Below is an outline of realistic expectations for your child’s sleep in the first 5 years. This timeline draws from various sources, and it is important to note that many studies and well-respected sleep sources vary some in their average hours of sleep and naps.
So often nighttime parenting tends to fall on one parent, particularly in nursing families. The nursing parent takes sole responsibility for nighttime parenting because nursing is such an effective way to get baby to sleep. If this works for your family, there is no need to change anything.
I’m very excited to have expanded my business with a new service, Infant Sleep Education. With so many different approaches to sleep, I feel that it’s important to share a little bit about what Infant Sleep Education is and isn’t. I hope you will find this Q & A helpful for learning more about this great approach to sleep.
I’m excited to share the next post in my series on great people and businesses working with pregnant and new parents in the DC area. I’d like to introduce you all to Nikki Wray, Co-Founder of Metropolitan Doulas. It’s been wonderful to hear more about her story, and pick her brain on some tips for postpartum families. Nikki’s love of her work and supporting parents is one of the things that really shines through when you talk to her, and I hope this interview lets you see that.
I’m so excited to be starting a new, on-going blog series about the amazing people serving pregnant and new parents in the DC area. In this first post, you will hear from Tracie, a massage therapist in Capitol Hill and owner of My Orange Wellness.
Breastfeeding is natural. You are busy. There are so many things to do to prepare for birth and the arrival of your baby. Adding one more thing to your crazy schedule seems laughable. What is there to learn anyway?
So why should you make time for a prenatal breastfeeding class? Here are 5 reasons.
The end of pregnancy can be a challenging time, both physically and emotionally. You are most likely feeling uncomfortable, a bit anxious about when baby will come, and probably very ready to be done being pregnant. If you are anything like me, people’s comments, even when you know they come from a place of support and excitement, can easily irritate you. Here are a few of the most common end of pregnancy questions and some thoughts on how to handle them.
For many, the phrase “fed is best” has come to signify support of all mother’s infant feeding journey regardless of whether or not they breastfeed. While I 100% support all families on their infant feeding journey however it unfolds, you will never hear me use or see me rallying around the phrase “fed is best.” Here’s why.
Parenting is full of difficult decisions. As parents, we all want to do what is best for our baby. We want to follow all the recommendations and do what all the best experts say we should be doing. We are terrified of messing things up or doing something wrong. But what happens when the recommendations just aren’t working for your family?
So you’ve just had your baby, yay! Or maybe you are still in those last days waiting for your baby to arrive. You’re excited, exhausted, and ready to get breastfeeding off to a great start.
You probably ordered a breast pump through your health insurance and either have it sitting at home or are impatiently waiting for it to arrive, wondering if it will come in time.
This summer, when the idea to start teaching classes emerged, I hoped that I would be pregnant sometime in the fall. The idea that pregnancy wouldn’t mix well with trying to launch classes occurred to me, but during my first pregnancy I worked full time in Rockville. I survived and managed to keep things at work under control.
As a pregnant or new mamma, it’s hard not to think about going back to work. There are so many details to think about like childcare, maternity leave, your post maternity leave work schedule and workload! It’s no wonder women worry, plan, and discuss this topic for months before and after their baby is born.
Hello all! This one’s a guest post to give Kim a break. She’s a busy person, so you are stuck with me for the moment. She’s actually busy being asleep with the kid in our bed because that’s how he’s chosen to sleep, and I’m ok with that.
This is a guest blog post by Concetta Aires, founder of Well Dressed Mamma, a DC based company providing moms with the best nursing products available from the convenience of their own home.
I’m a breastfeeding educator, and I don’t care how you ultimately feed your baby!
Yes, you read that right. And, you might be surprised how many people actually feel the same way.
Here is what I do care about.
In honor of International Babywearing Week, here are the top 5 things I learned about babywearing since my son was born. Note, I am not a certified babywearing educator, but I am a mom who has worn a lot, and tried a lot of different carriers, in the past 2.5 years.
Breastfeeding may be the biologically natural way to feed a baby, but it doesn’t come easy to many women. Nothing can guarantee a smooth start to breastfeeding, but there are two things that can drastically improve your chances of breastfeeding going well: knowledge and support.