A Broken Promise to My Daughter

A Broken Promise to My Daughter

Before she was born, I swore that I would never pass my body image, weight-obsessed nonsense on to my little girl. I had plans. We would talk about our bodies as miraculous tools that carry us through our lives. I would use words like “strong” and “capable” instead of “skinny” and “pretty.” I would break this cycle of female body-shame by showing my daughter that I loved myself no matter my shape.

The best laid plans.

SIDS: What it is...and what it isn't

SIDS: What it is...and what it isn't

If you are a parent, you most certainly have heard the term SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. What is it? 

The official definition of SIDS is "the sudden death of an infant less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted, including a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and a review of the clinical history". That's quite a mouthful.

The short version: SIDS is an infant death that is truly unexplainable.

Don’t Go to Bed Without Them: This New Mom’s Five Favorite (Safe) Sleep Products

Don’t Go to Bed Without Them: This New Mom’s Five Favorite (Safe) Sleep Products

Once upon a time, I slept for nine hours a night. Now I have a six-month old. She sleeps great ... from 6pm to 3am. *Sigh*

That means six hours of slumber has become a sweet night’s sleep for me. It seems like every time we conquer one sleep issue (pacifier dependence) another one pops up (Help mommy! I got stuck on my tummy and I'm SO MAD about it!).

Thankfully, there are some tools out there that make nighttime a little easier...

Safe Sleep: What it is and Why to do it.

Safe Sleep: What it is and Why to do it.

There are going to be lots of times as a parent that you have zero control over keeping your child safe and healthy. Times when your child gets hurt on the playground. Times your teen is out doing whatever teens do (heaven help us). But choosing the sleeping arrangements of your baby is a time when you have ALL the control.

Ten Reasons My Baby Sleeps in a Box

Ten Reasons My Baby Sleeps in a Box

Pip & Grow co-founder, Kate's, daughter, Winnie, sleeps in a cardboard box. And she loves it. Here are just ten of the many reasons.

#1 She sleeps safely.

I work in public health. That means that statistics like “3500 infants died due to SIDS or suffocation in 2013” come across my desk on the regular. Before Winnie, those statistics made me sad. After Winnie, I can’t read them without weeping...