Grandma Knew Baby Moving

Do you know how your mother carried you around? How about your grandmother? How did she carry your mother? Did she just balance baby on the hip all of the time? Last week I suggested you ask your grandmother, or any woman older than you, how she diapered her babies. This week, I’m added another round … Read more

Tips for Breastfeeding in Public

As a season of family gatherings approaches, especially if you are a new mother, you may be wondering how best to breastfeed your baby while balancing the dynamics of your particular family. I tend to be of the whip-it-out militant breastfeeding crowd, but I understand that not everyone is comfortable baring their breasts to strangers—worse yet, … Read more

Toy Monday: Why No Soft Plastics?

Vinyl. It’s good, right? It’s the way music should be listened to, after all. But, what is good for your turntable is not so good for your baby. You have probably heard that you should avoid vinyl toys. Why you should avoid softened plastic toys is a horror story of 20th-century wonder chemicals gone wrong. … Read more

Grandma Knew Diapers

What kind of diapers did your grandmother use on your parents? With the holidays coming up, I’m going to ask you a favor. When you are sitting around in a quiet moment with your older relatives this year, consider asking them about what they did as parents. Ask your grandmother about diapers and see what she … Read more

How La Leche League Can Help You with Breastfeeding

Last week, I wrote about how a breastfeeding support group, any local group that brings experienced mothers together with new mothers, can help you find success in breastfeeding. The best-known breastfeeding support group internationally is La Leche League International (LLLI). The experience of most mothers with La Leche League is through local meetings or through contact with a local leaders. … Read more