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Toys That Are A Hit For Babies 6 to 12 Months Old

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As parents, we want to give our little ones the best toys that are appropriate for their age and will aid in their development. Between 6-12 months, I noticed that Audrey and Antonino began showing more interest in interacting with people, banging stuff, crawling and cruising. Here are the toys that kept them entertained during this age.

5 Things My Twin Toddlers Do That Cause Muscle Pain

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If I learned anything from my 18 months of parenting, it's that manual labor is part of a parent's job description. Parenting is really hard on the body. Just take a look at this list of 5 things my twin toddlers do that cause muscle pain.

They always want to be carried.
While I know that the warmth of a parent's embrace has no substitute, I sometimes feel like I exist to carry my twins 24/7. I set them down on the play mat and they start to cry. I pick them back up and they're suddenly OK as if they weren't screaming bloody murder just a few seconds ago. And because they love resting their heavy heads against my shoulder and neck, I have to tilt my head to one side while carrying them, giving myself neck pain in the process.

On The Night You Were Born, By Nancy Tillman

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Like all parents, I want my children to feel loved and special in order to set them up for a healthy sense of self esteem in the future. "On The Night You Were Born," by Nancy Tillman has exactly what I want to say to Audrey and Antonino to make them feel like VIPs. The author just has a way with words that's simply magical. I mean just read a few lines from the book below:

Packing A Diaper Bag For Twin Toddlers

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I always feel like I'm packing for a weekend trip whenever I get the twins' diaper bag ready. I was under the impression that they would need less stuff once they they get past the one year mark. I was wrong! Toddlers still need A LOT of stuff. What more when you have two?  Take a peek below and see what I always pack, along with some tips.

How To Be A Dad (According to Stock Photos)

Happy Father's Day! Here are some tips guaranteed to make you father of the year... or not.

Try this new burping technique.
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Call dibs on his/her crib.
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Cry when the baby cries.
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Give this unusual bathing technique a shot.
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Use your child as a barrier between you and a large animal.
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Of course, I wouldn't let Father's Day go by without greeting the best dad in the world!

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Happy Father's Day to the greatest father, husband and protector: Joey! First of all, thank you for not pulling any of the crazy stuff in the pictures above. Hehe. OK, I'm going to be serious now. Thank you for always being considerate of my mommy worries. I know they can sometimes be OA but I've never heard you say "Quit worrying" especially during Audrey and Antonino's first year when I was convinced that even the smallest sneeze was equal to a life-threatening illness. You always seem to know the right things to say and do to ease my worries. Thank you for making the twins laugh with all your tickling games. No one can make them laugh as loud as you do. And most of all, thank you for loving us unconditionally. I'm so lucky to be sharing life, love and twin parenting with you! We love you!

And Happy Father's Day to all dads, dads-to-be and father figures out there!

Because I'm Your Dad, By Ahmet Zappa

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Whenever the twins see Joey walk into the room, he might as well be a rockstar. Their faces light up, they scream daddy and they squeal in delight. And though I know it's not supposed to be a competition, I can wholeheartedly say that between Joey and me, he is the clear winner of the Fun Parent Award. Kind of like the dad in the children's book, "Because I'm Your Dad" which has become one of our regular reads.

Favorite On-The-Go Toddler Snacks

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Joey and I have this joke that instead of Starter Mama, I should have named my blog Snack Mama. Yes, wherever we go, I always carry snacks in our diaper bag and backup snacks in my own purse. I just feel like they're a necessity. You never really know when a toddler's next meltdown will be. 

I remember the day we took the twins to the DFA to apply for their passports. While we were waiting for their turn at the photo capture station, they seemed fine while quietly flipping their board books. Then as the waiting area started to fill up, they became restless. I was worried that they would lose it right before or during their turn for photos.  Thankfully, I was able to pack familiar snacks for them which helped calm them down. Whew! 

Have you been in a similar situation lately? Well, there's nothing that a little packet of snacks can't solve. Today I'm sharing with you 3 snacks my twin toddlers love which have helped keep tantrums at bay. 

Note: Babies should sit up and be supervised at all times while eating.