Dealing with your new baby’s umbilical cord is the first thing you have to deal with in a medical sense with a newborn. It is hard to make sure the diaper isn’t irritating it or that you don’t accidentally pull on it with their clothing. If even after your careful diapering and care the umbilical cord fell off early, there is no need to panic.
Doesn’t he care?!?! You are reading all the parenting books, on all the baby websites and even on some forums. When you are learning all you can about the impending arrival of your little one and your husband won’t read pregnancy books you can’t help but get resentful. OK, it may be pregnancy hormones making our emotions a little crazy.
In all relationships there are those moments where one person is really into researching on a topic such as vacation spots, which restaurant to try next or even what to expect when you are having a baby and the other is not.
Are you having to shake and shake and shake in order to get the lumps out of the formula? Or are you like me and you have twins who are formula fed and you need a lot of formula at once? I want to share my recent journey to find an easy way to mix formula. I had no idea there are this many new inventions for formula fed babies.
Welcome to the world of formula mixers. It is amazing how many new inventions for babies that come to market every year. I need to get with the program and come up with my own invention.
Last weekend a friend shared that she is expecting a baby boy. I am so excited for her. She has an 8-year-old daughter and she asked my girlfriends and me if we had any advice for her regarding having a baby boy versus baby girl. Before we knew it we had a list of several things that we told her were different for boys when they are newborn babies.
Are you trying to get your baby to do tummy time but all they do is cry? Laying your baby on their stomach is necessary but can be uncomfortable. Here are 5 tummy time ideas to keep your baby enthused and minimize the fussing.
The Mayo Clinic recommends up to 20 mins of tummy time a day for 3 – 4 month old babies. The point of tummy time is to build strength in the neck muscles but it can also help with gas and preventing flat spots on a babies head. (Here are 3 great tips to keep your baby’s head from getting flat.) Break it into small segments, even 30 seconds at first, and slowly build up to the recommendations.
Is your baby breaking out of the swaddle? New moms need as much sleep as possible and studies show that when babies are swaddled they sleep much better. When my babies started breaking out of their swaddle I freaked out because they weren’t sleeping as well. This is when I learned how to double swaddle.
Congratulations! There is a new baby in the family. Everyone is thrilled and even your first-born is showing signs of loving the new baby. You are doing everything to prevent new sibling resentment and it seems to be working until you hear “Why do we always have to do everything for the baby?”.
I was at a park one day with several friends and heard a mother tell her son, “Come on, Brian, we need to leave so I can get Katie home for a nap.” When I saw that kids face when he looked at his little sister I knew exactly what was going on in his little head….resentment. I made it my mission to avoid those looks from my sons as much as possible.
Panic! The pacifier just fell on the gross floor and it is our only one!
Haven’t we all been in this same situation? Well, lucky for us there are now 5 different ways to sterilize a pacifier without boiling water. I had thought there were only 2, boil and microwave. I recently learned about some new products that are fantastic for when you are on-the-go and I just had to share them with you.
Have you noticed how many babies now wear helmets to fix their flat heads? We all want our babies to avoid the whole hassle of those helmets. I have had 3 babies with perfectly round heads and my sister used these same tips and she has 3 kids that all avoided having flat head syndrome. (Did you know there is an official name for it? I didn’t.) Here are our 3 easy tips to keep your baby’s head from getting flat in the back.
Parenting can be such a roller coaster. One minute you are enjoying your kids having a great time and then the smallest thing triggers a fight and….great moment is over! When I find myself super frustrated with my kids and feeling like our family life is out of control is when I know it is time to read another parenting book. I need the best books on parenting on my nightstand.
Learning a new tip to try out in our house can sometimes help smooth out the latest difficult situation. Such as getting out the door on time, sibling rivalry or picky eating. I feel like when I am trying out a new tip from a book I have a glimmer of hope that things are going to get better. The great thing is that usually they do! Every new tip I put into my parenting toolbox is helping my family.