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Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday Finds: Brushing & Flossing Your Toddler's Teeth

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We just got back from Caroline's 2 year appointment at the dentist. This is her second time going to the dentist. It is recommended to start as soon as your child gets teeth. This recommendation is based on 2 things: getting your child comfortable with going, and getting parents up to speed and knowledgeable. Our appointment today went perfectly! Caroline was calm, listened well to instructions, and was even excited and curious. She was polite, and answering questions. It went as smoothly as it could have gone, and I was so proud of her. The dentist and the staff were pleased and impressed as well. They were also thrilled that we were doing some necessary things at this age:

1. Brushing twice a day (helps prevent tooth decay)

2. Teaching our daughter how to spit (can switch to fluoride toothpaste once this is achieved and will prevent tooth decay) We are making this switch now!

3. No longer using bottles/pacifiers and not allowing thumb sucking (can cause speech and dental problems)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Real Mom Confessions: Bath Time

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I really can't express how excited I was to read this guest post from Kimberly over at the Team Cartwright blog! I feel like I could have written this post myself, except she did a way better job of expressing it! Kimberly has written down her 10 Bath Time Confessions, and I agree 100% with ALL 10 of them. Baths are one of those "topics", that, if you aren't bathing your kid every night and incorporating it into your bedtime routine, you're made to feel like a less than exemplar mom. I decided to bury that feeling LONG ago, because not only do I think it's better to bathe less frequently, I simply don't want to take the time to do it! I am still a rockstar mom, as is Kimberly! Our kids are clean and healthier as a result. I bathe Caroline about twice a week....sometimes once a week. I recently had to decide on a day (Monday) to mark on the calendar, so I'd make sure I remembered to do it at least that day...

I hope you enjoy reading Kimberly's 10 Bath Time Confessions. I sure did! Please reach out to me if you have momfessions to admit to. This blog is all about keeping it real, and I'd love to publish your story as well in my real moms real stories series!!



My post today is over at Babywisemom.com. It is about Toddler Behaviors I "Go To The Mat" For- 4 Behaviors I never ignore! The post was inspired by one of the moms in my discussion group, and I loved thinking through this topic. You'll find the behaviors I never ignore, and also the ones that I do ignore. Real examples are given, and I also discuss how I go about trying to diffuse and eliminate battles. 

Real Mom Confessions: Bath Time

Real mom confession time.  I don't often talk about bath time with my kids.  I have my reasons. Don't worry, my kids are clean and I take good care of their hygiene.  But I feel like if you don't have a loving, full on bath with all the bells and whistles every night before bed that somehow you are judged as being a bad mom.  This doesn't have to be the case!  In order to combat that, here are my real mom confessions: bath time edition.

1) I do not bathe my kids every day.  Nope, I don't do it.  They get baths two to three times a week.  Sometimes more if needed.  And honestly sometimes less if life gets busy.  When Ben was a baby my husband and I both worked.  It didn't want to take the time every night to be stuck in the tiny bathroom doing bath time.  We wanted to relax and enjoy time with Ben, so we only did baths a few times a week.  That carried over and we still only do it a few times a week.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Teaching Your Child To Be A Giver- And How You Can Make a Donation

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Our daughter has everything she needs. She is surrounded by a plethora of toys, she has books GALORE, she has clothes in her closet for all seasons, she has food to eat, warm blankets, and lots and lots of family that love her. My husband and I knew from the start that we didn't want to have too much stuff. We wanted her to appreciate the things she has, and to learn to live without every want met. In addition to this, we want her to learn to be a giver. We want her to learn to share with those around her, and to expect nothing in return but kindness.


To avoid getting too much stuff, we started a Christmas gift guide last year. It was basically a sign up sheet for our family members, so not everyone would end up buying her toys. It encouraged books, and even events to make memories. The reality, however, is that with family far away, sometimes they give gifts simply because it gives them joy- which is something we want them to continue if it makes them happy. That being said, Caroline has a LOT of toys. And the reality is she hardly plays with her toys. So, in our effort to teach giving and kindness, and to not accumulate too much, we donate!


Our daughter has amazed us with a couple of things:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

An Egg-less Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe- Better Than Nestle Toll House

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Does anyone else ALWAYS use the Nestle Toll House recipe on the back of the chocolate chips? This is the only chocolate chip cookie recipe I've ever used! It's good, so why switch it up? Well, it's not consistent...at least not for me. I don't know why, but sometimes I get nice fluffy cookies that are soft and gooey like I like them, and other times I get hard, flat, crispy cookies. I am not a fan of crunchy chocolate chip cookies.

Monday, December 5, 2016

2 Year Schedule & Update

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I can't believe I officially have a 2 year old! It's amazing to see how much Caroline has learned over the course of two years. What's even more fascinating, is going through each of my monthly updates on the schedule page, and seeing the differences that are noted simply in a few weeks! In her 21 month update I mentioned a few words that she was saying "Moe" for "Moose" (our dog). She now just says Moose. Probably even more amazing is that I had forgotten all about how she used to say "Moe"...and it was only a few months ago! Her speech REALLY took off in the last couple of months, as well.

Schedule 

Not much has changed with her schedule. She's still taking one nap, and goes down very easily. She reads for awhile longer before going down for her nap these days, but she still takes a nap once she feels she is ready. I am still leaving her in her room for the full 3 hours. She reads, then naps, then has quiet time- all in her bed.

7:15 am wake and drink milk
8:30 am breakfast
12 pm lunch
12:30/1-3:30/4 pm nap (I no longer wake her), milk when she wakes
5:30/6 pm dinner
7:15 pm bed


Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday Finds - 2 Year Old Gift Guide

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This gift guide is for the 2 year old age range. You'll see it is broken down into 3 categories (bed/bath, books, and toys). Each of these categories has 4 ideas that I think are 2 year old gift WINS! This list is meant to be practical, but the gifts are also exciting and educational.


Bed/Bath


Elmo Pajamas- these pajamas are fabulous! We bought a size 3T for our 2 year old daughter. She is 27 lbs and 34.75" tall. They fit great and they will fit great for quite some time. The cuffed legs are great so the pants aren't too long. Nice and warm for winter months, but not too warm. I am very glad we got these. And what 2 year old doesn't love elmo!?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Happy 2nd Birthday, Caroline

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Dear Caroline,


You are two years old! I have to say, I loved a lot about the baby stage. I loved the never ending cuddles, I loved holding you while you slept in my arms, I loved all of your firsts- your first smile, first laugh, etc. There is something about the toddler phase that I can't get enough of, however. I have loved getting to watch you learn, I love hearing you talk, and I love the activities that we do together. So far, this is my favorite age. I have a feeling I'm going to say that next year as well, and probably the year after that. It is just fascinating watching you turn into a sweet, beautiful, smart little girl.

Lately, we take our time in the mornings (unless we are going somewhere). You wait patiently for me once you wake up-  you wait for your clock to turn yellow. I then come in. You always request to stay in bed. Sometimes we stay in your bed, and sometimes we hurry over to Mama and Daddy's bed. We bring books, your blankets, and sometimes a friend (Pete the dog, Elmo, etc.). We read books, and sometimes we watch a show (Dinosaur Train is your latest favorite). I eventually tell you it's time to get up and get ready so we can go downstairs and eat breakfast. You beg for "more more more", and ask to stay in bed longer. I love these mornings and so do you. We wake up at 7, and often aren't eating until 9. It's a perfect lazy morning.