Caring for Toddler Suits

It’s crazy to think of how many people purchase nice suit for their toddler to wear for only one occasion before the child out grows it. The thing about toddler suits is that they can be worn just as often as men’s suits can be and they are just as durable as men’s suits too. Obviously, your little one won’t be little forever, but there isn’t any reason why toddler suits can’t be worn several times before it’s grown out of.

However, just like with men’s suits, toddler suits have to be properly taken care of in order for them to last a long time. If you have more than one son or have a relative with a young boy who will grow into your child’s clothes, then properly caring for your toddler suits will be a tremendous help in the future. Below are some tips for how to care for toddler suits so that they last for many years.

  • Time is of the Essence – Since most toddler suits are worn by little boys, there is a chance that the suit will encounter grass stains, dirt and other harsh environmental “hazards” if worn for long periods of time. If you are going to an event that will last a while, such as a wedding or a church service followed by a family reunion, then bring a spare pair of clothes for your little one to change into when the time is right (reception or right before the reunion). This will preserve the condition of the suit, which is critical for furthering its life span.
  • Don’t be Strict with Buttons – Yes, toddler suits look adorable when they are buttoned up, but with as much as these youngsters move around, keeping the buttons buttoned all the time is definitely going to put extra strain on the suit…and possible cause a button to pop off. Therefore, try not to be so strict on keeping the suit jacket buttoned all the time. In fact, consider letting your little one take the jacket off to be more comfortable, if the time is appropriate.
  • Always Keep on a Hanger – Whenever toddler suits aren’t being worn, they should be on a hanger. If you are traveling, try to keep them in a breathable suit bag. When you are at home, its fine for suits to hang in the closet. Just keep suits in a place where they aren’t crammed up against other clothes, or they will acquire unsightly wrinkles.
  • Follow the Cleaning Instructions – Most toddler suits will have instructions for proper cleaning. Follow these instructions. If the tag says “dry clean only” – then take it to the dry cleaners when it needs to be cleaned. Depending on the amount of wear the suit is getting, you may not have to take it to the dry cleaners very often at all.

Bridal Shower Gift Ideas

Bridal Shower Gift Ideas

As you are probably well aware of, May, June, July and August are the four most popular months for weddings. Many brides dream of having beautiful outdoor weddings where they can wear gorgeous summer wedding dresses and their bridesmaids can wear fun and simple bridesmaids’ dresses.

In theory, summer weddings are great because the majority of people can come due to school being out and lighter schedules. However, this isn’t necessarily true for everyone. For those with older kids, summer means a frenzy of activities as many kids play summer sports and then there’s also family reunions and vacations to go to.

You may know exactly what I’m talking about if you’re already looking at a jam-packed summer schedule. However, this doesn’t mean that you haven’t gotten your share of wedding invitations. Naturally, you won’t be able to attend them all. If you aren’t going to be able to attend a wedding, then you need to make it a point to attend the bridal shower.

Many people don’t like attending bridal showers because they take up a portion of a Saturday that could be spent doing something else and everyone at the shower sees the gift you bought for the couple. While bridal showers do take a little time and can put a little pressure on you to choose your gift carefully, they really are a great way to show the couple you care about them. Below are a few suggestions for appropriate bridal shower gifts.

  • Kitchenware – Engaged couples are always asking for various kitchenware whether it’s a good set of pots and pans, a toaster, dishes or something else. Therefore, you can’t go wrong with kitchenware, especially if you want to get the couple something that you know they’ll use.
  • Personalized Quilt/Blanket – If you really want to show the couple that you’re happy for them, then consider having a quilt or blanket made for them and personalized with their names and wedding date embroidered on it. I actually received one of these at my bridal shower and it’s one of my favorite keepsakes. This is one gift that will not be returned and will be treasured for many years to come.
  • Vacuums, Grills and Other “Big” Items – You may have a good sized budget for a gift or maybe you are going in together with someone else to purchase the couple something nice. If you are going to purchase a big item, then make sure you pull the couple’s wedding registry and choose something off the list of items they’ve selected. This will help ensure that the gift is appreciated and not returned and exchanged for something else.

Cons of Child Beauty Pageants

Many people enjoy watching child beauty pageants because young children are just a joy to watch, especially when they are all dressed up and enjoy what they’re doing. While many of the little contestants competing in child beauty pageants genuinely enjoy the competition, there can be some negatives associated with these events. However, keep in mind that most of the cons of child beauty pageants flare up when the child is being forced to participate, or the child’s parents take it too seriously and eliminate the fun that is supposed to be had at these events. Below are a few of the cons that can come from child beauty pageants:

  • Bad Attitude – Some children do not enjoy getting up in front of people and performing. When they are made to do this repetitively, they can develop a bad attitude towards themselves and others, which is unhealthy.
  • Low Self-Esteem – Child beauty pageants should help a child develop self-confidence, but sometimes the opposite happens. Some children have a strong desire to win and when they fail they can develop low self-esteem if their parents aren’t supportive and encourage them to work harder for the next pageant.
  • Time Commitment – Child beauty pageants take a lot of time to prepare for as contestants need to practice their talents, smile, walk and posture regularly in order to get ready for a competition. While this doesn’t have to take up hours every day, it will take up some time, when done properly.
  • Unsportsmanlike Conduct – Surprisingly, most of the unsportsmanlike conduct that is exhibited at child beauty pageants is done by other parents when their children don’t win. While it may be beneficial for your child to be exposed to this, as a parent, you have to be careful to refrain from becoming one of the above mentioned parents if you want your child to learn how to lose (and win) with grace. You also need to be around to protect your child from parents who behave like this too!

Benefits of Child Beauty Pageants

Benefits of Child Beauty Pageants

Benefits of Child Beauty Pageants

After watching shows on television like Toddlers and Tiaras, many parents make the assumption that child beauty pageants are a bad thing. The main reason is because there are a lot of people shown on these shows who place a huge weight on their toddlers to win. Of course, this isn’t a good thing, but when parents take their focus off the winning side of child beauty pageants, their children can reap big benefits from these competitions. Below are a few:

  • Confidence – As adults, we know the importance of being confident in your abilities. Having a healthy level of self-confidence helps us achieve our goals, make friends, pursue a career and many other things. Building confidence starts at a young age and child beauty pageants are a great vehicle for toddlers to start building self-confidence.
  • Social Skills – Child beauty pageants also help children improve their social skills as they learn how to make new friends with other kids their own age. Children competing in child beauty pageants will also learn how to effectively communicate with adults as well.
  • Good Sportsmanship – Learning how to be a good sport is something every child should be taught how to do. After all, no one ever wins everything in life…we all fail at some point and have to learn how to get back up. Child beauty pageants teach children this lesson as not every contestant will go home with a trophy. The good thing is that young contestants learn that with hard work and determination they can earn a trophy, and when they do, the win is that much more valuable to them.
  • Prizes – Of course there are prizes given out at child beauty pageants. While they shouldn’t be the sole reason for entering these competitions, they are considered benefits. Young children can win anything from trophies and crowns to modeling lessons, trips and iPods. However, if a child continues to compete in beauty pageants in the college, there are often monetary prizes that can help one pay for a college education.

Cons of Child Beauty Pageants

After Baby Tips for Mommy

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve had one child or ten…each pregnancy and post-pregnancy is a completely different experience. I recently (3 weeks ago) had my second child and while I can say that I love my new little one just as much as my first one – both the pregnancy and the post-pregnancy experiences were different than the first time around. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m older or because I have a four year old, but this pregnancy seemed much more difficult and less enjoyable than my first one – and the postpartum recovery period has been a little worse too.

Many mothers get the “baby blues” once their little one arrives, which is completely normal. However, there are some things we can do to make the postpartum process more enjoyable. Below are some tips to help you with this.

  • Eat Right – After you have a baby, it’s important that you consume a well-balanced diet each day, especially if you are breastfeeding. Don’t go on a strict, low-calorie diet right away…you need the extra calories to keep up your energy so you can take care of your little one. If you are breastfeeding and don’t get the food you need on a daily basis it can affect your milk supply, making it taste sour which will cause your little one to stop eating. Eating the right foods and keeping your body well-nourished will also help keep you in good spirits too.
  • Sleep – Bringing home a baby can be overwhelming because there is just so much to do. When you’re not feeding the little one, you’re either cleaning bottles, pumping, doing the laundry or trying to tidy up the house…it can be exhausting. It’s important that you get a good amount of sleep when you come home. Some of the household chores may just have to wait. Getting ample amount of sleep each day will make you a better mommy as you’ll have more energy, be in a better mood, have more patience and, therefore, will be less likely to be a victim of postpartum depression.
  • Do Something for You – Most of us mommies are guilty of putting everyone else first and sacrificing our needs and wants. I’m here to tell you that you need your time too. This is kind of like sleep because when you make time to do something you like to do, it’s like therapy and helps you be a better mom when you’re with your baby. So, it doesn’t matter if you hire a babysitter once a week to go have lunch with a friend, take long baths at night or get your husband to watch the little one while you sneak out to go exercise. Do something for yourself! Shoot, maybe all you want to do is go shopping for a new baby dress or baby suit for baby pictures. Get your spouse or a friend to watch the little one while you go out and shop ALONE…it will make a world of difference!