How to Meet Everyone’s Needs with Multiple Children
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by Rachel Norman
3w ago
As a mother with multiple children, it’s sometimes difficult to meet everyone’s needs. Here are some key points and strategies to help. While pregnant with my third, fourth, and fifth many people asked how I was going to do it all… I soon realised that “all” is a word that can never be defined except by its user. To some people doing it all means getting to keep all of their personal endeavors. To others, it means staying home with kids and working from home as well. Still…to others it simply means making sure your children are fed and alive. Whatever the definition, a mother has the wonder an ..read more
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Who are routines REALLY for? Kids or Moms?
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by Rachel Norman
3w ago
Lots of people spout the benefits of routine, but that leaves many parents wondering “are the routines for the kids or for me?” Routine… a dirty word to some. a saving grace for others. There are those who swear by it and others who think it’s just a parent’s ploy to rob a child of freedom to play and explore on their own terms. Ultimately, however, research shows that it’s a win win for everyone in the home. That seems like a big claim, but it is backed up by research and moms around the globe. Sample Daily Routines (by age!) Get my cheat sheets and find your family’s groove. Chor ..read more
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Foolproof Sample Daily Schedule For Toddlers, Preschoolers & Older Kids
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by Rachel Norman
3w ago
Here’s a sample daily schedule for stay at home moms who have a baby, toddler, and preschooler at home. Right now, I have a 9 year old, 8 year old, 6 year old, 5 year old, and 3 year old. At one point, not long ago, I had a 6 year old, 5 year old, 4 year old, 2 year old, and a newborn.  That’s crazy talk.  But really, there are some pros and cons to having children close together, but it isn’t as hard as you think. We have a few key routines throughout our day that keep us sane. They keep us grounded. They prevent us from all running around like chickens with our heads cut off. Or, a ..read more
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Why It Actually Matters If Baby Is A “Good Sleeper”
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by Rachel Norman
1M ago
Sleep is important when it comes to raising healthy and happy children. Yet, so many mothers struggle with how and when to put their kids down. This may be the help you need: Sleep becomes a topic of great thought and discussion when it comes to raising children…especially babies and young toddlers. It often amazes me when I hear mothers explain their exhaustion due to the fact that their children won’t just “go down” I would like to start by saying that children don’t understand the benefits of sleep. Sometimes they don’t know what is best for them when it comes to sleep routine, have to be t ..read more
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A No-Fuss Guide To Sleep Training (With Printable!)
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by Rachel Norman
1M ago
If you’re ready to start sleep training your baby and want a no fuss approach to better nights, this will give it to you. Apparently baby feeding habits are compared to fishes. One of mine was what they called a “barracuda”… he’d circle around and around and finally latch on and feed. It took a bit of time.  Also… Know how babies take a few months to learn to walk? From rocking, to commando crawling, to crawling, to pushing up, to scooting, to WALKING. Life skills are not automatic.  Even things our body will naturally do take learning and practice. Babies must practice using a spoon ..read more
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Why Frequent Night Wakings Will Actually Make You Crazy
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by Rachel Norman
1M ago
You are a tired mom. Chances are, the more tired you get the more you are likely to become an angry mom. The more angry and tired you become the more you can’t get a grip on your emotions. Frequent night wakings can be a thing of the past, read on.  It’s a twitchy feeling. A gnawing, large, suffocating thing going on inside your chest and brain that threatens to overpower you. You are no longer yourself. You are not the warm, nurturing, peaceful mother of Daytime. No. Now… in the middle of the night… for the 4th time since midnight… You are Psychotic Mom from the Kingdom of the Sleep Depr ..read more
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How to Nap When Baby Naps… In Real Life
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by Rachel Norman
1M ago
Here’s how to take naps when baby naps… in real life. Are you struggling to survive the newborn phase? If you need to get more sleep then here is how you can nap when the baby naps. You may be a tired mom. Exhausted and stressed. So happy to have your little bundle of joy in your arms, but still figuring out how to weather the fog and get to a new normal. I hope these tips afford you a bit of rest. How to Nap When Baby Naps… In Real Life Remember, this is a unique season of life that you should embrace with open arms. It truly goes by in a flash. Read These While You’re At It My “Daily E ..read more
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The Surprising Reason Your Baby Fights Sleep
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by Rachel Norman
1M ago
There are a few reasons your baby fights sleep. Read here to learn why your baby is likely fighting sleep, plus solutions. We’ll dive in to what fighting sleep actually means. Whether your baby is overtried, trying to settle down by releasing stress, resisting the bassinet, or something else. Let’s dive in. On her Facebook page she wrote, “I was up for two hours last night because of an animal outside… I am so exhausted and annoyed!”  She was heavily pregnant with her first baby and due very soon. The comments were all full of, “You better get tougher than that since the baby is coming ..read more
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4 Clever Tips for Swaddling Your Baby at Night
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by Rachel Norman
1M ago
Tips for swaddling your baby at night to avoid night wakings. You already know the must know newborn swaddling tips, but here are some more specific ways to help your baby sleep well at night with the swaddle.  I held my breath and prayed. Every single time I changed my baby girl’s diaper at night. I’d unswaddle her, change her diaper put on a new one, and pray I could wrap her back up without waking her up too much. None of us want a wide awake baby multiple times per night, do we? Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t, and soon I realized… this was not going to fly. That’s when I fou ..read more
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When Babies Go To One Nap (Quick Guide To Dropping The Morning Nap)
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by Rachel Norman
1M ago
It’s hard to know when babies go to one nap, but this will help you figure it out and make it easier when you’re dropping the morning nap. When we have newborns it seems like we never leave the house. By the time we’ve fed the baby and changed the diaper and burped then it’s basically time for another nap. We get ready ourselves, get in the car, go somewhere, get out of the car, go inside the store and then BAM baby wakes up and needs to feed again. So now you’ve gotta find a bench or a bathroom or go back to your car and feed again. All day. 28 Things To Do If Baby Won’t Sleep CHECKLIST Fas ..read more
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