Amy's Corner. our lactation consultant answers your questions about nursing.

Raising Confident Kids

Mother and daughter relaxing in park.Raising confident kids is probably a goal for most parents out there.  It sounds so easy, right?  Give them encouragement, pat them on the back, and help them be successful in life.  Well, easier said than done.  Many psychological and environmental elements come into play when we look at the emotional development of children and raising confident kids.  While every child is different, there are some fundamental values and behaviors we can foster to help our children find confidence without be arrogant or narcissistic in a world driven by success.

Failure is a great learning tool.  It’s so hard to watch your child fail, but it’s also extremely important.  Failure is one of the best ways we all learn from mistakes and rediscover new and better ways to do things.  Allowing failure can start in infancy as you watch your baby struggle to push up, roll over, crawl or walk.  While you never want to put your child in harm’s way, by not “doing it for him” you are teaching resiliency and determination.  Most babies have the drive to reach these milestones inherently and will eventually get there on their own.  As your children grow, this same theme will reappear many times.  Do your best to be there for them without fixing all their problems.  Sometimes they will cry and you can wipe tears, but don’t let them miss the important lesson of failure.

Let them follow their passions.  People succeed most in areas where they are passionate.  Your children will certainly have many passions throughout their lives.  Let them discover what they are good at and what they enjoy through play-based learning.  Get involved in their passions and let them be involved in yours as well.  Use their interests as ways to communicate with your kids.  For example, if your child loves superheroes, teach good behavior, problem-solving and courage through his beloved super friends.  If your child likes cooking, use the kitchen as a classroom for decision-making, math skills, health and hygiene, and trial-and-error.

Give them chores to learn responsibility.  Chores are essential for children to learn to be a productive member of their community without feeling entitled.  And their first community is your family.  Starting around age 3, give your child small assignments such as cleaning up their toys, throwing away trash or helping you feed pets.  As they grow, continue giving them age-appropriate chores to teach responsibility in your household and beyond.

Teach accountability by discovering consequences.  Without consequences, children do not have boundaries and may not learn accountability.  Much like failure, discovering a negative consequence to an action can be a great learning tool.  In order to teach this valuable lesson, you must allow your children freedom to make some of their own choices, such as what to wear on a cold day or how to react to a negative situation.  If they choose shorts and a t-shirt on a blistering winter day, they may be quite cold, but they have learned to pay attention to the weather.  If they choose to be in a bad mood about something out of their control, they may miss out on a fun activity or simply have a lousy day.  Consequences don’t have to be punishments, but rather a result of a choice your children get to make on their own.  When they have control, the lesson is much more easily absorbed.

Help them express themselves.  Listening to your kids is very important for boosting confidence, even if your kids have an endless amount of things to say.  When you find your child having trouble expressing himself, help him come up with the words to define his feelings.  Sometimes frustration and anger can cause kids to lash out, misbehave or give up, all behaviors you certainly want to avoid.  Although these feelings are a normal part of childhood (and sometimes adulthood too!), encourage your child to express feelings of frustration or inadequacy and then redirect the feelings productively.  For example, if your child is upset he cannot do a puzzle, explain that these feelings are normal and you’re proud of him for trying hard to achieve a goal.  Then help him break down the problem and find solutions, perhaps starting with edge pieces first or looking for matching color patterns.

For better or for worse, don’t make comparisons.  As human beings and parents, it is so hard not to compare our kids to others.  After all, so much of our success is measured by how we stack up against others like us.  However, pointing out your children’s shortcomings based on the abilities of their peers or even showing them how they are better than their peers can be quite damaging.  Rather, encouraging self-improvement, measuring your child on his own scale and acknowledging major accomplishments are all appropriate for building confidence.  Being the best your child can be is what you should strive to convey.

Breastfeeding News: More Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mothers

As if you needed yet another reason to breastfeed, new research reported in The New York Times shows further benefits of breastfeeding for mothers.  With the numerous benefits breast milk offers babies, the latest studies uphold previous research that breastfeeding improves the health of mothers on many fronts, including physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Two new studies included in the recent findings support the fact that mothers who breastfeed have a lower risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and heart disease.  One medical professional who advocates for breastfeeding as a preventative health measure for mothers estimates that breastfeeding may reduce up to 5,000 cases of breast cancer and 14,000 heart attacks a year.  These significant statistics should elevate the status of breastfeeding as a critical measure for women’s preventative health, not to mention the babies they are feeding.

mother feeding breast her baby in the bed

Specifically, one new study shows that breastfeeding for even a short period helps reduce the risk of a severe and hard-to-beat type of breast cancer by up to 20%.  The research finds that breastfeeding reduces the hormone receptor negative tumors.  This means that maturation process undergone by breasts during lactation protects breasts from cancer as milk ducts change and ultimately strengthen breast tissue and cells.  African American and younger women are most likely to get this serious type of cancer, which makes targeted promotion of breastfeeding even more valuable.

Additionally, as breasts mature through pregnancy and lactation, the body’s metabolism and cardiovascular system may reset for a healthier and less disease-prone state.  This is especially important for women who develop gestational diabetes and are seven times more likely to have type 2 diabetes after giving birth.  Lactation helps the body metabolize glucose, supports healthy insulin production and burns through calories and fat.  Each of these reduces a woman’s risk of diabetes and may help postpartum weight loss as well.

In a recent study following women with gestational diabetes to track whether they would have long term type 2 diabetes, women who breastfed longer significantly reduced their risk of continuing to have diabetes postpartum.  In fact, women who breastfed for at least 10 months reduced their risk of diabetes by 60%.  The theory behind this amazing benefit is that lactation naturally lowers blood glucose and therefore the demand on insulin.  This affords the body a metabolic break after the extreme demands of pregnancy and perhaps recharges the metabolism for a healthy balance moving forward.

Breast cancer and type 2 diabetes are two serious diseases that greatly affect women.  While some risk factors are completely out of our control, this new research sheds a clear light on the benefits of breastfeeding for reducing a mother’s risk of these diseases.  With all that we cannot change, doing what we can, such as breastfeeding, is an important preventative health measure well within our control.  Breastfeeding – do it for your baby AND do it for you!

5 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s with Kids

New Year’s Eve is almost upon us.  If you still haven’t figured out how to celebrate New Year’s with kids, we’ve got some fabulous solutions right here.  Check out our ideas for festive, meaningful and thrilling ways to ring in the New Year:

Countdown to Noon Party

Everyone loves a party, especially the kiddos.  Invite a few friend or neighbors over for a festive midday New Year’s Eve party.  Go all out with streamers, party hats, noise makers and other decorations.  Get funky by playing all sorts of music and having a family dance party, or make your own music with instruments around the house.  (Kids love banging on pots and pans if you don’t have any instruments handy.)  You can serve fun snacks including sparkling juice in plastic champagne glasses.  If you want to add an element, encourage all of the kids to come dressed up, either in their finest attire or a costume.

At noon or any other time you designate – after all, it’s always midnight somewhere, right? – stop the festivities for a formal countdown.  Your kids will love participating in the countdown and then starting the ruckus all over again.  Let the kids go wild for awhile to really soak in the celebration.

Buy or Make a New Calendar

Kids who attend preschool starting at around 2 years of age usually get their first introduction to calendars in the classroom environment.  Teachers often incorporate the months, days of the week, dates and seasons into ritual class meeting times.  While your little one may not understand the concept of long-term time yet, it is good to start the initial foundation for this knowledge young.  To celebrate New Year’s, let your kids pick out a 2016 calendar of their own, or spend time making one with your favorite family photos from 2015.  Buy fun stickers and go through the calendar marking off special holidays, birthdays, school days and vacations you may have planned in 2016.

Have one Last Family Dinner in 2015

If your holidays were filled with huge family gatherings, it may be nice to take this New Year’s holiday a little slower.  Enjoy one last meal together as a family in 2015 by trying something different.  Some ideas include exploring cultural cuisine from around the world, making your own pizzas or fondue.  Dining over a new culinary experience is a great way to ring in the New Year with fresh perspective.

Create a Laser Light Show in your House

Your little tots may not be old enough to stay up for the fireworks display but you can create a cool colorful light show in your own home instead.  You can find relatively inexpensive wall or ceiling projector toys that can help with the show or look for light-up toys and flashlights around your house.  You can even change the bulb color in some of your flashlights to make them more colorful.  Find a dark room, perhaps in the basement or a closet, and use all of your light gadgets to set off virtual fireworks for your kids.

Talk about New Year’s Resolutions

For kids who are old enough to understand, talk about New Year’s Resolutions in their terms.  Start by explaining that he New Year is a great time to start fresh and think about the things we want to improve in the coming year.  You can tell your kids some of your personal New Year’s resolutions and encourage them to set goals too.  Anything from trying to share more to being better about brushing their teeth are excellent resolutions for kids.  Also talk about family New Year’s resolutions, like being more present during family meals and helping each other with household tasks.

We hope you enjoy these ways to celebrate New Year’s with kids.  Happy New Year!

New Years Traditions, Superstitions and Good Luck

New year greetings with gold color decorations. New Year is the time at which a new calendar year begins and the calendar's year count increments by one.

As we round the corner to the end of the year, it’s a fun time to think about New Year’s traditions, superstitions and good luck.  You may not believe in any of it, but it is interesting to hear the meaning behind certain customs that have weaved their ways into our modern lives.  And if you’re in need of a bit of luck this New Year, maybe try a few of these traditions to turn the tide on your happiness in the coming year.

Fireworks Celebrations:  Fireworks are a beautiful and exciting way to celebrate a New Year, but they also have a specific purpose.  It was once believed that making lots of loud noise on New Years will scare away evil spirits.  Fireworks are definitely loud but you can also use instruments, noise makers and shouts to keep evil at bay in your New Year.

Kissing at Midnight:  Kissing at midnight symbolizes closeness and love in the coming year.  While those who don’t have a significant other may hate this tradition, it also works by hugging a friend.  But make sure it is someone you actually like because you may be connected to this person for the entire year!

Eating Black-Eyed Peas and Greens:  These New Years food traditions began in the South but have made their way across the globe.  Black-eyed peas represent good luck and can be prepared in a variety of ways to bring on goodness.  Greens stand for money.  So eating your spinach, kale and broccoli on New Years may just make you richer…or at least bring you the wealth of better health.

Stay Home and Don’t Wash Anything:  Many people believe you should not leave your house on New Years Day and that you should not take anything out of your house either.  Similarly, some believe that washing anything – from clothes to dishes – can wash away good fortune.  So stay put and don’t do chores – can you handle that?

New Years Celebrations Represent the rest of your Year:  Whatever you do on New Years may be a tell-tale sign of your year to come.  If you celebrate with friends and family, your year will be full of togetherness.  But if you cry on New Years, you may have a year of sadness.  Also, try not to break anything on New Years day to avoid a “broken” year.

Babies Born on New Years are Extremely Lucky:  Did you know it is considered extra good luck to have January 1 as your birthday? Many Asian traditions say that babies born on New Years are very lucky in life, and so are their families.

Other intriguing New Years Traditions and Superstitions:

  • Open all of the doors to your house at midnight to let the old year escape and welcome in the New Year.
  • Sleep with a lucky horseshoe under your pillow on New Year’s Eve.
  • The Dutch eat doughnuts on New Years to symbolize the full circle of the year.
  • In Venezuela, people walk around the house with a suitcase full of money to encourage a year of wealth and adventures.
  • People in Greece bake a coin into a cake.  Whoever finds it will have good luck for the year.
  • In Italy, people toss old items out of their windows to make room for new good luck.
  • Spanish people often eat 12 grapes on the New Year to symbolize 12 months of sweetness.

We wish you a happy and fortunate New Year!

5 Rules for Cleaning out Toys

box with toysThe holiday season is a great time to clean out old toys and organize your play spaces.  Not only do you have a little extra time on your hands, you can feel good about donating items to others who can enjoy them as much as your kids did.  Cleaning out the toys may fee like a daunting task as your playroom continuously explodes with more and more stuff.   Seriously, where does it all come from, right?  Today we’re sharing some basic rules for cleaning out toys to reclaim your kids play spaces (if only for a few months until it needs to be done again).

Rule #1:  Clean when the kids aren’t around. 

Not only will the watchful eyes of your kids be distracting to you, but they will want to hold on to everything.  You need to work from an objective viewpoint so don’t let your kids’ presence influence your decision making.

Rule #2:  Be extremely discerning. 

Don’t clean out toys when you are feeling sentimental.  Toy clean-out day should be a cut-throat activity.  Here are some basic tips about which toys to eliminate.  Chuck it if…

  • Your kids haven’t played with it in over 6 months
  • It is broken beyond the point of repair
  • It is dangerous (chipping paint, exposed sharp edges, etc…)
  • It is no longer age appropriate for your children
  • Chachkis such as cheap birthday party favors and carnival prizes (trust us, you’ll get more soon!)
  • It makes so much of a mess you ban its use anyways

Rule #3:  Make piles and get rid of them as soon as possible.

Categorize toys you plan to discard them in three ways:  toys you are throwing away, toys you are donating and toys you are saving for a younger child.  For the toys you plan to save, pack them up and label the box so they are easy to find when you need them.  For toy donations, take them immediately to their point of destination, whether that is Goodwill, a local toy drive or to a friend’s house with younger kids.  And of course toss the ones you are throwing out.  Be sure not to let your kids see them as they may try to salvage their long-lost “favorite” toy they haven’t played with in years.

Rule #4:  Re-organize play spaces and explain the new layout to your kids.

Moving things around a bit can offer a fresh new look to your playroom, and may even re-energize the way your kids play in it.  Try not to buy new storage containers but rather use what you have in creative ways.  Designate areas for certain types of toys to help your children keep their own play space organized and know where to return toys when they are done with them.  If you feel inclined, you can label toy bins.  Otherwise simply explain your system and challenge your kids to keep their playroom tidy.

Rule #5:  Be strict about keeping your play spaces uncluttered. 

If your kids are old enough to understand cleaning up, set rules about how their play spaces should be maintained.  This may include always cleaning up after playtime and never leaving toys lying around the house.  Come up with consequences for not following the rules such as losing the toy for a set amount of time, or throwing out random papers and crafts they leave in the wrong place.  It may feel harsh but your kids will soon learn how to take care of their playroom if you enforce the rules.  For younger kids, help them clean and evolve to more stringent rules over time.

Employ these rules for cleaning out toys for a less cluttered and happier play space.  Good luck!

Things to do on Christmas Eve

Kids reading a book on Christmas eve at fireplaceWith all the anticipation of Christmas, sometimes Christmas Eve gets a bum rap.  But Christmas Eve can be an exciting day filled with lots of fun family activities.  Whether you’re spending time with extended family or just your immediates, make the most of the day before Christmas with these ideas of things to do on Christmas Eve:’

Bake Cookies:  Baking is an activity that everyone in the family can enjoy.  Kids of all ages love participating in pour, stirring and decorating scrumptious cookies.  Make a few batches to accommodate everyone’s favorite flavors and have plenty of neat cut cutters and cookie decorating supplies on hand.  If you have enough extras, take some to neighbors or local police or fire stations to share with those who have to work on Christmas.

Drive around to see Christmas Lights:  What’s better than decking your house in holiday lights?  Seeing someone else’s beamingly bright house!  Some neighborhoods are known for their beautiful Christmas lights.  Do your research and take a car trip to visit some of the brighter neighborhoods in your area.

Sing Christmas Carols:  Christmas carols – or any songs for that matter – really gets everyone in the holiday spirit.  Singing as a family creates unity and is good for the soul.  You can do it from the comfort of your living room or go door-to-door in your neighborhood singing for other nearby families.  It may seem like an old tradition but it’s one that that still warms hearts of every generation.

Give one Homemade Gift:  In the spirit of giving and sharing, take the commercialization out of Christmas for at least one day.  Challenge everyone in your household to make one gift for each family member.  Share your homemade gifts on Christmas Eve.  We bet they’ll be among your favorite presents of the entire holiday.

Watch a Christmas Movie:  With the many movie choices available these days, your kids may not have seen some Christmas classics.  Pick one that is age-appropriate for your crew and cuddle up for a viewing party.  Sharing Christmas movies that you love with your kids can be a wonderful tradition that brings you back to your own youth.

Play Family Games:  Break free of your regular playtime activities and take advantage of the whole family being home by playing games together.  Board games are always a good choice but if your kiddos aren’t able to follow them yet, try simpler games like Simon Says, Follow the Leader or Charades.  You can also make up your own games such as obstacle courses, repeating rhythms or tickle monster.

Eat Chinese Food or Waffle House:  Not many restaurants are open on Christmas Eve but Waffle House is and often Chinese eateries are.  Take a break from cooking and let someone else do the serving on Christmas Eve.  Besides, doesn’t a waffle w/smothered & covered potatoes or a bowl of egg drop soup sound great for Christmas Eve?

Cozy up by a Fire with S’mores and Hot Cocoa:  Whether you live in sunny Florida or chilly North Dakota, a fire is always appropriate on Christmas Eve.  Gather the family and enjoy some cozy time by the fire.  Complete the experience with s’mores and hot cocoa as a special holiday treat.

We wish you a very happy Christmas Eve!!


Free Family Activities: Beat the Weekend and Winter Vacation Doldrums

Family on summer hike. Young parents with kids hiking next to a lake. Mother, father and two children having picnic outdoors. Active trekking with baby and toddler. Beautiful nature of Germany.

Weekends and vacations are often packed with tons of activities and family obligations.  But sometimes when there are no plans, families get lost in what to do next.  While there are probably many fun activities you can think of – going to a movie, bowling, visiting an indoor playground to name a few – they can be quite pricey when you take the entire family.  That’s why we’ve come up with free family activities you can check out over the weekend or winter vacation to keep everyone happy and occupied.

Go to a new park or nature center that is not close to your house.  There is no better time to explore new areas than the weekend.  Venture away from the parks you visit weekly and find a new and exciting play space, even if it takes a little time to get there.

Visit a fire station.  Fire stations are open every day of the year and most welcome visitors of all ages.  Learn about the exciting role of firefighters and important fire safety tips all at the same time.  If you can, bring along homemade goodies to share as a thank you to local heroes.

Play with animals at a shelter or pet store.  If you don’t have your own pet, adopt one for half an hour at a pet store or local shelter.  These animals love affection and it’s a wonderful family activity for kids of all ages.

Make art out of nature.  Collect leaves, acorns, sticks and other items in nature and use them to make fun art projects. Nature offers many creative supplies and is often the best canvas.

Put on a family play.  Let your kids be the directors and follow their lead as you perform a tale that they spin themselves.  Who cares if it doesn’t make sense to anyone but them.  It will be a fun experience and chance to get their thespian juices flowing.

Invite neighbors over for a game of baseball.  Your neighbors may be feeling a bit bored and lost too.  Find out who’s around and invite them over for a friendly game of baseball or any other sport you all enjoy.

Play board games.  Board games often collect dust on your playroom shelves when you’re busy with other activities.  Pull them out for a family game night.  Teach your little ones how to play new games they’ve never seen before by letting them be on someone else’s team.

Watch workers at a construction site.  What could be more entertaining than construction workers digging, drilling, dumping and banging at a construction site?  This thrilling experience offers plenty of opportunity to identify trucks, tools and building methods for the construction buff in everyone.

Play dress up.  Pull out some old clothes, shoes and accessories and let your kids feast on dressing up.  Do take lots of pictures because there are sure to be some hilarious moments.

Camp out indoors.  Build a fort or put up a tent and have an indoor camp out for the entire family.  Be sure to bring your flash lights and ghost stories.  If you have the supplies, s’mores make an excellent finishing touch.

Learn a few magic tricks.  Using your savvy internet research skills, pull a few magic tricks out of your computer.  Your kids will be amazed and you can teach them how to perform the tricks for their friends.

Go to the library.  Reading is free, educational and fun!  Let your kids pick out the books they want to read and spend some time at the library reading together.  Some libraries offer free story times or children’s classes, but they are not always available on weekends or during vacations.

Volunteer.  Spend time as a family doing something meaningful for your community and those around you.  Volunteer to plant a garden, clean up a riverbank or serve food at a shelter.  These moments help everyone appreciate the gifts in their lives even more.

Doctors Hope to Soon Perform the First Uterus Transplant in the U.S.

happy familyMany women don’t really think about their uterus until they are ready to have children.  In fact, most women probably take their uterus for granted, but for many women who were born without one or who had them removed due to medical issues, a uterus would be a treasured organ.  A groundbreaking surgery may soon be available to offer these women a chance at giving birth with a uterus transplant.  And for some, carrying a child is worth a complicated non-life-saving medical procedure.

According to a recent story in the New York Times, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic hope to be the first to perform a uterus transplant in the U.S.  They are currently practicing the procedure and vetting potential transplant recipients.  This procedure has been performed nine times in Sweden, resulting in 4 healthy births with one more expected in January.  Several patients have not yet conceived and two had to have their transplant removed due to medical concerns.  Two other countries have performed the procedure without success.

For the procedures in the U.S., the donor uterus will come from a deceased woman who is a match for the healthy recipient, which differs from the live donors that were used in Sweden.  The donor’s uterus, cervix, part of her vagina and uterine blood vessels will be removed and transplanted into the recipient.  These reproductive parts will not be linked to the recipient’s fallopian tubes and therefore she cannot release an egg naturally to produce a baby.  Rather, she will wait a year after the trasnplant and then have in vitro fertilization in hopes of becoming pregnant.

Like other transplant recipients, women who undergo a uterus transplant will take anti-rejection drugs while the uterus is in their bodies.  However, this transplant is only temporary.  After the woman has had one or two babies, the uterus will be removed and she will stop taking the drugs.  During pregnancy she will have to continue to take the anti-rejection medication, which doctors say is not necessarily detrimental to a baby’s health.  Women who have undergone other organ transplants have healthy babies on anti-rejection medication on a regular basis.  Babies born to mothers with a uterus transplant do tend to be born premature and small and mothers are considered high risk with an increased likelihood of preeclampsia.  The reason for these complications is unknown and could be attributed to the drugs or the foreign uterus itself.  The babies will be delivered via c-section in hopes to avoid any complications during childbirth.

Unlike heart, liver, kidney and lung transplants, a uterus transplant is not a life-saving measure.  This raises ethical questions for some, however the Cleveland Clinic and others around the world believe that modern medicine should not only save lives, but also improve lives.  For women who want nothing more than to carry their own baby, this would be the opportunity of a lifetime.

The team at Cleveland Clinic is studying under the Swedish doctors who originally performed the transplants in order to perfect the procedure.  They will proceed if they feel it is completely safe for their patients.  Other hospitals are also working towards the goal of offering uterus transplants but none are as close to their first operation as Cleveland Clinic.

This is exciting stuff in two of the most innovative areas of medicine, reproduction and transplant.  It could significantly change the lives of thousands of women in the U.S. who don’t have a uterus, giving them hope to one day carry and deliver their own babies.

Best Teacher Gifts for the Holidays

human hands holding a gift

Those who take care of our children – whether it’s at a daycare, in our homes or at school – should be like family.  They are responsible for the most precious part of our lives for many hours a day so we should celebrate them for all the ways they enrich our children.  But what to get them as a holiday gift is always a conundrum.  Candles, lotions and sweets are common, but the truth is that most teachers end up giving or throwing away many of these presents.  Want to give your kids’ teachers and caregivers something special this year?  Today we’re sharing ideas for the best teacher gifts for the holidays.

Plants:  Even if your teacher doesn’t have a green thumb, a beautiful plant will brighten up her holiday.  There are many ways you can give plants as a gift.  A straight-up plant in a nice pot is a lovely present with no wrapping necessary.  You can also give her bulbs or “seed bombs” that she can plant herself and watch grow.  If you have a teacher who enjoys cooking, a kitchen herb garden set will be useful and delicious for her culinary creations.

Personalized Note Pads or Stationary:  This custom present is useful year-after-year and fulfills a need that all teachers have – sending notes home and around school.  Many companies offer a set of note pads of various sizes including sticky notes that teachers love.  Or, personalized stationary comes in very handy, say for writing thank you notes for all of the holiday gifts she will receive.

Foot Spa:  For teachers and caregivers who are constantly on their feet, a foot spa is a terrific way to offer much-needed relief.  These electronic tubs help warm, soak and massage even the sorest feet after a long day of chasing around children.  It’s like having a foot masseuse in her very own home.  What could be better?

Coffee:  If your teacher or caregiver is a java-holic, indulge her in a few pick-me-ups on you.  This can come in the form of packages of her favorite brew, coffee pods for her single-serve coffee maker, delicious flavorings or creamers for her cuppa joe, or a self-warming travel mug to bring her coffee along every day.  For coffee-lovers, anything related to coffee makes a great holiday gift.

Scarf & Glove Set:  By this time of year you’ve probably picked up on your teacher or caregivers sense of style.  Scarves and gloves sets are a wonderful teacher gift for the holidays to keep her warm and fashionable.  Do be thoughtful and select something that matches her individual taste and color pallet.  You may want to include a gift receipt in case she’d like to exchange them.

First Aid Kit:  While this doesn’t scream “festive” or “fun,” it is a very useful gift for the classroom.  Many schools don’t provide individual first aid kits for every classroom, but rather have them stationed in break rooms or in the nurse’s office.  Having band-aids and other supplies on hand is helpful and less disruptive than having to leave the classroom to get items as needed.

Personalized Cutting Board:  Chef or not, a personalized cutting board is a wonderful serving piece for any teacher or caregiver’s home.  Hand-carved wooden cutting boards with an interesting design or monogram can be quite beautiful and certainly a unique idea as a holiday gift.

Wine:  If you know your teacher is a wine-drinker, selecting a bottle or two of a nice wine for her to sip over the holiday season is both thoughtful and relaxing.  You can subtly ask her or other teachers what types of wine she enjoys.  For a fun spin on a traditional wine bottle, add a personal label with your child’s photo.

Gift Cards:  When all other ideas don’t resonate, you can’t go wrong with gift cards.  A larger sum at a store you know she’ll enjoy is great or you can give a gift card bouquet of smaller sums from several places.  Ideas include grocery stores, home improvement stores, superstores, movie theaters, restaurants, coffee shops and nail salons.  Have fun creating a smorgasbord of gift cards for your special teacher or caregiver.

Make this year’s teachers gifts for the holidays really mean something with these fun and fabulous ideas!

8 Adorable Holiday Handprint Crafts

Handprint crafts are an excellent way to freeze a moment in time and commemorate the holiday season.  As your little ones grow, you’ll love looking back at many holiday crafts, but not many are as precious as those that are made with their own tiny handprints.  Holiday handprint crafts add cheer, spirit and vibrancy to your holiday home décor and make excellent gifts for your loved ones.  We’re sharing 8 adorable holiday handprint crafts to try with your kids this year.

1 – Handprint Family Tree:  This cross-cultural artwork is a wonderful keepsake or a terrific gift for grandparents.  Start with a piece of 8 x 10 white card stock.  Draw a tree trunk extending halfway up the page from the bottom.  Paint your children’s hands and print them on top of the trunk in various directions to be the branches and leaves of the tree.  If you have multiple children, use one of each of their hands, or repaint one child’s hands several colors to complete the tree.  This can easily be matted and framed for a gorgeous and one-of-a-kind holiday gift.

2 – Ceramic Handprint Ornament:  This craft is often available as a kit or you can do-it-yourself by using molding clay that dries hard.  Make the ornament shape you prefer – oval, square, star or whatever floats your boat – and then press your child’s hand into it.  You can paint the hand or leave it natural.  Etch your child’s name and the date as a memorable decoration you can use on your tree or around your house year after year.

3 – Handprint Snowmen:  One tiny hand can make 5 adorable snowmen.  Dip your child’s hand in white paint and print it on a piece of paper.  Then have fun decorating the snowmen fingers, each with its own personality.  A traditional scarf, top hat and carrot nose for some, a baseball cap and uniform for another.  Let your child’s handprint snowmen represent the interests of your family.

4 – Handprint Christmas Tree:  There are several ways to complete this holiday handprint craft depending on the size tree you want to make.  One way is to draw a short brown pine tree truck and then stamp your child’s green handprint upside down starting with 3 or 4 in a row at the bottom and gradually taper to one at the top.  You can do this with upright handprints for larger trees.  Similarly, you can cut out handprints to create a three dimensional tree in which you can fold up the fingers for a textured tree.  Have fun decorating your tree with colorful craft supplies and a star or angel at the top, of course.

5 – Handprint Menorah:  This adorable holiday handprint craft is fun and easy to complete.  Dip both of your child’s hands in blue paint and print them on a piece of paper,

Girl at school finger painting

canvas, cloth or card stock overlapping the thumbs.  This will create four finger candles on each side and the leader shamesh candle in the middle.  Wipe hands clean and paint fingertips yellow to “light” each of the 9 candles on the menorah.

6 – Handprint Wreath:  A paper holiday handprint wreath is beautiful for decorating interior doors and mantels.  Simply trace your child’s handprint and cut out as many as you want to create a round wreath.  Glue them together in a circle leaving a hole in the middle.  You can add colorful cotton balls, bows or other decorative items to jazz up your keepsake wreath.

7 – Handprint Angel:  This sweet holiday handprint craft can incorporate your child’s photo as the face of the angel.  Beneath the photo, stamp your child’s hand upside down as the angel’s body.  Then using white, yellow or blue paint, stamp handprint wings on both sides of the body.  This is a fun one to cut out and use as an ornament as well.

8 – Handprint Reindeer:  Little fingers make for good antlers so handprint reindeer are a fun and crafty way to celebrate the season.  Using brown paint, print a handprint on a piece of paper.  Draw a face on the palm and bows or holly on the antler fingers.  You can create one or an entire sled-full.

We hope you and your kiddos have a blast creating these adorable holiday handprint crafts.  Remember, even babies can participate in handprint crafts so use this special time of year to make lasting keepsakes you’ll revisit year after year!

meet AMY
Submit your own question to be answered.
Please provide us with your name, email address and question, and you may find it as the next featured Q+A on Amy's Corner.
Terms and Conditions.

Search our past Q+A's.
Choose a topic that interests you to view only related Q+A's.

4th of July
5 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s with Kids
a friend with breast cancer
academy awards
activities for kids
activities for kids this fall
activities with babies
Acupuncture and fertility
acupuncture and pregnancy
advantages of being left handed
advantages of daycare
alcohol and pregnancy
alternative birthing
Alyssa Milano
American Heart Association
anaphylactic shock
Anne Geddes
apple crumble
apple picking
Are you Ready for a Second Child
Ashton Kutcher
avoid raising entitled children
Babies and Medicine
babies and playgrounds
babies and poison
babies and sleep
Babies and Type 1 Diabetes
babies in pumpkins
babies like high-pitched voices
babies love music
baby and fever
baby and medicine
baby as a pumpkin
baby bash
baby belly button
baby boy names
baby brains
baby bump
Baby bumps
baby car seats
Baby Care
baby cough
baby crib
baby dreams
baby dry skin
baby ears
baby eye color
baby gates
Baby Gender
baby gender test
Baby Gifts
baby girl names
Baby Halloween Costumes
baby handedness
baby in womb
baby name
Baby Names
baby news
baby night terrors
baby nightmares
baby on airplane
baby photography
baby pictures
baby proofing
baby safety
baby schedule
Baby Selfies
Baby Shower
Baby Skin Care
baby sleep
baby sleep schedule
baby sleep training
baby talk
baby traits
baby wearing
baby with tongue-tie
baby-friendly hospitals
baby's development
baby's first birthday
baby's first cold
baby's first time swimming
baby's gender
baby's runny nose
baby's senses
baby's skin
baby’s ears
Babymoon Destinations
back sleeping during pregnancy
back to school
back to sick germs
bath time routine
bedtime routine for baby
being a good patient
benefit of breastfeeding for moms
benefits of babywearing
benefits of breast milk
benefits of breastfeeding
benefits of water birth
best breast pump
best breastfeeding positions
best discipline techniques
best exam plan
best foods for breastfeeding
best Mothers Day gifts
best music for babies
best nursing tank
Best Teacher Gifts for the Holidays
best things to eat and drink while breastfeeding
best toys for babies
best way to sleep while pregnant
big sister
birth order
birth order traits
birth plan
birthday party ideas for one year old
Birthing Professionals
bleeding gums
blistering skin
Body Acceptance
booster car seats
Bottle Feeding
boy names
boy or girl baby
Bra Fit Tips
bratty kids
breast cancer
Breast Cancer Awareness
breast cancer awareness month
breast feeding
breast is best
breast milk
breast milk donation
breast milk donor
breast milk movies
Breast Milk Production
breast milk storage
breast pump
breast pump flange
breast pump flanges
breast pumps
Breast Reduction and Breastfeeding
breastfeeding a baby with a cold
Breastfeeding a Baby with a Tongue-Tie
Breastfeeding Advice
breastfeeding after c-section
Breastfeeding and Baby's Brain
breastfeeding and babywearing
Breastfeeding and Bonding with Baby
breastfeeding and burning calories
breastfeeding and co-sleeping
Breastfeeding and Earth Day
Breastfeeding and Exercise
Breastfeeding and Health Care
breastfeeding and medications
Breastfeeding and Ovulating
Breastfeeding and Pregnancy
breastfeeding and pumping
breastfeeding and SIDS
breastfeeding and smell
breastfeeding and the working mom
breastfeeding and touch
breastfeeding and Valentine's Day
breastfeeding and weight loss
Breastfeeding Benefits
breastfeeding benefits for mothers
Breastfeeding Classes
breastfeeding diet
breastfeeding diet restrictions
Breastfeeding During the Holidays
Breastfeeding Education
breastfeeding good for moms
breastfeeding help
Breastfeeding in Public
breastfeeding in sling
breastfeeding issues
breastfeeding latch
breastfeeding latch tips
breastfeeding laws
breastfeeding makes you hungry
breastfeeding makes you thirsty
breastfeeding news
breastfeeding on Valentine's Day
Breastfeeding Policy
breastfeeding positions
breastfeeding positions lying down
breastfeeding pumping
Breastfeeding Registry
breastfeeding supplies
Breastfeeding Support
Breastfeeding Support Groups
Breastfeeding Tips
breastfeeding tops
breathing techniques during pregnancy
bump style
caesarean section
can dads have postpartum depression
can pregnant women eat shrimp
Car Seats for Every Age
causes of preterm labor
Celebrate Mother's Day
celebrate Valentine's Day with your kids
Celebrating New Years with Kids
Celebrity Babies
celebrity pregnancies
characteristics of children based on birth order
child development
child proofing
childhood obesity
children and dry drowning
Children's Play
Chris Hemsworth
Christian Bale
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve activities
Christopher Nolan
chubby babies
cleaning car
cloth diapers
Cluster Feeding
cold weather activities
colicky baby
colostrum benefits
Comfortable Bras
common poisons
common pregnancy questions
compression tights
confident children
confident kids
cooking with kids this Thanksgiving
Coping with Sleep Deprivation
cord blood banking
corn maze
cosmetics during pregnancy
cradle cap
crafts for kids
crib safety
Cute Babies
cute maternity clothes
dads and babies
dads with depression
Danah Bordner
dangers of smoking during pregnancy
dangers of smoking while breastfeeding
deciding to have a second child
decrease a baby's risk of SIDS
dental health
depression and weaning
developing baby's senses
dietary restrictions
dieting while breastfeeding
different ways to praise a child
disadvantages of being left handed
discipline tactics that work
does my baby need therapy
donate breast milk
donating toys
Doutzen Kroes
Drew Barrymore
drinking while pregnant
dropping naps
dry drowning
dry skin
ear infection
ear wax buildup
early childhood
early detection and breast cancer
Earth Day
Earth-Friendly Baby Care
easy Thanksgiving crafts
eating fish during pregnancy
Eating Fish During Pregnancy and While Breastfeeding
eating fish while breastfeeding
eating healthy during Halloween
eco-friendly baby care
Elie Saab
Elsa Pataky
Emily blunt
emotions behind weaning
entitled children
establishing a bedtime routine
exercise and breastfeeding
exercise during pregnancy
exercise with baby
Extended Breastfeeding
factors that influence Length of Labor
facts about breast cancer
facts about Valentine's Day
fall activities
fall nursing bras
fall treats
fall wardrobe
family bed
family escape plan
family Halloween costumes
family photos
family physician
Family Planning
family planning trends
family size
Father's Day
Father's Day gift ideas
Fertility Calendar
fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
fetal alcohol syndrome
finger foods
finger foods for babies
finger foods for toddlers
fire safety for babies
fire safety for toddlers
fire safety in your home
fire safety tips
first birthday party
First Birthday Party Ideas
fish oil
fish recommendations for breastfeeding
flanges breast pump
flower crafts
Flower Crafts for Mother’s Day
flu shot during pregnancy
Flying While Pregnant
flying with baby
food allergies
food and drug administration
foods to avoid during pregnancy
Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding
formal maternity dresses
fostering sibling relationships
free family activities
free family fun
Fun family activities on Christmas Eve
funny facts about breastfeeding
funny moments in parenting
Fussy Baby
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones HBO
gender neutral colors
gender neutral names
gender neutral nursery
gender neutral parenting
Gender Prediction
Getting Pregnant
getting ready for baby
getting rid of toys
Gift Ideas
gifts for mom
gifts moms want
girl baby vs. boy baby
girl names
girl or boy baby
give thanks for kids
giving back
giving back during holidays
good luck in the New Year
hair during pregnancy
hair loss after pregnancy
hair loss during pregnancy
hair tourniquet
hair tourniquet syndrome
Halloween activities
Halloween activities for babies
Halloween costume ideas
Halloween costumes
Halloween eating tips
Halloween masks
Halloween tips
hand foot and mouth
hand foot and mouth disease
handling tantrums
handprint crafts
hands on pumping
happy baby
happy family
happy kids
harness car seats
Healing Powers of Breast Milk
health benefits of breastfeeding
healthy babies
Healthy Breakfasts
healthy diet
Healthy Eating
healthy families
healthy family habits
healthy Halloween
healthy lifestyle
healthy parenting
healthy snack tricks for kids
healthy snacks
healthy snacks for kids
hearing loss
Heart disease
heart health
heart health and your baby
heart healthy diet
heart healthy family
heart healthy lifestyle
history of Valentine's Day
holiday crafts for kids
holiday crats
holiday gifts for caregivers
holiday gifts for teachers
holiday handprint crafts
holiday schedule
holiday spirit
holiday traditions
home remedies for babies
homemade flowers
homemade gifts
homemade Mothers Day gift ideas
homemade Mothers Day gifts
Hospital Bag Checklist
hospitals and breastfeeding
How Baby Traits Influence Personality
how different animals breastfeed
how many calories does breastfeeding burn
how many calories should I eat while breastfeeding
how to avoid dry drowning
how to avoid poisoning
How to Avoid Raising Entitled Children
how to avoid reflux
how to baby proof
how to be a good patient
how to be earth-friendly with a baby
how to be sexy while breastfeeding
how to breastfeed
how to clean baby ears
how to clean up play room
how to clean your baby’s ears
how to discipline a baby
how to discipline a child
How to Donate Breast Milk
how to ease baby into swimming
how to engage your baby with toys
how to establish a bedtime routine
how to fall asleep
how to fall asleep fast
how to get help while breastfeeding
how to get kids to drink water
how to get kids to eat healthy
how to get rid of cradle cap
how to get rid of stretch marks
how to go to sleep
how to handle thumb sucking
how to have good luck
how to have healthy family habits
how to help a left handed child
how to hire a nanny
how to hold baby while nursing
how to keep car clean
How to Keep Your Babysitter Happy
How to Lose Weight While Breastfeeding
how to manage pain during labor
how to potty train
how to prevent baby from getting sick
how to raise happy kids
How to Select a Pediatrician
how to sleep better
how to sleep train a baby
How to Stay Calm during a Child’s Tantrum
how to stop breastfeeding
how to stop breastfeeding at night
how to support a friend with breast cancer
how to take great family pictures
how to tell if baby is overweight
how to tell if your baby is a boy or girl
how to tell older kids mom is pregnant
humor in parenting
I am Totally Pregnant App
immune system
In the Media
indoor activities for babies
infant directed speech
infant safety
infant sleep
items to avoid used
Jason Goldberg
Jason Wu
john krasinski
juggling a newborn and a toddler
Just for Fun
juvenile diabetes
juvenile diabetes and babies
keep my car clean
keeping baby well
Kerry Washington
kid-friendly Thanksgiving
kids activities for the weekend
kids and dehydration
kids can help make Thanksgiving dinner
kids drink water
Kids New Year
kids view of marriage
Kraft Nabisco tournament
Kristen Cavallari
labor & delivery
Labor Day
labor pain
Labor Pain Management Techniques
lack of sleep
Lactation Consultant
last minute Thanksgiving crafts
Latching On
laura silverman
Leading Lady nursing bras
leaf rubbing
leaking breast milk
leaking breasts
leaking nipples
leaving your baby for the first time
leaving your job
left handed children
Length of Labor
liquid gold
little one
Losing Baby Weight
Losing Weight After Pregnancy
LPGA tour
make breastfeeding easier
makeup during pregnancy
making mom friends
mammals and breastfeeding
mammals and lactation
managing tantrums
marriage and parenting
maternity bras
maternity clothes
maternity dress
maternity dresses
maternity fashion
medicine safe for babies
men and babies
men with babies are sexier
mental health during pregnancy
mercury in fish
mercury levels in fish
midwife vs. doula
Mila Kunis
milk movie
Milk Supply
modeling healthy marriage
mom friends
mom is pregnant
mom judging
moms judging moms
most poisonous substances for babies
Mother's Day
Mother's Day crafts
Mothers Day gift ideas
Mothers Day gifts
Mothers Day ideas
Motivational Breastfeeding Thoughts
music and babies
my baby has colic
nameberry baby names
nameberry unusual names
Nanny vs. Daycare
National Breastfeeding Month
National Heart Month
natural baby care
natural childbirth
natural home remedies
Natural Home Remedies for Babies
navigating sleep transitions
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
new baby
new mom
new mom sleep deprivation
new parents
New Year's superstitions
New Year's traditions
New Years
New Years Resolutions
New Years with Kids
newborn photography
night weaning
nighttime breastfeeding
Nipple Confusion
nipple pain
nipple pumping
Nipple Soreness
no carve pumpkin
no carve pumpkin ideas
number of kids per family
nursing attire
nursing bra
Nursing Bras
nursing cami
Nursing Fashion
Nursing Mom's Lifestyle
Nursing Positions
Nursing Supplies
nursing tank
nursing tank top
Nursing Tank Tops
nursing wardrobe
occupational therapy
Old Wives Tale Gender Prediction
Olivia Wilde
omega 3
omega 3 fatty acids
oral bacteria during pregnancy
oral thrush
Organizations that Support Mothers
organizing car
origin of Valentine's Day
Oscar awards
Outdoor safety
Ovarian Cancer Awareness
overweight baby
Parental Guidance
parenting and exercise
parenting and health
parenting to your child
Paula Garces
peanut allergies
peanut allergy
peanut allergy symptoms
pediatrician for newborn
peeling skin
perinatal mental health
physical therapy
Plan Your Own Mother’s Day
play room
playground recommendations for babies
PMS during pregnancy
poison control
poison deaths in babies
poison prevention
poisons for babies
polka dot maternity clothes
positive discipline
positive effect of smiling
post-partum depression
postpartum care
postpartum depression
Postpartum Depression in Dads
postpartum hair loss
postpartum smoking
potty training
praise for children
pre potty training tips
pre-pregnancy body
pre-pregnancy weight
precautions for babies while playing outside
pregnancy and older siblings
pregnancy announcement
pregnancy apps
Pregnancy Calendar
pregnancy changes
pregnancy concerns
pregnancy cravings
pregnancy diet
Pregnancy Discrimination
pregnancy edema
Pregnancy Edema or Pregnancy Swelling
pregnancy exercise
pregnancy fashion
pregnancy gingivitis
pregnancy health
pregnancy hormones
Pregnancy in the work place
Pregnancy Myths
pregnancy nipples
pregnancy PMS
pregnancy rules
Pregnancy Stretch Marks
pregnancy swelling
pregnancy symptoms
pregnancy tips
pregnancy workouts
Pregnant Belly
pregnant celebrities
pregnant women
Prenatal Dental Care
prenatal yoga
Prenatal Yoga vs. Regular Yoga
preparing for a second baby
Preparing for baby
preparing for childbirth
preparing older children for the arrival of a new baby
Preparing to be a Stay at Home Mom
Preparing to Breastfeed
preterm labor
proper latch
protect your baby
public breastfeeding
pumping at work
pumping breast milk
pumpkin activities for babies
pumpkin dishes
pumpkin latte
pumpkin lattes
pumpkin pie
pumpkin rolls
pumpkin seeds
purpose of umbilical cord
raising children
Raising Confident Kids
Raising Happy Kids
reading and smart babies
ready for a second child
reasons to be thankful
reasons to be thankful for your kids
red carpet
red carpet dresses
reduce risk of SIDS
refresh your play room
Reminders for your Babysitter
reproductive acupuncture
reproductive health
Returning to Work
Rh disease
Rh factor
Rh Factor and Pregnancy
Rh negative
Rh positive
Rh status
risk factors for breast cancer
Risk Factors of Preterm Labor
risk of preterm labor
risk of SIDs
risks of water birth
role of a doula
role of a midwife
Rules for Cleaning out Toys
Rules of Babysitters
rules of pregnancy
sadness and weaning
safe drugs while breastfeeding
safe medications for breastfeeding
Scarlett Johansson
science behind happy kids
select a pediatrician
sensory experiences for babies
sexy new moms
Sexy Nursing Bras
sexy nursing bras for Valentine's Day
Sheryl Sandberg
should i get a nanny
should my baby go to daycare
siblings and baby
side sleeping during pregnancy
signs of labor
simon cowell
sleep deprivation with baby
sleep during pregnancy
sleep schedule
sleep tips
sleep training methods
sleep transitions
sleep while your baby sleeps
sleeping and SIDS
sleeping in bed with baby
smart babies
smoking during pregnancy
snobby kids
soleil moon frye
sound machine
special gifts for dad
speech therapy
spicy foods
spider veins
spirit of giving
Spring Fashion
stay at home mom
staying connected
Staying Connected When You’re Away
stop mom judging
Storing Breaskmilk
stretch marks
stylish nursing tank
sucking your thumb
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Sugar substitutes
summer maternity clothes
support a friend with breast cancer
support for moms
support mothers
supporting moms supporting babies
sweet nursing bras
swelling during pregnancy
swimming with baby
swimming with baby in bath
swollen feet during pregnancy
symptoms of common cold in baby
symptoms of dry drowning
symptoms of pregnancy
taking pictures of baby
talking to babies
talking to your baby
Tdap during pregnancy
Teach babies about heart health
teacher gifts
teaching children about giving back
teeth during pregnancy
Thanksgiving Activities
Thanksgiving cooking with kids
Thanksgiving crafts
thanksgiving day parade
Thanksgiving dinner
Thanksgiving table decor
thanksgiving trivia
that 70s show
the benefits of acupuncture
The Benefits of Acupuncture for Fertility and Pregnancy Symptoms
The Benefits of Music for Babies
The Benefits of Prenatal Yoga
The Cost of Breastfeeding
the dangers of hair tourniquet
The First Response Tracker
the golden rule
The History of Breastfeeding
the Milky Way documentary
the Milky Way movie
the Milky Way: every mother has a story
The Most Common Poisons for Babies
the positive effects of smiling at your baby
The Pregnancy Companion App
therapy in early childhood
Things to do on Christmas Eve
things to get done before having a baby
things to recycle
thrush in adults
thrush in babies
thrush symptoms
thrush treatment
thumb suckers
thumb sucking
time away from kids
tips for breastfeeding
tips for cleaning out toys
tips for colic relief
Tips for Flying with a Baby
tips for handling tantrums
tips for parents of left handed children
tips for sleep training
toddler and newborn
top things to do during pregnancy
toxins in cosmetics
toxins in makeup
toxins that are bad for babies
traits that influence personality
transitioning to solids
traveling with baby
treat your babysitter like family
trends in family size
type 1 diabetes
umbilical cord
umbilical cord care
unique baby boy names
unique baby girl names
unique baby names
united states
Unusual Things to Recycle
update your play space
used baby items
used car seats
used cribs
uterus transplant
vaccines during pregnancy
Valentine's activities for kids
Valentine's crafts
Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day nursing bras
Valentine's Day while breastfeeding
Valentine's Day with kids
Valentine’s Day Fun Facts
varicose veins
varicose veins treatment
visiting the doctor
water birth
Ways to Burn Calories with a Baby
ways to find other new moms
Ways to Get Kids to Drink Water
Ways to Get Rid of Cradle Cap
ways to praise your child
ways to relieve congestion in babies
ways to sweeten Valentine's Day
weaning breastfeeding
weaning from breastfeeding
what is colic
what is colostrum
what is cradle cap
what is preterm labor
what is the umbilical cord
what is thrush
What Kids Perceive about Marriage from their Parents
what medications can baby take
what medicines can I take while breastfeeding
what not to buy used
what not to do during pregnancy
what not to eat during pregnancy
what things can be recycled
what to avoid during pregnancy
what to do about colic
what to do before baby arrives
what to do before potty training
what to do on Christmas Eve
what to do on Mother's Day
what to do to relieve pain during labor
what to do with a toddler while breastfeeding a baby
What to do with kids on New Years
what to eat during pregnancy
what to get for Father's Day
What to Look for in a Crib
what to look for in pediatrician
what to tell your babysitter
what type of car seat do I need
what we learn about marriage from our parents
what your baby does in womb
when to call the pediatrician
where to donate breast milk
where to find a pediatrician
which foods to serve a baby
which vaccines are ok during pregnancy
white noise machine
why babies like baby talk
why babies like high-pitched voices
Why Breastfeeding Makes you Hungry and Thirsty
why children need praise
why do moms judge each other
why kids suck thumbs
why men with babies are sexy
winter vacation activities
wintertime activities
wirefree nursing bras
women’s breast milk
womens hair
World Breastfeeding Week
yeast diaper rash
yoga during pregnancy
yoga with baby