Becoming a mom for the first time is one of the most exciting experiences you’ll ever have. It can also be one of the most confusing, especially if you have no family or friends with parenting experience nearby. Thankfully, the global village created by the Internet and supported by the vast network of mommy bloggers does offer a significant amount of information and food for thought for new moms. These thirty blog entries cover a variety of parenting topics, both controversial and widely accepted, from feeding to sleep training and vaccinations.
When you bring your brand new bundle of joy home, her nursery will be her sanctuary. Unfortunately, that nursery can be filled with dangers that new parents may not be aware of. In the interest of ensuring that your baby’s room is the safe, peaceful place it’s intended to be, check out what these five bloggers have to say on the subject of infant nursery safety.
- A Checklist for Creating a Safe Nursery
- Tips for Choosing Safe Paints for a Nursery
- How to Create a Safe & Non-Toxic Nursery for Baby
- Nursery Checklist for baby Safety
- 7 Ways We’re Reducing the Risk of SIDS
Since the “Back to Sleep” campaign began in 1994 to promote safe sleeping positions for infants under one year of age, infant mortality rates related to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome have been steadily dropping. These five blogs take on the scary subject of SIDS, and explain proper sleep safety techniques to new mommies, and provide warnings regarding the importance of relying upon a pediatrician’s advice over that published by bloggers that are not medical professionals.
- Internet Sleep Safety: Use Caution When Searching
- Don’t Trust “Dr. Google” for Help on Infant Sleep Safety
- Onesie to Monitor Baby’s Sleep
- Sleep Safety
- SIDS: Reducing Your Baby’s Risk
The World Health Organization strongly recommends that all infants be breastfed for at least the first year of life, with the majority of healthcare experts in agreement. While breast milk does provide your baby with the most complete and health-promoting nutrition, the choice to breastfeed or bottle feed is ultimately up to you. The information provided in these five blog entries can help you determine which option is best for you, and provide you with concrete information about the pros and cons of each.
- Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms
- The Unapologetic Case for Formula-Feeding
- Breast-Feeding vs. Bottle-Feeding
- Bottle-Feeding a Newborn Baby
- 10 Completely Selfish (And Awesome) Reasons for Breastfeeding
While they’re definitely more convenient, disposable diapers can be dangerous to both your baby’s health and that of the environment. These five bloggers tackle all the implications of disposable diapers versus more earth-conscious methods, along with the health benefits of pursuing alternative diapering methods.
- The Dangers of Diapers and Why You Should be Aware
- Cloth vs. Disposable Diapers
- Ins and Outs of Newborn Diapers
- Green Diapering 101: Reducing Your Baby’s Carbon Bumprint
- Elimination Communication (i.e., No Baby Skivvies)
By the time your baby is past the newborn stage and thus in possession of the physical capability to sleep throughout the night, you’re likely to be very anxious for her to begin to do just that. Sleep training encompasses various methods of teaching and encouraging your infant to sleep soundly, allowing everyone to get some much-needed rest.
- What We Mean When We Talk About Sleep Training
- The Cry-It-Out Controversy and My Family’s Sleep Story
- Train Your Newborn to Develop a Healthy Sleep Pattern
- Why I Love & Hate Sleep Training As a Nanny
- Sleep Training According to Babywise
From questioning the efficacy of vaccines in the first place to blaming their contents for a variety of behavioral and learning problems, many parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children. The controversy surrounding the subject is at a fever pitch, with emotions running high on both sides of the debate and turning the entire concept into a hot-button parenting issue. These five blogs approach immunization from both sides of the argument, allowing new moms to make their own informed decisions.
- Vaccinations: Parents Put More Kids on “Shot-Limiting” Schedules
- To Vaccinate or Not – A Tale of Two Choices
- Defending Parents’ Choice Not to Vaccinate Children – Four Letters
- Five Reasons to Vaccinate Your Infant
- Seven Excellent Reasons Not to Vaccinate