Author: Newb Mom

How To Feed Toddlers

Let Them Eat CAKE!…. Just Kidding….

I want to talk about what, how, and what to use when feeding two babies that might be at different developmental stages, yet still close in age. Our little man is two months older than his little buddy that I babysit 3 days a week. This might not seem like a huge difference, but when they are under a year, it can actually seem like they are on completely different levels. (more…)

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Twins Three Days A Week Part 1

What To Do with Two Toddlers

I have twins 3 days out of the week…

I babysit my best friend’s little boy and he is 2 months younger than our lil man (lil man is almost a year old), so it’s like having twins because they pretty much do all the same stuff. I have been doing this for about 3 months now, and want to quickly share with you some ways to keep them safe, keep them entertained, and how I keep myself sane.

First off I would highly recommend following a schedule. Here is an example:

6am – Friend’s boy gets dropped off, maybe takes a short nap or plays.

7am – Lil man gets up, joins in for playtime

8am – Breakfast

9am – Bottle/nurse and naps

11am – Wake up, change diapers, play

12pm – Lunch, playtime

1pm – Bottle/nurse and nap

2:45 – Friend picks up boy. (more…)

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Baby Stuff On The CHEAP: Tips For Using Craigslist

Newb Mom here again. It’s no secret that I am the Queen of Craigslist when it comes to buying baby stuff. Babies grow out of everything so quickly that there is always a plethora of stuff available on Craigslist, and typically people price it to move since they just want it gone. Here is an example of some stuff I have gotten and the prices:

  1. Baby Einstein jumper (music doesn’t work but the lights do). Paid $5 – Retails for $100
  2. Activity Table, perfect condition. Paid $15 – Retails for $50
  3. Graco double stroller, older but in excellent condition. Paid $15 – Retails for $125
  4. Step 2 playhouse, missing 2 rails (not really needed). Paid $10 – Retails for $300

So in all I’ve paid under $50 for $575 in baby gear. That’s a savings of $525. Crazy right? All it takes is time to look, some research, some basic safety, and some cleaning up. (more…)

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The Dreaded 4 Month Sleep Regression

Newb Mom here.. again….. Third blog I have done this week.

Ah my sweet little baby… that only took a twenty minute nap and woke up ready to play. Yeah right. I know what’s going on here and NO, you may not get up to play. Why not? Because twenty minutes is NOT a nap and you will be cranky because of it.

This is the conversation I have been having with Little Man the last few days. We are in the throws of the 4 month sleep regression. It can happen as early as 3 months and as late as 5 months. Basically his sleep is all thrown off lately. He has been fighting bedtime and naps, he’s been getting up all hours of the night to eat, and it is nearly impossible to get him to settle back down when he takes these “micro” naps. (more…)

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How to Get S#!% Done With an Infant: Tips for Managing Housework and Baby

Newb mom here again…. are you sick of me yet? Kidding…

My little Cherub is taking a nap, so I should be tackling housework right? Nope, I got it done already while Little Man was awake and I managed to keep him entertained and engaged the entire time. Whats this magic you ask? I’ll let you in on a few of my secrets…..

When Little Man was born, my mom came over and did a deep cleaning of our house while I bonded with our new baby. It was amazing and I found that having a clean/organized house actually helped my stress level and allowed me to enjoy my baby more. The problem was, how was I going to keep it clean while still bonding with my baby? During his naps? Heck no, during his naps I was getting as much sleep as I could. I eventually devised ways to get things done while he was awake. (more…)

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