How to Keep Messy Eating Toddlers’ Messes to a Minimum

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This post was developed in partnership with Similac. All opinions on messy eating toddlers are my own. Toddlers are adorable with the cute way they say things, the new things they can do each day, and their chubbiness. But, they are also ridiculously messy when they eat. Like, get out the hose (or at least the tub) afterward messy. It's nuts. And I know this is doubly true when you have twin toddlers.... At a certain point, toddlers develop this strong sense of autonomy and independence and will not let you feed them yourself. And when you have multiple children, taking the time to spoon feed or fork-feed everything they ...

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The Pain-Free Way to Stop Breastfeeding an Infant or Toddler

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Tips and tricks on how to stop breastfeeding a baby or toddler from a professional lactation consultant. Great ideas on how to start weaning baby from the breast, what foods to eat to inhibit milk production, and how long it takes for your milk to dry up completely, and so much more. Awesome information and help!

Need to know how to stop breastfeeding? Want to stop breastfeeding without pain? Keep reading to learn all about how to stop breastfeeding an infant or toddler quickly - or slowly - without feeling (too) much pain or discomfort. There comes a point in my breastfeeding journey where I only think about one thing: when will I no longer be breastfeeding? I love breastfeeding my babies, and am proud of my body for working well enough to feed and sustain my child's life outside of my womb for months and years. It's pretty darn incredible and not something I fully understand. I chalk it up to "inspirational design" and that a woman's ...

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Follow These 10 Tips to Keep Your Marriage Strong After Baby Comes

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Looking for tips on how to keep marriage strong after baby? These 10 relationship tips for new parents can help many marital problems that come from life with a newborn. Welcome to the joys of parenthood! No matter how prepared you may think you are, when your little one finally arrives there is bound to be a moment or two when you think, “I did not imagine it would be anything like this...” Probably one of the main things married couples don’t expect when they have their first baby is the toll that it will take on their marriage! You would think that having a little one would draw you closer together than ever before, and in ...

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The Thrifty Mom’s Guide to Basic Baby Feeding Supplies

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This post is sponsored by KUDL. All opinions on essential baby feeding supplies are my own. As a new mom, there were few things I stressed over more than feeding my babies. I read up on when to introduce solids to a baby (which varied based on the source), how to breastfeed a newborn, how often to nurse said baby, how often to feed them, when to stop feeding for the night, when to introduce finger foods, and how to introduce them. However, we were poor and had twin babies to feed. And other than bottles and bibs, no one had gifted us baby feeding supplies at our various baby showers. We didn't even have baby spoons, baby bowls, ...

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How to Choose a Baby Name Without Regret (or Going Insane)

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FREE Printable to help you choosing a baby name by yourself and with your husband. Will definitely help me know what to name my baby!

Choosing a baby name is difficult! I mean, all of us have heard names that we find hideous, hilarious, stupid, or boring. Some of us hate our own names, wish we had a more unique name, or whatever. Yet very few people actually change their name for reasons other than legal ones like adoption, marriage, or divorce. This means new moms and dads have to pick a solid, awesome baby name, instead of something they or their child will regret later. Knowing what to name my baby is always a thoroughly thought out endeavor between my husband and I. We look over the list of baby girl names and their meanings. We look over the list of ...

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9 Things You Start to Give Up on Once Baby #2 Arrives

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I’ve partnered with JOHNSON’S® on this sponsored post and all opinions stated on big family realities are my own.  Lucky or unlucky for myself, my baby number two arrived a mere two minutes after baby number one.  I've since added two more (singleton) kids to the fray, officially landing us in the "big family" categorization by a good majority of people. Once you have multiple young people, especially close in age, there are several things you don't have time for anymore and things you realize were never that important to begin with, beginning even with baby #2 (or #3 if you had twins first). Big Family Realities: 9 Things You ...

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4 Instinctual and Emotional Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Baby

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Cool post on breastfeeding benefits! Good to know why it's so emotional and natural for both mom and baby.

I have breastfed all of my children, including twins. It's something I truly love. Today, my guest poster Zyana is sharing some of the emotional benefits of breastfeeding your baby, because I know it isn't always easy.  Embracing motherhood involves accepting all the natural changes that occur to your body and forming secure attachments in your baby's infancy, ensuring an emotionally stable personality to be mirrored in an individual. Breastfeeding is a powerful symbol of motherhood and a highly emotional time for mothers, as they can feel that their hormones are all over the place. Emotions and cognition form a deep ...

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How Walmart Baby Registry Compares to Other Top Baby Registries

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Whether a first time mom or a second time mom, I think it is always a wise decision to take the time to set up a baby registry. Baby registries help not only others know what you want and need, but help you outfit your baby in everything they need for less, because the best baby registry stores offer free baby registry gifts (like coupons, free products and samples) as well as discounts to buy any items remaining on your list shortly before and after your expected due date. This can mean great savings on even everyday baby essentials and large items still on your baby list. I have had four babies now, and didn't take the time to ...

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How to Take Care of a Newborn Like a Veteran Mom

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How to care for a newborn baby - tips from a veteran mom on what to do when baby cries.

You waited nine long months for baby to come, and now you are wondering what do you actually do with a newborn? Don't worry, I was there once too as a new mom, and I had to do figure out how to take care of a newborn times two! It was not an easy feat to say the least. Newborns are really pretty simple. They only do a few things: eat, sleep, pee, poop, and cry. In the first few days, that's all you'll get. No smiles or coos or laughs. Those don't start to show up until around 6+ weeks. So enjoy any sleep smiles or gas/potty related smiles that may happen incidentally during the first few weeks, because you won't see them in full ...

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8 Ways You Can Help a New Mom

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Hello awesome What's Up Fagans? readers! My name is Chelsea and I blog at Life With My Littles. Talking about pregnancy and babies is one of my favorite things to do, and I am excited to share these ways to help a new mom today to celebrate Katelyn having her baby! Speaking as a mom who has had two babies, it can take a bit to adjust to having a newborn around the house. Not just getting back into a routine, but taking care of a new person, taking care of yourself, and trying to stay on top of chores at home. After both of my babies were born, I had a few people come over and help me more than I think they knew. Even just ...

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6 Moments That Will Make You Cry Like Your Baby

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6 Things that will make you cry like your baby. So sad!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Balmex for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Babies cry. A lot. And sometimes these crying sessions escalate, and their face becomes all red as they cry such big unhappy tears. As a parent you want to help soothe your child when this happens because it is just so sad and breaks your heart as a mom. They are moments that often make you cry like a baby yourself! You really want to do everything you can to end those tears and turn that red unhappy face into a happy one again. As soon as possible. Unfortunately, we can't always fix everything or avoid such sad moments from ...

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How to Care for Sick Baby or Infant with the Common Cold

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It's hard caring for a sick baby or toddler because you can't give them a lot of medicine. So I love these parenting tips on helping your kid get back to full health sooner, or at least more comfortably.

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating. Oh no! Your baby has his first cold! What are you going to do? If you run to your local drug store you'll be in for a rude surprise when you realize that pretty much all the children's cold medicine is for children 2 and up, several only for kids ages 6 and up! So, what on earth are you supposed to do when your 9 month old or your 19 month old gets a cold? First, don't fret. Because, while you can't drug 'em, you certainly can care for a sick baby or infant with ...

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