As a highly logical person, I’ll tell you this—a second kid isn’t double the trouble at all.
They’re so much more.
The approaches and techniques you use to raise them won’t be exactly the same the second time around—you’ll probably actually improve on them where you can—but you’ll already know which tricks and tools you need to give your kids absolutely everything they need.
There’s no way we’d make it this far as parents if it weren’t for the community of peers that built up around us.
You likely won’t appreciate this if you haven’t had kids yourself, but it’s a life change that can prove very isolating for new parents! The friends without kids want to give you space to adjust to your new addition, but what you need is all hands on deck to help you figure things out. The friends with kids might only have time to pop in for a quick visit or to drop food and supplies off to keep you going. What new parents need is to find others going through the same thing as they are, for there’s power in numbers and they can find their way through it together.
For us, we did it through Sarah creating a Facebook group for parents with babies born in November 2013. Through it, she met plenty of local Moms with kids the same age who’d get what she was going through. It forged friendships still going strong today, and though it gets tricky manoeuvring through the birthday parties each year, I’d say it’s one of the best things that happened to us as parents.
You share resources—a toy or tool that didn’t work for one child might work for another. You share stories—you never know how much your experiences might encourage friends in their time of need. But what might be the most crucial thing that’s shared is knowledge. The tips, tricks and techniques parents share lay the foundation for our growth. They teach us how to make the most of the time and energy we put into our efforts. They let us do the impossible in raising our kids. And when you can apply them without breaking the bank? That right there, friends, is a bonus—the very kind you’ll get through the Pampers Rewards app!
Let’s be real—every parent dreams of the day they aren’t dealing with diapers anymore. I mean, you get all sorts of kids in those early years—the ones totally okay wearing a soiled diaper even though it’s clearly not a good idea. The ones who freak out over a wet diaper, even when it’s spilling what they’re drinking that caused it. The kids who prefer going “au naturel” and can’t wait to get it off so they can streak through the house. The truly bold who’ll throw a diaper at your head in the midst of a tantrum. You could have any of a number of children in those early years, but at least you know one thing—no matter what kind of kid you’ve got in diapers, Pampers has you covered!
For more than fifty years, parents have trusted Pampers, which undergo extensive testing with paediatricians, dermatologists and parents to meet the needs of their most important customers —the babies they’d give anything for. And that trust’s there for a good reason, too—as part of the Procter & Gamble company, Pampers stands as the #1 selling diaper worldwide, with more than 25 million babies across 100 countries wearing them every day.
As you probably know—they don’t just do diapers; with wipes and training pants as well, they have a number of products that’ll offer the comfort and protection your baby needs for every stage of their development. And right at the core of that development—no matter who your child is—is one solitary thing: sleep.
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?
New parents legitimately have too much going on to handle a complicated rewards app for their favourite diaper brand. They’re too busy fretting over whether the baby’s feeding enough to type in a long and convoluted code. Or too busy looking up ailments for every little thing to battle with those who profit from gaming the system and hoarding the best rewards for themselves. Knowing the customer’s always right, Pampers listened to the parents who love them and came up with a brand-newPampers Rewards app, making it way easier to collect points and redeem them for great gifts and rewards the entire family can enjoy!
The Pampers Rewards App — Why You Need to be on This if You Aren’t Already!
So let’s start with the basics—if you’re buying Pampers and not collecting Rewards points already, what are you doing??? They’ve got plenty of great rewards available for redeeming Pampers Rewards codes—Pampers diapers and wipes, coupons, books and more! Not collecting is basically like throwing free money away! You need to get your hands on the Pampers Rewards app and get in on the action—you get 100 free points just for registering!
Right—with that out of the way, let’s talk about how this works. It’s easy:
Scan the Pampers Rewards code inside your Pampers product.
Redeem the points.
Seriously, that’s it. The Pampers Rewards program has been around for a decade now, and in that time they’ve learned some things about customer needs and experience—this new app’s designed with you in mind, and hopefully, its new design and ease of use show that!
The Pampers Rewards Program with a New App, Too — Collecting’s Never Been This Easy!
Don’t underestimate the power of reward points! I just got my wife a round-trip flight to see her sister on the other side of the country with reward points. I’ve paid for a number of cameras and devices with reward points. And the Pampers Rewards program with its list of gifts is no slouch, either!
You’ll hear a lot of different advice as a new parent. Some of it’s straight up wacky (I was once told not to stand behind my baby as they might look up and have their eyes stuck that way). Some of it’s outdated. But some of it just makes sense, and this is one of those.
Thanks for learning about the new Pampers Rewards app and program, and I hope you can get your family (or yourself) something nice from all that collecting!
Until the next,
Disclaimer: Pampers compensated me for this post, but all thoughts and opinions, as always, are mine.
Tell your wife, tell your kids, tell your husbands:
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.
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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!
I’ll look back at this in the future and laugh, but I have a stubborn toddler refusing to do away with diapers. We’ve tried it all—using a sticker chart to reward every #2; promising every Paw Patrol toy under the sun if only he’d learn to use the toilet… even jealousy by putting his baby brother on the potty for some elimination communication, but nothing’s quite stuck.
But we can’t just give up—diapers aren’t a good look for kindergarten kids, so we’ve got just under a year to help him say the magic words:
“I’m ready for underwear!”
See, the transition from infancy to childhood need not be so difficult—parenting in 2016 offers so many options, and Pampers takes full advantage of this with their brand-new Easy Ups training pants—the better way to underwear!
I already know that fatherhood’s difficult—life’s nothing short of a hustle when you’re juggling your marriage, your job and your #BloggerLife, but when you add young children to the mix with everlasting demands for food, affection and entertainment, everything you thought you knew gets immediately more complicated than you ever thought possible.
But really, I’m just your run-of-the-mill Dad doing everything I can to keep my family thriving, whether that’s the hours put in keeping everything straight with the 9-5; all the things I need to do to keep this roof standing over their heads; or the many times I put them before me, because that’s part of what being a Dad’s all about!
Now imagine trying to do all that while training for the Olympics.
A couple of weeks ago, I lunched with Olympian couple Mark Oldershaw and Annamay Pierse, celebrating the Road to Rio which includes Mark rejoining Team Canada for the 2016 Olympics, going for gold in men’s canoeing!
And he pulled it off while raising with newborn daughter Josephine with Annamay.
The conversation covered plenty about work-life balance; the expectations for a child of Olympic parents; and as the fifth Olympian in his family (and the first to win a medal), what dinners are like for Mark’s non-Olympian relatives and whether they show up bitter every time!
We also got the chance to chat with Alanna McGinn of Good Night Sleep Site, helping inform both the weary new Olympic parents and the Pampers Baby Panel members present about the benefits of a solid night’s sleep, and more importantly, how to get it when the odds often favour otherwise. Coupled with the delicious food offered by King West’s Colette Grand Café, I could think of worse ways to wrap up the six months I’d spent on the Pampers Baby Panel!
Pampers Wants You to Sleep Like a CHAMP — Because You’re Not Going to Win if You Can’t Keep Up!
Whether you’re a blogger, an Olympic rower, or any other kind of parent who’s raising some wee ones, we’ll all face similar issues when trying to teach them to sleep. And though it’s quite the ordeal, Pampers put together a PDF one-pager on the importance of healthy sleep—so new parents at your wits’ end, perhaps you should give it a go, so you can salvage what’s left of your already too-fragile psyches!
But babies don’t stay babies forever. With these kids already 2½ and 5 months old, it feels like Swaddlers are making way for Cruisers, and despite some reluctance, there’ll soon be someone in the house moving on to Easy Ups training pants.
Who knows—maybe you’ll be seeing me write more on this yet: I have a feeling it’ll still be a while before we find these boys making their way to the bathroom completely unassisted.
But hopefully you’ve enjoyed these Baby Panel posts—maybe you’ve learned something. Maybe I scared you off from parenthood. In any case, this is one parent who’s off to get some rest, because tomorrow’s another day, and trust me—we parents need all the rest we can get.
Until the next,
Disclaimer: I’ve written this piece as my last post for the Pampers Baby Panel, a collective of content creators who work with the Pampers brand to share our experiences with the products they have for kids of various ages.
Because when it comes to diaper care, you can spare no expense in covering your butt.
Tell your wife, tell your kids, tell your husbands:
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: