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Lesson 89: Baby-Led Weaning First Foods

Lesson 89: Baby-Led Weaning First Foods

Even though we had planned to wait until 6 months to begin any solids, S showed all the readiness signs around 4.5 months. By 5 months, I listened to his signs, rather than the books. I knew I wanted to to do Baby-Led Weaning with my twin boys, but we started with loaded spoons of […]

Lesson 88: Consider (real life) Baby-Led Weaning

Lesson 88: Consider (real life) Baby-Led Weaning

I don’t think I would have been comfortable doing Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) with my oldest son because I was worried about everything—too much, really. I’m much more relaxed this time around, which I hear is pretty normal. I don’t know if I should attribute it to not being a first time mom, or to having […]

Lesson 87: Time management is a thing of the past

Lesson 87: Time management is a thing of the past

Dear S & B, I wrote a little note for J every month. I told him all that he was up to at the time–his likes, dislikes, how he’d grown. With you guys, I snap a picture. That’s it. I’m keeping up with your big milestones, but I couldn’t tell you all of your likes […]

Lesson 86: Your birth plan may not go the way you intended

Lesson 86: Your birth plan may not go the way you intended

Dear S & B, It’s taken me nearly 6 months to write your birth story. I know I should have documented it sooner. I want to be able to remember the day, and I want to be able to share it with you. But the day of your birth just isn’t ranked right up there […]

Lesson 81: Whine Causes Wine

Lesson 81: Whine Causes Wine

A little before my son’s second birthday, it became clear to me what people were talking about when they referred to the “Terrible 2’s.” He began to really assert his independence at that age, which I know is normal–but that doesn’t always make it less frustrating. I try to allow him to do things for […]

Lesson 70: Give peace a chance

Lesson 70: Give peace a chance

Consider whether or not you want your child to continue using a pacifier (if she uses one). Many pediatricians suggest getting rid of the pacifier between 1-year and 18-months. Studies suggest that the use of a pacifier can interfere with speech development, increase the occurrence of ear infections, and cause dental issues. My own personal […]

Lesson 67: There’s no magic switch at 1-year-old

Lesson 67: There’s no magic switch at 1-year-old

I always assumed I would stop breastfeeding J when he reached 12 months. But oddly enough, on his first birthday, no magic switch flipped that all of a sudden made him not want to nurse. No switch made my milk dry up, no switch made me not want to nurse him anymore. On his first birthday, […]

Lesson 64: Your baby will manipulate you

Lesson 64: Your baby will manipulate you

Don’t fall for it. They’re no dummies. Start establishing clear, firm boundaries at an early age and stick to it–even when it’s hard. It’s difficult for a young child to become familiar with your expectations and to learn appropriate behaviors if you keep changing the rules of the game. Even when they’re this young (especially when they’re […]

Lesson 62: Your boobs (nature's pharmacy)

After I wrote Lesson 60: Drug Your Baby, a friend of mine reminded me of one alternative treatment that can be used for a number of things: breastmilk (I can’t believe I didn’t have it on my original post!). Before I started breastfeeding, I never even imagined that there was any other purpose for breastmilk […]

Lesson 60: Drug your baby

Lesson 60: Drug your baby

I prefer the use of natural alternatives (for example, frozen waffles, wash cloths and yogurt for teething, baking soda and natural diaper creams for diaper rash, humidifiers for a stuffy nose, etc.) to medication when appropriate–but I will not hesitate to give my child medication when I feel like he needs it. As in most parenting areas, what’s appropriate […]

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