Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Way to go Frankston, Australia

So a babywearing dad decided to take a little walk to calm down his fussy toddler. She needed a nap. He put her in a back carry in an Olives and Applesauce SSC. After a few minutes she was calm and falling asleep. He put the hood up and continued his walk. To him this is normal, and him and his wife have done this many times before. But apparently a Frankston cop was called by an uninformed citizen and the cop decided this was unsafe and the man needed to be corrected. Basically he told the dad that his daughter needed to be in a front carry or in a pram since she can't breathe in a back carry and that it's unsafe. The officer has no BWing training.
(pictures of dad and carrier found in this above link)

I get that the officer is uninformed. Why would any of them be trained about proper babywearing? They should have more important things to be dealing with. But at the same time, why did the office still go off on the dad after noticing she was asleep and breathing well?! Doesn't he have more important things to deal with than this?!
O&A carriers are well known GOOD carriers that properly hold a baby (and toddler too!) with lots of support for mom and dad. When used properly, there is no more risk using a back carry as there is with using a front carry or even a stroller or an infant car seat! Hoods are often used to support the head and to keep a sleeping child asleep. I do this all the time! And best of all, I can FEEL Squish breathing, something I can't do with a stroller.
The mom and dad are using this as an opportunity to take the time to hold meetings about proper babywearing and how to use carriers safely. I hope some good comes of this!

Meanwhile, at least the following news article was published in NC! Way to go Fayetteville for passing on good BWing information to others.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pinterest Wins!

Gotta love Pinterest. Within minutes you can find a billion things you never knew you wanted to buy, make, and cook.
I'm pretty good about trying new recipes I find on there. So far just one big major fail.

Recently I've had two toddler Pinterest wins!

One is this pipe cleaners and colander "game." How much easier can one get? Since I don't actually have a colander (it's in storage), I bought one from the Dollar Tree. For $2 I've found a way to keep a toddler busy for two minutes every day. That's success in my book!
Of course some days he just likes his new hat....

The second win is this "pom pom stuff it in" game.  Now I won't pretend that this was the easiest thing in the world to make. We're a bit limited in tools since most things are in storage, but hey that's why I bought the 4 pack of plastic containers from the Dollar Tree. 3 to mess up! 
Thankfully I only messed up two lids before cutting my finger and making DH finish this project when he got home. However, this game has been a HUGE hit. For at least 5 minutes each day this kid sits down and just pops those pom poms right into the hole. Of course today I caught him trying to stuff the pipe cleaners in there too....but that's another project.

Anybody else have any Pinterest wins? 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Breast-Fed Babies 'More Challenging' Than Bottle-Fed babies?

Here's the article:

Where does one begin with this?
Yes, I'm big about breastfeeding (BFing). Squish is 14 months and we're still happily breastfeeding. So when I saw someone else mentioned this article, I just had to read it. Why are BFing babies "more challenging?" What do they consider to be a challenge? And of course they only did this based on the first three months. Ask any BFing mom if the first 3 months were blissful and I bet 9 out of 10 will laugh and say no. BFing is not something that comes natural to most mom and baby pairs. There are certain ways to latch so that they can get the milk easily where it doesn't hurt mom, and baby is not born knowing how to do this. Then you've got the growth spurts that are normally at 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks. Growth spurts mean LOTS more time spent BFing and babies are more grumpy as they're working on increasing your milk supply. And let's face it, growing isn't exactly pain free (anybody else remember growing pains like I did as a kid? Ouch!).
Another thing I'm wondering about is how much BFing support these moms had. If you've never BF before it can be very stressful wondering if baby is getting enough (usually yes, but it's easy to doubt yourself since you can't measure the milk!), if there is any thrush or mastitis, if your baby is allergic to anything you've eaten (since it ends up in your milk), and more! Without support it's easy to get overwhelmed and assume the worst. Most babies get more stressed the more mommy is stressed.

In my experience, Squish was easy to calm down thanks to BFing. Once we got past a nasty case of mastitis at 2 weeks, life with BFing become much easier. I really doubt if formula would have made Squish happier. He smiled early and was content. And not to mention, I've taken great joy in knowing that I have not had to clean bottles or spend DH's hard earned money on formula.

As one friend told me, "I can't say that I agree with it at all....just more useless info in that article."