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  • What is Baby Led Weaning? Should I do it with my Baby?

    I had no idea what baby led was with my first born child in 2009. I thought I was pretty “hippie” with my breastfeeding on demand, cloth diapers, and probably completely wrong babywearing tactics. (I learned how to properly babywear after meeting wonderful babywearing mamas who sent me tutorials and information.) I knew enough to steer clear from rice cereal and the whole “cereal” experience, as our birth classes covered it a touch and I researched it further on my own. But for some reason, when people said, “You can skip the baby food.” I felt like they were crazy. I mean you HAVE to do baby food, right? It’s like a right of passage.
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  • 50 Pregnancy Ailments: What’s Normal and How to Help.

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    Every pregnancy is different. While you do gain infinite wisdom after birthing a baby, the next pregnancy may just bowl you over with not one similarity to the other. Whether you are an anxious, high-stressed mom-to-be who wants to know every possible ailment that may be heading her way; or you are a mellow, mom of four who thought she had experienced it all, this list may become a useful tool.
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  • 21 Recipes for the DIY Baby Food Parent

    If you have not read my previous post of baby’s first foods, read that first. You’ll learn about when to start and what foods to start baby with to help support his growing body!

    Now that your little love has experienced all of these foods individually and shown no reactions, the real fun begins! Let’s get that kitchen messy and make some baby food.
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  • Baby’s First Foods

    I remember counting down the days until my first baby was 6 months old. I was staying at home, taking approximately 236 pictures of my amazing infant per day, and could not wait to introduce a new element into our daily lives: REAL FOOD.

    As you all know, I am a huge breastfeeding advocate. I believe (and research shows) that breastmilk is the best source of nutrients for babies up until a year of age, and exclusively for the first 6-9 months. But once your baby shows an interest in food and is at least 6 months of age, it is go time! I immediately assumed that you HAD to purchase jarred organic mystery foods. However, when I opened the first jar and realized I was about to feed my child something I wouldn’t eat myself; I trashed it and donated the rest. It was homemade baby food for my girl. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are a few real organic jarred foods that have ZERO preservatives, fillers, and dyes, but it is just so much easier to make your own!
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  • Say “NO” to Baby Cereal

    A baby should never have “cereal.” He shouldn’t have it as a first food; she should not have it as a “thickening agent” added to a bottle to help her sleep through the night. It should not be added to a bottle to help an infant with reflux. Cereal has absolutely no good purpose in a baby’s body.

    We wonder why people are addicted to sugars and starches, but yet the past 50 years, babies have been introduced to a rice cereal as their first food. It is engrained in us.
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  • Planning a Successful Home Birth

    Birthing at home is a gentle, peaceful way to bring your child earthside. There is a calmness about being in your place of comfort. I couldn’t imagine birthing anywhere else. I am currently in planning mode. I wouldn’t call it nesting, as it is baby #4 and we pretty much have everything (boobs, cloth diapers, clothes, and love), but I’m definitely excited to plan. This is our third homebirth and each time, I learn something new that I would like to include in the birth. I figured, why save all this fun information for myself when I can share it with you!
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