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- Truth time: I didn't teach my firstborn to nap, the babysitter did. When it came time to teach the second child to nap, I was at a loss. I spent a lot of time texting the babysitter for input and advice and it took a month, but we finally got the crib nap to work. Here are five tips that helped my baby transition from napping in my arms and in the car seat to the crib.
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- BabyZone | Parenting – Tue, Mar 11, 2014 12:55 PM EDTIn honor of those little leprechauns at your house and mine, we've made nine toddler and preschooler-friendly dishes. From rainbows to Irish recipes made kid-friendly to food gone green, these are some of our favorite ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the kitchen.
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I have had an Instagram for a few years now and have come to love it so much. It is a great way to connect with other moms and share a little piece of our everyday lives. We have also come to love the world of children's fashion through Instagram. We love documenting Bay's outfits and sharing them with our friends. Here are some of his most fashionable moments on Instagram. - By Jerika Welch
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The other day I was chatting with a fellow stay-at-home mom on the phone, catching up on our respective rather routine lives. And yes, we were actually talking on the phone, not just texting on it. Crazy, right?
As moms are likely to do, we somehow got on the topic of our baby's feeding habits. Suddenly, the other mother sounded slightly embarrassed, admitting that her baby was still taking a bottle after she had been forced to quit breastfeeding due to some medical issues.
"But I'm planning on getting her on a sippy cup really soon," she rushed to say.
On the other end of the phone, I was a little taken aback by the obvious implication that she somehow thought I would be judging her for the fact that her baby still took a bottle. And honestly? The thought hadn't even occurred to me that something was amiss because the baby wasn't even a year old yet.
I'm just not a mom who worries about those kinds of thing, but maybe I should be? Is there a "right" age for babies toRead More »from How Long is Too Long for Bottle Feeding?
- A new study released today in the journal Pediatrics reveals what we've known for awhile now: Parents are more distracted by their mobile devices than ever. Researchers watched 55 caregivers and their children eating at fast-food restaurants, and 40 of them used their phones throughout the meal. Of those 40, 16 of them used them constantly.
While one study does not grand sweeping generalization make, we readily admit to being guilty of mobile distraction both at home and when we're out. We're just so programmed to scroll through our phones when we have downtime that it hardly feels like we an attention span at all anymore. Add to that the litany of things we have to accomplish in a given day, and you've got the perfect recipe for "Mom ADD." It's not that we don't want to have a 2-hour tea party with our daughter and her stuffed animals, it's that our brains sometimes won't shut off long enough to let it happen. Sound familiar? HereRead More »from 12 Signs You Have Mom ADD
- BabyZone | Parenting – Mon, Mar 10, 2014 3:35 PM EDTWhen you are an adult and you want to let loose, you want to feel free and get crazy, you go to Vegas. There you can see, do, eat, wear, be anything you want, whenever you want. It's a place to escape the daily routine and the normal rules of life. Well, there's a "Vegas" that exists for my 16-month old daughter (and my 11-year old son) and it's their grandparents' house. Here are some ways that Gramps and Gram's house is the G-Rated, baby-version of Sin City. Viva Las Grandparents!
-By Andrea Wada Davies Read More »from How Going to Grandma and Grandpa's House is like Going to Vegas for My Baby
- BabyZone | Parenting – Mon, Mar 10, 2014 3:16 PM EDTFrom PMS to pregnancy to menopause, hormones--those messengers of womanhood--can affect everything from your complexion to your mood to the size of your midriff. Here are at least five things you can blame on hormones.
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When I first decided I would have my third child at home, I was nervous. After having two children in a hospital via induction and epidural, I wasn't sure how well I'd handle the pain. I have a vivid memory of having a very painful contraction at the hospital and asking the nurse what I was dilated to. The answer: a two. A TWO? I had expected a seven, maybe even an eight. But a two? Needless to say, I got the epidural. It was the memory of that contraction that haunted me throughout all the months leading up to our son's birth. If a two blew my mind, how could I even think I could make it through an entire birth? But I kept thinking that millions of women before me have experienced childbirth, and if they could do it, so could I. Turns out, I could do it. I did do it. And it was awesome. More on what a home birth feels like later. For now, here's what a home birth looks like. Just a couple photos from the birth of our son, Charlie Maximus Bielanko. -By Monica Bielanko
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Mar 10, 2014 2:30 PM EDTJessa Duggar Will Have a Chaste Courtship — and My Kids Will, TooA Duggar girl has gone-a-courtin'!
Jessa Duggar, 20, the daughter long referred to as "the hot one," has entered into courtship with Ben Seewald, 18. She is the fifth oldest of the 20 children of the Duggars, the largest and most well-known Christian family on TV today. Jim Bob and Michelle left the size of their family up to God, and they live frugally, modestly, and in accordance with the teachings of The Bible.
I've been tuning in to this show for years, ever since their first TV special, 14 Kids and Pregnant Again. The Duggar family makes good TV.
While many people have referred to them as religious freaks, I'd care to disagree.
They're a nice family, and their kids are turning out quite well. They interact politely with people and seem well-adjusted. I'd love to see some of the Duggar kids leave home and go to college, but the oldest kids are following their interests and passions, which some would say is even more admirable. Josh started a business and then movedRead More »from Jessa Duggar Will Have a Chaste Courtship — and My Kids Will, Too
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Mar 10, 2014 2:28 PM EDTMommy Wars After we sought psychological evaluation for our four-year-old son -- who was having socializing problems in school and on playdates -- my wife and I met with the New York City Department of Education, and Felix will now have more one-on-one attention in his pre-K program. Half the time he's there, he'll be working with a Special Education Itinerant Teacher, a SEIT, or, as his school puts it, a special friend just for him. We've also found a play therapist who we're excited to work with, who will have sessions with Felix and with my wife and I, on how best to handle his high anxiety. We've met with his teachers and principal, and everyone is working together, one team of caring adults focused on helping my son get along better with his friends. Already, in the past couple of weeks, we've seen improvements in his behavior both in school and out.
While this undeniably seems a positive turn of events, not everyone sees it that way. In particular, my wife has found some other working
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