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A List of Engaging, Quiet Toys
September 7, 2018 8:00 am | by
Engaging toys for toddlers that are quiet, too!

Finding quiet toys that keep your child entertained and engaged are hard to find. Sure, it’s easy for kids to zonk out in front of the TV or video game, but it’s nice to have a toy that allows them to actively engage their imagination. Plus, it’s great if it can hold their attention longer than 5 minutes. Here are a few of my favorite quiet toys for my toddlers. They go back to these toys again and again. And one of my favorite features? They’re quiet! Some of these are quiet and portable enough to take to restaurants, church,

 
The Epic Struggle of Laundry
August 24, 2018 7:11 pm | by

Raise your hand if you are constantly falling behind on laundry. My hand is way up in the air! Even pre-kids, I had a hard time keeping up with laundry. Now, I am the main washer of clothes for my family of 4 plus pets. It’s amazing how much clothing tiny humans seem to dirty! Add cloth diaper laundry, and it’s like the mail. It just keeps coming and will never be done. Tips for Keeping Up with Laundry Make a Plan When I am getting ready, I can easily go through multiple outfits until I find something worthy of

 
Sending Kids Back to School: Time to Celebrate or Sing the Blues?
August 13, 2018 4:18 pm | by
Back to school blues

Back to Scool Blues My kids still have a few years until they start kindergarten, but last night at daycare we had a graduation party for the kids who are heading off to kindergarten. I know it’s normal for parents to feel some sadness as their kids move on from being preschoolers to kindergarten, but it hit me surprisingly hard. Back to school season turns the emotional ante way up. The kids we were celebrating were not mine, and truthfully, I barely know them other than the fact that they were in my daughter’s class. There was a sweet ceremony

 
Diaper Bags That Don’t Look Like Diaper Bags
July 24, 2018 8:16 am | by
Are you ready for a diaper bag that doesn't look like a diaper bag? Stay stylish with bags from #cottonbabies

Mommin’ ain’t easy. It’s hard to hold it all together. A lot of moms keep the schedules straight. Make sure no one goes hungry. Keep the house livable. Always pack diaper bags. The list of what moms handle is ever-growing and ever-changing. All while trying to be a “cool mom.” In an effort to retain my sanity, I find that being organized helps. I also love to shop. Why is it that when I am spending money on my kids or my husband, I have no qualms about getting them the best, but when it comes to me, I tend

 
Babies at Work: Retail Store Edition
July 11, 2018 8:03 am | by

One of the unique benefits of working at Cotton Babies is that we welcome babies at work. You’ve all seen the blog from the lovely Julia about bringing her son, Tommy, to work with her at the corporate offices for Cotton Babies. (If you haven’t, read it here and the update here…) There’s a whole other side to bringing babies to work that differs from the office spaces that are Cotton Babies: the retail store. I was lucky enough to be able to quit my full-time job to work part-time, and, added bonus, bring my little one to work with me!

 
Planning a Trip to the Beach with Toddlers
July 5, 2018 11:01 am | by
Tips for taking toddlers on a beach vacation.

Summer travel season is upon us! In a few short months, my husband and I will be packing up our 3-year-old and 1-year-old to go to Florida. It’s our first real trip as a family of 4, and I am sooooo excited to be hitting the beach. I’ve already started mentally planning everything we need to make this a fun trip that has as little stress as possible. I’ve scoured the mom groups and blogs so you don’t have to. Here’s everything I plan on doing to have a successful trip to the beach! Sunscreen This is probably obvious, but I’d

 
Three Cheers for Great Dads this Father’s Day
June 17, 2018 8:44 am | by
Happy Father's Day to all the great Dads!

I know a lot of moms use online forums to complain about the fathers of their children and their shortcomings, especially on Father’s Day. This is not one of those posts. While I, at times, get annoyed by my significant other, surely he feels the same about me and my neuroses. This post is about my favorite qualities in my husband as a father to our kids. I think these traits are universally good traits for Dads to possess. He always makes them smile. Whether it’s funny voices, actively playing or just being silly, it warms my heart when I

 
Are You a Crunchy Mom?
May 21, 2018 1:04 pm | by
Are you a crunchy mom?

“Crunchy moms” are all about natural living. You might have a little bit of “crunch” in your parenting style if you do any of the following things. A lot of crunchy traits are things other moms mainstream moms might roll their eyes at. And for the record – that’s a-okay! Every mom makes different choices and we respect them all as long as baby is safe. You do you and what works for your family. You Might Be Crunchy If… Cloth Diapers Caring about the environment is considered crunchy to some. Of course, at Cotton Babies, we think families who

 
Find Your Tribe: How I Joined a Mom Group
April 19, 2018 11:45 am | by
Find your tribe in a

I’ve been watching a lot of “Friends” on Netflix lately. It reminds me how important it is to find that group of people that help you get through life’s ups and downs. If you’re reading this, you almost certainly know that being a parent is not easy. Stay-at-home-mom life is a blessing, but can also be very lonely at times. Of course, you have some of the sweetest and most rewarding moments you’ve ever experienced, but it can also be physically and emotionally exhausting. What I’ve realized is that finding another group of moms (or dads!) has been just what

 
How Being a Mom Changes from First Baby to Second, Third…
April 16, 2018 8:00 am | by
Embrace the changing stages of life as a mom.

Like any good mom, I was spending the majority of naptime scrolling through my Instagram feed and watching Insta-stories. I came across the Insta-story of one of my author heroes, Sarah Bessey, in which she threw a birthday party for her daughter with full-blown, store-bought, brand-name, superhero-themed plates, napkins, cups, decor, all the way down to the party attire and cake. Adorable. Besides making a memory of her daughter’s special day, part of what she captured in her story was the passing of time. This was not the old familiar day from birthday’s past with hand-crafted locally-sourced party favors. This