Daddy Locker

Daddy Locker (aka Mike Locker), father of two, helps parents navigate the ups and downs of parenting through his expert advice. He covers topics ranging from taking baby out to eat without annoying the other diners, best ways to swaddle baby and how to how to be an involved dad. Daddy Locker is also the founder of Cozy-Cover, innovative parenting solutions for on-the-go families, and is constantly putting his creative skills to work developing new products to make parents’ lives easier and more convenient.

Helpful Tips for Calming the Family Tension during the Holidays

The holiday season is soon upon us and it’s a well-known fact that this time of year can be a stressful time for everyone in the family. Aside from the usual holiday shopping and cooking, extra cleaning and the burden of entertaining, there’s also travel, staying with family or friends and taking scheduled kids out of their typical routines. It can all equate to a lot of stress for you and your kids. Here are a few tips to help your family...

November 27, 2014 Read Blog

These Boots are made for…my Girls!

How many one-and-a-half year olds do you know with custom boots? Well add mine to the list. Now before you judge me for getting special boots made for my girls who will likely grow out of them before they wear them out, please let me explain. Last winter when the girls were crawling like crazy I put them in Padraig slippers. I LOVED those slippers and wanted something similar for them this winter for those days that it's not snowing, not...

November 26, 2014 Read Blog

Our top 10 MUST DO Christmas traditions!

I never actually realized how many Christmas traditions we have made over the last few years. Here is our top 10 MUST DO Christmas traditions! Here is what we do... 1) We HAVE to buy a family ornament to add to the tree every year. Yes it's personalized, yes it's cheesy and yes it's totally us! 2) We HAVE to make finger or hand print ornaments for us and usually their Godparents. 3) Advent calendars. Yes, there are chocolate ones that...

November 26, 2014 Read Blog

Holiday Parties with Kids

The holiday season is upon us and that means parties, gatherings and lots of big family meals. While celebrating the season is lots of fun it can cause stress if you are attending all of the festivities with children. It was so easy when it was just you or you and your partner wasn’t it? No naptimes to worry about, no hunger meltdowns or bedtime tears. Okay maybe there was the occasional hunger meltdown, but in my defense I skipped...

November 24, 2014 Read Blog

Fisher-Price® Laugh & Learn™ Smart Stages™ Chair Review

When you need 20 minutes to prep dinner, and the kids are distracted and bored, what do you do? This is something I struggled with for quite some time until I recently got the Fisher-Price® Laugh & Learn™ Smart Stages™ Chair. I wasn’t sure if it would be a hit, but I figured it would be worth a try. Right out of the box, Lauchie instantly wanted to play with it, trying to sit in it while I assembled it (it took five minutes). Once...

November 21, 2014 Read Blog

Tried and Tested Travel Tips

It's inevitable—especially with the holidays around the corner—parents, at some point, must travel by air with your kids in tow. When that day comes, knowing what and how to pack for the flight and trip can save you time, space, effort, money and your sanity! Don’t be worried that your flight with the kiddos will be nothing short of a total stress-fest. With a little planning and organization (and face it, patience!), your holiday travels...

November 20, 2014 Read Blog

Fisher-Price® Laugh & Learn® Smart Stages™ Review

If you're looking for Christmas gift ideas be sure to read this blog! Here are two items that you should definitely put on your child's wish list (at least in my opinion you should). Like almost all parents I am very familiar with Fisher-Price®. From toys to swings to highchairs we've all grown up with the popular brand in our homes. I will admit however, that I had no clue what the Fisher-Price® Laugh & Learn® Smart Stages™ Toys...

November 20, 2014 Read Blog

Tough Pregnancy

Recently, I read Sandy’s blog “The top 10 things I loved about being pregnant” and I have to admit I got a little bit of baby fever. I loved being pregnant. I have never felt as strong and confident as I did when I was pregnant. As I read through Sandy’s list I agreed with everything and ideas of a third baby starting dancing around my mind. I think Mr. C might be getting nervous. In fact I’m getting nervous so to combat those...

November 18, 2014 Read Blog

How do you deal with criticism?

My kids are both toddlers on opposite ends of the hellish years between two and four. Lauchie is still sweet, not quite verbal and just getting his head wrapped around the world. Henry is wild, excitable, doesn’t like listening and is, well…three. No one really tells you about three. They warn you about THE TERRIBLE TWOS but here’s the thing, people who say that: The Terrible Twos are the TWO YEARS between two and four. Not the age of...

November 17, 2014 Read Blog

“ME” Time For Mom

We’re moms. We are constantly being interrupted, rushed, spilled upon, emailed, texted, and volunteered. How many times have you packed a perfect suitcase for your kids but forgotten one or more of your own obvious necessities? Or walked out of the house without your cell phone or a spare diaper? It’s okay – even normal. We’re moms, and we’re very, very busy. But even with all the things that are on your to do list, you’ve got to fit...

November 14, 2014 Read Blog

Why make your own Baby Food

Your baby starting solids doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, making your own baby food is probably easier than you think! We know what you’re thinking, why make your own food when you can just buy it? You can ensure your baby is eating food made with fresh and organic ingredients. Steam cook your vegetables, this method locks in essential vitamins and flavors so you know your baby is getting all the essential nutrients they...

November 12, 2014 Read Blog

All Fevers Are Not The Same

Did you know  that the temperature of what defines a fever changes depending on what age you are? What is a fever? A fever is the body’s reaction to fighting infection or disease. Fevers are symptoms and often mean your child has a minor illness. However, did you know that the definition of fever changes with age? Not all fevers are the same depending on age.  What is considered normal temperature in a 4 year old, may be a fever in...

November 11, 2014 Read Blog

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