Category Archives: Baby

SIDS, bedsharing, and answering the tough sleep questions

When Alice from Science of Mom: The Heart and Science of Parenting (I love that, don’t you?) asked me to answer a few questions on the topic of infant sleep, SIDS, and bed-sharing as part of research for the sleep chapter of a parenting book she’s writing (which I can’t wait to read by the…

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Quick tips on introducing your baby to solid food

When Not before 4 months of age. Studies have shown that babies introduced to solid foods before then are at increased risk of obesity, diabetes, celiac disease, and eczema. Not to mention that it can interfere with breastfeeding. For exclusively breastfed infants, 6 months is the ideal time to introduce baby’s first foods. In general,…

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Why does my baby hate tummy time?

This is a question I hear from parents of babies all the time. I know we should be doing tummy time, but every time I place him on this stomach, he just starts crying. I really think he hates it. Well, maybe…but maybe not. Sometimes us parents need to tweak our perspective a bit and…

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Want me to sign a breastfeeding “waiver”? I have a letter for you first

With all the cheering from the breastfeeding sidelines in response to Mayor Bloomberg’s Latch On NYC initiative, I can’t help but relive my newborn days with my own babes. What would I do when faced with a well meaning nurse, educating me on the countless benefits of breastfeeding and then asking me to sign a…

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The real problem with overzealous breastfeeding advocacy

Mommy wars aside, I think you’d have to be living under a rock if you haven’t heard the enormous and real benefits of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is awesome on so many levels. Health of baby and mom alike. Both physical and emotional. But, what if it doesn’t work? What if you’re a mom (like me) who…

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The time I put my baby down and walked away

As mothers, we are pretty much hard wired to respond immediately (sometimes even before) when our baby starts crying. Is he hungry? In pain? Does he have a dirty diaper? Does he just need me to hold him, talk to him, or let him be? We go through this mental checklist within seconds as we…

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Babies and spit up: is this normal?

I cannot tell you how often I hear this question. Almost all babies spit up at one time or another and parents worry how much is too much and whether or not we need to do something about it. So, here’s the lowdown on babies and spit up. The first thing to know is we…

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