It’s inevitable that 8 out of 10 times when I get my kiddo out of the car or from school her hands are sticky and covered in some sort of goo. I’m not about to have her spread the stickiness and germs, but I’m not confident giving her a wipe with chemicals that could hurt her, either, so I’ve come up with another solution. Keep reading for my parent hack, and to win a Target gift card! Read more
Keeping track of where and when the next birth, baby and kiddo events are can be a bit cumbersome when also trying to track baby’s feedings (or your own if you’re pregnant), and well, life! So to make things just a tad bit easier for all you mamas-to-be, new moms and moms who just love going to these events, here’s a list of some great pregnancy, birth and kiddo fairs happening in 2016 by state! Each of these events are great to attend, but really offer something different for families. I recommend trying them all at least once, or at least one of them! Read more
When Savannah was a baby I’d sing her to sleep and read her books all day long. I was so good at making sure that we Read. Talk. Sing. (and do baby yoga), just like First 5 California recommends, every day when she was a newborn, a baby and even a toddler. But now that she’s 4, I’ve gotten so busy with work on the computer that she’s usually making messes around me while trying to occupy herself with creative activities until mommy can play tea party or make a blanket campsite. This isn’t something I’m proud to admit, but I know I’m not the only parent to realize that this is happening. That though they’re only little for so long and the first 5 years are most important for brain development, I’m simply not as involved as I used to be (or want to be) as a parent . . . which is exactly why I was excited to work on this simple list of ways to incorporate Read. Talk. Sing. into daily life. Read more
It’s been a little over 4 years since I gave birth to Savannah, but I thought it would be fun to share what I brought in my bag . . . and what I actually used, aside from a general “What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag,” which I’ll add later, too. Look through and let me know if you’ve tried any of these items and what you packed for your little one’s arrival! Read more
Back in 2002 Stanford grad school students Jane Chen and Rahul Panicker were asked to develop an infant warmer at 1 percent of the cost of a $20,000 incubator. Using NASA technology, the two developed an infant warmer they named the Embrace warmer, which requires limited electricity to warm a wax unit that then keeps an infant warm for up to 8 hours. Jane and Rahul founded Embrace, a nonprofit with the goal of using this tech to save lives. In just the last 5 years, Embrace has helped save 150,000 infants across 10 countries who otherwise wouldn’t have survived due to the lack of funds or resources for incubators (check out some of their stories, here). Read more
Getting rest at night isn’t always easy with a little one — especially if he has a tough time calming down for bedtime. Every baby is different, and no one family schedule is the same, but there are a few tried and true things you can try to get your little one on a calming nighttime schedule for a better night’s sleep. Keep reading for 5 simple tips to a calming (and restful) bedtime for your family. Read more
Easter was one of the most important holidays of the year when I was growing up. My moms would always leave a jelly bean trail to a cute little basket somewhere filled with chocolate, gift cards or toys and an outfit to wear at church that day. The Easter dress was an annual tradition as sacred as the gifting of pajamas on Christmas Eve. I anticipated it and it was something I could always count on. So I thought it would be fun to follow up my Dapper Easter Duds For Boys post with some darling dresses for girls to get on Easter morning for that special day. These dresses are all fairly inexpensive and fit 12 months to girls’ 6X. Read more
Kiddos look adorable when they’re dressed all dapper, so why not make it tradition for Easter to be your family’s dapper day (With or without Disneyland)? I’ve selected a few outfits that would be oh so adorable for babies, toddlers and big kids alike and have rounded up a few for you here. These are all from Target, where they’re offering a buy one, get one 50 percent off deal on all dress up clothes until March 28 (plus another 5 percent off and free shipping if you have a Red Card). Check these out and comment below with pics of your dapper kids, or your favorite clothes for Easter this year!
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A: Just One You™ Made by Carter’s® Boys’ 3-Piece Top and Bottom Set ($22, 2T-5T). This ready-made dress up set is a great price! You get a cute tie, a Springtime dress shirt and some snazzy pants. Your kiddo can dress down the pants by wearing them with a grey shirt, or any non-dress shirt on regular days, then keep the shirt and tie handy for those last-minute special occasions.
B: Toddler Boys’ Decked in Check Easter Collection at Target (12 months-5T, boys 6-7). This collection pairs Cherokee’s brown Doug Boots ($16, Toddler 5-12) with either a Plaid Black & White Necktie ($5, 2T-5T) or Green Plaid Necktie ($5, 2T-5T), Poplin Cargo Shorts ($6.40, 12 months-5T, boys 6-7), and your choice of a Plaid Button Down in Caspian Sea ($10, 12 months-5T, boys 6-7) or a Charcoal Gingham Check Button Down ($10, 12 months-5T, boys 6-7). If you get the boots, shorts, a tie, and one of the shirts from this list it will cost you about $37.40 without discounts.
C: Just One You™ Made by Carter’s® Boys’ 3-Piece Top and Bottom Set ($20, Newborn-24 months). Yet another adorable set for a great deal. Babies in ties? It’s enough to make you melt. Your baby or toddler will look undeniably dapper and totally adorable in this button down onsie with bow tie and dress pant combo.
Thinking about trying cloth diapers, or switching from disposables? Though it may seem like a lot to take in, cloth diapering can be fairly simple and easy to do . . . as long as you’re set up for success. Like any new endeavour, you should be prepared with all the materials you need before you start, and that’s where this list comes in. Keep reading for 6 essentials you’ll need as a cloth diapering newbie, then test them out and comment about how it went! Read more
Creating a safe nursery for your little one is extremely important. Your child may be spending 12-18 hours a day in their bedroom and while they’re sleeping, their bodies are working to repair the damage caused during the day. If that’s not reason enough to green your nursery, consider that children process toxins differently than adults and are the most vulnerable to developing childhood illnesses as a result. Many people think it’s expensive and overwhelming to create a green (or eco-friendly and baby-friendly) nursery. Ideally, we’d want to buy an organic mattress, use VOC-free paint to decorate the walls and furnish the space with all-natural wood furniture, but anyone can create a less toxic sleep space while making the best of what we already have. Here are some tips on how to create a healthy, safe sleep environment without breaking the bank. Read more