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
If you are reading this article, you are most likely looking for a lightweight car seat. And if we are correct, you are probably looking for a light baby car seat for any of the following reasons:
- You plan to lug around this car seat in and out of the car a lot so you need something light that won’t kill your back.
- You have one child or children and another on the way and God have mercy on you because you know that you will need extra 5 arms to hold onto everyone and everything. You want a car seat that won’t drain all of your remaining strength.
- You plan to travel and to take your car seat with you on vacation. The idea of lugging another heavy item (besides your luggage and child) does not seem appealing at all.
- You just basically want to make your life easier. Life is hard enough as it is with a child. Lightweight seats are heaven-sent.
Physical development for a baby is an important part of growing up. There are many businesses that now provide physical development classes for young babies such as My Gym.
However, what can you do for yourself at home?
Play mat, activity mat, activity gym, jungle gym- these are all items that have the same purpose. To provide your baby with a safe place to engage and play with toys while lying down or on tummy time in your own home.
One of the main purposes of a baby jungle gym is to help your little one develop hand-eye coordination, lengthen eyesight, provide tactile stimulation and increase motor development. Continue reading
A parent’s job is never done.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents and caregivers start reading to their babies as early as possible.
We know that this may not be easy, especially if you already are physically exhausted. However, you can make reading to your baby one of the best parts of your day. It’s a time when you can sit down (BONUS!) and just enjoy your time with your baby. Continue reading
Playdough is one of the best value-for-money toys for young kids. It’s great for sensory and fine motor development, hands-on exploration, creative and imaginative play, storytelling, the introduction of basic scientific and engineering concepts and great for play dates and parties too.
However, one of the top concerns that parents have before they make a decision to give playdough to their young toddlers is…’What happens if my toddler eats the playdough?’
Is It Safe for Kids to Eat Playdough?
18-month-olds are so cute. They look like tiny little people but still retain some baby fat and chubbiness. 18-month-olds are experts in charm with their cute little antics and smiles. This cuteness is essential to help you forgive them for the chaos and destruction that they tend to create around them.
If you are shopping for an 18-month-old, it’s a pretty fun experience as so much still amazes them easily. However, what kind of present would also be appropriate for their developmental needs? To figure this out, it helps to understand the developmental stages of an 18-month-old. Continue reading
Has your child ever needed a diaper change and you realize that you have run out of wipes? Or you took your kid out grocery shopping and then suddenly remembered that you left your wallet back at home? What about having to deal with a screaming, tired and hungry toddler?
If you have ever experienced any of the above, firstly, we empathize and commiserate. Secondly, you will no doubt have realized that when you become a parent, organization suddenly becomes not only a useful thing to have but is also essential to your child’s comfort and wellbeing (and your survival as a sane parent). Continue reading
Road trips are a cheap, easy way to travel with your family without breaking the budget. Unlike airplanes, you don’t have the long wait time at the airport and more importantly, you will have a car to use at your destination without worrying about having to loan a car seat. There are horror stories about car rental companies that provide old, expired car seats for rental. The problem with renting a car seat is that you have no idea whether those seats have already been in an accident and are no longer safe to use.
So let’s just say that you have decided to take the baby on a long road trip. The big question on every parent’s mind is ‘How do I keep my baby happy in a car seat for a long period of time?’ Continue reading