While technically a layette is a kit of clothing and accessories for your new baby, here at cleftAdvocate we think you just might need a few "extras".
Here is our little welcome basket to you!
Answers to those tough questions you may have when your baby is born, or when you find out about your child's cleft during a routine ultrasound. Why, what happened and the most important things you need to know to care for your new arrival.
We can't stress more the importance of consulting a cleft/craniofacial team. Familiarize yourself with the makings of a team and the specialists who will work together to care for your child. Then click on the map to go to your state's page to find local teams, medical and educational resources and more! (Upcoming surgery? Refer to our Pre-Op Surgery Questions and What to Bring to the Hospital pages!)
The cornerstone of the cleftAdvocate and Pathfinder outreach programs, you'll meet hundreds of families from all over the country and the world, ready to share their experiences with you! Introduce yourself, ask questions and make friends who will support you every step of the way!
Feeding will no doubt be one of your top priorities. Whether or not you are able to breastfeed your infant depends on many factors. Read the experiences of mothers of children with clefts and find resources to make your feeding experience a successful one.
Whether your baby gets mother's milk or formula, here are the feeding options available to you. Also visit Pathfinder Partner Organization the Cleft Palate Foundation to view their feeding video!
Looking for cleft palate feeders? Arm restraints for post-op care? Surgery and treatment resources? You'll find it here, and much more!
Click over and meet members of the cleftAdvocate family! Smiling faces, birth and progress photos and great introductions from our families. Use the contact information to ask questions of families who have "been there, done that".
Inspirational, in-depth stories written for families, by families.
Adult members of the Cleft Lip and Palate Assocation (CLAPA) in the UK share their thoughts.
Great articles, useful resources and up-to-date information on upcoming conferences will help keep you in the loop. Subscribe today!
Be sure to jot down those pressing questions; use this guide to help you get the answers you're looking for.
cleftAdvocate parents pulled together a list of items you might consider bringing with you on the big day.
We'll be happy to match you with a Pathfinder family who has faced similar challenges, has gone through the stages you face today with your newborn, and, if possible, someone who lives in your area. We're here to answer all your questions and help you feel more at ease as you begin your journey.
And welcome! We are very glad you're here!