Simply put, being pregnant often means staying on high alert. From avoiding certain types of foods to keeping an eye on medicine you might otherwise take, there are many things to watch out for during pregnancy. Unfortunately, hair straightening treatments should be on the “beware” list as well.
Ellen Schmidt has been hauling a stroller on the subway since 2009, when she first began her blog, Baby Meets City. Mama to two sweet and precocious little gals, Ellen writes about the highs and lows of parenting in New York City. Always an adventure! A lover of children’s literature, Ellen is (slowly) reviewing every children’s book set in the Big Apple. Ellen lives in Upper Manhattan with her family, though if you ask her older daughter, she’d prefer if they lived at the Museum of Natural History.
Did you know that yoga is a great way for toddlers to get some exercise and develop their imagination at the same time? We all know that our little ones have an over-abundance of energy, and while yoga might not reduce energy levels, it does help to channel it in a healthy direction. Yoga is a soothing way for toddlers to relieve stress and tension, and parents often find their children’s frustration is easier to deal with after they start doing yoga together.
Who knew, right? In honor of this most esteemed holiday, I scoured the internet for the best carrot recipes for babies and toddlers from some of my favorite foodie bloggers. Here’s why: not only is the carrot one of the first solid foods introduced to babies, but it is an important ingredient containing vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. From “carrot patches” to carrot muffins, there are many yummy recipes out there that your little one will adore. Click through for recipes and more info!
Of the many physical changes during pregnancy, I was not prepared for my feet to swell and grow half a size larger. Comfort is key, am I right? Click through for eight pairs of shoes that are comfortable, stretchy and durable during those long days of pregnancy.
A recent study conducted in England has found a direct link between a mother’s activity level and the activity level of her child. Performed with the assistance of over 500 4-year-olds and their mothers, the study suggests that the more active a mother is, the more active her child will be.
Children are not “naturally active” according to the study, and helping children develop healthy exercise habits early in life can help them stay active through adulthood. Additionally, because many mothers’ activity levels fall well below recommended levels, the study concluded that policies designed to improve children’s health through increased activity should be directed at mothers.
Due to the demands of motherhood, many women are less active after having children. Working outside the home and whether or not her child had siblings also factored in to this observation. However, researchers noted that small changes in physical activity, such as making a commitment to move around (even for just a few extra minutes each day), can be very beneficial. Particularly for very young children who are in the process of developing coordination and motor skills.
Dr. Ann Hoskins, director of children, young people and families at Public Health England, notes: “Active play is an important way to develop coordination and motor function skills in the pre-school early years and there are lots of activities like parent and toddler swims, buggy fit and baby gym which provide opportunities for mums to socialize, be active and support their child’s development.”
I’m not terribly shocked by the study findings, based on my own children. I wouldn’t say I’m the most energetic person in the world, and exercising is one of my least favorite activities. They tend to match my activity level, especially during these cold “let’s stay inside” winter months. However, I will continue to exercise and stay busy because I know how important being active is for my health… and now, for my children as well! Pretty great motivation.
Although this winter has seemed to last FOREVER, I have to believe that spring will be arriving soon. And when it does, I think we’ll all be ready! Check out 8 adorable books about “welcoming spring” that are appropriate for babies and toddlers.
It’s very easy to go the chocolate bunny, sugar-covered Peeps route when filling your child’s Easter basket. And while I think a little of that is fine, what about thinking outside the basket, er, box? Check out 8 adorable and fun alternatives to candy that the Easter Bunny would love to put in your child’s basket. And trust me, their teeth will thank you later.
There’s something kind of special about a baby born in the spring. To me, spring has always meant a time of renewal and re-birth. Everything is fresh and new again, and the weather is finally warming up. It’s such a happy time of year, and particularly exciting if there’s a new baby in your midst! Grab a chocolate-covered Peep and check out 8 of my very favorite Easter-themed baby announcement cards.
From clothing to toys, just about everything is available for rent these days in the children’s department. And a lot of it makes good practical sense, especially when it comes to special occasion wear for kids, and toys, both of which are outgrown faster than it took to find and purchase them. Check out some of my favorite finds! Your closets will thank you.
This winter has been so incredibly cold and long, that all I can do is think about sinking my toes in a sandy beach somewhere. Or hanging out on a towel next to a pool. Or just walking around in bare feet in fresh grass. My daughters are ready too, and are already asking about when we’ll be headed to the beach. Though we don’t have any plans yet, it’s fun to dream about swimsuits and summertime. Needless to say, I had a lot of fun with this roundup. Check out the adorable swimwear I found for little gals!