Huge disclaimer here: I am not a mom (unless cat mom counts)!
That being said, I have been an "Auntie" in one way or another for over 25 years. What does that mean? Well, I have just as much experience wiping bums, feeding and rocking babies, and even being woken up in the middle of the night to care for a baby as a mom would. Since I was in High School I have been hired to take care of children and babies of all ages (including, but not limited to caring for newborns while mom heals, babysitting, working in the NICU, and working for a Nanny agency). This still doesn't make me an authority on all things baby-but being in the photo industry and focusing on babies and pregnant moms, I've come to learn of some amazing resources and fantastic services that I feel I need to pass on to you moms. These are just a few of these special local businesses that I have had the pleasure to work with.
If you are pregnant (whether for the first time or not) you will want to make sure that you receive reliable care during pregnancy, birth, and beyond. I've met some wonderful people who can help offer this. If you are interested in discovering your baby's gender or even confirming your pregnancy, Redlands Unique Ultrasound is the perfect place to do so. They offer competitive pricing and unique packages including 3d/4d Gender Reveals, Heartbeat Animal Sessions, and even special packages for Teachers, Military, and Service Personnel. They also offer educational classes, special events, and services such as gender reveal parties and in-home ultrasounds. I've worked closely with the wonderful staff here and highly recommend them for your Ultrasound needs. I hope to see you on May 5th at their Annual Family & Birth Expo!
If you are like most expectant women I have met recently, you are looking for an alternative to hospital birth. More and more women are wanting to have more say in how and where they give birth. I had the privileged of photographing a beautiful birth in one of the birthing suites at The Natural Birth Place last year. This was such a beautiful and peaceful environment for mom, dad, and baby. Each room has plenty of space, their own bathroom facilities, a bed, and even a bath tub if a water birth is desired. Maria King is a certified nurse midwife and lactation consultant who provides more than just a safe delivery experience, but also hands-on education before, during and after your birth. I've attended educational classes as well as professional panels where parents are able to experience hands-on education in a friendly environment. Contact them to set up a tour of their beautiful facility if a peaceful and private birth experience is what you are looking for.
I was recently talking to someone who was surprised that cloth diapers are back in use in many homes these days. She thought that this was something that generations past did away with when disposable diapers were invented. I know many moms who are using cloth diapers now because they're not only environmentally friendly and cost effective but they also are better for babies. Have you read the list of ingredients in disposable diapers? I've known the co-owners of Squeaky Cheeky Diaper Services since one of them was in kindergarten! Their hearts are beautiful and their desire is to ease the burden on new moms by providing an amazingly effective diaper cleaning service. So, if you're a mom who is considering cloth diapers (or you're already using them and need a reliable cleaning service) give them a call for an in-home demo and tell them Cristy sent you!
Lastly, if you haven't been to Kissui Baby & Children's store in Redlands, you're missing out. They offer some of the cutest baby and children's clothing out there! But this store is not only for clothing; they also offer toys, cloth diapers, carriers, baby care items, a gift registry and much more. I've witnessed their wonderful employees giving hands-on demonstrations to customers interested in baby-wearing and other items. Stop by and see what they have in this cute little store on Citrus Avenue in Redlands.
Well, it wasn't a comprehensive list of every wonderful local business in the area, but I hope that this blog has been helpful to those of you who are looking for local services for your new mom needs. Have a wonderfully blessed day!