The moment after having a baby can definitely be overwhelming... and that's before you've even left the hospital!
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This section is dedicated to easing your way into motherhood on Cayman. Here we recommend good doctors and dentists for your new arrival, point out some great baby and toddler playgroups, along with advising on the best stores for baby food and baby clothes for your newborn.
Choosing a Paediatrician
It is a good idea to ask friends for recommendations for a Paediatrician in Cayman, but bear in mind that your priorities may not be exactly the same. It is important that you click with the doctor and that you would feel comfortable asking questions about any problems such as breastfeeding issues.
Make sure that the clinic is a short distance from your home and that you like the atmosphere in the waiting area. Notice how long it takes for the phone to be answered and whether there is a very long waiting time for appointments.
Cayman offers a good selection of experts who can help you in the first few days and weeks after giving birth, whether it’s lactation advice or general newborn baby care. This is especially helpful for those who do not have family close by.
The Cayman Islands Breastfeeding Support Group sells Medela breast pumps. Cayman Medical Supplies (Tel: (345) 949 6211) also sells reasonably priced Medela breast pumps and spare parts. The Baby Shoppe (Tel: (345) 949 2229) stocks a range of breast pumps.
Nearly everything you would expect to find in a large American or UK supermarket can also be found here. Brands you’ll recognise include the Earth’s Best, Gerber and Organix baby food lines; Ella’s Kitchen, Enfamil and Similac formula lines.
Most of the stores carry some fresh or frozen organic produce. Kirk Market, Bay Market and Foster’s have a good line of frozen organic vegetables, fruits and soy-based, lactose-free and goat’s milk products for those with food intolerances and allergies.
They also carry a range of natural and organic meats as well as soft rusks, teething biscuits, whole grain cereals, snacks, Earth’s Best Organic baby food and Ella’s Kitchen fruit smoothies.
Immunisations are carried out by private paediatricians, GP clinics, the Public Health Clinic of the Cayman Islands Hospital or the District Health Centres. Should you choose to use the Public Health Clinic (Tel: (345) 244 2648) you should make your appointment well in advance.Read More
Familiarising your child with a dentist at a young age can encourage proper oral hygiene and care for their teeth. It is important to
introduce your baby to your family dentist as early as possible. Encouraging your child to trust their dentist will reap rewards as they grow, and help to prevent gum disease and dental problems.
Physical Therapies For Your Baby
The birth process can sometimes be a traumatic event for a baby and the primary cause of a spinal misalignment, parents could consider having their newborn examined by a chiropractor for subluxation after birth.
Dr. Jennifer Royer (Tel: (345) 946 2225) specialises in neonatal therapies and Dr. Jody Hrynuik at Synergy Chiropractic & Physiotherapy specialises in perinatal and paediatric care. Tenson Edmonds at RVC Rehab Services, treats all neurological birth defects in children.
In Cayman, there are a number of photographers who take beautiful pictures of family, from pregnancy shots, newborn photography and studio and location family shoots – you can even have your family pet included in the pictures.
There are a good number of playgroups and other activities for mothers and babies which meet on a weekly basis. These are great places to meet people especially if you are new parent or new to Cayman.
You will find a good selection of baby, toddler and children’s clothes on-Island from recognisable brands. You can also get most things you will need for your nursery in Cayman’s baby stores.
You can get most things you will need for your nursery in Cayman’s baby stores.Read More