Methods to Burp a Baby Effectively

4 Methods to Burp A Baby Effectively

Did you enjoy this post? Share the Love!

Photo by Bastien Jaillot on Unsplash

This post may contain advertisements and/or links for products and services that I value. I offer recommendations to products and/or services that I find helpful in my own life as a mom. I may receive a commission based on viewer purchases or interactions with these ads. You will NOT be charged any extra money. All prices will stay the same for you whether your purchase items/services through links found on this site or not! 

What?? There’s more than one way to burp a baby?

Yeah, I know, who knew? NOT ME!

There’s a lot more to burping babies that you would think.

My first child was not a good burper. She had gas a lot because I couldn’t figure out how to help her burp! Of course, that made her upset and then I struggled to calm a fussy baby. I had only heard of one method (over the shoulder) and it wasn’t working for us.

When I finally got smart and did a little research, I found TONS of useful information about how to burp your baby that solved all my problems.

woman carrying baby standing near white wooden door

Why Do Babies Need to Burp??

  • When babies eat, bubbles of air are ingested that can make them uncomfortable.
  • If those pockets of air stay in the baby’s system, it can cause painful gas.
  • Gas causes babies to be upset. It is difficult to soothe a gassy baby.
  • Dad can help with burping. It’s a great way for him to be involved with the baby.
  • Burping is a great time to connect with your newborn.
  • Touching and patting is stimulating and healthy for the baby.
  • It feels good to meet our baby’s needs! Every new mom needs that boost in confidence!

When Should I Burp My Baby?

Every baby is different, so pay attention to your baby’s cues. This will help you predict when your child needs to burp. Watch for common signs of discomfort like:

  • Arching back
  • Fussiness
  • Pulling away or refusing to nurse

Breastfed babies typically burp when they switch breasts and again at the end of the meal.

Bottle fed babies burp at least once in the middle of the meal and once at the end of the meal. Bottles can cause babies to swallow more air so it may be necessary to burp more often.


Other Great Reads: 

11 Steps to Delivering a Baby Alone- Be Prepared For Those Crazy Times When Sh*# Like That Happens

5 Tips to Reach Optimal Health Before a New Baby (For People Who Don’t Like to Exercise or Diet)

What is a “Good Parent”? Comfort and Advice for First Time Moms

14 Ways to Piss Off A Pregnant Lady


grayscale portrait photography of baby

How Do I Burp My Baby?

Here are those four techniques I promised!

  • Over the Shoulder: You know this one. The parent can choose to sit or stand. Face your baby towards you, rest his chin on your shoulder, support his body with one arm, and lean back to allow the child to rest into you. Then firmly pat or rub the child’s back, moving your hand up and down as you pat to release any air bubbles.

 

  • Variation on Over the Shoulder: This method is very similar to the basic Over the Shoulder Method. The only change is to hold your baby a little higher up on your shoulder so that the child’s belly rests on your shoulder. This causes just a little extra pressure to help release those air bubbles. Only use this method if it is comfortable for your baby (no slouching or odd body position) and if he can breathe easily.

 

  • On Your Lap: Sit down to use this burping method. Sit the child on your lap. Support his head in one hand. Place your fingers along the child’s jaw, not on the child’s neck, nose, or mouth. The baby’s chest can rest on your open palm, creating additional support. Pat the baby’s back.

 

  • Lying on Lap: Sit down for this method as well. Lay the baby across your lap. Place one hand under the baby’s head with his cheek against your palm. Keep the head at the same height or slightly higher than his body. Never let the baby’s head drop lower than his body, as this will cause all the blood to rush to his head. Pat the baby’s back.

 

When choosing which method to use, look for which position your baby seems to prefer, which is most comfortable for you, and which is most effective in helping your child burp.

Some moms choose just one, some moms switch back and forth between different methods.

shallow focus photography of baby wearing white diaper lying

Other Helpful Tips:

  • It’s ok if your baby doesn’t burp sometimes. Always try to burp your baby, but don’t stress if it just isn’t working here and there. Sometimes the baby doesn’t need to burp.
  • Expect more burps from bottle fed babies and less burps from breast fed babies.
  • Be ready for spit up! Don’t worry, your child is still getting adequate nutrition. It’s normal to spit up when burping. Just keep a burp cloth handy to clean up with.
  • Make burping a stimulating experience. Sing, sway, talk, kiss, hug your baby. Not only is it great stimulation, but it also helps the baby stay calm during the burping process. It’s harder to burp if you’re tense or upset!
  • Take advantage of these sweet moments with your baby! Soon, he’ll be big enough that he doesn’t need your help to burp, and that’ll be one less one-on-one activity for the two of you. Soak up your cutie!

There you have it! Everything you need to know to burp a baby!!

I hope these tips make your life easier. They did for me!

Happy burping!

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

 

Who is Mrs. S… and why do people call you that? 

It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

All that doesn’t hold a candle to my best experience with children- being a mom. Want to learn more about me? Click here! 

 

FREE Pregnancy Weight Gain Tracker

Click here to receive your FREE Pregnancy Weight Gain Trackers! 

Advertisements
Did you enjoy this post? Share the Love!
Scary Mom Nightmares Series- Over 60 Awesome Child Quotes

Scary Mom-Nightmares Series- Category: Over 60 Insanely Awesome Child Quotes

Did you enjoy this post? Share the Love!

Photo by Giovanna Gomes on Unsplash

This post may contain advertisements and/or links for products and services that I value. I offer recommendations to products and/or services that I find helpful in my own life as a mom. I may receive a commission based on viewer purchases or interactions with these ads. You will NOT be charged any extra money. All prices will stay the same for you whether your purchase items/services through links found on this site or not! 

 

Scary Mom-Nightmares Series:

A Collection of Humorous Stories from Real Moms

Scary Mom-Nightmares Series- Category: 20 Unlucky Embarrassing Mom Moments

Scary Mom-Nightmares Series- Category: 21 Reasons A Mom’s Shower Can’t Exceed 6 Minutes

Scary Mom-Nightmares Series- Category: Things that Really Should be Weird… But Just Seem Normal to Moms

Scary Mom-Nightmares Series- Category: Potty Edition

Scary Mom-Nightmares Series- Dirty Talk for Moms

 

Moms, what insane comments have your kids made over the years?? 

I bet you’ve got some embarrassing ones, probably a few scary ones, and lots of funny ones!

WARNING- I know, the topic of this series is Scary Mom Nightmares…. But I did not stick to only SCARY kid quotes. There were just too many that were adorable, sweet, and awesome! So they’re all in here!

Enjoy!

boy wearing teal and black striped t-shirt holding toy

1) Watch Out!

My son had a bruise on his shin. His dad asked where he got it from.

His response, “A radioactive octopus came out of the drain and got me!”

2) Quick! Get to the Doctor!

A four-year old was sitting in the bathtub when he felt his nuts. He said, “Mom, Call the doctor! There’s a ball in me and it needs to get out!

3) Venus… The Planet…

Have you ever seen the planet Venus in the sky? Every once and a while you can see it with the naked eye.

On the way into a store, I pointed it out to my little one. As we checked out, she told the cashier, “Mommy showed me pee-nus outside!”

4) No Party for Me

It was my toddler’s second birthday. I was so excited for her party!

She was enjoying playing with cousins and friends. I eagerly told her, “Honey, it’s time to start your party now! It’s going to be so fun!”

Without skipping a beat, she yelled back at me int he most growl-y  voice a little pig-tailed girl can muster, “No! PLAY!”

5) Guest Room?

My 8 year old niece was over at my house. My husband had just built me a new bed frame, complete with awesome storage space underneath!

She was excited to see it, so I walked her in to our room to show her.

After she ooo-ed and awww-ed at the bed frame, I showed her the open storage areas underneath. Her eyes lit up and she said, “Oh, that’s so perfect! Like when people come to stay with you, they can sleep down there!”

6) Beauty Pageant

6 year old girl: “My hair is cute, but daddy’s beard hair is SOOOO CUTE!”

7) Sneaky!

A family (6 year old girl, 4 year old boy, and an infant) was riding in the car together. The mom overheard this conversation between her children, as they oogled over the baby:

Girl- “I’m going to marry the baby when I grow up!”

Boy- “Yeah, I’ll marry him too!”

Girl- “You can’t marry him, I’m already going to marry him.”

Boy- “Well then I’ll marry mommy!”

Girl- “You can’t marry mommy either. She’s already married to daddy.”

The boy stops to think for a minute or two, then concludes, “But daddy goes to work!” 

8) This Is the Greatest Show!

Dad carried all three kids into the house to help mom after a long grocery trip.

His first-grade son says, “Daddy, you need to join the circus cause you’re so strong!” 

9) Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me A Match

My son told me that his friend, Lexi, wanted to marry him.

I asked, “Do you want to marry her too?”

He was very giggly and nervous, but he said, “Maybe. I love her.” Then he got serious, and added, “I like her face, but sometimes she looks like a pig.” 

bride and groom on green grass field

10) Who… Whaaaaa….

Out of nowhere, my child asked me, “Are Jason and Satan friends?” 

11) You Can’t Argue with That Logic

My little girl (about 7 years old) was watching Duck Dynasty. On the show, they shot a duck to eat.

My little girl said, “Ewwww, gross!”

I quickly told her that she didn’t have to watch it, to which she responded, “But mom, it’s my favorite show!!” 

12) What’s Daddy Doing?

When my husband was in school, “Daddy can’t play, he’s practicing his paper.”

13) Love All Around!

A cute girl expressing her love for her family: “I love mommy, I love daddy, I love my Ennis, and I love my Luke, and…… I love myself!” 

14) Mary Poppins Mindset

Dad (trying to help his daughter get dressed) chose some underwear for her.

Unimpressed with his choice, she said, “Dad, those ones are practically dirty.” Alright, Mary Poppins. 

15) Mom’s In Trouble

I was on the phone and was looking for a quiet place to talk, so I sat on the stairs.

My daughter came around the corner, very concerned, and asked, “Mom, are you in time out?” 

16) Mean Dog

We had just had puppies at our house. The mama dog was licking and caring for the puppies.

My toddler came to me SOOOO angry- just shaking mad- and stuttered out, “Roxy- Not nice!! BITE!” 

17) Stripping

My husband took his shirt off on a hot day.

My son said, “Glad you didn’t take your pants off…” 

18) The Pretty Dream

My daughter is the sweetest ever: “Mom, I need to tell ya something…. I took a pretty pretty dream! It was a flower and it was pink! And I picked it for you, Mom!” 

19) Awww!

“Sometimes, I like to say ‘I love ya mom’ all the time!”

two child hugging in front of field

20) The One From Every Mom Everywhere

Who hasn’t heard this one??

Kid: “Mommy, mommy!!”

Mom: “Yes?”

Kid: “Umm…. I love you.”

It still melts my heart!

21) Creepy Child

Sometimes children are creepy….

“Every day, I come in and I wait for you to wake up.”

Oh, that’s great, son….

22) Clean Up Time

While cleaning their room together, my daughter said kindly to my son, “I found your monkey for you!”

Then, holding her arms out wide, “Now come give me a hug and smile at me!” 

23) Speedy Daddy

“Dad ran fast as 100 dollars!”

I wish I could run that fast…. Then I wouldn’t be so poor.

24) Descriptive and Accurate

While walking through a store, my child saw a cute rustic soap dish.

She asked me, “Oooooh, what’s this?”

Me: “It’s just a kind of decoration.”

Her: “Oh, it’s so beautiful, it looks like singing!” 

25) New Skills

Kid: “I got my clothes on all by myself!”

Me: “Good job pumpkin.”

Kid: “Now I look like a p….. (long pause for effect)…. A person!” She walked away with a satisfied smile. 

26) The Phone Mishap

I dropped my BRAND NEW phone right in the toilet. (You all know how that feels!)

Soon, we had to leave to pick up my husband from work. I was less than excited to have to tell him about the phone.

My son said, “I want to say a prayer for you mom.” Awww!!

Here’s what he prayed for, “Please bless mom’s phone, and please bless daddy. He’s going to be pissed.”

(Circumstantially, I had just asked my husband not to say pissed in front of the kids that same day!)

27) Did You Sleep Good?

When my kids wake up, my first question is always, “Did you sleep good?”

Lately, my little boy has been beating me to it with, “Mom, I weep good!” 

28) Oh My….

Out of surprise, my little said, “Oh my cow!”

I’m guessing this is a mush of “oh my goodness” and “holy cow?”

29) Distaste!

Instead of saying, “I don’t like (whatever)” my son grimaces dramatically, sighs, and declares, “I CAN’T wike it!” 

Like he’s trying so hard.

30) MOST ADORABLE KID IN THE WORLD AWARD!

Ok, my son definitely wins.

Check him out- I was folding laundry one day and told him that I was feeling really tired. He let out an “awwww!”, gave me a big hug, and said firmly, “I take you yours bed.”

I protested- telling him that I still had to fold the clothes. He would not be swayed- “I do it myself.”

Then he took me by my hand and guided me to my room. I laid down in bed and he covered me with a blanket. Later he brought in a cookie sheet with a couple chocolate chips on it. “I bring you yours lunch.”

I asked if he could help his little sister, who was fussing. He put her in her bed with a sippy cup and calmed her right down.

That cutie melts my heart! He was only 5 years old! 

men's black crew neck shirt

31) Mushman!

When my son was young, he said to his dad, “Your face, mushman!”

We couldn’t figure out what he meant for a while… but we finally connected the dots.

He remembered having a mustache drawn on his face for Halloween and he wanted his daddy to have one too!

32) Puppy??

My daughter calls all animals puppy.

Lately, that word also applies to her Uncle Stephen because of his beard! 

33) Burp… Or Not?

My son started giggling out of nowhere.

He leaned over to his dad and whispered, “I burped in my pants.” 

34) What’s that Green Holiday?

A little confusion about St. Patrick’s Day, “Today is Pinch Patch Day… I mean Thanks Pinch Day…?” 

35) Sincere Prayer of a 4 Year Old

Another adorable prayer, “Thankful for…. Some stuff. And we’re glad… about something.”

36) Hint: Tiny Presents Don’t Taste Good

My son thought a beef bouillon cube was chocolate so he popped it in his mouth and ate it… This is what he told me, “Yuck! There was a tiny present I ate and it was so gross!!!” 

37) Mature Response to Adversity

I forgot to buy milk at the store.

My understanding child let out a weary sigh, like he had dealt with so much today, and said, “It’s for the best.” 

38) Nice Cover Up

As I was helping my child prepare a presentation, I asked her what she wanted to say.

She took a deep breath, and blurted out in a loud voice, “Hello boys and girls, I’m not very frightened today.” 

39) Who Am I?

I worked with children in their homes helping them overcome behavioral problems.

One day, I was asked to fill in for a staff who was sick. I went to the home and greeted the child warmly.

He gave me a disgusted look and said, “No matter how much makeup you put on, I can still recognize you- Candice!”

I am not Candice….

closeup photo of woman using lipstick

40) Get To Know You

During a get to know you game, my child was asked, “Where’s the coziest place in your home?”

Her answer was, “In my bed and on daddy!” 

41) The Food Pet

We were eating Roman for dinner.

At one point, my son held up a fork full of noodles and asked his sister, “Do you want to pet it??”

Of course, she did pet his noodles. Great.

After the giggling ended, he ate the noodles. His sister quickly objected, “Hey! You just ate your pet!” 

42) Great Focus!

Dad: “In Japan, they eat a lot more rice and fish.”

Daughter: “Ahhhh. I love chicken wings.”

43) What Words Start with A???

We were playing an animal ABC game. You are supposed to name an animal that starts with each letter of the alphabet.

My daughter got us started right with “Ass” for letter A.

I mean… she’s not wrong…

44) Safety First

My son had just watched Jurassic Park for the first time. We were asking him if he got scared.

My daughter, who hadn’t seen it yet, piped in with, “I think I want to wear my life jacket when I try it.” ]

Sure sweetie… That’ll help.

45) Keep it School Appropriate

“Why do they talk about being animals in that song (Would You Like to Swing on A Star) because animals are naked and nobody thinks about that and it would be inappropriate to told kids at school.”

Wow, how do you argue with those points?

46) Why I Should Stay Fat

My son was thinking over a commercial he saw for some weight loss product.

He said, “I think people should keep their weight. You know why? Because then, no one could get them because they couldn’t carry them.”

Good point. I think I’ll have a slice of cake.

47) Confession

The dinner table was quiet until, “IT WAS ME… TOOTING!”

Thank you for your confession…?

48) Like… What?

“I’m growing bigger, just like a flower flake!”

49) Gross!

I accidentally sneezed on my son.

He got upset and said, “Don’t bless me mom!” 

woman's hair covering her face near body of water

50) Hairy Stuff

Backstory- my husband is bald and I have long flow-y hair.

I went through a phase after giving birth to my last child where I lost a lot of hair… and my poor family kept finding strands of hair in their food! Ahhh!

During one unfortunate night, my poor husband had this happen to him. My kids watched with wide eyes as he choked and sputtered.

Then my son volunteered, “Maybe dad should do the cooking?” 

51) Simple Solution

Kid: “We need to save these cupcakes for Halloween!”

Me: “Halloween is too far away.”

Kid: “We can drive to it!”

52) Fantasies of a Four Year Old

My daughter got a princess sticker from the doctor.

My youngest son looked at the princess and said, “I love her! I kissed her in my dreams!”

53) Oopsies…

My son told his grandma: “My penis was stuck in my diaper like this (points finger straight up) and it hurt!”

Grandma: “Does it hurt now?”

The kid: “No, I saved it.” 

54) I Don’t Understand.

“Hey mom, if my tummy was a spoon, I would scoop up my teacher in the pool and all my friends.”

55) Natural Kindness from Nowhere

“I care about ducks.”

Oh. Good?

56) Congratulations!

When my son opened the car door all by himself, he got very excited and yelled, “Good job me!” 

57) Adult-Sized Worries

My son was playing on the playground. I followed him around, while talking to my husband on the phone.

Randomly, he got very serious, looked off into the distance, and solemnly said, “You are just so far away, and I know you’re riding on a roller coaster.” 

58) Don’t Ask

Grandpa: “How was school?”

My son: “It’s private.” 

59) High Standards

“I want to marry someone like mom. She’s not THAT beautiful, but she is very very very cute.” 

Ummm… Thank you?? I guess?

toddler pouring sand in brown wooden fence

60) Pretend… Or Real??… Stories

“One time, I was choking on a bubble and then I got it out of my throat. And I put it in my jacket and I took it out and put it in a night light in my room. (Chuckles hysterically) Remember how funny that was, mom?”

A little while later and after a few more awesome stories, he blurts out, “I just made those up! Hahahahahah!”

Then, he suddenly stops mid laugh and says in a deep, serious voice, “Nope. They’re real.” 

62) Getting Crafty

My daughter liked to sit by the same girl every day at school.

But then one day, the girl decided to sit by someone else.

My daughter was very sad about it, but I tried to calm her down. I told her, “Don’t worry honey, there are lots of nice kids in your class. You might find more girls that you like to sit by. Maybe it’s time to make some new friends.”

She looked up at my through tear filled eyes, looking very confused. “Out of what??” she asked. 

63) Hard Work… No Thanks!

I was babysitting a few of my nieces and nephews for a weekend.

Our house is heated entirely by wood stove, so one of our constant chores is bringing in wood for the stove.

I put on a big smile and excitedly told the kids that they get to help me! I tried to make it sound so excited and fun! The older two (9 and 7) fell for it right away- running outside to get some firewood.

The youngest saw through me right away. After my best efforts to be fun and exciting, he looked right at me and said calmly, “I won’t be doing that.” 

64) Pregnant??

My nephew looked me up and down.

He informed me, “You know how I know you’re going to have a baby soon? Your tummy is big, like this (he used his hand to show a big bump on my belly.”

I was a little annoyed until I took a pregnancy test…

He called it.

65) Deer Crossing

Have you seen those deer crossing signs on the highways? You know, the kind that warn drivers that there might be deer in the area?

One ten year old girl asked her family, “How do the deer know to follow the sign to cross the road right here?”

The family thought it was pretty funny, so they teased her for a while about it.

Until her older sister (thirteen) finally joined in, “I always wondered that too.”  

66) Who’s Wearing What?

I was in a hurry to get my kids ready and running late.

I tried to get my oldest daughter to help the toddler get undressed so that he was ready for me to dress as soon as I finished dressing the four year old.

I told her, “Take off Charlie’s shirt.”

She stood still and looked at me with a weird look.

Noticing her hesitation, I repeated the instruction, “Leslie, take off Charlie’s shirt!”

I was getting a little frustrated since we were late.

Finally, she started crying and said, “I haven’t got it on!” 

67) Awesome Mispronunciations:

  • Roman Noodles= Robin Nerdles
  • Scrambled Eggs= Grumbled Eggs
  • Vitamin C= Bite-a-min Seed
  • Each other’s= Your chuthers “
  • Apricot Jam= Apple crisp jam
  • Mashed potatoes= Smashed potatoes
  • Making Sure= Make Suring
  • Sandwich= Chommers
  • Doctor Raj= Doctor Garage
  • Popsicles= Applepus or Apple-coops

man hiding behind the curtain

I’m still laughing!!

Oh man.

What stories do you have to add to this list?? I know your kids have said some cute/awesome/hilarious/inappropriate things too! Share them in the comments below!

And as always, a special THANK YOU to all the moms who shared these awesome stories with us!

We moms needed a good laugh to keep us going. Keep an eye out for the next chuckles coming up in our Scary Mom-Nightmares Series!

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

 

Who is Mrs. S… and why do people call you that? 

It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

All that doesn’t hold a candle to my best experience with children- being a mom. Want to learn more about me? Click here! 

 

Did you enjoy this post?? Share with your friends!

Subscribe to my email list for weekly updates in the world of parenting! Nobody needs to do this alone- parenting is just too hard for that. Join a wonderful community and have access to exclusive resources, like this one:

Check out this FREE Parent’s Guide to Self-Care to help you decompress and feel right with the world again!

Free Self Care Guide 2

Did you enjoy this post? Share the Love!
When Is My Kid Developmentally Ready to Care for a Pet?

When Is My Kid Developmentally Ready to Care for a Pet?

Did you enjoy this post? Share the Love!

Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash

This post may contain advertisements and/or links for products and services that I value. I offer recommendations to products and/or services that I find helpful in my own life as a mom. I may receive a commission based on viewer purchases or interactions with these ads. You will NOT be charged any extra money. All prices will stay the same for you whether your purchase items/services through links found on this site or not! 

 

Pets are THE BEST! And here’s why!

Check it out- Answers to the top 4 questions asked by parents who are considering purchasing a pet for their child! 

photo of man hugging tan dog

1) Why are Pets Good for Kids?

They are fun, cute, lovable… but more then that, they teach great life lessons, including:

  • Responsibility
  • Consistency
  • Working hard even when it’s not fun
  • Being selfless
  • How to be aware of another being’s needs
  • Planning ahead for vacations or other unique circumstances
  • Lots of practical skills- cleaning up, feeding, watering, grooming
  • How to love without holding back!

Having pets is a great beginner’s experience to the responsibility and work that it takes to have a family. Your child is learning skills that will help them when they become a mom or a dad someday!

Besides these great life lessons, there are lots of opportunities for parents to talk about  daunting subjects.

  • Pets pass away. This opens the door to talk about death.
  • Pets get frisky. This opens the door to talk about sex.
  • Pets get pregnant. This opens the door to talk about birth, nursing, and other baby topics.

blue parakeet on hand

2) Am I Ready for Pets?

Of course, we all know that caring for pets isn’t easy!

Before you purchase a pet, consider the following factors:

  • Finances

Some pets are cheaper than others. Don’t just look at the price tag to purchase the animal itself. You should also look at:

  1. Food: Make sure you know what to feed your pet at various stages of life. The food a pet needs can change over time (which in turn can affect the $$$).
  2. Supplies: You know, like dishes, leashes, collars, litter boxes, filters and tanks for fish, etc.
  3. Cage/Shelter: All animals need some sort of shelter. This could include a cage, a tank, a doghouse, bedding, etc. For example, rabbits do well with sawdust in the bottom of their cage, but it must be replaced every few days. This is an extra expense that should be planned for.
  4. Toys: Toys aren’t just for fun. They also provide vital stimulating experiences to keep animals’ brains sharp. Toys are also a great way for the animal to bond with you!
  5. Education/Training: Many families pay to have their pets trained. Others pay to learn how to train animals themselves. Some attend classes with the pet so that they can learn valuable skills to implement at home.
  6. Medical Expenses: All animals need medical care from time to time. Pets, like humans, get regular checkups to make sure they are healthy. Each family will need to consider if they would like to pay to have your animal spayed or neutered, or risk the expense of a pregnancy.
  7. Grooming: If your pet sheds, you won’t have to pay to get his hair cut. If your pet is hypoallergenic, it’s likely that the animal has hair instead of fur, like a human. That means he’ll need frequent hair cuts.
  • Time

Do you have the time necessary to devote to a pet?

Different species and breeds require different time input from their owner.

Consider the following time-consuming aspects of pet care:

  1. Training: Training a pet can take years. Some owners choose to purchase animals that are older and have already been trained in order to avoid the time devotion to training a young animal. Other pet owners prefer to train the animal themselves so that they can teach the animal to behave in a way that fits the needs of the family.
  2. Exercise: Exercise is a constant part of owning a pet. It’s important to make sure your pet is exercising- don’t assume they are exercising themselves. This could mean going for walks, playing with your pet, and providing adequate space for your animal to move around.
  3. Grooming: Some animals needs more time to groom than others. Animals that shed might need less grooming, just a bath here and there. Some animals will need their hair cut regularly. It’s up to you if you want to cut your pet’s hair yourself or take him to a groomer.
  4. Medical Needs: Consider if your pet’s species and/or breed requires more medical assistance. If so, this could require more frequent trips to the vet for checkups.
  5. Physical Care: This is the nuts and bolts of daily life with a pet. Some pets will need to go outside for the bathroom, some will require clean up (like cleaning a tank or a litter box), all will need food and water every day.

Do you have time to take care of all these needs? Consider your work life, your family life, your social life and honestly consider if a pet fits into your schedule.

 

  • Medical Needs

As we’ve mentioned before, be aware of your pet’s species and breed. Some animals require more frequent medical intervention.

Can you afford frequent visits to the vet? Make sure you know the answer before your pet is sick or injured.

Need more information about medical needs for your pet? Check out a great resource What Does a Veterinary Technician Do? 

two short-coated brown and black dogs playing

  • Training

Would it be best for your family to find an older pet that is already trained?

Would it be best to train a pet yourself so that the animal is used to your home’s unique rules?

In either case, consider in advance what good and bad habits are deal breakers for your family.

  1. Potty Training: Does the animal need to know how to use a litter box or a doggy door?
  2. Behavioral Training: Does the animal jump on people? Does the animal know where “home” is? Does the animal bark, or lick, or sit on the couches, or respond to commands?
  3. How the Animal Responds to Strangers: Do you want the animal to guard your house, or welcome visitors to the door?
  4. How the Animal Responds to Other Animals: Should your pet avoid other animals, chase them away, or be friendly?
  5. Bad Habits: Are you ok with an animal that chews on things? That digs? That barks? What if the animal bites or scratches?
  • Personality

Even within breeds, there are no two animals that are exactly the same. It’s up to the family to choose the perfect pet that fits their personality.

A family with rambunctious kids might not be well suited to a lazy dog.

A family with loving, cuddly kids might not be well suited to a grouchy cat.

  • Space

How much room does the animal need?

Can this particular species and breed live comfortably in an apartment complex, or will they need a large yard to run in?

Can this dog or cat live a happy life indoors, or will they need to be outside?

Can this animal live in my climate comfortably? Is it too hot or too cold for him?

  • Long-term Commitment

In short, the question shouldn’t just be “Is this pet a good fit for me?” but ALSO “Am I a good fit for this pet?”

Once you purchase an animal, you’ve taken on a HUGE responsibility to love, care for, and accommodate for that animal’s needs. Make sure you’re ready before you take the plunge.

boy hugging fawn pug puppy

3) When Is My Child Ready to Care for the Pets?

That depends on his age and development…. But also on your child’s personality. Some children are naturally caring and do very well looking after a pet. Others need a lot more coaching.

Be aware of your child’s individual needs, but here are some typical developmental guidelines of parent/child involvement in caring for pets: 

  • 0-3 Years Old

At this age, the parent is doing all the work.

Young kids still enjoy being around pets. Their sweet hearts are full of love for pets.

Watch out for a few key things with this age group.

  1. Make sure the child and the pet are safe around each other. You don’t want a young child pulling on a dog’s tail, or a dog biting a child.
  2. Make sure the pet’s food is out of the child’s reach. This is easier said than done, but it’s important. Pet food isn’t always safe for human consumption.
  • 3-6 Years Old

As children get older, they develop new skills and capabilities that allow them to help out a little more.

In this age range, start involving your child more in the process of caring for the pet.

Your child will likely need one-on-one help from you. They can put food in the bowl, fill water dishes, and help with cleaning up after the pet.

  • 7-10 Years Old

This is a magical age where kids gain a little more independence.

Instead of mom and dad constantly monitoring the process of caring for the pet, mom and dad can give instructions and let the child carry them out on his own.

Wooo hooo!

  • 11-13 Years Old

Pre-adolescence brings even more freedom for mom and dad.

The child is able to complete all the chores required to care for a pet. The parent’s primary responsibility is to guide the child toward creating their own routine of pet care.

That means:

  1. Withhold your help. Sometimes it’s tempting as parents to step in and fix problems, but kids at this age are able to think through solutions on their own.
  2. Offer guidance when asked. Try to wait until the child approaches you, unless it’s in the pet’s best interest for you to intervene earlier.
  3. Let the child develop and carry out their own routine. Does the child prefer to feed the animals an hour later than you typically do? If it’s safe for the pet, try to let your child create a routine that works for him.
  4. Don’t let the child neglect the animal! Although the child is taking on more responsibility, be aware that they are still learning! It’s possible that the child could accidentally forget to feed the pet one day, or forget to fill the water dish. Don’t let the animal suffer, and make sure to teach the child so that they can be better in the future.
  • 14-18 Years Old

Ahhhhh, finally, parents can kick back and relax!

Your child should be fully capable of caring for a pet 100% independently.

As always, keep an eye out to make sure that the child is keeping up with his responsibilities. After all, you wouldn’t want the pet to suffer if the child slacked off.

shallow focus photography of brown and white guinea pig

4) What Kind of Pet Should I get… For A Beginner??

Are you interested in having a pet, but not sure what animal is best for your family?

Try one of these awesome beginner pets!

  1. Beta Fish: Betas need little care, as they are one of the few fish that can breathe air from the surface of the water rather than having oxygen circulated through the water. No need for fancy tanks and equipment! All you’ll need to do is feed the fish and change his water every week or two to make sure he has a nice clean environment.
  2. Tortoise: Tortoises live in dry, warm environments. A tank with dirt in the bottom will do. A tortoise needs a heat lamp, fresh water to drink, and food (usually lettuce or frozen veggies). You can touch, hold, and pet a tortoise- just make sure to wash your hands!
  3. Cat: Cats are great first pets because they are self-sufficient in taking care of their own potty needs and rarely require much training. You’ll need to supply a litter box (which will need cleaned regularly), food, water, and toys.
  4. Hamster, Rat, Mouse, or Guinea Pig: Rodents can make fun and interactive pets. They will need a cage with lots of stimulating toys and obstacles to climb. Obviously, they will need food and water.
  5. Hermit Crab: Hermit crabs are very low-key. You will need to purchase a tank with sand in the bottom. The crab will need food and water as well as some kind of shelter. As the crab grows, he will need bigger shells to move into.
  6. Dog: Dogs are a lot of fun, but a little more complex to discuss. Check out this amazing resource at The Spruce Pets called Best Dogs for First Time Owners!

Are you ready? Let’s go get a pet!!

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

 

Who is Mrs. S… and why do people call you that? 

It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

All that doesn’t hold a candle to my best experience with children- being a mom. Want to learn more about me? Click here! 

 

Need some time to yourself?

Check out this FREE Parent’s Guide to Self-Care to help you decompress and feel right with the world again!

Free Self Care Guide 2

Did you enjoy this post? Share the Love!
Scary Mom Nightmare Series: Unlucky Embarrassing Mom Moments

Scary Mom-Nightmares Series- Category: 20 Unlucky Embarrassing Mom Moments

Did you enjoy this post? Share the Love!

Photo by Andre Guerra on Unsplash

This post may contain advertisements and/or links for products and services that I value. I offer recommendations to products and/or services that I find helpful in my own life as a mom. I may receive a commission based on viewer purchases or interactions with these ads. You will NOT be charged any extra money. All prices will stay the same for you whether your purchase items/services through links found on this site or not! 

 

Scary Mom-Nightmares Series:

A Collection of Humorous Stories from Real Moms

Scary Mom-Nightmares Series- Category: 21 Reasons A Mom’s Shower Can’t Exceed 6 Minutes

Scary Mom-Nightmares Series- Category: Over 60 Insanely Awesome Child Quotes

Scary Mom-Nightmares Series- Category: Things that Really Should be Weird… But Just Seem Normal to Moms

Scary Mom-Nightmares Series- Category: Potty Edition

Scary Mom-Nightmares Series- Dirty Talk for Moms

 

Who’s ever peed their pants in 4th grade? Me!

Who’s ever misspelled the easiest word in front of the whole school during the 8th grade Spelling Bee? Check!

Who couldn’t remember my own phone number for the first year and a half after getting a new phone? You guessed it.

Who accidentally told a client’s mom “I love you” at the end of a work phone call? Yep, me again.

Just you wait- there’s plenty more. Especially since I’ve become a mom!

And thank goodness- it’s not just me!

Here’s a wonderful list of deliciously embarrassing mom moments, told by moms who know exactly what it feels like to cover their faces in shame and rush out of the grocery store without making eye contact with anyone!

Enjoy a good laugh, and remember that you’re normal after all! Unless…. we are all abnormal… in which case, you’re still in good company!

1) Count the Cows’ Wieners

My son grew up around the farm.

One day, he told me, “Mom, cows make milk.”

Then his younger brother piped in, “And they have lots of wieners!” (I guess you mean the udders??)

2) F, F, and More F

My child mispronounced the words “duck”, “truck”, “stuck”… basically anything ending in the “uck” sound.

The interesting thing is, no matter what the beginning sound was supposed to be, she substituted in an “f”. No idea why.

So she went through a phase where this cute little blonde, piggy tailed, adorable girl walked around swearing all the time.

The little old ladies down the street weren’t happy about that.

3) All Better!

I slipped on the ice right on my butt.

As if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, my sweet toddler kissed it better.

4) A Little Miscommunication

My child told her teacher that I drink and drive.

When CPS showed up at my house, I asked my 6 year old to go to the fridge and bring the nice lady the beverage that I drink while I drive.

She came back with a Pepsi.

5) How Old Do I Look?

A salesman came to the door. I answered with a toddler hanging on my leg and a four year old behind me.

My only plan was to send him away graciously.

But then he jumped right in with, “Hi, is your mom here?”

6) I’m 4 Years Old All Over Again

After I gave birth to my first baby, we had a big family gathering to welcome her to the world. Everyone was there.

We were all dressed up and looking cute.

And then I had to sneeze. I was still new to this whole postpartum body of mine, so I really wasn’t ready for it.

I never thought I’d pee my pants as a 26 year old. And definitely not in front of the whole extended family!

woman wearing gray coat with hands on her face during daytime

7) Watch out for spit up!

I’ve had many a day go by without realizing that I was covered in it. For hours. Out in public.

I’m not just talking running errands in Wal-Mart (although that’s certainly happened!) but also at work, at church, at weddings, at family get togethers, and at company parties.

The best was when I was covered in spit up for an Employee of the Month photo. And nobody said anything!

8) Empathy for Livestock

I was a new mom, and my sweet mom offered to take my daughter over night while my husband and I had a nice getaway. It was so so great!

Except that I had never packed for postpartum needs. I forgot the breast pump. And I felt it. Quickly.

When I started hurting, my husband didn’t know how to help so he started massaging me. We joke to this day about the time that I was milked like a cow.

9) Surprise Visitors

Our family bought a new house. We were very excited to move in… but we had the sad surprise of BED BUGS! Yep.

The exterminator took care of them as quickly as possible.

My son told some friends, “We got a new house. There are bugs that eat me in my sleep.”

10) Shhh! Quiet!

My family was sitting in a quiet church on Easter Sunday. We were listening to the sermon and trying to keep everyone quiet.

I had my son in my lap. He was playing with the hymn books, but he was being a little too rough with them.

I tried to take it out of his hands, but he pulled up on the book as fast as he could to keep me from taking it. The book went above his head, straight into my windpipe! It completely knocked the wind out of me! I tried to gag quietly, but that’s easier said than done.

I ended up making weird, uneven, gag, choke, cry, shudder, swallow, gasp, clear throat, cough, hack, puke noises. For like 5 minutes. In the otherwise dead silence.  

11) Keep It IN Your Pants

My son pulled his “thing” right out of his pants in the middle of Chuck-E-Cheese with kids and parents all around.

12) Another Great Day at Church.

I was sitting in the pew with my sister and her family. My sister’s husband was holding their son.

I was very entertained watching him try to sit still.

As he sat there fidgeting, he looked up at his dad. With his dad looking straight ahead at the preacher, the kid could see right up his nose holes.

The boy looked down at his hand, holding up two fingers. Then he looked back at his dad’s nose. And back at his fingers.

And then, quick as anything, he shoved those two fingers up his dad’s nose right in the middle of the sermon!

13) Who Dressed Who?

It was a few days before school started and we were attending the open house to get to know our kids’ new teachers. I wore a sundress and thought I looked super cute!

My son said, “Mom, your dress looks funny.”

I got after him, telling him to be polite and keep rude comments to himself. After a few minutes, I realized that my dress was inside out, and had been the whole time!!

long-coated brown animal

14) New Lyrics

My kid liked to make up songs.

One day, while we were out to eat at a restaurant, he was singing loudly some of his made up lyrics. It was a little annoying, but fine… until, “All you have to do is shake your booty and wave your pee pee!” Oh no.

15) A Classic with a Twist

Another amazing original song by a four year old…. In the middle of hobby lobby, my daughter yelled, “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your butt!”

16) Mommy Balance

Our family was shopping at Lowe’s. My two year old tried to run for the door. When I tried to catch her, I slipped and face planted.

I got a black eye, a bloody nose, a laughing toddler, and a husband who stood in shock until I finally choked out of my blood-soaked face, “Get her!”

17) Tissue, Please!

I was visiting my neighbor. We were sitting on her couch chatting. I had my three year old sitting next to me. She was getting squirmy but I was really enjoying the adult interaction, so I was hoping she could sit still for just a few more minutes!

Then, I suddenly realized that quite a bit of time had passed and she seemed to calm down! Great!

Until I started to notice how often my neighbor was glancing away from me and towards my daughter…. Never a good sign!

When I looked down at her, she had been picking her nose and wiping the boogers on my neighbor’s couch. She had an impressive pile of snot built up!! I had to pinterest how to clean microfiber.

18) Potty Mouth

The family was carrying in groceries. My husband dropped a bag containing spaghetti sauce. The glass jar shattered and spaghetti sauce was everywhere!

Our toddler was running by right as my husband let out a, “Oh shit!”.

Later that day, we went back to Costco for more spaghetti sauce. We were trying some of the free samples… when my toddler dropped hers… And let out a, “Oh shit!” in front of a group of little old ladies.

19) Tit Twister but Worse

Have you ever seen those pacifier clips? You know, so you can clip the paci to the baby’s clothes and you don’t loose it? They’re great!

Except for one unfortunate day… I clipped it right onto her nipple!! She was crying, and it took me a few minutes to figure out what was wrong!

20) Good Ol’ Abe

My four year old’s preschool teacher dressed up as Abraham Lincoln. She spoke about how old Abe freed the slaves- then explained that slaves were black people who were forced to work for free.

After preschool, my daughter and I went out for lunch at Wendys. In the line, she yelled, “Look, mom- it’s a slave!” pointing at a young African American man.

The whole restaurant fell silent, staring at us. I didn’t know what to say, but I managed to choke out, “No, sweetie, remember that Abraham Lincoln freed all the slaved… except for one, and that would be me!”toddler opening her mouth

Whatever your most embarrassing mom moment is, it can’t be any worse than these! But if it is, we’d really want to hear about it!

Please share your BEST embarrassing mom moments in the comments below!

No need to feel embarrassed next time one of these crazy mom moments happens to you! Just come join us for a good laugh about it all!

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

 

Who is Mrs. S… and why do people call you that? 

It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

All that doesn’t hold a candle to my best experience with children- being a mom. Want to learn more about me? Click here! 

 

Did you enjoy this post?? Share with your friends!

Subscribe to my email list for weekly updates in the world of parenting! Nobody needs to do this alone- parenting is just too hard for that. Join a wonderful community and have access to exclusive resources, like this one:

Pregnancy Weight Gain Tracker Image

Click here to receive your FREE Pregnancy Weight Gain Tracker! 

Did you enjoy this post? Share the Love!