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613 baby article submissions by the Mothering community.

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

10 Things You Don't Need For a New Baby

You might also like What to Buy Before Baby Arrives: 25 Truly Useful Items for Infant and Postpartum Care.                                  I remember registering for my first baby before he was born. I went to a giant baby warehouse store with a HUGE corporate list of things that I "needed" for this new little one and obediently registered.   And then he came.   The crib sat in the corner, the swing hung empty, and the tub wouldn't fit in my shower.   Sometimes I think groups of childless men sit around shining wood tables and literally make stuff up that new... read more

Mayim Bialik Opens Up About Her Breastfeeding Challenges and Becoming a Lactation Educator

100 Awesome Things About Breastfeeding That You Don't Find In Studies

 by Sarah Clark               There are all kinds of facts and figures and studies on the benefits of breastfeeding.  But let’s be real, this is a subject that is about far more than studies.  It is emotional (you can even prove that with science!) sacred, yet every day.  Here are  few things about breastfeeding that are awesome and that you deserve to know about.     1.  Looking in your babies eyes.   2.  Holding your sweet little one.   3.  Getting a BREAK to sit down with a super good excuse.   4.  Makes you... read more

On Sex and Cosleeping

From our wedding, by Owl Heart I got married back in November, after knowing my husband for 7 years.  He is my best friend, my soul partner, my rock, my clown, all of those good things.  And we often don’t sleep together. “Gasp!  What?!  You don’t sleep together?!  Doomed for sure…” I can imagine some people thinking. But I am writing to dispel the myth that cosleeping leads to a sexless relationship, as well as the notion that couples have to sleep in the same bed in order to have a happy sex life. A common sentiment expressed when the topic of cosleeping comes... read more

Breastfeeding Images from Our Past

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week we hope you enjoy these beautiful historical breastfeeding images. Which one is your favorite?      Migrant agricultural worker's family. Nipomo, California 1936     "The baby and the bear nursing" 1903     Inuit Woman Breast-feeding Baby, c1908     Beatrice Baxter Ruyl, in white cape, breastfeeding infant (Ruth Ruyl) 1905     A Javanese family at Tasik Malaya, Java 1902     Inuit woman breast-feeding two babies. c1904     "The Cornstock... 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

Should You Care About the Photo of Gisele Bundchen Nursing Her 1-Year-Old?

I am thrilled to feature the following guest post from Avital Norman Nathman, author of the anthology The Good Mother Myth coming out in January.     A few days ago, supermodel and mom Gisele Bundchen posted a picture of herself nursing her 1-year-old daughter. The photo, which Gisele captioned “What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only 3 hours of sleep #multitasking#gettingready." showed her sitting in a chair being made up by a team of stylists while donning a white robe and breastfeeding her daughter.   It’s no surprise, that... read more

Phases of a Nursling

  All sleepy eyes, yawning mouth, contentedness, tiny burps you need to coax out. It’s always a little bit of a scramble to get them in the right spot, that floppy head, those randomly flailing limbs. It’s so sweet when they latch.   The moment. The moment when your baby looks up at you and catches your eye and they know that your breast is your breast and that your smiling face is the one they get to see when they nurse. Unlatching, just to smile. It makes your whole day.   That first glorious time where you present your breast and they latch by themselves. To... read more

Okay to Leave Kids in the Car While Popping into a Store?

I am thrilled to feature the following guest post by Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and blog, Free Range Kids.     The Latest Suburban Crime Wave One mother is hauled off to the police station. Another is clapped in handcuffs. The mothers' offenses? They let their kids wait in the car while they ran a quick errand. Yes, these moms did just what yours probably did back when you were a kid. That age-old practice has been criminalized in 19 states in recent years, thanks to a world that seems increasingly unable to distinguish between negligence and normal... read more

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