Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday Surf: Make friends with twins

Welcome to the Sunday Surf! Here are some of the best links I've read this past week.

My sister-in-law nannies for a family with twin boys — #3 and #4 of the children, and as far as the parents are concerned, the last. This means that Natalie brings us all their hand-me-downs since they're not saving anything. The boys are about a year older, so we're getting all the baby things on up to about size 12-month clothing. Naturally, our tall three-month-old (92th percentile, as the growth calculator unEnglishly tells me) is rapidly outgrowing the 9-month size, but it's all good. Because there's oodles of it. Pouring in! We have our pick of fleece jackets for the winter, onesies that can be spit up on once and then changed out for a new one. A twin bonanza for a singleton!

Just thought I'd share.

Note to others: Make friends with families who have twins who are just a bit older than your baby. Or maybe just, make friends with nannies.

On to the links:

Beautiful & necessary for me to remember. "I want to apologise to him so much, to tell him I've never had a 3-year-old and I'm sorry that he has to be the guinea pig. I want to apologise to him for all those times I'm too busy doing my own thing and don't recognise his need and desire to help."

via on 9/17/11
Disposable diaper sales are down. Are cloth diaper sales up? Interesting thoughts!
According to AdvertisingAge, sales of disposable diapers were down 9% for the 52 weeks ending August 7, 2011. Meanwhile, the number of babies age two and under

via on 9/16/11
I am totally doing The Fix Game today! What a fun idea to reconnect — and perfect for heading off sibling rivalry, too, I'd imagine.

via on 9/15/11
Ah, sweet. I never really do tummy time, and now I can feel even less guilty about it. This idea of "back time" actually does make a lot of sense to me, particularly about rounding out their heads and learning their own motions. That said, Mikko never let us put him down for more than a couple seconds. But Alrik's fine with a bit of back time and has already learned to roll over! (I'm not suggesting that we should be regimental about back time any more than tummy time, though!)
Does your baby like tummy time? Most don’t, for good reason. Until infants are able to roll into the tummy position on their own, most of them find it

Wonderful post clearing up the myths about breastfeeding during pregnancy, and sharing another mama's experience. Helpful links at the end, too (and I'm not saying that because mine are in the list!).


Keep up to date with the latest carnivals and recurring memes at my blog carnival linky:
Natural parenting blog carnivals
Please also share the list, and link up your own carnivals or ones you come across. If you need help entering a link, just email me and I can add or edit any entry (so don't feel pressure to get it exactly right!).

Here are a few to highlight:
Our very own September Carnival of Natural Parenting is live! All the links will take you through the topic of Parenting Through Play. Lots of handy gentle discipline tips to add to your toolbox there!

September 2011 Mindful Mama Carnival at TouchstoneZ & Becoming Crunchy. The deadline is TODAYTopic: What does being mindful mean to you?

Anktangle's I Love ME! carnival is accepting submissions through October 21. Write about positive self-image, and look forward to all the confidence boosting you'll receive when you get to read all the other entries, too!

September Families, Create!  at Code Name: Mama & Living Peacefully With Children. Theme: Friends and Family. Your post(s) must be published on or before Friday, September 30.

At Natural Parents Network


MotherMoon giveaway — postpartum and two overnight pads
  • NPN: $20 Gift Certificate from KidsCuteture {10.17; US/Can}

  • NPN: Baby Unplugged Book Set, $24 ARV {10.10; US}

  • MotherMoonPads Cloth Menstrual Pads $27 ARV {9.28; Worldwide}

  • NPN: The Natural Newborn Bug Stopper and Body Butter $26 ARV {9.27; US}

  • NPN: $50 Tiny Prints Gift Certificate {9.20; Worldwide}

  • And find other great ones at my linky:
    Natural parenting giveaways

    Meet our sponsors

    I'll be introducing you to some of our advertising sponsors as they come on board. (Woohoo for sponsorship!) Here's my interview with Ed at Ink Garden custom printing and an overview of some of the products I love there:

    Meet our sponsor: Ink Garden for customized printing

    You can find more shared items during the week at my public Google Reader recommendations feed.

    Check out Authentic Parenting, Baby Dust Diaries, Anktangle, Navelgazing, Momma Jorje, I Thought I Knew Mama, Enjoy Birth, A Domesticated Woman's Adventures (various), Fabulous Mama Chronicles, Kelly Hogaboom (Fridays), The Parent Vortex (weekends), Ichigo Means Strawberry, TouchstoneZ, Hippie Housewife (Saturdays), Multiple Musings, Motherhood Moments, Mama and Baby Love, and A Little Bit of All of It for more Sunday Surfing! (If you also participate in a regular link list, whether on Sunday or not, let me know and I'll add your link.)

    Feel free to add your recommendations in the comments. Happy reading!


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