|Getting ready to breastfeed at the park|
Then it was all about sleep training and formula feeding and lots of vitamins and teaching the baby to read and be "independent." Today it's all about fostering a closer bond through breastfeeding, attachment parenting, babywearing, and creating a safe environment to prevent possible illness through natural and organic surroundings.
I'm not saying that one style is better than the other -- as moms we all have unique needs and approaches that work for us -- but I appreciate this "kinder, gentler" approach. To me, today's school of thought is more about trusting our own mommy wisdom and going with what feels right in our hearts and less about following a rigidly structured handbook of parenthood. It's something that I apply with my daughter too through breastfeeding (even if it's hard, and at 13 months, quite tiring already!), using natural products (like Human Nature!) and co-sleeping.
There were lots of cool and clever baby stuff on display (great ideas for christening and birthday gifts!):
|Love Loop scarf / nursing cover / belly cover (get from www.shopmommymatters.com) made from bamboo fabric|
|Sustainable social entrepreneurship products like these Reborn Accessories, made from scrap fabric, and Mommy Mundo recycled tarpaulin tote bag|
|Next9 cloth diapers! these aren't your nanay's lampin. A friend uses it and these last a loooong time -- and save you quite a bit on disposable diaper budget!!|
|Clever Sensible Lines Breastmilk Trays -- lets you freeze milk in 10ml trays. Easy to thaw and use.|
|I loved these What If game cubes, made of recycled / upcycled / repurposed materials.|
|And of course, Human Nature's pure, natural and safe Three-Step Baby Care system, which is now available at Shopwise!|
|The audience listens intently to Dra. Chen|
|Human Nature Baby Wash, Baby Lotion and Baby Oil|
1) Baby Wash - gently cleanses baby's skin and contains calming and soothing chamomile and lavender essence to help ease baby into bed!
2) Baby Lotion - made with nourishing avocado oil, this replaces moisture lost through sweat and bathing.
3) Baby Oil - pure sunflower oil protects and nurtures baby's skin.
The good news is that these products are now available at Rustan's Supermarkets and Shopwise all over the Metro, so getting natural and safe products for baby is easier than ever before! They're very affordable too so no need to compromise baby's health.
Mommy Mundo founder Janice Crisostomo Villanueva, a pioneer in bringing moms together - and bringing them closer to the best family-focused resources. I got a copy of the Mommy Pages directory she publishes, and it was amazing. Anything I could possibly want to look up was there!
All in all it was a lovely way to meet and spend time with busy and devoted moms - I came off really inspired!