Category: Parenting

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.

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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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10 Easter Basket Ideas for 3-Year Old Boys

10 great ideas for your 3-year old's easter basket!

For some reason, putting Easter baskets together for my kids is one of my favorite times of the year.  There’s way less pressure than Christmas and spring is just about to come!  This year we’ve got a 3-year old and a newborn, so it should be extra fun.  While I’m sure my 3-year old would have been satisfied with a basket full of trains, I am bound and determined to make it well-rounded and still tons of fun (if you also have a train obsessed boy, you may just want to check out this post → What to Get for Your Thomas the Train-Obsessed Little Boy).  So if you’re looking for Easter basket ideas for 3-year old boys, check some of these out!

 

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Easter Basket Ideas for Your Newborn Girl’s First Easter

These Easter basket ideas for your newborn girl will help to make her first Easter magical!

With kids, every holiday is more exciting.  But the first holiday?  There’s few things better than that!  Easter is definitely no exception.  You’ve got the weather, the family time, and of course…the Easter Bunny!  And somehow the planning and preparation is way less stressful than Christmas, so you can focus more on enjoying things.  So if you’re still in need of Easter basket ideas for your newborn girl, hopefully this list will be helpful.  Enjoy your baby girl’s first Easter!

 

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10 Jobs that Will Let You Bring Your Kids to Work

Jobs that let you take your baby to work with you

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!  

So if you’re looking for jobs where you can bring your baby or kids to work with you, consider some of these options:  

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7 Reasons to Consider Disney World for Your Babymoon

Disney World is one of the best choices for a babymoon!

It’s been quite some time since my husband and I traveled to Disney World for our Babymoon, but I still remember it well and feel warm and fuzzy every time I come across something Disney related. Not only did we have an amazing time, but it was a fabulous way to start what will most likely be decades of Disney trips ahead of us.  As far as Babymoons go, it was the perfect choice for a last hoorah and one that I will always recommend to parents-to-be.

So before you settle on yet another Caribbean getaway, consider these reasons for choosing Disney World to celebrate your new life ahead:

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10 Tips for Working from Home as a Stay-at-Home Mom

It may be hard to find, but working from home as a stay-at-home mom is really the best of both worlds! Here are some tips to help make it happen.

For a lot of moms, working from home while still being able to be a stay-at-home mom is a coveted dream that often feels out of reach.  It can be hard to find flexible work, hard to take care of your kids and the house, and nearly impossible to mesh the two together.  But once you do figure it out, it can be the best arrangement imaginable.  Whether it’s for extra money, personal fulfillment, or just to keep an oar in the water, it can be a total game changer for your life!

I’ve been working from home since I had my son and I’ve learned a lot through the years.  Some things failed miserably and others opened up amazing opportunities.  Here’s my advice for how you can make it work:

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