When I created a baby registry for my first son, I did a TON of research. I read every blog and pin that I could find, I looked through pregnancy magazines, I looked at registry examples, and I asked other parents for advice. Overall, I felt like I had a pretty good handle on what I wanted and needed for baby. Now I am getting ready for baby number two, and I have the chance to go through my new baby checklist all over again. My thoughts and opinions have changed a lot in the two years since I wrote this post – as all experienced parents tend to do. I thought this would be the perfect time to re-vamp this post a little bit so that I have it ready when friends come to ask for baby registry advice. Keep reading to learn how to create your own new baby checklist (I’ve included a template for you!), and see what you need to include in your baby registry.
Books are a great way to pass time, interact with your baby, and teach language skills to your little one! They can also be a great way to introduce your children to faith and God’s love from the very beginning. There are many books about Jesus, prayer, and Christian values out there. Some are obvious and studious like beginner’s story bibles and some simply follow themes that instill Christian love. Whatever your day calls for, there is a great Christian book out there for you to share with your little one. Check out this post to see some of our favorites and suggestions for Christian books for baby.
Deciding when to add to your family is a huge decision that includes so many factors! For many families, the biggest questions come down to finances – Can we afford to have a baby? How much does it cost to have a baby? The initial medical costs aside, adding a baby to the family will come with many recurring costs. If you are not a parent, it can be hard to know how having a baby will affect your family’s finances. Let’s take a look at the real costs of adding a baby to your household and try to answer the question – How much does it cost to have a baby?
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.
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.
When you have a sick or fussy little one, nothing feels longer than the time that it takes for a thermometer to check his or her temperature. Getting your child to even sit still for that long can be agonizing for you both. Forehead thermometers got a bad rap at first for being inaccurate, but recently it seems that studies are finding them reliable enough for home use. They are definitely the most convenient, and this Clinical Ear and Forehead Thermometer by Generation Guard offers the convenience of a forehead thermometer and ear thermometer in one device.
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.
Breastfeeding is a really hot topic right now. Women on social media are trying to normalize breastfeeding in public. Doctors are telling their patients that breast is best. The American Academy of Pediatrics is saying that babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of their lives. With so much pressure to breastfeed, it is important to make sure that every mom has the resources available to successfully breastfeed if that is her choice.
If your little one is drinking formula, you have discovered just how expensive it can be! When I stopped breastfeeding, my son was drinking 45-60 ounces of formula per day, so I did a lot of research and shopping around. Here is the best way that I have found to buy formula in 6 easy steps.