When we pick the kids up from the babysitter the first words they say are not “we missed you” they are “I’m hungry!” I am constantly on the search for snack options that I love for their healthiness as much as they love for their tastiness. Last week we were at Target and noticed Gerber Lil’ Beanies on the shelves…
There are many ways in which parenting a 4th child is different than being a first-time parent. One thing that has not changed, is the way we feed our kids, and Gerber 3rd Foods with Lil’ Bits are the perfect transition from purees to table foods!
When you have two kids in diapers, the diaper game is never ending. Someone always needs a diaper change, and then before you know it you need to run to the store to buy more diapers. Again… already! Didn’t you just buy diapers… yesterday?
Last week we took a trip to Sam’s and the girls picked out their diapers – it was no surprise that they excitedly selected the Huggies Little Movers diapers with Mickey and Minny Mouse designs – and because it was the Sam’s Club size they will last all month!
Mother’s Day is this coming weekend, and I am thrilled and honored to be partnering with Linqia and Gerber Brand to share an “It’s all worth it” moment with you! Gerber is the brand I trust most as I raise four little Gerber babies of my own – and I love that I am now able to partner with such an amazing company to share this heartfelt message on a weekend that means so much to me – as a mom.
One of my favorite traditions with my children is celebrating their “zero” birthday in the hospital. The baby may be oblivious to the celebration – but older siblings have an incredible amount of fun with this welcome party! I got the inspiration for this from Pinterest and put my own spin on it.
While perusing Pinterest I saw an adorable pic of a newborn and a cupcake with a zero candle – and I wanted that photo! Weeks before baby was due, I went to the bakery and found the perfect cupcake, which I placed in the freezer. When I packed my hospital bag, I also had a checklist of the last minute things that would need to be grabbed, like phone chargers and my cupcake! Then I bought a zero birthday candle and used some puffy paint and glitter to dazzle it up a bit (tutorial is coming soon!). The candle went into my hospital bag. That was the end of the Pinterest idea… but not for me.Cupcakes and gifts make meeting the new baby extra special! #EveryMomDay Click To Tweet
I have also read about giving sibling gifts to the big brothers/sisters, and so I decided I would not just have a cute cupcake for a photo-op, I would have a BIRTHDAY PARTY! “The baby” brought her big sisters 3 gifts each: a movie, a game, and an activity book – all things that they could use and enjoy while visiting their new baby at the hospital, so they would not get bored! And we let each girl pick out two gifts to bring the baby, too. It took a little extra prepping, but not much! We kept the gifts in a black garbage bag in the car – so the kids would not see them, and Dad ran out to the car after baby was born and before visitors arrived, to set up for the “party!”
Celebrate Baby's Zero Birthday with older siblings! #EveryMomDay Click To Tweet
It made the day extra special for the kids. They got a new baby, and we celebrated with a party where everyone got to open presents and enjoy cake. The kids loved it, and I loved watching them enjoy it. It’s a tradition we enjoyed with baby number 4 as well – and now that we are done having children myself, I hope to share the idea with other mommy’s to be!
How did you celebrate a new baby with older siblings?
I do not think I have enough Mom Hacks to make this a weekly post – but I have one THIS week! Now, this may be old news to some of you – but you have to understand that this solved a big issues we have been dealing with for a while now – the kids push on the screen of our patio door and it causes the screen to detach from the frame leaving gaps for bugs to get in.
If your kids are as completely terrified of bugs as mine are (heck, I am too!), then you know how serious this can be.
Often times it means we can not leave our sliding door open to enjoy the breeze. Or, dad has to remove the door and use our handy dandy screen repair tool to repair the screen. Now this tool is amazing and the best home repair purchase we’ve made recently – we had no idea how easy it is to repair a screen! BONUS: It looks a lot better than duck tape!
But even though its an easy fix – no one wants to repair the same project every. single. day.
My mom hack? One of the inexpensive and adjustable wooden baby gates! It easily fits right into the door frame and keeps the baby and the little ones away from the screen. Even though my big kids COULD just reach over it and still touch the screen – they don’t! Just giving them that additional boundary 3 inches from the screen keeps them away from it.
It’s such a simple fix – I am just bummed we did not think of it sooner!