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Five Things My Toddler Made Me Forget About Babies

I was knee deep in toddler-hood with my 22 month old daughter when my son was born. It took no time at all to realize that my 22 months of motherhood made me overconfident about starting from day one again. I prepared for my first’s birth and life like I was cramming for a final, but relied solely on that experience for my second child. Consequently, and hilariously, I had to relearn a lot of fundamentals and even undo bad habits!   Babies need burping This is babies 101 but it took me a couple days to remember I could actually solve my baby’s gassiness by simply... read more

Insufficiency: Breastfeeding in Real-Life

(Photo credit Cheryl Spaulding Photography)   One Mother's Story of Breastfeeding With Insufficient Breast Tissue   I love natural birth and (of course) I teach birth classes.  This has truly been one of the best things in my life and has opened so many doors.  One of the greatest things however is that I have been able to meet and learn from so many families and women.     In one of my recent birth classes I had a couple come through that was eagerly planning and preparing for a wonderful home birth.   Alas, it did not turn out as planned.     Life can be... read more

Surviving a High Need Baby

by Jill Vettel               There’s a lot of advice out there on how to fix a high-need baby; everything from a chiropractor to aggressive swaddling to aromatherapy to the always (not) helpful maybe he’s just picking up on your negative vibes.    But having a baby that defies all cures and advice and tricks- a baby that just cries, that needs more for no reason in particular- all of the fixes and advice just make the situation worse. In my darkest, most exhausted hours I wondered if it was my fault. After all, what kind of mother couldn’t even help her... read more

Mothering with Mental Illness: Inside Postpartum Anxiety

  By Olivia Hinebaugh   I look at this picture and I just know that in that moment, I was in the thick of it. The odd thing is, I didn’t realize it at the time. I knew I was weepy. I knew having a newborn was overwhelming and that I’d probably lose sleep. I knew my body would go through crazy changes in those first few weeks.   I was surprised at the ferocity with which I wanted to protect my newborn son. Bonding with him was never the issue. I loved him, but more so I wanted to protect him. The need to protect him, however, went above and beyond what is typical... 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

Breastfeeding Tips: 153 Pieces of Advice from Real Moms

By: Melanie Mayo-Laakso Breastfeeding and need a little help or motivation? We recently asked our community to share their best tips and advice for breastfeeding success and here are the results. Thanks to all the moms who took the time to share their nursing wisdom with the world! For more help and lots of support check out Mothering’s breastfeeding articles section and our breastfeeding community. If you have a breastfeeding tip to share, please do so in the comments!   Breastfeeding tips from our community:  Michelle Relax.... read more

What I Wish I Knew as a New Mom

                 With the birth of the royal baby all over the news and news of new babies in my own life every time I answer the phone, I have become nostalgic thinking back to those first early days as a new mama.  In honor of all the new mamas out there, I figured I would share a list of the top five things I wish I would have known back then.   1.  The baby will come in his or her time or and his or her own way.  It seems there are two camps surrounding birth in our culture: the type that just figures everything will happen as it should, and the type that... read more

Breastfeeding is Beautiful and Normal: Images From Our Past

Beautiful breastfeeding photos from our collective past. Tell us which one is your favorite. Inuit Woman Breast-feeding Baby, c1908, Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-104388 "The Cornstock Madonna," c1916, Illinois, Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-137707 "A free lunch," c1890, New York, Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-103644   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

Freedom Together: The Mothering Mavens Test the Boba 3G Carrier

We know that Mothering.com moms love babywearing, so we were thrilled when we got the chance to partner with Boba to share their Carrier 3G with our community and our Mothering Mavens.  To read more about how you can join the Mothering Mavens, our private product review program, click here!   The partnership brought together 14 Mothering Mavens, each with a baby between the ages of 4 months and 2 years, in a small private focus group.  Each Maven got to pick out a brand new Boba 3G Carrier that she could test and keep and was asked to share her thoughts.... read more

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