Shelly discusses what it was like for Henry to move to Australia as a two-year old. During this important time in his life, this change could be either very helpful or detrimental. Shelly discusses how she managed the change to make it a positive experience for him. For moms in any situation where there is big change, she shares what worked and how she kept the bond with people back home alive.
Claire Lerner, Senior Parenting Strategist, shares the findings of a Zero to Three survey that yielded new insights about the challenges parents face, what they do and do not understand about early childhood development, and what they want and need to be the best parents possible.
One of the most interesting findings in the report is the changing role of the father and how they want to participate more but are not always allowed to by their partners.
Additionally, parents underestimate their child’s development. Clair discusses things that parents could do better to help their child’s development.
Check out the survey at www.zerotothree.org/parent-survey for more in-depth information on the survey results including videos of parents discussing their concerns and hopes.
We discuss Nancy’s new book Baby Signing Essentials and the basics of why you would want to sign with your baby. If you are out of the baby stage, this book makes a great gift for a friend who is having a baby or has a young child.
Email to Nancy if you want to get a free copy of the book (first 2 emails win). firstname.lastname@example.org
We discuss what we are doing to our babies with some of the gadgets and toys we offer to them. Through over-stimulation, we may be raising children who no longer know how to entertain themselves or who can sit quietly and think about things. In the Google age where everything is accessible, maybe a bit of wonder and boredom goes a long way to helping babies and children develop the skills to think for themselves. Check out our discussion led by Shelly who has children 20 years apart (so she knows a thing or two about how things have changed).
Did you know there is more to having the baby than HAVING the baby? What you do right after birth can affect your heath for the rest of your life. Marianne Ryan, Physical Therapist and Clinical Director of the MRPT Physical Therapy clinic in Manhattan discusses what women need to do after having a baby to avoid chronic back pain or pelvic dysfunctions that can appear later in life.
Shelly responds to a listener email asking why in an earlier podcast, she told moms not to follow the Baby Wise method. Hear her response and what the research shows is the best way to help your child feel secure.
Shelly has never nursed her babies for very long and she thought she could not do it because she is so skinny. This time, she wanted to protect her milk and nurse for as long as possible. BUT she wanted to lose weight as well. She decided that it was something she could do if she took the right approach. Using the app My Fitness Pal, Shelly logged her calories and exercise and made sure she ate enough calories to keep the milk but also the right amount to lost weight. Listen to how she was able to lose the weight while having the richest milk she has ever produced.
Shelly has been writing down the things that new moms REALLY need to share with her daughters. We discuss what she found out and how you can really help the new moms you know (since you probably forgot what it is really like).
Here is what we recently found at Costco. Can you believe it? 11 pounds of Nutella. Of course we did not buy it but jsut the thought made me happy. And I think there are a few new moms who could use some Nutella during those LONG nights when you think you will never sleep again. Ladies–if anyone deserves 11 pounds of Nutella, it is you!
Understanding your baby can be as simple as interpreting his cries. From Nancy’s book, Baby Signing 1, 2, 3, Shelly read about Priscilla Dunstan and her ability to interpret baby cries to understand what it is that babies need. After testing her baby language theory on more than 1,000 infants around the world, Priscilla says there are five words that all babies 0–3 months old say—regardless of race and culture;
- Neh=”I’m hungry”
- Owh=”I’m sleepy”
- Heh=”I’m experiencing discomfort”
- Eair=”I have lower gas”
- Eh=”I need to burp”
Learn to listen to baby talk in this video footage here>.
Shelly shares with us what it is like to have her new son around.
Dr. Kari Lawrence joins us to talk about what it is like to have a baby after 40 and what Shelly can expect her birth experience to be like. She has very positive news for women who are considering having babies later in life.
You never have to mash or mix or blend another meal again for your baby! Tracey Murkett, co-author of Baby-led Weaning, discusses how to help your baby love real food and not be picky all while making family dinner time more enjoyable for everyone in the house–even when you have children spread in age from 20 years to 6 months.