Practical Parenting Tips for Screen-time

I was recently in a restaurant and looked over at a sweet family having dinner with their toddler. I thought to myself “my kids were never that angelic when we ate out”: they would be squawking, throwing food and trying to wriggle out of the restraints like mini-Houdinis. Then I noticed the toddler was watching a cartoon on a cell phone. ... more »
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Newborns Cry in Mother’s Native Language

  The bond between mothers and babies is a close one, started even before baby’s birth.  Once born, communication between mothers and babies is critical to the baby’s survival.  They must “tell” mom what their physical needs are in the moment and this begins the process of language development. ... more »
Natural Childbirth

10 Things Nobody Told You About Natural Childbirth

What could be more natural than childbirth, you might ask.  Unfortunately, like the “natural” claim on food labels, the natural claim on childbirth method means different things to different people.  Mothers, fathers, birth partners, grandparents, friends, doctors, nurses, midwives, and doulas can all join forces to devise the very most excellent natural birth plan but the reality is that the b ... more »
Breastfeeding newborn

10 Things Nobody Told You About Breastfeeding

You already know that breastfeeding is the best way to feed a baby.  It provides the highest degree of just-right-for-baby nutrition and both mothers and babies will reap lifelong benefits from nursing.  You may know women who’ve tried and eventually gave up before the child was weaning age.  Some women choose not to breastfeed and others simply cannot, for reasons that are nobody’s business bu ... more »
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First Bite: Learning to Eat

  By Sandy Hemphill, Contributing Writer, BabyMed   ... more »