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A Toilet Training Book That Is Working For Us

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At long last, I think we are making some progress on the toilet training front. And I do have to credit “The Potty Train” by David Hochman and Ruth Kennison. Seriously, what child doesn’t want to shout, as loud as possible, “chugg a chugg a, pooooo pooooo!”

And More Parenting Books

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Seems like a lot of parenting books have come across my desk lately. Maybe it’s my imagination. Maybe it’s because of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Any one in the industry care to comment?
Anyway, here are four more titles I’ve got on my desk to read:
Better Birth: The Ultimate Guide to Childbirth from Home Births to Hospitals is by Denise Spatafora. Denise is the creator of the Born Clear Method, a childbirth prep course that focuses on the mind-body connection. (A disclosure: Mama Knows Breast is cited in this book).

The Essential Breastfeeding Log
allows you track your baby’s eating and sleeping habits. It evolves over time, with four different formats depending on the baby’s age.

The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk
is focused on remedying low milk supply. It’s recommended by La Leche League. The Motherwear Blog had a good review of this book.

The Ultimate Mom: Uplifting Stories, Endearing Photos, and the Best Experts’ Tips on the Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love
is edited by Maria Bailey, the host of Mom Talk Radio and the co-founder of


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Four years ago, before our first son was born, I had no idea what I was in for. I had no idea that some day, I’d watch in horror as one of the kids deliberately stepped in dog poop. I had no idea that I’d say things like, “Stop licking the pole on the bus.” And I definitely couldn’t have imagined that extreme frustration could co-exist with extreme happiness. Often in the same day.
It’s this very sense of shock and awe that’s at the core of the new book “afterbith: Stories You Won’t Read in a Parenting Magazine”. Without a doubt, this is the most hilarious thing I’ve read in a long time. If you, like me, thought it was virtually impossible to find a unique parenting book, think again. And then go buy Afterbirth.
Comedian Dani Klein Modisett edited the book, which is a collection of essays about how parenting changes you in ways you’d never imagine. All of the pieces are written by top writers and performers… a virtual who’s who in Hollywood.
The book itself sprang from Modisett’s long-running show that features these writers reading their essays. It started in LA, but she now takes it on the road. And if it’s near you, go see it.
I was lucky enough to catch the show in NY recently, after meeting Modisett in a dance class. She was wearing a t-shirt of the cover of her book, so I practically pounced on her to see what it was all about. We were quickly reprimanded by the teacher to stop talking. Thanks to email, we continued the conversation later.
Yes, little did I know, four years ago, that I would come to worship our babysitters so that I could go out to an event like Modisett’s show. Then again… I don’t think I ever envisioned saying, “Get off of your brother RIGHT NOW or someone is going to get hurt!”
Too bad I didn’t have “Afterbirth” BEFORE I gave birth.

Chicago Says No To Bottles with BPA Plastic

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The political movement to get BPA out of baby bottles and other bottles is growing. Chicago is the first city to ban the sale of bottles with BPA. Here’s the NYT article.
The City Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a measure making Chicago the nation’s first city to ban the sale of baby bottles and sippy cups manufactured with a chemical that some studies have linked to disease.
Passage was driven by what officials here call federal regulators’ failure to take action on a grave public health issue.
The chemical, bisphenol-A, or BPA, is commonly employed to harden plastics, among other uses. Over time, it can leach into the contents of a plastic container, particularly one that is used in a microwave oven or cleaned in a dishwasher.
Some animal studies have found that BPA apparently accelerates puberty and poses a cancer risk, and, while the issue’s focus has been on the safety of children, the chemical has also been tied to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes in adults. But in a draft risk assessment last year, the Food and Drug Administration said that at levels found in products on the American market, it appeared to be safe.
In October, a scientific panel of advisers to the F.D.A. condemned that conclusion, saying the agency had ignored crucial studies and used flawed methods. The agency’s review of BPA studies goes on. …
Though Chicago is the first city with such a ban, it is not the first jurisdiction. Last week Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota signed into law a statewide prohibition on baby bottles and sippy cups made with BPA, and similar bills are pending in Congress, as well as in other states. The Connecticut House passed a measure last month, and the State Senate is expected to vote on that bill this week.
They all join Suffolk County, N.Y., which adopted its own BPA bottle and cup ban two months ago.

Breastfeeding Products

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UPDATE: Here’s something else that just came my way:
The Shower Hug looks like a cool invention. It’s basically a big piece of fabric that you wear around your chest and close with velcro. The goal, making showers a little more comfortable if the direct flow of water hurts your breasts. Other uses.. a strapless bra or something to hold ice or heat packs.
Here are a couple of my recent finds:
The Peeky Boo Baby Nursing Blanket is different from any other product I’ve ever seen. It’s essentially a blanket with a removable, padded weight in one corner. You drape the blanket over your shoulder and the weight keeps it from falling down. The blanket can also be used as a changing pad, play mat, swaddling blanket or stroller cover. Great fabric choices too.
And here’s a Breastfeeding Support Kit from a company called Earth Mama Angel Baby. Inside you’ll find a special nursing tea, nipple cream, herbal breast compresses and breast packs that you can either microwave or freeze. I think this kit would make a great gift for a new mom. However, I haven’t personally tried any of these products, so I’ll leave feedback to anyone who has. Let me know what you think.