What Children Don’t “Need” Can Still Help Them

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By Tracy Cassels “Your baby is now old enough that s/he doesn’t need to feed during the night.” “Your child doesn’t need to sleep in your room or in your bed.” “Your baby doesn’t need to be held this much.” “Your child doesn’t need to still be breastfeeding.” Sound familiar?  In today’s society parents are often given the unsolicited advice about what their child “doesn’t … [Read more...]

Homebirth: A “Narcissistic” Choice?

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By Tracy G. Cassels I came across this interesting discussion on Facebook the other day (be warned, it’s long so make sure you have time to read it all if interested, which I believe many of you will be).  What struck me most about it was the idea that, for some, to birth at home is a “narcissistic” choice.  (I take issue with the term itself as I don’t believe the choice is … [Read more...]

Bedsharing Siblings: Part 4

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Welcome to Part Four of Bedsharing Siblings (you can see Part One here, Part Two here, and Part Three here).  Before we begin, I share the same caveat that all of these families bedshare safely and that although some pictures may seem unsafe, they are with parents standing by and watching over at this moment :) … [Read more...]

Bedsharing in Australia: Scare Mongering versus Reality

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By Tracy G. Cassels Many Australians woke this morning to scare mongering about bedsharing thanks to articles in their papers.  Claims that 25 babies died in the parental bed last year have led people to declare that bedsharing should be illegal.  Some people are being investigated for it as it is not seemingly okay to report it to Child Services (I kid you not).  It's hard … [Read more...]

Ask EP: Biting and Sleeping Alone

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I need some advice on biting. My little guy is 11 months old and has 8 teeth that he loves to use. He bites everything. He bit the leather off our couch, he bites all of his toys, the rail on his crib, and most unfortunately people. He actually drew blood on my mom’s arm. People have started telling me that I need to bite him back which is absolutely not an option, but I could … [Read more...]

Bedsharing Siblings: Part 3

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Welcome to Part Three of Bedsharing Siblings (you can see Part One here and Part Two here).  Before we begin, I share the same caveat that all of these families bedshare safely and that although some pictures may seem unsafe, they are with parents standing by and watching over at this moment :) … [Read more...]

When Your Partner Isn’t On the Bedsharing Train

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By Tracy G. Cassels Many of the people that read this site are bedsharers.  We love it.  We love the closeness it brings and we love the ease that it provides in terms of dealing with night wakings and all that.  Bedsharing isn’t for everyone though, and luckily, often all members of a family are on the same page, making it a moot point.  But what if you and your partner … [Read more...]

Ask EP: Twins, Toddler Discipline, and Sibling Bedsharing

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Hi there, I love your posts, everything I exactly need! I’m new to the group and love the calm, relax approach to parenting....but how do you do it with twins? I have 7 months old twins and am desperate for some advice on co sleeping , breastfeeding twins at night. I am exhausted, tried so many books, even Gina ford (I know... ). Thanks!  I cosleep & breastfeed my … [Read more...]

Bedsharing Siblings: Part 2

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I recently shared the first post here which had quite a few adorable bedsharing siblings only to receive so many new entries that I have enough for at least five parts.  So welcome to Part Two of Bedsharing Siblings.  I share the same caveat that all of these families bedshare safely and that although some pictures may seem unsafe, they are with parents standing by and watching … [Read more...]

Ask EP: Naps, Co-sleepers, and Toys

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We get a lot of questions on Facebook from readers and as we no longer post them, but rather generalize some but just focus on answering specifically to others, we will be sharing some of these questions weekly so everyone can read them.  If you have other answers you’d like to share, please feel free to comment below! *** Hi I'm loving all the posts/information, my first … [Read more...]