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Toddler Activity Time

This entry is part 6 of 32 in the series Baby Days

This week in our One Year Old Preschool, we are focusing on the major parts of the body (legs, arms, head, and tummy).  It was very hard to come up with ideas for activities.  I thought about it all weekend and then on Monday, I had all sorts of ideas (amazing what a little bit of prayer will do).

This was a fun one for our focus on the head: HAT TIME!!

I went around the house and got every kind of hat I could think of (tam, ball cap, fedora, cloche, page-boy, sun, stocking cap) .  Then I thought about a couple of “offbeat” hats (a colander, a strainer, and a homemade paper hat) and threw them in a pile to be ready after nap time.  G is not so much on having anything on her head, but she did wear some of the hats for a very short time (long enough to capture the pictures).  We had a “rule”: Everybody wears a hat!  So, we did a lot of trading and exchanging as she took them off.  While we were trying them on, we looked in the mirror and talked about hats going on our heads.

I got the inspiration for the homemade paper hat from the children’s book Hetty’s 100 Hats and it has a how-to for the hat.

This was lots of fun, even if she was not that interested in wearing the hats!

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Baby Sleep: the Rule I break with my Baby

reasons to break the baby sleep rules
This entry is part 7 of 32 in the series Baby Days

I am a rule-breaking mom. I freely admit it.  And I have my reasons for breaking certain specific “rules” regarding parenting.  I don’t go around willy-nilly rebellious.  No, these transgressions of the “rules” are well-thought out and defiant, “I am not going to do what you say” mama tantrums. And I am completely fine with the judgment that may come as a result of my rule-breaking.

When I take my kids to the doctor, our healthcare provider has a questionnaire I have to fill out (every.single.time.). But the “correct”answers to the questions aren’t hard to figure out.  They are all on the far right column of the page.  So, the nurse can quickly scan it and determine if I am a rule-breaking mom or not. When my kids are babies, the questions have to do with

feeding (breast or formula) – they tell me breast is best by putting it in the right column;

and environmental concerns (Is your kid around smoke or anyone who smokes?) – the correct answer is “no”  (Have you childproofed your entire house?) The correct answer is “yes” – but my answer is always “no;”

and sleeping (Do you always put your baby down to sleep on his back?) – the correct answer “yes”

And up until our third baby, I always had the right answer to this question.  Until when he should have been sleeping for most of the day, he couldn’t string together more than 15 minutes of sleep at a time.  SERIOUSLY!

The whys and wherefores of his restlessness were of paramount concern to me and my husband (as I will go into detail about in a minute). So we started to try everything we could think of to help him to sleep. Continue Reading

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Baby Sleep: Switch from Night to Day

Baby Sleep tips to help transition from night to day
This entry is part 8 of 32 in the series Baby Days

Have you heard or even uttered this phrase yourself about your newborn?

“He has his nights and days mixed up.”

I certainly have, especially this time around in the early weeks with our newborn!  And, honestly it can make the early days very, very rough.  A baby who wants to be awake at 3 in the morning and fast asleep at noon makes for some sleepless nights and a hard time functioning for mom and dad.  But it really is simple to help baby switch from night to day with some simple techniques that you might not have thought of (in your sleep-reduced baby brain fog). Continue Reading

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Getting Ready for Baby: Early Feeding Essentials

early feeding essentials for baby
This entry is part 9 of 32 in the series Baby Days

We went last weekend and registered for our soon-to-arrive little one!  And oh, goodness: the options!  It can be kind of overwhelming.  The reason I tend not to be overwhelmed this time around is that it is our third time.  I have a pretty good idea of what we will absolutely NEED and what would be nice to have, but will not be necessary.  And the reason we are registering?  I got rid of everything (EVERYTHING) a few weeks before we found out we were pregnant!

I am trying to see the bright side by saying that this time around we can get the things we actually love and use.  And we know the things that we would like to splurge on and the things we just don’t need.  So, I thought I would share with you, in a series of posts here at Simple.Home.Blessings.  the essentials for baby.  So you can make the registry and purchasing process easy and uncluttered.  I am sharing only the quality products that really are worth it.  It may seem like the list is really short, but honestly, you don’t need a whole bunch of things!  Continue Reading

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Baby Play: Simple Counting Play and Song

This entry is part 10 of 32 in the series Baby Days

I haven’t been able to write a baby post in a while because I haven’t had a little one in my arms in far too long (hint, hint to my husband!).  But over the holidays I had the privilege of holding and playing with a couple of our youngest family members.  Thus, I got to take out some of my old favorite baby distraction games!  One of my absolute favorites is a simple finger play game that I made up with our oldest and use on every baby I can find.  It works almost every single time to delight and distract them.  And as our youngest has had her sudden (and shocking) vocabulary explosion, she is starting to learn to count.  This old standby game has really helped us to have fun while she learns to count to 5.

So I thought I would share it with you.  It is SO easy to learn and does not take a great singer to make it fun. Continue Reading

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Baby’s First Valentine

This entry is part 11 of 32 in the series Baby Days
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Since having kids I am definitely more tempted to make every day a celebration.  I tend to want to do something special for the major holidays throughout the year to teach them about these special days, even if they are still a little young to “get it.”  I try not to do too much, something simple, to mark the occasion.  Most of what we do is talk about what makes each holiday special and do activities to point to a major concept for each special day.

But on Valentine’s Day we do like to get our sweet ones something special for the day.  A simple little basket with a few special things is perfect for letting them know this is a fun day!  I have been on the hunt for cute things for our girl’s Valentine’s baskets and I came up with some ideas for Baby’s First Valentine. Continue Reading

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