As you began prepping for your new bundle of joy to arrive, lots of nesting instincts kicked in. You made lists. Prepared baby’s nursery. Purchased all the things you’ll need for baby. All to calm your nerves and fulfill all your nesting instincts. And now, as you arrive home, you realize you didn’t really need all of those things. Well, at least I didn’t. The newborn stage is all about baby eating, sleeping, pooping, and trying to keep up with it all on very little sleep. Here are some of of the must haves I’ve realized, after having two kids, are important to have in addition to all those diapers and wipes you’ll go through.
Tracy Brennan is a working teacher mom to a precocious daughter born November 2009. She is the creator and manager of the blog Liberating Working Moms, where she has created a community of like-minded bloggers sharing the trials and tribulations–alongside all the joys! –of being a working parent. Tracy has utilized her Journalism background, as well, and has been published on BlogHer and ParentMap, a Pacific Northwest publication. She’s also been featured on Huffington Post Live chatting about all things “working momma.” She and her family are ecstatic to be growing their brood as they await Baby #2, due early December 2013.
In my daughter’s four years of life, she’s been in four different childcare centers. We’ve moved her because our guts told us it wasn’t a good fit. We’ve moved her because of safety concerns. And we’ve moved her because we felt we just settled. Through all of these experiences, I’ve gleaned a lot of knowledge on what’s important for my family when it comes to finding quality childcare. Here is what I look for in a quality childcare giver, plus some other working moms are weighing in on what’s important for them when it comes to finding excellent care for their children.
Social media is not just a place to catch up with your friends. Rather, it’s turning into a place where you can find support and motivation. Check out these moms on Instagram who are motivating others on a path to health and fitness, and in turn, motivating themselves to keep going as they inspire so many!
There’s a lot of magic that goes into getting the right swaddle for your baby. And that magic is much needed sleep for both baby and parents. Here are nine mom-approved swaddle blankets to get the job done!
In a little less than three weeks, I’ll be returning to work full-time after having my second baby. I know this transition will be tough, but since this is not my first experience going back to work, I know there are ways to help make this time go by easier. Yes, I’ll be emotional, but I ultimately know that I will get through it and my children will be just fine! Here are 11 ways I’m making this return to work a bit more stress-free.
When I had my first daughter, she became the center of my world. I quickly let go of any angst I had about going on maternity leave and entrusting someone else to teach my students as Abigail became my whole universe. As she got older, though, I found myself internally struggling with how my time was split. I knew I was a better mom and person because I worked as it fulfilled me in ways my child couldn’t, yet I found myself bouncing back and forth between missing her and also needing time and space for myself. I thought I wasn’t mom enough if I wasn’t 100 percent there for her with my time when I wasn’t working.
As I’ve learned to resolve those guilty emotions and know that I don’t need to be by her side 100 percent of the time, especially since we’ve added a baby sister to the mix. And as I’ve spent nearly four months at home on my second stint of maternity leave, I once again began grappling with this concept of being there for each of my children. Truth be told, I just couldn’t do it. And as my youngest is approaching 4 months old next month, I still know that I can’t.
When I was in high school, I first learned about what neurotransmitters were and how they work in our brains. I understood what they were all about and how they functioned, but not until recently have I really been able to feel their effects, or rather be conscious of them, especially as I parent my children.
Two years ago I began running. I ended up craving breaks from being a mom to go for a run, because when I returned home I felt like a new person thanks to the endorphins that were racing through my mind. It helped me to refuel and be able to deal with life better. So it’s no surprise that as I’ve been struggling through this new parenting of two kids gig as of late, I’ve realized that endorphins are the key to helping me deal with it all. In a sense, endorphins help me to be a better parent.
When we had our first daughter, creating family routines was very important for us. Not only did it help our daughter learn cues for things like bed time with reading books before tucking her in, but it also helped us begin to create long lasting memories I know she’ll hold close to her heart. And as we have baby sister in the mix now too, we look forward to sharing with her our family traditions and routines as well. It turns out, though, that there is more to this than creating lasting family memories as a recent study suggests that children who grow up with family routines end up being more socially and emotionally advanced.
One of the toughest parts of parenting an infant is when they do all their growing. The world is so confusing to them as they go through each phase of the wonder weeks. Most of the time, associated with each of these leaps, is a sleep regression. Baby is just so consumed with the world around them that it becomes difficult for them to sleep, especially as they want more attention from mom. I reached out to Kim West, The Sleep Lady, for all of her knowledge about sleep regressions, especially as my Olive is in the throngs of a four month sleep regression. It can be pretty emotionally exhausting for everyone involved. Here is what she had to say on how and why sleep regressions happen, plus some great advice on helping parents and babies through this time.
For the breastfeeding mom, it can be difficult to get your baby to take a bottle once you are away. Not all babies like the same bottles and once they are used to breastfeeding, it can be a bit tricky. Here are eight bottle options, though, that are designed with the breastfed baby in mind!