Archive for the ‘Baby’ Category

Giving Thanks

November 22, 2007

I was emailing back and forth with a friend of mine this week, talking about what we were planning for Thanksgiving. At the end of her last note, she said “we have a lot to be thankful for.” And, we do. We both have kids the same age and are going to see our family this holiday. There’s nothing in the world more important.

So, I’ll be spending the day with my family so my son will get some good family time. We’re making two turkeys, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, pumpkin pie and Grandma Ople’s apple pie.

Whatever you do today, I hope you have a great Thanksgiving.


Bumbo, My Beloved Bumbo

October 26, 2007

Dear Bumbo:

Bumbo seatI remember looking for you in stores. You were impossible to find, literally sold out in every Target, Babies R Us and Wal-mart in the tri-county area. Oh, how I wanted to find you. We needed an alternative to tummy time. The swing was great, but it kept our baby laying on the back of his head. Bumbo promised to elevate baby’s head. Keep baby upright. We longed for a few minutes of hands-free upright time. We finally found you, online. Yes, it’s true, people can find love online these days.

This was back in 2006. Now, every family in America has a Bumbo, but I guess that some parents are putting you on high, horizontal surfaces (with their children in you). Shame on them. Your label clearly states that you are to stay on the floor. And, babies do wiggle their way out of you — this is not news. You are a seat to use while I am watching my baby sit in you. We all play together, on the floor. We don’t need you anymore since our baby is a big guy now, but we remember you fondly and hope new parents find you as useful as we did.

I’ll still wear my “I Heart Bumbo” T-shirt and I’ll keep you for one day when we have bambino #2.

Thankful Mama to have a Bumbo

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Cribs and Kid’s Jewelry Recalls

September 27, 2007

I wasn’t going to keep writing about all the recalls, thinking that Moms get that information in our everyday news sources, but then I decided to offer some links in case there is a Mom reading this who hasn’t heard this news yet. In the past week, there have been two crib recalls — one for a regular crib, one for a play yard (aka pack ‘n’ play). And, there is a recall on children’s jewelry that contains lead.

Here’s a list of the recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Don’t forget, as I posted earlier, you can sign up to get email notices of all recalls, here.

Sleeping Without Crying Isn’t Meant to Be (Yet)

September 11, 2007

Yesterday I was so proud to offer advice for parents who are having a hard time getting their child to sleep. My son had gotten back on schedule … until last night. I guess I spoke too soon. Today I will, once again, be heading the advice which I wrote about yesterday, hoping to get us all back on schedule.

For those of you with babies, be sure to read the advice from Sarah, a reader who commented on my post from yesterday. She mentions on her blog that parents need to be sure to get rest too. Thanks for the reminder Sarah.

Resources for Getting Your Toddler To Sleep

September 10, 2007

As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I’ve been doing some research trying to find an answer, the answer, any answer at all, to break the seemingly new habit my son has of crying (um, screaming) when he’s in his crib. In looking online I found several message boards where parents have posted questions similar to mine in hopes of getting their child to sleep in his bed or crib.

We finally broke the bad sleep cycle with our son, after about three days of sticking to our routine. That, and I bought a musical, light box for his crib which he fell in love with. We opened it together as we were getting ready to go to bed and he was excited about a new toy. I told him he couldn’t use it until he went to bed. After hooking it up to his crib, we did our bedtime routine (brush teeth, read book, etc.) and then I put him in his crib and taught him how to turn on the lights and music by pushing the buttons. I said goodnight and left the room. He played with it the new toy for at least 45 minutes the first night, but he never cried. Finally, he fell asleep and we haven’t had any more sleep problems.

If you have a good sleeper, thank your stars! If you are in need of help, try some of the resources listed below.

Resources for Getting Your Toddler to Sleep: