Taking Your Bolting Toddler *and* Baby in Public

My first son was a bolter. Now, at age 5, he runs away from me far less often, but from ages 18 months through about 4, once his toes touched the ground, he was off. If you are the parent of one of these children, you know how fast they are.

My husband . . . → Read More: Taking Your Bolting Toddler *and* Baby in Public

Nursing On the Go with Older Siblings in Tow

When my second son was born, a wise mama friend told me I’d soon become an expert at nursing while standing. She was right.

I had no idea how challenging it could be to take multiple kids out in public at the same time. This challenge is magnified when one of the kids has . . . → Read More: Nursing On the Go with Older Siblings in Tow

Parenting Epiphanies

I’ve had several┬álife-changing epiphanies since becoming a parent. Is epiphany the right word? What happened was I observed other moms doing these things and then I copied these women and found out the strategy worked so well in my family, I had to implement it into my daily life.

The first: I tried attending . . . → Read More: Parenting Epiphanies

Babywearing Intervention

I’m going to buy a new carrier for this third baby. I bought a custom soft-structured carrier for my second baby and I love it. I used it every day for many, many months and I still actually use it for my almost-five-year-old.

I’ve always had a stretchy, cotton wrap for when my wee . . . → Read More: Babywearing Intervention

International Travel with Nursling

My family is headed to Belize for a wedding this spring. I say my family, because as much as I’d love a tropical island vacation with my husband, I can’t leave my nursling for 5 days! He’s coming, too.

The last time I went someplace tropical was my honeymoon to St. Lucia in . . . → Read More: International Travel with Nursling

Nursing Through A Flight Debacle

Whenever I fly in January, I am reminded of the Blizzard of 2010, when I flew home from California to discover the East Coast was buried under many feet of snow and my 6-month-old and I got stuck in Ohio.

Actually, I learned about the mess when we landed in Chicago, where I was . . . → Read More: Nursing Through A Flight Debacle

Breastfeeding Blog Hop: Gifts for the Breastfeeding Mother

What are the best gifts for a breastfeeding mother?

I thought a lot about this question as I prepared for the arrival of my second child and people asked me what we needed. We needed nothing at all for him! But what would I have if I could receive any gift? What would be . . . → Read More: Breastfeeding Blog Hop: Gifts for the Breastfeeding Mother