Love note for a second baby

By Danelle Frisbie © 2014

Love note for a second baby

To my second little one on the way...

If I am to admit my fear, it is that I need to love you deeply, intensely -- with a love as BIG as I love your sibling -- but I am scared that I could not possibly love this greatly again.

I am told that this will undoubtedly happen. That a mother's love doubles the instant her second baby is in her arms. Yet I wrestle with doubt that this could not happen...

How could I love two more than life itself?

How could my heart - already full and overflowing - pour over another sweet child just the same?

The day I became Mom for the first time all the universe stood still. Before that moment there was no possibility of understanding this kind of love, this kind of attachment, this kind of soul-quenching power.

I would do anything, give anything, go anywhere, for my new baby.

The long nights of nursing, teething, rocking, snuggling...
The leaking, wearing, walking, singing, sleepy days that blend together...

It solidifies the rock upon which Mom and Baby are One.

How can this MotherBaby existence open up to add a third?

But I am told that it will happen. That there is something mystifyingly profound about the way that a mother's love works. Like the ocean waves that wash us over - and again, and again - each one as drenching as the one before, a momma's love for her littles is never less from one to the next.

So I trust.

I trust that what you and I have built already for these many months between us will only become insurmountable when we finally embrace.

I will breathe in your fresh goodness. I will touch your tiny, tender hands. I will scoop you up and never want to let you go.

We will nurse and snuggle and sing. We will rock and wrap and play. We will fall deeper in love each passing night, each new sunrise.

You have all of me, my sweet second baby. Every beat. Every breath. Every thought. Every step. And this does not take away from any other, in any way, because it is a mother's love. ❤

-Danelle Frisbie © 2014

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

As a lioness with her cub, I will protect you fiercely, my little one. ❤

18 Day Old Baby Dies From Cold Sore Virus (Oral Herpes)

18 Day Old Baby Mariana Dies From Complications of Cold Sore Virus.

We again urge reading parents to not let people kiss your babies on the mouth (or on the eyes or nose) as oral herpes is highly contagious, and catastrophic for young babies who contract the virus.

See this previous article detailing more about sweet Mariana's story, and why kissing babies on the lips is so risky, unless you have been tested and know that you are negative for this virus. The World Health Organization reports that 67% of the population (2 out of every 3 people) have oral herpes (HSV-1) whether they know that they do or not. Even without an open cold sore, herpes can be transferred from a well meaning adult to your baby through a kiss on the mouth (or eyes or nose).

One excellent way to avoid unwanted affection that puts your baby at risk is to select a wrap or carrier before your baby's birth, and wear your baby. This keeps baby close to his/her parents, in a newborn's natural habitat (mom's chest, or near dad's beating heart), allows a baby to be soothed, nursed on cue, held up at eye level for regular interaction, and keeps others' hands and mouths away from your little one.

Local news excerpt:

A West Des Moines infant has passed away 10 days after being hospitalized after coming in contact with someone with a cold sore.

“Our princess Mariana Reese Sifrit gained her angel wings at 8:41 am this morning in her daddy’s arms and her mommy right beside her,” Nicole Sifrit posted on her Facebook page Tuesday morning, “in her 18 days of life she made a huge impact on the world and we hope with Mariana’s Story we save numerous newborns' lives.”

Mariana was born a health baby girl on July 1st. Six days later her parents left their wedding early to take her to Blank Children’s Hospital when she stopped eating and couldn’t wake up. Doctors told Nicole and her husband, Shane, that Mariana had contracted Meningitis HSV-1. It’s likely someone with a cold sore kissed or handled Mariana, spreading the virus that is incredibly common for adults to have.

“I always thought this stuff happens and it’s a shame, and never thought it would happen to me,” Nicole told us last week, “I was not prepared at all. Keep your babies isolated. Don’t let just anyone come visit them. Make sure they are constantly washing their hands. Don’t let people kiss your baby and make sure they ask before they pick up your baby.”

Nicole with Baby Mariana shortly after her birth

Related Reading:

Week old baby on life support with herpes virus (cold sore kiss)

Cold sore prevention and treatment for kids

CNN Report on Baby Mariana

Week old baby on life support with herpes virus (cold sore kiss)

The number one way that babies contact oral herpes is by people kissing them on the mouth. The majority of adults living in North America have oral herpes ('cold sores'), and live with only occasional discomfort. What most people don't realize is that this same virus can be devastating, and even deadly, to babies, and it is transferred from well meaning adults to babies with a kiss.

Protect your little one by not allowing other people to kiss your baby or young child on the mouth (or by the eyes - which can also contract the herpes virus). Kissing on the forehead, top of the head, giving hugs, etc., are all safe forms of affection. If a parent knows that you get an occasional cold sore, the safest thing to do is lavish your little one with love, hugs, and kisses -- but not on the mouth.

Week old baby on life support with herpes virus:

Excerpt from article:

It should have been the best week of their lives as Nicole and Shane Sifrit from West Des Moines gave birth to a baby girl named Mariana July 1st and married July 7th. "The birth of our baby was great. It is one of the best feelings in the world when you can bring a child into the world," said Shane.

Just two hours after they exchanged I do's they noticed something terribly wrong with their week old baby girl. Nicole said, "Friday we noticed she stopped eating and wasn't waking up when we were trying to get her to respond."

Leaving their own wedding early to go to Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines they learned Mariana had a life threatening virus called Meningitis HSV1 carried by someone with the cold sore virus but not necessarily with an open sore. "They touch her and then she touches her mouth with her hand," explained Nicole.

Mariana's parents tested negative for the virus and she was sent to the NICU. Shane said, "It immediately went downhill from there. Within two hours she had quit breathing and all of her organs just started to fail"

Monday Mariana was life-flighted to Iowa City to the University of Iowa Hospital. "Just constantly watching every vital sign and she is currently on life support to help her by right now," said Nicole.

In dire circumstances Mariana isn't giving up. Nicole said, "She has a kidney team, a liver team, a blood team, a neurology team."

A horrific turn of events that the Sifrit family hopes can save others. Shane said, "I always thought this stuff happens and it's a shame and never thought it would happen to me. I was not prepared at all." Nicole added, "Keep your babies isolated. Don't let just anyone come visit them. Make sure they are constantly washing their hands. Don't let people kiss your baby and make sure they ask before they pick up your baby."

Now they hope to prepare for Mariana's fight to become victorious. "It's astounding how strong she is and how much she's fighting for just a little baby and that has to be God," said Shane. "I have to stay strong for her because she is still staying strong," added Nicole.

The Sifrits say the best case scenario would be that Mariana is in the hospital another month before she's in the clear. They say if she can survive, the damage done by the virus will cause long-term health issues.

Watch the Sifrits' news brief, and read more of sweet Mariana's story:

Cold sore prevention and treatment for kids:

Update: Baby Mariana loses her fight at 18 days old; dies from cold sore virus. Parents are urged to not let others kiss your baby on the face:


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The Vital Babymoon

What is a babymoon?

Babymoon is a term first used by social anthropologist, and mother/baby advocate, Sheila Kitzinger, in her 1994 book, The Year After Childbirth: Surviving and Enjoying the First Year of Motherhood. It refers to the postpartum bonding period between parents and their new baby, and is especially crucial for a mother and her new little one.

It is at this time, and especially during the first 40 days following birth, that a mom and her baby do best cocooning at home together in their own 'nest' as they establish breastfeeding, sleep and nap together, and fall deeply in love.

During her babymoon, mom learns to read her baby’s cues (preventing unnecessary tears and fears for baby - and for mom), and it is the time that secure attachment begins to develop between a baby and parents because of their tuned-in responsiveness. Infants learn that the world can be trusted, that they are loved, not ignored.

Oxytocin flows freely for a supported mother who is cared for herself, and this feel-good love hormone floods her baby as well when kept close within a newborn’s natural habitat: mom’s chest. 

During the vital babymoon, milk supply is built and regulated, and baby’s respiration, cardiovascular functioning, hormones, and temperature are stabilized by being close to mom. The babymoon is a sacred period, and one that each mother and her baby deserve to fully savor and be supported through. This is one time that we do not wish to disrupt the primal process of mothering.

Related Reading: 

Natural Family Today: The Importance of a Babymoon (article)

BlissTree Babymoon (article)

Her Family: Importance of a Babymoon (article)

Bella: The Importance of a Babymoon (article)

Why African Babies Don't Cry (article)

Why Love Matters (book)

The Continuum Concept (book)

Baby Matters (book)

The Biology of Love (book)

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering (book)

Your Baby's Signs of Hunger

This poster, created by the Women's and Newborn Services of Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, highlights a human baby's hunger cues - her way of communicating to parents that she needs to eat.

As highlighted in the 2010 article, 7 Breastfeeding Fact You Should Know, parents are reminded that stirring, mouth opening, turning a head (to seek a nipple) and rooting are signs that your baby is hungry. Stretching, becoming agitated, and sucking on her fist, fingers or thumb is your baby's way of telling you that she is really hungry. By the time fussing and crying start, your baby is experiencing hunger that is physically painful. It is the type of hunger you experience after your belly has been empty for 14-16 hours. Your baby's belly is very small - this is the reason she gets full so quickly, and then hungry again so soon. Her tiny stomach cannot handle more than this, and does not have any place to 'store' some for later. She is entirely dependent upon you to provide that fill-up according to her cues that she is hungry.

Too often new parents believe they should schedule feedings or wait until their baby cries to nurse. But crying is a late indicator of extreme hunger. Always eating when you are so famished, when your belly hurts and stress hormones from being anxious to eat are at an ultimate high, leads to things like reflux, gas, stomach aches, 'colic,' and general agitation and general withdrawal from the world around - especially if you are brand new and helpless in this world.

Don't wait until your baby is in pain to nurse. Instead, feed at the first cue of hunger, and everyone will be much healthier and happier all around.

For related reading, see the Breastfeeding Resource Page.

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Gentle Pacifier Weaning

By Danelle Frisbie © 2014

A couple years ago a mother shared her technique for gentle pacifier weaning with peaceful parenting and we found it to be one that others have benefited from as well. We do not necessarily advocate for pacifier use from the start -- babies are designed to be comforted in the arms of a loving caregiver, to attach to a human being (not a plastic object) and to suckle at mom's breast for comfort. However, in cases where non-human substitutions are necessary for comfort and soothing, no matter the reasons for this being the case, it is surely best to meet these needs (for suckling and comfort) in babyhood and beyond. Pacifiers were created for this purpose - to meet a need when a care-gjver (usually mom) is otherwise unable to do so. Providing a baby and child with tender care and comfort is always better than denying them of these things to fit into a rigid boxed set of what we 'should' or 'should not' be doing as parents.

For those who do introduce a pacifier in babyhood, the weaning process from this comfort object also need not be traumatic for children. Too often we've heard from those who are now adults who remember how fearful it was for them to have their one item of comfort and security taken away as a youngster. Especially at night, if a child sleeps alone, these hours can be anxiety provoking, and we would never advocate for a 'cold turkey' end to pacifier use for a child who is already accustomed to its presence in their day or night routine (this includes damaging, cutting off the end, or taking away a pacifier). However, this mother's process of pacifier weaning is one that took several months to go through, was begun at a time when her child was old enough to comprehend what was taking place, and one that eliminated any imposed anxieties for her child. It allowed him to naturally finish the weaning process from his comfort item in his own time with gentle encouragement, and empowered him to make small, developmentally appropriate choices along the way. The name of her son has been changed here to honor their privacy.

When young Ben was old enough to understand via conversation with his mother what was happening, she tied his pacifier to a stuffed animal that he could carry with him during the day. This allowed him to use it for comfort as needed, but made it slightly less convenient to walk around with for hours on end at home.

Next, Ben's mom introduced the idea that the pacifier and animal needed to stay in bed. She and Ben made a ritual of tucking the animal (with pacifier) into bed each morning. If Ben wished to use the pacifier during the day, it would be in bed - where his animal needed to stay for animal's comfort and snooze time.

Once Ben became accustomed to returning to bed to use the pacifier as needed, his mom untied the pacifier during the day time hours and put it up on a high shelf in the bedroom, retying to his animal at night. If the pacifier was needed during the day, he would ask for it, and they would snuggle into bed during its use. Day time use became less and less frequent, and eventually faded away altogether.

Each evening Ben's mom continued to tuck him into bed with the animal and asked him, "Do you want your pacifier tonight or would you like to try sleeping without it?" One night the time came when he asked for it, looked at it for a while, and then handed it back to his mom. He then presented her with a question, "If I change my mind, will you get it down for me?" "Yes, of course I will," his mom replied. But he never asked for it again... It lived on his shelf for many months to come - there just in case he needed it, for the security of knowing it was there should the time come. And Ben's weaning from this comfort item was complete - without tears, fears, or the introduction of anxiety. ❤


#i2 Wonder Woman

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 Be his Wonder Woman: Bring your whole baby home.

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Private Genetic Testing – What Does It Mean for You?

Private Genetic Testing – What Does It Mean for You?

For many people, the idea of private genetic testing still seems a little foreign. You may not yet fully understand the many benefits genetic testing can bring to the table. Some cases have made highlights and headlines with celebrities going through genetic testing to determine their risks for certain types of cancer. But that is only the beginning of what you can learn about your own health through private genetics testing and counseling.

The Importance of Genetics Counseling with Genetics Testing

Genetics, for all its recent advancements, is still a complex science. It acts as a sort of predictor offering likely outcomes – not necessarily definite outcomes. It determines your genetic predisposition for certain illnesses, conditions, and even physical characteristics. Genetics counseling helps you to understand the odds, the risks, and the things you can do to rewrite your genetic story.

For instance, your counselor may note that you have a genetic predisposition for heart disease based on what’s written in your DNA. That doesn’t mean you will have heart disease. Your counselor can connect you with resources that will help you make lifestyle changes and take medical precautions to mitigate those risks and reduce the likelihood of heart disease for you. Things like dietary changes, daily exercise, and certain medications can make a world of difference and prolong your good health and quality of life.

Breast cancer genetic testing is one of the ones making headlines today as some women are taking strong, preventative action based on the results of these tests. Not every woman needs to have this test, specifically for the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 mutation. Those who do include women have a family history of this particular mutation, have had breast cancer at age 50 or younger (or are related to someone who has), are related to someone who has had cancer in both breasts, is related to someone who has had ovarian cancer, is of Ashkenazi Jewish decent, or is related to a man who has had breast cancer.

What is Pharmacogenomic Testing?

For people who have had negative reactions to medications in the past, or have experienced limited results from medications, pharmacogenomics might provide a great deal of insight as to how efficiently certain drugs will work. This is especially wise for people who may need to take expensive medications or who are taking medications that have the potential for strong negative side effects. This type of testing can provide predictive responses for more than 200 different medications and make recommendations to optimize medications and treatments in addition to avoiding adverse responses.

When it comes to genetic testing, cost is a factor, but a small one in light of the important benefits these types of tests have to offer. Whether you are interested in pre-pregnancy genetic screening, non-invasive prenatal testing, or other types of private genetic testing, Medcan offers superior testing and outstanding genetic counseling to help you sort through the facts about your test results and the impact they may have on your future.

Teething Tips for Peaceful Parents

By Jenn Sanders © 2017

Teething is one of the major milestones in your baby’s first year of life. It will change their adorable gummy smile and open up the door for your baby to experience the various textures and flavors of solid foods.

As exciting as it is seeing that first pearly white tooth, sometimes teething comes with pain and discomfort that can affect your baby’s mood, appetite, and even sleeping patterns. The following natural tips will aid you in keeping your baby comfortable and happy during this process.

Frozen Treats 

Inflammation of the gums, or even cheeks, is a pretty common symptom of teething. You might find that your baby is pretty fussy and shows signs of experiencing pain. Frozen healthy treats are a great way to help keep the inflammation down.


Solids foods should not be introduced to your baby till at least 6 months of age. Breastmilk popsicles are perfect for babies under 6 months. They will not only help with reduce the pain and inflammation, they will also provide your baby with the best nutrition!

These popsicle molds are great for little hands. Just wash the molds before use, fill them with expressed breastmilk, and set them in the freezer for a few hours.

If your baby is at least 6 months of age, you can change it up by making frozen fruit treats. Bananas are a great option because they no pose no choking hazard and they can easily fit into one of these teethers.

Essential Oil Remedies

Essential oils are made from herbs and have great medicinal properties that can help your baby through the discomforts of teething. Chamomile and lavender are herbs with great soothing and pain relieving properties.

Chamomile is an herb that has been used for centuries to help relieve children’s discomfort. It soothes pain, digestion issues, and can even help them sleep soundly. To apply this remedy, try making a batch of chamomile tea and waiting until the tea is room temperature to rub some of it along your little one’s gums and the inside of their cheeks.

Lavender essential oil will definitely come in handy when your baby is unable to sleep. The oil will relieve the pain and help your baby get some rest. To soothe their sore gums, dilute the essential oil using a carrier oil like olive or coconut oil, then using your fingertip, apply the solution along the outside of the baby’s cheek and jaw. You can also dilute the essential oil and apply it to the back of their neck, wrists, and the bottom of their feet.

Teething Accessories 

Fortunately, nowadays it is very easy to find natural, non-toxic teething accessories. They can be made from anything from unfinished wood to food grade silicone.

Another option is an authentic amber teething necklace. The necklace can be worn around the neck or even as a bracelet or anklet. These necklaces have become a popular option because they are effective, non-toxic, and beautiful to look at.

Baltic amber necklaces even contain healing properties due to the high level of succinic acid contained in the amber. The succinic acid is release when the amber is warmed up by your baby’s skin. Once the acid is absorbed into the skin, the anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties will help your baby feel much better. The amber necklace also helps relieve sore and swollen gums, and can even brighten your baby’s mood.

A baltic amber necklace is most effective when it’s worn while in consistent contact with the skin. It can even be hidden under clothing or worn as an anklet (not on a baby's wrist as this will be put into the mouth). Be sure to select a baltic amber necklace that is sized for a baby - this makes a difference as it is not long enough to reach the mouth, or pose a choking hazard, but rests just below the chin. In addition, baltic amber necklaces should only be worn while your baby is under adult supervision.


Not only is it important to keep your baby comfortable while their first teeth are making their debut, it is also important to begin practicing oral hygiene. You can even begin before their teeth begin to emerge. The gums are a very important part of overall oral health. Massaging your little one’s gums keeps oxygen and blood flowing to the area, and helps maintain health gum tissue and nerves. You can gently massage their gums with a clean finger or damp washcloth. Once the cute little teeth start to erupt, you can then introduce a soft bristle toothbrush to clean their teeth twice daily.

Teething is a natural part of your baby’s life. At times it might seem hard for them and the entire process might even throw you for a loop, but rest assured that with patience, cuddles, and lots of love, your baby will get through it and you will have a few more reasons to smile.


Listen up mum, make some time for yourself!

Being a mum is a full-time job, we all know that. Constantly running around after these little humans that completely rely on you, pandering to their every whim, whilst remembering to sleep, eat, and wash can be pretty tough going! But of course, it is worth every second!

Yet when was the last time you took a bit of time to do something YOU want to do? I know that meeting friends for coffee, a girls night out, or even a Pilates class might be a bit much time wise, but there are plenty of other things you can do with a precious moment or two of downtime that will make you feel great. Read on to find out more!

Online Keno Games 

Okay, now before you jump to any judgements about online gambling, listen up a second. In the last few years, these games have become cool again. It is one of the most popular past times now, and even better - you can do it on your smartphone wherever you are! Online keno games are great, similar to Bingo where you can win fantastic prizes from wagering very little. Everyone is doing it these days, and it is a great way to relax and unwind while you catch a moment to yourself.

Try your hand at gardening

You do not have to have a huge back yard to garden. It is easy to grow herbs and various other plants on window sills and balconies. This is something that you can also involve the children in! Although it might get a bit messy, why not get them to help you put the soil into pots and plant the seeds? You can then watch their progress together as they grow and teach them about responsibility as you water each day. The best bit is, at the end you have some yummy homegrown items to devour, or some beautiful flowering plants, and the children learn where our food comes from.


We all love taking photos of our little darlings, but have you ever considered learning how to snap photos skillfully? You can find plenty of short courses, articles, and videos online that will give you lots of tips and tricks to get the best out of your camera. You don’t have to travel far to get the best pics either, obviously you can photo your family and friends, but try macro photography of flowers, or the things around you, to mix things up in your photo collection.


Again, no one is saying you have to take time out to visit a class as finding time for that can be rather impossible. Instead why don’t you try looking on YouTube for instructional videos you can dance along to in the living room? You might even be able to get the littles involved and make it a family activity- fun whilst getting fit. Zumba is so much fun, it has even been described as like going to a party! What more could you want in a fun workout?

Just a couple of ideas for you to take a bit of time to yourself - remember a happy mummy matters.


Fetal Lungs Protein Release Triggers Labor to Begin

Babies know when and how to be born.
Each one knows when s/he is ready for life on the outside.
Let's not rush them.
Let's trust them.

We've long known that a mammal's lungs are the last organ to develop inutero before it is baby's time to exit. Disrupting this normal process (and initiating/inducing labor to start before a baby triggers labor on his/her own) frequently causes a cascade of complications - from difficulty in latch, poor breathing, increased infection, decreased immunity, under development, failure to thrive, and an increase in SIDS.

Now, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas researchers have found that it is in fact the fetal lungs themselves which provide the signal to initiate labor.

Drs. Carole Mendelson, Jennifer Condon and Pancharatnam Jeyasuria published findings that a substance secreted by the lungs of a developing fetus contains the key signal that initiates labor.

The protein released from the lungs of a developing mouse fetus initiates a cascade of chemical events leading to the mother's initiation of labor. This research, which has implications for humans, marks the first time a link between a specific fetal lung protein and labor has been identified, said Mendelson, professor of BioChemistry and Obstetrics and Gynecology and senior author of the study. Their research appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and is currently available online here.

The initiation of term labor is carefully timed to begin only after the embryo is sufficiently mature to survive outside the womb. Previous studies suggested that the signal for labor in humans may arise from the fetus, but the nature of the signal and actual mechanism was unclear. In this study, researchers found that the key labor triggering substance, surfactant, is essential for normal breathing outside the womb.

"We found that a protein within lung, surfactant, serves as a hormone of labor that signals to the mother's uterus when the fetal lungs are sufficiently mature to withstand the critical transition from life in fluid to airbreathing," said Mendelson.

"No one really understands what causes normal or preterm labor. There may be several chemical pathways that lead to labor, but we think that this surfactant protein, which is also produced by the fetal lung in humans, may be the first hormonal signal for labor to begin," reported Mendelson, who is also co-director of the North Texas March of Dimes Birth Defects Center at UT Southwestern.

In humans the signaling protein, called surfactant protein A, or SP-A, also helps immune cells, called macrophages, fight off infections in the lungs of children and adults by gobbling up bacteria, viruses and fungi that infiltrate the lung airway.

"Women who go into preterm labor frequently have an infection of the membranes that surround the fetus, and the number of macrophages in the wall of the uterus increases with the initiation of preterm labor. When women go into labor in their own time, at term, they also have an increase in macrophages in the uterus," Mendelson said.

This led the researchers to investigate whether there was a connection between what happens during normal labor at term and in infected mothers who go into early labor.

Mendelson continued, "This also raised the question: If bacterial infection can cause increased macrophage infiltration of the uterus in preterm labor, what is the signal for the enhanced macrophage migration to the uterus at term?"

In mice, the developing fetal lung starts producing SP-A at 17 days gestation; full-term delivery occurs at 19 days. The developing human fetus starts producing SP-A in increasing amounts after 32 weeks of a 40+week normal gestation, at which time the baby's lungs are essentially developed. As the fetus "breathes" amniotic fluid in the womb, the protein is released into the fluid.

"The SP-A protein binds to macrophages in the amniotic fluid, macrophages that come from the fetus itself," said Dr. Jennifer Condon, a postdoctoral researcher in BioChemistry and the study's lead author.

The macrophages, activated by the protein, make their way through the amniotic fluid to the wall of the uterus. Once embedded there, they produce a chemical that stimulates an inflammatory response in the uterus, ultimately leading to labor.

Researchers also found that injecting a pregnant mouse with SP-A before day 17 of the pregnancy caused the mouse to deliver early. Injection of pregnant mice with an antibody that blocks SP-A function caused them to deliver late. This would cause us to believe that women who carry babies post 42 weeks (as is common in some family lines) may do so because the necessary SP-A function is happening at later date in gestation (starting at 34 weeks instead of 32 weeks, for example).

Identifying the receptors on the macrophages to which the SP-A protein binds will be the next step, Mendelson said. "We think that bacteria may be binding to the same receptor on the macrophages to cause preterm labor in women. The bacteria mimic the function of SP-A, initiating the chemical reactions that lead to premature labor. If we knew more about this receptor on amniotic fluid macrophages, we may be able to design therapies or inhibitors to block preterm labor."

Other researchers participating in the study were Dr. Pancharatnam Jeyasuria, a research fellow in internal medicine and former fellow Julie Faust, now a medical student at Texas A&M University.

The research was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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Swimming, Suits & Mesh: Cut the Lining of Your Child's Suit to Decrease Irritation Potential

By Danelle Frisbie, PhD © 2010
Originally published in Tidewater Parent Magazine

Summer is here! And with the warm and sunny days come trips to the local swimming pool, beach and lake. Every year at this time something surprising happens to many little tykes sporting their new swimsuit -- it's something that no one talks about, and often leaves parents perplexed as to what is really going on. It is what I lightheartedly call the "mesh monster" in our child care classes. That is, the mesh lining in many swimsuits is simply not a good match for the developing genitals of babies and children, and the results are something we see each year, especially among boys.

For boys who are no longer intact (i.e. they were circumcised), the extra sensitive glans (head) of the penis is left exposed, as is the meatus and opening to the urinary tract. The friction of a mesh liner can quickly exacerbate irritation, inflammation, callusing, chaffing, soreness, and may even cause blistering. In addition, the mesh assists in holding sand, salt, algae, and the bacteria that comes with these water-elements close to the genitals - further increasing chance of irritation or infection - not a good thing when striving to avoid UTIs (urinary tract infection) and other discomforts that can occur, especially in early childhood.

For boys who remain intact, the glans and meatus are protected (one function the foreskin serves) but the mesh liner of many suits is just big enough to allow for a trapping of the prepuce (foreskin). Ouch! The same also occurs with many girls (and adult women) each year if their suit or underwear is not made of solid, 'closed' material - the labia, and even external parts of the clitoris, may become pinched in mesh of any kind. Most cases of skin entrapment go unreported, but in 2006, the journal of Pediatric Emergency Care reported on three such cases when children ended up in the ER with penile injuries due to their prepuce becoming pinched in the mesh lining of their swimsuits.

No matter a child's sex, keeping wetness, sand/salt/debris from the ocean or lake, or chemicals of a pool close to the genitals is not a good idea. It throws off the delicate balance of pH and healthy microflora, increases irritation, and is cause of countless "redness" reports each year (commonly diagnosed as 'balanitis' at a physician's office). For this reason, do not have your child swim in underwear or items that don't allow for quick drying and 'breathing.' Use real swimsuits (or cloth diapers without inserts) made of fabric that wicks away and dries quickly. And when prepping this year's suits, cut the mesh liner from the suit before use. This is quick and simple to do - grab a scissors and carefully cut along the stitched-in ridge at the top of the suit. Your child will thank you, and you'll have less redness, irritation, and potential skin entrapment to deal with.

If redness does occur: coconut oil and Calmoseptine are two quality items that will not increase risk of yeast overgrowth, or further throw off pH and microflora balance of the genitals. Coconut oil alone (with some air dry time and warm water only baths) will be enough to soothe inflammation in some cases. If not, Calmoseptine will take care of everything, quickly. You can purchase at tube upon request at your local pharmacy. Always be sure to rinse with clean, fresh water post-swimming.

To prevent redness that repeats itself: apply Calmoseptine ahead of time to 'at risk' areas of the body. This is typically especially the case where swimsuit material (or a diaper, underwear) rubs on or touches the body. The Calmoseptine will serve as a barrier cream and reduce the irritation during swimming summer days. Again, be sure to rinse briefly with clean water after swimming in a pool, lake or the ocean.

If skin entrapment in a liner that was left in place occurs: GENTLY, slowly, and carefully apply vaseline or another slippery ointment if you have some nearby; stretch or tear the mesh with a tweezers or your fingers, if you are able, and/or use a scissors to cut the mesh away from the body, using extreme caution not to cut the ultra sensitive tissues of the genitals. Sliding into luke-warm water will also allow for relaxation, and a change in blood flow - potentially loosening the mesh grip on tissues as well. Post-freeing, apply Calmoseptine and/or take a soak in warm water (with Epsom salt if desired) to reduce inflammation and support the body in healing itself.

Related reading at the Intact Care Resource Page

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Public Service Announcement by Intact Asheville



NOTE: We apologize that not all images are currently working. Please read the reasons for this here, and email with questions. Photos can be found in the Kinderpack B/S/T group.

We love Kindercarry's Kinderpack! Especially for bigger/taller/heavier babies, toddlers and children -- this is the most comfortable carrier we have tried, and it is a favorite among our local babywearing lending library. When Peaceful Parenting began (2005) there was no such thing as a comfortable soft structured carrier (SSC) for a heavy/large baby or toddler. With the Kinderpack we can comfortably babywear for many hours, day after day, and do so with special needs children as well. It is truly a blessing in babywearing, and one we'd love everyone to experience. You can learn more about Kinderpacks and their small-batch, USA handmade construction at

Each Kinderpack below comes to you brand new, with tags attached, in its original packaging, and has never been tried on, unless otherwise noted. Photos are of the actual carrier you will receive and the listing will be removed from this page upon purchase. Most Kinderpacks below have Plus padded straps because they are perfect for every body type and can be adjusted for a comfortable babywearing fit for parents of all sizes, and shared between parents. New Kinderpacks below include FREE 2-day priority shipping in the United States and to APO/FPO addresses. International shipping is $18 to Canada and $34 to all other nations. Email{at}

With each Kinderpack you'll receive two Born 2B Worn advocacy bracelets in cool colors (blue/purple/teal) and warm colors (red/orange/hot pink).

Note: No one at Peaceful Parenting has been given any incentive of any kind to speak upon Kinderpacks. We love Kinderpacks, have shared locally for many years, and would like to help other families have access to one that fits their needs. Packs were purchased brand new, directly from Kindercarry, at full retail costs plus shipping. Any pack sold for less is one we lose funds on.

Any amount donated beyond retail/shipping/fees/taxes goes toward Peaceful Parenting education at maternity and baby expos where materials are given freely to new and expecting families; as well as toward the non-profit work that Peaceful Parenting takes on (birth, breastfeeding, baby care supplies and support for low-income families, mothers, and to orphanages overseas). If you have a Kinderpack you'd like to give toward this effort (to share freely with another family in need, or to send with an orphanage volunteer working with babies/toddlers), write to{at}

Email is responded to within 24 hours. If you do not receive a response, please check the email address you are sending to, or your junk/spam filter.

Three different options to purchase: 

1) Click the Purchase button under the Kinderpack you wish to buy. [PayPal takes a percentage with this option and it is processed as a Goods Business Transaction]

2) Send via check or money order to:
Peaceful Parenting
P.O. Box 1302
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
*personal checks will have to clear before Kinderpack is sent; email{at} before sending check so that your new KP is held for you

3) If you are local to Virginia Beach and would like to meet, please email. We have regular fitting dates with parents in the community, attend the majority of maternity and baby expos in the area, and would be happy to meet with you anytime.

Infant • Standard • Toddler • Preschool


The Good Fight Duo, Limited Edition - Infant Standard
Matching pink/white polkadot hoody-hood
(2 fabric layouts to select from by email)
$149, shipping included

The Good Fight Duo, Limited Edition - Infant Plus
Matching pink/white polkadot hoody-hood
$149, shipping included

Terrapin - Infant Plus with Koolnit
Hard to access, with Koolnit hood
$179, shipping included

Terrapin Riptide Duo - Infant Plus
Hard to access; 2 time release
Matching turtles hoody-hood
$189, shipping included


Constellations - Infant Plus
Black Canvas
Hard to access print, special glow in the dark fabric that retails higher
*with matching hoody-hood
$199, shipping included

Starstruck Full Panel - Infant Plus
Black Canvas; Glow in the Dark Stars
Very Rare Semi-Custom
Matching hoody-hood
$239, shipping included

Starstruck with Black Koolnit - Infant Plus
Black Canvas; Glow in the Dark Stars
Very Rare Semi-Custom
Koolnit hood
$239, shipping included

Pictured: Starstruck Kinderpack's Glow in the Dark Stars at Night


Aquarius Duo - Standard Plus
Matching sea creatures hoody-hood
$159, shipping included

Classic Black - Standard Plus with Koolnit
Black Koolnit hood
$149, shipping included

Fairytale - Standard Standard
*Matching full panel hoody-hood
$159, shipping included

Classic Black - Standard Plus
with polka-dot hoody hood
$169, shipping included


Starstruck Full Panel - Standard Plus
Black Canvas; Glow in the Dark Stars
Very Rare Semi-Custom
$239, shipping included

Starstruck with Black Koolnit - Standard Plus
Black Canvas; Glow in the Dark Stars
Very Rare Semi-Custom
$239, shipping included


Regatta - Toddler Plus with Koolnit
$159, shipping included
*Fabric layout differs slightly from pictured Kinderpack - email for new photo

Hop To It - Toddler Plus with Koolnit
Very hard to find; Retired print
$159, shipping included

Fairytale - Toddler Standard
Matching full panel hoody-hood
$169, shipping included

Do-It-Yourself Butterfly - Toddler Plus with Koolnit
Kinderpack can be colored with fabric markers to fit your style
Very hard to find; Retired print
$159, shipping included

Hollow - Toddler Plus with Koolnit
Limited Edition; Two Time Release
$159, shipping included

Classic Black - Toddler Plus
with polka-dot hoody hood
$169, shipping included

Twilight - Toddler Plus with Koolnit
with matching black Koolnit hood
$169, shipping included


Blue Poppies - Toddler Plus with Koolnit
Special textured Japanese linen fabric with linen hoody hood
$169, shipping included

Terrapin Riptide Duo - Toddler Standard
Matching full panel turtles hoody hood
Popular, hard to access
2 fabric layouts to select from by email
$189, shipping included

Constellations Full Panel - Toddler Plus
Navy Canvas
Hard to access print, special glow in the dark fabric that retails higher
Matching hoody-hood; email for photos
$199, shipping included

Constellations Full Panel - Toddler Plus
Black Canvas
Hard to access print, special glow in the dark fabric that retails higher
Matching hoody-hood; email for photos
(2 fabric layouts to choose from by email)
$199, shipping included

Starstruck Full Panel - Toddler Standard
Black Canvas; Glow in the Dark Stars
Very Rare Semi-Custom
$239, shipping included

Starstruck with Black Koolnit - Toddler Standard
Black Canvas; Glow in the Dark Stars
Very Rare Semi-Custom
$239, shipping included


Zombie Apocalypse 2 - Preschool Plus
*has matching full panel hoody-hood*
$159, shipping included

Fairytale - Preschool Standard
*has matching full panel hoody-hood
$159, shipping included

The Good Fight Duo - Preschool Standard
Matching polkadot white/pink hoody-hood
Limited Edition - One Time Release
$159, shipping included

Skulls and Roses - Preschool Plus with Koolnit
matching Koolnit hood
$159, shipping included


Terrapin - Preschool Plus with Koolnit
Popular, hard to find print
$189, shipping included

Terrapin / Riptide Duo - Preschool Standard
Matching turtles hoody-hood; very hard-to-find, 2-time release
$189, includes shipping

Constellations - Preschool Plus
Matching hoody-hood / Dark Navy Canvas
Hard to access print, special glow in the dark fabric that retails higher
$199, includes shipping

Constellations - Preschool Standard
Matching Hoody-Hood / Black Canvas
Hard to access print, special glow in the dark fabric that retails higher
(3 fabric layouts to select from by email)
$199, shipping included
Constellations - Preschool Standard Full Panel
Matching hoody-hood / Black Canvas
NOTE: This Kinderpack is new with tags attached, but has been tried on for family fittings
$189, shipping included

Webs We Weave - Preschool Standard with Koolnit
Matching black Koolnit Hood
* Very rare, one-time-release, glow-in-the-dark special fabric. *
$199, includes 2-day shipping
Pictured: Webs' glow in the dark pattern at night

Starstruck - Preschool Standard
Black Canvas; Glow in the Dark Stars
Very Rare Semi-Custom
$239, shipping included

Starstruck with Black Koolnit - Preschool Standard
Black Canvas; Glow in the Dark Stars
Very Rare Semi-Custom
$239, shipping included

Starstruck - Preschool Standard
Black Canvas / Glow in the Dark Stars
Very Rare Semi-Custom
NOTE: This Kinderpack has been tried on for family fittings and does not have its product registration paper tag. It arrives in its original zippered bag.
$215, shipping included

Pictured: Starstruck Kinderpack's Glow in the Dark Stars at Night


Straps: Standard or Plus: 4 extra inches of padding along strap
Parents of all sizes use and love plus straps:

Perfect Fit Adjusters
(making plus straps perfect for every babywearer)

All babywearing families are welcome to join:
Kinderpack B/S/T Chat Group

Where our Kinderpacks have gone... Please feel free to drop us a note or share a photo anytime ( {at} We love connecting with families and seeing your little ones grow, wrapped up in love. ♥ Thank you for letting us be a part of your babywearing adventure!

Classic Black (Standard Standard, Koolnit) - Illinois family

Regatta (Preschool Standard, Koolnit) - Kansas family

POUNCE! (Preschool Standard, Koolnit) - New York family

Terrapin (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Iowa family

Terrapin (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - South Carolina family

In the Round (Infant Standard, Koolnit) - Ohio family
*this new Kinderpack was sold to fund a larger size going to an in-need orphanage in Mongolia

Indigo Bloom (Toddler Plus) - California family

Summit (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - New York family

Safari (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Washington family

Geared Up (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Oklahoma family

Constellations (Infant Plus) - Military family overseas

Classic Black (Infant Plus) - gifted to Wisconsin family

Fantasy Forest (Preschool Plus) - The Netherlands family

Fly By Night Duo (Preschool Standard) - Massachusetts family

Terrapin (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - California family

Summit (Preschool Standard, Koolnit) - Maryland family

Constellations (Standard Plus) - Singapore family

[Harry Potter] Wiz Kid (Preschool Plus) - Iowa family

Dragons (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Texas family

Constellations (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Delaware family

Terrapin Tide (Preschool Plus) - Virginia family

Suckerpunch (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Illinois family

Hollow (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Indiana family

Hollow (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Florida family

Riptide (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Virginia family

Chesapeake (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - South Carolina family

Summit (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Minnesota family

Hollow (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Minnesota family

Riptide (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Pennsylvania family

Serengeti (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Arizona family

Synergy (Toddler Standard, Koolnit) - Virginia family

Heartland (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Ohio family

Twilight (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Military family

Summit (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Texas family

Summit (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Michigan family

Suckerpunch (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - California family

Batik Roses (Preschool Standard) - Georgia family

Alice [in Wonderland] (Preschool Plus) - U.K. family

Shark Attack (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Florida family

[Harry Potter] Wiz Kid (Infant Plus) - Missouri family

Constellations (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Massachusetts family

Aqua Bubbles (Preschool Standard) - California family

Fantasy Forest (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Pennsylvania family

Heartland (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - New Jersey family

Suckerpunch (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - New Jersey family

Fantasy Forest (Infant Plus) - Pennsylvania family

Terrapin (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Texas family

Fairytale (Infant Plus) - New Jersey family

Classic Black (Preschool Standard, Koolnit) - North Carolina family

Batik Roses (Standard Plus) - South Carolina family

Constellations (Preschool Standard) - Illinois family

Terrapin (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - California family

Batik Roses (Toddler Plus) - New Zealand family

Indigo Bloom (Infant Plus) - Texas family

Chesapeake (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Texas family

Heartland (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Minnesota family

Narwhal (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Oregon family

Artemis (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Texas family

POUNCE! (Preschool Standard, Koolnit) - New Jersey family

Shark Plank Duo (Infant Plus) - Texas family

Monster Mash 2014 (Toddler Standard, Koolnit) - Washington family

Twilight (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Colorado family

Terrapin (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Georgia family

POUNCE! (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Connecticut family

Classic Black (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - California family

Brilliant Beards (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Canadian family

Clementine (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - South Carolina family

Brilliant Beards (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Washington family

Classic Black (Standard Standard, Koolnit) - Tennessee family

Fairytale (Preschool Standard) - Arizona family

Riptide (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Missouri

POUNCE! (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - California family

Dragons (Preschool Standard, Koolnit) - California family

Aquarius Duo (Preschool Standard) - Georgia family

Dino-Mite (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Pennsylvania family

Suckerpunch (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Texas family

Classic Black (Preschool Standard, Koolnit) - New York family

Shark Plank Duo (Infant Plus) - Texas family

Party Hearty (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Illinois family

Riptide (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Alaska family

Suckerpunch (Preschool Standard, Koolnit) - Florida family

Dragons (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Texas family

Shark Plank Duo (Toddler Plus) - Kansas family

Midnight Floral (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Washington family

Lotis (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - New Jersey family

Rhino Romp (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Minnesota family

Skulls & Roses (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Ohio family

Fairytale (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Florida family

Constellations (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Utah family

Rhino Romp (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - New York family

Inked! (Preschool Standard, Koolnit) - South Dakota family

Terrapin (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Florida family

Riptide (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - California family

Fantasy Forest (Standard Standard, Koolnit) - California family

[Harry Potter] Wiz Kid (Preschool Standard) - Virginia family

[Harry Potter] Wiz Kid (Preschool Plus) - Florida family

Riptide (Toddler Standard, Koolnit) - Maryland family

Superkids (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Georgia family

Terrapin (Preschool Standard, Koolnit) - Maryland family

Shark Plank Duo (Preschool Standard) - Delaware family

Trophy Too (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Texas family

Constellations (Preschool Standard, Koolnit) - California family

Chesapeake (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Texas family

Regatta (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Alaska family

Shark Attack (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Texas family

Heartland (Preschool Standard, Koolnit) - North Carolina family

Bee Sweeter Duo (Infant Plus) - California family

Summit (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Wisconsin family

Constellations (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Washington family

Constellations (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Washington family

Dragons (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Louisiana family

Terrapin (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Texas family

Hollow [Limited Edition] (Preschool Standard, Koolnit) - Michigan family

Voyage (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Singapore family

Aqua Bubbles (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Wisconsin family

[Harry Potter] Wiz Kid (Infant Standard) - Wisconsin family

Bearly Sleeping (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Ohio family

Aqua Bubbles (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - New York family

Fly By Night Duo (Infant Plus) - California family

Chesapeake (Preschool Standard, Koolnit) - Florida family

[Harry Potter] Wiz Kid (Toddler Standard) - California family

[Harry Potter] Wiz Kid (Toddler Plus) - Florida family

Terrapin (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Florida family

Voyage (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Ohio family

Voyage (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Virginia family

Heartland (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - California family

Dino-Mite (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Florida family

Aqua Bubbles (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Wisconsin family

Fly By Night Duo (Standard Plus) - Pennsylvania family

Aqua Bubbles (Standard Standard, Koolnit) - Florida family

Batik Roses (Infant Plus) - Ohio family

Alice [in Wonderland] (Infant Plus) - California family

Voyage (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Nevada family

Constellations (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - California family

Riptide (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - California family

Sky High (Infant Standard, Koolnit) - Alaska family

[Harry Potter] Wiz Kid (Standard Plus) - Washington family

In the Round (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Ohio family

In the Round (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Texas family

Constellations (Preschool Standard) - Washington family

Clementine (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Pennsylvania family

Clementine (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Georgia family

Dragons (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Missouri family

Dino-Mite (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Pennsylvania family

Indigo Bloom (Infant Standard) - Utah family

Alice [in Wonderland] (Toddler Standard) - Washington family

Riptide (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - California family

Beards (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Kansas family

Voyage (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Maryland family

Aquarius Duo (Infant Plus) - Pennsylvania family

Constellations (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Wisconsin family

Indigo Bloom (Infant Plus) - UK family

Classic Black (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - California family

DIY Butterfly (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Germany family

Batik Roses (Infant Plus) - APO Military family

Classic Black (Infant Standard, Koolnit) - Massachusetts family

Webs We Weave [Limited Edition] (Infant Standard, Koolnit) - Singapore family

Webs We Weave [Limited Edition] (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Virginia family

Webs We Weave [Limited Edition] (Preschool Standard, Koolnit) - Hawaii family

Webs We Weave [Limited Edition] (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Illinois family

Elephant Romp (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Connecticut family

Skulls and Roses (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Florida family

In Focus (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Florida family

Little Wing (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Georgia family

Dino-Mite (Preschool Standard, Koolnit) - California family

Adorned (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Michigan family

Terrapin (Infant Standard, Koolnit) - Virginia family

Terrapin (Preschool Standard, Koolnit) - Hong Kong family

Chesapeake (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Georgia family

Mermaids (Infant Plus) - Spain family

Summit (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Alaska family

Skulls and Roses (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Oregon family

Fairytale (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Florida family

Heartland (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - South Carolina family

Riptide (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Texas family

Constellations (Infant Plus) - Missouri family

Sky High (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Texas family

[Harry Potter] Wiz Kid (Preschool Standard) - North Carolina family

Shark Attack (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Tennessee family

Constellations (Preschool Standard) - Washington family

Derby (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Germany family

Regatta (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - New Mexico family

SuperKids (Infant Standard, Koolnit) - California family

Summit (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Australia family

[Harry Potter] Wiz Kid (Preschool Standard) - Alberta, Canada family

Riptide (Standard Standard, Koolnit) - California family

Shady Savannah (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - Ohio family

Dino-Mite (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Michigan family

In Focus (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Washington family

Bearly Sleeping (Standard Standard, Koolnit) - Singapore family

Zombie Apocalypse 2 (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - Virginia family

Shady Savannah (Toddler Plus, Koolnit) - Arkansas family

Riptide (Preschool Standard, Koolnit) - Illinois family

Twilight (Infant Plus, Koolnit) - Minnesota family

Twilight (Standard Plus, Koolnit) - gifted to California/Texas military family 

[Harry Potter] Wiz Kid (Infant Plus) - gifted to Wisconsin family 

Posey Pinwheel Duo (Infant Plus) - gifted to Wisconsin family 

Posey Pinwheel Duo (Preschool Plus) - gifted to Virginia family 

Bee Sweeter Duo (Preschool Plus) - gifted to Virginia family 

Riptide (Toddler Plus) - gifted to Virginia family 

Blue Poppies (Preschool Plus, Koolnit) - gifted to Virginia family 

Shark Plank Duo (Toddler Plus) - gifted to Virginia family 

Heartland (Preschool Standard) - gifted to Virginia family 

Constellations (Preschool Plus) - gifted to Virginia family 

Used KPs from our Birth & Babies Lending library and donations to orphanage volunteers in Uganda, Mongolia, Indonesia, Philippines, Haiti. ♥



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