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I’m four months pregnant with my third baby and my one-year-old daughter WILL.NOT.SLEEP. I’ve tried it all: diffusing essential oils and lavender baths, dark room, sound machine, magic merlin suit, sleep sack. It seems like no matter what I do, she still wakes up every 30-90 minutes ready to play, all night long. Multiple days of sleepless nights can quite literally drive you insane. Combine the lack of sleep with the pregnancy exhaustion and I feel like a walking zombie. I sleep-trained my son just fine and he’s a great sleeper. But my daughter is a force to be reckoned with and has decided she doesn’t need beauty sleep because she’s already beautiful. I decided to enlist the help of...
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by East Baton Rouge Parish Library.  FREE Literacy Program Available Via East Baton Rouge Parish Library East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s Press Start! Ready, Set, Read! program seeks to equip children ages 2-4 with early literacy skills that will enable them to enter school with confidence. Parents and caregivers may stop by the children’s room of any Library location to pick up a booklet that focuses on beginning literacy concepts that can be incorporated into their daily routines. The booklets are full of fun activities that the children will enjoy while learning basic concepts that build a firm foundation for math and reading. Each monthly booklet will feature a new letter, number, color or concept, while also building on the previous month’s concepts....
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Toddlers are adorable, toddlers are magical, and toddlers love everything. They also tend to be destructive to themselves, their siblings, and the homes they reside in. So here are some ideas for toddlers that are not a passive-aggressive message of revenge to their tired, hardworking parents. Tonies Happy Nappers (They are Cringey COLORFUL, but kids do appreciate an infomercial they have memorized. Marketing works, Disney Jr.) Kitchen Doll Changing Table Station Garden center Arcade Tent Kids Lounge Chair Bike Folding Wagon Squishies Costumes Fishing Pole Educational Toy Rocket Launcher Light-up Tracing Pad Dinosaur Eggs Mess-free Markers Magnetic Tiles Spill-proof sippy cups (preferably the brand they already use. You can never have enough sippy cups.) Non-glitter Bath Bombs  Ask toddlers. They will tell...
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by The Dunham School.  3 Questions to Ask When Searching for a Preschool It happens gradually. The rattles turn to toys. The bottles turn to forks and spoons. The potty-training charts turn to chore charts. Before we know it, the diaper bags turn to backpacks, and we’re sending our little ones off to school wondering where the last few years went. As the mother of a four-year-old daughter, I just walked this path. Is my child ready? Am I ready? How will she adjust? Did we choose the right school? If this was/is you, please hear me when I say: You are normal. Working in school admissions, I watch families every day come to our office in hopes of finding the...

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