baby/ toddler clothes – how much & what do you really need?

My Experience

Now that my daughter is almost two and has been in daycare full-time for a year I feel I have finally figured out what clothes I actually need for each season, and more importantly how many items of clothing I need.  For me space is an issue, I don’t physically have the luxury of storage in my house like I am used to in the US.  I only have a small dresser that you can see in her nursery.

Since I buy clothes on sale/ clearance only and often buy items in advance (I have clothes for her until she is 5!) I use one drawer in her dresser for everything that is the right size and season, and the drawer below is for the next size/ season.  This has worked well because it forces me to not over buy, but also allows me to instantly see what I already have for the next size/ season.  Even though the drawer is small, with my clever folding I am still able to fit a lot and probably too much to get good use out of things.

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porto sani resort – yes you can have a relaxing luxurious holiday with a super active toddler

My Experience

My husband and I have been on a couple weekend getaways and a holiday last summer to the US with my parents, but we hadn’t had the opportunity for a week with just the three of us . . . and more importantly we hadn’t had any type of holiday since my daughter could walk.  We like staying in nice places with good food and don’t think that parents should have to regress with their hotel, food or location selections just because you are now a party of three.  So I Googled luxury holiday toddler or similar a month ago and came across Sani Resort.  I thought wow yes looks amazing . . . Greece I’ve never been before . . .  more importantly it is kid friendly.  Most fancy hotels and restaurants may claim to be kid friendly as in, we accept and tolerate children as long as they are well-behaved and yes we have high-chairs and cribs.

This is totally not the case with Sani.  They have a day care center – yes I said day care AND they offer in-room babysitting all at comparable to prices that we currently pay for both services.  So this is what sold me besides the beautiful photos.

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these baby shoes are made for walking

My Experience

My daughter started crawling at 8 months and within two weeks was cruising around her pack-n-play.  I started looking at walking shoes when she was 10 months thinking it might go quickly, and I needed to be prepared with appropriate shoes.  We were at my parents at the time in the US. So my mom and I went and looked at shoes to see what was out there, because I don’t get to spend much time with my mom, but also because everything is cheaper in the US (or at least it used to be until Brexit!).

First we went to Stride Rite on our own and looked at the shoes – there was a lot of leather in boring colors and nothing that I thought was cute.  Next we went to Journeys for Kids with my daughter.  Speaking to the manager I found out that a good pair of shoes is essential for learning how to walk correctly.  I initially wanted to get her converse because I think they are so cute.  However the manager informed me that they are hard shoes to learn to walk in because the sole doesn’t flex.  New Balance are flexible soles that she recommended for first walkers.  I also learned that when babies are learning to walk they need to be barefoot to get the ‘feel’ for walking, however if you wait too long to put proper shoes (not soft soles) then it becomes difficult for them to accept shoes becoming a struggle for both of you.

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how not to feel like a bad mom (or bad employee) when you send your baby to daycare 

My Experience

I started back to work full-time  a week before my daughters first birthday.  I was 50/50 about going back to work, I really enjoyed my time with her, but also felt like I needed to go back, but I wasn’t sure if I would want to be there when I got back.  While I was pregnant I had seen interviews and read articles about mom’s who went back to work and other’s who returned part-time or not at all.

What I realized is that many women who stayed home with their children and then decided to try and go back to work after years, found it very difficult to find anything, as they weren’t sure what their employable skills were now, and employers weren’t sure either.  They felt left-out and lost, and other women were advising against not working at all for so many years, saying to instead keep your foot-in-the-door with something part-time, so that it is easier to transition back to full-time once you are ready.  That way you won’t feel unemployable or out of the game.  But I also read and heard other women speak about working part-time and concluded that they felt all over the place.  Working part-time meant they actually worked during their days off and didn’t get paid, in order to feel like they could do their jobs effectively.  Meanwhile feeling guilty about work encroaching on their time with their kids.  A colleague of mine just resigned after six months because she worked part-time and felt like she wasn’t a good mom or a good employee.  Of course if you have a part-time job where you only work set hours, don’t have a work phone or laptop, or clients and emails to respond to, then the situation is different.  However my job is not this case, as I work in advertising/branding, and I knew I would rather be good at my job and be a great mom when I do have time with my daughter, than never feeling good enough as an employee or a mom.

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best of: top 5 baby travel gear items

My Experience

Over the past year we have done short overnight car ride away visits Packing For A Weekend Away In The Car to long distance car journeys How To Do Long Road Trips With A Baby and long haul international flights How To Conquer Long Haul Flying And Jet Lag.

No matter what length of journey or where you go if you leave the house for the day or overnight these are my top baby gear finds and recommendations to make your life easier. All of the products I recommend I personally found, bought and use myself.  Depending on the age of your baby you may need all or some of them.

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how I transitioned from warm formula and breastmilk in a bottle to cold cow’s milk in a cup in 3 weeks!

My Experience

If you’ve read other posts you’ll know that I follow the EASY Method Schedule which is one of the best decisions I made.  However I adapted the feeding schedule to fit my baby’s schedule.  I followed this schedule for ten months and then had to adjust again in order to decrease milk consumption per day and prepare for the upcoming cow’s milk transition.

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how to do long road trips with a baby

My Experience

So it’s been awhile since my two month trip home but I have been super busy adjusting back to the time difference, getting ready to go back to work and now being back at work. But I didn’t want to lose some of the tips I knowledge from this summer.

Over the course of two months in the US we had nine days that we were in the car for a long haul (longer than three hours) so we became quite good at driving cross country but also knowing what to do with our baby because being trapped in a car with a baby that wants nothing more than to not be strapped into a car seat for hours on end can be an utter helpless nightmare.

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baby eating solid foods but not sure how much milk or when to ditch the pouch and bottle?

My Experience

If you read Starting Solid Foods, Puree vs. Baby Led Weaning you’ll know that I started solid foods at six months via baby led weaning (solid foods like avocado, banana etc no puree) at dinner.  I introduced porridge for breakfast next and started lunch by seven months.

If you read Why The EASY Method Schedule Is The Best Thing I Did you’ll see that I adapted the last EASY schedule by combing two milk feeds and moving them by themselves instead of right before every meal so that she would have enough appetite to get the hang of eating a meal.

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how to conquer long haul flying & jet lag

My Experience

We flew to Raleigh on American from Heathrow so it was over seven hours on a plane with an eight month old baby.  My husband and I are both experienced world travelers so flying this distance is not a big deal for us since it’s sooo much better and easier than flying from Sydney.

Before we left a friend of ours takes the same flight to Raleigh on American and let us know that there is no in-flight entertainment on the plane.  Yes you read that right none in the back of the seat in front of you.  There may be some on overhead screens but nothing for you to control when you want to.  So I would definitely check out what your plane offers before making any flight arrangements especially with kids.

Our return flight from Philadelphia was a red-eye.  I was really not looking forward to it and had no idea how it would work since she all of a sudden was no longer sleeping easily and often cries in sleepy anger for 10 minutes to an hour before falling asleep.

And then there is the jet lag to overcome both times.

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