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Celebrating Life and Learning about Triggers

Posted by Melissa Robertson-Bye on

Every year on March 15th, my sister, Lilly, and I send birthday wishes to my Mom (Lilly’s Oma) in the stars. The first few years we did a balloon release. After a few years I had read about the dangers to wildlife and the environment caused by balloon releases. So, last year we switched to flowers. We went to the pier in downtown Burlington and threw flowers into the water. Mom loved flowers so this was a perfect alternative. Afterwards, we drop Lilly off at daycare or a playdate and head for lunch.  This year I changed our tradition a...

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Books and Bedtime

Posted by Melissa Robertson-Bye on

Getting your child to bed is a challenge at the best of times, and I think most parents know that a routine helps. One of the bedtime routines I had growing up was my parents reading to me. In fact, I still have dozens of the books that were in my library at the time. Mom and Dad took turns reading to me when Dad was not travelling for work. Before the pandemic struck, Jesse, Lilly, and I would have Sunday dinner at my Dad’s house, and after dinner, Lilly always got to choose someone to read her a story....

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Anxiety and Parenting

Posted by Melissa Robertson-Bye on

I never experienced anxiety until after becoming a parent. And even then my anxiety is not around Lilly. I realized over two years ago that something was off about me. I had a very short temper. I snapped a lot at both Lilly and Jesse. I had trouble sleeping. I was always tired or had little energy to do anything (I always said this was from my two jobs). I was not myself. I realized that I was worried about Jesse.  I had anxiety around him driving to work. He drove over an hour to work each way. Highway driving...

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Why We Chose Baby Led Weaning and Tips/Reasons Why To Try It

Posted by Melissa Robertson-Bye on

Have you wondered how you are going to introduce solid foods to your baby?  Maybe you are nervous about where to start. What foods to start with. Or worried if they will even like it.  When Lilly was ready to start eating foods we started with whole, real foods in their nature state, also known as Baby-Led Weaning. We never introduced purees until after she was a year old. My life was made easy as I knew that anywhere we would go she could eat the food that was being served. We never salted our food while cooking but we...

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Why Safety?

Posted by Melissa Robertson-Bye on

Over the years of running Munching Monster, I have received numerous questions about our products and lots of comparisons with other local companies. I have done posts about this before but felt like it needed it’s own blog so that I can share with other parents. Picture this…you are a new parent. Your child has been shoving their hand in their mouth for the last few days and they seem like they need to chew on something. You open social media and head to your trusty parent group and ask about teething products. When you come back to your post...

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