Any parent of a toddler is very familiar with the kicking, screaming, and general chaos these tiny humans are capable of creating. Even people who aren’t parents have probably witnessed it at a grocery store or restaurant or some other public place. Toddlers have tantrums. It’s just a fact of life. “Many of the meltdowns children experience between about 9 and 30 months old arise from the frustration of not being able to communicate,” says pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene. “Their ideas far outstrip their language skills.” If you put yourself in those shoes – being upset about something but having no way to communicate it – the tantrums make more sense. But, sometimes tantrums are the result of something bigger and more concerning. Today we’re sharing some expert advice about toddler tantrums: when to worry. Read more
Valentines Day is one of those holidays that’s fun for everyone. It’s a day full of feel-goody stuff like hearts, hugs, and silly little gifts for friends. A lot of people give candy and chocolate as gifts, but we know that parents already face an uphill battle trying to keep your kids from eating too many sweets, so we wanted to look for fun alternatives. We found these fifteen fabulous Valentine ideas that aren’t candy so you can avoid the sugar rush (and the inevitable crash that comes after it), and have a wonderfully memorable holiday! Read more
By Kim West, LCSW-C, The Sleep Lady®
When you’re expecting, you plan for everything. You buy 20 different bottles, get at least three flanges for your pump, make sure you have ALL the options for swaddle blankets, and stock up on cute onesies. But as much as you may prepare, there is nothing that can prepare you for the amount of sleep deprivation that you will likely experience during the first 12 to 16 weeks of your baby’s life.
Sure, while you’re pregnant, you are uncomfortable, which makes sleeping a challenge. I think that many moms fail to realize that this is nature’s way of slowly easing you into the world of your newborn. Let’s face it, it may feel like someone is tossing you into the sleepless pool with no warning, but your body has been preparing you for months, literally. Read more
Coming up with just the right theme for your baby’s nursery can seem daunting, but don’t let it be! Get inspired by nature with panda-themed decor and let the rest fall into place. Pandas are actually a perfect theme for your nursery because they’re gender-neutral (great for those who wait to find out their baby’s sex) and they have a simple color palette to match with (it doesn’t get much easier than black and white). Just by choosing one or two related items, you can pull together a baby-friendly theme that’ll be pleasant for parents, too. Here’s some perfectly adorable panda nursery décor to use as inspiration for your little one’s new room!
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Hush Little Baby, Brahm’s Lullaby. There’s something instantly soothing about traditional baby lullabies – and it’s no accident. These sweet melodies are sleep-inducing because they’re written to be simple, repetitious and naturally calming like womb sounds and white noise. But what does science say? In this post, we share some music and sleep studies so you can decide what’s best for your child. Also, if you share your favorite lullaby (or any song that helps your wee one sleep), you’ll be entered to win Bee Bop! Read more