Swaddle Created Specifically for Preemie and Hospitalized Infants: Spotlight and Giveaway on Woombie Med Pods

We all know the importance of swaddling babies, but what happens when your baby is hospitalized and attached to all those medical cords and tubes? How can you provide them with a safe and secure feeling using a swaddle without hindering their medical support? Look no further, because Woombie Med pods are here to save the day.

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Guest Bloggers, Karen Barski and Chelsea Vail

Woombie Med Pods are the first, and only, 360-degree swaddles designed specifically for hospitalized preemies and infants that work around treatment needs and medical devices. Created by a Certified Child Life Specialist and a nurse, Woombie Med Pods were designed with the baby, the parents, and the medical staff in mind!

Patients born prematurely, or full term babies up to thirteen pounds can benefit developmentally from using a Woombie Med Pod while inpatient. We have a pod for bili babies that allows full luminosity of phototherapy lights. We have the Woombie Gastro Pod featuring a midsection flap that allows easy access to g-button, colostomy bag, or umbilical site, and we have our Woombie Trach Pod for babies with trachs, ports, broviacs, or post cardiac surgery.

All of our pods feature a patented peanut shape to allow a range of motion in shoulders and hips and a four-way stretch fabric that promotes flexion while still cocooning baby in a womb like an environment. The double zipper allows quick access to the patient’s upper or lower body for medical procedures or diaper changes and prevents hyperstimulation from wrapping/unwrapping.

Woombie Med Pods support Family Centered Care Initiative, healthy sleep and can be single patient or multi patient use. These can be purchased at WoombieMedPods.com or by calling 1-833-MED-PODS.

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Mompreneurs, Chelsea Vail and Karen Barski are also available via email to help you secure an order with an electronic order form if you prefer. info@barskivaildesigns.com or sales@barskivaildesigns.com Be sure to follow Woombie Med Pods on Facebook and Instagram.

Enter to win a $30 credit to purchase a Woombie Med Pod of your choice!

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1. Sign up for email notifications at Child Life Mommy and leave a comment below

2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy, tag a friend and leave a comment on the post

3. Facebook: Follow WoombieMedPods and leave a comment about the giveaway

4. Twitter: Follow, Like and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy

5. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @WoombieMedPods, Like the post and tag a friend.

Good Luck! Winner will be chosen 3/22/18

Healing Through Music: Spotlight and Giveaway on Darling Lullabies


Little Darling was born from the belief that singing has the power to heal and to help create harmony in our lives. In recent years, pediatric research has shown clinical evidence supporting the healing power of song, showing that soft, soothing singing without instrumentation, combined with the calming sounds of breath and natural silence, can reduce children’s heart rates, improve sleep and perk up feeding pattern. Inspired by science, Little Darling is an organization dedicated to creating accessible therapeutic singing as a way to restore balance, prevent pain, and enhance feelings of comfort and safety.

One of the most accessible ways to replicate that intimate and affectionate environment of being sung to, is through a cappella lullaby recordings. Little Darling produced their first album, Darling Lullabies, in 2014. A second album, Canciones De Cuna, featuring all Spanish songs from over 4+ countries will be released in the Spring of 2017.

You can purchase and download MPS’s of Darling Lullabies through Amazon and  Itunes. The USB Albums can be purchased on Etsy, and a Darling Lullabies station is also available on Pandora.

Learn more about  Little Darling on the website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram

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Lisa Darling has been singing her way through life since she was a little girl. Some of her fondest memories include singing with her nana, granddad, mom and sister to old lullabies, show tunes and war songs, many of which she still knows by heart and continue to provide a great deal of comfort to this day. Her passion for singing and sharing her songs of kin grew after uncovering clinical evidence in the U.S. and abroad showing medicinal benefits from the use of lullabies in Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units. Being in the medical sales industry for several years and working alongside Child Life Specialists around the country, Lisa realized the relevancy of this data and became inspired to help children heal through singing in her own way. As her enthusiasm for this work grew, so did her knowledge and understanding of just how influential music’s vibrations are to fostering healing, improving balance and promoting overall wellness in our daily lives. Little Darling was created to combine her passion for therapeutic singing and her drive to support and advocate for improving wellness through singing. Lisa now offers therapeutic singing to palliative care patients as well as adults with special needs. She currently reside in Brooklyn, New York.

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We will be giving away 5 albums to some lucky winners!
Choose one or more ways to enter:

1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave comment below.

2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag a friend.

3. Facebook: Follow Little Darling Music 123 and leave a comment about the giveaway.

4. Twitter: Follow, Like and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy

5. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy, Like and tag a friend in the post

Good Luck! Winner will be chosen 3/15/17


How to Help a Parent Cope with the Loss of a Baby


I’ll never forget the day that a dear friend of mine had faced her worst nightmare. She was pregnant with twins and working as a child life specialist at her hospital. Her water broke and she went into labor at 25 weeks gestation. She delivered both her babies, Benjamin and Scarlet with the help of her husband and doctors. Unfortunately, Benjamin passed away and Scarlet fought for her life in the NICU for 130 days.

Jen and her husband were surrounded by love and support as they grieved the loss of their beautiful son and kept hope for their daughter’s life.

Here is their story:

I don’t talk about loss too much, I just try to  focus on the positive. I have a beautiful daughter named Scarlet and she has an angel in heaven, Benjamin that looks down on her. He is always in my heart.

These are the phrases I stick with. I don’t say, it hurts, becasue it sucks. It always sucks. Not a day goes by that I don’t wish something could be different.

Today, I had to have an ultrasound. (Status post: I’m not pregnant). I cried. I wept through the entire thing. See, the last time I sat in that little room, I was watching two babies bump into each other on the screen. I was wondering which double stroller I should buy and how I was going to take care of two infants.

Fast forward to two years later and I’m different. I’ve known the greatest love one can ever know and the greatest loss one should ever have. No parent should have to bury their child.

As a child life specialist, we are always trying to help families through difficult times, but helping people through grief is different. In an effort to always keep learning and growing, I suggest a few things you can do when someone is clearly having a tough time.

  •  Offer them a tissue, or some water, but skip the platitudes. “Oh you’ll get pregnant again.” “Oh, you still have one.” “It’ll all be fine.” Or, as I recently was told, “Don’t worry, your bad luck streak will end soon.” Skip it; it doesn’t help the grieving parent feel better.
  • Say you’re sorry. “I’m so sorry for your loss.” “I’m so sorry you had to go through that.” Even, “Wow, the last year sucked” (okay, maybe not that last one, but it would have been honestly better than half of what I got).
  • Offer a hug (if you know the person). Sometimes physical contact is what a person really needs at that moment.
  •  Just be with them. In the present moment of their grief, just allow them to be and breathe. Maybe they need to cry and maybe you’ll cry too, that’s okay. Just let them keep doing what they’re doing, and be with them while they do it.
  • Ask them what they need. “Is there anything I can do to help?” Mostly, no, but just asking can help the person to feel like they’ve been cared for.

Grief isn’t linear; it’s a twisted ball of emotions that affects people differently. Just remember to think before you speak and to always acknowledge the loss.
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