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Hi, I've been trolling around the forums trying to gather advice about weaning. I planned to wean my daughter by age two. Unfortunately, my family went through a huge upheaval around that time, and I didn't want to traumatize my daughter further. Now she is nearly three. I have tried cutting back and gradual night weaning, and both experiences have been truly horrific--especially the night weaning, which I gave up on. "Mum-mum" is her security blanket in life, and I just...
We use the Trestria natural latex bumper by Better for Babies. I put it on my Amazon registry never dreaming anyone would spring for it. It is not cheap. Now that we have used it for over 2 years I can't imagine cosleeping without it and no longer think of it as a luxury item. It lays on top of the bed but can keep a rolly poly toddler in place. You can move it around as needed. It's also portable for travelling. I have zero complaints about it and think it's the perfect...
Thanks so much. I will definitely check these websites out!
Oh, it's good to hear that someone else went through this and that it resolved eventually! We are consulting a developmental/behavioral specialist this week to see what we can learn. I am also eliminating wheat and dairy from both of our diets again to see what happens. Do other stuff to rebuild gut integrity a la GAPS. Keeping my fingers crossed!
Thanks! Interesting that it's what would traditionally be considered mental health-related reasons (depression, anxiety, ect.). A few months ago I was reviewing some studies showing the connection between gut flora integrity and depression--how it goes both ways, with stress and depression damaging intestinal flora and poor flora balance fostering depression. Would suggest similar therapy for depression and celiac and other food sensitivities. Makes me consider following...
Ina May Gaskin's book! It demystifies the process but doesn't focus so much on problems (even though potential problems are definitely addressed). Very grounding and helps get you to a place where breastfeeding is not such a big deal. So many breastfeeding issues are stress-related. We over-intellectualize the whole process and are looking for problems as opposed to enjoying this precious experience. Ina May's book helped balance out all the negative stuff I got from...
I delayed solids until about 9 months and am still breastfeeding way more than would be expected with my 17-month-old, who doesn't have strong appetite for or digestion of solid foods. I just make sure that what I do give her really counts in terms of nutrients lacking in breast milk as well as calories. If anemia turns out to be an issue, animal sources of iron are absorbed much better than vegetable sources or the rust-like stuff in most supplements and fortified...
My midwife told me to use baby food jars too. I never ended up pumping or storing much, so can't offer much more than that. I do use recycled baby food jars to store frozen homemade baby food though, and have never had a problem with shattering, even with liquids like pureed chicken soup and even when I've accidentally over-filled the jar (the lids just pop off). I've seen special small cube containers that are meant to store homemade baby food. Square glass is less...
I would be interested in how you did this, Minerva. My daughter is only 17 months old, but she nurses like a newborn. Neither of us gets much sleep, which affects both of us during the day. Her daytime nursing has slowed down a bit, though it too reverts to newborn-like habits when there is any kind of upset (travel, teething, ect.). I am a believer in child-led weaning and believe that she has reasons for needing to nurse more than most other kids her age. For example,...
We have a Blueberry bamboo pocket with bamboo fleece lining. We like it. Also love Grovias. Their cotton inserts hold as much as any microfleece diaper. If you preassemble them, they are as easy to use as a pocket or AIO.
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