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Baby & Toddler

5 Strategies for a Smoother Bedtime Routine for Your Little One

Whether you have a newborn baby or a busy toddler, bedtime is generally an all-consuming topic for  parents. When we had a newborn I remember worrying about sleep all of the time. Now that we have a toddler, it doesn’t stress me in the same way, but many nights can still feel pretty stressful. After too long standing on the sidelines wondering what we were doing wrong, we got more proactive and deliberate about the bedtime routine. Here’s what works for us:

Baby & Toddler

Making Better Veggie-Packed Meals Your Kids Will Actually Enjoy

Most of our friends have small kids at home, and we hear a lot of chatter about living with toddlers…a lot of it focused around food, making healthy meals for kids and getting them to actually eat a vegetable. While there’s certainly no easy answer, in our few years at home with our son Oliver, I’ve gleaned some tips that really do alleviate the stress and help us to eat better veggie-packed meals, toddler and all. Here’s what works in our house:

Baby & Toddler

Homemade Snacks for Tots, Made Better

Before we had our son, I used to make homemade bread, yogurt, salad dressings and even ice cream. But let’s be real: those days are gone (for now, anyway). While I love to cook and make most of our meals, there’s just not enough time in the week to prepare fresh yogurt and bread. But as anyone with a toddler knows, snacks are a pretty big deal and a few months ago I started to feel guilty about relying on prepackaged snacks as much as we were.

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Ask OXOnians: Our Best Potty Training Tips

After a few years of diaper changes, we know parents are counting down the days until their toddlers can handle going to the bathroom “on their own”. But potty training has its own frustrations and challenges. We asked OXOnians who are parents to think back to that oh-so fun, most-likely messy, time in their life for their best advice and tips for potty training toddlers. Here’s what they said:

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Baby’s First Bites from Dish it Girl

Dina Deleasa-Gonsar shares what it’s been like to feed her 6-month old Siena some of her first bites.

I can’t believe that I am already writing a post about babies first bites. Siena is 6 months going on 7. She is still our tiny little princess pea, but she is growing quite well. This past month has been full of firsts. Of course, being the “DishItGirl” I have been looking forward to this milestone for quite some time.

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Crafting with Kids: 5 Ways to Stress Less

Every time I pick our son up from daycare, he’s working on an art project with his favorite teacher. He’s one of the last kiddos to get picked up, so they get nice one-on-one time to paint, color and glue and I’m always amazed at how well Oliver sits patiently working on his projects (at home, he’d generally be throwing everything on the floor and running circles around the table). His teacher gave me some tips to manage the activity, mentioning that of course there will always be a mess, but there’s a lot you can do proactively to make the time enjoyable for both you and your kiddo. It turns out, she was right. So here’s how it goes down these days at our house:

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My Five Parenting Resolutions for 2018

The word “resolutions” can be really loaded for many of us, so we’ve been using the word “goals” instead, and while I definitely have personal goals I’m looking forward to focusing on this upcoming year, my husband and I both have a handful of parenting goals as well. As our son Oliver has grown from a baby into a full-fledged two-year old, there are some things we could be more conscious of or, quite simply, could be doing better. So here’s our list, and cheers to taking the first step in making some positive changes at home!