You know how much I read up on baby sleep when I was pregnant? Absolutely nothing. A friend asked my husband if we had a sleep philosophy we planned to use, and I honestly thought she was nuts. Why would I be thinking about how my kid would sleep when he wasn't even born yet? Wouldn't he just sleep when he was tired? Yeah, I learned the hard way that that's not how it works.Continue Reading >
At this point, I'm pretty sure everyone knows that breast milk is the healthiest choice for babies--your obstetrician, your pediatrician, your best friend, your third cousin, have probably all spouted the virtues.
Before I became a mother, I had no intention of ever breastfeeding, but once pregnant, the evidence of the greatness of breast milk was just too convincing to ignore. So of course, I gave it a whirl and my son was lucky to get 13 months of the good stuff. He hardly ever got sick during that time, turned into a fabulous eater of solid foods afterwards, and has always been ahead of the curve developmentally. The benefits of breastfeeding are awesome, but the milk itself is even more fascinating than most of us realize. Here are five cool facts about breast milk you might not have heard:Continue Reading >
One of my biggest complaints when I became a mom more than seven years ago was that I couldn't get my hands on quality bilingual and Spanish children's books. As an advocate for raising bilingual kids, I'm well aware that reading to our children in the minority language is of extreme importance in order to succeed. Fortunately, things have changed a lot in the last few years, which is why I'm able to share the following list of outstanding publishers you should know if you're raising bilingual kids.Continue Reading >
It's nothing new, but it's definitely more common than most of us would ever imagine. I'm talking about precocious puberty--the kind that starts before age 10. In some cases, several years earlier. Just ask Tanginika Cuascud, a Puerto Rican woman who began menstruating before age 7 and nobody bothered to explain what was happening.Continue Reading >
There's no denying that the difference between a first and a second child can be abysmal. From how crazy careful we tend to be with our firstborns to the amount of photos we take documenting each and every one of their moves regardless of how insignificant they may be in other people's eyes, the fact is that our lack of experience makes everything seem new to us.Continue Reading >
I remember when my daughter's first tooth came out like it was yesterday--even though it's been seven long years since it happened. I also remember her own excitement when she was in first grade and her first tooth became wiggly. She couldn't wait for the Tooth Fairy and for the Ratoncito to come and take her tooth when it finally fell off! For me, it was a bittersweet moment. I was excited for her, but I was a bit sad that my firstborn was no longer a baby.
And yet, no amount of sadness would make think it'd be a good idea to grab her fallen tooth and have it turned into jewelry like some moms have started doing.Continue Reading >
Five years ago, I couldn't have guessed that I would be a stay-at-home mom. But here I am--a year into quitting my full-time job--and I can say with all sincerity that this is the most challenging thing I've ever done. It has topped moving out on my own at 18, working my way through college (sometimes doing three jobs plus school at the same time), getting married while still in school and pounding the pavement for almost two years to score a job in journalism. Below you'll find some of the things I've learned about being a stay-at-home mom--the good, the bad and the ugly.Continue Reading >
Although I'm not huge on making New Year's resolutions because it's hard for me to keep them, I do like the idea of having some specific plans to ensure my children's bilingualism--especially because I feel like, lately, I've been slacking off a bit. And also because my son will be starting Kinder in the fall, which means he'll be exposed to even more English and I'm afraid his Spanish will start to suffer.Continue Reading >
I'm not goint to lie. I get a bit jealous when I see a pregnant woman or one with a newborn baby--especially now that my youngest son is 4 1/2 years old and will be going to Kinder in the fall. Even though I may go a bit crazy some times thinking that I should have another child, I know deep down inside that my family is complete. But once in a while I still have to remind myself why having another baby would be a really bad idea ...Continue Reading >
For lots of families, traveling with kids is a complicated ordeal. Cross-country treks, multi-hour car trips and overnight stays in not-so-familiar places, like the ones that many had to go through during the holidays that just passed are not only crazy, they can be impossible. Traveling may have all been fairly easy before baby arrived, but the addition of a little one can make it a little more complicated. In no way am I suggesting you should shy away from it--in fact, I consider myself a champion of family travel. But you do have to realize that these trips will require more time, more planning and a whole lot more luggage. Thankfully, there are a ton of unique and useful products on the market to help your adventures go as smoothly as possible. Here are seven of our favorite baby travel gear items that will ease your travel woes so you can make traveling more part of the new year!Continue Reading >