So I can say with the utmost confidence that I’m happy to be out of the “baby phase.” Yes, there’s a lot to appreciate about an infant—especially the second time around when you spend less time worrying about every little thing and more time enjoying them before that phase passes before you know it—but those first six months are hard. Sporadic sleep schedules. Questionable mental health. It feels like a never-ending challenge, and then one day it does end. It ends, and you’re suddenly breathing a bit easier, sleeping a bit better, and getting tricked into having more kids. (Parents of older kids—I see y’all with your trickery!)
But just as we strive to do better for our children than our parents could for us, perhaps we should do what we can to help build a better generation of parents that we were! We can teach them from our experiences. Reassure them when they feel they’re failing. And introduce them to better tools that’ll make parenting all that much easier.
And what kind of parent would you be if that list didn’t include Pampers Baby Dry?
Wait, what? You… you didn’t know that Best Buy Canada sells baby gear? You thought tech was all that they’re about? My friends—we have a lot of catching up to do!
Best Buy — They Sell WAY More Than Just GADGETS!
Best Buy got into the baby gear game some time ago, offering a full range of products rivalling the selection you’d find at stores that do nothing but babies. Cribs, monitors, clothing and more, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what Best Buy carries!
Philips Avent Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump
Safety 1st Prelude Play Yard
Munchkin LATCH 12-piece Newborn Bottle Gift Set
MOBI Dual Scan Air Non-Contact Digital Thermometer
When diono dropped a line to gauge my interest in reviewing the diono radian rXT and the related products, I didn’t quite know how I’d approach it.
See, the car seat is the natural nemesis of the new parent. The straps are never tight enough, babies never enjoy being in them as long as you need, and installing them requires strength paralleled only by world-class weightlifters. You never get it quite right on the first try and forever find yourself adjusting ’til your kids outgrow them.
But they’re necessary!
Sure, we somehow survived an era where simply shoving your kids into the back seat was an acceptable practice, but we’re also the same species who once smoked cigarettes in delivery rooms. And treated blood disorders with leeches. Heck, we once thought sugary soda was the key to losing weight. Just because we often do things one way doesn’t mean we can’t do it better, so we must continually expect more from the things we use, and yes—that means our car seats too.
Won’t lie—if I didn’t have Sarah making sure our wedding and baby registries were on point, our kids would be walking around naked and our dining room flatware wouldn’t be nearly as nice. Stereotypes be damned—I’m just not that good a planner, and you need to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s whether you’re throwing the shower… or you’re the one in the spotlight!
Figuring out the gifts you’ll need at a shower’s a lot like planning your career path when you’re still in high school—you only know so much and you’ll just wish you did things differently years down the road. Let’s just take a look at Moms—when asked, 90% of Moms wished they’d included more diapers in their registry. 40% of Moms wished they’d asked for diapers of different sizes—babies grow, after all!
Just like with pretty much every parent in the history of the trade, these are but examples of things you learn as you go, and no matter how much your peers and parents tell you otherwise, there’re some things you’ll need to learn for yourself.
This is Jen. Jen’s the mom of two children. Two children she loves so much that she’d never feed them anything she wouldn’t eat herself. Jen wouldn’t always find that easy, though—like many parents, Jen found herself frustrated by the poor quality and lacking content of baby food available in grocery stores. She wanted food that was nutritious, delicious, and without any of the unnecessary additives she knew better than to eat as an adult.
It’s a good thing, then, that Jen’s the founder of Baby Gourmet, Canada’s leading organic baby food brand!
How to Feed Your Kids the RIGHT Way with Baby Gourmet!
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November 17th is World Prematurity Day, honouring premature infants and the people who give them a fighting chance!
With one son induced three weeks early and the other four days late, we were lucky—parenting is stressful enough with a full-term baby! So I can’t imagine the struggles those dealing with premature childbirth go through—the days… weeks spent waiting to take that baby home. Advances in medical science help babies survive younger and smaller than ever before, so parents need a special kind of help to make it through this critical period in their baby’s development!
Which is why Pampers introduced their Preemie Size P-3 diapers, three times smaller than newborn diapers to meet the needs of premature babies!
While I’m obviously no expert (Y chromosomes pretty much exclude me from experiencing the… “miracle” (?) of childbirth first-hand), I’ve learned a lot about motherhood through everything I’ve seen Sarah go through in our nearly 3-year journey as parents so far.
As soon as that first baby hits the scene, they teach you how to grow, learn and love more than you ever thought possible. There’re plenty of moments when you don’t know where you’ll find the strength to make it through the day, but they’re balanced out by profound moments of happiness that’re hard to describe when you don’t have a little “you” to look after.
Pampers is celebrating more than 50 years of parents relying on their products to care for their babies’ happy, healthy development with a new #ThanksBaby video, capturing the moment when a baby’s born and perhaps the most unpredictable journey humanly possible starts its course. For me, though, even though I’m still figuring it out like I’m doing it for the first time each and every day, I can barely remember life before my boys, and with it this good, I’m okay with that.
So if you want to celebrate the Moms in your life—and maybe even win some sweet Pampers prizes in the process—why not join me with a cast of other North American influencer parents for Pampers’ #ThanksBaby Twitter Party on Wednesday, May 4th @ 9 PM EST? An RSVP is required before joining, so make sure you let us know well in advance if you plan to get in on the action! I look forward to seeing you there! ????
#ThanksBaby — Our Lives Wouldn’t be the Same Without You.
When a baby is born, a Mom is born, and that in itself is cause for celebration. The very act draws you into a world full of changes—you start with a little bundle devoid of words, but showering you with unconditional love as they make sense of the world around them, and though the journey ahead’s shaped by equal parts joy, challenges, and the emotions that come with the territory, I think many Moms—and parents in general agree that they wouldn’t trade it for the world.
See y’all Wednesday—if you’ve never done a Twitter party with me, I promise: you’re in for something else entirely.
Until the next, I remain,
Disclaimer: Pampers compensated me for this post and Twitter Party as the premier Dad (read: only Dad) of their Pampers Baby Panel, where we share stories of how Pampers products have made child rearing even a little bit easier.
On top hitting up the #ThanksBaby Twitter Party on Wednesday, May 4th, you can feel free to visit the Pampers websiteto learn more about Pampers products, join the Pampers Rewards program, and find ideas and information to help your baby get the most out of love, sleep and play!
I’ve never been a huge fan of bath time, but I’m warming up to it!
In Casa de Palmer, when dinner’s done you have a choice — you either wash the dishes or give the baby a bath. Perhaps in search of what alone time I can find, I often choose dishes, unwinding after the work day and all its stressed.
But that’s stupid — I’m making the wrong choice every time, and deep inside, I know it.