Posts tagged parenting tips
February is the month of love, and what’s better than sharing that love with your little ones? You can dress your baby up, take cute pictures, and create lasting memories you’ll both cherish forever. Every holiday you spend with your baby is special, so try to take each one as they come. Check out these fun ideas to keep this Valentine’s Day in your family’s memory for years to come.
Create one-of-a-kind Valentine’s onesie! You can buy plain onesies and decorate them with baby’s handprints or footprints to make an indelible memento to share with your little one. To help commemorate Valentine’s Day, try placing baby’s footprints in the shape of a “V” to make a heart!
Take a picture of your little one curled up on your chest, close to your heart. The symbolism of your hearts and love will be something you’ll cherish forever. Frame the More >
It can be a struggle for your toddler to get used to having a new baby in the picture. How your firstborn reacts to the news can vary, depending on your little one’s age. However, there are many ways you can help your child adjust to the presence of another baby. Check out these tips to help make it a smooth and happy transition!
Start the Conversation
There’s only so much a young toddler will grasp, but if you point to your tummy and tell your child there’s a baby in there and that it will come out, they’ll most likely get it. And the bigger mom gets, the more the child understands. If you feel comfortable, let him feel when the baby kicks. You can even start transitioning your little one into new schedules and routines ahead of the baby’s arrival to get him used to what life will be like once his new brother or sister More >
While baby books may have tons of great advice to offer new and expecting parents, nothing can truly prepare you for the adventure of parenting. Much of the lessons are picked up along the way, day-to-day, and there is no way to baby-proof your child’s environment 100%. As many parents have learned, it’s a balancing act between protecting your child and knowing when to let them navigate on their own. However, we asked our community of parents on Facebook and Twitter what baby safety tips they had to offer based on their own experiences, and wanted to share their insights with you:
Katie said, “When you have older kids and then baby starts crawling etc.. Remember to put away the older kiddos small toys aka barbie shoes and items and hot wheel cars!”
Danielle suggested, “Plug covers and locked cupboards ”
Cristina shared, “Remember More >
Now is a wonderful time to introduce your little one to the fall season by taking him on a journey of discovery with color, texture, and shapes! Check out these fun fall activities that will get the two of you outdoors and exploring together.
Changing Leaves One of the most wonderful things about autumn for adults and children alike is watching the trees erupt in riotous color. No matter how many times you see it, it never gets old, and watching your little one take in nature’s marvels for the very first time can be a wonderful experience. Go on a nature walk and talk to your baby as you point out vivid shades of yellow, orange, and red. Take turns holding different colored leaves up close to him. He’ll be captivated by the bright colors!
Pumpkin Patch Visiting the pumpkin patch is a favorite fall activity for children and parents More >
While your new baby’s activities probably consist mostly of eating and sleeping for the moment, there are lots of fun things you can do to entertain him and help him start to discover the world around him. When baby is awake and calm, you can try introducing him to games that will appeal to his brand new senses. Here are a few activities you can enjoy with your newborn:
Hear Although baby is too young to be able to hold a rattle on his own, you can still use one to introduce him to the world of sound. While baby is lying down, gently and carefully shake a rattle near one side of his head, outside of his view (don’t get too close to the ears or it may be too loud for him). Stop abruptly, then shake again. Repeat a few times, watching baby’s face to see if he perks up to the sound. If it catches his attention, repeat on the other side. More >
Are you decorating a nursery room to welcome home your little bundle of joy?
Once you have all your nursery essentials – crib, changing table, dresser, rocking chair, baby monitor, hamper, etc. – now it’s time to have fun putting the room together! Since it can be a bit overwhelming to create the perfect environment for your little one, a check list of must-haves is very helpful in making sure you’ll have everything ready for baby’s arrival. Check out our list of recommended items:
Nightlight A small nightlight in the room can help comfort baby so it’s not pitch dark. In addition, the extra light can be helpful when you enter to check in on your little one during the night. If baby is sound asleep, you can tiptoe out of the room without having to turn on the light.
Music Have some soothing sounds on hand to calm baby before naptime. More >