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And they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them. But Jesus called for them, saying, "Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."
~ Luke 18: 15, 16
We believe that babies communicate through crying, and their cries deserve a quick, nurturing response. Parents should not put an unnecessary emphasis on schedules. Children greatly benefit from lots of physical touch, and babies can not be held too much. Breastfeeding satisfies not only babies' hunger and thirst, but it also is a great way to pacify and comfort them. Breastfeeding babies on cue is important not only to help them grow strong and healthy, but it also helps them to learn to trust. Children's nighttime needs are as worthy of being met as their daytime needs, and each child has individual nighttime needs that should be respected and met to the best of their parents' ability. There should be minimal separation between mother and baby, and parents need to be sensitive to their children's need to be close to them and not force separation before their child is ready. Everyone benefits when children are an integral part of the family's daily life. A father's involvement in raising his children is vital.

~ from the GCM Statement of Beliefs

Mama-to-Mama Support

For mama-to-mama support, visit our GCM forum for mamas with babies up to 12 months old (available for registered users only):
Babes in Arms - Postpartum issues and nurturing our babies from birth to 12 months old.

We also have a forum where mamas can ask breastfeeding questions and share their concerns, joys, and frustrations (available for registered users only):
Breastfeeding - Support for nursing in all stages... from preparing to nurse on up through nursing a toddler and beyond.

Starting Solid Foods FAQ An FAQ about solid foods that is a compilation of some past posts on the message board about starting solid foods.

Articles on the GCM Website

  • Calming a Fussy Baby
    by Jeri Carr
  • Disciplining Babies
    by Jeri Carr
  • Having a New Baby
    by Jeri Carr
  • Never Shake a Baby
    by Jeri Carr
  • Nurturing Your Baby’s Trust
    by Jeri Carr
  • The Search for the Perfect Baby
    by Jeri Carr
  • Things to do with your Baby
    by Jeri Carr
  • Top Two Ways to Calm a Baby
    by Jeri Carr
  • Preparing for Your Baby's Arrival
    by Jeri Carr
  • Squirming During Diaper Changes
    by Jeri Carr
  • What is a "High Need" Baby?
    by Jeri Carr
  • Your Crying Baby Needs You
    by Jeri Carr
  • Baby Love
    by Elizabeth Pantley
  • Baseball Babies
    by Elizabeth Pantley
  • Checklist for Safe Co-Sleeping
    by Elizabeth Pantley
  • Handling Unwanted Advice
    by Elizabeth Pantley
  • Boot Camp for Babies
    by Rebecca Prewett
  • "Convenient” Parenting
    by Brenda Weatherly

    Links to Other Websites

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    Baby Blues and Post Partum Depression

  • Recognizing PPD (in .pdf format)
  • Postpartum Depression and the 'Baby Blues'

    Doctor's Websites

  • Ask Dr. Sears

    Specific pages on the askdrsears.com website:

  • Dr. Jay Gordon

    Baby's Growth and Development

  • Signing with Your Baby
  • Baby Devlopment (0-24 months)
  • Growth Percentile Calculator

    Attachment Parenting and Breastfeeding

  • How to Babywear
  • La Leche League
  • Kelly's Attachment Parenting and Breastfeeding

    For more information on breastfeeding and attachment parenting, please visit our Breastfeeding and Attachment and Natural Parenting pages.

    Elimination Communication

  • Diaper Free Baby - A network of free support groups promoting a natural approach of responding to babies' elimination needs. This practice is followed worldwide and is known as Elimination Communication, Natural Infant Hygiene, and Infant Potty Training. The process involves observing one's baby's signs and signals, providing cue sounds and elimination-place associations, and can be done with or without any diaper use.

    Thank you, Mama Calidad and GodsGraceGiven, for your help compiling these resources!

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