Baby's Firsts

From their first smiles to their first steps, we're here to celebrate all of your little one's milestones.

These Moms Talk About Baby Milestones

Five bloggers, who are moms like you, share everything from bringing their little ones home to watching them take their first steps. These bloggers were compensated for their participation in this program.

Teething: Rainbows, Cupcakes and Hiding in Closets

Posted by RainyDayGal on Aug. 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Have you entered the magical world of teething with your baby yet? Because let me assure you, it's all rainbows and cupcakes and bunnies with golden carrots. Sike!  


                                                   

It's more like an alien abducted your baby and replaced her with a very life-like replica that looks and sounds very much like your baby, just at a much louder volume and with more waterworks. Oh, and with this alien replica there's nothing that can calm her constant tears, whimpering, needing to be held no less than 2 millimeters away from you, and constantly drooling mouth. When the wonderful stage of development called "teething" comes along, hold onto your hats gals. 

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Teething: The Single Word That Unites All Parents

Posted by mooshinindy on Aug. 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Baby Orajel™ Naturals but all opinions are my own.


Here’s what I know about babies — they’re unpredictable. Just when you think you have them figured out they pull a fast one on you and change everything. With no two babies ever acting the same, the chances of you getting two (or more) babies in a row that enjoy or dislike the same things is next to impossible. Sure, you think you know newborns, but as soon as that second one comes into your life — game on. My first loved pacifiers and swaddling. My second one hated pacifiers and could give or take a good burrito wrapping. My first figured out sleeping through the night pretty quickly, my second? HA! Right. Sleep is for the weak. However, there is one word that unites all parents in solidarity for no parent will ever escape it.


Teething.

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Claudia and the teething monster...

Posted by Dyno-mom on Aug. 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Claudia is getting molars now and no es chica buena. She is a feisty one in the best of times and definitely one of my worst teethers. She is irritable, waking up at night, and she bites her little fingers as she scratches where the teeth break through the skin. When she is really unhappy, I almost know before I look that there will be teeth poking up through the gums. Each baby is unique but since she is the youngest of eleven, I’m an old hand at this gig. I know just what to do.

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Nature To The Rescue

Posted by WestPhillyMama on Aug. 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Baby Orajel™ Naturals but all opinions are my own.

Four years into this teething gig (I could swear my oldest was virtually born teething and my youngest’s 2nd year molars are just now coming in) and it still catches me off guard EVERY TIME.  With twenty teeth each, I’ve been through this process a couple dozen times now between my two kids. Still, each time, it takes me a bit longer than it should to figure out what is happening.  “My baby is irritable, not sleeping well, not eating and don’t get me started on the diaper situation...what could possibly be ailing my little angel?” Of course, a tooth!  

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A Nighttime Teething Remedy That You’d Like to Remember

Posted by GFunkified on Aug. 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The nights were so hard. From the day they were born until they were almost a year old (or older), my kids made it hard to sleep at night. Between feedings, the mix-up between night and day that newborns get, general crankiness, scary dreams, and teething, motherhood brought with it some very eventful nights.

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How I Unintentionally Raised Picky Eaters

Posted by RainyDayGal on Aug. 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM

There was a short window in time when I bragged, "Ah, don't worry about it. My kids will eat anything." Our dinner hosts would fret and fuss about having hot dogs or mac and cheese on hand. "Nope," I insisted. "They'll have what we're having." And they would. They had grown up eating homemade purees of spinach and squash, apples and oats, fresh-cut fruits and veggies, organic dairy. I had prepared their palates from birth to accept any foods put into their mouths. Hadn't I?

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When An Important First Is Also A Last

Posted by mooshinindy on Aug. 14, 2014 at 3:35 PM

My husband walked into our bedroom one night last week and announced "Vivi is sleeping in panties, I took her crib rail off and she has been instructed to wake one of us up if she needs help going potty." While my first thought should have been "Oh, crap. I'm going to have a toddler on the loose with no where to contain her." my actual first thought was "That's it. She's not a baby anymore. She has nothing left to outgrow." That fact has been sitting on me ever since.

Don't get me wrong, I love a good self-reliant child, but any firsts from here on out will be a whole lot different than first solid food, first tooth and first steps.

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Milestones, Big or Small?

Posted by WestPhillyMama on Aug. 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Since we’ve been talking about the “small milestones” I’ve found myself wondering whether different milestones qualify as big or small.  It turns out there is not standard yardstick for measuring the important moments of development - and what might be a major breakthrough for one family might seem like small potatoes to another.  I remember being surprised how gradual some of the “major” milestones ended up being with my first child.  I guess I imagined his first steps would happen spontaneously and he’d just take off on two feet after months of crawling.  Instead there was a period of pulling up, then cruising, then a tentative step or two between furniture supports, then steps while holding a hand.  It seemed like the answer to “Is he walking yet?” was “kind of…” for months before he actually walked across a room on his own.

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Filing Away the Details

Posted by GFunkified on Aug. 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Milestones happen when you least expect it, and if you're anything like me, whatever your baby has learned to do is the most exciting thing happening anywhere at that moment. My focus, when I see my baby do something that I know she's been working on for so long, is on my baby. Right? Isn't that the way it works for a mom or dad when big developments happen in front of our eyes? Then after she's rolled over, or taken a step, or shoved her fist in her mouth for the first time, I'm waiting for her to do it again, if only to prove that I did, in fact, see what I think I saw.

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L-O-V-E

Posted by RainyDayGal on Aug. 8, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Here's the thing: I thought kids "fell in love" in first grade, maybe second or third. I did not expect to pick up my daughter Lucy from preschool only to have her announce, without hesitation, "I am in love with Oscar."

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