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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The New Way to Reduce Kids Paper Clutter (And Still Keep Their Memories)

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Alison art - adult coloring book

This post is sponsored by Keepy. All opinions of the Keepy App are my own. I think I broke her heart the day I told her we had to get rid of some of her papers.As I pulled out armful after armful of random papers stashed in the back of the closet, all I saw was the clutter and mess. I asked both of my twin daughters to help me sort through the papers to help me figure out what we should keep and what we should toss. It quickly became apparent that my daughter Lisa thought everything was important and began "secretly" stuffing papers away in a binder and then shoving that into her backpack, stashing them away in her bedroom, ...

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How to Get Your Child to Stop Sucking Their Fingers in Only 2 Weeks!

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Great parenting tip for parents of finger suckers! This method on how to stop finger sucking habit is worth trying! It worked for them and is cheap and easy.

When your children are babies, finger sucking is adorable, and great for helping them self-soothe and sleep through the night. At five though, sucking fingers, isn't as precious, as you start to worry about orthodontia. We recently discovered a great way how to stop finger sucking in our five year old daughter, that was both cheap and extremely easy. I hope it may help you get your child to stop sucking their fingers. My oldest daughter began sucking on fingers at a few months old. I always knew the day would come when she'd have to quit this habit.  When she lost her first tooth on Thanksgiving a few months ago, we knew that it ...

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7 Key Ways to Encourage a Toddler to Talk

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Have a toddler who doesn't talk much yet? Use these 7 ways to encourage toddler to talk

The lives of new parents are extremely eventful and exciting to say the least. You spend every day awaiting new surprises, milestones and amusing little moments involving your little one. When my husband and I had our little boy a few years ago, he’d constantly walk around with a Handy-cam in hand. We wanted to have a solid memory of every beautiful moment spent with our angel. From his first steps to his first words, everything was captured by the camera’s lens and forever etched in our hearts. My husband and I’d compete for hours trying to get our toddler to say "mamma” or “dada” and would hurl shouts of joy each time he did! As ...

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15 of the Best Parenting Tips and Articles from 2014

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The best parenting tips and advice from What's up Fagans? in 2014 covering topics like breastfeeding, nap routines, raising great kids, being a playful mom, and stopping babies from taking off their diapers! Some great things here for sure.

This year, 2014, has been a great year for me and the ole blog. Today I'm sharing my best parenting tips (in order or most traffic received according to my Google Analytics) that I've written and share in blog posts in 2014. So, if you are a new reader, I hope you'll enjoy checking them out, and getting a better feel for who I am and my parenting style. Enjoy! And tell me which one is your favorite parenting post that I wrote this year? And any requests on what you would like me to write more about next year? #1 - What Lactation Consultatants Should be Teaching at Breastfeeding Classes #2 - 55 Ways to be a the Silly, Fun, ...

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What to do when those Awkward Mother-Daughter Conversations Start

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Awkward conversations

My twin daughters are four. But, already those awkward conversations have begun. Most of the conversations start from observations, most of them as I'm using the bathroom, showering, or nursing Michael. And some of those observations lead to questions.... "Mom, you have boobs." "Mom, what's this in your armpit?" "Mom, why do you shave your legs?" "Mom, why are you putting on deodorant?" "Mom, you have a hairy crotch." "Mom, why/how do you make milk in your boobs?" These questions are not something you usually have to answer or talk about 99% of your life. But, kids are curious and they really want to ...

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Life Skills for Kids – How to Teach Them to Your Preschoolers

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Awesome list of life skills for kids to learn, expecially preschoolers! Love these tips!

Part of the reason I chose the Preschool curriculum I did (and you should too, it's only $17!) is because it emphasized teaching life skills for kids, like making your bed, using a knife and scissors, knowing your address and more. So, it has me thinking about what life skills kids, especially preschoolers should know, and some smart ways of teaching life skills to kids. So, I put together a great list of resources on how to help teach your preschoolers some important life skills. Enjoy! Important Life Skills for Kids to Learn Practicing Independence Skills - Get Ready for K Through Play from Messforless.net Includes: Setting ...

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Breastfeeding Past One Year – Are you Up for the Challenge?

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Breastfeeding Past One Year is a challenge. Come learn about one mom's story of extended nursing.

August 1-7, 2014 is World Breastfeeding Week (and August is National Breastfeeding Month) so today I am thrilled to have my very own sister and best friend, Brittany Roberts, guest post about extended nursing. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) only recommends breastfeeding "until at least 12 months of age, and continuation of breastfeeding for as long as mutually desired by mother and baby." While the World Health Organization (WHO) encourages "continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond." My sister is a breastfeeding advocate but also knows all about the fun challenges ...

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Chores – Do your kids do them? #MomsCheckIn

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5 Moms give their answer to the question "Do your kids do chores?" #MomsCheckIn

As parents, as moms, we often want to know how other moms do it. How do they handle life's challenges and parenting dilemmas? I'm no exception! Sometimes I really wish I could be a fly on the wall in other people's homes and see what really goes on, how they really handle those tantrums, disciplining, attitudes, and bedtimes, among many other parenting headaches! So, I'm super excited to be a part of a brand new series that poses the same question to 5 different moms who then weigh in on what they do in their homes, or what they think or believe on a given topic which is submitted by our readers. Today, I am co-hosting as the ...

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How to Get a Child to Nap Until Four Years Old and Beyond

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How to get a child to take a nap every day until 4 year old and beyond! Great advice from a twin mom.

Sometimes I feel like a unicorn after I tell people that my four year olds still take naps. They cock their heads, mumble something about how their 2 year old stopped napping already, how they actually like the freedom of not having nap time, or how they implement a quiet time every day instead. It seems to me that many don't know how to get a child to nap every day. *My affiliate links are used in this post. Thank you.* In my daily interactions, it seems I'm the oddball who has children who still take naps, most days, as four year olds. While one of my daughters, Lisa, is much more hit or miss on taking naps, and has always been ...

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The Terrible Fours and the Impossibility of Handling the Attitude

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The Terrible Fours - Because it's at four that you start having the attitude and strong-will behavior!

We've hit the terrible fours It's here. At long last the "terrible" age has struck my once sweet, relatively obedient children and turned them into bi-polar terrors. There's tantrums, name calling, extremes, screaming, door slamming, hitting, slapping, jumping, climbing, door locking, unbuckling, and whining coming far too frequently from my four year old daughters. In fact, for three days in a row, we couldn't even make it through breakfast without Alison throwing a fit, because I did something wrong, like got her the wrong spoon, didn't pour in enough milk, or got her the wrong cereal. End of the world type stuff, ya know? ...

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I want to raise Free Range Kids {Book Review}

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Free-Range Kids Book Review. I too, want to let my kids have the freedom that I had as a kid!! whatsupfagans.com

I just got done reading a great parenting book! It was Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry by Lenore Skenazy "America's Worst Mom." I loved this book for so many reasons, but mostly because she's right. We need to stop worrying so much and start trusting our kids (and others). I also loved it because it's researched and hilarious! If only more parenting books were as highly entertaining! Free-Range Kids Book Review: Free Range Kids is a book about letting go of our parental fear paralysis. It's a book about the true facts on crime rates, murder rates, accident rates, death rates, ...

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