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Take a look at this month's articles provided by Island Parent Magazine. Each month you'll find new articles with topics on parenting your children of any age. Written largely by local authors, these articles provide some great perspectives related to parenting, both on and off the island.
Island Parent - Latest Articles - Babies
Is it time for your baby to venture into the world of solid food? Breast milk is the only food necessary for your little one until they show signs of needing solid food, around the middle of the first year of life. La Leche League International recommends letting baby lead the way when it comes to weaning and starting solids, saying that “ideally the breastfeeding relationship will continue until baby outgrows the ...
posted: Oct 5, 2012 | views: 2000 | comments: 1
Most people know that breastmilk protects babies and children against infection and illness. It’s the only food needed for the first six months of a baby’s life. Breastmilk is recommended until two years and beyond and offers endless health benefits to babies, children and mothers. If a mother is not able to fully breastfeed, even small amounts of breastmilk have value for her baby.
But did you know that breas...
posted: Oct 5, 2012 | views: 1833 | comments: 0
With the arrival of my youngest son I was quickly reminded about the awkwardness of infant car seats. As a parent, I love their convenience for toting a sleeping baby. But as an ergonomist, I also recognize that infant car seats are potentially unsafe for parents, depending on how they are used.
Occasional lifting of your little one in his or her seat is not likely to cause an injury, but repeated handling may pla...
posted: Feb 29, 2012 | views: 1898 | comments: 0
I’ll admit that The Baby Whisperer, written by the late Tracy Hogg, is an amazing book for some parents. My cousin, who passed her copy down to me, is a fervent advocate because the advice really worked for her. An acquaintance with twins swears by it. I’m glad Hogg’s firm structure worked for them. Personally, instead of feeling empowered by the book’s tone and approach, I found myself in a heap in my bed ba...
posted: Jul 27, 2011 | views: 2444 | comments: 1
The year I turned 30, I realized that I was meant to be a mother. For years, I had looked for a purpose in my life. I left the chaotic life of Montreal and headed for a Vancouver Island farm to learn organic gardening. I discovered that I enjoyed nurturing plants and taking care of animals. I had a good instinct and seemed to know in my heart what they needed. I had a lot of love to give and it suddenly dawned on me:...
posted: Mar 30, 2011 | views: 3822 | comments: 1
Recently I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Tasnim Nathoo about breastfeeding in Canada. Nathoo, with co-author Aleck Ostry, researched this topic by reviewing historic Canadian statistics, government health reports and other archival sources. Their book titled The One Best Way? Breastfeeding History, Politics and Policy in Canada, (Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2009) examines breastfeeding in Cana...
posted: Mar 2, 2011 | views: 7024 | comments: 0
Baby poo. The Arrogant Worms have written odes to it. Diaper companies post huge profits thanks to the never-ending production of it. But while baby poo may provide inspiration to (some) songwriters and CEOs, for most moms and dads it’s the motivation to have their child use a potty sooner rather than later. Now a new-old approach to toilet training is not only making the process more hygienic, but it is also encou...
posted: Feb 2, 2011 | views: 1776 | comments: 0
Welcoming a new baby is usually a time to celebrate, but for as many as four in five mothers it can be a time of distress and uncertainty, commonly called the “baby blues.”
For some new mothers, baby blues do not resolve after two or three weeks, and the result can be a significant postpartum depression (PPD), an often life-altering event. Onset of PPD may be sudden or develop slowly, usually occurring within ...
posted: Dec 1, 2010 | views: 7045 | comments: 1
OK, I’ll admit it. It’s been five years—and counting—and I haven’t missed a day yet. In the beginning, it would occur at regular intervals. That was when I still had control. But as soon as my accomplice got hooked, it happened any time of the day or night.
Yes, I am one of those moms who’s turned herself into a regular Dairy Queen, nursing for over five years without missing a day (or night), and the ...
posted: Sep 29, 2010 | views: 2738 | comments: 0
Before you go any further let me just issue a disclaimer, especially to the parents who are thinking, That wasn’t an air raid siren that kept me up, Lady!
I had what you would call a colicky baby. By colicky I mean he cried inconsolably for long periods of time for the first few months of his life—and then some—to the point that I was starting to feel dangerously unstable.
I did everything that was recomm...
posted: Mar 31, 2010 | views: 5702 | comments: 1
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