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Foodie Mama-Friendly Restaurants in the East Bay

Especially when they’re little, it can be hard to find places to eat where babies are easy to bring along. Are the chairs comfortable for feeding? Do they have quieter spaces and room to walk around if the baby gets fussy? Do they deliver? Or even better, offer curbside pickup (mama jackpot!)?

Here are my five favorite foodie restaurants that are mama and baby friendly:  Continue reading

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Is It Time To Rethink Co-Sleeping?

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By Sarah Kerrigan

Guest Contributor

Pediatricians and public health officials have long warned that “co-sleeping,” or sharing a bed with an infant, is unsafe.

But let’s face it: almost everybody does it. So perhaps the time has come for the public health message to focus less on advising against it and more on advising how to do it more safely.

Because despite all the finger-waggling, co-sleeping is, and will continue to be, extremely common. Read the full article here.

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Moving Your Child To His Own Bed to Sleep

from Hand in Hand Parenting, http://www.handinhandparenting.org/article/moving-your-child-to-his-own-bed-to-sleep/

Many of us sleep with our infants and children. We sleep with them because they love being close to us, and we (at least sometimes) also enjoy this closeness. Some of us sleep with our children, hoping it will bring us a better night’s sleep.

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But at some point, the difficulties of sleeping together can outweigh the advantages and you may consider moving your child to his own bed.

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Listening to Nursing Children

from Hand in Hand Parenting, http://www.handinhandparenting.org/article/listening-to-nursing-children/

When a baby is first born, we have the delightful, delicate task of getting to know her. We learn how she sleeps, how she eats, and see how she gazes into our eyes with trust and interest. She needs nourishment, closeness, familiarity and warmth, affection, and at times she needs respite from the barrage of new experiences that each moment brings. Nursing is one of baby’s safe harbors, and nursing mothers feel lucky to provide so much, so easily.

Nursing is important for mothers, too. It gives them a sense of full permission to express the love they feel toward our babies. They give in a very personal way, and reach depths of affection and attachment they didn’t know were possible. When it goes well, nursing contributes to a mother’s sense of her power and importance, counterbalancing the messages from our culture that trivialize her work.

There are, however, a couple of basic confusions that parents of nursing children experience sooner or later. The first one is obvious. When your otherwise healthy, robust child wakes seven times in the night wanting to nurse, you wonder how to meet her needs. How should you respond to your one-year-old’s dive for the breast when she’s afraid of new people? What about the two-year-old who can’t fall asleep without nursing? A baby’s needs for comfort and for nourishment can get tangled, and we have understandable difficulty in knowing how to help.

The second confusion is more subtle, but quite important. It’s the assumption on the part of many fathers that they won’t be as important to their baby as mommy is, because the nursing relationship is so close. The intimacy of nursing looks exclusive. Fathers often feel that, because of nursing, they must play a secondary role during those first months and years of a child’s life.

Both of these confusions arise because a vital piece of information has been missing. Continue reading