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7 Practical Ways to Save Money on Baby Items

Practical Ways to Save Money on Baby Items. Tips to save money on everything you need for baby.

Practical Ways to Save Money on Baby Items. Tips to save money on everything you need for baby.


What to know how not to spend a fortune on a new baby? This is the list for you!

1) Accept Hand-Me-Downs

We have been so abundantly blessed to receive a ton of baby gear from friends and family. If you're looking to save money then saying goodbye to any pride you have about accepting second-hand items will do you in good stead. It's also good to bear in mind that by accepting the gift of hand-me-downs from another family you're allowing them to be a blessing to you. Most times people are happy to get rid of clothes and other baby items so that they can de-clutter their home. I would suggest asking what their expectations are. For instance, I when we have been given clothes I always ask if it's okay to pass them on to someone else once we're finished using them. That way, if there's anything that isn't to your taste or doesn't suit your child you can re-gift them to another person with no guilt. Hand-me-downs aren't limited to clothes either. We were given a crib, bassinet, bouncer, baby bath, and a number of other items. Of course, you'll want to know the kind of home the item has come from, but so long as you're comfortable with that there is nothing wrong with second-hand! The only exception is a mattress. Over time they lose their firmness and may not be as safe to use. Not to mention they tend to hold onto dust mites, etc. Do some research and get your baby a good quality mattress, but otherwise be open to receiving second-hand items.

Over 70 Beautiful and Easy Hairstyles for Girls

Over 70 Beautiful and Easy Hairstyles for Girls. These are hairstyles that your daughter can wear to school. Included are braids, ponytails, up dos, buns, pigtails, and half-up dos.

Over 70 Beautiful and Easy Hairstyles for Girls. These are hairstyles that your daughter can wear to school. Included are braids, ponytails, up dos, buns, pigtails, and half-up dos.

I taught myself how to braid using my Rainbow Bright doll when I was in first grade. That was the start of me doing hair in every toy I had with hair. Fast forward to motherhood and now I have three daughters I get to do hair on every single day. One of my favorite ways to play as a child has been able to become my reality in motherhood!

I am a person who really likes variety in many aspects of my life, and a hairstyle is one of those. I like to do many different styles on my girls and myself. We take photos of what we do so we can visually look through the options when choosing what to do that day. I often post our hair on Instagram. You can find photos on my feed and in my stories. I also have a story highlight called "Hair Tips" where you can see past stories of hairstyles we have done. You can also follow my hashtag #cbwmhairideas

In this post, I have over 70 different hair styles for you to look at and get ideas for doing your daughter's hair. I have written on my must-have products for doing girls hair. Having a good detangling brush, tools, and elastics really make the whole process much smoother. Read my post on Must-Have Products for Doing Your Daughters Hair here.

Moms- Finding Time To Grieve After The Death Of A Loved One

Moms- Finding Time To Grieve After The Death Of A Loved One. How mothers can find the time and space to grieve after the loss of a loved one.

Moms- Finding Time To Grieve After The Death Of A Loved One. How mothers can find the time and space to grieve after the loss of a loved one.


When a loved one dies, grief can rear its ugly head at unexpected times. When you are a mom, it can be difficult to find the time to properly grieve. It can be difficult to give yourself the space that you need to mourn.

After all, your toddler and/or baby is demanding your undivided attention. Your needs as a mom often take a backseat. This can unfortunately also include your time to grieve. It is so important, however, to allow yourself the space to grieve and heal properly.

The only way to move through grief is to allow yourself to actually grieve. It takes time. Time isn't something moms have plentiful forms of. After losing my daughter, however, I had to find time to make the time.

Grief also comes in waves- unexpected at times. Things trigger emotions that otherwise wouldn't have, and it can consume you in the blink of an eye. There's no right way to grieve. There's no normal way to grieve.

There are, however, some things that can help as you navigate the waters. And, there are ways you can find the time and space that you need for you.

From Learning Time to Homeschooling: A Seamless Transition

From Learning Time to Homeschooling:  A Seamless Transition. How doing learning activities in preschool years helps you prepare for homeschool during school years. 

From Learning Time to Homeschooling:  A Seamless Transition. How doing learning activities in preschool years helps you prepare for homeschool during school years.

I first learned about the Babywise version of Learning Time right here on Val’s blog.  I was happy to find something new to incorporate into my son’s daily routine as he was getting older.  As a former teacher turned stay-at-home mom, I knew then that learning time would be an important (and hopefully fun) part of our day.  

When my son was an infant and pre-toddler, I can remember carefully choosing toys that would promote his development.  I remember carefully choosing board books to show him about current holidays or places we had visited like the farm or beach.  I remember slicing holes in the top of a container and showing him how to put pom-poms through the hole.  DIY fine motor work at it’s finest!  

I think I started “official” learning time with my son when he was about 20 months old, right after my daughter was born.  During her morning nap, I presented my son with a new lesson and then afterwards we would head outside to play.  During learning time, I taught my son about colors, shapes, letters and numbers.  We did puzzles, made crafts based on the current season or holiday and experimented with various types of art materials.  I followed his interests and together we both learned a lot about topics like outer space, dinosaurs and sharks.  We both really loved this focused time of day.  As any parent knows, children are innately curious.  Meeting his natural desire to learn was a joyful experience for both of us. 

McKenna Preteen Summary: 9.25 Years Old

This is a preteen summary for McKenna from 9-9.25 years old. Information on a nine year old girl. Eating habits, sleep habits, and anxiety for a preteen girl.

This is a preteen summary for McKenna from 9-9.25 years old. Information on a nine year old girl. Eating habits, sleep habits, and anxiety for a preteen girl.


EATING
Eating is great! It seems like every child has at least one thing that is just a non-issue in life, and for McKenna, the number one is definitely food. She eats well. She likes everything I make. She isn't picky at all. Her natural desire is to eat healthy foods over junk or sweets. 

SLEEP
Sleep is good. McKenna did have a couple of nights during this time period where she got out of bed after being put to bed because she was worrying about something. This was definitely odd for her. I would have said sleep is another one of those things that we just don't have to worry about with her, but she did have these nights of getting up after bedtime. That has since ended, but it was a thing for a bit. 

Something we did for sleep was get her a basic timer so she wouldn't stay up too late reading. She gets so into books that she blocks the world out, so we would tell her what time to stop reading and go to bed, but she didn't look at the clock until that time was long past. So we got a timer and just set it so she knows for sure what time is time to put the book down. 

7 Chores Your Six Year Old Can Do

Chores Your Six Year Old Can Do. A list of chore ideas that your child can learn to do when your child is six years old. 
Chores Your Six Year Old Can Do. A list of chore ideas that your child can learn to do when your child is six years old.

Having a child who helps with the household chores is invaluable. Every person in the house contributes to the mess, so having everyone contribute to the clean-up helps off-load the parents. Many hands make light work! Beyond easing burdens upon parents, chores help teach responsibility and life skills. Children learn not only how to care for a home so they are prepared to care for their own someday, but they learn the value in hard work and a job well done. If they are expected to be responsible in one thing, they can be responsible for other things in life.

It is important to keep chores age-appropriate. If a child is expected to care for something beyond her capability, it can lead to frustration. If she is expected to care for too few things or items that are too easy, he is losing the opportunity to grow and expand. 

Babywise Mom Reader Favorites Day 2018

Babywise Mom Reader Favorites Day. Favorite baby products, favorite baby toys, favorite toys for kids, and favorite books. 

Babywise Mom Reader Favorites Day. Favorite baby products, favorite baby toys, favorite toys for kids, and favorite books.

When I am looking for recommendations, I love to look for advice from like-minded moms. 
One of my favorite things is knowing what other people have as favorite things. 

Below are the reader favorites posts for you to visit today. Follow the link and comment on the post with your favorites in that category. I will add your comments to the body of the post. Is there a category you would love to see? Go ahead and leave a comment letting me know what category you would like to see included. 

Chronicles of a Babywise Mom Reader Blog Day

Chronicles of a Babywise Mom Reader Blog Day. Share your blog day. 

Chronicles of a Babywise Mom Reader Blog Day. Share your blog day.


Today is the day to share your blogs with everyone. These can be any blog that you would like to share.

Please look through the lists of categories below, choose the one that best fits your blog, follow the link, and comment on that post to share your blog. Please share your blog on only one link--choose the best one for your blog. If you don't see a category that fits your blog, go to "Misc." If/when I get enough similar blogs on that post, I will create a new category. If your blog is listed in one category but it actually fits a different category now, go ahead and list it with the better category.

Babywise Mom Parenting Hack Day

Babywise Mom Parenting Hack Day. Share your best parenting hacks for your Babywise baby.

Babywise Mom Parenting Hack Day. Share your best parenting hacks for your Babywise baby.


Today is our first-ever Babywise Mom Parenting Hack Day. 

Today, share you hacks you have found to make parenting easier. Any hack is great. I would love to hear any Babywise hacks you have found to make your Babywise Mom life easier. Found  a way to keep track of the schedule? Found a way to to make traveling with a Babywise baby easier. Found a way to get your Babywise baby to sleep on the go? Do you have great tips for making sure you stay in the parenting funnel? These can be things you do or things you have purchased or made. 

Reader Sample Schedules Day 2018

Reader Sample Schedules Day 2018. Share your child's sample schedule so you can help other parents out. 

Reader Sample Schedules Day 2018. Share your child's sample schedule so you can help other parents out.

Welcome to sample schedules day! Today is the day for you to share your schedule. If everyone shares just the current schedule of one child, we can grow our resources significantly! These posts are referenced frequently so I know they are helpful to other parents out there. 

Here is what you do. Click on the link to the post you want to add a sample schedule to. If your child is 9, then you will click on the link for 9, 10, 11, and 12 year olds. Then add a comment with your sample schedule. Then future parents can come look at these sample schedules to get ideas for their babies and children! 

Remember, if you do not want to comment on the blog for whatever reason, you can head to your favorite social media platform and comment there. See yesterday's posts for direct links. 

There are some posts that definitely could use some attention--anyone with older children! You might be less consistent each day, but even just filling in the basic info of when sleeping is taking place can be helpful. Another is the Summer Schedules post--if you have a summer routine that works for you, go over and fill that in. 


Reader Sample Schedules Day 2018. Share your child's sample schedule so you can help other parents out.