Tag Archive | Infant

Lesson 90: Let it go.

Lesson 90: Let it go.

With my first baby, I was all-organic, all the time (not really, but I was pretty picky about his food). With these guys, I’m like, “Here. Have some puffs.” And then I watch them crawl around the floor, fighting it out. It’s like hunting and gathering, so really I’m teaching them a life skill. Save […]

Tonight’s adventure with BLW: Apples!

Tonight’s adventure with BLW: Apples!

We tried whole apples tonight and it was….interesting. They’ve had cooked apples before, so they were soft and easy for them to negotiate. But whole, hard, large apples were a tough new experiment for them. I took bites all around their apples so they could have a place to grip, and a place to bite. […]

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 85: Listen to your wife

Lesson 85: Listen to your wife

My husband has a hard time remembering things. Or maybe he has a hard time listening. Perhaps it’s a combination of the two, I don’t know. I’ve been told it’s a fairly common husband trait but I’ve nothing to compare him to–he’s the only husband I’ve ever had. I hope he’s the only husband I […]

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 68: Parenthood will make you cry

Lesson 68: Parenthood will make you cry

Or is that just me? Since having a baby, I’ve noticed that I’m much more sentimental. I’ve always been a bit of a loose cannon when it comes to emotions (I like to call it being passionate… Other people tend to call it stubborn, having a short fuse, or being overly emotional. Whatever.), but parenthood […]

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 […]

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