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Posts by Alice Callahan

Hear My Interview on NPR! And a few thoughts on it…

I was thrilled to be interviewed by Rachel Martin for NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. The interview aired yesterday, but you can listen to it and read the transcript here:

‘Science of Mom’: Scientist Sorts Through Studies So Parents Don’t Have To

I’m not going to even try to pretend that this was not a HUGE deal to me. I grew up listening to NPR every single day. We lived in a very small house, where the bedrooms were all basically right off of the kitchen, and the sounds of Morning Edition woke me up just about every morning. We listened to NPR in the car on the way to and from school and then back at home while we made dinner. The familiar voices of NPR hosts and the opening jingle were a part of my childhood. And while some kids might dream of being a professional athlete or famous actor, I dreamed of being on NPR. I figured that a good life goal was to do something interesting or useful enough to justify an NPR interview. I never dreamed that it might come out of a parenting blog, but life is full of unexpected surprises. Read more

5 Evidence-Based Tips for Your Baby’s First Shots

5 important things to know before your baby's first shots - supported by science!. Find out science-based ways to reduce your baby's discomfort and what to expect afterwards.

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The Science of Mom: An Introduction

Get a sneak peek at my book, The Science of Mom! You can read the entire Introduction here!

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3 Ways to Help Your Favorite New Author

I’ve never been very good at self-promotion. I’m a shy person, and half of the time, I write stuff and sort of hope nobody reads it. But I’m learning that if I want people to read my book – and I do! – then I actually do need to tell people about it. I also need to ask for help spreading the word.

Shameless use of cute baby to promote book.

Shameless use of cute baby to promote book.

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The Things She Carried… and Barely Used

I’ve been unpacking after a week-long trip to my mom’s house. Among the items I’m pulling out of my backpack: 2 nonfiction books that I’ve been wanting to read, 2 copies of The New Yorker, 1 new legal pad for writing, plus clothes for running and yoga.

I barely cracked open the books and magazines. The legal pad is as clean as ever. The workout clothes are still neatly folded and fresh smelling. I’m exhausted, and I’m laughing at myself. After almost 5 years of motherhood, why do I still hold on to the hope that I’ll be able to catch up on reading, writing, and exercise when I’m traveling with my kids? Read more

A Book Update (It’s Coming!), Plus 2 Giveaways to Win Your Own Copy

I'm counting the days until my book is released! Here's your chance to win some of the first copies shipped, plus info on ordering.

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How Often Should a Baby Poop? And Other Important Questions…

My 6-month-old baby didn't poop for 7 days, and I wondered if I should be worried. Here's what I found out.

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Baby Nap Strikes Are a Real Thing, Plus 4 Tips for Survival (with VIDEO)

My 5-month-old baby went on a 2-week nap strike. Now that he's back to napping, I'm sharing my tips for survival, plus a video of what was keeping him awake.

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For Premature Babies Born by C-Section, Umbilical Cord Milking Is a Good Option

A study published in Pediatrics this week shows that cord milking can be just as effective - if not more so - than delayed cord clamping in premature babies born by C-section

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S.I.T.! Feeding Your Child Using Stability and Independence at the Table

Guest poster Melanie Potock, pediatric feeding specialist, shares her best tips for comfortable and pleasant feeding of babies and young children using the S.I.T. Model: Stability and Independence at the Table.

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