Welcome to The Dream Baby Cafe
I help you solve the problems that steal the joy of parenthood
Have you felt like learning to care for your baby has been overwhelming, frustrating and confusing and is robbing you of the time and energy you need to enjoy your little angel? Well, you can take a deep breath. Because, you, my friend, have come to the right place. I have the tips, tricks, support and guidance you need to help you be the parent you dreamed you would be. Let's get started.
Breastfeeding is one of the most beautiful parts of motherhood. But, it can be really challenging as well. It is a definitely a journey and I am here to guide you along the way. Whether you are pregnant and just learning, in the early days of feeding, struggling and need some help, going back to work, weaning or anywhere in between, the breastfeeding resource page is the place to start.
These sweet babies we dream of can be a lot more challenging to figure out to care for in every day life. That is why I have created for you tips and strategies for the most common questions moms have asked me about over the past 25 years such as what to expect in those first few days and weeks, how to calm a fussy baby, feeding, and so much more. This is your newborn place to start.
I get more questions about sleep than any other topic. This is clearly the issue that is the most confusing for moms - everyone has an opinion and doesn't mind sharing it with you! No wonder you are so exhausted. No matter what the age of your child, we can work together to improve your family's sleep with age appropriate methods that are gentle and loving and support breastfeeding too.
Health & Development
if you are searching for information about common childhood illnesses or ages and stages of development, this is your starting point. Here you will find evidence based information from reliable pediatric sources on the most common pediatric conditions your child may experience. When your child is sick, you need to have a source you can trust.
Kind Words from Happy Parents
Elizabeth ~ Mom of M&GC
LuAnn has been an invaluable resource who has helped us through some really trying times with our babies. When my son was a baby, he refused to sleep in his crib. With LuAnn’s help, we were able to get him to sleep in his room without the harsh methods that were recommended by other people. When my daughter was born, breastfeeding was a challenge. LuAnn came to the rescue again and showed me how to achieve proper latch and helped my baby gain weight and she is now thriving. I am eternally grateful to have LuAnn to guide us through this messy thing called parenting.
~Elizabeth, mom of GlennCarl and Melanie
Ashley ~ expectant mommy
I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for all the helpful advice you give. I will be a first time mom. I am almost 7 months pregnant and quite frankly (although I am blessed and excited) I am also terrified of becoming a mother sometimes. Your detailed posts with advice and words of encouragement really help me when I feel a bit shaky.
Ashley - expectant mom
Jenny~ Mom of 2 girls
I found LuAnn and the Dream Baby Cafe when my second child was about 5 weeks old. LuAnn and the DBC mamas have been a tremendous help to me as I transition from mom-of-one to mom-of-two! I have asked so many questions - anything from breastfeeding to sibling rivalry, and LuAnn always has great fact-based advice and I really trust her! This year a stomach bug got everyone in my house and, thanks to LuAnn’s advice, I knew exactly what to do to get myself and my family through it. I know I can always rely on her and the other mamas in the group to give me non-judgemental advice and support. I’m so happy to be a part of this community.
WHO AM I?
I am a mom to 4 amazing boys who taught me the valuable lessons I have learned in life - faith, family, love, resilience, acceptance, compassion, and laughter are words that we live by. (Did I mention patience? Add that one, too.) Notice I DID NOT say perfectionism 😉
I have been a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for over 25 years - starting before I had children. So, I thought I would be an expert at the whole mom thing. So the first "valuable lesson" my boys taught me - humility! Wanting to be the very best parent you can possibly be is really hard, even when you are a "baby expert". That is why we should help each other.
When I am helping a new family who has been struggling and I see the look of joy on their faces when everything comes together, I feel my soul light up inside. In those moments I know that I am doing what I was put on this earth to do. For me, there is nothing that feels any better than that.
Featured Blog Posts
7 Signs Your Baby Is Getting Enough Breast Milk
One of the questions that breastfeeding moms struggle with is how to know if their baby is getting enough breastmilk. In this article, I give you 7 signs to look for to reassure you that your baby is getting the milk he needs to grow. Put your mind at ease when you know how to evaluate if your baby is getting enough milk.
10 Tips for Surviving the First Month with a Newborn
Congratulations! What an exciting journey you have just begun. This first month might makes some parents wonder if they are up to the task. But not you! These 10 tips will not only help you survive but enjoy this month even more. Soon you will be joining all moms everywhere who say "they grow up too fast."
How Can I Prepare for The 4 Month Sleep Regression?
Just when you thought your baby was finally sleeping longer stretches, he suddenly started waking up all during the night. What is going on? It is likely the 4 month sleep regression. Learn about this and how you can help your baby start to develop some regular sleep patterns (without CIO).
Fever in Babies: When to Worry and When to Watch
Fever in babies and children is probably one of the things parents face that causes the most fear. Those numbers on the thermometer can send panic into your heart. Check out this article for guidelines (and a cheat sheet) to follow so that you will know what to do when your child has a fever.