The Outer Womb Articles

Why Wear Your Baby?

More and more frequently, parents can be seen with their babies tucked snugly into cloth carriers of various types in malls, on the street, and in the home. This mode of baby travel is steadily gaining popularity and for good reason: soft carriers...

Baby Tantrums

Learn about it A baby’s first tantrum can take you by surprise. Your baby can really shock you by shrieking, stamping, hitting, or making his whole body go stiff. But don’t take it personally; baby tantrums aren’t about anything you’v...

Stress in Infancy

what causes stress during infancy? Laboratory and psychology research on animal and human infants gives us many clues. Certainly, pain from unfortunate medical conditions can create stress. So would pain from sensitivity reactions to formula or to...

The Family Bed Defended

“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is launching a mass-media national campaign aimed at reducing deaths associated with placing babies in adult beds.” –The Compleat Mothe...

Sleeping Through the Night

This essay was originally directed to one person. It has been edited slightly to make it less specific. Someone from parent-l passed along a post about children sleeping through the night on to me and asked me to respond. I was one...