Tummy Time Alternatives

Rose was not a fan of tummy time, she would roll onto her back or put her face down and cry.

As an occupational therapist this worried me. I’m very aware of the importance of tummy time because early time spent on the tummy builds skills that are essential for later development (turning and lifting the head, pushing up, crawling). I used/use a variety of techniques to help her enjoy the time she spends on her tummy. At 7 months it is still not her favourite position, but as she begins to push up onto her hands and knees in preparation for crawling she seems to enjoy it more and more. Also she’s sleeping better! tummy time

Here are some of the alternative tummy time positions that we use.

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How I met my Mom friends

As much as I love my kids (and my husband) I truly would not be able to function without my “mom friends”. I need my girls to vent to, laugh with and get advice from. When I moved into my neighbourhood 4 years ago, 1 month before my first Maternity Leave, I had one friend in the area: my sister.

We spent basically everyday together for the first 6 months of Morris’s life. Then she went back to work. Read more…

Life after Infertility

Being a mom is hard. My house is messy, there is a never ending pile of laundry, my kids cry, whine and don’t sleep, I’m sleep deprived. The cuddles, smiles, giggles and I love you’s make it all worthwhile, but it doesn’t make easy. Yet as a mother who struggled with secondary infertility, I feel like I shouldn’t complain. I expect myself to simply be grateful. infertility Erica Schott

life after infertility: A browned haired, light skinned mom and a 6 month old light skinned baby girl taking a selfie in a dirty mirror
Taking selfies in a dirty mirror

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Fun Beach Activities for Kids

After spending a week at the beach I realized that while I can sit endlessly in the sand, doing nothing but staring at the lapping water, my son and niece need entertainment. We came up with a number of fun beach activities to play using a pail/shovel and items found at the beach. beach activities

Fun Beach Activities!

Sand Hopscotch

Using a stick (or your finger) create a hopscotch grid and then play with a rock. beach activities

a light skinned 4 year old girl playing hopscotch on a beach- beach activities Read more…

Summer Park Essentials

How many times have you arrived at the park to realize you forgot sunscreen? A hat? Etc. This happens to me on a weekly basis.  And not to throw my husband under the bus, but after a recent day at the park that resulted in a sunburnt Morris I decided that a “summer park essentials” checklist would be handy. I figure if we could use it, so could you. Park essentials Erica Schott

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Sleep Training- A need for a more gentle approach

I sleep trained Morris when he was 5 months old by letting him cry and ssshhhh’ing him. He started sleeping 12 hours a night after 3 nights, prior to that he woke hourly.  I felt like an expert on sleep training. I preached how easy sleep training was (apart from listening to the crying) to anyone who would listen. Well guess who just threw in the towel on that method of sleep training? (points finger at self)

baby girl smiling, laying in a dockatot looking to the side (can only see half of her face) wearing a sleep sack having just woke up after failed sleep training attempt
Rose in her Nested Bean Sleep Sack (it has a gentle weight on the chest to simulate a parents touch)

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Mom Guilt with a second child

Mom guilt is real and it is constant, at least in my experience. I feel guilty about everything. For not giving my son, Morris, ALL organic food, for getting mad when I should have been more patient, for being too lenient, for letting him have too much screen time, for not playing with him enough, for not allowing him to be bored, for him being bored and so on… it’s exhausting. For years I felt guilty about not being able to give Morris a sibling. Most recently my mom guilt revolves around dividing my time and attention between my two babes equally.

photo of a light skiinned mother sitting on a blanket on grass with a 4 year old boy and a 5 month of baby on her lap
photo by Little Moments Photography

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