Best Baby Toys for Learning and Development (3 – 6 Months)

As a new mom, I always wondered if there were educational baby toys that could actually help my little bundle of joy reach major milestones. Milestones like reaching, pressing, babbling, crawling, talking that make us so proud as parents, but more importantly show that our children are thriving and developing normally. Of course every child is unique and develops at their own pace, but providing a rich sensory experience and tools to help baby get there is just as crucial. So throughout the years, I made it a point to find the best early development toys for infants. Toys that would help … [Read more...]

7 Easy & Genius Ways to Keep Baby Cool at the Beach

It's 90 degrees outdoors in the middle of July. The sweltering heat is too much to bear. The kids are fussing. Jumping off the walls. Simply stir-crazy indoors. You're drowning in baby's incessant cries, begging mommy to feed him once again. You just want to pack up the cooler and load everyone in the car to make your way to the beach.  But then you remember you have an infant to look after too...one under 6 months that can't exactly be in the sun all day like his brothers. What is any sane mama to do? Well I definitely experienced a few rounds of new baby in the … [Read more...]

The Absolute Best Swim Floats for Little Kids

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review. Did you know that according to the CDC, children ages 1-4 have the highest rates of drowning compared to all age groups? It's an especially frightening statistic for moms of toddlers and babies to face. That's why whether we're heading to the pool, lake or beach, the last thing I want to find is that we just don't have the proper swimming gear or flotation devices to make our little ones feel safe in the water. There are so many different types of swim … [Read more...]

18 Sanity-Saving Baby Hacks for New Moms

Call them baby hacks, must-have items or just sanity-saving products for new parents, some things are worth investing in when you have small children. Okay, so these baby items aren't "necessary" in the traditional sense. But they make a heck of a difference in the day to day when you're wrangling a toddler and baby around or simply struggling with the basics, and ready to pull out your hair! Check out all of these very cool baby products below...I'm sure you'll find something you wish you had sooner! This post may contain affiliate links. 1. Woombie Swaddle Let's start with the … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Teaching Your Baby & Toddler to Swim {#SwimWays}

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review. Memorial Day weekend, otherwise known as the "unofficial" start to summer is around the corner. And we all know what this means: more time spent outdoors to have fun and splash about in the pool or at the beach! So now that my 2 and 4 year-old have comfortably mastered basic pool and water safety, it's time to kick it up a notch and help them actually learn to swim.  Personally, I like the idea of introducing kids to the water as early as possible for … [Read more...]

Easy Tips to Keep Baby’s Skin Safe in the Sun

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with DiMe Media and Dreft. All opinions are 100% mine. We've had a tough few months being cooped up indoors, waiting for Spring to finally arrive with the sun and warm weather. Our boys can never get enough of outdoor activities like exploring nature, splashing around with water, and simply running around to burn off energy. They just need that time outside to be kids! So we're thrilled that the days are finally getting longer and the sun is starting to shine. But with all the change of seasons, comes more allergens in the air and higher … [Read more...]

4 Easy Steps for Introducing Your Child to the Pool

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review. As a child, summer was the best time of the year with endless fun to be had. Hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, kids chasing ice cream trucks down the road, weekly trips to the beach and little ones of all ages splashing about in the kiddie pool. Fond memories indeed! It was also a time many kids learned how to swim and got to enjoy many of the perks that come with being an avid swimmer. But unfortunately, I was NOT one of those kids who … [Read more...]

Top Reasons You Need a Baby Carrier with Your Second Child

As a first-time mom you're bombarded with must-have baby products...many of which you never really end up using. When it's just mama and baby, while tough, life is certainly more manageable than when you have a toddler to chase after on top of caring for your infant. Related: Raising a Toddler While Pregnant But as a second-time mom some baby products REALLY do make a huge difference. One of those products? A baby carrier or wrap. There will come a period when you have to balance your time between two kids - for making meals, soothing a cranky baby or attending to your toddler. … [Read more...]

What You Really Need to Pack In Your Hospital Bag

I remember the first time I packed a hospital bag as I prepared for labor and delivery. I wanted to make sure I had everything the experts recommended to bring for the hospital stay: insurance cards and paperwork, baby diapers, clothes, pacifiers, bottles, blankets and a few essentials for mommy. It was a little overwhelming to try to include everything possible I would need to care for my new baby. Fast forward 4 years later, as I prepare for baby number three when I learned a thing or two about what an expectant momma really needs to pack for that stay. This post may contain … [Read more...]

Preparing Baby Gear: What to Reuse & What to Buy New

Our third baby arrives in just a few short weeks. That will be three little boys under four in the house. And we have so much left to do to prepare... The nursery needs to be furnished with the crib our toddler is currently sleeping in. Onesies and blankets have to be washed. Diapers and wipes have to restocked. Bassinet has to be reassembled. I haven't even thought about packing a hospital bag! I must admit, preparing for that second (or third) baby isn't as easy as the first. With the first, you usually have a baby shower to help cover the cost of those must-have items...you also … [Read more...]