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For New Mothers: The Dishes Will Get Done... Eventually

By Sheryl Paul              There's so much we don't tell new mothers. As with all transitions, our culture presents a skewed image of motherhood which falls into two diametrically opposed categories. On the one hand, we expect motherhood to be a Huggies commercial where mother, father, and baby are swathed in a pastel, diffused light, blissfully enjoying their transition without a blemish or challenge to be found. On the other hand, our culture presents an image of endless martyrdom and meaningless sacrifice where new mothers lose all of their independence... read more

Adding the Second Child

             When I had my first baby, my son, he became the center of my life.  It really changed everything for me.  I stopped working for pay outside my home.  I was suddenly a different person- a mother.   My sleep patterns changed (or were eliminated), my body was totally different (like- fluffier), my marriage changed, my husband was suddenly a different beast, everything was different!    And even though the first few weeks made me weep like a crazy person with uncontrolled and unfamiliar hormonal fluctuations, I just loved him so much.  I mean, love... read more

More About Soothing Small Tummies from Jacqueline Lawrence

This post is brought to us by Mothering sponsor Tummy Calm.  This is part 2 - check out more great answers from Jacqueline Lawrence here!   Q:  My son is three weeks old… he spits up more than my other babies combined, he also has a lot more loud gas, but he doesn't fuss much... any ideas?   A: All babies have gas--some babies simply have more than others. While a certain amount of gassiness is completely normal, it may be causing your baby discomfort, if you notice tell-tale symptoms such as abdominal bloating, frequent burping, spit-ups, hiccups,... read more

7 Principles for Peaceful Parenting

In my 25 years of being a parent, a student of human development, a human in constant development, an impassioned researcher of the human sciences, and a parent coach engaged with the challenges and triumphs of real moms and dads, I have gathered a superabundance of excellent information. But I’ve also come to recognize that a great gift in this era of information overload is to arrive at the other side of a gazillion helpful facts to a few solid peaceful parenting principles. I wrote Parenting for Peace around seven such solid-gold nuggets -- principles informed by... read more

Soothing Small Tummies: Q&A with Jacqueline Lawrence, creator of Tummy Calm

This post is brought to us by Mothering sponsor Tummy Calm.  Got more questions for Jacqueline?  Post them here!   Q: What are the common causes of tummy troubles in infants and toddlers?   A: Tummy trouble in infants and young children is often caused by painful gas, bloating, overstimulation, introduction to new foods, food or drink intolerance, food sensitivities, teething, and it can even be brought on by nerves. Children are particularly susceptible to discomfort caused by gas as their delicate digestive systems develop and learn to move gas through... read more

Who Wants to Sleep Alone?

    Although every human female is different, there is no doubt that her body is endowed with a unique capacity to breastfeed, should she choose to do so. "The human infant is likewise biologically designed to sleep next to his or her mother’s body and to breastfeed intermittently throughout the night, at least for the first few years of life. In fact, nothing that a human neonate does makes sense except in light of the mother’s body."   This is a collection of new evidence in support of cosleeping and the family bed, and  includes "The Science of Sharing... read more

Sleeping With Your Baby

  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 if this is something the mothers can control. Mothers lie to one another about whether or not their infants sleep through the night. And everyone lies about not bringing their babies into bed with them.   We lie because our society has unrealistic expectations of babies, and therefore we have... read more

Supporting Babies as They Grow: The Benefits of Babywearing

brought to us by Mothering sponsor Boba   Thoughtful Design Bests Babywearing Challenges It’s no secret that babywearing is the most natural choice for baby’s physical, emotional, and social development—but that doesn’t mean it always comes naturally. When choosing a baby carrier, it’s important to understand what growing babies need and how you can best support them.    Unfortunately, some baby carrier manufacturers have not thought through babies physiological development, and their poor designs can have unintended consequences. Luckily, carriers like... read more

Presence & Attachment: ADHD Treatment?

We tend to throw around the word “attachment” a lot when talking about kids and parenting, so let’s make sure we’re all talking about the same thing: attachment is a measure of the security of relationship between a child and those one or two or three adults with whom that child is in consistent contact. We now recognize that healthy (secure) attachment is a fundamental form of nourishment for a child’s growing brain. In particular, attachment fosters rich circuitry in the area of the brain that mediates social and emotional functioning. A parent's ability to be... read more

Cloth Diaper Guide: Top 10 Picks from the Mothering Community

Mothering recently ran a fun reviews contest in our Diapering category and the response from the community was HUGE. It is clear that our mamas love cloth diapers!    So which diapers received the best reviews? We've pulled out 10 of the most highly rated cloth diapers to share with you here.   Check them out and then head over to our Diapering reviews section to find a ton of additional feedback on a wide range of diapers and supplies!      Charlie Banana 2 in 1 Size Diaper   Review from member "mummamal"   Pros: Easily adjustable, wash beautifully,... read more

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