I wrote a post about how I love my Baby Bjorn but how I didn’t realize how much I needed it until my little guy arrived and I started using it. It got me thinking about other products where I didn’t know how valuable they were until I got to using them.
So that brings me to five things you can’t live without when you have a baby.
What were some of your go to products when you had babies? What about as they became toddlers? Leave your tips in the comments below!!
I've been quiet lately on the blog because I totally devoted myself to sleep training our baby boy. I know for some it's a controversial topic, it's ok if you don't want to sleep train your baby, but it was much needed for us and as the mom I made the call to benefit my family.
After months of struggling with sleep, reading countless books, and considering a three hour stretch of sleep to be a major win, I knew I had done all that I could on my own, and that I needed help. I ended up contacting the Goodnight Sleep Site. I knew that I was so sleep deprived that I couldn't do it alone and I needed some guidance.
They responded the same day and we set up a time for a consultation. I answered a super in depth questionnaire and prepared for our call and sleep plan. The consultant, Jamie, http://goodnightsleepsite.com/halton/meet-jamie/was wonderful and listened to me every step of the way.
For us going to sleep wasn't a challenge. He went in his crib awake, we had nap time and bedtime routines we had followed since he was about six or eight weeks old, and we didn't feed him to sleep. We followed the eat, awake, sleep model. That's why I was so confused why, with all these healthy habits, my little one was waking up ALL NIGHT LONG?
At his six month appointment we had gotten the ok to stop night feeds as he wasn't eating a lot at night and eats a ton during the day. So we were ready to address his (and our) sleep needs.
I was mentally prepared for a tough few nights and with the support of my consultant got down to the business of consistent sleep training. I think that was the key for me, being consistent and having someone who could give me structure and reassure me that what I was doing was the right thing to do. What if they wake up after half an hour? How do I slowly stop those night feeds? What do I do if he wakes at 5am ready to party?
The best part of working with a sleep consultant was having those guidelines. I felt empowered knowing what I would do throughout the night. The first couple of nights were hard. There was crying, and I was ok with that, he was learning a new routine and it was going to be tough. While trying to reduce his feeds he just suddenly started to not need to feed at night, which was great.
By about night four we were down to one wakeup at night (from 4-7 wakeups - what a win!) and often he settles himself before I get to his room. This has been a huge win for us! I am sleeping the majority of my hours together, and just sleeping well in general!
Finnley wakes up happy and is generally happy to be in his crib. He goes to bed without a fight and settles himself down. He doesn't need me to run into his room multiple times a night to pop a soother in. He just doesn't need it during the night anymore.
Sleep has also helped him during the day. He's happier, more alert and actively learning. Our time together is quality now, and I love seeing how much more he smiles.
I don't think I would have been as successful without the help of Jamie. It was great to have an unbiased person giving me support and structure. She checked in with me several times a day and gave me tips for the future.
If you're considering sleep training, I say go for it. If you can do it yourself that's great, if you need help that's ok too. Just know when your child sleeps (and you sleep) you'll both feel so much better. You'll get to enjoy your child more and bedtime won't instil fear in you.
How did your baby learn to sleep? Did you sleep train? Let me know if the comments below!
Prior to having a baby I didn't really understand what all the fuss was about regarding "wearing your baby". I knew I'd want to cuddle and love him but I didn't know how often I would actually, physically, be wearing him (or how much this would benefit my day to day productivity!).
A good friend gave us her Baby Bjorn. At the time we thanked her, not knowing just how thankful we'd really end up being. If you are expecting your first baby (or your second or third) and haven't yet experienced the magic that is the Baby Bjorn I highly recommend you get one, or a similar product that allows you to wear your baby!
When Finn was really little he liked to fall asleep to movement. Sometimes it was the only way to get his final nap in each day. I know a moving nap isn't the same in terms of its restorative effects for a baby as a nap in a crib. But at some point a nap of any kind is still a nap! I would strap Finn in and walk on the treadmill while he slept (winter baby... treadmill was better than trudging outside through the snow).
Now that Finn has truly "embraced" the witching hour before he goes to bed we find using the Baby Bjorn and walking around the block or even around the house is a great way to help calm him down (and also give him some exciting and varied scenery to take in).
This is one piece of baby equipment I really didn't think I'd use. But now I use it EVERY DAY.
And you may wonder, why the Baby Bjorn and not something else? (on top of the fact that the Baby Bjorn was generously gifted to us)
Well really, it comes down to comfort. I got myself a wrap style carrier and found I didn't use it because I was never confident that I had him in it securely. And I haven't found a sling I liked either. Admittedly, I'm a bit of a klutz so I didn't like that Finn's safety was dependant on my knotting and wrapping skills...
So, I've always felt comfortable with the Baby Bjorn from day one. I like how it fits around my back and that the straps are padded for extra comfort. It's easy to click the baby in when I'm by myself which is handy too. I also like how much it grows with the baby and that I have gotten consistent use out of it for six months (which is like years because of how quickly babies can grow out of things). I can't imagine not having the Baby Bjorn and love how it has helped up show Finn the world and calm him down during his fussy times.
To all the moms out there - how do/did you wear your babies? What's a product you didn't realize you couldn't live without until you started using it?
Spring began at the end of March, unfortunately in my neck of the woods the weather didn't get the memo. That being said, I love Spring because everything starts to feel new and fresh. You can open the windows and doors and let out the stale recycled air, I'm inspired to deep clean (kinda), and I start to fill the house with flower and live stuff. It just makes the place seem cheery on the days when it's more grey than beautiful. I also like to update my hand soaps, it's basically the only time of year I stray from my traditional vanilla based scents.
As you may know from my other home posts, I love me some Bath & Body Works, but I do really struggle outside of the fall and winter to find ones I love. this year I was excited to find Sweet Strawberries & Cream and Cinnamon Spiced Vanilla. I admit, Cinnamon Spiced Vanilla really isn't too far out of my comfort zone but I was happy that I enjoyed the Strawberry soap so much.
I tend to like sweeter scents in the restroom and lighter scents in the kitchen. If I'm cooking chicken I don't always want to smell like a cookie in the middle of my chefing. To round out the scents I also got Eucalyptus Mint & Dancing Waters.
I have to ask - what are you guys gravitating towards these days?
I absolutely adore tulips in the Spring, and I tend to get mine at Longo's. It's out of the way (please Longo's peeps if you read this you need to open a Longo's in the Whitby area), but the flower are fresh and totally reasonable. If you read my previous Spring post, you know that I always put a penny in my tulips to make them stand up. Why you ask? Because when I was little my mom told me to, so that's what I've always done.
As much as I love tulips, they are cut flowers, and cut flowers die, so I also got some succulents and a potted arrangement in the hopes that i can keep them alive. To me it doesn't say spring unless you have new life blossoming, and since mother nature wont let us do that outside yet it seems only fair to bring the flowers indoors.
How do you get ready for Spring? Are you interested in hearing about my Spring cleaning tips and tricks?
I love baking for the holidays, and I find that baking helps to calm me and let's me regroup when I'm in my new Mommy sleep deprived state. Normally I participate in a cookie Christmas exchange but since I'm not at work I haven't done that this year so I'm starting to bake cookies now.
To start I tried a Robin Hood recipe, Chocolate Mint Sparklers. I picked this as chocolate mint because is Jordan's favourite flavour. We even had a layer of our wedding cake in the flavour so it seemed like the perfect cookie to start the season. I only had to made a few adjustments, overall the recipe was super easy and yummy.
These are also family approved!
**I froze over half of these in wax paper and tin foil so we have some for Christmas Eve **
What's your favourite holiday cookie? Any recommendations for what I should bake next?
I swear my intention is to post regularly, but this pregnancy is kicking my ass. That's right I said it. Last week I had my gestational diabetes test and I was ever so confident thinking I would ace the test because I've been really cautious about my weight gain and other than an obsession with jujubes, overall fairly healthy. However last week after going through the initial test and the two hour test, I can confirm I have Gestational Diabetes (GD). I was gonna do a food post but haven't felt like cooking because I don't know what I can eat yet.
Any other women who have gone through GD? Any tips? Go to foods?
In the meantime, I have made myself feel better by my traditional fall trip to Bath & Body Works. I basically stalk BBW during the fall and holiday seasons. I love the warm, cozy scents that they offer and like to stock up on wall flowers & 3 wick candles.
I will be honest, I was kinda disappointed with the candle selection this year. I kept checking online and my local store just never got a great selection. That being said, I got a few candles to get me through the season.
For the Body
These rich, 24 hour formula creams were on sale this weekend for $5 so I got my mom and I each a thin of Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte (bit of a theme if you keep reading). I asked my mom to try it all day and I did the same. I asked for a rating out of five and recommended that she try it in the morning to see how it lasts and then try a reapplication and I would do the same.
Mom says: 🍂🍂🍂🍂/5
Loves the fragrance! Smells like fall without being too heavy and it lasts forever. The cream moisturizes without being greasy. One leaf was held back as the cream didn't make the hands look ten years younger, which would have been a nice perk.
I say: 🍂🍂🍂🍂/5
Pros: I like that this has a fall scent without smelling like pumpkin purée. In addition the warm vanilla scent is cozy without being overpowering. I was really surprised at how how long the fragrance held without being overpowering when I first put it on. I didn't give it a five because I don't think I could reapply it throughout the day without the fragrance being too strong and in the winter my skin soaks up moisturizer like you wouldn't believe.
For the Home
I think the thing I was most excited about is Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow. So much so I got a wallflower an almost matching hand cream. I love the the scent is light and sweet and warm and pumpkiny. I like that it has presence without being over powering.
I'm also ver excited about the Golden Cinnamon candle. I love cinnamon but hate when it smells like medicine versus a warm spice. At first glance I believe that this candle will be a new classic and I love the packaging.
I'm excited looking towards their holiday line as well. I read lifeinsidethepage.com for my BBW updates and it looks like very shortly my Christmas candle Vanilla Snowflake will be coming out (so excited to buy a million of them). I STILL want them to bring back Nutmeg & Spice, but in the meantime these candles will hold me over (right now the petition to bring back Nutmeg & Spice is just me, but I'm very passionate about it so I hope to one day see it again).
So, what makes you excited about fall? Any favourite BBW scents?
P.S. I was not paid or given product for this post. Just truly like their stuff. I'd love to try another candle brand so leave a comment in the notes with recommendations!!!
I love to cook, entertain, craft and create - all while being a wife, friend, daughter and a mom to a little boy.