We have a discussion/communication time in every Bradley™ class session. Towards the end of the series, we ask, "What else do you need/want to learn before your Sweet Pea arrives?"
Our Winter Class came up with the most varied list that we have had in a long time. There is a lot of information rattling around in my head after parenting and teaching for the last ten years, so I prepared this list for them and sent it out after class. Since the work was done, I also wanted to share it with you.
Please leave us a comment if your favorite resource in these categories is not listed. We are always glad to learn about more places that encourage and support growing families.
“Baby Led Weaning, quite simply, means letting your child feed themselves from the very start of weaning. The term was originally coined by Gill Rapley, a former health visitor and midwife.”
In class, we mentioned the three things we look for before we feed our children solid food:
- They can get themselves into a sitting position and hold it without assistance
- They have developed their pincer grip (I can tell because they start by practicing on the back of my arm or my breasts while they are nursing!)
- They have lost the tongue-thrust reflex that rises to meet anything you put in their mouth (the action they use when they breastfeed). Not that they stop breastfeeding; the tongue-thrust just stops happening *every* time – they have learned it is specific to breastfeeding and do not do it *all* the time.
Our BLW chronicle with our youngest – links to all 8 weeks in this post:
My friend Brie Hall teaches these classes and more
Baby Sign Language
Note: I personally do not believe in "baby" sign language. ASL is a language, and I believe it should be taught well *and* correctly. We do not change the language we verbally speak, because infants eventually learn how to pronounce words correctly. I passionately believe the same is true for ASL - show your child the correct signs, and they will make their own modifications until they can do it well, and then they will have it as a tool for the rest of their lives.
Great resource online:
Local Signing Time instructor – alumni SPB Bradley™ mama, too :)
On-line ASL lessons - this is how I started to learn ASL :)
Visual ASL Dictionary
Breastfeeding Group – Meets every other week on Fridays
Erin Rudd, facilitator (Bradley™ SPB alumni mama) – email Erin for schedule and location: firstname.lastname@example.org
Classes: Arizona Breastfeeding Center
Dignity Hospital Groups: For more information, please call the ResourceLink toll-free
1 (877) 728-5414,
Chandler Hospital Breastfeeding Group – Wednesdays @ 11:00am
Mercy Gilbert Breastfeeding Group – Fridays @ 10:00 am
KellyMom.com – reliable on-line IBCLC resource with HUGE archiveof Q&A
La Leche League Calendar
La Leche League Tear Sheets – highlights from the WomanlyArt of Breastfeeding
GoGo Natural – local mamaprenuer
Two retail locations in Scottsdale & Chandler, AZ
Chandler Library – look for “Baby Brain Time” and enroll at the first opening – classes fill up quickly
In-Home Classes: Parents as Teachers
National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families
New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development
Dunstan Baby Language(Baby Sounds)
Priscilla Dunstan on Oprah
Local classes (Phoenix, AZ)
First Children And Growing Your Family
Sample visual birth plan:
Ideas for sibling preparation during pregnancy and handling postpartum:
Children’s Books to share with them:
Patience & Self-Discipline
What is your go-to resource as a parent?
These are all resources that I have found helpful as I grow as a parent. Treat it as a buffet – take what works for you and leave the rest. I am a huge believer that the best thing you can do is throw out the books and read your child. That being said, it's good to have an idea list of things to try, and reassurance and validation that the path you are on is a good one...so, read to educate and empower yourself. Try not to make yourself crazy trying to be a "perfect" parent (hint: they do not exist), or feel guilty about your choices.
5 Love Languages
Gentle Hearts Parenting
Happiest Baby/Toddler on the Block
Janet Lansbury - Resources for Infant Educarers
Parenting with Love & Logic
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