Why I Quit Baby-Led Weaning

Get the scoop on baby-led weaning – the good, the bad, and the very, very messy.

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First off: I’m not a baby-feeding expert. I only have one baby, and he’s only 9 months old so we’re still trying things out.

My only qualifications thus far are:

1) I did read the book and tried Baby Led Weaning for at least a month. I have also fed purees so I can compare the methods.

2) My child is basically a goat who will eat anything I put in his mouth, so I probably haven’t messed up too badly so far with introducing solids.

3) I’m super lazy so you know anything I recommend is going to be easy and low-maintenance.  Continue reading “Why I Quit Baby-Led Weaning”

Traveling with Toddlers: It can be done!

Tried-and-true tips to make traveling with toddlers a breeze!

I’m here to dispel a myth. Contrary to popular belief, travel and kids are not mutually exclusive. In fact, I’ve found that traveling with small children is one of the best adventures life has to offer. Most kids are natural travelers. They are inherently curious, adaptable, and open to new experiences. They are enthusiastic and less inhibited, and have opened more cultural doors and conversations than I ever could have on my own.  Yes, it’s a little more work, but the payoff is absolutely worth the effort.

Travel is one of our family’s core values. My 5-year-old went on his first flight at 6 weeks; by age 3, he had flown 30 times; by age 4, he visited his 15th country. I’ve flown transatlantic flights with two kids by myself, and domestically with three kids by myself.  I’ve had a lot of practice, and while I don’t claim to be an expert by any means, I have learned a couple things along the way.  Continue reading “Traveling with Toddlers: It can be done!”

What helped you the most during labor & delivery?

Mamas share what they found most helpful for getting through the tough work of labor.

Labor is hard work (hence the name), so I asked our Mamas, “What was the one thing that helped you the most during labor and delivery?” You’ll see that there are some common themes, so hopefully these suggestions will be helpful to other soon-to-be-Mamas too!  Continue reading “What helped you the most during labor & delivery?”

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect gift for Mom this year? Our handy guide is here to help!

You would think once we become mothers ourselves, it would be easier to come up with Mother’s Day gift ideas for our own moms, but nope! It’s always hard to find a gift that says, “Thanks for birthing me and raising me and keeping me alive and putting up with all my crap and helping to make me a semi-responsible adult human” all wrapped in a pretty bow. In fact, now that I’m in charge of my own tiny person, it’s even harder to me to fully express my appreciation for all the sleepless nights, sacrifice, concern, and love that my mother has given me over the years.

That being said, a good gift goes a long way toward saying all of that, so read on for some ideas for your own special Mama. Oh, and happy Mother’s Day to all our lovely readers!  Continue reading “Mother’s Day Gift Guide”

The Lazy Mama’s Do’s & Don’ts of Exclusive Pumping

Exclusive secrets to making exclusive pumping easier, cheaper, and all-around less sucky.

Before jumping in, a small disclaimer: I kinda fell ass-backward into exclusive pumping. I am not one of those wonderfully disciplined moms who tracks output and feeding volume and wet diapers in a tidy Excel spreadsheet (partially due to my complete and utter ineptitude at Excel).

I started pumping as a temporary solution to some breastfeeding issues, and just kind of… kept doing it. I think I was secretly hoping that I wouldn’t succeed so that I would have a “legitimate” excuse to quit, but my boobs had other plans. I also started pumping after 6 weeks of exclusive and *cough* enthusiastic breastfeeding, so my supply was already well established when I switched to the pump. There is a ton of great information about how to establish a milk supply, but that’s something I don’t have any experience with, so seek ye wisdom elsewhere on that.

This is the corner-cutting, time-saving, energy-efficient, ain’t-nobody-got-time-for-that guide to pumping, so proceed accordingly.  Continue reading “The Lazy Mama’s Do’s & Don’ts of Exclusive Pumping”