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CBC Ideas - The Hurried Infant

Posted April 25, 2010

I've just finished listening to Part 1 and Part 2 of The Hurried Infant.  I think it's an outstanding program and I urge you to find the time to listen.  Much of the philosophy behind what I've been teaching for over 25 years is based on the type of research this program tells us about.  Turns out it's not just babies who are being hurried -- babies these days have very hurried parents. Listenng to this program just might help you feel more relaxed as a parent, particularly on the subject of choosing the "right" preschool and early reading.

Note: two of the women we listen to in the 2nd half have irritating ways of speaking.  So try to "purposefully ignore" that irritation and still hear what they have to say. 

Here is the CBC Ideas link.

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Baby-Tested “Lovies” for Self-Calming

Posted April 3, 2010

I'm remembering a question that was raised at a recent Sleep from the Start prenatal seminar: "When I lay my baby in her crib - awake - and trust her to get herself to sleep without rocking her or feeding her to sleep, is there anything I can safely put into the crib to help her with self-calming?"

My answer was "Yes", and I want to share some ideas with you. Several companies have released carefully designed, suck-able, non-toxic and organic items which are easy for babies to grab ahold of (accidentally or on purpose) and bring to the mouth to suck on or to simply hold onto tightly... as they put themselves to sleep. You may need to ignore the marketing blurbs that promise eye/hand coordination or better brain development.  We are just looking for safe, attractive items to become your child's "lovey."  Handy to take on planes and makes it easier for your baby to maintain their self-calming strategies in new beds, new places.

Cuski Doll

Sophie the Giraffe is made by this company.  BPA-free, suck-able and easy to grasp neck. ( I wish Sophie didn't squeak)

Nature Babies at Calgary Farmer's Market.  I bought a Teething Carrot (100% organic cotton) to send to a friend.  Clutchable, inexpensive.

Ringley Natural Teething Toys

A favorite swaddling blanket 100% muslin, prewashed, large and stretchy so it won't come loose in the night. Breathable fabric to prevent over-heating.

This is not an exhaustive list, by far, but I don't think you'll be disappointed with any of these choices. And if you do not want to make a purchase, consider using one of your soft, cloth dinner napkins, tied with a knot in the middle.  Highly breathable, small enough to be safe in the crib and very clutchable by your baby.

 

Does your baby have a favorite item he/she uses for self-calming?  Drop us a comment!

 

 

 

 

 

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CBC Ideas - The Hurried Infant

Posted April 25, 2010

I've just finished listening to Part 1 and Part 2 of The Hurried Infant.  I think it's an outstanding program and I urge you to find the time to listen.  Much of the philosophy behind what I've been teaching for over 25 years is based on the type of research this program is based on.  Turns out it's not just babies who are being hurried -- babies these days have very hurried parents.

Note: two of the women we listen to in the 2nd half have irritating ways of speaking.  So try to "purposefully ignore" that irritation and still hear what they have to say. 

Here is the CBC Ideas link.

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Help!  My Child Over-Reacts to Everything!

Posted April 20, 2010

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