Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond

Parenting is an incredible journey, with so many adventures and even more questions. Along the way, I have found many valuable resources, please enjoy them and pass them along.

Pregnancy & Birth

Books:

The Baby Book by Sears and Sears: the everything-you-need-to-know guide about attachment parenting from pregnancy to age two.
The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin: a great read for the birth partner and the mother – explores the myriad of possible experiences you may have when giving birth.

Traditional Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin: chronicles of many women’s birth stories at a unique birthing community in the US.

Online Resources:

Expect the Best When You Are Expecting - an online collection of modules that expecting mamas (and papas) can read in their own time, “Assisting you with specific and inspired actions to prepare for a natural, beautiful and soul satisfying birth experience!”  It is a FREE download!

http://www.nourishmama.com/expect-the-best-when-you-are-expecting/

Cloth Diapering

Our ultimate favourite diaper: Bum Genius OS (“one-size”) 4.0!

http://www.bumgenius.com/one-size.php

Available in Edmonton at Bosom Babies, our favourite local eco-baby store (they have an online shop too):

http://www.bosom-babies.com/

HINT: We say no to velcro. It wears so quickly, gets stuff stuck in it, and irritates baby’s skin. Opt for snaps – but beware of cheaper diapers with snaps – you want them to last!

Fuzzibunz is also a popular brand; however, we’ve noticed the quality of the product has dropped dramatically in the last 2 years – much cheaper material = plenty of leakage.

Kawaii is a Canadian company based in Vancouver that also makes an OS diaper.

http://www.theluvyourbaby.com/

Coping

“Loving More and Yelling Less” http://theorangerhino.com/

On the Ferber method, AKA “Crying it out” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/parenting/why-i-no-longer-believe-babies-should-cry-themselves-to-sleep/article622978/

 

Janelle will be giving me some awesome text to place here, but for now you get to read this!
Random Quote

On a scale of one to Connor’s hair, how awesome was Symmetree? — Tara Prusko