If they’re a close match, that patient can receive the cord blood.baby-love-1208286-m

Cord blood donation is completely safe for you and your baby. No blood is taken from your baby. It’s only taken from the umbilical cord after your baby is born. Additionally, your labor and delivery will not be affected. Today, 18% of transplant patients receive cord blood that was generously donated to a public cord blood bank.

Parents may also choose to store their baby’s cord blood. While donating cord blood is usually free, storing cord blood can come with certain costs. But, you’ll want to be sure to check as each state and banking center is different. Learn more at these websites:

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I Just Got Babyplus

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I just received the greatest pregnancy gift of all, BabyPlus! I’ve known about and followed BabyPlus for years, but it wasn’t until just recently, I was finally the one who was able to start using it.

My husband and I have been married for over 5 years and we knew we wanted to wait to have kids. Well, after five of the best years of our lives, we decided to start trying. Luckily, we were able to get pregnant within the first four months of trying and are now due on September 28 (just 15 days after our 6-year anniversary).

Two weeks ago, we found out that we were having a girl and couldn’t be more thrilled. Even though, my husbands first words were, “Oh boy, I’m in trouble,” I know that he’ll be the most amazing dad in the world, even if (when) he does get wrapped around her little finger.

Soon after finding out the gender, we were sent the best gift of all, BabyPlus. For the past two weeks, I have been using this every night and am loving it. My husband is a drummer, so he likes the metronome feel of it as well. I’m excited to take you on my journey over the next several months of using BabyPlus. Stay tuned in and there will be more posts coming your way soon!

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Foods To Skip During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an incredible gift. And, it’s our job as moms to ensure that our babies are getting the healthy nutrients they need. It’s also important to keep them protected by avoiding certain foods that are not considered safe during pregnancy. We’ve compiled a list of off-limits-foods for you:sushi-roll-1345449-m

  • Alcohol. Currently, there is no known safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy. Therefore, it’s recommended that you avoid it all together.
  • Raw meat. This includes seafood and shellfish, and undercook beef and poultry. So, sorry ladies, no medium-rare steaks or sushi for nine months.
  • Deli meat. Deli meats have been known to contain listeria, which can cause miscarriage. While the risk is very low, it’s just safe to stay away from it for now.
  • Fish with mercury. These include swordfish, shark, mackerel and tile fish.
  • Smoked fish. Again, these can be contaminated with listeria, so it’s best to avoid smoked fish.
  • Raw eggs. Raw eggs or any foods that contain raw eggs should be avoided because of the potential exposure to salmonella.
  • Soft cheeses. You’ll need to steer clear of brie, camembert, roquefort, feta, gorgonzola and mexican style cheeses that include queso blanco and queso fresco, unless they clearly state that they are made from pasteurized milk. All soft non-imported cheeses made with pasteurized milk are safe to eat.
  • Caffeine. As a general rule, caffeine should be limited to fewer than 200 mg per day during pregnancy.

As a final note, be sure to wash all fruits and veggies before consuming them. We hope this helps and that you don’t crave any of these yummy foods until after baby arrives.

Learn more about BabyPlus at babyplus.com.

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Babyplus Fans

We must say, it never gets old reading all the positive reviews that come in through our email, social media (Facebook and Twitter accounts) and our retail sites. Here’s one of the newest reviews we received followed by a review from one of our longest time users:

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Read the research done with this product. Used product from week 26 to delivery. Daughter was born alert, eyes wide open. Hands open. Nurses even commented how alert she was. For several weeks as a newborn people would comment at how alert our child was. She made eye contact with everyone. Fast forward to 22 months and everyone says how far along our daughter is. She’s got an amazing attention span. Very vocal. Listens to instructions. So many details to list. I don’t give 100% credit to this product as parenting also played a role in her development but I do believe this product started her off and I will be using it with our next baby. -Leyla

Both of my girls are BabyPlus babies and after 10 years I am still recommending this product any chance I get. My daughters were born alert and in tune to their environment. They nursed easily, slept long stretches (8-12 hours) before 3 months and were content and engaged while awake. Now in school they are thriving, they are readers and investigators. I am glad BabyPlus was part of my pregnancy plan. -Happy Mom

If you like what you hear, BabyPlus is probably for you. Learn more and purchase the BabyPlus Prenatal System today!

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Best New Review

We love reading the positive reviews that come in through our email, social media (Facebook and Twitter accounts) and our retail sites. Here’s one of the newest reviews we received:

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I purchased the BabyPlus Prenatal Education System over 7 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child. Everything about my son’s behavior was/is consistent with the claims the manufacturer makes regarding the effectiveness of the system. From birth, he slept absolutely every night (he would awaken at precisely 3:00 a.m.., without crying, for his nighttime feeding, and then he would go right back to sleep). He never had trouble nursing. Not sure if that is a result of BabyPlus, but he had no need for something to soothe him, such as a pacifier. He literally NEVER used a pacifier. He was rarely fussy (during the day, he always wanted to be outside and if I didn’t take him outside, even as a newborn infant, THEN he would become fussy!) He consistently has a cheerful disposition. At a very young age, my husband and I, along with extended family members (including my mother who is an educator) were amazed at his advanced sense of humor. At a very young age, he also showed a remarkable ability to infer meaning. His behavior is consistently on a more mature level than other children- even compared to other children that are first born or the only child in their family. In spite of this, he makes friends easily. Currently, he is in the second grade and reads on a 5th to 6th grade level. The little guy learns so rapidly it amazes me! I am so convinced the BabyPlus system played a part in his development that I bought another one for my second pregnancy. -Leanne

If that wasn’t enough, here’s another:

Used this throughout my pregnancy and loved the results. Baby nursed very easily within an hour of birth. She has hit milestones very early and is very alert and observant. She has slept extremely well and is very good natured. Will definitely use again for any future pregnancies! -Ellie

Do you have a review for us? Leave a comment below or email us at customerservice@babyplus.com.

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How To Use Ovulation Strips

I’m sure you’ve spoken with people who say, “I got pregnant without even try” or “I got pregnant on the first try.” When you’ve been trying and haven’t experienced any luck, it can be difficult and frustrating. Many of our BabyPlus moms have had luck with ovulation kits, so we’re here to tell you about them. Ovulation kits range in price and ease of use. You can always buy the expensive 20 pack from your local retailer, or you can opt for the 100 count (and 20 pregnancy tests) from Amazon. Many of the moms we’ve spoken to have had great luck with these and they’re a fraction of the cost. So, once you buy them, how do you use them?Determine your cycle. Most women ovulate 12-16 days after the start of their period. Here’s a helpful ovulation calculator to determine your most likely ovulation dates.

  1. Some test require you to pee in a cup, while others want you to hold it in midstream. Do this for 5-10 seconds depending on what your kits states.
  2. Wait for the colored band to appear on the strip. This usually takes between 5 and 10 minutes. Many tests will tell you that a faint line does not mean a positive ovulation test, so be aware that you may want to take it a few days in a row just in case.pregnancy-test-1336784-m

Good luck to all the women out there trying. Keep us posted on your results.

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Join Us On Pinterest

Are you addicted to Pinterest yet? If not, you might want to be. Pinterest has been one of the fastest growing social media sites over the last couple years and there’s good reason why. If you haven’t had the chance to view our Pinterest page yet, you’ll see:

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  • BabyPlus Photos
  • Recipes
  • Nursery Ideas
  • Parenting Tips
  • Crafts & Activities
  • Recommendations
  • Inspiring Quotes
  • And so much more

We invite you to join us on Pinterest. Don’t forget to send us your favorite pins too!

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Announcing Your Pregnancy

Announcing your pregnancy can be one of the most exciting times in your life. It’s filled with joy, anticipation and love. We’ve heard from some of our BabyPlus users and here’s how they announced their pregnancy:

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  • Facebook Announcements. We’ve seen the gamut of creativity including photos with two pairs of the parents shoes and a small pair of empty shoes in between. Always cute!
  • Postcard/Announcement. Some individuals opt to send a postcard announcing their new bundle of joy. You can find tons of ideas for these on Pinterest.
  • Sweets. Others have made yummy pink or blue baked goods to announce their little one.
  • Paint Samples. This may baffle some, but others will pick up on it quickly. Buy a blue and pink paint sample and ask your friends which color you should use to paint a “certain” bedroom in your house.
  • Baby Food. At your next gathering, provide snacks including baby carrots, baby corn, baby back ribs, baby peas, etc.

Was there something special you did to announce the newest edition to your family? If so, we’d love to hear it. Share your comments below!

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