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When Traditions Stop Being Fun

Last year I thought that if my son didn’t get a picture with Santa every year from birth, I was a bad mom. Because of that belief, I dragged my toddler son to a store way too late in the season, only to discover a line with an estimated wait time of an hour and a half. I looked down at my toddler, weaving between merchandise displays, getting perilously close to breaking something, and thought: NOPE. He wailed and buckled as I tried to lift him and carry him out of the store. As I wrestled to strap him into his car seat an overwhelming feeling of failure fell over me. There would be no other opportunities to try again....

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Failing at Natural Parenting: When plans go awry

When I first found out I was going to be a parent, I read a lot about “natural parenting” that resonated with me. I liked that they used words like “gentle” and talked a lot about bonding with your child. I studied it all while pregnant and already had a plan for what I would do when my baby was in my arms. I knew I would breastfeed, cosleep, babywear and cloth diaper. But “natural” doesn’t mean easy. It definitely was not what I expected. With breastfeeding, I expected to be nursing a lot. Everyone says newborns eat frequently. However, I wasn’t prepared for my son to be constantly attached to me. I could barely get a fifteen minute break...

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Using the ONEder Cover when you cut your kid's hair

THE HAIRMy son was born with a head of dark hair. At about 6 months we noticed the first curl, and from there his head bloomed a full head of curly locks. At first I was afraid to cut it, after hearing so many people say they cut their babies’ hair and it never came back curly. So I started cutting his hair by just taking a little bit off at a time, just to trim off the unruly ends. I feel comfortable cutting off more of my son’s hair now. Like any toddler, he’s impatient about getting his hair brushed. I cut it just long enough that it will curl, but short enough that I can quickly run a...

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Keeping Tidy in the Kitchen with a Toddler

My daughter LOVES baking. Brownies, cookies, muffins - if it's sweet she'll help make it and gobble it up! But baking with a toddler is often quite a messy experience. Before discovering the ONEder Cover, I would take off her clothing and she would help mix ingredients sporting just a diaper. This was often followed by a bath, as she would end up with flour, sugar, milk or eggs all over herself. As much as I loved baking with her, at 30 weeks pregnant I became too tired to deal with her mess. And then we were given a ONEder Cover and our baking messes were contained! My daughter wears the ONEder Cover as a toddler smock when we bake, so her...

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Normalizing Breastfeeding: The new mommy war?

  I’ve read a lot about breastfeeding since becoming a mom, and especially since designing a product for breastfeeding. One of the trends I have noticed online is a big push toward normalizing breastfeeding, which means encouraging mothers to breastfeed in public without a cover, even posting pictures (#normalizebreastfeeding) on social media, with no shame. I, personally, am wholly in support of women being able to breastfeed wherever they want and with as much or as little boob exposure as they are comfortable with. But I think we need to be careful not to turn this into another mommy war. If you defend the right to breastfeed coverless by making fun of covering up, you're also taking a jab at...

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