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.

From Grumpy to Sleepy: Our Baby's Sleep and Feeding Schedule

One of the best pieces of advice I received from a friend was to have our baby on a regular routine. Overall, the needs of babies are pretty basic: They eat, sleep, and play. But knowing when it was time for each helped us take the guesswork out of why our little one was grumpy. We knew if he was crying around 11 a.m., it wasn’t because he was hungry, but because he was ready for a nap. In the end, having a well-rested baby (with a full tummy) made the world of a difference. He was such a happy baby.

As the months went by, his routine would change. And now that he’s 23 months, it’s completely different than when he was 10 months (he’s currently down to one nap a day). The other day, I found my notebook in which I had written down his sleep and feeding schedule and thought I would share.

In case you’re looking for a schedule to reference, here is the one that worked for us.

3 Simple Chores for Little Ones

Having children really increases the workload around the house. All of a sudden, there is more laundry to be washed, dishes to be cleaned, and toys everywhere. It can be overwhelming for parents. It’s difficult to keep up with all the chores — but the good news is that once kids get to a certain age, they can (and many argue that they should) start helping out around the house.

So when is the appropriate age to start chores? This can be difficult to answer and may vary from child to child, but I think children can start handling simple chores even at one year old.

If you’re looking for ideas on how to get started, consider these three chores:

The One Emotion Every Mom Can Understand

There’s one emotion, that above all other emotions, that every mother on this planet can understand: guilt. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? As a first-time mom, it’s something that looms large, no matter how much I do. I could be doing more for my son, I think. The thought creeps up at times where I feel my least assured, my least confident, my most overwhelmed. I’m never enough for him, my nagging self-doubt seems to say.

But the the truth is: I am enough. And so are you.

Why We’ve Started Toddler Timeouts

The “terrible twos” are coming and as much as I take umbrage at that particular choice of words, there’s no denying that Judah is… feistier. Tantrums are a normal part of a child’s development and at 18 months, Judah has begun to express his wants, needs, and dislikes in ever more vocal and physical ways.

Like any toddler testing boundaries, some of Judah’s displays go a bit over the top and it means that it’s time for a timeout. As much as we do them for him, I’ve found that timeouts are actually really important for me. Confused? Read on.

10 Tips for Flying (Coach) with Your Own Little Peter Pan

Recently I went to Disneyland with my two littles (ages 2.5 years and 5 months). We flew to California from Oregon, so it wasn’t exactly a super long flight, but as any parent who has flown with children knows, flying with children can sometimes be a little less magical than Peter Pan made it look.

It wasn’t my first time flying with a baby (I’ve flown with my daughter at least five other times), but it was my first time traveling with two kids instead of one, which made things a bit more interesting. With little ones, you can’t always predict or plan for everything (i.e. the time our flight was delayed for FOUR hours and fell well after bed time – you can imagine how that went), but I’ve found that when I put in the effort to plan ahead things definitely go better.

Here are a few tips that help me to make our flying experience go a bit more smoothly.

10 Tips for Flying (Coach) with Your Own Little Peter Pan
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