Emily Westbrooks

Freelance writer and blogger from Maine, previously in Dublin, now in Houston. Wife to an Irishman, mama to Maya.

5 Baby Jet Lag Hacks That Work, According To Science

If the thought of traveling to a new time zone with a baby in tow sounds like hell, you're probably right. Switching up much-fought-for sleep routines for the sake of a vacation that may end up being way more hectic than life at home doesn't sound…
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3 Skills Your Baby Needs To Master Before They Can Start Enjoying Cheerios

Cheerios are a baby rite of passage. I have photos of both my kids sitting in their high chairs working on their first tray full of the popular cereal. It's one of the most adorable baby tricks, figuring out how to get those little pieces of cereal…
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How To Treat Hand Foot Mouth Disease In Adults, Because It Can Hit You *Hard*

Hand foot and mouth disease AKA Coxsackievirus is one of those childhood illnesses that seems to run through daycares, sparing no one. When you see the telltale rash on a kid's hands, even sanitizing your whole house from top to bottom won't help…
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8 Ways To Remove That Unsightly Cradle Cap From Your Baby's Head

I was so grateful when my daughter was born with a full head of hair that stuck around for her entire babyhood. My son, on the other hand, wasn't so lucky. His sparse hair became even more sparse after he was born and at about six months, he…
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Here's When You Should (& Should Not) Worry About Your Baby's Purple Feet

There are so many things about a newborn baby that are terrifying: The weird noises they make, the odd bodily fluids no one tells you about... almost any thing can send you into a googling tailspin that inevitably ends with a panicked call to the…
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From Suspicious Rashes To Headaches, These Are The Early Signs Of Lyme Disease

I was born and raised in Maine, so the threat of mosquitos and ticks has always been a part of my life. The smell of bug spray reminds me of summer, and I check for ticks in every crevice all summer long as a force of habit. But what is new is the…
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Here's When Toddlers Can Actually Jump — It's Later Than You Think

If you are the parent of a young toddler or have been around one lately, you might have heard them claim to 'jump' when their feet really haven't left the ground. I remember that phase well, and I also remember thinking, how hard can it be? As it…
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What To Do When Your Slime Is Too Fluffy, & Your Kid's Not Having It

I'll admit that although I've made slime more times than I imagined I ever would with my toddler, I didn't realize that it could turn out so wrong so often. Perhaps that's because the parents in charge of making slime are usually trying to use slime…
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10 Beautiful Baby Names With 6 Syllables That You Can't Help But Sing

I'll admit I do like the concept of searching for a baby name by the number of syllables. If you or your partner have a very long first name, perhaps you'd like to continue the tradition. Alternatively, if you happen to have a very short surname of…
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15 Amazon Prime Day Deals For Parents That Are Too Good To Miss

Prime Day is upon us, which means it's time to finally purchase the items that have been sitting in your cart for months, just waiting for the moment you hit "buy." Well, that moment is here. Hundreds of thousands of deals can be found across the…
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7 Ways To Stop Your Kid From Sucking Their Thumb, Because It's Time

Thumb-sucking has an interesting trajectory when it comes to acceptance by parents and outsiders. When babies are tiny, even still in utero, thumb-sucking is the cutest thing. When babies get a little older and use their thumb to soothe themselves…
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If You're Having Trouble With Instagram Questions, Try This Simple Fix

You've probably noticed that Instagram stories got a little update this week. Most likely, you've seen many people using the new questions sticker to ask their followers various questions. In fact, memes have started appearing to poke fun at just…
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There's A Reason Why Your Baby's Feet May Reek A Little Of Vinegar (Ew)

I vividly remember the first time I realized my infant son had sweaty feet and how they subsequently turned a little smelly. My sweet baby who was supposed to smell only like perfect magical newborn baby, was actually a bit stinky and...…
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Summer Movies Are Always The Best, So Here's 9 On Netflix To Watch With Your Kids

I was visiting my sister in Maine a few weeks ago and her neighbors (who also have a backyard full of chickens and adorable Adirondack chairs on their front porch), had a sheet tacked to their weathered barn — specifically for the solid purpose of…
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9 Natural Insect Repellents That'll Keep Those Pesky Mosquitos Far, Far Away

My toddler daughter is very tempting to mosquitos, and when she gets bit, she has an extreme reaction. One time last year, she got a bite on her temple and within twelve hours, the entire side of her face was so swollen she couldn't open her eye.…
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If You're In Chicago, Don't Even Think About Lighting That Sparkler On July 4th

Chicago seems like it would be a great place for setting off fireworks. It's right on the water, and the city's skyline makes it great for photos. If you're going to be in Chicago for the Fourth of July and have a penchant for fireworks, you'll…
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If You're Hoping To Light Fireworks In California This Year, Here's What You Need To Know

I've never been a big fan of fireworks; even sparklers make me a little nervous. But some people get really into whatever holiday allows them to set things on fire and watch them light up the sky. However, it's important to know whether you're…
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7 Surprising Ways Your Cat Is Trying To Tell You They Care About You

As a cat person myself, I will happily argue with anyone who thinks cats aren't affectionate. I can't remember a time when I didn't have a cat, and in fact, I currently have cats in two different countries (thank goodness for in-laws)! Since my…
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7 Common Dangers For Babies At The Beach That You May Not Think About

I'll admit that usually, my biggest worry at the beach is how we're going to get into the car without bringing half of the beach's sand with us. Not that I care terribly about the car getting filled with sand. But there are other, more impactful…
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Here’s Why Your Baby Keeps Putting Their Hands In Their Mouth

If you really think about it, your baby probably spends more time with his hand in his mouth during his first year of life than he does with it anywhere else. Some babies are so excited about their hands that it's almost hard to separate hand from…
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