Daddy Nickell

Robert Nickell, aka Daddy Nickell, father of 6, offers his "5 cents" worth of advice to expectant and new parents. Daddy Nickell is the founder of, delivery room duds and daddy gear for dads, and the blog where he covers topics about parenting and the latest baby and kids gear, all from a Dad's perspective.

Tips for Improving Parent-Teacher Communication

When you think about the most important people in your child’s life, do you consider their teacher to be one of those people?  If not, you should. Your child’s teacher should be the 3rd most important person to your child after you, the parents. A teacher is with your child more than you are and will leave a lasting impression on them. By actively working on the communication with your child’s teacher, you can help make the relationship a...

January 31, 2013 Read Blog

Q & A: Mandatory Vaccinations to Enter School

Q: Is is mandatory for my child to be vaccinated to enter school? A: There are a few technicalities in the vaccination policies of Canada that make this an often asked question in my office. Vaccination policies differ across Canada and only 3 provinces (Ontario, New Brunswick, and Manitoba) have vaccination policies in place for children about to enter school. That being said, there are exemption clauses which enable you, as a parent, to...

January 29, 2013 Read Blog

Breastfeeding in Public

  Many new parents feel a little shy about Moms baring a breast in public to feed their hungry babies. If this is you or your partner, relax — you're not alone. Many new parents aren't comfortable with breastfeeding in public. In fact, many parents have been made to feel ashamed when trying to breastfeed their babies in public. Don't know how to handle it? How to nurse more comfortably in public and how to handle a breastfeeding...

January 29, 2013 Read Blog

A ‘Proper’ Name

My name is Sandy. It’s not Sandra, Alexandra or Cassandra. It’s Sandy. With a Y. Warning: This may be a bit ranty. It annoys me when people call me Sandra. Especially when it’s work related. It blows my mind how nowhere on my website does it say my name is Sandra, yet I still get pitches all the time addressed to Sandra. My signature in my email is Sandy Pedrogao, so why would you reply with, “Hi Sandra”? Do your homework before...

January 28, 2013 Read Blog

Jessica Alba: “We Try To Model And Practice Eco-friendly Habits For The Girls”

Honestly, she’s one of our favorite celebrity moms. From her chic sense of style, to her hands-on playdates at the park, to her eco-friendly business, we can’t get enough of Jessica Alba. After creating The Honest Company last year, the mom-of-two is now joining forces with Zulily to share her safe and sustainable products with a new audience. Jessica opens up to CelebrityBabyScoop about her daughters Honor, 4, and Haven, 1, who “like...

January 25, 2013 Read Blog

School Morning Routines That Work

All parents know that school mornings can be a real challenge.  You’re dealing with tired kids, trying to get everyone dressed without an argument, prepping a healthy breakfast and getting lunches and backpacks ready.  It can make you exhausted before the day even gets going.  Over the years I’ve had my fair share of rough mornings but if you stick to these tips you will be on the right track for a smooth transition for the entire...

January 24, 2013 Read Blog

Fast Foods That Are Healthy? Quick Alternatives to Fast Food

Facing the weekday frenzy and looking ahead to another week filled with dance, gymnastics, hockey, swimming lessons, music, skating and no time for healthy meals? Tempted to hit the drive thru and tell yourself next week you will be on top of dinner or this weekend you'll fill every meal with vegetables to balance it out? It is not easy to get a healthy hot meal to the table, never mind the back seat of the car, when you are literally eating on...

January 23, 2013 Read Blog

Baby Names Predictions for 2013- Five Trends That Will Shock You

You might think that we have seen it all – last year brought a lot of outrageous baby names. We have only seen the tip of the iceberg though and 2013 will indeed be a milestone year for names. As parents strive for that distinctive name, we are seeing some pretty shocking trends at Belly Ballot. Based on naming data from over 10,000 parents on our site, we have the following predictions for the new year: 1) Tech Inspired Names – One the...

January 22, 2013 Read Blog

Mommy kisses, ice packs, Band-Aids and their healing properties

Little bumps and bruises happen a lot around here. I am a firm believer that when watching your baby tumble, your reaction has a lot to do with how they handle their fall. For example: you’re sitting at the kitchen table and are watching your baby girl toddle around your living room. She trips over a toy and lands flat on her face. You react like this: “GASP!!! OH MY GOSH! Are you ok?” as you run over to her she starts to FREAK out....

January 21, 2013 Read Blog

Getting your baby to sleep may not be rocket science… But it’s still a science!

Does your baby sleep through the night? Is he a good sleeper? We have all been asked that question time and time again... it even seems to come before asking your child's name! I remember really hating that when I was carting around my exhausted child with dark circles under my eyes! If you are reading this article, chances are the answer is no and you are likely to be quite sleep deprived. I am here to tell you that you are not alone...

January 21, 2013 Read Blog

Welcome Baby T!

YAY! Baby T is here! Born December 30th. I totally didn’t make it to my scheduled C-section date. I had a feeling I wouldn’t and I was off by a few days. Want the deets? Here they are! I went to the hospital with contractions, was monitored for an hour or so, then the doctor came in and we decided it was game time! Baby T was born at 2:35 pm, weighing 7lbs 4oz (over double M’s birth weight). He did spend a few days in the NICU to get...

January 18, 2013 Read Blog

The Mysterious World of Food Allergies

It seems like everywhere you look you hear about food allergies, food sensitivities, or food intolerances and their role in overall health and wellness. There is lots of information out there and at times it can be both confusing and overwhelming to know whether you are actually dealing with a food issue, how and where to get it diagnosed, and what to do about the results. This article is meant to help guide you through the mysterious world of...

January 18, 2013 Read Blog

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