Crawl on, baby! All mamas are incredibly proud of every milestone baby reaches, especially if it's before the "average" age determined by experts. Most babies learn to crawl between 6 to 10 months of age after they're able to sit on their own, while some babies take their time — and it can get a little frustrating for mama when all the other kiddies in the playgroup are moving about and her tot is glued to the play mat! So tell us, was your baby late to crawl or right on time?
Homemade baby food is convenient, inexpensive (especially if your baby is accustomed to eating Tyler Florence's gourmet baby food!), and packs lots of health benefits for your babe by using fresh nutrient-filled ingredients. Most LilSugar mamas say they make their lil one's food themselves, so what's your technique for steaming and pureeing? If you're ready to make the leap to homemade baby food, I've rounded up some gadgets that will make the transition that much easier for you.
And once you get the hang of it, here are some simple homemade baby food recipes to expand your recipe book!
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When the pediatrician rattles off my son's weight and length stats, I typically have no idea where he falls on the growth chart. Concerned about the rest of the visit, I usually wait until I get home to plot his numbers on the map to see his percentiles. Do you know where your child is on the spectrum?
If you've been lamenting that your newborn daughter doesn't look enough like a sassy older lady fond of heavy drinking and wigs, you can stop crying now, because Baby Bangs have arrived to age your infant instantaneously. Baby Bangs are more accurately baby wigs; they're pieces of fake hair attached to a tiny headband that you shove on your unwitting baby's head for snazzy photo shoots or just general entertainment.
I can definitely see myself getting a little stir crazy, cracking open a bottle of chardonnay, and having a grand old time at my future offspring's expense. "What's that you say, tiny fruit of my loins? You wish your bottle was full of Bailey's Irish Cream? Oh, your just-born bon mots kill me! What say we have another glass and get rid of that hat of Daddy's we hate so much?"
On the other hand, I believe babies are supposed to be relatively hairless; it's one of the things that makes them so cute. And it also kind of bothers me that there are no Baby Bangs for male infants. How is it fair that there's no Justin Bieber wig for your bald, drooling baby boy?
The sack of flour or egg experiment of the '80s has given way to electronic dolls and video games, but the concept of caring for a baby is the same. While some couples decide to jump right into parenthood, others test their paternal or maternal skills on an animal first. From fish to lizards to cats and dogs, there are lots of great family pets. Did you partake in this practice?
Give your new bundle of joy an old fashioned welcome! While most parents log online to create and order their tot's announcements, going retro with purchased and penned cards is a baby chic. I stumbled across some vintage stock that you can purchase or use as inspiration for creating your own announcements with an antique look.
Food is sustenance, and it can also be absolutely delicious! While babies survive for the first few months on just breast milk or formula, lots of parents anticipate the time when their children can share in the family meal. But, each tot is different so when he or she move on from purees or finger foods varies. Tell us when your youngster was at the right age for each stage!
Hollywood may seem like it's all lights, camera, and action, but it isn't for actor James McAvoy. When a blogger posed a question about the difficulty of being a working dad to him at a Gnomeo & Juliet press junket I attended (Disney flew me down for the event), the actor politely declined to comment and explained why. He said:
"The hardest thing about being a dad in this business — the best way for me to be a good dad is not to talk about him. I'm so sorry. I realize that you guys are the people to talk to about babies, but if I want to get him papp'd and all that kind of stuff then I can start talking about him. And, if I don't want to get him papp'd then I can't talk about him. I'm so sorry. Thanks for understanding."
Those in the room appreciated the actor's candor and respected his wishes.
Whether it's the family pet who must get used to a new addition in the family, or mom giving in to demands for a puppy, growing up with a pet can have its advantages. They help baby's immune system be less sensitive to allergies, teach older kids responsibility, and, after all, what's cuter than your lil one at play with his furry friend? Click through for some fun and happy toddler and pet duos!
The stork didn't drop off the baby, but is it your business to ask how a child came to be? While many couples — celebrities and common folks — are open about their fertility struggles, others keep tight lipped about what they consider a private issue. When a 50-year-old first time mom strolls down the street, most people assume she had some assistance in having her babe. Quadruplets aren't common in nature so it's safe to guess that high number multiples are also a result of some type of medical intervention. But, unless the information is offered up, is it ever OK to inquire?