Sleep. Every newborn needs it, and new moms don’t seem to be getting enough of it. Skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding and babywearing are a huge part of calming, bonding and closeness in the early days with a new baby, and swaddling is another way to calm
Baby and Family Sleep Resources
By Peggy O’Mara Published in Mothering, Issue 141 One of the biggest crises of confidence that new mothers face has to do with sleep. Mothers feel responsible for their babies’ sleep. Others ask mothers if their babies are sleeping through the night, as
By V.K. Harber All primary caregivers know the drill. Kid’s head hits pillow, adult’s feet hit pavement (so to speak). If you’re anything like me, naptime is when you run around the house, not unlike a chicken with its head cut off, attempting to
By Megan Leary I was at an event supporting midwifery legislature when I saw the Le Leche League booth and made a beeline for it. I have been pretty fortunate in that breast feeding has gone great from the start for my
Last week I shared a short post here on Mothering Magazine about how attachment parenting can make you crazy. I have actually posted many times on my personal blog about my difficulties, frustrations, and yes, love of attachment parenting. How hard this type
Compassionate Connection: Nonviolent Communication with Children By Inbal Kashtan Issue 110 January/February 2002 When our baby was a week old, his grandfather expressed concern that my partner and I were holding him too much. Since then, Grandpa has worried about cosleeping and extended
By James J. McKenna Issue 114 September/October 2002 Mothers and infants sleeping side by side, also known as cosleeping, is the evolved context of human infant sleep development. Until very recent times, for all human beings, it constituted a prerequisite for infant survival; outside
Every once in a while I hear about a mother struggling to be the perfect “attached parent” and feeling like she is failing miserably. I don’t know exactly what attachment parenting means to you; in fact, I am not sure what it means to
By Stephanie Nakhleh Cosleeping was no fun at first. Instead of the nighttime bliss I’d been promised by attachment-parenting enthusiasts, my baby often acted like a nocturnal animal — prowling the sheets in the wee hours, howling for no clear reason. I felt cheated.
(Photo courtesy of http://katelyndemidow.blogspot.com/) I am going to commit a huge natural parenting faux pas and admit something…. I kind of hate co-sleeping. I don’t actually 100% hate it. There are lots of beautiful things about sleeping with your kids.