Tuesday, November 29, 2011

3000 Follower Give-Away

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Every once in a while you approach a milestone that you want to celebrate with your friends. That's where we are with our Facebook page! It's especially fun when your friends help you celebrate. Our friend Ruth Dennison with Shopping Tips and Tricks is donating Ruby, the ladybug red Trunki to help us make this milestone as much fun as possible for you. If you like to save money, Ruth's site is a terrific resource. You can also follow her on Facebook for the most updated announcements of her deals.

Another terrific prize is a beautiful hand-painted Christmas Light of Mine Ornament. These beautiful ornaments are individually hand-painted in a small studio in Lynchburg, VA. Artist Amy Calandra Davis has designed a wide range of  lovely ornaments - some whimsical, some more traditional - that will become a treasured part of your family's Christmas tradition. The winner will be able to choose from our ample selection of boxed or hanging ornaments.

The final prize is a snuggly snowman Angel Dear lovie. The soft texture will make this one of your baby's very favorite cuddle toys.

So are you excited about being part of this terrific contest yet? It's really easy! All you have to do is like our Facebook page and send your friends to like it, too! You can enter the contest below one time when you like our page and one time for sending a friend to like our page. Every friend you send to our page needs to leave a post saying you sent them. You will get one entry for every friend who says you sent them (we'll go in and add your name as many times as we need to! It's gonna be fun!!) We will announce our winners the day after we reach 3000 followers.

Are you ready? Let's Go!!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

His Very Own Chair!

Every time one particular little boy comes into the store, he makes a beeline for a little brown recliner that is just his size. He loves sitting in that chair. What he doesn't know is that on Christmas morning, he's going to wake up to find that chair in his very own living room! I can just imagine his excitement when he sees it. Hopefully his mom and dad will get some good pictures for us to post.

What toddler, preschooler or older child wouldn't love a chair sized just for him or her? At A Nurturing Moment, we sell the Kidz World line of furniture for children and teens. These sturdy chairs are made in the USA.
They are built just like adult furniture with hardwood frames so you can rest assured that your child's chair will be around for years to come!

We have a wide variety of styles and fabrics that you can choose from. If you like John Deere, we've got a girl's version in purple as well as the trademark green. Mossy Oak fan? We've got it - in fact, you can order many of these chairs in child size, tween size or adult size...so if you're a dyed-in-the-wool hunting enthusiast, why not get Dad a matching chair?  Does your little guy love Toy Story? Do you have a little Princess? Then you'll love the Disney line of furniture! Maybe Barbies or dinosaurs are the big thing in your house. We've got a chair for that, too! If Spiderman is your son's hero, why not get him his very own Spidey chair! Maybe you have a family of sports enthusiasts. Thirty-one different collegiate fabrics are available including most of the SEC teams!

Do you think you'd love one of these chairs? If you order by December 1, you'll save 15% off the already very reasonable price!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Small Business Saturday

Everybody knows all about Black Friday. But did you know that small, local retailers have another very important day? It is Small Business Saturday! Today has been a terrific day at ANM, but we're really excited about tomorrow, too!

If you have an American Express card, you can actually get $25 worth of merchandise from any locally-owned business for FREE! Here's how it works: Register your AMEX card here. Go to your favorite local small business and spend at least $25. Pay using your AMEX. When you get your bill, you will have a $25 credit. Isn't that fantastic!

We have lots of terrific local businesses that are participating. You can scroll down on this page and enter your zip code to see all the retailers who are involved.

Some of the terrific local shops that are participating include Fleet Feet and Spoiled Rockin' Kids. After shopping, visit our neighbor Victoria's Cafe for a terrific lunchtime treat!

Our Small Business Saturday specials include the following:

  • Cloth diapers and furniture are 5% off
  • Everything else is 10% off
  • Use your AMEX card and save an additional 10%!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thankfulness Leads to Giving!

We have a lot to be thankful for this year at A Nurturing Moment. Last year at this time we wouldn't have been able to imagine that we would be where we are now! We've expanded in so many ways - more space, more employees, more products and more opportunities to help moms and babies.

You may have heard us talk about our sister non-profit organization, the MOM Foundation (formerly Moms Nurturing Moms). We are so thankful for the opportunity we've been given to partner with Huntsville Housing Authority and look for ways to encourage low-income moms. Statistics show that in our country women with more education and a higher income are more likely to breastfeed. Sadly, many of the women we will be working with have never been exposed to breastfeeding. Because they can receive free infant formula from the WIC program, many of them are not willing to even consider breastfeeding.

Baby Day at Mason Court
Our goal is to get to know many of the moms there, earn their trust, and meet as many of their needs as we can. On December 5 we will have a Baby Day at Mason Court where we'll have lots of things going on for moms and babies. One thing we would like to be able to do is provide free gently used infant and toddler clothing to the moms who attend.

Bosom Buddies Program
We also have another program in place to help low-income moms, the Bosom Buddies program. Mothers who receive WIC assistance are eligible to receive 2 gently used nursing bras every 6 months as long as they're breastfeeding. We've been giving out a lot of bras lately, so our supply is running low in several sizes. This evening a precious young mom could only find one bra that worked for her. When that happens, we give them a discount if they decide to purchase another one.

We Need YOU!
We really want to continue and even expand our programs, be we are really dependent upon you! Here's how you can help...and how we will say THANK YOU for giving!

  • Bring in gently used clean infant and toddler clothing between now and Dec. 3 for Baby Day at Mason Court. Recieve a 10% discount on your purchase.
  • Bring in gently used clean nursing bras (the size must be visible). Receive 5% for one bra, 10% off for 2 and 15% off for 3 or more.
Unfortunately, we can't combine these discounts with other promotions, but we will always give you the best promotion you qualify for when several promotions are available!

Thank You!
Thank you so much for being part of the ANM family and helping us reach out to as many mothers as we can in the Tennessee Valley! We appreciate you so much! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family, and leave us a note telling us what you're thankful for this year!

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Difference Between Breast Milk and Formula

Recently an expectant mom was in the store getting some last minute supplies for her baby. I love getting to know our customers, and since I'm a lactation consultant, I usually ask moms if they plan to breastfeed. Usually they say "yes." Sometimes they are undecided, but want to try. And every once in while, a mom will flat out say "no." That's what this mom said. But her reason absolutely floored me. She said, "I don't have to pay for formula, I'll just get it free, so there's no need to breastfeed." I was so taken aback by her comment that I was speechless!

I've had some time to think about it now, and if I could have that conversation again, here is what I would say:
"Breast Milk actually sets the standard for what your baby needs. We often say it is 'ideal' or 'nature's perfect' food for baby. However, it really is the norm. Anything else is substandard. Breastmilk is a living fluid filled with antibodies, enzymes, proteins and nutrients that are specifically designed for your baby. In fact, your breast milk changes as your baby grows.

"The very first milk your baby receives is called colostrum. It is particularly high in antibodies. In fact, doctors sometimes refer to colostrum as baby's first vaccination. It helps to protect baby's lungs, throat and intestines, and to "seal" baby's intestines to prevent harmful substances from penetrating the gut. It also has a laxative effect to help baby eliminate the meconium more quickly and prevent newborn jaundice. The small quantities of colostrum that your newborn receives are the perfect amount for his tiny stomach and readily digested. It is low in fat, but high in proteins and carbohydrates so baby gets exactly what his body can handle.

"No formula has ever been created to even attempt to replicate the properties of colostrum. So even if a mother isn't planning to breastfeed, we encourage her to pump her colostrum and give that to her baby.

"Between the 2nd and 6th day of baby's life, your breast milk "comes in." The breasts fill up and begin producing more copious supplies of milk designed to fill baby up and help baby achieve optimal growth. Actually for about the first two weeks, colostrum is still present in the milk, so we call it "transitional milk."

"Your milk changes from morning to evening and continues to evolve to meet your growing baby's needs.  In the morning you have a more abundant supply of milk, but in the evening it is higher in long-chain fatty acids. No man-made substance can copy these diurnal variations!"

That is what I would have said if I had been able to collect my thoughts quickly enough. And I would have told her that when her baby gets a little older, the amount of free formula she gets won't be enough to satisfy him, so she'll still end up buying formula. Then I might have added that by not providing breast milk for her baby, she is increasing her baby's risk of developing a myriad of health problems from juvenile diabetes to obesity to  childhood leukemia.

Do you think it would have made a difference?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Black Friday GiveAway

Are you making shopping plans yet for Black Friday?
We'll be opening at 9:00 am with some great deals just for you!

  • From 9-10 cloth diapers and furniture will be 15% off, everything else will be 25% off! 
  • The rest of the day cloth diapers and furniture will be 10% off. 
  • From 10 - 12 everything else will be 20% off. 
  • From 12-5 everything else will be 15% off! 
Take a look at our Black Friday give-away!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


It's a ride-on toy! No, it's a pull-toy!  No, it's a child-sized carry-on suitcase! Actually, it's all three!! It's a Trunki!

If you're planning to travel at all this Thanksgiving or Christmas, you need a Trunki for your little one! The innovative design provides the perfect blend of fun and practicality for your child. He will have a place where he can safely store his toys, then  lock it with the "key" attached to the pull. An optional storage bag which fits inside the Trunki provides safe storage for small toys or can be used as a child-sized shoulder bag. Another option is a saddle to make Trunki a little more comfortable for a long ride through the airport. Trunki fits easily under airplane seats and is within the FAA guidelines for carry-on luggage.

Several sets of stickers are available so that your child can personalize Trunki and make it his very own unique creation. Face stickers help Trunki have a personality all its own. Alphabet letter stickers let your child name Trunki, and location stickers let your little traveler show where all she has been!

This Saturday, we're kicking off our holiday season with a TRUNKI show from 11-2. We'll have snacks, lots of Trunkis to choose from, and loads of fun! All Trunkis and Trunki supplies will be 10% off. If you buy a Trunki, a Saddle Bag and a Trunki Tote, you'll also receive one pack of free stickers. Everybody who buys a Trunki will also get a Trunki balloon to take home while supplies last!

Make plans now to join us for this fun event! And take a few minutes to enter our TRUNKI show contest where you can win your choice of  a Saddle Bag or a Trunki Tote!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Life Well Lived

This afternoon I found myself in the hospital room of one of our church elders. This precious man has been a part of our lives for the nearly 7 years that my husband has pastored our little church. He is usually the first one there Sunday mornings to make sure the heat or air is on and to make sure everything is ready. He sang in the choir. His commitment to the Lord, to his family and to his church has been such an example to so many. But today I saw a very different man lying in that bed. Weakened by the ravages of cancer, he didn't even recognize us as my husband leaned over to pray with him. As I hugged his hurting wife, the tears flowed.

Moments earlier we had all been waiting out in the hall when a bubbly toddler full of life and energy bounded up to give his great-grandma a hug. His smile was contagious! His mama who was grieving over her grandfather's condition couldn't help but offer a dimpled smile as her precious little boy hugged her leg. Even Great-Grandma who is in the process of losing the man she has spent her life with smiled at the little one who was oblivious to the hurt around him.

I thought for a moment about the family gathered there. Four generations had come together to love and support each other. I thought about some of the stories I've heard about our precious elder and his wife when they were younger. He came from a big family, and I have really enjoyed hearing about some of their escapades! Then I thought about what a gift they have given their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Their example, their love, their legacy of faith are being passed down from generation to generation. 

We're all at different stages of parenting...most of my readers are young mothers. Some are not-so-young mothers like me, and some may be grandmothers. But we can all strive to have the kind of life that will leave an impact on generations to come. It's a challenge that I want to take!

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Special Thanks to our Military Men and Women

We are so blessed to live in a country where we take freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom from servitude for granted. Is the USA perfect? NO. But the freedom we have here to pursue the American dream, to worship as we please and to raise our children according to our values is truly a blessing. We have an immigration problem in part because people from other countries don't have the same opportunities we do here!

So today it is appropriate for us to pause and say THANK YOU to the men and women who have made the sacrifices necessary to serve in our military. There are lots of ways to do this:

  • If you own a business, give them a special discount. We are offering a 20% discount today, but we always have a 10% military discount.
  • Say Thank You to any service man or woman you see in uniform.
  • Send a letter to a soldier who is serving overseas. If you don't know anybody who is serving, you can still get involved here.
  • Get involved as a volunteer with the National Military Family Association. This is a great way to support the families who also make real sacrifices.
  • Are you interested in childbirth and supporting mothers? Operation Special Delivery provides doulas for military moms whose husbands are deployed.
  • Send a care package to a deployed service person through Operation Gratitude.
If you are in the military or married to a service person, please let me take this opportunity to say a heartfelt THANK YOU so much! God Bless You!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Yeastie Beasties

Candida A. is a nasty little fungal infection that likes to move in and take over, Unfortunately it makes breastfeeding very uncomfortable. We see lots of moms with sore nipples that can be attributed to a yeast infection. Sometimes the baby may have thrush in his mouth, but not always!


  • New nipple pain after pain-free nursing
  • Deep shooting breast pain. It may present as extremely painful let-down but will usually also occur 1/2 hour to 1 hour after nursing
  • Purplish-red color on the nipples OR shiny nipples OR whitish dry looking skin on nipples
  • White patches in baby's mouth that won't scrape off or an angry red bumpy diaper rash.


If you're not sure whether you're dealing with thrush or not, but you have some (or all) of these symptoms, then see a lactation consultant or La Leche League leader. There is no diagnostic test. Sometimes a doctor may think everything looks normal (after all, aren't all nipples kind of pink?) However, when the mom is treated for thrush, the pain resolves! So if you have an International Board Certified Lactation  Consultant who can contact your doctor with her evaluation of your condition, that may help since IBCLC's are generally recognized as the true experts on all things related to breastfeeding.

  • Dr. Jack Newman has a terrific protocol for the treatment of Candida. We have had great success with it when it is followed to the T!  
  • The first step is the APNO (All Purpose Nipple Ointment) available at local compounding pharmacies like Sterling Pharmacy, Madison Drugs or Huntsville Compounding Pharmacy. You have to have a prescription from your doctor. Ask that they compound it with Flucanazole instead of Micanazole. 
  • Several local pharmacies actually compound Lactation Consultant Nipple Ointment which is not quite prescription strength but still very effective. You will find it at Sure Save Pharmacy, at County Line and 72, Madison Drugs and Sterling Pharmacy.
  • Gentian Violet, is messy, but very effective. It is available locally in Huntsville at Madison Drugs, First Pharmacy or Sure Save at County Line and 72.  
  • Be sure to ask your baby's pediatrician to treat your baby with either oral Nystatin or oral Diflucan (preferred) if you don't use the Gentian Violet.
  • If you do end up needing Diflucan (Flucanazole) be certain that your doctor understands Dr. Newman's protocol. You need a 400 mg. loading dose and 100 mg. twice a day for at least 2 weeks or until you are symptom free for a week.
  • Be sure to keep your nipples dry. Bra pads with any plastic may aggravate the problem. If you use cloth pads, change them frequently. This is a good time to switch to a pad that wicks the moisture away from the breast.
  • Keep everything that comes in contact with baby's mouth clean - lots of moms actually boil pacifiers etc.
  • Wash bras and pads in hot water
  • If yeast persists, check out a Candida Diet.  Some mothers finally find relief when they take this step!
If you think you may have a problem with Yeastie Beasties, give us a call! We're the Yeastie Beastie Busters!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Let Us Know What You Think

Our goal at A Nurturing Moment is to provide you with the support and encouragement you need as you go through your pregnancy and embark on your parenting journey. We do that by providing support groups like Mommy Milk Meet-up and New and Expectant Parents' Meet-up. We also offer a variety of classes including breastfeeding, prenatal yoga, infant massage, childbirth and Music Together.  Our two International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are available to help you any time you have a breastfeeding problem. We'll listen to your concerns and give you advice over the phone, or you can make an appointment to come into the store for a consultation. We'll even come to you, if that would be easier! One of us is available 24/7. If the store is closed, you can call Glenni's cell phone at 256-658-8210.

We also try to provide the products that will make breastfeeding - and parenting in general - easier. From the Woombie swaddler to the Arm's Reach Co-sleeper, our products are designed to help you provide the very best, safest environment for your little one. That's why we only carry GreenGuard Certified cribs and crib mattresses - we want you  to know that when you buy an ANM product, it is the best available for your family!

Your feedback helps us know what we're doing right and what we need to do better. That's why we're having a contest this week encouraging you to leave your feedback. Our listing at Google places has a special place for you to leave a review. Please take just a moment to let us know what you think, then check it off in the contest below. You'll be entered to win some fun prizes that you and baby are sure to enjoy!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

One Mom's Take on Thirsties, Rumparooz and Kawaii

by Kaylee Hocking, guest blogger

I have been cloth diapering since my little girl was about 7 months old. Recently she has been leaking at night since she wakes about every two hours to nurse.

I had been using the Kawaii overnight diapers but some nights her pajamas would be wet around her legs so I tried many things: stripping, more inserts... nothing seemed to help. So I decided to try my Thirsties cover or my Rumparooz cover with a Thirsties duo sta-dry microfiber and hemp insert.

So far she has had no leaks with these. I had tried the Rumparooz pocket diaper since they have a double gusset too, but the fleece goes halfway up the elastic just like on all my other pocket diapers, and they just all seem to wick onto her pajamas.

The Thirsties velcro cover was one of the first covers I tried. I had not used it much but went to use it the other night and noticed the inner elastic gusset wasn't very elastic. I have hardly used it, so I think it might just have been poorly made. Now I check them to make sure the gusset doesn't seem loose or worn out looking before I buy a Thirsties cover. I had bought that one online, so I didn't get to look at it first.

I like the Rumparooz a little bit more for my baby right now since she has thinned out from crawling and pulling up. They work great on her thinner thighs because they have a tighter fit. On a baby with chunky thighs it would probably be too tight. We are concerned that it may even inhibit her crawling during the day, so we only use them at night and use Kawaii pockets during the day.

I think as she gets bigger the Thirsties cover will last her longer as she begins potty training.  I have also found that the snaps are best for night time, since I can adjust them tighter around the legs and looser around her stomach if I need to. I do like velcro during the day for pocket diapers (since she is so wiggly right now) as long as they are under clothes.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Nap Nanny Makes Sleep a Reality

Just over a year ago, much to the dismay of many parents, the Nap Nanny was recalled because a child had actually died in one. Then why in the world is this a product that we would promote? That's a terrific question - I'm so glad you asked it!!

The new Nap Nanny Chill has undergone a design revision to make it safer. After voluntarily recalling all the current Nap Nannies, the creators waged a full-fledged media campaign to make sure that parents were using their product correctly. It turns out that the child who died was in a Nap Nanny that had been placed in a crib -A HUGE NO-NO!! In fact, Nap Nanny posted this video to instruct parents on the proper use of their product.

So what is it about the Nap Nanny that makes us want to carry it? First of all, it's important to emphasize that the company makes no medical claims whatsoever about their product. They don't claim that it helps with reflux. The certainly don't claim that it reduces SIDS. So what does it do? It provides a very safe separate-but-proximate sleep environment for infants who weigh at least 8 lbs. When used correctly, the Nap Nanny will be placed on the floor. It angles baby's body in such a way that  baby can fall asleep and stay asleep more comfortably. That's great news for parents who are sleep deprived and worried sick over their infant. When used according to directions, the Nap Nanny offers a completely safe place for baby to sleep. 

What makes it different from wedges? A wedge is actually placed in the crib under the mattress. Often babies tend to slide down. If baby slides down or isn't placed correctly, airway constriction can occur. The Nap Nanny has a harness that securely fastens baby in place. The manufacturer says that once a baby is mobile and starting to sit up, he should not be left in the Nap Nanny to sleep. However, as baby gets older, the Nap Nanny morphs into the ideal toddler recliner. It's the perfect little seat for him to sit in while he looks at a book or plays quietly in his room.

The big question is, "With a price tag of $130, is it really worth it?" One of our ANM moms said this: "A life saver!!!! He had colic real bad and once we got one he started sleeping through the night!"  Another said, 
"We have one and love it!" and a third mom commented, "We love ours!"

If you're ready to get some sleep, come on by and check out the Nap Nanny. Mention this blog post, and save 10% off the regular price!