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Practicing Empathy in the Age of "How Could She?" Parent Shaming

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When I first started writing about safetyshaming and the panic-inducing messaging of the baby industrial complex, I jotted down these thoughts about toilet seat locks and promptly forgot about them:

_Of all the baby safety products on offer, one of the most baffling is the toilet seat lock. Is it to prevent a kid from lifting the lid and dropping it on her fingers? Seems she’d only need to do that once or twice to learn not to. Is it to keep the baby from somehow climbing into the toilet and drowning? That seems on the far rim of probability. Or maybe the lock is more about keeping your own stuff in good working order—no puddles on the floor and no drowned phones…. More

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11 Secrets About Having a C-Section

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During my first pregnancy almost six years ago, my husband and I took numerous childbirth classes that were offered through our local hospital. And let me tell you, the nurses teaching those classes were not shy by any means. Looking back now I really appreciate them being so open and honest with us about childbirth. They never sugar-coated the facts and always gave us realistic expectations…. More

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Getting Sleep With a New Baby

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Once upon a time, not so very long ago, you went to bed at night and slept; most mornings, you woke rested and refreshed. Then came baby—and sleep feels like a distant memory. You’re exhausted, maybe even a bit cranky, but you don’t see an improvement in your near future. Good news, though—you can do some things to help you and your partner get the rest you so desperately need…. More

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