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  • Baby Doppler Rental - Part 3

    BabyBeat Blog

    Happy Holidays!

    Just wanted to wish all our friends a very happy holiday season. May your holidays be filled with peace, love and joy – and all the fun that this time of year brings! Wishing that you have all that you hope for in the new year.

    -Your friends at BabyBeat

    BabyBeat BB250A reviewed by the children’s nook

    The BabyBeat BB250A was recently given a rave review by Angela from The Children’s Nook. She loved being able to hear her baby’s heartbeat, but more so sharing the experience with family and friends. Her older son was able to hear the new baby’s heartbeat – and help in preparing him for the arrival.

    The Children’s Nook is a great site focused at great children’s books. Building a library for your children is a beautiful gift that will last them a lifetime. If you are looking for a special book for either your own child or a special gift – she has some great recommendations. But she also has some great giveaways, coupons and freebies – and who doesn’t like all those things?

    BabyBeat is offering a 10% discount code to all of The Children’s Nook’s followers – simply enter code CN10 at checkout for your discount on all our fetal Dopplers, breast pumps and infant scales and monitors.

    Maternity Leave? What’s that?

    A part of me feels like this post should be started with a BAAAAHAAAAAAHAAAAA. But, that is not very professional. So instead I will start it with – did you know that among ALL industrialized nations worldwide, the United States is the ONLY country that does not have paid maternity leave? I suppose this topic interests me because I have quite a number of friends in other countries – and as we have added to our families this is a topic that has been widely discussed.

    Here in the United States many moms do have the “luxury” of some amount of pay (60%ish) during maternity leave thanks to short-term disability benefits. That is if you are lucky (or rich) enough that you have previously paid into short-term disability. This is not something you can just sign up for once you find out you are pregnant. Nor is it a company covered benefit – the employee must elect to have the coverage and pay the premium.

    The United States also so generously enacted the FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) in 1993 – a federal law that requires many employers to allow their employees (both male and female) 12 weeks of UNPAID leave after the birth or adoption of a child. This act is guaranteeing parents the security of their jobs, not paying them on leave. This act does have exceptions as well:

    • If the company has fewer than 50 employees, it is exempt from the FMLA and employees are not entitled to its benefits.
    • If you have worked for the company for fewer than 25 hours per week for 50 weeks, it is exempt from the FMLA and you are not entitled to its benefits.
    • If you are one of the top 10% of wage earners at your company and your employer can prove that your absence would cause significant financial harm, you are entitled to your unpaid leave but you may not be entitled to your job when you return.
    • If you and your partner are employed by the same company, you are only entitled to 12 weeks total time off, not 12 weeks each.
    • You will likely be required to “use up” all your vacation days, sick leave, and personal days – which is deducted from your 12 weeks leave (not in addition to).

    So, it does seem that the United States is somewhat behind the times on this subject. It would be very interesting to get some feedback from moms from other countries as to what the laws are regarding maternity leave in their countries. Also, I will add that it appears that times are  changing – Many states, like California, already offer paid family leave. And others, like Washington State, New Jersey and Washington DC, have passed leave programs as well. Good job!

    Getting ready for the holidays…

    If you are feeling just a bit dazed, or maybe frazzled, as the holiday season approaches, join the club! It is often overwhelming getting ready for the holidays. Shopping, cleaning, cooking – again and again. So, if you are stuck staring into the cavity of your turkey wondering what to do with the bird, here are a few helpful tips…

    1. BRINE – This seems to be a very important step in the turkey-making process. Or at least in the making a delicious turkey process. Brining consists of submerging the turkey in a salt-seasoned water for a day or two before roasting. You can use a mixture of 1 gallon of water, 1 cup kosher salt, 1/2 cup sugar, plus spices such as pepper, bay leaves, sage or thyme and garlic. This ensures a moist turkey. Make sure you thoroughly rinse and dry the bird after brining. You can dry it inside and out with paper towels or let the bird air dry in the refrigerator.

    2. TRUSS – This step is simply tying your turkey up. You want to sew the cavity shut with soaked wooden or metal skewers. You can also tie the legs and wings to the bird creating a more compact mass to allow for more even cooking.

    3. TURN – This step seems to be optional. If you like to cook your bird breast up, you should  be fine. Some chefs however recommend turning the bird. For example, start with the bird breast side down for about 45 minutes. Then turn the bird over for the remainder of the cooking time.

    4. TEMPERATURE – Overcooking the turkey is a common mistake. Make sure you let the turkey sit at room temperature for about an hour before placing in th oven. Cooking the bird to about 160 for the breast and 165 for the thigh is a good temperature. The temperature will raise slightly once the turkey is removed from the oven and resting. (The USDA also recommends 165 degrees for turkey).

    Good luck!

    Review by Mama to 4 Blessings…

    The BabyBeat Doppler was recently reveiwed by blogger Mama to 4 blessings!

    Mama to 4 blessings is a blog site by a homeschooling, product-testing mama! Nicole is one very busy woman for sure. Nicole will soon be a mom to 4 little blessings (just like me!) – so will be getting even busier! If you need any ideas or just like to check up on what homeschoolers are up to – check out her site. She has some fun and creative learning games for kids of various ages. She also loves to blog about her little ones and what they are up to – great to follow.

    She is having a give-away for our MommyDop Fetal Doppler. There are numerous ways to enter, so you have more than one chance of winning! Good luck!

    ABC Show

    Just returned from the ABC show! It was great. Really fun to see all the new products out there for expecting and new parents. Although BabyBeat is not a carry-all Internet store, there were some products I found very interesting both as a business owner and mother. Although the pregnancy and “new” mom products are a thing of the past for me, I wanted to share some of the products I thought were very original and hip…
    For the pregnant mommy:
    #1. Bellybuds are funky little stick ’em on speakers that allow you to play music and voices to the womb. The 3.5 mm standard audio jack is compatible with the iPod as well as most other digital audio devices, and the high quality “Y-Splitter” allows the option for simultaneous listening. I liked that these buds were small and stuck right to the skin, no belt required. These would be awesome for that soon-to-be dad that is in the military or is away from mom – simply record a message or song to baby and mom can play it back.
    #2. Preggie Popsand Preggie Pop Drops provide a natural way to ease morning sickness. These tasty treats are drug free and contain all natural ingredients. These were recommended both to help with morning sickness during pregnancy and during labor, providing quick calories and energy and helping to alleviate dry mouth.
    For the new mommy:
    #1. The Pirose by Reno Rose. This is one great nursing cover! Marketed as a stylish and innovative scarf with endless fashion potential, this scarf can be worn as a fashion accessory at any time. But I was definitely more intrigued by the “nursing cover” aspect. This is a product I would have loved to have while nursing! It is so light and comfortable. Great coverage without the bulk of those crazy nursing tents.
    #2 Undercover Mama turns your favorite nursing bra into a simple tank top. This strapless top hooks to your favorite nursing bra, making it simple to nurse baby without pulling your shirt up or down.
    #3. Amy Michelle diaper bags have always been a favorite of mine. Now they have added many other totes to the line. Everything for every mommy at every stage in life! These bags really keep you and all your baby gear organized – even for those of us that are truly unorganized to the core!

    Hope some of you expecting moms and new mommies have the chance to check out some of these super products! Let us know what you think.

    How exactly does a Doppler work?

    A fetal Doppler “listens” to sounds waves to monitor the heart rate of an unborn baby. It is actually picking up the small, high-frequency sound waves that are reflected off the fetal heart. Ultrasound waves are sent and received through the mother’s abdomen to the fetal Doppler. It is the most common method used to monitor a fetus. It is non-invasive and there are no known risks to the fetus.

    To use the Doppler, ultrasound gel is put on the mother’s stomach. This gel helps the sound waves travel between the mom’s belly and the Doppler probe as ultrasound will not travel through air. It also helps keep static and outside noises from interfering with hearing the fetal heart tones. Once the gel is applied the Doppler probe is moved slowly across the mother’s belly until the heartbeat is heard.

    Time for Travel… with your BabyBeat

    It’s that time of year again. Fall has come and the holidays are approaching quickly. Here at babybeat we get many inquiries every year from customers wondering about traveling with their BabyBeat Doppler. Is it safe to put the Doppler through the x-ray machine at the airport? Is it safe for the Doppler to be under the plane in the cold? And our answer is… ABSOLUTELY!! Take your Doppler with you and be sure to enjoy it! Share the sounds of your baby’s heartbeat with your loved ones over the holidays. Keep your peace of mind with you. Be sure to pack it safely of course. And don’t forget your gel. But don’t leave your BabyBeat behind!

    In the Know Mom….

    The BabyBeat Doppler was recently given a rave review by In the Know Mom!

    In the Know Mom is a blog site featuring a couple of moms that pride themselves in finding modern, safe, and stylish items for their children and themselves! What do they offer… I don’t even know where to start. I read through A LOT of their blog reviews to #1 come up with a list of items to post here (which there are far too many and too varied for me to break them down into any kind of list) and #2 to read about the interesting products – many things I myself would like to purchase or at least gain more knowledge on. They do review every product before posting it to their blog – very helpful to the rest of us mommies out there!

    They even have a book club right there on the site. You can see what books they are reading or have read. Get recommendations and even jump right in to chat about the books!

    It is a really fun site to follow and find great product reviews on. The search feature on it makes it super-easy to find any product you might be interested in. And, just let them know if you are looking for info on a product not on the site. They are sharing their knowledge and helping mommies everywhere!

    Getting Pregnant Faster

    There are many tips out there on getting pregnant faster. Here are a few to help you along…

    #1 – Get a checkup with your doctor and start taking prenatal vitamins. That’s right, before you even start trying to get pregnant make sure your overall health is good.

    #2 – Have sex regularly. Some say 3 times per week is a good number. Because women do not always know when they are ovulating, having sex 3 times per week will help increase your chances of hitting the right time.

    #3 – Use an ovulation prediction kit or fertility monitor – These are easy to use and generally accurate for predicting ovulation. You can purchase or rent an Ovacue Fertility monitor from BabyBeat at http://www.babybeat.com/fertility-monitors.html.

    #4 – Stay healthy. Watch what you eat, don’t smoke, don’t drink alcohol or abuse drugs. Not only can these things affect your baby once you are pregnant, they can also affect your fertility.

    #5 – Enjoy yourself! Try to relax and enjoy sex. Try not to stress about getting pregnant – most couples get pregnant within one year of trying.

    GOOD LUCK!