Best Diaper Changing Technique for Newborns to Reduce Crying and Colic

Almost every parent changes their newborn with the double leg-lift technique, which looks convenient but might not be right for your baby. The roll technique, especially with newborns until they start crawling, may be a better option. Dr. John Edwards from Mama’s Chiropractic Clinic demonstrates the technique and explains why.Dr. Edwards is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association.
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Optimal Foetal Positioning (for an easier birth)

Source: Optimal Foetal Postitioning By Jean Sutton, New Zealand MidwifeThe Optimal Foetal Position is our term for the First Vertex; Vertex Left Occipito Anterior; Vertex L.O.A. The position most commonly chosen by near term babies when they are able. [In every day terms it means baby is head down with their spine at the front of the belly on the
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Safe Cosleeping Guidelines

Source: Mother-Baby Behavioural Sleep Laboratory, Dr James McKenna Guidelines to Sleeping Safe with Infants: Maximizing the chances of Safe Infant Sleep in the Solitary and Cosleeping (Specifically, Bed-sharing) Contexts, by James J. McKenna, Ph.D. Professor of Biological Anthropology, Director, Mother-Baby Sleep Laboratory, University of Notre Dame. Below I have summarized and highlight some of the issues to be concerned with
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Study Finds Breastfeeding, CoSleeping Mothers Get More Sleep

Source: Dr Momma, By Danelle Frisbie Tuesday, July 19, 2011Researchers at the College of Nursing at East Tennessee State University found that breastfeeding mothers get more sleep when sharing sleep with their baby (i.e. sleeping within an arm’s reach of baby, or ‘cosleeping’). Previous studies have found that breastfed babies have protective stages of healthy sleep/wake cycles – reducing the
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No-Diaper Babies

Source: Essential Mums, by Keiran Chug 6th May 2013 Bribes, trickery and stress go hand-in-hand with the arduous process of toilet training for many parents. But for a growing group of mothers, starting the process before their babies are six months old is transforming the experience into something positive. Their method, referred to as elimination communication, involves watching babies for
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Doing Too Much For Kids: 7 Signs You’re Overparenting

Source: Circle of Moms. Written by Patricia-Anne Tom Can you be “too good” of a parent? Circle of Moms member Katherine W. says she’s worried she has been overparenting or pampering her kids. “I tried to do the very best I could,” she relays, “taking them to parks and interesting places every weekend, reading to them, working in their classrooms
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6 Tips for Avoiding Back Pain During Sex

Source: YourTango, by Connie Merk, March 26, 2013For people with lower back pain, just the thought of sexual activity can induce fear instead of excitement. Sex is supposed to be pleasurable, but when it’s associated with physical pain, sexual activity stops. And when that happens, relationships suffer. The most important advice I can give, not only as someone who is
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Breastfeeding in the Land of Genghis Khan

Source: In Culture Parent .com By Ruth KamnitzerMonday, February 28th, 2011 In Mongolia, there’s an oft-quoted saying that the best wrestlers are breastfed for at least six years—a serious endorsement in a country where wrestling is the national sport. I moved to Mongolia when my first child was four months old, and lived there until he was three. Raising my
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The Real Breastfeeding Scandal

Posted in: Huff Post Parents By CAROLYN S. MILES President & CEO, Save the Children Published: February 17, 2013 Last year, Time magazine’s “Are You Mom Enough?” cover practically shouted “Scandal! Women breastfeeding too long!”The unforgettable image stirred up controversy and I’m sure it sold magazines. But are moms and kids any better off? Now, imagine funnelling all that outrage
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Easy Labour Massage for Pain Relief During Childbirth

Massage during labour can either be completely relaxing and help speed up the process, or completely irritating and make the whole event last longer. So how do you know if you’re doing it right?Labour massage is very different from the type of massage you would get on a therapy bed and rightly so. During labour a woman needs to relax
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The most comfortable pregnancy sleeping position

By Samantha Thurlby-Brooks Most of my pregnant massage clients find it really hard to get comforable in bed until I teach them these great tips. Contrary to popular belief it is actually possible to get a comfortable night’s sleep when you’re pregnant. Here’s how… During pregnancy it’s important to lie on your side. This is because you have a main
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How to be a great birthing partner

By Samantha Thurlby-Brooks You’ll often find in antenatal classes that the teacher will be very confident in telling you that “the role of the birthing partner is very important”. And that’s where they often stop; no tips, no advice, just the statement that you are very important! So if you are so important, how do you know if you’re doing
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Breathing for Pain Relief During Childbirth

By Samantha Thurlby-Brooks It does sound a little strange to say “remember to breathe” during labour, but you’ll be surprised how often we hold our breath in day-to-day activities, let alone while giving birth.When you’re experiencing any sort of discomfort, the immediate reaction is to hold your breath. This will cause you far more discomfort, as well as making you
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Simple tips to make birth easier & safer

Stay Warm Darkened Room Quiet Relax Privacy Feel Unobserved Breathe Trust Your Body Eat Nourishing Foods, Drink Plain Water Over the past few millions of years, humans and mamals have been giving birth without the use of hospitals, doctors or epidurals, for the most part, very effectively. The female body is designed to give birth very successfully and efficiently without
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Safe & Effective Pregnancy Massage

BENEFITSMassaging a woman from 13 weeks onwards during her pregnancy is a fantastic way to keep a mum-to-be relaxed and comfortable as her growing body accommodates the new weight. To massage a woman before 13 weeks pregnancy, you will need to be highly trained. The main benefits of regular safe and effective mama massages are: Relief of pain Improved circulation
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Why & How to Relax During Childbirth

Relax… your body knows what it’s doing so you don’t need to do a thing! You don’t need to think about what comes next or what position you should or shouldn’t be in, or whether you’ve left the iron on! You’re having a baby and your body loves it.When your baby is ready to be born it will signal to
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How to help protect your perineum during childbirth

The main benefits of the perineal massage are psychological. It’s great to get your mind understanding that your body is changing. It’s not the same as it was nine months ago. To birth a baby nine months ago wouldn’t be nice, but now, at the end of your pregnancy, your body has changed and adapted to open up easily for
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Using Water During Birth

Ever had a hard day where your muscles ache and you’ve had enough of the world? How’s about having a nice warm bath to soothe away your troubles? Well, that’s exactly what a bath, birthing pool or shower can do for your stresses and strains during childbirth.The benefits of water during childbirth are well known. Just some of the benefits
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