Bedsharing and Formula Feeding

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Sleeping with your baby is as old as human history.  It is a biological norm for our babies to want to be close to us (and for most of us, for us to be close to them).  It is a practice that has been condemned in our current society, with fears of suffocation and SIDS leading the way, and most parents have been told flat-out to avoid it.  However, the practice is increasing as … [Read more...]

Plan for “Record-Setting Bedsharing Deaths”? Same Old Thing (And It Doesn’t Work)

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Texas is on pace for a record number of “bedsharing” deaths this year: The record is 174 (in 2011) and this year so far they are already at 172.  Officials have launched a $100,000 campaign to curb these deaths by – you guessed it – telling parents how dangerous it is to bedshare ever.  A spokesperson for the state’s Child Protective Services said, “A lot of people don't … [Read more...]

Where Would You Be Safest Giving Birth? Hint: Not the USA

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Where would you rather give birth - in the USA or Albania?  Most of you would probably say the USA yet your chances of survival would then be lower.  Yes, you as a mother are more likely to die from childbirth-related problems in the USA than Albania.  Does that surprise you? New research looking at maternal mortality is out[1] and the findings are not good for those in the … [Read more...]

Setting Boundaries

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The discussion of boundaries is an inevitable one amongst parents.  We know that we have to set boundaries for our children as it keeps them healthy, happy, and safe.  Despite all this, many people get very confused about where we ought to set boundaries.  Those of us who practice “gentle” parenting are often accused of being too permissive; I myself have been told my daughter … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Car Seat Safety Guide

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Preface:  I asked Emma to write this post after being is bad car accident myself in December.  I was driving with my mother-in-law and 3 1/2 year old daughter to pick up my stepson from school when we were crossing an intersection doing the speed limit (which was 50km/hr) for which we had a green light (and it had been green for sometime).  Before I could register anything, … [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 to … [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 :)  Enjoy!   … [Read more...]

When Your Partner Isn’t On the Bedsharing Train

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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 aren’t on the same page?  … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Breastfeeding and Alcohol Consumption

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By Jennifer Heisleman Ingalls Breastfeeding and alcohol...it's the season for a holiday beverage or two. What's a nursing mama to do? Many breastfeeding moms wonder if it is safe for them to have an occasional alcoholic beverage. Controversy and misinformation surrounds this topic. The conventional wisdom is to pump and dump. Or buy the alcohol “test strips.” Or even, “If you … [Read more...]

Six Ways to Allow Your Child to Become a Responsible Adult

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Lately there seem to be many parents yelling about how much they hate our current generation of entitled children or young adults who can’t function on their own and don’t take responsibility for their actions.  They seem to argue that it’s parents who are responsive that are a problem, something I’ve heard first hand (because didn’t you know that letting my child breastfeed at … [Read more...]