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#MommyMonday: 3 RE-PURCHASES FROM AMAZON

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The addiction we have to Amazon is sickening...we get way too many packages a week. So I thought it would be fun to share 3 things I always re-purchase on Amazon for the baby. 

Diapers - Crazy enough, we are still getting free diapers from Ellen Degeneres's Mother's Day Show. Every new order I place, I'm convinced it's done but it's just the gift that keeps on giving! We purchase Huggies because they were the Sponsor of the Mother's Day Show where we got the gift card. I purchase her diapers and the overnight diapers

Baby Wipes - We really like the Pampers Sensitive Water Baby Wipes so I'm constantly replenishing our stash. I like Pampers because they're softer than some of the other brands we've tried.

Diaper Cream - I shared in this post my love for the Motherlove Diaper Balm. I make sure to have one upstairs and one downstairs, but always have one in my Amazon cart incase one is getting low. I love that it's all natural. 

What are some of your Amazon re-purchases for your little one? 

 

 

#MOMMYMONDAY: Best Diaper Cream

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I discovered this diaper cream by accident. My sister-in-law told me to by the Motherlove nipple balm for breastfeeding, but while at the hospital after labor I realized I bought the diaper balm on accident. So while I had it, I decided to keep it and use it. But I'm so glad I did! This is hands down the best diaper cream ever! It has all natural ingredients for a sensitive bottom and a little goes a long way. It doesn't have a smell and literally gets rid of any diaper rash within 24-48 hours. Throw away the Desitin and go buy this Motherlove Diaper Balm...promise you will thank me later! 

What other gems have you Mamas discovered?

#MOMMYMONDAY: How We Got Our Baby To Sleep 12 Hours At Night

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#MOMMYMONDAY: How We Got Our Baby To Sleep 12 Hours At Night

Olivia is 6 months (wow!!) and has been sleeping through the night (from 7:30pm to 7am) since she was ~5 weeks old. Let me preface by saying that we are very blessed how lucky we are with such a good baby/sleeper. And I will say that routines aren't for everyone, but it works for us. I downloaded the Scheduler app for Moms On Call and follow it pretty religiously. At first my family thought I was crazy (and probably still do) at how we have our baby on a schedule but at the same time she sleeps 12 hours a night, which means Mama gets to sleep too! 

What is Moms On Call? It's is an infant/toddler service run by two pediatric nurses who offer in-home consultations, books, DVDs, webinars, etc. Y'all I seriously swear by MOC because it's helped get my baby on a sleep schedule and sleep through the night.

Right when Olivia was born I started getting using the MOC schedule loosely. After all the most important thing for a newborn baby is to be fed. Here are some tips and tricks that worked for us to get our baby sleeping through the night:  

1) We followed the schedule pretty religiously. Since I downloaded the app, it notified me on when to feed, nap and sleep. But I also wrote the schedule down on a sticky note for my husband and MIL to this day. I do allow some flexibility and use my judgement based on the day, especially because sometimes you just need to run errands. But generally I will try and plan my trips around the schedule. If we do anything to alter the schedule, I always try to wake her up and put her down at the same time everyday.

2) We have a consistent bedtime routine: bath, bottle, bed. This routine allows Olivia to know that it's bedtime. 

3) We put Olivia to bed right after her last bottle at 7pm. This gives my husband and I time to ourselves, which is so nice! 

4) We always make sure to give Olivia her biggest bottle at night to make sure her belly is full and helps sleep through the night. 

5) Whenever I am unsure of something or have questions, I refer to the MOC Facebook group. Let's be honest, as a new mom I always have questions and things I'm wondering so it's so helpful to just search the group because most other moms have answered it! 

6) After the 3 or 4 month mark, we started letting her cry it out and soothe her self to sleep. It was SO dang hard but totally worth it! 

MOC has worked to us and I'm so grateful for it! When it comes to anything with your baby, make sure to talk to your pediatrician and make sure you have the green light with anything! Have you tried Moms on Call or any others to help your baby sleep through the night? I'd love to hear what works for you and your family! 

#MommyMonday: Advice For New Moms, From Moms

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Advice for new moms, from mom

Before we had Olivia I went through every emotion known to mankind - I was nervous, excited, and terrified all at the same time. I was nervous about birthing a baby, raising a child, etc. It's not like they make a book about parenting or anything ;-) I talked to a lot of moms and asked them for advice for new moms. Here's what they had to say...

Advice For New Moms, From Moms

Enjoy him/her being little as long as you can because they grow up so quickly.  I used to wish that we would be out of diapers, but be careful what you wish for because it happens in a flash. - Kari, my mom

 

Enjoy every second that first year because it goes by so fast! - Bonnie, my grandmother and great-grandmother to Olivia

 

Enjoy every second and DO NOT worry about your house, as the housework will always be there and all the changes in that first year you can never get back! - Pam, family friend and Grandmother to Harper

 

Ask questions babies are very resilient they let you know what they want. Become best friends with your baby doctors nurse. - Rosalie, my grandmother

 

Take time for your self even if it’s something as simple as a pedicure. Pray that you do right by them. Always know that you can only do your best. - Glorie, my sister-in-law and mom to twins Ella and Lia, age 4 1/2

 

Two things: 1. I send copies of Baby Wise to all of my friends as they have babies because you can be the best mom you can be when you and your baby get some sleep. 2. Do what works for you. A lot of people try to tell you what to do. People would tell me to feed Lily every time she made a peep when I was trying to get her on a schedule. My mom was really supportive and even though my approach was different than hers back in the day (i.e. she co-slept), I was grateful that she always told me to do whatever worked best for me. - Megan, cousin and mom to Lily,  age 1  1/2

 

Pay attention to your kids. - Gloria, my mother-in-law

 

Always follow your instincts, even though your new to this, your motherly instincts are usually right. Do what you feel is best for your baby. Get your rest while the baby is sleeping, seems like I️t will be difficult but this time is when it’s easy to sleep. Take advantage while they’re 0-6 months, after this sleeping no longer exist! Any time they nap, (if you can get even 15-30 minutes) YOU NAP too!  - Natalia, my sister-in-law and mom to Ben, age 2

 

Your child isn’t going to want to sleep with you forever so let them snuggle! Oh and pick out all the cute clothes and make them wear them wear while they’re little because once they refuse you’ll never win the battle - Jeni, my aunt and mom to Ava, age 13

 

You’re your baby’s best advocate. If something doesn’t seem right speak up; people will feed you advice all day long, but you don’t have to listen to them. Trust your momma bear instincts. - Angelica, my cousin and mom to Beckett, age 3

Here's a few things: 1. Mom Shaming is for real! Just do what you think is right for your baby honestly you know in your gut! 2. Dancing with your little one seriously can change any rough day into the best one. Hello endorphins! 3. Embrace the messy house it just means you are lucky enough to have little ones enjoying themselves. Be kind to yourself and your new body....you made a person and that’s kind of amazing! 4. If you don’t have amazon prime GET IT! - Chantel, friend and mom to Beryx, age 1

Newborn Baby Essentials

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Newborn Baby Essentials

Olivia turned 3 months last week and I just don't know where the time has gone! She's gotten so big and has gained such a personality. Since becoming a mom, everyone keeps asking if I'm going to start blogging about that. I really want Four Threads to stay as a style and beauty blog, but it's only natural to throw in some "mom" things because it's my reality now. So I've decided to start a series every Monday for all the mommy's out there. This #MommyMonday will be reviews of products, essentials, what's worked and what hasn't, etc. Since I'm a 'new mom,' I'm constantly asking other moms or researching things so wanted to share everything with other mamas out following. 

If you have questions about being a mama that you would love for me to review or talk about for #MommyMonday I would love for you to send me a comment or message.

To kick off the first #MommyMonday, I wanted to share the newborn essentials that I've loved using within the two month of having Olivia. 

BATH

Tub - This tub has been the best purchase. My husband thought I was so  crazy to spend $60 on a bath tub but now after using it he totally gets it and feels comfortable giving our daughter a bath. There are two things we love about this tub: it tells you if the water is too cold or too hot and it runs clean water in while dirty water flows out. Olivia loves bath time and I can honestly give all the credit to this bath! 

Body Wash - I found that Johnson & Johnson dried out her skin to started using Babyganics Baby Shampoo + Body Wash and am totally obsessed. I love the smell and how it's gentle on her skin. I also love that it foams so a little goes a long way! 

Lotion - Our pediatrician told us to stay away from lotion at first because babies skin is so sensitive, but I couldn't help myself after seeing how dry her feet were. I love the baby smell to this!

Hooded Towel - I have a couple hooded towels but this was gifted to us and it might be my favorite so far because it's warm and cuddly (and super cute!!).

Wash Cloths - Perfect to wash their face. 

Brush - My baby has a lot of hair so a brush is a must. I love this Wet brush for babies.

FEEDING

Nursing pillow - I thought this was a marketing-gimmick at first, like why do I need a nursing pillow, can't I just use a regular pillow?! But I got a Boppy Pillow and cover as a gift from and it's been amazing. I used it to sit on the first few weeks after delivery and when I'm nursing or will give to someone else when they're feeding her to give their arm a break. 

Bottles - I'm breastfeeding and pumping so have been bottle feeding her my pumped milk. I've been loving these Dr. Brown's bottles. disclosure they are a pain to wash because there are so many pieces but they do work. 

Burp Cloths - I don't think you can have enough of these...so stack up ladies!! I have them scattered around my house ready to grab incase she spits up. 

LAUNDRY

Drying rack - I was a little clueless to the whole 'you can't put babies clothes in the dryer because they'll turn into barbie clothes.' So quickly invested in a drying rack. 

All Free & Clear Laundry Detergent - I bought the baby laundry detergent at first and almost gagged when I opened it because of the perfumes. So talked to my doctor and got the OK to use my regular detergent as it's free of perfumes and dyes. This also makes things soo much easier because I can throw our laundry and hers all together.  

SLEEP

Velcro swaddle - As cute as the Aden and Ani swaddles are, they just weren't practical for both my husband and I during nighttime changes and feedings. We quickly realized we needed velcro swaddles and have been using the SwaddleMe swaddles and love how quick and easy they are. 

HALO Bassinest - Pre-baby I was going back and forth between this Restoration Hardware Bassinet and the HALO Bassinest but SO glad I went with the HALO Bassinet. The mesh sides are great for the baby to breathe, it has a built in light and sound machine that come in handy, it swivels to the bed, and has pockets so you can put bottles, diapers, burp cloths, etc. 

White Noise Machine - At night we've been using the white noice on the HALO Bassinet but during the day the white noice comes in handy when she's fussy. We bought this one, but I also use this YouTube white noise video on my phone and it works like a charm.

CHANGING

Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers - Hands down my favorite diapers. My favorite thing is the yellow line that turns blue when the diaper is wet, which makes it so easy to tell if the baby needs a diaper change without taking the diaper off.

Uppi Diaper Pail - This pail is so great because it keeps out all the smells. 

Motherlove diaper cream - I bought this on accident thinking it was their Nipple Cream (hello pregnancy brain!) but started using it after Olivia get a little diaper rash and it cleared up better then the Desitin, which also leaves a white residue on the baby's skin. 

Pampers wipes - I have both the Huggies and Pampers wipes but prefer the Pampers as they're a bit softer on a baby's bum. 

PLAY/MISC.

Momaroo - I heard so many mixed things about this - some babies loved it while others hated it. So I made sure to save the box incase our daughter hated it. But, the verdict is out...she loves it. Best baby swing ever! This Mamaroo swing is fancy, it comes with various types of swing motions including a car ride and makes sounds, which you can also connect to your phone to play off there. 

Rock N' Play Sleeper - I love this sleeper! It's great for newborns because their head is at a bit of an incline, it rocks without you having to push it, and it's easily portable so she can sleep in any room.

Bouncer - This is a newer purchase towards the end of two months. My mom bought this when Olivia stayed with her and she loved it. Our daughter loves looking around so this is great because I can put it on the table or kitchen island and have her at eye level with me. She also likes the bouncing...it keeps her very occupied. It also makes sound and vibrates. 

Wubbanub - If your baby will take a pacifier, get a  Wubbanub. They are a lifesaver; like the burp cloths, I have a few upstairs and downstairs. 

Nail file - I haven't quite mustered the courage with nail clippers yet so have been filing her nails when they get too long. 

I know this post is SO long, and I give you props if you've made it this far! Every item I linked is the exact product I used! I really hope this helps a lot of you new mamas because it's certainly helped me. If theres any essentials you're using for 3+months, I'd love to know. :)

What To Wear To Your Newborn Pictures

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The day before our newborn photoshoot, I went into pure panic mode thinking I had nothing to wear; but as I opened my closet full of clothes that I hadn't seen in 9 months (and not knowing how things were going to fit), I found a few different options. I also forced myself to fit into my biggest jeans! Mike and I had just moved into our house and literally only have a few pieces of furniture so it was fun to see how Hayley captured it all. 

Just like you're maternity photoshoot, you want to look your best with your new babe, so I've put together a few ideas that will look great on camera and you! Tip: Unlink maternity photos, I would stay clear of anything tight-fitting because girl you just had a baby ~7 days ago!

Light Neutrals

Skip the bright and bold colors and instead go with light neutrals. Don't feel the need to match everyone in white shirts and jeans, you can mix light browns, grays, blush, etc. 

Textures  

Play it up with textures. I love adding textures from sweaters, lace, sheer overlay. embroidery, etc. These types of textures really pick up on the camera as well. I'm wearing this OTS lace top and this Gap textured knit sweater. 

For The Guys

Is your man anything like mine, saying "what do you want me to wear" 15 minutes before your photographer arrives?! I love a simple t-shirt and jeans if you're going for more of a casual look. Again, he doesn't need to match you exactly, just stay in the same neutral color scheme.

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For The Moms: Three Helpful Tips When Taking Newborn Photos

1. If you have the bandwidth and extra hands at home, then get your hair and makeup done! I'm usually not happy with how my hair turns out so did both myself, but if you're not confident doing your hair/makeup yourself or just want to get pampered then get it done girl because you deserve it!! 

2. Wear more makeup than you normally would because the natural light will wash you out. 

3. Make sure you have your nails painted and manicured as they will be photographed.