You’ve been so patient (beyond patient!) trying every trick you know to get your baby to sleep, and finally he does. Hooray!! Or, maybe not. The problem? Your arm is under him and you really, really don’t want him to wake up when you move. You’ve got chores to do, emails to catch up on, a phone call to make, and you might want to do something just for you – like bathe. Right now every minute counts, so how do you extricate yourself? Do you move as fast as you can so the disruption is over quickly or do you move so slowly that he can’t even (hopefully) feel it? Every parent has their strategies, but you never know what’s going to work right this time. You’re barely breathing trying to will yourself to be invisible, weightless, and perfectly silent. Yes, your baby fell asleep on you – here’s how to escape.
Thanksgiving isn’t just about turkey or the pilgrims – it’s about gratitude. It’s about appreciating all the wonderful people in your life and spending a day eating, talking, playing games, telling stories, and then eating some more. We think it’s the perfect time to start a new tradition, too – one that reinforces gratitude all year long – telling gratitude bedtime stories and writing in a gratitude journal every night. The best Thanksgiving bedtime stories are the ones your family has that show just how much you all mean to one another. Stories that say, “thank you for being you and being such a wonderful person.” There are also really great kid’s books about gratitude you can use. Either way, here are a few ideas to get this new tradition started.
We read recently how important it is to new millennial parents to pick a unique baby name and it made us curious how the top baby names may have changed recently. So, we looked at the popular baby name web-site, Nameberry, to see what their findings show. Nameberry gives suggestions based off of a name that you already like, or you can look at huge lists they compile based on different categories. You can even find out what’s most popular in other countries! It’s pretty fun to check out – even if you’re not expecting. Today, we’re sharing their top girl and boy names of 2015. You’ll see that some traditional names are still popular, but some unheard of (at least to us) ones made the list, too (like Jaxon and Nevaeh). So, what are the top baby names of 2015? Drum roll please…
Have you ever seen a child carrying around a tattered piece of cloth like it’s the most important object in the world? Probably. Or perhaps you were once that child? That tiny rag was once a whole baby blanket, but after years of cuddles and washings it’s dwindled into a tattered scrap. Regardless, it still provides irreplaceable comfort to the child. This is a lovie and one of the most special, beloved, important belongings your child will ever have. Want to make it even more special? Make it yourself! Here are dozens of DIY lovies and baby blankets. Read more
Kids today are doing more homework than ever before. A study by The American Journal of Family Therapy found that kids are often doing too much homework and sometimes up to three times as much as the national standards suggest. The standard rule endorsed by The National Education Association is ten minutes of homework per night starting in first grade and then adding another ten minutes each year. Despite these recommendations, most students are doing far more and those added hours are pushing bedtimes out causing an epidemic of sleep loss. School-aged children need 10 to 12 hours of sleep per night, but many kids are only getting 7 to 8 hours per night – or less. And this kind of chronic sleep loss is a big problem since it’s linked to behavior problems, a decline in academic performance, and even poor eating habits and obesity. Are you struggling to juggle school demands and sleep in your home? Here are some simple tips for how to balance school, homework, and sleep. Read more