Your Baby is NOT a “Bad” Sleeper: Common Sense Thinking About Infant Sleep

12 month old Eleanor napping peacefully.

Let me let you in on an important secret that society doesn’t seem to want us to know about sleep. Babies wake up. Sometimes a lot. Older babies wake up too. So do toddlers. Even school aged kids wake up. And you know what? Adults often wake in [...]

How To Buy a Woven Wrap

Baby Eleanor in Ellaroo LaRae – a very thin all-cotton and one of my favorites for a summer newborn.

Woven wraps are definitely far more high profile and more readily available in greater variety than they were even five years ago when I started babywearing. The question “how do I choose my first woven [...]

Conquering My Fear of Knits: Mama Maxi Skirt

I’ve been dabbling in teaching myself to sew for the last few years. Still have lots to learn to make things look really professional, but I’ve got enough confidence to sew baby carriers and bags and a few other odds and ends. My ultimate goal is to learn to sew wearable clothing for myself, primarily [...]

The Real Reason You Should Write A Birth Plan

The subject of birth plans comes up quite often for pregnant women. Do I or don’t I? The idea of a birth plan is becoming increasingly “mainstream” and more women and their partners are starting to think about birth preferences. Even so, I am always surprised when the question “What should I put in my [...]

Book Review: Pushed: The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care

Jennifer Block’s Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care is one of those books that’s been on my “to read” list for ages. I finally had a chance to give it a read over the holiday break and wanted to briefly share my thoughts.

As I’m a bit of a [...]

Changes? Resolutions? Hey, a New Post!

I’ve been quite frankly the world’s worst blogger over the last year. Longer than that really! But I have lots of ideas kicking around that have been dying to get written; it’s time to dust off the new post button and get cracking!

It’s been a busy year for me personally. Finishing up my dissertation, [...]

Where Are You Becoming Mamas??

You may have noticed that it’s been a while since I’ve posted. And sadly it may be a bit longer before I get up and running again. As some of you know I’m a PhD student in Education. And I’ve finally hit my last semester of frantic dissertation writing and job hunting. So the rest [...]

Shopping…With a Conscience

Since it’s Black Friday/Local Saturday/Cyber Monday season, it’s hard to avoid thoughts of shopping. I admit…I like to shop…too much probably. Like most Americans, I have a bit of a consumerism problem (I could bore you at this point with my long academic ramblings on the subject…but I’ll spare you!). But lately I’ve been thinking [...]

Let’s Make a Mei Tai (or Onbu)!! Part II: Putting It All Together

Welcome to Part II of my mei tai/onbu tutorial!! Now that you’ve gotten all your pieces assembled from Part I (which you should read first if you haven’t already)…time to sew!! I’m going to describe the order in which I put things together. Remember, there are some different ways to go about doing this; this [...]

Let’s Make a Mei Tai (or Onbu)!! Part I: Assembling Your Materials

I’ve had a few folks ask me how I’ve been putting together the carriers I’ve been making, so I thought I might do a little tutorial. So follow along as we dive into the fun world of DIYing a mei tai!

DISCLAIMER: I am not an expert seamstress so I can’t offer tips on the [...]

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