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  • Breastfeeding Norms Around The World

    Find out how moms are breastfeeding in France, Mongolia, Japan and 6 other countries.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Breastfeeding is one of the most natural things in the world. It is also one of the healthiest things moms can do for their babies, as breast milk provides all the nutrients they need to grow and develop. While not every mothers can or chooses to breastfeed, the World Health Organization recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed until they are 6 months old. Thereafter, continued breastfeeding with nutritious, complementary foods remains the healthier choice until they turn two. But culture heavily influences people’s views on breastfeeding; and how you do it, when you do it and for how long can vary greatly from country to country.   

    To offer some perspective, we are taking you on a little breastfeeding world tour. Here’s how breastfeeding rates compare in 9 countries around the globe and how these nations’ cultural norms affect breastfeeding trends.

    1. The United States, where breastfeeding is recommended for one year and beyond, has seen a steady increase in its breastfeeding rates in recent years. That’s partly due to some powerful grassroots campaigns that normalize nursing with the participation of celebrities and staged breastfeeding sit-ins. The latest CDC report card of 2015 found that 81 percent of American mothers breastfeed at birth. The biggest challenge that the country face now is to get mothers to nurse longer. Fifty-one percent of mothers make it past six month and only 30 percent keep it up until the recommended one-year mark.

    2. Mongolia is possibly the most breastfeeding-friendly country...

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  • What It’s Like Being An Insta-Dad

    Noam Dekel gives us a glimpse at life behind the feed.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    We often hear the phrase: the woman behind the man. But what about the man behind the woman? Especially when that woman is a fast growing star on the Insta-mama scene?

    We’ve been wondering just that ever since we caught a glimpse of Noam Dekel on Dikla Goren (aka, Girl Plus Two)’s Instagram feed. Dikla’s handsome husband can often be spotted juggling several (or all!) of the Israeli couple’s 3 kids, and we can only imagine how much he’s wrangling behind the scenes to help make it all look so effortless…even when we know it can’t possibly be.

    It turns out this Brooklyn daddy is truly as hands-on as it seems...

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  • The Misconception of the “Mom Badge”

    You are so much more than a mom.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    These days, there is a lot to be said about the roles of women. We’re taking a stand for who we are and what we’re deserving of. But I have found some of these conversations tricky to navigate, knowing that a lot of people see my Mom badge before they see any others.

    And yet, the role of mom encompasses so many things; I spend my days swapping between a teacher, advisor, chauffeur, chef, friend, co-worker, and yes, even butt-wiper. Although they are part of my experience as a mother, they were no doubt things I was doing before the blessed event that changed my life (well, with the exception of “butt-wiper”).

    We mothers are powerful and complicated creatures. We are layered and we are complex… just like we were before we had babies...

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  • OMG, Is My Kid Going to Remember That?

    4 tips to help your kids create lasting childhood memories.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    A friend just asked me if her children were going to have terrible memories of growing up because she did not spend a lot of time on the floor, playing with them. Good gosh no! Can you imagine the sheer volume of new information small children absorb? The speed at which they must fly through widening stages of awareness and learn to put that awareness to practical use – in a socially acceptable manner? Of course not, it staggers the imagination! Young children live in a magical world and, try as we might, we just don’t fit in.

    Adults are long past those years of magical thinking that are a gift to young children, offering the comfort of a secret language of play with which they can sort through, and make sense of...

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  • The Baby Bath Ritual

    Household Mag’s founder reflects on the emotions of her baby’s bath.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    It took awhile for Owen’s umbilical cord to heal so bath time was delayed in our household. While his belly button healed, we gave him sponge baths at his changing table, and after the healing process was complete, we finally started with actual baths. Bath time, initially, wasn’t his thing. Over time, it slowly changed. He became familiar with the water and saw that he was safe in his little tub.

    I’ve noticed through bathing, more than any other activity, how much of his emotions are easily swayed by myself or his dad. If I am happy and upbeat about bathing, a smile comes across his face. And if I give in to his lack of enjoyment, he will only continue down that road.

    I’ve started realizing just how much of an influence I have on Owen, and we all have on our babies. It’s the part of parenting that is the most exciting… and the most terrifying. You are guiding their experiences constantly at this age. And while babies aren’t necessarily retaining specific memories, you are able to begin to create a sense of comfort or familiarity associated with bath time, or eating, or sleeping, or anything. They’re all so simple, but also essential.

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  • 6 Baby Journals We Love

    Get ready to record your baby’s cutest moments.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    If you’re about to have a little one, chances are someone has told you to cherish these moments. But the first year of your baby’s life can be a bit of a blur! To help you, new mamas, remember each sweet moment with your new bundle of joy, we’ve combed the Internet for the best baby journals out there. In an Instagram world, there’s just something so special about saving memories the old fashioned way. From tracking smiles and first words to saving pictures and birth announcements, these journals are incredible keepsakes you’ll love sharing with your child down the road. They also make great gifts for the parents-to-be in your life.

    Here are 6 of our favorite baby journals to record your baby’s special moments.

    1. MUSHYBOOKS. These books contain amazing details and allows you to customize. They are bound in soft faux white leather and sheathed in sturdy chipboard. Mushbooks also come in multiple themes for boys, girls or gender neutral, and their 50 pages include birth story, mom + dad, firsts, favorites and lots of space for photos. There are also additional pages available for same-sex parents, single parents, birth parents, and life events like baptisms and NICU stays. There is an envelope to save small items like hospital bands and baby shower invites, and it even comes with a test page to try out different pens. $79 CAD, buy here

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