Best Place to Do Baby Registry Setup in 2018 (Online and In-Store)

Pregnancy is a time filled with joy, but for some parents-to-be, it is also a time of panic. While you are anxiously awaiting the arrival of your precious little one, weird things are happening to your body, and the stress of preparing your home can feel overwhelming.

However, even amid chaos and nausea, there is something to look forward to (other than your baby, of course) – creating your baby registry! The best place to do baby registry setup? Let’s find out!

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Best Way to Organize Toys (and Keep Your Home Mess-Free)

Have the toys taken over your home? Keep your home mess-free with these tips for the best way to organize toys, and reclaim your space again!

Have the toys taken over your home? If your home is anything like mine, the toys are everywhere!

And, with each passing year, my kids just keep accumulating more. No matter how hard I try – between birthdays, holidays, and grandparents – the toys have a tendency to take over the house.

If I step on one more Lego or teeny tiny Barbie shoe, I might lose my mind.

And I know I am not alone with this issue. My friends are always talking about the best way to organize toys, and I am always on the hunt for a new way to keep things more orderly and less likely to make me lose my mind.

For any other parent who has taken offense to the mess in their house and considered throwing all the toys in the garbage, I am here to offer some help in the form of toy organization.

Keep your home mess-free with these tips for the best way to organize toys, and reclaim your space again!

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7 Fun Money Management Activities that will Teach Children to Save Better Than You Ever Did

As our children grow, we must be intentional to teach them the skills they’ll need to be successful adults. One of the most important lessons they’ll learn (hopefully) is how to manage their money.

It’s never too early to start teaching your child to save, but it becomes even more necessary as they age.

Ages 7-10 are a great time to use money management activities to teach children to save and be smart with their money.

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The Best Non-Toxic Play Mat for Babies in 2018

There are a lot of toys out there marketed for babies (and that may be an understatement – it’s sometimes overwhelming). It can be hard to know which is worth purchasing and which isn’t.

As an experienced mom, my top priorities when shopping for toys are as follows: versatile/grows with baby, education, safety, and cost.

Something that really fits all of these priorities is a non-toxic play mat. This simple “toy”, if designed right, can grow with a baby’s needs, provide education across that timeline, and practically pays for itself in entertainment.

Keep reading to find out more about our selection for the best non-toxic play mat for your little one!

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How to Teach Toddler to Read: The Ultimate Guide

Great readers start at an early age, and toddler-hood is a great time to start emphasizing the importance of reading and how much fun books can be.

As far back as I can remember, I have LOVED to read. It has always been one of my favorite past times, and I have a large home library to prove it. As a result, cultivating a love for books and reading in my kids is something I consider very important.

Learn how to teach toddler to read using these six easy and effective steps to give your child a love of reading!

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Best Baby Carrier for Summer 2018 – Which Should I Get?

There’s a period of time after your baby is born where you feel like your hands are always tied (unless the baby is napping).

I know we felt that way while our daughter was only a few months old.

It’s hard to move around the house (or out of the house) when you’re either holding a baby in your arms or pushing a stroller.  The funny thing was, we got a baby carrier at our baby shower and it took us a few months before we realized that this thing was the answer to most of our problems.

As soon as we started using it, it was huge weight off our shoulders (figuratively, that is; literally, it added weight to our shoulders).

It was great during the cooler months, but now that the weather’s heating up, we’re trying to figure out if this is really the best baby carrier for summer.  

The one we have (I’ll explain more below) is amazing quality, but it’s heavy and you heat up quickly when wearing it.

Anyway, let’s take a look at what’s out there and decide on which is the best baby career for summer.

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12 Stunning Gender Neutral Baby Nursery Design Ideas

One of the things I enjoy most about preparing for a new baby is getting the nursery ready.

In my house, we had a boy first and then a girl, so I was able to do a little of each.

However, if you are “team green” and plan on being surprised by your baby’s gender when he or she is born, then you may find yourself scratching your head in the nursery department. Or, perhaps you’d just prefer to not do a traditional boy or girl’s room style.

How can you make your nursery stunning, adorable AND gender neutral?

Keep reading for our list of 12 absolutely stunning, gender neutral baby nursery design ideas!

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Best Diaper Disposal System in 2018 (this one won’t stink)

As a new parent, one of the things you become really aware of before your baby is born is the concept of diapers.

Buying them.

Changing them frequently.

People would lead you to believe that your world revolves around it. And in some ways, they’re not wrong (at least, for the first couple months of your baby’s life).

As you get ready for a baby (and prepare your baby registry), one of the things you tend to look at is the diaper disposal system. (Also known as a “diaper pail.”)

But which is the best diaper disposal system?

There’s some debate on which is best, and in fact, some people claim you don’t need one at all.

In this post, we’ll dive into all the specifics about whether you need one, why you might want one, and what we think is the best diaper disposal system you can buy in 2018.

Let’s go.

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Top 10 MUST Have Items on the Third Trimester To Do List (are they on yours?)

Congratulations! You have officially made it to the last leg of your pregnancy, and are now getting through the third trimester. By now, your baby bump is in full swing, you may (or may not if you choose) know what your new child’s gender is, and you are anxiously ticking away the days until their arrival!

When you first find out you are pregnant, nine months seems like it’s FOREVER away.

However, now that you are in the last part of your pregnancy you may be feeling the pressure to prepare for baby. As a seasoned mom, I’ve put together a list to help.

Here is my list of the top 10 things that should be on your third trimester to do list!

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How to Pick a Baby Name in 2018 (And Not Screw It Up)

Figuring out how to pick a baby name is highly subjective process.  You might like one name…that your spouse absolutely hates.

In fact, it’s very likely that this is the case.

You go through the baby name lists online, each of you striking names from the list that you don’t like.

Your wife loves “Emma,” but Emma was the name of your 5th grade teacher who you despised.

You like “Carrie,” but your wife fears the name will inspire a telekinetic power used for evil massacres (+1 if you get the movie reference).

So how do you actually pick a baby name that you both can agree on?

Or what if you find yourself at the point where you can’t seem to agree on any name?

Let’s figure this one out…

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