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baby-led weaning: an answer for the picky eater dilemma

baby-led weaning

When we started preparing for Baby Girl’s arrival, I was planning on puréeing all our own baby food.  I even registered for some of the supplies.  But then a friend told me about baby-led weaning (BLW).  Thank goodness she did because I’m pretty sure she saved my life!

You hear and read stories about picky eaters all the time.  Parents spend hours bargaining with their littles and making extra meals to accommodate tiny tastebuds.  With every thing else you have to tend to as a parent, wouldn’t it be nice to take the food issue off the table?  (Pardon my poor pun.)  When you’re caught in between milk feedings and eating with the family, BLW offers an excellent solution.

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10 sources for summer fun

10 sources for summer fun

I don’t know about you, but I often feel stuck when it comes to ideas for summer activities.  I get caught in between all the busyness and our regular routines.  I went to Pinterest for some brainstorming and found 10 great sites and ideas that I wanted to share with you!

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Tips & Tricks for Traveling with Babies

tips & tricks for traveling with babies

I find traveling with littles to be a bit tricky. It requires planning and frequent breaks and a lot of stuff. Oh, the stuff. I always feel like I have to bring half the house with me when we take a trip, especially now that there are two babies.

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Lily’s Sesame Street birthday party

Sesame Street birthday party

This past year, Lily fell in love with Sesame Street.  She loves all the characters, stories, and songs.  She has learned so much from that show.  It brings her such joy that it seemed the perfect theme for her second birthday party.

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10 awesome books for 2-year-olds

books for 2-year-olds

When Lily and I are looking for books, I try to keep a few things in mind: Is the story cute?  Can she learn something?  Can we talk about the pictures together?  These books for 2-year-olds have much to offer.  She has learned something from each one, and she keeps going back for more.  You can probably find most of these at your local library.  I have linked them to Amazon, though, in case you’re looking to buy!  (These are affiliate links.)

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bib + apron = bapron!

bapron

I find regular, store-bought bibs to be too small.  I did some digging on Pinterest and found a bigger version from Craftiness is not Optional called a bapron – part bib, part apron.  Perfect!

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cleaning cloth diapers

cleaning cloth diapers

One of the biggest hang-ups people have about cloth diapers is cleaning them.  That was a huge concern for us when we were weighing the pros and cons.  Yes, they’re great and can save you money, but how the heck do you clean them??

When our oldest was born, we were living in an apartment with a coin washer and dryer.  Trust me when I tell you choosing cloth is a viable option, and cleaning them doesn’t have to be a big deal.

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developing a routine

routineNow that we’ve got two babies – a 22-month-old and a 12-week-old – having a routine that works for us is more important than ever.  We need structure to keep us all sane.

Tommy, our newborn, is still too young for a firm schedule, but I’m hoping a routine will help him fall into one.  I was somewhat lax with Lily’s normal routine when I was pregnant and trying to adjust to life as a stay-at-home mama.  She handled it reasonably well.  However, now that my attention is split between her and her brother, Lily’s a bit more demanding.  I need our days to be intentional so Lily and I can spend our one-on-one time well and so she doesn’t feel bored or abandoned the rest of the time.

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toy bins and busy boxes

toy bins and busy boxes

We use toy bins and busy boxes to help us stay organized and to help our little ones learn and stay occupied.There are two ways to organize toy bins: by category and at random, providing a sampling of all categories each day.

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cloth diaper series: cloth wipes and solution

cloth wipes and solution

When my husband and I decided to use cloth diapers for our daughter, I felt cloth wipes needed to be part of our routine as well.  We might as well go all in, right?  Plus, you can save even more money by using cloth wipes.

Cloth wipes are surprisingly simple to make yourself, and it doesn’t require anything special to clean them.

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