Bye-bye Mush!

Baby-led weaning has been around for a long time but has recently started to become more popular. I actually did not know about it until a few months after our son was born. It sounded very interesting so I did some reading and research. At first I was hesitant and unsure but as I learned more about it I realized how much sense it made. It’s not for everyone but it’s definitely worth learning about!

To sum it up, baby-led weaning essentially means that you feed your baby what you eat (within reason of course). No purees, no baby cereal, no mush. You let your baby self-feed which allows them to control how much they eat. You also expose your baby to various textures and flavors. When you think about purees and baby cereals they are all mush and the same texture. The flavors are pretty bland too. Compare that to the various textures in the food we eat along with all the different flavors. Also, when you spoon-feed a baby you are often dictating how much they eat. Baby-led weaning allows your baby to choose how much and when they want to eat.

When a baby is spoon-fed purees they learn to swallow first before they learn to chew. With baby-led weaning, the baby learns to “chew” first then swallow. A common fear with baby-led weaning is, how can babies chew with little or no teeth?? The thing is babies have powerful gums and actually can use them to “chew” with. A baby with no teeth can do just as well as a baby with a few teeth. Another common fear (that still gets me now) is the risk of choking. This goes along with any time a child is fed. The best you can do is be trained on what to do in case of choking, know the difference between choking and gagging, and use common sense when giving a baby food.

Even a gagging baby can be scary but it’s important to remember that gagging is a body’s natural way of preventing you from choking. Babies will gag during baby-led weaning, it’s normal. (Even puree-fed babies will gag) What’s not normal is when they are actually choking. Real choking involves the baby not breathing or making any noise and turning blue. For this you need to be trained on what to do. Our son has been doing baby-led weaning for almost 3 months now and he has never choked. He gags occasionally and usually only on new textures. He figures it out rather quickly and does well. Even though we have been doing this for months, that fear of choking is always there. I never leave him unattended with food and I feel confident about what I would do in case of an emergency. It’s important to learn to trust your babies as well!

We didn’t start baby-led weaning until our son was ready. Signs of readiness include sitting up unassisted, showing an interest in food and being able to pick it up, etc. One of the most important things to wait for is for baby to be at least 6 months old. A lot of people introduce purees and cereals before babies are 6 months old but after doing some reading I have found this not to be the best and is actually not recommended anymore. There are several reasons but one of the biggest reasons is because a baby’s digestive system is not fully developed until 6 months. It’s also important to remember that solids before the age of 1 should never replace breast milk or formula. Here is a helpful website that has more information on this: http://kellymom.com/ages/older-infant/delay-solids/

So let’s get to our story. We started baby-led weaning when our son turned 6 months old because he was showing all the signs of readiness by then. The first food we tried was avocado. I just cut it into thick slices. He really enjoyed it even though he hardly actually swallowed any but that’s okay. The main thing is to expose them to the food and let them experiment. His main food source is breast milk so I wasn’t too worried about whether or not he was really eating anything. After a few days with avocado we introduced another veggie and went from there. Some people just start off by giving their baby various different foods but I wanted to be careful in case there was any allergic reactions so we chose to introduce 1 new food at a time. After a while with veggies, we moved on to fruit, and now we are introducing meat as well. We served most foods in wedges or chunks. The pieces should be big enough for baby to grasp and not small enough where they can choke. Veggies and hard fruits should be cooked enough for it to be easily mashed by baby. Meats can be given in large chunks where they can just suck juices off or shredded/ground meat are great options too.

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When we first started there were moments when I would be at the edge of my seat and even times when I didn’t want to give him anything in fear of him choking. But as time went on I become much more confident and he became much more experienced. I can say I definitely learned which foods he did better with and typically offered those more often. Our favorites were broccoli, squash, zucchini, corn on the cob, and tomato. Luckily, he is a fan of veggies and much prefers them over fruit. We will see how long that lasts! Eventually you learn what your baby prefers and what you feel confident feeding them. I know many people who do baby-led weaning and basically give their baby whatever they are eating. I tend to be more on the cautious side and will give him what we are eating as long as I feel confident about it. There are obvious things to avoid like honey, nuts, too much sodium, etc. But for the most part babies can have what you are having.

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Now that our son is almost 9 months old he has developed his pincer grip and is able to pick up smaller pieces of food. We now can serve him smaller cut up pieces of food as well. We are also giving him more items at a time as oppose to only 1-2 types of food at a time. His current favorites are corn on the cob, pork, yogurt, and tomatoes. We currently offer him something for breakfast and dinner and will soon start offering him something for lunch as well. I try to give him a variety of options each time. For things that require a spoon, like yogurt and applesauce, I pre-load the spoon and hand it to him. He then feeds himself and eventually he will learn to load the spoon himself. It’s pretty cool when your 6 month old can spoon-feed themselves! We currently offer a few ounces of water with his meals although he doesn’t drink too much. He is still getting the majority of his calories and hydration from breast milk so there really is no need for extra water or juice.

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Our son truly enjoys eating and trying new things and it’s really exciting to watch him taste new foods. There has only been 1 thing he wasn’t too fond of so far and that was ground turkey/beef. He still ate some but he didn’t care for the texture, I don’t blame him! It’s always neat to find out what their likes and dislikes will be. His allergies have made it tricky at times because he can’t always have what we are eating (I’ll make a separate post about his allergies later). But regardless, you learn to make do. So, I would really recommend people to read and research more about baby-led weaning. There are various websites, books, and support groups to help you during this journey. We are very happy we chose to do it and will continue to do it with any future children. We often get comments when we go out about how well our son eats and how surprised they are that he is eating different foods at his age. It’s all due to baby-led weaning and I’m hoping that by exposing him to all these different textures and flavors and by allowing him to self-feed that he will become a good eater as he gets older. I will have to post about that later and let you guys know! If you have any questions feel free to shoot them this way!

Happy eating!

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Sofia

World Breastfeeding Week

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, I wanted to give a shout out to moms that are breastfeeding or have breastfed their little ones! Breastfeeding is hard work but definitely worth it. Props to you for sticking to it during those difficult times. I want to encourage all moms-to-be or new moms that are breastfeeding to seek advice and help when needed. Don’t feel like you are in this alone. It’s time society begins normalizing breastfeeding so that more women are comfortable about doing it and are not afraid to ask questions.

Breastfeeding has been quite the journey for Emerson and me. Started with all nighters, a painful latch, and a baby who never seemed to stop nursing. I remember thinking there was no way I could do this. The thought of mixing up some formula was so tempting. But I didn’t give up because I knew this was the best I could give him. I made short-term goals in the beginning and sought help and advice from others who kept me going during those difficult times. As time went on, the pain never went away. After much research and a trip out-of-state to see a tongue and lip tie specialist, it was determined that Emerson had both a tongue and lip tie. He had a laser revision done to remove the ties, which I will post about later to share his story. After the revision he was able to nurse and I noticed immediately that it no longer caused me pain. I was so glad we had this problem corrected and I could now focus on breastfeeding pain-free.

The problem wasn’t completely solved there. Now, Emerson had to learn how to effectively use his “new” tongue. Since he wasn’t able to move it freely before he was not actually using it correctly while breastfeeding. After many visits to a craniosacral therapist (I didn’t even know about this before!), Emerson finally started to nurse correctly. At this point he was around 3 months old or so. Finally things felt like they were in place. I never imagined we would go through all of that just to be able to breastfeed but now things were great and breastfeeding was better than ever. Or so we thought.

Around the time Emerson was 4.5 months old we began having other issues. He was incredibly distracted while nursing to the point that even if I locked myself in a silent room with him he still managed to get distracted by the littlest things, our nursing sessions would last at least 40 minutes and consisted of him latching and un-latching constantly. It became concerning because I felt like he wasn’t eating enough. People reassured me that it was just a stage and eventually he would be able to nurse despite the distractions. Well it continued and I started noticing a decrease in his wet diapers and then a drop in his weight. I knew something was not right. I made calls to his doctor and to local lactation consultants. They suggested different things to try to see if the situation would improve. It didn’t. We began meeting with lactation consultants weekly and I started nursing him around the clock. He still wasn’t gaining weight. I felt desperate and afraid because my son was not getting the nourishment that he needed.

After weeks of trying different things it was obvious that the main issue was my supply. Now I had to work on increasing my supply. I tried everything that was recommended, spent the majority of my day dedicated to saving my nursing relationship with my son (which is why I hadn’t blogged in awhile). I began nursing and pumping every 2-3 hours and I began feeling like that was all I was doing. It was consuming our lives and was very stressful. I spent countless hours seeking advice and help and feeling like my body was a failure. It is incredibly difficult to feel like your body can’t provide for your child. The lactation consultants were at a loss because nothing was working. It took me a long time to finally come to accept that my supply was not going to increase. During this difficult time I had to make the decision about what I was going to supplement with. My pride of “breast is best” kept getting in the way, I just could not imagine giving my baby formula packed with crazy ingredients. But I had to look past that because in the end, fed is best.

I ultimately made the decision to go with donor milk. A personal decision my husband and I made after much research. I cried the first time he drank donor milk, knowing that I couldn’t provide enough for my son. It was very difficult but in the end he was being fed.  It has taken me a long time to come to terms with my supply issues especially since I don’t have solid answers as to why this happened. Another breastfeeding challenge I never thought I would personally have to face. Emerson is happy and healthy which is what matters the most. Currently Emerson is 7.5 months old and has only ever had breast milk. He is entirely on donor milk as of a few days ago. If it wasn’t for the donors we would not have made it this far. My goal is to keep Emerson on breast milk until the age of 1. This will be a challenge considering we will continue to need donor milk to reach this goal. We have been blessed so far so I believe it is possible.

I hope that some of you that have faced challenges while breastfeeding find my story as motivation to continue through any more difficulties you may encounter. Breastfeeding is not easy but it’s definitely worth it. You may be presented with some hurdles or several but don’t let it stop you. Just know that there is a network of people out there to help you. I know that I could not have made it this far if it wasn’t for my support group which includes my husband, some close friends, lactation consultants, and our donors. You are not alone and remember everything that you are doing, you are doing for your baby. They make it all worth it.

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Happy World Breastfeeding Week =)

Sofia

Keep Them Safe.

Hello! So I have not been around to blog in quite some time now. Life happens. And honestly, there was something that I was devoting all my extra time to and I’ll be writing about that in a later post. But for now I wanted to make a quick and simple post just so it doesn’t feel like I disappeared.

Being on the road this summer has made me realize just how many babies and children are not in their car seats properly. It’s frightening. I don’t know whether or not the parents know the correct safety rules or what, I know the recommendations changed in 2011 so maybe some parents aren’t up-to-date. When I was pregnant I made sure to attend all of the classes offered by the hospital, one of them being infant safety where they covered car seat safety. The hospital also went over car seat safety and wouldn’t let us leave until they inspected our infant in the car seat and made sure everything looked safe. Having a child in their seat properly is one thing but the other part is making sure the car seat is installed in the car properly and is rear facing until AT LEAST 2 years in age. If you are unsure if your car seat is installed properly check for free car seat inspections that occur in your community and get it checked out!

The most common mistakes I notice are the chest clip not being properly placed, straps are too loose, and/or the child is forward facing before they are even 2 years old. Did you know that they don’t even have chest clips in car seats in several other countries because so many people position them incorrectly. If they are not positioned armpit level, over the breast bone, they can damage organs in a collision. It is also a safety requirement to have the child rear facing until the age of 2 or whenever they reach the weight requirements which is usually around 35lbs. Children can easily be rear facing until the age of 3 or 4. Some parents think that their child’s legs will be squished or uncomfortable. However, children make do of it and it really isn’t a big deal. What’s more important is their overall safety! When your baby outgrows their infant bucket seat it does not mean you put them forward facing, the next step is to get a car seat that allows you to rear face and keep them in there until as long as possible. I’d recommend a convertible car seat to last you many years!

Riding rear facing is not only safer for children but for everyone. Obviously, it’s a little difficult to rear face as a driver but I wouldn’t be surprised if you see rear facing seats in cars in the future. It just makes sense, think about being in an accident. (Most accidents involve a head-on collision) When a vehicle crashes and you are forward facing your neck and head whip forward. If you are rear facing, your head and neck will be supported by the seat. Children, especially babies, are a lot more vulnerable in any car accident.

Please keep your child safe this summer and always while on the road. Things to remember  are; make sure the car seat straps are snug and secure (shouldn’t be able to pinch any slack), chest clip should be armpit level, and child should be rear facing until at least the age of 2. Also, as a side note for the winter time, a child should not be wearing a puffy winter coat under the car seat straps because this does not allow the straps to be as snug and secure as they need to be. I did not cover all the safety requirements so please take the time to do your own research and check out your child’s car seat if you are unsure. There are also plenty of images online to help you see what a child should look like when they are properly seated in their car seat.

That’s all, just wanted to spread the word to help keep all the babies and children safe!!

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Baby Emerson getting ready to leave the hospital, only 2 days old.

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Good websites to check out:

https://www.orbitbaby.com/articles/harness-safety

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/Car-Safety-Seats-Information-for-Families.aspx

 

Stay Safe!

 

Sofia

Top 10 Newborn Items

There are so many options for everything these days so it was a little overwhelming finding exactly what we would want for our new bundle of joy. Luckily, having my summer off gave me plenty of time to research and find the best baby products. That and the fact that I overly research things lol. I could go on for a while about different products but instead I have selected my top 10 favorite newborn items. Obviously, these are the items that worked best for us and our baby but are definitely worth checking out if you are expecting or have a new baby! They are not listed in any particular order.

    1. Zutano fleece booties:

Zutano Unisex-Baby Newborn Cozie Fleece Bootie, Fuchsia, 3 Months

They tend to run small so the 3 month size fit our newborn perfectly. They have 2 snaps to be made smaller or larger. They wash really well and keep our little one’s toes nice and warm. Totally recommend these over socks! Socks are constantly falling off and these booties stay in place. Our little guy actually has 3 pairs and at 5 months old he still uses them (6 month size). We will choose these over socks any day! They also have booties in a lighter material which would be great for the warmer months. I’ve gotta check those out!

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2. Goumimitts:

Goumikids Goumimitts Stay On Scratch Mittens, 1 pair S/M Honeycomb (Cream)

Love these! The perfect mitts. They actually stay on! They have velcro so they can be tightened. We used these like every day when he was a newborn. Mitts are great to keep their hands warm and to prevent them from scratching themselves. Our little guy still uses his at 5 months old (they STILL fit!) but I use them now mainly because his hands get really cold and also because he loves to scratch and pinch me while nursing! Little stinker! They have really cute designs and the top part is reversible, pretty neat!

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3. Kimono Style Onesies:

L’ovedbaby Unisex-Baby Organic Cotton Kimono Long Sleeve Bodysuit, Seafoam, 0/3 Months

I don’t have a particular favorite brand although carter’s brand worked well for us. The Kimono style is what I like. We only had a few when our baby was a newborn and I wish we would have gotten more of this style. During the newborn stage there is no need for all those cute outfits. Simple onesies and sleepers will do. My husband and I both loved the kimono style onesies because we did not need to pull his head in and out of his shirt (they are so delicate at this point too), it simply snapped around his body and on the bottom. Easy to get on and off and super easy for diaper changes. Your newborn could live in these for a while! Oh, the ones with the built-in mitts are even better!

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4. Aden & Anais Muslin Swaddle Blankets

No amazon link for these although they are sold on amazon as well as several other stores like Target and Kohl’s. I scored a good deal at Kohl’s for ours!

Pricey but definitely worth it. They are so soft and stretchy and not heavy. The material makes it very easy to swaddle your baby. They have held up well in the wash. We still carry one around with us wherever we go to use as a blanket. We were able to swaddle our little one with these until he was about 4 months old. I would recommend a pack of these over other traditional blankets. (Look at my sweet sleeping boy)

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5. Thirsties Fab Wipes:

Thirsties Fab Wipes 6 Pack and Booty Luster 8 oz with Dainty Baby Reusable Bag Bundle

These wipes are definitely fabulous! We got them from a dear friend and absolutely love them. They are great for everything. We use them for spit up, messes, wash cloths, diaper wipes, drool, etc. Yeah they’re great. I have washed them over and over and they remain super absorbent and soft. We have several stashed around the house since we use them so often. If you cloth diaper then these make great diaper wipes as well. I could see these lasting a very long time.

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6. Baby Carrier:

Boba Baby Wrap, Grey

SIX-Position, 360° Ergonomic Baby & Child Carrier by LILLEbaby – The COMPLETE All Seasons (Stone)

Baby carriers are great! Stretchy wraps like the Boba or the popular Moby work best for infants and small babies. A soft structured carrier like the Lillebaby (which I LOVE) or the popular Tula work well with newborns all the way up to toddlers. There are so many benefits to having your baby close and doing skin to skin especially when they are newborns. I’m not going to get into all the details now…perhaps in another post =P. Anyways, having a carrier allows you to carry your baby around skin to skin and be hands free. Being hands free = getting more things done. Now that our guy is older I still use the carrier a lot for running errands, shopping, walks, etc. You can often find “Baby wearing” groups in your community where you can meet other women who wear their babies, learn about different carriers, and try different ones out. After all, carriers are not necessarily a one type fit all. I suggest checking different ones out and finding one that is perfect for you!

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7. Breathing Monitor:

No links available but I have 2 to recommend. The Snuza Hero baby movement monitor and the Owlet.

Breathing monitor = Peace of mind! I remember our first night at the hospital after our little guy was born, neither my husband or I wanted to sleep even though we were completely exhausted. Honestly, we were both terrified of something happening while he slept. That fear never really goes away especially with all the cases of SIDs we hear about. Such a scary and sad thing. I totally regret not bringing our breathing monitor with us to the hospital! It would have given us peace of mind and allowed us to rest a bit better. The first few months we used the Snuza. I wanted something portable that went on the baby directly. The Snuza worked wonderfully. It attaches to the baby’s diaper and monitors their breathing. Unfortunately, I bought our Snuza used so it didn’t last that long (my bad). So, we decided to go with the Owlet this time. So far we love it! The Owlet goes on the baby’s foot and monitors their heart rate along with their oxygen level. It is even linked to your phone so you can get alerts wherever you are. There is so much more I can say about these devices but the bottom line is although SIDs can happen to anyone there are still precautions you can take. Having a breathing monitor gave us peace of mind and more security that our little one was being monitored. It is a MUST have in my opinion. I also recommend a video monitor, although that is kind of a given.

Sorry no photo folks!

8. Vibrating Rock N Play:

Fisher-Price Newborn Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, Aqua Stone Fashion

The Rock N Play is amazing and felt like a lifesaver those first few weeks. What I love about it is how portable it is. I definitely recommend the automatic rocking one, we actually started with one that didn’t automatically rock but that didn’t cut it for our guy. The incline is a great feature. Our little guy (like many babies) suffered from acid reflux and needed the incline. He eventually improved and we slowly transitioned him out at 4 months. I know many babies that continue to sleep in theirs for several more months. The Rock N Play also works well as a place to lay baby in for a bit and for naps. I really didn’t want to use ours for night sleep but like I said he needed that incline. The Rock N Play also provides a cozy and secure feeling that I think most babies like. It’s great for travel and nap times out of the house. Couldn’t have done it without it!

(I know he is unbuckled, he is normally swaddled tightly. This was just for the pic!)

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9. Swing:

Fisher-Price Moonlight Meadow Cradle ‘n Swing

Oo the swing! How our little boy LOVES it. His first few months there was no where he rather be (well maybe in my arms =P). But really, he loves this thing. If he was fussy all I had to do was set him in his swing and boom instant change. It would also put him to sleep within minutes. As he has gotten older he continues to love it. He just coos and giggles and looks so happy in it. We were guilty of using it for naps when he was younger but now that he has gotten older we stopped using it for naps just because I didn’t want him to get use to it and it probably isn’t the safest. The fisher price swing we had was great, it could vibrate side to side and front to back. It also had different melodies and sounds that could be played and well as a rotating mobile overhead. This swing worked great for us, but I do hear some babies just do not care for swings. I’m glad he loves it because I can set him in it for a bit to get things done!

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10. Coconut Oil:

No specific favorite brand yet. I recommend organic unrefined virgin coconut oil though.

Yup. Coconut Oil. Must have. I will be making a post later on specifically on coconut oil because I love it that much. Let’s just say this takes the place of many baby things and is all natural. I use it as his diaper cream, moisturizer, treats cradle cap, works wonderfully as a nursing cream, etc, etc. So I really recommend reading up on the benefits and uses of coconut oil. There is no need for all those fancy diaper creams, baby lotions, etc. Plus if you like the “beachy” smell of coconuts it’s a win!

Phew… that was a long post. I hope you guys enjoyed reading about my top 10 newborn items. It was hard to narrow it down to just 10 items since babies need and use so many items. I didn’t include the typical common items in here either like diapers, bottles, etc. A lot of those vary baby to baby and are givens. I tried to pick 10 items that I felt WE couldn’t live without and perhaps some people aren’t too familiar with. If you guys have any questions about other products I use or the products listed above just let me know! I plan on making future posts about my other favorite products for pregnancy, postpartum, and different stages of baby’s life.

Happy Shopping!

 

Sofia

 

 

The Wonder Weeks

Ahh… the wonder weeks. Not familiar with this? If you have a baby under the age of 1, or are expecting, this will be helpful. Babies go through several mental “leaps” within the first year and a half of their lives. During these leaps their brain suddenly perceives things that it couldn’t before. Because of this, the baby’s behavior suddenly changes. Intro to the 3 C’s: clinginess, crankiness, and crying. It happens all of a sudden. Some leaps can even last several weeks. The neat thing about the leaps is that during or after the leap a baby is learning and mastering new skills. It is always fun to see them discover something new!

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This is during leap #3 when Emerson discovered he could blow spit bubbles!

 Haha, this picture makes me laugh! =D

Before becoming pregnant I had never heard about the wonder weeks so don’t feel bad if this is all new to you. Luckily, I found out about it when our little one was just born. There is a book you can read, The Wonder Weeks: How to Stimulate Your Baby’s Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases into Magical Leaps Forward, that describes the wonder weeks in more detail and lets you know when these leaps will occur. You can also download the app, The Wonder Weeks, on your iPhone or android, which is what I did. Having the information readily available made the transitions easier. I can keep track of upcoming leaps, the length of each leap, skills they will learn, signs that they are in the leap, and what to do to make it easier on them.

For us it has been spot on! Literally the day it says he will begin the leap is when I notice his behavior is out of whack. Knowing about the wonder weeks has allowed me to be prepared and know what to expect (for the most part =P). It also gives an explanation to their out of the norm behavior. If you didn’t know about the wonder weeks you could be wondering why your normally calm and happy baby is suddenly fussy and crying more often. There is usually an explanation. I can tell you that so far we have been through 4 leaps and for us leap #4 has been the hardest. But every baby will have a different experience and some may not show many signs of going through a leap, hopefully you’re the lucky one!

So current mommies of young babies and mommies to be, I really recommend that you familiarize yourself with the wonder weeks whether it be by just reading about it or downloading the app. I have found it to be very helpful! Now when Emerson is acting extra fussy my husband jokingly says, “He must be in a leap”. Truth is, he probably is!

Sofia

 

AMAzon is AMAzing

I think I became addicted to Amazon during my pregnancy. The convenience of shopping online and getting it shipped for free was fabulous. And if you are a student, any level of college counts-even doctoral students =), then you can get Prime for only $49 a year. Prime offers many perks but the biggest one for me was the free 2 day shipping.

I definitely recommend Amazon Prime to all mommies and mommies to be! I was able to find all of my pregnancy and postpartum needs and even created my baby registry through Amazon and was given a gift box with great baby products. I will be writing about many of my favorite and recommended products in future posts! Anyways, with a winter baby it was so nice to be able to order anything I needed for Emerson (or myself!) with just a few clicks online. I didn’t have to worry about taking a newborn out in the cold! Now I use it for just about everything, especially for baby and home products. It’s nice to have a place where you can find most items even ones that are hard to find in stores.

But what I’ve recently discovered just made Amazon even more amazing. It’s called Amazon Review Trader. Basically, you receive items for free or at a discounted rate in exchange for your honest review. You can’t find all of Amazon’s products but they definitely have a huge assortment. You can search for specific items or just try out anything that seems interesting. So simple. I wish I would have known about it sooner but I’m definitely enjoying it now. My latest purchases have been these super cute bandana bibs. I have received a total of 17 bandana bibs from several sellers, who sell them in 4 or 5 packs, and have only spent $17. That came out to $1 a bib. Most 4 packs cost around $17 so you can see where this is a good deal and all in exchange for my honest reviews.

Check out my cool little dude with his bandana bib! They are perfect for babies that drool and/or are teething. Trendy and functional.

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So if you don’t mind taking the time to write honest reviews and you like saving money then check out Amazon Review Trader!

Does anyone have any other recommendations on similar review sites? I’d love to hear =)

 

Sofia

Doing What Makes Sense

So…we did it. We bought a mini van. I never imagined I’d ever own a mini van especially while only being 27 with 1 baby. But here we are. I went from a 2 door Chevy cobalt, to an Audi, and now our beautiful mini van!

Why did we do it? It just made sense. We weighed out our pros and cons and ultimately decided on the van. Really the only cons of a mini van was simply that, it was a mini van. LOL.  The pros that really made us make our decision were the sliding doors (a beautiful thing), more space (we tend to be on the road a lot), easier for kids to get in and out of (guess we are having more kids!), and a few other perks. My husband spent a long time searching for the right van. It had to have certain features that were actually quite hard to find. He finally found it (at a dealership 3 hours away)! And it clearly was THE ONE.

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I’ve gotta say it’s a pretty good-looking mini van…

We have only been driving it for a few days and we are both already very happy and sure about our decision. I think a lot of people have negative feelings against mini vans and I’m sure I’ll get a lot of “soccer mom” comments but you know what, it just makes sense. So much more practical and convinient, and really that’s what it comes down to. Some people are just too into the “image” their car gives off. Guys, it’s time to move on. =P

Oh, and did I mention it’s paid for in full? Even more the reason to be happy.

So whatever it is, just do what makes sense.

Any other van drivers out there? What do you love about your van?

Sofia

 

Hello fellow mommies and mommies to be!

 

For those of you that don’t personally know me, I’m a new mommy to a beautiful baby boy who was born December 15, 2015. I was an elementary special education teacher, for 3.5 years, who made the decision to leave her job to be able to stay at home (something I’ve always dreamed of being able to do!). I’ve been contemplating the whole blog thing for quite awhile now and finally decided to make the move.

I love learning new things and believe in the importance of being a life long learner. I also love being able to help others so the purpose of my blog writing will be to help others through their journey whether it be pregnancy, motherhood, or beyond! I have spent a lot of time reading and researching new things since the moment I found out I was pregnant. So, if you are expecting or if you are a new mommy then this is the place to be! I will be backtracking and writing about my pregnancy journey as well as my current journey as a new mommy and wife covering a wide array of topics.

Feel free to leave any questions/comments or suggestions for new posts! I’m excited for this blog and I’m looking forward to making more connections with like-minded mommies. =)

Sofia

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