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Spring Bucket List: 15 Fun Activities for the Whole Family!

Spring Bucket List: 15 Fun Activities for the Whole Family!

Spring is almost here and we can’t wait for the warmer weather. We love a cozy day spent indoors watching movies and playing board games, but by the end of the winter, we’re itching to spend more time outside enjoying nature. For those of you who live somewhere with year-round sunshine – we’re jealous!

Spring Bucket List: 15 Fun Activities for the Whole Family!

Here are 15 of our favorite springtime activities that the entire family can enjoy together:

Have a picnic. Pack yours and your kids’ favorite snacks, sunscreen, and blankets and head to a local park. Bring along a game or two for a day of outdoor fun.

Plant something. Get the whole family to try their hands at gardening. Plant flowers in your garden, in a pot, or at a local community garden. Or grow your favorite fruit or veggie then share in a sense of accomplishment when you include homegrown produce as ingredients in family dinner.

Go on a nature hike. Whether you live near the beach or mountains, you can always find somewhere new to explore.

Do some spring cleaning. We know what you’re thinking – that’s not a fun family activity! But it can be if you make a game out of it. Have kids fill up a bag with items to donate then reward them with a trip to get ice cream or their favorite restaurant. Check out this blog post for more info: Chores to do with Toddlers and How to Keep Your Sanity

Take your craft outside. Choose a craft from this list that the whole family can partake in. Bringing the supplies outside makes clean up easier!

Visit a farmer’s market. Choose ingredients for lunch then let kids help with the cooking.

Fly a kite. This old-school activity is perfect for a breezy day.

Ride a bike or learn how! (Don’t forget the helmets.)

Draw with chalk. Just a few sticks of colorful chalk can lead to hours of outdoor fun. Decorate the sidewalk or draw hopscotch in the driveway for added exercise.

Make a lemonade stand. Here’s an opportunity to teach your kids some business basics.

Try a new ice cream shop or make your own ice cream.

Go on an Easter egg hunt.  Create your own or find one that’s put on in your neighborhood.

Feed the ducks at a nearby lake or pond.

Learn a new sport or activity. Baseball, rollerblading, mini golf? The options are endless.

Spring Bucket List: 15 Fun Activities for the Whole Family!Take family photos! Find the prettiest spring foliage and have fun getting the family dressed up for photos. Find a Bella Baby Photographer near you to capture the moment.

Our Favorite Resources for Working Moms

Our Favorite Resources for Working Moms

Going back to work, whether part-time or full-time, can be a challenge for new parents. Leaving your new little one for the first time is hard even if you think you’re prepared. We asked our community about their experiences.

Go easy on yourself.

“I just wish I had been a little easier on myself. You feel like you are failing at life because you miss your little one when you’re at work and feel like you are dropping the ball/not working to your potential when you are home,” says Sharon B.  

“I didn’t really have a lot of support as a new mom so I would recommend leaning on family and friends a lot. It is better if they have kids and can truly understand what you are going through and what those first weeks/months are like for new parents. I used Baby Center and now I’m using The Bump’s app to keep me informed of milestones to watch out for articles to help me through different situations.”

Set realistic expectations.

Laura K. says, “What I wish I’d known and what I tell new-parent coworkers: your brain is TRASH when you first come back to work. It’s ok. It will return.”

Look into alternative childcare options.

There are some creative and lower cost methods of finding childcare. Consider family, friends, or neighbors first before paid alternatives. There might be a group of moms in your neighborhood who trade off watching each other’s kids.

Find out what resources are offered by your workplace – you might be surprised!

Laura K: “People help each other out with daycare and school recommendations, borrowing winter clothes for families temporarily in the area, suggesting nannies, clothing swaps, and even varsity-level pumping and milk storage advice (a lot of us travel internationally for work).”

Our Favorite Resources for Working Moms

Some of our Favorite Resources for Working Moms

  • Care.com – Whether you’re looking for a full-time nanny or just someone to watch the kids during date night, this site makes it easy to find child care in your area.
  • Baby Center – a great resource for all stages of pregnancy, postpartum, and infancy
  • The Bump – We love this site – especially their parenting tools for tracking breastfeeding and baby’s sleep.  
  • Facebook groups! Search for your local neighborhood Moms group.
  • The Longest Shortest Time Podcast – Listen to funny stories from other parents.

Our Favorite Resources for Working Moms

Flexible and Creative Career Opportunity with Bella Baby

If you’re looking for a creative and flexible career opportunity, we might have just the thing! Bella Baby is hiring new photographers. If you love snapping photos of your little one or have always thought you have an eye for photography, we would love to connect. From the start, we offer training, followed by professional development and quarterly workshops that educate and challenge you on various topics to help you grow as a photographer and become a role model and mentor to aspiring photographers. You will have the opportunity to work independently with a flexible schedule. We have openings all around the country.

Take a look and apply here.

2019 Most Popular Baby Names

2019 Most Popular Baby Names

2019 is here and it’s always fun to browse the most popular baby name predictions for the year ahead. PopSugar, Parents, and many other sources released their top predictions based on last year’s trends. Whether you or a friend is expecting in the new year or you just enjoy looking (we do too!) here are the most popular names, split into categories.  

2019 Most Popular Baby Names

Pin this infographic to save for later and share it with your expecting friends!

Names that start with “O” are trending this year.

  • Oliver
  • Owen
  • Olivia
  • Octavia
  • Ophelia

Game of Thrones inspired names

With the final season set to be released in 2019, these names are sure to be popular for baby girls.

  • Khaleesi
  • Arya
  • Lianna

Unique “A” names from last year that were on the rise

  • Adeline
  • Archer
  • Ava
  • Axel

Sneaker-inspired names

  • Van
  • Chuck
  • Taylor
  • Max
  • Jordan

Royal baby names

  • Louis
  • Arthur
  • Charles
  • Meghan
  • Eugenie

What do you think of these trends? Share your thoughts in a comment!

Here Comes The Holiday Season: Health and Safety Tips

The holiday season can be a busy time of year between parties, travel, and hosting out-of-town relatives. Child safety might not be top of mind so we created this quick guide that you can refer back to all month long.

Deck the halls with safety in mind.

Choking Hazards

Some holiday decorations can pose serious choking hazards, especially for newborns and young children. Keep ornaments, pinecones, potpourri, or any other small decorations out of reach of young kids. Seasonal treats, including hard candy, should also be displayed only on a high shelf. If you have a Christmas tree, start placing ornaments and glitter garland halfway up the tree.

Secure the tree.

Make sure that your Christmas tree is securely anchored in its stand. The last thing you want is for it to come toppling down because of a curious child. You could also put up a child safety gate around the tree.

Here Comes The Holiday Season: Health and Safety Tips

Avoid fire hazards.

Move the Menorah onto a high shelf or table after it’s lit. Keep candles out of reach and far away from the tree. String lights can also be dangerous so make sure that the ones you purchase have been tested for safety and don’t have any frayed wires. If you’re using an artificial tree, make sure that it’s labeled as fire resistant.

If you’re visiting a friend or family member’s home for a holiday party, be sure to share this blog post with them. Safety precautions can be overlooked, especially by a relative who isn’t used to having kids around.

Gifts

Create an age-appropriate wishlist of safe toys that you can share with relatives. Keep all wrapped gifts out of reach especially if there are ribbons that can become a choking hazard. Then, immediately discard the wrapping materials after your child opens a gift.

Here Comes The Holiday Season: Health and Safety Tips

Since your little one will probably be overloaded with toys from family and friends, consider a gift that will be special for the whole family. A Bella Baby photo shoot creates beautiful, lasting memories and is a meaningful experience for your family to enjoy together. Photos can be framed and gifted to relatives.     

Going somewhere?

Are you heading out of town for the holidays? A little planning goes a long way when it comes to safety and avoiding illness. Check out our top tips for traveling with your kids this holiday season. There’s even a printable packing list.  

We at Bella Baby Photography wish you a very happy and healthy holidays!

Tips for Traveling with Your Kids This Holiday Season

Traveling over the busy holiday season can be stressful, especially when you’re traveling with a newborn or young child. Proper preparation can make the process smoother. Here are our tips for keeping your sanity while traveling with your little ones.

Don’t Travel Too Far

Prior to age three, it’s best to stick to destinations that are close to home. Newborns have a much higher risk of catching something while traveling and it’s just not worth the risk. You’ll also want to keep your trip short. Just a weekend getaway to somewhere within a couple hours drive is ideal, especially for the first few months.

Tips for Traveling with Your Kids This Holiday Season

Flying

Airports and airplanes are basically feeding grounds for germs. Ideally, wait till 4-6 months until you take your newborn on a plane. Most airlines do allow young kids to sit on their parent’s lap, however, that’s not the safest place for a child. The FAA recommends securing your little one in a child safety seat. Most car seats will work; just check your seat to see if it says “approved for use in both motor vehicles and aircraft.”

What to Pack

Start planning a few days early. Avoid waiting till the night before to start packing so you don’t forget anything important. Keep a list going and whenever you remember something that you absolutely don’t want to forget, write it down.

Here’s a Basic Checklist:

  • Documents – Bring your baby’s birth certificate if you’re flying.
  • Food for baby – formula, snacks that don’t need refrigeration
  • Toys – Pack a few favorites for entertainment during a long car ride.
  • Transportation – car seat for the plane, stroller
  • First Aid – Band-aids, hand sanitizer, any prescriptions
  • Changing supplies – diapers, wipes, changing pad, diaper rash cream
  • Clothes – socks, shoes, bibs, extra clothes in case of spills

Bookmark this blog post or pin this image to refer back to before your trip!Baby packing listAlso, check out The Ultimate Pack List for Jet-Setting Families.

Don’t worry too much about forgetting any one thing. As long as you have the essentials, you can always stop by a convenience store near your destination to pick up anything else that’s needed.

Super Mom Christine C has a fun travel hack:

“When our kids were little and we were facing a long car ride or flight, we would pack two backpacks; one for snacks and one for entertainment. Each section contained a different little batch of new things and we would ration out the goodies, section by section throughout the trip. We always had one last thing stashed in one of our bags or under the car seat that we knew would be a favorite. We’d only bring it out at the end and that would get us through the last bit of the journey.”

Where to Stay

Some hotels are more family-friendly than others. Do a little research to compare nearby options beforehand. The hotel’s website and Yelp reviews should give you a good idea of whether or not the place is extra accommodating to little ones. The experience will be more enjoyable if there are other families around. Some baby-friendly hotels even offer baby gear for rent so you don’t need to lug your own. Ask the hotel if they have a kids menu at their restaurant.

You might consider booking a larger room than you would without the kiddos. You’ll be thankful for the extra space when it comes time for feeding and changing. Plus, it will be nice to have plenty of room to store all of the extra supplies you packed.

Have Realistic Expectations

Go into your vacation with the understanding that there won’t be a lot of rest and relaxation time. An infant who is one year or younger requires almost constant attention. If you keep your expectations low, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you do get some time to yourself during naps or calm moments.

Have any additional tips? Share them with us below in a comment.