One of the most challenging parts of parenthood is the dreaded midnight feed. As much as you love that adorable little baby of yours, getting up in the dead of the night, sometimes more than once, can really wreak havoc on your beauty rest. Wouldn't it be nice to get a few of those precious minutes of sleep back? If you're a bottle-feeding parent, you're in luck! The First Years brand new Remote Control Bottle Warmer is all about saving your sanity. Or at least a few minutes of it. Yes, you heard right: it's remote controlled. Simply add a bottle into this futuristic bottle warmer before bedtime, then warm it up remotely with the touch of a button, as soon as you hear baby stir. And drumroll....we're giving one away! Want to win this cool new Remote Control Bottle Warmer? Check it out here, and then go ahead and enter below. (Just in case you don't win -- and we really hope you do -- you should probably add one to your registry too!) PS: Want to know when your midnight feeds will end? Check out our How to Ace Your Midnight Feed Infographic now!
Why do all of my good parenting or baby-focused inventions come after they've already been invented by someone else? Sigh.
Like the Puj hug hooded baby towel, aka the handiest, softest cotton towel ever created.
Safely removing a wet, slippery baby from the bath can be totally nerve-wracking, and trying to hold onto a towel at the same time without soaking it in the process seems to require an extra arm altogether. It's no wonder so much water ends up on the floor, the countertops, or you(!) after bathing your little one. Their splashing and kicking in the water is beyond adorable, of course, but the clean up after? Not as much.
It sounds simple: Wash your child, sing them a song or two, let them play with some toys, then take them out, place a towel around them, and dry them off. Should be easy, peasy, lemon squeezy, right?
But it hasn't been. It's been more—as one of my favorite memes says—difficult, difficult, lemon difficult. Because until this towel hit the bathtime scene, there was no easy-peasy way to pick up your squirming wet baby without drenching yourself and/or everything around you.
Plus, there is nothing cuter than a baby in a plush hooded towel, right? Well, except when it's paired with a dry, mess-free floor, maybe.
Check out our favorites to make bathtime so much easier:
There's a reason why every mom tells you to buy a sound machine.
So in my defense, I grew up in Florida. As a child of the sunshine state, I knew I had to check for gators before sitting on the toilet, that cockroaches didn't just scurry, they actually flew, and at that point, the most popular and only sound machine I had ever heard of was the Miami Sound Machine.
I was raised on the notion that the rhythm was going to get me, not lull me into a peaceful slumber. Who knew?!
Well evidently science and, probably, Gloria Estefan knew, but I digress.
When my son was born, I just assumed the kid would know how to sleep. When I'm tired that's what I do, so why wouldn't this smaller more easily exhausted version of me not work the same way? Well, the simple and cinematic answer is, he is not in Kansas anymore.
Being in utero is like being in a warm, soothing and squishy spa. It's cozy, it's secure, it comes with its own soundtrack. Then one day the spa is gone. The space is bigger, brighter and the constant stream of music has come to an abrupt end. Your baby just needs a little time to acclimate and a little assist from continuous sound support.
My son, like most babies, was a restless and active sleeper. It didn't take much to jolt him from a sound sleep to crying like a banshee. I once microwaved a piece of pizza, and you would have thought I let 50 Rockettes into his room to perform a kick line.
I was literally walking on eggshells, tiptoeing around the house, watching the television with the closed caption on.
Like adults, babies have an internal clock. Unlike adults, babies haven't harnessed the ability to hit the snooze button on that internal clock. Lucky for babies they have a great Mama to hit the snooze button for them.
Enter the beloved by all—sound machines.
It's 2020. The world is changing. It's hard to believe but the old decade is over, the new one is here and it is bringing a lot of new life with it. The babies born this year are members of Generation Alpha and the world is waiting for them.
We're only a few months into the new year and there are already some new celebrity arrivals making headlines while making their new parents proud.
If your little one arrived (or is due to arrive) in 2020, they've got plenty of high profile company.