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To the mom stuck inside with the kids on a snow day

Snow days are tough—but so are you. And you can do this. ❄️

To the mom stuck inside with the kids on a snow day

Snow days, man. They can be tough.

But they weren’t always like that.


Hearing ‘snow day’ as a child was music to my ears. Even when I was teaching it was, too. Who doesn’t like a break from work every once in a while?

But that was before kids. I could stay home from work and enjoy binge watching a TV show or get sucked into a movie marathon. I’d eat all sorts of junk food and treats, napped when I felt like it and, well, did whatever I wanted.

Now, snow days involve three children and a mama cooped up at home—trying to fight cabin fever together.

Instead of making the choice to binge watch TV, I have to try to end the continuous requests by my children to binge watch Beat Bugs and Sofia The First.

Instead of a movie marathon, I get sucked into a “following my children around and picking up after them” marathon. Because my house has turned into a bomb cyclone itself, and it’s not pretty.

Instead of eating junk food, I’m throwing together meals with what we have because no—we didn’t dare brave the supermarket the night before a snowstorm in New England. (But, fear not—we do have wine.?)

Instead of napping myself—I’m pleading with two and four year olds to nap so I can have a bit of a break from the entertaining and the doing.

Snow days can be harder than any busy, jam-packed work day, if you ask me.

Because you're on top of each other and you’re exhausted and you’re running out of ideas…

And you wonder if you’re allowing your kids too much screen time.

You strap everyone into their snow gear and head outside but after five minutes and one child already asking to go back inside, you wonder if this was the right decision.

You don’t understand why being cooped up inside makes your kiddos want to follow you around the house like they’re your shadow.

You have tried crafts and games and puzzles and books and yet time seems to stand still.

You are not sure if this snow day will ever end or if this is just your new life now—hibernating inside, feeling like you’re trapped in a snow globe.

Well I have news for you, mama. Snow days are tough—but so are you. And you can do this.

So allow yourself to loosen the reins on snow days. Let the rules fall by the wayside a bit. Do what you need to do to survive.

Because snow days can actually be pretty magical. It’s all how you look at it.

Snow days are for staying in your pajamas all day.

Snow days are for cozying up on the couch and not worrying so much about screen time limits for just one day.

Snow days are for eating cookies and hot chocolate for lunch.

Snow days are for shoveling and playing and building snowmen.

Snow days are for everyone taking naps or having quiet rest time—yes, even mom.

Snow days are for puppet shows and dance parties and baking.

Snow days are for indulging in a big glass of wine (or whatever way you treat yo self) post-bedtime.

Snow days are for imaginations and creativity and dreaming. And while they can be a bit stressful and overwhelming at times, if you take a second to pause—you might be able to bring back that childhood snow day excitement lingering inside you.

Because it’s still there. You just have to dig it up.

A very important letter for new mamas

Listen, mom-guilt is a dirty liar. Yes, it's your job to fill your little human's needs, but you matter too. Don't forget to take care of yourself. Hang out with friends, take a drive blaring 90's hip hop or shower without interruptions—trust me, you'll be a better person (and mom) because of it.

Dear new mom,

You will shave again someday. Today is not that day.

Set expectations low, my friend, and set your partner's lower—at least where body hair and overall hygiene are concerned.

That conversation could go something like this: “From now on let's not consider shaving a “standard," but more like a gift that happens on birthdays and the first day of summer."

Voila, you are a gift-giving genius. You know what else is a gift? Shaving the inch and a half of skin that is between your skinny jeans and your boots. You're welcome world.

You will not be perfect at parenting.

Boom.

I have yet to meet a perfect mother, but when I do, she's going to be a tiger who is insanely good at making up songs. (Daniel Tiger's mom, we salute you.)

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9 products that will help baby sleep better (and longer!)

For many parents, attempting naps and bedtime can seem like a never-ending cycle of rocking, shushing and hoping for some kind of magic sleep solution.

How do I get my baby to sleep? This is one of the most commonly asked questions among new parents, and it makes sense, given that babies are born with their days and nights mixed up. For many parents, attempting naps and bedtime can seem like a never-ending cycle of rocking, shushing and hoping for some kind of magic sleep solution.

And while that might not exist (yet), we have found some of the best products out there that can help baby fall asleep faster and for longer durations. Because when baby is sleeping, so are you!

Dreamland Baby weighted sleep sack and swaddle

Designed by a mama, parents swear by this weighted sleep sack. It mimics your hug to give your baby security and comfort that helps them get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer. The detachable swaddle wing makes it easy to transition as they grow.

It's also super easy to get on and off, and includes a bottom-up zipper for late night changes, so you don't have to wake your baby in the process.

$79

Yogasleep Hushh portable sound machine

Yogasleep hushh sound machine

With three soothing options, this is a perfect solution to help your baby settle when naps are on the go and during travel! I love how compact this noise machine is and that it can run all night with one charge.

$30

Bebe au Lait muslin crib sheets

Burt's Bees Organic Crib Sheets

With a variety of print options to choose from, these breathable sheets are *so* soft and smooth, even through multiple washes. The luxury fabric keeps little ones warm without overheating—a formula that helps ensure more sleep for everyone.

$32

The Simple Folk perfect pajamas

The Simple Folk perfect pajamas

You know what's going to help baby have their best sleep ever? Some quality, super soft pajamas. The timeless (and aptly named!) Perfect Pajama from The Simple Folk are some of our favorites. They last forever and they're made from organic pima cotton that is safe on baby's precious skin. They come in a wide range of sizes so siblings can match and feature fold-over hand covers on sizes up to 12 months.

$37

The Snoo bassinet

Snoo

Designed by expert pediatrician and sleep guru Dr. Harvey Karp, the Snoo bassinet gently rocks your baby to sleep while snuggled up in the built-in swaddle. Not only does it come with sensors that adjust the white noise and movement based on your baby's needs, there is also an app that allows you to adjust the settings directly from your phone.

While this item is a bit on the expensive side, there is now an option to rent for $3.50 a day, which is a total game changer!

$1295

Hatch Baby Rest sound machine + nightlight

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The Hatch Baby Rest is a dual sound machine and nightlight that will grow with your family. Many parents use this product with their infants as a white-noise machine and then as a "time to rise" solution for toddlers.

The thing I love most about this product is that the light it gives off isn't too bright, and you can even select different color preferences; giving your toddler choices at bedtime.

$59.99

Crane humidifier

Crane Humidifier

The only thing worse than a sick baby is a baby who is sick and not sleeping well. The Crane humidifier helps take care of this by relieving congestion and helping your baby breathe better while sleeping.

Personally, I think the adorable design options alone are enough of a reason to purchase this product, and your child will love watching steam come out of the elephant's trunk!

$46.99

Naturepedic organic crib mattress

Naturpedic Lightweight Organic Mattress

In the first few months of life, babies can spend up to 17 hours a day sleeping, so choosing a mattress that is safe (read: no chemicals!) and comfortable is incredibly important.

Naturepedic uses allergen-friendly and waterproof materials with babies and children in mind, making them easy to clean and giving you peace of mind.

$259.00

Happiest Baby sleepea 5-second swaddle

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There are baby swaddles and then there is Sleepea. Similar to the brand's swaddle that is built into the Snoo, the Sleepea is magic for multiple reasons. First, it's got mesh panels ensuring baby never overheats. Second, the zipper zips from the top or the bottom, so you can change the baby's diaper in the middle of the night without ever waking them. Third, it's hip safe. Fourth, the patterns are SO cute. And fifth, the interior swaddle wrap that keeps baby's ams down has a "quiet" velcro that won't wake baby if you need to readjust while they're asleep.

$27.95

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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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