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?
As a mom of three, I have had my fair share of sleepless nights. We’ve all been there! I have also had experience with bottle, formula, and breastfeeding my kids. Here are some tips to help make those sleepless nights and endless feedings a little easier:
Try prepping ahead of time
If you are bottle feeding or formula feeding your baby, you may want to purchase a bottle warmerfor those late night feedings. Every night before bed, have your bottle warmer, water, formula, and clean bottles conveniently located in your room or your baby’s nursery to prep bottles for baby. This sets you up for success and saves you the extra trip to the kitchen!
Get in bed
If you are breastfeeding your baby, a great way to get some extra shuteye is to nurse while lying down in your bed. It is much easier and beats trying to stay up in a rocking chair. Plus, your baby will get that extra bonding time with mommy.
Naps, naps, naps
When baby sleeps, you sleep. No truer words have been spoken. Just 10-15 minutes of shuteye can make you feel human again.
Ask for help
Ask dad, family, and friends to lend a hand! If you have smaller children, ask Grandma or Dad to take the little ones for an hour or two while you and baby get some rest. Having help around the house with laundry, cleaning, and even dinner is a big relief as well!
Look for alternative energy boosts
Time to go back to work, but still not getting enough sleep? Instead of reaching for classic caffeine sources like coffee and tea, try eating energy boosting foods like sweet potatoes, bananas, almonds, salmon, and yogurt to put more pep in your step.
How do you manage your sleepless nights? Do you have any tips and tricks to add?
I don’t mind going food shopping, I really don’t. With kids it’s fun and without it’s like a mini vacation. I need a full fridge and a full pantry to feel like an adult, much more so now that I am a parent. Truth is, I get really anxious when we’re down to one box of crackers. This is perhaps why you can find boxes and bags of things tucked away in my pantry (that sometimes fall on my head and feet) and why I am at the grocery store a minimum of 3x a week. Did I also mention that I hate to waste food? I’m not afraid to make a concoction of whatever veggies and flash frozen proteins we have to tide us over until we can hit TJ’s or the Farmers Market.
I wish I could be one of those organized moms with a tidy “to-buy” list at the store (although I am OCD enough that if I have to give my husband the shopping list I give him turn-by-turn directions for the grocery store “turn right after the fruit and you’ll see the cereal aisle!”) but in reality I do a version of “meal planning lite.” What I do is stock up on my family’s favorite fresh stuff every weekend and then just cook through the week. We get lots of fruits, veggies and specialty items at the Farmer’s Market, staples at Trader Joe’s, and all fresh meat, toasted nuts, and more at the local Kosher market. This ninja warrior level shopping means I always have staples in my fridge and pantry so it’s easy for me to make one of my go to recipes or even experiment with something new. I usually have everything I need and if I don’t, I make a quick stop to get a missing ingredient. I am a big believer in making a protein, starch and veggie (or an all vegetarian meal), but it always is balanced. For the most part the kids eat what we eat, but naturally I am not immune to making the additional quesadilla, hot dog, french fry, pasta…etc. Being the normal, working people that we are means that we also have to resort to supplementing with frozen stuff from Trader Joe’s. However, we very rarely do takeout or buy pre-prepared foods. I’m not opposed to it, but just not that into it. I prefer concocting a meal from a few frozen favorites and complementing it with a fresh vegetable or salad.
But my favorite meals are our “Caterpillar Family Dinners” (you may recognize that winner from Daniel Tiger)—this is when we all sit down and eat together. I try to do it 2x a week but it’s so hard, especially with a 17 month old who eats like an old man in Florida (at 5pm) but my 4 year old loves eating with us so we try to make it happen.
Bottom line is that I love to cook and my fondest memories of childhood are of sitting around the table with my family eating. Nothing makes me happier.
Whenever I make a meal I always leave out a little extra for leftover purposes and immediately pack it up in my Béaba Clip Containers. That way they are ready to go for tomorrow’s lunch on the go. Huge time saver.
I am a big believer in making and then flash freezing. So for those nights when I’m desperate for dinner and am too lazy to deal, I always have some spare meatballs or soup in my Béaba Multiportions™ container.
· We spend every weekend out of the house (it’s the key to keeping sane) and I always pack up snacks in my Formula and Snack Container and my clip containers. I lay out all of the options on a park bench and then the kids can look at the array before them and make healthy choices. Saves plastic / paper and also gets them interested quickly. Then they inevitably use the empty containers as sand toys. Go figure.