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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MommyCon VIP Sessions- A Community Post

I have not personally attended any of the MommyCon VIP sessions- although I have heard many great things about them! VIP Sessions take place the day before the event, so on a Friday, and they are small seminars with some amazing people. Because I can’t personally tell you about my experience and why they’re so great- I asked some of my blogger friends to help with this post! 🙂

Want to purchase a VIP upgrade? VIP sessions are typically announced 30 days before your city’s event.

** Still need to buy your MommyCon ticket? Remember to use the code FLUFFBUM17 for a $5 discount! Please not that this code is not valid on VIP ticket upgrades. **

 

Cotton Babies VIP Session

I attended the Jen’s VIP session at MommyCon OC 2015. It was a small circle of about 15-20 women with babies having freeplay in the middle of the circle. We had light snacks and drinks and it felt very inviting. Jen had everyone introduce themselves and share what we wanted to get out of the session. We were able to ask questions and it never felt rushed it was very natural like a group of friends. Xza was in and out of the session visiting too. We each got a tote from catbird baby, and inside was a bum genius diaper, wet bag, wipe spray, maxaloon style pants, and several samples of other cloth diaper safe products. The products we received were well over he $40 session price, the inspirational message from Jen was worth more as well. I’m still friends with some of the moms I met there 2 years later.

– Hannah

 

Mommy-con Atlanta 2016 was my second mommy-con experience and my first time going all the way and doing a VIP session as well as breakfast with Jen before my VIP session. My sister in law and best friend took the plunge with me as my twins and her son are 10 days apart and we share many parenting values. She had also been by my side during our first mommy-con in 2015!
Bright and early on Friday morning I picked her and my nephew up and we drove to the hotel that the breakfast was scheduled at. When we arrived Jen and Jimmy were already seated and there was coffee ( a twin moms lifeline 😂) ready to drink! We were joined by a few other moms including both Dona from black women do cloth diaper and Deja from sunshine fabric and designs. We had an excellent conversation about race and equality in the diaper industry over an amazing breakfast. We talked until it was time to head over to the convention center for the first VIP session of the day With Jen!
When we got to the convention center I had a good idea of the layout as I had been there before so we knew where to park and walked right in. The mommycon shoppe and the tekhni booth were both open allowing us first pick at all the merchandise as well as the tekhni exclusive which was amazing! We got there about 30 minutes before our VIP session was set to begin so we mingled with eachother as our kids played with the amazing variety of toys set out for them. I will admit I was attempting to wrap one twin when the other ran through my legs and toward the door but was thankfully quickly caught by another mom and returned to me.
I’m not going to lie I attended Jen’s session purely because I wanted to see her not because I have any interest in running my own business. The session was however amazingly interesting and informative! My twins were pretty interested in the toys which was nice so I even got to listen to her talk without one of them yelling in my ear. We also got some amazing swag in our bag (which was it’s self super cute) including a cloth diaper and wet bag, doodle pants, mother love diaper and thrush cream, a tekhni head wrap, and other fun goodies from mom owned businesses! I’m so glad I chose to do a mommy con VIP session it added so much to my weekend!!!!

– Colleen Walker Sondergaard

 

The first VIP session I attended was hosted by Jennifer Labit the creator of Cotton Babies who shared insight into her life journey. She spoke openly about how she transitioned from a mother struggling to balance the home budget, highlighting how her struggle was the catalist into becoming an entrepreneur and founder of a successful business. Her honesty was refreshing and encouraging. We all struggle and fall; hearing how the most difficult times of her life.

– Patricia @ Dr Mommy Rx

 

Pool Party

At the Baby Safe Pool Party with Mat York from that That Dad Mat we were treated to a full table of Babyganics goodies and a bag absolutely stuffed with poolside treats including a Beachfront Baby ring sling. Mat helped everyone get comfortable with the slings. Unfortunately we were inside because of Hurricane Hermine. It was a good thing the session was hosted by Mat because it was the most fun pool-less pool party ever!

– Alexandria Lawrence @ Naturally Made with Love

 

Feed the Baby

The Feed the Baby VIP with The Leaky Boob’s Jessica Martin-Weber was something I’ll never forget. We had a rap session about how not every experience is a “rainbow farting unicorn one”. The swag bag for this session had some seriously cool gadgets. Gootensils, and EZPZ mat, Bitsizers, a donut rattle from Pebblechild, a gift voucher for Undercover Mama, a Re-play set, a reusable squeeze pouch… and more! A lot of these have become regular daily use items for us, that I can’t imagine our life without.

– Alexandria Lawrence @ Naturally Made with Love

Babywearing

Laura Brown from Ergo and Angelique Geehan of Beco gave us some helpful insights at Babywearing VIP. I got an Ergobaby organic SSC (which is still my favorite carrier to date!) in my swag bag. After a run down on the carriers with how to-s and safety features we played two rounds of a game like heads up. All of the cards had terms used during the session. What an exciting way to use the knowledge we gained from our fun instructors!

– Alexandria Lawrence @ Naturally Made with Love

 

The second VIP session I attended Friday afternoon was called Babywearing. This session is very popular because each attendee is randomly given either an Ergo or Beco baby carrier. Hosted by two industry professionals, including Laura Brown of Ergo, this session focused on proper ways to wear Ergo and Beco soft structured carriers. Additionally, they were more then happy to take the time to help parents trouble shoot any struggles they are having with their own person baby carriers (of all forms). 

– Patricia @ Dr Mommy Rx

 

 

Want to see more posts about MommyCon? Here are some other posts a part of my MommyCon Series:

 

~ MommyCon Basics and FAQS ~

~ MommyCon on a Budget ~

~ 10 Tips for MommyCon ~

 

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Lanibaby Cloth Diapers

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Lanibaby cloth diapers are still new to the cloth diaper scene. But let me tell you…. they’re gonna go far.

A little background info. Andrea was a cloth diapering mama that had a slim baby and couldn’t find many options for her son. He was also a heavy wetter- so much so, that she was eventually changing him every 45 minutes. And who has the time for that??? After trying different options for her inserts, different brands, and even triple stuffing her pocket diapers…. she was almost ready to just throw in the towel on cloth diapers. After talking to other cloth diapering moms, she found out that bamboo and hemp were a good combination, but the dry time just wasn’t ideal. The other obstacle was just his size- he was slim with skinny little legs. There needed to be a diaper that offered the natural materials but that fit around his little legs and fit with little to no bulk. Andrea decided that she needed to create the perfect cloth diaper system for her child. Thus, Lanibaby cloth diapers were born! 🙂

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Today. Hello Lanibaby, Heavenly Cloth Diapers! These cloth diapers are pockets with an opening in both the front and back. This makes life SO much easier when it comes to laundry. Because of the two openings, I don’t have to unstuff the pocket- my washing machine does it automatically when it’s agitating.

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Now… let’s talk about these inserts. You can see me freak out about them a little bit here. It was a live Facebook video and there’s a reason why I don’t do them often. #HotMessMom all the way!

 

The inserts are both bamboo and hemp, but they’re constructed in a way that the ends are sewn together, but the middle is open. This allows the smaller inserts to be tucked into the bigger inserts as an AWESOME overnight option but so that they also have a lesser dry time. No more two or three cycles for the dryer! 😉 The top layer is 70% rayon from bamboo, 30% cotton. And the bottoms layer is 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton. Talk about absorbency! Jackson can use the smaller insert through a nap guys- that’s amazing!

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Lanibaby diapers are manufactured in China, in a warehouse that does not employ children, workers get vacation time and sick leave, and have normal work day hours. They do high-quality work and it really stands out with these diapers. These diapers are CPSIA compliant so they meet all USA standards for being used on children.

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Now for my experience. Oh. My. Goodness. I could really relate to Andrea’s struggle with a tiny baby. Jackson is a peanut so having a diaper specifically made for slender babies has been life changing. With the smaller insert, I’m confident that he won’t have any leaks during nap time. And it passed my overnight test when using the smaller insert tucked inside the medium insert! Lanibaby just came out with a larger insert as well, but it was a little too big for me to use with Jackson right now. I do believe that it will come in handy as he grows; it’s a great option for bigger babies! Now… for the cute pictures! You can really tell that the diaper fits him well and that it’s not too bulky on his tiny body. This diaper really felt like it was made for MY baby!

 

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

Who wants to win a Lanibaby cloth diaper? Trust me… You should want to! 😉 Enter in the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!
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You Know You’re a Cloth Diaper Addict When…..

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  • You have more than one package arrive in one week containing Fluff Mail.
  • You have placed more than one order from your favorite store within a few days.
  • You started out using cloth as a way to save money. You still tell your partner you’re saving money.
  • A cloth diaper resource page tells you that you’ll need 20 diapers. You’re stash consists of at least twice that amount.
  • You have Rainbow Syndrome: you must complete a full rainbow of your favorite brand(s) and when that’s finished, you start a double rainbow.
  • You match baby’s outfit with their diapers.
  • The only laundry that gets folded and put away are the diapers.
  • You can’t stop talking about fluff bums!
  • Seeing a disposable diaper on a baby takes a minute to register… What are they wearing?!
  • You see colors and instead of green, blue, pink…. You see:
  • You have enough BG detergent samples to do diaper laundry until the end of time, or at least the end of potty training days.
  • You highly believe that “Stashified” doesn’t exist.
  • You’re always looking for a new way to store your stash.
  • Your partner may think you’ve got something going on with the mailman since seeing him is the best part of your day.
  • You dream about diapers.
  • You think about diapers.
  • Stalking, and eventually breaking, websites at stocking time is the highlight of your month.
  • You understand, and sometimes take this phrase literally: BUY ALL THE DIAPERS!!

 

If you have read this nodding your head, giggling to yourself (even in your head), and thought, “Oh my gosh… How does this woman know me so well?!” You’re welcome. You are officially a cloth diaper addict. And I am right there with ya, sister!! Just remember, buy all the diapers and cloth diaper addicts unite!! 😉

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MommyCon Review, Promo Code, and GIVEAWAY 

*Edit- Looking for the 2017 coupon code? Use the code FLUFFBUM17 for $5 off!*
For the third year in a row- I have the pleasure of being in MommyCon’s media team as a blogger. And last year, I experienced MommyCon in real life- instead of just thru the windows of the Internet! 😉 I was 34 weeks pregnant so I was hormonal but I loved having a da away from my kids and husband! I had a day for me, doing what I love! Here’s what I think about the MommyCon events…

MommyCon is freaking awesome! Where else are you going to find a bunch of parents with a mindset like you?! Cloth diapering, baby wearing, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, essential oils… The list could go on and on. Everybody is accepted. There’s no shaming or words being thrown around the mother openly breastfeeding her child. It’s like everyone is on the same team. MommyCon brings that community together and it’s literally one of the coolest things I’ve experienced.

So other than meeting people- what else is MommyCon about? Well… There are some really neat speakers. I had the pleasure of listening to Jessica from the Leaky Boob last year. And maybe it was the pregnancy hormones- but she seriously made me cry. Her words were so powerful that I just couldn’t hold them back.

   

Another person I got to see speak was Jennifer Labit, the founder and CEO of Cotton Babies. She spoke about cloth diapering- mostly how and why to start. She was a very good speaker and I was excited to meet her!

   

I had a total “fan-girl” moment when I met Jamie, the BabyGearGuy. I love following his posts on Facebook and Instagram. He’s just a really down to earth, funny guy. And he knows his stuff! He spoke on car seat safety and answered questions. My sister in law convinced me to go up to him for a picture, which I would have anyways… But I was nervous. 😂 Again, probably my pregnancy hormones.

 

 

Along with bloggers and speakers, you also get to shop. And I like shopping! There were many venders there and they were all right up my alley. Smart bottoms, Pink Lemonade Shop, Applecheeks, Tekhni- and that’s just the beginning! I was really excited to meet Sue, the owner of Pink Lemonade Shop. She also is in Ohio but is still about two hours away from me. I’m happy MommyCon allowed us to actually meet!

 

Now, the swag bag. I wouldn’t recommend going to MommyCon if you’re only going for the goodie bag. There’s so much information and other amazingness to get from this experience than just the goodie bag. But, it is an awesome perk. MommyCon has some awesome sponsors! Because I’m in the media team, some of my items are a little different  than the general admission bags, but here’s what I received:

  

And then here is what I purchased. I could have (and wanted) to purchase some additional things, but I was overwhelmed and couldn’t make a decision on what I wanted. So although I didn’t get everything I had my eye on, I’m still really happy with what I did purchase! And I LOVE my MommyCon shirt! As a matter of fact, I’ve gotten some awesome compliments on it! 😉

   

MommyCon 2015 was really neat and I’m happy that I got to experience it! But now, they’re gearing up for MommyCon 2016! Here is the schedule for this year:

  • MommyCon Atlanta- February 6th
  • MommyCon Chicago- March 5th
  • MommyCon Seattle- April 2nd
  • WEAR: Babywearing Conference (Chicago)- May 27th-May 29th
  • MommyCon Austin- June 25th
  • MommyCon DC: July 23rd
  • MommyCon OC: August 20th
  • MommyCon Orlando: September 3rd
  • MommyCon San Jose: October 29th
  • MILK: Infant Feeding Conference (Orange County)- November 11th- November 12th

 

Can’t wait to buy your ticket??? I have a coupon code for you! Use the code FLUFFBUM16 at checkout to receive $6 off your general admission ticket- not valid on VIP upgrades. This code is good for ALL MommyCon events, including WEAR and MILK!!! 🙂

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Now- enter to WIN a pair of MommyCon general admission tickets! Pick the city you would attend. Please be aware that this covers the ticket ONLY and does not include travel or hotel stay.

 

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MommyCon 2017 

It’s crazy to think that there’s only a few months left in 2016 and that we’re already looking forward to events in 2017!! MommyCon has announced their 2017 cities and I’m so excited! (You’ll be seeing me in Chicago.) MommyCon 2017 is gearing up to be pretty amazing!

Don’t know what MommyCon is? MommyCon is a parenting event that brings together the community of parents that believe in parenting their children more naturally. This means breastfeeding, babywearing, maybe cloth diapering, etc. Of course you don’t need to do all of those things to be welcomed- MommyCon welcomes all parents and caregivers with open arms! At MommyCon, you’ll get to shop with some amazing vendors, listen to inspirational speakers, and maybe meet a new MomFriend! 🙂 You can read some other posts I have written about MommyCon here!

If you’re ready to buy your tickets, use the code FLUFFBUM17 for $5 off your general ticket admission


Here is the CONFIRMED schedule for 2017 events!

  • Chicago: March 3-5
  • NYC: March 25
  • Memphis: April 29
  • Austin: June 3
  • Vancouver, CA: July 22
  • OC: August 12
  • Orlando: September 2
  • Atlanta: October 28

My favorite MommyCon areas? The Babywearing Lounge. The Cloth Diaper Resource Center. Vagina Village. Of course, the vendors with all the awesome stuff to buy! And there are so many inspirational speakers loaded with so much knowledge (and laughs!) to share.

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My Feeding Journeys + MiLK Conference Giveaway

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This week, #MomLifeMonday and #WinItWednesday are colliding! A huge thank you to MommyCon’s MiLK Conference for sponsoring this post and providing the tickets to giveaway!

*Before I became a mother, I had how my babies would be fed all planned. They would be breastfed for at least 6 months, until they started on solid foods. I would make their pureed baby foods and they wouldn’t eat “junk.” Little did I realize, babies don’t follow the plan.

 

Aubrey


Aubrey was our first baby, born when I was still a kid myself. I hadn’t been around breastfeeding much before becoming a mother. However, I figured it was something natural so it should work out just fine. I purchased nipple cream, a breast pump, breast pads, and a boppy pillow. I thought I was set and ready to go.

After Aubrey was born, we had a difficult start. She didn’t seem to be interested in nursing and her blood sugar was a little low. There was a point in time that she didn’t nurse for over 8 hours. After nursing again, they let us go home as long as we followed up with her doctor in a few days.

Breastfeeding was extremely painful for me. My nipples were raw. They were cracked and bleeding. I was putting Vitamin E on them plus the nipple cream. I distinctly remember, and it almost sends chills down my back now, crying when she would start crying in hunger. My poor baby wanted to eat but I didn’t want to feed her. I would cry and ask my husband, “what kind of mother doesn’t want to feed her baby?!” It was hard for us. And I decided to somehow, stick it out.

I started pumping in preparation to return to work. I had a cheap breast pump that I picked out at Target just because it went along with the bottles we picked. It did nothing for me. It would suck and suck but nothing would come out. I could nurse her just fine at this point with very little pain but I just couldn’t produce enough milk to store and to keep her satisfied. We fell into a rabbit hole and decided that we would start supplementing with formula.

The start of our formula journey was when she was 6 weeks old. I had that “plan” of just breastmilk until 6 months old so I felt a little guilty. At this point, she was half breastfed and half formula fed. Within two weeks, I was too overwhelmed as a mother at 18 years old. I needed life to be just a tad bit easier. And then she became 100% formula fed.

Looking back now- I feel like I had a strong lack of knowledge and support. I *could* have successfully nursed her until she was at least 6 months old. I *could* have nursed her until a year. I *could* have nursed her until she naturally weaned herself. Facebook Groups weren’t so much a thing when she was born and I was the first of my friends to have a baby. I had no idea what I was jumping into and thought that the most natural thing in the world would just come….. naturally. The super sore nipples could have been caused by a number of things. And I really wish I would have known to find a lactation consultant to help me ASAP. Aubrey was my first little guinea pig, if you will, on this whole being a mother thing.

 

Baileigh


Before Baileigh was born, I started doing more research on breastfeeding and how I could be more successful with the next baby. She was born 18 months after Aubrey so things were still fresh in my mind. I knew to start lathering my nipples up with cream even in the hospital. I knew that I wanted to get a freezer stash started and that I was going to have a much better pump as my sidekick. I had made all these “plans” again. Afterall, I had been there and done that. It just had to be easier the second time around, right???

Wrong. Baileigh and I had a pretty good nursing relationship from the start. She had an okay latch and it most definitely wasn’t as painful as it was with Aubrey. I had the same goal of exclusively breast milk for the first 6 months. I didn’t have to return to work as I had become a stay-at-home mom but I still wanted her to take a bottle. Three days after having her, I started pumping with a Medela manual pump. My goodness- I loved that pump. Baileigh took to the bottle so whenever we left the house, she would have a bottle of breastmilk so I wouldn’t have to nurse in public.

Here’s where I think I went wrong. I was so worried about my supply dropping like I felt like it did with Aubrey…. That I started taking a supplement to boost my milk supply. Fenugreek. I smelled like a pancake house and not in a good way. I had such a strong letdown that I started to almost choke her when she would nurse. I just had way too much milk! This little baby was only 4 weeks old and I could easily pump 10 ounces in a session. WOW, right?!

Baileigh then started having some belly issues. Well, more like spitting up issues. She had always spit-up just a little bit. But this was like, projectile vomiting. I specifically remember a middle of the night feed and I thought her head was going to spin around like a horror movie. The amount that she vomited all over the bed was WAY more than I thought she could even have in her little body.

Baileigh also had some problems gaining weight. She was so tiny and petite. At the recommendation of our pediatricians, we started adding some cereal to her breatsmilk bottles. It helped to hold the milk into her belly, but just not enough for me to feel like she was nutritionally getting the milk she needed. Those pesky formula companies…. I had formula cans in my cabinet from the free samples they sent me. They won. I couldn’t see my baby not gaining weight anymore. And I couldn’t deal with all the spit-up anymore. I also was dealing with postpartum depression and I’m sure that wasn’t helping anything.

We quit breastmilk almost cold turkey at 6 weeks. At this point, I felt like a complete failure. How could so many mothers nurse their babies for so long yet I couldn’t seem to last more than 6 weeks?! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not “bashing” formula moms at all- but this wasn’t what I had planned for my babies. This wasn’t the healthiest option I saw for them and it just wasn’t what I had wanted.

 

Jackson


Jackson James- my little game changer. Before Jackson was even conceived, I found my support groups. Knowledge, power, support, confidence, and perseverance was what was going to get me to my goal for at least one of my babies. And with him, I even edited my goal to wanting to nurse him for one year.

When Jackson was born, we clicked right away. He was a boobie monster and loved mama’s milk. I decided to wait to really pump because being a stay-at-home mom, it wasn’t necessary for a bottle. There would be a minimal amount of times that I left him and it wasn’t going to be a for awhile anyways. It was just me and him- and that was A-OK for me.

Remember how I had hoped everything would just come naturally? I was waiting for a problem to occur: cracked nipples, bad latch, drop in supply. I was just waiting. Luckily, it didn’t happen in the beginning like it had with the girls. We were smooth sailing through our journey.

Months went by and he had only had breastmilk. My first *successfully* breastfed baby. I had support from family and friends. I nursed in public. I pumped when needed, and that was it. Everything was wonderful!

And then it wasn’t. Two things happened: Jackson’s weight gain seemed to have plateaued. And I needed to pump to leave him… And my boobs decided they weren’t going to cooperate anymore. I was worried that my supply had finally dropped. I was worried that Jackson wasn’t actually getting what he needed from me anymore. I tried lactation cookies, I tried increasing my water intake, I tried fenugreek again. Nothing seemed to be working. I even tried an electric pump and that got out less than my manual! I was so frustrated.

I had family pressuring me to try formula, so I did. After all, formula companies sent me formula while I was pregnant. Wouldn’t you know that a baby at 8/9 months old wouldn’t drink formula after only having breastmilk as their milk source? Yeah- I figured that too. Lucky for me, I have some amazing friends that knew my goal and knew my struggle. I now have an amazing supply of frozen donor milk in my deep freezer for when we need it. My supply has come back enough that I don’t wonder if I’m making enough.

We are just under a month away from his first birthday. I will have nursed my baby, with a little help from donor milk and a splash of formula, for one full year. I made my goal of 6 months of just breastmilk. I know there are many women that nurse for years and years and multiple babies. And compared to them- my story seems dull and silly. But it’s a part of my motherhood journey. And accomplishing this year makes me feel, well, kind of badass. My body has successfully nourished another human being though 9 months of pregnancy and almost 12 months earthside. <3

 

 

 

MiLK Conference

The second annual MiLK Conference will be held in Costa Mesa, CA November 11-12. It will be MommyCon’s final event in 2016. MiLK is an infant feeding conference for parents and parenting professional. It’s set-up to provide not only nutritional information, but support and an educational platform for the health of children. Want to go? There’s one of two ways from here- you can purchase your tickets using my promo code FLUFFBUM16 for $5 your ticket price OR you can enter to win the rafflecoptor below and win a pair of 2-day tickets! 🙂

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MommyCon 2016 Promo Code

 

It’s time to start planning out your trip to MommyCon this year! Need a MommyCon 2016 promo code to get a discount? Use the coupon code FLUFFBUM16 for $6 off your general admission ticket!

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Lalabye Baby Cloth Diaper Review

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I’m doing something different for this Lalabye Baby cloth diaper review! There’s a video! 🙂 Now, be a little nice because this is my very first video and I totally recorded it and messed with it about 20 times! 😉

 

A few things I forgot to mention in the video:

  • Lalabye Baby diapers are made with TPU, not PUL. This is a higher quality fabric and is also better for the environment.
  • Lalabye Baby diapers should fit babies from around 6 pounds to 35 pounds.

 And here are what some other people had to say about Lalabye Baby when asked what they like/love about them!

  • EVERYTHING!! I used to have a stash full of big name brand diapers but then I tried a lalabye thanks to spraypal and was immediately hooked. They’re super trim, bright rich solid colors and fun prints, LOVE the color coded snaps, 2 bamboo inserts, really great price, and most importantly an amazing momma behind the company! I sold off all of my name brand diapers to get more lalabyes and I couldn’t be happier!
  • Love the bamboo inserts and the trimness of the Lalabye. Great price for a quality diaper too.
  • This is our go-to diaper! Love the bamboo inserts, super trim fit, bright colors and contrasting snaps, the option to use it as pocket or ai2, the owner is SUPER sweet and I could go on and on! I have a 4 month old and a 2.5 year old and these diapers fit great on both! My 4 month old has been wearing them since 8 weeks and I was impressed with the fit. Love the color coded snaps as well, my hubby isn’t a fan of snaps but with the color system he can get a good fit without the gues work. Did I mention I love these diapers?!
  • I love how trim and absorbent they are! And who wouldn’t love all the bright fun colors.
  • These diapers are high quality with an affordable price tag. Trim, highly absorbant and super fun colors. We love them!
  • Great quality, love the overall look & fit… also that I can use as AI2 or pocket. And the wonderful all-bamboo inserts! Oh, and can’t forget the snaps. The fit my chubby 8 week old beautifully on 2nd rise from the bottom. I also feel that they are a good value because they are under $20 and include the 2 bamboo inserts.
  • I agree with everything previously said. Trim, super absorbent, great fit (I put one on a 5lb 14oz preemie), beautiful colors and prints, great price, quality product (unlike my big name brands who’s elastics haven’t even made it 9mos), the tpu is so soft, and I love the rainbow snaps! The rainbow snap system got my husband and mil on board with snap diapers! Also, the owner is a great lady who I love to support.

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So you can see, Lalabye Baby Diapers are AMAZING! I urge everyone to just try one! You really won’t be sorry! Interested in trying one? Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a $20 gift card just in time for their next stocking!! 🙂

 

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Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar

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Just a few weeks ago, Diaper Dawgs made the announcement of another new product. It was kept secret for a bit and then once it was announced, no one had seen a real picture of this new product! Just a few days ago, Diaper Dawgs released a picture of the Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar. It will soon be made available for purchase to help you tackle the dirty mess that comes along with cloth diapers!

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The Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar is a food grade silicone funnel that attaches to most diaper sprayers. It was created to make spraying off the poop a little less messy. Instead of trying to take control from the diaper, they decided to try a different angle and take it from the sprayer. (Smart idea!)

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The Spray Collar is light weight, durable, and matches the other Diaper Dawgs’ products! The best part, it DOES NOT affect your sprayer in any way. You can still hang it up with its hook, place it behind between the wall and the toilet (what we do), or whatever you do with your sprayer when not in use. The only thing that is different, is how you spray. Instead of spraying from afar, you put it up close. This keeps the back splash contained in the funnel and more pressure on the poop.

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All in all, I have found this to be extremely helpful. I think the Spray Collar would work in any bathroom but would be extremely helpful in smaller bathrooms or half baths. No extra equipment, no setting up or tearing down, it’s just ready to go! There are no nooks or cranies for pieces of poop to hide so it’s easy to wipe down with a Clorox wipe or sanitize it in the microwave in one of those steamers bags. I just wanna say good luck to the poopy water because it’s no match for the Spray Collar! 😉

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Ready to win one? Well, how about a litter of things? (Get it, Diaper Dawgs, litter, puppies? haha)

Enter in the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a pair of the Original Diaper Dawgs, Diaper Dawgs’ Heavy Dooty Wipes, and The Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar!

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Diaper Dawgs Cloth Wipes

Have you heard about Diaper Dawgs Cloth Wipes?

Diaper Dawgs were created by a cloth diapering mama that wanted to get rid of the ick factor (or at least cut it back some) when taking care of the poop messes that comes with cloth diaper territory. You can see my review for these handy little guys here. After the success of Diaper Dawgs was apparent, the makers of Diaper Dawgs decided to come out with a new product- cloth wipes. But what makes these wipes so special from the hundreds of other brands you can try?

These wipes are like gloves. Yes! There is an opening that you can stick your hand in to wipe the bum. No more crossing your fingers that your wipe doesn’t slip up and hope poop aren’t under your nails or on your finger! Or you can use it like my husband does and flip it inside out after the outside is all dirty from a massive poop explosion and use the inside too. This means you could use half the amount of wipes!

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Now isn’t that a neat idea? My husband LOVES these wipes. He actually requested that I replace all of our wipes with them! Now of course, I have many, many wipes so I can exactly do that. But I do like using these a lot.

These wipes are made of 70% viscose bamboo, 28% organic cotton, and 2% polyester with 100% polyester thread. They are 8×6 rectangles that are perfect for big or small hands. They are some heavy duty wipes but are still soft enough for baby’s bum. These wipes are sold in 6 pack bundles. I really like the thread colors that can match your set of Diaper Dawgs! Best of all, these wipes are made in the USA by a group of stay at home moms.

These wipes have gotten me through some messy situations and I’ve been thankful to have them every single time. Want to purchase them yourself? Click on the “What Do You Do With Poop” banner on the right hand side —–> and you’ll be directed to Diaper Dawgs’ website. These wipes retail at $9.95 but at the end of the week, you have a chance to win them! Make sure you are subscribed to the blog by entering your email over there too —-> so you’ll be the first to know about the giveaway! 🙂

Please Note: I received these wipes for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was made. All opinions are my own and 100% honest!!

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Babyhawk Oh Mei Review

I am always looking for something different to review. When I found the Babyhawk Oh Mei carrier, I knew I had to try it!! The Oh Mei is like the best of both worlds: a soft structured carrier and a Mai Tei. The bottom part of it is a buckle and you wrap the top like a Mei Tai. I won’t lie, I was nervous at first because I had never used a Mei Tai carrier. I had only worn Bai in a soft structured carrier or a wrap. I came to find out that it was easier that I had thought and started to wonder why I waited this long! This is now, officially, my go-to carrier.

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When I say it’s my go-to carrier, I mean this thing gets A LOT of use. When we run errands, it’s in my car. When we’re home, it’s on my dining room table. Bai brings it to me and tells me she wants “uppy” or “wrapped” and it has become her go-to carrier as well. When I say it’s in my car… it’s there with me and goes in the store with me. I always ask Bai if she wants to go in the cart or if she wants wrapped. Usually she wants wrapped.

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The Oh Mei came with tons of sleepy dust! Bai can comfortably fall asleep and stay asleep in this carrier. I like that its so easy for her to nap while we’re out and about. I can not tell you how many trips we’ve had to take during nap time. I have also successfully taken her out of the carrier and transferred her to the car seat without waking her up. I have no clue how I did it, but it really did happen!! As a matter of fact, I’ve been able to do some awesome stuff with this carrier. I was able to use the Spray Pal while baby wearing very easily. And I was able to tandem carry with the Boba during a stressful evening babysitting!

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This is the carrier that I highly recommend to friends and family. I love that even though Bai is almost 2, it still fits her knee to knee. Not many other standard carriers do!! The Oh Mei is just wonderful! It’s comfortable for me, comfortable for her, and convenient to put on. I can not say enough great things about it! They retail for between $115 and $120. You can also have yours custom made with your own fabric or a variety of fabrics that are readily available. If you want yours right away, there are a few that are ready to ship. 🙂

If you want to purchase a Babyhawk Oh Mei carrier, you can do so HERE, find instructions on use HERE, and like their Facebook HERE. 🙂 Be sure to enter the giveaway below!! 🙂

 

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Please Note: I received this carrier for the purpose of this Babyhawk Oh Mei Review. No other compensation was made. All opinions are my own and 100% honest!!

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Spray Pal and Bumgenius Cloth Diaper Giveaway!

I love doing giveaways! To me, they’re super fun. I’m always entering every single one I can find on my favorite blogs and on Facebook pages. And well, here’s my cloth diaper giveaway this week: a Spray Pal and a Bumgenius Freetime! 🙂 Make sure you take a look at their reviews by clicking on the links below! 🙂

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So are you ready to win this really neat package? Enter in the Rafflecopter below and

GOOD LUCK!! 🙂

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Spray Pal Review

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If you’re a cloth diapering mama, chances are you’ve heard of Spray Pal. If not… man are you missing out! When we started cloth diapering, the biggest thing I was afraid of was poop. Poop is a big thing with cloth diapering because you actually have to deal with it. I knew right away that we would be getting a diaper sprayer for our main bathroom and using it always. This just became one of my favorite cloth diapering accessory!

Spray Pal was created by a mom and dad team when they realized how much poopy toilet water splashed all over their bathroom when spraying diapers off. They are a small business working in their home (and garage!) and also made in the USA. Put all that together, and that is one of the best kinds of companies to support, if you ask me!! 🙂

Now onto my review…. This thing is AMAZING. Could I be over exaggerating? No. I hate poop. It used to make me gag. Being a mom of two toddlers, I deal with a lot of poop. And this made my job just a tad bit easier. Here you can see me wearing a toddler (because sometimes we need held after a good poop, I guess?) and spraying down a diaper. No mess. No fuss. Just getting the dirty job done without getting dirty! 🙂

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Spray Pal is also super easy to clean. I wipe it down every other day or so with a Clorox wipe really quick just to keep the germs at bay. You can unclip the snaps to squeeze out the extra water that built up in the diaper. I honestly haven’t done that because I just kinda roll the diaper because its easier for me to throw in my wet bag all rolled up. I also like to keep mine ready at all times for action since poopy diapers can happen up to three times a day! I don’t have time to really set up my equipment, so that works for me. I keep it on a towel that I switch out once a week on the floor next to the toilet. It took some getting used to for the kids to not mess with it. But once I told them it had “poopy yuckies” on it, that was it. No more wanting to touch the poopy yuckies! LOL 🙂

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Overall, this is an awesome tool to have for any cloth diapering family. I honestly wouldn’t recommend living without it. Is that extreme? Maybe. But for retailing at only $25.00, you can still easily save money while cloth diapering. This is a family owned, small business, made in the USA so it’s a business I think everyone should support. Spray Pal also has some adorable t-shirts for toddlers that have the #makeclothmainstream hashtag. Its super cute and Bai wears it often!! Check out Spray Pal’s website HERE and be sure to like them on Facebook HERE. 🙂

Want to win one? Check back tomorrow for the giveaway with a cloth diaper!! 🙂

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5 Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mom

1) Just because I stay home, it does not mean I sit on my butt all day. Do I have the days where I do nothing but watch tv? Sure. But that’s because my job is not an 8 hours a day/5 days a week job. My job could be calling my name at 2am or any other time during the night.

2) I hate cleaning just as much as anyone else. So if you come in my house and there’s a mess, remember how much you don’t like to clean. Then think about how much cleaning you’d get done with little kids running around and how well they “help” you. Messes happen. It’ll get cleaned up eventually.

 

3) Sometimes I envy my husband’s out of the home job. I long for 9 hours out of the house almost every day. But then I remember that I am supposed to be home with my kids. It’s where I am needed right now. And honestly, I think I’d be miserable without this time with my kids.

 

4) I have days where I just want to cry. I get overwhelmed with kids that don’t want to listen, a mess throughout the house, and then having to make 3 meals per day along with however many snacks are asked for that day. This is not a job for the weak. But it can also bring down the strong sometimes. I’d be lying if I said I have never walked away and locked myself in the bathroom to collect myself for a few minutes and then walked out with a happy smile on my face.

 

5) I love my kids, my husband, and my “job” in the household. Just because its difficult, just because I’m always doing something, and just because I have my bad days, does not mean I would trade it in. In my mind, this is the most important job in the world. I’m a cook, a nurse, a maid, a teacher, a babysitter, a stay-at-home mom. My days are never dull, never go as planned, and my house is never 100% clean. And to me, that’s okay!! This is my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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