baby wearing

7 Ways We Still Practice Natural Parenting (despite having three kids)

August 18, 2014

Three kids. Oh. Wow. We have to adjust and adapt. Lots of this lately: Baby wakes up and has wet a little through onto the bed. Spit up. On me. The bed. I remove his diaper and think–where’s a clean one–while I’m fumbling for it, his lovely water fountain of pee erupts like a happy geyser. Me wet. Bed wet. Pillows wet. Still fumbling for a clean diaper. Cursing my glasses as I can’t find them. Get new diaper. Before I get it on, the churning of the poo begins and then me, bed, pillow (wet), clean diaper, and freshly awakened husband sprayed by a hose of poop. Then things like this happen. Big kids in tub with me and baby. SuperBoy decides to dump water on his sister who in turn decides to practice her swimming kicks–in his face. They’re both crying, the baby in my arms is trying desperately to get away from me, scooting scootching toward them, the fight, the thrill, the fray. I’m hollering for AA to come get the baby so I can deal with the big kids. When we do all get out of the tub, dripping in annoyance with each other, and I put her on the toilet, she promptly forgets her head is her center of gravity and falls off. Splat. Right onto her head by way of a stool catching the corner of her temple. Screaming. Everyone.  So you could say it’s a little busier around here. We’re still determined to be as crunchy, natural, odd-ball as possible. Despite…

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Wear Your Baby in a Wrap or Sling

April 25, 2012

Wear your baby! I’ve written about different carriers before, here, but having a new baby again reminds me that the initial hassle of getting a sling or wrap on is worth it. Your babe is close to you, your hands are free, and you can immediately comfort or tend to her without worrying about crossing the kitchen. Best of all, it carries her close to your heart, breath, and helps her through what they call “the fourth trimester” or the first three months of life which are a sort of continuation of life in the womb. Read a very thorough article on wearing your baby over at the UK publication Green Parent (here). It gives an overview of traditions of baby wearing internationally along with a list of all the health benefits. Want your baby to cry less, sleep better, and be more engaged with the world? Wear her! I’ve promoted my friend’s wraps before–Rockin’ Wraps–and gotta say, I just love her work. It’s similar to a Moby wrap, but rather stretchier and beautifully crafted. Support homegrown mama artists! She hand designed this wrap for me with a horse head, due to my love of the equine. Thanks, Larissa! See my girlfriend’s blog post here about different carriers on her blog, Natural Mommas. Her assessment is very thorough!

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