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Keeping Little Ones Safe in Large Crowds

As we approach warmer weather in the coming months, many of us will want to take our little ones to festivals, amusement parks, and other indoor and outdoor events. The thought of huge crowds of adults towering over our children at these events can be a little daunting. I have gathered a few tips from online and other parents on how to stay safe in crowded places that I would like to share with you.  One of my favorite “tools” to staying safe in large crowds is the amazing baby carrier. My favorite brand is the Tula carrier. This soft structured carrier has wonderful adjustment straps and thick padding for the shoulders so I can wear my baby for hours at a festival with no back pain! Baby stays close to you and will not go anywhere. There are also toddler carriers to keep your toddlers from running away. Baby carriers are great because unlike strollers, you can walk up stairs with ease without needing to find a ramp and you can walk through crowds a lot easier. Before carriers came into my life, we once took our toddler and infant to a festival. Toddler was walking and baby girl was in the car seat in the stroller. Needless to say after a few minutes, my toddler wanted in the stroller so we had to carry baby girl in the …

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10 binge-worthy Shows to Watch While Nursing

Everyone loves a good binge-worthy show, especially at 1 am, (or anytime) when the baby is nursing again. Or while folding laundry, I promise it makes laundry folding more tolerable. What makes a good binge-worthy show? Well, first lots of seasons. The more seasons the longer the binge, the longer you have until you have to find a new binge show. Second, episodes have to be 45 minutes or less. I use this rule because fingers crossed, your nursing session lasts about that long and you can go back to sleep after one show. Hopefully, this list will set you up for a long, successful and enjoyable binge sesh. Making late night – early morning nursing sessions a little less sucky. All of my suggestions are on Netflix, so get your Que ready and loaded with these awesome shows! Desperate Housewives– I mean who doesn’t love a little drama in their life? This show has all the drama and loads of seasons for you to enjoy! Parenthood– Also drama, but of the family sort. However, be warned you may need a box of tissues with this amazing show. This is one of my all time favorites! Friends– A classic. You can’t go wrong here. I use friends as my backup when I can’t seem to find something else or my emotions are high from parenthood. How I met your mother– …

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Best Cartoons for Babies and Toddlers You Can Stream Without Cable

We avoided screen time with our toddler until 2 years old, not because we felt it was bad for her, but rather we moved, restored a house, and started new jobs, and we just didn’t turn the TV on. So when it was time to watch TV again, I didn’t know where to start with a toddler in the house, watching my every move. I wanted educational and safe TV for her to watch. There were so many shows to sift through, I was lost and I didn’t know what to start with. Being a child of the 80s I went with the classic Sesame Street, which is great for older toddlers, but my daughter wanted nothing to do with Elmo or Cookie monster, until recently (she just turned 3).  I spent a lot of nights up watching shows to decide if it was something I wanted my ever so curious toddler to watch. Some shows I didn’t make it 2 minutes into, others I found myself watching for hours. The show that caught her mind and imagination first was Ruff Ruff, Tweet and Dave, a very colorful and fun show that young minds can relate to and understand. They go on adventures; tons of questions and imagination are involved.  We still turn this on every once in awhile for her, but don’t hold her attention like it did when …

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April Showers? Toddler Crafting!

Crafting with an infant or a toddler is no easy task. Honestly, these days, nothing is easy. We try to stay busy since Daddy is overseas and C is a handful. Every time that we send Daddy a box, we put a couple “art” things in there. Granted, “art” with a 10 month old, doesn’t look like much. One of my favorite crafts to do with C to send to Daddy is handprint or footprint art. We send one box every month and so far, they have all been involved with the holidays. In February, we got a frame and put his handprint and footprint on each side. C does NOT like paint on his hands so the handprint was a ball and his footprint had no toes. March was a hand “shamrock” that really just looked like four handprints with missing fingers. This box will have a footprint carrot for Easter. C doesn’t really understand it or like it but I think that it is cute and Daddy also loves them. Now that it is warm outside, there is a lot that we can do. Messes can stay outside and it makes it much more fun to do anything with a toddler. I found a recipe for taste safe paint. Anything that is taste safe with a toddler is a must try! It’s a really simple recipe, too (save …

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7 Things I Will Do Differently with the Next Baby

Being a parent is a tough job! Now that my husband and I have a toddler we often chit chat about what it was like when he was a newborn and what we want to do differently the next time we become parents. Here is our list: 1.       With baby #2 I will use newborn cloth diapers. With the first baby I really had no clue what I was doing. I was hesitant to build a stash of diapers before his arrival. It took awhile to get a wash routine. Now that I have a good grasp on cloth diapers, I know which styles work for our family and have built good sized stash, I will definitely start cloth right from the beginning. I realize there is nothing to be afraid of when it comes to cloth diapers now, that infant poop isn’t so scary once you have a toddler!  2.       When it comes to the next baby I will do less caring. I don’t mean less caring for the baby. I mean less caring about what others think. With #1 I did a lot of unnecessary worrying about what others thought of my decisions as a mom. I worried about what others thought of breastfeeding, what I was wearing (or not wearing), how my baby was dressed, opinions about using cloth diapers, opinions about where and how my baby …

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