A Round-Up of My Newborn Favorites

Baby J is growing incredibly fast! I know that people always say that time will fly by but man, it really is flying by this time around. With Baby E, I had no idea what baby products we needed but now I feel a little bit more confident in what my absolute favorite newborn items are! In today’s post, I’m going to share a few newborn favorites (with affiliate links so you can shop!) and why I love them! 

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Let’s Talk About Sleep, Baby (Part 1)

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Baby 1:

  • Started life by being nursed to sleep
  • Continued to be nursed to sleep throughout infancy (my bad)
  • Needed to be motivated (rocked, swung, bounced) until she was even sleepy
  • Had non-diagnosed reflux type issues
  • Would ONLY sleep on an incline until she learned to roll over
  • Mama didn’t read ONE BOOK on infant sleep until it was way too late
  • Finally had to cry it out
  • Didn’t officially sleep through the night until 11 months

Baby 2:

  • TBD but I’m definitely not repeating last time!

Sleep is so precious and valuable. After dealing with Baby E’s sleep situation, I told myself I wouldn’t let that happen again (if I could have any control over it). So I’ve made it my goal to give Baby J positive sleep habits and I’m going to share what has helped us so far!

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Putting the “Spark” in Your Sparkling Water with Perrier Flavor

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I am super excited to say that I am currently on day 28 of my “Whole 30”. It’s been pretty great and I can’t wait to share it ALL once I’m done. A few days ago, someone asked me about the drinks that I’ve been consuming. It honestly hadn’t occurred to me that I was literally only drinking plain water and coffee! I totally forgot about the fact that most sparkling water options are “Whole 30” approved. I tried this awesome drink with Perrier Sparkling Water to spice up my daily drink monotony and love it! So I’m going to share it today!

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Whole 30 Inspiration: 15 Incredible Instagram Accounts

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If you’ve been following my social media recently, then you’ll know that I’ve started doing a round of Whole 30 for the summer! I’ve done Whole 30 before and I loved everything about it! I don’t consider it to be a diet AT ALL- more of a lifestyle change! I plan on doing a post ALL about my experience this time around but for now, I’m going to share some inspirational Instagram accounts! 

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Breast, Bottle, and the Beauty of Infant Feeding

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“I bottle fed, and I breastfed, and before I knew it, they were all eating stale french fries off the floor of the minivan and I was like, whatever, thanks for cleaning.”

-Joslyn Gray

Not only is this quote hilarious but it’s so relatable. Seriously, mamas. Haven’t we all thought this before? Feeding our tiny humans is so hard sometimes… but why is that? Why does it have to be so hard from day 1?

I’ve recently starting thinking about my breastfeeding experiences with both of my children. I’ve concluded that society’s role in our family’s feeding is one major factor in making our entire experience more stressful than it needs to be. There can be pressure when feeding in public, breast or bottle. There may also be an overall lack of support from friends and family and/or lack of breastfeeding education provided. In today’s post, I’m going to recap my experience with breastfeeding. I’m also going to share a cool new platform by Happy Family. This platform is devoted to making sure that all families feel supported during their infant feeding journey!

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Postpartum Essentials

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It’s almost been a month since Baby J was born and I’m feeling so much better than I was initially! Surprisingly to me, the healing process has been very different this time around. The first time, I didn’t really feel that I needed anything to take care of myself. I now realize that there are certain postpartum essentials that are absolutely necessary for self-care. In today’s post, I’m going to share some affiliate links of products that made this healing process so smooth!

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What’s in My Bag: Hospital Bag Edition

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“This ain’t my first rodeo!”

No, it really isn’t! I had my first baby less than 2 years ago AND I’ve worked as a postpartum nurse for 3 years.With that being said, I feel a little knowledgeable on what is needed and not needed in the hospital setting. Although I do consider myself to be “experienced” in this particular area of motherhood, I definitely made some mistakes when packing my bag both times. I decided to write this post AFTER I had Baby J to focus on what I brought, what I wish I would have brought, and what I should have left at home! 

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