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#1 lucky 2

Posted 14 March 2011 - 11:06 AM

Hi everyone :),

Parenting practices vary, advice can be confusing.
This thread is for members looking for parenting information within and outside of the mainstream.

Please note that EB is unable to verify any claims in reference to any link or resource that may be posted.

Thank you for reading.  :)

Infant Reflux Support- RISA (Reflux Infant Support Association)

Understanding Infant Behaviour

"A new way to understand your baby's crying"

Australian Association for Infant Mental Health Inc:

Position Statement 1: Controlled Crying

Position Statement 2: Responding to Infant Cues
http://www.aaimhi.or...ion Paper 2.pdf

SIDS and Kids

Information Statement - Room Sharing with Baby

Information Statement - Sleeping With Baby

Alternative Reading - Books

"Helping Your Baby to Sleep: Why gentle techniques work best" by Anni Gethin and Beth MacGregor

"Why Love matter: how affection shapes a baby's brain" by Sue Gerhardt

"Sleeping Like A Baby"
"100 Ways to Calm the Crying"
and other books by Pinky Mckay

"Nighttime Parenting: How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep"
and other books by Dr William Sears

"The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Babies"
"The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers"
and other books by Elizabeth Pantley

"Heart to Heart Parenting" by Robin Grille

Alternative Reading- Articles

What Your Child Remembers: New discoveries about early memory - and how it affects us

Good Children at What Price? The Secret Cost of Shame - By Robin Grille and Beth McGregor

Kellymom: Parenting, Nighttime and Sleep

Alternative Reading- Research

Infant emotional and cortisol responses to goal blockage. �€“ Lewis M & Ramsey D

EB Articles about Caring for your Baby

EB Articles about Baby Health

Please feel free to add resources and links that you have found helpful in parenting your new baby. :)

Edited by lucky 2, 29 July 2016 - 10:41 AM.

#2 Emily33-

Posted 19 March 2011 - 10:10 AM

"Three new studies led by Psychology Professor Darcia Narvaez, from the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/...00921163709.htm, showed that the most empathic children are the ones who had their emotional needs met in earliest childhood – such as: lots of loving touch, generous breastfeeding, multiple care-givers and freedom from punishment."

Edited by lucky 2, 07 September 2012 - 11:09 PM.

#3 Emily33-

Posted 03 April 2011 - 03:59 PM

Here's a free podcast on Helping Your Baby to Sleep Using Gentle Techniques
by Beth MacGregor, psychologist, mother of 2 and co-author of ‘Helping Your Baby to sleep: Why Gentle Techniques Work Best’:

#4 Emily33-

Posted 10 November 2011 - 03:11 PM

Just updating to include these links at McKenna's new website:

"Safe Cosleeping Guidelines
Guidelines to Sleeping Safe with Infants:

Maximizing the chances of Safe Infant Sleep in the Solitary and Cosleeping (Specifically, Bed-sharing) Contexts, by James J. McKenna, Ph.D. Professor of Biological Anthropology, Director, Mother-Baby Sleep Laboratory, University of Notre Dame."


"Extensive video interview on cosleeping, bedsharing, and breastfeeding in relationship to SIDS/SUDI controversies."

Edited by lucky 2, 29 July 2016 - 10:40 AM.

#5 Emily33-

Posted 13 December 2011 - 12:25 PM

I also wanted to highlight this link from James McKenna's website (further to my PP). The answers are  helpful and detailed for anyone wanting to nut out similar questions.

Frequently Asked Questions on Infant Sleep, SIDS Risks, Cosleeping, and Breastfeeding

[quote]FAQ About Co-Sleeping

#6 Emily33-

Posted 12 March 2012 - 02:57 PM

Just adding a few more references which I hope some will find helpful.


How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk - Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish (book)


According to the following 2 authors, some children are born highly sensitive and spirited and can challenge parents more than children/babies who are not.  I found these 2 books reassuring and most of the tips helped me understand and empathise with my child and self.  

The Highly Sensitive Child – Elaine N Aron, PhD (book)
Helping our children thrive when the world overwhelms them

Raising Your Spirited Child – Mary Sheedy Kurcinka (book)
A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, Energetic

Intuiting and understanding babies and children

Intuitive Parenting - Robin Grille (article)

Your Social Baby - Lynne Murray and Liz Andrews (book)

Getting help - mental health

I find seeing a clinical psychologist helps and have done so for many years (for life and relationships in general and with the stuff that emerges from my childhood for eg).  If you feel help is needed I think it's worth searching until you find the help that fits you best.

Find a Clinical Psychologist - Clinical Psychologists Australia

Australian Psychological Society : Find a Psychologist

Medicare rebates with GP referral to psychologist
Department of Health and Ageing - Allied Mental Health Professional Medicare Items

Edited to improve wording and content.

Edited by lucky 2, 29 July 2016 - 10:32 AM.

#7 Emily33-

Posted 23 April 2012 - 10:47 PM

I've just heard about this website:

Infant Sleep Information Source

Edited by lucky 2, 07 September 2012 - 11:31 PM.
r/o cut and paste information from website

#8 Emily33-

Posted 23 July 2012 - 06:22 PM

Here's a link to the 60 Minutes segment and transcript from last night featuring attachment parenting and cosleeping and interviews with AP Mums, Prof James McKenna and Dr Sears FYI.

ETA: Not that I agree with all the conclusions made by 60 Minutes. Just thought it would be good to see Prof James McKenna and others encourage mothers to respond to babies' cues.  To respond to some of the conclusions 60 Minutes made re AP which I disagree with, but may require clarification, refer to this article:

After attachment, what then? by Robin Grille

Edited by Emily33-, 02 September 2012 - 01:42 PM.

#9 Emily33-

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:56 PM

Given the recent controversy, caused by Kochie's comment, here are some articles which I hope encourages others to keep on breastfeeding their infants where and when they need.

Feeding frenzy: Public breastfeeding is good for us all
by Yvette Miller, senior lecturer in public health

Breastfeeding in public - Your legal rights
Australian Breastfeeding Association

#10 Emily33-

Posted 24 May 2013 - 04:34 PM

Article in response to the paper released a few days ago on bedsharing FYI.

Safety first: reducing the risks of sleeping with your baby
Catherine Fetherstone
The Conversation, 22 May 2013


UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative statement on new bedsharing research

Edited by Emily33-, 29 May 2013 - 01:49 PM.

#11 Emily33-

Posted 14 December 2013 - 10:06 PM

Here is a youtube clip by Robin Grille on finding your inner wisdom as a parent:

The truth about "parenting instinct"

#12 Emily33-

Posted 08 May 2014 - 01:03 PM

Interview with Alfie Kohn, author of new book 'The Myth of the Spoiled Child' explains how to work with children and issues with common methods of control. Useful for parents trying to break the cycle of punishment and control.

Are permissive parents spoiling their children?

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