Although most articles recently have been about the horrible experiences moms have had trying to breastfeed on planes, I wanted to share my amazing experiences. And to say thank you to the airline that has made that happen.
Our society has changed and we are now expected to parent alone. And yet that is not how we evolved to parent and the lack of support that families, and in particular, moms have is hurting everyone. It's not just financial, but practically and emotionally as well.
Before I had my own daughter, I remember hearing friends with kids complain about how their babies reacted to traveling – they were extra fussy, especially at night-time. This isn’t surprising at all, as many babies don’t like the night at the best of times, but throw in a foreign environment and a new bed (rarely can people bring their own cribs) and it must be absolutely terrifying. I figured, at the time, that it was just a part of having a baby and needing to travel and really couldn’t be avoided. I mean, just put yourself in the place of a baby. Imagine that you’ve moved to...
It used to be that baby toys were things like rattles and blocks that they could actually use to have fun with. Of course, this meant that babies really didn’t have toys at first because the motion of grasping a rattle or holding a block was well beyond them for the first few months of life.