Rules for sending your crew to college

When you pack up the car and head off to the hallowed halls of college, it’s a far different world from when you kissed your baby goodbye outside the kindergarten classroom. As a parent, sending a child off to college is a huge accomplishment that should be recognized as its own important stage of life. With the “dangers” of co-ed dormitories, late night parties, and professors with high standards, you’ll cross your fingers and hope your son or daughter has everything they need to be successful during their four (or 5-6 years) of undergraduate education.

We’ve put together a list of rules you should be aware of when your baby packs up their bags and heads to campus for the first time.

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Should You Redshirt your Kindergartener?

If you have a child with a late summer or early autumn birthday, the thought to hold your child back from kindergarten for one extra year may have crossed your mind. There are quite a few factors that can come into play when trying to decide if “big kid” school is right for your baby, and ultimately, as a parent, you know best. But we all want to do our research when making this decision as it will impact the rest of your child’s school career. That’s why we have put together some of the reasons for holding your child back and against holding your child back another year. 

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10 Common Swaddling Mistakes

The swaddle. It’s been a common practice among parents for hundreds of years, but since the semi-recent changes in sleep recommendations for babies, it’s become even more popular. When experts and doctors alike started the back to sleep initiative in the 1990’s, parents went back to the age old tradition of wrapping babies tightly in hopes of getting some shut eye. And while most babies love a good swaddle, recent news stories have highlighted some of the issues with swaddling – issues that are easily fixed with the correct technique and knowledge of safe swaddling.

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10 Ways to Master the School Carpool Line

When your child heads to elementary school, you have two choices when it comes to transportation: the big yellow school bus OR the family school bus, also known as YOU. We’re going to guess that you’ve decided to drive your child to school, but why do we discuss ways to master the carpool line now with only a few weeks until summer break?

Well, if you’re like many moms, your child is about to graduate preschool and will be going to kindergarten for the first time. While you may be an expert when it comes to stocking up on new clothes and fulfilling a school supply list, chances are that you have little to no practice when it comes to dropping off your kid at the curb. Furthermore, if your child attends a year-round school, you only have a few weeks off until the new year, and there are things you need to know before school starts. Which is why now is a perfect time to give you 10 brilliant ways to help you avoid dirty looks from other parents at your child’s school.

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2017 Baby Show Preview with DadWare

There’s a seriously cool event about to happen in Anaheim, California: the JPMA Baby Show 2017! This world class trade show features the best of the best when it comes to products for families. This show combines an educational conference, trade show, and consumer day. The JPMA Baby Show runs May 9th-13th. Like most trade shows, it is for industry insiders, but on May 13th there is a consumer day at the show! If you are in the Anaheim area, come check it out for yourself on May 13th.

We have some amazing brands that we will feature from the show. 2,000 to 3,000 attendees will be there, and our Managing Editor, Elena, is one of them. Elena is going to go live on Daily Mom’s Facebook from the JPMA Baby Show next week. Elena will have a special Facebook live event with the cool people from DadWare, and we hope you will join us to check out their shirts and gowns and ask questions. In the meantime, here is a preview of what DadWare is all about so you can get excited about what they will present at the JPMA Baby Show.

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Handling Your Emotions: Easy Ways to De-Stress

According to the American Institute of Stress, 80% of American workers need regular and ongoing help to manage life stress, and 42% believe their co-workers need stress management assistance. Most people are aware that daily tension can easily transform into headaches, mood swings, and relationship problems. But it can also cause weight gain, psychotic breaks, and even heart attacks or other cardiac concerns. It’s no wonder stress is known as “the silent killer.” While stress may never be completely eliminated from your life, there are some simple measures anyone can take to harness their emotions and keep their health and life under control. But what are some of the most challenging emotions or feelings and how can they be handled?

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BottomZz Up: An Eco-Friendly Way to Potty Train

Potty training is one of those important milestones that every parent both dreads and loves at the same time. It can be exciting to finally get rid of diapers, but the prospect of spending days, or even months, cleaning up pee from your floors and your carpets can make any parent feel anxious. And many times things like pull-ups can make it more difficult for a child to learn to potty train because they are too much like diapers. Luckily there is a product getting ready to launch via Kickstarter that helps parents potty train their children in record time without the confusion between diapers and underwear. BottomZz Up is a potty training tool-kit designed to help children feel the wetness when they have an accident all while protecting against leaks. Along with their positive reinforcement tools, BottomZz Up helps make potty training a breeze!

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11 Tips to Prepare Dad for a New Baby

You’re expecting. Congratulations! Even though you are the only person in your relationship that is physically pregnant, your partner is expecting too. Having a baby for the first time brings a lot of unknowns for both of you. Don’t forget about Daddy when you are preparing for life with baby. Dads should be parents with moms, 50-50. While Mama may get all the attention with her growing baby belly, here are 11 tips to prepare Dad for a new baby.

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Why Moms Need Sleep: Too Tired to Mom

Momming ain’t easy, and being tired is fo’ real. Moms spend so much of their days taking care of someone else, hardly thinking of themselves. Cutting up fruit to the precise angle in which your child will eat it. Worried that we aren’t reading to them enough, teaching them enough, giving them enough encouragement, while also letting them find themselves independently… We are always pushing ourselves to the limit. And we are often doing so on very little sleep, leaving us too tired to mom.

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Our HUGE Giveaway Event: Daily Mom’s Wellness Bash

In our modern society, wellness is equal parts easy and hard. Sound confusing? Think about it: we have fast food on every corner, processed foods are often less expensive than fresh, unprocessed food, we have electronics like smart phones and tablets that encourage us to be sedentary, but on the flip side, we have so much more information about the importance of wellness, with new companies popping up every day, selling products to help us along our wellness journeys. Today, we want to share a few of our favorite new items that help us stay fit and healthy. Be sure to tune into our Facebook Live video event (or watch the replay later on) to learn more and see the products in real life – and scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to enter to win something from each of these amazing companies!

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FOREO ISSA mikro Reviewed: Swedish-designed Sonic Baby Toothbrush

ISSA mikro baby electric toothbrush in use by my toddler

We all know how important oral hygiene is for our little ones, and the earlier we start taking care of our babies’ gums and teeth, the better the chance we have of building healthy dental habits when they’re bigger. Even before those first tiny teeth break through the gums, dentists encourage parents to clean baby’s gums after each feeding. Our only options for doing so have been a wet washcloth or one of those silicone infant toothbrushes that you wear on your fingertip, and once teeth start breaking through, finding a super soft toothbrush that cleans gently enough not to irritate those sensitive gums can be quite the task. But FOREO from Sweden wants to make it easy on us parents with their ISSA mikro sonic baby toothbrush, specifically designed for the smallest of brushers, from infancy to four years of age.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Magnet Schools

When you have kids, you don’t realize exactly how many decisions you have to make just by the time they’re 5 or 6 years old (let’s not even talk about how many decisions you have to make by the time they’re adults and start making decisions for themselves!). It starts with the brand of diapers to use and breastfeeding versus bottle feeding and doesn’t stop. Before you realize it, you have to decide on where to enroll them in school. For most families, the days where there’s only one elementary school in town are over. Most of us have a slew of choices when it comes to schools – from traditional public schools to magnet schools, charter schools, and private schools. And there’s also the option of home schooling.

One great option in the public school system is a magnet school. You may not have considered a magnet school. You may not know what they are or whether they even exist in your area. They’re not offered in every school district, but if you’re lucky enough to have magnet schools in the mix, they’re definitely not an option to overlook.

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Eliminate The “You’re Not Good Enough” Inner Chatter

It’s the “consciousness” that you wish would dissipate every single time a negative thought came to fruition. The inner chatter that says, you’re not good enough, who are you to do or say something that isn’t worthwhile, you’re too ugly to be loved wholly, you don’t deserve a break because you don’t work hard enough, you’re too fat, you’re too skinny, your skin isn’t perfect… AWWHHHHH, SHUT UP!!! The ever-constant inner chatter, such a familiar voice, you begin to believe and live your life according to its seductive, yet debilitating suggestions. Your everyday decisions are based upon this perceived reality of the inner chatter and you don’t even realize it, but you can get rid of it.

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Gifts Teachers Will Actually Love

The end of the school year is upon us. Before you grab your kids and run off on summer vacation, it is time to take a moment to show some love to the teachers who have been pouring so much into your children all school year long. Teachers are such a huge part of our kids’ lives. It is bittersweet to move on at the end of the year to the next grade. You are sad to say goodbye to the teachers your child has grown to love, but excited to get to know the new teachers in the fall. Each teacher shares a little piece of his or her heart with your children, and your children carry that through the rest of their lives. To show your love and gratitude this year, think outside the box when it comes to teacher appreciation gifts. Here are a few gifts we’ve gathered that teachers will actually love.

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