Category: Tips & Tricks

Your Next Baby Shower Gift: A Fully-Loaded Diaper Caddy

How to Create the Perfect Diaper Caddy

When I had my first baby I quickly grew attached to parenting devices that I just couldn’t live without (our water sling, the Ergo, and the Rock ‘N Play to name a few).  So when baby #2 was on her way, I had all of those items ready and waiting.

But of course, as you’d expect, I didn’t end up needing them because she had her own ideas and her own needs.

So I started the discovery process all over again and for her, one of the greatest creations I came across was the diaper caddy.  

It’s basically a diaper bag that doesn’t need to be unzipped, is more easily accessible, and can be anywhere in your home that you need it. It was an alternative to having a dedicated diaper changing table and ended up making travel a breeze. (more…)

The 10 Best Books about Trains for Preschoolers

Ten Best Books about Trains for Your Toddler or Preschooler

My son LOOOOVES trains. Train everything. Train shoes, train clothes, train tracks, train stuffed animals, train utensils, train movies. So of course, books about trains are very high on our list of train activities and I can assure you, we not only own all these books, we read them everyday.

So if you are on the hunt for the best books about trains for preschoolers, this list is for you!

Related post: 20 Unbelievable Thomas the Train Gifts for Your Thomas-Obsessed Little Boy

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10 Reasons to Have a Second Child

10 Reasons to Have a Second Child

When I married my husband, my plan was to have 10 children.  His plan was to get married.  Lucky for me, we found ourselves with a son pretty quickly and as they say, that was the best birth control.  

In the back of my mind I still knew I wanted more, but for a long time I wondered if there was actually a secret joy only known by those raising only children.  It was a blessing.

Until I had my second.  Then I realized that was the blessing.

For me, without a shadow of a doubt, 2 is better than 1.

So if you’re on the fence about your second child, consider these reasons for rounding out your brood:  

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How to Cut Your Packing in Half When Traveling with a Baby

How to Cut the Packing in Half When Traveling with a Baby

Traveling with a baby is no small endeavor. Yes, they’re tiny. But holy moly, their stuff certainly is not.

My husband and I travel all the time with our baby. Over the summer it’s often every weekend. So we’ve come across some great tricks, tips, and work-arounds that make the process easier.

The name of the game is obvious: figure out what you don’t need and find the most space-saving version of what you do need. (more…)

Is the NoseFrida Really Worth It?

Is the NoseFrida Worth Buying?

Sometime between my first child and second child a new product was born: the NoseFrida.  Had I not come across a Facebook thread full of raving mothers I probably would have never even considered trying this medieval-looking device.  But I was a heavily pregnant woman and there’s one thing I remembered vividly from my first – those snot sucking bulbs are worth their weight in gold.  I had forgotten it once on a trip and that was the last time it ever left my side.  When you’re baby is stuffed up, it’s the only thing that will fix it!

But this snot sucking device was different.  You suck the boogers out of their nose with your mouth. I’M SERIOUS.

Why?? Isn’t there another way?  Is it really that important for the suction to be coming from our mouth? Would this really be any different from the age-old bulb aspirator?

Basically – is the NoseFrida really worth it?

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The Best TV Shows to Watch When You’re Up At Night Breastfeeding

The Best TV Shows to Watch When You're Up at Night Breastfeeding

I know I’m supposed to stare longingly into my baby’s eyes while I breastfeed her, but let’s be real. Half the time she’s suckling away WHILE sleeping, the other half I’m struggling to keep my own eyes open.  And books just don’t do it for me when I’m drained and tired.  But TV does. And not just any TV. Only certain shows make the cut when I’m trying to keep my cool at 3 am.  

There’s something special about these kind of shows. They’ve all got strong female leads (duh, those are the best), but more importantly, they won’t leave you in tears.  Sorry Grey’s Anatomy, you’re a wonderful show but NOT what I need to see while hormones are zipping through my sleep deprived body and I’m cradling my newborn.

So if it’s 3 am where you are and you’re trying to figure out how to keep yourself awake, distracted, and calm, add these shows to your list and relax a bit!

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5 Co-Sleeping Alternatives for When Your Baby Just Wants to Sleep with You

Co-sleeping alternatives that provide the best of both worlds!

Over the past 4 years, I’ve had a crib-sleeper, a co-sleeper, an in-his-own-room sleeper, an only-in-your-arms sleeper, and a next-to-my-bed sleeper…and that was just one child.  Now I have a newborn, so the joy starts all over again…and this time with two to juggle. While I love co-sleeping, the fear that’s been instilled in me has led me on a search of all the possible co-sleeping alternatives. And luckily, there are quite a few (looks like I’m not the only one trying to make things work).

So if you’re wondering what your options are if your baby or toddler wants to co-sleep, but you (or your spouse) really aren’t into it, I’ve got you covered!  Here are some of your other options:

Related post: 12 Ways to Make Co-Sleeping Safer

 

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10 Reasons to Let Your Toddler Watch TV

We hear so much about limiting screen time for kids, but there are still a lot of good reasons to consider letting them watch tv!

I will never forget my pediatrician’s fateful do-or-die advice at my son’s 9 month check-up. I had asked about co-sleeping, breastfeeding, babysitting, crying-it-out, napping, feeding solids, sun exposure, eye contact, bathing vs. showering, first words, crawling, walking, teething, socks or no socks, and over-mothering. He said: “Whatever you decide to do is fine. Just don’t ever let him watch TV.”  

What?? I just nodded my head.  I had gone in worried that he’d think I was crazy and walked out thinking he was crazy.  Of all the controversial concerns we have about toddlers, TV was the last thing I was worried about – and to be honest, it still blows my mind that people worry about it so much.

For me, I’m actually glad that I let my son watch TV.  In fact, I think we’re both better for it. So before you rip your hair out trying to avoid the inevitable, consider these reasons for giving into a little screen time:

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8 Jobs that Will Let You Bring Your Kids to Work

All of these jobs let you bring your kids to work! A chance to experience the best of both worlds :)

I LOVE the idea of being able to take your kids to work.  I wouldn’t trade being a stay-at-home mom for anything, but I also know I’d probably go crazy if I didn’t have at least some amount of work to do too.  Not to mention that the extra money really helps!  

I’m always so impressed when I come across someone that has figured out a way to experience the best of both worlds, so it’s time to share!  If you’re in a position where you want a job, but also need to keep your kids in tow, consider some of these options:  
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