Real Life SmartMom Kristen LeCoumpte

At SmartMom, we are very excited to announce a new blogger series featuring your favorite Mommy Bloggers! We go to them for advice, recipes, support and whenever Google comes up with an answer we don’t like. Let’s get to know the mommies behind these amazing blogs a bit better – why? Because they are SmartMoms; and smart moms talk to SmartMoms.

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To start the blogger series off, please welcome Kristen LeCoumpte from Balancing Pieces. For those of you FTMs (First Time Moms), Kristen is venturing into new territory that I know I am anxiously reading about – she is pregnant with her second child. There are so many questions to be answered, so follow her journey and learn a bit more about our featured blogger this week.

Here are a few questions we asked –

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20 Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Baby

20 Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Baby - SmartMom

 

Is your baby too young to wait up for Santa Claus or help you bake cookies? Not to worry! For them, the fun of Christmas is the general sense of warmth and joy, the excitement of spending time with extended family and all the interesting smells and sights that make an appearance at this time of year!

We talked to 20 bloggers and asked them their top picks on last minute holiday gifts for baby and new moms. Here’s a round up of their responses. Continue reading

SmartMom at the ABC Expo in Las Vegas

SmartMom at the ABC Expo in Las Vegas

The annual ABC Expo (All Babies & Child) in Las Vegas, Nevada is the largest trade show for juvenile industry manufacturers and retailers. With over 12,000 attendees from 65 countries, it’s a place for people to connect from all over the world for the purpose of promoting the children’s products industry. The expo boasts over 3200 booths and covers nearly 1 million square feet. Needless to say, it’s a big deal! It’s also a stage for the debut of some incredible technology, fashion, and innovative products. Some favorites from this year were the NuRoo Pocket, the BittaKidda sleep sack (which we’ve given away as a prize in the past), and the Baby Bump. Continue reading

How To Make Homemade Baby Wipes

How to Make Homemade Baby Wipes - SmartMom

As you’ve been changing diaper after diaper (after diaper!), you may have realized that you burn through a LOT of wipes during the diapering years. If you average 2 disposable wipes per diaper change, and change baby 8 times a day, you spend at least $175 on wipes each year! That doesn’t even take into account the extras used! Or cleaning more than one child. After switching to homemade baby wipes, I have experienced the benefits of saving money, avoiding possible questionable ingredients (some babies have extra sensitive skin) and decreasing our environmental impact. I love all those benefits! Continue reading

Baby’s Best Friend: How to Introduce Dog to Baby

How to Introduce Dog to Baby - SmartMom

A few months ago I was puttering around Pinterest when I stumbled upon a funny little saying about dogs and pregnancy.

“Dogs can tell you’re pregnant they just don’t know how many puppies you’re having.”

While it initially made me laugh I also couldn’t help thinking, “Ain’t it the truth!”
It might seem far-fetched but you’d be surprised at how aware your dog is of your pregnancy. I experienced it first hand during both of my pregnancies with our dog, Buster. Even before I knew I was pregnant I remember him curling up against my stomach one night as I was lying on the floor, something he never did. And during the last few weeks of both pregnancies he turned into my little shadow, following me around the house wherever I went. He knew something was up, like most dogs do, but not knowing exactly what was coming is why it was so important to prepare him for the arrival of each new baby.

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Tips for Getting Baby to Sleep in Crib

Tips for Getting Baby to Sleep in Crib - SmartMom

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As a sleep-deprived parent of a newborn you’re probably ready to sleep just about anywhere, so it can be quite puzzling that it’s so dang difficult getting baby to sleep in crib. Chances are, your baby prefers to get most of her sleep nestled in your comforting arms. However, there’s a reason you spent so much time selecting the perfect crib for your baby’s room and you and your baby can both benefit from him getting a deeper, safer night’s sleep in it.

Many moms suffer from their baby doing more screaming than snoozing in their crib, but don’t give up. The sooner you can start creating good habits for your baby, the better. Studies have shown that babies get less sleep and wake up more often if they sleep anywhere but their crib. Whether you’re driving them around for 45 minutes in the car or pushing them in the stroller to lull them to sleep, they will always get a better rest in their own crib. In general, once your baby has hit the 6-month mark, their sleeping habits – both naptime and nighttime- become much harder to change. If your baby is older, rest assured it’s not too late to ease him into the crib. It just may take a little more time and patience. The following are a few scenarios and how to help your baby (and you!) get their healthy and safe rest. Continue reading

When is the Right Time to Have a Baby?

When is the Right Time to Have a Baby? - SmartMom

Back in baby boomer times, women married and had children younger. These days, the norm has shifted. Women are prioritizing their careers and trying to start families afterward. Having children is a very big thing. But, there are many ways to parent, and the answer to the question, “when is the right time to have a baby” really depends. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help you decide what time of life is right for you.

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What I’ve Learned: Heather Armstrong

What I've Learned: Heather Armstrong - SmartMom

We had the privilege of chatting with Heather Armstrong – the blogger behind the amazingly popular Dooce.com. Years ago she was one of the first bloggers on the scene – but she’s not your average mommy blogger. With her signature mix of sarcasm, wit, and charm she spoke to us about blogger burnout, her relationship with her mom, and dry summers in Utah.  Continue reading

Clean Up Your Act: Eating Out with Kids Without Getting Messy

Eating Out With Kids - SmartMom

Let’s be honest. Eating out with kids does not usually lend itself to tidiness. Kids are messy creatures. They can’t help it. They are learning to use their fine motor skills and it takes quite a long while for a wee one to get a macaroni noodle into her mouth hole without some cheesy carnage.

While there’s nothing you can do to make your baby or toddler eat like an adult when out at restaurants, there are things you can do to prevent angry stares from bus boys…well, kind of.  Here are some strategies to try with your little ones when you’re eating out… Continue reading

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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