Dribbles: Trends and temptations for the new Colorado family

Designer Nursing Covers

Maybe some ladies were feeling a little frumpy covering up in public under baby’s pastel butterfly blanket, or maybe they were feeling a little less than secure with the corners merely draped over shoulders, but whatever the reason, the designer nursing cover has hit and it has hit hard. These products, like those from Bebe au Lait (pictured) or local company Peekabooby, come in cool fabrics and have features like a strap to secure around mom’s neck. Bebe au Lait’s nursing covers are available at Bosom Buddies in Westminster and in Lone Tree near Park Meadows. Buy a Peekabooby at peekaboobyfashion.com.

Baby Bash

Forgo the tired pink and blue streamers and cook up something fun and “now” for your baby shower. The old: Afternoon tea.

The new: Brunch showers are all the rage with waffle bars or bite-sized baked goods.

The old: Mandatory showers for colleagues. The new: Plan a “sprinkle” instead of a full shower to fete the mama who doesn’t want a big to do. Bring cute cupcakes to the office and have guests bring only their congratulations. The old: Paper plates and disposable diaper cakes. The new: A green shower will appeal to so many moms trying to be eco-friendly. Plan a locally-sourced menu served on real china and be sure to let guests know mom’s preference for all things natural. The old: Receiving 15 copies of “Goodnight Moon.” The new: An heirloom shower is a gorgeous way to build memories and pass down treasured items or advice. Ask guests to write down their favorite bit of parenting advice, and in lieu of new gifts, suggest they bring an heirloom or good-as-new hand-me-down for a recession-friendly bash. The old: “It’s a Boy!” banners. The new: Gender reveal parties are all the rage. It may just be a surprise to the guests or mom and dad may ask the ultrasound tech to write down the sex on a slip of paper in a sealed envelope to be opened at the party.

There’s an App for That

Since research emerged that suggests babies and toddlers might get a developmental benefit from playing with your smart phone, some parents might be feeling a little less guilty about handing over the toy—I mean, tool. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of apps. For kids, try Baby’s First App, (99 cents at the iTunes store) which shows flash cards of animals, shapes, colors and more, along with a little boy’s voice saying the word. Baby only needs to tap the screen to bring up the next flash card. For mom, try iTriage (itriagehealth.com), a free app that lets you look up information on thousands of symptoms, diseases and medical procedures and then combines that with a nationwide directory of every hospital, urgent care, retail care, physician and pharmacy. They’re also about to roll out the “Tell Us You’re Coming” feature, which will alert the ER that you’re on your way. (The feature will be piloted at two Colorado hospitals; check website for details.)

Birthing Bliss

You likely wouldn’t call birth hypnosis mainstream. But for Janet Balzer, Jennifer Welch and Natelle Brown—three Colorado hypnotherapists who work with moms-to-be—the practice is how the process should be. With new parents, the whole idea of giving birth can be frightening: there’s the pain, the possible complications and the fact that you will walk away with a human being in your custody. Fear plays a major part in many pregnancies.

That’s where Balzer, Welch and Brown come in. The women are trained Blissborn Birth hypnotherapists who offer classes to couples that are expecting, helping soon-to-be parents focus on pain management, relaxation techniques and identifying and acknowledging fears.

“In labor, fear can lead to tension, and tension can lead to pain,” Brown said. “It’s a cycle.”

For Ashley and August Delarue of Salida, the fear was based on their baggage from the birth of their first child. The Western Slope couple was pretty traumatized by the birth of their first baby: Ashley was two weeks overdue, and the doctor had to induce. They were forced into having several interventions.  It was a challenge for Ashley to recover from giving birth, so when it came to having their second baby, there was  a lot of baggage.

“I wanted to go into birth with a fresh start. I thought it was going to be painful and things would go wrong again,” she said. “I had never done hypnosis before and I didn’t know what to expect.”

She worked with Brown, who traveled to the Western Slope to give them lessons. They talked about her fears, and they gave her tools to help her relax. Her second labor was smooth sailing with no complications and no interventions. Ashley focused on her meditation, and August made sure she could concentrate.

“It really opened my mind that childbirth does not have to be a scary experience,” she said. “It’s possible to have a really nice birth. Sure it was intense. But not scary.” Learn about Colorado’s Blissborn Birth therapists at blissbornfrontrange.com.

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