Six Ways to Make Mom Friends

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Six Ways to Make Mom Friends

I was the first of my close friends to get pregnant and have a baby. In some ways, that was good. I wasn’t getting a whole bunch of unsolicited advice from well meaning friends with older children, but on the other hand, I wasn’t getting much advice at all! I was very much on my own for figuring out the basics of having and raising a little human. If there was one word I could use to describe being a new mom, it would be survival. Survival is everything. Let me tell you, surviving motherhood without like minded mom friends is hard. To get through the early days of motherhood I needed to find some mom friends stat. Now, three and a half years later, I can tell you that I have a lot of mom friends. They’re no longer just mom friends to me either, they are friends. Wonderful, caring, inspiring women who all happen to have kids around the same age as The Heir (and a handful of them now have children around the same age as Petit Prince too). It wasn’t always easy to find and make mom friends, but I can tell you now that the effort I put in has been well worth it! Here’s how I did it.

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How & When to Strip Cloth Diapers

How and When To Strip Cloth Diapers

If you’ve been cloth diapering for any length of time, you’ve probably heard the term “stripping” being thrown around. You may even hear it often enough to think it’s something you should be doing on a regular basis. Although stripping has its place in the world of cloth diaper laundry, it is NOT something you want or need to be doing on a regular basis. That being said, there are still times when stripping cloth diapers can be a useful tool to bring life back into diapers that are perhaps not performing as they should. There are a few reasons that a diaper may not perform as intended. Maybe you’ve got a stink in your stash, mineral build up from hard water, or you’ve bought previously loved diapers and don’t know their laundering history. In all of those situations, stripping your diapers can be a great tool. If you’re switching from a gentle detergent to a mainstream detergent for your diapers because of stink or absorption issues, you should do a strip to ensure any leftover build up is removed. Read More

Winter Car Seat Safety: How to Keep Your Kids Safe AND Warm

Winter Car Seat Safety- How to Keep Your Kids Safe AND Warm

It’s coming. It’s coming very soon. Maybe in your part of the world it’s already here! I’m talking about winter. With winter comes a whole host of wonderful things from building snow men and making snow angels, to hot chocolate topped with marshmallows sipped by a crackling fire. Unfortunately, winter also comes with a bunch of less wonderful things like ice and freezing cold weather. What’s a parent to do with their little ones when the weather is down right frigid? That’s a very good question. You know what you DON’T want to do? Buckle them into their car seats with a coat on. Yeah you heard me. How on earth do you manage to keep your kids warm and safe at the same time when shuttling them from point A to point B in the car all winter? Not only is it completely possible to keep your kids warm AND safely buckled in, but it’s actually super quick and easy too. If I can do it in the midst of winter here when it gets to -40 without the wind chill, you can totally do it where you live too. Promise.  Read More

Four Steps to Night Time Potty Training

Four Steps to Night Time Potty Training

When we decided to give potty training a go with The Heir, we wanted to do it all in one go. It just seemed to make sense to go completely diaper free at once. Wishful thinking, right? Well, maybe not. We had a plan for potty training and the method we wanted to use suggested training for days and nights at the same time. The Heir seemed ready to be diaper free overnight, but at only 22 months old we just weren’t sure it would work. One of the signs that he was ready for night time training was that he woke up with a completely dry diaper. Not all the time, mind you, but a few times over the week before we started potty training. In theory, it was possible for him to stay dry overnight. With that in mind, we were ready to take the plunge with overnight training. Here’s how we did it.  Read More

The New Mom’s Survival Kit: What You Need Postpartum

The New Mom's Survival Kit: What You Need Postpartum

I’m going to let you in on a secret. There are a whole bunch of things about labour, delivery, and the postpartum period that seasoned moms haven’t told you. It’s not that we don’t think you need to know these things, because you do. It’s just that we’ve either forgotten about them or don’t want to freak you out any more than you already are about birthing a human being. (Don’t worry, eventually you’ll hit a point of being so over pregnancy that you’ll do almost anything just to get that baby out). I’m not going to sit here and tell you every single detail of what the birth experience is like. Apart from the fact that every woman’s experience is different and unique, some things are better left for you to just find out for yourself. That being said, there are some things that I really do want you to know about the aftermath of delivering a baby. I want you to be prepared for a few eventualities so that you have what you need when you need it and aren’t sending your partner out to the drug store every few hours to buy another little something you needed five minutes ago.  Read More