How to Make Baby Food


[caption id="flickrImage_4" align="alignright" width="238" caption="Carrot baby food © by Ross Catrow"] [/caption] I want to start off by saying that I do not have any children. I have a godson, J, whose father decided that I could be trusted enough to take care of him. He is one of the most amazing kids. He can make you laugh when you are about to cry, make you look at the world in a entirely new way, and teaches you to appreciate the little things. We can spend the entire day in my backyard looking at plants, and not realizing that I know…

Why Use Cloth Diapers?


[caption id="flickrImage_3" align="alignright" width="159" caption="Diaper duty © by   mhofstrand"] [/caption] Before lil’ SPF arrived I started researching diapers. I knew that I wanted us to use cloth diapers but had no idea what kind to buy. It turns out that there are many, many different kinds of cloth diapers to choose from. We have now been using cloth diapers for  over 3 months and so far we are really happy about using them. What follows are my thoughts on why cloth is more sustainable, not only for the planet but also for your pocketbook - the reasons why we…

How to Childproof Your Home for a New Baby


You’re having a baby?  Congratulations!  Your life is about to change forever, and in ways you can’t even imagine.  But don’t worry.  As the father of three beautiful children I assure you it’s all worth it.  I can also tell you that children can be even more mischievous that you would ever imagine.  Remember, kids are naturally curious and they’ll get into all sorts of things as they start to explore the world around them.  As a responsible parent you’ll need to childproof your home to keep your baby from getting hurt. Making your home is childproof doesn’t mean you…

Classic Children’s Toys


Many children's toys have one or more of the following problems: 1.  They’re expensive. 2.  They contain lots of plastic. (Not to mention the plastic in the packaging.) 3.  They require batteries. 4.  They don’t encourage imagination. (They tend to be gimmicky, which makes them easy to advertise, but causes kids to tire of them quickly.) My kids are 16 and 19 now, and their “toys” tend to be things like iPods and cell phones, but I still remember the many flashy, gimmicky toys that were easy to advertise, but the kids tired of quickly. And I also remember the…

Baby on Board: Our Budget with a Baby


My husband and I just had our baby girl this summer and it has been wonderful so far (now that we're getting some sleep). Before she arrived we had asked family and friends for their advice and their opinions on what we needed to do to get ready. We received some wonderful suggestions, but as you probably know actually becoming parents has been a big adjustment and one thing we have had to do is prepare for our budget with a baby. Something I've heard repeatedly was how expensive kids can be. For those expecting their first baby (congrats!), I'd…

Smart Baby Stuff Purchases


We are getting very close to the arrival of lil' SPF and I am happy to say that we are just about ready for him, baby stuff wise anyways. We can't say for sure whether we are physically and mentally prepared to become parents but we figure we'll manage!  So in the meantime we can feel good about having all the baby stuff at the ready. Now what is all this stuff? Well it is the fruit of many, many hours of research, e-mailing back and forth with friends, phone calls with family members and lots of searching online shopping sites.…