Toddler Packing Checklist

Toddler Packing Checklist

I put together the baby packing checklist in my “Everything You Need to Travel with a Baby (and More)” blog when we took our first trip with our then-5-month-old daughter by car, and I’ve continued to use it as my base packing list for the past two years. But I keep having to add new items for travel with a toddler, and cross off any baby items that are no longer relevant. So at long last…behold my toddler packing checklist!

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Postpartum Recovery Must-Haves

Postpartum Recovery Must-Haves

There’s a lot of talk about what items you need for baby, labor & delivery, breastfeeding, and life with a newborn. But people often skip over the postpartum recovery part for mom. Maybe because that’s the time that your needs immediately take a backseat to baby’s (and probably everyone else’s – not that they should), or because it’s an uncomfortable topic to discuss openly (stitches, bleeding, hemorrhoids, oh my!). But it really should get more air time because it’s no joke. You’ve just pushed something like 1,000 times bigger than a tampon out of your vagina and it can take the average new mom 3-6 weeks to heal.

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How I Sleep Trained My Baby

How I Sleep Trained My Baby

This is Part II of my sleep training blogs, so if you’re reading it then you’ve already read “Why I Decided to Sleep Train My Baby” or you’ve decided for yourself that you want to do it and are now just looking for guidance on the logistics. Or you just followed a link you saw somewhere and have no idea what I’ve written about in the past and are perhaps curious about sleep training. Whatever the case, read on to see the method we used for sleep training at 4 months.

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Christmas [Cards] in July

Christmas [Cards] in July

Every year you say you’re going to do your holiday cards early and every year you’re scrambling in December to order them and get them in the mail in time. Or at least that’s what happens to me. Well this is your chance to break the cycle and get ahead of thing! Use a photo from that awesome summer adventure you just had and order your holiday cards now – save 15% at Basic Invite through the end of July (see code in blog).

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Reading List for Expectant, New and Toddler Moms (and Dads)

Reading List for Expectant, New and Toddler Moms (and Dads)

This list is composed of both books my husband and I have read and found useful, and books that have come recommended to us by friends, specialists and professionals. There are a lot of books on this list, so unless you’re an amazing speed reader with a surprising amount of time on your hands, it would probably be hard to get through all of them; plus there are different approaches to all things parenting, so some may resonate more than others for you. I recommend reading the descriptions, reading reviews, and choosing the ones you think will be most useful to you.

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How to Treat the Evil Diaper Rash

How to Treat the Evil Diaper Rash

Our daughter started daycare at just over 7 months and we braced ourselves for the first cold we’d heard would follow within the first two weeks. Sure enough, right on cue, she started coming down with something 10 days later. On the second day of it, she just looked downright miserable – sniffling, coughing, fever – and she was pretty out of it. We thought it was the worst! That is, until the diaper rash that followed the cold...

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Daycare or Nanny? Making the Right Choice for Your Family.

Daycare or Nanny? Making the Right Choice for Your Family.

What to do about childcare, and especially daycare vs. nanny, is a big question on a lot of new and expectant moms’ minds. And it’s one that you have to start thinking about pretty early in a place like NYC, since a lot of daycares have long waitlists, and if you don’t get on them while still pregnant there’s a good chance that your child won’t get in by the time you have to go back to work.

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How to Find a Good Pediatrician

How to Find a Good Pediatrician

One of the questions I see over and over again in the moms’ Facebook groups are by first-time expectant moms asking for recommendations on a pediatrician. Here in NYC, there are a lot of options, and too much choice can be overwhelming. You want a great practice, doctor(s) you trust, an office you can walk to, a space you feel comfortable in…and maybe there are specific issues that are important to you too, such as their stance on vaccinations or views on sleep training. And don’t forget other considerations, like how to contact the office after hours, who will call you back when you have a question, whether they take sick visits on weekends and holidays, and any extra charges you should be aware of.

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What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

Ah the hospital bag… What to pack is on every first-time mom-to-be’s mind, and it’s a good question because everyone will give you a different answer. Some people bring a lot and use it all, and others don’t even end up opening their bags and say you need nothing. It’s obviously personal, and what you use may vary depending on which hospital you go to and what they provide, your length of stay, and how things go during labor. So here is my list of “must-have” items, based on what I brought and actually used.

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10 Tips for First-Time Moms That You Won’t Find Anywhere Else

10 Tips for First-Time Moms That You Won’t Find Anywhere Else

There are countless blogs on The Top Things You Need For A Baby, The Top Things You Need To Know When Having a Baby, and Things No One Tells You About Having a Baby. But for some reason, I did not see tips like these ANYWHERE else and had to learn the hard way. Yes, I am making a big claim here, but seriously – I read a lot of new mom blogs in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep and they were basically all about...

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Babies and Puppies: They’re Not All That Different

Babies and Puppies: They’re Not All That Different

My now-husband and I got our dog four years ago, when he was just a 12-week-old puppy. I posted a photo on Facebook of us holding our new fur baby with an ironic (and hilarious, if I do say so myself) birth announcement description. Following that were many photos of our new family member, doing various cute things, and at one point I even (half-)jokingly posted something on Facebook comparing how having a puppy must be like having a baby...

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