Sunday, November 28, 2010

Breastfeeding Advertising Banned

Yet another breastfeeding promotional ad (from Brazil) that was banned from FB. If you look closely, you may realize that it is JUST a picture of a baby with the quote, "Made for each other.  Breast feed."

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Parenting Infants and Toddlers Today --Research Findings

There is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of infants and toddlers called Zero to Three ( I have been blessed to have attended and presented at some of their conferences and often search their website for up to date research on child development. There was a recent report on Parenting Infants and Toddlers Today, Research Findings, Based On a Survey Among Parents of Children Ages Birth To Three Years Old, this finding was one that really struck me:

"Parents do not fully understand how deeply babies’ and toddlers’ social- emotional development is affected by certain early experiences. A significant majority of parents do not realize that by six months most babies can experience feelings such as sadness and fear (69%) and can be affected by their parents’ moods (65%). Many parents also are not aware that most children are capable of feeling good or bad about themselves between ages one to two, with a majority believing that this happens later in a child’s development."

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Babywearing International of the Bay Area

Many families in the tum e time classes wonder what baby carrier to use. As the baby carrier market is flooded with choices and one size certainly doesn't fit all, its a difficult question to answer. Even in my house, my husband and I had our separate, favorite carriers for our daughter as she grew.

If you want to try out a carrier, have questions, etc.....I recommend joining the yahoo group or go to one of the Babywearing International of the Bay Area meetings. Here is the blurb that is posted on their yahoo group description:

"Welcome to Babywearing International of the Bay Area, Inc. (formerly known as Bay Area Babywearers).

"Babywearing" is the practice of holding a child in a cloth sling or carrier - using an item that you wear to keep your baby close and secure, while simultaneously keeping hands free for other important tasks. Babywearing International of the Bay Area, Inc. is one of a multitude of local babywearing support and advocacy groups across the country and around the world. If you are interested in either receiving or giving help for parents and other caregivers who wish to choose and learn to use a ring sling, pouch, wrap, mei tai or other baby carrier, you are in the right place!

Our group meets on the following days/times (with other events throughout the year as well). Please visit the calendar section or contact a leader for more detailed information on our meetings and playgroups.

South Bay Meeting: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 10:30am-12:30pm
East Bay Meeting: 3rd Saturday of the month, 11:00am-1:00pm
Contra Costa Meeting: 4rd Monday of the month, 11:30am-1:30pm

Subscribe to our e-mail list for access to additional resources, including member lists, our carrier and media lending library, and, of course, communications with our members. Please note that while local owners or associates of babywearing-related businesses are very welcome as members, NO SPAM (advertising products or services babywearing-related or not) is allowed on our e-mail list. Members are welcome to offer used carriers from their personal collections for sale. Please keep conversations on-topic (babywearing).

South Bay: Karisa ( and Sandra (
East Bay: Holly (
Contra Costa: Renita ("

From the Yahoo Groups webpage: