How to Savor the Funny Things Kids Say

Kids say the darndest things! We’re sure you want to remember them all so you can have another laugh with friends. Here are some ways to capture and savor those moments.

Pinterest Board

Create a Pinterest Board to have all of those funny moments in one place. You can use a free tool like Canva to create cool images with quotes (see example below). Or, you could simply upload photos of your kiddo and put the story in the caption. Similarly, you could create an album on Facebook.

How to Savor the Funny Things Kids Say

Journal or Calendar

When the “I need to write this down” moment occurs, record the moment in a cute keepsake journal. Purchase a ready-to-go one (below) or easily DIY your own. Choose a blank journal where you choose how to organize the memories. Or, find one that has a calendar layout.

How to Savor the Funny Things Kids Say

Words to Remember

Use an App

Since we almost always have our phones on us, this is a way to capture every funny thing that your little one says when you’re not at home. You can always transfer these moments to a different medium from this list when you get home.

Here are some good apps:

Video Diary

We’re always taking photos, but often forget the value of video recordings. Take a quick video when your kiddo says something especially funny. You may have to ask them to repeat what they said to capture the moment. Store the video clips in a Facebook album or add them to a video diary app.

Using an online storage method (Pinterest board, app) allows you to easily share these moments to social media. However, there’s value to having a physical memento that you can pass around when relatives come visit your home as well. Choose the option (or two) that’s right for you.

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Top 3 Tips for planning a fun and fabulous second birthday party

Top 3 Tips for Planning a Fun and Fabulous Second Birthday Party

It’s time to plan a second birthday party for your little one. This time around, your kiddo is more active and engaged, so there’s a little more planning that should be done. Keep reading for three tips that will make your party fun and fabulous for everyone in attendance.

  1. Keep the guest list small.

At age two, children are most concerned about their own needs. They aren’t yet focused on making friends and interacting with other kids (Baby Center). They will soon outgrow this, but for now, keep your guest list small. The party will be more enjoyable for your little one if they don’t have to worry about sharing toys. Invite family, plus just a couple of other toddlers and their parents.

  1. Plan a few activities.

It’s a good idea to plan a few activities so that you have options when little ones become impatient. Simple and interactive games are best. Here are some ideas:

  • Play dress-up – provide a box of clothes and costumes.
  • Dance to music.
  • Have a relative read a story.
  • Have fun with bubbles
  • Play Duck Duck Goose.
  • Coloring time – Print out coloring sheets that relate to your party’s theme. You can find free ones online.

Top 3 Tips for planning a fun and fabulous second birthday party

  1. Stick to finger foods.

By serving only finger foods, you prevent any accidents that could happen with utensils. Furthermore, foods that are easy to clean up are best. Avoid anything sticky or complicated. As a precaution, you can ask the parents of toddler guests if their children have any allergies. It’s best to just avoid nuts altogether since that’s such a common one.

Here are some toddler-friendly and adult-approved food choices:

  • Mini pizza bites
  • Pre-cut fruit like banana slices
  • Mini almond butter and jelly sandwiches, or any other kind

Top 3 Tips for planning a fun and fabulous second birthday party

Mini pizza bites

An additional tip – avoid serving a full meal if you host your party during a non-meal time such as late morning.

See our blog post on the most unusual and adorable celebrations for more themed food and party ideas.

 

26 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect and Prepare For

26 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect and Prepare For

At 26 weeks, you’re approaching the third trimester of your pregnancy. Your baby is getting bigger and your body is undergoing more changes. Read on for what to expect at 26 weeks.

Your Baby at 26 Weeks

At this stage, your baby is continually putting on fat and weighs nearly two pounds. Your baby’s nerves in their ears are more developed, so they can probably hear your voice. Your baby now measures about 14 inches in length, comparable to the length of a scallion (Baby Center). Your baby’s eyes will also open around this time.

Your Body

Stretch Marks

It’s about this time when stretch marks begin to appear. This is a natural part of pregnancy and sometimes not really avoidable since they’re genetic. However, there are lots of popular creams on the market to help prevent and lessen the effects.

Belly Button

There’s no need to be alarmed if your belly button has suddenly turned into an “outie.” Your enlarging uterus pushes your navel forward during pregnancy, but your belly button should go back to its previous form a few months post birth.

Symptoms

Every pregnant woman experiences different symptoms at different times. Here are some common ones that occur at 26 weeks.

Gas

This is a perfectly natural symptom during pregnancy and there’s no need to be ashamed. Pressure on your stomach is what leads to gas.

Migraines

Some women are more prone to headaches than others. Try natural remedies for relieving headaches or stronger migraines. Have your spouse give you a massage or do a few yoga poses.

Forgetfulness

Don’t worry, you’re not losing your mind! Forgetfulness and short term memory loss are expected symptoms during your second trimester. It’s only temporary. Utilize a notebook to write things down.

26 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect and Prepare For

Achy Stomach

Naturally, you can expect your stomach to ache as it grows. More noticeable aches and cramps usually happen around the 26-week mark.

Blurred Vision

Blurry vision during pregnancy comes from dry eyes, as hormones decrease tear production. Eye drops are an easy fix for this symptom. (What to Expect)

This is by no means a complete list. If you’re unsure whether or not one of your symptoms is expected, always consult your physician. More than likely, what you’re experiencing is completely natural. Avoid the stress of trying to diagnose yourself on WebMD and just ask a professional.

Planning for Birth

Classes

Since birth will be here before you know it, you might consider taking a few classes. Most hospitals offer classes for new parents that are taught by a labor-and-delivery nurse. You can also opt for private classes, which will be a little pricier. Classes cover everything from pain management and troubleshooting to hospital visiting hours and procedures. It’s best to bring your spouse along so that you both have more confidence when the baby comes.

You can also take prenatal workout classes. These may help alleviate any aches and pains that you’re feeling.  

Baby Name

If you haven’t already, now is a great time to start thinking about baby names. This should be a fun and stress-free activity for you and your spouse. 

Get Your Home Ready

26 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect and Prepare For

You still have plenty of time, but it’s a good idea to start shopping for baby essentials such as a crib. Refer to our guide on Preparing Your Home for the Baby.

 

Everything You Need to Know About Car Seats Before the Baby Comes

Everything You Need to Know About Car Seats Before the Baby Comes

We know there’s a lot to prepare before your baby comes home. The most important on your to-do list should be related to safety. This includes babyproofing your home and installing a car seat. Don’t know where to start when it comes to shopping for and installing a car seat? We’ve got you covered. Keep reading for everything you need to know.

Requirements by Age

Child passenger laws vary slightly state by state, but car seat guidelines are generally the same.

  • Newborn to two years – (and weighing under 20 pounds) should be in a rear-facing car seat.  
  • Two to four year-olds – should switch to a convertible seat after they outgrow the height/weight limit of the infant one. There’s a little debate when it comes to when to switch from rear-facing to forward-facing. Parenting.com and Consumer Reports recommend staying rear-facing until age two.
  • Children under age 8 – and under 40 pounds must be secured in a car seat at all times.
  • Age 12 – Kids should sit in the back seat until age 12.

Shopping for the Safest Car Seat

A car seat is something that you definitely want to have before the baby arrives, so it’s time to get shopping!

The most important tip is to buy new. Buy a new, not used car seat to ensure that it’s up-to-date with all of the most recent technological improvements. While all car seats have been tested for safety standards, everyone still wants to know which one is the absolute safest. Baby Bargains does a great job of rating all types of car seats in different price ranges.

Infant Seat v.s. Convertible Car Seat

There are two types of car seats available to you for newborns. A rear-facing infant seat is used just in the first year. On the other hand, a convertible seat starts rear-facing, but can then be turned to the front and adjusted as your little one grows up. Choosing a convertible seat will save you money down the road, however convertible seats typically can’t be removed easily from your car like infant seats. The convenience of moving your sleeping baby in their seat usually leads most parents to purchase an infant seat for the first year (Parents.com).

Everything You Need to Know About Car Seats Before the Baby Comes

Installation

Each car seat comes with its own unique installation manual. In today’s technological world, some companies will even direct you to a Youtube tutorial. Make sure to read the manual before you try to install the seat. It’s also a good idea to just keep that manual in your glove box or somewhere else in your car so you know where it is.

A common mistake is forgetting to put the seatbelt in lock mode if your car doesn’t have self-locking ones. Since car seat installation is complicated and there’s so much room for mistakes, it’s not a bad idea to have a professional inspection. You can use Parents Central’s Inspection Station Locator to search for the nearest technician.

We hope that this guide has been helpful. Have you already started shopping and have an additional tip to share? Comment below!