Category Archives: Caring for Your Newborn

Ten surprising facts about premature babies and breastmilk

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Tweet Please note that almost all these studies support the benefit of “Dose-Dependent” human milk response. This means that the best outcomes were found with the use of exclusive mother’s milk feeding, or the “highest doses” of human milk feeding, but in most studies, even partial use of mother’s milk showed benefits. Full data, more…

Breastfeeding? Go on, take a picture, it’ll last longer.

Nancy, in her usual pose, in front of a laptop, nursing son Toby (about a year old in photo). Toby is now 16 years old.

Tweet I’ll bet you have 4,367 photos of your baby. How could you not? He’s adorable! But, how many of those photos actually have you in them? Not so many, right? You’ve got the “mom with new baby in hospital” shot, “first feeding” photos, “mom and baby heading home” shot, maybe a few semi-formal “parents…

Working and Nursing: What to Pack when you’re Pumping at Work

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Tweet Heading back to work, messenger bag on one shoulder, breastpump bag on the other? There’s a surprising amount of extras to pack to make pumping at work more efficient. What’s handy to have packed in your bag? Here are some suggestions. Comment below to add to the list: what other things have you found…

Crib Mattress Safety Tips

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Tweet The crib is often the first thing we start to research when we are expecting a baby. A lot of thought goes into what crib we purchase and where the crib will be placed. We also tend to spend a lot of time thinking about a theme for the bedding (and please remember the…

Light, Dark and Baby’s Sleep – Why Dark Matters

Light is one of the Light is the most significant factor reinforcing the Circadian rhythm

Tweet There are three extremely important environmental factors involved in good sleep. The sleep environment must be cool, quiet, and dark. When I explain this to parents, many will say that their sleep environment is acceptable in all of these areas. Unfortunately, the reality is that many families don’t have a particularly good concept of…

Isis Parenting Sleep Consult: Restored Sanity and Sleep!

Mom says baby girl Bryce is well-rested again.

Tweet My daughter had always been a “good sleeper” – she was sleeping 10-12 hours starting at around 8 weeks. However, at 3 months she began to lose her pacifier multiple times throughout the night, which meant we had to get up all night to put it back in. That had to change. We were…

Almost Time to Spring Ahead! Helping Your Child Adjust to Daylight Savings Time

With a little preparation, you can help your child adjust to the spring time change.

Tweet On the evening of Saturday March 9th (technically, Sunday morning at 2:00 am), 2013, we set our clocks ahead one hour. If you’re wondering how to help your child adjust to what might feel like an earlier bedtime, or prevent difficulty waking in the morning, here are some simple suggestions from the Isis Parenting…

Six Sleep Tips for New Moms

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Tweet One of the interactive exercises I do in my childbirth preparation classes at Isis Parenting involves asking participants to split into small groups to discuss how they see their lives changing in the near future after they’ve had their babies. I encourage them to list both positive and challenging postpartum transitions on all levels…