New Parents: Establish a bedtime routine and keep your sanity

As a new parent it’s easy to get overwhelmed with work, chores, and the nerve-racking responsibility of caring for the baby. Perhaps the worst thing a new dad can ever hear is the baby crying when your brain is already fried at the end of the day. When both parents have jobs it only compounds the stress.

stewieMy wife and I got in the habit of rocking our baby to sleep with a bottle and some background noise. It’s nice to do in the first few months of your child’s life since he is so small, cute, tender, and new. But if you continue this beyond 6 months you’re setting yourself up for frustration and stress. Since both us parents work the old bedtime routine of rocking him to sleep for 20 minutes (and then he’d wake up again) was tedious and exhausting.  Continue reading “New Parents: Establish a bedtime routine and keep your sanity”

Big child play yards — Do they exist anymore?

The two biggest play-pens I can find: Graco TotBloc Pack N’ Play and the Joovy Room2.

I just became a parent six months ago and there are few things that seem different from my childhood when it comes to child products. One thing I noticed is playpens and their lack of size. When I was little my play yard seemed big, and according to my mom and dad — it was! Much bigger than the ones currently sold in major stores. So the past few weeks I’ve been on the hunt for a big, massive, over-sized play pen for kids. When not THAT big. Just something bigger than his crib.

camping-with-baby-child-tips-3I wanted something in the 5’x5′ range, but didn’t find anything. Our kid extremely mobile for his age. He’ll get from one side of the room to the other in under 10 seconds doing the infamous army crawl. So yep… we need something big for him. But I’m not a fan of the fence enclosures. He’s already so strong and destructive, I feel little Mikey will eventually break through and the whole thing would become pointless. Eventually, I’m sure I’ll need to invest in some fences to block out the kitchen and bathroom areas.

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