When I brought my first son home from the hospital, I was a nervous wreck. I’d read all the studies on SIDS, every statistic and safety precaution. There was nothing fluffy in or near his crib, which had adequate spacing between the slats and a perfectly-tilted mattress. And yet, I couldn’t unwind. Friends would tell me to “sleep when the baby sleeps.” Instead, I’d hover blearily over him, stressing over every up and down movement of his tiny chest. I’d finally drift off only to startle awake with horrific, nightmarish visions in my head.
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.
When I told my OBGYN that I was pregnant with my second just 18 months after the first, he audibly winced. “Psychologists and other experts typically recommend a three-year age gap between kids,” he explained when I looked at him questioningly.
I soon found that this concept of three years being the ideal spacing was well-known in the baby-having world. Friends and relatives would often bring up concerns about my children’s well-being (despite the fact that it was OBVIOUSLY a little late to address timing). What gives with all the unwarranted opinions? I decided to do a little digging.
Looking for a clever way to document your child’s first months? California-based artist Sioin Queenie Liao created a fascinating photo series featuring her son Wengenn as the star of vivid fairy tale settings she developed from clothes, stuffed animals and common household materials. She’d imagine and construct enchanting scenes throughout the day and place him at the center of her theme for nap time, compiling over one hundred pictures for her “Wengenn in Wonderland” album which has since been adapted into a Chinese book.
I recently drove 3,000 miles with my 9-month-old and my 2-year-old. With a TON of road time and nearly unlimited backseat changes, here are the road trip parenting products I longed for along the way.
We’ve hung up our college jerseys and pom poms, but us parents still totally play the game and drive down the nursery end zone to a nap time victory dance.
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.
Give yourself a break and dedicate a little time to yourself! Here are our favorite maternity-safe ways for moms to de-stress.
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.