Dad Tips

Being a dad isn't always easy. Hear tips, advice and stories from dads who are living the daily adventure of parenthood. Get great ideas for how to make the most of your moments with your little one.

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Now that my son is getting older, he wants to be SO much more active. He’s less interested in us carrying him places, and instead wants to crawl or hold our hands and walk there. To get some of that energy used up, we’re on the go quite a bit more in the afternoons. Parks, walks, trips to get some froyo (dad’s weakness) — whatever it is, we’re getting out of the house more and having a lot of fun. But that means I’ve got to be prepared!

Tips & Tricks for Successful Babywearing

It’s no secret that I L-O-V-E babywearing. Sure, I loved it with my first. But once my second baby (and even my third) were born, babywearing became a lifestyle. We all know the perks of wearing your baby. Less crying, free hands, amazing bonding, strangers can’t touch them, easing breastfeeding, etc. You don’t have to lug around a carseat or stroller, either! And with other kids in tow, babywearing is a huge lifesaver. I can take my older girls to the park or to the library or to the store with my baby strapped to my chest the entire time. Margot (4 months) LOVES to be worn in a wrap or carrier. She is happy as a clam and would be perfectly content hanging out on me all day long if I let her. If you are curious about babywearing or if you have had babywearing troubles in the past, check out these helpful tips…

Our Essentials for Dining Out with Baby

As the parent of an infant, the days of impulsive eating out have been left in the dust of our rear view mirror (for now). Heading to one of our favorite restaurants for a quick dinner is kinda like packing for a week-long camping trip, forging for a high chair that isn’t broken, and bringing along the Dust Buster to clean up the inevitable forest of debris that surrounds our table.

That being said, living in Portland, Oregon with an amazing food scene, we love to venture out to our favorite places every once in a while.

These are the 3 essentials we’ve learned to help us enjoy a dinner out with Baby.

Top 5 Things That Change When Baby Starts to Move

My baby’s first steps are the entrance to a world of new beginnings. What used to be so “far” is suddenly just a few wobbly steps away. As a dad, before my eyes, I get to watch my little guy start exploring, cause joyful mischief, and find a world of excitement all on his own.

In recent weeks, our house has been filled with “moving” moments that make a father proud–as well as make any parent realize they needed to prepare! To help with that, here’s a look at the top 5 things that change when baby starts to move.



5. Your Home – Cupboards, ovens, drawers, laundry… it’s all fair game now. If they hadn’t been exploring before, with their newfound freedom, those baby latches better be on tight. Folded clean clothes will become a pile on the floor, placemats in the bottom drawer will be strewn across the kitchen floor, and everything becomes a destination. A place to celebrate the journey.

4. Your Job Description – When those tiny toes start moving across the floor, I instantly turn into a cheerleader, motivator, and backseat driver. While we’re still using a learning walker, I can’t get enough watching him cruise the kitchen with me cheering him along! As I gently steer and direct from behind, he’s ready to race into the outstretched arms of Mom, waiting for him. We try to keep him safe, while setting him free. Sounds of giggles and glee fill the house (and that’s just from me).

3. Your Memory – As a new parent, these first 11 months have been a whirlwind of exhaustion, excitement, and memories. We’ve filled phones, memory cards, and our minds with beautiful visual images of all his firsts. And his first steps will be like starting anew — a transition, a change, an exit from baby into toddler. Any parent can tell you when their kid started walking, it’s a memory-making moment that stays with you forever.

2. Your Baby – The feeling of freedom is something we as adults can often overlook. As babies take their first steps, it’s a feeling they’ve never experienced. The look on their face, the excitement, and confidence they gain from those first steps forward may be forgotten by them, but will live on with you. Maybe even captured on camera? You’ll never forget their look of experiencing freedom for the first time!

1. You – Keeping up with a baby is hard when they’re crawling. Now that they’re walking, you’re on the go with them at all times. Holding their hands to keep those unsteady feet sturdy and strong as they go. From this point on, you’ll be chasing, wrangling, and loving every, nearly every moment of it. They’re growing up, wanting to tackle new challenges, and ready to let you lead them (from behind) into the next steps of life.

As a parent, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of those first few steps. They’re conversation starters, office bragging material, and sentimental feelings that tug on your heartstrings as your baby grows up. With camera or phone in hand, you follow them around, waiting to document these first steps into a new stage.

And if you’re like me, conflicted feelings may just wash over you. I’m elated for those first few steps… only to realize as my mini-me is moving forward, I’m taken back to all those cuddly moments after his birth.

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3 Backyard Activities to Help You Beat the Heat

Schedules, naps, errands–they can all cut into time you’d rather spend at the pool, the park, or just about anywhere enjoying the summer sun. Sometimes you have to bring the fun to you.

Here are our favorite backyard activities for summer fun.

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