Goddard vs Montessori: Preschool Philosophies & Curriculums Compared

Having trouble choosing a daycare or preschool for your toddler?

I don’t blame you. The choices can be completely overwhelming.

Not only do you have to figure out location and monthly budget, but you also have to choose between many different educational philosophies that sometimes differ drastically from one another!

It’s a big decision to make. That’s why I started this Curriculum Comparison series, where I’ll break down the similarities and differences between some of the biggest schools and approaches out there.

In this article, we’ll dive into Goddard vs Montessori.

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5 Different Types of Baby carriers (Wraps, Slings, Structured & More)

If there‘s any one product that can help you live life with your new exploring partner in tow, it’s a baby carrier.

Babywearing is a practice of carrying a baby on one’s body in a sling or any other type of carrier. It’s also extremely convenient for both the parent as well as the baby.

With the baby safe in a wrap, sling, or a classic carrier, your hands will be free — and you could do household chores, cook, shop, or even have a mini dancing session!

But there are so many types of baby carriers to choose from, how do you know which one will work best for you?

Woman carrying child in structured carrier

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The 3 Best Toddler Beds for a Grandparents’ House

Sending your little one off to go spend the night with grandma and grandpa is supposed to de-stress you.

It doesn’t always work that way.

What if they get sick? How do we handle it if they act up? Will they eat their dinner? What if grandma and grandpa let them do whatever they want with no rules?!

Oh, yeah, and where the heck are they going to sleep?

Well, those other problems are probably best saved for another article, but there are actually some pretty great toddler beds for a grandparents house out there that will make this whole parents-night-out thing easier (on you, your kid, AND the grandparents!)

A toddler bed for grandma's house

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Arabella

If you’re about to have a baby, you’re undoubtedly extremely excited and busy. You have so many things to figure out, from the nursery theme to the types of baby food you’ll use one day.

The most significant choice you face is what to name your baby.

A person’s name actually says a lot about her. It not only influences how others see her but how she views herself.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that people willingly spend tons of time looking for a perfect baby name.

But when all your time goes to finding the first name, the middle name can get left in the dust. 

That’s why I’ve been putting together my How To Pick A Middle Name series. So with a quick glance, you can find the perfect middle name for your daughter!

Without any further ado, here are the best middle names for a girl named Arabella.

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The Best Battery-Operated Baby Monitors for Camping

So you’re feeling brave…

… and want to take the little one camping!

You’re definitely in for an awesome time. But camping with a baby or young toddler definitely has its challenges.

Here’s a big one: How do you keep an eye on them when they’re sleeping in the pack and play or travel crib and you’re awake, having fun?

If you’re just planning on quietly sipping cocoa (or wine) outside the tent or trailer, you probably won’t need a baby monitor. Just keep your ears open.

But if you want a little more freedom to wander from the tent, visit others’ camp sites, or just want a little extra reassurance that the baby is OK, you might want an actual baby monitor you can bring with you.

(Alternatively, you could get an awesome portable battery pack and plug in your normal baby monitor from home.)

Let’s take a look at some of the best baby monitors for camping, battery operated baby monitors, and alternative portable baby monitor options!

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The 50 Best Middle Names for Anabelle or Annabelle

When you’re about to welcome a new baby, you have so many things to think about.

Suddenly you need to consider things like scented or unscented baby wipes, diaper brands, and swaddling.

And, of course, you have to decide what to name your baby. 

A person’s name can greatly influence how others see her. But, a name can also determine how your daughter feels about herself.

Considering a name’s importance, it’s no wonder so many people spend hours searching for the perfect name for their babies. But if you devote all your time to finding a first name, you might end up settling on a middle name. 

That’s why I’ve been putting together my How To Pick A Middle Name series. So with a quick glance, you can find the perfect middle name for your daughter!

Without any further ado, here are the best middle names for a girl named Anabelle (or Annabelle).

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Crib vs Mini Crib (Differences explained plus pros & cons)

Putting together a new nursery before baby arrives?

There are lots of decisions to make from:

  • Color scheme
  • Theme
  • Layout
  • Furniture
  • And, of course, the crib!

If your nursery is small, you have twins, or you’re putting the crib in your older child’s room, you might consider a mini crib to save a little space.

What is the difference between a crib vs a mini crib?

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Everything you need to know about the Quiet Coyote hand signal

Looking for a ‘be quiet’ hand gesture?

Quiet coyote is a hand signal which is often used by teachers and parents as a non-verbal sign to instruct children to stop speaking and listen.

To use it, you simply make your hand into the shape of a coyote with a closed mouth and pricked-up ears.

Featured in the Disney movie Soul, the quiet coyote signal can be a very effective method of silencing a large group of children in a positive and empowering way.

However, the hand signal is very similar to some other gestures and salutes, some of which have negative connotations.

Read on to find out where the quiet coyote sign originated from, the meaning of quiet coyote, the psychology behind it, and why you may want to think twice about using it with your children.

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Diapers vs Pull-Ups (Difference & when to switch explained)

Have you ever sat in the store staring at boxes in the baby aisle …

… and wondered:

“What the heck is the difference between diapers and pull-ups?”

They look almost exactly the same, come in similar sizes, and do the same thing, too!

(Though one usually costs a little bit more than the other.)

So what’s the difference, and how do you know if you should be using one or the other?

Diapers vs pull-ups in a nutshell:

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These Are the 3 Best Fully Reclining Strollers for Newborns

One of the first things you should know about newborns is…

… they can’t hold their head up on their own!

Their little neck muscles just aren’t strong enough for the first month or more.

This is a huge factor when it comes to infant safety in strollers.

Most strollers for newborns will offer a significantly reclined seating position (if it doesn’t, beware… it’s probably not suitable for kids under 6 months), but the best, safest, and most comfortable position for newborns is full incline, or flat.

So what are the best fully reclining strollers for a newborn (strollers that lay flat)?

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