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Must Have Baby Registry Items and Items I Regret Purchasing

A baby registry can be SO FUN to put together. It can also be A BIT OVERWHELMING to do and INTIMIDATING, as you might feel you won’t know what you’ll to definitely use.

When I was planning my baby registry, I ran across so many LONG lists of items that, looking back now, were unnecessary and were confusing! But don’t worry, I’ll break it down for you ❤

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So here is a basic list of the most useful baby items to put on your registry:

1.Baby burp cloths and receiving blankets

2.Baby bibs

    • Cloth bibs are hands down the cutest and most effective way to help accessorize that adorable drooling baby. I also use them when feeding baby with a bottle so I don’t need to change onesies/outfits so often.
    • Personal Favorite:Baby Girl Bibs, Baby Boy Bibs

3.Sleepers (so easy to put on and take off)

4.Muslin swaddle blankets

  • GREAT for swaddling, tummy time on the floor, or as a catch all when holding baby.

5.Diaper pail

    • I didn’t get ONE initially for our first baby and we would take the diapers out immediately. After getting one, it has been AMAZING to just take the trash out every evening or every other day because the smell is contained so well!
    • Personal Favorite:Safety 1st Diaper Pail

6.Bottles and bottle brush

  • I put 4 oz and 8 oz bottles on my registry along with a few nipple sizes as the baby would eventually switch flow types. We used the 4 oz bottles for a few months and then switched to the 8oz. I would aim for 4-6 of each bottle size. And of course you’ll need some bottle brushes along the way. You can opt for a reusable one or one you replace every few months.
  • Personal Favorite: Brown’s Original Bottle, 8 Ounce, 4-Pack

7. Bottle drying rack

  • There are two layer drying rack and one layer ones, both do the trick! Consider how much counter space you have when picking yours 🙂
  • Personal Favorite:Boon Bundle Feeding Set

8. Microwave sterilizer

  • THIS IS GAME CHANGER with keeping your bottles, pacifiers, pumping equipment sterile! The alternative is boiling water and sterilizing the things in there instead for 5 minutes and I did that for a few months FOR NO REASON before buying the microwave version. Just go for the $15-20 sterilizer  : )
  • Personal favorite: Munchkin Microwave Sterilizer

9. Infant carrier (TECHNICALLY optional) but highly recommended.

  • Moby, Boba, Tula, ergobaby are all great brands! Ring slings (any brand) are also great!
  • Personal Favorites when baby is little: Ring sling or moby. Personal Favorite when baby is 6+ months: Tula.

10. Boppy

11. Sippy Cups/silicone bibs for eating/plates/baby spoons

  • This will come in handy with the baby is older and trying foods. The gifts that keep on giving!
  • Personal favorite:
  • Silicone Baby Bibs

12. Carseat and stroller

  • Either a standalone carseat or a travel system is a must for safe travel with an infant.
  • Two personal favorites: chicco bravo travel system AND baby jogger city mini

13. Diaper Bag

  • So easy for either parent to carry and comfortable to wear with one or both shoulder straps.

14. Diapers and wipes

  • The registry items you will definitely use. If you are having a diaper party, of course feel free to leave these off.

Personal favorite wipes: Seventh Generation Baby Wipes

15. Bassinet/crib + mattress

  • Having a safe place to sleep for baby is essential. Some families do choose to cosleep safely but we felt more comfortable using a bassinet and then transitioning to a crib.
  • Personal favorite Bassinet: Arm’s Reach Bassinet

16. Baby swing OR bouncer

  • From my experience you don’t need both.

17. Exersaucer/ activity center

18. Onesies

  • I would have at least 8-10 of each size (besides newborn, just have a few of that size) so you don’t have to do laundry daily if you do not have to. A newborn can go through 3-4 a day easily. People usually get onesies and outfits for babies that they pick, but you can ALWAYS put onesies or  outfits on your registry that you LOVE.

19. OTHER items  (also optional to put on registry but useful to get before babies arrival)

  • Pacifiers, diapers (people usually will give you diapers but feel free to list them), specific outfits or accessories (bows/hats) that you are IN LOVE with and would like friends/family to get your little one, baby sling/tub.
  • If you are having a summer baby, I would strongly suggest a baby dome so baby can hang with you outside, either catch a quick nap or do some tummy time.
  • Fisher-Price On-The-Go Baby Dome

Items I regret purchasing or NEVER needed

      1. Newborn sized baby swaddles – Our first was so small and I just wanted him to be so cozy, but within a week we had moved up sizes! I remember ordering these off of amazon in the middle of the night.  I was very sleep deprived and made some impulse purchases on these.
      2. A second and third diaper bag. Not sure what I was thinking, but we really only use the first one that I bought. Sometimes I even just put a few things in my purse if we just run into the store. So crazy, I used to strategically overpack that bag, now I realize we hardly use more than 5 or 6 things (Burp cloth, swaddle, diaper, wipes, hand sanitizer, extra onesie).
      3. Bottle warmer – YUP. It’s still in the box. I do think I tried it a few times but was a hassle and putting milk in a warm water bath or running under warm water was much easier and worked better for us.
      4. WIPE warmer – babies are really okay with room temperature wipes.

Have a safe delivery all you mamas! Let me know what you think, what is your favorite must have baby item?

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Types of linens for baby: Receiving blankets, burp cloths, and swaddles

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Burp cloths, receiving blankets, swaddles. WAIT, what are they each used for?

Let’s break it down really quick. It can be confusing, all this parent lingo!

1. Receiving blankets

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  • These are thin blankets used when feeding baby, for spit up, swaddling a newborn, for diaper changes, or really anytime.
  • Not very absorbent but relatively large, which makes them easy to use.
  • Standard size is 30 inch x 30 inch, but depending on the company, can be smaller or larger than this.
  • Many are flannel, which makes them soft and warm
  • Machine washable

2. Burp cloths

burp cloths

  • Thicker and smaller than receiving blankets used primarily for feeding a baby   and burping a baby.
  • These can come in various sizes an shapes. These are more absorbent than receiving blankets and ARE MY GO TO WHEN FEEDING A BABY
  • Machine washable

3. Swaddles

swaddles

  • The largest of the three linens listed.
  • THESE ARE MY OVERALL FAVORITE
  • They can be used to swaddle a baby, for tummy time on the floor, feeding/burping, diaper changes when out, a nursing cover, a drape over the carseat, as a baby blanket in the carseat or when being held, to use on the changing table as a cover over the pad, to play peak-a-boo and more.
  • The term Muslin refers to how the cotton is loosely woven to make this blanket. So now you know when you hear the term Muslin swaddle they are referring to the light, breathable nature of the fabric.
  • This is the MOST VERSATILE and useful as the baby gets older. Though you can swaddle a newborn with a receiving blanket, these being larger make it easier as baby grows to swaddle or fully cover baby when holding them.
  • They are thin, very soft and prevent baby from overheating.
  • Sizes vary, typically between  44 x 44 inches and 47 x 47 inches.
  • Machine washable and do not quickly show signs of wear

Here is a picture comparing the sizes of a receiving blanket and swaddle.

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IN SUMMARY, these three types of linen can ALL be used for feeding a baby, for diaper changes, and for any messes. When making a registry, all three are good to put on, as it is nice to have some of each. I would aim for at least 4-6 swaddles, 6-8 receiving blankets, and at least 8 burp cloths at the minimum. It really all depends on how often you want to do laundry. You can always have extras and you’ll be using them!

You got this, mamas and papas! : )

Hope

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A Letter To My Husband

I love this life with you.

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I love celebrating small and big victories with you. I enjoy our time together as a family at home, exploring, traveling, and making memories with you.

Thanks for making me comforted and supported when I am emotional and feeling overwhelmed.

Thanks for making me laugh even when I want to cry.

Thank you for being kind to me even when I am having a rough day and I often forget to tell you how much it helps to have your support.

You work hard at your job and then still have energy to take on house projects.

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Thank you for being so sweet with our child. I never knew how someone that I respect so much and has always been strong and stoic can also be so gentle and touching.

You are an amazing man. You are a great friend to your friends and an incredible husband.

Thanks for giving me space when I need it.

Thanks for being you.

THERE ARE DAYS I want to yell and cry. Or cry then yell. Life can have patches that can get you down. Thank you for helping me through those days and I’ll always be there for you when you have those same days.

AND when we have the INEVITABLE AND HARD discussions of our approach and opinions on finances, family goals, jobs, house and other decisions, thank YOU for being open to discuss what we desire. We argue sometimes. It can be difficult.

BUT HERE’S THE THING,

I love you.

We got this. I’d rather not have these discussions with anyone else but you. You are my person and I’m in it to win it with you, husband.

❤ Wifey

 

 

I CANT WAIT ….

Challenging myself to not say the phrase “I can’t wait until….”

….baby sleeps at night, baby walks, baby feeds himself, baby does this or that, or for me to work less or exercise more, have a clean house, bigger or better house, more money, more more more more more more

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TODAY is today. We are all works in progress and WAITING for this or that to happen takes away from the joy of today. So trying my best and making priorities for today, but also enjoying the little things and big things.

So I CAN wait.

Today is a beautiful day and is just how it is supposed to be. Who knows what tomorrow or next month or year will bring. Today is today. ❤

❤ Hope

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Why Journaling Is My Medicine

JOURNALING? AS an ADULT?

I know, I know. Some people do not think journaling is a legitimate way to spend time. I am not sure why people think it is a silly pastime. It honestly has changed by life. You might have never have written in a journal before or maybe you share the same thoughts as me and enjoy writing things down. All I ask is to not knock it before you try it 🙂 ❤

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Reasons why you should try journaling:

  1. It helps you reflect on how far you have come and how proud you should be about overcoming obstacles.

  2. From reading previous entries, you are reminded of things you have learned.

  3. It puts ALL things in perspective.

  4. It is relaxing to GET emotions out.

  5. Journalling helps you identify things you would like to WORK on and brainstorm solutions.

  6. It also allows you to DREAM big, no boundaries.

  7. It reminds you of what matters in life and what your priorities are. Is it family? Friends? Work? Traveling? Cooking? Hobbies? A combination? Are you happy with how you spend your time or do you want to change how the weeks and month are spent?

  8. It helps you GROW to become the person you want to be.

What do you think? What to pick up a journal and try to make it a weekly or daily habit? Or do you already practice journalling and enjoy it? Let me know, would love to hear from you!

Peace and love

❤ Hope

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How To Get Rid Of the Pacifier: 4 Steps To Success

SOME babies will use a pacifier for months regularly and then not ever miss it.

MOST babies are NOT like that and it takes some time and going in with a strategy to make the pacifier disappear and stay gone. ❤

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Pediatricians vary on the best time to phase out the pacifier and every baby and family is different with how long they choose to use it. Talk to your doctor about their recommendations of when to stop using a pacifier.

I’m here to offer an easy step by step guide how to kiss the pacifier goodbye when ready.

  1. Start cutting use out during the day while baby is awake.
  2. Start cutting use out at nap time.
  3. Start cutting use out at night. 
  4. Be consistent (if possible) with bedtime routine – bath/pajamas, book, sip of water or snack, brushing teeth etc. Once a good routine is established, it makes it easy to have a new “last thing” before sleeping 🙂 

Also, determine how flexible/strict you are going to be and how attached the babe is. As you can see from the picture above, our baby LOVED his pacifiers. We phased out the pacifier before our son was 13 month old over about a 2 week course going step by step every few days with the 4 steps listed above and it went smooth. He had pretty much just been using it for naps and at bedtime most days by the time he was 1 year old. For you, it could be a slow process over a few days, weeks, or months or possibly there is a desired deadline(before age 18 months or 2 yrs or 3 yrs or a designated cut off that you’ve been aiming for). It may instead be a simple and quick change to use the four steps above and within a few days or weeks the pacifier has left the building.

Pacifier use has research that supports use to decrease risk of SIDS, help baby self soothe, ease discomfort, and satisfy the innate suck reflex. (article here)  There is also research that recommends to start to wean baby from pacifier use after 6 months to reduce the evidence of otitis media (ear infections) and dental issues. (article here) Some pediatricians recommend weaning use by the child’s first or second birthday. Again talk to your doctor for their recommendation.

What worked for you when you phased the pacifier out or is this a current struggle for any of you guys?

Would love to hear from you!

<3, Hope

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Best Sippy Cups: Organized Review With Links

Best Sippy Cups

Finding the best sippy cup can be quite the task. I am NOT proud to admit that I bought lots of types only to discover that my toddler preferred the ones listed below. With this quick summary, you should be on  your way to finding the best sippy cup so you do not have to waste MONEY on items that are not child friendly. Note: This post has affiliate links for easy shopping.

1. Munchin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup

Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup, Green/Blue, 7 Ounce, 2

Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup, Pink/Green, 7 Ounce, 2

  • Pros
    • Easy to clean and assemble
    • Easy for the child to use
    • Fits most cup holders
    • Does not spill when child is drinking from it
  • Con
    • If your child throws the sippy cup against a hard floor, it can spill a bit

*Best sippy cup if child does NOT throw the sippy cup on the floor often, easiest to use. *This is our personal favorite.

2. Hard Spout Gerber Graduates by Nun

Gerber Graduates 10 Ounce Fun Grips Hard Spout Sippy Cup, 4 Count, Pink/Purple

  • **Best sippy cup for age 12 month+ if child is throwing sippy cup, as it doesn’t spill.

3. OXO Tot Transition Straw Cup

OXO Tot Transitions Straw Cup with Removable Handles, Pink, 6 Ounce (2 Pack)

OXO TOT Transitions Straw Cup with Removable Handles, Teal, 6 Ounce (2 Pack)

  • Pros
    • Easy for the chid to use
    • Leak proof with drinking from and if dropped
    • Has a cover to shield the straw
  • Con
    • Though easy to clean and assemble, it does takes longer than other sippy cups as it has more parts

Hope this article helped narrow down the shelves and rows of sippy cups to pick you favorite! Overall we love the first two the most, but the third is also great for kids who prefer straws! I prefer

❤ Hope, nonstopmomlife.com

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To The Woman At The Bridal Shower

To the woman at the bridal shower

…that offered to hold my baby while I ate, thank you. I had told you he had colic. You said I still needed a break.

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To the woman at the bridal shower, thank you for asking to hold the baby a second time considering the first time I said, “I’m fine” but was actually sleep deprived and exhausted. You knew I was pretending to have it covered. I’m glad you reasked and I said yes. You did calm him down so well and I was able to eat and drink some water.

To the woman at the bridal shower, who I didn’t know before that day and whose name I cannot even remember, thank you. I went to the bridal shower with my two month old and was so nervous he was going to be loud and take attention away from my best friend who was getting married.

To the woman at the bridal shower, you don’t even know how a simple gesture made such a big impact and I will always remember. Thank you.

To the woman at the bridal shower, thank you for lending a hand to someone who was a new mom and this was her first time around more than a few family members. I was nervous going into that day but you made me feel comfortable and powerful.

Thank you. 

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I will never how you reassured me so effortlessly that I was doing well and why you were so sweet and kind to help someone you didn’t know. I hope I can be this woman to another mother. Another stranger or another friend that didn’t know she needed help. This is what it is all about. Supporting one another and lifting each other up. ❤

Love,

A new mom that was impacted

❤ Hope

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A photo of my friend and I on the day of her bridal shower

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10 Things To Say To Friends That are Working Moms (Or 10 Things Working Moms Might Need To Hear)

 

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1. You are amazing

You have not only had this baby or multiple children, you are striking the balance of going into work and succeeding each workday and coming home to take care of your family. Give yourself some cred, mama.

2. You are selfless

When is the last time that over the course of a workday or commute that you didn’t think about your family at all? Probably doesn’t happen much. We are thinking about the baby or the children all the time, always trying to make their day special and memories fun. They appreciate your effort.

3. You are setting a great example

Your child is looking up to you and seeing all the hard work you put in. They know you are helping make their future bright.

4. You are helping to provide for the family

No matter if you work part time or full time, you are helping to provide food on the table, clothes on their back, necessities, toys, diapers, and anything else that is needed for the child.

5. You are strong

You know that there are easy days and hard days, but you understand that you can take them on and persevere. This is not the first hard thing you have encountered in life and you take it on like a champ

6. You are irreplaceable

You are unique and irreplaceable. Try not to forget that.

7. You are a great multi-tasker

When you are a working mom, there are still all of the other things that need done. Laundry, cooking, cleaning, bills, appointments, sports, playdates, birthday parties, family get togethers. Spouses and significant others do help but seriously, helping the household keep going by constantly tackling the day-to-day tasks AND working is an amazing feat.

8. You are supported

You are supported by your spouse or significant other, your best friends, your friends at work that feel like family, your actual family, mom groups, and random sweet old ladies that always lend a helping hand. If you are having a rough day, reach out to these people, this network of people WANTS to help you and cheer you you on.

9. You can (and should) ask for help

Whether it is taking a break to do some selfcare, going on a walk or exercising, just having quiet time at a coffee shop or running to a store or the grocery without the baby or children, reach out to that support system to take a break. That’s what friends are for. They want to help, let ’em. ❤

10. You are thriving one day at a time

You are killin’ it. Through the tears. And the days you would do anything else but go into work. Through the holidays. Through the days when work is hard.

This life is not easy but one day you will reflect on the long days and how much you accomplished at home AND at work and smile. How much you jammed into 24 hrs.

For today, drink that coffee or tea, stay connected with those friends and family that  build you up, and keep on going mama. Hug those babies or those growing-out-of-every-item-of-clothing-children.

You got this, we got this. All together.

❤ Hope

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Transitions: How to Grow and How to Challenge Oneself

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Just wanted to share my thoughts on this sunny, beautiful Tuesday. We’re in a transition time. Baby is already over a year old and is off of bottles, which has made life easier. #DrBrownBottleswith1000pieces.  It’s just been a whirlwind of a year. We’ve been married for over two years, baby is mobile, talking, changing, and exploring more each day and our life is chaotic but so rewarding and fulfilling. 

Have kids they said, it’ll be fun. 

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Haha, well it is fun. They were right.  It is also exhausting and tests your limits. And your limits with your spouse. BUT.

That look in your child’s eye when they are happy or the sound of their laugh.

Seeing a grandparent or spouse playing with your child and seeing them smiling ear to ear, how that makes you happy and smile the same way.

That’s the fuel that keeps me going everyday, even on those days that every liquid around is somehow spilling and the house is a mess.

That smile is what dreams are made of.

So for now how do we adjust with transitions in the meantime?

  1. Keep making your family a priority
    • Take a step back and look at the big picture. These changes as a family helps up persevere together. Whether it is returning to work after maternity leave or adjusting to a new job, new house, new city. A new developmental stage for a child. A new sibling. How do we take this head-on? Game plan for hard days?
  2. Make more quality time a priority.
    • Trying to limit distractions when with friends or with children or with family. Eye contact, hugs, high fives, family games, floor time with toys, swimming, museums, zoo, cards, walks. I’m challenging myself with this all the time, it is so difficult to NOT be distracted. What I have been doing is finding the balance- I try to check social media a few times a day briefly, then putting the phone away to focus on spending more time in the NOW with those around me.
  3. Reflect
    • Take time to journal or just doodle while reflecting on how far you have come. Write down all you HAVE accomplished and be proud of that! Nothing amazing was built in one day, let yourself be vulnerable.
  4. Consider relationships a priority
    • Do you brush your teeth at least everyday? Hopefully right? 🙂
    • I sometimes have  a hard time remembering that relationships need upkeep like daily checking in about the weeks events, short term goals, and so on, but it is just as important as the other things we do daily like brushing those pearls.
  5. Nurture friendships
    • Near and far, remind those friends you think of that you are still thankful for the friendship. Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to in a while. Set a date, even if someone might have to cancel because of an unforeseen circumstance.
  6. Try to give yourself some dang grace as your grow and are challenged
    • It’s okay to feel like this is a hard time. Call a friend, call a sibling or relative, call your closet work pal. There is always someone that has likely gone through something similar. Exercise. Find some out that lets you find freeing.
  7. Let all that drama and negativity out the BACK door. No one has time for that
    • Seriously.  YOU can do this. Transitions are temporary. ❤

I’m definitely going through a transition right now just STILL adjusting to this very busy life of a working mom. I’ve been using all these things to remind myself to enjoy these moments and the chaos. It is made me adjust so much easier. Change makes us stronger and keeps us on our toes. It can be hard but thankfully we never have to do anything alone.

Keep on being awesome, all you lovely people out there

We are all in this crazy, beautiful life together

❤ Hope

Let me know what you think. What helps you when you’re going through a transition either personally or with a family?

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