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Do I need a Waterproof Pad on a Waterproof Mattress?

Do I Need a Waterproof Pad on a Waterproof Mattress | Lullaby Earth Blog

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

Working Parent Tips | Lullaby Earth Blog

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!

Mom Job Description

Mom Job Description

Job Title:

Mom (possible promotion to Grandma years down the line, please be patient.)

 

Job Summary:

Are you interested in a life-changing experience that literally never ends? Have you ever wanted to work around the clock with no pay and no indication that you’re doing well at your position for at least 18-20 years? Do you like locking yourself in closets and crying so no one can see you when it all gets to be too much?

  • No vacation days or personal days

  • No 401k or insurance

  • No training—learn on the job

  • Overtime is required

  • Must be OK with working nights, weekends, and holidays

We know this job looks terrible on paper.

But we promise, it will be the most rewarding experience of your life, and once you’re hired to be Mom, it will be impossible to imagine life as anything else.

 

Job Responsibilities:

*Will change overtime with age and experience—everyday is filled with new adventures, pressures, expectations, and duties so be prepared for anything, always.

  • Feeding, changing, and bathing a mini version of you for the first few years, all while enjoying minimal sleep and an exhausting schedule

  • Trying to decipher what Mini-You needs when crying because your new job is one big guessing-game filled with the inability to communicate

  • Keeping calm when every part of you wants to lose your cool—this is especially important when Mini-You throws a loud, public meltdown

  • Being a mind reader, cheerleader, caregiver, teacher, mentor, counselor, chef, driver, and about 100 other titles at any moment for the rest of your life

  • Concealing your laughter when Mini-You says something wildly hilarious but highly inappropriate

  • Assisting with homework in a variety of subjects that you haven’t studied in years, maybe decades (have you heard of Common Core? Because whoa.)

  • Making cupcakes at midnight for a bake sale tomorrow that Mini-You just told you about an hour ago

  • Putting everyone’s needs before your own

  • Worrying for the rest of your days every time Mini-You leaves the house

Job Qualifications:

Unconditionally loving another human being more than you ever thought possible, to the point where sometimes you look at Mini-You and your entire heart wants to explode with pride because YOU made that special little person and even on the worst days, you wouldn’t trade any of it for anything in this world.

Life Hacks for Single Parents

Single Parents

Single Parent Day started in 1984 to recognize single parents in a manner similar to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. March 21 is National Single Parent Day, and we salute the parents out there who are doing the hard work of parenting all on their own. You’re doing an amazing job! 


This post celebrates the accomplishments of single parents and provides tips from some single parents in our community to help others who are raising children on their own.

Child Care Life Hacks:

“Trade babysitting with another single parent. I can’t tell you how invaluable this was when I was a single mom. I had childcare I felt zero guilt about and could afford. We both felt confident in our child’s caregiver that they’d treat the kids with love. It’s worth introducing yourself to every mom you meet.” - Nicole S.

Time Management Life Hacks:

“If you can, double up on bathtime. If they can do it themselves, even better.” - Rachel C.

“Lower expectations of what you get done in the evenings after work. Yes, cooking a great meal for your family is awesome, but when you have such a small amount of time to connect with your kids, it’s better to have sandwiches for dinner and more time to bond.” -Nicole S.

“Establish a schedule [and stick to it]. Kids need some structure.” -Brandie F.

Split Custody Life Hacks:

“The kids will argue that they should get to do something at your house because they can do it with the other parent. Remind them that there are rules. That is their house, what is the rule in this house? Speaking of rules, write them out to be seen. When they try to negotiate, point to the rules. Saves your voice.” -Rachel C.

“Make sure the kids know they are loved, and don’t talk badly about the other parent.” - Holly S.

Self Care Life Hacks:

“[Losing yourself in the parent role is] hard, and there will be times when it happens. The thing you have to keep in mind is that even the small things amount to big reliefs. If you enjoy wine, go get yourself a bottle on sale and enjoy a glass in the evenings. If you have a television show, record it and watch it in bed after putting your little one(s) down. It doesn't have to be extravagant, it just has to be something that is wholly and completely you.” - Rebecca T.

“Speak words of kindness. To yourself. Out loud. In front of your children.” - Rachel C.

Advice For the Recently Single:

If you don’t have a built-in support network of friends and family near you, being a single parent can get lonely. Find a single parents support group (even if it’s just on Facebook) or a local in-person meetup to start creating a support network for yourself. It will remind you that you aren’t alone and that you can do this. Here is some advice from our community for parents going through a separation, who are recently single, or who are just feeling a little lost and lonely:

“The single greatest untapped force of nature in this country is a single parent who needs to provide. There are many services out there, state and federal, that are geared toward helping with these transitions. Research and utilize them. They will lift many, many burdens from your shoulders.” -Rebecca T.

“Don’t dwell on what life would be like if you had a significant other. The grass is always greener. Yes, in some ways a two parent household might be easier, but in some ways, I’m happy that I’m the only one in charge. There are no disagreements about the right way to do anything.” - Renee L.

Add Your Own Advice
What advice do you have for the single parents out there?