Beauty & Fashion

How to Rock Your Dirty Hair For Days

For almost all of my life I have had long, thick hair. Not including that time in third grade when my parents cut my hair to look like a boy for a few months. #neverforget

I don’t think I even want to know how many times I have had to blow dry this crazy mane. Ladies, we all know drying that hair can sometimes feel like an early morning arm workout.

I used to be one of those girls that washed and dried my hair every day until my sister-in-law introduced me to the wonderful world of dirty hair. Oh how this world has changed my life. My morning routine is shorter, I’m saving at least a little money on shampoo and conditioner, I’m not wasting as much water in the shower, and best of all my arms are no longer slaves to the hair on my head from blowdrying. Life is good (insert praise hands emoji).

Now it wasn’t an easy transition, and I know I am fortunate to have thick hair that usually doesn’t become a greasy mess right away. I will say the longer I practice these tips, the longer my hair seems to be able to stay “dirty” without having to wash it. It’s like I’m training my scalp for a marathon of no washing, and he is working hard to cross that finish line. The longest I have been able to go is five days. Yes, FIVE DAYS. It was only one time, but still… it was five days. We’re trying for a week, and I’ve never believed in anyone more than my own head of hair.

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Sporting a DAY 2 dirty hair look

Here are some things I do to make sure my hair can go days without having to wash it:

Shampoo… twice.

First things first, when I know that I am going to finally wash my hair and try to make it last a few days I will shampoo my head twice. The cleaner the better to start off that week of dirty hair.

The product of shampooing twice.

I don’t condition my roots.

Sometimes my roots get oily so quick during the week. Those are the weeks I usually condition my roots. I have found that if I condition my hair starting at the top or crown of my head and work my way down that I can usually have my hair go dirty a little longer.

The only part of my hair I condition.

Dry shampoo is life.

If you want to avoid washing your hair, you will eventually have to hop on the dry shampoo train. This stuff is a great way to keep your hair going with just a quick spray on your head and a rub on your scalp. I wait until I start noticing that my hair is thinking about getting greasy and I spray this on to help.

Some products even say it works better to spray it the night before for a fresher more voluminous look.

Dirty hair day FOUR- finally broke out the dry shampoo

Keep your hands off!

I know sometimes we instinctively play with our hair, or mess around with it during the day, but try try try to keep your hands off of it. The amount of oils that can travel from your hands to your hair is unreal, so keep your hands in your lap and your hair should avoid extra greasiness.

Sport that shower cap.

I used to think if I showered but didn’t want to wash my hair I would put my hair up into a bun, maybe pull it back with a headband so it avoided getting wet and it would be fine. I found that my hair was getting damp or sometimes very wet, making it get slightly frizzy or limp in certain places.

One day I tried a shower cap and it worked wonders. I was able to keep it completely dry without losing volume or gaining frizz.

Just took the shower cap off- dry as can be.

Try to avoid products.

Sometimes oils and hair products can leave your hair greasier by the use. The less you can avoid using these, the longer you will be able to get away with your unwashed hair.

Alright guys this is a DAY FOUR dirty look. I had to pull out the headband.

Pull your hair back from your face.

The roots on the top of your forehead can easily get greasy from oils on your face. Try to pull that hair back to avoid the hair from touching your face and receiving those oils. Bobby pins may be your new best friend.

Day three dirty look

Teach yourself some updo’s.

We live in a day and age where any hair tutorial you could ever want is posted somewhere online. Braids, buns, anything you need to know is on the internet for you to try. Teach yourself a few updo’s for those dirty days when you just don’t want to deal.

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Sleep with your hair up at night.

Whether it’s in a braid or a bun, sleep with your hair up at night to avoid nighttime movement. If you move your hair gains frizziness from the pillowcase, so the less hair touching it the better. Also that way you don’t get drool in your hair either… or is that just me?

Sunday Bun day

Hats are cool.

Listen, if it’s a chill day, running errands and hanging out, hats are the way to go. No one can see the greasiness under that hat, and typically the ends still look alright. Maybe that hat will even last you one more day without washing your hair.

Day 5 dirty hair 100% needed the hat

Good luck, dirty girls!

Life At Home

Earn Money Back With Ibotta

I am always skeptical when I hear the words “earn money back”. Okay, what am I going to have to sign up for? How much of this is believable?

With Ibotta, you really can get money back. Is it a lot? Nope, but for me it’s basically free money, and I use it every week that I go grocery shopping. No that we’ve added a third member to our family the grocery bill seems to be higher than ever, and this app has saved us money here and there after only using it one year. Let me tell you how it works.

Once you sign up for Ibotta you can browse tons of stores to see if you can find a rebate. It includes Uber, Amazon, Charlotte Russe, Target, Walmart, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Thrive Market, CVS Pharmacy, Wegmans, Rite Aid, Babies R Us, Home Depot, Walgreens, Tops, Sam’s Club. I’m tired of listing them, but there are more.

 

Once you find your store, choose it and see if there is anything on there that you’ve purchased. Click the Plus Sign to add it to your items list. A lot of times they have “Any Item” which gives you $0.25 back just for making any purchase and showing your receipt.

They typically have at least one or two generic items like “Any Milk”, “Any Tomatoes”, “Any Baby Wipes”, that you may use, but for the most part they are specific brands. The Ibotta brands are always easy to see because they are white and pink. Below you can see the milk is an Ibotta brand, and the baby wipes is the other. I’ve made the most money off of random generic items more than anything else.

After you’ve gone through all the categories and checked which items you’ve purchased you will be asked to take a picture of your receipt, so make sure you have not throw that away. Make sure to capture the entire receipt. It usually takes me two or three pictures since our list is long. Sometimes the receipt may not catch some of the items you’ve checked, so you may have to click “Add Rebates” incase your milk or bananas were left off. Once you’re done click the “Collect Purchases” button, and you’re done. It will then tell you how much money was added to your account.

I don’t even look at the Ibotta app until after I’ve purchased my groceries. I found that if I looked at what was on there before I shopped I was buying something we didn’t need just to get the money back, and in the end I was spending more money. Now I use it and typically get about $0.25-$0.50 back a week just for doing my normal grocery shopping. I know it doesn’t sound like a lot, but all together I’ve made about $60.00 in the last year, from just doing my normal grocery shopping routine. You can only withdraw funds when they reach a $20.00 minimum. It’s easy, and I’m making money, so why not?!

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If you have any questions or would like help setting it up, please contact me. I hope you’re able to utilize this simple way to get money soon.

Life At Home

The Cleaning Schedule That Finally Helped to Keep My House Clean

Alright people, when it comes to cleaning, I’m the freaking worst. I will pick up, tidy and organize any day of the week, but actually, physically cleaning makes me want to punch myself in the throat.

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For the longest time I felt like every single time I cleaned it didn’t even do anything. I felt like all of a sudden within two days the house was a mess again, and I had to do it all over.

One of my new year resolutions was to be better about cleaning. Well that finally kicked into gear around April. I give all the credit to one simple list I created. This cleaning list, or cleaning schedule changed my life. It held me accountable for keeping all the parts of my house clean and organized. After creating this list I realized that I would even like to add more because it has helped me stay on top of my home.

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I broke things up into daily, weekly, monthly, 3-6 months, and annual chores. When I made my list I plugged ALL of these things into my calendar app. At the beginning of the week I look for what needs to be done and BOOM! I try to get it out of the way ASAP. Here is an example of a cleaning schedule that works for us. Some things you may feel need to be cleaned sooner, or some not as often. All I know is my house is so much cleaner.

Daily Chores:

  1. Wipe down countertops
  2. Wash dishes
  3. Sweep kitchen
  4. Make bed
  5. Laundry (as needed)

Weekly Chores:

  1. Dust
  2. Clean bathroom
  3. Change bedding
  4. Vacuum
  5. Clean appliances
  6. Mop
  7. Clean mirrors
  8. Take out trash
  9. Clean coffee pot/coffeemaker
  10. Brush dog hair off the couch

Monthly Chores:

  1. Dust blinds
  2. Clean out fridge
  3. Wash shower curtain
  4. Wipe down doors
  5. Wipe down baseboards

3-6 Month Chores:

  1. Clean under and behind furniture
  2. Wash car
  3. Clean inside oven
  4. Clean inside microwave
  5. Clean windows
  6. Clean out vacuum

Annual Chores:

  1. Clean fireplace
  2. Deep clean carpets
  3. Clean curtains
  4. Clean around dryer vents
  5. Clean out gutters

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What are some things I missed? Let me know!

Baby

How to Get Your Dog and Baby to Be BFF’s

Before my daughter came along we had our Saint Bernard, black lab mix, Jack. He is an awesome dog, and we are so lucky to have him. Like all dogs he has his quirks, and he’s not perfectly trained. The skill he is really the best at is doing any command on the first, second, third,  fourth try.

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Because Jack wasn’t necessarily the perfect dog to bring a baby home to, I was a little worried about how he would get along with this new human that would be entering our home, but more importantly his home. He’s always been great with other kids in the neighborhood, but I thought I would do a little research on bringing a new baby home with a dog. Some things I found helpful; some not so much. Here are four things that worked well in our experience with bringing a baby home to our dog.

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Prepare a little ahead of time.

I read you should walk the dog with the stroller a few times to get him used to how future walks might be. Let me tell you, it was good practice for both dog and mama. If your dog needs to be on a leash it’s good practice to figure out how you’re going to maneuver everything. We have a regular leash, but we also had a retractable leash. I found the retractable leash gave him more room, and he wasn’t forced to be close to the moving stroller all the time.

We also let Jack into the nursery a lot. Sometimes we would even bring him in there to play on the rug and show him it’s a fun space. To this day it’s one of his favorite places to relax. We also set up some of the baby items around the house (pack ‘n play, swing, etc.) to get him used to where some of these things would go.

I was told it’s good to let the dog smell some of the baby toys or clothes that had been washed in baby laundry detergent to get him used to new smells. Dogs are very keen to smells, so I’d like to think that this really prepared him for the newest arrival.

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Don’t change the dogs designated space.

I know that babies come with a ton of stuff, but do your best to keep the dog items in the same places. This could include dog bed, food location, where the toys are kept, or even some of his favorite places to lay. At one point we thought we might move the basket of dog toys to a new spot, but we found he never touched them and instead started going up to the nursery and stealing baby toys. Once we moved his toys back it definitely helped make him feel at home again. He may steal an occasional baby toy here and there…

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Have a fun, safe greeting when baby first arrives.

This helps if both parents are available. Let one parent hold the baby, while the other can worry about the dog. Try to stay very calm and excited to show the dog that this is a very exciting thing that’s happening. If the dog keeps getting too excited or aggressive just keep taking baby away and trying again. At some point the dog is likely to lose a little energy and sniff baby to see what this new adventure is all about.

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Always give the dog an escape route.

This is more for when the baby is at a crawling or walking point. Most likely your baby will want to play or crawl on your dog. In our experience our dog did not mind this with our daughter. He was so gentle as she tugged on his ear and pulled his tail. He took it like a champ.

There was one time he was trapped between her, her toy basket, and the couch. He had no way to escape. She began really tugging at him and he was sick of it with nowhere to go, so he barked really loud at her. Fortunately our daughter thought this was hilarious, but my husband and I could see the possibly of this escalating quickly. We let Jack out so he could get away, and he stayed in the other room for a little while.

After that we learned to always make sure he has a way to get out of a situation. If he is trapped or stuck with the baby we move something, or move her to make sure that if Jack is done being poked and prodded that he has a way to get out. This has made life easier for him, and safer for our daughter.

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We are very lucky to have a dog who is so well behaved and loves our daughter. I hope that these tips will help you adjust to this exciting, new time in your life.

Baby

Four Helpful Tips I Learned About Parenting Before I Was A Parent

When I was pregnant there were plenty of questions constantly running through my head. Will I be a good mother? Will my kid be a jerk? What kind of food do kids eat when they start eating? Will I ever sleep again? Is my relationship with my husband going to completely change? Am I going to completely change?

That’s a lot to worry about, and that wasn’t even the start of it all.

You’d think with all these questions running through my brain I’d be one of those new moms who would read book after book to figure out each answer.

Nope.

I only read one book. Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman.

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This book answered a lot of my questions while also making me feel relieved that maybe not all my questions will be answered right away, and I may just have to learn the answers as I go. The entire book discussed raising a child in France and the differences between raising a child in a French culture versus raising a child in an American culture.

Let me just say I enjoyed this book so much that for a while I was truly trying to convince my husband to move to Paris. Well that didn’t happen. Here are a few points the book hits that really stuck with me.

 

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1. Don’t forget you’re a person too.

Yes, you will change. Your body will change. Your schedule and routine will change. Your hormones will change (again). Your needs will change. MANY things about your life will change, but it’s also important to remember that you need to take care of yourself as well. You will naturally want to put your needs on the back burner and take care of that precious child. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But is it okay to have some alone time? YES. Is it okay to allow someone else take care of your child while you take that much needed nap? YES. Nap, nap, nap!

I hear so many people say, “Well now I’m a mom so I guess I can say goodbye to my old life”. Not true. Having a baby changes a lot, but it shouldn’t completely change the person you are. Adjust your old life to work with your new life. It is definitely easier said then done, but it can be accomplished. Find time for yourself, your needs, your significant other, and the things you enjoy.

2. Your baby is a real human.

I mean obviously. You grew that real human so you definitely understand the concept. But this book really hits on the fact that most people think of babies as these little people that are incapable of doing anything. You’d be surprised at how much your baby picks up, and how quickly. They are constantly growing, watching and learning.

Some people maybe don’t believe this, and I’m not going to lie at first I was definitely skeptical. Druckerman discusses the idea that if you talk to your child they really might understand. She says give your child a tour of your house when they first arrive home. Explain to your child what you’re doing, and why. If they start tearing books of the shelf, explain that we don’t do this in our house, and these need to be put back on the shelf. It worked for her children, and I truly think it is already working for my daughter.

When my daughter wakes up in the middle of the night and I know she is fed, changed and comfortable I have talked to her and said, “Everything is okay, you just need to relax and try to fall asleep”. Maybe it’s just the sound of my voice, but she has slowly learned to calm herself down and has been sleeping through the night since she was two months old. Druckerman gives other examples of this type of behavior in her book. Whether you believe it works or not, it’s worth a try right?

3. Wait, Wait… WAIT!

This is hard sometimes. REALLY hard. Obviously if your child is hungry… FEED him! If your child needs changed… CHANGE him! If your child needs attention… GIVE IT to him! I strongly encourage that, especially if they are a newborn. Newborns needs this attention.

But once you feel like you and your child have somewhat gotten to know each other and start a small routine, feel free to try the waiting game. If you know your child has all their needs met, give waiting a try. Babies have not learned many skills that may seem obvious to adults. One of those skills is soothing themselves, and learning how to fall back asleep.

When I heard my daughter cry in the middle of the night I would feed her, burp her, change her and get her back to sleep. When she would cry again 20 minutes I naturally had the urge to grab her and help her. Most times once I did this, she didn’t stop crying. I learned that if I just gave her even five minutes to cry she was learning how to cope with this upset feeling she had. Sometimes she would even fall back asleep on her own! If she didn’t fall back asleep she still had learned that it’s okay to cry for a little bit, and eventually mama will come to the rescue. Babies need to learn it’s okay to feel lonely, hungry, or upset because they are one day going to feel those emotions, even as adults. Those five minutes of waiting will not hurt them, it might even help them.

4. Your husband is still there.

As a new mom you want to put all of your attention on this new, adorable baby that needs you. You should. You should also give daddy some attention. Don’t let being a mother take away your role of being a wife.

Before baby my husband and I exchanged a hug and a kiss every morning before he left for work. After two weeks of our baby being home with us, I thought to myself, “When is the last time I kissed and hugged him goodbye in the morning?” Our mornings had turned into sleepy, screaming baby, hurry to change and feed mornings that even a simple kiss goodbye was not even a thought. One day I finally said to him, “WAIT! Kiss me goodbye!” I put the baby down for 30 seconds to kiss and hug him goodbye. Those 30 seconds did not ruin her morning, and it made my whole day completely better.

One tip Druckerman suggests is have adult time after baby goes to bed. I found this was hard at first because when the baby was sleeping I either had a million things to do or I wanted to sleep. Once we had a schedule down these evenings became such a great bonding time for my husband and I, and definitely much needed alone time as man and wife, not mom and dad.

My baby is not even a year old yet, and I have found her book so helpful in so many ways. There are other great ideas that she discusses as well. Ideas for introducing foods, how saying “no” is completely acceptable, and allowing children to explore and learn at their own pace. So if you’re looking for an amazing book to help give you ideas on any of these aspects or raising a child I would definitely recommend “Bringing Up Bébé” by Pamela Druckerman. You won’t regret it.

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Travel

The Three Best Things We Discovered On Our Trip to Disney World

My husband and I went on our honeymoon to Disney. Disney has tons of unique and exciting things that people don’t know about. From “Hidden Mickey’s” to secret doorways in shops or restaurants there is so much to discover.

Here are just a few simple things we found at Disney that are worth mentioning.

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(glasses from Warby Parker)

The Wild Africa Trek.

If you’ve been to Disney before you may have been on the Kilimanjaro Safari ride where you ride an open vehicle through a savanna to see wild animals for about 20 minutes.

If you’re interested in experiencing a bit more than that try the Wild Africa Trek. It is based off of the same ride except you are hiking through this safari ride, getting up close views of the animals, and eating at an African post for lunch. You get a personal tour of the animals and their amazing environment that Disney has created for them.

It is a very fun experience. You can read more about it here.

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Enjoy having part of the park to yourself?

My husband and I stayed at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Friends had told us to stay there because it was walking distance from Epcot, which is where we planned to spend a lot of time. We were so happy with this choice for a few reasons.

It had a fabulous view. You could look out onto the water and see the lights of the boardwalk across. It had tons of entertainment options. Pool by day, boardwalk games and performers by night.

It was also so close to a back entrance at Epcot that brought you into France. Most mornings we got up, walked to our private back entrance and went to the French bakery, without ANYONE in sight! Three of the mornings we went to the French bakery for breakfast the french workers said, “Oh good morning! You are our first customers!”. It was so nice to be able to order food, find a seat and relax without the pressure of the Disney crowds.

Other places around there you could stay include Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Boardwalk.

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Going for a special occasion? Wear the buttons.

Disney now has a special thing they do for people that visit them for a special occasion. If you are visiting for a birthday, anniversary, just got engaged, graduation, etc. they will provide you with a button that you can wear all throughout Disney World.

Our buttons were pretty big. It kept getting in the way of the bag I was wearing. We did not want to wear them at first. We purposefully left them off, and when workers would say, “Oh did you not get a button?” we would tell them we forgot it. One day we decided to just “wear the stupid button”.

And that was the day we felt like celebrities.

Everywhere we went workers told us “Congratulations on your recent marriage!” Restaurants gave us free deserts. Starbucks gave us a discount on our coffee, and wrote cute notes on our cups. A small ice cream vendor even gave us free ice cream at one point.

After that day I’m pretty sure we even slept in those buttons.

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There are so many other amazing things that Disney World has to offer.

What are some tips or tricks that you found on your trip to Disney? Comment below so others don’t miss out.

Enjoy!

Britta

 

Baby

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.

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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 purchased a sound machine for us before our daughter was even born. I didn’t realize what an amazing purchase this was, and I wish I knew who to thank for getting it for us. We have used that every night that she has slept in her room. 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.

Britta