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New parent services and resources, outings with Baby and the Middle Tennessee Birthing Directory.

featuring 6 Baby Bits & Shop Find new parent info and gear up with new products, giveaways and a local guide to specialty shops.

15 What Newborns Really Need Avoid the trap of feeling you have to buy every little thing for Baby.

18 How Does Your Baby Grow? Learn what to look forward to dur- ing your infant's first 12 months of development.

no matter if you're expecting your first baby or your fourth, a new one on the way marks a wonderful time in your life. Welcome to a new beginning and more love

than you've ever imagined possible in your heart. We are thrilled to be able to serve new parents in Middle Tennessee and honored to be a part of your journey in parenting.

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ON THE COVER: Say hello to Dash! Our 2011 Cover Kid was photographed by Jennifer Rose Photography in our Nashville Parent studio.

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baby bits

colds are common, but beware RSV

N obody’s happy when Baby catches a cold, but you can expect six to eight of them during your little one’s fi rst year. Common colds aren’t usually accompanied by fever, so if that happens, beware of respiratory

syncytial virus (RSV), the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia among infants and children younger than age 1. Illness begins most frequently with fever, runny nose, cough and sometimes wheezing; up to 2 percent of ba-bies will require hospitalization. Most children recover from illness in eight to 15 days. If your baby’s cold is accompanied by fever, be sure to see your pediatri-cian. And remember one of the keys mothers have used for ages in determin-ing if something’s wrong with Baby: If he “looks” different to you, see the doctor.

wash up!The number one cold-prevention strategy — washing hands frequently — is especially important for all baby-handlers even if everyone’s sniffle-free.

By Susan Day

S tocking up on diapers, wipes and Onesies are typical actions of expectant parents, but many parents are also adding the collecting and storing of their newborn’s umbilical cord

blood to the top of their priority lists. Cord blood is the blood that remains in your baby’s umbilical cord after it has been cut. It is a rich source of unique stem cells that can be used in serious medical treatments for your child should he ever need it (cord blood stem cells have been used to treat many life-threatening diseases such as leukemia and other cancers). Hospitals around the country collect the cord blood after newborns are deliv-ered and donate it to a public bank, but you can opt to have you child’s cord blood collected for a family bank. The cost for family banking is approximately $2,000, although that fee fl uctuates depending on the service you opt for. Learn more at the Cord Blood Registry, or 888-932-6568.

cord blood protects babies

k eep track of what Baby’s going through with

this handy collection of developmental cards from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Based on the

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A new mom gives birth, and often her newborn is swaddled and placed to sleep in a nearby infant bed or taken to the hospital nursery so Mom can rest. But new research published in Biological Psychiatry shows that separating infants from their mothers is stressful to the baby. The practice is standard in U.S. hospitals, yet humans are the

only mammals who practice maternal-neonate separation. Researchers measured heart rate variability in 2-day-old sleeping babies for one hour each during skin-to-skin contact with the mother and alone in a bed next to their mothers’ beds. Neonatal autonomic activity was 176 percent higher and quiet sleep 86 percent lower during maternal sepa-ration compared to skin-to-skin contact. More research is necessary to more thoroughly understand the newborn’s response to separation, but skin-to-skin contact offers sooth-ing, numerous benefits, and as further evidence emerges, the challenge to doctors will be to incorporate skin-to-skin contact into routine treatment while still safely providing the other elements of newborn medical care.

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It’s a reversible burp cloth! The ultra-thick 11-by-16-inch French terry cloth by BabbaCo by Jessica Kim keeps you protected. Turn it inside out for another cloth at-the-ready when you need it. If the cloth gets super soiled, flip it to keep the mess inside and your diaper bag clean!

infant: $49.95toddler: $59.95

This weather-resistant seasonal cover by JJ Cole Collections fits snuggly over baby’s car seat or stroller allowing straps to come through. Wrap it around your seat to keep Baby comfy and warm. Available in sizes infant (up to 21 pounds or 1 year of age) and toddler (1 - 3 years). We’re giving one away or pur-chase it locally at USA Baby & Kids in Franklin or at a Babies R Us store.

3Cosmo Go; $99.95

Be super stylish and ready for anything with the Amy Michelle Go Totes Cosmo bag (pictured above). This sleek, chocolate colored bag is suitable for everyday use as a purse, diaper bag and more. Inside, you’ll find pockets galore, a changing pad and a clasp to hook your keys to so you can grab them easily. It also comes with eight nylon straps that allow you to hook your bag to your stroller.

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“DaHugs” and “DaGiggles” are two different types of 13-by-10-inch DaBibs by Chez Shea Baby. The DaHugs has a microfiber terry front with waterproof backing to keep clothes clean and

dry. DaGiggles is a complete waterproof polyester fabric that moves with Baby unlike stiff plastic bibs. Both boast comfortable unicollars with extended closures to attach in front at the neck. Choose from different colors and patterns and add a reversible crumb catcher, too. We are giving away a set of one each.

5Diapers & Wipes Caddy; $29.95

The Grab the Diapers & Wipes

Caddy is a sturdy

changing station that makes diaper changes on the go a snap! The caddy has a wipeable changing pad, and room for all your needs and diapers. Available in four different colors, we’re giving one away in the cocoa stripe color (pictured), or purchase it locally at USA Baby & Kids in Franklin,or at a Babies R Us store.

6Hand to Toe Wash; $10.95 each (5.3 oz)

These pure soaps for you and your little one are from Earth Mama Angel Baby and USDA certified made with organic oils. The liquid soap pumps out in a foam and leaves you squeaky clean. Comes in Happy Mama, Calm & Clean and Natural Non-Scents.

7Lil Jo’

jammies: $24.99; shoes: $26.99

Your baby will enjoy getting around in Lil Jo’s soft leather shoes — the non-slip bottoms provide traction for moving around solo and even taking those all-impor-tant first steps. Soft, comfy jammies can make a perfect match, and there are lots of shoes styles to choose from including NFL-licensed ones. Shoes and jammies are available in sizes ranging from 0 - 4 years.

8Nap Nanny; $129.99

The soft little Nap Nanny Chill chair will have Baby sleeping soundly and safely in a reclined position. Use the nylon straps to buckle Baby in while he sleeps so you can rest easily, too. As he grows, use Nap Nanny Chill as a comfy seat sans the straps. Perfect for babies eight pounds or more for sleeping. We’re giving a Nap Nanny Chill in blue minky dot (pictured above) away, too. It can also be purchased locally at USA Baby & Kids in Franklin or at a Babies R Us store.

9Pewter; $28

A special keepsake for your child to cherish, the hand-molded, hand-cast, seven-and-a-half-inch long pewter wand by Lisa Leonard Designs is perfect for little hands. Be careful, though, as this soft metal does bend easily. Personalize it with your child’s name or a special phrase for her to keep forever.

10 SimplyGo Single Elec-

tric Breast; $44.99

Light, small, portable … it’s a hand-held breast

pump by Evenflo for on-the-go moms. The soft silicone insert makes it comfortable and best of all, it’s electric! We’re giving one away, or purchase locally at Babies R Us.

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specialty baby shopsDaviDson County

Babies R Us2205 Gallatin Pike N., Madison855-37735731 Nolensville Road, Nashville781-2229babiesrus.comInfant clothing, baby gear, nursery items, strollers, toys and more.

Baby Depot at Burlington Coat Factory719 Thompson Lane, Nashville 385-9455burlingtoncoatfactory.comBaby clothes, furniture and gear.

The Green Wagon1100 Forrest Ave.,“Green" baby necessities like crib mattresses, infant clothing, skin-care products, books, all-natural teethers and more.

Helen’s Children’s Shop4102 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville292-3576helenschildrensshop.comBoys and girls clothing sizes infant and up, stuffed baby items and toys.

Lizards and LaceA Children’s Boutique136 S. Main St., Goodlettsville859-5225 • lizardsandlace.comInfants clothing to size 10 for girls and 4 for boys, gifts, shoes, bags and more.

Nature's Greenlife891-2203 • naturesgreenlife.comOne hundred percent organic crib mattresses, bedding and more. Call for appointment in Green Hills showroom.

Plaid Rabbit2164 Bandywood DriveNashville • 298-2323plaidrabbitgifts.comFurniture, bedding, gifts, clothing, ac-cessories and more.

Po Po Cool Kid Stuff4017 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 309-ANashville • 269-6964popocoolkidstuff.comToys, baby gear, collectibles and more.

Snap Kids4027 Hillsboro Road, Ste. 702 Nashville460-7627 • snapkids.netInfant and toddler clothing, baby toys and more.

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2 Cute!544 N. Thompson Lane, Ste. A Murfreesboro • 893-1818Designer diaper bags, blankets, gifts, monogramming and more.

Babies R Us2075 Old Fort Pkwy. Murfreesboro217-3306 • babiesrus.comInfant clothing, baby gear, nursery items, strollers, toys and more.

Bella Vista Baby306 E. Vine St., Murfreesboro896-6643Custom baby bedding and accesso-ries, baby gift registry, gift and shower baskets, monogramming and more.

Carla & Co. at The Avenue Murfreesboro2615 Medical Center Pkwy. Ste. 420, Murfreesboro904-6919carlaandcompanygifts.comBaby gowns, specialty paintings with Baby’s name, burp cloths, diaper bags and more. Also offers monogramming and engraving.

Mimi’s Boutique at The Avenue Murfreesboro2615 Medical Center Pkwy. Ste. 720, Murfreesboro890-4232 •, gifts, specialty clothing in brands like Bailey Boys, Claire and Charlie, Royal Child, Royal Kidz, Rosalina and more.

Reeves-Sain Drug Store1801 Memorial Blvd.Murfreesboro • 896-5731— or —Reeves-Sain at MTMC1700 Medical Center Pkwy.Murfreesboro • 396-4177reevessain.comChildren's clothing in sizes newborn and older, toys, gifts, embroidery and more.

Toodles at The Avenue Murfreesboro2615 Medical Center Pkwy.Ste. 1550, Murfreesboro907-5022 • toodlesboutique.comInfant clothing, Onesies, diaper bags, monogramming and customization.

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Polka Dots & Pigtails114 North Water Ave., Gallatin989-1671polkadotsnpigtails.comNew and consigned children's clothing, shoes, accessories and more.

Zoe & Friends206 N. Anderson Lane, Ste. 103 Hendersonville264-6722 • zoeandfriends.netChildren’s clothing in sizes preemie and up, shoes, gifts, toys and more.

Williamson County

The Changing Times310-5723thechangingtimes.comCloth diapers, swim diapers, shoes, toys, natural parenting accessories and more.

Coco Bonbons782 Old Hickory Blvd., Ste. 113Brentwood313-8800 • cocobonbons.comInfant and children's clothing, swim wear and more.

For Every Child111 Fifth Ave. N., Franklin 790-6426 Children’s clothing in preemie - size 16 in girls and preemie - size 7 in boys, baby gifts, special occasion dresses, accessories and more.

Giggles330 Franklin Road, Brentwood371-2333 Infant and children’s clothing up to size 7 for boys and size 14 for girls, acces-sories, baby gifts, shoes and more.

It's Vintage, Baby234 Public Square, Franklin465-2166 • itsvintagebaby.comVintage and heirloom quality cloth-ing and accessories for infants and children.

The Little Cottage at The Factory230 Franklin Road, Ste. 11-RFranklin • 794-1405thelittlecottagefactory.comChildren's clothing in size 0 - 14 for boys and 0 - 16 for girls, shoes and more. The Little Cottage also has a toy store located at The Factory (Ste. 11-J;

Little Star Kids’ Gear539 Cool Springs Blvd., Ste. 105Franklin • Children’s clothing sizes newborn to 6X as well as baby gear, furniture, gifts, toys and more.

Pickles & Ice Cream539 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin778-1599Diaper bags, infant clothes, gifts and maternity apparel.

Ragamuffin Shoppe443 Cool Springs Blvd., # 115Franklin • 771-5151 ragamuffinshoppe.comPreemie, infant and children’s clothing up to size 6X, plus accessories.

Spruce7028 Church St. East, Ste. 101 Brentwood370-0607 • spruceliving.netBaby bedding, infant clothing, blankets, shoes and more.

USA Baby & Kids370 Williamson Square, Franklin595-5565 • usababyfranklin.comBaby furniture, strollers, car seats, gliders, specialty items, accessories and more.

Wilson County

Flit and Flitter405-6436 • flitandflitter.comShop online only for girls clothing in sizes infant to 12.

Willie Nillie Kidsat Providence Marketplace401 S. Mt. Juliet Road, Ste. 330 Mt. Juliet773-1330 • willienilliekids.comChildren’s clothing up to size preemie 6X in girls and 7 for boys, accessories, blankets, bibs, baby gifts and more.

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newborns: what should I really buy?

by Sandra Gordon feature

Your baby doesn’t have to have every little thing.

ou’ve consulted books, logged onto websites and asked your friends — but you’ve still got nig-

gling questions about baby products and that feeling that you want new things. To help you sort

through the confusion (and budget woes), we rounded up top baby product and safety experts

to give you peace of mind. Turn the page and read on!


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My parents live out of town ... will I need that play yard for traveling, or can I use a hotel’s instead?

Provided the hotel’s play yard meets safety standards and the mattress is firm

and snug fitting, it’s fine to use the hotel’s, or you can borrow your sister’s or

best friend’s. However, there will be times at home where you’d like another

spot for Baby, so having your own play yard is helpful in that case. Whatever

you do, your play yard should have mesh panels for air flow, sides that securely

lock and a snug, tight-fitting mattress, advises the American Academy of

Pediatrics (AAP).

I thought walkers weren’t safe, but my moth-er says she depended on hers when I was a baby. I’m confused, because they’re still avail-able. Should I buy one?

In 1999, an estimated 8,800 children younger than 15 months were treated in

hospital emergency departments in the United States for injuries associated

with walkers (most walker injuries occur from falling down stairs). But here’s

another reason not to buy one: walkers can actually delay walking. “Their

forward motion means a baby doesn’t have to fully support his body weight on

his legs and hips, so he doesn’t get the same sense of balance as when he

has to pull his own body upright to walk,” says Maureen A. O‚Brien, Ph.D., a

child development specialist and author of Watch Me Grow: I’m One, Two, Three

(Harper). A stationary activity center — which is essentially the same thing but

doesn’t move — is a safer alternative.

What makes one stroller worth $100 and another $750?

Several things drive up a stroller’s price tag such as high-grade, light-weight

aluminum that makes lifting them easier, swivel wheels that make pushing

easier over grass and tough terrain and comfy amenities such as adjustable

handles, a reversible seat and durability from child to child as you add onto

your family. But that doesn’t mean a lower-end stroller won’t serve you well.

“A lot depends on where and how much you’ll be using the stroller,” says Rob

Portnoy, owner of For infrequent travel or trips to the mall, a

lower-end umbrella stroller may be all you need. But if you’re going to be stroll-

ing more often and through all kinds of weather and conditions, consider spend-

ing more. For all baby gear, beware of the return policy and the warranty, which

vary per retailer and product, in case you decide to return it for any reason.

What kind of baby thermometer should I get? There are so many to choose from!

“I recommend a digital rectal thermometer,” says Ari Brown, M.D., a pediatrician

and author of Baby 411 (Windsor Peak Press). “It’s the most accurate way to

take a baby’s temperature.” For babies younger than 3 months old, especially,

every tenth of a degree counts. “The difference between a temp of 100.3 and

100.4 is whether you stay home or take your baby to the ER,” says Brown. But

if you’re uncomfortable with the idea of using a rectal thermometer, ask your

pediatrician for a recommendation.

I’m uncertain about what size clothes to buy for my baby. One company’s 0 - 3 months is nothing like that of another company’s. Aren’t there standard sizings?

There aren’t. Every brand of baby clothing seems to have its own sizing specifi-

cations. A general rule of thumb: “Double your baby’s age,” says Vivian G. Reis-

man, president of Baby Steps, Inc., a children’s clothing retailer. For example, if

you’re buying for a 3-month old, buy a 6-month-old size; if you’re shopping for a

6 month-old, buy a 12-month-old size and so on. Even though that doubled size

may seem a little big at first, your baby will grow into it quickly and you’ll have

leeway for shrinkage.

Is it OK to use my first child’s infant car seat for my second child?

If your kids are close in age, it’s fine to reuse your car seat, provided there

aren’t any cracks in the frame. (To check for recalls, head to But if

there’s a significant age gap between your kids, you’re better off buying a new

seat. The AAP advises consumers to avoid using seats more than 10 years old.

Some manufacturers recommend that their models only be used for five to six

years from the date of purchase. To make sure your seat hasn’t expired, look

on the seat’s label for the date of manufacture and check your owner’s manual

for usage recommendations.

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how doesyour baby grow?

a month-by-month guide

month 1In general, Baby will only be alert for about three hours each day. Reflexes are jerky, although by month’s end this will improve slightly. From birth, a baby can see only about eight to 15 inches in front of his face; eyesight will be completely developed by 8 months. For now, Baby is able to focus for a short period of time on an object right in front of him. He is attracted to patterns and enjoys looking at his own reflection if you place a mirror alongside of him when he’s awake.

MILESTONES:• Lifting his head while on his tummy• Shows enjoyment when rocked and cuddled• Comfort in sucking• Briefly focuses on objects and distinguishes voices

month 2There’s a different “feel” to the way Baby handles now. He’s more familiar with his environment and more alert and active. He’s a little sponge, absorb-ing what’s going on around him. On his tummy, he can lift his head up briefly, though not his chest.

MILESTONES:• Looking at his hands• Listening to your voice and other sounds, especially gentle music• Lifting his head while on his stomach • A first smile

month 3He’s much more social now, cooing and smiling upon your approach. He might chuckle when you are playful with him. Though he cannot reach or grab yet, he tries to while focusing on an object. His head control has improved, and it rarely bobs. He can prop himself up on his arms when placed on his chest, and he enjoys lifting his head and looking around. His sleeping and waking patterns are established, and he knows that his crying com-municates to you.

MILESTONES:• Bringing objects to his mouth• Listening to his own voice• Interest in his hands by waving them

Infant developmentis filled with “oohs” and “aahs.” Tracking your baby’s growth can help you know what to expect.


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month 4Baby has developed many motor and sensory skills and is now behaving purposefully. He turns his head when he hears a voice, and he knows who his parents are. He’s interested in examining objects and will bring them to his mouth when he can. He appreciates a change of scenery.

MILESTONES:• Turning his body from one side to another• Likes to babble• Raising himself on his arms• Holding his feet in the air and kicking• Splashing his hands and feet in the tub

month 5He’s catching on now and is alert for one-and-a-half to two hours at a time. He loves to be held in a sitting position since his head and torso have gained much more control. He’s able to lift his torso up with his arms when he’s on his tummy. He may begin to move himself around in first attempts to crawl, though it’s more likely that he’ll rock himself on his belly for a month or so to come. His grasp and reach have improved considerably, and he likes to imitate sounds and movements.

MILESTONES:• Sitting propped up for up to 30 minutes at a time• Exploring objects• Holding his head upright by himself • Bringing his feet to his mouth

month 6Baby continues to improve his way of pulling and rolling along the floor. Though he probably prefers to lie on his stomach, he might roll over and over to achieve some independent movement. He reaches for things with a purpose, and can sit alone for approximately five to 10 seconds — he might succeed in reaching for a dangling object. He is alert for one-half of his waking hours and enjoys eating a variety of solid foods.

MILESTONES:• Smiles a lot• Dropping and banging things• Sitting unsupported for a brief period• Sleeping through the night

month 7Baby shows more attention to detail now. He loves playtime and enjoys noise-making toys and music. His motor development has refined itself to the point that he is able to use his fingers to pick up objects. He may cry out during the night sometime soon: don’t panic! It’s teething, which means drool and more drool. He sits very nicely on his own and he may be crawling, too.

MILESTONES:• Babbling sounds he likes to make• Uses his “pincer” grasp (thumb and index finger) to pick up objects• Cutting his first tooth

month 8This is a playful time for Baby. He likes to fill and dump containers and he has begun to solve simple problems like how to attempt to get on top of a chair to retrieve an object. The average 8-month-old weighs 19-and-a-half pounds and is 28 inches long. He is probably creeping along on his stomach quite nicely, sometimes even fast. He can sit by himself and perhaps stand with support. He is apt to be shy with strangers now, and in distinguishing between parents, he may be able to say “Mama” and “Dada.”

MILESTONES:• Crawling• Babbling and using two-syllable words• Pulling up to a standing position using support• Holding his bottle when drinking

month 9Your baby’s memory has expanded, and he may remember a game he played on the previous day. Fears may be creeping into his life — he may fear the bath or heights. Be careful using harsh tones in his presence since he is responsive to oth-ers’ moods. He likes to stand with your help, but probably won’t be walking for several months still. Give him lots of stimuli to stave off boredom.

MILESTONES:• Drinking from a cup and eating with his fingers• Crawling with an object in his hand• Babbling more two-syllable words• Responding to simple requests

month 10Almost everything Baby’s interested in winds up in his mouth. In his awareness of his environment, he starts imitating things he sees. He is learning at a rapid pace and will try to use a brush on his hair, soap on his hands, etc. His love for playing is so strong that he’ll fuss if you take away a toy. He might cruise around furniture and may even be able to stand alone momentarily.

MILESTONES:• Pulling up to a standing position• Saying “Mama” and “Dada”• Clapping his hands and playing “patty cake”• Understanding and obeying some words

month 11In his attempts to walk and climb, Baby will get numerous bumps. This is par for the course for the busy 11-month-old preparing to walk. He may say a word or two other than “Mama” or “Dada.” He explores everything he has the chance to discover. He crawls at a rapid pace and will indicate his wants in ways other than crying, often pointing and making some kind of sound.

MILESTONES:• Walking while holding someone’s hand• Lifting lids off of containers and putting them

back• Rolling a ball back to you• Walking alone

month 12Your baby has learned to contemplate his actions. For instance, he will look for an object where it was last seen. He is almost a toddler now, with a distinct personality and a need for independence, which shows itself in his attempts to walk. He handles a cup nicely, enjoys eating with fingers and is open to a variety of tastes and textures as long as he isn’t pushed. Your little explorer might find a way to climb out of his crib.

MILESTONES:• Using a spoon, although most of the food may

fall off before reaching his mouth• Helping when you dress him• Fear of strangers and new situations• Squatting when tired of standing

Sources: The Disney Encyclopedia of Baby and Child Care (Hyperion Books); Complete Pregnancy & Baby Book (Publications Int’l).

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baby world

22 NEW PARENT SERVICESbreastfeeding, childbirth &

newborn services; child safety; childbirth classes; parent groups;

seat safety; support groups & miscellaneous

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Everything you need for you and your infant.

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new parent servicesbreastfeeding, childbirth & newborn servicesA Mother’s Place342-5650 • thewomenshospital.comBreast-feeding products and support services. Open Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

After Birth Care Doulas573-7843 • doulas4u.comMother, newborn and sibling care, breast/bottle feeding assistance, breast pump rentals, meal preparation, grocery shopping and light housekeeping.

American College of Nurse-Midwives888-643-9433 • midwife.orgLocate local nurse-midwives and information on midwifery.

Bradley Method Childbirth Educators800-422-4784 • bradleybirth.comNatural, partner-coached childbirth classes focusing on inward natural breathing and relaxation.

Breastfeeding Support • 880-2185Metro Public Health Department's program supporting breast-feeding mothers and their children.

International Cesarean Awareness Network 800-686-4226 • ican-online.orgInformation and support for women having C-sections and vaginal births after cesareans (VBAC).

International Childbirth Education Association800-624-4934 • icea.orgReferral for area childbirth educators and doulas.

Breast-feeding Classes Benefit Expectant Moms by Julie Hamilton

f irst-time expectant moms (and even second- or third-time moms) benefi t from taking a breast-feeding class to help them know what to expect in the hospital and more. A well-done, preparedness breast-feeding class can make a

big difference when initially establishing breastfeeding as well as con-tributing to the overall experience. When researching breast-feeding classes that are the best fi t for you, there are a few things to consider:

Hospital-based vs. independent classesMost hospitals that have birthing facilities offer a breast-feeding class, but there are independent classes, too, where you can learn about differences between hospitals and their policies and procedures.

Interviewing instructorsE-mail or talk with the instructors about the classes you are consider-ing taking and focus on resources and information. Ask about special circumstances like breastfeeding multiples, working full time and pumping. Keep the materials you receive in your breast-feeding classes Review materials again as you near your due date. Mark the informa-tion specifi cally about the hospital stay and the fi rst few days so it is easy to refer back for advice and encouragement.

Whether you are a fi rst-time expectant mom or if you already have children, a breast-feeding class is an excellent fi rst step in your best breast-feeding experience.

Julie Hamilton is a local certifi ed lactation counselor and the mother of three breast-fed children (including twins she nursed until 22 months). She is the founder of independent breast-feeding preparedness classes, Prep for Babes ( and the CEO of a public health advocacy group, Julie's Village.

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Lactation Center and Boutique at MTMC396-4167In-hospital breast-feeding supply store with nursing bras and pump rentals. Outpatient consultations are also available. Open Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

La Leche LeagueDavidson/Greater Nashville • 353-9596Williamson • 472-1885 or 834-3287Hermitage • 883-6823Wilson • 758-6710lalecheleague.orgSupport and information for breast-feeding mothers.

Lamaze Childbirth Educators851-7779 • lamazenashville.comClasses for parents wishing to utilize the Lamaze technique during childbirth.

McDoula243-4770 • mcdoula.comPrenatal and labor support and Christian-centered childbirth education.

Midwives Alliance of North America888-923-6262 • mana.orgFind local midwives.

New Mother’s Helper • 384-2331Support for new moms and their families.

Nine Months and Beyond • 877-365-6262ninemonthsandbeyond.comLabor doula services, birth tub rental, breast pump rental, lactation and birth plan consultations, Hyp-nobabies childbirth classes and more.

Nurses for Newborns Foundation313-9989 • nfnf.orgIn-home nursing visits and positive parenting skill building for at-risk families.

Once Upon a Child • 790-8081 • ouac.comBreast pump sales, rentals and more.

Prep for Babes • prepforbabes.comBreast-feeding training for expectant moms.

Pumps a Plenty • 834-6432Ameda and Medela breast pumps and supplies for sale or rent.

Reeves-Sain Drug Store896-5731 • reevessain.comNursing supplies and breast pumps.

Smile, Mommy! Diaper Service810-9113 • smilemommy.comCloth diaper service in Davidson, Wilson and Wil-liamson Counties.

child safetyAmerican Red CrossCannon, Rutherford • 893-4272midtnredcross.orgDavidson, Sumner • 250-4300Wilson • 444-5503nashvilleredcross.orgWilliamson • 790-5785williamsoncountyredcross.orgInstruction in CPR, first aid, safety and baby sitting.

Baby Safe Homes 975-8854 • babysafehomes.comHome safety evaluations, product installation and more in Middle Tennessee.

Childcare Complaint Hotline • 800-462-8261Service provided by the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt 936-1000 • vanderbiltchildrens.comMiddle Tennessee's only children's hospital provides the most comprehensive pediatric, family-centered care in the area. It's website includes health and safety information, including car seat safety.

Consumer Product Safety Commission800-638-2772 • cpsc.govInformation on safety standards for cribs, toys, children’s products and recalls.

Department of Human Services (DHS)'s health and welfare, amber alert informa-tion and more.

National Child Safety Councilnationalchildsafetycouncil.orgInformation on keeping kids safe from predators, crime prevention and more.

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Safety Store at Children's Hospital • 936-1869Provides low-cost safety products, resources and education. Car seat safety inspections available by appointment.

childbirth classesBaptist Hospital Childbirth Center2000 Church St., Nashville284-2229 • education (weekend and weekday); Play it Again childbirth refresher; Great Expectations: An Early Pregnancy Class; Comprehensive Breastfeeding; Pre-paring for a Cesarean Section; Brothers- and Sisters-to-Be; Tots on Tour; Marvelous Multiples; prenatal/postpartum water exercise; and infant and child CPR.

Hendersonville Medical Center355 New Shackle Island RoadHendersonville342-1919 • hendersonvillemedicalcenter.comBreastfeeding, Labor of Love, Newborn Care and a new siblings class.

Maury Regional Medical Center1224 Trotwood Ave., Columbia931-490-7046 • mauryregional.comBaby Basics, labor, delivery, postpartum, breastfeeding, Just for Siblings, early pregnancy, refresher, Lamaze, comprehensive weekend class, infant CPR.

Middle Tennessee Medical Center 1700 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro396-4502 • Beginnings education program: Childbirth Education & Newborn Care (weekday and weekend), Breastfeeding Basics, Breastfeeding Works, Big Brothers- and Sisters-to Be, Siblings at Birth, Family and Friends CPR, Expectant Parents Tour, Childbirth Information Basket for moms-to-be who cannot attend class sessions.

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic OB/GYN Department1004 N. Highland Ave., Ste. C, Murfreesboro867-8030 • mmclinic.comThe Healthy Woman to Healthy Mommy class is for women planning to become pregnant or moms-to-be early in their pregnancies. The class takes place on the first Tuesday each month from 6 - 7 p.m. and focuses on lifestyle changes, nutrition, exercise, testing during pregnancy, safe medications and more.

Nashville General Hospital at Meharry1818 Albion St., Nashville341-4410 •, childbirth preparation, early pregnancy.

Nine Months and Beyond877-365-6262 • ninemonthsandbeyond.com2402 Felts Ave., NashvilleHypnobabies childbirth class.

Northcrest Medical Center100 NorthCrest Drive, Springfield384-1600 • northcrest.comLabor of Love, Breastfeeding Basics, First Aid/CPR and Brothers- and Sisters-to-Be classes.

Push Childbirth Education1400 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., #112, Nashville497-7527 • pushchildbirth.comGroup and private classes cover topics like creating a birth plan, labor support, comfort/relaxation techniques, breastfeeding, nutrition/healthy lifestyle and more.

Stonecrest Medical Center200 StoneCrest Blvd., Smyrna342-1919 • stonecrestmedical.comBirth & Beginnings, Siblings are Special, breastfeeding.

Summit Medical Center5655 Frist Blvd., Hermitage342-1919 • summitmedicalcenter.comBreastfeeding, Labor of Love, sibling classes.

Sumner Regional Medical Center555 Hartsville Pike, Gallatin866-342-0324 • sumner.orgPrepared childbirth and newborn care, breastfeeding and Early Pregnancy classes.

University Medical Center1411 Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon444-8262, ext. 2563 universitymedicalcenter.comPrepared childbirth, breastfeeding.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center1221 22nd Ave. S., Nashville936-1414 • mc.vanderbilt.eduChildbirth, Newborn Care, Breastfeeding, Sibling.

Williamson Medical Center4321 Carothers Pkwy., Franklin791-CARE • williamsonmedicalcenter.orgBreastfeeding, Brothers- and Sisters-to-Be, childbirth education series (includes nutrition and newborn care).

The Women’s Hospital at Centennial2221 Murphy Ave., Nashville342-1919 • thewomenshospital.comAnother Time Around Childbirth Preparation, Breast-feeding, Infant CPR/Safety, Just for Me Sibling Class (ages 4 - 8), Labor of Love Childbirth Preparation, Newborn Care, Sibling Stroll (ages 2 - 3) and Grand-parents Class.

parent groupsAlternamamas • 416-0687A support group for mothers of alternative parenting choices.

Food Allergy Momsfoodallergymoms.webs.comMeet and make new friends at this group for moms and children in Rutherford County who deal with food allergies.

Holistic Families Group 812-8300Group for moms interested in natural health.

Middle Tennessee Dads’ 553-2330Stay-at-home dads and others meet every Tuesday with their children for playtime and more.

Mocha Moms of Nashvillemochamoms.orgGroup for stay-at-home mothers of color. Offers moms' nights out, support meetings, play dates and more.

Mom Builders371-1000Monthly meetings for moms to find encouragement and make new friends. Child care provided.

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MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) momsclub.orgStay-at-home mothers offering play dates and other activities. Check website to find several local chapters.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)mops.orgMoms with children from birth through kindergarten meet for fun, friendship, learning, discussions and crafts. Visit website for various local chapters.

Murfreesboro Parents of Multiples424-5415Support for parents who have or who are expecting multiples.

Parents of Twins and Triplets Organization888-870-1183 • nashpotato.orgSupport for multiple births through an exchange of ideas, experiences, resources and other info.

support groups& miscellaneousAttachment Parenting International828-9115 • attachmentparenting.orgStrengthening family attachment through education, support, advocacy and research.

Breastfeeding Support 880-2185Please see listing under "Breastfeeding, Childbirth & Newborn Services."

International Cesarean Awareness Network

800-686-4226 • ican-online.orgPlease see listing under "Breastfeeding, Child-

birth & Newborn Services."

Junior League Family Resource Center936-2558 inside the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, the center provides information to families and caregivers of chronically ill children or children with disabilities.

La Leche LeaguePlease see listing under "Breastfeeding, Childbirth & Newborn Services."

March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter399-3200 • support for families of premature babies and works to improve the health of all babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Nashville Birth Network530-6459 • nashvillebirthnetwork.orgFree monthly meetings to promote awareness of mother-friendly maternity care.

New Mother's Helper • 384-2331Please see listing under "Breastfeeding, Childbirth & Newborn Services."

Parent Pathway • 383-0994 • pcat.org24-hour help line: 800-356-6767Free support for families of newborns to 5 years, operated in conjunction with Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee.

Parents Reaching Out646-1796Support for parents enduring high-risk pregnancies or those with infants in intensive care.

Postpartum Support International800-944-4773 • postpartum.netPromotes awareness, prevention and treatment of maternal mental health issues related to childbearing worldwide. Provides local resource information for women with perinatal mood disorders.

Tennessee's Early Intervention System (TEIS)800-852-7157 • voluntary educational program for families with children ages birth through 2 years with disabilities or developmental delays.

Tennessee Office of Vital Records • 741-1763 and provides birth records for the state.

car seat safety: be in the know

a ccording to the Monroe Carell Jr. Chil-dren's Hospital at Vanderbilt, nearly 85 percent of car safety seats in Ten-

nessee are improperly installed. Earlier this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics announced updated criteria for buckling up Baby as well as older children. Here's what you need to know:

Infants/Toddlers — All infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Safe-ty Seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat's manufacturer.

Toddlers/Preschoolers — All children 2 years or older, or those younger than 2 years who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their car safety seat, should use a Forward-Facing Car Safety Seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat's manufacturer.

School-aged Children — All children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for their car safety seat should use a Belt-Positioning Booster Seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached four feet nine inches in height and are between 8 and 12 years of age.

Older Children — When children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use Lap and Shoulder Seat Belts for optimal protection. All children younger than 13 should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimum protection.

Make sure that you’ve selected the proper safety restraint for your child’s age, weight and height. A properly installed car seat should not move more than one inch in any direction. Find a car seat guide and installation tips at If you are having trouble installing your child’s car seat, seek the help of a professional at any of the area’s car seat inspection sites. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt performs free car seat safety inspec-tions throughout the year. For dates and locations, visit and click on "Safe Children" under the "Health and Safety" tab.

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outingsmusic & movementBaby Signsbabysigns.comLearn sign language with your baby. Find instructors in Davidson, Williamson and Wilson Counties at the website.

Elite Energy Gymnastics890-6611 • eliteenergygymnastics.comStart your infant off with a class like Tumble Tots start-ing at 12 months.

Gymboree Play & Music221-9004 • gymboreeclasses.comStimulating developmental play and music programs for newborns and older.

Kindermusikkindermusik.comNewborns and older can delight in music, movement and early socialization at three main Middle Tennessee locations: Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music (293-4181), St. George's Episcopal Church (385-2150) and Jan Williams School of Music & Theatre (371-8086). Visit the website for more info.

Let It ShineFranklin: 369-3547 Spring Hill: 931-486-0410letitshinegym.comMom and child movement classes are fun for ages 12 months and older.

Mpact Gymnastics 377-3444 • My Buddy & Me is an age-appropriate development and movement parent/tot class for ages 18 months - 3 years old.

Music Together Brentwood/East Nashville: 425-6172Hendersonville: 973-6554Nashville/Franklin: 730-6971Smyrna/Murfreesboro: International research-based early childhood music and movement program.

Music with Mommiemusicwithmommie.comStarting at 5 months, your baby can enjoy high energy music and movement in Brentwood, Cool Springs, Murfreesboro and Spring Hill.

My GymBrentwood • Hendersonville • your 3-month-old (or older baby) for stretches, exercises, infant songs and dancing.

Tri-Star Gymnastics 776-8333 • A movement and coordination program for children ages 18 months - 3 years with attention focused upon coordination, spacial awareness, development of listen-ing and large motor skills.

storytimes for babiesBellevue Public Library • 862-5854library.nashville.org650 Colice Jeanne Road, Nashville

• Wed at 10 a.m.

Bethesda Public Library • 790-1887lib.williamson-tn.org4905 Bethesda Road, Thompson's Station

• Third Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m.

Brentwood Public Library • Concord Road, Brentwood

• Sat at 10:30 a.m. (although this is an all ages story-time, it is popular among moms and babies)

Gallatin Public Library • 452-1722gallatinlibrary.org123 E. Main St., Gallatin

• Wed at 9:45 a.m.

Hermitage Branch Library • 880-3951library.nashville.org3700 James Kay Lane, Hermitage

• Tue at 1 p.m.

La Vergne Public Library • 793-7303lavergne.org5063 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne

• Thu at 10 a.m., September - May

Madison Public Library • 862-5868library.nashville.org610 Gallatin Pike S., Nashville

• Mon at 10:30 a.m.

Nashville Public Library • 862-5785library.nashville.org615 Church St., Nashville

• Tue and Wed at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Nolensville Public Library • 776-5490lib.williamson-tn.org915 Oldham Drive, Nolensville

• Second Saturday each month at 9:30 a.m.

Smyrna Public Library • 459-4884linebaugh.org400 Enon Springs Road W., Smyrna

• Fri at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Williamson County Public Library595-1244 • lib.williamson-tn.org1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin

• Fourth Friday of each month at 10 a.m.

Local babies and moms have fun exploring music and movement during the Blair School of Music's Kindermusik program.

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facilityBirthsper year

Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum room (LDRP)



CertifiedNurse Midwife


NeonatalIntensiveCare Unit(NICU) or Neonatology Services

What's New and Additional Features

BAPTIST HOSPITAL CHILDBIRTH CENTER2000 Church St., Nashville284-2229 •

7,000 LDR doctor’s discretion • • Level IIIb

Advanced maternal infant center; extensive pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding education classes; online registration for classes; free tours every Mon and Wed; spacious birthing rooms; new postpartum rooms/nursery/NICU; high-risk pregnancy care; lactation boutique; "birth" day party; free e-newsletter.

HENDERSONVILLE MEDICAL CENTER355 New Shackle Island RoadHendersonville • 338-1000

700 LDRP doctor’s discretion on call 24/7 • Level IIa

Childbirth, breastfeeding, newborn and sibling class-es; family-centered care; mother/infant couplet care; lactation support, supplies and rentals.

MAURY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER1224 Trotwood Ave., Columbia931-381-1111 •

1,700 LDR doctor’s discretion • Level IIb

Comprehensive weekend classes, siblings and breast-feeding are free; Lamaze and CPR are available for a fee.

MIDDLE TENNESSEE MEDICAL CENTER 1700 Medical Center Pkwy.Murfreesboro 396-4502 •

2,500 LDR doctor’s discretion • • Level IIb

New, larger labor, delivery and postpartum rooms; new NICU and nursery; free e-newsletter; high-risk care; extensive education; free tours; flexible rooming-in; lactation boutique; "birth" day celebration; professional photography; room-service dining.

NASHVILLE GENERAL HOSPITAL AT MEHARRY1818 Albion St., Nashville341-4000 •

1,250 LDR doctor’s discretion • • Level IIb

Family-centered care; bilin-gual childbirth and breast-feeding education programs; flexible rooming-in option; mother-to-mother commu-nity support.

NORTHCREST MEDICAL CENTER100 NorthCrest Drive, Springfield384-2411 •

800 LDRP doctor’s discretion on call 24/7 • Level IIa

Childbirth, breastfeeding and sibling classes taught by certified childbirth edu-cators; certified lactation consultants available with boutique for supplies and pump rental.

STONECREST MEDICAL CENTER200 StoneCrest Blvd., Smyrna768-2000 •

1,300 LDRP doctor’s discretion on call 24/7 • Level IIa

Family-centered childbirth education programs; state-of-the-art LDRPs; photography; room service for patients.

SUMMIT MEDICAL CENTER5655 Frist Blvd., Hermitage316-3000 •

1,560 LDRP doctor’s discretion • • Level IIIa

New AirStrip OB technol-ogy; childbirth education classes include Labor of Love, breastfeeding and sibling support groups; 24/7 in-house neonatology and obstetric coverage; lactation boutique; L and D tours.

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facilityBirthsper year

Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum room (LDRP)



CertifiedNurse Midwife


NeonatalIntensiveCare Unit(NICU) or Neonatology Services

Additional Features

SUMNER REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER555 Hartsville Pike, Gallatin452-4210 •

800 LDR doctor’s discretion

24-hour on call • Level IIa

Newly renovated women’s unit with new LDRs, postpar-tum rooms and nursery, and special care nursery. Free childbirth and breastfeeding classes taught by certified instructors.

UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER1411 Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon443-2563

750 LDR

patient's choice/ doctor’s discretion

• • • Level IIa

Free childbirth and breast-feeding classes taught by certified instructors; rooming-in or 24-hour staffed newborn nursery available; complimen-tary room service for parents; family-centered care.

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER1221 22nd Ave. S., Nashville322-5000 •

3,600 LDR doctor’s discretion • • • Level IIIc

The Middle Tennessee Regional Perinatal Center features delivery services from midwifery to advanced maternal-fetal care. Childbirth classes include Centering Pregnancy; hydrotherapy tub during labor; breastfeeding support/lactation boutique. Newborn emergency ground and air transport services available.


1,380 LDR doctor’s discretion • • Level IIb

Personalized care; all staff trained in neonatal resuscita-tion; sibling and breastfeeding classes; certified childbirth education; flexible rooming in; 24-hour staffed newborn nursery; daily certified lacta-tion staff available.

THE WOMEN’S HOSPITAL AT CENTENNIAL2221 Murphy Ave., Nashville342-1000, 342-1919 (MedLine)

3,200 LDR doctor’s discretion • • Level IIIb

OB/GYN ER staffed 24/7; 60-bed NICU; 24-hour OB hospitalist & neonatology cov-erage; family-friendly rooms and birthing options; mother/infant couplet care; high-risk maternity care; childbirth edu-cation classes; lactation bou-tique; breastfeeding consults; "text4baby" education.

Level I: Facility provides basic care for uncomplicated maternity and neonatal patients.

Level IIa: Facility provides care for uncomplicated maternal and neonatal patients, and for patients with mild obstetric and neonatal illnesses who do not require specialized services.

Level IIb: Facility is capable of managing more complex maternal and neonatal abnormalities such as deliveries prior to 34 gestational weeks, care of newborns requiring umbilical vessel catheters and protracted mechanical ventilation.

Level IIIa: Can provide subspecialty care for patients with severe and compli-cated neonatal disorders; has the capability to provide sustained conventional mechanical ventilation and perform minor surgeries.

Level IIIb: Provide comprehensive care for extremely low birth weight infants; can provide advanced respiratory support. Offers a full range of pediatric medi-cal subspecialists.

Level IIIc: Provides subspecialty care for patients with severe and complicated neonatal disorders. In addition to Level IIIb services, also offers prompt and on-site access to a full range of pediatric medical subspecialists, advanced imaging, and pediatric surgical specialists.

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Oh, baby!

You’ll feel right at home in Williamson Medical Center’s spacious labor/delivery/recovery suites. Our

specialized obstetrics/NICU staff cares for you and your newborn like family and gives you peace of mind.

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To learn more about Women’s Services at SRMC, or to sign up for ourfree childbirth education classes, visit

As a school psychologist, Stacey Clinard is an expert at researching, analyzing and coming to a

conclusion. So when it came time to decidewhere to deliver her first child, she researched,

analyzed and came to the conclusion thatSumner Regional Medical Center was thebest choice for her growing family.

“I had a great experience at Sumner. Iwouldn’t change anything! Everyone was so kind and compassionate. We receivedsuch great care and attention, and did notfeel like just another patient.”

555 Hartsville Pike, Gallatin615-328-8888

- Free childbirth education and breastfeeding classes- Beautiful new private patient rooms- A new nursery equipped with high-quality monitoring & safety features - New labor and delivery suites and updated C-section operating rooms- Dedicated inpatient breastfeeding services - A renovated family waiting area with an added focus on comfort and convenience

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We are honored to be voted Best Place to Have a Baby for the 11th year in a row. From our expert physicians and staff to the quality care we offer, we aim to provide you with comfort and support so you can focus on your new arrival. The amenities our program offers are there to support you through early pregnancy, delivery and beyond:

• Freeparentemailprogram• Awiderangeofchildbirtheducationclasses• In-roomdining• Expertphotography

We want your experience to be the best possible. Visit us online to see our new class offerings and tour schedule.


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Voted Best Place to Have a Baby in Nashville, 11 years straight.



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