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  • #16

    Carrying your baby close to your body is very primal, IMO. It's so much better than the "baby bucket". One of my favorite carriers was a mai tai type carrier. Baby can be carried in the front when very small or in the back, backpack style. I can still carry my 6 year old, at forty pounds! A sling is good, too, especially for small infants. Good for nursing in public and carrying sleeping babies, too.

    I have an Ella Roo sling and an Ella Roo Mai Tai type carrier found at . I also used a Maya Wrap sling for my first child until I was too pregnant to carry her in it. They're at .

    Babies in carriers get more/better adult interaction than babies/toddlers in strollers/car carriers. They also get a lot of benefit from the walking motion of the adult carrier. I've read it helps inner ear, and hence balance, development.


    • #17

      Baby-wearing Tips:


      • #18
        Top 25 articles on


        • #19
          101 Reasons to Breastfeed


          • #20
            Just spent a couple of hours on the FreeRangeKids blog. I LOVE her attitude. I go crazy when I see people hovering over their kids and you can see the little one wants to run and explore. I do get the parents' worries but that must be so annoying to have someone following you around nonstop.

            maba the articles on mothering are quite good, thanks for the links.

            I still don't have major resources to contribute but I did read both "Our Babies, Ourselves" and "The Continuum Concept" as you guys recommended, very helpful and eye opening. I didn't agree with everything they had to say but I loved the general message of following your instinct and that babies are little social humans and to treat them as such.


            • #21
              I found this interesting article about Baby Essentials that are not really "essential":

              Part 1 - The crib
              Part 2 - Infant seats
              Part 3 - Strollers
              Part 4 - Diapers
              Part 5 - Baby tubs
              Part 6 - Baby brain boosters
              Part 7 - Baby food

              Although I'm still going to get some of the above things, I'm with her that they are not absolutely essential. It's refreshing not being told you MUST get this and that.


              • #22
                A good resource for cloth diapering:



                • #23
                  Infant Nutrition and Starting Solids
                  compiled by Katherine Morrison
                  excerpted from the following sites and from other sources over time

                  note: don't ever prechew baby's food. this is a major source of s. mutans transmission.
                  While cavity formation is multi-factorial, it is considered 'infectious'

                  From day 1
                  while breastfeeding (for mom)
                  ☐ mom should be taking high DHA fish oil as DHA is occurs in
                  greater amounts than EPA in fish, wild game, wild plants.
                  ☐ getting plenty of vitamin K from animal products, fermented foods, vegetables
                  ☐ getting sufficient preformed Vitamin A from food and supplements combined (250-300 IU per day),
                  or a monthly 10,000 IU dose of preformed A, or eat liver occasionally....monthly is fine.
                  ☐ taking 1000 IU D3 per 25 lbs body weight per day on days that midday,
                  summer, full body, unprotected sun exposure cannot be obtained
                  ☐ At all latitudes, Vitamin D deficiency is a problem in our modern world
                  unless getting midday, summer, unprotected, full body sun to the point just
                  before a burn occurs
                  ☐ Vitamin D Dosing, Levels and Testing information

                  while breastfeeding (for baby)
                  Vitamin D drops: 400 IU per 10 lbs body weight on days that baby cannot get midday
                  summer, unprotected, full body sun to the point just before a burn would occur
                  ☐ Do not give cod liver oil - it contains too much Vitamin A in ratio to D and most often
                  too little DHA in ratio to EPA
                  ☐ Even modest amounts of dietary A can magnify D insufficiency and deficiency
                  Countries that routinely supplement with cod liver oil have very high fracture rates among
                  other problems that are likely caused by an intake of A too high in relation to D status.

                  Four Months

                  ☐ continue breastfeeding
                  ☐ continue nutritional supplements for mom
                  ☐ continue vitamin D for baby

                  Egg and Liver Feeding
                  ☐ daily: an egg yolk per day with a tsp of grated frozen liver
                  ☐ important: freeze liver for 14 days prior to using
                  ☐ boil egg for 3.5 minutes, open it, scrape yolk into a little dish
                  use microplane grater or similar to grate 1 tsp liver into the yolk
                  feed baby
                  ☐ supplies cholesterol and sulphur-containing amino acids both are important
                  for optimal brain development
                  ☐ yolk types in order of preference
                  →from pasture-fed hens (flax, insects etc insure excellent fatty acid, vitamin A and lutein content)
                  →from high DHA organic free range eggs
                  →from organic free range eggs
                  →from high DHA eggs
                  ☐ egg white contains proteins that are allergenic and difficult to digest
                  delay feeding egg yolk until 12 months

                  Six Months
                  ☐ continue the above and if you can handle it, add.....
                  Organ Meats
                  ☐ traditional cultures populations in Italy, Japan, South and Central
                  America and Africa start infants on soft organ meats, typically
                  liver and brain when they are available
                  ☐ do what you can

                  Ten Months
                  ☐ plain yogurt to familiarize baby with sour taste - may take many tries
                  don't give in and sweeten it
                  ☐ meats (boiled or stewed are best....long cooking times, low temps)
                  ☐ fish (sardines or mackerel are ideal as is wild salmon)
                  ☐ fruit (banana, avocado, pear, apple etc)
                  ☐ vegetables (broccoli, kale, collards, green beans, etc)
                  ☐ fermented foods in addition to yogurt: sauerkraut etc

                  One Year

                  ☐ whole eggs
                  ☐ whole milk
                  ☐ other fruits and vegetables not added at 10 months
                  ☐ fish if not introduced at 10 months
                  ☐ other foods listed above

                  ☐ little amylase is produced before the end of the first year
                  amylase is required for the breakdown of starches
                  ☐ lactase is produced in abundance to digest lactose, the primary
                  carbohydrate in breastmilk (which is also the primary macro
                  ☐ zinc, iron, vitamin A, vitamin D and B vitamins, and Ω3 fatty
                  acids are the most important ones for cognitive development and
                  should be the focus of infant feeding.
                  ☐ animal foods supply zinc, iron, A, and in fatty fish, vitamin D
                  is supplied as well
                  ☐ infant growth is heavily dependent on calcium, phosphorus, protein

                  Formula Recipes
                  ☐ true insufficient supply is rare, but real
                  Last edited by cillakat; 05-13-2010, 12:44 PM.

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                  • #24
                    Thanks again for the informative post cillakat. I'm taking a pre-natal from TwinLabs that has 8000IU of vitamin A of which 3800 IU is from beta-carotene. The days I eat liver, I don't take the pre-natals to avoid a hig Vitamin A intake. Is what I'm getting everyday from my prenatals too much Vitamin A?

                    ETA: I usually eat about 2-3 eggs per day.


                    • #25
                      Very Best Babywearing, Sling using, Baby carrier using website:

                      The videos are amazing. There is literally a video or picture description of every baby carrier known to woman. It's amazing.

                      The very best parenting book I've ever read:
                      Howard Glasser's All Children Flourishing

                      The Continuum Concept is kind of a joke amongst anthropologists. The inaccuracies are extensive.

                      The movie Babies is wonderful.

                      Don't be fooled into thinking that bedsharing is safe. In a primal environment (environment of evolutionary adaptation) it was - because it was safer to have baby quiet and attached to moms breast at night for obvious reasons. In a modern environment, predators are no longer a concern and we have these tricky little things called beds. And pillows. And blankets

                      Having been, over the last 20 years, down the road of two real life friends dealing with SIDS deaths and one online friend, all I can say is: don't do it. It's not worth it. All three were in adult beds with mom.

                      Last edited by cillakat; 05-13-2010, 12:58 PM.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by maba View Post
                        A friend sent me this link yesterday. It has a lot of information on breastfeeding:

                        And some very very bad information on Vitamin D that is 20 years old.

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                        • #27
                          Thanks a lot for the informative post cillakat.

                          I've read The Continuum Concept and though her account of the tribes is interesting, it was a bit of a let down. I imagined something a lot more detailed and scientific. But that said, in a way her conclusions make sense overall, even though they're based on shaky grounds.

                          About co-sleeping, it's hard to find research from un-biased sources but so far, I've seen nothing to suggest that babies that share bed with mom are more prone to SIDS. It happens to babies sleeping in their cribs too, it's just in the latter crib-sleeping does not stand out as a reason because it is the norm.

                          I can't seem to find any statistics that seem reliable because most website are either for or against. All co-sleeping is lumped in one big group: at the very least they should be defined in two major groups: one where the parent simply takes the baby with her to bed (no planned sleep-sharing) and the other, planned out co-sleeping with all safety precautions taken.

                          There's the the Chicago Infant Mortality Study whose conclusion was
                          To lower further the SIDS rate among black and other racial/ethnic groups, prone sleeping, the use of soft bedding and pillows, and some types of bed sharing should be reduced.
                          The sids center lists Japan and the Netherlands as having the lowest sids rate in the world. I know the Dutch are quite relaxed about baby care, tend to prefer home-births but probably co-sleep at a rate similar to other western countries. But in Japan Co-sleeping is more prevalent. Here are some thoughts on co-sleeping in Japan.

                          I know that for me I won't let the baby sleep in the bed if there are pillows and thick bed sheets, only if I'm sleeping without a cover. I'd be too worried that the cover will slide over the baby's face. Seeing that it'll be winter and cold, there's no way I'm sleeping without thick covers. My solution will be a side bed like this:

                          This way it's almost as if the baby is sharing our bed: she'll hear/feel me breathe (which I think is very important in the first months), she'll know I'm there very close and I don't have to get up to breastfeed, I just reach and pull her to me.

                          Another thing that's being promoted here in Germany are sleeping bags for babies, so no bed cover is used and risk of suffocating is reduced (at least that's what they claim). Something like this:


                          • #28
                            Best prenatal vit? My sis is preggo and primal and I'd love to get a prenatal multi rec from you all!
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                            • #29
                              @FairyRae: I used to take Twinlab pre-natals which was recommended at the GNC store where I buy my supplements but I was concerned about the 8000 IU of Vitamin A in it. I recently switched to a brand Cillakat recommended, Nutri-Supreme .

                              @Kay: That's the kind of co-sleeper I'm looking for. I would be comfortable with the baby sleeping with us on the bed if we had a bigger bed but with the size we have I'm thinking a co-sleeper might be better.


                              • #30
                                Thanks for the info Maba!
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