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Stress-free babysigning for laid-back mamas

I’ve recently had a couple of questions about babysigning (because guess who is finally expanding his vocabulary!) and thought I’d put together a quick, stress-free guide to babysigning for laid-back mamas. In case you’re wondering when to start, I began the day baby boy was born but only got my first real response around the 1-year mark, so go figure. Books will often tell you to “ideally start before X months”, which…

Confession: I don’t ask my toddler to share

Who knew playground etiquette would be so complex. Do you let your kid climb the slide? Are adults allowed on the swings? Will the other mothers ever forgive me for letting my son jump in a puddle (in bare feet on top of it)? I have probably committed every playground faux pax in the book but my chief sin must be that I never ask my son to share. Let me explain.…

On listening to your gut (or why we quit baby swimming classes)

Last week baby boy started infant swimming classes. I was so excited. I’d literally planned going to these lessons since before he was born. I hassled the instructor to offer lessons in our area. I simply love the idea that tiny babies can learn to swim. Lessons started on Wednesday. The location was beautiful and the instructor was lovely but by Friday evening I’d decided never to take baby boy back.…

How to wean your baby off formula (onto breastmilk)

Let’s talk about mixed feeding. One of the things that annoys me about conventional breastfeeding literature is that it can come across as pretty all or nothing: either you nurse and express breastmilk until kingdom come or you resort to formula. It is often portrayed that only one bottle of formula is enough to wreck your breastfeeding relationship for ever. What a way to put pressure on mothers, no? Especially…

Don’t get any toys

Having read this article on the connection between business and the mommy wars, I’ve been thinking about how so many posts on parent blogs are geared towards getting people to BUY stuff. I’m therefore starting a little series called “Don’t get…” offering a light-hearted look at some of the things new parents perhaps don’t need quite so badly. One of my most persistent Christmas memories is going through the Obletter Christmas catalogue. For those who didn’t…