How to Read to a Baby

It’s the time when I post a question from a mom and crowd source answers.

Question:
I want to read to my baby. She is 6 months and when I try to read to her, she snatches the book and puts it in her mouth. She does this every time!

Her tiny hands have an iron grip, recovering the book is nearly impossible. How do you read to baby without them stealing the book?

Answer:

The short answer is that at the six months age, they will eat anything. Like zombies. Just chew and hold tight onto they find. The 6-9 months is tactile learning where they have control over their hands and mouth; nothing is more fun than understanding what an object tastes like.

There are a couple ways to combat this. Let little baby eat a book of her/his own choosing while you read another book. Or give her a chew toy while you read a book.

Either way, baby is going to do what baby knows how to do best: chew and eat things!

Keep persisting and reading to baby, you’re helping to develop thousands of neurons and get her brain going. Eventually baby will listen to you and you will be able to read 1-2 pages to eventually a whole book.

High five for reading! If you want inspiration on favorite baby books, check out my list.

On this Royal Wedding Day, We Feel You Princess Diana

On this day when Prince Harry wed Meghan Markle, I feel a sense of loss. The loss of beloved Princess and mom, Diana.

I am no avid fan or follower of the British royal family, but the day we lost Princess Diana, I will never forget. That morning my mom told me she randomly dreamed of Princess Di. She was in distress and something terrible happened.

When we opened the newspaper, we saw the news. The people’s princess was killed in a car crash in Paris, with Dodi. Her friend. Her lover? Her consort? What was she doing in Paris? Was this a high speed chase? A cover up? So many theories flooded the news and our minds, but no matter how we reacted, our princess was gone.

Princess Di reminded me of my mom. Smart and beautiful, caring, loving, but also struggling. Motherhood brought out the complex emotions in Diana; it does to every one of us. In her later years, Diana had the courage to share her problems, marital issues, bulimia, depression. In one quick moment, she was not just the Princess of Wales, she was a struggling mom trying to find her way.

She was one of us.

I always feel a little pain and sorrow when I think of her. Today, as a mother myself, I know she would be proud, and sad, to see her tiny baby all grown up, leaving the nest to begin his own life.

But we know Diana will never leave Prince Harry’s heart, just as she will never leave our hearts.

Diana, Princess of Wales, we love you. We miss you. We thank you for paving the way to openness of motherhood.

Existential Thought 107 – Why Have Toys When You Can…

I am a bit of a toy freak. Looking online to find beautiful and interesting toys that our children will love, but also serve a purpose. Because as much we all love those battery operated toys that push our buttons, I want toys that help our children grow.

Obviously then I spend a lot of time looking at etsy (ooooooooo etsy) and secondhand.

My seven month old is now getting interested into toys that are more function rather than chewy edibles, I figured I could introduce a few stacking toys and more books (on rotation).

Well, she didn’t care.

Like at.all.

Instead she spends time everyday beating up the blinds on jumping up and down on me grunting like a crazy puppy.

Goes to show that you really don’t need toys, just your house to entertain the kids.

Existential Thought 106 – Champagne

They say it’s the bottle that makes the occasion.

If you’re hiding a vintage bottle of champagne, pull it out! Celebrate. Wait until the kiddos go to bed, grab one of your glasses (yes, do keep at least of proper champagne flutes), something tasty, and enjoy!

There is never the perfect night or occasion when you have children. But there are perfect moments. Like the day your kids slept in their own bed the whole night. Or you pulled off a company wide presentation with nerves of steel. Or you pitched to an investor and the dick’ish VCs didn’t faze you.

Bon vivant!

Mom2Summit 10th Anniversary: Hashtags to Use

This post is ugly as butt, but here’s what I have on the hashtags being used by brands and the conference. If I’m missing anything, please DM over on Instagram at @bindisandbottles.

Kia Motors: Instagram – @kiamotorsusa #kiamom

Mom2Summit: Instagram – @mom2summit #mom2summit

Today’s Parents: Instagram – @todaysparents #parentingteam

@langhampasadena #langhampasadena #lovinglangham

Dove: @dove #realbeauty

Carters: #momtomom and @Carters on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
OshKosh: #oshkoshkids on Facebook and Twitter @OshKoshBgosh and on Instagram @oshkoshkids
 

@tap.bio

@bestbuy

Twitter @Munchkin_Inc, on Instagram @MunchkinInc and at #MunchkinxMom2Summit

Aura Frames on Twitter @aura_frames, on Instagram @auraframes, and at #giveaura

Marathon Kids at @marathonkids on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and use hashtag #mom2marathonkids

Connect on Twitter and Instagram @LARABAR, and at #LARABAR. 

Loacker: Twitter @loackerusa and at  #powermomweek #loackerlove #powermom