31 10, 2015

How to Get Cheap Discounted Diapers

Even on days when weather is not a friend of mine and my hands could not be fuller, as soon as I manage to get everyone and everything in the front door, my house feels transformatively complete if one of my bundles is a new package of diapers!  There is an aroma in the home […]

30 10, 2015

Parenting Advice for New Moms

Being a new mom is hectic, stressful and chaotic.  Your whole life gets turned upside down and often parenting doesn’t turn out quite like you anticipated pre-baby.

Here’s a selection of advice on some common situations you might face as a new mom.  However, the number one rule is to trust your instincts:

Moms (and Dads) don’t […]

30 10, 2015

How to Swaddle your Baby

Swaddling (wrapping) your baby makes them feel secure and calm, so is a good way to get them settled.  It reminds them of the feeling of being warm and safe in the womb, so for those initial weeks in the world it provides security and a familiar feeling for them.

A new baby also needs time […]

7 10, 2015

Can You Drink Alcohol while Breastfeeding

You’ve decided breastfeeding is best for your baby – but should you stay off the bottle yourself? Women are often warned to not consume alcohol during pregnancy, as there is plenty of evidence that it poses a severe and avoidable risk to the unborn baby.

The risks of consuming alcohol while breastfeeding are not as well […]

7 10, 2015

How Much Does it Cost to have a Baby?

If you’re pregnant or planning a family, figuring out how much it costs to have a baby can be tricky in the wake of health care reform. Under Obamacare, maternity and newborn care are required to be covered by insurance, which is great news, as families in the U.S. face the highest birthing costs in […]

19 09, 2015

Best Age to Have a Baby 

Everybody will be an expert on the topic of the best age to have a baby.  I think different ages have different advantages and disadvantages, so I will try to discuss some here.

Most women are at their most fertile between the ages of 23 and 31, though the rate at which women conceive begins to dip slightly in […]

19 09, 2015

How to Choose a Baby Name 

Choosing a name for your baby can be very difficult – finding the right name for your family, the right spelling, the right meaning and that will match your new baby perfectly.  And people around you will have a variety of opinions on whatever name you choose!  Some families decide to keep their choice to […]

8 09, 2015

A Guide to Morning Sickness (and How to Beat it) 

Most people would agree that morning sickness would have to be one of the most unpleasant aspects of pregnancy.    Around 80 to 90% of women will experience some degree of morning sickneduring their pregnancy.

The term “morning sickness” is well known, but is rather misleading because it can occur any time of the day or night.   […]

8 09, 2015

How Do You Know If You’re Pregnant 

We occasionally read a news article about a woman who has gone into labour and they had no idea they were even pregnant.  Most of us wonder how you could get through eight or nine months of pregnancy without realising you were pregnant, but it is possible.  It is rare, but some women do not […]

6 09, 2015

Parenting Column (Parenting Lessons Learned from My Own Kids

These are blog posts about parenting lessons learned through interactions with my own children:

Those Darned Socks —
In which Laura does some soul-searching about materialism and living a simpler life.

My Son, The Marine —
In which Laura and Karyn struggle to come to terms with Bryan’s decision to enlist in the marines.

Busted By My Four-Year-Old —
In which […]