Healthy Moms Blog
There’s been a lot of discussion in the media recently about how much independence is appropriate for kids, and at what age. From helicopter parents to free-range parents, and every degree in between, Canadians are grappling with the lack of hard-and-fast guidelines. While I don’t have a magic answer to the question “How much?” or “How soon?” I do want to offer you a new question that might help you arrive at your own answers. I think the real question is “What’s your end goal, as a parent?”
It takes a village to raise a child, and not just a village of people related to you. Not everyone is lucky enough to have fantastic family members who are supportive, so it's not surprising that many new mothers end up feeling isolated. It doesn't have to be that way, though. Your village is out there too.
October 15th was Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. One in five pregnancies end in miscarriage, and six infants in 1000 is stillborn. I wanted to write for those who have experienced a perinatal loss or know someone who has. Whether you have other children or had a subsequent successful pregnancy, the sense of loss does not go away – you cannot get past it, only through it.
We all hear about the dreaded sleep regression. This is the term that is used to describe an interruption in the sleep habits of a child who is otherwise a happy sleeper. Sleep regressions typically happen at or around 4 months of age, between 9 and 11 months, and then again at 18 months. It doesn’t always happen with children who are strong sleepers, but even the best sleepers can struggle with sleep around these times. For this post, I’m going to talk specifically about the 18-month sleep regression.