How to Work on Toddler Hand Coordination

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Picture this: You’re in the kitchen, scrambling to get some sort of dinner on the table. One thing has piled on top of another, and it’s been a hectic day. While you wait for the pasta to cook, you look out the window and see your husband playing catch with your child. For a moment, the stress dissipates and your heart feels full.

A child playing catch with their Dad seems to be a symbol of bonding between a child and his or her father. I’m pretty sure most dads want their children to be somewhat athletic if they’re into sports themselves. So spending time throwing and catching the ball is a common pastime, but teaching a toddler how to throw and catch a ball is no small feat. It can take a long time to perfect the activity and can be frustrating for both parent and child. Don’t give up! Developing hand eye coordination begins when your child is merely an infant and develops past toddlerhood. It is an important skill. Here are three significant tactics to consider when working on toddler hand coordination. Continue reading

3 Tricks for Preventing a Diaper Blowout

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Becoming a parent is a learning experience. It pushes you to become a problem solver. Many moms develop a mental list of problems that can arise while caring for their infants and come up with ways they can tackle them to meet their baby’s needs and be efficient as their caregivers. The list can include troubleshooting for how to treat colic, how to prevent gas or stomach upset in a baby, setting up a schedule that works for mommy and baby, how to treat illness, how to handle a meltdown in public, etc.. One of the most common situations that become stressful are diaper blowouts, and learning how to prevent them is high on our list. For any parent, handling a diaper blowout, especially if it occurs outside of the home, can be a daunting task. As a mom who has been in this situation many times while my husband was at work, I decided to figure out how to prevent it rather than learn how to cope with the mess time and time again. Continue reading

How to Form A Twin Registry

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Being pregnant with twins is stressful, but sometimes putting together a gift registry for not just one baby but two can prove to be equally overwhelming! First of all, take a deep breath! Remember that every baby is different. One baby may love being swaddled while the other will prefer to stretch out. One may prefer a pacifier while the other can take comfort in a particular stuffed animal or blanket. The point is, you won’t know until they arrive. However, being prepared by putting together a registry that ensures others will know what you think you will need will help you feel a bit more equipped for the amazing adventure ahead! Most moms who are expecting twins assume that just putting two of everything on their registry is a simple fix, but doing some careful planning before you go to the store and begin scanning items can prevent your stress level from going through the roof.

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The SmartMom Guide to Self Care for Moms

Self care for moms looks like this mom and baby snuggling on a bed getting ready for nap time.

As moms, what’s most important to us is taking care of our children so that they thrive and develop the skills they will need to be happy, healthy individuals. Being a mom is the hardest job in the world and we take that job seriously. We work to provide both physical and mental care for our children. Each day we plan out their meals, snacks, and activities. We make sure they’re clean. We tend to them when they are sick with extra cuddles and sometimes doctor’s visits. We follow our instincts and get the job done. However, in the midst of the adventures (and misadventures) of motherhood, we forget about one of the most important aspects of being a mom: self care. We forget to take the time to care for ourselves. If we want to be the best for our kids, we have to work at this, too.

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How to Introduce Homogenized Milk to Baby

A mom cradles her baby and wonders how to introduce homogenized milk to baby.

The AAP recommends that a baby drinks breastmilk or formula for the first year of life. This is because the protein found in homogenized cow’s milk is too hard on a baby’s stomach and can damage their stomach lining. Also, homogenized milk doesn’t contain the appropriate vitamins or sufficient calories required for good health and growth in the first year of life. It’s not easily digestible and can even cause anemia. There’s a lot of information, classes and even conversation about how to breast and formula feed your baby, but when it comes time to transition them to homogenized whole milk, moms feel a bit undereducated and confused. Here are three tips for how to introduced homogenized milk to baby in a (hopefully) seamless way for both you and your little one.

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How to Soothe Teething Pain ASAP

A mother looks at her daughter and wonders how to soothe teething pain.

One of the hardest things about being a mom of an infant is seeing them distressed. Babies tend to cry as a way of telling us they need something. Sometimes it’s a wet diaper that needs to be changed. Sometimes it’s because they’re hungry even if it seems like you fed them just a moment ago. Sometimes they just need some cuddles. But when you’ve checked all these things off your list and they’re still crying, it could be the dreaded milestone of teething.

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The Key to Throwing Awesome First Birthday Parties

As a mother takes a selfie with her daughter, she hopes she is throwing one of the best first birthday parties.

Congratulations! You now have a toddler (or a pre-toddler if they’re not quite walking yet)! Your baby is growing up. Baby’s first birthday holds many different emotions for mommy. It’s baby’s first big milestone, so moms tend to feel nostalgic about their baby’s birth and first year of growth and life! Following these emotions comes the stress of planning their first birthday party. In this Pinterest day and age, moms are competing to throw the very best parties. It’s important to realize that there is no need to put that kind of pressure on yourself at a time when you should actually be enjoying your child’s first birthday.

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When Do Babies Learn to Self-Soothe?

A mother cradles her baby and asks herself, "when do babies learn to self-soothe?"

The topic of teaching infants how to self-soothe has become a bit of a debate among mothers. We ask, “when do babies learn to self-soothe?” and want to determine some sort of timeline in order to set expectations. The truth of the matter is self-soothing is a technique that has to be taught.

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7 Common Causes of Early Labor

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Soon after women find out they are pregnant, they begin to think about the birth of the little one growing inside of them. Pregnancy lasts about forty weeks, so a baby born before thirty-seven weeks is considered premature. There are many instances in which women go into labor early. In some cases, doctors can stop contractions and prevent an early birth. Other times, early labor can lead to a preterm birth, causing the baby to be born with health issues. They may have to stay in the NICU for some time so they can work through possible complications, such as underdeveloped lungs. Unfortunately, doctors don’t know why a woman goes into labor earlier than she should. However, research has shown that there are some specific instances that are common causes of early labor.

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Why Stories for Infants Are Important for Development

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As moms, we want our children to develop skills that will help them thrive as individuals. We scour Pinterest for ideas on how to keep our babies entertained and what activities are best for their age range developmentally. It doesn’t take long for us to realize that books catch our infant’s attention! It is scientifically proven that reading stories to infants helps develop both social and language skills. The combination of colorful pictures on the pages and the sweet sound of your voice as you read to them makes stories for infants an enjoyable and crucial learning activity.

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