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Small acts of kindness make big change in Nashville

You may or may not know but Nashville families are struggling in a big way. 1 in 3 families, to be specific. You may even know someone who is struggling. Maybe you can think of a friend or two right now who just need a little hand up. Diapers are such an essential part of raising a baby and maybe you don’t even realize just how many people struggle to afford enough diapers to meet the needs of their babies. Babies go through roughly 12 diapers per day. As you may imagine, that can get expensive, especially when you live paycheck to paycheck.

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Preventing Nipple Confusion

Most parents would like some flexibility in how they feed their baby. Being able to leave pumped milk or formula with another caregiver or co-parent so that they can leave without worrying about their baby’s nutrition is a necessary part of most women and lactating parents’ lives. But many parents are worried that their child will refuse to nurse after being introduced to a bottle.

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I Was a Mom Who Couldn’t Afford Diapers

I was a mom who couldn’t afford diapers.

It’s scary for me to admit that because there is a lot of shame in being unable to provide for your children. Many are quick to point fingers and condemn parents of little to no means, rather than sit with the uncomfortable reality that it is easy for almost anyone to find themselves in that horrible place. Fortunately, there are people who want to help lift up vulnerable members of their community. I was lucky to have those people in my life, who made it possible for me to continue in school and eventually thrive. I’m now on a mission to help those in my community experiencing diaper need, and I hope you will join me.

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5 Tips For an Easier Bedtime

Bedtime at its best means a sweet ending to your day with your baby, and an hour or two for self care or time with your partner before going to sleep. Bedtime with a baby at its worst can be a time of dread and the beginning of a long night of struggle and sleeplessness.

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4 Ways Dads Can Bond With Their Newborns That Don’t Involve Changing Diapers

When preparing dads and partners for welcoming their baby, one of the most common concerns I hear is that they don’t know how they will be involved in the first few weeks of their babies’ lives, and are anticipating feeling left out. They are also worried about their wives and partners being stretched thin and exhausted while breastfeeding or pumping all hours of the day and night. I love that fathers and partners more than ever want to be a part of the caregiving process. Here are some of my most suggested options:

 

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When Will My Baby Sleep Through the Night?

“When will my baby sleep through the night?”

 

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a definitive answer to that question? There’s a reason why sleep deprivation is a utilized method of torture. Exhaustion and sleep deprivation put parents at higher risk for postpartum mood disorders, conflict in relationships, sickness, and poorer quality of life. A sleep deprived baby is at risk for negative impact to their cognitive development and their overall health. Everyone needs sleep.

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Best Night Nannies and Baby Nurses in Nashville

You heard you would be tired after you had your baby. But maybe the depth and intensity behind that word tired didn’t sink in. There’s nothing like the exhaustion that comes after giving birth and then caring for a newborn that doesn’t sleep on an adult schedule.

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5 Things I Know About Sleep Training

Sleep Training: Do you know anyone who has done it with their children? You may have a noticeable reaction when you hear the term. For some, the term “sleep training” immediately makes them think of “cry it out” methods that involve leaving a baby unattended for hours, crying until they are purple in the face and passing out from exhaustion. That sounds scary, and indeed cruel.

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