I was trying to think back to my childhood and couldn't remember a single time that my mother was ever ill, when I realized that moms don't have time to be sick. I'm sure there were many times when she felt like crap, but she pushed through to get me to practice on time, keep my belly full, and make sure my play dates were fun. Thanks, mom. I only hope I can do the same for my kids!
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On a not so wonderful note though, you may or may have not heard that Similac has recalled nearly 5 million tubs of baby formula due to the fact that there were beetles/larvae in the powder. So disgusting. I am a breastfeeding mom myself, but I feel for any parent who is dealing with this right now. Please switch to a different formula, and I pray that your child's transition is an easy one. For the full details on the story from MSNBC, please click here.
The Word on Car Seat Safety
As my daughter approaches her first birthday, and at the same time rapidly outgrows her rear-facing infant carrier, my husband and I began the search for her "big girl car seat" a couple months ago. The first thing we learned was that EVERYONE HAS AN OPINION. Which of course you know is true for most parenting topics. The bottom line is that some people will say you're a bad parent no matter what you do, so try to make the best well-educated decision you can for your family and don't be ashamed of it.
There is a lot of new literature about keeping children rear-facing for as long as possible. For our family, AJ is outgrowing her infant carrier extremely fast, and even though there are convertible carseats that still will work rear-facing, a lot of cars will not fit them that way (including ours). For our family, we have decided to keep her in her carrier until she turns 1 in November, and then use a forward facing carseat. General rule of thumb is for a child to stay rear-facing until they are 1 year old and at least 20lbs. When reading the suggested fittings for most carseats the other day at the store, I noticed that infant carriers are suggested for children "5-20lbs and 18-29 inches long" whereas convertible, forward facing carseats were suggested for children "20-60lbs and 34-48 inches long." Maybe it's just me, but what are kids supposed to do when they are between the heights of 29" and 34"? This is really a case for parental discretion.