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A million questions and so little time. Inspiration and support for the first year.

55 baby article submissions by the Mothering community.

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

"The Business of Baby" - A Review

I promised Jennifer Margulis  (author of The Business of Baby-What Doctors Don't Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Before Their Bottom Line) a book review quite some time ago.  I finally am finding time to write this and in my preparations I have been perusing her negative criticisms on Amazon.     I don’t really love negative comments about anybody, even people I don’t like, but I did find these interesting.  Having just gone over the book, I was a little surprised to see what they said. It seemed to me... read more

Trying Out the New Boppy Baby Chair

Our partnership with The Boppy Company - who we also worked together with last year to review their new Two-Sided Nursing Pillow - brought together seven Mavens with babies between who all had the opportunity to try out the new Boppy Baby Chair.  We asked the Mavens all about the Boppy Baby Chair - what they liked and didn’t like about it, how it compared to other chairs they used, and whether or not they found it useful.  6 of the 7 testers said they would “Absolutely” or “Probably” recommend the Boppy Chair to another mom with a baby older than 4 months.  And, for... read more

The Debate Over Handheld Devices for Babies & Children

There has been a hurricane of cyber-buzz this past week over a HuffPo piece entitled, "10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12." It went viral, natch.   What I want to say about that piece is:   a) it is a comprehensive collection of research that should be of critical interest to parents   b) I am not the type to seek bans on such things; rather, I advocate that we as humans develop mastery and dominion over these creations of ours. Let our Frankenstein's monsters work for us rather than against us.   As my daughter... 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

High Needs Mother

By Lynn Shattuck for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers   After my first son Max was born, I wanted answers.   My little red-faced infant wanted to nurse every twenty minutes. He woke up six or more times a night. The ‘quiet alert’ phase that we had heard about—the one we had imagined our peaceful, silk-cheeked baby silently gazing at us while inhaling the landscape of our faces—was non-existent.   Long days dripped by in a haze of milk and tears—both of ours. Our pediatrician said it wasn’t colic; nursing soothed him. And Max didn’t save his sadness... read more

First Foods for Baby: Easy Homemade Solutions

  Whether you're starting baby on solids at six months or ten, introducing foods for the first time can be both exciting and stressful. Finding selections that are safe and healthy is a top priority--but with hundreds of colorful baby food jars, boxes and bags lining the shelves at the supermarket the choices can be overwhelming.    Given all of the options available today, you might be surprised to find that the most nutritious foods for your child aren't found in the infant aisle at all--they already exist in your very own kitchen. Choosing and preparing your... read more

How Adoption is Unique

As an adopted person, my birthday this week brings thoughts about my entry into this world, thoughts about some ways that adoption is unique.   Before getting my degree and writing Parenting for Peace, my previous body of work explored the psychological and social issues in adoption. Understanding how adoption is unique can help bring healing and wholeness to everyone involved.   "Out of Everydayness": One Way Adoption is Unique One of my favorite places is Hawaii, and I'm enchanted by the uniquely Hawaiian concepts of hanai and 'ohana. These have to do with family... read more

A Valentine for my Babies

By Olivia Hinebaugh Reblogged with permission from Lucy & Leo     I know. I know, little one. We’re a pair you and I. I love you. And you don’t have to say it; I know you love me too.   Being your mother isn’t always easy. Especially at first, when you’re so fragile, so perfectly miniature. Either content or screaming. Either sleeping or hungry. At first the love I had for you was primitive. I had no doubt I would throw myself in front of an attacking bear, I knew I couldn’t bear your cries, I knew you belonged in my arms. I loved you.   And you loved me... 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

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