Birth & Babies

*This page is still a work in progress.  I have a lot more resources coming so check back soon!*

When it comes to living a more natural, more gentle life, more godly life I can’t think of a better place to start than at the very beginning: birth and babies.  I am passionate about childbirth and about caring for our children in their most vulnerable and impressionable stages.  There is lots I have learned on the way about the importance of lavishing love on our children from the very moment of conception.  Below are some of the topics I have written about dealing with these very important issues along with some books, links and other resources to get you started:

Resources for Childbirth…

From My Posts

My Birth Stories

Books

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth:  Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience.  This was the single most helpful birthing book I read when I was pregnant with my first child.

Husband-Coached Childbirth (Fifth Edition): The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth: From the reasons to choose the Bradley Method to the steps you will take as your birth day approaches—and after the birth of your baby—this book is designed to help couples share completely in the birthing experience.  Although I did not make Jake read through this with me, this book also helped me develop the way I now see birth and enabled me to express to my husband what I needed in our birth experiences together.

Other Helpful Links

 Natural Birth and Baby Care: This is a great website where you will find lots of helpful information on preparing for childbirth and a pile of inspiring birth stories!

Resources for Natural Infant Hygiene 

From My Posts

What is Elimination Communication?

All Posts on Natural Infant Hygiene


Books

Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene: Based on extensive research, case studies, and the author’s own experience, Diaper Free! is a warm and helpful companion at every stage, from the first magical days of your baby’s life, to complete toilet independence.  Although we used natural infant hygiene with Evangeline, we did not start full time until she was 15 months old.  Our off and on success was due mostly to my lack of confidence.  It was not until I read this book when we were pregnant with our second child that I gained the confidence and knowledge I needed to go diaper free from the very beginning.

You can find resources online about how to start and some trouble shooting advice, but you will not find this comprehensive wisdom.  It is expensive due to being out of print but there is a Kindle version available!  I found a copy at my local library.  Whatever you do, read this book!

Products

OsoCozy Unbleached Prefold Cloth Diapers – 6 Pack: Prefold diaper inserts are great for that first newborn pottying stage.  Just wrap them around baby’s bottom for protection and instant awareness of baby’s pottying needs.  They are inexpensive, so you can buy lots for that early stage of learning your child’s cues.  I prefer them over cloth diapers because of their quick accessibility when baby needs to go and your immediate knowledge of wetness.  You can find them at the link above or just go to your nearest Walmart and check in the baby aisle!

Diaper Belts: Prefold diaper belts are the perfect solution for pottying a newborn.  We used them with Stephen and they worked wonders for us!  These are perfect for the early stage.  Just wrap them around a good old prefold cloth diaper for quick pottying access and instant awareness of baby’s pottying needs.  You can get them here.

 

Other Helpful Links

Natural Birth and Baby Care: If you are looking for something to just get you started, this website is a great resource.  She also has journal entries for the elimination communication journeys of her children that you can read through.

Resources for Nighttime Parenting

From My Posts

All Posts on Co-Sleeping

Products

Humanity Family Sleeper- co-sleeping pad and maternity body pillow: This is a pricey item, but I have not found anything else on the market like it.  Normally I only recommend products I have used myself and love, but because this is so useful I thought I would share it with you anyway.  This is a co-sleeping pillow that allows you to provide a safe and effective barrier between  an edge or another child or person in the bed.  There are no creases or cracks, giving baby a safe area to sleep in.  It is absorbent as well, so it will protect your sheets from leaking.  We almost purchased this when our second child was born, but we found some creative ways to sleep with all four of us safely in the bed.  We haven’t made this investment yet, but likely will in the future.

Instant King Twin Bed Bridge: Need some extra space?  This is what we did.  Instead of buying a King bed we simply bought a foam bridge to seamlessly connect the two beds we already had.  We used a Queen and a Twin (more space but you can’t buy a fitted sheet to work it!) and laid this over the crack to protect baby from it.  Because we didn’t have two twins it was a little bit of a hassle because it didn’t stay put, but it got us through those first couple of months and we didn’t need to buy the super expensive pillow!