Snot Sucker: Bulb vs. NoseFrida

I never realized the importance of a snot sucker until I had my baby. I don’t know if its just me but we have to use a snot sucker on our little guy on a daily basis, most days twice in a single day. Baby nostrils are so tiny that any little boogie is going to be a big inconvenience. As your baby gets older, and those nostrils get bigger, the need for a snot sucker is still high. Toddlers love sticking things up their noses. Why? Why not!?! Having a snot sucker will come in handy for those days when its not boogies you are having to dig out.

Product Review – Dr. Brown’s Bottles

When we came across Dr. Brown’s bottles, we were intrigued and won over by their claim of reducing colic, gas and spit-up. Something about positive-pressure, vacuum-free, vent technology… it all sounded like a bunch of disguised, empty words. Still, these were one of the top selling bottles online and the reviews were very promising. We decided it wouldn’t hurt to try them and if they’d truly prevent air bubbles from getting into our baby’s tummy we would be happy shoppers.

Baby Sleep Tips: Get Your Newborn Sleeping Better and Longer (Part 1)

Baby Sleep Tips: Get Your Newborn Sleeping Better and Longer (Part 1)

We figured out that much of what happens throughout the day dictates the nights. That seems obvious when you think about how much that rings true to adults too. Getting Caleb to be a better sleeper started with his morning wake up. In this article, you’ll read tips on how to get your baby sleeping better and longer by changing things about your mornings with your little one.

50 Fun Ways to Practice Spelling

50 Fun Ways to Practice Spelling

When I was teaching kindergarten and first grade, we spent a good deal of time on phonics and word study. An aspect of that was to practice spelling a small list of sight words each week, something that some of you parents may have seen your child bring home. This area of study looks very different from when I was a little girl, thankfully. We are beyond the days of writing spelling words over and over or trying to memorize their spelling (how boring!). Instead, our class found fun, interactive and creative ways to practice our sight words. I have compiled a list of activities and games that I used with my students that parents could easily have their little ones do at home.

The Importance of Kindergarten on Social Development and Social Skills Necessary for School

The Importance of Kindergarten on Social Development and Social Skills Necessary for School

Below are four key social skills that I found my students engage in daily. When I would get asked, by those friends and parents in the community, if their child was ready for kindergarten, I would ask if their child presented these behaviors. Just as I mentioned in my last article about academic readiness for Kindergarten, some kids will not present all these indicators whole-heartedly and that does not necessarily mean they are not ready to start kindergarten. These social skills will be taught and practiced in the classroom. However, it is important that you be proactive in working with your child on these skills at all opportunities. Having your child work on these skills now will prepare them for becoming productive members of their kindergarten classroom.

Infant Swaddles: What’s Are My Choices?

Infant Swaddles: What’s Are My Choices?

As you shop for a swaddle or contemplate which ones to add to your registry, here is some information on the types of swaddles you may come across. There are many variations of swaddles, even beyond what I have listed, so I simplified it by breaking them down into four categories based on how they are fastened: zipper, Velcro, zipper & Velcro, and no fastener.

Is Your Child (Academically) Ready For Kindergarten?

Is Your Child (Academically) Ready For Kindergarten?

As a former kindergarten teacher, I want to share ten indicators that you can refer to, to determine if your little one is kindergarten ready. Note that many kids are not going to be proficient at all these skills by the time they start kindergarten and that isn’t necessarily an indicator that they are not ready for school. Some kids will master these skills once they start kindergarten.