I usually try to buy organic produce for my family because I'm very concerned about the dangers of pesticides used on fruits and vegetables. I recently read an article that discusses the dangers of pesticides and how they can adversely affect people, especially during periods of fetal development and childhood when exposures can have long lasting effects.
With the time change approaching, I have received many e-mails and phone calls from parents asking how they can help their babies and toddlers transition to the new time without upsetting their child’s sleep.
Starting Sunday, March 12, at 2 am, clocks will be set forward one hour—“spring forward.”
You can help your baby/toddler by starting to adjust ahead of the time change. Starting Tuesday night (March 7) begin to put baby down 10 minutes earlier for bed. You can do this by comforting, singing or reading, and starting the bedtime ritual/routine 10 minutes earlier. Do this for the rest of the week, so when the time change does happen, your baby or toddler will have slowly adjusted to the new time.
If your baby or toddler’s bedtime is 7 pm, it will look like this:
Parents Place in San Rafael has been a valuable resource for countless Marin County parents and families. They offer a wide variety of programs and classes for parents and children throughout the year. Here are a few of the classes they are offering for the month of March. Classes take place a Parents Place Marin, 600 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael 94901.
Learn how to set loving limits that work, use do-able strategies, and have discipline that connects with your child at a workshop with best-selling author Kim John Payne, M.Ed at Marin Waldorf School on Saturday, February 11, from 6:30–8:30 pm. Back by popular demand (he last visited Marin Waldorf School in 2011), Kim John Payne, will speak on "The Soul of Discipline in the First Nine Years."
He has 27 years' experience working throughout the world as a counselor, consultant, researcher, and educator of both children and adults and has been helping children, adolescents, and families explore social difficulties with siblings and classmates; behavioral issues at home and school; and emotional issues like defiance, aggression, addiction, and self-esteem.
Parents Place in San Rafael has been a valuable resource for countless Marin County parents and families. They offer a wide variety of programs and classes for parents and children throughout the year. Here are a few of the classes they are offering for the month of February.
Tantrums, Meltdowns, Sobbing, Pouting, and Foot-Stomping Rages: Strategies that Can Help
Wednesday, February 8, 7–9 pm
If your kid has ever "lost it" over something – or nothing! – this workshop is for you. Come learn strategies you can use the next time something shockingly awful – like when you did something for a child who wanted to “do it myself,” or you offered the “wrong” color shirt-- leads to crying, screaming, or fist-pounding tantrums. During this experiential, fun workshop, you will practice helpful skills with other calm adults before returning to the challenges of raising actual children. $45. With Julie King, Parent Educator. Register here.
Are you looking for a new kind of pregnancy fitness method to keep you strong, empowered, and prepared for labor? LUNA Pre & Postnatal Fitness + Wellness Center, located in beautiful Larkspur, is bringing you just that and more! LUNA is a highly specialized pregnancy and postpartum fitness method and holistic wellness center located on Magnolia Avenue, offering personal training using The Bloom Method's™ exclusive, unique, and innovative pregnancy and postpartum fitness techniques, pre and postnatal group fitness classes, holistic functional nutrition to support women while trying to conceive, throughout their pregnancy, and post-birth, and diastasis recti prevention and rehabilitation. LUNA also offers a variety of workshops including HypnoBirthing®, childbirth education classes, breastfeeding education, newborn care classes, Happiest Baby on the Block Workshops, and more.
Marin Mommies presents a guest article by Marin parent coach, infant/toddler sleep researcher, and family therapist Angelique Millette.
Very often when I am speaking at workshops and conferences or working with parents in their home, common questions include opinions about infant sleep and sleep development. There are many sleep books available to parents that are "opinion-based" sleep books and not evidence based sleep books. This can be very confusing for parents who want to make an informed choice about how best to help themselves and their babies sleep. Also, misconceptions abound as the field of infant sleep research is limited and the research is primarily focused on one area: behavioral changes. A field of infant sleep is changing very quickly and new researching is debunking much of what we knew about infant sleep.
This article will debunk some of the common sleep myths while helping parents to make informed sleep choices that support their parenting philosophy as well as their infant or child's developmental needs.
Babies' sleep patterns are fully developed at birth.
Babies sleep patterns are not fully developed at birth. In fact, one of the most common reasons babies aren't able to "sleep well" is that the part of the brain that organizes sleep is just beginning to form in the first three to six months. The development of circadian rhythms, the biological temporal rhythms that help our bodies "know" a 24-hour day and the difference between day and night, begins the day your baby is born. The development of your baby’s circadian rhythms is dependent on their environment, i.e. caregivers, environmental cues, light exposure, consistent routines. Parents can help their babies cue their circadian rhythms by bringing them outside, opening the shades in the nursery and other rooms where the family spends time, introducing feed, play, sleep routines, and feeding frequently during the day.
Pomegranate Prenatal Yoga & Parent Center, San Anselmo; photo by Fluid Frame
Getting a good workout in can sometimes be difficult with little ones around, so we've put together this list of Marin County drop-in fitness classes that offer childcare at the same time. Some of these fitness centers require memberships, but those that do often offer day passes so you can give it a try; check their websites or give them a call for complete details and class schedules.
Both my children were born at Marin General Hospital. Overall, it was a great experience—their staff is awesome and they’re a great resource for new parents. Not only were we well taken care of, but we were also able to take advantage of the wide variety of classes offered by MGH to help smooth things along for new and expectant parents. These classes are offered to the public.
Some of the classes available at Marin General include prenatal and postnatal instruction classes for expectant parents, infant care, CPR, breastfeeding help, a father class, a free mom’s support group, and help for siblings adjusting to a new brother or sister.
They also offer a childbirth and infant-care “value package” for $250 per couple. This seven-class series covers pretty much everything you need to know about bringing home a new baby, and includes topics like breastfeeding, post partum expectations and realities, care of your newborn, and home and car safety. Classes are two hours each, and the first three classes can be taken as a single one-day childbirth class. Programs take place in MGH’s convenient location at 250 Bon Air Road in Greenbrae.