Amazon Prime Deal Picks

HAPPY AMAZON PRIME DEAL DAYS! June 15th and 16th Amazon is running so awesome deals on all things from electronics,home, fashion, health and beauty, and everything in between. Since there is SO many great deals I have gone through and laid out some of my favorite picks. I focused mainly on items for baby, because this is a great time to stick up on basics, especially if you are preparing for a new baby! I have categorized items into toys, diapering, clothes, feeding and food. The prices are listed under the picture. If you just click on the picture it should take you to the link on Amazon if you want to purchase any items. I hope you find this list helpful as you embark on your Amazon Deal Days journey!

*this is for Prime Members.*

Toys

$15.99.

$18.99

$10.29
$24.99
$10.54
$19.99 Amazon Exclusive
$29.99
$8.74

Diapering

$46.61
$49.99
$29.61
$9.98
Diaper and Wipes combo- $45.00

$20.99

$9.64
$59.99- this is the diaper bag I have
$29.99

Baby clothes

$22.99
$22.99

$29.99

$34.99

$15.99

$15.00

$15.50

$21.99

$21.99
$30.00
$13.96

$19.26

Feeding

$10.39
$29.99
$14.39
$11.99
$29.99
$30.42

Food

Pack of 6- $20.49
Pack of 8- $18.78

$12.06

$22.47
$23.99
$22.78

Routines for baby? Are they important?

YES! the answer is YES!I am a firm believer in getting baby on a set schedule and routine. Why? Because just like motherhood, being a baby is very unpredictable and stressful. So getting baby into a routine will make life just a bit less stressful. Now I am not a baby expert and I am just speaking about my experiences, so please do not take what I saw as the be-all, end-all. I will say though, let me toot my own horn, that many family members are shocked with how quickly our baby falls asleep at night, and STAYS asleep (except those night of sleep regression). They always say that they can’t believe it and that she is such a good baby, which I mean she is but that is just personal bias.

There are a few things to remember about creating a routine for baby. First thing, baby will pretty much dictate the schedule. Spend the first couple of weeks that baby is home to learn your baby. It is inevitable that you will lose sleep, you will be exhausted, and there is a VERY high chance that you will cry to your spouse or significant other, that you just want so sleep. I know, I have been there, right Cory. But try to remember that this is such a small part of not only your babies life, but yours as well.

Next thing to keep in mind, routines are not static, meaning they never change. Routines are dynamic, changing. I don’t mean that ever week you can expect something different, that would just be madness. I mean that with every development, sleep regression, vacation, and life event, expect a change in your routine. So it is very important to remain super flexible during this time. So if you are like my husband, and crave never changing routine, this may be slightly harder for you. But trust me, you will get used to it, I mean do you have a choice?

I mentioned sleep regression earlier, if you haven’t heard about them yet let me enlighten you for some fun times. Sleep regressions are periods of time, that usually coincide with milestone developments, where baby does not sleep as well as they use to. For example, at three months Elliott (my daughter if you are new here) went to bed at 7:30 -ish and woke up about 1-2 times a night. Crazy I know, but also the reason why routines are important. During her four month sleep regression, when she was teething, learning to crawl and becoming more aware, she was up 3-4 times a night. The fun part was that I had just returned back to work, so I was EXHAUSTED. But I lived to tell another tale.

When can you expect a sleep regression? There isn’t really a hard or fast rule, but these are the general sleep regressions most babies experience:

  • 4 months
  • 8 months (can happen from 8-10 months)
  • 11 month (or 12)
  • 18 months
  •  2 years

Like  I said these are general times, but it is nice to be prepared. Each one is associated with a specific time of brain development. But enough about that, lets get back to routines.

From the moment we brought our little bundle of joy home, we began the process of getting Elliott into a routine. We started with the nightly routine, because she really just ate and slept during the day. Because she is the boss around here, Elliott really dictated the routine. I spent the first few weeks with her tracking when she slept, wake times, and feeding times. That way I could get an idea of her schedule, and I could plan my day accordingly.

Now before I get the details of the routine, I will mention that even our night time routine has changed. Elliott was born in the fall so it was getting dark early, so that made it easier to get her used to night time. Now that it is summer and the sun is staying out a bit longer, we have had to get her adjusted to the sun filling her room when she sleeps. What I am saying is that we do not use black out curtains, because its not always going to be pitch black when baby sleeps, so might as well get them used to it.

Now the moment you have all been waiting for, what does our nightly routine look like? Our routine does not look much different from Elliott was a newborn, once she gets older and does not need as many hours of sleep, we will need to readjust the schedule.

6:30- Dinnertime, puree or finger food

7:00- Bath time, we make sure she is in the bath at the latest 7:15 depending on how long it takes her to eat dinner.

We use Johnson and Johnson Night Time body wash and lotion. I run her diffuser with lavender, or Balance blend ( from DoTerra) depending on her mood. If she is super fussy I will forgo the diffuser and put the oils directly in her bath.

7:30- Story time, I usually nurse her at this time as well because it helps top her off for bed

7:45- (at the latest), in her crib and lights out. Even if she is not asleep we will still lay her in her bed and let her soothe herself to sleep.

She does have a night light and sound machine in her room that runs all night. The light is mostly for me so when I check on her during that night, I do not wake her by turning the light on. The sound machine helps drown out all of the other sounds in the house and in the neighborhood.

Elliott is 8 months, which means she has started her 8 month sleep regression. So while she was sleeping until 4 am, waking up to eat, and returning to bed. Now she is waking up 3 times a night, and at 5 am she is ready to play. It’s a lot of fun.

I kind of worked backwards starting with bed time, because to me it was the most important. Everyone needs their rest, and this helped to ensure we all got a good nights sleep. But let us look at what I think is a pretty standard day time routine.

5 am- Wake up and Play, she usually just crawl around in my husband and I’s bed for a little bit

6 ish am- Nurse,  return her to her crib, after a diaper change, she will fall back asleep

7:30/8 am- Wake up, breakfast, get ready for the day. During the school year my husband would drop her off at daycare during this time as well

8 am- Playtime

9:30- Morning nap

10:45 am- Playtime, nurse

12:30 ish- Naptime

1:30/2- Lunch time, Playtime

3:30- Nurse

4:00- Naptime

5:30- Playtime

6:30 pm- Dinnertime

During the school year, since I am working and Elliott is in daycare, the routine may change slightly, like when she will nap and play time. But her feeding usually stay consistent, for now.

I could go on for longer about sleep training, feeding schedules, sleep regressions, and child development, but I will save all of that for another time.

Like I said, I am not an expert, but this is just what works for our family. My biggest piece of advice for you new moms, is to track your babies habits, create a routine around that information, anticipate sleep regressions, and most of all BE FLEXIBLE. Babies crave routine, in what seems like a chaotic world. establishing and maintaining a routine is the best way to create a comforting environment for your little one.

Good Luck to you and I hope that you are getting the sleep you need! To help you out I have included a link to a daily schedule you can print out and fill in for yourself. This is especially useful for anyone who may be watching your little one while you are away. I would print it and put it in a cheap frame and then use dry erase marker to write on it. Or just write directly on the paper, whatever works for you!

Daily Schedule

If you have any extra tips for other parents desperate for some sleep, drop a comment and lend a helping hand!

 

 

To My Postpartum Body

A love letter to my postpartum body:

There are so many things that I want to say to you. I want to say Thank You, I’m Sorry and I love you. I watched you preform the most magical act I have ever seen. You transformed into a strong cocoon, blossomed and released a beautiful butterfly, made from your own flesh. And for that I am forever grateful.

So I say Thank You. Thank you for bringing heaven to earth, in the form a sweet little angel named Elliott Grace. I used to believe that miracles rarely ever happened, and that I would never experience one of my own. And then I watched a miracle unfold right before my eyes. It was not always easy, and some days I wished it all was over, but I would never trade this precious gift for anything in the world.

I’m sorry, I am sorry for wasting so much time wishing you looked different. I am sorry for all of the horrible things I said about you, while you were transforming in order to grow my baby girl. I am sorry for not appreciating you more. When I look at you, I see a beautiful road map, with evidence of the amazing journeys you have gone on. Stretching and moving, changing to fit my little angel.

I love you. Even with all of the “flaws” , I love you. You have amazed me for months now. You have done some of the most incredible acts and you took it all in strides. You have shown me just how strong you are, and how strong I am. You have given me grace in my times of change. When I felt like I couldn’t go on, you proved to me that I can. You stood firm and protected me from not one, but two falls. I never appreciated you as much as I do now. I promise to take better care of you, and allow you the grace you have shown me. You will never be the same way you were before this amazing journey, but I am so grateful for you now.

When I run my fingers over you, I can feel every mark, every stretch and it takes me back to those first days. The first time I felt that little bump. The first time I heard my little girls racing heartbeat. The first time I felt my baby move inside of me. You are my constant reminder of where you have been, and while these marks may fade, my memory of your selflessness will not.

To my postpartum body,

Thank you, I am Sorry, I love you 💕

My Top 5 Must Have Baby Registry Items

Picture this: You have just found out that you are having a baby. You are standing at the store with one of those registry guns. You look upon the aisles and aisles of baby items. You feel like an alien looking around, in a foreign land, with foreign objects. That is exactly how I felt while standing in Buy Buy Baby, preparing to start my registry. So, for the mothers to be out there, I am here to lend some advice. Below are my top five “must have” baby registry items. These are the things that my husband and I use EVERY SINGLE DAY, and probably wouldn’t survive without. The link to find each item is under each picture for your convenience!

1. Project Nursery Dreamweaver Smart Nightlight

This is the PERFECT three in one device! It is a nightlight, sound machine, and Bluetooth speaker. We have been using the Dreamweaver from the day that we brought Elliott home. The nightlight is just bright enough that I can see Elliott in her side crib at night, and the ocean sounds are the perfect sound to sooth her to sleep. The Bluetooth is simple to connect to all devices, including Elliott’s record player. I could rave about how much I love this machine ALL DAY LONG! I highly recommend.

2. Graco Duet Sway Swing/Rocker

We bought this swing/ rocker at Babies R Us during their big closing sale. It has been one of the best baby purchases we made. Elliott loved sitting in the swing and staring at the Christmas tree until she falls asleep. The swing has many settings to help comfort baby. The seat comes off VERY easily and Elliott can sit on the kitchen island while I do the dishes, make bottles, or prepare dinner. She LOVES it, and because it is a 2-in-1, the living room has remained uncluttered (for now).

3. Graco Pack and Play

So far, because Elliott is only two months old, the only features we have used of this pack and play, are the changing table and bassinet. My husband and I LOVE how convenient the changing table is because we do not have to risk an accident on the couch or rug when changing Elliott’s diaper. The bassinet is perfect for laying Elliott in when she is sleeping, and I can get in a quick shower! We plan to utilize the higher mattress setting when we travel and need somewhere for Elliott to sleep.

4. Even-Flo Modular Travel System

Can you tell how much I love multi use devices? I mean I’ll take whatever makes mom life just a little bit easier. You can use this stroller system six different ways. As a carriage, toddler seat or with the infant car seat. I love how the infant seat fits right into the base, so getting in and out of the car is quick. The base is light and snaps close easily. I leave the carriage/ toddler seat in the garage and use it when I want to take Elliott for a walk around the neighborhood. There is also a cup holder attachment for but parent and child. AND I love the classic Sandstone color, but that is just preference.

5. Boppy Pillow

My final must have is a Boppy pillow. Are you surprised to know that there are multiple uses for a Boppy? I use it when feeding Elliott, it wraps comfortable around my waist and I can lay Elliott on it while feeding. It helps save my from aching. I lay it on the couch next to me while I pump. Elliott can also lay with her belly across the top for tummy time. It also makes a great seat under different fabrics for photo shoots 😉 I have the adorable mermaid slip cover you see in the picture as well. Someone asked me if I really needed a specific pillow for the baby and my answer was YES! It is a MUST!

The main things I looked for when registering for items, especially the big items, were convenience and multi use capabilities. Babies transition a lot during their first year of life, so why not have items that grow with your child? I hope that you have found this list helpful, especially if you are just as lost as I was! Happy registering momma!