How I get baby to sleep all night.

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Please note that I am not an expert in sleep training babies. I do not co-sleep. Also, I may just have been blessed with babes that like to sleep, and last but not least, every night can be a total hit or miss.

Now that all of that has been put out there I wanted to write a blog post about what I have done to get all three of my kids to sleep most of the night early on.

Ever since Adalynn was born I’ve believed in giving babies and kids a good daily routine especially when it comes to bedtime. Once babe is home from the hospital and we are settled in after the family visits, getting that milk supply in and somewhat regular breastfeeding is happening our daily routine starts.

First things first, pick a bedtime. It’s not necessarily when you want babe to be asleep but a time you just want baby to be to bed. No matter when babe woke up from their last nap put them to bed every night at the same time. Now like I said, doing this doesn’t mean they will fall asleep immediately but they learn this is bedtime.

With the girls part of our bedtime routine was a bath. With three kids it’s just gotten tough having that time every evening so Max gets a bath every other night but still, it’s only right before bed and not any other time of the day. It’s an adjustment to our previous routines but it’s still routine.

Once again no matter babe’s last feeding I always try and feed them one last time to get that little tummy nice and full. I do that after bath time and putting baby in jammies. I do the feeding quietly in their nursery even if baby is still sleeping in my room because it’s usually the most quiet peaceful place in the house.

Now this I think is truly the key to teaching babe that it’s bedtime and not just nap time. We only swaddle at night! During the day when baby naps we never swaddle. With the girls I just used the easy Velcro swaddles like these and that’s what I started out using with Max but he grew out of them super fast and we had to put him in a good ole’ fashion swaddle blanket which is good if that’s what you have and like. Max was getting out of them too easy though so I went on a search and found Star Sack. I contacted the owner to give it a try and let me tell you it’s a game changer!! It helps when the basic swaddle gets too small and or baby gets too strong and easily busts out of the traditional swaddle folds.

Another thing we’ve added since Max is a mobile! We use this one, it gives baby entertainment while they slowly drift to sleep. We have a video monitor and watch him lay in his crib for an hour quietly before falling asleep so I truly think the mobile works!

Like I said most nights this has worked for us but there are times babe still gets up. When they do, unless they’ve pooped, I don’t take them out of the swaddle! I just let them eat and immediately but them back in their bed.

Give this a try and good luck! May peaceful nights be in your near future.

 

 

The Middle Child

The middle child!

My little Emily D is super excited to be getting a baby brother, she tells any one who will listen all about it. Everyday I get asked if he’s coming out yet and that she’s going to give him a bunch of kisses.

I don’t know if it’s the age gap or personality or maybe a bit of both but when I was pregnant with Emily my oldest Adalynn was barely two when she was born and she never acknowledged I was pregnant. Once Emily was born it was just like meh, mom has a baby now. So to be getting this type of excitement this time around makes me that much more excited.

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Little does Emily know this will put her in the middle child category. I don’t know if and how it will change her, she has been the baby for four years! Right now the only thing I predict is though these days she likes doing things on her own and likes to refer to herself as a big girl even though she still expects help with things like eating and she is quick to act helpless when it suits her, so that part may get worse when she’s feeling left out because of the baby.

I was told by a fellow mom that switching from one to two kids was actually harder than two to three because the first two start helping each other out more and playing well because they realize that all they’ve got is each other when mom is busy with baby. I’m fingers crossed that’s how it works out for me.

As a family we can’t be more thrilled to be adding a boy to the mix! With that, I’m not going to be intimidated by all those boy moms out there telling me dressing a boy isn’t as fun as a girl because girls just have cuter stuff! I believe that is entirely not true and I’m kinda over the hot pink tutus!

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One thing I’m loving on lil ones are the Freshly Picked moccasins! They are super cute and I heard from friends they are made to last! I’ve received a pair for baby boy that are oh so cute and can’t wait to put on his little baby feet and I also got a super cute pair for Emily so she can rock out and match little bro. She’s been wearing them non stop since I received them and on a four year old they really are durable!

I’m super in love with these moccasins that I’m doing a giveaway on any pair of your choosing over on my Instagram! Also Freshly Picked is having a Black Tuesday sale on November 22 starting 10am MST that lasts 24 hrs and offers 25% off the entire site! This sale only comes around twice a year!!

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Emily’s Here & Baby Boy’s Here

It’s A BOY!

If you follow any of my social media you already know that babe number three is a boy!

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My husband could not be more happy about the news. I on the other hand have been worried for years about having a third and being disappointed it was another girl and honestly now it’s bitter sweet. I’m in slight shock that we will now have a boy in the family, and it’s something I’m not use to, all I know is girls.

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Now I’m not worried about all those things people say about boys; how they are tough and rough, they pee in your face as newborns and all that jazz. I’m the type that think how long is it ok to smother them with my hugs and kisses and cuddle them tight? How am I going to help raise a boy that will some day be a man that will be expected to support and raise his own family? Yes, I want my daughters to grow up and be successful, strong, independent woman but, call me old fashioned, I also know I want them to have that happily ever after with the man of their dreams that can and will support them as the two of them grow their own family someday.

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Things are definitely going to be different now and I’m nervous, but it’s a good nervous. One thing that I do hear so much about boys is just how much they love their mamas and that makes this mamas heart super happy.

Here’s a video of the reveal, as you will see Emily was over the moon about finding out it was a boy. 😉