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Forward Facing Strollers Stress Babies 10

 A recent study confirms what those of use who practice intuitive and attachment parenting already know; forward facing strollers stress babies and inhibits their social and language development. It sometimes makes me wonder about the ability of mainstream culture to empathize at all with babies. According to the CNN report last Friday: " The research found that children not facing the person pushing them were significantly less likely to talk, laugh and interact with their parents. Based on a study of 2,722 parents and children, the study by Dundee University's School of Psychology calls into question the designs of many of the world's most popular baby strollers. "Our experimental study showed that, simply by turning the buggy around, parents' rate of talking to their baby doubled," said developmental psychologist Suzanne Zeedyk, who led the research. Zeedyk's study, published by British charity National Literacy Trust, included an experiment in which 20 babies were wheeled in buggies for a mile, spending half the trip facing their parents and the other half facing away, Parents using face-to-face strollers were more likely to talk to their children, who were less likely to exhibit signs of stress, the study said. "Our data suggests that for many babies today, life in a buggy is emotionally impoverished and possibly stressful," Zeedyk said. "Stressed babies grow into anxious adults." The study found that 62 percent of all children observed traveled in forward-facing prams. For children between the ages of one and two, the figure was 86 percent." We should not need a study to tell us that babies want to be close to their caregivers, and all the items of mainstream parenting are designed make our lives more "convenient" but they also detach us from our children, both physically and emotionally. Attachment parenting advocates already know this and this is precisely why we wear our babies. Eye contact, closeness, conversation and communication leads to happier, healthier babies and parents. Of course, if you are think babywearing is too primitive or might hurt your back, you can always drop $500 or $1,000 on a nice rear facing stroller system like Bugaboo or Orbit. Read more at CNN.com Image Source: Flickr.com

The Motrin Mom Videos 6

For those of you who are not aware of the controversy, Motrin put out an online "ad" which in all likelihood was simply a publicity stunt, which basically mocked babywearing. The ad would appeal to more mainstream parents who have a preference for strollers and a more detached parenting styles, but feel compelled to make an attempt at babywearing because so many celebrities are doing it and many major retailers now carry slings and carriers and somebody, somewhere is wearing a baby every where you look. The fact is, however that babywearing has very real psychological and physiological benefits for both baby and mom and that is precisely why it has grown in popularity, rather than simply being a "trend". It is an offensive ad but as they say, there is no such thing as bad press, right? I know I will never buy a Motrin product. Check out this great post on the Motrin/babywearing issue and then watch the original video and a couple of great comeback videos that started twitter and the blogosphere afire a few days ago: The original Motrin moms anti-babywearing video that caused all the ruckus:

The best comeback of all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpqpAGLS2t4

Elimination Communication EC Video 1

This is a great EC video that clearly shows how EC is not only more hygienic and respectful but it is an opportunity for attachment and bonding that you just don't get when simply cleaning up baby's bottom after the fact. EC is also a great opportunity for dad to bond with baby particularly if mom is breastfeeding exclusively as this video clearly shows. Changing diapers is yucky and many dads will shy away from the task but who doesn't want to spend time cuddling and singing to their cooing baby? Yes, it takes time, but time with babies is fleeting and EC gives you a chance to maximize it .

Formula Vs Breastfeeding Video 1

Formula vs breastfeeding. Do you know the facts? All moms want to do the best for their babies but they may not be aware of how formula, even in small amounts, can undermine even the best breastfeeding efforts. Breastfeeding advocates have long known that free formula samples undermine exclusive breastfeeding by giving tired, frustrated mothers an easy out in the first few weeks of breastfeeding. Formula manufacturers have long known the same thing and they know that they best way to get mothers and babies hooked on the formula cycle is to offer free samples in the hospital in the form of "gift bags". Lactivists and the formula companies may know it all too well, but unsuspecting new mothers believe they are simply getting a "perk" for delivering in the hospital. Forego the goody bag if you are a new mom because every sip of formula will alter your baby's latch and reduce your own milk supply. Leave it at the hospital or dump it down the drain if feel inclined but whatever you do, don't bring it home. <iframe width="640" height="480" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/5Tey_Ip-5pw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Breastfeeding Celebrity 3

[caption id="attachment_6795" align="alignleft" width="490"]Angelina Jolie Breastfeeding Angelina Jolie Breastfeeding[/caption] We love to see a breastfeeding celebrity because it does an amazing job of normalizing breastfeeding for everyone that sees it. No celebrity is more spotlighted than Angelina Jolie and it is simply delightful that she shared this picture with us and hopefully inspires her legions of followers to toss the artificial baby food and give breastmilk a try.