Archive for March, 2008

grembo sleep sacks, I LOVE them!

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

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What I love about the Grembo sleep sacks is the simplicity of the design and organic materials they use. And, I like that they make sacks for the different seasons of the years and for wee ones through 24 months. (And I’ll have you know that the selection of sleep sacks is slim at best, especially for toddlers!) I wholeheartedly believe that babies and toddlers sleep better with the added coziness of a sack. Parents sleep better too because we don’t have the worry of a blanket either falling off our baby, leaving them cold, or far worse, causing them harm in some way. Another major benefit for parents of toddlers is that the sleep sack often prevents curious little climbers from getting their legs over the railing and out of the crib. Now, isn’t that reason enough to invest in a sack (or two or three, depending on where you live)?!

mommy fitness

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

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Bookieboo.com, a free social networking site and online magazine for healthy fitness moms was created by Leah Segedie, who has been steadily losing weight since her son was born in February of 2006. Cutting out preservatives and finding the balance between motherhood, exercise, and motivation was her secret. Her weight loss inspired her to create Bookieboo to help other moms trying to lose weight.

I really like the interactive, social component of this site. You can go and blog about your experience and read the blogs of various experts and mothers sharing their own tips and struggles.

at last, a great breastfeeding resource

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

I came across an online breastfeeding resource from Canada today that I wish I’d found when my daughter was a newborn.  Dr. Jack Newman (drjacknewman.com) is a great site with articles, videos and a healthy list of links.  It is surprisingly difficult to find good breastfeeding resources online – look no further!

parents and children: a good fit?

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

There is a nice piece on the NYU Child Study Center’s website about the goodness of fit between a parent’s style of parenting and the temperament of a child, titled: Parenting Styles/Children’s Temperament: The Match. It is this very fit (or lack thereof) that shapes the overall relationship between child and parent. It is important for parents to adapt as best they can to their individual children based on their temperaments and make the fit as good as possible. See below for brief examples of the different parenting styles and temperaments.

Parenting Styles:

  • Strict parent: You come back right this minute and give that ball back to Luisa immediately.
  • Moderate parent: The ball belongs to Luisa. I know you want to play with it, but why don’t you talk it over with her and try and work out a system to take turns?
  • Permissive parent, believing that Annie should be allowed to express her impulses freely, doesn’t suggest a solution and does not use the opportunity to help her solve a problem.

Children’s Temperaments:

  • Easy children are calm, happy, adaptable, regular in sleeping and eating habits, positive in mood and interested in new experiences.
  • Difficult children are often fussy, irregular in feeding and sleeping habits, low in adaptability, fearful of new people and situations, easily upset, high strung, and intense in their reactions.
  • Slow to warm up children are relatively inactive, reflective, tend to withdraw or to react negatively to novelty, but their reactions gradually become more positive with experience.