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Success Through Play™ is excited to introduce our international readers to the Dunstan Baby Language System.
The story begins with Priscilla Dunstan , an Australian mother, who was born with a unique gift for sound. By the time she was five years old Priscilla could listen to a Mozart concerto only once and play it back, note for note. It was apparent that Priscilla had a photographic memory for audio patterns - and she was able to make connections between sounds which would appear random to other people. However, it was when Priscilla gave birth to her son that the further significance of her gift emerged. Priscilla discovered that babies use specific sounds to communicate their basic needs. This is regardless of the language their parents speak and is part of nature's plan - that babies can tell you what they need from the very beginning. It was eight years of research involving over 1000 babies that revealed this system of sounds - a language that is shared by all babies.
Parenting a newborn no longer has to be a guessing game. What was once thought of as crying is now known to be a universal language shared by all newborns. Dunstan Baby Language teaches parents to identify the specific sounds within their baby's cries that signal their everyday needs - hunger, tiredness, need to burp, lower wind pain and discomfort.
- A more contented baby who cries less and settles more easily
- More unbroken sleep for baby and for parents
- Both moms and dads feeling less stress and greater confidence in their ability to care for their newborn
The product includes:
- 2 concise lessons (2 DVD set)
- 24 page reference Booklet
- Quick reference Wall Chart
- Suitable for newborns from birth to three months
You will also hear from parents as they share their own tips using the system, as well as suggested settling techniques and advice.
Success Through Play™ was interested in learning about the studies that have been done with this system:
Dunstan Baby: The initial years of research were undertaken by Priscilla, recruiting mothers and babies and applying different methodologies to help validate her discovery. In 2006/2007 independent research studies undertaken in 3 countries have confirmed this amazing discovery and its profound benefits -with 90% of mothers saying they would recommend the System to other mothers.
- Observation research was undertaken with over 400 babies of over 30 nationalities.
- Classification research was undertaken to begin classifying the 5 sounds and validating them by applying specific settling techniques.
- Intervention research applying the hypothesis of the 5 sounds and corresponding settling techniques.
- Two trials of consumer testing with mothers with positive results
- US academics from Brown University come to Australia and review the research to date. They guide Priscilla's methodology and become her mentors. A third consumer trial is undertaken with their help.
- Independent Consumer Research firm The Leading Edge conduct a longitudinal study in Sydney and Chicago, involving over 300 mothers of newborns; proving 9 of 10 mums found the System to be beneficial, and that they would recommend it to another mother.
- A third Independent study is conducted in the UK by Research firm 2CV, involving another 168 mothers of newborns. The results are consistent with the two previous Independent studies.
What are the advantages to learning how to interpret your baby's sounds and what are the wider implications of this?
Dunstan Baby: Since 1998, the Dunstan Baby Language has been comprehensively researched,
involving observation of over a thousand babies. Independent studies conducted in Australia, the U.S.A. and the United Kingdom demonstrated consistent results:
* 90% of all mothers found the Dunstan Baby Language very beneficial, and 100% of first time mothers reported the System highly valuable.
GREATER SETTLING AND UNINTERRUPTED SLEEP
* 70% reported their baby settled faster.
* 50% reported an increase in uninterrupted sleep for both their baby and
GREATER CONFIDENCE IN YOUR ABILITY AS A PARENT
* 70% of parents experienced greater self-esteem and a reduction in stress.
They felt more confident, relaxed and in control.
* 50% of mothers felt a greater bond with their baby*.
* 50% experienced better feeding results*.
HOW FATHERS BENEFIT
* 2 of 3 Fathers reported reduced levels of stress, and more positive marital relationships as an immediate result of greater paternal involvement.
International research in Sydney Australia and Chicago USA was conducted by The Leading Edge. UK study conducted by 2CV, England.
*Specific to Australia and the USA
Dunstan Baby: We are extremely excited about the broader implications of the Dunstan System for improving the health and wellbeing of parents and their babies. The increases in maternal self esteem, reductions in parenting stress and ability to empower newborn families reported in our research hold potential for the Dunstan System to have a positive impact on factors that contribute to Baby Blues, Post Natal Depression and Shaken Baby Syndrome. Further research and exploration is planned to explore these areas.
Dunstan Baby Language is available from the official website www.dunstanbaby.com
Shipment is available to US/Canada/UK/Rest of Europe/Australia/New Zealand.
South African readers can email: hello.SA@dunstanbaby.com for purchasing details.
The product is delivered in English with French and Spanish subtitles. A new formatted product will be launched in the UK/Europe with French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Hebrew, Finnish, and Portuguese subtitles.
Success Through Play™ Comments:
The Dunstan Baby System is truly a revolutionary breakthrough in infant communication. Priscilla has been featured on the Oprah show where she introduced her system to the American Public. To see some highlights please click here:
The DVD begins with a beautiful and heart warming introduction by Tomas (Priscilla's son) wh introduces his "mum" to the world. The 2 sets of DVD's then proceed to slowly introduce you to the 5 different sounds that baby's make and the meaning behind each.
We are shown fantastic examples of babies who are making these sounds, which really help a parent to become familiar with the sound and teaches them what to listen out for in their own infant. We introduced this system to 3 parents on our panel, all first time parents. 2 of the 3 parents carry their baby in a soft carrier and they clearly had the advantage over the parents that did not. Carrying your baby in a soft carrier allows you to be more in tune with your infant and enables you to hear your infants sounds from the start! The 2 baby wearing parents were able to integrate the Dunstan Baby Language system very easily and were astounded with their ability to understand and meet the needs of their infant. The 3rd set of parents experienced a greater learning curve, but with encouragement they were able to apply the system to their infant and were equally amazed when they were able to interpret their baby's sounds.
All 3 sets of parents felt empowered and confident in their ability to understand, respond and meet the needs of their baby. "What an incredible breakthrough", exclaimed one set of parents. "Every parent needs to be taught this system before they are discharged from the hospital/birthing center". Wearing your baby and keeping your baby close to you will enable you to hear your baby's sounds at their earliest. Most parents keep their baby far away from them throughout the day and night and thus do not get the opportunity to hear these pre-cry sounds. What most parents hear is their baby's escalated cries which are the LAST way that a baby communicates with mom and dad.
The Dunstan Baby website is a useful resource for new parents/soon-to-be parents who are interested in learning about infant communication. Browse the FAQ section to get started. The Dunstan Baby Language has been researched since 1998.
To watch an exert from the DVD, and to hear babies making the "neh" sound (hungry), please click here:
We feel that Priscilla has "unlocked the secret language of babies" and that this system has enormous potential to help every parents the world over. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world, Priscilla. To find out more about this system, please visit
Courtesy of Dunstan Baby and in honor of our 4th Year Anniversary, five lucky readers will win their very own Dunstan Baby Language System which includes a 2-DVD set, a handy wall reference chart and a 16-page booklet. To enter, please send an email to info[AT]SuccessThroughPlay[DOT]com with the phrase "Dunstan Baby" in the subject line. Please include your name and your contact information. One entry per household. International entries welcome. One winner be selected at random. We never sell your information and all details will be kept strictly confidential. Please enter by the 25th of September, 2011, midnight PST. Good luck!
Bumbleride introduces the Natural Edition Collection.
The Natural Edition features a durable recycled exterior fabric and an ultra soft bamboo fiber blend interior. Stroller options for the Natural Edition line include the Indie, Indie Twin and the newest addition in the Bumbleride line, the Flite.
Stay tuned for the full review!
Busy moms understand the value of multi-tasking, especially when it comes to pumping breast milk. With the Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bustier, moms can now have their hands free to play with their baby, get in some computer time, housework and other tasks all while pumping.
Many Ways to Wear
The Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bustier has been designed with elastic reinforcement at the top for a secure fit, ensuring no slipping.
For additional security the versatile Bustier comes with two straps which can be worn in halter, tank or racer-back style. The Bustier can be worn on it's own or slipped over your nursing bra with the flaps pulled down.
The Bustier is expertly designed to accommodate a wide range of sizes and well suited to your post-partum body. As you re-gain your pre-pregnancy body, the Bustier will adjust so there is no need to purchase a smaller size.
Straight from the parent panel:
"I was in a pumping rut and began to dread pumping my milk at home. I was a prisoner to my pump and really couldn't move or be mobile. If my baby cried or I needed to attend to something in the house, I had to stop pumping, and these frequent interruption really hurt my supply and wasted my precious time. With the hands free pumping bustier, I am FREE. I can now play with my baby, catch up on some work or perform a household chore all while pumping. The Hands Free Pumping Bustier has allowed me free up some more time to get essential tasks done as well as spend precious time with my baby. It will change your life!"
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To learn more, please visit www.SimpleWishes.com
Disclaimer: We did not receive any financial compensation for this review. Simple Wishes provided us with a sample for the purpose of this review.
First time mom's may not know that when your milk "lets down" it flows from both breasts. Thus when you are nursing your baby on one breast, milk will still flow from your non-nursing breast. This is the reason that moms will use nursing pads and towels to soak up the milk from the non-nursing side. Moms may not realise how much milk is actually being wasted.
Enter the Milkies Milk-Saver. A unique breastfeeding accessory developed by a Registered Nurse which helps mom collect precious breast milk for their babies.
1. Slide the Milk-Saver into your bra cup or tank on the non-nursing side. The nipple opening allows for gentle, precise placement.
2. Breastfeed your baby. The Milk-Collection reservoir holds 2+ ounces of leaked breast milk.
3. Take out the Milk-Saver and stand it upright in it's case.
4. Immediately place milk in fridge or freezer in a new container.
It is very important to chill new milk before adding to previously stored milk. Raising the temperature of previously stores milk can lead to spoilage. Refrigerate or freeze all milk immediately.
The product was designed with 3 goals in mind:
1. To reduce the amount of disposable products that moms are using
2. To help moms stockpile milk for lean times (growth spurts)
3. To help keep moms dry and comfortable.
Use your stored milk for bottle feeding, fortifying cereal and more. The Milk-Saver keeps your milk supply strong by letting breast empty freely. It is especially helpful during the early weeks and months of breastfeeding.
The Milk-Saver is easy to clean. Simply wash in hot soapy water, rinse thoroughly, and air dry. Store in the included hard case. The Milk-Saver case acts as a stand when your Milk-Saver is full and and a travel case for easy transport. The Milk-Saver is made from a FDA approved material which is phthalate-free, bisphenol-a free and has been rigorously tested by a third-party lab to ensure zero chemical leaching. Proudly made in the USA.
The Milkies Milk-Saver is eco-friendly. When you no longer have a need for your Milk-Saver, simply recycle, including it with curb side recyclable plastics.
Shop online from the Milkies online boutique or find a Retailer in your area.
Straight from the parent panel:
"The idea of the Milk-Saver is really a simple one, it is astounding that no-one thought of it sooner. Up until now, I had been using breast pads and towels to catch the milk on my non-nursing side. On many occasions, I ended up with a large milk-soaked stain on my non-nursing side which meant yet more washing for me. So not only was I wasting my precious milk but I was giving myself additional laundry to wash. The Milk-Saver has been an absolutely miracle. I can save a entire bottle worth of milk during the course of a day using this product. I no longer require breast pads and towels during nursing and I have yet to have a milk-soaked stain. One thing that I would change about the Milk-Saver is to add a lid to it. If you bend over while wearing the Milk-Saver the collected milk will spill everywhere and you will end up with a soaked shirt! Other than that, I love it! I tell all of our friends about this products."
Courtesy of Milkies and in honor of World Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2011, one lucky reader will win their very own Milk-Saver. Congratulations to Megan W.
Disclaimer: We did not receive any financial compensation for this review. Milkies provided us with a sample for the purpose of this review.
Your new baby is finally here and you persevered with breastfeeding, despite your obstacles. You have mastered the perfect latch after weeks of practice and trial with the assistance of your nursing pillow - your new best friend. Now it is time to brave the outside world and meet your next goal - nursing while out and about. In honor of World Breastfeeding Week 2011, we have selected a brilliantly designed product to meet your needs for nursing will on the go.
Warm Milk introduces the Baby Hobo Convertible Diaper Bag - Nursing Pillow. A fully functioning diaper bag which converts into a nursing pillow.
Patricia Peters came up with the idea for the bag while she was sitting in the waiting room of her pediatricians office. Her daughter was hungry and needed to be fed, so she creatively reached for her diaper bag and tossed a blanket over it for the instant "pillow on the go". This action was the inspiration behind the Warm Milk Baby Hobo a fully functional diaper bag which converts into a nursing bag for-on-the-go nursing.
In the regular diaper bag mode:
The attractive, unisex style diaper bag features a top quality, adjustable, padded and non-slip shoulder strap for your comfort. There are 2 exterior pockets on the non-pillow side, both of which have magnetic closures. One of the front pockets feature hook and loop and zip closures which are ideal for storing your keys, wallet and cellular phone. The pillow side features a large exterior pocket with a zip pocket for other essentials that you need to have in arms reach.
The main compact has 4 elasticised pockets and 2 insulated bottle pockets for storing bottles. The interior compartment also houses the matching changing pad (included). The changing pad has an elastic band closure to ensure that the pad doesn't unfold in your bag - a nice touch. Due the presence of the pillow, the interior is somewhat cramped particularly for a diaper bag of this size, however the ample number of pockets elsewhere on the bag make up for it.
The bag has stroller attachment rings which you can attach to your stroller (use your own attachments) easily. Always use good judgement when doing so, as there is always a risk of the stroller tipping.
In the nursing mode:
The Baby Hobo bag is perfectly shaped for nursing, contouring and hugging mom's body when in the horizontal position. Simply unfasten the buckle and place it around your waist to keep the bag in place while nursing. You have a choice of 2 buckles which accommodate moms are various sizes, adapt to your shrinking belly postpartum. Unfasten the hook and loop closures of the large side flap and then unzip the flap to expose the nursing pillow. Re-position the nursing pillow so that it rests on top of the small flap. You are now ready to nurse. The underside of the large flap has 2 elasticised mesh pockets for storing essentials within arms reach while nursing. The pillow case is removable and washable to ensure a clean surface for nursing baby. This dual-function product will make a wonderful baby shower gift!
See it in action here
Straight from the parent panel:
"With the Baby Hobo Convertible Diaper bag, I now have the freedom and the confidence to nurse in public. Before I received the pillow, I battled nursing when I was not in my home environment. Nursing without my trusty nursing pillow was very difficult so I would try to avoid it whenever possible. With this ingenious diaper bag, I can now the essentials for baby and myself and when he gets hungry, I can simply sit down practically anywhere and nurse him comfortably and easy thanks to the built-in nursing pillow. I love the design - it is clearly well thought out. The bag converts so easily into a nursing pillow thanks to the well thought out design. I can't tell you how many other moms stopped by to ask me all about my new bag. My husband thinks that it is the coolest bag ever! I have to agree and I won't leave home without it!"
Coming soon - Matching nursing shawls (to be fastened directly to bag)
Shop baby hobo on-line or find a store in your area
To learn more, please visit the Warm Milk website.
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Disclaimer: We did not receive any financial compensation for this review. Warm Milk provided us with a sample for the purpose of this review.
Breastfeeding is natural but not necessarily easy. Women can become empowered by educating themselves about breastfeeding before baby
comes. Organizations such as La Leche League International offer support groups for breastfeeding moms and advocacy for breastfeeding and the law. Visit a group in your area before your baby arrives so that you will know where to turn when you need help. Excellent nutrition during pregnancy and when breastfeeding is key. Drinking plenty of healthy fluids during breastfeeding, regular skin to skin contact with your baby and babywearing will go along way to ensure breastfeeding success. Challenges during breastfeeding may present themselves at any stage, and having a strong support system in place ahead of time is key to working through and solving any issues. A Certified Lactation Consultation is your best friend, and a consultation soon after birth to ensure that your baby is latching on correctly and to provide guidance. A good latch is critical to breastfeeding success, in conjunction with emptying the breast completely and frequently. Seek help early when you are experiencing a problem; don't wait.
A high quality breast pump can be highly beneficial to all nursing moms, regardless if they are working outside of the home or not. Breastfeeding is a demand and supply operation, meaning that you need to empty the breast fully in order to signal to your body to produce more milk. A breast pump can be used to empty your breast when your baby is unable to do so if he is sleepy, ill, or has a preference for one side. Engorgement can occur not only during the initial few days after birth, but at any stage of breastfeeding and using a breast pump to relieve the pressure can make it easier for your baby to latch on correctly to feed and empty your breasts. Many first time moms are surprised that when their milk lets down, it lets down occurs from both breasts, so if your baby is nursing on your right side, when the milk let down occurs, it occurs on the non-nursing side as well. Moms can place a nursing pad on the non-nursing breast, however, instead of allowing the milk to go to waste, moms can use a breast pump to empty the breast instead. Having extra milk available in the refrigerator or freezer can allow mom a much needed break and allow dad extra time to bond with baby. So as you can see, a breast pump can be used in so many ways, and can be of great benefit to stay at home moms in addition to working moms.
Medela's Breastfeeding Division has been supporting nursing moms around the world through their commitment to quality products.
Founded in 1961 in Zug, Switzerland by Olle Larsson, Medela is committed to supporting breastfeeding and breast milk as the optimal nutrition for the growth, development and health of babies. The company believes it is their obligation to offer a complete solution, "from breast to belly," of high quality products that enable mothers to provide the optimum nutrition of breast milk to their babies. Today, Medela's primary focus remains to help moms successfully breast feed their babies as long as they wish. This goal lies at the heart of every product the company develops.
"Medela’s Breastfeeding Division exists to enhance mother and baby health through the life-giving benefits of breast milk."
Medela's Breastfeeding Division offers a wide range of breast pumps and accessories. The Medela Breastfeeding website is well designed and easy to navigate. It is a wonderful resource for pregnant and nursing moms. Consult the product selector guide for suggestions for selecting a breast pump.
Medela Freestyle Breast pump
One of the smallest double electric breastpumps in the world helps mothers save precious time and offers freedom of movement whilst pumping. Freestyle is ideal for daily and regular use.
- Efficient: simultaneous expression in combination with the 2-Phase Expression Technology increases the amount of milk.
- Innovative: small, lightweight and quiet, to make daily expression as comfortable and natural as possible.
- Comfortable: individually adjustable vacuum settings, as well as memory function offers the highest degree of comfort.
- Complete control: a display shows all the relevant information.
- Support of milk supply: double pumping can help to increase and sustain milk supply.
The Freestyle has 2-Phase Expression, the only research based breast pump technology to mimic a baby's natural nursing rhythm.
- Stimulation: Fast pumping rhythm to start your milk flowing.
- Expression: Slower pumping rhythm to express your milk gently and efficiently.
- Proven to feel most like your baby and to reduce your pumping time.
Straight from the mommy panel:
"I exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of my son's life. I was looking for a lightweight breast pump for when I was to return to work part-time. I volunteered to try the Medela Freestyle Breast pump and the Calma Feeding device. This was my first time ever using a breast pump and after reading the manual, I felt pretty confident about set-up and usage. Sure enough, it was easy to assemble and I was really surprised about how lightweight (weighing just under 13 ounces) and compact the unit was. I also had the support of my local LLL group to assist me as needed. They had informed me that I needed to make sure that the breast shields that were included in the kit were the right size for me - a crucial factor in ensuring success. Luckily for me they were, but if not, consult Medela's website about determining the right size for you. The pump itself is ergonomic, fitting into the palm of my hand. It is very portable allowing me to take it anywhere - I can discreetly clip it onto the waistband. I love being able to take it with me to my part-time job and having the freedom to pump while at work and then store the milk in the handy cooler bag, included with the kit. A double electric pump clearly saves you time when you need it most. Also included is a hands-free kit, but I preferred to use my own hands free bustier as it was faster to set up. Look into Medela's line of nursing wear for other options. There is also a stylish tote bag which is another bonus. No-one would suspect that I was carrying around a breast tpump, which I love. The Freestyle pump has allowed me to continue to breastfeed my baby, even though I am away from him for a few hours a week. For this I am very grateful for and I would recommend this pump to other moms in my situation. I feel wonderful knowing that my baby is continuing to receive the best food in the world while I am balancing being a part-time worker and full-time mom."
Pump and Save
- Small and convenient
- Direct pumping into bag prevents milk loss.
The newly designed Pump and Save bags now allow moms to pump directly into the bag, saving you time and preventing milk loss. This innovative feature is a big draw for moms, thanks to the self stick tape. The perfect time saving solution for the busy mom. When full, the bag stands independently so it is easy to mark and date the bag for the future reference. The bags take up very little room in the refrigerator or freezer and a wonderful addition to your storage options.
Calma Breast milk bottle with teat (teat also sold separately).
Your baby will always prefer and benefit from breastfeeding However if you are separated from baby, Calma provides an excellent alternative that stands to minimize any interference with the breastfeeding relationship between you and your baby. Breastfeeding needs to be well established before introducing Calma. Calma is recommended for breastfed babies and not those who are currently bottle fed as they may find it difficult to feed
Medela has pioneered innovative products which help to enhance babies' health through the life-giving benefits of breast milk. With Calma you can trust in a product that has been developed on a well-established research foundation. This research has shown that you baby is able to maintain with Calma the same learned feeding behaviour that your baby exhibits in breastfeeding.
Calma consists of 3 parts which are easy to assemble and clean.
Calma's unique design makes baby work- Similar to breastfeeding, the milk only flows when baby creates a vacuum. This ensures that the feeding is controlled by baby and his own individual rhythm.
One size is sufficient - The eat comes in one size which is sufficient for the entire duration of breastfeeding, thereby saving you money.
To see the Calma in action, please click here to view the video.
The Calma Feeding Device it is aimed at babies who are breastfeeding and not at babies who have been bottle fed with regular bottles from birth. This is an important distinction to make. The Calma Feeding Device is truly revolutionary and unlike any other teat/bottle system on the market. Baby needs to have a well established latch and good oral motor skills to use the Calma effectively. If you baby has achieved success breastfeeding, he is a good candidate for the Calma Feeding Device.
Straight from the mommy panel:
"I used the Freestyle breast pump in conjunction with the Calma Feeding Device and I feel that this is a great pairing of 2 very innovative products. For the first 6 months of my son's life, he was exclusively breastfeed. When it was time to return to work part-time, I began looking into breast pumps and bottles and had a hard time deciding which ones to select. Luckily I was contacted by Success Through Play Magazine who asked me if I was interested in reviewing the Freestyle along with the Calm Feeding Device and I jumped at the opportunity. When I was briefed about the Calma Feeding Device I was amazed at the innovative and I was very anxious to try it, because my number one concern was that once I returned to work and had to introduce the bottle, my baby would refuse my breast. Thankfully, this didn't occur and I strongly believe that it was due to my electing to use only the Calma Feeding Device and no other bottles. My son was indeed the perfect tester, because he had been exclusively breastfeed for 6 months and was a pro at obtaining a good latch and had developed a very good pattern of feeding from the breast. I can see first hand how the Calma Feeding Device mimics my son feeding from the breast and it is truly remarkable in its design. I was so worried about the effects of introducing a bottle but the Calma Feeding Device has made the transition effortless. My son moves from breast to Calma Feeding Device smoothly and easily and I am so thankful for this."
The Medela Website is well designed and easy to navigate. Check out the Resource section for education articles which will help to enrich your breastfeeding experience.
To find out where to purchase Medela products in your country, please click here.
For additional information about the products in this article and to see the full product line from Medela, please visit www.Medela.com
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Disclaimer: We did not receive any financial compensation for this review. Medela provided us with samples for the purpose of this review.