A safe sleep space is the first and most basic gift a parent can give an infant. The wonderful staff at 90by30 is working to give every baby born in South Lane County a Smitten filled with crucial supplies. Read more about their innovative approach to reducing child abuse here.
It’s that time of the year again. Millions of us will hit the road and turn interstates into parking lots - all with the goal of being home for the holidays.
My first road trip with Winnie was a disaster. We were 2 miles from our final destination, encountered rush hour traffic, and she Lost. Her. Mind...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...