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Car Kit Checklist

We’ve made a convenient car kit checklist to stock your car with parenting essentials. It has everything you’d need for when you are out and about with your children, beyond the diaper bag. Print it our and keep it in the same tote you keep your car kit contents. You’ll be organized and prepared for anything.

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Diaper Bag Checklist

Here is our handy Diaper Bag Checklist. Print it our and stow it in the pocket for a quick reference before you leave the house. It makes restocking your diaper bag a snap.

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Infant Intake Chart

Check out our Newborn Stomach Capacity chart. We made it so new parents can visualize how much their new babies are eating – and what to expect with feeding and diapers in the first few months.

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Reviving Routines after Summer

Getting back into a routine after the fun of summer can be hard. Whether you are going back to work after vacation, going back to school, or starting fall play school, we have tips to make the transitions easier. 1. Build out your morning routine for success. Include a wake-up alarm, breakfast, some time for brushing har and teeth, and getting dressed. Ask Alexa to play wake-up music like “Morning in the Rainforest,” by Go, Diego, Go. Try a visual chart like Skidules to help small children get everything done in order.  Get moving with a morning walk or some yoga…

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Early Intervention for Babies and Toddlers

Choosing to get your child evaluated for Early Intervention can be incredibly daunting, emotionally charged, and scary. As mom, I know. Parents can feel so guilty if a child shows signs they could use some extra help. Instead, Early Intervention of any kind is a huge benefit to children who need it – and getting your child tested early is the best thing you can do as a parent to prepare your child for success. Early Intervention Programs in MA are free up until age 3, and offer a variety of schedules, playgroups, and in-home opportunities that best fit your…

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Celebrating Summer Safely with Families

Fun in the summertime involves parades, fireworks, BBQs, pool parties, and great family time! It also brings some safety hazards for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Here are some tips to keep your family safe this summer. Liberally apply SPF 30+ sunscreen early on children and babies over 6 months. Reapply every few hours and after swimming, running through the sprinklers, or any other water activity. For babies under 6 months, check with your pediatrician about their sunscreen recommendations and keep them out of the sun with a loose cover and a hat. Sun shirts and UPF-rated umbrellas are also helpful for infants….

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Benefits of Music for Babies and Toddlers

Why Take Your Child to A Music Class at Over the Moon? Here at Over the Moon we are excited to teach Rock it Baby and Rock it Toddler to babies and young children.  These classes are so much fun and offer amazing bonding opportunities for children and their caregivers.  But did you know that our music classes are especially designed by a child development teacher?  Read on to learn about the many ways our music programs can benefit your child. Music comes very naturally to kids.  Our children wiggle and sway to the music long before they walk and run.  Listening to music actually…

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Recycling Sensory Play

Sensory bins are always fun for your little one – but you don’t have to buy anything to put in them. Here are some easy recycled materials for your child to explore. Always supervise sensory play and crafts. Save your toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, egg cartons, plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, bubble wrap and other safe materials. Tape a tube to the wall low enough that your little one could drop items such as large pom poms through. Make rain sticks by filling a tube with rice and using duct tape to cover the ends. Tape bubble wrap to…

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St. Patrick’s Day Fruit Loop Craft

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here is a great St. Patrick’s Day craft for your little leprechaun. It’s super cute, and also builds color sorting and fine motor skills! How lucky! 😉 You’ll need: yellow play dough, fruit loops, and pipe cleaners Directions for your child: 1.  Roll two donut-hole-sized balls of playdough. 2.  Poke a pipe cleaner firmly into one ball of play dougn. 3. Sort about 30-50 fruit loops by color. 4. String the fruit loops onto the pipe cleaner by color; Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple. 5. Bend the pipe cleaner in an upside-down  “U” shape and poke it firmly into…

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Easy Valentine’s Slime Recipe

Playing with slime is great for toddlers and preschoolers – and not just because it is ooey-gooey fun! It invites your child to practice mindfulness, builds focus and independence, assists with fine motor skills, and allows them to explore with their senses. Valentine’s Day is a great day for slime. Follow one of our favorite recipes, below! 1 bottle clear glue 1 tsp baking soda 2 tbsp contact solution 2 tbsp glitter Mix ingredients until it is stretchy and no longer sticky. Have fun! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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5 Potty Training Signs of Readiness

When toddlers are developmentally becoming more independent and communicative , they will start to show signs of readiness for potty training. By following their lead, you’ll know when the best and easiest time is to start potty training! 5 classic signs your child is ready to start using the potty are: They show interest in the toilet. Begin telling you when they need to be changed, and are uncomfortable in wet or dirty diapers. Their bowel movements are consistently at the same time. They can undress themselves, or get undressed with minimal help. They stay dry for 2 hours at…

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Tips for Homeschooling Toddlers and Preschoolers

I worked in education for over ten years but when covid came and our family made the difficult decision to homeschool my own kids and nephews (ages almost 6, 5, 4.5 and almost 4) it was daunting.  I threw myself into research and reading – along with lots of trial and error. I would love to share what worked and what didn’t work for me during our homeschool journey as an educator, but most importantly as a mom who has been where you are.   Firstly and most importantly, I want to assure you that your kids are going to be okay. I hear a lot…

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Tips on Starting Playschool

Miss Kirsten gives her 10 tips on making the transition to playschool happy, empowering, and smooth. Read about it! Reading about characters going to school for the first time helps children relate to the unknown. Talking to your child about what looks fun, friendly, or scary can help work out feelings before you even enter the classroom. Also, if you have memory books of your first days of school, bring those out. Looking at picturess of Mommy and Daddy in school when you were their age is special. Do a practice run. If you are planning to start playschool, visiting…

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Baby Sign Language

How Learning Sign Language Benefits your Baby At Over the Moon, you will see us instructors pairing our speech with sign language during our classes. We also offer a Sign Language class for babies and their caregivers.  Many people think of sign language only as an alternative method of communication for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or nonverbal. But it is actually quite beneficial to teach typically developing babies sign language as well! Read on to learn three reasons why learning sign language can be enriching for all babies and their caregivers. 1. Sign language boosts speech and language development.We often hear the…

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Breast Pumping Tip

Making pumping life just a little bit easier! Rather than feeling enslaved to your sterilizer after each use of your pump, simplify your cleanup by keeping your flanges and bottles in a gallon size ziplock bag in your refrigerator between uses. Once per day, soak them in hot soapy water, thoroughly cleanse them and let them dry. If you find yourself in your car for many hours during the day, get yourself a cooler big enough to store ice packs and a gallon size ziplock bag for the pump parts and follow the above advice. Frozen ice packs will safely…

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Gingerbread Play Dough Recipe

Happy holidays! Here is my favorite gingerbread play dough recipe: 1 cup of flour1tbsp vegetable oil1/2 cup salts1 tbsp cream of tartar1 tbsp ground ginger1 tbsp nutmeg1 tbsp cinnamonI cup water Mix all ingredients together and cook in a saucepan until it forms a ball. I like to double the recipe because I’m usually making enough for two kids. This play dough is great for all five senses, and an especially wonderful activity to work on fine motor skills. Playdough is fun on it’s own, but below are some age-appropriate ideas for adding in extra fun (with adult supervision). For…

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5 Songs for Toddlers

Music is a great motivator. It motivates athletes in the gym, party-goers to dance, and entire nations to salute the flag. You can use it to motivate your toddler in a happy, encouraging way. You can either sing the songs yourself, of ask Alexa to play each song when you need them. The Clean-Up Song by Shari Sloane is a happy two-and-a-half-minute song that encourages children to help pick up. If you want to add some excitement, try to get your kids to race to get the room clean before the song ends. This is the Way We Brush Our…

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7 Tools for Traveling with Babies and Toddlers

If your family is celebrating summertime with vacations away from home, we have a few tools to check out. Its difficult for moms and dads to get much-needed relaxation on vacations, and this gear will help. 1. This Britax Travel Cart turns your carseat into a stroller – which is key for air travel. 2. These double-sided bed rails make any hotel bed safe for your toddler if they can’t sleep in a pack and play. 3. RoadID makes children’s ID bracelets and shoe tags to ensure your child is safe if they do get lost. They have room on…

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10 Essential Oil Must-Haves for Summer

1.    Sunscreen Made with ingredients you can feel good about, Young Living’s Mineral Sunscreen Lotion provides protection against UVA and UVB rays without harsh chemical ingredients. With hypoallergenic ingredients and skin-loving essential oils including Helichrysum, Carrot Seed, and Sacred Frankincense, this gentle, reef-safe sunscreen rubs on smoothly, so you can effortlessly apply it when you’re outdoors.   2.  Insect Repellent  Before you buy an insect repellent at the store, check to see if it contains DEET. If it does, you’re going to want to put it back on the shelf. DEET is a registered pesticide, and a member of the toluene chemical family….

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$850 Raised for EmpowerHER

Together, the Over The Moon community raised $850 for EmpowerHER, a non-profit organization with the mission to empower, support and connect girls of all ages who have experienced the early loss of their mothers.  Over The Moon Parenting’s mission is to support growing families on the South Shore of Boston, and this local cause is very near and dear to us. Every day we see the growing bonds of mothers and their babies, and it is our privilege to give back to girls who have lost their moms. We hosted a raffle, with generous donations from Sarah Hinchey Photography, Deluxe…

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Self Care for Moms

One of the wisest things Margaret, my mother’s group teacher, told me was that a mother can’t nurture a baby when she isn’t feeling cared for herself. Self care for moms is incredibly important, and often gets overlooked in the myriad of tasks that go along with parenthood. Here is a list of ideas to pamper yourself so you can be your best for yourself and for your whole family. Start counseling early if you are feeling down, stressed out, or angry about something. Talking your feelings out with a professional or a trusted friend is necessary for feeling heard,…

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Build Your Village

Its no wonder new motherhood is so stressful. The day after I delivered my son, I had a sobbing-on-the-floor crisis because I had used prescription deodorant and was worried that I had poisoned my milk supply. (I hadn’t. Deodorant is a-okay.) But the life-or-death feeling of every decision, antiperspirant included, is overwhelming. The weight of motherhood is heavy. New moms groups help. Becoming a mother is a transformative, incredible, and joyful experience that can also be overwhelming, intimidating, and lonely. Talk to any mom, and she will tell you that her “village” is what got her through those early months…

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers

Over the Moon Parenting is happy to share our latest list of thoughtfully selected gift suggestions for young children from newborns through the preschool years. We have provided samples of toys and other gifts we love which are safe and appropriate for each range of development. You can find most of these toys, and so many more, at local toy store, The Toy Box in Hanover. We suggested gifts that will appeal to children over time, promote creative and open-ended play, and support developing skills. Please feel free to share this list with friends, grandparents, aunts, and uncles! Newborn to 6…

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Cold Weather Tips

It’s getting colder outside, and that can get tricky with little ones. Here are some cold weather tips for babies, toddlers and preschoolers to keep little hands and feet safe and warm this winter. Remember to take coats off in the car. Jackets impair the way seatbelts fit and in the event of an accident, they can slip out. It can be a pain to be constantly taking off and putting on coats, but it’s worth it. Also, when using an infant carseat, resist using any “Bundle-me”-like blankets that will impair how snug the seat belt fits. Instead, choose a…

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Six Ways to Give Back with Kids

This holiday season of giving is the perfect time to teach your little ones about caring for others. Get involved with community service with kids using the ideas below, or come up with your own way and tell us about it in the comments! Take your child shopping for food to donate to our Over The Moon Parenting Food Drive going on now through 11/2.  If you can’t come to our food drive click on the link to Find a food bank. Buy toys for children who may not otherwise receive too many gifts under the tree. Drop unwrapped gifts…

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Mealtime Tricks for Toddlers

We surveyed our team for their mealtime tricks  for toddlers, babies and preschoolers to make life easier.  Enjoy! Make applesauce or mashed butternut squash and freeze it in ice cube trays.  So easy to store and defrost when you need it if you are starting solids. Color coordinated cups are great for safeguarding against germs, especially during flu season! Create a basket of quiet toys/books for older child(ren) to play with while you are nursing.  Puzzle books, etch-a-sketches, playdoh, and small games all work. It’ great to have something to do with older children while feeding your baby. Put the…

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Beach Clean-ups with Children

My two children and I recently went to our first Breakwater Blue beach clean up at Nantasket Beach. We brought our bucket and gardening gloves from home and started on the sidewalk. We picked up several pieces of trash before we even got onto the beach. I was pleasantly surprised by how clean the actual beach was but I know that is probably due to previous beach clean ups. We spent two hours combing the beach on a beautiful day, working together to clean up the beach. Beach clean-ups provide a great opportunity to talk about community service with kids….

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Cooking with Kids

“Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.” -Guy Fieri I started cooking with my two children as soon as they could help mix! Cooking with kids lets them use all of their senses, and teaches them how things they eat are made. It also encourages them to be adventurous in trying new things, and how to be healthy. We have done everything from simple baking and applesauce to rolling sushi. I find they love to try new things when they feel proud of helping in the process. Here are…

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How To Take Toddlers Skiing

Taking toddlers skiing is daunting. It also can be awesome. Here is a list of things I learned from trial and error (mostly error) to make your trip a happier one. Happy skiing!! Reset Your Expectations The first time you put your kiddo in boots, they might cry. And Fall. Walking might be frustrating and slow for them in their boots. Just getting them and all their stuff to the carpet lift might take an epic amount of patience, and getting onto the lift the first time might require divine intervention. Go in expecting that the first three runs might…

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Sensory Art for Babies and Toddlers

The minds of babies and toddlers are always growing and sensory art is a particularly helpful way to let them explore! Sensory art for babies and toddlers is different from a standard art class in that the focus is on the experience of creating using all five senses, instead of the final product. Here is why sensory play such as finger painting, play dough, sand, mud, and water play important for children’s development: Engaging sensory play uses all 5 senses and promotes integration; the ability of their brains to process all the information they receive via touch, smell, hearing, vision…

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