Items you Need but Don’t Know

You will get all the gifts under the moon, people will offer you tons of advice, and you will see all over the internet great ideas but there is a list of things people forget to tell you that you will end up buying. Thankfully my best friend is a peditrican and gave me lots of pointers before I had Layla so I was prepared, I will pass on this knowledge to you guys!

  1. Vitamin D drops by Enamel Poly-Vi-Sol – These are the best drops for giving your baby the vitamin D they need since they will not be in the sun so much. You need to put the recommended dosage in their bottle every morning or in their mouth when breastfeeding. If you switch to formula this step will be unnecessary because the formula will already have it. Found at Babies-R-Us or Amazon $12-2271q7MW0SxpL._SY679SX438_SY679_CR,0,0,438,679_PIbundle-2,TopRight,0,0_SX438_SY679_CR,0,0,438,679_SH20_.jpg
  2. Destin Maximum Relief Diaper Rash Cream– Another good trick I learned was to apply butt cream after each changing to ensure she will not get a diaper rash. This was the one recommend to me and so far Layla has been rash free and happy. I heard there is nothing worse than a diaper rash for a baby, so stock up when they are on sale its in the purple tube. $3.79 Target

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3. Little Remedies Gripe Water – A highly effective herbal supplement which eases gas and stomach discomfort often associated with colic and hiccups.  The formula includes ginger and fennel, which have been shown to be beneficial as an aid to digestion. We give this to Layla when she has the hiccups really bad or if it looks like her tummy hurts. We love this stuff it works instantly. $10.99 Target

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4. Infant’s Tylenol- I did not have this on hand and I am still mad at myself for not buying it sooner, because when they need it and are in pain there is nothing worse than hearing that cry. So please buy this because you never know if they will get a fever, bonk their head, or after their shots and will need it. $6.99 CVS

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5. Little Remedies Gas Relief Drops-When babies swallow too much air during feeding, excess gas can build up in their stomachs, leading to discomfort and crying. A new food or formula can also cause excess gas. Little Remedies for Tummy’s Gas Drops work quickly and safely to reduce gas build up caused by food or swallowing of air, so babies feel better in a hurry. Always good to have this on hand especially for colicky babies. $6.99 Target

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6. NoseFrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator– I know I know this sounds gross and it is but you made this baby you might as well help them with a few boogies. NoseFrida uses parents’ own suction to clear babies’ stuffy noses. Place large tube against child’s nostril creating a seal, use red mouthpiece to suck out snot. Move tube in a circular motion against child’s nostril – you will hear and see mucus coming out of the nose. For thick mucus, use a few drops of NoseFrida Saline Snot Spray in each nostril to help loosen mucus before using NoseFrida. $15.49 at Target

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7. Mustela PhysiObebe No-Rinse Cleansing Fluid-This is a no rinse soap for babies, we squirt this on a little wash cloth and whenever she has a blow out and doesn’t need a bath but needs some cleaning we use this. Or if it’s not bath day just take a clean cloth and go over their face and body and they smell good as new! Love this stuff! $10.99 Target

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Thats all I got for now, hopefully this helps you as much as it helped Layla and I!

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3 Month Update

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I can’t believe this little sweetheart is growing up so fast! Its been a little over three months since Layla was born but somehow it feels like she has always been apart of our lives! Life with a baby is a huge adjustment but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. She is growing so big and coo’ing all the time. I absolutely adore this stage! She definitely recognizes her mama and I get that big toothless grin most of the time when she see’s me! That alone makes all the hard work worth it! I can safely say that I have a new appreciation for so many small things in life. A glass of wine has never tasted so good!

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She’s such a happy girl, I love when she smiles and laughs like this

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She is starting to fit in more clothes so dressing her up is becoming more fun!

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Layla weighs 11.6 lbs and is 22 inches long, I love her little plump belly and those short legs! She has grown about 1 pound and 1 inch in a month. We have her in 3 month clothing and still some 0-3 month stuff and are in size 1 diapers! She sleeps a solid 5 hour stretch in the beginning of the night (sometimes 6 or 7!) Followed by waking up every 2 hours after that. She’s doing great in her crib but sleeps on her back so I also feel like she is getting a bit of a bald spot! The pediatrician said it didn’t seem like anything to be to concerned about that eventually it would grow back. She is also drooling and blowing bubbles a lot more so I’m wondering if this is the beginning stages of teething?! When they say “enjoy this stage because they grow up so quickly” they aren’t lying!

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Whats in my Diaper Bag

Putting together a diaper bag can be confusing, you never know if you are packing the right  stuff or items you don’t need. When I pack my diaper bag I try and keep it light and only pack the necessities because between that and carrying around a baby in a car seat, light is right. Choosing a diaper bag is also a big deal, you need to find one that holds everything, has pockets, can handle the elements of daily life and most importantly has a  shoulder strap. I say a shoulder strap because when  you are holding a heavy car seat in one hand and then your diaper bag in the other its much easier to have it hanging on your shoulder.

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Here is a list of things one will need in a diaper bag..

  1. Car keys – duh
  2. O Ring Keychain Holder – best invention ever, I slide it up my arm when I am in a rush and am not taking my purse in with me. Cost $55 http://www.swoozies.com
  3. Wub-a-Nub- These are always good especially when we are out and about and she starts to get fussy I give her it and it buys me 5 minutes of silence$12 at Amazon
  4. Change of clothes – You never know when baby will have a blow out, always keep 1-2 outfits you can quickly swap out
  5. Bows- I always like to have a bow handy, if she’s not wearing one people ask me if she’s a boy and that gets old
  6. Socks- Its winter here still and she always throws one off and then I can’t find it so easier to keep an extra pair handy
  7. Blanket- People are always going to tell you baby is cold when they may or may not be, so I always keep a little blanket with me incase she needs wrapping up
  8. Bibb- always good to have on hand
  9. Kind Bars- I always need a good healthy snack!
  10. Pacifier leash- I just started using this and it has been a god send, no more picking up pacifiers off dirty floors and cleaning them
  11. Rattel- Something to distract them when they are starting to get fussy
  12. Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station- AHHH love this thing! I whip it out un velcro it and can change her in seconds. It holds diapers, butt paste and wipes in it. Cost $29 found at Amazon or Buy Buy Baby
  13. Not pictured but bottles- I always keep one on me, but don’t forget to take it out to wash it after it has been used will start to smell!

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Baby Fashion

I try and find cute clothes for Layla that are not always pajamas, and that are comfortable. I search the Internet, small boutiques, Etsy, and Zulily for the cutest stuff I like to keep Layla’s little style comfy, cute, and most importantly practical. When things are on sale thats a huge bonus because we all know they only wear them once or twice and then they don’t fit which is a huge bummer! Here are some current outfits I am loving for Layla..

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These again are essential in our everyday lives her Kickee pants gowns that turn into pants. She sleeps in them and they are great because they stretch. We nick named her “Wiggy” because she is such a wiggle worm that she needs clothes that have room to move. I have found the outfits that are not made with as stretchy fabric are less comfortable for her because she can’t kick her little legs as much. Cost $32-43 per outfit. Found at  http://www.kickeepants.com

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As much as I love Kickee pants the buttons sometimes get to be a pain in the booty! I found these cool zip up outfits they are SUPER easy! I put her legs in there and zip it up and bam she is dressed and ready to go in less then 30 seconds. My favorite zip ups are by Aden + Anais they are made out of the same fabric as the swaddles so they are very breathable and stretch with her. Cost $29.99 Found at http://www.amazon.com

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Here are the wonderful Daddy loving Magnetic clothes. The line is called Magnificent and they are so great! I think this outfit has been worn the most because Daddy loves throwing it on her and not having to fuss with buttons or zippers. Next time I find these on sale I will be buying more. Funny story the other night Dad was on bath duty and I hear him screaming for me to come help him dress her. I go into the room and ask him whats wrong he says, “WHY would you buy her an outfit with no arms??” I look down and he has the layette gown upside down, her feet were in the arms, the bottom of the gown was around her neck, and her arms were tucked by her side. I fell over crying I was laughing so hard. So point being Magnificent is best for new dads. Cost $29.99 http://www.amazon.com

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This was one of my favorite outfits of Layla’s its by Baby Loo, my mom bought it for me from a cute boutique but I have seen it also on Zulily. It is soft, warm, and has beautiful flower detail on it. Cost $63 Found at http://www.Zulily.com

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We are going to Cabo in a few months so I purchased this Just Couture outfit not knowing that a XS was for NB so I will have to buy another one before we go in a Small that should fit 3-6 months. I just love this because of the pom poms and the head piece that matches its so stinking cute. Luckily the day she wore this the weather here was 75 degrees so this was perfect. Cost $49.99 but its is on sale for $29.99. Found at http://www.justcouture.com

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Lastly, this outfit is from a boutique I found on Instagram called Cecil and Lou, they make lots of southern style outfits like this one. I ordered her a smocked Easter dress from here too. Cost $29.99 with monogramming found at http://www.cecilandlou.com

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Rock ‘n Play to Crib..The 4 B’s

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Let the angels sing! Last night was our first time putting her in her crib for the whole night. I was nervous because I was so sure she would not like it. After hours and hours of searching the internet for advice on transitioning baby, we came up with our own method because what I was reading sucked. My husband and I put our heads together to figure out what think would work best for Layla, and thats where we came up with the 4 B’s. Bath, Bottle, Book, then Bed. After we came up with this we decided we would do this right at 9pm every night knowing that she sleeps in 5 hour increments.

1. B-Bath: We used to bathe her in the AM because we found it would wake her up, so we decided to switch to night to relax her. We made the bath time calming and did not try to make it a production like we used to do in the AM. After her bath I got the green light to put lotion on her so we tried out the Johnson & Johnson bed time lotion in the purple bottle. It smelled like lavender and I think she liked it! (wasn’t as good as the Noodle & Boo, but if it makes her sleep better then I’ll take it!) After her lotion we put her in her pjs, then we tried the Halo Sleep Sack and it was a success. I had had issues with this sleep sack in the past she did not like it but it worked well because she could not move her arms. If you don’t have one a good swaddle will do, as long as they can’t move their arms they are good.

2. B-Bottle: I had a bottle warming while I drew her bath for her because every time she gets out of the bath she is starving for some reason. Which works in our program because that will be her last feeding before bed. Then we changed her diaper and put her back in her sleep sack.

3. B- Book: We choose a short book to read to her while my husband was rocking her. The trifecta of everything was starting to hit her. The eyes were getting heavy, her head was drooping and we knew it was working.

4. B-Bed: Once she was asleep we placed her in the crib ( I had removed  the bumper, and pillows from her crib prior to this) I have a sleep sheep attached to the side of her crib, I turned on the heart sound and it was nice and relaxing for her. We have the Motorola camera in her crib which works great, especially at night I can hear and see everything. it also tells you the temperature of her bedroom. We turned off all the lights, closed the blinds, and her door

We stood in the kitchen for a while watching her on the monitor to see if she would freak out but she didn’t. We came to an agreement to not do the “cry it out method” but to give her 15 minutes max of crying then one of us can go in there and check on her so she knows we didn’t abandon her. The second we got into bed I hear her screaming at the top of her lungs, I checked the time and was going to wait the 15 minutes, but after 2-3 minutes it was silent in there and I saw she fell back asleep on her own! She slept till 2:45am, my husband got up changed and fed her and put her back in bed. She stayed asleep till 7:15am. This was just night one, I will update y’all on our progress. I am pretty happy about our method and hopefully it works for us so it can work for you

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