Alexis Barad-Cutler

Essayist, children's book author, book publishing veteran.

What Foods Cause Breastfeeding Babies Gas? Here's What Nursing Moms Should Know

When breastfed babies start showing signs of abdominal discomfort, whether by crying or squirming, or just plain being difficult to calm down, you might start to wonder if the problem is you. Or, more specifically, your breast milk. When your baby…
By Alexis Barad-Cutler

If You're Breastfeeding, Here's What You Need To Know About Antibiotics

Though breastmilk contains lots of good stuff that can benefit your baby's immune system, unfortunately it doesn't protect you, the breastfeeding mom, from getting sick. Yes, moms who nurse can suffer from infections just like anyone else, and when…
By Alexis Barad-Cutler

Can Apple Cider Vinegar Help With Morning Sickness? Here's What Pregnant Women Should Know

Anyone who has experienced morning sickness, or has been close to someone who has, knows that a pregnant woman will try almost anything to get rid of this often debilitating pregnancy symptom. Many "cures" have been offered up to those of you who…
By Alexis Barad-Cutler

Here's How Long Homemade Baby Food *Actually* Lasts

Introducing your baby to solids is an exciting milestone full of spills, thrills, and well... more spills. All mess-related things aside, it's fun for the whole family to find out what tastes and textures delight your baby's taste buds. For many…
By Alexis Barad-Cutler

Here Are The Differences Between An IVF Pregnancy & A "Normal" Pregnancy

Thanks to many scientific advances in reproductive technology, there are multiple treatment options when it comes to trying to achieve family planning goals. And as these options become more and more popular, it's understandable if you're asking…
By Alexis Barad-Cutler

Here's The Truth Behind Breastfeeding After Having A C-Section

For most pregnant women, the idea of a C-section is, well, not ideal. Surgery can be scary, recovery is anything but easy, and there's the added anxiety surrounding breastfeeding that most new mothers — no matter how they give birth — experience. So…
By Alexis Barad-Cutler

Everything You Need To Know If Your Baby’s Breastfeeding Sessions Are Taking ~ Forever ~

So you've had a baby, and things are going reasonably "well." All your baby seems to do is sleep and drowsily nurse. But all of a sudden your butt is glued to the same spot on the couch between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. because your baby…
By Alexis Barad-Cutler

6 Prayers I'm Offering Up To the Photo Gods On My Kid's School Picture Day

School Picture Day is a rite of passage that, despite the nightmares most of us harbor from our own childhoods, we insist our children endure. The forced smiles, the clothes they would never ordinarily wear, and the spotlight centered on them? It's…
By Alexis Barad-Cutler

Here's How Your OB Knows Your Baby Is Breech

Getting to the "finish line" of pregnancy includes jumping over some last minute (but very important) hurdles. Your health care provider will still be watching for the usual things, like your baby's heart rate, any signs of infection in your urine,…
By Alexis Barad-Cutler

Here's How You Can Use Massage To Calm Your Crying Baby

When you're a new parent faced with a crying baby, you'll do almost anything to make the agonizing sounds stop. On the whole, the body seems wired to want to stop soothe a crying baby, which is probably why there are whole sections of book stores…
By Alexis Barad-Cutler

9 Responses To Someone Asking Why, OMG Why, You Travel With Your Kid

I lost track of the amount of times people have expressed disbelief or pity when I told them I was taking a vacation with my kids. "That's not really a vacation," or, "why would you even try?" were commonly expressed sentiments. Unless you want to…
By Alexis Barad-Cutler

What Every C-Section Mom Wants Women Who Plan On Having "Natural" Births To Know

For pregnant women planning on experiencing natural births (i.e. vaginal births without medical interventions or medications), a C-section almost feels like a betrayal of everything they were promised and worked toward. It doesn't have to feel that…
By Alexis Barad-Cutler

Here's Why A Pregnant Kylie Jenner Halloween Costume For Your Kid Is Not OK

Kylie Jenner is pregnant, you guys. Well "sources" report she's pregnant. But while Jenner has yet to officially confirm her pregnancy, you can still take advantage of this great moment in pop-culture history and dress your kids up as pregnant Kylie…
By Alexis Barad-Cutler

8 Things I'm Glad No One Told Me About Breastfeeding In Public

I breastfed my babies exclusively and on demand, which meant I found myself nursing in all kinds of public spaces, including but certainly not limited to museums, restaurants, and airplanes. I didn't know what public breastfeeding would be like, or…
By Alexis Barad-Cutler

7 Things Every Couple Should Do In The First 3 Months Of Their Baby's Life

Those first three months after you've brought home your newborn bundle of screaming, pooping joy is not a time usually synonymous with romance. The early days of parenthood are some of the most challenging, and some couples nearly come undone from…
By Alexis Barad-Cutler

Here's What "Effaced" Actually Means, Pregnant People

As you near the end of your pregnancy it's time to prepare for your little one's arrival. Your body is preparing for baby's entrance into this world, too, and in order to do so it's got to get a couple things in order. One of the major milestones…
By Alexis Barad-Cutler

What Does It Mean To Labor Down? Experts Explain

For anyone who has watched a handful of happy "she's having a baby" type movies, you're probably familiar with the cinema-version chronology of (non-complicated) labor. Woman's water breaks, she yells all the way to the hospital, and the next thing…
By Alexis Barad-Cutler

What To Do If You Can't Afford Diapers

For those of us who have enjoyed the privilege of baby showers filled with an abundance of cute organic baby clothes and tiered "cakes" fashioned out of diapers, it can be hard to believe that many families in the U.S. can't afford diapers (let…
By Alexis Barad-Cutler

Here's How To Fund A New Business, Even When Cash Is Low

Starting a new business is fun and exciting when you're in the beginning "idea" stage of things, but stuff gets real when you have to actually put some money behind it. Securing cash to help launch a business venture is arguably one of the largest…
By Alexis Barad-Cutler

Here's How A Breast Pump Can *Actually* Jumpstart Labor

If you're at that point in your seemingly never-ending pregnancy when you've surpassed your due date, you've probably tried to induce labor "naturally." From eating spicy foods to doing yoga inversions, there are all kinds of ways people — from your…
By Alexis Barad-Cutler