This blog is about life with a baby. It's not always what you expect and there is definitely no job description. Every baby is different and unique which is why motherhood can be so scary, fun, terrifying, exciting, and rewarding all at the same time.

We encourage you to share your experiences - by sharing your experiences and commenting on other posts, you may be helping other moms.
  • Wednesday, October 15, 2008 1:33 PM | Claire (Administrator)
    There are certain things that are a must when taking a baby camping,

    1. First aid kit - even if you think you won't need it, you should bring it with you. Why? Well, if for some reason you think the baby feels warm, you want to be able to check the temperature and go back to enjoying yourself instead of wondering if it is a fever and worry or end your trip unnecessarily only to get home and find out it was nothing.

    2. Extra food - seriously, you may think your baby doesn't eat that much so you should bring the the same amount that she would eat at home - Bring more... because you do not want a hungry baby and no food around (especially if your baby is not yet eating table food)

    3. Infant Carrier - if you have an infant carrier take it with you, if you don't have one invest in one. You will want to walk around and enjoy the scenery and it will be much easier for you to do so with a carrier - it will also come in handy if you want to do a hiking trip but your baby is tired. This way they can sleep easily snuggled to you.

    4. Very warm clothes - Even if it's summer, remember to bring atleast one item that is very warm for your baby, you never know how cool it will get when the sun goes down, so it's better to be prepared.


    5. If you are camping in "bear country" make sure to have bear pepper spray or a long arm axe, and a whistle.

    I know it may seem like a lot of things to bring for two or three night trip, but it will ease your mind and you can fully enjoy your trip. When it comes to a baby, it is always better to bring too much, than too little.

    We have camped with Katelyn many times and I'm always glad that I have these items handy.
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    If you think of anything else that is a must for camping with a baby, I would love to hear about it.
  • Thursday, October 09, 2008 2:49 PM | Marina

    by Jackie Needleman

     

    Reading to Your Child

    Babies love to listen to the human voice -- reading, singing and expressive talking are ideal activities. Take your cue from the baby as to how much stimulation to provide.

    1. Start out by singing lullabies and folk songs to your baby. When your baby is about six months old, choose books with brightly-colored, simple pictures and lots of rhythm in the text.

    2. Select books are made of cardboard or cloth with flaps to lift and holes to peek through.

    3. Hold your baby in your lap so she can see the colorful pages of the book. Include books that show pictures and names of familiar objects.

    4. As you read with your baby, point out objects in the pictures. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt is a classic touch-and-feel book for babies.

    5. Vary the tone of your voice with different characters in the stories, sing nursery rhymes and make funny faces. Do whatever special effects you can to stimulate your baby's interest.

    6. As you read to your baby, your child is forming an association between books and what is most loved -- your voice and closeness. Allowing your baby to handle books will help deepen their attachment.

    7. When reading to your baby, keep the sessions brief, but read each day and often.

     8. Take time to be with your baby. Take walks, playing in the park and simply explore the great outdoors. Talk to your baby      naming trees, flowers, bugs, butterflies, dogs, cats, etc. when you see them.
     
     9. As you play with your infant/baby, name the toy you are playing with and tell him/her about it's characteristics such as, the toy's color, shape and size.

    10. Have soft toys (with no sharp edges or small parts/pieces) for your baby. Try to get toys that wash easily.

    11. Stack items, such as blocks, plastic kitchen bowls, plastic bottles, shoe boxes, margarine containers or Tupperware.

    12. Teach your baby how to sort, starting with colored wooden blocks.

    13. Help your baby learn to put puzzles together, making sure they are age-appropriate and safe.

    14. Increase your baby's eye/hand coordination by rolling a ball.

    15. Encourage your child to work along with you as you complete household chores. Play together by putting toys, clothes and plastic containers in drawers or cupboards.

    16. Play soft music that has a steady beat.

    17. Sing your favorite lullabies and other songs to your baby.

    18. Give verbal praise. This is very important to your baby.

    Do you have more ideas?
    Would love to hear from you.
    Thanks,

    Marina



  • AWW

    Sunday, October 05, 2008 8:54 PM | Deleted user

    It was a very special (and surprising) moment when my husband and I sat our baby boy on the couch next to us. Our son was sitting up on his own watching television with my husband and I - while having the most interested look in the movie that was playing on tv. Ever since then, we realized that whenever the tv is on, his attention turns to what is playing, and he starts to smile and talk. Our son is only 3.5 months old right now...

  • Saturday, October 04, 2008 1:34 PM | Claire (Administrator)

    is there any chance these could be done in the mornings on either Saturday or Sunday?  Afternoons are difficult due to babies' nap times.

    Is there anyone else interested in a morning playdate on the weekends?  If so please post the time and location that works best for you.   Now that it's getting cooler we will be holding some of our playdates indoors

    Thanks
    Alexia

  • Saturday, October 04, 2008 1:00 PM | Claire (Administrator)

    Hi,

    One of our members have a family friend who is 16 years old and pregnant.  If you have any unisex clothing, toys or other baby items that you do not need and would like to donate please post a message here. 

    Thanks,
    Alexia

  • Saturday, October 04, 2008 12:58 PM | Claire (Administrator)

    Hello, I have a variety of 0 - 6 months baby girl clothing that I would like to donate. I also have a Papasan Cradle Swing that I would like to donate.

    Please advise if  these items are needed.

    Thanks to Chandra for this wonderful donation. If you know anyone who is in need of these items please let us know.

     

  • Friday, October 03, 2008 6:59 AM | Deleted user
    My daughter is now 14 months, and was born at 4 lbs 13 oz.  When we brought her home in the car seat, she was tiny.  I thought she'd never outgrow it since there was so much room to grow!  Well, the other day as I was putting her in the SUV, I realize that she's grown so much that her legs can no longer be outstretched in the car seat and her feet are on the back seat even with her knees bent.  It just brought back memories of how much she's grown so far, and how proud I am of this little kid.  Now for some shopping for new toddler car seats... :) 
  • Thursday, October 02, 2008 3:10 PM | Claire (Administrator)

    my little munchkin did the cutest thing today and so I thought I would share,

    I was eating cereal and she really wanted some so I gave her some in her bowl with her spoon, she started copying me and actually got some on the spoon and in her mouth, she must have noticed that I got really excited everytime she used the spoon and not her hand to eat the cherious b/c towards the end she couldn't get the last two on the spoon, so she pick them up with her fingers, put them on the spoon and then put the spoon in her mouth.... soooo cute.

    Today I really love being a mommy... it's funny how these little things can make us feel so happy and so proud.

  • Thursday, October 02, 2008 11:00 AM | Deleted user
    Ladies, can we make these walks every Thursday at the same time?
  • AWW

    Friday, September 12, 2008 3:38 PM | EVADNEY
    One of my best awww moment would be, my son Jacob picking up his dirty pj, took it to the laundry room and attempt to place it in the laundry basket... the basket was much too high for him to reach, so his next move was to place it in the washing machine which was  higher than the first object, then I stepped in and help him, reach his goal.





 

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