Now that my kids are all in elementary school, I look back fondly on the infant and toddler years -sort of. It was adorable when they learned to crawl and walk, say Mommy and sing along to the ABCs. But I didn’t love big bulky diapers and changing the kids in the back of the van before going to a playdate. A good friend of mine, who still has little ones in diapers, let me know that the bulky days are over. She uses Huggies Snug & Dry with a new SureFit design that keeps even her most ... Continue Reading
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Learn to make your own baby food from scratch and in bulk – saving time, money, and the environment.
When we think of baby food, the first thing that usually comes to mind is green or orange puree inside a little glass jar. It's what we see at the grocery store, and what many moms feed there babies. There is nothing wrong with baby food from a store shelf - but you could make the same food at home, using fresh produce, and save money at the same time. These little jars of baby food might seem inexpensive at less than one dollar a piece, but that can quickly add up. It is much more ... Continue Reading
Four different ways to commute by bicycle with your baby or toddler.
Commuting by bike is a wonderful way to get active, keep green, and enjoy the great outdoors. If you live in an area where the weather is acceptable, commuting by bike can be incredibly liberating. The best types of bikes for commuting are an upscaled version of a beach cruiser with gears. All you need is a pair of bloomers (that can be worn under your street clothes), a stylish cup holder, and a basket. That's it As long as the bike commute is under 10 miles each way, you should be good ... Continue Reading
Steps for keeping your baby happy and comfortable so you can feel more relaxed throughout the holiday season.
You looked forward to your baby's first holiday season. It was to be a magical time of picture perfect festivities. However, your little bundle of joy is wailing and clings to you with a steel grip when anyone tries to hold him. How will you survive a holiday gathering without a happy baby? Breathe deeply and take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. Others have experienced the same let down, exasperating experience. Here's some pointers on how to handle your baby's crankiness ... Continue Reading
Get in your exercise, strengthen, and tone – with your baby in tow.
When it comes to being mom to a baby or toddler, shedding post-pregnancy pounds and gaining muscle mass are just not high on the priority list. In the midst of feeding, changing, burping, bathing, soothing, and loving your new little bundle of joy - you barely have time to think about when you're going to do laundry (or when was the last time you showered) - much less when you'll have time to go to the gym to exercise. Here are some great ways to get in some strength training and toning at ... Continue Reading
The fast and fun way to make your own baby food.
It sometimes seems easiest to head to the grocery store to buy your baby food, but it's just as easy to make it at home and the benefits are amazing. Making baby food food is cheaper for your household and its also healthier. As your child moves to finger food, this can make your transition easier because they already know what an actual vegetable tastes like. While it may seem daunting or too time consuming to make baby food, it can actually be quite fun. Here are the basics for getting ... Continue Reading
Have leftover baby cereal? Here are some ways to incorporate it into baby and family recipes.
WIC (Women, Infants, and Children Nutritional programs) can be an awesome resource for parents on limited incomes. However, you get a lot of baby cereal. After a lot of research I opted to skip the traditional white rice baby cereal phase of feedings and go straight for single ingredient baby foods and whole wheat cereal. So with lots of parents skipping the cereal phase, many families on the WIC program have found themselves with a surplus of baby cereal. Here is a little background on the ... Continue Reading
Having a baby doesn’t have to break your budget. Here are some quick tips to help keep the cost of taking care of your bundle of joy from breaking your wallet.
We have all heard the phrase "It takes a village to raise a baby", but it doesn't have to take a village's paycheck to raise one! Here are some tips to keeping your baby budget under control. Know What you Need Take stock of the products that you will actually use. There are so many baby gadgets out there it can be overwhelming. Stick with the basics. Do you really need a bath water thermometer? I promise the old elbow in the water trick will work just fine. I always suggest asking ... Continue Reading