Why is my baby in daycare always getting sick?

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Why is my baby in daycare always getting sick? It isn’t just you and your kids, since starting daycare this year our boys seem to come down with a new illness every week. For the first 6 months of their lives, they barely had the sniffles. Ok well except for the hospital trip and our NICU stay. Since starting this year though, we’ve gone through a carousel of snot, sneezing, coughing, and messy diapers on […]

You are keeping your kids up too late

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You are keeping your kids up too late As a father of twins, on rare occasions I make it out of the house at night after putting the twins to bed. At these times, I am shocked by the number of infants and toddlers I see out after 8:00 at night. These poor kids often appear cranky or irritable, and no wonder. They are not getting enough sleep at night or stretching too long between […]

Your child may be the first human to live to 150

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Your child may be the first human to live to 150    Scientists and health professionals believe the first human to live to 150 has either recently been born or is about to be. This means your little bundle of joy might be the first person to celebrate their own sesquicentennial. It may not always feel like it, but the world is the most stable it’s ever been, the healthiest, and best fed and connected. […]

A study using data to find the 10 best toys to calm down infants during a tantrum

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A study using data to find the 10 best toys to calm down infants during a tantrum When you’ve got two crying infants on your hands like we often do, you look for whichever toys will calm them down the fastest. We’ve got an array of toys in our happy child arsenal, but they aren’t all equally effective during a tantrum. In order to find the ones that are most effective, I began tracking the […]

10 ways becoming a father made me a better manager at work

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I’ve written before how my job has helped teach me some valuable lessons that applied to parenting. The technology I interact with on a daily basis, the processes and frameworks we use, and the lessons I’ve learned managing a team have all inspired me to apply these to how I’m raising my kids. I’ve brought home A/B testing, machine learning, and agile practices to help learn and become a better dad. My team has taught […]

How I took 10 minutes off of my half marathon PR – Montclair Bread Company Baker’s Half Dozen Race Recap

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It takes a special kind of crazy person to run distances like a half marathon. We wake up at 4:30 am to get to the start line before the sun is up and any sane person is up either. It really takes a special kind of crazy person to do this while wearing a five foot inflatable donut. These are the fellow maniacs I find myself lining up with at 6:45 in the morning in […]

7 things to do before traveling with infants – according to Drake and Leslie Nielsen

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You walk down the aisle of the plane to your seat; 16D, the bulkhead seat with the bassinet of course, and plop down four bags; the cooler bag of bottles, a tote with the five favorite Dr. Seuss books, a diaper bag, and one with a change of clothes for the inevitable spit up or blow out. You had to check your own bag with a book and headphones, but you won’t need these anyway. […]

10 baby products for the first 9 months that are worth their weight in gold

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First time parents get a lot of stuff for their kids and themselves. Friends and family members send gifts and items aimed to help parents get through the first few months without too much difficulty. Parents themselves buy lots of products that they think will help them get through this time. But which actually work? There are a handful of items we either got or bought for ourselves that ended up being especially useful or […]

Why we picked Norway for our first trip with our babies

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When you see Norway, the majestic scenery of the fjords is breathtaking. Lush, verdant green mountains rising above crystal clear blue water with stark gray rock faces and cliffs hanging above landscape that appears to never have been touched by human hands, it may be one of the most serene and pristine places left on earth. From the lively flora around the Fjords to the harsh desolate moon-like landscape in the north above the arctic […]

What parents can learn about emotional investment from dev/ops

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    Devops, the software development methodology in which engineers are not only responsible for architecting and building software, but also infrastructure and operational tasks like fleet management, logging, and monitoring, can teach parents a lot about how to educate their children and be better partners in their development. In this process, developers take on additional roles and responsibilities from typical IT responsibilities in an effort to improve the end to end quality and speed […]