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Creating a baby registry is one of those things many expecting parents start thinking about early on but it can be overwhelming to actually get the process started. There are a lot of major decisions to make while you create the registry, such as what you want your sleeping situation to look like with a newborn, what type of stroller you will need, what your feeding plan will be . . . basically SO.MANY.DECISIONS.
I recently sat down with Melissa, one of the baby registry team members at the new buybuy BABY store, which is located in Bayers Lake in Halifax, to talk about baby registries and she showed us some of her top picks for new parents
In this digital age it can be hard, especially as parents, to let go of that need to appear perfect all the time. I've got some thoughts on how to change that perception...
Making a mom friend is not an easy task, and when you're new to a community - or even just new to being a mom! - it can be even harder. Navigating new social waters at the best of times can be challenging but throw in a kid or two and it can be damn near impossible to build bonds with other people when you can't even finish a sentence because your kid has a mouthful of dirt or your 18 month old is suddenly at the top of a six foot ladder.
In Halifax we have a reputation for being friendly but I've heard time and time again from new moms to the area (or even lifelong Haligonians who are new to being moms) who tell me that Halifax can be a hard place to make REAL friends.
I love a good list and I especially love a top baby name list! I've always been a name nerd and I love watching the trends on naming babies change - or stay stable - through the years. Today the list of top baby names was released and I have some thoughts on how it should, or should not, affect your baby naming decision process.
It's been a busy month in Itsy Bitsy Haligonians land! I've rounded up all the posts this month in case you missed any of them. We covered lots of fun new family-centred programs in the city like online grocery shopping ,a new stroller fitness class, and Tinsel the Talking Tree; we shared some Halifax family Christmas traditions; and featured the new book, Maud Lewis 1 2 3 with Christmas activities; as well as a feature on the first and only buybuy BABY store in Atlantic Canada, located in Halifax; and an introduction to a charity that is focused on maternal health around the world...
I had a lot of fear about childbirth from the moment I found out I was pregnant with Miss M. When the time finally came, I discovered that, unfortunately, my fears were not unfounded.
Her birth was a very long, traumatic ordeal with several touch-and-go moments. Right after she was born, she started having significant breathing problems and ended up being whisked to the NICU.
Now, because of the care she received during my labour and delivery, and in the NICU post-birth, she's a happy and healthy six year old.
Other mothers aren't so lucky though.
I recently learned about Cuso International, a charity that sends trained Canadian medical volunteers around the world to make pregnancy and delivery safer for moms with their Maternal Health program.
Halifax is now home to Atlantic Canada's first and only buybuy BABY store (the sixth in Canada). This one-of-a-kind location opened last month with Bed, Bath and Beyond and buybuy BABY under one roof.
They invited me over to learn more about what they offer and to take a tour of the store and I was so impressed! It *almost* made me want another baby. Read on for more details.
Imagine, if you will, a world without your overtired child throwing a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store when you have a half-full cart of groceries that you need to leave behind to get her out of there. Or never having that moment when your newborn decides he needs to eat NOW near the end of a stressful grocery shop and having to leave a full cart of groceries behind to try to find a comfortable spot to nurse him.
Well, parents of Halifax, thanks to Atlantic Superstore's new online grocery shopping service, that world exists! The future is NOW. I had a sneak peek into how the program works and am sharing the details and my top seven tips to make the process seamless for you too!
Hello friends! After hearing from several of you telling me that you kept missing posts because of Facebook's fussy algorithms, I thought I should round them all up each month and bring them all to you in one super post at the end of every month! So if you missed any...or saw it and *meant* to go back and read it...here's your chance! Settle in, grab some of that egg nog I know you have stocked up on already and enjoy! Thank you for reading!
I love pinning ideas for things to do with my kids, organizing our home, and meal ideas (don't we all?). I realized recently, though, that I was not actually TRYING many of these ideas so I've decided to do some test drives on my pins to see how well they really work.
My daughter's stuffed animal situation is out of control so I decided to start with figuring out how to wrangle them. I've tried some of my own ideas in the past but her beloved collection has outgrown all of my efforts...
Choosing a name for your baby may be one of the biggest decisions of your life. If you live in Nova Scotia, or are originally from here, or if Nova Scotia simply holds a special place in your heart, this list will give you some wonderful ideas for ways to show your Nova Scotia pride when naming your child.
One of the traditions we started when the kids were one and three years old was a birthday guest book - but it's not the usual kind of guest book. I wanted a fun way to record the guests who shared their party with them, as well as a way to remember their interests and the theme of the party. Finally I wanted something that would be a special keepsake for them to enjoy through their lives.
I've been preparing to let go the only way I know how. It's the same way I prepared in those final weeks of pregnancy, through nesting. I've been baking and cooking every spare minute, but instead of making family size portions, I've been freezing them in single size portion for her lunches.
I've been organizing and sorting out drawers and supplies, but instead of folding onesies and teeny socks, I've been filling her backpack with freshly sharpened pencils and glue sticks, and helping her pick out just the right indoor sneakers.
Mornings, especially once you're thrown back in the routine of school and day care, often become crazy and chaotic trying to make sure everyone has everything they need and gets out the door on time. I've gathered up five easy-to-implement morning and after school hacks to make your life easier...and you might even have time to sit down and drink a whole cup of (HOT) coffee or tea.
We're only one year into this whole "big school" adventure but we've found a few items beyond the specific required items on the supply list that make a big difference in making your life easier and making your kids' life easier. Plus this is where you get to have a little fun in choosing colours and brands that you and your child like!
Tara Byrne is the owner of Swirls Nut-Free Baking in Fall River, Nova Scotia, She is mom to three kids, a preschool teacher, and a baker. She started Swirls: Nut-Free Baking in 2015 and her popularity has been growing steadily as more and more kids (and adults) taste her yummy and beautiful creations and want her to provide cupcakes or a cake at their party that all guests can enjoy safely, whether they have allergies or not.
Our guest blogger today is Taylor Hansen is a mother and early childhood educator who has worked in the field of Child & Youth Care for over 10 years. She has a Masters in Child & Youth Study from Mount Saint Vincent University and is passionate about nature-based learning and creative experiences. She is the creator of Experience Childspace Early Learning, a unique ecocentric early learning program based in Herring Cove.
Playgrounds are great. They are outdoor spaces created for children that aim to encourage play, being active, and getting outside. All great things for little ones. However, there is a lot that play in the natural environment can provide that traditional playgrounds cannot.
Our guest blogger today is Alex Smith, the founder of the CanadaPlays Association and the award winning blog PlayGroundology. Alex has been working with a small team of volunteers over the last 3 months to prepare Pop-Up Adventure Play’s visit to Halifax.
‘Loose parts’ skirt the edges of nirvana. Ask any kid. Now they probably won’t call them ‘loose parts’. They’re more likely to use the generic and all encompassing ‘stuff’ prefaced by cool, awesome, or great. It might even go the way of ‘this stuff is epic’.
Wood, rope, tarps, tires, milk crates, cardboard boxes, fabrics. PVC pipes, pallets and all manner of scrap materials can make up a loose parts inventory. Kids take them and create. They build up and pull down. They improvise, they move, groove and PLAY!
It seems the common understanding amongst professionals now is that whether or not your whole family sits down to dinner together once a day is the benchmark for how functional your family is. Whether or not it's true that's eating together is an essential element of family functionality, it's still something I want that for my family.I feel it's important. It's something my husband and I talked about and agreed was a value we wanted to incorporate into our daily lives. The reality is somewhat different though...
When I tell people I'm a stay-at-home parent who also works from home as a writer and blogger, I often get that faraway dreamy gaze that seems to suggest I've reached the Top Level of the Parenting Game for managing to do what many parents dream of doing while on mat leave: figuring out a way to stay at home with the kids and make money.
Unfortunately, it's not always quite as idyllic as it sounds.
Don't get me wrong, I count my blessings (along with my hats) every single day. But that doesn't mean it's not a challenge. And, while I'm busy trying to keep track of everyone else's needs, my own needs often keep getting pushed further and further down the priority list...
I'm doing it. I'm taking you behind the preschool/daycare teacher curtain today and letting you know how they always manage to get your child to clean up a huge classroom without complaint when, at home, they can never put a single thing away.
Are you struggling to understand your child and concerned that his or her language is not developing at the pace it should be? Wondering at what age they should be able to pronounce certain sounds? You sent your questions and our expert, Natalie Corbett Sampson, Speech Language Pathologist at the Family Development Centre, responded in this month's Ask The Expert post.
The internet is stuffed full of easy crafts for kids with instructions and an image of the perfect final product but should that final product really be the end goal? What if your child has a completely different vision and wants to take that carefully planned out craft into the complete unknown, adorable googly eyes be damned. Should you let them go wild or teach them to follow the directions? I was recently faced with this very dilemma...
When I heard about HelloFresh expanding to Halifax I was SUPER excited. Like telling all my friends: "GUYS, they deliver all the ingredients right to your DOOR. NO grocery store, NO wasted food!" It seemed too good to be true and that was the reaction of most of my friends. So I decided to test it out for you (I know, I'm a giver. It was all for you guys).
I asked some local bloggers for their best slow cooker meals and they didn't disappoint. We've been working our way through the list and they've all been fantastic so far. Bookmark this post so you have plenty of family-friendly options to make you look like a rock star at dinner time too.
I met with a sleep expert, Luanne Bruneau of BabySleepRight, on your behalf to have her review your questions and provide some advice. She tackled your questions about a newborn, a one year old and a toddler below with information that will be valuable to many parents dealing with the same issues.
As I was rushing around getting dinner on the table one evening I asked Miss M (5yo) if she could help set the table. When I arrived at the table I realized she'd given us all delicate bone china tea cups to drink from.
What do good parents do? Alison Smith, parenting coach, answers this question in a guest post today. She will be in Halifax on March 5 at Nurtured Products for Parenting giving a workshop for parents called "Beyond Time Outs." If you're available on that date and would like to attend, you can register today or read on for your chance to win a free ticket!
Learning how to follow the rules, and win and lose gracefully, are traits we want to instil in our children. It's okay to WANT to win and to feel upset about losing, but the key is to learn how to manage those emotions so that they don't affect the fun of competition or hurt someone else's feelings.
Is offering an incentive for good behaviour just lazy parenting? Or smart parenting? Is it bribing them or rewarding them? Is there even a difference?