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Gentle Parenting is…

… teaching him that dinner time is spent at the high chair, but when he has had it, I will take him out and practice patience again at next meal. … teaching him to tolerate the stroller, even for just a few minutes. And then it an become a storage cart for mommy and daddy. … respecting and responding to his cries, because it is his only way of communicating. … not getting frustrated when he takes a while to fall asleep. Sleeping should not be a negative experience. … allow him to do things when he is ready, whether it is crawling, walking, eating real food, or sleeping. … be patient with him and try to understand where he is coming from. No baby naturally wants to be a “bad” baby. This is what Gentle Parenting means to me. What about...

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​Tips for Pumping Mamas

Most mothers nowadays needs to go back to work after the baby is born, unfortunately, so the only way to continue giving mama’s milk to the baby is by pumping. It takes some getting used to. The fact that you can see how much you are getting makes it stressful for most of us. To ease your anxiety at the pump a bit, the following are a collection of pumping rules and tips I find helpful. 1. Have your baby close. Not literally, but looking at his/her pictures or videos on the phone will help trick your brain to do better with the pump. (This is the number one tip I have found everywhere.) 2. Relax & ignore the pump. Do not stress about how much you are pumping. The more you think about it, the less you are going to get. 3. Keep a nutritious snack nearby. Once you are done pumping and have to go back to work, I bet that you will get too busy and have no time to snack and get in a few extra calories. Even eating a granola bar is better than nothing. Making milk takes energy (aka calories). 4. Keep drinking water. Similar to the last tip, do not forget to drink some water before and during pumping. When pumping and working you will need to drink at least 80 oz. of...

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Do you nanny cam?

Being a mother is not easy. Being a working mother can be even harder, because I have to find someone to help take care of the baby while I am away. I was able to find a nice lady to care for my baby when I work. She does a pretty decent job and Lil Mochi seems to like her. I have my ways of treating the baby, and I tried to convey that to her. She follows my instructions and advice some of the time. After a little while, I felt that she could be more patient with the baby, so I set out to look for a new caregiver. (I was working from home at the beginning and I can hear their interactions.) I thought I can find a “better” one. From a mommy group, I came across a mom posting that her nanny will become available because the family is moving away. She highly recommended her nanny, who had been with her family for 3 years. At first meeting, I felt that the nanny was not quite what I was looking for. However, after thinking about it some more and feeling that the current caregiver can be better, I decided to give her a try. Since I knew I will really miss my baby when I started to go back to work, and my gut feeling telling me to...

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Baby Party #623

Dear Lil Mochi, As I come to your bedside in the middle of last night, I was calm but excited. I was trying to recall what new skills you have shown us recently, that was waking you up at night. You must have been dreaming of practicing them. Just last Saturday, you started waving AT PEOPLE. Now you just wave at everyone while screaming excitedly. Earlier in the evening, you pulled up on the side of the crib (which reminds me that we need to lower it some more) ONCE — you were mighty proud of it. And was trying to attempt it a few more times. You developed these skills all at your own pace. You are eager to show them off and practice them every chance you get, even in your sleep. So, I was excited that you woke up in the middle of the night, because it meant that you are growing up so, so fast. Love,...

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