A recent Experian Marketing Services study has revealed that first-time parents are relying on portable technology more than ever. Families are turning to tablets for child entertainment, rejecting traditional media in favor of more convenient options that meet their constantly-changing needs at home and on-the-go.
Chelsea Day is a DIY geek with strong ideas about everything from television to fermented tea. She tackles domestic life one day at a time on her family blog, Someday I’ll Learn. Adventures include oven mitt fires, blender mishaps and an occasional “win” in the baking department. With two rambunctious little boys who help her appreciate the value of coffee and silence, she spends nap time making baby food from scratch while reminiscing about her former career as a marketing executive. The family has recently made the switch from city living to sprawling countryside, and they have their hands full with an array of adopted animals.
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From the day you first see that squishy alien life form on the ultrasound to pushing a human being out of your body and cleaning up soggy Cheerios, parenthood can be downright weird. Here are some of the less-than-sanitary moments we’ve experienced.
Life with an infant is filled with some strange sounds. Gurgling, cooing, crying, babbling and a whole host of plucky noise from light-up toys and mobiles. Here are our favorite songs that celebrate parenting while filling the speakers with a familiar tune.
Something about a baby’s coo makes advice-givers flock in like toddlers to Thomas the Train. New parents are inundated with advice ranging from the helpful (“hire a sitter”) to the borderline illegal (“whiskey helps with teething”). Here are some of the stranger parenting tips we’ve heard.
As Halloween approaches, I always hear debate among the parenting community about taking infants trick-or-treating. Parents put so much effort into dressing their wee ones up as everything from pumpkins to Yoda, but they’re oddly hesitant to show them off to the neighborhood! Our elders cite “overstimulation” concerns and fear of germs. The all-grown-up and sophisticated parents insist that young moms and dads should hibernate in their homes on All Hallows Eve, lest people think we’re tacky and “using” our babies to garner free candy.
So let me be the one to say it: I had an entire maternity ward staring at my who-ha as the fiery vengeance of infantile life burst forth from my loins. The least you can do is hand over a mini Snickers.
As the parent of a two-year-old and a nine-month-old, my life can get a little hectic. Like many new moms, I’ve had a rough couple of years in terms of baby-having. My first son had colic, my second was born with severe allergies, and I dealt with medical conditions that made both pregnancies extremely difficult.
I. Am. Spent.
I love my kids with all my heart and soul but a couple months ago, I reached a breaking point. I needed time away. I’ve tried doing the usual “mom therapy” of spa days and escapist trips to Target, but to no avail. When a friend told me that she takes actual full-length vacations from her family, it struck a cord with me. Something I totally would have judged as a poor parenting move in the past suddenly sounded like a stroke of genius (and isn’t that the way of it, with all of us being the perfect parents until we actually HAVE kids?).
Between diaper changes and bottle time, parents hardly have time to squeeze in a wink of sleep. Exercise is definitely on the back burner! Don’t worry, though. Here are ways that you can easily incorporate new healthy habits.
Back in my super-broke days, I used a dollar store test to find out I was pregnant with my first son. Did it feel just a little bit sketchy? Yes. Was it effective? You tell me: the kid’s now two and a half.
When I had my first two children eighteen months apart, I was wracked with guilt over the lack of attention my second baby received compared to the first. The first time around, I did it all: the weekly pictures, the hand-prints, stories every night and cuddle time each morning. Now, I juggle sippies and bottles and respond to round-the-clock needs of a baby and a toddler. The minute I finish changing one, the other needs a bath or a snack.
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