Tag: Nerd Council

  • Parenting Tools

    Parenting Tools

    Successful parenting requires you to have many “tools” in your parenting “toolbox”.

  • Staying Calm During Toddler Tantrums

    Staying Calm During Toddler Tantrums

    Strategies to help you stay calm amidst the chaos.

  • Managing Toddler Separation Anxiety

    Managing Toddler Separation Anxiety

    Preventing the heart-wrenching crying, screaming, reaching, and clinging.

  • Talking About Diversity With Toddlers

    Talking About Diversity With Toddlers

    Incorporating the concepts of inclusion and acceptance into your home. If you’re reading this, you want to gain insight on how to talk to your children about difference and diversity. You have decided that it’s important for you and your family to incorporate the concepts of inclusion and acceptance into your home. That’s wonderful! Having…

  • Coping with Miscarriage

    Coping with Miscarriage

    Healing takes time, and there is no set timeline for grief.

  • Oxytocin Bonding With Baby

    Oxytocin Bonding With Baby

    Oxytocin is the hormone responsible for that warm feeling we get inside when we see someone we love. It influences brain development, social bonding, and pain management. Oxytocin is produced in the hypothalamus and released during childbirth, skin to skin, and breastfeeding.

  • Pregnancy Nutrition by Trimester

    Pregnancy Nutrition by Trimester

    Pregnancy is a pivotal period in a woman’s life, and nutritional choices are important. But navigating this journey can be bewildering, even for those with established healthy eating habits. First Trimester (Weeks 1-12) In the first trimester, as your baby’s organs form and the placenta develops, prioritizing key nutrients like folic acid, iron, and protein…

  • Food Allergy Prevention Guidelines

    Food Allergy Prevention Guidelines

    Introducing allergenic foods early and often can reduce your child’s risk of developing food allergies. Read on to learn more about these guidelines and how to follow them effectively. Food Allergy Trends In the United States, nearly 6 million children under 18 deals with food allergies, with peanut allergies alone tripling in recent years. The…

  • Pregnancy After Miscarriage or Loss

    Pregnancy After Miscarriage or Loss

    A history of miscarriages or loss can make even the smoothest pregnancy feel like an emotional rollercoaster. Once you experience that trauma, it is hard to go back to the blissful place you were before. Instead of feeling excitement and joy, you may be feeling nervous and scared – which no one can blame you…

  • The Plant Based Transition

    The Plant Based Transition

    I wasn’t always plant based. In fact, growing up, my food consumption was heavily centered on animal products and processed foods. Why? Because that’s what I felt was delicious, crave worthy, and nutritious. Plant foods were more for garnishing or for those who had cultural/religious obligations to avoid animal products. Boy, have I changed…it’s quite…

  • All About Latching

    All About Latching

    Breastfeeding latching is a challenging endeavor, often accompanied by frustration and self-doubt. Achieving a successful latch requires patience and perseverance from both mother and baby. Reaching out to a lactation consultant can also be helpful. If you are having difficulty or are unsuccessful, there are other options that can best suit your circumstances. Every mother’s…

  • When Does Lactation Start?

    When Does Lactation Start?

    Understanding how lactation starts can be confusing for many new parents. The concept of milk “coming in” can create a misconception that breast milk production is sudden. However, the process is much more gradual and complex.

  • Top 5 Remedies for Morning Sickness

    Top 5 Remedies for Morning Sickness

    “Morning sickness” doesn’t really stick to the morning. Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, a registered dietitian and fertility specialist, shares her top remedies to ease pregnancy nausea.

  • Postpartum Body Image: Understanding & Embracing Changes

    Postpartum Body Image: Understanding & Embracing Changes

    Pregnancy and childbirth bring about significant changes in a woman’s body. While some may find joy in these transformations, others may experience feelings of discomfort and body dissatisfaction. Society’s emphasis on quickly returning to pre-pregnancy weight can add pressure and impact mental health. It’s essential to recognize that postpartum body changes are normal and unique…

  • How Baby’s Nutrition Mirrors the Mother’s

    How Baby’s Nutrition Mirrors the Mother’s

    How do we nourish ourselves and our babies? How and what to eat is a topic that stays on every mother’s mind from pregnancy through the 4th trimester, and into their baby’s start on solids. But where nutritional advice is readily available during pregnancy, little information exists on how a mother can nourish herself during…

  • Introducing Allergens: What You Need to Know

    Introducing Allergens: What You Need to Know

    Mounting evidence suggests that early exposure prevents allergy development.

  • Milk Supply 101

    Milk Supply 101

    Breast milk production can be confusing for new parents due to its variability and the lack of visible indicators. Many factors, such as baby’s demand, effective latching, frequency of feeding, and maternal well-being, influence milk production.

  • Safe Sleep: Why It’s Important

    Safe Sleep: Why It’s Important

    When it comes to safe infant sleep, following the right recommendations can seem daunting at first. However, ensuring your baby sleeps safely is crucial for their well-being. To prevent Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS), including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), implementing safe sleep practices is essential.

  • Pregnancy & Mental Health

    Pregnancy & Mental Health

    If you are experiencing thoughts of self-harm, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. For non-emergency situations, Postpartum Support International is also a great resource: 1-800-944-4773.

  • Navigating Surrogacy: A Step-by-Step Guide

    Navigating Surrogacy: A Step-by-Step Guide

    Parenthood through surrogacy is a deeply emotional journey filled with complexities and challenges. Step 1: Making the Decision Choosing surrogacy as the path to parenthood is a significant and emotional decision. Couples may find it challenging to shift from their original family planning expectations, but with the guidance of mental health professionals, they can find…