Just imagine: Serving a delicious and easy dinner that will help your child fall asleep later that night. No, it’s not just a fantasy! Research shows that certain foods make us sleepy, and preparing a meal full of them at dinner time is sure to ease your child’s transition into dreamland. Some of the most common food items have pretty spectacular sleep-inducing properties. Chicken and dairy products, for example, contain tryptophan, an amino acid which aids the production of melatonin (the “sleep hormone”). Even some favorite snacks and desserts are jam-packed with the nutrients your child needs to fall and stay asleep. Easygoing and picky eaters alike are sure to find something to love among these 10 kid-friendly recipes that help induce sleep. Choose your favorite, and watch the struggles of bedtime slowly melt away! Read more
Do time-outs work? Should I set more rules, or encourage my kids to make their own choices? Should arguments be kept behind closed doors? We all want to be the best parents we can to our kids, and sometimes it’s hard to know exactly how to go about it. Opinions, advice, and I-swear-by-this-method stories are all very helpful in their own right. But what does science say about good parenting skills? Our understanding of good parenting has changed a lot over the past few decades, and for good reason — there’s been more and more research on effective (and not-so-effective) parenting skills. Without further adieu, we give you the top 10 successful parenting skills and the scientific verdict on if they actually work. Read more
If you’ve made the commitment recently to get your baby to be on a firmer sleep schedule, you may be surprised to find out that there are benefits to this other than getting you back to a more sane state of mind, and out of the sleep-deprived haze you have been living in! It could also be good for your little one far past this stage in their development and have significant impacts on their future health. This is about more than just you catching up on that much-needed sleep. Recent research shows creating healthy infant sleep habits helps prevent obesity later in your child’s life. Read more
Who doesn’t love the beautiful and gentle Giant Panda? With their distinctive black and white fur, they’re instantly recognizable which makes them perfect for the foundation of a nursery design theme. They’re also cute as can be without being “cutesy,” so the design theme can have a gender-neutral feel to it. And what could be easier than finding colors to match black and white? Pick a few bright accent colors and the room is full of personality, or go with some softer tones and you’ve got a calming, restful sanctuary. We found over 80 ideas for the perfect panda-themed baby nursery, so if you love these beautiful bears, you can design a room that is absolutely panda-tastic!
Editor’s Note: Today’s post is a bit longer than usual, but it’s well worth the read. We promise. Grab a cup of tea (or other beverage of your choice), get comfy, and get ready to be inspired! (You might want to have some tissues handy, too, because the video will likely bring you to heart-warming, love-gushing tears.) Read more