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    "How much more precious is a little humanity than all the rules in the world?" - Jean Piaget I'll admit I haven't yet entered toddler territory, but I do have a fast-growing boy nearing his first birthday. And with that has come an ever-moving, ever-exploring youngster. What joy to see the...
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    The decision to circumcise your son is a personal one, and one that's no longer 'the' thing to do just because you have a baby boy. More and more mamas are choosing to keep their sons intact, and more medical professionals have opinions about it as well. What does one pediatric urologist think...
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    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...
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    When you bring your little one into the world, the last thing you're probably expecting is for anything to go wrong and require the services of Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU). But, such is quite often the case for many mamas and their babies, and having a baby in NICU is an experience that's...
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    For over 25 years the Baby Signs® Program has helped caregivers teach babies to "talk" before they can talk with a variety of books, videos, and songs. If you have ever considered starting baby sign language with your little one, you will want to read this interview with one of the program...
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    Breastfeeding is known to enhance bonding between mother and child. A new study suggests that the longer a mother breastfeeds, the more attentive she is to her child, even a decade later. The long-term benefits of breastfeeding on a child's physical and psychological health have been...
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    We were rushing out the door, scrambling to get big kids to the babysitter so that I could attend my six-week postpartum checkup. No one was listening. I had asked them repeatedly to follow instructions, but it hadn't seemed to register. I resorted to bellowing, adopting the distinct inflection...
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    Catie Atkinson, the artistic mama behind the small shop SpiritYSol, is inspired to share a collective journey of motherhood through beautiful imagery. Catie created her premier piece of birth art during an intense first trimester with her second child. Titled, "Believe," this work, featuring a...
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    Momcozy's products are designed with the goal of helping moms and babies spend more time cozying together. And, for Black Friday, they're offering moms and moms-to-be a special discount on some of their most popular items. The first days when baby is born are meant to be some of the most...
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    I teach a class to couples about expectations for the immediate and long-term postpartum periods. We talk about the many decisions made during this time that can either promote bonding or interrupt bonding. I usually offer a few suggestions to ensure both parents have every opportunity to bond...
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    There is a common scene in our culture that can be found in the minutes and hours after a baby is born. The recovery room and sometimes even the birthing room is filled with loved ones, piling in to see the baby's first moments outside of the womb. While this visitation is well-intentioned, I...
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    Go ahead and fall madly in love with the tiny person growing in your belly! Bonding with your unborn baby appears to give a head start in development after birth, according to a new study. The University of Cambridge found that mothers who feel connected to their baby during pregnancy are more...
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    Why do most mothers hold babies on their left sides? Science says it promotes maternal bonding and helps with social processing for the baby. Favoring one side over the other when holding your child is common. Research indicates that 70 to 85% of women and girls show a preference to hold...
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    A creative way to celebrate and normalize breastfeeding, the photo-editing app PicsArt lets you make "brelfies," (breastfeeding selfies). Share yours on social media with the hashtag #TreeOfLife. Several months ago, I wrote about the art of breastfeeding. I believe this beautiful and natural...
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    Thank you to Brian Leaf for sharing this excerpt of his book, Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi. Parenting precepts scare me. I'm Jewish and from New Jersey, so I'm prone to worry. My neurotic mind can turn any set of precepts into another explanation of why I have failed and my children will...
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    Playing in the garden at Playgroup. My fourth child was planned, but somehow that fact did not prevent the pregnancy being a stressful time. We moved cities at the beginning of the pregnancy, back to our hometown, to be closer to our families and support, now that we knew we would have a larger...
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    Recently, my two-year-old son was separated from my mother-in-law whilst at the shopping mall. It took thirty minutes for him to be found: he was happily wandering around, quite a large distance away from where they first became separated. Apparently he very happily took the hand of the security...
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      2:37 a.m. Weary of wakeful child I rock against his reluctance. Soft songs don't lull. Warm milk doesn't lure. It's possible to adore yet wish him unconscious.   A soft hand pats my face, pulls my lip. He stands on my lap reaching for window-framed moonlight. The sight of his...
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    In natural birth and Attachment Parenting circles, it seems to be de rigueur to have siblings at subsequent births. This practice has become more than just a fad relegated to more alternative women. I hear women everywhere discussing issues around siblings at their upcoming births: support...
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    Before I had kids I never planned on having kids. There was a moment in the hospital where I would give birth to my first, where I was filling out pre-admissions paperwork and the nurse jokingly reminded me that "mother" was me, and not my own mother. That is when it sunk in that I was becoming...
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