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real mom talk

Nitty Gritty on Nursing
November 10, 2010 4:05 pm | by

Today in Real Mom Talk, we move north to talk about our two best girl friends. Nothing can truly prepare you for what it feels like to nurse a baby. Maybe you used that breast pump on your shelf to try to induce labor at week 40, so you think you have an idea of what it will be like, but not even that compares to a real, live, hungry baby. Sure, it’s a wonderful, natural thing women have done for centuries, but that doesn’t mean it is always easy or feels nice. For some moms, breastfeeding is easy, completely

Oh the Ooze!
November 8, 2010 4:02 pm | by

The moment your child emerges from the womb is amazing. It’s a rush of emotion, excitement and fluids. As you bask in the glow of the moment, it’s easy to forget what’s happening below. Thankfully medical professionals assist with the initial cleanup, but after those early hours, it becomes a relentless task that only a sleep deprived, mother of a newborn can care for. Very few women truly understand what postpartum bleeding is like until after they’ve had their first child. Which leaves many first time mothers unprepared, both emotionally and with inadequate supplies. Most resources state that average postpartum

Postpartum Depression
October 27, 2010 2:11 pm | by

This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that pediatricians screen mothers of newborns for postpartum depression. According to the AAP, “Estimated rates of depression among pregnant and postpartum women can range between 5 percent and 25 percent.”   Cotton Babies currently has more than 10,000 fans on our Facebook page. If we apply these statistics, thousands of you, your sisters, your daughters or your wife could be dealing with issues of depression. Postpartum depression is a serious issue that needs to be talked about openly. As with many mental health issues, there is often a stigma attached to PPD.

I’m a good mom
September 30, 2010 4:50 pm | by

This morning, a stranger told me I was a good mom and it made my day.   Each morning, I wait with my boys for the school bus. Our neighborhood is filled with early morning walkers, most past their parenting years. One of my sons was on the ground investigating something on the sidewalk. A walker approached and I shouted, “MOVE!” The polite walker said, “Oh it’s okay.” Not wanting to seem an overbearing mom, I replied, “We’re trying to teach him awareness of others.”   Little did I know that statement would spark a five minute conversation. I discovered

Work Life Balance
September 28, 2010 11:50 am | by

Balance. Now there’s a loaded word. Over the past year (who am I kidding it’s been well over 10 years) I’ve been searching for the definition and/or execution of “balance.” Don’t hold your breath, I don’t have many answers. What I have discovered is that for me, balance is a living breathing organism that is in constant motion and change. Kind of like a child. Just when I think I’ve figured out how to keep some kind of balance in my life, something happens- someone develops a severe food allergy, the car breaks down, unexpected visitors show up at the

It’s All About You
September 23, 2010 9:18 am | by

We’ve read a lot of opinions on the internet lately about how we share information piece by piece. We would like to explain why we do this. It’s all about YOU!   Our new Artist Series has been years in the making. It takes time to blaze new trails. It takes time to create, design and produce diapers. There are many steps between a new idea and a diaper in your hands.   We know that many of our customers are just as excited as we are about new products. We want to share our excitement with you. We want

Making Mom Friends
September 22, 2010 9:48 am | by

A few weeks ago, a long time friend of mine posted this video on her Facebook wall: While I chuckled at the extreme nature of the characters, my heart broke for my dear friend. I recall feeling very isolated after my first child was born. It was difficult to find and make friends. It’s a balance to share your parenting beliefs without appearing judgmental. Each baby, parent, family and lifestyle is different. As moms, it’s a careful dance when we meet new friends. With my journalistic background and training, I approach a potential new friend with an appreciation that every

Four Little Words
September 14, 2010 4:04 pm | by

Last week, Jenn asked our Facebook fans what topics they would like to see covered in our new “Real Mom Talk” blog posts. Many of you responded that working mom issues were important to you.   I can identify. I’m right in the middle of transitioning from stay at home to working mom. I spent the last 7 years of my life at home with my children.   I’ve known for a while my time at home would be coming to an end, I just didn’t know exactly when. In between updating my resume, picking out interview outfits and adjusting

Going Green in the New Year
January 6, 2010 11:09 am | by

It is the first week of the new year, so of course the topic of conversation is New Year’s Resolutions. If you are resolving to “go green” this year, here are a few simple ideas to get you started: One of the easiest, and probably most obvious, is to buy products made from recycled items. Many products are even sold in recycled packaging. Manufacturers are marking their items when they are made with recycled products or sold in recycled packaging, so while you are shopping, keep your eye out for them! Reusable grocery bags are fantastic, inexpensive and easy way

My History in Diaper Covers
December 6, 2009 2:49 pm | by

I have used cloth diapers at least part time with all my children.  When we got married we had no money and my mom made me some and bought me the pins and plastic pants and off we went, no longer dependent on running to the store for diapers.  That child is 19 years old now… hard to believe that I am still diapering after all these years. Plastic pants and pins were pretty much the only way to go that I was aware of at the time.  And those diapers were cheap and pretty bullet proof.  Leaks were rare,