A powerhouse group of prominent influencers in the mom blogger world release a new music video parody encouraging fellow mothers and highlighting the epidemic of “mom shaming” across social media. Tired of judgments about how moms choose to feed their babies, the mamas sing, dance, and joke their way through the parody. Though the video pokes some fun at the subject, the influential moms behind it feel this is a serious issue.
Even once your little one starts using the potty on a regular basis, it may not be time to abandon those diapers and pull-ups just yet. Naptime and nighttime are often called the final frontiers in potty training because they typically take longer for kids to master. Fortunately, there are some things parents can do to make the transition a little bit easier.
You love your child and strive to give them everything they want, but does that mean you’re spoiling them? Child Development and Behavior Specialist, Nancy Cohen, offers advice on how to know when you’re overindulging your little one, how it might affect them later on, and how to stop the cycle.
There are many benefits to using cloth diapers over disposables, but if you’re confused about the process, you’re not alone. Cloth diapering educator Amy Kessler gives us the run down on why cloth is best and how to avoid common mistakes.
If you’re the parent of twins, you may be wondering about babywearing. Is it possible to wear two babies at once? What are the options? Fortunately, there are a number of twin baby carriers on the market and today we’ll talk about key features to look for in those carriers. All new parents interested in babywearing their twins should consult with their doctor; above all you want to make sure you listen to your body.
Anyone who has given or witnessed a birth can experience emotional trauma. Some may try to sort it out on their own or just brush it off, while others may swap stories or vent to similarly traumatized moms. However, these approaches often only provide temporary relief and healing can be more elusive. Doula and Childbirth Educator, Shelley Rahim, offers some insight into emotional birth trauma and ways to move forward.
Now that your little one has joined you on the outside, you’re probably eager say goodbye to the pregnancy weight. But losing weight while breastfeeding brings its own set of challenges. Today’s expert, Leigh-Ann Webster, a certified personal trainer, licensed wellness coach, and nutritional counselor, offers advice on navigating the tricky balance between losing weight while maintaining an adequate milk supply.
As a parent, one of your main jobs is feeding and nourishing your little one. But if your child suffers from a food allergy or sensitivity, it can make that job a bit more complicated. In today’s post, we’ll define what a food allergy is, how to spot the symptoms, what foods are most likely to cause problems, and how to deal with potential food allergy pitfalls.
If you’re curious about delayed cord clamping and want to know the pros and cons, you’ve come to the right place. Clamping the cord separates the baby from the placenta and it is usually done immediately after birth, but recently there’s been a move to delay the clamping process.
After nine long months of pregnancy, you may be itching for an ice-cold beer or a glass of wine, but is it safe to drink if you’re breastfeeding? Are there any special precautions you should take? In this post, pediatrician Dr. James Murphy advises on the ins and outs of drinking alcohol while breastfeeding.
Have you heard of the WHO Code? It’s actually called the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes, but usually shortened to the “WHO Code” because it was adopted by the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization in 1981. Listen to our episode on our podcast, The Boob Group, which breaks down the code and our personal experience with it.
If you’re experiencing nipple pain or if your baby seems to be having trouble latching on or getting enough milk, he or she may be suffering from a tongue or lip tie. A tongue tie is when the little membrane, called the frenulum, under the tongue is tighter or located more forward than usual. A lip tie is similar and can occur on the upper, lower, or even the sides of the lip.
Although twins are the cutest package deal, ultimately it’s important for them to grow up to be healthy adults with their own identity, self-esteem, self-confidence, likes and interests, strengths and weaknesses. While their relationship with each other is special, it’s vital for them to develop their own sense of self and understand how they are unique from one another.
Research shows that approximately 90% of women will get stretch marks during or after pregnancy, but luckily there are some techniques to prevent them and minimize their appearance. If you’re a new mom (or a not so new mom!) you may have questions about these little battle wounds. Wonder no more; today’s post will tell you everything you need to know about stretch marks.
Naps are essential for your little one’s mood and development (and your sanity!), but how do you know if they’re sleeping enough? What are the basic do’s and don’ts when it comes to toddler naps? In today’s post, Jen Varela, a baby sleep coach, chimes in on how to ensure your little ones get the proper daytime rest.
Cribs, mattresses, and play yards can be serious safety hazards if not used correctly. In fact, they’re the leading cause of death when it comes to nursery product accidents. That’s some scary stuff! Since babies spend so much of their early months sleeping, you’ll want to make sure you provide the best sleep environment possible.
If you’re expecting multiples, you already know that your pregnancy is a bit different from singleton moms, but what about the postpartum recovery period? Moms of twins face some special challenges when it comes to healing and today we’ll give you the 411 on what to expect.
As you get closer to your due date, your provider may perform a fetal non-stress test. The non-stress test (or NST, as it’s sometimes called) is an alternative to the contraction stress test. The NST gives similar results, but is less invasive and therefore more commonly used. Read on for all the details on this prenatal test!
If your baby is always nursing, you may be wondering if something is wrong or if your milk supply is inadequate, but this so called “cluster feeding” can actually be a very normal. Many babies tend to cluster feed in the evening, but it’s also normal if their fussy cluster feeding time happens earlier in the day or even multiple times a day.
If you’re expecting your first baby, you might be wondering… How will I know if I’m in labor? Will early labor and contractions be obvious? Will my water dramatically break like it does on television? Contrary to what you might see on the television and in movies, the water breaking is the first thing to happen only in about 20% of pregnancies.
Between bumbos, swings, rockers, jumpers, and walkers, we have more options than ever for occupying our babies, but there can be serious downsides to these devices. In fact, there’s even a special name for babies who spend a lot of time in these objects – container babies. Read on to find out why you might want to say bye-bye to the swing and what you can use instead.
Is your mid-section feeling a little squishy? Do you have a muffin top peeking over your jeans? These maybe signs of a physical condition called diastasis recti that is common in many moms. The condition is so prevalent that some estimates put your chance of developing it as high as 50-60% and even higher if you’re the mom of multiples.