Guest Post: Learning To Trust Our Children Through Sleep Struggles

Source: Taylor Davis

By Taylor Davis I share this story, even though it’s hard, because I know there are so many families struggling with altered sleep schedules during their early parenting years.  In some ways, I wish I didn’t have the story to even share, but the fact that it happened can’t be changed and I hope that by sharing, I’ll encourage other families to listen to their instincts and … [Read more...]

Birth Story: My CBAC & the Practice of Acceptance

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By Sheetal Daswani Seeing the phrase “MY CBAC” in print can occasionally have the power to be painfully debilitating. I so strongly yearned for a VBAC. Yet, when I search deeply into my own psyche, I am confronted with the fact that I got everything I wanted for my baby out of my CBAC. I did not get everything I wanted for me, but I got everything I wanted for my baby. It is … [Read more...]

An Open Letter on Support


To the parent who is asking that we just support one another, no matter what each of us has chosen on our parenting path… I first have to tell you that I hear you.   I hear you on the confusion over different pieces of conflicting advice.  I hear you on how difficult it is to face family and friends telling you that you “must” sleep train or wean or supplement.  I hear you … [Read more...]

Review: The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline

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By Tracy G. Cassels The newest addition to Little Hearts book is a short handbook on discipline.  If you’ve read other Little Hearts books you know the focus is to get right to the heart of the issues in a clear, quick manner and on this note, The Gentle Parent does not disappoint.  If you’ve read Two Thousand Kisses a Day or Whispers Through Time, you know that L.R. Knost has … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Living with a Reflux Baby

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By Jennifer Harrell When the average person thinks about infant reflux, or GERD, they often equate it to spit-up – not a big deal, something “all babies do”. Speaking as the parent of a child with severe reflux, I can say that it really is a big deal. It is an emotionally draining misadventure full of heartache, stress and frustration.  As my husband and I say, our entry into … [Read more...]

Pinky McKay’s Interview With Me


On Wednesday June 10th, I had the honest-to-goodness pleasure of having a long chat with the wonderful Pinky McKay.  We focused on a talk about "happy babies"... listen herein to know what was said and to find out more about the series on Happy Babies :) For example, we spoke of how certain current parenting practices are counter to the evolutionary adaptiveness of babies, … [Read more...]

Why “Delayed” Cord Clamping Should Be the Norm

Source: Beyond Birth

In today’s modern birthing picture, you finish birthing your baby and the doctor immediately clamps the cord and you wait to expel the placenta before cutting.  However, this isn’t actually the norm around the world (though notably there is variability worldwide in clamping practices currently).  Often, mothers engage in what is, in our culture, called “delayed cord clamping” … [Read more...]

Five Reasons to Wear Your Baby


This piece was originally published as a guest post on the Ergo Baby Blog, which you can visit here.  For my review of the Ergo Carrier, see here. By Tracy Cassels It seems that in many Western societies, one of the first things people do when they find out they’re expecting is to look at strollers, baby carriers, bassinets, anything that will hold your child for you.  And … [Read more...]

The Importance of Partner Support

Source: "Murphy Brown"

Note: This piece was originally posted back in 2011 but I have updated it and edited it to repost now because I feel it's just as important now as it was then but needed a little updating! If you’re old enough to remember the 80s and early 90s, you’ll probably remember the hoopla over single mothers and how awful they were.  It seemed to come to a head with Murphy Brown, a … [Read more...]

Do C-Sections Impair Maternal Responsiveness?

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By Tracy G. Cassels I’m continuously amazed at how biased the popular media has become when it comes to parenting and infancy.  Given how the media blasts you with information on it being good to CIO or put your infant in a room alone, or how formula is just as good as breastmilk, you’d think there was no research to the contrary.  But there is.  It just doesn’t seem to fit … [Read more...]