How to Prepare Your Child for a Sibling

Preparing for the arrival of a new baby can be overwhelming and even more so when it isn’t your first child. Instead of just worrying about how you are going to adjust to being a parent, you are worrying about how your first born will adjust to being an older sibling. Will they welcome their baby brother or sister with open arms or react with anger and jealousy? While there is no way of knowing exactly how your child will react to a new baby in the household (and a lot of it depends on their age) there are several things you can do to prepare them for the big arrival.

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How to Handle the Know It All Friend

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She’s full of unsolicited advice. This lady thinks that she knows how to live your life better than you do, and offers her pearls of wisdom at every turn. From your relationship with your partner to your finances, career, friends and children, she’s never without something to say. Nearly every sentence she says starts with “my kid would never…” You’re tired of convincing yourself that she means well. She’s opened her mouth and overstepped her bounds again, and it’s time to set her straight before you lose your cool and flip a table in true “Real Housewives of New Jersey” fashion. Sound like someone you know? Learn how to handle your know-it-all friend.

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Baby Monitor Guide and Giveaway: Levana- Innovative Monitors For Modern Moms

Baby video monitors are a vital element to getting a good night’s sleep when you become a parent. Leaving your little one in his nursery for the first time can be an overwhelming and emotional task; but finding the right monitor can put your mind to ease. If you’re looking for a reliable, high tech monitor that not only functions at the highest standards but looks sleek and modern in your baby’s nursery, look no further than Levana.

Levana, a branch of the well known security brand name SVAT, introduced the very first color video baby monitor to the world over a decade ago, and continues to be a leader in baby monitors worldwide today. While Levana offers a line of various styles of monitors to suit the needs of every type of parent and fit every style of home, the following are two of our very favorites:

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September Photo Contest!

We love getting to know our readers, and interacting with you on a more personal level. We also love giving you the opportunity to win some of our favorite products!

We’ve had photo contests in the past that have been specifically geared towards parents of babies, and now we’d love to hear from the parents of school-aged children.

Submit your favorite “Back To School Themed” photo on the Daily Mom facebook page wall, and you will be automatically entered into our photo contest for September.

The prize up for grabs is a personalized I See Me lunchbox with a chalkboard inside. 

We can’t wait to see all the backpacks, school busses, and smiling faces wearing new school clothes!

For more contest information, visit our photo contest page.

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Beating Back Mommy Guilt

Oh, Mommy Guilt. No one told you that it came with the baby! Whether working out of the home or staying at home, “mommy guilt” manages to rear its ugly head. Think: Where is your guilt stemming from? Is the source of your guilt something that you can easily change? Decide what you can do to make a positive change to rid yourself of these feelings, take a step in that direction, and send that mommy guilt packing.

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5 Tasty Spices And Their Potential Health Benefits

We’ve come a long way from the simple days of enhancing our meals with salt and pepper. Today, it’s not uncommon to find elaborate spice racks in the decked out kitchens of top chefs all the way down to the 600 square foot apartment of a budgeted college student. In a day and age where food is not just a necessity, but an art form, and cooking shows rule the airwaves, unique spice combinations have become the focal point of dishes not only in upscale city restaurants, but in family homes across the country.

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Tips for Introducing Your Dog to the New Baby

Long before having babies, many people are already parents to their beloved four-legged friend. Are you the proud parent of a fur baby? If so, once you’re expecting, you may find yourself with concerns over how your dog will react to the new addition to the family. Will you still be able to give him/her the attention you always have? Will your pet feel neglected? We have several tips to prepare your dog for baby’s arrival and that first introduction.

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Skip Purees with Baby Led Weaning

Is your baby ready for solid food? If so, did you know that you don’t have to spoon feed your baby jarred food or make your own purees? Instead, skip ahead and go straight to finger foods with baby led weaning. This increasingly popular option fosters healthy eating habits by encouraging your baby to take the lead and experiment with different foods on his own terms. Here’s what you need to know about this alternative way to introduce solids.

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Channeling the Competitive Kid

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They have the “eye of the tiger,” as the song lyrics say. Your child was born a competitor who strives to be the best at all things at all times, and so help whoever or whatever gets in the way! These traits are strengths when channeled properly, but can pose challenges when your child is pushed, tested and possibly bested by a challenger. Help to direct this determination in positive ways. Whether the contest for your child is in classroom, in the dance studio, the Tae Kwan Do dojo, on the baseball the field, or in a chess match, learn how to channel your competitive kid!

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Is Your Diaper Bag Poisoning Your Child?

Diaper bags have come a long way in terms of fashion and functionality. Today, there are literally hundreds of companies marketing chic, stylish diaper bags in all shapes and sizes to suit the needs and style of every type of person. When searching for the perfect diaper bag, you might become completely overwhelmed with your options. Should you chose the carryall, the tote or the backpack? Should it have a waterproof coating or be machine washable? Will you need 6 exterior pockets or just 3? While all of these questions might seem important, the biggest question you should be asking yourself is: Is this diaper bag non-toxic?

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Important Things To Consider Before TTC

You feel your biological clock ticking. Scratch that. It’s all you hear, every second of every minute of every day. This ticking might have been the rhythm you’ve been marching to for years or it might have crept up on you unexpectedly one day as you were holding your best friend’s newborn for the first time. Either way, you want a baby. And you want one now. This overwhelming need fills every inch of your body; and you just know it’s time.

While your heart might be ready, however, there are some important questions you need to ask yourself – and your partner- before you jump headfirst into trying to conceive.

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