Getting a Toddler To Bed

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Are you losing the night time battle to get your little one to bed? Would the video above be a little funnier if it wasn’t your life?

Most parents agree – routine is key, especially if you find yourself trying to persuade your little one to doze off at a reasonable hour. The trick is to set and stick to a routine that your toddler knows (without you having to say it) leads to bedtime. Eventually these prep activities will not just get them ready for bed, but will start to slow them down.… [read more]

Making the Grade: From an F to Honor Roll

Most parent’s want to be honor roll parents. We want to make straight A’s, but more than half the time we make F’s.

Failure is part of parenthood. You’re going to fail, it’s normal and natural. from mistakes to misunderstandings, parent’s will make F’s. It’s okay to fail, that’s how you grow and learn as a parent, but with a few pointers, you can actually go from an F to the parenting honor roll.

The first step in the parenting grade system is earning an E. E is for effort. As a parent, you have to put forth a lot of effort. You have to be up for any challenge your child gives you. Parenting is hard work, but with a lot of effort you can make the grade.… [read more]

How to Train Your Two Year Old to Go Potty

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Most kids go through the terrible twos, which can be a parenting nightmare. With a few tricks parents can have a terrific kid instead. Two can be a difficult age. Your child begins to exert their independence, but at the same time want to throw temper tantrums.

Of the many challenges facing parents and toddlers are the training phases.

Let’s start with the number one cause for alarm when training your two year old: potty training.

Potty training; two dreaded words in a two year old’s vocabulary. If you want to succeed in this area then it’s time to incorporate potty training boot camp. What is potty training boot camp?… [read more]

From Bottle To Sippy Cup

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My little one is drinking her milk out of a sippy cup!

Transitioning to a sippy cup was a long road for us.We started giving her a sippy cup at six-months and it took to about 11-months to find one she liked.

Believe moms when they tell you not every sippy cup brand is for every baby! I must have bought over ten different sippy cups before Ava found one she liked.  The biggest problem she had was getting the liquid out of the cups because of the spill proof design.  I even tried straw cups and she just looked at them puzzled.

Her sippy cup of choice you ask? The Philips AVENT 7oz Soft Spout Cup With Handles. The Avent is great for small babies as it has a soft spout and allows a baby to get the liquid out much easier.

So, now that we had a cup she liked the question was how do we train her to like it? The easiest way for us was to start putting water with a little bit of apple juice in the cup and give it to her at each meal. At first, she would take one sip and throw it on the ground, but after a while she started drinking more and more.

 You always here the typical unwanted giver saying to stop giving your baby a bottle at a year. In reality, I always see older babies drinking milk from bottles. So, who are these parents that have an easy time getting rid of the bottle? Certainly, not us.

Thinking it would be easy to transition because she loved drinking water and juice from the cup was a mistake! When I put her milk in the cup she looked at me like, “What are you thinking Mother!”.  Regardless of which she just didn’t want milk out of the sippy cup. So, I continued doing what I was before hoping the more the sippy cup became natural the more she would be open to drinking milk from it.

Now at almost 13-month-old Ava has decided milk in a sippy cup is not so bad. We are now in the process of only giving her a bottle for nap time and before bed.  Here’s hoping to a successful transition for a baby who absolutely adores her bottle!

Jennifer Hudson Giving Beyonce Mother Tips

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Actress/Singer Jennifer Hudson decided to share a few parenting tips with Dreamgirls co-start Beyonce Knowles regarding super hype baby Blue Ivy. Hudson told beyonce: “”Girl, get your sleep! We talked about this when I had my munchkin. It goes so fast. She’s going to look up and [Blue]‘s going to be six months. Next thing you know, she’s going to be walking,”

I think the sleep advice definitely rings true: she is going to struggle if she doesn’t sleep enough. The problem is, especially for busy parents with busy careers like Beyonce and Jay-Z , that they will NOT get their sleep. No matter what you do, unless you have a baby that sleeps all through the night(and those are probably 1% of the total baby population) you’re going to be lacking a lot of sleep for a while. In most cases, instead of trying to fix the issues, I think most parents learn how to deal with situation.

But maybe Hudson knows her stuff since, after all, she does have a 2 year old of her own – a little boy named David.

According to reports, the birth was a natural one – contrary to reports of a C-Section. Blue Ivy was brought home last Tuesday.