Pregnancy and the Nutrition of Our Experiences

by Nicholeon February 07,2012 in BirthHealth and WellnessMommy CareParenthood

When we are pregnant, it is easy to think of feeding our bodies a diet rich in clean, healthy foods. We try to avoid processed foods for the most part, instead choosing whole foods to keep our own bodies strong and healthy, and to keep our absorption and digestion functioning well. The quality of water, […]

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Kangaroo Care Eases Parental Anxiety

by Elizabethon January 29,2012 in Family JourneyGrowthHealth and WellnessKangaroo CareUncategorized

Six weeks out of the year about 40 horses run wild in the open space behind my house. While attempting to lure them close to the barbed wire with carrots and long green grass, I met two ten year old twin boys and their mother. After complementing me on my three kids, she went on […]

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Optimal Position for Preemies Must Provide Feeling of Containment

by Elizabethon January 25,2012 in Child DevelopmentHealth and WellnessKangaroo Care

I remember when I was still involved in print advertising with our graphic designer in Miami.  The copywriter tried to come up with some slogan for our full page ad. I remember coming up with, “Sleepy Wrap, the best place after the womb”. We all know that babies crave the familiar containment and pressure of […]

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A Whopping 41 Reasons to Go Diaper Free with Elimination Communication, No Potty Training Required

by Elizabethon January 09,2012 in Child DevelopmentHealth and WellnessLearningNatural Parenting Style

  No, the babies just don’t pee all over the floor and on your couch.  No, it’s not just  for the mama with dreadlocks, or for obsessive compulsive personality types.  It’s as natural as listening and responding to your baby’s need to be held, fed, or consoled.  Although it takes a genius to see out […]

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Significantly Reduce Breast Cancer Risk By Breastfeeding More Than Two Years

by Elizabethon January 02,2012 in BreastfeedingHealth and WellnessNatural Parenting Style

  In China, nursing a toddler is socially acceptable.  It is even perceived as desirable for a woman to nurse her baby for a long time.  A study published in the Journal of Epidemiology on lactating Chinese women shows a significant 50% reduction in risk of  developing breast cancer when a woman nurses for two […]

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How to Co-Sleep / Bed-share / Sleep-share Safely and That Terrible Milwaukee Ad

by Heatheron December 27,2011 in Co-SleepingFamily JourneyHealth and WellnessNatural Parenting Style

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To start, I want to set the tone with this video interview with Dr. James McKenna on the biology of infant sleep: In October, one of our Boba writers and committed co-sleeping parent, Jill, described her experience of sleeping with her children and pointed out some very important benefits of co-sleeping in her post Co-sleeping: […]

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Do-It-Yourself: Common Household Cleaning Products

by Bunmion November 25,2011 in Family JourneyHealth and WellnessNatural Parenting Style

photo from Curbly.com When people started to get more savvy to the harmful chemicals in their everyday cleaning items, the natural solution was to search out brands that were eco-friendly. Now greenies are taking it to another level by creating their own surface cleaners, laundry detergents, and dishwasher detergents! I like to get my kids […]

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How Not To Hurt Your Back When Using a Baby Carrier

by Elizabethon November 06,2011 in Baby_WearingHealth and WellnessHow-To TipsMommy Care

Even the most state of the art baby carrier that has incredible weight distribution may not be enough to keep your back from aching.  We need to remember that we need to be proactively focusing on keeping the weight we are carrying off of our lower backs. How do we carry our babies without ending […]

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Slow Bone Loss During Breastfeeding: Strap on a Baby Carrier!

by Elizabethon October 18,2011 in Baby_WearingHealth and WellnessMommy Care

Calcium is typically transferred from your bones to your breast milk when you nurse.  The good news is that most women do return to normal calcium levels after weaning their babes. Want to make it more likely that you’ll be one of those women? Research shows that “strength training” and weight bearing exercise may give […]

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Breastmilk: No Assembly Required

by Jillon October 16,2011 in BreastfeedingHealth and WellnessNatural Parenting Style

    Nursing can take a little while to get the hang of as a new mom but I can not stress enough how much it pays off. Nursing my first child was hard at first because of how he was latching. It was painful for the first week but we figured it out and […]

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