Self care tips are something all moms can use – these self care tips are written specifically with moms in mind. Self care doesn’t have to take a huge time commitment – you can take care of your mental and emotional health simply by devoting small snippets of time to improving your own well being. By valuing yourself, you are training those around you that you also need self care. Use these simple self care tips to get you on the right track.
Struggling to get your toddler to brush his teeth without a battle? These tips and methods will help yu get your toddler to brush his teeth!
For a long time, I dreaded the twice a day tooth brushing I had to give Ryan. It was a hassle. It was an argument. Sometimes I would get kicked in the face. Sometimes I lost my cool. Sometimes Ryan ended up crying. Sometimes I ended up crying.
At 3, my independent little boy no longer wanted to sit still while I brushed his teeth. He also didn’t want to brush them himself. (or, if he did, it was so begrudgingly and half-done that it was as if he hadn’t done it at all.) So we would spend sometimes 30 minutes trying to brush his teeth to my satisfaction.
Sometimes I let amateur brushing slide.
Until I stumbled upon a few ways of brushing his teeth that actually worked and without the tantrums.
When I was a kid, my brother and I would spend every other weekend and a day or two a week at my mom’s house after my parents got divorced. She lived about an hour from my dad’s house, but she worked in our school system so we’d wake up early and brave NJ Parkway traffic to get to school on time Monday morning.
Waking up totally blew – but it was sometimes worth it because every morning we’d stop at Quick Chek on the way and get breakfast. My mom let us pick whatever we’d want. Sometimes I’d pick something reasonable – an egg sandwich, a buttered roll – but sometimes I went a little rogue and got something decidedly not reasonable. My favorite was chocolate milkshakes from that cool machine that blends up the frozen cups (anyone know what I’m talking about? Those F’real things?) but sometimes I would turn to those lovely pre-packaged treats. My favorite was Tasty Kakes – if you’re not in the distribution area of a good ol’ Tasty Kake, I am sad for you – but mostly, I loved those little packs of mini chocolate frosted donuts that came in a pack of 3 or 4.
Baby won’t stop crying unless he’s in a carrier? Toddler caught a cold and super clingy? Even if you’re stuck with a kid on your hip, you can get things done! Keep reading for the ULTIMATE guide to getting more done with a baby on your hip.
When my first son was born, he had really bad colic.
Not only did he insist on being held all.the.time, but he never slept.
That’s actually a lie. He did sleep – but only if I was holding him and moving around. I would rock him for hours and hours hoping that I would at some point be able to put him down to rest for 20 minutes before he was up again. I would strap him in the carrier and walk around the house with him, nursing him to sleep (and then some) and hoping he’s wake up happier.
I used a fitness tracker back then and I remember one of the worst days I logged 35,000 steps. I didn’t leave our small, 600 square foot house at all that day.
When Owen was born, I prayed and prayed that he would be easier because the only thing that sounded worse than a colicky baby was a colicky baby and a 21-month-old who also wants attention.
Thankfully, Owen was a better sleeper, but still loved being held, and without the convenience of having only one kiddo, I now faced different obstacles that required I hold Owen all.the.time.
All of that to say, I am somewhat of an expert on getting stuff done when you have a kid attached to you. Because just because you have a colicky newborn, sick toddler, or clingy preschooler doesn’t mean that the rest of the world stops moving. You still need to eat. You still have errands that need to be taken care of. The house still needs cleaning.
In this post, I’m going to be sharing all of my favorite tips for getting stuff done with a kid on your hip, whether it’s a 3 year old with a boo-boo or a cranky 22-month-old in a carrier. You CAN get things done, it just takes a little more maneuvering to get it done.
This is a sponsored post I wrote on behalf of BJ’s. All thoughts and opinions are my own!
You guys, babies have a lot of stuff. Like, a lot of stuff. And I’m not even talking about the number of appliances or equipment that can make life easier, like swings and bouncers and wipes warmers – I’m talking about the actual, sheet number of STUFF they need.
Like a billion and seven onesies, because poo-splosions will happen. Oh, and if you have a little with reflux, double that – at least.
Diapers. And diaper rash cream. And wipes. And nipple cream and boob pads and bibs and bottles and pacifiers and formula. And cleaning supplies – both for icky baby booties and your house which at some point will feel like it has a layer of yuck on it.
And that’s not even considering what happens when they get a little bigger.
We try to be ~minimalist~ in our house. not by choice but because our home does NOT have to room for anything more than that. With that in mind with both boys we kept the ‘stuff’ to a minimum and I realized that while babies do go through so.much.stuff, they don’t necessarily NEED a ton of stuff.
And when you have 2 under 2 you need to know what is ESSENTIAL and what isn’t, or else you’ll be drowning in baby AND toddler stuff. Because while babies need a ton of stuff, so do toddlers- and sometimes it doesn’t even overlap.