Overstimulating Babies

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).

 

Postpartum Health

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.

Nursing While Losing Weight

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.

What New Moms REALLY Need

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).

2013-08-14 19.20.26Here 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!

 

 

What That Cry Means

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>.

Baby Wearing

Shelly and Lindsay discuss various ways to “wear” your baby along with the advantages of each style of wrap.  Lindsay, who has tried them all, explains why some are better than others.

Check out www.wrapyourbaby.com and wwwthebabywearer.com for more information on wraps.

Baby Led-Weaning

9780091923808You 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.