How Can Breastfeeding Boost Your Child’s Oral Health?

Guest post by Jennifer Ali

Photo by Amanda Sofia Pellenz on Unsplash

It is incredible to think that the first few months of your baby’s life can be so influential when it comes to their future oral health.

A 2018 study by Queensland University of Technology researchers found, for instance, that a newborn baby’s saliva combines with breastmilk to release antibacterial compounds like hydrogen peroxide. These compounds help determine the microbiota (bacterial communities) that live in babies’ mouths, boosting innate immunity.

The results showed that breastmilk, when combined with the newborn’s saliva, inhibits the growth of microorganisms immediately and for up to 24 hours. This was the case for both harmful microorganisms and those which were normally in a baby’s mouth.

The study is just one of many that show that breastfeeding can help promote better oral health in babies.

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Plus Size Wrap Babywearing Options

Hello, friends! Today I wanted to talk about something that I get asked about regularly, and that is plus size wrapping.

I don’t ever want a mom or dad to feel that they cannot be a beautiful, skilled, comfortable wrapper because of the size or shape of their body!
There are 2 important facts I want to share:

1. Woven wraps come in aaalllll sizes. So, yes, you can get a wrap to fit you just as well as anyone else. Sometimes the larger sizes are harder to find but I’m going to give you a tip for that below.

2. Plus size parents can use shorter wraps, too. You don’t HAVE to get a long one to make it work.

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You Can Easily Homeschool Kids, Babywearing Mom

Easily homeschool kids - from Wrap Your Baby to Teach Your Child - the natural journey from babywearing mom to homeschooling mom

As a babywearing mom and connected parent, you can easily homeschool kids. Let me explain:

Any good mom is homeschooling before she sends her kids to school, whether she has thought about it that way or not.

You are speaking to, singing to, and playing with your baby.

You are exposing them to colors and shapes and sounds and textures. ‘

You take them on walks and to parks, and shopping and the zoo.

You spend time at the library reading, or pulling books off shelves, or doing baby/toddler library activities.

You point out birds and airplanes overhead. You take them to the beach and help them put their toes in the sand, and in the water.

They get older. You teach them to look both ways and hold your hand before crossing the street.

You still take them to the zoo and the park and the beach and the store. You show them how to choose apples that aren’t bruised. You teach them the names of all the different animals and where in the world they are from.

You read more books. You play hide and seek. You get them art supplies and do crafts or puzzles together. You bake cookies.

All of that is homeschooling.

It is age appropriate exploration. It is child led pursuits and a deepening understanding of the world.

If you do some of those things with your little kid, I can help show you how you can easily homeschool kids by continuing to do these kinds of things as your child gets older year by year and end up with a well educated child who hasn’t had their love of learning dulled and is set up to be able to follow their own dreams as an adult.

Would you be interested? Want to know how this could be possible?

Join my HOMESCHOOL LIST for more info.

Poppins Carry and Poppins Finish

Poppins Carry and Poppins Finish with a Woven Wrap
The distinctive look of Poppins Carry makes it a favorite for pretty wrap photo shoots, while the double layer of support over baby and the ability to pop baby in and out of it without untying make it a convenient choice for an easy carry on the front or hip.
This is a great way to have a fast poppable carry but with more support so you stay comfortable in this single shoulder carry than you would with a ring sling.
Because it’s so pretty, the “Poppins Finish” is often incorporated into other carries as well:

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2019 Babywearing Costume Contest for Halloween

9th Halloween Contest for Babywearing Costumes!

Babywearing Costume Contest Halloween 2019

 

Time to get creative and come up with a stellar babywearing costume for you and your baby this year!

GRAND PRIZE: WOVEN WRAP!

I’ve been giving away a woven wrap to the costume contest winner for 9 years since my first babywearing costume contest in 2011 and I’d love for you to be the next winner!

To enter, all you have to do is share a picture of your costume anytime in October (or November 1st) in a comment on one of my Facebook posts calling for costume submissions such as RIGHT HERE. Read More

Fair Trade Wraps: Girasol Weavers Traditional Practices

Fair Trade Woven Wrap on the Loom

All my exclusive Girasol wraps – and all of the wraps that Girasol makes – are fair trade items and their manufacture supports amazing skilled artisans.

Here’s what Girasol says about their production with partners in Guatemala:

“GIRASOL stands for more than 30 years of experience in fair trade trade with partners in Guatemala and Mexico. This means that our relations are based on dependable terms of business. The most important part is that we pay our partners always in advance and that they can count on an assured income – also in difficult times.

“Furthermore, it is important to us that above all our partners in Guatemala where an intricate net of people is involved in the production of or wraps and carriers are able to work as independently as possible and are included in all questions regarding the production. Hence we try, for example, to do without plastic parts for the MySol as far as possible parts since these cannot be procured in Guatemala.” Read More

Housework and Woven Wraps

 

Housework with a Woven Wrap

You got your wrap and now it’s easier to care for your baby (and yourself). There’s less crying in your home and everyone is happier.

Babywearing for the win!

Is it possible that there are more benefits that could be had from your woven wrap?

Is it just possible this wonder cloth might also help you do something about:

  • toys all over the room?
  • stacks of laundry (unwashed or unfolded)?
  • dishes piling up in the sink?
  • and dust bunnies in the corners?

Oh, yes, mama (or papa)! Read More

Storch Inka Roadtrip for Fulltiming Family

Storch Inka wrap – 3 babies and fulltime RVing

Storchenwiege Inka 3 babies

We’ve loved our Storch Inka wrap with Ada (born September 2004), Annabelle (born Christmas 2009) and Cassidy (born April 2011)!

Yes, I’ve wrapped baby goats and many other borrowed babies, too!

And in 2011 we moved into an RV called Benny the Brave full-time and traveled the country with a newborn, 1 year old and a 6 year old! Read More