Baby Essentials

Discover the best baby essentials for your new arrival. From checklists to product ideas to baby must-haves, we have everything you need to be fully prepared.

How We Reward Our Toddler for Good Behavior

Over the summer, my husband and I became very frustrated with our parenting. We were experiencing lots of the symptoms of the “terrible twos” — whining, fits, hitting, not sharing, etc. As much as we tried to work on these behaviors with Ingrid, it felt like we were just harping on her all the time. We decided we needed to give her some positive reinforcement. We needed to let her know when she was doing the RIGHT thing. We needed to encourage and reward her for her good behavior.

We came up with our Happy and Helpful Chart, a visual way for our toddler to be reminded of her good behaviors. To introduce it, we talked about the things that always help us have a good day. We all agreed that we had better days when we were all happy and helpful, and that there were a few things that helped us to be that way. Those things were sharing, listening, cleaning up after ourselves, riding safely in the car, and staying in our beds at night.

How We Keep Our Toddler Happy While on Vacation

This week, we’re in Texas celebrating Thanksgiving and visiting family. Our trip down was a magical one and being able to spend time with family we don’t see every day is a wonderful feeling. More so, getting to see our little guy spend so much time with his Mama and Papa (Grandma & Grandpa), his Tias and Tio (Aunts and Uncle), and cousins, is a great time for him. It also means we’re staying very busy, and have to be prepared every time we head out the door.

4 Clever Tricks for a Mess-Free Thanksgiving Day

We all know how busy Thanksgiving Day can get, especially when you are a mommy! And the last thing you want to do on a holiday is spend all of your day cleaning.

Here are some items that can help you keep your babies as mess-free as possible, not just on Thanksgiving, but any day of the year.

Making Bathtime Magical with Just a Little Help

Thanks to Disney Baby for sponsoring this post and giving me these Finding Nemo bath products for free.

As Dory likes to say, “just keep swimming.” Our little guy tends to take that to heart when he gets into the bathtub. I remember his very first bath after coming home from the hospital, where he cried and screamed the entire time. Now, it’s a challenge getting him OUT of the tub. Then again, we may be making it a bit too fun for him now that he loves it so much.

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