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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

Routine Swaddling

The Question of Routine Swaddling By Gussie Fauntleroy Nov 09, 2011 Please see the Special Report: Swaddling Reconsidered for more information and resources on routine swaddling.  Remember the bumper sticker, “What Would Jesus Do?” Here’s a variation on that query: What would Jesus’ mommy do? We are told his mother wrapped her newborn in swaddling clothes. So if it’s good enough for baby Jesus…? Yet simply because a practice has been widespread in various cultures and time periods doesn’t mean it is best for babies. Likewise, even though routine swaddling... 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

The Finnish Baby Box

by Christine Gross-Loh, author of the new book Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us   Hot Topic: Discuss Finnish Baby Boxes in the Community              I’ve long been fascinated by motherhood around the world. What is it like to birth in another country? What’s the lore on starting solids in another culture? How do children play in other countries? How do they sleep and who sleeps with them? How do cultural or societal supports ease the transition to new parenthood? My friend Michele,... read more

Elimination Communication Resources

  Elimination Communication Resources This Resource list is intended to be a compilation of helpful MDC threads, Mothering articles and member-recommended website links dedicated to Elimination Communication.  Mothering Articles Mothering, Mindfulness and a Baby's Bottom MDC Discussion Threads Who's Here: Introductions Best Tricks for New Moms Late Starters Support Thread Favorite Places for EC Supplies Member Recommended... 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

The International Breastfeeding Symbol in Use

Mothering launched the International Breastfeeding Symbol contest and received an overwhelming number of responses - all beautiful graphic expressions of mother and child and the nursing bond. Here we share photos of the winning symbol in use sent to us by readers who have captured it in all over the nation and world. Download a copy of the icon. Read the winning symbol story.   Magnet from Seton Center for Women & Infants' Health "We give [the magnets] to breastfeeding moms when they are in the hospital to put on the door frame of their room to... 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

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