6 tips to baby proofing your home

Is your baby crawling and you are looking at baby proofing your house! Here are 6 amazing tips to help keep your baby safe.

So you have a new crawler in your home! Congrats! Me too!!  I thought I had done a decent job of baby proofing the main areas E will be in, but when she started to crawl, I knew I had to go through it all again!

Babies can move fast, and boy, do they love to get into stuff they shouldn’t! Cheeky little things!

Here are 6 tips to help baby proof your home and keep your heart at ease. Please pay special attention to tip 4!

 

 

1. Get down to their height

All the small things!! You really don’t’ realize how many small items you have on hand, down low and everywhere, until you have a crawler! Get down on your hands and knees, or belly even to be the same height as your newly crawling babe. Look at what you can see that is within their reach and remove it, put it higher, or PURGE!

 

2. Cabinets and Drawers

I have two sets of these cabinet slide locks from Safety First. I use them on my sink in the kitchen and in the bathroom. These are the only two places I really don’t want E to get into. They have been cleaned out, all the chemicals have been purged (I am all about making my own – who knew I would be so granola! LOVE IT!). But it is where the garbage and recycling are located along with garbage bags, my hair dryer/straightener and feminine products are. Just not safe.  

The other cabinets and drawers hold stuff that is fine for E to get into. My Tupperware drawer is the bottom one that she can access, pans are in another (for sweet banging) and I emptied the open shelf in my kitchen.  Things are a bit all over right now, but I will get my groove on!

 

3. Electricity

I purchased plugs to put in all the sockets. They have been in place for ages. I just feel so much safer with them in. She hasn’t tried to go for them yet, thank goodness, but there is still time.  She does LOVE wires. My entertainment area is a mass of wires. I have put the power bar into an open weaved basket and placed it on top of my sound woofer thing (yes technical terms only…) E can’t access those wires, but I swear she knows they are there.  MOve those wires out of the way if you can. Or block access to them. Also let your little one know that NO they cannot play there, and redirect.

 

4. Chargers

We all know that chargers are HUGE power sucks. They should be unplugged when not in use to save money. Well, they really should be unplugged now, because if your child puts that plug into their mouth they can get electrocuted! The charger is LIVE and pulling electricity from the wall. So please, please PLEASE unplug those computer, phone, tablet chargers and store them out of babies reach!

 

5. Purge time

Use this time to purge. We have so much stuff that just sits in piles, underneath coffee tables and out of the way shelves (to name a few) because they really don’t have anywhere to go. I have the perfect location for you. The garbage/recycling/give away pile.  You are going to find that once you have gone through the above list, you have a ton of stuff and nowhere to put it. If you use it, then it is time to find a home for it. If you sometimes use it, or you are thinking well, I might… then it might be an item to get rid of.

 

6. Leaving some things

You can’t baby proof everything. Well, you can, but I am not that mom. I have purged all the necessary safety things, but there are certain things that are just going to stay where they are.  E is always reaching up for my DVR and PVR, but I am not moving them. So I tell E a firm NO, and I redirect her. Sometimes 10 times in 5 minutes, by then I sometimes will then put her in the jolly jumper or exersaucer to take her mind off it. Babies need to learn the word no. It’s a safety issue and when they are older a consent issue. So I have no issues teaching little E now that there are sometimes she just can’t touch, no matter how awesome looking.  It is more work than if I moved the item, but I am being real here, that isn’t going to happen.

 

There you go, a simple and concise list of how to make your house safer for baby and you!  Comment below and let me know of ways you baby proofed your house!

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4 things I wish I knew before starting to feed my baby

So, I had a grand idea of how feeding baby E would go. We were going to do vegetables, and she was going to like and try so many different kinds. I would feed her with a spoon, she would open her mouth. Some would spill out and she would have that cute food face. She may even blow a few raspberries while eating just because. But she would eat. Food would be chewed and food would go into her stomach.

Well, that didn’t so much happen.  E has a bit of food aversion. I totally think it stems from the fact that I had to give her medication. I started giving her the meds through a syringe but that was NOT going well. She would hold it in her mouth and then forcefully spit it out, no matter what I did (hold her cheeks together like fishy lips, push the plunger far back and into her cheek) nothing worked. So I gave it to her off a spoon, it was the only way I could get even HALF the dose into her.  And of course, the medicine started out sickly sweet but had quite the bitter after bite.

This has to be the reason she mistrusts spoons, and me.  We are working on eating now. E will allow me to feed her a bit of rice cereal, and she likes to try and eat

About to start feeding baby solids? Such an exciting time! Except when it's not. Read on for 4 tips to keep in mind when starting solids.

 Mumums herself.  I am feeding her all the things I told myself I wouldn’t. But it is plain, bland and the only things she will eat.  My nurse made a good point when I was upset by this whole thing. She said, “If I line up babies who ate store bought and babies who had homemade, would you be able to pick them out?”

No, no I would not. So while it isn’t what I wanted, it isn’t bad for her. She is learning to chew and to feed herself and to trust me with a spoon. So that is a win.  We will get to vegetables soon enough.

Because of this experience, I thought I would share 4 things I wish I knew before I started feeding Miss E.

4 things I wish I knew before starting feeding baby solids

  1. They may not want to eat what you are offering

Like I said earlier, I planned on feeding E vegetables and fruit first. I started off strong. I gave her avocado and that went okay. Then we did butternut squash and she wouldn’t really open her mouth. Same thing with applesauce, and sweet potato and blueberries… It got to the point where I would sit her down for food and she would clamp her mouth and squeal when the spoon came near her.  She did not want what I was offering.

I had to change my mindset about food. While I was dead against store-bought stuff, that is all that E will eat.  Baby Mumums for the win! I am also trying her with rice cereal. While she still will clamp and refuse, I can sometimes get a spoonful or 2 in before that happens.  Slowly, I am regaining trust with E and food. My plan is to going back to vegetables and fruit but for now, I have accepted that she isn’t there yet.  

  1. Throw that plan out, or at least be prepared to

Like I said above, I planned on fruit and vegetables. I ended up with store bought baby Mumums. Quite a difference. But I had to do what is best for baby and me. As they say, ‘the best-laid plans go awry.’

If I was able to have no birth plan, then having a no food plan should be easy.  Surprise, this was harder. I want E to be healthy, I want her to eat all the food. My vision was of us going to eat at restaurants and her eating off my plate. My friends and family being impressed that she ate such a wide variety of foods. Of never having purchased store-bought things! So this plan was very hard for me to drop, or even adjust.  I knew I had to and it is a work in progress. Fed is best and right now she is eating, even if only a small bit.

  1. Follow your baby’s cues

E has a slight aversion to foods because of the medicine I had to give her. I don’t want to make that a big aversion by forcing food on her. So I listen to her cues. When she pulls her head back and clamps her mouth shut, I don’t try and shove food in her mouth. If she opens her mouth I put a bit of food in. She clamps shut and squeals, I take that as her sign that she is done eating off a spoon.

I laugh and talk to her, I act calm and don’t get irritated with her when she refuses to eat. Mealtime shouldn’t be a power struggle or a place of stress for either of us. I want to enjoy eating with my daughter and I want her to enjoy it too. She eats what she eats. At 7 months old she is still getting all her nutrition from breastmilk.

  1. Have fun!

Be prepared to get messy. I feed E  3 times a day so she will get used to sitting at meal times, plus it gives me 3 times to try and get food into her.

At breakfast, she only gets rice cereal which I feed to her. I give her these blocks to play with to occupy her hands.

At lunch and dinner, E gets a different cereal, buckwheat and chia, some puree vegetable or fruit, a Mumum and a few strawberry flavoured puffs.  I always start with the cereal then the puree and E likes to try and help with the spoon. And by help I mean pull the food off and play with it. She is exploring and learning so if she takes it all off the spoon every time, then she takes it all off every time. No big deal.

Once she has explored with the cereal, and hopefully had a bite or two, I give her broken pieces of Mumum which she devours. I take the soggy leftover bits from the palm of her hand and see if she will let me feed them to her. I am trying to earn her trust, show her that I also will feed her yummy food too! Sometimes she lets me, sometimes she helps me, sometimes she refuses. It is what it is.

I think letting her explore the food is important, but messy, which is why I only do it at lunchtime. But every lunch and dinner she gets to try and feed herself with the Mumum.  She is learning about different textures and eventually, I think she will put her finger in her mouth with food and be pleasantly surprised! Or not. And that is fine too!

I know there is a lot out there on food. People have very strict beliefs and ideas about how babies should eat when they should eat, the type of food they should be eating. I don’t want to get into all that. I think you have to do you. You need to do what is best for you and your baby. Be as healthy as you can be but don’t stress yourself out or feel guilty because it isn’t all homemade. Well, try not too. I know it’s hard.  No one said having a baby was easy.  You got this.

Do you have a picky baby? Was feeding a disaster for you too? Or were you lucky and your baby took to eating like a duck on water? Let me know in the comments!

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New mom? Stressed about feeding solids? Check this out for some helpful tips and tricks for feeding solids to baby.

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My top ten baby gifts for Christmas under 20$

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A top 10 list of fun and educational toys for babies under a year.

 

 

Are you looking for a few easy and inexpensive baby gifts? Look no further I have compiled a list of E’s top 10 favourite toys, all for your convenience.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Vtech Busy Learners Cube – 16$
    This is E’s favourite toy when she visits her girlfriend’s house. If they were bigger I am sure they would fight over this toy. It has 5 educational sides that introduce animal names and sounds, musical instruments and shapes.  The songs are catchy and you will find yourself singing them when you least expect it.

2. Munchkin Rubber Ducky – 4$

Classic bath toy. Inexpensive and heaps of fun. E LOVES playing, chewing and throwing this little guy every bath.

3. Munchkin Squirten’ Barnyard Friends – 13$

When not chewing on her ducky, she is reaching and grabbing for her floating barnyard friends. I have always loved bath time with E, but watching her play with her bath toys still makes me smile.

4. Infantino squeeze blocks – 14$

These are a new addition to E’s toybox and while we aren’t building yet, they still are fun to play with.  E grabs these blocks using her pincer grasp and enjoys chewing on them too. E loves to watch me smash the blocks together and while she isn’t quite there, I know she will love that too!

5. Fisher Price Rock-a-stack – 8$

Classic game. I am sure you had one when you were a kid too. Some toys are just meant to be had. This is one.

6. Fisher-Price Roller Blocks Tumblin’ Zebra – 20$

Once your little one is sitting this is a fun toy to have! It is bigger than anticipated, but loads of fun. Pick up the block, drop it through zebra’s head and watch the arms jump up while the block falls down. This one gets a few giggles.

7. Bright Starts Safari Beats – 19$

This is our only ‘has batteries’ toy and it is a favourite of both E and mine. She loves to button smash with her feet, or by flipping it upside down and pressing the back (smart cookie). Anything to make the music come out!

8. Oball Rattle and Roll Toy Car – 7$

E may be a little girl but that doesn’t mean she can’t play with cars! This car is easy to grip and makes a great rattle noise as she rolls, shakes and chews on it.  We like to sit and roll it between ourselves… Well, I roll it to her. She picks it up and eats it. Whatever, it’s still fun!

9. Infantino Textured Multi Ball Set – 10$

Bright and texture’y these balls are fun to chew on and grab. I roll them to E and she grabs them and so ends our game… I can’t wait until she is able to push things back to me!

10. Fisher-Price Monster Pop up surprise – 35$

Now, this is over my 20$ limit, but I 100% didn’t pay that! It goes on sale, so watch for it! (But it is totally worth it!) E has a blast with this toy. Our favourite thing right now is for me to pop one open and her to close it. Then I clap for her and she gets excited and grabs my hand. It is a great game!  This toy has been her go to for a few months now.

6 Ways to know if being a single mom is for you

This is literally a life-changing decision. Don’t make it lightly. It should scare you, but also excite you and warm your heart. Deciding to be a single mom is not always an easy decision. Friends might say to you ‘oh, I’m basically a single mom.  My hubby is never home.’  Well, sorry friend, you are not basically a single mom, you just aren’t.  When you choose to be a single mom, you are the only person that loves that child like a parent. You are the only person that cares about the day to day stuff. Yes, yes, grandparents, family and friends will love your child and their accomplishments. Just not the way a father/partner would.

And that is okay.

Your child isn’t going to be scarred for life because they don’t have a father. They will be blessed because they have such a strong amazing mom, who decided to do it on her own!

Not sure you can handle being a single mom? Check out this short list of 'ways to tell you are ready to be a single mom.' Spoiler alert - You are ready! You can do this! You go girl!

If you aren’t sure you are ready, keep reading for 6 ways you’ll know you can be a single mom.

1. You love children

Maybe you have always wanted to be a mom, single or not. Or maybe you love to babysit or enjoy playing with your friends or families babies. All you know is you love children and you want one in your life. If when you look at a screaming toddler and your heart aches for them, then you are most definitely ready to be a single mom.

  1. You’re good with children

You have been called a baby whisperer, you take a crying baby and sooth that sucker to sleep! You have been told how much patience you have for children that aren’t your own. When you arrive at a friend’s house, you greet the kids first and ask them about their day. Before acknowledging your friend.  This is a good indicator that you’ll be a good single mom.

  1. You’re an independent woman

You do things on your own, or you’re not afraid to try things on your own.  Plus you can follow instructions (even IKEA’s), and do what needs to be done.  Not only that, but you earn money and pay your bills.  And you take care of you, and you do it well.  If you want a baby, you have to make sure you can take care of yourself first, or a plant…Though I have killed my fair share of plants and my baby is doing just fine.

  1. You’re able to ask for help

It really does take a village, and you need to know how to ask for help when you need it. Or take help when offered. Maybe you can’t reach something on the top shelf at a store. Try and find the cutest person around to do it… When you are unloading baby, let people take your diaper bag/gym bag/baby stuff. I know it is hard, you have a system right? But people truly want to help. Being a single mom doesn’t mean you have to do everything on your own. People will want to help. Learn to let them.

  1. You have life experience

You have taken some time to find out who you are. Maybe you have done some extensive travelling, or gone on a few all-inclusive. You have a job or a career that you love, or that enables you to get by. You have friends and family that you hang out with, talk to and can lean on. The point is, you have a life. A baby needs her mom to have a life outside them too.

  1. You have a great support network

A great support network can make or break you. When your baby is crying and you are crying and you don’t know what to do.  It is really fabulous to have a friend or family member to call who can talk you through it or come over and help. Trust me, I lived with my parents for the first “few weeks”…. Even just having some online friends that you can ask questions to, without feeling judged, is so handy.  Everyone needs help or a break now and then, especially a single mom. Your support network can be that break.

 

Now remember these are just my thoughts, and maybe you have some or none of these. That doesn’t mean you won’t be a great mom.  If you want to have a child and you feel like you can provide for them, go for it. Many of these things can fall into place later. You can create a support network, and you will learn to be independent, having a child gives you life experience. You get the idea.

Read this to find out how I decided to become a single mom by choice.

 

Is there anything you would add to my list? Let me know in the comments! Remember, sharing is caring!

 

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Want to be a mom, but not sure you can do it on your own? I was in the same boat. I knew being a mom was for me, and becoming a Single Mom by Choice was the way to do it!

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