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?
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.
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!
Take it from someone who’s already made it to Kid #2—you don’t need a whole heckuva lot to start your baby on the right track; heck—other than a heap of diapers, wipes and some clothes to put them in, you could probably fit everything else you’d need in a single box.
Borne from a Finnish tradition over 75 years in the making, the Baby Box Company’s done more than just give expectant mothers a box full of tools to help ease them into their new lifestyle—it’s given these new babies their first bed, a move that’s said to have helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates!
Looking to share this innovation with the rest of the world, this past May The Baby Box Company announced that it’d be launching a universal Baby Box program in Ontario, giving out the first of the 145,000 Baby Boxes it’ll distribute in the program’s first year starting August 2016! They’ll be available for free to all new and expecting Ontarian parents as long as they receive prenatal care and review the Ontario education syllabus created by local healthcare professionals on the Baby Box University. It also gives these new parents a great introduction to everything Pampers has to offer, who continue their ongoing relationship with The Baby Box Company by supplying the diapers and wipes found in every box!
In fact, as a member of the Pampers Baby Panel, I got my own Baby Box to review, so I should see for myself why it’s helped so many families who’re doing their best to figure things out in the early stages of parenthood.
What’s in a Box? Everything the Baby Box has to Offer!
I’ve gotta say—even though we’re nearly through the baby’s first six months that the Baby Box’s designed for, I was thoroughly impressed by how much was packed inside! There was way too much for me to list it all here (okay; there werePampers’ Natural Clean Wipes; Pampers’ Newborn Swaddlers; onesies; an umbrella for the Baby Box; a sleeper; Antoinette Portis’ Not a Box; a Halo SleepSack; sling; towels; hand towels; bibs; formula; baby thermometer; Love Child organics baby food; booties; bibs; Baby Box Company gift card; and a Baby Box University membership—are you happy now?), but suffice it to say, I think that any new parent would be thrilled to get something that’d help them spend less time fretting and more time just enjoying the new addition to their lives!
It takes a lot to raise a baby—believe me, I’ve experienced it first-hand, twice—which makes it great that companies like the Baby Box Company and Pampers are working together to help out! I mean, the 125 years of history between the two just might come in handy no matter whether you have 125 minutes, hours, or days under your belt!
So the next time you have someone in your life who has a new family member imminent, think of getting them something they need instead of something that’s nice to look at, and get your hands on a Baby Box!
Those early days with your baby pass by faster than you think—may as well start them off with all the right tools!
Good luck out there, fellow parents, and stay strong—those little ones are counting on you!
Until the next,
Disclaimer: I received compensation for this post as a member of the Pampers Baby Panel, a group of content creators committed to discussing Pampers, the brand legacy, and everything it can offer to new and expectant parents! Views, as always, are 100% my own, and I hope you enjoyed the read!
Tell your wife, tell your kids, tell your husbands:
With Father’s Day on the approach, I’ve found myself thinking about fatherhood and everything I’ve learned about this lifestyle so far. It’s far different now than it’s ever been before—when writing this post, I’d been thinking on what it must’ve been like to raise kids in 1916, and the colour of my skin notwithstanding, I’m pretty sure I much rather be the über-involved Dad expected of me today than the unemotional and detached fathers who were the norm of generations past.
It’s still something the world needs to get used to—the modern Dad’s been given the opportunity to rewrite the rule book and give everyone entirely new insights into what fathers can be. Now that we’re doing things like sharing parental leaves with our maternal counterparts and forming our own groups to discuss fatherhood and the emotional perils that come with it, it’s a new day as we strive to raise kids who’ll redefine parenthood for their generation.
But you don’t have to take my word for it—this Wednesday, June 15th, you can join me and a number of Dads across North America for Pampers’ #ThanksBaby Twitter Party for Father’s Day, where we can reflect on the laughs, challenges and incredible feelings that come with being a Dad! (And hey—with plenty of prizes available, including a $250 Visa gift card as the top takeaway, why would you want to miss it???)
The Pampers #ThanksBaby Twitter Party — Let’s Change the Conversation One Tweet at a Time!
Changing how the world sees Dads won’t happen overnight. The stories we know best all started as mere ideas and took root as people kept talking about them. You may see a Twitter Party with prizes—I see the opportunity to start shifting our expectations for the men we call Dads, and give them not only an equal share of the work needed to raise the kids of this world—but the awareness that they too play instrumental roles in developing the generation that’ll rock tomorrow.
I hope to see you there—I promise I’ll behave.
Until the next,
Disclaimer: I’m helping moderate this Twitter Party as a member of the Pampers Baby Panel, sharing news and information that’s been covering behinds (ha, ha) for over 50 years! You can hit Pampers up at their site for more information, such as their Rewards Program, and on social media over at Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.
Tell your wife, tell your kids, tell your husbands:
Eventually, when it’s the first of June and I look back at the May that was, I’ll likely wonder how the heck I managed to get through it all. Many of us fret over Mother’s Day and how to show proper appreciation for some of the most important women in our lives, but as fate would have it, we somehow decided it wise to pack Mother’s Day, Sarah’s birthday, our wedding anniversary—and this year, Sarah’s sister’s wedding—all into the same month! Mamma mia!
But I digress.
Busy month notwithstanding, I don’t know about you, but Moms are very important in my life. In a move I appreciate far more now that I’m older with kids of my own, my Dad sacrificed time with the family to work 14-hour days six times a week so he could put a roof over our heads. In a time long before the wealth of children’s programming we have now to watch over the kids of parents who have to work, this meant Mom would have to drop us off at pick us up from our Grandma’s house, who then would make sure we got to the bus so we could get to school. I’m the by-product of a strong network of women who made sure to feed, clothe and care for my brothers and I because they wanted a brighter future for their children that wouldn’t see them torn away from their families due to work.
And that’s exactly what I hope to cultivate for my boys. Sure—the sacrifices of my parents undoubtedly set the stage for a life where I’m afforded the time and energy to stay involved in my sons’ lives, but I’m wholly aware that there’re things I’m ill-equipped or simply unable to provide for them myself. The future I crave for my boys relies on the loving inputs of both their parents, and it all starts with choices made the moment they exit the womb.
Part of this master plan to raise amazing kids is keeping their rear ends safe from diaper rashes and their outfits free of leaks so they can start their lives as comfortably as possible. For that, you’ll regularly see Pampers on their booties, doing their job before, during and after those little accidents with both diapers and wipes to handle the business.
But I’d be selfish to keep the Pampers love to myself—as a member of the Pampers Baby Panel, I’m working with Procter & Gamble’s billion-dollar baby brand to share the good fortune with others, and one lucky winner’s walking away with a Pampers Prize Pack, filled with dipes, wipes and laundry detergent to get your kiddos on the right track! This contest is open to Canadians outside of Quebec aged 18+ and runs until May 30th @ 11:59 PM ET! Many will enter, but one will win—feel free to use the options for extra entries to increase your odds!
Mother’s Day the Pampers Way — Recognizing the Women Strong Enough to Make Us the People We Are Today.
Children are serious business, so we should take our parenting decisions seriously as well. My boys and I spent this past Mother’s Day weekend celebrating the women who’ve held us up, letting them know we couldn’t have made it this far without them. With lives as busy as the ones we have today, it’s too easy to take things for granted, but it’s imperative that our closest relationships aren’t one of them!
I hope the Moms out there all enjoyed their Mother’s Days, and may this prize go to a child who’d love to enjoy what a clean bum can do for them!
Until the next, I remain,
Disclaimer: I wrote this post as a compensated member of the Pampers Baby Panel, sharing news and knowledge about the brand with our diverse audiences!
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!
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!
To my new readers in Internetland, you may not know that we’re expanding our family next month with another little boy to call our son. While I’ve admittedly been so wrapped up with family, work and my #BloggerLife to think very much on what life will look like with two kids, there’s one thing I know without a doubt from my two years of parenting so far — raising a child is no simple affair, and you’d better be prepared, because they come with a price tag attached almost upon exiting the womb!
But for those of you in the early stages of parenthood, maybe we can ease that sting a little with today’s prize for a Case Cringle Christmas!
Pampers’ #PeaceOnEarth — or — Why Serenity’s So Important in the Hectic Holidays
“If you can’t feed your baby (yeah, yeah)
Then don’t have a baby (yeah, yeah)
And don’t think “Maybe” (yeah, yeah)
If you can’t feed your baby! (yeah, yeah)”
— Michael Jackson, “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'”, Thriller (1983)
Among the various other hats I wear as the blogger behind CaseyPalmer.com, one I recently picked up was joining the Pampers Baby Panel as a brand ambassador, exploring everything the brand stands for and what it can do to help parents in an age where one of the oldest gigs in the book is more confusing than ever.
As part of the welcome package, Pampers surprised us with a delivery of enough diapers, wipes and Ivory Snow laundry detergent to last both the boys for a bit, and I can’t express enough how good it feels to know you’ll have one less errand to deal with in those first few weeks where all you’re trying to do is survive!