We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the newest addition to our family. This bundle of joy could come any day. With this addition will come sleepless nights, late night feedings and an adjustment period for our family. As she has done with our other 4 children, my wife will breastfeed for as long as she is able. There is little debate among pediatricians that breastfeeding is best for babies. But what happens if or when mom can’t breastfeed? Fortunately for women who cannot breastfeed, there are many options of formula. Continue reading Feed Your Baby Right→
I was recently sent a Clean Hands Changing Pad by SnoofyBee to review. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to think when I first heard about this changing pad. My first thought was it looked like one of those cone shaped collars that keep dogs from licking/biting themselves. But once I opened it up and gave it a try, I was hooked! Continue reading Stop Slingin’ Poo→
Here are a few practical, no frills pointers to help out any new and soon-to-be parents.
Photo Storage System
In about a weeks time you are going to have taken more pictures of your new baby than all the other pictures in your life combined. You will need to figure out a good way to store all of these digital treasures. If you don’t you’ll end up like me with 5 Picasa accounts and a drawer full of flash drives. There are plenty of options out there for digital storage. Also think big, a terabyte sounds like a completely unnecessary amount of storage capacity but I promise you, your baby is going to be really cute. You are going to end up taking a lot of pictures. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Read to your child
One of the best ways to help your child succeed in school is to read to him/her. In addition to it being great for your kids brain development, it’s fun and an excellent way to wind down for bed and have some nice cuddle time. Story time is special time around our house.
Pick out a few cool ideas for the long haul
There are so many cool ideas floating around the internet of cool projects parents did with their kids: Having each teacher sign “Oh the places you’ll go,” take an annual photo, measure their height each birthday, etc. Poke around Pinterest and you’ll find a cool idea or two (or 3 thousand) Pick one or two ideas you like and commit to doing them. Years later when your child leaves home and has a blanket made out of a shirt from every year of their life (or whatever you picked) they will have something they will cherish forever.
Some parents have a journal, some use a calendar but you should pick something along these lines to track your child’s milestones and record some of the things they’ve done. This will be fun to look back over in later years when you can’t remember when little Timmy first said “mommy” but if you wrote it down you can go back and look it up.
Decide on a few trusted/respected people to take advice on
Everybody and their mom is slinging internet parenting advice (me included). You need to pick one or two people who you respect and trust and can go to for advice. The rest of the parenting advice noise you need to ignore. You can’t make everyone happy but you can make yourself crazy if you try to listen to everyone in your friends list give you advice.
Don’t incessantly compare your child to everyone else’s
It’s fun and natural to want to cheer our little munchkins milestones and as proud parents we will swell when our little bundle starts walking early or knows more words than the 3 week older boy at the playground. But you will drive yourself insane if you nonstop compare your kid to everyone else’s. All kids are different and will develop at different times. In 5 years (or less) most of these things won’t really be that important. Don’t stress yourself out.
I hope some of these “words of wisdom” are helpful to you. Have a great week and please do me a big favor and answer my poll question. I appreciate it!
Potty training is a necessary evil in every parents life. I don’t know anyone who would describe it as fun but then again changing your child’s diapers for their entire life isn’t going to be fun either. At some point, sooner or later (hopefully sooner) you will potty train your child. Sometimes these things go well, sometimes they go crappy. (That was a dad joke) Continue reading Chapstick Potty→
Have you ever lied about your age? As a kid and teenager I was always trying to look and act older. My best friend and I would regularly tell girls we would meet that we were a year or two older than we actually were. In turn we expected that girls were doing that to us as well and we had a “subtract at least two years” policy for whatever age a girl said she was. It was tricky at times because when we were 14 we couldn’t really say we were 16, or then we’d have to explain why we didn’t have our drivers license yet. And when we were 16 we couldn’t say we were 18 or it might come up that we couldn’t get into some 18 and up dance club. It’s a delicate balance to keep track of all your lies to strangers. At some point in life, however, the lie flips. No one wants to add years to their age, they are trying to take them off.
There comes a moment in every child’s life when they finally figure out how to move around. Gone are the days when you could place your child in the middle of the living room with a few toys and go to the bathroom knowing that when you returned they would still be right in the middle of the room. Now if you turn your head for a second they are army crawling toward the exits. It is at this moment a decision must be made.
Are you going to baby-proof your house or are you going to house-train your baby?