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Breastfeeding and Maternal Failure

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Marketing Doesn’t Always Help. Photo from 500motivators.cm

Since beginning this blog, we have wanted to write about breastfeeding and the current culture that surrounds it. Both of us had troubling experiences when our expectations about breastfeeding collided with the too-often ignored realities that come with it. We want to start by telling our stories, and then offering some thoughts about what women can do to deal with encouragement and discouragement around breastfeeding. Read the rest of this entry

Parenting Product Recommendations

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This is the kind of post I searched for when we were preparing to have our daughter, when our research on a bunch of different areas of baby care completely overwhelmed me. I greatly appreciated the parenting blogs that told me a few items they had found helpful as parents. Here are a few of mine:

  1. Cloth Diapers

Holy overwhelming amounts of products, Batman! This is the item that made me want to give up on more than one occasion, and thankfully we found a couple of companies that made cloth diapering easy for all of us.  There are a lot of different, wonderful companies out there, so certainly ask around and try out a few different ones (we did), but here is what worked best for us:

–       For the first five months, we used Chinese pre-folds cloth diapers and  Thirsties Duo-Wrap plastic covers (this is the updated system many of our parents used; if you’re in your late thirties and up, your parents will remember these).

Thirsties Duo-Wrap Cover over a Cloth DiaperInstead of using the old safety pin method to hold the cloth part closed, Snappis are the way to go. They can go in the dishwasher in the silverware hold, while the diapers and covers just run through the washer (covers need to be hung to dry, but they dry in a flash). If you feel overwhelmed at the thought of these, don’t be! Thanks to YouTube, you can watch a lot of helpful videos on how to tri-fold the diapers in different ways and use the Snappis; different folds work better for girls and boys, due to how they pee, but we found the angel fold the easiest for our little girl. Read the rest of this entry

“Warning, Advice Ahead” By Lisa

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When you’re pregnant or have a new baby, suddenly you start receiving advice from every angle. Sometimes it’s great, and sometimes it’s incredibly annoying. Then you get three months into having your own little one, and that advice starts pouring out of your own mouth. It can’t be helped. Sometimes the advice is really good!

So let’s get it out of the way…here’s my best advice for pregnancy and having a new baby:

  1. Don’t be surprised.
  2. Do whatever works.
  3. Trust your gut.
  4. Trust your partner.
  5. Be prepared for lots of bodily fluids.
  6. It’s okay to cry.
  7. It’s okay to think your baby is a miracle.

Alright. Now that that’s out of the way, I’d like to try and share something that’s actually helpful: PRODUCTS! Babies come with lots and LOTS of stuff you can buy. We haven’t stopped plunking down our credit card since the day our daughter arrived. Let the sharing begin!

Stuff We Couldn’t Live Without – or, “please don’t tell me that’s our last Wubanub”

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