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Monthly Baby Pictures… with Donuts

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I’ve had a lot of good ideas in my life, but none of them top my latest idea. This idea is pure gold, ladies and gentlemen. I have decided to take my newborn baby’s monthly pictures… with donuts.

Think about it, there are twelve months in a year that you capture this little baby of yours, and there are twelve donuts in a dozen. I’m pretty sure whoever came up with the idea for the term “dozen” to mean twelve had this exact thought in mind.

Therefore, each month that my daughter hits a new month on the 28th, I will pose her newest monthly pic beside a donut, or two, or three, or eight… you get the picture.

The best part is that this new found prop is not only edible but delicious. And if mom is the one going to all this trouble to locate a donut(s), find a matching outfit and pose a newborn baby for the perfect shot, I think we all know who’s going to get to eat the donut, or two, or three, or eight each month.

I’ve never been so excited for a baby to turn one in my life.

Happy Tuesday, friends!

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The Sweetest Lovey from Lynn and Grace

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When I was approached by the owner of the shop Lynn and Grace about receiving a small lovey for my newborn I couldn’t say no! All the items in her shop are so sweet, and I loved that her shop’s name came from the middle names of her two daughters. Nothing is cuter than adorable family shops!

I had never heard the term “lovey” before, so I looked more into it on her site. A lovey is a small blanket that is created for your little one to easily snuggle and hold close. They can be easily thrown into the diaper bag, stroller or car seat and are easy for your little one to hold without fear of being too much for them to hold like a blanket.

I received my adorable Woodland Lovey before my daughter was even born. I could not believe how soft both sides were! The fabric side had the sweetest woodland pattern on it, and the faux fur was so comfortable to touch. I also love that it has a small looped ribbon attached making it easier to hook it on to a stroller, or even around your little ones arm so they don’t lose it. Now that Colette is here, she loves laying with this soft fur on her!

Currently, the Woodland Lovey I received is out of stock, but she has so many other ones to choose from as well as teethers and bonnets for your little one. Right now she is doing a buy one get one sale, and you can get free shipping when you use the code “BrittaShip”. Check out her adorable shop today!

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Thank you to Lynn and Grace for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

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The Perfect Lactation Bars with Milkful

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I forget how much I snack when I’m breastfeeding. It seems like I am always hungry (although, is that really any different from my normal behavior?)

Recently I found the perfect healthy snack to munch on during the day when I’m feeling slightly hungry, and it helps to boost my supply if I find it getting low later in the day. Milkful is a company that makes gourmet lactation oat bars for breastfeeding mama’s in need of boosting their milk supply.

These bars are dairy free, soy free, egg free and wheat free. Their three flavors are Chocolate Banana Nut, Blueberry Almond Coconut, and Maple Walnut. They are the perfect size for when you need that little extra snack during your day filled with feeding babies, changing diapers and rocking that newborn to sleep. Just eating one bar a day can help boost that milk supply.

If you’re a new mama, struggling to breastfeed or make enough milk, I would definitely recommend trying these awesome bars! Check out their website here.

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Thank you to Milkful for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

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The Sweetest Baby Accessories with Lila & Lilly

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Recently I found the cutest little Etsy shop called Lila & Lilly. She makes the cutest little accessories for babies. Her shop sells swaddle sets, bows, bow turbans, and more. I received a swaddle blanket and a bow turban for my newborn little girl, and I am already obsessed with both!

The poly-spandex fabric makes it so easy to swaddle and hold your baby. It is so lightweight and buttery soft that I don’t want to put her down when she is wearing it! I am so excited that it is so stretchy because we will be using this sweet turban for as long as we can.

Check out her Etsy shop as well as her Instagram account to find more of her adorable items. These would make a beautiful baby shower gift, or would be perfect for your own sweet newborn!

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A huge thank you to Lila & Lilly for sponsoring this post and for having the most adorable baby accessories! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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11 Things I Did To Get My Baby To Sleep Through the Night by Seven Weeks Old

Ok let me preface this by saying this DOES NOT mean you are doing anything wrong. This DOES NOT mean you are a bad mom. This DOES NOT mean that you will agree with all the parenting choices I have made. This DOES NOT mean these tips are going to work for you.

Have I made myself clear? Good.

My daughter is 11 months old now and she has been sleeping through the night since she was seven weeks old. I’m sorry, maybe you didn’t hear me, SEVEN WEEKS OLD.

Everyone told me I would never sleep again. I mentally prepared myself for that. But alas, I sleep like a mama bear who gets to hibernate whenever she damn well pleases.

Now I’ve always thought this was strange. Why does she sleep so much? Why is she not like all my friends children? Does my child have mono or something?

Nope. She’s just a bomb sleeper. And when that happens you just shouldn’t ask questions.

Has she woken us up in the middle of the night every so often? Of course. But I could probably count on two hands how many times I’ve had to get up with her in the middle of the night in the last nine months since she started sleeping through the night.

I’m a first time mom just figuring this out. But as a first time (or second time or third time or fourth time) mom, you get all sorts of unsolicited advice. These were just pieces of advice I heard about one way or another and I tried.

And you know what, they worked.

Swaddle that baby.

At first when we brought my daughter home we felt like she was too hot at night so we did not swaddle her. She would flail around and sometimes even wake herself up. One night we decided to swaddle her. She couldn’t move around, so she stopped crying and just fell back asleep. That was the first night she slept longer than a two hour stretch, and that was the first night I started to regain my mental abilities.

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I wanna Rock N’ Play all night.

Someone told us that their child never slept in a bassinet or a crib right away, but slept in this handy dandy little thing called a Rock N’ Play. We thought, “Well that’s the one thing we don’t have”, so we purchased one. Best purchase EVER. That thing cozied her right in and she loved it. The first night we used that for sleeping she slept through the night. I mean literally just like that. I did not believe in miracles until I was in the presence of the Rock N’ Play.

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See ya, kid.

I know there are many studies that show that having a child sleep in the same room with the parents is beneficial for the baby. It allows the baby to follow the parents breathing patterns and reduces the risk of SIDS.

Yeah, but it also kept our entire family awake.

We have a Saint Bernard, Black Lab mix. He’s five and he’s huge. He has always slept with us from the moment we brought him home. Sometimes he shakes his gigantic head, his enormous jowls shake and make it sound like we are participating in a Civil War reenactment. Other times he may click around on our hardwood floor giving us a small tap dance performance in the middle of the night. My husband and I are used to these noises, but my daughter was not. The dog would wake the baby, and the baby would wake us all and just when we all fell back asleep it happened again.

BYE BABY!

The night we sent her to sleep in her nursery was a lovely night. I could still see and hear her on the monitor, but her small noises wouldn’t wake me up unlike when she was right in the room. This arrangement just worked well for everyone.

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Keep ’em busy during the day…

During the day we do a lot. We play in different places. We go outside. We move all the time. Even a simple walk can tire a baby out (if they don’t fall asleep). If we could have longer stretches of awake time the naps and nighttime sleep seemed to be hard sleeps.

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…Keep ’em calm at night.

Once nighttime came we tried to maintain a relatively quiet evening for baby. We tried to have her avoid screens (is that even possible anymore), kept our living room dim, took a bath, read a book and quietly went to bed. This slowly told her it was getting near bedtime.

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White noise is better than no noise.

Someone mentioned getting a sound machine for my daughter. I didn’t realize what an amazing purchase this was, and I am so thankful we decided to get her one. We have used that every night that she has slept in her room. We absolutely love this sound machine, and even purchased one for ourselves! On the nights we forget to turn it on, she wakes up to outside noises, our loud dog (yes, all the way from our room down the hall), and other random creaks. But when it’s being used, we don’t hear a peep. Since summer we have also used a small fan which has helped as well.

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Bye bye, Pacifier!

When my daughter used to get tired she would calm down and pass out when we plopped that pacifier in her mouth. When she would wake up she would see it two inches from her face. Unfortunately for her she did not have the motor skills to place it back in her mouth, so she would scream until we would come to her rescue to plop that thing back in. We learned very quickly that we could not put her to sleep with that pacifier still in her mouth, or we would be her pacifier slaves for eternity.

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Keep it light. Keep it bright.

One of the pieces of advice I received was to keep it bright while baby naps. During the day keep the curtains open, the blinds up, or the lights on. When baby sleeps at night it should be the opposite. Keep the lights off or low, and as dark as possible. This will get baby used to daytime naps and can determine the difference between a “nap sleep” and a “nighttime sleep”.

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Cry it out, girl.

This was probably the hardest one to follow, but it was by far the most beneficial. If the baby starts crying… just wait. Not forever, but for a little bit. When I started this process I let her cry for five minutes. Then six. Then seven. You get the picture.

I never waited more than ten minutes of crying. Not because I couldn’t wait more than ten minutes, but because typically after about 6-7 minutes of crying she would have fallen back asleep.

You see babies don’t know anything, including how to let themselves fall back asleep. It’s a skill they have to learn. Allowing my daughter those minutes of crying helped her learn how to self-sooth and put herself back to sleep. Eventually I could tell the difference between an “I’m hungry” cry, and a “I’m awake, what do I do now” cry.

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Put them down drowsy.

Sometimes I miss the days of rocking and rocking until my sweet girl fell asleep in my arms. But as precious as those moments are, I tried not to always put her down fully asleep. As often as I could I would rock her or walk with her until those eyelids got heavy but were not fully closed. Once I could tell she was tired but still awake, I would place her down and allow her to fall asleep on her own. Again, it taught her how to put herself to sleep.

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Fill ’em up!

Typically before we put her down to sleep, we’ve always given her a bottle. Sometimes it’s a full bottle feeding, but depending on when she’s eaten last it may be only 2-3 ounces. Whatever we can do to fill that belly before bed has helped her to last all night without wanting more. Ain’t no better sleep than a milk coma sleep.

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These are the tips and tricks that I have tried with my sleepy child and they seem to work wonders. I hope that at least a few work for you and your child, and that you get some sleep soon, Mama!

If you have any other helpful ways to get your baby to sleep that I have missed comment below to share with others.

Thanks, and good luck! Now stop reading this and go take a nap.

 

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