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.

FTM seeking daycare with a couple of concerns

I’m a FTM to a wonderful 22 mo son. I’m interested in child care to promote more sociability (for him and myself lol) a few days a week. He interacts well with people in general, all the normal milestones regarding attachments. He goes to our church’s child care facility during services and we’ve used a YMCA onsite child care facility in the past (where his usual caregivers are out of sight). M... More

  • Amanda

    Thank you all for your comments and suggestions! Yes, we are only doing milk in the mornings and at night only (we’re a huge fan of milk in our house, both his father and me grew up loving it).He drinks lightly flavored water that I drink throughout the day. He also enjoys smoothies (something that I enable because I enjoy them as well) so I understand where I went wrong lol. I only allow smoot... More

  • Jenn

    While this isn't 100% related to your question, have you ever had him evaluated by a speech pathologist for the feeding habits? He could have a sensory feeding disorder, which is why he is so affected by textures, colors, and shapes of food. He is young enough where intervention now could really be beneficial. On another note, I'm with you with the sippy cup debacle. My LO won't dri... More

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Sandra posted in DIY Wednesday

To let them paint or not let them paint

We’re getting ready to move and the new house we will be moving to is allowing us to paint the walls. We picked out paint and they provided :D (low voc).. anyway. The kids really got excited and want to help paint their room. Normally we have my fiancé do it but he’s out of town for work and so we will need to get going with the preparations and painting needs to be happening, just wanting some... More

  • Emily

    Perhaps you paint 3 walls and leave 1 ‘kids’ wall? Or while you paint, hang a really big piece of paper or contact paper and let them paint on that. Then rotate the paper onto the other walls as you move around the room (or start new one). Then the walls look good but you could hang the ‘paintings’ the kids did.

  • Anonymous

    Painting walls really isn't difficult. My mother let me help as a young child and she was super anal about the edging in being perfect. Everything went fine. Just go for it.

Sippy cup for 9month old

When did you introduce a sippy cup to your baby? What is the best sippy cup to start with?

  • Anonymous

    We started with the munchkin miracle 360 cup. Around 9 or 10 months age; our kiddo was able to sip from a regular cup at that age.

Anonymous posted in Behavior Wednesday

13 month old and dog

I have a 13 month old that thinks pulling on the dog is funny. The more I try and say no to pulling on the dogs feet, tail etc the more she thinks it’s funny and goes back for more. I have tried to implement petting nice and being kind to the dog from day one with her. Any advice to correct this behavior would be welcome

  • Vanessa

    Maybe try to distract with a toy just to get her away from the dog try to show no interest in what she’s doing to the dog I did this with my son and he eventually just stopped he occasionally does it but he’s 2 now so I tell him ur hurting the dog and he walks away

  • antigrav_kids

    I told the kids here that it really hurt the dog when they did that. I pulled my saddest, most hurt face while explaining, and after a few tries that seemed to do the trick.

When & how did you teach your baby/toddler to use utensils for self feeding?

My 16 mo toddler has been doing well with self feeding using his hands since he was 9 mo, when we started more varieties of solid foods & less purees. I used to let him hold a spoon then which always ends up just him playing with it. He’s starting to listen & understand more lately. I was hoping I can start teaching him with at least using a spoon. Just need ideas how & when did you... More

  • Julie

    We did almost the same thing as Elle. I do think that eating in front of them is key. And exaggerating movements and showing how to hold the spoon level, etc. at first she would turn the spoon right before she got it to her mouth so whatever was on it would fall off. We just kept trying and she figured it out. We also used regular adult spoons and forks. My daughter doesn’t like it when she’s s... More

  • Cathy

    We did the same as Elle. Just put them out for our son to try and experiment with.

Is readymade puree pouches available in shops are healthy for baby? Baby food tips for travelling

My LO is 8 months old.. till now i have always given her home made food purees.. is readymade purees available at shops r healthy n safe for babies?? Also i wanna know what type of solid foods can be carried for road trips 2-3 days long.. should i take these readymade puree pouches?? What do other mommies take for their babies?

Anonymous posted in Money May 16

Grocery tips

We are a family of four and our grocery spending is crazy. Does anyone have any suggestions for shopping cheaper than Costco? I get my paper goods there (paper towels, tissues, toilet paper) and then the frequent foods we eat at home (kids Clif bars, bananas, salads greens and raw almonds to name a few). If Target doesn’t run a gift card deal when I need it, then I buy my diapers and wipes at C... More

  • Cork

    Agree with a lot of other recommendations on here, but here are two more: About once every 1-2 months we have a week where we don't buy groceries. Instead we go through the fridge/freezer/pantry and eat whatever is available. Sometimes the meals have to get a bit creative, but there are always things we bought and have been sitting there for weeks/months, or leftover ingredients from anothe... More

  • Sarah

    Another family of 4 here with a $500 monthly grocery budget! Biggest way I've cut costs is by meal planning. I've tried couponing but we just end up with stuff that won't get eaten. Instead we buy exactly what we like and will eat whether or not it is on sale! I would rather pay more for what we like than see it go to waste. I don't know if you have a Dollar Tree in your area bu... More


How old was your child when you started requiring them to eat what they’re served for dinner or not eat?

  • Bethany
    May 17

    As soon as she started eating solids

  • Anonymous
    May 18

    Never. If she refuses one part of the meal we focus on the other parts. If it's a vegetable she refuses I'll usually grab leftover vegetables from the night before. Same goes for other parts of the dinner. However, my daughter has never been picky and 99% of the time eats what she is given. We all have foods we don't like to eat. I'm guessing you wouldn't like being forced t... More

Anybody else’s kiddo taking a yogurt bath at meal times???

My 16 month old has been trying to use a spoon for a while now with not much improvement. She is able to scoop food on the spoon and bring it to her mouth but then DUMPS it in. She does this twist the spoon in her mouth thing and half the food falls right out. Anybody else go through this....... any tips to help her?? She won’t let us do the hand over hand thing or adjust the spoon in her hand.... More

  • K
    May 14

    So, I do let my girls go wild on their yogurt bc it’s just good utensil practice, but I do have 2 tips that may help. 1) I started putting their yogurt in small silicone cupcake molds. They can choose to dip their other foods in it, use their spoon or pick it up and basically smash it in their face. This is the messy tip, but it keeps it contained much better. 2) I put it in a Take n Toss straw... More

  • Raji
    May 16

    I should’ve bought a smock like bib I saw at IKEA the other day; seemed big enough to cover her lap. I guess I was getting tired of washing her shirts n pants after lunch n dinner; at least with warmer weather they will dry easier. And, here’s to hoping she’ll get it one of these days :)

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking May 12

Baby yogurt for 8mo

Has anyone given their baby StonyField organic baby yogurt? The package says it’s for 6mo+ but I’m a little hesitant to give it to him because I’ve been told babies shouldn’t have yogurt. But I guess if it says “baby” it should be safe, right?

  • Ashley
    May 15

    There is a lot of sugar in that yogurt. I’ve found it best to get plain, whole milk yogurt (naturally sweeter!!) and add stuff to it- real fruit or even baby food purées to sweeten it up some. It is a bit sour otherwise.

  • Cathy
    May 15

    Yogurt is fine just be mindful of the sugar content. We have started giving our son “Two Good” Greek yogurt since it’s only 2g of sugar vs the 9-11 grams.

How and when should I start giving my baby milk?

Introducing regular milk to my 9 month old?? Will it upset her stomach and I need help with a routine with her any suggestions

  • Lacie
    May 13

    How did you introduce it

  • Jennifer
    May 14

    We added a little to breast milk and he didn’t mind so we kept adding more ever couple days till we were at full whole milk

Meal plans for kids

My daughter is almost 2, and I wanted to start getting her on a more consistent diet. I’m working on meal planning for myself, and I would like to do the same for her. Any suggestions on a good meal plan for kids? This would include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

Anonymous posted in House & Home May 08

Vent about BIL (long post, sorry)

I just need to vent about my BIL really quick. He moved in with us a few months ago and everything was fine at first. He followed our (very simple) rules of cleaning up after himself and to be quieter when our daughter was sleeping during the day. But lately he seems to think the rules don’t apply to him!! He’s recently started smoking again and I told him if he wants to live with us/be around ... More

  • Anonymous
    May 12

    Also a little update, I talked to my husband and we have reached a compromise, we are giving my BIL until the end of summer (August 10th) to either clean up his act completely or to move out! It’s the only way we can work on our marriage and move on with our lives.

  • Holly
    May 17

    That is so good you have a plan. I just used the pregnancy of the new baby as a reason for him to “get out now” lol

Any suggestions on making my 3 yr old eat real food ?! Not just nuggets and fish sticks and milk?

  • Ruliak
    May 08

    Mostly store bought attempted making my own chicken nuggets but he was not eating it. Now have moved towards the less breaded which he is taking but def will need to start introducing veggies.. it’s hard for me as I do not eat much so barely eat but his nutrition is important. He does well with fruits yogurt but def want to see him more into rice pastas and meats !!

  • Bethany
    May 08

    I would also eat what you make him so he knows it’s good. I did that with my daughter even with foods I’m not too fond of. I will take little bits and say mhhhhhh

Peanut Butter

My daughter is 18 months old. When can I start giving her peanut and jelly sandwiches?

  • Kieli
    May 03

    As long as she didn’t have any kind of reaction to it, go ahead and try it out!

  • Anonymous
    May 03

    I did it from a year on. Why are you worried?

Anonymous posted in In-Laws May 02

Comparing how much we help our parents/families?

How do you deal/handle your emotions when your spouse feels they have helped your family enough, and if anyone asks for anything, the answer is no? Or my spouse said the exact words “what have you sacrificed for my family”. I didn’t even ask if we could lend my father money to float his business, I only told him that my mom told me he wanted to borrow money but she told him not to ask the ... More

  • Anonymous
    May 02

    Has his family ever asked for help with anything? If so, would you feel comfortable with helping them out as your husband has been willing to help out yours (even though you didn’t ask)? I would respond to your husband’s words that if his family ever needed any help that you would be willing to help out as he has done for yours. It’s just fair. But also all decisions to help someone money wi... More

  • Anonymous
    May 05

    Recently, my husband and I have been talking about this too. We loaned some money to my sister with her purchase of a house. If need be I’m gonna help my brother out too; which my husband is on board with. The thing is his mother has been asking him to help her with her mortgages; which I don’t agree with as she makes way more money than my husband but isn’t managing her money right. I’ve been ... More

Bad eaters

Does anyone have suggestions on how to get 2 year olds to eat? He won’t eat Mac and cheese, chicken, bbq, hamburgers, meatloaf, and he also won’t eat stuff from like McDonald’s, chick fla a, and Burger King. When he does eat it’s just scraps of food. He weighs 35 pounds and the doctor says he’s healthy but he won’t eat!

  • Christine
    May 02

    Just give him whatever you're having, and if he won't eat it than don't stress about it, especially if weight is on track. Got this advice from our pediatrician. Stressing over it or turning it into a battle won't make them eat it anyway! He'll grow out of it :)

  • Christine
    May 02

    If you have an instagram account look up FeedingLittles her acct is super informative and she has full on pamphlets/programs for toddlers and how to get them to eat.

Foods for baby with no teeth

My 11 month old still has no teeth. The wic office wants us to give her more table food and when she turns 1 we lose baby food on wic so she will need to eat real food. Not sure what to give her since she has no teeth. Any ideas?

  • Emily
    Apr 30

    Something super easier for you is veggie soup — unsalted chicken or veggie stock, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc. Boil until veggies are really tender. Great for baby to ‘chew’ on and drink the broth to hydrate. I also take baby purée (like carrot or pumpkin or veg mix) and mix finely chopped chicken and rice together. Daughter has 4 teeth but doesn’t need them to eat this.

  • K
    May 04

    I feed all of my babies table food from 6 months, no purées. You just have to make sure you soften it enough so that she can mash it with her gums. Things like sweet potatoes and broccoli are a good start.

Baby time

I’m a stay at home dad, I try to keep up with the house chores while the baby sleeps, but it not always possible, and sometimes I feel bad about leaving the baby in the play pen so I can sweep and mop the floors. I feel like I should be entertaining or doing more activities with him. Is it normal to feel this way? And is ok to leave the baby in the play pen for brief periods?

  • Devon
    Apr 25

    I have had the same concerns but i found out it is very important for babies to have a some alone play time so they can learn how to play alone and entertain themselves. Feeling this way is proof that you care so it sounds like you are doing right by your LO!!

  • Lauren
    Apr 29

    If baby needs you baby wear or have baby on your hip. I know my husband realizes how much I do but he doesn't understand the juggling act it takes. I felt bad just like you are saying so I reevaluated and finally found what works for us. I clean during nap times and do a power hour clean. Then I prep any food I can to make supper easier and pack lunches for my husband. Another good time t... More

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