Letter to My Clingy, Cranky, Teething Child

I knew I shouldn’t have gotten used to the 12 hour nights, perfect, clockwork naps, and how amazing you were doing with independent play in the past few months… I knew that. But I did… I sort of took it all for granted. That’s how well you were doing! Until, of course, that nasty molar […]

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Mama Gets Crafty: A Western-Themed Birthday Party

Hi Mamas! Please forgive my absence… It’s been a crazy week. Between unpacking and planning for Liam’s western birthday party on Sunday, I basically did not stop for one second since we came back from Saint Martin. How cute is our little guy?! I can’t get over the fact that he’s one now… no longer […]

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Baby Travel Essentials for a Stress-Free Vacation

And we’re back! After an incredible two weeks in the sun, our little family is back in New York. It was a blast, but I did miss blogging every couple of days. I am, however, thrilled to be able to share some of our latest discoveries for traveling with babies. As many of you already know, […]

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Why We Prioritize Our Son’s Naps (And You Should Too)

Back when we were still struggling with Liam’s sleep schedule, a friend told me it was okay if he didn’t nap and that he’d be fine regardless. She then went on to tell me the story of a baby she knew that didn’t nap and how her mother brought her everywhere with her and it was never […]

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Summer 2016: Sun Safety, Backyard Fun, and Zika Virus Concerns

With summer quickly approaching (the rainy forecast must mean it is, right?), I thought it was time to write about some of our summer essentials for Liam. All moms are concerned about too much sun and mosquito bites, especially with the Zika Virus hype in the media lately. Hopefully this post will make you a little more […]

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Mama Naturelle’s Budget-Friendly Baby Registry Tips

One of my good friends announced her pregnancy this week (yay Steph!) and like every first time mom, she got right down to that overwhelming, frightening, migraine-inducing baby registry business. I feel her pain and I’m sure you all do too! 😉 After sharing a few of my own registry items with her via text […]

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Should You Teach Your Baby Sign Language?

There are tons of benefits to teaching your baby how to communicate using sign language. Not only does it boost brain development, but it also creates a closer parental bond and reduces the amount of fussiness and tears. And believe it or not, babies are fully capable of learning sign language past the 6 month […]

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Amber Teething Necklaces: Do They Really Work?

My mom swears that raw baltic amber helped me through some of my worst teething moments as a child. Although we haven’t experienced the worst of teething with Liam quite yet (not excited about those canines and molars!), it got me thinking that I should probably invest in a necklace for him, too. You know… just in […]

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Liam’s Favorite Toys (6+ months)

I realized that after Liam’s Week 1 favorites (which was 9.5 months ago… whaat?) I never wrote another post based on my son’s preferences! Boy, how times have changed. My little man wants to play with big boy toys now! In the end, we just have to come to terms with the fact that it’s all about our […]

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Mess-Free Sensory Play: Ziplock Finger Painting

As the Pinterest queen that I am ( all hail! ), I am familiar with all sorts of sensory play activities for babies. Although most of them are fantastic ideas (and yes, I’ve pinned them for later), many of them require quite the mess: rainbow-dyed spaghetti, edible play dough, painting with balloons… Not sure they were invented for my energetic/curious 9 month old […]

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Homemade Baby Food: It’s Easy, I Swear!

I’ve made all of Liam’s meals ever since he turned 6 months  (no store bought jars!), and I have one thing to say about it: First off, you do not need to invest in a fancy baby food making machine like one of these: … A blender will do just fine! It’s better to invest in something […]

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Helping Our Babies Through Daylight Saving Time

Here we go again… After perfecting Liam’s schedule and having some much appreciated consistency in our lives, it’s time for yet another time change. In terms of what to do to facilitate the process, there are a lot of different methods out there. Some sleep experts say you should get your baby used to the […]

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How to Keep Your Baby Busy (and Happy!) All Day Long

I work part-time (I teach three college courses), which basically means that aside from the 5-6 weekly hours I devote to teaching, I am a stay at home mom. Yes, there are many benefits to being home (I get to be with my baby almost all the time, am there to witness Liam’s “firsts”, don’t have […]

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5 Mistakes I Made as a New Mom (That You Can Learn From!)

With Liam now sleeping through the night and starting to follow a pretty consistent eating/sleeping schedule during the day, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Goodbye sleepless night and worrying over short naps, hopefully for good? Everything goes by so quickly… It feels like only a few weeks (not months) […]

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3 (Meatless!) High Protein Foods to Add to Your Baby’s Diet

  I’m not trying to raise a vegetarian or vegan baby. My husband loves meat and I (unfortunately) feel the need to incorporate some organic meat in my own diet, although it is definitely not a priority for every meal we make at home. Cheese is also good for my soul. It just is.  I […]

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Dog and Baby Safety Tips, From Birth to Toddlerhood

His name was originally Cheech when we adopted him (which we decided to change to Chicho… Manhattanville College alumni will get the pub reference!) This poor little guy and his brother were locked in a dark closet 24/7 by their owner and somehow ended up in a high kill shelter in North Carolina. Luckily, they both found a good home! […]

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Home Remedies For Baby’s First Cold

On the night of my birthday dinner, when my husband’s sister was babysitting, Liam came down with a nasty cold: stuffy nose, a cough… the poor thing couldn’t sleep and all he wanted to do was nurse. We rushed home, and I spent the majority of the night in his room rocking him to sleep. […]

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5 Myths About Raising a Bilingual Child

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend (who happens to be a speech language pathologist) who said it was so great that we were teaching Liam both French and English at such a young age. Although he’s still very little, I speak to Liam exclusively in French to make sure he becomes familiar with the language I grew […]

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Breastfeeding Past Infancy: Do You Know The Benefits?

Everyone is familiar with the phrase “breast is best” and many new moms do attempt to breastfeed at birth. For those that make it past the challenging first days when colostrum turns to milk, breastfeeding then becomes a goal, an obsession even: I need to make it to 6 months. In my case, I was willing to contact a milk […]

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