Tips for Soothing Your Crying Baby

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So you had a baby a few weeks ago, and it’s been smooth sailing. They sleep all the time and hardly ever cry unless they are hungry. You’ve spent hours soaking up every second of them sleeping on your chest and feel like you are finally getting this parenting thing down. Then…around 3 weeks or so, they “wake up!” They stop sleeping all the time and they start crying…a lot. And you start asking yourself what happened. Anyone with me?

Soothing a crying baby is one of the most frustrating challenges for new parents. It’s so hard to figure out what is wrong and these sweet little creatures have no way of telling you. Now, I am only two babies into this parenting adventure so I am in NO WAY an expert, but I have learned a few tips that have helped bring a little peace to our house on even the fussiest of days. I promise, it’s going to be okay! 

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Now, first and foremost you are going to want to make sure your baby’s most obvious needs are met. This includes them being well fed, wearing a clean diaper, and being well rested (these tips will help you get them to sleep if that’s the reason for their fussiness!). If you feel like your baby is sick and that is the reason for the crying please talk to your pediatrician. 

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1. Baby Burrito (Swaddle) I’ve heard from several friends that their baby didn’t like to be swaddled. Now, maybe this is true, but stick with it and they will expect it. Babies like feeling secure & snug just like when they were in your tummy. Swaddling will become a cue for them that it is time to calm down and eventually sleep. There are two key elements to a good swaddle. The right blanket and the right technique. I suggest these blankets by aden + anais . LOVE them! They are a little pricey but will be worth it! I also started using these summer infant swaddleme for Sprout and they are so easy! 

2. White Noise is a game changer folks. Who would have thought that babies would actually LOVE a constant shhhhhhhhhing sound. Apparently the womb is loud and the world we bring them into is quiet…most don’t like it. They miss the noise of the womb, so enter white noise. Chickadee would be screaming her lungs out and the second you turned it on the screaming would cease and within minutes she might even be asleep. Plug it in and turn UP (we keep ours on the bookshelf that sits on the wall opposite her crib). If you are worried about it being too loud you can download a decibel reader app and don’t go above 65. Here is the noise machine we have, along with an app on our iphones for when we are on the go. White noise beats crying almost every time.

3. Pacifier Now to be honest these are hit or miss. Some babies love them others, not so much. For us Chickadee could care less about the pacifier, but Sprout is a fan. We use a WubbaNub and love how it sits on his chest and doesn’t get lost when he spits it back out. 

4. Lend a Finger If your little one doesn’t love a pacifier lend them your *clean knuckle, pinkie or even their own fist to suck on. 

5. Move It Move It A lot of babies like to be on the move. You can accomplish this in a lot of different ways! Some babies love the swing, others prefer a walk in the stroller, and another idea is being strapped into their car seat and driven around the block a time or two.

6. Strap them On Babies like to be close to you. Similar to swaddling it calms them down. I’ve used both the k’tan and solly wrap and love them both for different reasons. The k’tan is a lot easier to figure out, but it made of a little thicker cotton. The solly wrap is light weight but takes some practice!

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7. Calm their Stomach A lot of babies have gassy tummies, and a lot of moms call this colic. Both of mine had lots of gas issues and their gassy tummies always led to lots of crying until they could work it out. With Chickadee I wasn’t prepared, but with Sprout, I was. Preparation for those unexpected new mom hurdles, like colic, can help when your little one arrives. Have Colief Infant Digestive Aid on hand in case your baby experiences colic-associated crying resulting from temporary lactose intolerance (TLI) in infants. Colief Infant Digestive Aid is a gluten-free dietary supplement for the reduction of colic-associated crying resulting from temporary lactose intolerance (TLI) in infants. Different from other colic solutions, Colief Infant Digestive Aid is not given directly to the baby, but added to the formula or breast milk before each feeding, making it easier for them to digest the milk by breaking down most of the lactose. If you are a breastfeeding mom like, me make sure and read the instructions about how you can give before nursing. You can learn more by visiting their Facebook & YouTube pages.

8. Go Outside Some babies really like a change of scenery, so whether it’s going for a walk or rocking on the porch, a change of scenery will ignite other senses and hopefully, calm them down.

9. Nurse If all else fails (and for me sometimes it did)…a baby who nurses is almost always soothed when given the opportunity to do so! 

10. Take a breath This one is more for you, because let’s face it…you aren’t sleeping, you aren’t showering, and you have a baby you sometimes can’t figure out. I promise it will get better! So when your precious little one is crying with no end in sight, and you have tried everything you can think of, remember it’s just a phase. Lay your little bundle in their crib and walk away to take a breath ( promise they’ll be okay). Don’t get frustrated, just breathe for a minute. Come up with a new game plan and then go back in refreshed to love on your little one. At the end of the day, all they need it YOU!

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Tips for Cleaning Bottles & Sippy Cups + BIG Savings!

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With two kids under 21 months we are constantly drowning in bottles and sippy cups. And I don’t mean metaphorically…literally, they are over taking our dishwasher, cabinets, counter tops, diaper bag, and car. Help me! 

We go through so many a day and let’s face it….although you should probably wash them by hand, “ain’t nobody got time for that!” Introducing my favorite kitchen appliance. The dishwasher. And my favorite detergent, Finish® Max in 1 Powerball®.

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I grabbed this bag last time I ran in Walmart. They are exactly where you think they would be, with the household cleaning supplies! We’ve used Finish® for a long long time, so when they asked me to throw a little blog love their way, I didn’t hesitate! 

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My little sidekick! Can you tell it was almost time. Note: don’t eat the dishwasher detergent, bring the girl a snack!! 

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Okay, so lets talk about a few TIPS for getting those bottles and sippy cups their cleanest clean!

1. Wash all parts separately/take apart. Depending on the bottles and sippy cups you use, this will look different for you, but you get the picture. You want to take them apart so they can be thoroughly cleaned and dried. If you don’t take them apart water can get trapped in certain spots and mold may start to grow. Gross. 

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2. Rinse The dishwasher & detergent will do a through washing job, you still want to quickly rinse all your parts, especially if they might sit in the dishwasher a little bit. We don’t run our dishwasher until after dinner, so milk sippy cups from breakfast will sit in there all day. And if they aren’t rinsed they will begin to smell. 

3. Place all bottles and sippy cups in the top basket. Since most of your pieces are plastic you will want to use the top basket in your dishwasher. The heating element is in the bottom of most dishwashers, so the top rack is safer.

4. Use a dishwasher basket. While the actual bottle and cup can go anywhere up top, you will want to use a dishwasher basket for all of the smaller parts (straw, spout, nipples, etc.). 

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5. Use a detergent you can trust. We use Finish® Max in 1 Powerball®. They leave all our dishes including bottles and sippy cups spotless! 

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 So do you find the time to hand wash your bottles and sippy cups? If so, do tell your secrets to finding the time! If not I’m so glad I’m not alone in the dishwasher club!

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Next time you are at Walmart make sure and grab Finish® products. Also save BIG using their Finish® Max-in-One ($8.97 – $1.00 = $7.97) and Finish® Jet Dry® ($2.96 – $1.00 = $1.96) Ibotta offers! AND as a bonus: if you buy any Finish® Detergent (23ct and larger) AND Finish® Jet Dry®, you’ll get an additional $1.00

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Reckitt Benckiser. The opinions and text are all mine.

Creative Thank You Notes

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This post is long overdue, you can’t exactly tell, but it’s from Christmas. Fortunately, it’s an always relevant topic! My mom ALWAYS made us write thank you notes. I have vivid memories of packing thank you notes in our bags we packed for Christmas so we could write notes to everyone on our way back home. I think thank you notes are important and unfortunately, a lost art.

Since baby girl can’t exactly write thank you notes at her age, I thought a great way to show our appreciation for all of her Christmas goodies was to have pictures of her playing with everything!  

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I still wrote a little thank you on the back. I am of course thankful too! So, there you have it…they are creative, cheap, and thoughtful, plus Chickadee got to play a part! I think I’ll do them for her birthday too. I can’t believe she’ll be 2 in less than 3 months!  

 

Flax Seed Waffle Mix

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Thank for sticking with me as I post one recipe after another, there will be more DIYs and crafts soon….but for now cooking is the only “project” I have time for. Well, cooking and raising a 21 month old and 3 month old. We do have an occasional house project here and there that I can’t wait to share with you soon. I’ll try to get a post together when I am not trying to dig my way out of the endless pile of diapers and laundry!

We are HUGE breakfast eaters around here. III and I love it so much we served breakfast for dinner at our wedding. I’m always trying to find new and different ways to jazz up old recipes. A delicious waffle recipe is definitely necessary. I’ve tried several, but this one I am sharing today, has to be a favorite!

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You can always cook with a box mix, but I prefer to make my own…this way I know exactly what we are all eating. It’s really simple to do!

Flax Seed Waffle Mix
Yields 8
The best waffle recipe you'll ever try! Crisp on the outside soft & warm on the inside. You'll never buy a box waffle mix again.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 and 3/4 cups of whole wheat all purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/4 tsp salt
  4. 1/4 cup flax seed
  5. 1 tsp nutmeg
  6. 1 tbsp cinnamon
  7. 2 egg yolks
  8. 1 and 3/4 cups of milk
  9. 1/2 cup canola oil
  10. 1 tsp vanilla
  11. 2 egg whites
Instructions
  1. 1. Heat waffle maker
  2. 2. In a medium size bowl mix all DRY ingredients (running the flour through a sifter makes the waffles more smooth!)
  3. 3. In a separate bowl mix milk, canola oil, 2 egg yolks, and vanilla
  4. 4. With a hand mixer beat egg whites until they are white and stiff peaks form
  5. 5. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. 6. Fold in egg whites
  7. 7. Spoon batter onto a greased waffle maker
  8. 8. Serve and enjoy!
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 Serve with toppings of your choice! We prefer syrup and fruit usually…and if we feel like getting crazy, powdered sugar! And if you are looking for a waffle maker, we use this one…and my mom has a Belgium one similar to this onewhich I love too!

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Homemade Croutons

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As I’ve mentioned before I have a privilege of staying home with Chickadee and Sprout. One of our activities during the school year is attending MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers). MOPS is a great group of Christian women who meet all over the country to discuss their faith, children, family, and marriage. I made some great new friends this year and even though the program is over for the year, my table group has still gotten together. Most recently we met for dinner at our mentor mom’s house. 

She had a great idea for a pot luck dinner. A BIG salad where we all brought different toppings. She had lettuce and chicken and everyone else brought a topping of their choice. I signed up for croutons and decided to make them myself (with a little help from the one and only, Ree Drummond).

They start with french bread.

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Cut into slices.

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Then into cubes. I actually used my kitchen sheers to cut the bread slices into cubes.

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Drizzle with olive oil, garlic salt, and pepper. Then toss into a hot skillet.

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You want to toss the croutons until they start to brown on all sides. Then store in a sealed container until reader to use! They turned out really great. One loaf of french bread made enough croutons for all 10 of us. 

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