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Baby on paleo diet

If you have been following this blog, you probably know that my wife and I use the Paleo diet as the framework of our dietary lifestyle. During a recent visit to the doctor’s office, a nutritionist strongly objected to the Paleo diet because it apparently doesn’t provide the nutrients babies need to grow. So according to the nutritionist, babies should not be on a paleo diet! Continue reading to find out what’s fact vs. opinion!

Paleo in our family

Our older daughter Isabella was already a toddler when we changed our eating habits towards a more Paleo-influenced lifestyle, and neither us nor our pediatrician had any concerns of Isabella to follow suit.…

Survival swimming classes for kids – SwimKids of Georgia

Infant survival swimming classes are an excellent and fun way for kids to reduce the risk of accidental drowning and to make them more comfortable in the water. Babies can start taking survival swimming lessons at as early as six months of age. But what about babies who were born prematurely (preemies)?

When Isabella was born, we decided to sign her up for survival swimming classes at SwimKids of Georgia. Their staff, led by teacher Nadyne Siegel-Brown has been fantastic, and after three years, Isabella still loves to go to swimming class every week.

Survival swimming lessons for preemies

When Kathy was pregnant with Lucas, we knew that we wanted to sign him up for swimming lessons too.…

Miracle Babies

Half a million babies are admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) every year in the United States.  Our baby boy Lucas, or Lucky Luke as we like to call him, was one of them. Miracle Babies supports NICU families by providing needs-based financial assistance to low-income families through their Family Assistance Program. We were lucky enough not to have required financial assistance, but we’re acutely aware that not every family is that lucky.

About Miracle Babies

“Miracle Babies is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that was founded to support NICU families. When a baby is born premature or with medical complications, that family’s life changes drastically.

Challenges of raising a premature baby - NICU to one year

In this article, I would like to share some of the challenges of raising a premature baby (preemie) as we experienced them with our little boy. I hope that it may help other parents who have a premature baby to worry a little less.

Lucas was born prematurely nine months ago at Northside Hospital at only 30 weeks and six days gestational age. He had to stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), or Special Care Nursery (SCN) as Northside calls it, for almost two months.

Challenges of raising a premature baby

Being a first-time parent is tough.…

Bedtime toddler and infant share room

Both my wife and I grew up sharing a room with our siblings. Sharing with siblings isn’t always fun but it provides valuable lessons for life. We want our kids to understand early in life what it means to share. And once Lucas turned 6 months and started sleeping 12h at night, we moved his crib into Isabella’s room. In this post I’ll share what simple strategy we have used to handle bedtime issues.

A Toddler and an Infant

Isabella, our 3-year-old toddler has had her own room since she was born. We usually start her bedtime routine at 6pm and by 6:45pm she is in bed, looking at books and pretend-reading stories to her teddy bear.…

Bugaboo Cameleon3

Stroller Review: Bugaboo Cameleon3

Last updated on Mar 5, 2017

As mentioned in my post about Baby Accessories, here is my review of the Bugaboo Cameleon3. Bugaboo calls it the “iconic stroller”. Read on to find out if it really deserves that title.

We started shopping for a stroller about 3 years ago, before Isabella was born. As new parents, we knew little about what to look for in a stroller. But we knew we wanted something of high quality and I wanted something with a decent design. If you read my blog regularly, you know that I’m a fan of Apple products and so design is important to me.…

Baby Accessories

When you’re expecting your first child, everything is super exciting, including going shopping for your baby. But given the overwhelming amount of baby accessories available, it’s hard to differentiate between necessary and unnecessary products. In this post I’ll list the top baby accessories we found to be most useful.

What Is Necessary And What Isn’t?

Every family has different needs and parenting styles. As a result, not all the products below may apply to you. It makes a difference whether you plan to breast- or bottle-feed, or if you want to use disposable vs cloth diapers.

We breastfed Isabella for the most part but, occasionally, gave her a bottle with expressed milk when Kathy was unavailable.…

If I was asked to share the two most effective techniques to soothe a crying baby, I would say swaddling and white noise. I have written about the benefits of swaddling in another post, so today, I’ll talk about white noise.

What is White Noise?

Remember those days of analog TV and FM radio? If you tuned to an unused frequency, all you got was static. That’s the sound and a very unscientific explanation of white noise.

Wikipedia offers a more exact definition:

In signal processing, white noise is a random signal with a constant power spectral density. (Wikipedia)

Why White Noise?

Nipple Confusion

Breastfeeding is hard work, for both baby and mom, and by far not as easy as most people think. Add issues, such as nipple confusion, to the equation and you have a recipe for frustration. In this post I’ll shed light on some of the issues we have encountered and explain how we overcame them.

Nipple Confusion
Life Saver: Medela Infant Scale

Breastfeeding is Hard Work

The goal with both of our babies was to exclusively breastfeed them for as long as possible. Nipple confusion wasn’t a term we were familiar with three years ago. With our first baby (Isabella), we quickly introduced a bottle into her feeding routine.…

Isabella Swaddled

In this post I’ll explain what swaddling is, how it’s done properly and why both you and your baby will love it. As an added benefit your baby will likely cry less and sleep longer. I’ll also talk about potential negative side-effects, if it isn’t done correctly.

Swaddling Isabella
Isabella in her swaddle pouch

What is Swaddling?

Swaddling is a fairly old technique of tightly wrapping a baby into blankets or other clothes to restrict movement, especially of the limbs. It’s been used by various cultures and in many ways, some of which, I’m sure, did more harm than good.

Why Swaddle?

As you can image, a baby has very little room for movement in the mother’s womb during the last weeks of pregnancy.…

While Kathy was pregnant with our daughter Isabella, I started documenting everything we went through. I figured this information would come in handy for when we would have another baby. Two years later, we had forgotten most of the pain, stress and excitement we went through during pregnancy and the newborn phase. I recently rediscovered my notes while searching my journal for information that would help us compare how we handled certain situations that we’re going through now with our second baby.

Parenthood Chronicles: From Pregnancy to Newborn Phase
Photo credit: Eva Sulima
Even after having gone through the pregnancy and newborn phase once already, it’s still important for my wife to hear from other parents on how they handle certain issues.…

They say every pregnancy is different. I guess they are right. This is the story of our second pregnancy that ended abruptly in the NICU of Northside Hospital at week 30 and 6 days.

NICU Northside Hospital

Our 2nd pregnancy

This post is meant as sort of a conclusion of my earlier posts (Pregnancy: Don’t Freak out About Low PAPP-A resultsPregnancy can be a BUMPY Road and Lessons Learned: Fetal Tests and Checks During Pregnancy) dealing with our second pregnancy. It’s dedicated to all those parents out there who either expect their baby to be born prematurely or who have a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery, as Northside Hospital calls it.…

Parenting Mistakes: Looking Back at the First 15 Months of Parenthood

Our daughter Isabella recently had her 15-months checkup at the pediatrician (Dr. Mike Papciak). So I wanted to share some of the experience we have made, to reflect on what we think went well and point out the things we could have done better (aka parenting mistakes).

Parenting Mistakes

We Have Been Lucky

All in all I think we have been extremely lucky with Isabella – so far. She has never been a crier, was never seriously sick (except the false-positive of the newborn screening test), has been a good sleeper and has been an extremely patient traveler.…