News Roundup

Some of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…

  • The Strategist has 32 gift ideas for every type of kid.
  • Today’s Parent offers a new idea for kids’ birthday parties: ask guests to bring a $5 bill as a happy medium between saying “no gifts” (because some guests will bring a gift anyway) and way too many gifts.
  • Working Mother shares a confession from a feng shui designer: It’s OK to have a messy workspace.
  • Working Mother also offers Lauren Conrad’s tips for having a work uniform based on what’s flattering to your body type.
  • The New York Times asks, should you be worried about arsenic in your baby’s food? (The answer: It depends on who you ask.)
  • The New York Times also reports on studies that found that there may be a link between long-term use of Tylenol during pregnancy and the risk of the child’s eventual diagnosis of ADHD.
  • The Cut offers a working mom’s story of deciding to pursue motherhood in her 40s, adopting a baby from Russia, and being a single parent of a child with health issues.
  • Salon shares the advice of engineer-turned-artist-turned-entrepreneur Suz Somersall on how to keep girls interested in STEM subjects (from the podcast “Inflection Point“).
  • The Washington Post provides the top trends for parents and kids for 2018, according to Pinterest.
  • Huffington Post shares the stories of six parents of children who were victims of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which took place five years ago this week.
  • Recipe of the Week: Southern Living has these easy mini black bean and cheese enchiladas that can be made for dinner or shared as an appetizer at a holiday party. We also shared an open thread of holiday recipes for working women over on Corporette this time last year.
  • Laugh of the Week: Scary Mommy has some makeup tips to rock out those Christmas tree eyebrows for holiday parties. Would you try it?

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Family Friday: Alex Toys

Alex Toys saleAmazon’s best deals on toys, in my experience, are the week before Black Friday — but there’s a nice little sale on Alex Toys like this kit today. This one was $45, but now comes down to $19 — there are other kits for science and the like.  It seems steep, I’ll grant you, even on sale — but when it’s a rainy day and you’ve got ready-made projects you’ll be thankful for them. Ladies, are you all set for presents for your kiddo(s) — or are you still researching and ordering things? ALEX Toys Little Hands My Giant Busy Box

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Make My Life Easier Thursday: Bumkins Snack Bag

Bumkins snack bag review I’d dabbled in reusable bags before when J was in daycare, but we never quite found one that we liked. But when I started packing his lunch for first grade this year, I started feeling wasteful every time I grabbed a snack Ziploc bag for a few raisins or dried mangos. So I thought I’d give these cute reusable bags a try. (He doesn’t really know who Mario is yet, but I figured Nintendo would age with him and be good for his brother as well.) Verdict: we like them. We’re not washing them every single time we use them (although sometimes I’ll just do a quick rinse in the sink and then put them on the drying rack inside out — and they’re definitely not for anything gooey or that you want to keep super fresh — but for crackers, raisins, and other small, dry snacks, we like them. They zip easily and make me feel good that on some days, at least, we’re being kind to the planet. A set of two bags is $7.95 at Amazon.  Bumkins Nintendo Reusable Snack Bag Small 2 Pack, Super Mario 8-Bit

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How to Deal with Sleep Deprivation as a Working Mom

Here’s a fun topic for today, ladies: What are your best tips for dealing with sleep deprivation as a working mom? Do you nap at work? Do you have a system worked out with your partner for sharing this parenting duty (such as where one of you “falls on the sword” to deal with the sleepless kiddo, letting the other one get sweet sweet sleep?) Whether you’ve got a newborn, a teething toddler, or a kiddo who’s afraid of monsters, this comes up from time to time for all of us… so let’s discuss.

For my $.02, my youngest, H, is dropping his last nap. Yaaaaay… not. On the nights that we don’t get him to bed super early to make up for the lost nap we often get nighttime wakings — like last night when he came into our room at 4:00 AM and was pretty much up for the day, despite my best efforts to convince him that it was still time for sleep. My husband happened to be out of town — so right now I feel like the walking dead. In general, though, my husband and I thankfully tend to complement each other here — he is an early bird by nature, so by 5:00 or 6:00 he’s up and playing with the kiddos — but he loves a good nap later in the day if and when he can. On the flip side, I’m not much of a napper unless it’s truly desperate times — but if I’m still in bed I can go back to sleep, and my husband will often let me catch another 60–90 minutes of shuteye. While our default move is to pull the kiddo into bed with us, once it becomes clear the kiddo is going to be wiggling more than sleeping, one of us (usually my husband) will go find another place to sleep, such as the kiddo’s vacant bed or the couch — and then if the next night is also a bad one, whoever didn’t deal with the sleepless kiddo the first night takes their “turn” if at all possible.

How about you, readers — is sleep deprivation a problem you face? What are your best tips for how to deal with sleep deprivation as a working mom?

Psst: we’ve talked a LOT about pulling all-nighters for work-related reasons over at Corporette, including tips for looking great the day after the all-nighter, how to nap at work, and our best tips for surviving the day after an all-nighter. You can also check out some of our top sleep tips for working mothers!

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: Zip Back High/Low Tunic Sweater

Before kids, I was generally of three minds when it came to sweaters: cashmere or merino (for work/play), or sweatshirt material (for lounging/working out). These days, though, I find myself more likely to reach for easier to care for sweaters like this nice cotton blend one from Caslon — I have it in black but it also comes in a zillion colors and prints. It’s been around forever — mine is at least three years old — and it’s a nice basic for a casual day, particularly with skinny pants in wool, velvet, or corduroy. A bunch of colors and sizes just got marked down to $45.  This gray one seems to have a separate product page, but it also is $45 — and you can see the exposed half-zipper in the back, which I don’t mind on this item of clothing. I’d suggest wearing the sweater with a long pendant necklace, such as this one or this oneZip Back High/Low Tunic Sweater

Looking for other washable workwear? See all of our recent recommendations for washable clothes for work, or check out our roundup of the best brands for washable workwear.

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Nursing/Postpartum Tuesday: Backpack Diaper Bag

Backpack diaper bags are a really nice solution for carrying around your baby’s (and your) stuff. They’re great for babywearing and for the stroller — and you could even hand this one to your husband or partner without too much embarrassment on their end, because it’s not like it’s a frilly, floral bag. Still, I think it’s really cute and I love the military green. It has bottle pockets and stroller straps and comes with a changing pad. Both the black and the green are on sale at Amazon — they’re $209 and $154, respectively, from $350. The black is also available at Nordstrom for the same price. MILLY Backpack Diaper Bag

Psst: Looking for more info about nursing clothes for working moms, or tips for pumping at the office? We’ve got them both…

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