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20 Unique, Practical & Encouraging Tips to Relieve Toddler Constipation

20 Unique, Practical & Encouraging Tips to Relieve Toddler ConstipationWe now interrupt my usual sex, marriage, and all-around inspirational blog posts for a lesson on how to cure toddler constipation. If you’re one of my (awesome) email subscribers, don’t be discouraged, you won’t see anything about poop on here again for quite sometime, promise!

In all sincerity, toddler constipation S U C K S, and I hope to hook you up with these tips to help you avoid what I just went through: tears, tantrums, more tears, and a Total Mommy Meltdown.

My goal today is to give you ONE blog post with nearly all the info you need because really, who wants to search high and low on the internet when it’s easier to have all the info in one place? I’ve tried everything on this list, and I hope this gives you some practical, encouraging and get-er-done methods to purge the poop!

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First things first, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “In general, it is best to watch for the following signals if you suspect constipation:

  • large stool to pass easier. By the way, Aquaphor is like magic, you should have that in your home anyway. 😉

    Now comes the stuff that we use and works great for us, but I suggest you wait and consult your own Pediatrician first (although most approve this stuff):

    14. Fiber Gummies. I literally jumped up and down and shouted “Hallelujah!” when I found these. My son loves gummy snacks, and these were a great way to sneak in a couple more grams of fiber each day. We use the Little Remedies gummies because they’re tasty and affordable, but I know there’s more out there that may be worth a shot. Fair warning: some of the other brands don’t taste as good!

    15. Probiotics. Your kiddo might have an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in their tummy, and a natural probiotic is a great way to work things out! We love using these Culturelle powder packets for kids. Many of my mommy friends use them and swear by them too.

    Quick Tip: Slip your packet into juice or a yogurt so they don’t notice the powder. Make sure it only goes into cold food/drink as per the directions on the box.

    16. Miralax. Unlike other laxatives, Miralax is not absorbed into the system. It merely acts as extra water molecules to make things “softer” and easier to pass. My pediatrician (and lots of online research to support her) told me it’s completely safe for long term use. It also doesn’t cause bloating or cramping like many other laxatives.

    17. Flaxseed Meal. Whole ground flaxseed meal is high in fiber with 2 Tbsp = 4 g Fiber & 3 g Protein. I’ve read you should only give a toddler 1 Tbsp a day. I sprinkle it in my son’s oatmeal every morning and he doesn’t even notice it! It’s a great way to give them something natural and nutritious.

    18. Chia Seeds. 1 Tbsp of chia seeds = 6 g of Fiber, 3 g of Protein + 2.9 g of Omega-3 fatty acids. Hello! In fact, 1 Tbsp of Chia seeds contains more calcium than a glass of milk, more Omega-3’s than salmon, and more antioxidants than blueberries. I haven’t found a definitive answer on dosage for toddlers, but I’ve heard about 1/2 Tbsp is plenty. As always, ask your Pediatrician! In addition to flaxseed meal, I slip this into my son’s oatmeal every morning too. We buy ours at Trader Joe’s but you can also get these.

    19. Suppositories. If all else fails, give them a glycerin suppository like this one that we use. Honestly, I avoid using these like the plague because really, who the heck wants anything stuck up their bee-hind? That being said, sometimes you gotta’ do what you gotta’ do girlfriend. Ugh.

    And the grand finale:

    20. Document their bowl patterns. If you’re noticing your child keeps having constipation issues every few months, grab one of those little Dollar Store pocket calendars and keep track of his/her bowl movements daily. Make sure to describe the size, shape and consistency. This will help your pediatrician determine a course of action should it come to that. It will also make you feel better when Mom Brain kicks in and you can’t remember when they last time they pooped. 😉 Remember, what is “normal” for one child will be different for another (even between siblings). It’s important to know your child’s habits so you can stay ahead of the game!

    I can’t stress this enough, make sure you check with your child’s pediatrician if his/her condition stays the same or becomes worse. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again… toddler constipation S U C K S. I hope this 2,000-word blog post (wow) gives you all the info you need to keep your sanity, mama. Hang in there. You’re doing a great job.

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5 Nursery Design Tips for New Moms {+ GIVEAWAY: Custom e-Design Nursery/Child’s Room – NOW CLOSED}

Nursery Design Tips for New MomsWhile having a baby is an incredible blessing, it’s also a major change in your home and should be anticipated as such! I’m super excited to have today’s guest post provided by my close friend and interior designer extraordinaire, Julie from Inspired Design by Julie! Check out her five awesome tips to creating the perfect nursery and scroll to the bottom to see our  HUGE GIVEAWAY (closed as of 10/1/13). Plus a WMS exclusive discount code!

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1. Choose a practical & peaceful location.

Location is EVERYTHING when you’re getting up at 11pm, 2am, 4:15am and 7am with those awesome night feedings. Make sure you choose a room that is closest to your bedroom to cut down your zombie walk throughout the night. This is particularly important if you don’t invest in a video monitor (like this one WMS owns and loves) since you’ll be sure to peek into your little one’s room often. Similarly, make sure to select a room farthest from your entertainment rooms like your dining and living rooms. Telling your guests to “shhhh” during the middle of an intense episode of Breaking Bad is no fun, especially when there’s only two episodes left!

Quick Tip: If your master bedroom has a walk-in closet, don’t be afraid to remove the door and add a curtain rod and cute curtain to create a closer “room” for your child when they are newborns. It always makes us moms feel better when they’re that much closer. (Just make sure there’s plenty of air circulation in your closet!) Continue reading “5 Nursery Design Tips for New Moms {+ GIVEAWAY: Custom e-Design Nursery/Child’s Room – NOW CLOSED}” »

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Pregnant & Sexy: 7 Sex Positions to Enjoy During Pregnancy (or anytime for that matter…)

Sex Tips & Positions During PregnancyRemember that scene in Knocked Up when a preggo Katherine Heigl is freaked out about how she looks during sex while Seth Rogen is terrified of harming the baby in utero? I laugh every time I see that scene. Hollywood has done a great job of making sex while pregnant look ridiculous. (And to be honest, sometimes in reality it does look ridiculous!)

The key to sex success during pregnancy is trust between husband and wife, a sense of humor(!!), communication, and some serious creativity!

Before we get started, let’s address the question I know is at the top of your mind: Is it safe to have sex during your pregnancy? This is a loaded question and needs to be directed to your physician throughout your pregnancy. According to Gina Brown, OB-GYN, it’s OK to have sex during pregnancy, “…if you’re having a healthy, normal pregnancy.” That being said, there are some circumstances where having sex is not safe, especially during your third trimester. Make sure you ask your OB-GYN any and ALL questions you may have – they are the experts! Continue reading “Pregnant & Sexy: 7 Sex Positions to Enjoy During Pregnancy (or anytime for that matter…)” »

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Toddler Crib Escape Artists, How to Wash Out Poop & How to Lovingly Discipline a Toddler

Help with Toddler Problems!I realize you probably came to my blog today for something inspirational, educational, and/or fun.

TODAY IS NOT THAT KIND OF DAY. :)

This mama needs YOUR help! I know I’m not the only one dealing with these routine issues, and I hope we can all encourage and educate each other by throwing around some friendly mommy advice! Don’t forget to spread the word to your mommy friends by re-pinning this post!

What do you do when your toddler can climb out of their crib?

My amazing, adventurous and adorable 20-month-old son has finally learned how to throw his juicy thighs over his Pack N Play and climb out. I am devastated. And scared. And sad. And… TOTALLY FREAKED OUT!

How am I supposed to take a shower now? How am I supposed to blog now? How am I supposed to sneak in an episode of “Nashville” on Friday mornings in my bedroom while The Babe watches his language DVD’s???

Any advice? Leave me a comment! Continue reading “Toddler Crib Escape Artists, How to Wash Out Poop & How to Lovingly Discipline a Toddler” »

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Dear Moms… I’m Sorry!

Dear Moms I'm Sorry!After traveling with The Babe this weekend, I was reminded of all the things moms allow/do that used to annoy the crap out of me. I feel quite obliged to apologize since, well, I now fall into that glorious category…

Dear Moms,

I’m sorry I used to judge you for “allowing” your kids to scream, kick, and shout on airplanes. I just assumed you didn’t have control of your kids.

I was right. But now I realize that’s not your fault!

I’m sorry I used to sneer at you when you would pick your kid’s nose in public. I thought it was impossible I’d ever do such a thing.

I was wrong. I do it all the time.

I’m sorry I used to vomit in my mouth when you would change your kid’s diaper and not wash your hands immediately after. I thought you were lazy or had bad personal hygiene.

The truth is you were so busy chasing them down after the diaper change that you didn’t get a chance to have a moment of privacy in the restroom to wash your hands. It’s still gross, but I get it. Continue reading “Dear Moms… I’m Sorry!” »

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5 Things Parenting is Teaching Me About Myself.

5 Things Parenting is Teaching Me About MyselfSome days I think I will never “arrive”. Can you relate? Whether you’re a parent or not, like me, you’re a work in progress.

This side of Heaven we are a complete mess. Thank goodness God loves us in spite of our weak flesh, insecure hearts and doubting minds!

There’s a lot I’m learning while raising The Babe. Here are five things I’ve recently learned about myself in the process…

“There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.”

– Jill Churchill

Continue reading “5 Things Parenting is Teaching Me About Myself.” »

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Silent Night. A Song for The Babe…

Silent Night. A sweet lullaby from a mother to her son.It’s been nearly 195 years since Silent Night was first written by an Austrian Roman Catholic priest. Tonight, I find myself singing it yet again to The Babe, hoping to lull him into dreamland where I imagine he dances with butterflies and swims in cool steams beneath a bright, full moon.

Singing to him every night gives my heart such joy. It’s my favorite part of our day. And I think it’s his too.

A quick message for all of my mom friends out there: Don’t let these precious moments pass you by. I know nighttime can be the WORST trying to make dinner, pick up the house, and get everyone in bed in time to have some “me time” or hang with your man.

But don’t miss it. Don’t miss these little moments where you can crawl in bed with your children, sing something meaningful into their souls, laugh, and truly connect with their little baby hearts. The time we spend with these little hearts will echo into eternity. Continue reading “Silent Night. A Song for The Babe…” »

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10 {Unique} Registry Items a New Mom Shouldn’t Live Without

10 Unique Registry Items for New MomsRegistering for a new baby is INSANITY, isn’t it? What, how many and which color can be overwhelming. I’ve done the work and hope to save you a bit of time, trouble and endless trips to return crap you just don’t need. 

You can easily find TONS of lists of status quo registry items on Pinterest and fellow mommy blogs. In an effort to mix it up a bit, I’m giving you a list of the 10 items that you probably won’t find on their lists AND that I hope you will thank me for, once you use them! Whether you’re a mom, soon-to-be-mom or aren’t even close to being a mom, would you “pin” this article for me so we can get the word out?  Continue reading “10 {Unique} Registry Items a New Mom Shouldn’t Live Without” »

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The Grace of God is The Glue.

“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” – Alexander Pope

The Grace of God is The Glue

Growing up, I collected my fair share of crappy memories… like most children do. I don’t need to list them because I bet like me, you’ve got a list yourself.

I’m not here to stir the pot.

But I am here to help sift it a bit.

When I turned 18 it finally hit me that my parents were REAL human beings. They had beating hearts that were capable of being sad, lonely, insecure, and scared… much like my own. And, just like my own tender heart, theirs were forever changed by their own circumstances.

Notice I said “changed” and not “damaged.” I don’t believe in damaged hearts. I believe God can make ALL THINGS NEW.

As I walked the halls my senior year, pondering this crazy new revelation, I couldn’t understand how I’d never thought about this before… I always assumed my parents had no idea what I was going through, and that their parenting mistakes were because they didn’t love me enough to ( fill in the blank ).

I thought my wounds were from careless hearts.

In fact, they were from wounded hearts who just needed a break. They were doing the best they could with what they had.

I would soon receive this dose of reality in my own life.

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10 Tips to Help Your Baby Sleep Through The Night.

If there is one thing I DIDN’T know before having kids, it was how EXHAUSTING the first 3-6 months would be. When I was preggo lots of my mom friends warned me, “Get your sleep now!” But let’s be real… it does NOT prepare you for what’s to come. Many of my readers have asked me how to help get their babies to bed. I hope this post brings your babies (and YOU!) lots of SWEET DREAMS!

10 Tips to Help Your Baby Sleep Through The Night.

1. Location: From sitting up sleeping on the couch with a colicky newborn in your arms, to sleeping on the floor next to the crib… I’ve heard it ALL. When you have a baby you are desperate to get them on a real sleep schedule and you’ll be willing to do just about ANYTHING to get some sleep. No one is judging you! Do what you have to do to get everyone to bed, especially the first three months (as long as it’s safe)!

2. Bedtime: The first two to three months you will be getting up throughout the night to feed and soothe your little one making it difficult to set a specific bed time, but try. Most researchers say 6:30-7pm is a perfectly normal and healthy time for a 0-12 month old to go down for the night. Personally, my son goes to bed at 7pm every night, but, that wasn’t always the case! It took time and discipline on my part, but thank goodness we have a schedule now! And for my work-out-of-the-home mamas, make sure you pick a bedtime that allows you enough bonding time with your babe after you get home from work! Continue reading “10 Tips to Help Your Baby Sleep Through The Night.” »

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