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10 Things Dads Do Best

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Happy Father’s Day! We asked our community members about what they love most about their partners when it comes to pulling Dad Duty. Here are ten things our community dads do best.

1. He steps up to the plate.

Lydia R. says, “My partner has no biological ties to three of our five children. My two daughters have come to love him as their own dad and rely on him, they have never been let down by him. My son has known no other dad. This man came into my life and took on three children that two other men left and did so gladly. He has tucked them in, held them while they were sick, brought flowers to school plays, kissed boo-boos, and cut off crusts. He has done the big stuff and the not so big stuff and for that I fall in love with him all over again, every time!”

2. He treats small rituals like a big deal.

Bed time is a great time for rituals with dad. Linden B.’s husband makes time for “bed time snuggles for the girl every night.”

Maybe your hubby is an expert kid wrangler when it comes to keeping baby clean. Jordana S. says, “My husband rocks bath time!”

3. He encourages creativity...and pancakes.

Emily S. tells us, “My husband is so great at being imaginative and letting that shine through with our daughter. He asks her open-ended questions, prompts her creative thinking, tells amazing stories that he lets her contribute to. I know he's setting the stage for her creativity to blossom and for them to have so much special fun together with their special stories and imaginative play. It's a fun time. I love to listen to them let their imaginations run wild!”

She also asked their daughter what daddy does best, which is “making pancakes.”

4. He keeps things moving smoothly.

Ginia B. says, “My husband is awesome at washing pump parts, always dealing with trash and recycling, helping clean up dishes and laundry, and always checking if errands need running on his way home from work. He rocks this dad gig!”

5. He always makes time for the kids.

After a long day at work, when dad switches into play mode it tugs at our heartstrings. Terra J. says “Chris will crawl up the stairs dog tired from a 12 hour shift to go play.”

6. He manages to do it all.

Andrea H. says, “Justin changes diapers, feeds the kids every night so I get dinner with both hands, empties garbage, helps with diaper laundry, watches them like the parent he is if I go out alone, cleans up the living room every night, mows the lawn, goes grocery shopping, puts the oldest to bed since she’s a total daddy’s girl, takes the time to rub my back, and more. He works 55 hours a week and wakes up at 2:45am.”

7. He totally rocks the little things.

Nicole N. says, “He rocks at pretty much everything. He’s a stay at home dad and he kills it. Today we were out and I said, ‘I wish I had brought a hair tie to put [toddler’s] hair up.’ He reached into his pocket and pulled out a sparkly purple hairband. He’s an awesome dad.”

8. Fatherhood surprised him.

Chris says, “Dave never had any aspirations to get married…nor have kids. I on the other hand, had every intention to do both. There was never any pressure from me on Dave, but we started talking about it and researching the possibilities. As two men, our avenues are quite finite. A few days later, a woman from work asked me if Dave and I had ever considered having a family. She told me about a friend’s daughter who only wanted to give the child up for adoption to a male couple.

Dave’s always been an amazing uncle to our nieces, but nothing can truly show how a person is going to be as a parent. Well, that’s at least what I thought until I saw Dave’s face as he watched our son being delivered and then heard his cry for the first time. That face of pride mixed with terror and wonder and amazement and pure/absolute joy lets you know that a person is going to be a good parent.

Dave is an amazing husband, and an even better dad. His unconditional love for Lucas is unmistakable…and it’s infectious. I can see it on others’ faces when they see Dave interact with Lucas; they get a smile on their face. I can easily say that Dave is proud of Lucas, but even more, Dave is proud of himself for being able to be a dad to Lucas.”

9. He is a true partner.

Sarah S. tells us, “Brett is a great Dad because he is a true partner. We work together raising our son so my little guy is just as enthusiastic about having his milk with Dad in the morning or being put down by Dad at night as he would be if I were doing those things. The look on my son's face when Brett walks through the door after work tells me that my son feels loved and cared for by both of his parents.”

10. He sees the big picture.

Caitlyn O. says, “He helps the kids explore new things to help them find what they are passionate about, without expectation. I often find myself striving to do things the "right" way, or feel that things should be a certain way, but Justin doesn't. Art, for example, is something that he has sparked a love for in my son (specifically, drawing), however I often find myself thinking that pieces SHOULD look a certain way, whereas Justin can accept and appreciate them for what they are, and never hesitates to applaud my son's efforts.”

We want to hear from YOU about what makes the dads in your life great. Tell us in the blog comments below or share with us on Facebook or Twitter, @LullabyEarth.

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Are There Monsters Under The Bed Or Is it A Nightmare?

You hear cries or whimpers coming from your child’s room in the middle of the night. Worse yet, they run into your room scared. Your child is experiencing a nightmare.

To a child, a nightmare is very real and very terrifying. As a parent, you want to do everything in your power to alleviate this fear. It can be difficult to explain a bad dream to your child, so you have to help them understand it in inventive ways so they can go back to sleep.

 

1.) Teach lessons of facing fears

When your child is frightened, you want to comfort them. That’s okay, but encouraging them to always run to you when they experience a nightmare is bad for their sleep and won’t help them handle scary dreams in the long-run. Talk to your child about the importance of facing their fears and read them books that enforce the same message. You can sit with them in their room every once in a while after a bad dream, just try not to do it too frequently. 

 

2.) Get them used to the dark

As a toddler, it’s not only scary being in a room alone, it’s even more scary to do it in the dark. For many of them darkness equates to danger, inspiring nightmares. Try playing games in the dark, like flashlight tag. This will help acclimate your child to become less afraid of the dark. If that still doesn’t work, try dim nightlights (not too bright as it will disrupt sleep). It may not work for all children, but it could be an effective tool for some.

 

3.) Find them a friend

Once your child is a toddler and can start safely having toys in the bed with them, try seeing if a stuffed best friend will help them sleep. Having a friend in bed will make them feel safe and secure, either reducing nightmares or making them feel more secure when they do still happen. Some children go as far as feeling protective over their stuffed animal, making them braver.

 

4.) Practice relaxation with them

One of the best ways to get your children to stop running to you after a nightmare is to teach them some relaxation techniques to deter nightmares. The simple task of focusing on breathing in and out can help them fall back to sleep peacefully and recover from a nightmare.

 

5.) Help them feel safe in their room help

One of the simplest things you can do for your child is make sure they feel secure at home. To avoid your child getting scared, try to create a calming environment that will lull them back to sleep. Their sleep is important to their development, so the best thing you can do is to make their room feel like a safe haven. Incorporate decor centered around things they like, that way they will feel comfortable alone and less likely to have nightmares.

Here’s to only sweet dreams for you and your little ones!

Baby Bump Halloween Costumes

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It’s officially spooky season, ladies. It’s time to bust out your favorite scary movies, grab some candy, and pick out the perfect costume. Halloween is even more fun if you get to share it with someone special. No, we’re not talking about a significant other—we’re talking about your baby bump.

Are you dressing for two this year? Because we’ve got 10 spooktacular baby bump costume ideas for you!

Sunny Side Up Egg – You and your little one will look egg-cellent. It’s cute, it’s comical, and it’s easy to make—perfect for expectant moms who want something simple. (You can also make this idea into a family affair)

Bun in the Oven – A great costume idea for parties, the Bun in the Oven is sure to crack a smile on everyone’s face. (And it’s ready for purchase right now, click the link!)

The Gum Ball Machine – If you have a white top, a red skirt, you’re already almost done with the costume! Stick some colorful pom-poms on the t-shirt and it’s complete. It’s adorable and easy to make.

The Basketball Couple – Feeling sporty? You and your partner can dress up as a basketball player and a ball—the baby being the ball, of course. Check out the link to purchase non-toxic paint for your belly.

Bowling Pin and Bowler – Following the couple’s costume theme, check out this cute idea!

Winnie the Pooh – With or without a Christopher Robin, the Pooh idea is perfect.

Prego – This hilarious costume idea is easy to make and doesn’t cost much.

The Mummy – While this one may take a little time to make, it’s punny and fierce!

Mother Nature – This costume is more intricate, but it will be worth the effort.

The Great Pumpkin – Sometimes painting your baby bump is the best way to go, and you can never have too many pumpkins this time of year.

We hope you and your baby bump have a Happy Halloween!

Do I need a Waterproof Pad on a Waterproof Mattress?

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You ask, we answer!

Preparing your child’s nursery can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to equipping their crib. When researching, you see companies offering not just mattresses, but toppers, waterproof pads, changing pads, etc. Especially if you are purchasing a waterproof mattress, things can get confusing when figuring out what you actually need and what is just a nice addition.

The biggest question we see when it comes to accessories for a waterproof crib mattress is, “Should I also purchase a waterproof protector pad?”

While it is not required for you to add a waterproof protector pad, we certainly recommend it. In fact, we recommend buying two! But why?

 

1.) Prevents Bacteria

Adding a waterproof pad on top of the mattress is one of best ways to prevent bacteria from getting on the mattress. Without the topper, “occurrences” such as urine, drool, etc. will cause the sheet that is directly on the mattress to get damp and possibly cause bacteria. A waterproof protector pad is a smart extra barrier for messy babies.


2.) Makes Clean-Up Easier

Without the pad, if an accident happens, you will need to wipe down the mattress with antibacterial soap and water after every occurrence to keep your child’s sleeping surface healthy and to avoid set-in stains. Imagine waking up to a fussing baby to have to clean...it’s never fun. And clearly, it isn’t the most effective use of precious time you could be sleeping. If you choose to use a Breeze waterproof pad as well, after a nighttime accident you can simply throw the pad in the wash and head back to bed!


3.) Two Pads Keep Accidents At Bay

When it comes to adult sheets, many of us keep a spare set in case we spill and need to wash the first set. With the same logic, if you buy two pads, you won’t have to worry about bacteria on the mattress if your child happens to have another accident while you are washing the first pad. It’s a great, affordable investment.


Have more questions about our waterproof crib mattress or waterproof pad? Ask us in the comments!

Working Parent Tips

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For more and more working parents, work-life balance is becoming even more desirable. You don’t want meetings to take precedence over soccer games and you don’t want to pause playtime to answer an email. In the same accord, you don’t want your work to suffer either.

It is possible to not only work and parent, but also succeed at both! We spoke to three of our very own working parents to see  how they manage maintaining success in their career and still enjoy quality time with their children.

 

You don’t have to be at every event...just the big ones

You are a parent. Your kids are the most important thing to you. So even as a working parent, you want to be there for every practice and event. Don’t hold yourself to that standard because not even stay-at-home parents do. To lessen the load, don’t be afraid to be picky about what you attend.

If you follow this advice, you won’t have to constantly worry about leaving work on time, and you will still be there for the occasions that count.

 

Multitask your preparations

Since mornings are no doubt chaotic and daytime is out of the question since you are working, after work is your best bet for getting your kids bags all assembled and their lunches packed. As a working parent, this may be your time to focus on the kids, but don’t forget to prepare yourself as well so you aren’t scrambling at work the next day. 

“Pack your own lunch the night before, too! I can get focused on making sure the kids needs are taken care of that I neglect myself. When you’re packing kids lunches, don’t forget yours as well,” Hilary T. says.

 

When you have time for outings, make them as stress-free as possible

No matter where you work, it’s bound to be stressful at points. That’s why when you have time with your kids, you don’t want that to carry on during these moments. When you find time outside of work to enjoy the zoo with your kids or take them shopping, try to set aside just a few minutes beforehand to pack a bag.

“Pre-planning is important. Have food and things ready for kids anywhere you are going to go,” Arin S. says.

This way, the time you get with your kids is fun and relaxed versus stressed and chaotic.

 

Embrace the little moments

As a working parent, time with your little ones is precious. Even when with them, however, it’s normal to get stressed about work. To truly balance parenthood and career, you need to take active steps to be fully in the moment for both.

“I don’t use my phone while I’m playing with them unless it’s to take a cute picture. We also have dinner together every night,” Jaime R. says. 

And as Jaime went on to explain, sometimes these little moments are worth a change in schedule...even if it means going in to work a little later than you had hoped.

How do you balance family life and being a working parent? Let us know in the comments!

Lullaby Earth is MADE SAFE Certified

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There is absolutely nothing more important than the wellbeing of your baby. Because of this you have a lot of companies promising you the best in health, the best in non-toxic, the best in safety. But how do you know what products are truly designed to protect your child and what companies are just trying to upsell you with exaggerated claims?

 Looking for certifications is your best bet for finding out if a company is actually producing organic or non-toxic products. At Lullaby Earth we make sure unbiased, credible organizations certify our product to the most stringent non-toxic standards, including MADE SAFE.

 

MADE SAFE is...

America’s first nontoxic seal for everyday products. MADE SAFE began when the founders realized that the products their families use day in and day out are often made with unsafe ingredients for both parents and children. Because of this, MADE SAFE only certifies products that are made without ingredients or materials that cause human health harm and do not release harmful vapors, gases or by-products.

 Specifically, any product that is MADE SAFE certified protects us from the following:

-Behavioral toxins
-Carcinogens
-Developmental toxins
-Endocrine disruptors
-Fire retardants
-Heavy metals
-Neurotoxins
-High-risk pesticides
-Reproductive toxins
-Toxic solvents
-Harmful VOCs

See our Made Safe Certification.

A non-profit organization that provides America’s first comprehensive health-focused certification, MADE SAFE does more than just certify, however. They also take extra steps to help individuals and companies make better choices. Such as:

1. Make it easy to find and buy non-toxic products
2. Give companies a roadmap for making safe products
3. Help retailers select non-harmful products.

Have more questions about MADE SAFE? Ask us in the comments!

15 Healthier Snacks for Back to School

 

Summer has ended and school is back in session.

Soon your schedules will be filled with drop-offs, pick-ups, after school clubs, homework, and more. While this time of year can be stressful, it can also be the perfect time to try new things. Since your child is already preparing for new challenges, new friends, and new classes, why not add new foods to the list? And while we’re at it, let’s make it new healthier foods! We’ve created a list of our 15 favorite healthier snack foods.

 

Ready, set, snack!