Creating a New Normal | Efficient Homemade Baby Food » styleberry BLOG Unlike cloth diapering, making my own baby food was something I have known I would do for years. I have a “system” (you’ll see this theme with me) for making, carrying, storing & feeding the baby food I make and it is easier than you probably think. Would you believe me if I told you that I have only made baby food about 8 times? Well, you heard it! I am a master of efficiency when it comes to this subject & I want to show you how simple it really is. So, here it goes. I want my baby to grow up thinking it is totally normal to eat five different fruits and veggies a day. Getting my baby used to different textures is also a big part of why I make my own baby food. Some may say it is cheaper. There are a lot of fancy tools out there as companies are now capitalizing on the home made baby food market. stock pot & lid with a vegetable steamer basketblender (a good one. One of the big myths about making your own baby food is that it takes FOREVER. COOK BOOKS: I only have two.
Nap 101, Post 1: Does my baby have a nap problem? | Baby Sleep Science: Sleep Resource Center It’s not too surprising that the most popular blog topic requested by our Facebook followers was “how do you teach a baby to connect sleep cycles?” Nap problems are the hardest to fix and since napping needs are constantly evolving it can be hard to figure out if you are asking your baby to do something that he’s able to do. Since naps are so complicated, we’re splitting this blog into four parts: in this post, we’ll talk about what is normal by age and what to do for a baby who isn’t old enough to put nap cycles together. In our second post, we’ll cover how to teach your baby to nap independently (which often leads to nap consolidation). In our third post, we’ll cover strategies for nap extension if teaching your baby to nap independently doesn’t quite do it. In our last post, we’ll talk about the timing of nap transitions. The Science of the Problem: Every parent knows that daytime sleep cycles in infants last between 30-45 minutes. Does my baby have a nap problem? Have a question?
6 Foods To Eat If Youre Skipping Meat - KitchenDaily Sidetracked: Nursery Fun! | small shop [a brand styling studio] by Erika Brechtel Already coming into the world in style Recently a dear friend asked me to help her with the nursery for her bun-in-the-oven. Knowing that this friend is particularly stylish (and particular), I was excited about the challenge. Our jumping off point: a large giraffe stuffed animal received for Christmas. 1. The walls will most likely be a warm tan, and curtains will be white with the mustard yellow velvet trim. OK, now back to my real job!!
Teaching Your Baby to Put Himself to Sleep How do you get your baby to go to sleep and sleep through the night? She may accomplish that milestone on her own, soon. Or she may need a little help from you to learn how to put herself to sleep. We all need to learn how to get back to sleep when the normal rhythm of our sleep cycles takes us into a slightly wakened state repeatedly during the night. You'll be interested to know that most babies around the world either do not fall asleep without being held, or do not sleep all night long in their own crib. It simply isn't a "normal" thing for small humans to do, biologically speaking. You can teach babies to fall asleep without rocking or sucking, without leaving them to cry. If you'd like to begin developing good sleep habits early, you'll want to start by helping your baby learn to put himself back to sleep. 1. Most newborns and babies will cry if they are put down when they're sleepy. So work WITH Mother Nature, not against her. 2. 3. 4. 5. Related Articles
The Top 10 Aphrodisiac Foods | Personal Health March 22, 2009 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. You are what you eat, because what you eat directly influences your body and your body functions. The food you consume can have a direct impact on your sex life, affecting your hormones, brain chemistry and energy and stress levels. An English herbalist from the 17th century, Nicholas Culpepper, wrote that asparagus "stirs up lust in man and woman." Through antiquity, almonds were regarded as fertility symbols. Just by looking at the shape of avocado, you will see the reason why it was associated with sexuality. By it shape its connection with sexuality is quite obvious, but you’ll also find that bananas are loaded with potassium, magnesium and B vitamins. Basil not only makes the meals smell and taste better, but it also has a lot of beneficial effects on human body. Now, wait a minute!
Concept to Reality: Jackson’s Nursery | small shop [a brand styling studio] by Erika Brechtel A nursery fit for a little king Many thanks to Paloma Contreras and High Gloss Magazine (pages 48-49) for the opportunity to share with their readers all the fun I had with the baby shower and nursery for the cutie pie! He did arrive into the world bright blue eyed on May 13th, 2011, all safe and sound!! As a follow up, here are a few photos we took of the nursery, and the original concept board. Didn’t his mommy do a fantastic job bringing it all to life? There are a few pieces that haven’t arrived, but this should give you a pretty good idea how it came out! For sources, please visit the original post here. [ snuggly bedtime reading spot ] [ Melanie of Plum Cushion always does a beautiful job ] [ the little lion's mane mirror and giraffe-like lamp are perfect! [ great IKEA hack! [ a Lucite tray in tan zebra from Erin Condren couldn't be more perfect ] [ an animal in the kingdom ;o) ] [ the little king ] Photos and styling by Erika Brechtel
8 Things Boy Moms Should Know About Their Sons Contrary to popular opinion in our modern society, boys and girls are wired differently. God has created men for different purposes than women. This isn’t to say that men are better than women or vice versa. Just different. I was fortunate to hear Dr. During the program, Dr. Some of the points Dr. Here are 8 Important Things to Understand About Our Sons: 1 – Their brains work differently Sometimes, it’s difficult for us moms to understand what is going on in our son’s mind, and that is because their brains don’t work the same way that ours do. Another important point is that boys generally have fewer pathways connecting the left and right hemispheres of their brain than do girls. 2 – They need to move It’s not unusual to see boys tapping their pencils, bouncing their foot, fiddling with objects, pacing the floor, or squirming in their seats. If you want to have a conversation with your son, do something with him at the same time. 3 – They need us to believe in them Paid Content:
Winter Maternity Session Dec Winter Maternity Session Things have been going non-stop since September and I realized I have NOT kept up this blog at all. I do not like Facebook's resolution so I hope I can stay on top of this so that clients and friends can see my photos in better quality! Yesterday I had a fun and easy going Maternity session with soon to be first time parents M and S. They braved the cold and all the snow and then came indoors for some belly shots. Posted 29th December 2010 by Melissa Champagne Labels: maternity Add a comment Champagne Photography Magazine Loading 5 Secrets of an Introverted Mother Sign up to receive biweekly Nurture Notes and learn practical skills to be a more grounded, calm, and peaceful mother. Send it to me!. I almost flunked 4th grade. I was in an independent study program and I couldn’t focus enough to get my work done. Fortunately, my teacher was observant and creative. I didn’t know the term “introverted” back then, and likely my teacher didn’t either. I have been thinking of the quiet of that back patio daydreaming time often recently. By the time my man gets home from work I’m crawling up the walls, snapping at Bean to stop climbing on me and please be quiet for just a minute so I can think. And then I get her asleep and I collapse on the couch while two cats climb on my lap and my man snuggles up to tell me about his day or what he’s reading or turn on a movie for us to watch. not right now. When I get to this point I can’t bear to be touched. I withdraw from everyone. Insist on daily quiet time Naps are awesome. Make sure her needs are met Write it out
Games for Babies - Infant Activities A few generations ago, we didn't think much about babies' brains. We knew about reflexes, such as the rooting reflex that causes a newborn to turn his head when you gently stroke his cheek. But for the most part, parents, physicians, and researchers thought of the newborn's brain as little more than a blank slate waiting to be written upon by his environment. But the more we study infants, the more we realize that their brains and senses are remarkably active, even at a very young age. We can even get some indication of their personalities during the later stages of pregnancy. Some of the clues to babies' brain development are obvious; others are quite subtle. Here are a few things you can do that will help you see the incredible ways in which your infant is able to use his brain to handle the challenges of early life. Age: Newborn Long before your baby can talk, his expressions and physical reactions tell you a lot about his personality and developing sense of recognition.
Confessions of a Reluctant Stay-at-Home Mom: I’m an introvert. I like being alone. - Sisters Raising Sisters I have shared my story of how I became a stay-at-home mom with you before. It was not my plan; it was God’s. And I have never regretted following his leading. But I am still the same person I was when I thought I would be a career mom with a husband who stayed home to keep the house and raise the children. So I want to be totally honest with you, some days in my new role … well … suck. In this series I will be confessing things about myself that make this stay-at-home mom thing downright miserable for me. I was blessed to grow up in a home where my mother stayed home with my sister and me until she sent me (the youngest) off to high-school. You see, I’m an introvert. You catch my problem? I remember when I was working for NASA, my job included lots of public speaking and lots of intense meetings. Fast forward to today. I am NEVER alone. This has been one of the biggest challenges of staying home for me. For the past four years I’ve tried to ignore being an introvert. I’m an introvert.
Baby Names: September 2012 S. writes: I came across your blog a couple of months ago and have loved reading your ideas and opinions on baby names. We are due to have our first baby girl the end of October! It looks to me as if your list is nearly wiped out: there's a good reason not to use every name on the list except Celeste. What I'd do in your shoes is brainstorm a fresh list based on your current list. The new list might or might not be of names for actual consideration (if Claire is too popular, Chloe and Sophia likely are too; if you worry about avoiding Katie, you might worry about avoiding Rosie too), but more to freshen things up and maybe lead to new ideas and a new list ("Hm, I don't much like Bronwyn or Wynne with the surname, but those remind me of Bridget and Brenna!"). Gwen and Evie make me think of Genevieve. Or if you want the nickname Evie, I might go straight to Eve---though Eve and Eli do seem too similar to me, as Evie and Eli do. Evie makes me think of Neve, Vivienne, Liana, Eleni.
The Introverted Stay-at-Home Mom: Uniquely Challenged / Abundantly Blessed | Mom on the Fly - Julie Vasconcelos Dear grocery store clerk, I’d like to apologize. I’ve been avoiding you. You offer to take my groceries to the car and I turn you down. Dear friend, I’d like to apologize. Dear sweet children of mine, I’d like to apologize. Dear passenger, I’d like to apologize. I want to let you all in on a little secret. Talking to you actually hurts me on the inside. I belong to that lucky group of people known as “introverts”. I once overheard some colleagues talking about how they couldn’t understand why some flight attendants they passed walking through the airport would not acknowledge them, look them in the eye, or say “hello”. I have learned over the last five years that being an introverted stay at home mom is especially challenging. I can only describe the feeling of reaching the breaking point like this: it’s like having an invisible force field around me all day that starts to break down. Then it’s gone. But I can’t. What unique challenges do introverts face in staying home with their kids?