Ubbi World Diaper Pail Review

Let me start out by saying this is the ONE diaper pail that will work for EVERYONE. It doesn’t matter if you use cloth diapers or disposable diapers. This amazing diaper pail will work with either! How? It doesn’t take any special bags. You can use a cloth pail liner or a trash bag! So while the cost may seem a little steep, you don’t have to constantly buy special bags or liners. It’s compact, comes in many colors and designs to match any decor, and keeps the stink away! What more could you ask for?!

The Ubbi Diaper Pail comes in many different prints and colors- literally something to match any decor. We use cloth diapers so we keep ours in the bathroom and it looks amazing! You really can’t tell it’s a diaper pail at first glance. My MIL thought it was just a hamper!

It is amazing at keeping stink in the pail and out of your space. Our bathroom is really small so any kind of smell can really linger around. Fortunately we have not had any smell problems while using this pail, even though it holds poopy diapers for up to 3 days. I let it air out for a few hours when I take the diapers out to wash and even then, we don’t have any stink issues! (And I’ll admit that I have a really stinky kid!!!)

And did I mention that it has a child lock? I don’t know about your kids, but I’ve found sippy cups and toys in the diaper pail before…. And that’s just gross! It’s simple enough to do one handed and in a hurry, but small enough that kids don’t really go for it to figure it out! Score!!!

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Back-To-School With The Disney Store

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I’ll admit that I’m that mom rejoicing for back-to-school. You should have seen me kick my heels and dance around the store once they brought out the school supplies! My kids love school and get super bored during the summer, even when I’m keeping them busy. Last year we purchased the best backpacks from The Disney Store, so we knew that’s where we’d like to get this year’s as well. We are a huge Disney family and love to watch all the classics over and over again. The toddler points out Mickey everywhere we go! So it was only fitting that we love visiting The Disney Store as well!

A huge thank you to The Disney Store for sending my kids their backpacks, lunchboxes, and water bottles for this school year! <3

In the video below, you’ll see the complete joy that my kids had as they opened their new backpacks and lunchboxes! We were all getting a little anxious for getting ready for back-to-school, but once we received their backpacks, we all got a little excited and less nervous! They knew they were coming and they were super excited when the box came! (I was happy because they stopped asking me to check the tracking number!) They couldn’t wait for me to even do the dishes, so there’s dirty dishes in the background and we’re sitting on the kitchen floor. Real life.

These backpacks and lunchboxes are perfect for kids and we already know how well they hold up! If a backpack can survive being dragged on the sidewalk everyday after preschool, it can handle just about anything! 😉 Aubrey chose the Rapunzel collection and Baileigh chose the Minnie Mouse collection. I wasn’t surprised with either of their choices, to be honest. The colors are so vibrant in both of these collections- they just make you happy when you look at them!

We love that the lunchboxes are big enough to hold their lunches and morning snack but not so big that it would be difficult for a kindergartner to carry. The girls got such a hoot out of the “purse straps” on them and love to wear their lunchboxes like a purse on their way to the lunchroom. The straps can also come un-clipped in case that’s not a feature your child adores like mine.

If you’re still searching for the very best backpack for your little ones to take back-to-school, daycare, or overnight trips to grandma’s- look no further than The Disney Store. Spider-Man, Frozen, Cars 3, Avengers, Ariel, Star Wars, Mickey- these are just a few options! With so many collections, there’s something for everyone!

And can we just talk about the fact that this kid just entered First Grade?! Seriously? Where does the time go?!

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Getting Pregnant with Growing Generations

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If you’re looking to grow your family but you’re having some medical difficulties, look no farther than Growing Generations. Infertility and the waiting/trying to get pregnant can be such a difficult time for you and your partner. Emotions are strong, patience is thin and all you want is a baby. Using an egg donation to have a baby is sometimes a simpler choice for your body when looking at options like using in-vitro fertilization. Growing Generations makes the process easy for your family and allows you to be picky on the characteristics your donor has. For instance, you can choose the blood type, hair color, eye color, and ethnicity. You’ll also get to see their health history along with their family medical history- because that’s important! Once the egg is retrieved, fertilized, and placed into your uterus, you can continue the pregnancy as normal. Getting pregnant doesn’t need to be difficult for your family with the help of Growing Generations. Take a look at the infographic below and don’t hesitate to contact Growing Generations with any questions! <3

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Pediped Shoes Review

Pediped shoes are made with the development of your baby’s feet in mind. The ones we have are the “Grip-N-Go.” They’re made with flexible rubber soles so the shoes will move with your busy toddler’s feet. The shoes are vegan and made with no animal products or by products and select shoes are also ecofriendly. Kids are really rough and tough on shoes, especially in the dirt and on the playground. For this reason, select styles of Pediped shoes are machine washable!

With most shoes, Jackson has a hard time getting used to them when they’re brand new. We had no problems with him adjusting to these shoes, since they basically formed to his feet from the very first time they were put on. We love the velcro closure because it makes putting them on and taking them off super easy- toddlers don’t sit still well enough to tie shoelaces! I love that he can easily run and play without his shoes holding him back. When he wears them, it’s like they were really made for him and his activities! He can run, jump, and climb with ease and minimal tripping over his shoes. (I mean, he is a little clumsy so some tripping is bound to happen!)

 

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Newlie Co. Lily Tote Diaper Bag Review

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Newlie Co. kindly sent me the Lily Tote diaper bag in the Sandalwood color for the purpose of this review. This diaper bag is not only adorable but super functional whether you have a newborn, toddler, or lots of kids! It’s made with high quality faux leather and makes me feel so stylish when I carry it! It’s super roomy on the inside and I can easily pack everything I need for the day out with the kids. It’s a very cloth diaper friendly diaper bag- that’s how much it can pack!!! There are 6 inside pockets so it’s easy to stay organized and find anything in a pinch! Because let’s be honest, most things done with kids is not slow, unless they’re looking for their shoes or cleaning their room.

This diaper bag has zipper pockets on both the front and back- they’re the perfect size for your wallet, keys, cell phone, and mommy essentials! I absolutely love that the bottle pockets are on the inside of the bag because it gives it more of a “purse” look than a “diaper bag” look. The Lily Tote also includes a detachable messenger strap so you can wear it over your shoulder cross-body. This is totally one of those bags that can be doubled as a diaper bag and a purse, or can be used as a purse after you’re done with the diaper days. I love nothing more than a bag that can be used for years!

Being a mom, doesn’t mean you need a pastel diaper bag with Winnie the Pooh on it. You can be both a mom and a fashionable you! When I carry this bag, it’s not only super functional, but it boosts my confidence! I feel like I look more put together, even if I’m just wearing leggings! 😉

Newlie Co. also sent me their stroller straps, which are sold separately. They are made of nylon webbing and faux black leather. These stroller straps are made for their bags, so they hold the bag well. But beware- don’t overload the diaper bag or your stroller may tip over if there’s not a baby in the seat to counter-weigh it! I’ve learned this from experience…. 😉 Overall, I really liked using their stroller straps because my usual ones just didn’t work right with the Newlie Co. diaper bag. While I don’t think stroller straps are a “must have,” I highly recommend them since they make life at least ten times easier when strolling. *photos to come of stroller straps*

 

 

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The Parenting Struggle

There are days that parenting is just not fun. There’s not enough coffee to get you through the day. There’s too many hours until bedtime. There are too many kids running around your house and creating chaos. This is the parenting struggle. This is life. This is the unspoken reality for many of us. Maybe we just wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Maybe we had a horrible night’s sleep. (Which is usually the case if you have kids, let’s be honest here.) Maybe we’re in a slump from the day-to-day lifestyle of forgetting who we are as ourselves and not being just “Mom” or “Dad.”

I will be the first to admit that sometimes I forget who I am as Amanda. I know (or at least, for the most part) who I am as Mom. I know what I want my kids to see and remember me as when they look back years from now at their childhood. I know how I want to look to other parents during playdates or online mom groups. But really, I don’t know who I want to be as just me. Not the mom to three kids, or the stay-at-home wife.

 

How do I fix this? The answer is simple, although the action of doing so may not be. Self-care. I know who I am as a mom because that’s what my mind is fixated on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I know who I am as a wife, because again, I’m acting as a wife all day, every day. Taking some time for yourself can be difficult- especially with little ones. I’ve learned that I need 15 minutes every day to make a plan for myself. This plan can be professionally, religiously, or just a plan of attack for the day. I’ve also found that trying to shower every day can totally lift my mood, make me feel better about myself, and give me some additional time away from the chaos that I call my home.

 

Take some time for yourself. Find 15-20 minutes where you can just be you. Take a shower during naptime, after bedtime, or while your partner is home to keep the kids out of the bathroom. Watch a show on Netflix before you go to bed. Get up a few minutes early to drink a cup of coffee or tea while it’s still hot. Lock yourself in the bathroom to pee by yourself, although be prepared for whatever mess may come with it when you get out. 😉

 

Remember who you are and just…. Be you.

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Packing Your Hospital Bag- A Little Help from Push Pack

Packing your hospital bag can be really difficult. After all, pregnancy brain is totally real and you don’t want to forget a thing when you’ll be away from home for a few days. There are so many other important things to do and think about before baby’s big arrival. When packing your bags, Push Pack has you covered!

 

Push Pack is a pre-packed essentials bag perfectly created for your maternity stay when giving birth to your new baby. The Push Pack bag includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash, facial soap, lotion, make-up remover wipe, nipple cream, toothbrush & toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant wipes, razor & shave cream, comb & hair band, baby bottom balm, nail file, breast pads, maxi pads, disposable underwear, note pad, lollypops, snacks, mints, thank you cards & pen, and a “sticky-belly” baby milestone sticker. You can choose between three color bags: pink, blue, or green.

My Experience:

I had a Push Pack when I delivered Jackson and it made packing my bag SO easy! I was afraid of going into labor and then forgetting something important like my toothbrush or deodorant. I was able to pack my bag and the baby’s bag to leave by the door with nothing else to pack! When I went to the hospital, it was so handy to have! I remember using the lip balm in between contractions and sneaking a lollipop or mints in between my nurse coming in! 😉 In my opinion, it’s a must-have for your hospital bag and would make a fantastic baby shower gift!

 

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Preparing for Date Night as Parents

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Parenthood brings along many massive changes in your life. Things aren’t what they used to be, and it mostly brings along good changes! However, there are a few things that change when you’re a parent that you wish maybe didn’t.

For example, you no longer have the time to go out on dates as a couple. You and your husband have children to look after, which can be stressful as well as time-consuming.

But, it’s important that you try and go out on dates as often as you can, for the strength of your relationship. So, here’s my guide to prepare for date night as parents:

Dress Up Nice And Fancy

If date nights become a rarity, then you may as well make the most out of them and dress up nice and fancy. Wear your best clothes and make yourself feel like a million dollars. Ensure your husband is dressed up nice too, I know men have a tendency to just throw any old outfit together when they’re going out. This can be an excuse for you to shower them with a few gifts as you buy them the perfect date outfit. Get them some nice shoes and trousers, along with a lovely fashionable shirt, to ensure they look nice and smart. Think about accessories too, things like mens diamond rings are in fashion now, as are cufflinks and belts. All of this comes together to make your husband look like prince charming. You’ll both be well-dressed and ready for a special evening.

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Got To A Nice Restaurant

Restaurants are the best setting for dates when you’re married. It’s likely you won’t get to go on that many dates, so you need to make the most out of the ones you do go on. At a restaurant, you can sit for over an hour and talk to one another without any distractions from your kids or work. It gives you a real chance to properly catch up and slow time down for once. Plus, fancy restaurants serve great food, which gives you a nice break from cooking for everyone every day. You get a rest, you and your husband get to talk more, it’s just perfect.

Find Someone To Look After The Kids

Of course, you can’t go out without figuring out who’ll look after your children. If you’re lucky, then you may have family members nearby that will take care of them for the evening. This is great as it kind of gives you more freedom as you worry less and don’t have to rush back early. If you don’t live near family, or no one is available, then maybe your neighbors will look after your kids instead? Worst case scenario, hire a babysitter! Just make sure someone trustworthy is looking after your children while you’re out.

All parents need to go out on dates once in awhile. It will help strengthen your relationship and also take away some stress as you get a nice evening alone for once. When you go on your first date since being a parent, it will feel a bit bad. You will feel guilty and worried about your kids, but it gets better after that!

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How to Help Your Kids Set and Reach Goals

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Our little kids are naturally dreamers of what they want to be in the future. Probably it’s because of the people they see around them. But because the individuals surrounding them change, they change their wishes as well.

My little girl for one has aspired to become a firefighter, a doctor, a McDonald’s crew, and a driver. It’s funny to look at, but it tells us one thing: our kids don’t know how to make up their mind yet.

So with their fluctuating mindset, how do we train our children to be goal setters and reachers?

5 Fun Activities To Teach Goal Setting

Let them choose the goal. I understand that we as parents have our own dreams for our babies even before they came into this world. While that is normal, it can be dangerous.

I have seen a number of parents who enrolled their children in different art and music schools only to have a frequently absent child in the end.

Our kids’ involvement is crucial in every goal setting because it is what they really want. Letting them voice out their preferences makes them think they matter in this decision making.

To make it fun, let them be as creative and imaginative as they want then write it down.

Filter the goal and explain why. At three years old, my daughter wanted to be a forklift driver. She was so determined that she would always volunteer to “drive” whenever she could. She would sit on the driver’s lap (either me or my brother) and maneuver the steering wheel. Well, at least in her perspective.

While it is good to know that she is determined to be a forklift driver, it can also be misleading. For her. A three year old can’t even ride a bike without bumping into something. What more with a heavy machinery?

This is where we step in and explain to them why their chosen goal may not yet be achievable at their age.

Use visual aids when explaining so they can get a grasp of this abstract idea. They won’t be able to understand what unachievable means, so you have to explain really well.

In my case, I was lucky to be residing near a publishing house where they use a forklift to transport the books from the warehouse to the delivery truck.

I brought my daughter there with me one day and showed her the forklift. The sight of its size scared her and that alone changed her mind. “I just want barbie dolls, mommy” she said on our way home.

After our kids realized how far-fetched their goal is, go back to the first step and let them try again. But make sure that the goal you set together is not too easy for your child.

Draw the goal. Once you have determined a reachable goal for your little one, draw it on a clean and special piece of paper.  If your kids are big enough, let them do the sketching. This will let your child feel that his or her goals are special. Include the date the sketch was drawn.

The drawing has to be as detailed as including the date and the milestones to achieve the target.

Including the steps in the drawing helps your child not to be overwhelmed by the target. The small chunks of the entire goal helps him/her see the tiny, doable acts. They will develop the “that’s simple; I can do that” attitude.

Also, including the steps help you carry out the next phase of goal setting and reaching.

By the way, paste your child’s goal somewhere conspicuous to set a reminder.

Check progress. Using the drawing your tot created for step 3, examine his progress. If there’s a date to the steps, you may check on the date indicated. You may also check every once in a while.

If it has been weeks from the time the goal was set, and nothing has changed, maybe you should reevaluate the goal (or your child).

I tried to make it more fun for my daughter by covering the milestones that are not yet the target for the time being. This way, she was able to focus on the small steps she had to do to get to the bigger goal.

The added suspense of what’s to come next also thrilled her. “What’s next? What’s next?” She would ask as I uncover the succeeding steps.

Give reward. Is it OK to give rewards? Experts have varying opinion on this, but I can say that it worked well for my daughter. I just had to make sure to focus on appreciating the effort.

Also, I did not lavish her with expensive toys. From the beginning of the goal setting, we also decided what she would get for every achievement she makes. They were as simple as getting a sticker, a star, or watching her favorite movie.

We wrote these rewards on a piece of paper and after reaching a step toward the goal, we would randomly pick one. The surprise factor adds to the fun.

In addition, I emphasize intrinsic motivation. Whenever she accomplishes one of her subgoals, I talk with her about it. “How did you feel doing it?” is my first question. Although her responses are short, I believe it made her think about her actions and why she’s doing it.

What I’m trying to say is, when motivating your kids for this activity, make sure there is balance between extrinsic and intrinsic motivations.

What to do next

After reaching your child’s first goal, make it a habit to do the same for the other goals. It may be laborious on your part, but you are training your child to be an achiever in the long run.

Once your kids have made goal setting and reaching a part of their routine, you can rest assured that you have leader in the making.

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The Truth about Motherhood

 

When you become pregnant, the “truth” about motherhood is almost hidden from you. Been there, done that moms don’t want to scare you with what is about to come.

You’ll never get to pee alone. I don’t care if your child is 5 days old or 5 years old. Chances are, you’ll never use the bathroom alone again. And if you try to, that’s when they’ll start getting into stuff (especially during the toddler phase) and you’ll regret not taking them with you in the first place.

You’ll survive on coffee. And wine. There are nights that you can count the hours of sleep you got on one hand. You’ll be exhausted. Coffee will be your best friend. And then when you’ve had a rough day- wine will be necessary to make it to bedtime. Might as well buy stock on both after you get that positive pregnancy test! 😉

Hello internet friends. Hanging out with friends with kids can be super hard. I love my Target dates and going to ChickFilA with other moms, but in all honesty, I get the most interaction from my internet friends. These moms are up breastfeeding when I am, they’re pulling out their hair midday just like me, and they crave adult interaction as much as I do. Sometimes the best mom friends you’ll have, are friends you’ve never actually met in person.

You’ll catch vomit in your hands, at least once. This is something that you never imagine will actually happen…. But it will. I can almost guarantee it! And if it isn’t your hands catching the vomit, it’ll be your hair. Your shirt. Your mouth. Yep- the real truth.

Prepare for the newborn pee/poop. On you. If you have a baby boy, you probably know this is coming. But if you’re having a girl- you can get peed or pooped on too! Just a word of advice: be quick. And if you plan on changing them in your bed at night, have towels nearby to throw over the mess so you can go back to sleep. Change those sheets in the morning! 😉

Babies get older…. And they turn into kids. I mean, I know we all know this will eventually happen. But I know I wasn’t really prepared for this. Give me a newborn or a toddler and I’ll rock that kind of motherhood! Give me a school-age kid with homework and preteen emotions at 6 years old- SEND HELP. Kids do not get easier as they get older. They get more independent, sure. But easier, oh heck no.

 

Motherhood is not for the weak. But let’s be honest- women are pretty badass so we get through it just fine. With wine. And cookie dough. What’s a “truth” about motherhood that comes to your mind?

 

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How to Have an Easier Pregnancy

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Being pregnant is amazing, life-changing and frequently mind-blowing, but it isn’t always easy. No matter how hard you try to do everything right and have a simple pregnancy, you are going to have struggles. That’s perfectly normal, and it happens to everyone, which is why you shouldn’t beat yourself up. Of course, you shouldn’t just sit back and accept it either – there are a number of things you can do to make your pregnancy easier.

 

Here are some tips to help your pregnancy go as smoothly as possible:

 

Eat A Nutritious Diet

 

When you’re pregnant, it is more important than ever to eat well. If your body feels good and you are well-nourished, you’ll be better able to deal with everything that your pregnancy throws at you, including the dreaded heartburn, and you’ll be helping your baby to grow and develop as well as possible.

 

Continue to Exercise

 

Some women worry that exercising might harm their babies, but as long as you are careful, keeping active will help to reduce your chances of experiencing a hemorrhage, prevent you from gaining too much weight and make your birth easier. Just listen to your body, stop when it feels to much and try out gentler forms of exercise like walking and pregnancy yoga. Click here to find out more about exercising when you’re pregnant and know that you’ll be fine and so will your baby.

 

Get Plenty of Sleep

 

Sleeping isn’t always easy when you’ve got a big baby bump getting in the way, and junior has decided bedtime is the perfect time to stretch his legs, but it will help your body to rest and recover from the hard work it is doing to grow your baby. If you find it hard to sleep because you’re uncomfortable, click here to buy a supportive pregnancy pillow, and look up progressive relaxation videos on Youtube. There’s a good chance they will sort the problem out.

 

Take Supplements

 

Even if you’re eating a healthy diet, you can improve your wellbeing by taking vitamins specifically designed for pregnant women. If you suffer from restless legs, headaches or cramps, taking a magnesium supplement may also be helpful.

 

Take the Time to Relax

 

Babies that are exposed to high levels of their mother’s stress hormones can be affected in terms of their IQ and their temperament, and of course, being stressed when you’re pregnant can make things a whole lot harder than they need to be. So, it really is very important that you take time out to relax. Book a pregnancy massage, try meditation or watch your favorite comedy shows with your hubby to relax, unwind and get rid of the day’s stress.

 

Ask for Help
If you are finding it hard to do the things you need to do, whether that be shopping, doing chores or anything else, do not be afraid to ask for help. Your friends and family are there to support you, and they would not want you to struggle. Let them lighten the load, and your pregnancy will go by much more smoothly.

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When They First Get Home

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Taking your child home for the first time is always an exciting and exhausting ordeal. At this point, you have already given birth. So, you will be very tired and drained. This can make it incredibly difficult to plan and take careful actions. Of course, you will already be prepared and ready to take on the challenge. But, the very first day is much harder than the rest. All of the challenges you’ve faced will be working against you. So, to help you out, this post will be going through some things to help you on this very special day. Don’t worry; with the right help, it’s nice and easy to survive this day without any trauma!

When you get home, it’s dad’s turn to start doing some work. Of course, he will have been there with you throughout the entire procedure. But, he won’t have had to deal with anywhere near as much as you. You need to eat before you sleep if you can. This will help you to keep your energy up after everything you’ve gone through. Along with this, dad needs to make the baby comfortable for the night. It’s best to keep the baby in a room with a parent for the night. In most cases, the best candidate for this will be dad. The baby could be easy or difficult on their first night; it’s different with every child.

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Of course, you will already be prepared for the work that you have taken on. You should have watched videos on websites like Youtube, to learn how to change nappies and feed babies. You should have spoken to professionals to make sure you know when your baby is sick. And, you should have everything on your baby essentials shopping list already ticked off. Preparation is the key to success in most things. And, it’s not different when it comes to keeping a baby happy. You and dad will have to work together to get work done. You should aim to share the load between the two of you. This will ensure that no one feels like they are doing too little or too much; saving any tensions around the baby.

Stress is an important thing to consider. Remaining calm isn’t just something you do for just yourself and your partner; you also do it for the baby. The baby will know when you are stressed. And, it won’t respond with reassurance like an adult would. Instead, your baby mostly relies on instinct and will be made to be stressed by your stress. This chain reaction can lead to even more anxiety on your part; as the baby responds with it’s own releases of the tension. It’s important to try and remember that everything will be alright. Everyone makes mistakes with their baby. But, most of the time; it won’t be the end of the world. Just be careful, and you should be alright.

Hopefully, this will inspire you to get prepared for your baby’s arrival. It’s a good idea to have your home ready to cater to a baby. You should have a room for the infant. And, you should have toys and food for them. Babies will usually have milk. And, sometimes you won’t even have to buy it; but, that’s for a different post.

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The Trick to Getting a Baby to Sleep Through the Night – The DockATot

The DockATot may have saved me. You see, like so many sleep deprived parents, I was desperate for a full night’s sleep. I wanted to sleep and stay asleep for any amount of time longer than 3 hours. Jackson just did not like to sleep. Nurse? He liked that. He would have nights where he was waking up every two hours, like a newborn, at 15 months old. To say I was tired…. well, that felt like an understatement. I was exhausted.

Enter in the DockATot. If you’re unfamiliar with the DockATot- it’s a breathable, multi-functional pillow for babies and toddlers. It comes in two sizes: The Deluxe is for babies 0-9 months and Grand is for babies and toddlers over 9 months old. It was designed to mimic the womb and offer a snuggly safe place for babies to sleep. While most families use it while traveling or for safe co-sleeping, it can also be used when transitioning a child into their own bed. The air-permeable sides offer security for both parents and child as they can act as a bed rail.

 

I had seen people rave over them. This huge pillow for babies and toddlers…. It was supposed to help him sleep through the night. But the cost?! Over $200 for a pregnancy look-a-like pillow for a toddler. Ugh. I needed sleep. I needed him to sleep. So I bit the bullet. I contacted DockATot and they sent me a coupon code to use to help me purchase the DockATot Grand- the DockATot for infants and toddlers over 9 months old. Guess what happened next…..

Ladies and gentleman…. Jackson sleeps. He sleeps 12 hours every night. Straight through. I won’t pretend that it happened the exact day that we got the DockATot. Unfortunately, I learned just how easy it is to clean the first night we had it thanks to some toddler vomit. But after about a month of use, Jackson started sleeping through the night in his bed. We even traveled with it and the little boy that refuses to sleep away from home, slept pretty darn good!

We have “broken” the rule and allow it in his crib. This is NOT recommended by the company as it is against “safe-sleep” practices. But my husband and I felt comfortable since Jackson has the capability to move his head or get unstuck if necessary. He’s old enough for a pillow in his crib at 17 months old anyways. The DockATot has given him a sense of comfort and security and will stay with him as we transition to a toddler bed, sometime this year.

I can not say enough good things about the DockATot. It is super easy to clean, super comfortable- of course I laid on it! I love how easily it travels and can’t wait to take it camping with us! (If you didn’t know- Jackson was not a fan of the pack n play, therefore we had to take the crib mattress with us when we went camping 4 times last summer! Crib mattresses aren’t so easy to just take with you….)

While the DockATot may not be the exact answer to getting your baby to sleep through the night, it certainly helped us. In all honesty, Jackson may not have been ready to sleep through the night. Maybe he physically did need to nurse and cuddle mama all night- even though he REFUSED to cosleep- little booger. But I’ll continue to praise the DockATot for getting me some sleep. 😉

 

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Banish The Monsters & Ghoolish Hazards From Your Home

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We all know that little ones worry about the monsters hiding under the bed and in the wardrobe. Parents take comfort in knowing that these dangers only exist in their kids’ imagination.

 

However, they should also know that there could be some very real monsters that could be present in the home in the form of safety hazards. It’s not the bumps and creaks that keep parents up through the night. It’s the worry that their home isn’t safe. If you’re kept up at night by this fear, here are some of the safety issues that you might want to take into consideration. Don’t worry, I’m going to provide the solutions too!

 

 

Second-Hand Toys

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There are plenty of parents who will gladly accept hand me down items and toys for their kids, perhaps from older relatives. There are just a few dangers you need to be aware of here, before you bring them into your home and let your little ones use them.

First, be aware that older products might not have the same safety standards as the ones on the market today. As such, older toys might be made up of dangerous chemicals or even paints that could be toxic. Don’t forget, even charities often reject second hand joys and you can read more about that on www.dailymail.com.

As well as this, you need to watch out for loose or missing parts on toys. Children can swallow these and they can become choking hazards.

 

Damp And Dirty

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You have to keep the home clean and tidy when you have children. You should be particularly cautious of letting mold develop around the windows. While this might not seem like a major problem, the spores mold releases can be dangerous for young children.

Not to mention the fact that mold and damp walls can also attract insects like termites into your home. While these little beasties aren’t poisonous, they can cause dust particle in the air that can affect breathing and even cause asthma in kids. You can read more about this on a site such as www.termitecontrolplans.com. Here you’ll also find some of the signs that you are dealing with this type of infestation and what you can do to prevent any further issues.

 

Dishwasher Dangers

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We bet your dishwasher isn’t on the list of the monstrous dangers that you think are a threat to your child, but perhaps it should be. The problem with dishwashers is that they don’t always clean thoroughly. Or rather, they clean a little too well because the soapy detergent is left over as residue. You need to be careful of this because it can be poisonous for kids. Check out more info on this at www.helphealthhappen.com.

Make sure you rinse any cutlery or plates you’re using before using them with your child. Or, check them thoroughly before putting them away out of the dishwasher.

 

Where’s The Baby?

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Thank goodness for technology. Parents often have irrational fears about their kids. For instance, every so often through the day, you might panic wondering where your child is. Even though, you know they are in another room playing or perhaps in bed taking a nap.

Well, with the child trackers this fear is gone for good. Instead, you can make sure you know exactly where your kid is even if they are out playing in the garden. Not only does this give you peace of mind, but it also ensures that older children don’t stray too far from the house.

Using this advice, you can vanquish some of the greatest dangers to your kids from the home for good.

 

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Buon Bambini Pouch Topper Giveaway!

The Buon Bambini Pouch Topper has been such a lifesaver! You know how kids like to squeeze those food pouches until there’s a giant mess? Yeah- mama doesn’t have time for that! These pouch toppers will fit on the baby food pouches you buy from the store or the reusable pouches you fill at home.

The pouch topper keeps the mess at bay by controling the flow. Your baby or toddler can not squirt the baby food pouch all over the floor anymore! 😉 They literally have to suck it out like a straw.

I have been using this since Jackson started on solid foods last year and it is still a super handy food accessory in our home. It’s really easy to clean out either by hand washing with a nipple brush or rinsing it out and putting in the dishwasher. In my opinion, if you’re going to use food pouches, these are a must-have item!

 

Because this is one of my favorite baby food products and can be used into the toddler years- I want to give one away to a lucky reader! 🙂 Comment below with why you’d like one and subscribe to Fluff Bum Babies for a chance to win! I’ll pick a winner on April 21st! 🙂

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