Baby Steps A Child Development Blog

C-section is one of the most common surgeries in the world. In the United States, one in three mothers will experience a c-section. I am one in three.

My first son was born by c-section after a very long and exhausting labor. My postpartum recovery was horrible and emotionally draining.

Additionally, my baby and I struggled with ...

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Second place sounds like a win, until it refers to parenting. It’s fairly common for children to single out one parent and shy away from the other. Sometimes, they even dig their heels in and refuse to let the other parent run the bath, push the stroller, or help with the homework. Kids form strong attachments to their primary caregivers, and ...

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We all know that parents are out there preparing their dance moves for the day when they kick their kiddos out of the minivan and back into a classroom, but moms with kids too small for a desk are ecstatic, too.

Empty Spaces

Do you know how much the pool thins out after school starts? And museums? And playgrounds, and story time at ...

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While pessimistic thinking is often brushed off as a personality trait, it is actually a learned behavior. Sometimes it is even used to mask anxiety. When kids approach most situations with "I can't" or very low expectations, they are lost in a cycle of negativity. Kids can, in fact, get stuck in a pattern of negative thinking and struggle to ...

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When my son was a toddler, he decided that all of his tags had to go. Tags were itchy and bothersome, and he had no time for itchy and bothersome. But even when I cut the tags out of shirts, he would come to me, pointing to the tiny little bit of tag left behind, tears of frustration spilling from his giant blue eyes. No tags, mama. No ...

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Developing a consistent routine for children can be a challenge even under the best circumstances. When you account for age, various activities, homework, and maybe even a baby – it’s hard to get the stars to align each day and night.

But add on a hard working mama with a busy work schedule and keeping the family on a consistent ...

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Happy Worldwide Breastfeeding Week! As a mom of three, I have had my ups and downs with breastfeeding. Through severe engorgement, plugged ducts, and mastitis, I continued to push through and make it work.

My youngest child, now 27 months old, continues to happily nurse at bedtime, naps, and when he needs comfort. I love how he feels ...

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I am normally someone who follows the advice of people of authority without question (within reason!). I figure they're the expert, they obviously know more than I do, and that's usually true.

In a large majority of cases, that includes doctors -- with a small caveat. They know more about the medicine, yes; however, I know more about my ...

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When I thought about writing a reflection post, in my head, I saw it as a tear jerker, forcing myself to reminisce through the harsh realities we had to come to grips with last summer after my son was born. Spending months in the NICU, watching him struggle to breathe, knowing his heart was in trouble -- it was every parent's worst nightmare. ...

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The first year of your baby's life will go by much too quickly. Before you know it, his or her first birthday will creep up. Will you throw your soon-to-be toddler a birthday party? My husband and I are big on celebrations, so we did with our first two kids and will with baby number three as well. I love birthday party planning. Between ...

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