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If you had asked me a few years ago what I thought my biggest accomplishment was, I probably would have rattled off a bunch of career-related successes and financial wins. Or even something about my worldly travels. I was full of money-driven, “success” driven goals. I had it all mapped out.
I was ticking off items on my list thinking the more I did the happier I would become.
But, my sweet child, in the short three and a half years I’ve been a mama, 1,352 days to be exact, I have realized something. Something you need to know.
No matter what, nothing I do in life will ever be as great as being your mom.
My accomplishments aren’t measured in dollars, they are measured in hugs and kisses. And every time we say “I love you.”
My accomplishments aren’t measured by other people’s praise, they are defined by the fact that I love you and will never stop.
My accomplishments are defined by the truth that I am with you no matter what. By the truth that I will be your biggest fan. Your protector. Your teacher. Your friend. Your confidant.
My accomplishments are defined by the truth that I will always be proud of you. That I will love you unconditionally, always and forever.
Yes, there are times when I achieve some pretty awesome things in life outside of being your mother. Moments I celebrate. Some are money-driven, some are career-driven, others are just things I’ve wanted to achieve and set out to do so. Am I proud of those things? Sure I am. I want to be an example to you that you can achieve anything you want to in this life. The world really is your oyster. Those moments though, never even come close to how proud I am to be your mom.
You see my child, no amount of money in the world can buy me the feeling of your little arms wrapped tight around me. The feeling of utter happiness I feel when I see you happy. No amount of money can buy the special bond we have.
My greatest accomplishment will always be you.
I won’t lie, it isn’t always easy. Sometimes, there are moments of exhaustion. Moments of frustration. Moments of tears. Moments where I desperately needed some ‘me’ time. But I will always choose you.
I know some people will not see motherhood as an accomplishment. That it is just something you do as part of life. But they don’t see you like I do. Some people might wonder why I gave up a successful career to be home with you. But they don’t know you like I do. They don’t know that I was chosen to be your mama. That we were destined to be together. They don’t know what an honor it is to be your mama.
So, my sweet child here is the truth.
You are my life’s work.
You are my legacy in this world.
You, my child, are my greatest accomplishment and always will be.
[This article was previously published here.]
Aside from hygienic reasons, there’s something about a bath that’s soothing, inviting and relaxing. Even little ones can enjoy the benefits of self-care but they often need a little bit of entertainment while they’re getting cleaned. Because they are so small and constantly putting anything in their mouths, it’s important to use toys that are just as safe as they are entertaining.
We gathered a few best practices from the American Academy of Pediatrics for safe bath time with infants and kids and our favorite products to keep our littles having fun in the water:
- Use a safe, sturdy tub. Baby bathtubs can be “bucket style” for sitting upright, slanted for support, inflatable, folding and spa-style.
- Be aware of bumps, edges and slings. Consider avoiding tubs with slings and pay close attention to any bumps or edges that pose a risk.
- Never leave a child alone in a bathtub. Children can drown in 1 or 2 inches of water so make sure you’re not stepping away from the bathroom or leaving babies in the care of another child.
- Check water temperature. Lower the temperature of your water heater to no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid burns.
Here are our favorite safe bath toys for infants and toddlers. And of course, always check (and double check) toy labels for age guidelines and hazard warnings:
Green Toys tide pool bath set
This 7-piece bath set includes a starfish, scallop, abalone, snail, squid and jellyfish, as well as a seaweed-patterned storage bag that are packaged using recyclable materials and printed with environmentally responsible inks. Each piece is designed to pour water in a different way—scoop up water with the abalone and create a cascading waterfall with the holes along the edge, or fill the jellyfish and watch the water run down and out each of the legs.
B&H baby thermometer
Ever wonder if your baby is too hot or too cold during bath time? This high and low temperature alarm includes an accurate thermometer that flashes and beeps when water is at a non-optimal temperature. It also doubles as a bath toy that complies with the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s toys safety standards, so you don’t have to worry if the thermometer will produce chemical reactions in water. Genius!
Sophie la girafe so pure bath toy
Babies can have fun chewing away this Sophie bath toy because it’s made of 100% natural rubber from the rubber tree’s sap. The rubber ring is also easy to grip so little ones can have full confidence splashing and playing around. And don’t worry, water can’t get inside the toy so bacteria and mold won’t form.
Skip Hop bath puzzle
A puzzle and bath book in one? Yes, we’ll take it! The pages float in water and stick to bath tiles so you’re child will be entertained the entire time they’re in the water. We love that the handy stroller ring keeps it all together when they’re done.
Green Toys my first tugboat
This cool tugboat toy is safe for the earth as well as your child. It’s made with 100% recycled plastic milk containers, which helps save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and is free from BPA, PVC and phthalates. It also features a wide spout which will help them scoop and pour water while exploring in the water.
Boon marco light-up bath toy
If you have older kids and are less concerned with them putting toys in their mouth, your kid might enjoy Marco. Put Marco in water and watch him float while the color-changing light activates. It’s BPA-free, too.
Skip Hop light up bath toy
Featuring water-activated multicolor lights, this soft and squeezable bath toy is sure to make a splash with any child in your life. Choose from a dinosaur or unicorn with the phthalate-free materials.
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