On Monday this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics jumped on the anti-raw-milk bandwagon and said it encourages pregnant women and children to only consume pasteurized milk and cheeses, and supports efforts toward a nationwide ban on raw milk’s sale. That’s some uncomfortably strong “encouragement” from the AAP… And I’m not drinking the Kool-Aid (I’m still drinking raw milk instead).
Taylor Hengen Newman
A little bit crunchy, a little bit rock n’ roll, Taylor Hengen Newman is an Austin, Texas-based freelance writer, massage therapist, and mama to 3-year-old Kaspar and new baby Otto! She enjoys writing about peaceful parenting, food politics and green urban lifestyles. In addition to blogging on BabyZone.com, Taylor has written for Parenting.com, WorkingMother.com, DisneyBaby.com and other parenting web sites; she also maintains a personal, just-for-fun blog at Alt-Mama.com. Taylor’s passions include cooking, yoga, photography and entrepreneurship. She hopes to inspire others, through her work, to live consciously and creatively, and to enjoy the everyday moments of their lives.
After her son was born, Wendi Berger left the corporate world to create her 100 percent natural, mama-safe fragrance line, Pour le Monde. I sat down with her to ask about following her dream, balancing family with business and whether she “has it all.”
It’s a product that could have been dreamed up in the pages of The Onion, and conjures images—and not the cute ones—from the film Wall-E (not to mention A Clockwork Orange). Fisher Price has created a Newborn-to-Toddler “Apptivity” Seat intended to soothe and entertain babies via an iPad screen placed… directly in front of their faces.
Not sure what to give the nursing mama in your life? These 10 great gifts will rock her round-the-clock world.
Baby Otto turned 12-weeks-old today, and, as we ease out of the “fourth trimester,” I’m turning a corner—I’m feeling way less vortex-y and far more human by the hour. Check out the tricks and tools that are making me happy and keeping my mama mojo strong!
It doesn’t take much to make a habit, especially when you’re small. In fact, our little sponges learn most of their habits—monkey see, monkey do-style—from us. A parenting coach, a Montessori teacher and a Buddhist monk recommend three practices to help your little one develop a habit of gratitude.
The infant stage makes us stop and marvel at the miracle of life; in a short nine months, a whole new person grows all of his or her perfect little parts and then bam: here our babies are. It’s a momentous thing, followed by a million magical moments in which we wonder how our hearts can hold such a big kind of love. Meanwhile, life’s basics–like sleep, showers and social lives–land temporarily on the back burner as we care for our littles around the clock. The first time I had a baby, I think I spent more time wondering why these basics were so hard to come by; I adored my newborn, but worried I might never sleep again. This time, I know how quickly this phase passes, and the “basics” feel more like little blessings every time they come my way. Here are seven everyday things I’m especially grateful for this time around:
Some of my absolute mommy besties are not necessarily the most likely candidates at first glance; we may have different parenting styles, clothing styles or lifestyles, but we get along like gangbusters and love to hang out, even (especially?) without our kids in tow. These ladies mean the world to me, and keep me sane.
I asked four other moms about how they make mom-friends, what makes those friendships work, and why they matter so much. Check out what they had to say:
British breastfeeding rates, already among the lowest in the world, are declining for the first time in nearly a decade. Now, a government-funded research initiative hopes to reverse the trend by providing shopping vouchers to a small group of moms in low-income areas as an incentive to breastfeed their babies.