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GladRags – Menstrual Monday

It seems so long ago that I introduced you to Lunapads and the idea of Mama Cloth. Another option and my favorite brand of mama cloth is GladRags. I have been waiting to tell you about GladRags, partially thinking that I would be able to give an honest opinion of using them for a cycle or two. Yet… a blessing of pregnancy and then breastfeeding I’m still waiting on that next menses to come around. (Oh trust me, no hurry here! I am quite happy to be period free.) *Thanks to Tracy of GladRags I was blessed to receive three samples of GladRags for review, a Night Pad, Day Pad and one cotton Pantyliner.* Although I was not introduced to mama cloth through GladRags I am so glad to have discovered them! GladRags is owned and operated by women and committed to offering healthier, safer options to women all over. . .

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Review: The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems

The Baby Whisperer Answers All Your Questions: Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through Toddlerhood by Tracy Hogg Goes beyond the basics presented in the author’s first two child-care guides to offer a series of specific, targeted strategies for solving common challenges faced by parents of children up to three years of age, including feeding problems, sleep troubles, and behavior issues, in a volume complemented by real-life case stories. My rating: 2 of 5 stars*Checked out from the Arlington Public Library* I found this on the shelf in the “parenting section”. Odd for me to be able to look there still. This was recommended to me a couple months back as being pretty useful. Well, what do you know almost three months into parenting and I have already ruined my daughter’s life and completely warped her sense of view and the world is going to end. I read this book last. . .

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Review: The Happiest Baby on the Block

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp In perhaps the most important parenting book of the decade, Dr. Harvey Karp reveals an extraordinary treasure sought by parents for centuries –an automatic “off-switch” for their baby’s crying. No wonder pediatricians across the country are praising him and thousands of Los Angeles parents, from working moms to superstars like Madonna and Pierce Brosnan, have turned to him to learn the secrets for making babies happy. Never again will parents have to stand by helpless and frazzled while their poor baby cries and cries. Dr. Karp has found there IS a remedy for colic. “I share with parents techniques known only to the most gifted baby soothers throughout history …and I explain exactly how they work.” In a innovative and thought-provoking reevaluation of early infancy, Dr. Karp blends modern science and ancient wisdom to prove that newborns are not fully ready. . .

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Review: Your Newborn Head to Toe

Your Newborn: Head to Toe: Everything You Want to Know About Your Baby’s Health through The First Year by Cara Familian Natterson This one-of-a-kind primer explains to new parents, in a clear and comforting tone, precisely what is happening inside their new baby’s body, the reasons behind various standard post-delivery hospital procedures, and, once baby is at home, what parents can and should do before they call the doctor. In the age of managed care, many pediatricians are unable to find the time to impart even basic medical information–the very information that might reassure parents and help them understand the difference between danger signs and normal development. At the same time, many parents are unable to distill the information they get from the pediatrician, because, even when baby is perfectly healthy, visits to the doctor’s office tend to be chaotic and parents may not have their wits about them, may. . .

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New Mom’s Guide to Living on Baby Time

New Mom’s Guide to Living on Baby Time, The by Susan Besze Wallace New moms run into a host of new challenges once baby arrives, including getting back into shape, developing a parenting style, readjusting schedules, and interacting with their husbands in new ways. With compassion and humor–and always the privilege of motherhood in mind–The New Mom’s Guides go straight to the heart of these matters, offering moms guidance and encouragement in this new season of life. Each of the four books in the series offers real advice from women who have been there, done that, and want other moms to benefit from their trials and triumphs. A perfect gift for baby showers, Mother’s Day, or any day, these small volumes are compact enough to take along in an overstuffed diaper bag and designed for the mom who can only find a few minutes of peace each day to read.. . .

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World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding week is Aug. 1-7 This is a wonderful week to celebrate healthy babies and mother’s Aug 1-7. It’s important that we all get the word out about this wonderful organization promoting and supporting womens rights to breastfeed around the world. http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/ A few reasons women don’t breastfeed:1. Lack of confidence2. Embarrassment of breastfeeding in public3. Loss of freedom4. Influence of Family and Friends Women need support from family, friends and the public as a whole. It’s normal, natural and beautiful! We know it’s not always easy, but with the help and support of family, friends and professionals, it can be a wonderful experience for both mother and baby. Advantages for the baby:1. Nutritional2. Immunologic advantages3. Prevention of allergies & asthma4. Bonding and Psychosocial effects5. Intellectual development Advantages for the mother:1. Economics2. Uterine involution3. Prevention of breast cancer (premenopausal)4. Postpartum weight loss Please share this information with all of. . .

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The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion: a review

The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion: A Week-by-Week Guide to Everything You Need To Do for a Healthy Pregnancy by Robin Elise Weiss The comfort of knowing what is going on during pregnancy combined with advice that changes each week with an expectant mother’s body will warm the heart and well as calm the nerves. This fully illustrated pregnancy guide gives an expectant mothers week-by-week information on their body and the child’s physical development; and then explains what they should do at each week of pregnancy for an optimally healthy pregnancy, delivery, and baby. A chapter is devoted to each week of pregnancy and covers everything readers need to know including, baby’s size, mother’s size, what’s normal in terms of physical symptoms and development, and what could indicate a potentially serious problem. Nutritional, exercise, and lifestyle advice, tips on treating common pregnancy discomforts like morning sickness and sciatica, and pregnancy do’s. . .

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The Pregnancy Journal (a review)

The Pregnancy Journal, Revised Edition: A Day-to-Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy by A. Christine Harris Since its publication in 1996, this definitive journal for expectant families has sold over a million copies. Author A. Christine Harris brings a revised and thoroughly updated edition to today’s parents-to-be. Still featuring daily entries, a personalized timeline, and pregnancy glossary, the revised edition provides a clearer picture of the baby’s in-utero development and the latest advice about giving a growing baby every advantage prior to birth. My rating: 2 of 5 starsEarly on, when I first got a copy of this journal I was so excited about the idea of keeping a journal of notes and thoughts through out my entire pregnancy. Honestly, this specific journal was not the best choice for me. The places to actually “journal” are sporatic at best and usually at pages and sections when I just. . .

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Your Pregnancy Week by Week

Announcing a fully revised and updated new edition of the only best-selling pregnancy and childbirth guide written by a doctor… Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Glade B. Curtis, OB/GYNand Judith Schuler, M. S. Sixth Edition My rating: 5 of 5 stars In the category of pregnancy reads, I would say this is one of my favorites and most useful books. In the category of weekly updates of what is most likely happening in your pregnancy, this is by far the best book of it’s kind. I had so many recommendations to read a different book that has been around, but I am so glad that I found this one, in comparison the “other” book has nothing on this one. When curious about this book in it’s republication, I found several negative reviews that talked about how it could cause a person to become neurotic knowing all the possible things. . .

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New Mom’s Guide to Dealing with Dad

New Mom’s Guide to Dealing with Dad, The by Susan Besze Wallace New moms run into a host of new challenges once baby arrives, including getting back into shape, developing a parenting style, readjusting schedules, and interacting with their husbands in new ways. With compassion and humor–and always the privilege of motherhood in mind–The New Mom’s Guides go straight to the heart of these matters, offering moms guidance and encouragement in this new season of life. Each of the four books in the series offers real advice from women who have been there, done that, and want other moms to benefit from their trials and triumphs. A perfect gift for baby showers, Mother’s Day, or any day, these small volumes are compact enough to take along in an overstuffed diaper bag and designed for the mom who can only find a few minutes of peace each day to read. My. . .

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Expecting by Marla Taviano (a review)

Expecting: Praying for Your Child’s Development-Body and Soul by Marla Taviano Wrap Your New Baby in PrayerJust as the heart of your baby begins to beat and as little ears take shape, speak words of prayer asking for a heart that beats for God and for ears that listen for His leading. This beautiful prayer book will guide you as you pray for your child’s physical growth as well as his or her spiritual growth. The precious forty weeks of creation will become even more meaningful as you reflect on the illustrations that depict your baby’s development. Each week you will be blessed with: – A prayer for your child’s body and soul – A devotional message – A carefully selected scripture – An inspirational quote – A “body and soul” reflection for mom – A space for you to journal your own thoughts and prayersCreate a keepsake you and. . .

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The Postpartum Survival Guide (a review)

The Postpartum Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know about Postpartum Depression by Paul Meier Eighty percent of all pregnant women struggle with depression during or after their child’s birth. But there is good news about postpartum mood disorders—they are almost 100% treatable. In the definitive guide to postpartum depression, written from a Christian perspective by a team of experts including best-selling author and popular psychologist Dr. Paul Meier (Happiness Is a Choice), The Postpartum Survival Guide explains why this depression occurs, who’s at risk, how to treat it, and where to find God in it all. Coauthor Lynne Johnson, RN, provides a woman’s perspective on the issues of motherhood and depression. Using real-life stories and practical advice from medical professionals, The Postpartum Survival Guide offers hope-filled solutions that will help new mothers enjoy this special time in their lives. Plus, it also contains helpful resource for fathers, family members,. . .

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