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A Different Kind of Baby-Led Weaning

March 4, 2010

When people talk about baby-led weaning, they are usually referring to the method of introducing solid food that involves introducing finger foods and allowing the baby to decide what and how much to eat, rather than the parents spoon feeding baby food. Over time, feedings at the breast are gradually replaced with self-feeding of the […]

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Child’s Hierarchy of Needs

February 1, 2010

Parents often find it overwhelming trying to meet their children’s needs. With limited time, limited resources, and limited patience meeting all of their needs can seem like an impossible task. If we can’t do it all, where should we begin? Where should we focus? What is most important? Last year, Meagan Francis from The Happiest […]

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Letter to the editor in response to: “Co-sleeping fears prevented call for parents to abandon defective cribs”

December 2, 2009

This post is an open letter to the editor of the Ottawa Citizen in response to an article that appeared in a series of newspapers and websites owned by the Canwest News Service, including canada.com. Dear Editor, I was dismayed but unfortunately not shocked by Sarah Schmidt’s article Co-sleeping fears prevented call for parents to […]

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

August 6, 2009

A lot of parents that practice attachment parenting or natural parenting point to the fact that this is the way children are often raised in traditional societies. This is true, to a great extent, but there is one big exception. In our society we seem to feel that practicing attachment parenting means that the parents […]

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Soon they are best friends (Part 4 in a series on having baby #2)

June 15, 2009

This is the fourth and last post in a series on preparing for a second baby. If you haven’t read them already, check out the first part What on Earth Were We Thinking? and the second part To tandem or not to tandem, and third part Move over: making room for one more in the […]

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Move over: making room for 1 more in the bed (Part 3 of a series on preparing for baby #2)

June 14, 2009

This is the third post in a series on preparing for a second baby. If you haven’t read it already, check out the first part What on Earth Were We Thinking? and the second part To tandem or not to tandem. …there were four in a bed and the little one said “roll over, roll […]

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To tandem or not to tandem (Part 2 of series on preparing for baby #2)

June 12, 2009

This is the second post in a series on preparing for a second baby. If you haven’t read it already, check out the first part What on Earth Were We Thinking? In [my] attachment parenting circles nursing into toddlerhood is common. A lot of parents strive for child-led weaning or at the very least gradual […]

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What on earth were we thinking? (Part 1 of series on preparing for baby #2)

June 9, 2009

Panic. Complete panic. It’s 3:00am. I’m 30 weeks pregnant. My 2 year old son wakes up again and wants Mommy. I nurse him back to sleep, get up to pee again (pregnant bladder) and try to find a comfortable position to sleep where my huge belly is neither making me uncomfortable nor in danger of […]

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