To Feed or Not to Feed? Food Allergies in the First Year

When it comes to feeding your infants, you lean pretty heavily on your pediatrician, your family, and your friends for advice. Over the last 5 years, and especially this year, there has been a quantum shift in how we’re being advised to feed our infants – based on evidence gathered from many studies supporting the […]

How About a Road Trip?

Okay, bags are packed and it’s time to double check the packing list. Toothbrush, check. Snacks for the baby, check. Diapers, check. Wipes, check. It’s inevitable that the car is going to get messy—we’ll be crammed in there for 5-6 hours. So, back to the list. Toys, check. Plush animals, check. Crayons, check. Shoes, check. […]

The Dance School Lobby

I am going to be honest with everyone straight out of the gate: the lobby at my daughter’s dance studio makes me miserable on so many levels that I get dizzy. I genuinely go into existential crisis mode when I’m there. I wish I could put my finger on exactly why I have such an […]

Food and the Social Experience

Yesterday, we went to a Celtic Festival in southern Maryland and my daughter’s friend asked her to try some funnel cake. When my kid had no idea what that was, her friend balked. “You’ve never had funnel cake before?! You need to try it!” “What’s it taste like?” “Kind of like an old-fashioned donut.” My […]

When Your Child Gets Sick While Traveling

Planning is everything when you take a trip, especially when you have a child. When you’re on the road (or in a plane, train or boat) it’s important to be prepared for the possibility that illness may strike any family member. It’s hard enough managing your child being ill at home—it’s even more challenging when you’re away! […]

Is Your Child Safe in a Seat Belt?

Kids are now in full swing – the school year is wrapping up, which means school activities, extracurriculars, exams, and, of course, gearing up for summer time activities! That means parents will be driving more than just their own children to and from school and activities. As a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, I know that passenger safety is important […]

I Held a Baby Today

I held a baby today. It was tiny, and sweet, and about twelve pounds—not much bigger than the size of a football. And she was sweet-natured. Tired as she was, she barely protested when I picked her up. She nestled her little head into my shoulder. Being only two months old, she didn’t have the power […]

Hidden Kitchen Risks for Baby

Recently, a tragic story was reported out of Kentucky. A 4-year-old boy got a hold of a mouthful of cinnamon, started coughing violently, and, an hour and a half later, was pronounced dead. From cinnamon. Yes. Cinnamon. This incident prompted me to take a critical look around my own kitchen, looking more deeply into some potential […]

DIY Childproofing Your Toddler’s Dresser

Our baby’s growing into a toddler and we’ve been dealing with so many changes! He is climbing everything, opening and closing everything, and just in everything! Somehow, we lucked out with our first child who wasn’t as physical with his environment and didn’t need as much baby proofing. Now that our younger 22-month-old is out of his crib and […]

10 Reasons Moms Are Awesome

Is it too early for Mother’s Day musings? If it’s wrong, then I don’t want to be right. Yes, the day is near, but mothers need more than just a single day to have their awesome-ness recognized. Speaking not only as a mother, but as a woman who came from a mother (didn’t we all?), […]