7 Free Online Courses Perfect for Parents

I am a big fan of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). I remember the first time I discovered, years ago, that I could watch lectures from top universities from around the world for free. I was mind blown.

Ah, the beauty (and practicality) of knowledge!

Free online courses that can help you become a better parent. Sharpen your parenting skills and become a better cook, educator and communicator!

Since I had a baby, I thought that there have to be at least a few courses out there that could help me with my new parenting challenges. And indeed there are, so I looked around and made a list of free online courses suitable for parents. I attached for each a short description from the information I found on the courses’ websites. Enjoy!

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Playful Little Songs and Rhymes for Your Baby

In need of some baby smiles and giggles? Try these sweet little baby songs and rhymes that help you play and interact with your baby!

One of the first big, ear to ear, intended and long-lasting smiles my baby gave me happened around 5-6 weeks when I first put him on my knees, facing me, and sang The Wheels on The Bus while helping him “dance” with his hands.

We had a blast and it turned into a daily routine.

In need of some baby smiles and giggles? Try these sweet little baby songs and rhymes that help you play and interact with your baby!

But after a while, The Wheels on The Bus got old and so did the other nursery rhymes that felt too long and “advanced” for my tiny guy. And I started looking for songs and rhymes more baby friendly and that involved baby-level interaction.

I joined a baby group and had a lot of fun learning interactive little songs.

But alas, mommy brain came in strong and prevented me from transferring this precious knowledge into my long-term memory. Then, my friend the internet rushed to help. So today I present you some of my favorite baby songs and rhymes. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as my baby & I do.

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7 Reasons Why Your Baby Isn’t Sleeping

7 Reasons Why Your Baby Isn't Sleeping. Click through to read about resources and tools that aim to solve baby sleep issues.

Before my little guy was born, I had this idyllic image of babies sleeping like angels, reinforced by most of the newborn pictures (and real babies) I saw by that point in my life.

While I was pregnant I read some articles and tips on putting babies to sleep and thought – great, there seem to be lots of options and tools out there, this should be easy!

It wasn’t. Stubbornness was strong with this little one, so experience proved me wrong.

My baby’s sleep proved to be the most difficult, tiring and resource draining challenge that I had to face as a new parent.

My baby’s sleep proved to be the most difficult, tiring and resource draining challenge that I had to face as a new parent. So I made a list in which I compiled all the resources and tools that helped me through our rocky sleep journey

We had times when no amount of swinging, rocking, singing, shushing, swaddling, nursing would do it. I remember the first night at home with a screaming baby who was freshly changed, fed, burped and still didn’t want to sleep. And I was helplessly wondering “How do I troubleshoot this?”.

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How to Find Free or Affordable Baby Stuff

A list of 10 ways you can find free or affordable baby stuff

During my early pregnancy with my son, I couldn’t wait to go shopping for those adorable baby clothes.

We were lucky though and received a lot of used and new baby items, from a lot of generous parents with older babies, friends, and relatives. Because of that, I felt guilty about spending extra money on new items, so I waited to see what we will actually need.

A list of 10 ways you can find free or affordable baby stuff

After my little guy was born, I had a reality check. This was my early morning schedule for the first six months of his life before we introduced solids:

  • Feed the baby
  • Burping session
  • Wait for the explosive poop, if it hadn’t already happened during the feeding
  • Diaper change
  • Take out incredibly stubborn poop stains from one or more of the following items: onesie, sleeper, swaddle, bed sheets, changing table cover, my clothes

Then the pooping cycle repeated about 7-8 times in 24 hours. Fun times.

And that’s how I learned that those darling little baby clothes will all end up at some point full of poop, drool, food etc. Of course, I’ve been told that before several times, but there are some things in life that you must learn from experience because they don’t seem real while you’re blissfully pregnant.

So I got comfortable with the idea that the extra cuteness is not really a necessary expense. Plus I already had all the adorableness I needed, because, hey, I had a baby! I started looking for ways to cut the costs in this category, so we can use our money for better, long-term focused purposes. Here is a list of 10 ways you can find free or affordable baby stuff:

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