How to Spot the Early Signs of Autism in Babies & Toddlers

How to spot the early signs of autism in your toddler -

Christopher was 3 years old when it happened. He acted different, played with toys in his own way, and seemed out of touch with the world around him and I didn’t know WHY. After an evaluation, my world went completely upside down. He was autistic.   Looking back at the years prior to this bombshell, the phrase "If only I had known..."  keeps popping up.  So many frustrations would have ... [Continue Reading]

Enter the $660 Sleep-Stakes Giveaway!

Sleepstakes Giveaway

I remember what it's like being a sleep-deprived parent. Grabbing the salt container instead of the sugar for my coffee... Wondering how the stapler got in the freezer... Awkwardly standing in the middle of the grocery store because I couldn't remember why I was there... In honor of these "What the..." moments, we are launching our first ever Sleepstakes Giveaway.  (Get it? ... [Continue Reading]

The Legally Blonde Guide to Being the Best Medical Advocate for Your Baby

The Legally Blonde Guide to Being the Best Medical Advocate for Your Baby

There is nothing more exhilarating than holding that sweet baby in your arms for the first time. Those tiny feet, that little nose, and a whole heckuva lot of responsibility. Birthing classes and your Aunt Elma's "Life Lessons" can prepare you for some of what lies ahead. Breastfeeding, healing diaper rashes, conquering colds, those are all things you expect to have to learn. But what ... [Continue Reading]

5 Mistakes Parents Make When Looking at Amber Teething Necklaces

5 Mistakes Parents Make When Looking at Amber Teething Necklaces

The Hazelaid family took a risk, sponsored this post, and gave away free necklaces for readers to try and report back on.  Honestly, I was a little nervous about the results. (I like being nice.)  Fortunately for THEM, all the reviews we got back were glowing with compliments.  Bullet dodged, Hazelaid! :-)    Like most children of the eighties, I was first introduced to "amber" while ... [Continue Reading]

40 Bird Baby Shower Ideas to Feather Your Nest

Feather Your Nest with These 40 Baby Bird Shower Ideas -

Have you ever been to a really good baby shower? You know, one that was just so well done you felt like YOU were the one being pampered and fussed over?   I've been to a LOT of baby showers over the years.  (LOTS.) A few of them consistently push ahead of all the others as being memorable.  As in, so special, that I would attend that party again in a heartbeat. (And bring more ... [Continue Reading]

Do Cradle Cap Products Really Work? (It’s Testing Time.)

Cradle Cap Products: Do they Work?

Cradle cap. Also known as (to myself) scale scalp, dragon dandruff, funky flakes, and newbie noggin. It's yellowish.  Crusty.   And very common. It's also harmless (except to your ego). I remember Elena's cradle cap being so bad that I made her wear a hat every day. I may have looked like the world's most sun-sensitive helicopter mom, but in reality I was just  tired of the look of ... [Continue Reading]

Our Baby’s Milk Protein Allergy: How We Battled the Big Bad Milk Monster – and Won

Our Baby's Milk Protein Allergy: How We Battled the Big Bad Milk Monster and Won -

Once upon a time in the land of brats and cheese, a mama and her baby set off on a long journey. They'd sail through a river of green poo, trek through a jungle of doctor appointments and battle the big bad dairy monster in order to reach their destination: the land of (allergy-free) milk and honey. Along the way, there were blood-curdling cries, painful kicks to the ribs and many sleepless ... [Continue Reading]

5 Photo-Worthy Baby Spring Trends You Don’t Want to Miss

5 Photo-Worthy Baby Clothing Trends You Don't Want to Miss!

It's been kinda exciting around my house recently. On Monday I walked outside and saw a brownish greenish patch of land in my backyard. At first, I thought it may have been a "dog spot", but on closer inspection (but not too close) I realized that, yeppers, there was no snow on that spot. As if that wasn't enough excitement for one week, a Home Depot commercial came on during The Big Bang ... [Continue Reading]

The ABC’s of Moving Your Baby to One Nap (Without Losing Your Mind)

The ABC's of Moving Your Toddler to One Nap (Without Losing Your Mind)

Sometime between 15 and 18 months, your child will go through a major napping adjustment. It's a weird time. Some days he's a happy bubbly little guy that just doesn't seem tired for his  morning nap - but MY GOODNESS what a monster he becomes around dinner time! Or there are days where it seems he'll fall asleep anywhere. It feels like you're gambling with your family's ... [Continue Reading]

Baby Bonus! What Parenthood Does For Your Taxes

Baby Bonus! What Parenthood Does for Your Taxes -

The Tax-Man cometh... ...and three things are about to happen. My psychic powers really shine here.  AHEM.   *finger to temple* *adjusts turban* Option A:  You will get a big refund check. If this is you, you're being ripped off.  (Surprised? Check out Money Tip #3.) Option B:  You will get a small refund check. Option C:  You will have to send the IRS a check. ... [Continue Reading]