Sleep, Sweet Sleep: Seven truths about nightwaking from a dad who’s been through it

by John Hoffman Sleep is one of those uber loaded parenting topics. When you’ve got a baby or toddler who is a persistent nightwaker, sleep can be a precious and scare commodity, and the source of parental angst and conflict. Believe me, I do not have the answer to how to make a baby or …

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7 Songs for the First 7 Days

By Lee Carnihan You’ll have enough on your plate in the first week without having to worry about what day it is. Time will become meaningless over the first few days and hours – it all blurs into one frankly – but we have to start somewhere and what better day to start on than …

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Celebrating Dads at the Birth of Their Children

by John Hoffman Last June, the Huffington Post published a nice photo essay about fathers at the birth of their babies. They used a title that was total click bait: 35 Raw Birth Photos of Dads Welcoming Their Babies into the World. I usual ignore click bait but, since it was dads and birth I …

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A Fast Track to Single Fatherhood

by John Hoffman It’s not often that a 47-year-old guy, who wasn’t really planning on fatherhood, ends up as the full-time single parent of a four month-old baby. That’s what happened to George* (not his real name) last year. Right now he’s on parental leave, looking after baby Nathan*, now nine months old. Nathan’s mom …

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Top Ten Things Dads Need to Know About Breastfeeding

by John Hoffman Breastfeeding. Big topic. Important topic.  But there is so much information out there about breastfeeding that it can be mindboggling sometimes. I am far from what you’d call an expert. But I have done a lot of research and writing about breastfeeding. I’ve talked to dozens of mothers about their experiences. And …

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The Two Most Important Words in Baby Brain Development

by John Hoffman Wanna build your baby’s brain? I’ve got two words for you:  touch and interaction. We’ve been hearing about the importance of baby brain development for over 20 years. And it is true. Baby brains do a lot of important growing in the first few years of life. But there has been way …

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Does Bottle Feeding Promote Father Involvement?

by John Hoffman I’ve often said that fathers have to play catch-up in early parenthood. Mothers get a biological and social head start at parenting and that’s just the way it is. Breastfeeding is one of the things that gives moms that head start. And breastfeeding is sometimes portrayed as an obstacle to fathers’ involvement …

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