Tag Archives: a mom + company

Co-Sleeping, is it worth it?

There are many challenges when you talk about babies and sleeping.

With us, we co-sleep, and our challenges are clear, and I like to think very commonly amongst co-sleeping parents.

First off, yes our son sleeps in our bed. I know there are many risks to having a child in your bed, but I do try to minimize the ‘standard’ risks as much as possible. One he doesn’t use a pillow. Secondly, he sleeps on my side, not in between my husband and me. I have a barrier making sure he cannot roll off the bed.

One thing that sucks is when he goes to sleep I have to go to bed as well. If he stirs and I am not beside him, he will instantly wake up, and bedtime will be prolonged for another two or three hours. Sure maybe that is because he also breastfeeds, but I do believe this is due to the co-sleeping. The lack of body warmth beside him wakes him quickly.

Another challenge is the lack of sleep. You may have heard that you get more sleep with co-sleeping, but that is just not true. While my son sleeps the whole night through, every time he moves or stirs I wake up. Call it mommy instincts or what have you, but the number of times I wake up outweigh the ‘extra’ sleep I get by already being in bed after breastfeeding.

Now it’s not all horrible. One thing that co-sleeping was wonderful for was breastfeeding. We are now going on 17 months of breastfeeding.

It also helped put the baby back to sleep quicker during those midnight feedings when he was younger. For one they are already in bed, and your body warmth will quickly lul them back to sleep. Which will help overall the amount that your baby sleeps.

My son is currently 17 months old. We still co-sleep, but lately the minimal amount of sleep has had me thinking it is time to get him to his bed. There is only so many cups of coffee this mama can consume in a day!

So overall for us co-sleeping was the way to go, I will let you know later on how that goes,

Cheers,

5 easy tips for getting organized using a planner

You always hear, organization is key.

Well, for most of us, (especially me) organization just does not come easy! So here are a few tips and tricks on using a planner to help with getting organized.

1. Figure out if you are more of a sit and write or write on the go. This is a crucial step. I like to sit and write, meaning I make time early in the morning to sit down with my coffee and planner. I add new things to it, along with checking out what I need to do for the day. If you are a write and go, means you need something regularly with you to remind you of tasks throughout the day, and to jot down spur of the moment things.

2. Color is key! For me it is. I love to write in different colors and make my planner a bright mess. While I do use my black and gold template, I write in blue, pink, purple, green, any color I can get my hands on really.

3. This one kind of goes with 2, color coordinate. It makes it easy to spot certain types of tasks. I know anything written in red means medical. Blue is work. Green is dates. Purple is birthdays. Find your colors and make your key chart to remind you what colors to use where.

4. Use it for lists. Some of mine are, grocery, medical, dates, birthdays, appointments, writing for work, research, etc.

5. Chores. Yes, no one likes this word, but making a written plan helps me stick to it better. I, for example, do all of our laundries on Mondays and Thursdays. Towels get done Thursdays as well (we have a whole lot of towels where I can put it off for a month unless I see that written reminder!) Mopping is Tuesdays. Grocery is Friday. Having chores spread out throughout the week actually helps me too. It makes me feel like I am doing less since I don’t spend an entire day on them.

These are my secret five musts for organization using a planner. It really does help me keep up with all of my goals and tasks of the day. There is just something about putting pen to paper that makes things commit to memory, and then the added benefit of seeing it all colorful and bright catching the attention of anyone within a hundred yards finishes bringing it home for me.

I hope my small, easy tricks to organization helps you as much as it did me.

Be sure to sign up for my free planner templates!

Until Next time!

Cheers!

Getting ready for the baby, what you really need in your hospital bag!

You have finally come around to making that pesky hospital bag. Whether you are 20 weeks pregnant or 35 weeks, it’s never an easy task.

I am sure you have heard it all by now, I know I did. From the must-haves in the hospital bag to the just leave behind you’ll never use. And truth be told some were right, not to mention everyone’s experience is different. The reality is, it also has to do with your hospital and what they give. So here are some of my musts and leave behind, with a few extra tips along the way.

1. Non-slip socks. Forget the slippers or the shoes, just plain old socks. If you have your baby in the little bassinet beside you, you’ll still need to take a step to reach over for your bundle safely. If you already have socks on it makes it much easier than having to search for and put on shoes. I got these cute ones from amazon, here.
2. Hair ties. I don’t know how your labor will go, but my contractions came on my hair wash day. Now, I am a first-time mom and didn’t realize I had quite some time to shower and do my hair, but my panic and rush to the hospital had me in labor without my hair being done. Hair ties were my savior.
3. Boppy. That is if you are planning on breastfeeding. It will get you used to it for when you get home, not to mention much more comfortable than having your arm floating around while you and your little learn to bond.
4. Electronic chargers. Phone, laptop, e-reader, whatever electronics you take remember the chargers.
5. 2 comfortable sets of clothing. I had a natural labor, meaning comfy for me was a dress. If you have a c-section comfortable for you may be leggings. Plan for both occasions, you never know what turn things may take.

Now comes the maybe section. I brought toiletries, but my hospital gave me everything from toothpaste and brush to a hairbrush, shampoo, conditioner. I also took makeup that I did not use. So if you are a big makeup user take it, otherwise leave it behind. You will be too enamored of your new bundle to worry too much about what you look like, though you may want to dabble on some makeup for those first few pictures.

They gave me tucks (which are wonderful! you can find them here if you don’t get them) as well as pads, and the pain relief spray. I had heavy bleeding where I needed two blood transfusions, so I ended up sending my husband to buy me Depends because I leaked through the pads. Future pregnancies I will take depends, however, because they were much more comfortable than the mesh panties they give you.

I took magazines and some “entertainment” things to keep my mind off the pain (no epidural) but never used them. I just closed my eyes and tried to rest in between contractions. That is something I will leave behind next time, but it may be helpful for some. Especially if you do an epidural, you’ll want something to do to pass the time.

The don’t include section. Do not take too many clothes. For me, it was better to use the hospital gown because it had breastfeeding flaps. Much easier and if it got milk or blood on it I could just request another.

Nipple cream. I got about four “sample” tubes that lasted me up until three months postpartum.

Breast pads, I got two boxes of them from the hospital.

Never be afraid to ask for things. Alcohol swabs to clean the babies belly button. They may not give you the breast pads and cream unless you ask for it. Anything that may be for your well-being and your babies, they will have so ask away. My hospital also gave me a bag of diapers and wipes, though I have heard some hospitals do not give wipes anymore. Like I said, ask for everything, worse case scenario you can send someone to the gift shop for you to get anything you may need.

Happy Packing!

Top 10 tried and tested baby items worth the money

 

10 Tried and tested baby items that are worth the money.

As if having a baby wasn’t overwhelming enough, especially as a first-time mom, but having to pick the “right” items makes it that much more stressful.

I remember running around my local baby store six months pregnant scanning everything in sight.

I had no idea what was worth buying. While family and friends loved to give me their opinion, the items were all over the board.

Then there was my none stop research and Amazon adventures. I will gladly say, my name is Michelle, and I am an Amazon addict. I mean hello, we have prime, two-day free shipping! Nothing can beat that. Especially pregnant with sciatica, and the summer heat.

While I do not claim to be an expert, I have tried and tested a few different types of the same items from brands, to styles. So after all of these trial and errors, and more money spent than I am willing to admit to my husband, I am confident enough to compile this list. Here are my top ten tried and tested baby items that are worth the money.

*I am not affiliated to any of these items or companies*

 

1.Infantino Grow with Me Activity Gym + Ball Pit –This is wonderful, and I was so excited when I got it for my baby shower. It has a decent amount of cushion where I felt it safe to lay my baby in there without any additional padding in the bottom. My son loved the bright colors from the animals hanging above. Then once he began to roll over, I lifted the mesh border which helped him stay in there. And once he learned to sit up I turned it into the ball pit setting. It was a great staple in my house until he was about one year old.

 

 

2.Diaper Dekor Classic Diaper Disposal System –
I had heard for so long how the Diaper Gene and all other diaper pails were such a waste of money. That once you opened it, the smell wafted into the room and it reeked. Now, these diaper pails I noticed were just a single top with a special liner. Then I ran across the Diaper Dekor. Not only does it have a self-closing lid, but an interior “trap door” which opens only as the diaper is dropped in quickly closing once it passes the opening, actually minimizing the time in which smell can get out. Another thing I liked about it was the fact that you could create the size of your bag. Meaning you could take it out daily and not “waste” any bag space. I love this so much I have purchased it as a baby shower gift three times already!

 

 

3.Fisher Price 4-in-1 Rock N Glide Soother-
Oh, the glider, how I love you. This item is fantastic! Not only does it rotate to glide front to back and side to side, but you can take the seat out and make it a rocker. Forget the swing; the glider was our lifesaver!

 

 

 

 

4.ezpz Happy Mat/Bowl-
While it may be quite a few months before you sit your little one in a high chair to eat this is still something you will want. It sticks to the table or highchair and is a mat and bowl/or plate all in one. Perfect for that “lets toss all our food and plate on the floor” phase.

 

 

5.Fisher Price Deluxe Fast Finder Backpack Diaper Bag-
Oh, diaper bags. There are just so many! So many designs and colors, brands and prices. I know I was slightly addicted to buying them in the beginning. I think I totaled four before finally trying out the backpack diaper bag I had purchased for my husband. Well, I LOVED it and never used any other kind again. WHile there are many backpack designs out there this one is my favorite. The individually designed spaces for items makes finding things super easy and convenient. If this isn’t for you and you want something “girly” or “classy” check out leather backpack diaper bags. I can not stress enough how more convenient it is to have the backpack versus the totes.

6.Chicco Lullago Delux Travel Crib-
A go to life saver. If I had to work, I could easily take it to another room. Nowhere near as clunky as a pack n play, and so much lighter. I also used this as his bed in our room until he learned to stand. It is deeper than the average bassinet and longer as well letting you use it for a much more extended period. Not to mention it’s put away quickly and perfect for on the go for any getaway trips.

 

7.Graco Swift Fold High Chair-

An absolute must have. This highchair folds so easily and takes up almost no room once folded up. Especially ideal for those with little storage space.

 

 

 

8.Aquatopia Bathtime Saftey Kneeler-
This is one of those items I see people say all the time is a waste of money. While you can survive without it, all I will say is your knees will thank you for this.

 

 

 

9.Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Drop Shape Humidifier-
I saw many reviews on this humidifier, some good some bad. My honest take on it is that for the price it is worth it. Easy to take apart and clean, though you may need some cotton swabs to reach a couple of places. It never took me longer than five minutes to clean. I used it daily for months at a time and still works great. Also very quiet, which we all know is a must for a sleeping baby.

10.Halo Sleepsack-
My son was a master at getting out of the blanket swaddle, so when I came across this, I hadto try it. Man was it a game changer. Not only would it keep him swaddled, but it also allowed me to let his arms free and keep his feet in the sack for daytime naps.

 

 

BONUS – VTech Super Star Learning Table-
Yes, a bonus. Why, well because I love spoiling my baby and buying him toys. This is one of those grows with them toys. Once he learned to sit, I pulled this bad boy out, left it on the floor without the legs and he loved it. Then once he began trying to stand, I put the legs on and it was sturdy and strong enough for him to pull himself up and stand. Now at 16 months, where he walks and runs he still plays with it. (He loves pretending to drive). SO if you want to invest in a toy, this is one that will be worth the money and more for a long time use.

 

I hope that you all find this helpful! I know that if I had a list like this from the get go, we would have saved quite a few hundred dollars.

Until next time!