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Posted on 08/31/2015

​10 Questions to Stop Asking New Parents

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It’s no secret that new parents can get a bit defensive when you’re talking about their babies, and sometimes the most well-meaning comment can turn into a serious problem, but there are some things you simply do not say — ever. Here are a few so you’re prepared next time you meet up with fellow parents and friends who just had a little. Read more

Posted on 04/01/2015

5 Reasons Parents Lose Friends After Kids

Being Mama/ Life

Even if you’re the type of person who has deep friendships seeded from grade school, keeping friends once you become a parent can be tricky. If you’re pregnant or trying to have kids right now you might see a hint of this already but here are a few specific reasons parents lose friends after having kids. Read more

Posted on 01/21/2015

Can’t-Miss Family Tax Deductions

Life

Now that the holidays are over and we’ve all made our resolutions for 2015, it’s time to eagerly await our W-2, 10-99 and other misc forms so we can get our taxes done. Why? Whether you’re hoping to pay off your Christmas present bills, or buy some amazing product you’ve been saving for, it all comes down to that twinkle of hope that this is the tax season when you’ll get money back. Now we don’t always get a lot, but with the help of this list, hopefully you can at least check to be sure you got as much as you can. Here are 10 items families may be able to deduct this year. Read more

Posted on 10/13/2014

The Journey of a Babywearing Mama: Jennifer

Being Mama/ Kiddo Carries/ Life/ Postpartum

Manteca, California babywearing mama, Jennifer Silva, has worn both her kiddos since birth. Though her aunt first introduced her to the art of babywearing, she says that the support of other moms via in-person meet ups through groups like La Leche League (LLL) and local babywering groups have really helped her along the way (and allowed her to help others just starting out in the world of mommyhood). Keep reading for her advice to moms considering babywearing, and to find out which types of carries she prefers for different ages in this Q&A from the Journey of a Babywearing Mama Series.
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Posted on 10/12/2014

The Journey of a Babywearing Mama: Sara

Baby & Little Kid/ Being Mama/ Kiddo Carries/ Life

Sara Andrews —a Baton Rouge, Louisiana  mama— has worn her kids (now 5 years, 2 years, and 2 months old) since her oldest son was just 2 days old. Babywearing means something different for every mom, but for Sara it has meant treasured time that could have been lost since it allowed her to hold all three of her sons after c-sections when she otherwise couldn’t. With the arrival of her youngest, Sara continues to babywear as well as learn about so many more reasons why it’s so important to her family. She’s a moderate/experienced babywearer who is sharing her babywearing journey and knowledge in this post for The Journey of a Babywearing Mama series. Keep reading to find out what Sara tells moms new to babywearing, and learn why she loves to wrap. Read more

Posted on 10/07/2014

Men Do Babywear: 6 Dads Share Their Journey

Baby & Little Kid/ Daddy Style/ Kiddo Carries/ Life/ Style

No mom can resist a babywearing dad — it’s true — moms love when dads make the effort to babywear and be actively a part of their kiddo’s life. It makes us all mooshy, really. So if you’re hesitant about wearing the baby in your family, don’t be. Not only are there so many more babywearing dads than you may imagine, but these dads are building strong relationships with their newborns, little ones, and even big kids by carrying them close (not to mention the bonus points they’re getting from their partner). Six moms from around the world sent in photos of the babywearing dads in their life, along with a little bit about what they have to say of their man’s babywearing journey, and what he thinks about babywearing. This is a tribute to dads who babywear, and to encourage more men to try it out. These 6 men prove that there isn’t a “type” for a babywearing dad — they may not have a lot in common and live in very different places but all of these men babywear and love it! Read more

Posted on 07/07/2014

The Pros and Cons of Bed Sharing

Baby & Little Kid/ Being Mama/ Life/ Toddler

Credit:  Donnie Ray Jones via Flickr Creative Commons

Credit: Donnie Ray Jones via Flickr Creative Commons

I’m not going to tell you to co-sleep, I know a lot of people who are against it due to SIDS, and I tend to agree and disagree with that. I bought the expensive crib and organic mattress for my daughter, S, before she was born. It was all set up and ready, along with a bassinet to use for the first month or so depending on her weight and size (which ended up being huge but healthy due to her on-demand breastfeeding). But when I held S the first time I didn’t want to let her go. I must have stayed up three days straight (like most new parents) because I couldn’t bare to put her in the baby bed next to my hospital bed, or in her bassinet after that. Instead of sleeping when she was sleeping I gazed at her in amazement.

When we first went home I tried putting S in the bassinet but ended up falling asleep next to her while she breastfed, or picking her up because I was worried she would choke due to her reflux if she was flat on her back in the crib. Honestly, you have to be smart about co-sleeping. I knew for certain that I don’t roll in my sleep, and I’m a very light sleeper when it comes to her making a sound. After she would fall asleep I would keep my arm under her for elevation and comfort, but scoot to give her space. But co-sleeping has worked for us, and is definitely a great option for some families, if you understand the pros and cons.

If you’re struggling with making the decision to co-sleep or not co-sleep, think about if you feel the same as I did when my daughter was born, and consider the below pros and cons. If you have more to add please share them in the comments section below!

Baby Co-Sleeping Pros

  • Easy breastfeeding in the middle of the night
  • Baby is in arm’s reach
  • Bonds mom and baby more
  • More sleep for parents (less waking up and walking around the house)
  • Saves space for families who share one room or a small home/apartment
  • Saves money by skipping the crib
  • Less items to bring when traveling with baby (no need for a portable crib!)
  • Beneficial skin-to-skin contact
  • Promotes breastfeeding

Baby Co-Sleeping Cons

  • Overnight vacations without the little one are non-existent
  • Less room in the bed for parents
  • There’s a higher risk for SIDS or accidents if you’re not careful
  • You have to sell the crib you bought before baby was born
  • Not all relatives will be understanding

Toddler Co-Sleeping Pros

  • Builds child’s sense of security in a fast changing world
  • Safely sleeping in the same room with parent(s) in case of emergency or home invasion
  • More sleep for everyone
  • Saves space for families who share one room or a small home/apartment
  • Saves money by skipping the crib or toddler bed (and eventually just going to a full size bed)
  • Even if you don’t co-sleep, little ones end up going to their parents’ room in the middle of the night at times, so this isn’t too different

Toddler Co-Sleeping Cons

  • By this age parents may want the bed to themselves
  • Some children take longer to sleep alone after co-sleeping this length of time
  • Overnight vacations without the little one are non-existent
  • You need to sell any furniture already purchased for your toddler as a baby
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Posted on 07/02/2014

13 Things to Look Forward to After Weaning

Baby & Little Kid/ Being Mama/ Breastfeeding/ Life/ Parent Life

Weaning can mean something different for every mom. It may be a welcomed change, bittersweet, or something that you just aren’t ready for yet as a parent. Whether you’re planning on baby led weaning or creating a schedule for weaning your child on your own, it is an extremely tough thing to do because there’s more to nursing than just feeding your child. There may be fear and anxiety about the close bond you’ve created with your child ending with the nursing, or that your child may not want you around as much as their independence grows. It’s definitely emotional for both the little one and mom so to make things a bit easier for those of you struggling with this right now, here’s a fun list of things moms can look forward to doing again once their child has weaned. Focus on the positive, and know that your little one will always love you. Read more

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