getting our breastfed baby to take a bottle

getting our breastfed baby to take a bottle

What can you do when your breastfed baby won't take the bottle? It happened with our first, and we thought it wouldn't happen with our second because we had learned to not wait too long to introduce the bottle and to offer it daily. But, it did. She took a bottle of expressed breast milk at about 6 or 7 weeks and our goal was to give her a bottle once a day. But, she took the bottle so easily that we slacked. There were maybe 2 weeks that we only offered it to her a couple of times. Then, she didn't want it. It was like she didn't know what to do with the bottle nipple. She would chew on it and play a bit until she got frustrated because she was hungry. 
So, we tried many bottles.

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Some Pros and Cons of Buying a Used Stroller

Some Pros and Cons of Buying a Used Stroller

Having a child is expensive and often times, there is no getting around it. Everything, and I mean everything, costs money and whether you are a first-time parent or are having a third child, it wise to always make sure that whatever you buy is safe. This is especially true when it comes to strollers. One of the questions many parents ask with regards to stroller safety is:

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Thrive - healthy food no matter where you live

Thrive - healthy food no matter where you live

We have recently relocated to Delaware and one thing that has been pretty tough is not having access to as many healthy food options as I was used to in New York. I heard about Thrive somewhere online and have signed up and tried it out and am pretty happy with it. They have a 30 day free trial that usually comes with some kind of discount on the first order, which is great. After that, it is $59 for a year subscription and that includes free shipping if your order is over $49.

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easy easter basket - no candy involved

easy easter basket - no candy involved

Made my first Easter basket for our 1 1/2 year old. I bought a basket at a yard sale that was just right and some toys and fun things for her basket. We don't want to give her candy or chocolate at this point, and she will love getting the basket with all these other goodies (books, crayons, egg shaped musical shakers, stuffed bunny). I cut strips on a folded piece of tissue paper to make our own grass and crumpled up a piece under it in the basket to give a little substance to hold the toys. I wanted to share here in case it gives anyone some last minute ideas. Happy Easter!

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First Year Favorites

First Year Favorites

I have a couple of good friends who are nearing their due date for their first babies, so I got inspired to write up a list of things that have been really helpful in our baby's first year and beyond. If you are reading this and have input or things that you think are great, please add in the comments below! Check Craigslist, Freecycle, and Ebay for deals and to re-use for some of the things (I would suggest buying new for crib, mattresses, and car seats).

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little moldy rubber ducky

little moldy rubber ducky

This is a no brainer. Those cute and classic little rubber duckies are not so innocent! Mold can be found lurking inside. Moisture gets trapped from the bath water that lingers with no air flow. Rubber ducks are often in baby's mouth, gross, no one wants to get moldy residue in their mouths especially our little ones. And they aren't really rubber usually, but vinyl plastic - another reason it is not the ideal thing to be in baby's mouth.

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sweet treats without refined sugar

sweet treats without refined sugar

By Sarah Mitrovic

When I was in the last months of my pregnancy during the summer in New York City, I allowed myself to eat ice cream nearly every day it seems...shhhhh! Now, with summer upon us, I don't want that to happen (this is actually the case no matter the season). I wanted to write about this here to help me focus on my goal of cutting out refined sugar as much as possible and to hopefully be a bit of a resource for others that might want to do the same thing. I also don't want to be unrealistic, I am sure I will eat sugar! But, I want to get out of the rut of craving it at some point in the day, every day.

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