Jayne @ The Naptown Organizer

Jayne is a mother of one awesome little guy and a new baby girl on the way in December, as well as a speech pathologist. Jayne can be found @thenaptownmama on twitter or follow her crunchy trek through parenting, any and everything granola, and a life more organized on TheNaptownOrganizer

How to Win When It Comes to ‘Mommy Wars’

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Imagine this scenario. You're sitting at the park with your friend, watching your children play.  The topic of spanking children comes up in the conversation.  Your friend expresses her opinions on the topic, which vastly differ from yours - and then she asks for your thoughts. How do you navigate this conversation?  Do you tell... Read more

The Biggest Myth About Cloth Diapers

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I remember vividly the first time my husband ever changed a diaper. We were visiting my sister and brother in law who had a beautiful new baby girl. As we planned to start a family in the near future, I encouraged my husband to help his brother in law change the baby's diaper, as he'd... Read more

How I Knew I Wanted to Quit My Job and Become a Stay-at-Home Mom

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"I will ALWAYS want to work full-time!  I'll NEVER stay at home with children!" Yep. I said that prior to children. And now?  I'm eating my words. Recently, my husband and I made the very significant decision that I would be quitting my job after having baby number two due at the end of December.... Read more

Hypnobirthing: How Hypnosis Helped Me Through Labor

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There are many things a mother-to-be may try to ease the pain while laboring and birthing her child. Positioning, movement, using a shower or bath, heat, counter pressure, and pain medication are all types of pain-relievers during labor. While pregnant with my son, however, I heard of a new pain reliever -- hypnosis. Initially,... Read more

The First-Time Mom Advice I’m Following as a Second-Time Mom

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When you're a first-time mom, you hear advice coming out of the woodwork. It seems that everyone you know has some advice for you on how to be a good parent, ranging from your child's soon to be sleep habits to exactly how to properly burp a baby. Some of the advice I... Read more

The Toddler Monkey-See-Monkey-Do Stage

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"Please don't put your fork in your eye!" No, seriously, I actually said that this week, to both my husband and my son.... Yep. My husband was sitting at the dinner table playing peekaboo with our 20 month old toddler, hiding his eyes behind his fork. It was a fun game, until our son decided... Read more

How to Sail Through Baby’s First Holiday Season

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A few of you ladies may know me from The Bump message boards, where I post under my TB login, PeonyPumps. Frequently, during this time of year, many boards see posts about navigating the holiday season with a new baby. Here are a few questions I've seen recently: Baby is only X days/weeks/months old.... Read more

Packing a Hospital Bag — What’s Different the Second Time Around

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One of the big things I did in preparation for my son's birth was to pack our hospital bag. I'm not sure how much time I put into packing my things into a suitcase, but I know I spent a significant amount of time on it.  With his pregnancy -- my first -- I'm... Read more

How to Have a Baby When Your Family Is Far-Flung

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In the weeks, months, and years after you have a child, your needs as a parent and as a person will change. Most times, parents are showered with support before and immediately after the birth of your child. When those days and weeks pass and the initial throng of visitors tapers off, you may be... Read more

Why I Hired a Doula

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Recently, I came across an article highlighting the differences between how American mothers are treated before and after birthing their children as compared to the treatment of mothers in different cultures. The article was eye-opening in many ways, and a read I recommend to all of you ladies. While reading about how little... Read more