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10 Natural Remedies for Infant Reflux

When I was a new mama to my first son, Aidan, I found another mother in my mama’s group with whom I connected. We were both vaguely ‘attachment’ parents, both nurse-on-demand, used-to-be career mamas who were devoting ourselves full time to this new and incredible project -- and both liked shoe-shopping at Nordstroms. Back in those days, that’s pretty much all we needed to become fast friends. When our children were about four months old and she had to go in for a colonoscopy, it seemed natural that I would babysit for her. This was a memorable moment in that it was the first time I had ever undertaken to babysit someone else’s baby besides my own. I was terrified.

Introducing Solid Foods: The Beginning

It’s 1:20 in the morning, and I’ve just finished making 5 batches of abelskivers for my 2nd grade son’s Danish festival tomorrow - as in, Denmark, not the pastry (and 6 batches if you count the batch my husband polished off single-handedly). I’m not Danish, so there was quite a learning curve. Ugh. Did I say that? I meant...yum.

I’m thinking this means I’m done with all mama-related responsibilities for a while and it’s time to settle in for a bath and a cup of tea before bed -- and then I realize that I’ve only fulfilled my food-related duties toward boy #1 -- and boy #2’s needs are a lot more difficult than Danish pancakes. First of all, there’s the 2am feeding -- which I love, I don’t mind it at all, but then there’s the 4 o’clock and the 6 o’clock lately too, which is new. The boy is HUNGRY.

Natural Colic Calming Remedies

A mama knows her kids. Or so we like to think, anyway. I, for example, knew my newest little addition in utero -- I mean, we spent a lot of time together... time at the gym and prenatal yoga, time doing crosswords at 3am when i couldn’t sleep, time sharing in the trials and tribulations of everyday life -- all of this before he ever saw the light of day. We were connected. And I decided, from this place of deep connection, that I could feel his personality (I still, by the way, believe this to be true.) When pregnant with my first son, I had accurately predicted him to be gentle and sweet-tempered, but shy perhaps, and stubborn as a mule.

The Natural Diaper Bag

I just went to lunch with an old friend of mine. In the course of catching up, we talked about parenting (I mean, it comes up :)), and in particular about the game of good cop - bad cop that many parents play. Well, she coined the term “lazy cop” in the course of this discussion, and I have to admit, when it comes to diaper bags (and, occasionally other parenting matters), this label fits me perfectly. I am generally in the less is more camp when packing anyway, a holdover from my days in Latin America with a fellow health worker, (who happened to be an older guy and smoking hot), who would pridefully announce that the only thing you need when traveling is a toothbrush and a change of underpants. And even though, twenty years later I am SO over this (and him!), old habits die hard. So I guess it comes as no surprise given my early-twenties indoctrinations that my diaper bag only contains what I consider to be the essentials -- but I do try to keep it natural.

Our Top 5 Favorite Ways to Make The Nursery Natural

Our Top 5 Favorite Ways to Make The Nursery Natural  

We started last week with the walls of our barren nursery and some photos for inspiration.  But the room is still empty -- and still starry-eyed with love for my new infant son, in all of his sweetness, I am reluctant to bring anything into his sphere that isn't as natural and organic as he is -- my hard-working honey also doesn't want to break into his college fund to do it.  So where do we go from here?  How do we take a nearly empty bedroom, and turn it into a nourishing space where we don't compromise style or cheap functionality for health?  Here's my hit list of small ways to make your baby's nursery feel like a safe, organic haven.  

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The Beginnings of a Natural Nursery: Milk Paint

Baby Amyas is now 15 weeks old...so when my assistant Maddie asked me if I'd like to profile our natural nursery for a blog post, it was a safe -- and completely inaccurate -- assumption that our nursery was set up and ready to go. I call myself a marsupial mama, in the sense that I co-sleep with my little one, and carry him around everywhere I can. Translation: our master bedroom is the functioning nursery of the house for now.

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