The Facts About Infant Mental Health

The Facts About Infant Mental Health

When caring for infants, we parents tend to prioritize our children’s physical health over everything else. However, emerging research on the subject of infant mental health has pointed to the clear need to take an equally proactive approach to our children’s mental and emotional well-being.

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How To Remain Calm During Labor and Ask For What You Need

How To Remain Calm During Labor and Ask For What You Need

There are so many unknowns when it comes to labor and delivery it can definitely be hard to remain calm. As first-time moms, it can be so much harder because everything is unknown. You may have seen someone give birth before, but you do not truly know until you’ve done it yourself. I hate to break it to you but it’s not necessarily easier the second time around. It may be different but not necessarily easier.

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Why You Need To Think About Having a C-Section

Why You Need To Think About Having a C-Section

When I was pregnant, I was adamant that I would have a natural childbirth. Meaning, a non-medicated, vaginal birth. I wanted everything about my labor to be "natural". Including letting the baby come in his own time – no induction! At my 39 week appointment, I asked the nurse practitioner what would happen if I came in at 40 weeks still pregnant. I asked if I would be told I had to be induced. She assured me that I would not and that it wouldn’t be suggested until at least 6 days overdue and I wouldn’t be encouraged to have one until 2 weeks.

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Is Co-Sleeping Really Dangerous? The Truth About Co-Sleeping

Is Co-Sleeping Really Dangerous? The Truth About Co-Sleeping

My son and I have been co-sleeping since he was newborn. As a toddler, he has gone through small bouts of sleeping in his own bed but, for the most part, he sleeps in bed with me. When my son was an infant, this was not something that  I would openly share because I knew that sleeping co-sleeping was perceived as dangerous. But after several months, I started noticing something – a lot of moms were (are) co-sleeping. Like me, though, many don’t willingly offer that information. Specifically, in the U.S., co-sleeping is deemed unsafe, dangerous even. 

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How to Play With Your Infant From 4 To 6 Months Old

How to Play With Your Infant From 4 To 6 Months Old

Playtime with your baby is far more than fun and games. As I mentioned in How to Play With Your Baby From Birth To 3 Months, playing with your baby is crucial to his developing mind and body. And it's also wonderful for bonding. Making time to play with your little one is extremely important. Plus, you know, it’s fun!

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5 Places That Can Benefit From Kid-Friendly Donations

5 Places That Can Benefit From Kid-Friendly Donations

The thought of getting more toys and clothes on holidays and birthdays can be a little overwhelming for parents but these are actually great opportunities to go through your child's things and donate to other children or organizations that can benefit from them right now! Here are 5 places you can give kid-friendly donations to and know that someone in need will be using them. 

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10 Things New Moms Should Know About Newborns

10 Things New Moms Should Know About Newborns

Becoming a mom in my mid-thirties means that I have watched almost all of my friends become moms and many family members, as well. Though there are downsides to being an “older” mom (like the ridiculous term "geriatric pregnancy"), my late entrance to the baby making world means that I have had a lot of mommies to go to for advice. It also means that I was pretty comfortable with babies and knew quite a bit about them… or so I thought. There are a few things I didn't know about newborns that I think every new mom should! 

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