A new study has revealed that sleeping in bed with your baby raises the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) significantly. Though in America pediatricians have long recommended that babies sleep on their backs in an empty crib, many parents still choose to co-sleep, especially in the early days when night wakings are frequent and everyone is exhausted. But the study suggests that even parents who co-sleep and take measures to lower the risk of SIDS such as breastfeeding and not smoking or drinking, are making an unsafe choice.Continue Reading >
Yes, the first year of motherhood is hard. When you hear other parents venting about it, they are not exaggerating. It pretty much goes that as soon as you think you have one issue under control, a slew of new difficulties will follow. There is so much to learn and master for both you and your baby, that there really is no respite. Nevermind the intense bouts of teething, ear infections, colds, and other problems that you're likely to experience in this short span of time.
Despite how physically and emotionally taxing it can be, it is incredibly rewarding and humbling in the best of ways.Continue Reading >
I've always thought dreams can hold real meaning ... and according to a new study, they do! New research investigating the predictive value of dreams has found that having nightmares about a partner cheating could actually indicate the relationship is headed for trouble.Continue Reading >
Avoiding the temptation to eat junk food and stay on course is hard enough to do on a daily basis. So just imagine how difficult it must be to fight the urge to eat while unconscious! That's exactly what 55-year-old British mom Lesley Cusack has to do every night.
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Sleepwalkers can't help what happens when they're in a trance, but one man got away with molesting two 17-year-old girls due to his "sexsomnia". Sexsomnia is a rare disorder in which people engage in sex while they're asleep. The unnamed 31-year-old man from Denmark is said to have been cleared of sex charges because medical tests confirmed that he suffered from the sleep condition.
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According to a recent survey, one out of every three marriages end in divorce mainly due to a of lack of sleep because of a crying baby ... and I completely understand why. If your kids are still young, you probably know why also!
Before having kids, I never would have imagined that I could go so many nights without sleeping well and not die of exhaustion. Even though I have an amazing husband that is an even more incredible father, the truth is that he is a very, very deep sleeper. So much so that I have to remind him when it's his turn to go check on our kids when they cry. Our exhaustion has been the cause of more than one fight between us.Continue Reading >
One of the biggest and most challenging tasks of new parenthood is establishing some sort of schedule for your baby. Eventually everyone ends up with either a baby-led routine or a parent-led routine, but oftentimes this doesn't happen for many months and getting there can be very frustrating.
I admittedly did very little research on parenting techniques -- I assumed I would just go with the flow and figure things out over time (more of a baby-led approach, although I did know the term at the time). But after about five weeks of on-demand feedings and short naps, I was already on the verge of burning out. That's not to say that those things won't work indefinitely for other moms, but being slightly more of a Type A person, it just wasn't working for me.
Yes, working out and eating well are essential when it comes to losing weight and getting fit. But believe it or not, there are a lot of other ways you can burn calories, and I mean hundreds of calories.
I'm talking ways that don't even require you to break a sweat! No, I'm not insane. If you haven't managed to find the time to hit the gym, try some of these little, no-sweat changes to help you shed the pounds!Continue Reading >
Do you co-sleep? Has it affected your sex life? People automatically assume that if you co-sleep then you are not having any hot sexy nights with your spouse and that is just not true. People pity co-sleepers and assume that our freaky sex lovemaking has been put on life support and we reserve our energy and military tactics for special occasions; also, not true.
Co-sleeping doesn't have to squash intimacy, you just have to get creative and use the rest of the house. Honestly, I think all the sneaking around and ingenuity put into our sex lives has added some spice. Sure, we may not be afforded the luxury of rolling over and having missionary marital relations, but don't underestimate the power of the heightened experience of playing the ultimate game of hide-and-seek.
You know, what they say, babies don't come with directions, and after eight months of being a mamá, I'd like to say that I'm confident and secure in my parenting abilities, that I know my son well, and that I'm always great at anticipating and meeting his needs ... but honestly, I'm not.
Sure, there are some things I feel really good about, but even when we're having a smooth stretch, I'm thinking about what's to come. Am I doing everything I can to give him the best start? Is it okay that I don't always follow all the rules? Will I do something now that will cause problems later on? I suppose there's really no way to know for sure, so I might as well air them all out now, and hope that when the time comes they work themselves out. Here are the biggest first-time mom fears that I still experience every day: