Seven Tips to Help With Breast Engorgement

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Seven Tips to Help With Breast Engorgement

You’ve just had your baby (congratulations mama!) and your milk is in! Hooray, but OUCH! If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to have two curling rocks attached to your chest, all you need to do is have your milk come in. It’s a wonderful moment as a new mom to know you’ve got milk, but at the same time it can be pretty darned uncomfortable. Forget lying down on your side, those two rock hard bowling balls don’t stack well. Maybe you were desperate to sleep on your stomach now that your baby is on the outside? Guess again! The discomfort of breast engorgement is no laughing matter, but discomfort may be the least of your worries. Right around the time your milk comes in and your breasts swell up to high heaven, your baby may start to struggle with his or her latch. A poor latch means sore nipples, and NOBODY wants that! The good news is, there are some things you can do to help with engorgement that can also encourage a better latch from baby.  Read More

Canadian Baby Ponchos – Review

Canadian Baby Ponchos - Review

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There’s snow on the ground and the temperatures are dipping well below freezing here. You know what that means? Winter has arrived. The Heir loves winter. Every day when he wakes up he asks me if it’s still winter, takes a look out the window, and asks to go play in the snow. I don’t mind winter myself, but as a mom, it comes with a whole set of new challenges. I’m always looking for ways to keep the kids warm that are easy to get them in and out of when it comes time to get them buckled into their car seats. In case you didn’t know, winter coats, snow suits, and bunting bags should NOT be used in car seats. Want to know why? Check this out. One of the easiest ways to keep warm in the car seat without compromising on safety is with a car seat poncho. Now that I’ve had the chance to try a car seat poncho from Canadian Baby Ponchos, I can’t believe I haven’t had one before now! It’s such a great idea and so convenient.  Read More

For the Love of Science!

For The Love of Science

I love research. When I say that, I mean I LOVE research. I spent thirteen years of my adult life doing research, and you don’t dedicate that much of your life to something if you don’t at least sort of enjoy it. Now that I’m a SAHM, I need to find new ways to fill mine and my children’s lives with research. Enter the University of Calgary Department of Psychology’s Ch.I.L.D. Research Group. That’s the Child and Infant Learning Development Research Group. In a nutshell, it’s a series of studies that require infant and child volunteers to participate in “games” that allow the researcher to understand the development of language, cognition, and communication. I think it’s pretty darned cool, and I have a sneaking suspicion that The Heir thinks so too. Here’s how we got involved, and what The Heir’s most recent study was all about.  Read More

When Breastfeeding Still Hurts

When Breastfeeding Still Hurts: Dealing with a tongue tie

It’s not uncommon for the early days of breastfeeding to be accompanied by pain. When baby latches in that first week, it can be downright toe curling. It takes some time for both mom and baby to learn how to breastfeed and that learning process usually involves some nipple pain here and there. Typically, breastfeeding starts to get easier and become pain-free by the time baby is around six weeks old. But what if that doesn’t happen? What if the pain remains? Breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt beyond those early weeks, and if it does, there’s one thing you most definitely want to have ruled out. It could be a tongue tie, and I’m going to tell you why that matters.  Read More

Four Reasons My Preschooler is Still Rear Facing

Four Reasons My Preschooler is Still Rear Facing

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You may have noticed by now that car seat safety is something I am passionate about. I LOVE talking about car seats. Whether we are talking about infant bucket seats, convertible car seats, child seats, or booster seats, I really enjoy weighing the pros and cons, and talking about ease of installation and safety features. It’s just one of my things. When it came to moving The Heir out of his infant bucket and into his convertible car seat, you can bet I researched our options to death. After a ton of reading and chatting with a few child passenger seat technicians (CPSTs), I knew that extended rear facing was something I absolutely wanted for The Heir. What exactly is extended rear facing? Extended rear facing refers to keeping your child in a rear facing convertible seat beyond the legislated minimums. How far beyond those minimums constitutes extended rear facing? Well, it depends on who you ask. It can refer to keeping your child rear facing until they turn two years old, until they reach the limits of their convertible seat, or even somewhere in between. Why would a parent choose to keep their child rear facing beyond the legislated minimum? There are so many reasons, but I’m going to tell you why The Heir at 3 years and 4 months old is still rear facing and how I do it.  Read More