We love books. Period. And we really, really love Honest Toddler.
We’re rolling out our weeSpring children’s book section, and we couldn’t have found a better way to kick it off than with these reviews from our very favorite Twitter personality.
And best of all… if you share a beloved (or not-so-beloved) children’s book on weeSpring this week, you get a chance to win a copy of The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting. (We have 20 to give away! Enter via Rafflecopter after the jump.)
Books are wonderful entertainment, gum, and weapons. Many parents read whole stories and don’t skip pages, but I wouldn’t know anything about that. When you’re done texting, take a moment to learn about toddler favorites.
We spent this past Saturday morning running some errands as a family, and about three blocks from the last one, we heard a soft cough from the backseat… followed by a volcano of baby vomit spewing forth from our 21 month old son.
We’ve been talking a lot here at weeSpring about the burning questions that parents face, and this is one near and dear to us. With a long weekend on the horizon (hooray, Memorial Day!), we thought it would be a good time to ask: what do you do with a carsick baby?
We’re not exaggerating when we say we buy everything online. Especially in the early days of parenthood, if we couldn’t order it one-handed from an iPhone while nursing a newborn at 3am, we just didn’t buy it.
So we were pretty excited to learn that Diapers.com (and all its affiliated brands) is rolling out free shipping with no minimum as part of its new Familyhood Plus program. Right now, you can get a three-month free trial (that’s three months of free two-day shipping on diaper cream!) if you shop a site you’ve never bought from. (Try Yoyo.)
* In case you were wondering, that’s a Wag.com box.
Michelle Canarick is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the mother of two young children. She provides support to mothers and adolescents through her private practice on the Upper West Side and NYC Mom Support, an organization she founded to support mothers with children of all ages to identify practical solutions to their challenges.
During the delivery of my first child, I apparently said to my husband, “You take care of me, so I can take care of our baby.” I actually don’t recall saying these words, but my husband reminded me of that moment during one of our sleepless nights with our second child. He was telling me to go back to bed, and let him take over, so I could function the next day.
At weeSpring, we’re not just celebrating the moms and grandmas in our lives today. We’re also honoring the caregivers who help us be the great moms that we strive to be. Without these babysitters, mothers-in-law, husbands, teachers, and friends, we’d be struggling to fill the (very big) shoes of moms we’ve been wearing.
Earlier in the week, we started collecting stories from the weeSpring community about the caregivers who love and support our families. We received an outpouring of heartfelt and moving responses, and we’ve selected a handful to share with you below. As always, thank you to the many contributors who help make weeSpring the amazing resource it is. We would not be here without you!
This Mother’s Day will be my second as a mom and my first as an entrepreneur. Life has changed in a hundred ways since last May, and I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on balance and family. Being a good mom isn’t just about me… so I don’t want Mother’s Day to be either. It’s about all of the people—babysitters, grandparents, teachers, neighbors—who take care of our children and help us be the mothers we are, whether its providing 60 hours a week of child care, or 60 minutes of coverage so you can run out to the gym.
Logan and our caregiver, Liliana
I wrote a piece in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal about this, and over the next few days, we’re collecting stories from the weeSpring community about the caregivers who love and support our families that we’ll share on Mother’s Day. It’s a chance not only to honor these amazing individuals, but also remind ourselves that it truly does take a village, and no one is in this alone.
Jessica Pallay is a Brooklyn mama and the editor and co-founder of Well Rounded NY, a website for pregnant women and new moms in NYC. As a mom to an almost 2 year old daughter (with another girl on the way!), she’s constantly learning about herself through her children, and constantly – pleasantly – surprised. Like most New Yorkers, there’s no room in her apartment for the unnecessary clutter from products that are just “haves”; either we “love” it, or it’s out the door. A former fashion editor, Jessica brings her curated eye to Well Rounded, where she helps others come to terms (and term) with their pregnancy in the city.
This morning, my 21-month-old drew on her wall with a crayon. A big blue crayon. Her scribble doesn’t match her adorable pink walls, or her pretty yellow bed. And it certainly doesn’t match my image of perfect motherhood, you know, the one I had the whole time I was pregnant, and the one that you probably have of yourself right now. But there are some things you just can’t control.
Noa Arias is a first time mom to 4 month old April and lives in Westchester, a very different world from life in the city for many years. She is the founder of Cribsters.com - a local daycare and pre-school search and review site. Cribsters was conceived when she and her husband realized just how hard it was to find a local child care facility for their little one. A self-proclaimed “daycare guru”, Noa works in corporate America and enjoys watching anything on Bravo in her non-existent free time.
I’ve been known to shop. A lot. When I was in college, I once walked into a department store, opened up a credit card, and bought two handbags in a matter of minutes. I walked out dizzy from the rush. It took me getting a part-time job and a whole year to pay off that credit card, but I will never forget that high. Ahhhhhh. Anyway, where was I…oh yes, shopping.
Casey Santiago is the founder of Kangu. Kangu was born from a mom’s mission to ensure that all women, regardless of where they are born or how much money they earn, survive their pregnancy and childbirth. She teamed up with Tricia Morente, Jenny Boyd, Amanda L’Esperance and Sarah Samarasinghe, exceptional professionals in global health, technology and marketing, to create Kangu.
When I was pregnant with my first child, I, like so many expectant moms, felt a mix of excitement, anxiety and anticipation. I was comforted though by the knowledge that whatever happened, I would have skilled professionals by my side. I knew that with all likelihood my baby and I would be okay.