I have an Ergo Carrier that I got for my older daughter that I'm now using with my new DD. I use it all the time, and for me it was well worth the money. But I think the kind of carrier that's best depends on the mom. I have several friends who swear by the Moby wrap and some who love slings.
Incidentally, it's the slings that have been linked to a handful of deaths over the past 20 years or so. When carrying a very small baby, you need to be careful not to obstruct the baby's airway with the fabric. Also you need to watch for babies being curled into a "C" position with their chin against their chests - this also happens in car seats, and you need to be careful of it happening in those as well. Neither of my DD's cared much for slings, so I never worried about it.View Thread
I haven't been on this board for months and was happy to see a couple of discussions popped up while I was gone!
Re: BFing in public, most states have specific laws that protect mothers' right to nurse in public. (Meaning, they can't be asked to leave a public place for doing it or charged with indecency.)
As an extended BF-er of a three-year-old with another LO on the way early next year, I feel it's pretty easy to BF in public discreetly because, well, the baby covers up pretty much everything! Now, I'm sure there are women out there who either find it difficult to be discreet or just don't want to be - and that's their right. But I don't think I look at it any differently than any other social faux pas. I personally have never seen a mom BF-ing in public who I felt was indiscreet (and I live in California, where public BF-ing is quite common), but I've seen plenty of people pick their nose in public or wearing clothes that were WAY too revealing or making out on a public street.
In short, to me public BF-ing is no different than public bottle feeding.View Thread
The sleeping-through-the-night discussion from last week got me thinking about this. I'm curious what everyone's normal, pre-baby sleep habits are.
For me, I can remember maybe a handful of times in my life that I've actually fallen asleep and stayed asleep until it was time to get up in the morning. It just doesn't happen for me. According to my mom, I was a champion sleeper as a baby - slept in the crib without any trouble, and slept for long periods from very early on without any need for sleep training. But, as long as I can remember (as a kid, teenager and adult), I ALWAYS wake up once or twice a night and usually get out of bed at least once.
Maybe that's why it doesn't bother me to let DD sleep on her own schedule? She still wakes at night sometimes, but I can't say I ever feel tired during the day.
Like MontanaMama, my LO is also 26 months old. And she also goes through stages of sleeping through the night and then NOT sleeping through the night. Right now we're in a stage where she'll usually wake once or twice, nurse for a few minutes and then go back to sleep. (She gave up the pacifier months ago, so nursing is her only form of comfort from sucking.) We co-sleep, so it's not a big deal when she wakes up.
LO started doing 8-10 hour blocks of sleeping around the 20 month mark. I'm not positive it was exactly 20 months, but it was around then. And we had a good streak going for a while. Now that we're in the midst of a non-sleeping-through the-night spell, I'm just waiting it out until it's over.View Thread
It means eating a diet of whole, unprocessed foods that are as close to their natural form as possible - and usually with a strong emphasis on eating plants. Essentially, preparing meals from scratch rather than opening a can or zapping a frozen meal in the microwave. View Thread