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Review of Oomphies – Durable shoes for kids

A few months ago, our preemie Lucas started walking, and my wife and I were looking for durable shoes for him. We stumbled across an ad from Oomphies, a brand we had never heard of before, on my Instagram timeline. Their footwear looked appealing, and so I reached out to them and asked for a […]

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A fun way to teach kids STEAM and STEM skills through play

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) are essential skills every kid should learn. But how do you make those topics accessible, engaging and fun, especially for younger kids? KiwiCo has set out to solve this problem by developing age-appropriate activities “in a box,” they call crates, to inspire the next generation of scientists, artists, […]

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Why you must keep your baby’s crib free of toys and blankets

My wife Kathy recently shared the story of Jordan DeRosier with me. Her 7-months old baby boy suffocated and died because of a blanket she put in his crib for bedtime. This is a tragic and heartbreaking story that shall remind us to keep baby’s crib free of toys, blankets, and crib bumpers to reduce the […]

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Review: Growing Step Stool for toddlers and kids by Little Partners

Our toddler likes to do everything on her own, including brushing her teeth and using the bathroom. But she isn’t tall enough to reach, for example, the faucet to wash her hands. For us to allow her to be more independent and do things on her own, she needs a step stool. We have tried […]

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Paleo baby foods – Is the Paleo diet safe for infants?

If you have been following this blog, you probably know that my wife and I use the Paleo diet as the framework of our dietary lifestyle. During a recent visit to the doctor’s office, we asked a nutritionist a simple question: “Is the Paleo diet safe for infants?” She strongly objected to the Paleo diet […]

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Travel permit for kids and minors in Costa Rica

You can get into serious trouble when you try to leave Costa Rica with a minor who is registered in Costa Rica but is lacking the required travel permit. Shop travel guides Costa Rica travel guides (Amazon) Isabella, our three-year-old toddler, was born in Atlanta and is thus a United States citizen. But my wife […]

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Challenges of raising a premature baby (preemie) – NICU to one-year

In this article, I would like to share some of the challenges of raising a premature baby (preemie) as we experienced them with our little boy. I hope that it may help other parents who have a premature baby to worry a little less. Lucas was born prematurely nine months ago at Northside Hospital at […]

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Bedtime tips when the toddler and baby share a room

Both my wife and I grew up sharing a room with our siblings. Sharing with siblings isn’t always fun, but it provides valuable lessons for life. We want our kids to understand early in life what it means to share. And once Lucas turned six months and started sleeping 12 hours at night, we moved […]

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Nipple confusion – How we got our baby back on the breast

Breastfeeding is hard work, for both baby and mom, and by far not as easy as most people think. Add issues, such as nipple confusion, to the equation, and you have a recipe for frustration. In this article, I will share the nipple confusion issues we had with our baby girl and how we got […]

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How to soothe crying babies with swaddling and white noise

Having a new baby is chaotic and stressful, even more so, if the baby doesn’t stop crying and you don’t know how to make him or her stop. Don’t worry; there are a couple of proven techniques that will sooth almost every crying baby. In this article, I will show you how to soothe crying […]

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The story of our preemie in the NICU of Northside Hospital

They say every pregnancy is different. I guess they are right. Our preemie Lucas was born prematurely and stayed in the hospital for almost two months. This is the story of our second pregnancy that ended abruptly in the NICU of Northside Hospital at week 30 and six days. Our second pregnancy This post is meant as […]

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Lessons Learned: Fetal Tests and Checks During Pregnancy

If you or your spouse is currently pregnant and if you’re as curious as I am, you may wonder about all the checks and tests you and your unborn baby will go through. During your pregnancy, you may hear a lot of new terms and not everything may make sense. That’s especially true if there are complications or […]

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Low PAPP-A during pregnancy – Do you need to be concerned?

When my wife Kathy was pregnant with our second baby, her OBGYN detected that she had low PAPP-A levels. In this article, I will explain what PAPP-A is and why low levels often result in additional tests and monitoring. None of that should freak you out! Scientific studies have yet to establish a clear connection […]

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Newborn screening test positive? It may be a false-positive!

To best prepare ourselves for the arrival of our daughter, my wife and I took a few baby and parenting classes, we read books on the subject and researched the internet. The amount of information (and misinformation) available to new parents today is incredible, so we had to be selective and hence didn’t pay too […]

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