50 Summer Bucket List Ideas

It’s summertime: the weather is nice, the kids are out of school, and there is a world of opportunity for fun. It’s the perfect time to make a summer fun bucket list to get your family’s summer adventures heading in the right direction. Here are 50 ideas to get your bucket list started.

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Mommy Bloggers Turned Authors: Their Inspiring True Stories

From daily photos of toothless smiles to written woes of potty training… through the captured snapshots of joyous milestones to the life changing moments of parenthood; “Mommy Bloggers” are taking over the internet and sharing their lives in an effort to connect with others and capsulize their daily memories to one day share with their children.

Some Mommy Bloggers’ stories have become so inspirational (or just plain hilarious) that they’ve amassed world-wide followings. And some have even gone as far as to take what started out as a simple daily blog and become authors of their own autobiographies. The following are some of the most acclaimed Mommy Bloggers turned authors and their must-read books:

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Tips for Transitioning Your Toddler From Crib to Bed

Maybe your toddler has learned how to crawl out of the crib or they’re just so long that their arms and legs are always sticking out through the crib slats. Or maybe, you have another baby on the way and don’t want to buy a second crib. Whatever the reason, you’ve determined that it’s time to move them into a big kid bed. So, how do you actually go about making the switch?

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The Coolest New Baby Books

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Baby books are all the rage these days. You can find them in bookstores, grocery stores, Amazon  – most airport magazine stands even have a designated baby book section now! It’s so hard to resist building your baby’s reading collection early on when there are more options out there than ever before. While you’ve probably received classics like “Goodnight Moon” and “The Cat In The Hat” at your baby shower, the following are just a few of the coolest new baby books on the block. Snag some for your little one today!

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What Teachers Want Your Child to Know Before Kindergarten

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 You may be wondering where the time has gone and how it is possible that your sweet baby is going to be attending school soon.

Does he know everything he needs to know before that emotional first day? Have you properly prepared her for the things she will encounter when she walks through that door? You may even be worried about how you will make it through that first day! Luckily, Daily Mom has done your homework for you. We have collected insight from kindergarten teachers of public, private and Montessori schools from across the country about what your child will be expected to know. Here is a list of concepts and skills that your child needs to grasp before beginning kindergarten.

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10 Ingredients to Avoid for Better Health

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When you begin the habit of looking at the ingredients list of foods before purchasing, it’s easy to feel like you have no idea what you are looking at or what you’re looking for. Of course, the first rule of thumb is a short and pronounceable ingredient list. But what if you would really like to purchase an item that seems fairly processed but would like to make sure it doesn’t contain anything really bad? And why are these things bad?

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Ways To Encourage Dad And Baby Bonding

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For many women, bonding with their babies is an instant, organic result of all that encompasses motherhood. Whether it be your simple caress that calms your loved one in an instant or the habitual lullaby you hum during late night nursing sessions, your bond is a steadfast security that envelops your child in their ever changing world. Some dads might find this bond intimidating in situations where you are the daily caretaker, and baby seems particularly partial to you at times. The following tips can help ensure that your husband’s bond with your baby becomes just as strong as yours, and baby gets a complete balance from both of you.

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Life After C-Section: What to Expect After a C-Section

Moving Around After a Cesarean

The first and most important thing you need to be aware of is that any movement is going to feel impossible after a c-section. In order to make things more bearable bring your own pillows. The hospital pillows are pretty flat and you are going to need to prop yourself up into comfortable positions. Take help from any friends and family to get you up in those first few days and take advantage of the different chairs in the room to get into different positions. Don’t be shy asking the nurses for help venturing from your bed either, especially the first trip to the bathroom. The sooner you get moving, the faster you will start healing so try to take your first short walk within 24 hrs after surgery.

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How To: Introduce Your Child To A Swimming Pool

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As the snow melts, and the leaves turn green, now is a good time to think about introducing your child to a swimming pool. Most accredited and certified water instruction agencies suggest waiting until your baby is at least 6 months old, so they are more likely to have proper head control and can regulate their own body temperature effectively.  That is also enough time for your baby to build up a stronger immunity towards such things as pool chemicals and bacteria. Below are some tips that will help to make your child feel more comfortable, which in turn, improves their new experience.

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Easy DIY Baby Photo Setup

 

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Professional photos of your little ones are wonderful and beautiful. They are also expensive depending on your budget, and not something that you would pay to have done as often as you might like to document your baby’s growth! Instead, to capture your little one on a more frequent basis, try this formula for an easy and professional looking photo setup. It gives you creative freedom while still being inexpensive and quick to pull together with a baby waiting not-so-patiently in the wings.

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