What is the biggest surprise you've had since becoming a new parent? When we posed this question to our Beaba Facebook page followers, the results were entertaining, sweet, and a little messy to say the least. But we have a feeling these moms wouldn’t have it any other way.
The More the Merrier
A lot of our followers noted that they were surprised with not one but two little bundles of joy! A great surprise, if we do say so ourselves. (Even if it means buying two of everything!)
By far, the biggest (and smelliest) trend we noticed in our comments section had to do with a topic only a parent could understand. This just proves the common idiom, “There’s no love greater than a mother’s love,” to be true! Proceed with caution:
Sleep: What’s That?
Apparently, a mother’s love can not only get you through some smelly and less than glamorous situations, but it can also give you another superpower: the ability to get by on no sleep! We get the feeling that all of these moms are completely happy with that, though. After all, the payoff is more quality time with the little one.
Our Facebook commenters reinforced the expression that people truly are like snowflakes-- each one is unique.
Hang in there, new parents! Worrying about your little one comes hand in hand with that natural parental instinct (and, of course, love).
The Power of Love
Our comments section was full of heartwarming posts about the most rewarding aspect of being a new parent: the love you immediately have for your child. It catches you by surprise and makes life completely different for the better.
Feel free to chime in, new parents! What are some of the biggest surprises you’ve faced after having your kids? Do any of your experiences top the ones on this list? We’d love to hear from you.
Congratulations! You’re welcoming another baby to the family! You have a bunch on your plate, you’re nesting again, and you’re researching all the latest nursery styles. You’ve likely broken the news to your firstborn, and you’re daydreaming about the moment when they meet for the first time. As amazing as it is to have a sibling, for those of us who have a brother and sister, we know it’s not all laughs and smiles 24/7. So how do you deal with sibling rivalry before and after your second child arrives? Here are some of my tips to tackling this tough issue with your little ones.
Before your newest addition to the family arrives, educate your oldest about being a big brother or sister
Go to your local library and get some books about being an older brother or sister. This is a fun and interactive way to make sure your child understands what being an older sibling is all about (plus, they get some of those bonus reading benefits!). Additionally, some hospitals offer new sibling classes or programs on how older children can interact with the new addition to the family when arriving home. It also is helpful to have honest conversations about how things will be a little different at home when the new baby comes. This way, you can start preparing them little by little and give them an idea of what to expect before the baby arrives.
Let big sister/brother help do things for little sister/brother. For example, let your oldest help get the diapers ready for a diaper change, pick out an outfit for the baby, assist during the baby’s bath time, or help feed the baby during mealtime. Encouraging your child to help with their little sibling will give them a role and responsibility they’ll feel proud of.
Do activities together
Encourage your children to go for walks together, have a dance party, read books together, participate in silly activities like tickling each other’s tummies, etc. They will realize that it is possible for them to be able to play together and have fun. This can also apply for children who are older and possibly more competitive with one another.
Make sure each child gets an equal amount of attention whether it’s during conversations at dinner time or even the number of hugs and kisses they get a day.
As a mom, you know how hard it is to get some free or spare time after a busy day or week. But planning some one-on-one time with each child can help prevent resentment, jealousy and meltdowns later on. Try to schedule a few hours where you two can spend some alone time. You can go to lunch together, go to the movies or for ice cream, or even take an arts and crafts class. Dedicating some time to them individually will help prevent them from feeling they aren't getting enough attention or feeling jealous of their sibling. Quality time will reassure them that although things have changed a little at home, they are still special to you, and you will always have a special place for them in your heart. They will see that no matter how busy you are, you will always make time for them.
These tips should make the experience of raising siblings easier! What are some techniques you’ve tried with your little ones as they adjusted to new younger siblings?
Once upon a time we posted a recipe for Pumpkin Nut Butter, which was a hit! So here's another "butter" that's simple and can be enjoyed as a purée for baby, or as a stir-in for yogurt and ice cream, or even as a dip for crackers! The possibilities are endless.
It’s another busy morning, just like any other, except it’s summertime. You have your satchel packed with all of your most important documents, folders, and your laptop. The diaper bag is full of anything and everything baby could possibly (so you think) and you’re walking out the door. You grab your keys and sitting right next to your keys are your sunglasses. You throw them on and you hit the road.
Your sunglasses are a staple for those summer mornings. They don’t just bring together that perfect outfit, they also help you drive safely and allow you to walk around with your head held high, protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.
So you continue your day, you run errands and walk around enjoying the weather, but baby starts to cry. You try changing, feeding and still the crying does not stop. One possibility is that it’s too bright outside. You don’t go anywhere in the summertime without your shades, but did you know that baby’s eyes are more susceptible to sun damage than your own?
Young eyes receive 3 times more UV exposure than those of adults. This is because babies and children have larger pupils and clearer lenses. Making sure your kids wear sunglasses is more important than just avoiding discomfort, but it could also protect them from skin cancer around their eyes, cataracts, and macular degeneration!
Despite all of these frightening facts, only 29% of parents make sure that their kids wear sunglasses frequently or always.
Protecting your baby’s eyes is as easy as leaving an additional pair of sunglasses next to your keys and throwing them on in the morning. Ensuring that baby wears sunglasses for 30 minutes a day when exposed to the sun can result in 3,000 hours of UV free time! Learn more about how you can protect your baby’s eyes here.