You know how sometimes you forget about a toy? Or those with smaller parts…oh those blasphemous small parts. Sometimes they get lost in the pile(s).
A few years ago we were gifted this adorable wooden dollhouse. Complete with a solar panel roof. I know. I kept it out and organized for a while, but my boy never really got into it. In keeping with our Montessori approach to play at at home – I do try to keep on top of toy organization and keeping things at a minimum. Less is more.
You know what I’m talking about.
Hands up those of you who pre-baby(ies) vowed to only have wooden toys, fresh air, sunshine and nature walks as forms of entertainment for our babies. Organic clothing sans logos, labels and characters. Ixnay on anything loud, bright slash border-line obnoxious.
Here’s the thing. That whole ideal lasted about 10 minutes into my 1st baby shower. My distaste for any and all characterization of toys and clothing for babies and toddlers has gradually flown out the window, because for all other intense purposes… LOOK >>>
It’s not something that most parents think of fondly, or anticipate with much excitement. Traveling with babies and toddlers for long stretches in a car that is. Sleeping in a different environment without all of the conveniences of home – including a baby-proofed zone. Some shudder deeply at such notions.
As the partner to a musician who tours quite a bit – we decided that we would always try to travel together, when time/work permitted. Of course it has been challenging, although being together as a family more often than not is totally worth it.
While the main theme throughout preparing oneself for more success and less melt-downs is obviously organization; making lists and not leaving packing till the last minute – there are a few key points that I’ve learned along the way. Perhaps those of you who are more adventurous or are perhaps in a similar family dynamic will find these 8 tips helpful!
As a work at home creative, I have the immense fortune of meeting others who inspire and W.O.W. me on a daily basis. I’m just going to go ahead and admit that I’m extra impressed whenever I come across a mover and shaker who is rocking an entrepreneurial venture whilst taking care of babies and toddlers.
Much like the quirky, creative genius; Sandra Dumais – mama and owner of Moon and Sparrow. It is difficult enough to run a small business successfully if you decide on doing something ‘sensible’, like accounting (deep shudder), or provide other sort of other ‘realistic’, every day product or service that people really need. But creating your own brand AND product? Successfully? That kind of stuff makes my brain and heart sing. Especially when it involves incorporating handmade art in the everyday. We all need more of that. More, more, more.
Recently Sandy launched these incredible Baby’s 1st Year Books, available in English or French and as customizable as you so choose. You can learn more about the unique customization process here, and view the entire book in English here! Enjoy my little preview below…