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

15 baby article submissions by the Mothering community.

Developmental Milestones to Marvel At

One helpful aspect of parent awareness throughout your child’s life is to know when developmental milestones typically occur, while also respecting the individuality of his or her unique timetable. I was reminded by last week's Wall Street Journal article about waving bye-bye, of just how delightful "milestone spotting" can be over the course of a child's unfolding! (The article points out that a baby typically acquires the bye-bye wave between 10-12 months, and that premature infants have a delayed and different bye-bye wave.)     Here are a few other enchanting... read more

Why Your Baby Wakes At Night with Elizabeth Pantley, Author of the No-Cry Sleep Solution

By Jessica Williams for kidsinthehouse.com   Kids in the House was thrilled to film 39 videos with Elizabeth Pantley, author of the No-Cry Solution book series. We asked her how to reduce the stress when potty training, how to have success with picky eaters, how to drop your child off at preschool and with grace and many tips from her classic book, The No-Cry Sleep Solution. Watch this video to find out why your baby wakes at night and what you can do about it!     About kidsinthehouse.com   kidsinthehouse.com films videos with the nation’s top pediatricians,... read more

Gentle Sleep

             We all hear the horror stories of sleep deprived new mothers.  I think we’ve been so conditioned to think of late nights with babies that it’s one of the first things we comment upon when meeting up with a new mom.  So when I was pregnant with my first, I was prepared.  I was sure we would go to the hospital, give birth, and that would be the end of our sleep for years.   So you can imagine my surprise when we brought our oldest daughter home from the hospital, and she slept through the night.  From day one.   We had always read and heard that babies... read more

Worried You Aren't Making Enough Milk?? Watch This Video!!

By Jessica Williams for kidsinthehouse.com   Corky Harvey and Wendy Haldeman co-founded The Pump Station & Nurtury. They are each International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, and Registered Nurses with a Master’s Degree in Maternal/Newborn Nursing. In this Kids in the House video, Corky explains why so many women worry that they aren’t making enough milk for their babies and what they can do help increase breast milk production.     In this Kids in the House video, Wendy explains what to do and what not to do to increase milk supply.     Click here to... 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

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

25 Children's Books That Depict Breastfeeding

We recently asked the Mothering community to share kids' books that depict breastfeeding and were thrilled by the response. We could not include all of the wonderful suggestions here, but we have pulled out the top 25 most highly recommended with some comments from those who suggested them. Some of these books discuss breastfeeding itself but many simply show the normal act of nursing within the story itself. Enjoy!       Welcome With Love   Really a book about a homebirth but the baby nurses once born. I... read more

100 Inspiring Breastfeeding Stories from Our "Blog about Breastfeeding" Event!

      A few days before World Breastfeeding Week began Mothering launched our "Blog About Breastfeeding" event to encourage moms to share their breastfeeding stories with the world.   We know how important it is for nursing moms to have the support and inspiration of other parents, and we are very excited to announce that nearly 100 moms shared their stories on their own blogs or in our community thread as part of this event!   Below you will find the final roundup of contributed blog posts. We would like to thank the diverse array of talented moms who... 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

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