Hi! My name is Jenny and among other things I am the mother to Daisy, Olive and Rosemary. We have had a “homebirth philosophy” with the birth of all of our girls although only the second two were born at home.…
Elimination Communication (EC), also known as infant potty learning/training, is about communication between you and your baby and learning to respond to your baby’s needs. It’s learning the signals your baby uses to tell you that they need to relieve themselves and then assisting them to go in an appropriate place. By keeping your baby as clean and dry as possible, you help strengthen their awareness of their own body. As a result, most babies complete potty learning before the age of two years.
In earlier articles (parts 1-4) I documented my experience of tandem feeding Luca and Jonah during Jonah’s first two weeks of life (Luca is 17 months older than Jonah). This article tells of my tandem feeding journey through the next two months.
While TV watching has been a common activity for several decades, the huge increase in TV and other media targeted at and watched by very young children has been described as “a large uncontrolled experiment on today’s infants and toddlers.” 1
In the end it was courage I needed. Courage to step out onto a path of raising children that was so well worn by generations of family history and the confidence in our ability to carve out our own haven: one that reflected mine and my partner’s shared values and our own family culture.
Weight gain in infants is an objective measure which is often heavily relied upon when assessing children’s health. When your child is gaining “good weight” you are assured that you are feeding them well and they are healthy. When your infant is not gaining “good weight” you question your parenting skills and start worrying about whether your child is healthy or not. However, there is more to your infant’s health than weight gain and its significance should be placed into perspective.
In parts 1 and 2 I wrote about my experiences of breastfeeding Luca (who is now 15 months old) during the first 24 weeks of my pregnancy. This article covers weeks 25 to 34.
In the last magazine I wrote about my experiences of breastfeeding whilst pregnant. The article covered the first 17 weeks of my pregnancy. This article is a continuation of the previous one and covers weeks 17 to 25.