I get asked all the time how I manage to get my children to be happy about going to bed. I have a six year old son and a set of seven month old twin boys, both whom have been in bed since 7:30pm. How do I do it? One way was by establishing a consistent bedtime routine that is both fun and simple!
Begin your bedtime routine with a warm bath! Add toys and bubbles to the bath to help keep children happy during bath time. You can let your baby play with plastic coated bath books, however my babies seem to be just as happy with playing with the cup or washcloth!
Read to your child! I believe this is probably the best suggestion that I was given with my first child. Babies love to be read to, even if they are trying to eat the book! Some of my favorite bed time books for babies and toddlers are: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, Love you forever by Robert Munsch, and Goodnight, Baby Bear by Frank Asch. Not only is reading to your baby great for
- Cyn Ellis | Parenting – Tue, Jul 24, 2012 10:36 PM EDT
I get asked all the time how I manage to get my children to be happy about going to bed. I have a six year old son and a set of seven month old twin boys, both whom have been in bed since 7:30pm. How do I do it? One way was by establishing a consistent bedtime routine that is both fun and simple!Read More »from Creating an Awesome Bedtime Routine for Your Little One!
- Oprah.com | Parenting – Tue, Jul 24, 2012 6:49 PM EDT
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Photo: Oprah.comAdam Glassman, O Magazine's Creative Director, has made a new discovery:
I've had to buy my share of baby's gifts over the years, and just because a present is meant for a little one doesn't make it any easier to find the perfect thing. Which is why I'm crazy about Burt's Bees Baby, a new line of organic apparel and earth-friendly products.
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Photo: Oprah.comThe clothing--in tasteful shades of muted grays, pinks and creams--is absolutely adorable, and is sure to please style (and environmentally) conscious parents. And while 100% organic clothes are usually quite expensive, these pieces are super affordable: a 3-piece newborn set (bodysuit, bib and hat) is $9.99; a baby knit terry coverall is $14; a 7-piece gift basket (which includes clothing, shampoo and lotion) is $39.99.
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Photo: Oprah.comThe line, available now at Target.com, will eventually expand to include home and lifestyle products, but in the meantime I've found my new go-to baby
A few weeks ago I asked on Facebook what questions my friends and followers had about adoption. The number one answer back to me was, "How much does it really cost to adopt?" So I'm going to tell you; from popular international programs to domestic. These aren't exact figures, because every agency/attorney/situation is different, but they are close enough to give you a good idea.
Keep in mind these numbers are before tax credits, employer benefits, or grants. You may have a small heart attack while looking at these, but thousands of regular people (like us) adopt every year. It can be done. There are many programs out there that help with costs.
While it seems like a small fortune, these costs keep things legal, legit, and according to Holt International, include but are not limited to: "costs for personnel, administrative overhead, training, education, legal services and communications, working with government and agency authorities, legal fees, and passport and U.S. visa fees inRead More »from How Much Does Adoption Really Cost?
Creative Ways to Announce PregnancyBy Alina Soler
Got a bun in the oven? Congratulations! Here are some funny, cute, and totally creative ways to break the news to your family and friends when you're ready to announce your pregnancy, from our Facebook fans!
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- Parents.com | Parenting – Tue, Jul 24, 2012 2:09 PM EDT
Our son will turn 5 years old in two weeks and he wants a Batman-themed birthday party. We haven't mentioned the recent shootings in Colorado with him at all and we're not sure what to do. We never announced the birthday theme, but we have invited his class to the party. However, we don't know the other families at all or whether they are connected to the tragedy. Should we proceed with the Batman party as if nothing happened? Or should we steer him toward something else and tell him why?Read More »from After Aurora, Dealing with My Son's Love of Batman
Dr. Elizabeth Berger: Many parents are concerned how to address the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado with their children, even without upcoming birthdays--so let me begin there. There are many serious issues that adults should ponder, and they begin with the question: "How could this have happened?" It is important to recognize that if a young child asks this question, he is really asking, "Am I safe today? Is my family safe today?" Small children can't understand social problems and they need reassurance
The coziest pajamas, night-lights, and bedding for your little one.
Mix and match beddingMix-and-Match Bedding
The new online tool from Serena & Lily lets you create bedding sets that capture your boho-preppy style while still satisfying the color demands of your little Pinkanista. Combine chevrons, Indian damasks, geometric block printing, and seersucker to your heart's content.
Available at serenaandlily.com, $38-$180.
The delicate mobiles from French artist Laurence Bonnet feel like a glimpse inside the mind of a dreaming toddler. If, of course, the toddler has fallen asleep in an artist's studio just outside Paris. Wait - that's our dream.
Available at kidslovedesign.com, $23-$94.
Once upon a time, in a bedroom just down the hall, slept a very delicate princess on a coordinating quilt and sheet set, complete with a pea pillow. The end.
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Jul 24, 2012 1:01 PM EDT
I wouldn't call my son a prima donna or a diva per se, but certain aspects of his life that are definitely diva-tastic. Like how his schedule dictates ours, especially when it comes to naps. This afternoon, my husband and I made the risky decision to grocery shop a mere hour before nap time, which meant putting the kid in a warm car. Adhering to his schedule and making sure he didn't nap in the car meant racing through the grocery aisles and then me sitting in the back with him as entertainment instead of sitting beside my husband up front. Then this evening I've been at his beck and call to make sure no monsters are under his bed, and that's after packing his lunch, washing his clothes, bathing him, and doing all the other things that moms do and never get to put on their resume.
Because if he was a celebrity and not a toddler, I'd have "Personal Assistant" as my current job. Here are 8 more ways my toddler is just like a celebrity:
- By Beth Anne Ballance
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5 Ways to Interact with Your Unborn BabyWhen you're pregnant, it can seem odd to know you have a person growing inside you but not be able to see or feel your baby all the time. At the beginning of a pregnancy you don't feel your baby at all, so it's especially strange and even scary, not knowing what's going on inside. However, your baby can hear you from inside and can feel your movements, too! Knowing that, there are 5 simple, yet very fun things you can do to interact with your unborn baby.
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1. Talk to Baby
Your growing baby can hear you, so talking to him or her is a perfect way to begin your relationship with your little one. Talk to your baby about what you're doing, where you're going, what you want to show him or her after you welcome them into the world -- the possibilities are endless. You might think you sound crazy walking around talking to yourself, but the reality is that you're talking to your baby, and your baby can hear you. Once born, he or
Should Milk be Banned from School LunchesA national group of physicians has petitioned the U.S. government to take milk off the menu in school lunches.Read More »from Should Milk Be Banned from School Lunches?
Dairy milk has been included in school lunches since the very beginnings of the program, even prior to the 1946 School Lunch Act, in which Congress specified that school lunches must be nutritionally balanced. A battle over whether to include full-fat or low-fat milk was waged beginning in 1974 and into the 1980s, according to the petition (PDF), with a requirement for a dairy milk substitute to be provided based on dietary needs included in 2004.
The latest update (PDF), which goes into effect this month, requires that only nonfat (flavored or unflavored) and low-fat (unflavored only) milk be served with school lunches.
We've all grown up hearing that milk is a perfect food, so why is a national group of physicians arguing against milk for kids?
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The petition, from the Physicians Committee for Responsible
- Astrology.com Momscopes | Parenting – Tue, Jul 24, 2012 12:06 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
You and your tyke will have a happier day by slowing the pace today. There's a lot of stuff to learn and try, and there's no rush to get it all done at once. Let them go at their own pace, and they'll be fine. Sit back, relax and watch it happen.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Make sure that your tyke doesn't over-do it today. Temptation to do so will be all around them, and it will be hard to resist. Just make sure to monitor what they are doing, and you'll be pleased that you made the extra effort.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Did your little one set out to make mud pies and only got as far as the mud? You may have set a precedent by starting a lot of projects that you didn't finish. Today
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