House & Home

Your house is so much more than a place to hang your hat. For parents, it's a nest — sometimes held together by a twig — while for children it's a place to be nourished and grow.

This is a place to discuss homemaking and share tips on managing your household, including cooking, finances, decor and time management.

Is it just me or have your eating habits totally changed since becoming a parent? I feel like all I’m doing is snacking these days...

  • Anna
    5h ago

    Lmao Kristina I hide to eat things I don’t want my toddler having too 🤣 snack bandit is exactly what I would call it lol

  • ATL
    3h ago

    I’m always on the hunt for a donut when out or snacks at home 😳. Could it be biologically trying to shovel in the most calories as fast as you can? 😆

I have a 7 month old son that doesn’t like to eat from a baby spoon, im feeding him his baby food through a bottle so he still gets his nutrition. Does anyone have advice on getting their baby to eat from a spoon? I didn’t have this problem with my girls.

  • Rose
    9h ago

    I even tried the packets of food, he, actually said once, YUCK! Lol so i guess ill have to keep feeding him from a bottle until he gets more teeth.

  • Rose
    9h ago

    He wont even those either

Our 1 yr old used to eat anything put in front of him but lately he’s been pickier about veggies especially with his daycare lunches. I hate packing him something homemade for nothing! The daycare provides food for the bigger kids but he still only has a few teeth so I want to make sure he gets softer foods. I’m running out of ideas for what to pack that is still tasty when cold - I definitely don’t want to have to make pbj sandwiches everyday. Any ideas for good cold toddler lunch foods?

  • Alyssa
    Sunday

    Most daycare facilities aren’t allowed to season the food at all, might be the issue. 🤷🏼‍♀️y suggestions would be to search on Pinterest ☺️

  • Yelena
    Sunday

    My toddler used to eat anything you put in front of him as well. Now he's the pickiest eater ever. And its not because he ate something gross.... kids are just weird.

My baby is crawling really well now and is wanting to pull everything off our low tv stand. Anyone find a gate or other way to keep your little one from getting to the electronics?

  • Stephanie
    Feb 15

    We use ikea shelving as the stand for all the kids toys and stack wood shoe racks behind tv for electronics.

  • Lisa
    Feb 15

    I made sure to bend each joint so he was able to pull up on it, I also had 10 sections and kept all 10 attached so it was long enough to be stable

How can I get my 1-year-old to drink more liquids? She still nurses but my supply is low—I’ve tried several non-dairy milk options but she isn’t a big fan. I tried water but some days are hit or miss. Dairy milk isn’t an option. What would you suggest?

  • Sierra
    Feb 14

    I wish I could do coconut— she is allergic! Ughhhh

  • Sierra
    Feb 14

    Thanks for all of these great suggestions!

Needing ideas for my toddler's lunches at preschool, preferably that don't need to be heated. He's terrible at finishing his food without us there monitoring and keeping him focused so I'm hoping there will be some things out there appealing enough for him to finish on his own.

  • Sara
    Feb 13

    Some options (I usually pack at least 3 things): -PB&J (if nuts are allowed, if not then sunbutter is a good substitute) -cheese stick or cheese cubes -cut up fruit (e.g. apple slices, strawberries, pear slices) -raw veggies (carrot sticks, cucumber slices) with guacamole or hummus dip if your kid is into that -cold chicken nuggets (I cook them in the morning and then store them in the lunc... More

  • Amy
    Feb 14

    My toddler wasn’t eating his lunch at preschool ( was too much he would rather be doing) so I now cut his sandwiches into dinosaurs using sandwich shapes I found on amazon. Now he is more interested.

I’m looking to work from home. My short term disability is almost over and our household is starting to feel the side effects of my lack of income. I don’t want to enroll my baby in daycare but I will if I have to. Any advice from stay at home moms? What is a well-paying job that is relatively easy for a new mom to begin from home? My job experience is in the science field but I’m okay with taking a sabbatical for at least a year and working in another field or picking up a part time job until my child is older and I feel more comfortable leaving her with someone.

  • Lindsey
    Feb 15

    I am going back at 3 days a week 30 hours. Still bringing in decent money (also being in the science realm), but get to be with my peanut 4 days a week. Balance... we couldn’t afford a complete stay at home option. Many companies can offer at least partial work from home and there are clinical or science-based analyst roles that are suited to this especially.

  • Robyn
    Feb 15

    If your field is science, try a pharma company, many have great WFH situations. And most pay well too. It takes some balancing, but it can be done with a child.

Any recommendations on baby safe dishwasher pods?

  • Kate
    Feb 13

    The Seventh Generation pods scored an A on the EWG site (ewg.org). I haven’t tried them yet - I’ll be making the switch soon, as the ones I currently use (Cascade Complete pods) scored an F. There are plenty of other pod options on the site, too.

  • Andrea
    Feb 13

    We’ve used both the Seventh Generation and the Ecover dishwasher pods and like them both well enough.

How can I increase my breastmilk while being on a paleo diet / whole 30? Before I did this my milk was coming in just fine :/ I don’t want to cheat, but if I have to then it’s worth it... but wanted to see if anyone knows any tips ?

  • Tiffany
    Feb 13

    Look up power pumping if you have a pump. It is used to replicate cluster feeding. Breastmilk is supply and demand so when your breast are emptied more frequently then it tells you body to up the milk production. Also make sure your water intake is high enough.

  • Erin
    Feb 14

    Mother Love More Milk supplement helped me the first time along with lactation smoothies and plenty of water.

Is it ok to feed 6m baby meat puree?. My 6m check up is next week, i will definitely ask her ped! But i just wanna get everybody's opinions.

  • Sara
    Feb 11

    I probably wouldn’t suggest it as a first food just because your little one may reject it but if you’ve started with more basic/bland stuff (bananas, oatmeal, avocado, etc) then it seems good to progress to meat. We introduced meat purées pretty early on.

  • Virginia
    Feb 12

    I think its fine. I actually gave my baby a bit of ground beef at 7 months. He couldn’t really pick it up until 8 months though haha

What are some cheaper alternatives to pizza for a 3-yr old birthday party? Cake and ice cream is definitely happening too.

  • Jessica
    Feb 13

    You could get a box or two of whatever pasta you may like for them, bow ties are cute, and if the kids eat broccoli bake broccoli and put it in the pasta with olive oil cooked and cut up chicken and shaved parm cheese. Or however you want but it's farely cheap for a lot of portions.

  • Jade
    Sunday

    We did spaghetti for my son’s first birthday. Cheap and easy to do in bulk. You can dye it to be rainbow, to add silliness.

Birthday veggie platter

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Any of ya’ll considered renting out your house and living on the road in an RV for a while with a little one? Having a kid has made my partner and I reconsider the work/spend/work rat race. Tips for RVing with a baby OR radically changing your lifestyle to have more time with kids appreciated!

  • Katrina
    Feb 12

    We live on the road with our toddler! My partner travels for work, and after 5 years of living separate I joined him in a travel trailer. We usually spend a few months each location before moving on. In truth, most of the "how-to" is adjusting expectations - child needs are the same in house or camper, and it's all about recognizing what those needs are and how to most simply meet... More

  • Sara
    Feb 12

    It’s amazing and terrible! THIS LIFESTYLE IS NOT FOR EVERYONE!!! I don’t even know where to begin in responding to this question. I have been living on the road with my husband in a 35’ fifth wheel for the past two years. This past year we welcomed our first little one to the family. You learn to live with the very minimal. Winters are very difficult if you live in colder climate and need prepa... More

What cereal does your baby love? I want to introduce a good, healthy and delicious ones to my baby. Thank you in advance.

  • Summer lively
    Feb 10

    Mine didn't really like any of them but would eat cooked rice.

  • Leslie
    Feb 11

    Mine loves Gerber organics rice. She actually hates other food unless it’s blended with rice cereal, so it’s definitely a favorite.

Hi everyone. So my one year use to eat with a spoon when she was near 6 months old. Cereal especially. She started falling sick and for some reason doesn’t even like the sight of a spoon. Anything approaching her in a spoon she smacks away or purses her lips tightly closed. Any advice on how I convince her to eat with a spoon? I got different kinds of spoons. Ate with a spoon myself in front of her. Also emphasized how her older sister eats with a spoon and showed her 🤷‍♀️🤦‍♀️

  • Jaime Santos-Prowse
    Feb 13

    I don't know, but maybe just give her some time? Mine was using a spoon really well and then abruptly chose not to for a while. She's back to using it and a fork as well. Hopefully your little one will too.

  • JA
    Feb 13

    Just drop it for now. You can offer it to her to hold but she's still young so the spoon isn't that serious.

Is anyone’s kids/toddlers super sensitive in terms of detergent? It seems like my lo can’t even sit on a bed from a hotel or on a blanket that’s been treated in something other than what I use. She’s highly sensitive to dreft. Breaks out every where with it. Only arm n hammer works for her.

  • Cho
    Feb 06

    My 3 year old daughter has skin irritations due to detergent. For some reason it took me forever to diagnose it but we use all free and clear now and it cleared up. If we stay at hotels I always bring her own blanket and pillows.

  • Anonymous
    Feb 06

    Detergents are full of very horrible chemicals. Bad for skin, bad for eyes, bad for brain, bad for lungs. Try Greenshield Organics.

My 2 year is a such a picky eater and used to eat some food but now refuses to eat anything I put out for lunch or dinner, any suggestions?

  • Katie
    Feb 08

    My son was like that when he was 16-24months. Now he is 3, and he eats everything. I do smoothies too. Raw food is good in the morning, so I put Bananas, Strawberries, Oranges, Kale, Spinach, carrots and celery. Kale, Spinach, carrots and celery are well blended in those bananas and strawberries, so my kids don’t notice that they are consuming those. Just because he doesn’t eat, I wouldn’t... More

  • Justine
    Feb 08

    My 2 year old was the same way, and repetition seemed to really help. We stuck to the same meals once or twice a week, and slowly expanded, as her taste for new foods got better.

Stay at home moms: how do you make some cash? Any ideas to bring a little extra to the family?

  • Jasmine
    Friday

    Focus pointe global is really good for paid trials and surveys. I’ve been a couple times. And once made $150 just for showing up (it was over booked).

  • Jasmine
    Friday

    They have locations in the city and it’s always been a one day thing for 2 hours max.

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