Cord Blood Banking

Whether or not to bank your baby’s cord blood when he or she is born is a huge decision in the lives of many parents.

If you do decide to bank your baby’s cord blood, it will be helpful to know a bit more about the process.

In both standard (vaginal) and c-section (cesarean) deliveries, the cord blood is collected immediately after birth. It’s not a decision that made on the spur of the moment, it requires a specific kit that the parents will have to have pre-ordered from their chosen cord blood bank.

In the case of vaginal delivery, the process consists of clamping the umbilical cord on both ends and cutting it. This will most likely take place before the placenta is delivered. Next, a small tube is put into the umbilical vein after one end is unclamped and the blood is collected that way.

If the birth is cesarean, the fact that the mother is under anesthesia and needs to be tended to makes the process more complicated, and there is usually a greater span of time elapsed before the cord blood is collected. The medical staff need to ensure the safety of both mother and child as a first priority.

After collection, it is transported in bags or syringes to the cord blood bank where it is cryogenically preserved in case it is ever needed, which, hopefully, it never will be.

Planning a Baby Shower

“Preparing for any special occasion takes a lot of forethought and organization. A baby shower planning guide is the ideal tool for keeping all of the details in order while working towards creating a very special event. This helpful party organizer should be the very first item you buy.

The host of the shower has a lot of responsibilities and a lot of decisions to make. Sometimes having too many ideas and options can be very confusing. In order to streamline the process, the party planner can use a baby shower planning guide to keep focus.

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Without the party guide, the planner may find herself swirling around too many different ideas, each of which is equally appealing. However, this may lead to the even wandering off in to many directions. There are so many wonderful details to consider that it takes an organizational tool to keep things in line.

The first thing that the planner will request is a general theme. One problem that many party organizers face is having too many attractive options. For example, the theme of the party might be Precious Moments. This is a lovely theme for such an event but there are also distractions that may occur.

The Precious Moments theme is available in plates, napkins and other baby shower party supplies. An organizing tool can help you keep in line with this theme. Without one, you may find that you are drawn to a number of different party favors and decorations that are appealing but do not fit the general theme.

In addition to keeping with a theme, the baby shower planning guide will also help you make some very important decisions. Some showers are thrown a couple months before the baby arrives while some are given after the baby is born. There are benefits to each of these approaches and it is best to get a feel for what the mother-to-be prefers.

Of course, including in the organizational party book is the guest list. This can be a tricky undertaking especially if the celebration is going to be a surprise. Finding addresses and phone numbers can be time consuming. The organizing tool is ideal for keeping this information in order.

The organizer will also help you create a doable menu, choose party favors and work within a realistic timeframe. The very first step in planning this kind of special event is the purchase of a baby shower planning guide.

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Poems for Baby Showers

“A baby shower favor poem is the ideal way to express the joy and anticipation that many feel when expecting a new arrival. These little notes can have a tremendous impact on those who read them. Finding the right words can be challenging since the subject is so emotionally packed but there are numberous resources available.

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There are many avenues you can take to get the perfect wording for the special occasion. The first thing to keep in mind is that brevity is all-important when it comes to baby shower favor poems. The ideal message should be three lines or fewer. While many may find brevity to be appealing, it can pose some challenges.

Look for inspiration in other sources. Many longer poems for baby showers can be a great resource for your wording. There are many different examples available to consider. Much of this infant poetry is classic and standard while others are humorous and quirky. The choice depends on the general tone of the party.

Some inventive part favor ideas are ideal for the special occasion. The baby poetry can be put into a mini cloth folded diaper. It can be tucked in cheap infant booties or even set in a fortune cookie. One popular theme is a message in a bottle where the poem is rolled and placed in little corked bottles along with some playful confetti.

Why not opt for something sweet? You can always find personalized baby party candy bar wrappers designed to your specifications. All you need to do is find a favorite chocolate bar to put into the wrappers. This is such a sweet idea.

Whatever form you choose, the baby shower favor poem is all-important. This brief message should capture the personality of the mom-to-be as well as the general tone of the occasion. Finding the right words can be very challenging all things considered. However, there are many sources of inspiration to consider.

You may have had a similar sentiment at your own party years ago. Perhaps the mom-to-be has a favorite childhood story or piece of poetry that can serve as inspiration. You might just find the right message while browsing for ideas online.

While you may be excited about putting every detail together independently, you can save yourself a lot of time and effort by simply browsing through ready-made baby favors. These handy items are available already assembled, baby shower favor poem included.

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Baby Picture Frames

“For the longest time, buying baby picture frames meant looking for something pink or blue, or perhaps finding something that might in some way be related to your child. That has changed recently, as you can find just about anything you would like to have on a frame. Some people like to make them on their own, and others like to shop to find the perfect one. Whichever the case, personalized and special frames for pictures of your children are closer than you might think.

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If you want to make your own baby picture frames, you just have to find a plain frame in the right color. If you can’t find them anywhere, look in your local craft store. They usually have something for just about everyone. You can then decide what you want to do with your baby picture frames. If you like to paint, you can add your own design if you wish. If you want to make it a bit more simple, you can find many great things you can simply attach to the frame with a bit of glue. You can add a theme or even your child’s name. You can do both if you wish. You imagination is your only limit.

If you feel you don’t have the talent or the time to make your own baby picture frames, don’t worry, there are many great ones out there now. If you look around online, you can find places that sell things you may never have imagined. Some will customize any frame you want, and will then mail them out to you in a secure package to minimize breakage during shipping. These can be personalized with almost anything you wish, and don’t have to cost a lot of money either.

There is one thing you should keep in mind if you are making or buying your own baby picture frames. Though many will go on the wall and little hands will never touch them, some are placed on nightstands or other places that are in reach. If this is the case for the frame you are going to buy, make sure they do not have small pieces that can come off and be a choking hazard, and that they paint on the baby picture frames is safe if your child were to put the frame in their mouth. Children under the age of two often explore the world with their mouth, so keep that in mind as you choose.

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