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Our mission is to educate and support all parents in raising secure, joyful, and empathetic children in order to strengthen families and create a more compassionate world.

API promotes parenting practices that create strong, healthy emotional bonds between children and their parents. For life. So they can take those bonds with them into their adult lives and share them with their children. And their children can do the same. A life cycle of compassion and connection.

The truth is...when we strengthen families, we nurture and fulfill our children's need for trust, respect, and affection, and ultimately provide a lifelong foundation for healthy, enduring relationships.

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Attachment parenting is a phrase that was coined to describe what parents, especially mothers, have been doing since the beginning of time. However, because modern day parental roles have taken on new meaning and new functions, some parents are trying to get back to these roots since society has deviated so far from traditional ways of child rearing. Sadly, turning away from many of the traditional child-rearing practices has resulted in people exchanging natural processes for synthetic versions. Confusingly, they are also wondering why their children are having so many problems.

The concept of attachment parenting is simple. It is basically performing practices that lead to closer, healthier bonds between the parent(s) and child. The goal of these techniques is to raise physically, emotionally, and spiritually secure children who are able to engage in social exchanges with depth, maturity, and confidence.  The ultimate objective is for them to become strong adults with little to no physical, emotional, or psychological problems.

There is much debate on what methods should be used to accomplish these goals and if these practices are even helpful in the first place. I think that each parent needs to decide what is best for their situation, although I know that all children will benefit from most of the commonly used practices of attachment parenting. Why, because most of these methods are natural and intuitive. They are hard-wired in our DNA, yet many people choose to ignore these instincts because popular culture demands that we do otherwise.
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Two 25-milliliter samples of human breast milk. The lefthand sample is foremilk and the righthand sample is hindmilk.

Breast milk is the milk produced by the breasts (or mammary glands) of ahuman female for her infant offspring. Milk is the primary source of nutrition fornewborns before they are able to eat and digest other foods; older infants and toddlers may continue to be breastfed, either exclusively or in combination with other foods.

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BenefitsProductionCompositionStorage of expressed breast milkComparison to other milksAlternative uses for breast milkEnvironmental pollutantsExtraordinary consumptionMarketSee alsoReferencesExternal links

BENEFITS

The baby nursing from his or her own mother is the most common way of obtaining breast milk, but the milk can be pumped and then fed by baby bottle, cup and/or spoon, supplementation drip system, or nasogastric tube. Breast milk can be supplied by a woman other than the baby's mother, either via donated pumped milk (generally from a milk bank or via informal milk donation), or when a woman nurses a child other than her own at her breast, a practice known as wetnursing.

The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, with solids gradually being introduced around this age when signs of readiness are shown. Supplemented breastfeeding is recommended until at least age two and then for as long as the mother and child wish.[1] Breastfeeding offers health benefits to mother and child even after toddlerhood.[2] These benefits include: a twenty-seven percent of normal risk ofSIDS for feeding only human milk,[3][4] increased intelligence,[5] decreased likelihood of contracting middle ear infections,[6] cold and flu resistance,[7] a tiny decrease in the risk of childhood leukemia,[8] lower risk of childhood onset diabetes,[9] decreased risk of asthma and eczema,[10] decreased dental problems,[10] decreased risk of obesity later in life,[11] and a decreased risk of developing psychological disorders, including in adopted children.[12][13]

Breastfeeding also provides health benefits for the mother. It assists the uterus in returning to its pre-pregnancy size and reduces post-partum bleeding, as well as assisting the mother in returning to her pre-pregnancy weight. Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of breast cancer later in life.[14][15] Lactation protects both mother and infant from both types of diabetes.[16]

Though it now is almost universally prescribed, in some countries in the 1950s the practice of breastfeeding went through a period where it was out of vogue and the use of infant formula was considered superior to breast milk. However, it is now universally recognized that there is no commercial formula that can equal breast milk. In addition to the appropriate amounts of carbohydrate,protein, and fat, breast milk provides vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes,[17]and hormones.[17] Breast milk also contains antibodies and lymphocytes from the mother that help the baby resist infections.[18] The immune function of breast milk is individualized, as the mother, through her touching and taking care of the baby, comes into contact with pathogens that colonize the baby, and, as a consequence, her body makes the appropriate antibodies and immune cells.[19]

At around four to six months of age, the internal iron supplies of the infant, held in the hepatic cells of the liver, are exhausted, hence this is the time that complementary feeding is introduced.[20][21] Breast milk contains less iron than formula, because it is more bioavailable as lactoferrin, which carries more safety for mothers and children than ferrous sulphate.[22]

ProductionEdit



When the baby sucks its mother's breast, a hormone called oxytocin compels the milk to flow from the alveoli, through the ducts (milk canals) into the sacs (milk pools) behind the areola and then into the baby's mouth

Under the influence of the hormones prolactin and oxytocin, women produce milk after childbirth to feed the baby. The initial milk produced is referred to ascolostrum, which is high in the immunoglobulin IgA, which coats thegastrointestinal tract. This helps to protect the newborn until its own immune system is functioning properly. It also creates a mild laxative effect, expellingmeconium and helping to prevent the build-up of bilirubin (a contributory factor in jaundice).

Actual inability to produce enough milk is rare, with studies showing that mothers from developing countries experiencing nutritional hardship still produce amounts of milk of similar quality to that of mothers in developed countries.[23] There are many reasons a mother may not produce enough breast milk. Some of the most common reasons are an improper latch (i.e., the baby does not connect efficiently with the nipple), not nursing or pumping enough to meet supply, certain medications (including estrogen-containing hormonal contraceptives), illness, and dehydration. A rarer reason is Sheehan's syndrome, also known as postpartum hypopituitarism, which is associated with prolactin deficiency: This syndrome may require hormone replacement.

The amount of milk produced depends on how often the mother is nursing and/or pumping; the more the mother nurses her baby, or pumps, the more milk is produced.[24][25][26][27] It is beneficial to nurse on demand - to nurse when the baby wants to nurse rather than on a schedule. A Cochrane review came to the result that a greater volume of milk is expressed whilst listening to relaxing audio during breastfeeding, along with warming and massaging of the breast prior to and during feeding. A greater volume of milk expressed can also be attributed to instances where the mother starts pumping milk sooner, even if the infant is unable to breastfeed.[28]

Sodium concentration is higher in hand-expressed milk, when compared with the use of manual and electric pumps, and fat content is higher when the breast has been massaged, in conjunction with listening to relaxing audio. This may be important for low birthweight infants.[28] If pumping, it is helpful to have an electric, high-grade pump so that all of the milk ducts are stimulated.Galactagogues increase milk supply, although there are risks for even herbal variants, therefore non-pharmaceutical methods should be tried first.[29][30]

CompositionEdit

Composition of human breast milk[31]Fattotal (g/100 ml)4.2fatty acids - length 8C (% )tracepolyunsaturated fatty acids (%)14Protein (g/100 ml)total1.1casein 0.40.3a-lactalbumin0.3lactoferrin (apo-lactoferrin)0.2IgA0.1IgG0.001lysozyme0.05serum albumin0.05ß-lactoglobulin-Carbohydrate (g/100 ml)lactose7oligosaccharides0.5Minerals (g/100 ml)calcium0.03phosphorus0.014sodium0.015potassium0.055chlorine0.043

If nutrient supply is found lacking, content is obtained from the mother's bodily stores. The exact composition of breast milk varies from day to day, depending on food consumption and environment, meaning that the ratio of water to fatfluctuates.



Colostrum vs breastmilk

During the first few days after delivery, the mother produces colostrum. This is a thin yellowish fluid that is the same fluid that sometimes leaks from the breasts during pregnancy. It is rich in protein and antibodies that provide passive immunity to the baby (the baby's immune system is not fully developed at birth). Colostrum also helps the newborn's digestive system to grow and function properly.

Colostrum will gradually change to become mature milk. In the first 3–4 days it will appear thin and watery and will taste very sweet; later, the milk will be thicker and creamier. Human milk quenches the baby's thirst and hunger and provides the proteins, sugar, minerals, and antibodies that the baby needs.

In the 1980s and 1990s, lactation professionals (De Cleats) used to make a differentiation between foremilk and hindmilk. But this differentiation causes confusion as there are not two types of milk. Instead, as a baby breastfeeds, the fat content very gradually increases, with the milk becoming fattier and fattier over time.[32]

The level of Immunoglobulin A (IgA) in breast milk remains high from day 10 until at least 7.5 months post-partum.[33]

Human milk contains 0.8% to 0.9% protein, 4.5% fat, 7.1% carbohydrates, and 0.2% ash (minerals).[34] Carbohydrates are mainly lactose; several lactose-based oligosaccharides have been identified as minor components. The fat fraction contains specific triglycerides of palmitic and oleic acid (O-P-O triglycerides), and also lipids with trans bonds (see: trans fat). The lipids arevaccenic acid, and Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) accounting for up to 6% of the human milk fat.[35][36]

The principal proteins are alpha-lactalbumin, lactoferrin (apo-lactoferrin), IgA,lysozyme, and serum albumin. In an acidic environment such as the stomach, alpha-lactalbumin unfolds into a different form and binds oleic acid to form a complex called HAMLET that kills tumor cells. This is thought to contribute to the protection of breastfed babies against cancer.[37]

Non-protein nitrogen-containing compounds, making up 25% of the milk's nitrogen, include urea, uric acid, creatine, creatinine, amino acids, andnucleotides.[38][39] Breast milk has circadian variations; some of the nucleotides are more commonly produced during the night, others during the day.[40]

Mother's milk has been shown to supply endocannabinoids (the natural neurotransmitters that marijuana simulates) 2-Arachidonoyl glycerol[41] andanandamide.[42][43]

Breast milk isn't sterile, but contains as many as 600 different species of various bacteria, including beneficial Bifidobacterium breve, B. adolescentis, B. longum, B. bifidum, and B. dentium.[44]

Breast milk contains a unique type of sugars, oligosaccharides, which are long chains of complex sugars. So far scientists have identified 140 of them and estimate there are about 200. These types of sugars are found nowhere else in nature, and not every mother produces the same ones, since they vary by blood type. However, the oligosaccharides are not digestible by infants and are instead meant to feed the beneficial bacteria that live in the intestine and help to fight infections. Also found in breast milk are endo-cannabinoids, which may act as an appetite stimulant, but they also regulate appetite so infants don't eat too much. That may be why formula-fed babies have a higher caloric intake than breastfed babies.[45]

The breast milk of diabetic mothers has been shown to have a different composition from that of non-diabetic mothers. It may contain elevated levels of glucose and insulin and decreased polyunsaturated fatty acids. A dose-dependent effect of diabetic breast milk on increasing language delays in infants has also been noted, although doctors recommend that diabetic mothers breastfeed despite this potential risk.[46]

Women breastfeeding should consult with their physician regarding substances that can be unwittingly passed to the infant via breast milk, such asalcohol, viruses (HIV or HTLV-1) or medications.

Most women that do not breastfeed use infant formula, but breast milk donated by volunteers to human milk banks can be obtained by prescription in some countries.[47]

Storage of expressed breast milkEdit



Bottle of Pumped Breast Milk

Expressed breast milk can be stored. Lipase may cause thawed milk to taste soapy or rancid due to milk fat breakdown. It is still safe to use, and most babies will drink it. Scalding it will prevent rancid taste at the expense of antibodies.[48] It should be stored with airtight seals . Some plastic bags are designed for storage periods of less than 72 hours. Others can be used for up to 12 months if frozen. This table describes safe storage time limits.[49]

Place of storageTemperatureMaximum storage timeIn a room25 °C77 °FSix to eight hoursInsulated thermal bag with ice packsUp to 24 hoursIn a refrigerator4 °C39 °FUp to five daysFreezer compartment inside a refrigerator-15 °C5 °FTwo weeksA combined refrigerator and freezer with separate doors-18 °C0 °FThree to six monthsChest or upright manual defrost deep freezer-20 °C-4 °FSix to twelve months

Comparison to other milksEdit

All mammalian species produce milk, but the composition of milk for each species varies widely and other kinds of milk are often very different from human breast milk. As a rule, the milk of mammals that nurse frequently (including human babies) is less rich, or more watery, than the milk of mammals whose young nurse less often. Human milk is noticeably thinner and sweeter than cow's milk.

Whole cow's milk contains too little iron, retinol, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D,unsaturated fats or essential fatty acids for human babies.[50][51][52][53] Whole cow's milk also contains too much protein, sodium, potassium, phosphorus andchloride which may put a strain on an infant's immature kidneys. In addition, the proteins, fats and calcium in whole cow's milk are more difficult for an infant to digest and absorb than the ones in breast milk.[51][54][55] Evaporated milk may be easier to digest due to the processing of the protein but is still nutritionally inadequate. Some infants are allergic to cow's milk protein, this problem affecting infant formulas derived from cow's milk.[56]

Alternative uses for breast milkEdit

In addition to providing essential nourishment to infants, human milk; i.e., breast milk, has a number of valuable uses, especially medicinal uses, for both children and adults. It has been used medicinally for thousands of years.[57][58]Breast milk contains strong antibodies and antitoxins that many people believe promote healing and better overall health. However, breast milk lacks sterile and antiseptic properties if a nursing mother is infected with certaincommunicable diseases, such as HIV and CMV, as breast milk can transmit such diseases to infants and other people.[59][60]

Breast milk has been used as a home remedy for minor ailments, such asconjunctivitis, insect bites and stings, contact dermatitis, and infected wounds,burns, and abrasions. Breast milk has also been used alternatively to boost theimmune system of ill persons having viral gastroenteritis, influenza, thecommon cold, pneumonia, etc., because of its immunologic properties. However, breast milk should never be seen or construed as a "cure-all". Some medical experts are convinced that breast milk can induce apoptosis in some types of cancer cells. However, more research and evidence are needed in this area of cancer treatment.[61]

A minority of people, including restaurateurs Hans Lochen of Switzerland and Daniel Angerer of Austria, who operates a restaurant in New York City, have used human breast milk, or at least advocated its use, as a substitute for cow's milk in dairy products and food recipes.[62] Tammy Frissell-Deppe, a family counselor specialized in attachment parenting, published a book, titled A Breastfeeding Mother's Secret Recipes, providing a lengthy compilation of detailed food and beverage recipes containing human breast milk.[63] Theanimal rights organization known as PETA ignited a firestorm of criticism when it urged a dairy company to replace the cow's milk they use in their ice cream products with human breast milk as a way to stop cattle abuse.[64][65] Human breast milk is not produced or distributed industrially or commercially, because the use of human breast milk as an adult food is considered unusual to the majority of cultures around the world, and most disapprove of such a practice.[66]

Attempts to formulate soap from breast milk have also been made, and those using it claim that its effectiveness as a cleanser is greater than, or equal to, that of traditional soaps.[67]

Environmental pollutantsEdit

Environmental pollutants found in breast milk are usually not harmful, and should be considered only when environmental levels are unusually high. In addition, there has been a decrease in environmental levels, also resulting in a decrease breast-milk levels. Pollutants that are of most concern are pesticides,organic mercury, and lead. DDT and dieldrin are unavoidable, and can also be detected in infant formulas.[68] Pesticides and other toxic substancesbioaccumulate; i.e., creatures higher up the food chain will store more of them in their body fat. This is an issue in particular for the Inuit, whose traditional dietis predominantly meat. Studies are looking at the effects of polychlorinated biphenyls and persistent organic pollutants in the body; the breast milk of Inuit mothers is extraordinarily high in toxic compounds.[69]

Persistent toxins were first discovered in breast milk in 1951, when a group of mothers were tested for the pesticide DDT. In 1966, a Swedish researcher found that his wife's breast milk contained polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and five years later Sweden banned PCB's, with the United States following a few years later. But because of their widespread use and persistence, they are still the highest-concentration toxins in breast milk. Most scientists maintain that prenatal exposure to PCB's can do real damage. Researchers in the Great Lakes region, the Arctic and the Netherlands found that babies born to mothers with mid- to upper-range background levels of PCB contamination (most likely because of diets rich in contaminated fish and animal products) have reduced immunities against infections, lower I.Q.'s and delayed learning capabilities, with some problems lasting at least into early adolescence. However, researchers were surprised to learn that although the children who were breast-fed had higher PCB levels than children who were not breastfed, they consistently performed better than those who drank formula—breast milk appeared to be at least partly protective against the effects of toxic chemicals.[70]

In 1981 researchers in the U.S. discovered the flame retardant PBDE in stored human milk samples. Testing showed that between the early 70s when the chemical first came into use and up to 1998, levels of PBDE's in breast milk were doubling every five years and levels were found to be 10 to 100 times higher than those of women in Europe and Japan.[70]

Extraordinary consumptionEdit

In Costa Rica, there have been trials to produce cheese and custard from human milk as an alternative to weaning[71]

A controversial Swiss restaurateur has created a menu based around foods cooked in human breast milk.[72]

An Icecreamist in London's Covent Garden started selling an ice cream named Baby Gaga in February 2011. Each serving costs £14. All the milk was donated by Mrs Hiley who earns £15 for every 10 ounces and calls it a "great recession beater".[73] The ice cream sold out on its first day. Despite the success of the new flavour, the Westminster Council officers removed the product from the menu to make sure that it was, as they said, "fit for human consumption."[74]

MarketEdit

Main article: human milk bank

There is a market for human breast milk, both in the form of wet nurse service and milk product. As a product, breast milk is exchanged by human milk banksas well as directly between milk donors and customers mediated by websites on the Internet. Human milk banks generally have standardized measures for screening donors and storing the milk, while donors on websites vary in regard to these measures. A study in 2013 came to the result that 74% of breast milk samples from providers found from websites were colonized with Gram-negative bacteria or had more than 10.000 colony-forming units/mL of aerobic bacteria.[75] Growth happens during transit



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https://plus.google.com/108626960901763171816 WorldofMoms : Attachment parenting. To be attached or not to be. Let's explore with #mommyblogger Shubhangi Srikanth...
Attachment parenting. To be attached or not to be. Let's explore with #mommyblogger Shubhangi Srikanth.
Attachment Parenting
To be attached or not to be, that is the question! What is attachment parenting and why is it relevant? Does attachment parenting make your child less independent? or does it help to make your child more confident? Let's explore the topic.
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Is Attachment Parenting bad for moms? #parenting http://ow.ly/K8BS7
Is Attachment Parenting Bad for Moms?
The ideal of perfect parenting is just a guise. In her book The Conflict, renowned feminist author Elizabeth Badinter decries the ideal of attachment parenting as ruinous to women and the feminist movement.
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Have A Baby? Use A Gun! Says One Mom
 
"Cenk Uygur (http://www.twitter.com/cenkuygur) host of The Young Turks discusses new classes that are being offered for mothers that carry babies to use a gun at the same time.

Have you ever been holding your offspring and wished you could fire your 9mm at the same time, but you never knew how? Well good news everyone! There is now a class being offered by one Iowan mother, Melody Lauer, that teaches you how to James Bond your way through parenthood with your new mad baby holding/gun firing skills. Lauer boasts that she has the qualifications to teach her classes as she has years of attachment parenting and NRA firearms instructor certification. With your new skills think of all the amazing places you can now take your spawn and stone cold .38 special to, all thanks to this amazing new class. The possibilities are endless."

Baby holding and gun using: great defense or terrible idea? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Read more here:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/iowa-mom-teaches-class-on-how-to-carry-your-child-and-a-gun-at-the-same-time/
Watch the video: Have A Baby? Use A Gun! Says One Mom
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https://plus.google.com/100542525037499268456 Alina Fakhretdinova : Топ-10 советов молодым родителям The Top 10 Lifesavers for New Parents (taken from http://itsthegrayfamily.com...
Топ-10 советов молодым родителям
The Top 10 Lifesavers for New Parents
(taken from http://itsthegrayfamily.com/2014/02/the-top-10-lifesavers-for-new-parents/)
1) Interpreting Your Baby’s Cries
Priscilla Dunstan (who has essentially a photographic memory for sound) appeared on the Oprah show and she breaks down babies’ (pre)cries and what babies are trying to communicate to you! We listened for these cries with Jax and it was amazing!! So helpful to know if he was fussing because he just needed to burp more, be soothed or was truly hungry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgkZf6jVdVg
2) Soothing Your Baby
Every baby fusses at some point or another and if they are fed, dry, and nothing seems to be wrong, they may simply need soothing. This video of pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp (author of Happiest Baby on the Block) on the Dr. Phil show, demonstrates and explains the Five S’s and how you can calm a fussy little babe. Works like a charm :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_64-LbhT3M
3) BabyConnect App
This app acts as a supplement to your brain and allows you to keep track of not only feedings, sleep, diaper changes/bowel movements (yes, you can even mark the stool consistency, color, and if your child has an “open air” accident.. ha ha ha), but baby milestones and more.

I use this app to mainly track feedings, and sleep (when he was an infant I would keep track of his diapers). It’s amazing how fast time flies by during the day. Sometimes I feel like I just fed Jax and he’s fussing and I’m thinking to myself, “He’s making the hunger cry, but there’s no way he’s hungry – I just fed him” and then sure enough, I check the app and a couple hours have passed and it is time to feed again!
4) A Baby Monitor that Gives you Peace of Mind… and can save your child’s life.
Not only can you hear you baby at night (you can adjust the sound sensitivity, which for us, is extremely helpful because Jax grunts in his sleep :), you can see your child via the video monitor, AND the best part about this bad boy is the movement monitor.  If your baby stops breathing during the night it will alert you.  This feature has given us a HUGE peace of mind and allows us to put Jaxon in his own room and rest more easily. There’s so many great other features this monitor has, but those are the main ones.
5) Gas Buster
This may be a simple and not an “epic revelation” but having a great gas reliever on hand was so helpful! Jaxon tends to be a bit gassy at times (more-so earlier on when his tiny system was developing), so having some infant gas drops at home and in the diaper bag at all times has been a life-saver (or a scream-saver, I should say :). We use the target generic brand and also bought some gripe water (a more natural solution for upset tummies). Whenever Jax got gas, we’d give him drops, pop in his pacifier to help calm him, while we pumped his little legs to let the gas work its way through.
6) A Pacifier
Jaxon was a great nurser from the get-go (thank God), and when he seemed inconsolable (in one instance – after a quick Google search, it was revealed gas was the culprit based on the symptoms) we busted the pacifier out when he was a few days old, and like we mentioned in #3, it helped calm him right down as the gas worked through his system.

Having a pacifier on-hand whenever Jaxon gets a bit over-stimulated and needs to calm down has been fabulous, especially if you don’t want to act as a human pacifier and get him used to snacking all the time on you, or pop the goods out in public.

We use the Avent Soothies, seeing they are “most like nature.”

Side note #1: Sucking is a natural reflex when something is put in a baby’s mouth and hits the upper part of his palate. If you put a paci in there, most babies will instantly start sucking.

This is great for your eardrums, but possibly not so good for your baby. When your baby starts to fuss, it’s important to figure out first what is wrong, instead of just popping the pacifier in to quiet them. More often than not, there’s a reason they are crying.
Side note #2: I was worried about having one of those kids who is 10 with a paci stuck in their mouth 24/7… (Ok, I may be exaggerating slightly). Not that there is necessarily anything wrong with that (to each his own), but I just didn’t want to have to deal with breaking him of the habit. What we have done is we only give it to him when he needs calming or when he’s in bed.
7) A Great Swaddle
Being able to swaddle Jax when we put him down for the night was so calming for him. He would love to move his arms a lot, so being able to secure him helped him fall asleep and stay asleep.

I read SO many reviews on different types of swaddles. We got the Aiden and Anais muslin swaddle blankets (Jax would wiggle out of them in no time), we got the Halo sleep sack swaddlers (the velcro part was nice to help secure him in the swaddle, except when he was first born it was too big for him for quite a few weeks – works like a charm now that he’s bigger), and we also got the Miracle Blanket and that ended up being the best swaddle for Jax.
What makes the Miracle Blanket such a “miracle” is the little flaps on the inside that help keep wiggly arms secure (we nicknamed Jax “Houdini” because his arms would always escape, pre Miracle Blanket, that is).
Bonus tip: We use an extra pacifier clip to help secure his Miracle Blanket swaddle! Works like a charm :)
8) Four S’s to a Great Bedtime
The “Baby Whisperer” suggests four S’s  to help a baby wind down for sleep.  These were (and still are) really helpful in getting Jaxon calm and ready to go to bed. We knew we wanted to make sure that Jax learned to fall asleep on his own and could go down without a ton of sleep props. This short article helped guide us any time that he needed to go down.
Whenever we are getting ready to lay Jaxon down, whether for a nap or for the night, we “sit” with Jax and then we lay him down and he falls right asleep.

Often he’s been so stimulated by all of the new things he is discovering that when we put him down for a nap without giving him space to collect himself, it’s just too much for him.  Giving him a moment to “sit” with one of us (not rocking, but just being still), calms him down and relaxes him so he is able to fall asleep once we put him in his crib.
9) A Good Nights Sleep for All
This is a hot button topic.

Before you judge or share your own opinion in the comments on the blog, I encourage you to make sure to FIRST do your research. READ both books on the two main parenting styles, talk with other moms and dads and then make a choice and do what is best for you, your marriage, and your family.

When we read the books, we were surprised that a lot of the intentions were actually the same and many of the points that the opposition had were not, in fact, valid at all (and they would know that if they had done their own research and read the book).

I’m not here to debate – I have simply done my research and this is working great for us.

I digress. Read on.

Sleep is not only one of the most important things for babies to have so they can continue to grow and develop, but sleep is also important for parents to have as well. It’s hard for me, or Zach, to be at our best for each other and for Jax when we haven’t slept in a year… or two ;)

There are two books I recommend, and in reading both, you will be informed of the two main parenting approaches, especially when it comes to feeding and sleep time.

The two main books I encourage you to read are:
–  Baby Wise (by Ezzo)
– Attachment Parenting (by Sears)
Our two cents: Humans thrive on routine, and kids (and yes, even adults) function better when they have a routine in place and get great sleep. By implementing a routine with Jax (with grace and flexibility), he has been one well-fed, happy baby, loved on us like crazy when he is awake, and he has been sleeping like a champ (around the 8-9 week mark he began sleeping through the night consistently).

When Jaxon gets a good nights sleep, he gets the rest he needs to grow and develop, and I get the rest I need. When mom sleeps well it not only helps me be the best for my kid, but for my spouse as well (who is my first priority.
Remember: A great family flows from a great marriage.
For those of you doing your homework on this topic, here’s another short online article I have referenced a few times by some good friends of ours who have an amazing family and kids and also implemented the Baby Wise approach.
10) An Amazing Support Person/Group
Unfortunately ladies, you can’t have my husband, but having a partner who is in this with you, definitely makes this journey a smoother ride.
I have to admit – Zach is pretty awesome :) There are things that simply fall as my responsibility with Jax (like feedings) and then there are things we both can do with our little man and I love how Zach is fully engaged (not that I would expect anything less from him, but you know). Also, having Zach take on more of the household responsibilities has been great too (thank-you baby, for still doing the cat litter even though I’m not pregnant anymore! xoxo).
I’d recommend talking beforehand with your spouse of expectations of house and baby responsibilities before your little one is born, so either of you don’t have unmet expectations and it becomes a point of tension between you two.
If you don’t have a spouse and are rocking the single parent journey, make sure to get plugged into a local group for the support other parents can give each other.
Watch the video: Priscilla Dunstan On Oprah
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