It’s crazy how quickly toddlers turn from babies into little people. Peanut wants to be with us and doing what we do constantly. He sees me brushing my hair, and wants to do the same; he sees me cooking, and pull out his own pots and pans; he sees me talking on the phone, and suddenly anything remotely phone shaped is being held up to his ear. Recently he decided that if I am eating my dinner with a fork, then he will only eat his dinner with a fork. The next natural step in teaching him to act like a small human seemed to be moving him from his high chair to the table with us.
Last Halloween, I remember sitting on my couch holding my tiny 6-week-old son next to an old friend. His sister had a baby right before I did, and in conversation he casually said to me “are you so ready to get back to work? My sister can’t wait to get back to normal.” I wasn’t really sure that I understood what he was saying! I could not imagine leaving my son alone all day, let alone being excited to go back to work. Even more, I couldn’t imagine anything in my life being “normal” the way that it had been before my baby was born.
Any parent who has had a toddler knows what a task it is to get them to pay attention to anything for more than a few seconds at a time. Peanut is 16-months now, and it seems that the only things that will keep his attention are food and the TV. Even those aren’t guaranteed to be enough. Many young children struggle with focusing on any one thing, especially when it comes to carrying out a challenging task or activity. As a parent this can pose a challenge. We all want to teach our children and encourage their development. That requires a delicate balance between letting them learn as they play and using structured developmental activities. While they are based in fun, most structured activities require your child to sit down and pay attention. It may not be possible all the time, but there are ways to teach your little one to focus and grow their attention span as they learn.
I love saying a prayer with my son before I lay him down for bed at night. I hold him and sway while he becomes heavier and calmer. We take a minute to be thankful and end our day with God. On the opposite side of the spectrum, he always wakes up so happy and ready to greet the day! I love that as well, and I want to channel that into praise and starting our day with a grateful heart. This is what led me on my journey to find some morning prayers to work into our waking time. Read on to see great prayers to start your day with baby.
One of the most exciting tasks when you are pregnant is creating your baby registry! It can also be one of the most daunting and overwhelming depending on your personality. I’ve put together a new baby checklist to help you keep track of what you want and need to buy for baby here. Before you even begin to get things together, you need to decide where you want to create your baby registry. There are many options out there, which can make your decision a little harder initially. Every registry has its perks, so I asked real moms what their favorite baby registries. This post will tell you the best baby registries and why moms loved them.
I recently saw a blog post from a very cute, very excited first time mama about what to pack in your hospital bag. I showed the list that she wrote out to my husband, and his reply was “is she going on vacation for two weeks before going home?!” The truth is, you really don’t need much with you at the hospital. In fact, packing less means that you will have less stuff to keep track of, potentially leave behind, and lug around the hospital with you. Between taking care of your new addition and family coming and going, your hospital room may start to feel cluttered and chaotic. The last thing that you want to do is add a mess of personal belongings on top of that. Here is a list of what you really need to take to the hospital with you. Hopefully, it will help you to pack your hospital bag without overpacking.
Priority number one for most parents is the health and safety of our children. We work hard to protect our littles ones and keep them safe at all times. One of the scariest places to be with a newborn baby can be in the car. They are away from you and are being protected by a car seat instead of your loving arms. You want to do everything that you can to make sure that your child is protected and safe in the car. The good news is that all car seats in the US have to meet guidelines and regulations to ensure safety. The bad news is that there are 149098 car seats on the market and you now have to choose which one you want. This post will help with tips on how to choose the best car seat for your little one.
We all see 1000’s of images everyday of cute smiling children, happy families, gorgeous home decor, and everything inbetween. So what about those days that your baby is teething, your family just isn’t happy, every room in your house has been hit by the toddler tornado, and you can’t find a coffee cup that is big enough to handle life? Let’s be real – we all have those days. This post is meant to take a transparent look into the everyday work of parenthood. We all struggle…so why not join together and laugh at each other’s struggles?
If you are in a household with two working parents, the biggest decision that you will have to make before returning to work is who will take care of your little one(s). It can be hard to imagine your child spending so much time with anyone but you – especially if he or she is still only weeks to months old! Whether you are going back to work because you want to, or because you can’t make the numbers work to be a stay-at-home-mom, the last thing that you want is to worry about your little one while you are at work. Finding a childcare provider that you can trust will help to ease the mom guilt and anxiety. Let’s talk about how to find childcare. This post will cover the types of childcare available and how to go about finding the right place for your little one to be while you go to work. I’ve included a printable childcare worksheet for you to keep notes when comparing potential childcare providers.
We are coming up on my son’s first birthday, and it seems like the last year has flown by in a blur! So much has changed in the last year, and I have learned a lot about myself and being a mom. One of the things that I was thinking about a lot this time last year was my son’s birth – not just his arrival, but the labor and birth itself. I took a birthing class, read plenty of birth stories, and prepared myself for the unexpected. You cannot plan how your labor and delivery will go entirely, but there are a lot of things that you can decide. Having a plan will help keep you calm and keep things going smoothly. Read on to learn about how to write a birth plan and download a printable birth plan worksheet.