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Airports and Airplanes: How to Travel with your Baby

Part 1: Prepping for the trip

You’re sitting in front of your computer about to purchase your flight tickets, and you see that little button in the drop down menu; “infant in lap”. Your excitement is quickly replaced with dread. How the hell are you going to do this? We just got in her into a bed time routine, she’s finally sleeping through the night, and we are about to subject her to a SIX hour time difference, and a twelve hour flight… We must be crazy…

Hawaii better be worth it

So as we prepare to take to the air with our 5 month old, I hope I can shed some light as to what we bought, brought, and didn’t need. So here I am again to talk about what works, what doesn’t, and what you might consider trying. So let’s start at the beginning.

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Parenting

How to sleep train your baby

How to get your room back:

So you research, read, and look through a million pins on Pinterest. You’re trying to gear yourself up for what will most likely be the month from hell, as you hope to transition your little one from your bed into theirs. If you’re like me, you’ve probably read through a billion parenting blogs and come up feeling just as stressed as you were before you started. Now, unfortunately, this is more of a “trial and error” type deal. I wish I could tell you that the Mayo Clinic just released a fool proof “put your baby to sleep kit,” but they didn’t… You and I must suffer alongside our fellow parents. Whether you are transitioning from a bedside bassinet or your own bed, this post should hopefully give you some tips on how to tackle this beast. (more…)

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Parenting

Co-Sleeping: the truth behind closed doors

 

Co-Sleeping: The Truth Behind

Closed Doors

I was six months pregnant, and in New York on holiday with my husband when the words finally flew out of my mouth in conversation. “I will NEVER let our baby sleep in our bed,” the judgmental me, protested. “Our bed is for us, it’s a private thing between a husband and wife. Besides it takes away the romance in the room.” At the time, I assumed I would be the “strong mother,” one who was able to hide biological cues. I was convinced from day one I would be able to place my baby in her crib alone, and be able to battle the crying like a champion. I thought ignorantly, like most first time mothers, that I would be the exception to every stereotype and rule about new mothers. (more…)

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Cloth Diapering, Parenting

Cloth Diapering: Doing the Laundry

Cloth Diapering

 Cloth Diapering Part 3: Doing the Laundry

 

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Cloth Diapering

Cloth Diapering Basics: Part 2

Cloth Diapering

Part 2

Okay so let’s talk about types of cloth diapers and what you’ll need for diapering with them. The cheapest option for diapering your little one would be the old school way; Prefolds. Hundreds of different brands make their version of a Prefold, but basically they are a piece of fabric that is seamed into thirds, and the middle third has multiple layers to it. In order to use these, you’ll have to learn how to fold them up, which is not nearly as hard as you would think after a couple tries. Then you have two options from here. You can either fasten the old school way with safety pin, or the way I would recommend, would be Snappis. A Snappi is a stretchy plastic fastener with teeth on each end, that you pull across the sides and the bottom of the diaper to secure it. Now a Prefold diaper will absorb up the liquid, but they are not water proof, so I would recommend having a couple shells on hand, or wet pants, to keep the liquid in between changes. Now you’ll want about 24-27 diapers on hand of this style to last you 2-3 days between washing. I would also recommend 8-12 wet pants (view wet pants here); you won’t need as many wet pants since you can reuse them for multiple changes provided there is not a major mess. If you REALLY want to cut cost you can either use receiving blankets your not using and fold them up for diapers, and if you’re handy, you could make your own out of old tee shirts.
               

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