Blog Posts by BabyZone
- We all know the ebbs and flows of pregnant life. Sometimes hard, sometimes hysterical. Here are a few thoughts on the matter from pregnant mommas past and present via their tweets. You'll be nodding your head along with them and giggling to boot! - By Tracy Brennan Read More »from #Pregnantlife in Tweets
- BabyZone | Parenting – Wed, Oct 30, 2013 3:58 PM EDTCelebrate the many experiences of our world by building your baby's worldly and multicultural library.
Raising tolerant global citizens can truly start at birth, and building a children's library of these 7 multicultural-inspired reads is a great way to start. - By Vanessa Bell Read More »from 7 Multicultural Children's Books for Baby's Worldly Library
- 7 week old baby smiling.When my first baby was born three years ago, I put a sign on his little hospital cart that read, "Breast milk only!" Upon my discharge, however, when I mentioned to the hospital pediatrician that I had breast reduction surgery at 17, she told me--point blank--"Oh, breastfeeding isn't going to work for you." The surgeon who'd performed my reduction had said it would, but, as a brand new mom, I panicked. I purchased a canister of formula on the way home and supplemented heavily from the beginning. I did my best to nurse and pump as well, but my supply was minimal. When I returned to work three months later and faced pumping in a phone booth (closet) shared between three corporate floors and without a lock, I gave up on breastfeeding altogether.
I was disappointed not to have had the breastfeeding relationship with my baby I'd hoped for, and that he'd been raised largely on formula, especially when I later learned that breastfeeding can, in fact, work after reductions. (Doctors don'tRead More »from In Defense of Milk Sharing
- BullyLike death and taxes, your kid screwing up is inevitable. And when they are little, it's cute. My daughter with her hands on her hips, telling me "I 'issapointed in you, mom!" never fails to make me laugh. But research shows that a toddler's self-control is one of the first and earliest predictors of success. And how you go about teaching your child that self-control can have a profound impact on the rest of their life.
One popular form of discipline is public humiliation. Images of parents dressing like their teenage daughters in short skirts or sons standing on the side of the road with signs announcing their sins to passersby have gone viral. And while it may be tempting to post a picture of your toddler on Facebook with a caption announcing, "My name is Roxie and I poop on the floor!"--think again. Publicly shaming your child can have a profound impact on their psyche.
According to a recent article in Time:Studies Read More »from Are You Raising a Bully?
- Get your baby or toddler into the Halloween spirit by reading her books that go BOO! Here are 5 Halloween books that little goblins will love.- By Andrea Wada Davies Read More »from 5 Best Halloween Books for Babies and Toddlers
- BabyZone | Parenting – Tue, Oct 29, 2013 1:18 PM EDTWhen it comes to all things babymaking, pregnancy and parenting, everyone around us is an expert. They offer unsolicited comments and advice in an attempt to "fix" whatever you are struggling with at the time. Most people are coming from a good place while others have lost their brain-to-mouth filter or have forgotten what's appropriate dinner conversation. Despite my own infertility issues, I'm guilty of having said a couple of these things to other women because I didn't know where they were coming from. But I know now what it's like to burst into tears when someone asks why you aren't pregnant yet. Click through to find out the 7 things you shouldn't say to someone being treated for infertility.- By Darcy Zalewski Read More »from 7 Things NOT to Say to a Woman Undergoing Infertility Treatments
- I must admit, I sometimes have a hard time throwing things away. And in a small NYC apartment that's not a pretty sight. I've gotten better over the years but do still have trouble when it comes to deciding what to do with the girls' old clothes. While we give some things away to friends and charity (and keep a few sentimental pieces like home-from-the-hospital outfits, etc.), I'm often at a loss as to what to do with clothing that may have a stain or two or a small tear. Fortunately, I've come across some fun and inventive ways to breathe new life into your children's old clothes, whether it's doing-it-yourself or having a company do it for you. Click through for some of my very favorite ways to upcycle! -By Ellen Schmidt Read More »from 4 Clever and Fun Ways to Upcycle Baby's Clothing
- As it happens, bad bosses and babies share a lot of the same traits. Here are some ways that babies could be compared to that tyrannical, nightmare of a boss. -By Andrea Wada Davies Read More »from How Your Baby is like the Worst Boss Ever
- Medical professionals are trying to curb elective early births, stating that babies who are
Early birth? Yes, please! I would've LOVED to shave off those last few weeks of pregnancy. Aren't those the most uncomfortable weeks of your life? 38? 39? 40? Gulp, 41? You're huge, you're puffy, you're tired, tired, tired. With my first daughter, I remember being shocked that my body could actually achieve that shape. Practically horizontal!
I'm a lucky pregnant person though. Through three pregnancies, I've never had a complication. I don't really even get morning sickness. But with all that good fortune, those last few weeks were still torture. I just couldn't get comfortable no matter how I arranged my gigantic self. Have you ever tried to watch a movie at 39 weeks? I'd flop myself down on the sofa and attempt to relax. With a body pillow. Without. Using small pillows instead. Throwing small pillows across the room. Nothing seemed to work at that stage.
Then a friend of mine got pregnant. She told me that since her firstRead More »from Why OB-GYNs Are Not in Favor of Early Births
- Every child changes a mom and a family—but you can't always predict how.
Life is going to change. That thought weighed so heavily on me the day my second daughter was born that any shred of elation that would otherwise accompany the welcoming of a new child was drowned by the significance of what I had been told--that she had Down syndrome. In my grief, I drew an imaginary line through January 22, 2010--a bold, can't-be-mistaken line that would separate everything that came before that fateful day from all that I imagined would follow. I was certain everything would be different--that I would have to trade in my life, my comforts, my parenting philosophies, and my dreams for a new set I didn't ask for.
Let me tell you how January 22, 2010 changed my life. A few minor things changed, like balancing two kids instead of one, adjusting to our new in-home therapy schedule, researching the world of special needs, and expanding my knowledge of the phenomenally complex human chromosome. But that's nothingRead More »from Life After Down Syndrome