Help for New Parents

I’ll never forget when I became a new mother.  I had never experienced anything like it.  I was filled with absolute joy and bliss, but also completely overwhelmed.   Sure, there were plenty of books and resources  offering help for new parents, but the reality is, it’s on-the-job training.  And nothing is worse than that feeling of total exhaustion and uncertainty when it’s 2:00 am and you’re trying to get a crying infant back to sleep.  As a new mom, I needed help and advice, but I didn’t reach out and ask for it because I was too proud, and I didn’t want anyone to think I was an incompetent parent.

help for new parentsMy mother, God bless her,  was always available to help me without being intrusive.  But I certainly did get more than my fair share of advice from well-meaning friends and family, and honestly I felt like I was being lectured on how to take care of my baby.  So, with the great benefit of hindsight, I have put together this blog of some of the best lessons I learned on my wonderful journey of being a mother.   This first post is dedicated to anyone, family, friend, neighbor, who wants to offer help for new parents in a meaningful way.

How to help new parents

There are plenty of things you can do to help a new parent that has nothing to do with parenting.  For example, you could run small errands like going to the grocery store or the post office.  You could help out by doing a load of laundry, or making the beds.  This is extremely valuable because if will give the new mom and dad some extra time with their precious baby.  I guarantee if you offer up something like this to the new parents, they will happily accept your help.

Bring them dinner.  I remember when my baby was brand new, I had no time to eat, let alone cook!  So if you want to help out, make a covered dish for the new mom and dad to enjoy.  It could be as simple as a pizza, or a picnic lunch.  This gesture will be greatly appreciated.

Here’s a great help for new parents tip that meant so much to me.  My oldest child was 28 months old when I had my second baby.  My mother would come over and watch the older child in the mornings so I could go back to sleep for a few hours while my infant was taking her morning nap.  My mom was a godsend to me.  So, if there are older siblings in the home, figure out a way to take them off the hands of the new mother.  Take them to the library, or to the park for a couple of hours.  This will allow the new parents to focus on the new baby.

OK, this one is counter intuitive, since I am actively providing advice, but try not to inundate the new parents with all of your sage new parent help and advice.  Of course you know from experience, and your intentions are good.  Just be judicious in dispensing said advice.  A few tips offered up now and then is perfectly fine, but stay away from telling parents who to raise their baby.  As I mentioned above, learning to be a parent is OJT that both children and parents survive.  We are all living proof of that.  So let parents learn to be parents.  It will all be fine.

Just like my own mom did for me, the best help for new parents you can provide is to just be there if they need you.  That’s the number one way you can provide assistance without intruding.  Simply make sure they know they can count on you if they need a helping hand because you have extended an open invitation.  And be patient.  It may take them a while to take you up on your offer because they are pretty busy getting used to a totally changed way of life.   So just wait a bit.  The child will be around for a long time, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to help the new parents.

Excellent Nutrition Tips That Will Help You Start Eating Better

Each year millions take their own diet for granted and fail to recognize the impact good nutrition can have on their health. A great diet plan can work wonders for your health. These tips are a great start.

The stealthy way to eat better is to sneak nutritious ingredients into your regular foods. This approach works well with finicky eaters and children. Of course, you can sneakily fold some yucky health into what you eat as well. To give you an idea of how this would work, you could use dry milk powder in things that you bake and drinks prepared in your blender. You could also try slipping 1/2 a cup of white beans, or any amount to your personal taste, into a batch of cookies or the next cake you bake. The best part is that no one will notice that they are eating so healthily!

Quinoa is an option to consider when trying to reduce your red meat intake. Quinoa is a vegetarian delight that is filled with important amino acids. It is also gluten-free and packed with vitamins. It tastes great too.

Whenever your cooking options are between numerous types of nuts, select almonds. Of all the nuts, they are by far the most nutritious, help keep your cholesterol down, boost your protein levels and maintain healthy blood cells. They also tend to be less expensive than many other varieties.

Make it a habit to consume foods that contain calcium on a regular basis. Nuts, dried beans, soy milk, sardines, cheese, dark green vegetables, cheese and milk are all healthy foods that contain calcium. Your teeth and bones will need calcium to be healthy. Osteoporosis is often linked to a calcium deficiency, which is another reason to make sure you take in plenty of calcium. With osteoporosis, little by little, your bones become brittle and soft. It is quite a painful process.

One way to boost nutrition is to try brand new and healthy recipes. You can learn to make your own protein bars with just a few simple ingredients such as protein powder, milk, and natural peanut butter. Also, oatmeal pancakes are great tasting and healthy for your body.

Olive oil is not only nutritious but can help your skin when dry. Olive oil helps gently seal in essential moisture on your hands and face. The antioxidants it provides can also combat aging. A thin layer will work wonders for your skin.

This system keeps you from just grabbing something fast and unhealthy. When there is so much meal variety then your diet will not seem boring.

Seaweed can be a great addition to any meal. There are a variety of seaweeds with high vitamin and mineral content, including dulse, nori and kombu. These plants have been eaten for thousands of years in cultures living near the sea.

Overlooking the value of the right foods and proper nutrition can negatively impact people from all walks of life and all ages. Still, changing your lifestyle and getting the right nutrients will help you to be healthy and feel great.

Cloth Diaper Reviews | Are Cloth Diapers Making a Comeback?


cloth diaper reviews stack of cloth diapers imageWhen I had my first baby (many years ago) I remember my mother-in-law commenting how easy I had it that I didn’t have to deal with cloth diapers.   She was of the pre-disposable diaper era, and boy she liked to talk (complain) about washing cloth diapers!  But cloth diapers seem to be making a comeback, so I decided to find out why by reading what new mothers are saying in cloth diaper reviews.
So, back to my mother-in-law.  She certainly didn’t have it easy.  I would hear stories of what a chore it was dealing with cloth diapers.  First she had to rinse them, then wash them, (oh, she started out with a wringer washer!) then hang them out to dry, or in the winter hang them in the basement. Well, I can’t blame her for complaining, she did have 9 kids!
Well, sorry if my daughter was born in an era where disposable diapers were gaining popularity.  They weren’t perfect back then, but they sure were convenient.  And I was a working mother, so I was so happy to not have to deal with the added work of washing diapers.  Yes, back in the 80’s, Pampers and Huggies wew a mom’s best friend.
But now my little girl is a new mother now, and she has a lot more choices.  Certainly disposable diapers have come a long way in comfort and performance.  But my daughter made a conscious decision to use cloth diapers.    I guess she is a part of the cloth diaper comeback!  Here are some reasons cite choosing them in the cloth diaper reviews I read.

Cloth diaper reviews – Affordability

One of the main reasons a mom may choose cloth diapers over Huggies or Pampers is the impact on the family budget.  Over the two year or longer time frame that a child is in diapers, cloth diapers are simply a more economic solution.  This even includes factoring in the added expense of using a diaper service, if you choose that option. In fact, parents can save thousands of dollars over two years by implementing reusable cloth diapers on their baby.  The savings increase if they have a second or third child and continue to reuse the diapers.

Cloth diaper reviews – Concern Over the Environment

A disposable diaper is comprised of a plastic covering with an inside absorbent layer.  Neither one of these materials break down well over time.  Landfills are loaded with diapers that have a lifespan of up to 500 years! While some arguments can be made that the convenience that comes with using disposables more than outweighs the impact to the environment, the popular opinion these days is to care for our earth. So many parents feel using cloth diapers is just one simple thing they can do to minimize their impact on the environment.

Today’s Cloth Diapers

My mother-in-law, who so hated washing and drying cloth diapers would not even recognize the cloth diapers my daughter is using today.  The days of complex folding, lost saftey pins, and hanging them out to dry on a line are gone. The modern cloth diaper is designed to cover the baby completely with ease and style.  They are equipped with snaps or velcro tabs to provide a custom fit over your baby’s bottom.  Some brands even combine the best of both worlds, as they have a disposable paper lining to catch baby’s poop.  It’s biodegradable and flushable, so the mess is quickly disposed of in the toilet. Modern moms don’t have to deal with smelly diapers stinking up the house, waiting for the wash.
 Cloth diapers are indeed making a comeback.  Today’s mothers, like my daughter are embracing them.   They are a great option for the parent who is concerned about the family budget, or about their footprint on our fragile planet.  For more information on this you can check out this great resource site I found on cloth diaper reviews.  I am now a cloth diaper convert!

How to Prepare for Your New Baby


You are not alone if you are freaking out wondering how to prepare for your new baby!  Sure it’s scary, but not to worry.  There will be lots of change in your life, lots of disruption, and even some difficulties, but infinite joy and blessings as well.  Nothing comes close to actually experiencing having your own little bundle of joy to love and care for.  But the daily routine can be a bit overwhelming, especially at first.  This article is intended to help parents, both new and old alike with some practical and time tested tricks.

How to prepare for your new baby – get help

It’s OK to accept the help from neighbors and friends when you bring your newborn baby home from the hospital.  Often caring relatives and friends will want to help you out by making a casserole or covered dish that you can freeze and then heat up later.  Don’t be surprised is your neighbors ask if they can do anything for you around the house or run some errands for you.  The neighbors might be willing to chip in with a couple of errands or housekeeping duties. If you take advantage of the help others offer you’ll be able to get some much needed rest and have more time to bond with your sweet baby.



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How to prepare for your new baby – feeding and bathing

Sometimes it’s not easy to get your baby to let go of your breast when feeding time is over.  Here’s a little trick.  When your baby is done feeding on one side, insert your pinkie finger between your breast and your baby’s gums.  This action releases the suction and allows you to remove her from your breast.  Remember, you never want to pull your baby off your breast, as that might hurt you.


When your baby is old enough for solid foods, consider making the food yourself.  This way you will have overall control of what your baby is eating, and you’ll save money in the long run.  There’s no question, children are an expensive undertaking, so cutting costs wherever possible might just appeal to you. One technique is to cook food overnight in a crockpot and then blend it the next morning and store in jar.


Use your kitchen sink to bathe your little baby rather than buy a special baby tub.  Your baby will fit perfectly into your sink.  Also, because the sink is counter height, you won’t have to bend over or kneel on the floor to give the baby a bath, thus avoiding a sore back.  When your baby is bigger and outgrows the sink, no worries.  She’ll likely be able to sit up on her own and be big enough for the regular tub.


Pedialyte is a great remedy if your baby gets diarrhea. Make sure to also give your little one plenty of fluids.  Dehydration is common in babies with extreme diarrhea, and that can be dangerous.  If the diarrhea persists for a few days of more make sure to call your doctor right away.


How to prepare for your new baby – tricks in the home


It’s often hard for mothers to get a moment’s peace, and that includes using the bathroom.  If you try to take the baby in with you and they get fussy being placed in their carrier, try running some water or turning on the bathroom fan.  Both of these sounds are soothing to the baby because they resemble the sounds they heard in the womb.  Hopefully this trick will give you a few minutes to take care of some necessary business!


Once your baby starts crawling it’s critical to baby proof your home.  Tie up loose electrical cords and cover electrical outlets.  Anything loose that can be pulled down by your baby should be secured.  And above all else, make sure all cleaning supplies, medications and anything poisonous is kept well out f baby’s reach.   Even the most conscientious parent can’t foresee all the things a baby can get into.  Doing your best to baby proof your home will keep you one step ahead of your baby.




Just follow these tips and you can help your and your family prepare for your new baby,  and hopefully be prepared for some of the surprises that new arrival brings.  When you know what to expect, your job of raising your child will be much easier.  It is our hope this article has given you some information to help you manage your important task of being a parent.