How to Pack Your Hospital Bag (Without Overpacking)

Getting ready for baby is exciting and overwhelming! Use this simple hospital bag checklist to make packing for labor ad delivery simple. #laboranddelivery #hospitalbag #pregnancy

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. read more

How to Choose a Car Seat

With so many car seat options available, it can be hard to know what to look for. Check out this post to see what you should consider when picking a #carseat. #parenting #safetyfirst #turnattwo #newmom

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. read more

#transParenttuesday : A Transparent Look Into Parenthood

We all see enough picture perfect parenting moments on social media. Let’s get transparent for a minute and take a look at the reality of parenthood. #transparenttuesday #everydayparenting #momhumor #momlife

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? read more

How to Choose Childcare (with printable childcare worksheet)

Choosing where you little one will spend their days in a big decision. How to choose the best childcare, how to find childcare, childcare worksheet, childcare checklist, how to find daycare, how to find nanny

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. read more

How to Write a Birth Plan (with printable birth plan worksheet)

There are many things to consider as you prepare for labor and delivery. Use this birth plan worksheet to help outline how you want your birth experience to go. Things to consider when writing a birth plan Birth plan worksheet Birth plan template How to write a birth plan Printable birth plan Birth plan outline

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. read more

25 Things That Are Easier When You Have a Baby

So often we focus on the challenges of parenting. There are many things that are just easier or better about life when you have a baby. Chex out this post and focus on the joys of parenthood.

A couple of weeks ago I shared this list of 25 Things That Are Unexpectedly Hard When You Have a Baby. It was a fun little list of parenting truths that I think all moms and dads can relate to. At the risk of being a negative nancy, I wanted to come together to complain and bond in our exhaustion and suffering for a minute. Now, in an effort to show everyone that it is not all bad, here are 25 Things That Are Easier When You Have a Baby. read more

25 Things That Are Unexpectedly Hard When You Have a Baby

Being a parent is rough - in some ways that are totally unexpected. Either things that you never would have thought of or that are harder than you imagined with a baby.

I’ve probably said it 209890845 time by now – being a parent is hard. Suddenly everything that you do has the added challenge of taking care of another little human while you do it. When you decide to be a parent, you are warned and probably feel ready to accept the responsibility that comes along with having a baby. You can read blog posts, read parenting books, ask other parents, watch movies, do all of the research in the world, but there are somethings that are just unexpectedly hard when you have a baby. read more

40 Moms Share Their Favorite Baby Registry Must-Haves

Every family has different needs when it comes to baby care, but there are some things you just must have on your baby registry. Here 40 moms share their favorite gift for their newborn.

Registering for baby items can be entirely overwhelming! There are way too many items that you can buy for baby, and everyone has a different opinion on what is a want versus what is a need. I suggest customizing your own new baby checklist to keep track of the items that you plan to buy or borrow before baby arrives. As far as knowing what is worth splurging on and what items you can skip, that one will depend on your lifestyle. There are, however,  some must-haves that all mamas tend to agree on. Here 40 moms share their favorite items from their baby registry. read more

10 Things No One Tells You About Diaper Changes

Everyone told me that there would be a lot of diaper changes, but no one told me “Once your child starts crawling, be prepared for a wrestling match at each diaper change.” To hear the nine other things that no one tells you about diaper changes, head on over to www.mommyhomemanager.com

One thing that all new parents expect to spend plenty of time doing is changing baby’s diaper! I’m sure you’ve been thoroughly warned about the sheer amount of time that is spent changing diaper after diaper when you bring your little one home. For the most part, changing a baby’s diaper is a no-brainer, repetitive activity. There are a few things, however, that all of the advice givers tend to leave out. Keep reading for 10 things that no one tells you about changing baby’s diaper. read more

9 Things That I’ve Learned in 9 Months of Motherhood

Becoming a parent changes so many things! The beginning is overwhelming, but as you go, you learn a lot about yourself and how to be a good mom or dad.

It is crazy to think that my Peanut is 9-months-old already! I feel like some days drag on forever, but the months have gone by without me even noticing. He has grown and changed so much in that time, and I feel like I have changed nearly as much. There are so many things about myself and my life that are different now than I would have expected. People say that you can’t really plan for how having a baby will change your family, and I now understand what they all tried to tell me. read more