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The One Thing I'll NEVER Do as a Parent

When I was pregnant, people who knew I was a Montessori guide would say: "Wow, you're going to be such an amazing mom!" My standard, humble reply was: "I'll be a mom, like any other mom."

But deep down inside, I had my list of things I was sure I would NEVER do, buy or use as a parent. That list was long and it was judgemental.

My mom and her best friend took me shopping for baby items. "You'll need bottles," they said. Of course not, I'll breastfeed on demand.

Sippy cups? Waste of money, my...

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ImprovingBirth.org - A rally for change!!!

Did you know that every year,more than 729,800 unnecessary and elective C-sections are performed in the United States? Watch the video below to find out what this is doing to our infant and maternal mortality rates (hint: it's not good), and check out the risks of C-sections for mom and baby. Then, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!

Join the National Rally for Change organized by ImprovingBirth.org!! Visit their website, find your city on their map, and become part of the solution!

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Zach's Home Birth Story

I knew that home birth was right for me ever since I did my Montessori Children's House training, learned about Dr. Frederick Leboyer, and read "Birth Without Violence" (click the link to download the free pdf). In the course we discussed the importance of a natural and intervention-free birth, and I knew that in the current obstetrical climate of unnecessary interventions and C-sections my best chance at going natural would be to stay away from hospitals. I got pregnant for the first time at...

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A Mission of Nutrition

I'm aware that what I'm posting here might not be viewed favorably by everyone, and that's OK. I just ask that if you have negative comments, please keep them to yourself or write them on your own blog (I won't approve negative comments for this post, so don't bother writing them). This is a very sensitive topic for me, but I chose to write about it both for future personal reference, and to provide an alternative to mothers out there who might find themselves in my shoes. Thank you!
"The...

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Bedroom Transition

I am writing this post at the request of a very dear friend and fellow Montessorian who is expecting her first child. This was our personal experience with our child, but every parent has to choose what works best for them and their child. As with everything in a child's life, it's important to make decisions based on THE CHILD'S development, and not on the adult's needs or emotional attachments. Just sayin'...

During the first four weeks of his life, Zachary slept in a travel bassinet on the...

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Preparing the Home

My dear friend Jeanne-Marie Paynel of Voila Montessori gives a fabulous interview regarding the importance of preparing your home to greet your newborn child. Enjoy!

http://peaceinyourhome.com/preparing-the-home-for-baby-a-montessori-perspective/

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Topponcino: The Miracle Pillow

I have three close friends who have completed the Assistants to Infancy training course (to support the development of children from birth through age 3). When they found out I was pregnant, all three told me to make a topponcino.

A toppon-WHAT?!A topponcino is a thin full-body infant pillow that provides the newborn with a sense of security when being passed from one person to another or when being placed onto his bed when he falls asleep in arms.

mom-holding-baby-on-topponcino_1200x www.topponcinocompany.com

Being the crunchy...

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