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.

What to do When Your Child Misses Mom (or Dad)

When you are a divorced parent, you’re undoubtedly going to run into tricky situations from time to time. Often, children will miss the other parent in-between visits, and when this happens you’ll need to have a plan and know what to do to ease the transition and comfort your child. I’ve put together three tips that’ll help you do just that. Freedom of Expression: It’s perfectly normal for your child to be sad and miss the other...

July 31, 2014 Read Blog

Discipline Disaster

So now that our girls are at the age where they're starting to understand "yes" and "no" I've been trying to instil some ground rules, i.e. no standing up in their highchairs, that's the big one right now. When we were training our golden retriever we did so using tone. We never yelled, but when he did something right we would speak in an excited tone, when he did something wrong we would speak in a lower, stern tone. It worked wonders for...

July 30, 2014 Read Blog

DIY Baby Food

One of my absolute favorite things about summertime is all the farm fresh fruits and vegetables that packs the farmers markets, street stands and supermarkets. The closer to home it was grown the better it tastes. Juicy peaches, plump strawberries, sweet corn it’s all fresh, delicious and most importantly nutritious. When we were lucky enough to walk out of those NICU doors I vowed that I would do whatever I could to help my kids live a...

July 29, 2014 Read Blog

Hollywood Baby Boom: 10 Pregnant Celebrities

In last year’s Hollywood baby boom, we metFergie and Josh Duhamel’s adorable son Axl, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s darling daughter Everly, and ourfavorite baby of 2013, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge! Who will be adding to their families in 2014? We’re all waiting in anticipation for the birth announcement fromMila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher. And we can’t wait to see pics of Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes’...

July 25, 2014 Read Blog

Why aren’t my kids good sleepers?

I’ve tried it all in the last three and a half years. Cry it out. Gentle sleep. Co sleeping (safely, still in this place). When I say, “We’ve tried it all, trust me.” Trust me. What is it about my kids that make them such terrible sleepers? I wonder if it’s something I did early on, something in the womb or what. Then I realize that I’m stressing for pretty much no reason because they are babies. I think that in North America,...

July 24, 2014 Read Blog

Teaching Your Kids Money Savviness

There are so many life lessons we want to teach our children when they are young, unfortunately, money savviness does not always make the list.  But keep in mind, teaching your kids about money from an early age will set them up to be better money managers when they are adults—better at saving, less inclined to use credit cards, and knowledgeable about smart spending. Here are a few tips to start the conversation and educate your kids: 1....

July 24, 2014 Read Blog

Got Breast Milk?

There are some really warm and fuzzy images of new moms with their babies at their breasts. Minutes after birth, she’s smiling. And you can’t hear it, but you know that baby is rhythmically sucking and swallowing milk. Of course he is — because everything is perfect. In reality, the baby is likely falling asleep after every other swallow of colostrum and the mom is uncomfortably wearing what seems like the largest sanitary napkin ever...

July 22, 2014 Read Blog

What Kids Want in a Babysitter

I think it’s fair to say that when it comes to babysitters, most kids would rather just have mom and dad stay at home. That is unless you find that rare gem of a babysitter—the one your kids adore, beg to have them come, and can’t wait for you to leave.  However, these gems can be hard to find. With years of finding babysitters for my 7 kids, I’ve had my share of finding that modern day Mary Poppins. To help with the search, here are a...

July 17, 2014 Read Blog

Price Matching Momma

I've always been fascinated by all of those couponing and price saving shows that you see on TV. These people are at times getting paid to shop based on the coupons and flyers that they've collected. How is this possible? Well in the U.S. they don't have the stipulations that we do here in Canada. Here we are faced with limitations i.e.: not to be used in conjunction with other coupons. After realizing that couponing here would never be what...

July 16, 2014 Read Blog

Opening a New Daycare Door

I hate change. It is one of my biggest weaknesses. Change makes me nervous, anxious and uncomfortable. Yet, life with children is full of change. It’s inevitable. As they grow things are bound to change. Recently, we have had to make a change to our daycare provider and it has been more difficult than I imagined. Our daycare provider has been a part of our family for five years. Our children have been occupying a spot in her home and in...

July 15, 2014 Read Blog

Larry King: “You Don’t Divorce Your Children”

We all know Larry King as the world-renowned TV anchor who kept Americans in-the-know on global happenings for 25 years via his CNN show, Larry King Live. My Life As A Dad, the popular web series that delves into the lives of celebrity fathers, recently chatted with Larry King about his experience in being a dad to five children, two of which were born almost four decades after his first children. Larry King’s son Larry, Jr., adopted son...

July 11, 2014 Read Blog

10 Secrets Every New Dad Needs to Know

The birth of your first baby equates to the birth of a new you—the new dad! As most of the attention is on mom during the nine month preparation period, dad often gets left behind in learning about and preparing for his new life. Having a family, and the birth of your first child, will forever change your lifestyle, environment, and thought process. Dads need to be prepared to embrace this change. Trust me, the rewards will be plentiful. Just...

July 10, 2014 Read Blog

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