What’s the favourite topic de jour amongst new moms? SLEEP or rather, lack of it. We all want to know how long each other’s babies slept for and if there are any “tricks” that we can apply. What we wouldn’t do to get one night of uninterrupted sleep!! Whether it’s your first, second or fifth child, we can all use help in the sleep department. Tracy Braunstein is a kid sleep expert and here she shares with us some information on the sleep needs of children and provides tips as well. Here’s to nights full of Zzzzzzzzzs.
Sleep. It’s a thing you used to get a lot of before you had kids ;) Now it’s seems to be a distant memory.. but here’s the good news, it doesn’t have to be that way!
Babies and children require sleep. Lots of it. It is not a luxury, it is a biological need. When a child is well rested and getting the sleep they need, it allows them to be at their optimal. The best little people they can be. Sleep is to the brain as food is to the body. It causes memory consolidation, enhances organizational skills, planning, multi-tasking and executive functioning. When a child is not getting sufficient rest, they are more irritable, frustrated and tend to get easily angered or upset.Continue reading →
I’ve already written about my love for personalized gifts, but I’ve recently discovered even something else that you can get personalized. ART! That’s right, ART!
Nattalie Will, a print and digital art enthusiast, has recently launched her Etsy shop MavisBLUE. After a few years of providing her beautiful work of arts as gifts and being repeatedly asked to make more, she decided to make her work accessible to all.
What’s great about MavisBLUE’s products is that there’s something for everyone on your list. If you want to purchase a beautiful newborn gift, her baby birth announcement art are a sure hit. I got some made for both of my sons and I was so impressed with the end result. All you have to do is provide the name, date of birth, pounds, inches, location and select an animal to showcase and Nattalie takes care of the rest. You have an option of receiving your purchase immediately as a PDF for $20 or as a print for $30. I love the option of being able to receive it via PDF. Not only because you can save money, but also because it allows you to print it at home (or at your local photo store) and give it to a new mom when you visit her and the newborn the first time. Personally, I think that would put a huge smile on any mother’s face. Here are my son’s beautiful work of arts!Continue reading →
It seems that along with sleep issues, the other problem that a lot parents of infants and toddlers struggle with is teeth brushing. Typically, kids hate brushing their teeth. My son doesn’t mind it, but only because he thinks the fluoride-free toothpaste tastes like candy. So really, he’s mostly eating (toothpaste), not brushing. We can obviously use some help in this department!
Dr. Lori Goldenberg is a pediatric dentist practicing in Toronto. She graduated from University of Toronto and trained at the Hospital for Sick Children. Here she shares her top 5 pointers for brushing your children’s teeth.
1) Start early: get your kids used to having their teeth brushed as early as possible. It’s going to seem weird at first and you may not feel like you’re doing anything, but keep at it. You are. I started making a point of brushing my teeth in front of my daughter when she was really young and telling her about it so that she might be interested in it when the time came to brushing her teeth. There is also a really fantastic Elmo Song called Brushy Brush Brush (see link below) that I have been playing for her since she was tiny and she is in LOVE with it. The more exposure to things kids get when they are younger, the more interested and accepting of those things they will hopefully be when they are older.
My friend made my sons awesome matching T-shirts featuring Mr. Big and Mr. Little from the Mr. Men book series (one of our personal favourites). They are so cute and such a hit that I had to share it with you all.
Here’s the instructions on how do it yourself:
1. T-shirt transfers (light or dark transfers depending on the colour of your shirt)
3. Computer with publishing software
4. Shirts Continue reading →
The other day, as I was getting the nursery room ready for my newborn son, I came across some unopened gifts that we received from our loving and generous family and friends. Since he’s our second child and of the same gender, we didn’t need it all. It took me only a second to know what I had to do with the stuff. Instead of re-gifting or exchanging, I decided that I wanted to give it away to a deserving family. To be honest, this idea was inspired by a fellow blogger who recently blogged about the “ding dong diaper ditch“. But also, lately, I realized how lucky and fortunate my husband and I are. It was time to pay it forward, and I finally figured out a good way to do it!Continue reading →
There’s no error in my title, I know all moms are busy. Show me a mom that isn’t busy, and I’ll show you a liar. Also, I’d like to debunk a myth about stay at home moms. People assume that SAHMs have time to cook every meal from scratch, clean, run errands and spend attentive time with their children. While some women are miracle workers and can pull this off, most SAHM can do one or two of the above things. As a SAHM, I can attest to that. My number one priority is spending quality time with my sons which doesn’t leave me much time as I would like for everything else. I obviously ensure that my boys are fed well, so beyond the playing and feeding, there’s little time left for cleaning.
Sure, I can tidy up like no one’s business, taking a messy room to a “tidy” room in seconds (especially if we have unexpected company!), but it’s not technically clean… just tidy. And in the evenings, when I do have some free time, I prefer to spend it with my husband, on my blog or reading in bed watching TV. I think I’ve earned a little time to myself, and while I could clean my house, I often choose not too. My husband and I have both agreed that house cleaning is something we’d love to outsource. Continue reading →
As soon as a child is born,one of the first questions that everyone asks is “who does s/he look like?”
When my oldest son, Kyle, was born, the answer was simple – John (my husband). We basically made a carbon copy of my husband in miniature form. However, the resemblance to family members doesn’t stop there. My son’s personality resembles many different people in our family that I’m often questioned if my husband is the true father or not…Continue reading →