It’s all been said before: breastfeeding is natural and beautiful and we should be able to do it whenever and wherever baby is hungry (except in a bathroom, if baby gets hungry in a bathroom, baby should wait a minute). Consequently, I am embarrassed to be embarrassed about nursing. I offer a few anecdotes to […]
Getting used to having a new baby in the house takes time. Take some baby steps and build your confidence.
Whether you’re a naturally zen mama or a skeptic, I highly recommend learning a few techniques of infant massage (besides, nobody has to see you doing it but a small person who doesn’t speak). You can enjoy some quiet time and get to know your baby’s tiny developing body AND often get the kid to […]
When I was a brand new mommy, I was lucky that my best friend had a baby of her own. Whitney didn’t mind if I talked about sleep, swaddles, and nursing
I was separated from my first baby, Julian, for the first hour or two of his life. While I was incredibly curious to see him again — this person whose very existence I had invented now existed in the real world! — I guess I was also very patient. I don’t remember being overcome with […]
Geeky moms and dads need to leave the house too, right? While I love seeing you here on the blog, I want you to get fresh air and sunshine. If you need someone to give you some points for your effort, try one of these apps to gamify your outings. Geo-location apps turn walks with […]
Better to have a car-sleeper than a car-screamer, I always say. A car sleeper means you can use your phone & turn every business into a drive-thru.
We asked our Facebook community of 9000 moms to answer this: What piece of advice do you give to new moms? There were so many responses that we have to break it up into several posts, and I thought this list of books and DVDs might be a good place to start. Do you agree […]
This post is part of a series sponsored by Philips AVENT in support of the launch of the double electric Comfort Pump. Pumping breast milk was still a mystery to me as I made secret lists of baby names and notified my boss of my pregnancy. I learned about it when my co-worker Mimi, newly […]
Some of the best pre-baby advice I ever got (that I actually took) was along the lines of playing white noise or static to calm a fussy baby.
If I were a lady at Downton Abbey, my wishes would be obeyed with great haste. Food and nurslings could be summoned with a tasteful ringing of a bell and sent away with the same simplicity. Instead, I live in the real world where I was a demanding and hormonal hot mess without the courage […]
The teeny tiny bubble wrap is perfect as a physical outlet for moms trying not to scream at their kids. (Confession: I have done this dozens of times) This is how it works: Get frustrated or annoyed to the point of wanting to scream. Gently, set baby in crib or other safe place. Walk over […]
Susan Brink, a journalist and grandmother of six, has authored a new book called The Fourth Trimester: Understanding, Protecting, and Nurturing an Infant Through the First Three Months. After hearing about her research, I asked her, “What is the deal with newborns? Why are they so fussy and floppy? And how is it possible to […]