Web Analytics

Caring for baby: a view through the lens of ecology

Welcome to Kid Ecology where you'll find evidence-based support for caring for your baby.

I'm so glad you are here.

Caring for a baby can be overwhelming

Are you finding a lot of baby care advice confusing?

  • Sleep train at 5 months” but “never leave your baby to cry”;
  • “Start with purees” but “skip purees entirely”;
  • “Always babywear” but “do not restrict free movement”...

Did you hope to rely on your instincts, but discover that you don't naturally know what to do?

You are not alone.

When I was a new mom 11 years ago, I found myself in a sea of ​​opinions. Many came with a sense of pressure: "Do this or else your baby will not thrive".

This was overwhelming and certainly not helpful.

So I did something different.

A unique lens of ecology

Mom caring for baby with a warm hug

I am a mom of 3 and a scientist. I study ecology, a branch of biology that examines how living things relate to one another and interact with their environment. More specifically, I work on habitats: spaces and environments that support life.

(more about Anya)

I began to think about caring for baby from an ecological perspective. Despite technological progress, baby ecology — what our babies need from the physical spaces they live in, the care they receive, and their interactions with people in their life — has remained constant and is universal.

Here, I use my research training to critically analyze scientific studies on baby sleep, feeding, care, and play through the lens of ecology to answer the following questions:

  1. What do all human babies need to thrive?
  2. What elements in babies' environments - physical spaces and experiences - help meet these needs?

And then I use my parent perspective to help you create these spaces and experiences in your home in ways that work best for your unique baby.

What you will find here

I write about everything that forms baby’s day-to-day experiences: sleep, feeding, playing, and being cared for.

  •  You will find evidence-based knowledge and support, whether you are formula-feeding or breastfeeding, using purees or baby-led weaning, bed-share with your baby or your baby sleeps alone. You will not come across parenting wars or strict “do's” and “don'ts” in this space. 
  • You will also find ideas for planning, creating, and organizing play spaces, cooking and making things for your baby.

I started working on this space in 2022 after I wrote and published my award-winning book, Baby Ecology - the book I wish I had when I was a new parent. You can see what the book is about here and read reviews here.

Baby bassinet
Baby sleeping in crib
Baby being fed by spoon
Smiling baby playing on her tummy in yellow romper and flower headband

The Baby Ecology Approach

Share this article: