EDITOR'S NOTE: Sherri Kuhn, 50, and Katie Michelle Reyes, 27, give us a unique window into parenting. Sherri looks back at raising kids in the '90s, while Katie gives us a clear snapshot of what it's like for a millennial mom parenting in a different century. Katie is mom to a 10-month-old and Sherri is mom to a 16-year-old and 20-year-old.
Parenting is an interesting thing, isn’t it? Some things
are drastically different today than they once were, but some things haven’t
changed a bit. While some things may have changed, one thing
we’ve found is that the one universal truth is that we are all just doing the
best we can, and that is something that will never change.
1. What is your favorite activity to do with your mom
friends and their babies?
I love being active with my mom friends. We all get
together and go on walks and jogs. Getting outside and breathing in the fresh
air with our littles is something that is good for everyone involved! Being a
stay-at-home mom, I’m pretty much all baby, all the time, so it’s nice to get a
break and have real adult conversations, even if those conversations almost
always go back to our babies! And the exercise is an added bonus!
Disposable diapers, 100%! Just the thought of cloth
diapers grosses me out! First, I want nothing to do with washing poopy diapers.
And second, they just sound like way too much work. I like wadding them up and
throwing them away, never to be seen again, thank you very much.
3. What’s your best trick for getting your baby to
White noise! It is a literal godsend. It drowns out all of
the other outside noises and makes it so that we don’t feel the need to tiptoe
around, too. I can’t sleep without it myself now!
4. What parenting gadget would you NOT give up for
I could not live without our video baby monitor. We have
creaky wood floors, so going into our baby’s room to check on him is a
surefire way to wake him up. Enter, the video monitor. It lets us see that
he’s OK without waking him up, plus it gives us peace of mind since we’re
crazy paranoid first-time parents.
5. What’s your biggest health concern for your baby?
I was petrified of SIDS during the first few months of his
life. I always put him to sleep on his back, swaddled up tight, with no bumpers
or blankets or anything extra in his crib. He still only sleeps with one lovey
in his crib with him and that’s it. I’m not taking any chances!
When he was born, I was very against using a pacifier. I
had been told it creates nipple confusion and I didn’t want to create any sort
of crutch. Once he turned one month old, we introduced a pacifier and it helped
immensely whenever he cried or was fussy. Then a few months later he just gave
it up on his own and moved on to sucking his thumb! I personally prefer the
thumb, since it’s always attached to him and he can control it himself. I have
every bit of faith that he will give it up, too, just as easily as he gave up
7. How many pictures would you estimate you take of your
baby in a week?
Oh, gosh. Is a million a believable number? I literally am
taking pictures of him constantly. My iPhone is always at max capacity and I am
forever having to weed through the 30 photos of him in slightly different
positions each day. It’s ridiculous.
8. TV: yes or no?
No. I prefer reading to him, singing songs and playing
with him myself. I just don’t think screen time is beneficial to him yet, so we
stay away from it. When he’s a toddler, we’ll let him watch some educational
programs, but until then, I see no point.
9. How long did you wait until you regularly took
your baby out in public?
I was a hermit for the first few months of my baby’s life.
It wasn’t until he was about 3 months old that I finally got up the courage to
venture out in public with my baby in tow, and even then it was quite the
production. Thank God for baby carriers, because I probably wouldn’t have even
done that if I didn’t have him strapped to my chest!
10. Where do you primarily shop for your baby's clothes?
I do all of my baby clothes shopping online. I find lots
of cute small businesses via Instagram, Etsy and Pinterest that I get his
little leggings and moccasins from. He looks adorable and I love that I’m
supporting entrepreneurs and fellow moms!
We have a few bedtime books that we read over and over
again. “Goodnight Moon” is a classic that we all love. We also love “You Are My
Cupcake,” “Green Eggs and Ham” and “The Going to Bed Book.”
12.Branded characters or no?
some things with Disney characters on them and I think it’s completely harmless
and fun! I personally prefer the non-brand items, like generic animals and cute
prints, but have no problem owning some branded things as well. It’s all about
Posting pictures on Facebook or privacy settings on lockdown?
I run a
blog where I post pictures of my baby and family, so I have no problem sharing
with the world. However, my Facebook is on private and is only viewable to
friends and family. There are some things that should remain private and it’s
hard to know where to draw the line sometimes, but I think it’s very important
to do so! My blog and public profiles are heavily edited to keep out certain
personal parts of our lives, and I intend to keep it that way.
personally, it was important to be married before having a baby, but I don’t
judge anyone for any choices that they make. It simply isn’t my place.
or daycare center?
Whatever works! I am a work-at-home mom, so I have to
balance my work time and play time, and I schedule my days around my baby’s
naptimes. I could definitely see myself hiring a babysitter a few days a week
down the road so I can solely focus on my writing and blogging. We shall see!