Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks for New or Not so New Parents

  • Making it E.A.S.Y. – Tracy Hogg wrote a wonderful book called “Secrets of the Baby Whisperer”, I do recommend that you read it if you come across it but the one thing that stuck and is ever so helpful is her strategy called E.A.S.Y. an acronym for Eat, Activity, Sleep, Your time. It is sort of a mini schedule for your baby one that follows their natural rhythms and allows you to take a position in which you are better able to determine what your baby needs.
    If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could be better changed in ourselves

  • To calm a baby, you need to be calm yourself. Take some deep breaths, with your exhalations let your stresses, frustrations and thoughts drift away. Most important let any anger or anxiety you may be feeling go before you pick up baby.There is nothing wrong with letting her cry while you scream into a pillow or catch a breath outside.
  • Here’s a fun little article on what to pack in your diaper bag.
  • If you are a stay at home parent make a schedule and stick to it. If it says vacuum at 11 then drop what you are doing and vacuum. You will find you get tons more done and have more time to play & enjoy the little ones.
  • Don’t forget your books (kid books that is). I have them everywhere, in the car, the stroller, the bath tub, under the bed, in the toy box there are even some on the bookshelf. It is amazing what a little picture book can do for a fussy baby.
  • Take lots of pictures!! All of a sudden you will turn around & they are all grown up.
  • Be proud of yourself and the decisions you make as a parent. You know what is best for your child and though there may be times you doubt yourself and your choices, don’t listen to people and their criticisms or just do it because everyone else does or your mother did.
  • Adopt the term “this too shall pass”. When times are tough it can be your mantra because before you know it that little baby will be all grown up and you will wonder where the time went.
  • Keep your love for your child close to the surface of your heart and don’t be afraid to let it show, you can’t spoil a child by loving them too much.
  • Massage is fun & can become a wonderful tool down the road. Dads can massage babies too! Print out this easy quick article about baby massage.