I’m not sure how anyone else feels about it, but this parenting thing is exhausting. Particularly at the young age that my kids are at, I need to help them with so many things. We have so many appointments and events it’s hard to keep track of them all. On top of just trying to keep my kids alive I’m also trying to teach them how to be respectful, caring human beings. I’m by no means perfect and some days it seems like I fail more than I succeed. After 3 years of being a stay at home dad I can share with you some of the ways I try to make my life easier, maintain my sanity and become a better parent. Continue reading I know I left my sanity around here somewhere.
Dear Dad to-be,
Congrats! Your life will never be the same. For better or worse, the birth of your first child is an event that will forever change you. So much of becoming a new parent focuses on moms. There is good reason, moms do all of the hard work for the first 9 months, but once your baby is born you are just as much a part of the action as mom. Dads have an important role to play. I have decided to share some of my experiences in raising my 4 kids so you can have a little glimpse of What to Expect When You are Expecting…to be a Dad. Continue reading 12 Truths About Becoming a 1st Time Dad
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?
I’ve decided to start reviewing products that I use on a regular basis. Why? Good question. I appreciate it when others write reviews on products and I can read them before deciding to make a purchase. I hope I can help someone out there make an informed decision as well. Today I’m going to review the Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker.
I use this baby food maker a couple of times a week. A friend gave it to us for our first child’s baby shower. I have never owned or used any other baby food maker so I cannot compare it to any others that are on the market. Here are my thoughts:
- It’s super easy to use.
- It’s fairly compact so it doesn’t take up a huge amount of space.
- It allows you to decide what fruits and/or vegetables you feed your baby. Organic, non-gmo, locally grown, backyard grown, etc.*
- You can save a lot of money over time. According to a ballpark estimate of how I use it in our house: A $2 organic butternut squash will yield around 42oz of food. If you can find organic baby food on sale you might be able to get 42oz for around $10.50. This can translate to around $30 in savings a week for me. Obviously these numbers will change some depending on how much your child eats and what other foods you use. You really ought to feed your child something other than just butternut squash.*
- It is simple and quick to clean-up.
- You can mix foods and create flavors that aren’t otherwise available.*
- You can add in supplements like flax if you want to.*
- It is a little pricey. At around $120 you would have to use it regularly to offset the price.
- Even though it is compact, it is another appliance you have to store somewhere. It is essentially a steamer and a food processor in one, two things you might already have.*
- Because it is compact you can’t make a whole lot of food at one time. I find I usually yield somewhere between 14oz and 21oz each batch depending on the food, how much water I add and how small I cut up the pieces.
The bottom line is this is a nice little product that works exactly as it is supposed to with very little effort and if you use it regularly it can save you some money. If you put it on your baby registry and someone gets it for you then you have a win-win! 🙂
*These points really apply to all baby food makers not just specifically the Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker.
When you become a parent everyone, whether you want it or not, decides they need to give you advice. You hear about how “It’ll be the best part of your life” how “You’ll never get any sleep” “Your life will never be the same again” “Cherish them, they’ll never be little again.” How-to book after how-to book line the shelves with advice on how to raise your child, yet sadly none of the books touch on some of the hard truths and harsh realities that I’m about to share with you right now. None of your unsolicited advice giving friends are going to tell you the secret I’m about to let you in on.
When our first child was born all he knew was one on one time with mom or dad. When our second child was born we could still rather easily find the time to split the kids up and get some quality one on one time with each of them. When our daughter was born it started to become more difficult to carve out any great one on one time with her. By the time our 4th kid came along the idea of one on one time was becoming a distant memory.