A few months back, we met with a nutritionist who helped us come up with several meal plans for our toddler. His molars were coming in, so for a good week he refused to chew. We basically had to blend and puree several of his foods. Luckily, he has since gotten past that, but we learned to make this smoothie he absolutely loves. It’s filled with so many nutrients, including kale, and it’s the perfect breakfast or snack.
It’s super easy to make and only takes a few minutes. Here’s the recipe in case you want to recreate it. Our little guy can’t get enough of it.
Twelve weeks after having my oldest daughter, Harlan, I had to return to work as a teacher. We were exclusively breastfeeding at the time and I had all intentions of continuing our breastfeeding journey even after I returned to work.
I had very supportive colleagues at my school who would give me time to pump throughout the day. While our breastfeeding journey was going well without any hiccups, my journey with pumping was just about the exact opposite. Although I was pumping throughout the day, I couldn’t keep up with her demand because I just wasn’t producing enough when I pumped.
Riding in the car is something that has taken some getting used to for my kids. We lived in the city for so long without a car that most of our time was spent taking the subway, bus, and every once in a while, a taxi.
When we moved to the suburbs and bought a car, Macks did not like it at all. Every time that we put him in the car, he would just cry. He didn’t like being confined at all. While most babies are calm and usually fall asleep as soon as they get in the car, Macks would do the exact opposite.
His dislike for the car made it even more nerve-wracking for me when we decided to take a road trip this summer from our home in Connecticut to our family’s home in Kentucky. A 12-hour car ride (which is more like 15 hours with three kids) was definitely going to be a learning experience for both me and Macks. We made it to our destination with just a few hiccups, but there was definitely a lot that I learned along the way.
One of my best friends recently found out that she is expecting twins. Since I’ve got a little experience under my belt, she asked me how much it cost to have a baby. Her question was kind of funny to me. I didn’t know if she meant the actual cost of childbirth in a hospital, the prices of daycare, or what. Turns out, she was simply asking me how much “stuff” costs for little ones. Clothes, cribs, carseats, diapers, etc. She wanted to plan ahead and save as much as possible, just like any mama-to-be. I gave her a terrible answer and told her that it costs as much as you want it to cost.
But really, that’s the truth. You could easily spend a fortune on baby gear, if you wanted to. There are high-dollar designer cribs and layettes. But, there are plenty of ways to save, too! Babies grow out of things so quickly, it makes sense to shop smart. The majority of our baby stuff is used, either given to us by relatives, or bought by me at consignment or garage sales. When I shop this way, it gives me some wiggle room, and I can occasionally splurge on something I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.
Here are 8 ways to save on baby gear…