Au Pair Questions Answered – Is an Au Pair Right for Your Family?

With just over 60% of US families consist of two working parents, there is no shortage of a need for childcare. The options can be overwhelming to sort through! I spoke with Jennifer Yamuder, a Matching Specialist with Cultural Care Au Pair, to get answers to the most common questions potential host parents have when deciding if an au pair …

Five Ways for Non-Breastfeeding Family Members to Bond with Your Baby

A common concern of breastfeeding women is that the baby’s father, sibling, and/or grandparents won’t be able to bond with the new baby because they will be the only person feeding the baby. This usually leads to early pumping and bottle feeding so others don’t feel “left out.” If done too early, this can cause a drop in milk supply …

Survive the Holidays – Tips for Dealing with Unsolicited Parenting Opinions

‘Tis the season! With the holidays fast approaching and family gatherings on the horizon many of you are probably preparing to spend time with family and friends. For many this can cause increased stress and worry that well-meaning family and friends may have something to say about the parenting choices they have made. The goal of this post is to …

Acupuncture and Pregnancy – A Brief overview with Dr. Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH

Recently there has been a movement towards a more holistic approach to pregnancy and healthcare in general. Traditional medicine approaches, such as acupuncture and Chinese medicine, are becoming more mainstream and integrating with aspects of Western medicine. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Kurt Beil, a naturopathic physician, licensed acupuncturist, and Chinese medicine practitioner practicing at the Center for …

Delaying Your Baby’s First Bath

It’s no surprise that babies aren’t born looking clean. Depending on how many weeks gestation your baby is when she is born, she may have a white film on her. This coating is called vernix caseosa and it is multipurpose. By delaying your baby’s first bath, you allow her to reap several benefits. Why You Should Look into Delaying Your Baby’s …

Early Breastfeeding – 10 Tips for Breastfeeding Sucess

If you’ve read my posts, joined my Facebook group, or spoken to me in person, you know that I am constantly reassuring new moms that just because breastfeeding is natural doesn’t mean it comes easy to every mom and baby. There are, however, steps that you can take once your baby arrives, to help establish a successful breastfeeding relationship early …

Cord Care – What the Heck Do I Do with My Newborn’s Umbilical Stump?

You just gave birth and your new baby is perfect in every way. If you have friends or family with children, you may have practiced some baby care basics like changing a diaper or giving a bath. But before having a baby, most people have never cared for a baby’s cord stump. This is a daunting responsibility for many new parents. …

Pets and Babies – Tips for Introducing Your Pet to Your New Baby

If you have pets, you know what a big part of the family they are. I spoke with Anne Wetzel, a former veterinary technician with over a decade of experience, to ask her some of the most common questions new parents have when preparing to bring their fur baby’s human sibling home. What pets are best suited for families with …

Intact Newborn Care – Basic Hygiene for Intact Baby Boys

Did you know that an intact penis is self-cleaning? How amazing is that! So, you may be wondering, how do you take care of your baby’s uncircumcised penis? It’s actually a lot easier than you may think; there are just two rules to remember. Intact Care The two key points of when caring for an intact penis are: DO NOT …

Bad Advice – The Worst Things Parents Have Been Told

It seems like once word gets out that you’re having a baby, everyone has some “words of wisdom” they feel the need to impart onto you. If you’re a parent, you’ve more likely than not been given advice that didn’t sit quite right with you. After seeing on a Facebook mom group a “recommendation” that pregnant women should not be …