When it comes to parenting little ones, sleep is a big deal not only the children but also for the parents. Sleep challenges are not limited to when your child is an infant but can affect them at every stage including the toddler years.
Your little one can struggle to settle down, to fall asleep, and to stay asleep for the night. It is normal for your toddler to wake up in the night and not be able to go back to sleep without your help and attention.
Tantrums at bedtime can also occur during these young years when your toddler is battling separation anxiety or fear of the dark. There is no one solution for all sleep challenges with our children but creating bedtime routines can be extremely helpful to building healthy sleep habits for your toddlers. Continue reading
Spring may be hiding this year, but (if it knows what’s good for it) summer will be here before we know it. That means beach days galore! This year, I have the pleasure of being pregnant (I mean really pregnant like I’m due in the beginning of August pregnant) for the summer fun. Watch out whales in the sea, you’ve got some competition! Just kidding. I actually have never felt sexier in my skin than I do while pregnant. There’s just something about that ginormous growing belly that really gives me confidence in my curves. Crazy, right? Here’s my dilemma: flattering maternity clothes and, more specifically, maternity swimwear. Continue reading
Reading the Playful Parenting book by Lawrence J. Cohen truly widened and gave another dimension to the way I was looking at parenting.
Truth be told, the best way of resonating with someone, no matter if we are talking about a child in its infant stage or an adult, is to get on the same mental and intellectual level. And while it is impossible to ask from someone to get on the same level of intellect with a 4-year old child, we should give our best to find common ground with them. Continue reading
If you are a new parent, you will be told to read and speak to your child from the day they are born and as often as you can.
As your child graduates from babyhood into toddlerhood, you will most likely find yourself talking to your child even more. Most of it will be things like, “No. Don’t put that in your mouth” or “Don’t hit others with your truck!” Occasionally, you will also find yourself saying positive things like, “I am so proud of you” and “I love you”.
We parents often have to remind ourselves to focus on the positive and not the negatives when bringing up our children. And gosh, that can be extremely difficult, especially if your toddler is experiencing the Terrible Twos or Threes. Continue reading
According to the ‘Journal of Nonsense’, babies can start crawling by 3 days. Haha. Just kidding. But there are some real world baby record setters (some are a bit ridiculous, to be honest).
The real answer to the question of when do babies start crawling is…when they are ready! Not very helpful, huh?
The average age for babies to crawl is around 7 to 10 months. However, a few rare babies may start crawling by 3 months.
On the other extreme, some babies keep their parents waiting and don’t start crawling till they are 17 months!
We remember meeting a parent whose daughter did not start crawling till she was 14 months. They looked embarrassed as they shared this but is there any reason to feel bad? Continue reading
Behavioral therapy has been around since the early 20th century with roots that reach as far back as the Roman times. Behavioral therapy emphasizes improving behavior, in combination with thoughts and feelings.
Behavioral therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are well known to be effective tools for improving mental health for many different types of mental ailments including depression, eating disorders, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder. Continue reading
“A man finds out what spitting image means when he tries to feed cereal to his infant.
Your child is now 4-months old. You have survived childbirth. You have overcome diaper emergencies and nights without sleep. Feeding with breast or bottle is easier than it used to be – in fact, you’re a pro now.
Maybe it’s time for the next step. Perhaps it’s time to put on the bib (yes, you might need one, too) and offer cereal and other solid foods to your baby. Continue reading
New parents know that sleep is extremely important for both mom and dad and of course, the new baby. You want to do whatever you can to help your little one sleep consecutive hours in a safe, secure, and comfortable environment.
So, where is the best place for a baby to sleep?
As an expectant mom, I felt overwhelmed by all the choices I needed to make even before my baby was born. Everyone warned me that I would be sleep deprived and up all hours of the night to care for my new arrival. I asked for advice on things I could do to prepare for our little one. Many of my mom friends stressed the importance of sleep. Continue reading
When a new baby is on the way, there are so many decisions to make. You need to select a car seat, a crib, and a stroller. Then, if you want to be more organized and prepared, you may want to consider other important items such as a box of diapers, baby bottles, pacifiers, and a diaper bag.
The list can be overwhelming and feel endless. Some of your choices can happen fairly quickly just by asking a friend for a suggestion or you may find exactly what you want as you stroll through your favorite store or browse online. Others require a bit more thought and research.
I would suggest that taking the time to select the perfect diaper bag for your family will take a bit of consideration but it will save you from frustration down the road. You do not want to find yourself without the necessary items needed to keep your baby fed and clean while away from home. It is no fun to have to cancel plans simply because you are missing something essential for your little one. Continue reading
Jane and Adam’s baby, Billy was now 6 months old. Billy had been sleeping in Jane and Adam’s bedroom since birth but his constant sleep noises had disrupted his parent’s sleep for a long time. Billy’s doctor had said that it was okay for them to move Billy to his own room now. But Jane was still nervous.
“What if Billy wakes up in the middle of the night and needs me and I can’t hear him?” Jane said worried. Billy’s room was at the other end of the house and not next to theirs.
“Don’t worry, darling. We have the long-range baby monitor and I have tested it out and it works great. We will hear him, don’t worry!” Adam reassured her. He knew it was important for everyone’s sleep and sanity for Billy to make the transition to his own room. Continue reading