SIDS: Risks and Realities

A new study by Carpenter and colleagues in the British Medical Journal makes claims about bedsharing, breastfeeding and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Here is what they got wrong.

Understanding and Helping Toddler Sleep--Preparing Success

Practical, tested ways to help your toddler sleep...

Understanding and Helping Toddler Sleep-Tiredness?

Knowing what tiredness looks like in a toddler signals when to start sleep routine

Understanding and Helping Toddler Sleep

Every parent has despaired of their toddler's night waking, no matter where the toddler sleeps and no matter the circumstances surrounding the desperation.

More Normal Parenting for Sleep

Wouldn’t it be nice if infants and children wanted to sleep exactly where we wanted to put them on a given day?

Normal Infant Sleep: Night Nursing's Importance

Nursing often is what sends our little ones to sleep and may offer more benefits than previously realized

Normal Parent Behaviors and Why They Won’t Hurt Your Child

Many parents who sleep with their child get comments along the lines of, “Your child will never leave if you don’t move them” or “What about your sex life?”. Parents end up questioning if they are doing the right thing for their child...

Mind of a Rampage Killer: Avoiding Possible Roots

The PBS show mentions the importance of early experience for mental and social health but does not elaborate. Here are ways to foster positive mental health in young children.

Normal Infant Sleep: Changing Patterns

“My child wakes up at 2am and is up for 1-2 hours!” One of us remembers very clearly the first time her daughter ended up doing this....

Normal, Human Infant Sleep: Feeding Method and Development

Although US culture emphasizes “sleeping through the night,” this is is not biologically normal. Knowledge about normal sleep patterns can help alleviate the stress and anxiety parents feel, leading to happier times for the entire family.

Simple Ways to Calm a Crying Baby

“My baby is only happy in my arms, the minute I put her down she cries.”

New Moms Need Social Support

Growing up my mom always joked with me, “I wish you could have stayed a baby.” She loved that I needed her, that she could hug and kiss me infinitely without my complaints. But most of all, she jokes her favorite thing was the attention she received.

'Let Crying Babes Lie'? So Wrong

Recent research on baby sleep training is misreported and misleading. Let's shed some light on the findings.

Baby Sleep Training: Mistakes “Experts” and Parents Make

A world of “experts” and journalists tell parents about the safety of “controlled crying” or “cry it out” techniques to make babies sleep. The advice has multiple mistaken premises and conclusions about what is normal and good for babies.

Painkillers for Childbirth? The Few Pros and Many Cons

Begging for an epidural, no Gleek will soon forget Quinn yelling, “You suck! You suck! You suck!” at Puck for the duration of her labor. But are epidurals a good idea?

What's the Use of Midwives and Doulas?

Studies indicate that having a birth coach (doula) decreases use of various interventions and that expectant mothers are significantly more pleased with the birth process than are mothers assisted only by doctors.

Home Birth: Jesus Had One

In the USA today, less than 1% of births are at home. But the shift to hospitals has not worked out well for everyone: the USA has the highest infant and maternal mortality rate in the developed world.

Can We Stop Confusing IQ With Intelligence?

Adam Lanza, the school shooter, was reportedly “a genius." When will we stop equating book knowledge with intelligence?

What if Jesus Had Been Born in the USA?

If Jesus had been born under USA standards, he might not have been the wise, calm, peaceloving person he became. Why?

What Does Good Parenting Look Like? You Decide.

Parenting advice is confusing. Tell us what you think.

Enjoy Peace with Right-Hemisphere Shift

Before the stroke Dr Taylor was angry and dominant. During the stroke and recovery she was in a state of peace. What she learned changed her life and could change yours.

What Happened to Ethics in Pediatric Medicine?

The premiere journal of pediatric medicine has declared that sleep training has no adverse effects on a baby. Have pediatric researchers lost their minds?

Stand Up For Breastfeeding

Don’t let medical personnel undermine breastfeeding. What mothers feed their infants is very important for their child’s lifetime health and well being.

Breastfeeding Facts to Know and Discuss

Tell them what the research says. There is no replacement. Breastfeeding is normal, natural and necessary for optimal health.

Baby-, Parent- or Life-Centered Parenting?

Clashing parenting cultures--Bring up Bebe detachment, Time Magazine's obsessive parenting. Does it have to be either/or?

Ten Ways to Truly Respect Motherhood

When my mother was having her children in the 1950s and 1960s, mothers were "knocked out" for childbirth and babies were extracted with forceps and taken away. Such disrespect of mothers, babies and motherhood! Things haven't changed that much...

Killing and the Vicious Imagination

Is Bales a “bad apple” or a prisoner of a system that encourages vicious imagination?

Childism Revisited

Results of last week's Childism poll and more about Young-Bruehl's book, Childism.

Are You a “Childist?"

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl says that the USA is anti-child. Are you?

Blurred Moral Vision (The Psychology of Killing – Part 2)

Have you noticed how situations and systems influence your morality?