10 Easy Activities Baby & Toddler Can Do Together

That moment you bring home a new baby is full of joy and love, with all the feel-goods that make you ever so giddy inside. But then you remember the task ahead of you is real: dividing your time and attention between the baby, toddler and other kids. This is especially true when it comes time for entertaining the little ones ALL AT ONCE. It's not always easy to find activities that both baby and toddler can partake in. Typically babies and toddlers don’t have the same interests and aren't quite on the same skill level. That's when life calls for a little creativity. This post may … [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...]

Your First Pregnancy vs. Your Very Last

It's a bittersweet moment. That precise point in time that you recognize this will in fact be your last pregnancy, for whatever reason that may be. And it is so vastly different from your first pregnancy. That very first time you realize you are going to be a mom, as a a new life forms inside your body...all the joys in the world filling your soul. For your very last pregnancy flies by, with little time to care for yourself, soak in every new baby movement or even take baby bump photos like you did the first time around. You are barely surviving life with a baby and toddler to wrap … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Manage Your Time Better With a New Baby

When my first child was born, I didn't have time for anything. Literally. My days were consumed with breastfeeding, washing and folding onesies...and diaper change after diaper change. So finding time for the basic care regimen (like showering and eating meals) was a luxury. And forget about finding room for "me time." That never occurred. If I wanted to do anything, it seemed as though I needed to wait until nap time arrived. Then of course, I could get things done while baby rested.  But this was my first mistake: Waiting for the perfect time. Because what I found was that there was … [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...]

How to Get Your Baby & Toddler to Nap at the Same Time

Picture this: You're relaxing on the couch, feet propped up, sipping your favorite iced beverage and snuggling up to your favorite book, right before dozing off and getting some much needed rest. All because you got BOTH kids down for a nap simultaneously! Ahhh, life is good. Isn’t it every mother’s dream to nap while her children nap? Or perhaps it’s her dream to simply relish the moment and quietly tackle that never-ending to do list. Whatever the reason for wanting your children to nap at the same time, believe me, every mother in the world understands it. If you have a new baby or … [Read more...]

What Every Parent of a Preemie Needs to Know

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with AstraZeneca and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own. Do you have a premature baby or know someone with one? Then please listen closely to these three words: Respiratory Syncytial Virus or RSV. It may sound like a serious mouthful...because it is! RSV is the leading cause of infant hospitalizations in the US, with approximately 125,000 hospitalizations and up to 200 infant deaths each year! Those staggering statistics are very sad indeed. What is RSV? RSV is actually a common virus that is highly contagious. The disease … [Read more...]

The Conversation That Matters Most in Motherhood

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central forWaterWipes. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Motherhood has a way of filling you with the most abundant joy and love imaginable. You are overflowing with emotions after bringing a beautiful new life into the world and ready to do anything and everything possible for them. I adore my children with all my heart. My two lovable rambunctious little boys who are always testing the limits...and teaching me so much about motherhood in the … [Read more...]