It All Started with a Meatball The Klay Family Blog

We've all heard the safety recommendations that include a warning to stay away from using crib bumper pads. Yet, despite these warnings, the baby stores are fully stocked with crib bedding sets that include - what else? - bumper pads. Confusing much? Well, in the name of safety, it's definitely best to avoid using the pads in the crib with your ...

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There is nothing wrong with embracing your status as a nerd. I couldn't have said it any better than John Green: "Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can't-control-yourself love it. [...] When people call people nerds, mostly what they're saying is 'you like stuff.' Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, 'you ...

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If one of my children becomes valedictorian, I don’t expect that part of their speech to their classmates will include “and thanks, mom, for the 18 months of breastfeeding. It really made a difference during those calc exams!” If they reach their forties and find themselves cancer-free, I don’t anticipate a call to let me know those late ...

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It’s disgusting. It’s indecent. Can you believe she would just whip it out like that? I don’t want my child/husband/dog to see that!

Ah yes, reaction to the ever-so-controversial idea of nursing in public. Why the controversy? Apparently it is a difficult step to get past breasts as sexual objects and see them for their primary ...

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Ever have one of those parenting days when you start to wonder if anyone else is struggling with becoming a parent as much as you are? Want a reminder that one day you'll look back on this day when your little one's diaper explosion + the dishwasher flood + the dog vomiting on the carpet + realizing none of your clothes fit will be something you ...

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Of course you can stick with the standards -- "Twinkle, Twinkle" and "Hush, Little Baby" still work just fine -- but sometimes it's nice to try something a little different. Heck, the secret to calming my oldest daughter's colicky screams was repeated refrains of the Oscar Mayer songs (My baloney has a first name ... AND Oh, I wish I were an Oscar ...

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As a parent, it sometimes feels like every day is much like the one before. The same routine of feeding and changing, and trying to get little ones to sleep so that you can get ready to feed and change, and you do it all over and over, again and again. And while the moments in between can be pure magic (have you heard a baby giggle lately? Or ...

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Often, in those early days of infancy, in between the feedings and the changings and the sleepings, it’s easy to wonder “What do I do with this baby?” Especially for caregivers who aren’t familiar or comfortable with the baby phase, how to keep an infant entertained can seem a daunting challenge. ...

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I recently finished reading the complete Harry Potter series with my daughter. It was a wonderful adventure for the two of us to share, and I found – as we read – that I saw the books and the characters through new eyes this time around. The first time I read the books it was ...

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You're having a baby. You are absolutely certain/pretty sure/kind of thinking you want to breastfeed. That's great! One of the great benefits of breastfeeding is that you can do it without making a single purchase. Plenty of women across the world and far back through history have successfully nursed their babies ...

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