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Who the Heck First Thought Up the Cry it Out Approach?

  What is Cry It Out? I’ll tell you, but first I have to climb into the nook under my staircase so no one knows what we’re discussing.   Cry It Out is an approach to getting babies to sleep. It was first proposed by Dr. Emmett Holt in 1895 in The Care and Feeding of Children. Holt is considered to be the father of pediatric medicine, though I suspect midwives might propose that medical care for children has been around a bit longer. In fact, with his designation as the pioneer of pediatric medicine, I suspect thousands of years of doctors, shamans, medicine men,... read more

Mothering with Mental Illness: You are Not Alone

By Olivia Hinebaugh   I want to do a series of posts about parenting with mental illness. I’m hoping that by sharing my experiences, other parents will realize they are not alone in the great balancing act of caring for self and caring for children.   The most important thing I want to say to parents struggling with mental illness: You are not alone.   Not even a little bit.   There are lots of us, whether we talk about it or not. We fall everywhere on the spectrum from occasional blues to debilitating illness.   And, yes, there is a stigma about mental... read more

The Crunchy Mom’s Guide to Working with Your Pediatrician

  By Elizabeth Briggs   We’ve all been there. We’ve all gotten the eye-roll, the muttered comment, the unsolicited advice that goes completely against everything we stand for, but when it comes to our child’s pediatrician, we expect something more. We expect a higher standard. We expect that at least this one person will understand and respect our choices.    But oftentimes she doesn’t.   I need to be able to build a working relationship with my child’s pediatrician. I say “working relationship,” because I really believe that we don’t need to be friends. We... read more

My Choice to Parent Differently Does Not Imply Your Way Is Wrong

  When I was pregnant with my daughter, I informed someone who was very close to me that I intended to cloth diaper. She immediately got upset, telling me that it would be impossible to keep up with and there was no way I could do it full time. My insistence that it was indeed possible and in fact, done by many people only infuriated her more. The conversation ended with her screaming that she was going to buy me disposable diapers for my baby shower because I “would need them,” and then she hung up on me.   I stood there stunned and utterly baffled by what had just... read more

Why Choose Organic Clothing?

  Lately I've been striving to be a thoughtful consumer. I'm reading more labels and trying to make earth-friendly and baby-friendly choices. Mostly this has applied to food, but recently I've been widening my search for other healthful products including: diapers, skincare products, toys and clothing.   I am a firm believer that we can make a difference through our choices and I'm happy when I meet people who share this philosophy.   Rachel Mednick is the designer and founder of an organic clothing line for babies and toddlers called Lucy & Leo. She was kind... read more

"You need more pink!" - Raising a Daughter in a Monochromatic World

I can’t pinpoint exactly when Americans felt the necessity to dress their daughters up like Easter baskets with ribbons, ruffles, sparkles and bows in order to prove they were girls, but I can say that as a child born in 1976, those things were generally reserved for special occasions. There are plenty of photos of me and my three older sisters wearing earth tones and primary colors, or even blue without any flowers or frilly things with it!   Personally, I hate the color pink, and as one might imagine given today’s society, this became somewhat problematic once I... read more

Five Best Baby Carriers: Recommended by the Mothering Community

Babywearing offers a huge amount of benefits, but choosing the right carrier isn't always easy. Recently, we started a conversation in the Mothering community to ask for baby carrier recommendations and the response was wonderful. Check it out here.   Below you will find the top five baby carrier picks from our members.    You can read more reviews, or leave your own, in our Babywearing Reviews Section. And discover everything our members have to say about babywearing in our Babywearing Forum.      Beco Butterfly II Carrier    Review from Mothering Member... 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

The Real Scoop on 10 Natural Diaper Creams: Toxicity and Cloth Diaper Safety

  For many babies, diaper cream will be one of the first and most frequent body products to touch their skin. For this reason finding a truly natural and safe bottom balm is a top priority for parents, but examining all of the options can seem overwhelming--especially if you're looking for a cream that won't build up and destroy your cloth diapers.   To help you with your search we've provided a breakdown of some of the Mothering Community's most commonly used natural diaper creams. We've included their full ingredients, toxicity ratings, cloth diaper safety... read more

Hey, Stay Home Moms (and Dads) - What Have You Been Doing All Day?

                           Negligence? Hardly. You know how it goes – one minute they’re playing quietly and the next, too quietly… (By the way, the lid was pried from the paint can with TEETH.)   It’s been a long time coming — nearly eighteen years, in fact. The kids are finally all in school, the house is quiet and I have a full day to work, uninterrupted.   And while it’s achingly bittersweet — the letting go of my babies, the acceptance that that phase is really over – it’s also easy to forget just how intense those first years were (or what I did with my... read more

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