Disney World with a Baby - taking your infant to the happiest place on Earth!

Last weekend we did a spur of the moment trip to the happiest place on Earth... Walt Disney World! We were in Orlando for a family getaway, and right before getting on the highway to head home, we said what the heck! And headed to Disney. Super unprepared, we had no idea what we were in for. Think it's impossible to take a baby to Disney? Think again! We were able to do so much more than I expected. It was quite the learning experience, and since we are now Annual pass holders, we cannot wait to go back again - this time with much more preparation!  

 

**When planning a Disney World vacation, make sure to stay at a hotel that offers transportation to the parks. Save gas, time, and stress by doing so!**

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Baby Friendly Rides

Our original interpretation of Disney World with a baby was a lot of baby swaps and taking turn riding rides. (Let's face it, we were there for us, not our 5 month old!) To our surprise, we were able to ride a ton of things with our little babe! Some rides we rode with her were :

  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin

  • It's a Small World

  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

  • Monster's, Inc. Laugh Floor

  • Pirates of the Caribbean 

  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid

& we barely even scratched the surface! There are so many more we can take her on.. check out the FULL LIST below!

 

Perks

Annual pass holders get a pretty good amount of perks that I totally was not expecting. First of all, we were pass holders at Universal for awhile and thought about renewing this year, but surprisingly enough Disney was way cheaper. I couldn't believe it! We have a ton of stuff to learn as far as benefits go for being pass holders, but so far I was really impressed/surprised with the following :

  • Kids under 3 get in FREE!!!

  • Fast passes (3 to begin the day - once those are used, one at a time for the remainder of the day. We didn't wait more than 15 minutes for a ride most of the day.)

  • PhotoPass Downloads (All photos taken during rides, or by cast members, link to your magic band which in turn links to your Disney app - more on that later)

  • Blockout dates (We have the Gold pass, which was perfect for our budget, and also only has block out dates during Christmas time, and spring break time - all times we never would be caught dead in that area of craziness!)

  • Parkhopper (Visit all 4 theme parks on the same day)

  • Free parking!!!!!!!! (Or park at Disney Springs and take the bus to Disney for free as well!)

  • Magic Bands (Your key to EVERYTHING. Pictures, fast passes, and your entire ticket/pass linked)

  • My Disney Experience app (Probably the most impressed with this Access to everything linked to your band. Can book fast passes via the app for your next ride, look at your photos, make dining reservations, look at the park map [which has all wait times for all rides at all parks] and much much more!)

Necessities

Although it was last minute, we were still prepared to an extent. We just kind of lucked out! Some necessities I will not be caught without in the future are as follows :

  • Baby Carrier (we wore her most of the day, especially during rides and it was super convenient, and comfortable for her!)
  • Stroller (absolute necessity! Ours is compact when folded, which makes bus rides easy [you can't have them in the stroller on the bus, you have to fold it up!] and also helps with storage of all your things!)
  • Sneakers (don't make the mistake of wearing flip flops! I know it's FL, but you will not be a happy camper at the end of the day!)
  • Baby Wipes!!!! (I don't consider myself a germaphobe, but baby wipes are super handy in keeping your trip as clean as possible! Quick hand wipes, seat wipes, stroller wipe down, etc.!)
  • Lessons Learned

    Like I said, we were SUPER unprepared for this trip. Some things I wish I had on hand, and will definitely be packing next go around include:

    • Cooler bag (snacks, waters, baby food, etc.)

    • Stroller cover (for the inevitable FL rain - our stroller just finished drying this morning after one soak at the park!)

    • Poncho or Umbrella - or both! (Again... the FL rain is inevitable y'all.)

    • Towels (Okay seriously - don't play about the rain friends. Be prepared.)

    • Change of clothes for Mom & dad (can you guess why? THE RAIN PEOPLE!!)

    • Cooling towel (FL heat is no joke either. Luckily, it was overcast. But still.)

    • Clip on fan (for the stroller! Saw someone with one yesterday and now I'm on the hunt for one on Amazon!)

     

     

    We plan to head back in the next couple of weeks! Being the money savvy couple we are, we will definitely be getting our money's worth from these passes! And I'm so excited to write about our PREPARED experience next time! Make sure to follow us on instagram & Twitter to get the scoop on all of our future Disney World adventures!

    Happy Vacationing!

    Xo

    -Amanda

     

     

    10 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for 2 year old toddlers (that they'll actually love & use!)

    As a fellow mom of a 2 year old toddler, I think stocking stuffers are so fun for them! The mini sized gifts that they’re able to open themselves, brings them so much joy! To help you get ready for the coming season, i’ve prepared a list of 10 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for 2 year Old Toddlers to give them that extra special joy this holiday season!

    *Just so you know, my posts usually contain affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase by pressing a link, I may receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you. This is how I pay to keep my blog up and running.*

    1.Bubbles Square - Buckle Toy

    My 2 year old LOVES buckling anything she can - from her car seat, to the grocery cart strap, she’s obsessed! This Buckle Toy - Bubbles Square will be sure to keep your toddler entertained for hours!

    2. Squirting Bath toys

    Every kid loves bath toys, for a pretty long time! My toddler still plays in the bath with these guys! A package of Squirting Bath Toys will get them super excited about post Christmas bath time.

    3. My First Fidget Cube

    In the era of fidget spinners, it only make sense that we start to prepare our toddlers for the trends, right? Kidding! Regardless, your little will love this Fidget Cube, and all the different nooks and crannies!

    4. Giraffe Tumbler Toy

    Music, and animals, and rolling, oh my! This Giraffe Tumbler Toy has lights and music, and some educational qualities, such as counting from 1-10. It’s a great toy to roll around after Saint Nick visits your home.

    5. How to Catch an Elf

    A cute Christmas book is always on the roster. This could be a Christmas Ever gift. One o my favorite traditions is opening ONE present on Christmas Eve, and something like How to Catch an Elf would be perfect!

    6. Wooden Letter Alphabet Magnets

    We love Melissa & Doug! Their toys are always so well made, and the Wooden Letter Alphabet Magnets are a perfect gift for a learning toddlers! Our toddler is obsessed with fridge magnets and the alphabet, so this is 100% on our list of goodies.

    7. Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set

    SENSORY TOYS!!!! THEY ARE THE BEST!!! And building fine motor skills? Okay, i’m sold. This Fine Motor Tool Set is checking all the boxes.

    8. Sensory Discovery and Play Sensory Ball

    Again, with the sensory toys. After my own heart! The Sensory Discovery and Play Sensory Ball is a practical gift, that they will use and love and stay busy with. While I love playing with my toddler, I also love when her brain is at work, and she is figuring it all out!

    9. Chat and Count Emoji Phone

    Fake phones are awesome for kids, but it' can’t be just ANY fake phone. It has to kind of look like moms, to pass my toddlers standards. The Chat and Count Emoji Phone checks all those boxes for us.

    10. Classic Tin Klaeidoscope

    How fun! Remember how amazed you were looking into a kaleidoscope as a kid? I sure do! The Classic Tin Klaeidoscope definitely will fit in as stocking perfectly AND will amaze your little!

    I hope this list helped you get prepared and ahead of the game this Christmas! Tell me in the comments how much your little ones loved their stocking stuffers!

    Xo

    -Amanda

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    Mustela for Baby Acne

    How do you use Mustela to treat Baby Acne?

    Baby acne stinks, but is easily treated!

     It makes sensitive baby skin, dry, red, and bumpy! Mustela is the one baby acne treatment I found, that works the quickest and BEST! It is applied to their skin as a topical treatment, and cures their baby acne almost instantly!

    1. Apply once per day after bath time

    2. Rub it on your babies dry cheeks/face until it creates suds

    3. . Wipe off with clean dry cloth

    Get the best baby acne treatment here.

    This stuff is honestly like GOLD!

    I applied it once a day after bath time for two days.. LITERALLY TWO APPLICATIONS. And her acne was gone!

    Like I said, after bath time.. I would take a little bit on my finger, rub it on her dry cheeks until it created suds - similar to suds that would be made by soap. Then I wiped it clean with a dry cloth.

    Honestly not even sure of the legit instructions because the sample size didn't have any, but what I did worked! I was over the moon!

    Seriously guys, this stuff works for everything! We use it for so many different types of skin irritations, etc. 

    She began to develop some cradle cap around her ears as well, and I did the same steps for that, and again! Gone!

    Hope this works for you!

    Xo

    -Amanda

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    DIY Cinderella Carriage - perfect for Halloween!

    She's technically wearing an Elsa dress, but who cares! Princess nonetheless!

    I am soooo excited about how this princess stroller makeover came out!

    Want to make a DIY Cinderella Princess Carriage Stroller?

    First, start by buying theses supplies:

    1. Hula hoops (3)

    2. Crown (1)

    3. Lights (3 strands)

    4. Tulle - Blue (8 yards)

    5. Tulle - White (5 yards)

    6. Silver Spray Paint (1 can)

    7. Zip ties (at least 5)

    8. Tape (1 roll)

    9. Batteries (6 AA for us, but depends on what lights you buy of course)

    It was sooooo much fun to put together, too!!

    I knew there weren't very many choices for babies first Halloween, since she can't walk yet. So I definitely wanted to decorate the stroller in some way.

    I thought I would possibly want to do a wagon at first, but then realized for an 8 month old, it'd be too bumpy, and she's still finding her balance, so the stroller would be best. 

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    1. First thing you need to do is spray paint the hula hoops and let them dry. I got the cheap hula hoops, tore off the wrapped picture, and then removed the staple at the area of attachment. After that, they easily pull apart, and this ensures that I can get it around the stroller, and through the bottom basket area. I did attach a link for hula hoops, but could not find these exact ones. The link attached is hula hoops that detach, however. 

    2. After you spray paint, open the hula hoops up and put them through the stroller. Once they are surrounding the stroller, zip tie them at the top, all together (and tight)!  This is where you will eventually bunch the tulle at the top, and surround with the crown!

    3. Then, you spiral and attach the lights around the hula hoop. Tape them in place, as well. Make sure the battery holder/on-off switch box hangs in the basket area of the stroller.

    4. After the lights are  attached tightly, you can then add the tulle. We cut the (blue) tulle evenly into thirds, and then taped them to the hula hoops. 

    5. After the blue tulle is attached to the hoops, you can then lay the white tulle completely over all the hoops (carriage). take the ends of the tulle, and attach/tape them the same way you did the blue tulle. THEN, with the remainder tulle (that should be at the top) bunch it all up and hold it all together with a rubber band, hair tie, zip tie, whatever works or whatever you have available!

    **NOTE : We did not wrap ANYTHING (lights, tulle, etc) completely around the hoops. We only wrapped the top 3/4 (that can be seen basically) to cut down on materials and costs! There's no need for lights and tulle, under the stroller, where it can't be seen!**

    We also brought this to Disney World for a fun accessory around the park! :)

    EDIT : This probably won’t pass with Disney Parks new stroller regulations - read more about that, HERE!

    Here's the final result {& progress pictures} :

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    CINDERELLA PRINCESS CARRIAGE STROLLER
    Here's my attempt at a punny Mickey Mouse (kind of)!

    Here's my attempt at a punny Mickey Mouse (kind of)!

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    CINDERELLA PRINCESS CARRIAGE STROLLER

    Taaa Daaaa!!! There ya have it!

    Your own personal Cinderella Princess Carriage Stroller!!!

    I hope your Babies First Halloween, and all of your children's Halloweens at that, are awesome!!

     

    Spook ya later ;)

    [I'm so lame…]

     

    Xo

    -Amanda

     

    Tummy time tips : Make tummy time easier, so your baby can enjoy it!

    A new mothers worst nightmare! Tummy time! I used to dread this part of the day, every single day.  I would watch the clock and time it 5 minutes exactly while I laid on the floor trying to soothe my little girl. I finally got my niche and stuck with it, and now my girl has already learned how to roll over at 3 months old! Not that it's out of the ordinary, but I feel like it's all because I was persistent and diligent with tummy time!

    There is no exact age to start at, but they say as long your baby was full-term and healthy that you can start as early as day 1 home from the hospital! We let her settle in a little before starting. Like most things in life, starting is the hardest part! 

     

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    Tummy Time Mats

    We have this tummy time mat, and it honestly does work great! But not for beginners! That was our first mistake! Thinking that miraculously putting our newborn on this mat was going to get her to perfect her tummy time skills... ummmm no! You definitely have to be on a professional level to use these mats! It can be scary for them, just facing the ground struggling(sort of) to breathe! And as a mom, you are obviously freaking out and uncomfortable when they're uncomfortable! We put the mat away until she was much more advanced and now she absolutely loves to play on it and grab for the toys! I definitely suggest purchasing one forsure! 

     

    A Nursing Pillow

    A nursing pillow has been such a lifesaver in my life as a new mom for so many different reasons.  It's a nursing pillow, so it obviously was amazing for that when I was just starting breastfeeding and really awesome even for other people to use when holding her! But I really felt like we got our moneys' worth when I discovered its uses for tummy time! When she was still learning how to get better function and control of her head, the boppy pillow really helped due to the extra cushion put under her chest. It propped her up a little higher, making her more comfortable and able to see around her better. I think part of being uncomfortable with tummy time is them only being able to see the ground and that's all. If your baby is anything like mine, I'm sure they love to look around and see their surroundings. The nursing pillow really helped her get better control and was a complete game changer for her tummy time routine! We prop her on her pillow, put her flashing singing turtle in front of her, and let her gaze in awe at the colors and sounds! She loves it! Of course always supervise your child while using the nursing pillow!

    *P.S. use my code : "MMM100"  @ Nursingpillow.com for a FREE nursing pillow :)* 

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    Time Increments

    Ugh this was the worst. I wanted to pick her up the absolute second I put her down. She hated it so much! We started with 3 minute increments at a time. Honestly, I couldn't bare to hear her go crazy and scream like she did for more than once a day so we really only did it for a couple of minutes once a day. Once I felt more healed from delivery, comfortable and able to really focus 100% on her (about 3-4 weeks in) we really tried making up for lost time! Tummy time is apart of our daily schedule now and can sometimes last up to 15 minutes! She really enjoys being on her tummy and reaching for her toys. I think the best way to handle time increments is to start low at 3 minutes per time to get acquainted, and then increase from there. 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes, 10 minutes. By the time they are comfortable, you can almost put them anywhere that's soft on their tummies! We do tummy time on the carpet, our tummy time mat, in our pack and play - pretty much anywhere! Always supervised of course!

    This same night she rolled over for the very first time!

    This same night she rolled over for the very first time!

    Hopefully you found this post helpful, and your babe is on their way to successful and less stressful tummy time! 

    Xo

    -MMM

    How to shop for Christmas without spending actual money!

    If you start planning for Christmas shopping on a budget NOW, you will save A LOT more money in the long run! Tips to pay for Black Friday shopping, without spending any actual money! Who doesn’t like free money?

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    I try my best to spend the least amount of my own actual money every Christmas. It's so rough living off one income sometimes, and all throughout the year I'm trying to save in various ways! This year with a baby, its going to be the hardest - so I'm starting early! I can't promise these tips will pay for your ENTIRE Christmas, but it will definitely help! It scored my fiancé a $400 Apple Watch 2 last year!

    1. Gift Card Offers At Target

    So.. this one isn't TECHNICALLY a way of shopping without spending your real money because well, at one point, it was your actual money. But I'm adding it because I wish I would have thought of this sooner! It's basically a way of tricking yourself into saving, which is a perfect strategy for me. So usually, just the short version, I always take advantage of their gift card offers in their weekly ads. For instance : there is usually a deal on diapers. Buy 2 boxes of Pampers @ $24.29, and receive a free $10 gift card. Usually I'll combine a cartwheel offer, a target coupon, and a manufacturer coupon with said offer to save additional money. Since you can't use that gift card until the next purchase anyways, and these are items I already needed regardless of the offer, I take that giftcard and stash it in an envelope labeled "DON'T TOUCH UNTIL CHRISTMAS" (because I need constant reminders not to spend money).  If you do this enough, let's say 5 times a year, you can atleast save $50 in gift cards for FREE!

     

    2. Ibotta

    Ibotta can be hard for me to keep up with sometimes, because not too often do I find many of the things I buy on there for some reason? But I'm really trying to get better! Ibotta is an app that gives you cash back for various purchases. Joining Ibotta is free and very easy to use! If you sign up now, you can use my referral by clicking here and receive a $10 welcome gift.. THERE'S $10 ALREADY! After you're all signed up, you can browse various stores and their cash back offers. You scan the products, and then the receipt after you purchase said product, and Ibotta will gradually put that money in your account. Once you hit $20 you can cash out into PayPal which is great, because from PayPal you can instantly transfer the money into your checking account! If you keep up with this all year you should be able to cash out atleast once, if not, twice! That's $40, again for FREE!

     

    3. Shopkick

    This is my BIGGEST MONEYMAKER FOR CHRISTMAS and I can't believe that more people I know don't use this app! It is literally the easiest app to use!! Basically, you get "kicks" for walking in to stores and scanning products. "Kicks" can be redeemed for gift cards after reaching a certain amount. It is SO simple! You can sign up by clicking here! After you sign up, you can turn your location services on, go to your favorite stores, open the app, walk in the store, and get kicks! It's that easy! To maximize your kicks, you can scan products around the store. You can also buy certain products and scan your receipt for even MORE kicks! After you reach your goal, you turn them in for your gift card of choice. I usually do a target gift card, and I plan to just keep adding kicks until the end of the year when I'm ready to turn it in for my gift card. Last year I cashed out a couple of different times and got about $100! But that was before I decided to start saving all year! This year I'm already at $50 and there is no stopping in sight! I plan to have hopefully $200 by this Christmas! Again, all for FREE!

     

     

     

    And there you have it! It might not pay for your entire Christmas, but I can't name one person that an extra $300 for FREE wouldn't help!

     

    Xo

    -Amanda

    5 Tips for Boating With Babies + baby boating accessories

    Summer is here y'all! And in Florida, we pack up our things and head to the boat ramp! Boating with your baby can be a very safe and fun activity in the summer, as long as you are well prepared and follow certain safety regulations, such as always having a life vest properly sized for your babe! If you're looking for a life vest for an infant under 30 pounds, Amazon (the place that has everything) has this one which is the most comfortable. We have a similar one, that was handed down to us but the size range is different, and we love it. I don't consider this a tip, however, I do consider it a NECESSITY!!

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    1.  BE PREPARED FOR BOATING WITH A BABY/TODDLER

    As a momma, this is basically the number one tip/rule in your life regardless of where you are going. Always be prepared! I can't stress this enough for the boat! You are basically in the middle of the water somewhere, and the last thing you want to do is have to go back to land every so often to get whatever it is that you forgot. 

    When I'm packing my bag/diaper bag my essentials go as follows :

  • Diapers (duh! BRING EXTRA!!!)
  • Wipes (another obvious - never go anywhere without these!)
  • SUNSCREEN!! (an absolute necessity! Baby skin is so sensitive, this is a must!!)
  • Towels (my favorite are the hooded - but anything works!)
  • Extra onesies (I usually bring just plain white onesies, that I'm okay with getting salty and sweaty!)
  • Reusable swim diaper (oh my goodness- this ones the best!! So easy for a dip, especially since the smallest size disposable swim diaper is 16 pounds!)
  • Jelly shoes (since infants do not walk, this provides enough feet protection, with the ability to still get wet and cool when going for a dip in the water!)
  • Hat (keep that babe nice and shady!)
  • Fan (battery operated - but nice to give the babe cool relief in the heat!)
  • Bouncer seat (not to be used when the boat is in motion at all! We use it when we are either anchored out and not moving, or anchored up to an island and we bring it onto the island under our pop up tent!)
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    2. WEAR YOUR BABY ON THE BOAT

    I love this bit of advice. Baby wearing is basically the best, for so many different reasons and this is one of the atypical reasons! When getting on, and off of the boat - wear. your. baby. It is so important that during this transition from the land to water and vice versa that they are almost literally glued to you! NEVER pass your baby from person A to person B to get onto the boat! For mom it is SO much more comforting knowing that are right on you and basically can't move without you. Accidents can happen in a split second, so always be extra cautious even with baby wearing them onto the boat. Make sure there is somebody on the boat guiding you down, and somebody on land behind you kind of hovering you! Safety is obviously key here, so you can never have too much help! Continue to wear your baby until you get from point A to point B! NEVER pass them around during the time that the boat is in movement. 

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    3. FIND YOUR SAFE SPOT ON THE BOAT

    If you're like us, and have grown up on a boat/the water you probably have never really thought about sitting in the "safest" spot because to us they are all safe! Which is true! But it's very important that you sit in a sturdy seat. Mostly for the comfort of the baby aspect, but it does also make you feel much safer and more secure! Usually, depending on the type of boat you are on, there is a seat, kind of like a captains chair, just not behind the steering wheel! Usually this seat gets splashed by water the least, and is a little higher up so you don't feel the boat hitting the waves as hard! If you sit in those lower seats, your little babe is going to be constantly bouncing up and down, and constantly shaken, which obviously is not good for their fragile bodies/heads!

     

    4. KEEP YOUR BABY COOL ON THE BOAT

    The Florida heat is no joke, and I'm sure wherever you are located 80+ degrees, is 80+ degrees! HOT HOT HOT! A risk factor of SIDS can be overheating, so it is so important that you keep your babe as cool as possible! Depending on the degree of the water, we will put a reusable swim diaper on her, and dip her in! Make sure you change them almost immediately after a dip in the water to protect against infections caused by sitting water, such as UTI's (yes - boys can get them too)! Most boats have some type of Bimini or covering that you can set your babe under in their seat. If the boat you are on only has a T-Top or nothing at all I highly suggest bringing an umbrella and figuring out how to bungee cord it to the center console somehow (Haven't had this problem yet, so just spit balling ideas here)! Shade is crucial in keeping them protected from the sun (as well as sunscreen)! and in turn keeping them cool! We also bring a handy dandy 02 Cool fan with us. It is battery operated, so it's great to face towards her when we feel like that she is getting too hot! ALWAYS supervise fan use, never let your child hold the fans themselves! Their little fingers are the perfect size to get caught in those slits and get hurt!

     

    5. HAVE FUN WHILE BOATING WITH YOUR BABY!

    I know, such an obvious one! But really y'all! Have a blast! I know sometimes being a parent in these situations is nerve-wracking, because again, accidents happen in a split second! But enjoy these moments with your babe while they are still little! They grow up so fast, and these memories are ones you don't want to miss! Take lots of pictures, as always! As long as you are being as safe as humanly possible, you should be just fine, and completely able to enjoy yourself!

     

    All of these tips are based off of boating with experienced boaters and passengers. If this is your first time on a boat, or your operators first time operating a boat, then leave that babe at home until you get comfortable and familiarized! 

     

    Xo

    -Amanda

     

    BRINGING BABY HOME - 5 Tips to survive the first weeks

    Ahhhh... motherhood. Being a new mom can honestly be like culture shock. Your whole pregnancy, everybody is obsessed with you and that belly, and then the second they arrive, it's "mom who?"

    Then you're husband and your family goes back to work, and there you are - just you and a tiny little baby - all alone.

    Ummmm. WHAT? I HAVE TO BE A MOM NOW? BUT I STILL NEED MY MOM! Although I cannot promise you will ever stop needing your mom (you won't - ever) I can promise that these 5, not so typical, tips will help get you on your feet!

     

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    Don't feel like reading the whole post? Here's the breakdown :

    • Get Dressed, make your bed, get out of the house, don't overdo it, and just say no!

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    • Get a free baby carrier sling by using my special code : "MMM100"



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    1. GET DRESSED

    I know this sounds like kind of an obvious one - but hear me out. Getting dressed does not mean putting on that same nursing gown you've been wearing since you got to the hospital. No - I mean really get dressed. Put on CLEAN clothes. THIS STEP IS CRUCIAL.

    I can't explain it really, but being in that night gown all day everyday made me feel so unmotivated and honestly kind of sad (night gowns ARE amazing for bedtime, though! Just don't stay in them all day). I felt like this was it - this is my life now, I wear night gowns and feed my baby every two hours and that's all there is to it. BUT IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY

    **Getting dressed postpartum, is a lot different. It's crucial that you're using the right undergarments. Something to add to your postpartum wardrobe is breast pads (and the right ones at that!) Click the button below, to receive free breast pads, by using my special code "MMM100". I hope this helps your morning routine! :) **

    2. MAKE YOUR BED

    Okay, now you're probably thinking - "Why is this girl telling me to do things I do every single day already?" But really y'all! They are not exaggerating when they say "EVERYTHING CHANGES WHEN YOU HAVE A BABY!"  It. Is. True. I never really saw the point in making my bed pre-baby (Not exactly proud to admit that one).

    Making my bed is another crazy important part of my day now. Making my bed ensures that I do not get back in to my bed. This is something that can help you in the process of hopefully bypassing PPD! It can become SO depressing just laying in bed all day, everyday. 

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    3. GET OUT OF THE HOUSE

    Of course there  is an appropriate time for this. Once you are semi-healed and cleared by your pediatrician for your little one to be safe & out of the house, do it!

    Not only do they enjoy that fresh air,  but so will you! Don't stress about getting everything done around the house, right now!

    ** An easy way to get out of the house, is to use a baby carrier, when toting your baby around! Baby carriers and slings can help you get keep your hands free while you are out and about, as well as keeping your baby cozy! Click the button below, to receive a free baby sling, by using my special code  "MMM100". I hope this helps you get out of the house, mama! :) **

     

    4. DON'T OVER DO IT

    I don't just mean physicially! It is so much harder now to get in and out of the house. EVERYTHING is a process now! Making a couple of stops every time you left the house never used to be a big deal, but now it is! 

    Span out your activities.. Give yourself one big thing to do a day!

    To make this even easier, plan out your weeks by using a planner! Having things written in plain sight keeps you motivated and on track!

    Taking time for yourself is NOT overrated, and is DEFINITELY a necessity! You can read more about self-care here



     

    5. JUST SAY NO

    This was a HUGE  one for me y'all! When that baby comes you are going to be BOMABRDED with visitors.

    Thank God for my great postpartum nurse who could see it in my sleep deprived eyes and put a sign on our door saying "NO VISITORS" Because honestly I hadn't slept in two days straight and was going a little crazy! (How cute is this no visitors sign?) 

    Sometimes saying no can mean missing out on things you don't  want to say no to. But such is life!

     Routine routine routine cannot be stressed enough when it comes to babies, and if saying no to that dinner with your friends will keep your babies routine in line.. then it's totally worth it!  

    So dont be afraid  to tell visitors no. Tell your friends no. Tell your family no. Just don't tell your mama no! 😝

     

    I hope this really helps with whatever you're tackling as a new momma right now!  

     

    Xo

     - Amanda

    Best Ways to get your Baby to Sleep

    I bet you’re here because you have been wondering how to get your newborn to sleep. Trust me, I was there, too! Getting my baby to sleep and STAY asleep has been one of the things I was most proud of as a new mom! While it’s not a specific science to get your baby to sleep, these are some of the best tips out there!

    *Just so you know, my posts usually contain affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase by pressing a link, I may receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you. This is how I pay to keep my blog up and running.*

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    Let’s get to the good stuff!

    Have you ever noticed how quiet (for the most part) nurseries are at the hospital? Maybe every nursery is different, but I’ve never seen a loud nursery before. This is because the nurses are setting us up for success… and we don’t even know it!

    … and WORSE, we don’t follow it once we get home.

    SWADDLE YOUR BABY.

    I know what you’re going to say - “my baby hates being swaddled”.

    Said every single new mom that ever existed.

    But one night, when you are desperate for a few hours of consecutive sleep.. you should give in, and give it a try.

    We use regular old receiving blankets/ muslin blankets, like the ones below, initially. Then we add in a little something extra..

    Now here’s the real juicy advice…

    DOUBLE SWADDLE YOUR BABY.

    I know, sounds like overkill.. but it’s not! Babies prefer to sleep in something that mimics the womb. This is why they love sleeping in our arms, cuddled up. They want to feel like they are in the womb. If you swaddle your baby, and then add a swaddle sleep sac on top of the initial swaddle.

    1. They will not be able to break out (they will 100% break out of a single swaddle).

      AND

    2. They will feel snug like a bug in a rug - aka, mimicking the womb!

    This is very similar , if not the exact same, to the swaddle sac we used. It worked perfectly because we could just take our already swaddled baby, and slide her into this one and velcro it closed, instead of doing another swaddle by hand.

    Another benefit of swaddling is help with a little something called the “Moro reflex.”

    THE MORO REFLEX

    This is the reflex in babies that causes them startle/jump, and often wake themselves up.

    If you’ve ever spent a sufficient amount of time rocking a baby sleep, only to put them down, and wake themselves up…. then you’ll understand the importance of help with this one.

    Double swaddling makes the moro reflex less noticeable to them, because they cannot jump as much.

    Therefore, they can usually sleep though it, as long as they are swaddled.

    No worries though, this reflex usually goes away at around the 5 month milestone.

    Another important steps in getting your newborn to sleep is their environment.

    BUY A SIMPLE BASSINET.

    I know that every single instagram influencer and blogger out there wants you to buy that Rock n Play, but don’t do it.

    It gives your child the idea that they will be rocked to bed forever. I know it may seem easier right now, but you HAVE to think about your sleep long term, too.

    Save yourself the trouble - teach them now they have to sleep “independently”.

    This bassinet below was the one we chose. It was one of the most affordable, as well a super easy to put together AND portable.

    The most important advice for getting your baby to sleep, is this…

    REMAIN CALM, BE PATIENT, AND HAVE CONFIDENCE,

    Babies can tell when we are flustered or upset, and I promise it will definitely not making this process any easier.

    Hope this helps!

    Tell me your best sleep training tips in the comments!

    Xo

    -Amanda

    The BEST Baby Acne Treatment for Newborns

    What’s the treatment for baby acne? Here’s a quick synopsis:

    1. Use Mustela gentle cleansing wash

    2. Apply once per day after bath time

    3. Rub it on your babies dry cheeks/face until it creates suds

    4. . Wipe off with clean dry cloth

    I go more in depth below.. Keep reading :)

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    To read more on our struggle with treating baby acne!

    This stuff is honestly like GOLD!

    I applied it once a day after bath time for two days.. LITERALLY TWO APPLICATIONS. And her acne was gone!

    Like I said, after bath time.. I would take a little bit on my finger, rub it on her dry cheeks until it created suds - similar to suds that would be made by soap. Then I wiped it clean with a dry cloth.

    Honestly not even sure of the legit instructions because the sample size didn't have any, but what I did worked! I was over the moon!

    Seriously guys, this stuff works for everything! We use it for so many different types of skin irritations, etc. 

    Hopefully this helps treat your babies acne, it sure helped treat my infant!

    -Amanda

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