Mom Tips

When it comes to being a mom, there are no rulebooks…but there are ways to make it just a little bit easier. These helpful mom-to-mom tips offer ideas, inspiration, creative solutions, and a little laughter, too.

A Day in the Life: Soren’s 9 Month Schedule

The day stars for us at about 7:00AM. Jon heads out the door for work and Soren is usually up at this time. After changing his diaper and nursing him I try squeezing in as much cuddle time as I can muster from my wiggly man. I put him in the play yard in our room and let him watch Baby Einstein’s while I make the bed and do my morning routine.

Learning is Everywhere

When I was a kid, I loved school. I loved reading and writing. Truly, I loved learning. Now that I’m geeky mom, I have the unique privilege of playing “teacher” to my son. As I watch him grow and develop, taking in and processing this great big world around him, I’ve realized something very important: learning is everywhere.

From playtime to bath time to mealtime and beyond, here’s how we turn everyday experiences and play into magical teachable moments.

Raising a Bilingual (Or Multilingual) Child When You Don't Speak the Language

There are so many benefits of learning a second (or third) language. As we’ve heard time and time again, little minds are remarkable at absorbing language skills. We’re raising our son bilingual in English and Spanish, but ideally we’d love for him to learn another language. The only problem is, we don’t speak a third language. So how do you go about teaching, say Spanish or Mandarin when you don’t speak the language? It can seem a bit intimidating at first, but here are a few tips that might help you with teaching a second language to your little one:

5 Tips for Conquering Naptime!

Oh, naptime! The subject of sleep has been a tricky one for us. We’ve been working with Soren on his sleeping habits for about four months and we’ve had incredible success, despite the times and feelings of failure and seeming like we had made no progress at all.

After we were able to get Soren to sleep through the night and go to bed on his own, we needed to start getting him to take regular naps during the day. There would be times when he would hardly nap, take naps at random times, or take A LOT of naps. Nothing was consistent, and more often then not, he would hardly nap.

For a work-at-home mom, this became a point of anxiety for me. I felt like I could get nothing done during the day and had to work through the night in order to keep up. I didn’t understand why Soren wasn’t napping and why he would take such abbreviated naps when he did. We needed to get him on a schedule and fast.

5 Diaper Changing Strategies for a Squirmy Baby

I vaguely remember the days when Macks would just lay down on the changing table for me to change his diaper. He would just lay there without a care in the world as I took my time to change him.

I should have told myself to cherish that time, because nowadays things are entirely different. Macks does not stop moving, and it’s especially hard when I’m trying to change his diaper.

Here are some strategies that I’ve used to help keep him still long enough for me to make it through diaper duty quickly.

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