Sleep Training Baby Tips

sleeoSo there are a lot of articles and websites on how to sleep train your baby… what age to start… what to do.. how to do it… where to do… who should do it… and that all is GREAT… but here are some basic tips to help you get your goals no matter what you choose to do!

1. Start early – By this I mean use the first month or two to get all your cuddling and rocking baby to sleep out of your system.. because then I want you to think about what you want your 6 month old to need to put themselves to sleep… A lot of parents develop habits for their kids, only to then want to do away with them a few months later.. that is NOT fair to your baby!!! Keep in mind from early on what you want and don’t want your baby to need to fall asleep… and be fair to them too!

2. Be consistent – that means mommy, daddy, grandparents and caretakers. For those of you who have my book, I stress this a lot, but consistency is key. As long as everyone is following the same routine before bedtime, our little ones start associating what will come next and there are no surprises. At first its hard, but believe me, it pays to be consistent!

3. Be patient – if you start sleep training and it’s a disaster.. take a couple of weeks off.. then try again. Maybe your baby isn’t ready, maybe your baby is having a growth spurt and it’s bad timing. Maybe…. It will take a few days to get your baby to catch on… so if he or she is not ready… just dust yourself off, wait a couple of weeks, and try again!

4. Be flexible – if you try one method and you hate it or daddy hates it or baby hates it… take a week off and try a new method… try to blend methods… make up your own method… Just because one method does not work for you, even though it worked for all your best friends and your mom and your sister, does not mean it has to work for you. Every baby is different, so keep trying until you succeed.

Happy sleeping babies to you all!!!

Perfect Pre/Post Preggo Pants

Alright, let’s talk about my latest discovery… the best pre- and post- pregnancy pants ever… My younger sister found them by accident and now we literally own every single pair! They are the UniQlo Leggings Pants!! They come in great colors and have a real button in the front and real pockets in the back. The ‘zipper’ and front ‘pockets’ are sewn in seams, so your pregnancy/mommy brain never has to worry about accidentally leaving your zipper undone! Best part is that they LOOK like real pants and have an amazing stretch at the waist and legs to really accommodate your pre- or post- preggo belly! I literally wear them to work everyday… Definitely check them out when you can… you will not be disappointed. Oh wait, did I forgot to mention that they are ONLY $22!!! Yes real- looking, super comfy stretch pants for only $22! I will post a few outfits that I came up with wearing these pants and simple tops, getting looks for under $40! Stay tuned….

 

5 Minute Make-Up Routine

IMG_8274For all of us moms, sometimes getting ready in the morning seems like a bonus to the day. But, I have come up with a 5 minute make-up routine, all courtesy of basic drugstore cosmetics, that can make you look and feel fresh and ready to take on the day. Sometimes just looking refreshed can help you take on the day with new-found energy! Check out today’s post on my sister blog Runways & Rattles!

Smelly Diaper Pail Solution

diaperpail deodorizerAh.. the intense smells that seep out of those diaper pails are strong enough to make you pass out… at least that’s how I used to feel. Then I found these little balls of genius. They are the Munchkin Arm and Hammer Nursery Fresheners! I put on of these at the bottom of every diaper pail in my house, including the small garbage can that we use next to the potty, and voi la, no more smells when I walk past the diaper pail. And the best part is they are made of baking soda, so they are safe to have around baby! I highly recommend using these little nose savers!

Baby Changing Table / Dresser

dresserOriginally when my sister and I bought our baby furniture, we wanted perfectly matched pieces to the cribs we had chosen. Little do you realize that most of these baby changing table are not ideal! One thing I realized was that I like to make sure everything is on the same level – meaning the changing pad and my favorite diaper caddy with all the essentials, plus any change of clothes/socks/shoes/accessories etc.. So after getting dressers that had very small drawers and small top surfaces, my sister and I both switched to the IKEA Malm 6 drawer dresser. It is awesome – 1. its inexpensive 2. its easy to put together 3. it comes in all the colors you would need to match whatever crib you buy 4. the drawers are really spacious and there are 6 of them 5. there are a LOT of them 6. IKEA also sells these organization boxes that fit PERFECTLY inside to help keep all those little baby things organized. We both absolutely love it and would highly recommend it! And now with my toddler, I just removed the changing pad and keep the caddy up there with accessories and lotion and I placed some books and book ends where the pad used to be. It was an easy transition into letting her get herself dressed!

TIP: Place an non-skid shelf lining (available at the dollar store) under the changing pad and caddy to prevent then from sliding around AND make sure you nail in the changing pad to the back of the dresser!