Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday Surf: Cosleeping safety

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

You might want to read these links starting from the bottom and working your way toward the top. They're an unfolding of responses to the recent attacks on cosleeping in Milwaukee. There were other good ones out there as well, but here are a few highlights.

  • "The voices expressing the positives of cosleeping, safe cosleeping, are few and quiet. It is time for these voices to be united and heard. Please consider joining Monkey Butt Junction for the Safe Cosleeping Blog Carnival on December 15, 2011.

    All posts should be submitted no later than December 8, 2011."
  • Common Sense and Cosleeping | Tales of a Kitchen Witch 

    I really appreciated this take on cosleeping that points out the dangers are related tounsafe and unthinking cosleeping. Joni Rae takes us through the stats and facts.
  • Cosleeping Under Attack in Milwaukee. Again. | Monkey Butt Junction 

    I often compare cosleeping dangers to the dangers of riding in a car. For babies, riding in cars is far more dangerous than anything else. It’s the leading cause of death from 1-34 (I think I remember!). But no one says: Don’t ride in cars. Instead, we say, Here’s how to do it as safely as possible. Because people aregoing to ride in cars, and they are going to cosleep. Better to give them the tools to do it safely than try to coerce and shame them into not doing it at all.

I also really liked the common sense and safety tips here:

Dr. Sears Addresses Recent Co-Sleeping Concerns

Because what attachment parent doesn't appreciate a little Dr. Sears?

Get your gratitude on

Let's Take the Metro's Gratitude Challenge ends this Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. List 100 things you're grateful for!

(How far behind are you?)

shark button Gratitude Challenge button for Let's Take the Metro
Battle of the (unofficial) buttons

National Novel Progress Month

It's not too late. We've still got a third of the month left. Join us for NaNoProgMo and work on your writing!

NaNoProgMo: National Novel Progress Month

Sign up on our linky to pledge a certain amount of time each day to work on your book(s) — you choose the amount you can spend. Then follow along with us!

To lift your spirits, Teresa from Mom Grooves is offering each of our fabulous participants a gift — truly! So if you're following along or want to join, just email her your address and she'll mail you a little writerly pick-me-up. More details at: How's your "prog"?

You can also see how my progress is going here: Halfway or two-thirds? Find out what I've learned about writing, balance, and fear.

We have a button and a progress meter available, so grab those if you're playing! It makes us all feel better to see that we're all behind. Hee.

We can do it! Keep making progress, my dear NaNoProgMos.

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but got a makeover. Ain't it purty? I'm still working on it, but hooray!

And check out this action: Someone's got a custom Facebook URL. {points thumbs at chest}

Recent tutorial for your Facebook pleasure: Customize your Facebook links in status updates
Here's a nice, simple tutorial for how to make the links you put into your Facebook status box look the way you want them to.

Carnival of Natural Parenting

Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Hobo Mama and Code Name: MamaI hope you thoroughly enjoyed November, because we're taking off December while Dionna babymoons. In preparation for January's carnival, which is a fun one, take my poll:

You also might want to think ahead to what you'll do for the January carnival, because you need to try something new in natural family living for at least a week beforehand. And, as you might be aware, the couple months beforehand are jam packed with holidays, at least for us U.S.ian folk. I've got some ideas for what you might try if you need a good one!

Visit Natural Parents NetworkFrom Natural Parents Network:

In a week on Bodily Integrity:

Wordless Wednesday

Speaking of NPN, if you're a Wordless Wednesday fan and want to contribute a picture, Momma Jorje has the topics for December all lined up and posted at the NPN Forums. Send your corresponding photos in now and avoid the rush! Anyone is welcome to submit.

Current giveaways!

Find more giveaways at my Natural parenting giveaways linky! Add your own, and enter some good ones.

You can find more shared items during the week at my Tumblr blog, Hobo Mama's Shared Items.

Check out Authentic Parenting, Baby Dust Diaries, Anktangle, Navelgazing, Momma Jorje, Pineapples & Artichokes, 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!


Raina @ Mamacita Spins The Globe said...

Co-sleeping was something that we hadn't planned to do, but when the time came it just felt so natural to have my baby right by my side. By the time baby #2 came co-sleeping was the only option and I have never felt like I made a mistake, now that my babies are 4 and 7, they still crawl into bed with with us if they wake in the night, I wouldn't have it any other way. I always believed that if you do what feels natural and right in parenting then you can't be making a bad decision. I even switched pediatricians when the first one told me I would kill my baby by co-sleeping... this was after delivering my baby in a hospital that was totally supportive of co-sleeping and never tried to take my baby out of my bed while we were there.

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