Thursday, January 4, 2018

How to Get Your Baby to Sleep at Night

Happy New Year! When your a busy mom of 3 kids under the age of 4, there never seems to be enough hours in a day for everything you want to get done.

If there is one thing I have noticed above all, that has a direct effect on your efficiency and energy as a mom - a solid 6 - 8 hrs of uninterrupted sleep.

Now you are probably wondering how in the world can you manage to have an  infant that needs to be fed every 3 hours, sleep through the night. Here are my solid top ten tips on how I got my twin girls sleeping thru the night at 3 months of age.  I recommend doing all things together, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Top Ten Baby Sleep Tips

1. Black out shades on the windows where the baby sleeps. We got ours at Ikea and they worked perfectly.

2. Aromatherapy. A diffuser with a calming oil. We purchased ours from Escents and use the rain scent.

3. Sound machine, with music and white noise. I found the classical music helps to get the twins to sleep. Then I switch over to the white noise, which helps to keep them sleeping.

4. Dream feed by feeding slightly more before bed. This helps keep baby full through the night and they are less likely to wake up for that 3am feed.

5. Dr. Brown bottles helped with gas, which used to keep baby up and crying.

6. Make sure your baby is not sensitive to lactose. I noticed that one of my girls had a larger than normal belly and was crying often. A nutritionist suggested a whey based formula with probiotics and she went from crying all night, to sleeping soundly.

7. Check the diaper. Even a little streak, will have them crying all night.

8. Make sure they burp. Gas in the belly will keep your baby awake.

9. Keep them awake and engaged during the day. Cat naps are fine, but long hours sleeping will cause them to be very alert at night.

10. Make sure baby does not suffer from reflux.  If your baby does have reflux, try the Serta baby incliner for cribs (we bought two because we needed a steeper incline). It will help keep baby at an incline and helping with keeping the reflux at bay. Our twin girl suffered from reflux and had to be medicated in order to not spit up and possibly aspirate. Baby Zantac worked well, and I am happy to report that she no longer needs the medication, as the reflux seems to have cleared up on its own around 6 months.

Good luck and please leave a comment below letting me know how things go!

1. Ikea Blackout shades:
2. Sound machine:
3. Oil:

Monday, March 16, 2015

Top Three Busy Mom Picks for Spring!

Top Three Spring Busy Mom Picks!

Top Three Spring Busy Mom Picks! by jordantesfayworldwide featuring a leather tote

When you are busy juggling life, family and a career things need to be streamlined. Certain items can help make your life easier. Here is how these top picks can help simplify your life.

1. The Keurig is a wonderful little invention. It allows you the immediacy of barista coffee without the wait. Couple that with the endless amount of pod and creamer options and this little machine can compete with any Starbucks menu. Apply the money you save on expensive lattes to your IRA. 

2. The Filofax is the only way to organize your life. If you are a visual person like myself and enjoy seeing your entire weekly tasks on two simple pages, then this agenda is for you. Also, if you're crafty you can have fun personalizing the pages with cute stickers and washi tape. Check out the youtube channel MyPurplyLife for great ideas. 

3. The Longchamp bag can double as a diaper bag, while keeping you stylish. Also, should you happen to spill anything on it, the water resistant coating is very forgiving. You can add overnight bags and change purses easily to your collection and should the zipper break, simply return it to Longchamp. They offer a warranty and charge a nominal amount to fix certain items. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Baby Soap DIY

I love making these little soaps for my daughter's bath time. The dried rose petals help exfoliate her little feet and the coconut oil leaves her skin very moisturized. Also, if you make a large batch, they are great to give as a gift. Hope you enjoy!

Coconut Oil
Dried Roses
Clear Glycerin Soap
Rose Oil (for fragrance)
Soap colorant
Silicone Molds
Pyrex Cup
Wooden Stick (stirring ingredients) 

Take the glycerin soap, cut it into four blocks. Take one block, cut it into smaller pieces, place pieces in Pyrex and melt in microwave. Once the glycerin has melted, add a teaspoon of coconut oil, two drops of colorant, two drops of fragrance oil and the dried roses. Stir ingredients together and pour into the mold.

Repeat this step three additional times, adding different fragrance oils, colorant and dried flowers to create a variety of soaps.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Baby Shower Gift Candle Melt DIY

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful time with family and friends. I wanted to share with you a quick and easy DIY. This is the perfect gift to give a new mom decorating a nursery. Candle melts give a pleasant scent, without the safety hazard of candles.

Candle melt warmer 
Soy Candle Wax
Candle Scent
Wooden stick
Pyrex Container
Silicon baking molds
Small clear plastic bags
Gift Box recycle an old box
Raffia box filler 

Place your Soy wax in the Pyrex container and melt in the microwave. Stir the melted wax with the wooden stick and add desired scent. Pour melted wax into the silicone molds. Allow wax to cool for one hour. Remove melts and place into bags. Tie bags with desired ribbon and place all items on top of raffia inside box. 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

DIY Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Merry Christmas! Our family loves to spend the day together on Christmas. Finding activities that are easy, fun and involve the whole family can be challenging at times. Baking together can be rewarding and exciting, especially for the little ones. We love to make Christmas shortbread cookies together. Everyone lends a hand making them, and enjoying once they are done. Here is our fun Cookie DIY.

Tubes of Icing
Sugar Sprinkles
Icing Tip Set
Cookie Cutter
Baking Sheet
Parchment Paper
Rolling Pin
Shortbread Cookies see recipe below.

Shortbread Recipe
1    cup Butter
1/2 cup Sugar
2    cups Flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix ingredients into dough. Roll dough out evenly and cut cookie shapes. Place cookies on baking sheet, with parchment paper underneath. Apply sugar sprinkles. Bake for 8-10 mins. Let cool then decorate with icing.