Springtime in San Francisco

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.  It will never fail you.”  – Frank Lloyd Wright

It is Springtime in San Francisco, and yesterday I went out early into the garden — and forgot to come back in.  I meant to stay only an hour, but as I weeded and watered the time just slipped by. Every once in a while I’d stop to think about all the things that I ‘should’ be doing, but ultimately, nature won out. Can you blame me? George bought me the purple hose for our anniversary. Don’t laugh, we’ve been married a long time and he knows what makes me happy. 

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Nature picked me up, held me close and helped me make a full recover from MommyCon.  It was a great venue to show off Nesting Days but I needed a few days to recover!

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Luckily, I am not alone. For Easter I’ve teamed up with mommy blogger, Kristen LaValley of WhenAtHome for a giveaway, and look what she posted on her blog today!

Kristen who reviewed Nesting Days last fall, and has been amazing supportive in helping to spread the word.  To read her review & see it in action go right here!

If you have a baby on the way, or know someone who does, tell them to get those entries in  right away.  I’m also doing a 20% off promotion with WhenAtHome  for the month of April.

Look for more give-aways with other mommy bloggers in the future.  They rock!

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Julie

Staying in touch

We all know what world hunger is, but you may not know what world skin hunger is, so I thought I’d start by giving you a little background on it and tell you why I think it is so important.

Skin hunger was first used to describe the response of newborn monkeys taken from their biological mothers and given to surrogates made of wire and soft terry cloth. They didn’t fair very well. It was then applied to infants in hospitals and orphanages in war ravaged countries, and later to preemies confined to incubators in our modern hospitals for extended periods of time. The results in all three of these scenarios was a diagnosis of ‘failure to thrive.’ These are examples what happens when skin hunger is NOT fed.

A strong skin hunger however is Nature’s way of equipping babies and mothers with the instinct to attach. Skin hunger triggers the maternal desire to hold, feed and nurture, and the baby’s desire to root, suckle, and explore. When properly fed, the result is the enhance physical and psychological health of both mother and baby, and a strong mother-child bond. 

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Just up the coast from me is Muir Woods. Scientists have discovered that in these ancient forests there is a Mother Tree that is larger and older than all the other trees in the forest.  Her roots are literally connected with all the other trees in the forest through a huge underground network of mushrooms that are thousands of years old. The Mother Tree loving regulates the health of the forest by allocating nutrients in the soil to keep the forest thriving.Next Kids Presentation 11:6.001

We humans have survived for thousands of years too, relying on the roots of Maternal Love in much the same way that the forests rely on the Mother Tree.  Unfortunately, during the 20th century, both forests and motherhood succumb to the will of the prevailing culture that couldn’t understand what they couldn’t see.  Today, however, we are at a turning point. The new sciences of the 21st century sciences are revealing to us the mystery of the cosmos, of our bodies and of our minds, and are helping us correct our past mistakes and giving us the opportunity to create new-old ways of caring for our planet and for ourselves.

At Nesting Days we focus a great deal on the biological mother, but having baby skin-to-skin makes bonding for Dads easier too, and helps to build the parental bond for adoptive parents as well.  Inside the newborn carrier, the baby becomes familiar with voices, scents and motions, and learns to trust the world around him or her and is able to enjoy a multitude of biological and emotional benefits.

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This is an invitation to put your roots down in the Nesting Days forest and be a collective voice for ending world skin hunger. In the Nesting Days forest there is no such thing as ‘failure to thrive.’

As we welcome our babies more lovingly into the world, we might just find that we are also becoming more compassionate about sharing this planet and also put an end to world hunger. 

Email me with your comments and your stories.

Your Chief Mother Officer,

Julie 

P.S. – Skin hunger doesn’t disappear just because we grow up. All people, regardless of age, need to be held and touched. Pass out some hugstoday.  

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More twins!

Meet the Morrow twins, Elizabeth and Annabel!

The girls were born 7 weeks early and weighed just over 3 pounds at birth. After 4 weeks in the NICU the twins, healthy and tipping the scales at 5 pounds, came home.  Their mom, Jenny, had a freezer full of breast milk waiting, and their dad, Scott, had two of everything ready. I was invited over to greet the babies and tuck them in skin to skin against Jenny’s heart, which was literally bursting with joy.

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For the first six weeks home the twins shared the space in their Nesting Days carrier, but thanks to all that breast milk, the girls have doubled in size!  Each now weighs almost 9 pounds and are now ‘taking turns’.

“It was great when I could fit them both in the carrier together, but now that they are bigger, it is also great to be able to tuck one baby in while I hold the other.  Nesting Days is is still a huge help!”.

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I’m so happy that the girls are thriving, and Scott and Jenny, you’re both awesome!  xoxo, Julie

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Meet the Arevalo Family!

I received these pictures along with a sweet email this week, and I couldn’t wait to share them! It is Nesting Days stories like this that make my heart sing!

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Please send us your pictures, and share your story!

Julie, Your Chief Mother Officer

Our 2014 Mission

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Our 2014 Mission:  

To nurture the next generation of…

babies…                         mothers…                  families…

– less crying time, colic and reflux     – more relaxed days & nights        – more freedom
– improved nursing & weight gain     – enhanced breastfeeding            – less ‘baby blues’
– optimal infant development            – optimal recovery                       – peace of mind

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Skin-to-skin nurturing…priceless!

Happy New Year!  – Julie, C.M.O.

Baby + Baby Grand

Baby and Baby Grand Meet a happy, San Francisco, mother who is putting her Nesting Days Newborn Carrier to good use this holiday season! Her name is Anna Smirny, and I was able to hand-deliver her Nesting Days Newborn Carrier to her this week, just in time for Christmas. When I arrived at her home in Potrero Hill we went straight to the bedroom where five-day old, baby Coral, was sleeping, and I helped Anna slip into her carrier:

  • Step in, pull the tummy support up to bra line, smooth the skirt over hips. 

    Anna liked the feeling of the gentle compression over her postpartum figure.
  • Raised left shoulder wing, put baby in burp position on shoulder, lower baby in.

    Easy! Baby Coral never even woke up!
  • Raised right shoulder wing, tie snuggly over baby’s back, adjust shoulder rings. 

    Anna did a little twirl and was amazed at how secure Coral felt nested against her!
  • (Go to http://nestingdays.com for more detailed instructions. New video coming soon.)

Happily ‘nested,’ we joined the rest of the family in the living room where three-year old, Arden, was playing catch with his Dad, Rex, and parents from Australia!

In the middle of the room was a gleaming Baby Grand Piano. Anna quietly sat down at the keyboard with Coral in the Nesting Days Newborn Carrier. As she began to play the room filled with the strains of a Chopin Waltz. Baby Coral never stirred. She had heard her mother play this melody, and many other beautiful compositions before she was born. Anna is an accomplished, classical pianist!

“It feels so good to play. I think I can resume teaching piano lessons sooner than I expected”, she said, with her eyes brimming with happy tears. Arden sensed his mother’s emotions and needed hug. Anna cuddled her three-year old with her newborn still asleep in the Nesting Days Newborn Carrier and I snapped a parting picture.

I left more committed than ever to making sure more moms and babies can benefit from having a Nesting Days Newborn Carrier! Anna emailed me today that she is able to breastfeed in it!

If you happen to live in San Francisco or the Bay Area, please contact me by email julie@nestingdays.com or by phone 415-906-4047, and I’ll be happy to give you the same personalized attention I gave Anna. I love seeing my invention at work!

Happy Nesting! – Julie, Your Chief Mother Officer

P.S. – If you are looking for a great piano teacher, Anna Smirny lives in Potrero Hill and is accepting new students. She can be reached by email at If you are looking for a great piano teacher, Anna Smirny is accepting new students and can be reached at annasmirny@hotmail.com

Journey On

Today’s blog is a tribute to a young woman who has helped to create Nesting Days online store and social media presence, and who contributed greatly to the milestones we’ve been able to accomplish in 2013.

Her name is Stephanie Echeveste, and she is one of the brightest, and most generous spirits I have ever met, and it has been my privilege to have worked side by side with her.

As she pursues her own passion, travels, and adventures, she will be missed, but she goes with my blessing and good wishes.

I know that whatever she undertakes in life, she will give it her heart and soul.

Please join me in wishing her a safe journey.

– Julie

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