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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...]

Best Board Games for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Growing up, board games were always a fun way to pass the time with friends and family during sleepovers and rainy days. Even well into adulthood gathering around the table for a little friendly-competition of Apples to Apples or Charades became a hit during holiday get-togethers. But as parents to small children, carrying on that tradition is sometimes difficult with so many board games being a bit more complex as they are typically geared towards older kids. So with the holidays drawing near, I wanted to put together a list of our favorite family-friendly board games that included … [Read more...]

10 Breastfeeding Tips Every New Mom Should Know

Breastfeeding like parenting, is one of those things you are never truly prepared for in full. Sure you might do your research and may even hear a million and one stories from other moms that have been there. But the truth is, none of them will be an exact match to your breastfeeding experience.  Every mother's journey in breastfeeding is unique. And unfortunately, most moms have to learn the ins and outs of breastfeeding first hand, the hard way. But when we stumble upon a few golden nuggets, it's important to share them with other moms out there embarking on this new chapter in life. The … [Read more...]

The Secret to Keeping Your Breastfed Baby Full

Are you a mama struggling with a perpetually-hungry baby like me? I've often wondered why my breastfed babies never seemed satisfied after most feedings. They never appeared to get "as full" as formula-fed babies. They would fuss after a feeding, have trouble sleeping through the night and continue to reach for the breast after nursing. In fact, this is the routine each and every evening. I'm exhausted, nursing around the clock every two hours. Once I think I can sit down and get some chores done or play with my toddler and preschooler, that ravenous hunger strikes again. My bundle of … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Naturally Increase Your Breast Milk Supply

Even though breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby, it isn’t always the easiest journey. One of the biggest challenges with breastfeeding is maintaining your milk supply. Many first-time moms, or extended breastfeeding moms may struggle with this issue, either from inexperience or the demands of life. But boosting your milk supply is something you can train your body to do naturally. Before trying to increase your milk supply it helps to check if you really do have a low supply issue. Determining a low milk supply So, how do you actually know if you have a low … [Read more...]

18 Creatively Cute DIY Halloween Costumes for Toddlers

When we're looking to make Halloween costumes extra special for kids, nothing’s better than going the DIY route. There’s just so much room for creativity — it’s hard not to love each and every homemade costume you spot amongst trick-or-treaters! Of course, this is even more so during those first few years: those super cute baby costumes and toddler costumes just melt our hearts. And because Halloween will be here before we know it, I’ve dug up some of the cutest and most creative Halloween costumes for toddlers around the web. Related: 25 Adorable Baby Costumes Click on the links below … [Read more...]

25 Adorable Halloween Costumes for Babies

First holidays with your baby are filled with photos that your family will look back at for years. With Halloween right around the corner (and it being the first one for your baby) you definitely want to go all out. He or she might still be a little too young to enjoy all the candy, but that doesn’t mean they can’t participate in the magic! When it comes to baby costumes, it is pretty hard to go wrong. Whether store-bought or a homemade costume, your bundle of joy is sure to look cute whatever he or she is dressed as. But I have to admit, going for some of these ready-to-go costumes not … [Read more...]

FrankenSmoothie: A Kid-Friendly Green Smoothie

Like many 2 year-olds and 4 year-olds, my kids are quite the picky eaters. They don't always get the recommended dose of vitamins and nutrients for their age group. And getting them to eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis is quite the challenge. Yes, vegetables are EXPECTED to be fraught with rejection for the most part, but my kids even fight the FRUIT most of the time!! So getting them to eat both those food groups is quite the endeavor. These days I've learned to get a little more creative when it comes to getting them to respond positively to food. Because really, you have to make … [Read more...]

Easy Handprint Spider Craft for Halloween

If there's one thing my boys can't get enough of, it's playing outside and getting dirty -- with all types of bugs under the sun: everything from worms and slugs to ants and spiders! Spiders, especially have been of particular interest these more and more of them seem to pop up around the corner. The boys first became fascinated with them after reading the Itsy Bitsy Spider of course and then learning a bit more factual details from National Geographic Kids books. And with Halloween season approaching, I knew it was time for an easy Halloween craft involving spiders. This … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Slices: Easy Snack Idea for Kids

Candy apples topped with caramel, nuts, sprinkles and other deliciousness are sprouting up everywhere you turn as the Fall season draws nearer. My mouth is watering just thinking about it...but my head is telling me this is no good for little kids who don't need any more sugar in their lives! Don't get me wrong, I like to indulge them every now and then, but I know that too much sugar can wreak havoc in high-every kids. So today I'm so excited about this super simple candy apple recipe idea that was a huge hit past weekend. The small portions make me feel much more comfortable giving … [Read more...]