You and your baby

Be there for your baby when she needs you, whenever and however often it can be. I know it is hard at times with so many things we need to take care of, besides just being a Mom or a Dad. But just imagine how hard it is for a tiny new soul in this world when all she knows is you, your face, your smell, your warmth. That is the only thing that exists for her, the only thing that keeps her alive, and she is afraid to lose it. Don’t listen to anyone telling you to train your baby to become less dependent on you. Instead, be proud that someone chose you, and only you, to depend on with her life. Don’t let her down. Be there for her.

Dulce de Leche

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Here is one page I meant to put on my fence for a while. Finally, Dulce de leche is given proper recognition. Check her out and feel free to stick around, she has great ideas.

In her own words:

“A mom who is passionate about gentle discipline, breastfeeding, and parent-child relationships. Let’s encourage each other!

Loving our families and treating others, regardless of age, the way we would wish to be treated.”

MotherWiseLife.org

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MotherWise is an amazing resource for pretty much everything you need to know about pregnancy, birth, parenting, and health. And I am not even joking, it is almost EVERYTHING. I am still finding out something new, once in a while, from them. Thank you, MotherWise moms, for educating so many people tirelessly every day.
Have you discovered them yet? If not, what are you waiting for?
Also on Facebook.

In their own words:
“We are a page devoted to evidence-based, gentle, healthy, and intuitive parenting choices. We want to normalize natural parenting and healthy living. We are pro-breastfeeding, cosleeping, bodily integrity (against forced circumcision), gentle discipline, babywearing, informed food choices, vaccine education, and many other topics. We are firmly against bigotry. Sometimes we’re a little bit Mother Wise-ass”

NO car seats on shopping carts

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Time for another reminder about NO car seats on top of shopping carts.

I love this article: http://carseatblog.com/10985/shopping-carts-eeek-what-not-to-do-with-your-infant-carseat/

“I see this ALL. THE. TIME. I know you must see it too. Perhaps you’re even guilty of this yourself. Here’s why it’s such a concern and what you can do to reduce the risk of your baby being seriously injured in a fall off a shopping cart.

The problem: Infant carseats aren’t designed to be secured to the top of a shopping cart. Most carseat manufacturers specifically prohibit using their seats this way but that warning is usually buried along with 30 other generic warnings in the instruction manual so it doesn’t get much attention. Plus we’re a monkey-see, monkey-do society, so many parents think this is a perfectly acceptable practice.

The issue is that the carseat isn’t strapped in or snapped onto the cart. It’s just perched on top. Sometime it’s perched in a way that’s fairly stable but more often than not, it’s just teetering on the top with little support. One good bump and that seat (with baby inside) is going to topple. If baby is old enough to kick, grab or try to sit up – that increases the chances of falling. If the baby is old enough to kick, grab or try to sit up and the harness straps are loose, or worse yet – not buckled at all, that greatly increases the chances of a fall. And if you have a preschooler shopping with you – the chances of baby toppling off the cart just increased ten-fold. In case you haven’t noticed, little kids like to push the cart, climb on the cart and hang off the sides of the cart as soon as you turn your back. The cart isn’t the most stable object on 4 wheels to begin with, so adding a toddler or preschooler into the equation can be a recipe for disaster.

The Easy Solution: Don’t do it.

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Aunt Annie’s Childcare

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I thought this was a perfect fence to create for Aunt Annie’s Childcare with her own wonderful quote to my “Happiness is” project. I had her on my list for a while and I am glad I waited, because now I am really happy of how her wonderful work is presented to the public. This is exactly what she is about–making children’s days better.
Check her out for lots of wonderful suggestions and articles on everything positive and kind in caring for children.

Also on Facebook.

In her own words:

“Advice and observations from a qualified carer and educator to help parents and childcare professionals maintain a loving, respectful relationship with their children.”

Older sibling and new baby

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I discovered positive parenting when we had a new baby and my older child wasn’t coping too well. I was stressed, tired, and had no idea what to do without having to raise my voice all the time. I started looking around online and found AhaParenting.com Can’t remember which exact article it was, but it had to be something like the one I am attaching below, about helping an older child transition to a life with a new baby in the house. It made perfect sense, it explained a lot, it gave me suggestions, and it made me want to keep learning more for the sake of both my kids and myself. It happened less than two years ago, and here I am now sharing this information with everyone, because I believe we all deserve better, especially our children. Continue reading

Reconsider Tummy Time

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Tummy time. We all are told it should be encouraged, and some of us try to introduce it into our babies’ life. I was there, I tried with my first. She hated it, she would cry, and I didn’t have the heart to make it last longer than just a few seconds. I still kept trying for a while, and then I gave up. I guess my instincts kept telling me it wasn’t really the best for my child. I never tried with my second. He never had his movements restricted, we didn’t use walkers, exersaucer, electric swing, etc. with him, and you know…he started crawling and walking well before my daughter did. Maybe they are just very different, or maybe there is a correlation. One thing for sure: he is more graceful, he doesn’t fall nearly as much as she did (and still does), and he seems to be more aware of what he is doing with his body. Do I regret not knowing earlier? I DO!
And as for those silly flat spots. My daughter had her share of tummy time and she had a flat spot for a long time. My son spent a lot of time on his back, and he never had a flat spot in his life. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Continue reading