Our goal at DayOne Baby is to provide families support, information, and community during pregnancy and babies developmental years. We know how overwhelming and time consuming searching through information can be and we aim to make the process easier and quite frankly, enjoyable. We are fortunate to have a wonderful community of educators and staff who are knowledgeable and committed to providing the best support to our families.
One of our amazing staff members is Ariel. She is charismatic and enthusiastic about educating parents about important topics and offers several workshops including, Building a Better Baby Registry and Building a Healthier Home and Nursery. Drawing on her experiences as a parent, along with her additional certification, Ariel provides parents with a calm and realistic approach to this process.
What is your background that contributes to your knowledge on this topic?
I have been working with DayOne Baby President & Co-Founder Nurse Nancy and the DayOne Baby Team since early 2011. A new parent at the time, I took safety very seriously but did not have the time or energy to research. I was drawn to a company that I knew had done the research for me and found it very reassuring to know that everything on their floor was safe for both myself and my daughter.
In early 2012 I started teaching the prenatal class, Gearing Up For Baby, a class created by Nurse Nancy as a way for parents to understand what products are available and what they should be paying attention to from a safety standpoint. It quickly became a passion of mine and in 2014 I received my Eco-Maternity Certification from the International Maternity Institute.
Parents can we overwhelmed with the registry process. Where should they start?
Start by thinking about their lifestyle and how these products can make their life easier rather than just buying them because someone standing behind you in the checkout line said so. Products are designed for convenience so think about what will actually help. An example is the bathtub…if space is limited or you don’t like the idea of buying multiple bathtubs as your child grows consider something like the Stokke Flexi Bath. This tub can be used from 0-4 years and folds up to fit in even the smallest closet or behind the bathroom door.
Start with safety, research brands that you trust and find items you feel comfortable with.
What are the most frequently asked questions that parents have in your workshops?
How many diapers do you need to get and tell me more about this whole “blow out” thing. Also, when I mention the Nose Frida I always get a look of “seriously lady, you want me to do what?!”
Diapers: Blow outs are when your baby goes to the bathroom with so much force that “it” goes up the back and out the diaper’s sides. Blow outs are going to happen but you can be prepared by starting out with two-three brands (single pack, not Costco size). Every baby is different, just like us, and although your sister or best friend or coworker may say one is the best in the universe, you have no idea if it is going to fit your little one. Options are helpful in the beginning because if she keeps going through one type of diaper you already have another on hand and can avoid going to the store until it is convenient.
Nose Frida: It is a fantastic nasal aspirator and it allows you to control the pressure placed on the nasal cavity. You are indeed sucking through a hose however there are filters keeping anything from being ingested. Remember, your baby can’t blow his nose but needs to be able to breathe through it in order to drink so a nasal aspirator that truly works is important.
Baby Mattresses: Babies spend a lot of time in their crib the first two years, hopefully sleeping like angels! I like to recommend to parents that they invest in a safe, durable and dependable mattress. I think the Naturepedic organic mattresses and mattress pads are a great option.
Any additional information you think parents should know?
It is ok to call the manufacturer. If you don’t understand something or you have questions about their materials then ask. Call or email and make sure you feel comfortable with their answer. Education is so important and understanding what you are bringing into your home is the first step to creating a safe environment.
Also, we are here to help. If you have questions then come in or email us and we will be happy to help you get the answers you need. DayOne Baby is here to be your resource and provide a safe and loving space for you and your family. We are honored to be part of this momentous experience and will do whatever we can to help you with the transition into parenthood.
You can register for Ariel’s workshops here:
Saturday, March 19, 2016 – 10:30 AM
Saturday, April 30, 2016 – 3:00 PM
Saturday, March 19, 2016 – 12:30 PM
Saturday, April 30, 2016 – 1:00 PM