Close your eyes and picture for a moment a reality different than your own. One where you love your baby just as much as you do right now, but you don’t have the means to provide for him or her. A heart bursting with the need and desire to do everything you can to protect and nurture your child, but a wallet too empty to do so. No way to buy a crib. No way to buy a stroller. Perhaps no way to even have a home.
It’s heartbreaking. But, it’s the reality of millions of families across the country.
Today, we’re sharing an extremely easy way you can help. Read more
Having a baby means getting a lot of stuff. A lot. And, oftentimes it piles up in corners and closets faster than you can put it together and figure out what it does. Unless you’re Beyonce and Jay Z and can commit 2,200 square feet of your home to a nursery, you’re going to have to be selective about what you really want and need. While every family has to find what works for them, typically parents agree that the following eight are totally unnecessary baby products.
September is the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association’s (JPMA) National Baby Safety Month and this year’s theme is – Green is the New Pink and Blue! If you’ve ever considered going green — or if you’d like ideas for bumping up your efforts — the nursery is a priority area to focus on. Why would it matter more in the nursery? Because, oftentimes going green also leads to a healthier home because you’re not introducing as many toxic chemicals into your living space. (Yes, if you haven’t heard, many everyday products contain risky chemicals. Bad for the planet. Bad for your family. Boo.)
Anyway, most lists featuring green nursery ideas highlight steps like buying organic mattresses and furniture made from sustainably harvested wood. It’s great advice if cost isn’t a consideration. But, for most of us, living greener and less toxic has to be done in more practical, affordable steps. If you fall into the category of parent that’s eco/health conscious AND cost conscious, this list is for you. Enjoy! Read more
Do you ever feel like the baby sleep advice you’re getting is conflicting? Frustrating? Downright crazy? Here’s one sleep-deprived, funny mom’s hilarious response. Ava Neyer, mother to twin baby boys, wrote the following middle-of-the-night rant that describes the universal frustration moms feel when NOTHING seems to help a baby sleep. Read more
Did you know that over 950 million pounds, or more than 2 billion cans, of Play-Doh have been squished and squashed since it’s debut in 1956? Consider how many more pounds it would be if you included homemade play dough. And, then imagine how many hours of playtime this one simple compound has logged. That’s one astronomically amazing toy! If you’re looking to get in on the fun or revisit it or gift it to someone else, here are 3 easy play dough recipes you can use to make it at home. Let the squishing and squashing begin! Read more