Not every party has to have a theme. All you really need is one or two things that inspire you and you can create a beautiful soirée. This baby shower is a perfect example. This mommy-to-be wanted something feminine, but modern without screaming “baby girl.” She works in the floral industry and really wanted flowers to be the focal point and inspiration for her baby shower. She hit it out of the park with this shower! This is the perfect feminine floral look for a baby girls baby shower. It really came out beautiful.
The flower arrangements consisted of hydrangeas, roses, spray roses, stock, ranunculus and some assorted foliages. Absolutely stunning!
For the linens, she used the “flora” linen from House of Hough which was the perfect touch of “girlie” to her event.
For the signature drink she had pink sangria. She included some pink with the lusterware bunnies and apple on the food table along with the strawberry shortcake trifle and the most delicious cake! Everything looked so bright and beautiful.
The cookies are definitely one of my favorites. They were designed to resemble vintage seed packets, which were 100% her husband’s idea and the only thing he really put his foot down on. She is so glad they had those made! They really came out perfect.
And every event needs a good spot to take some photos. This beautiful woodland wall with accent flowers and name stencil is so gorgeous for this feminine floral baby shower.
Dads, one day a few years from now, your children will be able to express to you just how sincerely grateful they are for all that you have done and continue to do for them. One day they may write their own thank you note to you, but today I am writing a thank you note to all the great dads out there from us at Baby Chick. Now that we are wrapping up the month of June, I wanted to end this month with a note of appreciation to all of you.
Moms can admit that far too often she can take you for granted. All moms can sometimes be too quick to huff or point out something you haven’t done or something you’ve done “wrong.”
In the hectic pace of the days, the blur of weeks, and the racing into months, sometimes mothers forget to slow down and recognize all the things you have done. They can forget to acknowledge all the many things you do right and well. So here is a big “thank you” for all you do for your partners in parenting and for your families.
A Thank You Letter to All Dads
To all the Great Dads Out There –
Thank you for being by your partner’s side when you both became parents. Together you two figured out how to care for a newborn, how to shush a crying baby, and soothe a sobbing mommy. Thank you for fetching whatever she or the baby needed while she was hooked up to a baby or a breast pump. Thank you for changing diapers, for clipping baby’s tiny fingernails when mommy might have been too nervous, for wrapping the best swaddle, and for being a true partner as you both added to your family.
Thank you for being fully engaged. It fills every mother’s heart to see the father of her children reading, cuddling, dancing or fishing with their kids. Moms’ hearts swell to hear you share a bit of wisdom or a childhood memory, to hear you make up a song especially for one child, and to hear you award a well-earned compliment to your children. Your way with your kids is different from hers and mothers really do appreciate that and, someday, your kids will, too.
Mothers watch you fly the baby through the air or swing the baby to the moon, sometimes making her stomach lurch, but she knows it’s important for your kids to have another way of experiencing life. First bike rides, building towers and forts in the living room, and experiments with exploding baking soda all give your kids a part of you, and that makes your partner smile.
She loves you for doing all those stinky jobs like picking up dead bugs, crawling into the attic, cleaning kids’ throw-up, and lugging in everything from the car after a weekend away. And she loves you for doing all those precious things that make your house a home, like cutting down the Christmas tree, lighting a cozy fire, and doing small repairs and big projects while teaching the kids pride, respect, and how to use a screwdriver.
It’s amazing how you can pull the kids into any task at any age and teach them life lessons while they’re having fun. They grow up beside you and know without a doubt that you love them and value them; they know that their Dad believes in them and likes being with them. What an incredible gift.
You set positive examples, big and small. They know that men can cook, they know that men can clean up, fold laundry, clean toilets (every now and then), and that there are no rigid definitions of what girls and boys can or cannot do. Your children witness you treating your partner with love. They have a model of how to love and how to expect to be loved. You show them daily that Dads are nurturers, boo-boo healers, and snugglers as well as disciplinarians, jungle-gyms, and joke tellers.
Your partner may even thank you for teaching your kids to burp letters, to make sounds under their armpits, to take a half hour to poop, and for laughing whenever the word “fart” is uttered. Seriously? Still? Every time?
Thank you for taking over all the times you’ve arrived home from work to hear, “I’m DONE! Here, take the baby/child/teen – I need to be alone!” Thank you for those days, still, when she’s at the end of her rope and you swoop in with a calm patience to manage a cranky kid or feisty teen. She marvels at how you can make a job they dread into a fun game or how you can redirect a bubbling bickering match into a drawing contest.
Thank you for figuring out the new way to do math so your partner doesn’t have to, for coaching the team, for driving a forgotten assignment to school…again. Thank you for cheering for the whole family whether on the courts, fields, stages, classrooms or boardrooms. Your support and encouragement lift all of them higher. Their lives are better in every way because of you.
Your family is proud of you. Your parter is proud of the family you both have created. She’s thankful to have you and wouldn’t want anyone else to walk beside her, hand in hand, as you two voyage through parenthood, and someday, into grand-parenthood.
She loves you. Just the way you are, she loves you. And we are so grateful for all that you do for her and for your family. So as we embark on this new month, always remember that love and how thankful we are for all of you.
When hunger strikes between meals and you’re out on the go, it’s really tempting to grab a bag of chips or a candy bar. Most pregnant moms know that taking care of themselves is one of the best gifts you can give your baby, but let’s be honest: the pregnancy cravings struggle is real. If you’re not careful, lots of pregnancy snacking lead to packing on some serious poundage. And even when you are being careful and do plan ahead, the same old, same old snacks get to be . . . well . . . old.
Solution: Get creative with healthy pregnancy snacks!
The healthy pregnancy snacks below are just as quick and easy as those prepackaged options. And as a bonus, these healthy pregnancy snacks are nutrient-dense to leave you satisfied, energized, and nausea-free without overloading you on fat or calories. Plus, these easy-to-make snacks deliver the good stuff your baby-to-be needs to grow.
Apple with Greek Yogurt
An apple a day is good for everyone, including pregnant women. Apples are a great source of both insoluble fiber, which fights constipation, and soluble fiber, which can help lower cholesterol. All that fiber also keeps you full. Add in a protein-rich greek yogurt for an even more satisfying snack. When buying apples, you might want to consider organic apples since the regular ones tend to have lots of pesticide residue on the skin.
1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
2 tbsps Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
2 tbsps Hemp Seeds
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1 Apple (sliced)
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place yogurt, coconut and hemp seeds into small separate bowls. Stir cinnamon into the hemp seeds.
Dip each apple slice in the yogurt (coating about 3/4 of the slice) and then coat with either the coconut or cinnamon-hemp seed mixture on all sides. Transfer to the baking sheet.
Freeze for about 10 minutes or until yogurt has hardened (ensure the apple doesn’t freeze). Serve immediately and enjoy!
When you just need something to munch on without a lot of calories, try a cup of grape tomatoes. You can snack on an entire cup for less than 50 calories — a lot less than a handful of potato chips. Packed with vitamin C, tomatoes also deliver a big dose of lycopene, an antioxidant associated with lower rates of cancer and heart disease. Plus tomatoes contain a fair amount of fiber, some vitamin A, and even a little folate.
Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries
When you crave something crunchy with a hint of sweetness, these homemade fries will do the trick. They’re coated in a little cinnamon and sugar instead of salt, and then baked, which makes them much lower in sodium and fat than regular potato chips. Plus you’ll reap the many health benefits of sweet potatoes, including fiber, potassium, and vitamins A, C, and B6. Here’s how I make mine . . .
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Lightly spray a baking sheet with olive oil spray.
Spread sweet potato slices on baking sheet and lightly sprinkle with sea salt and optional cinnamon/stevia, if desired.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes until cooked through, stirring once halfway through.
Smoothies you buy at your local store are often high in sugar and low in fruit. Whip up your own at home using nonfat Greek yogurt and your choice of fruit and you’ll get a healthy serving of protein, calcium, and other important nutrients. Frozen fruit will give your smoothie a thicker texture, so use fresh fruit if you like a thinner consistency. And don’t go overboard on the juice. The calories and sugar in juice — even 100 percent fruit juice — can add up quickly.
You don’t have to save oatmeal for breakfast. It’s great any time of the day. Full of heart-healthy soluble fiber, both oat bran and steel cut oatmeal is portable and easy to make. Just add water or unsweetened almond/coconut milk and microwave. Avoid flavored instant oatmeal, which is high in sugar and may have artificial flavors and/or colors. Instead, flavor your oats with berries, which have fiber and potassium, a mineral that regulates fluid balance in the body and helps nerves and muscles work properly. (Told you I’m a berry lover!)
Hard Boiled Eggs
Portable and high in protein, hard-cooked eggs are a great snack when you’re on the go. If you’re an egg white-only type of gal, now’s the time to eat that yolk. While the white is high in protein, the yolk is full of valuable nutrients, including choline, which plays a role in fetal brain and nervous system development, and folate, which helps prevent neural tube defects. Cook up a batch of eggs once a week so you can easily grab one when time is short.
Dark Chocolate & Almonds
Almonds are nutritional powerhouses filled with fiber, protein, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. They’re rich in disease-fighting phytochemicals and have good amounts of nutrients such as fiber, iron, and calcium that are especially important for pregnant women. You can eat almonds raw but personally, I find you can’t go wrong by adding some chocolate . . . just grab a handful when hunger/sweet tooth cravings strikes.
Speaking of Greek Yogurt, it’s a GREAT healthy pregnancy snack! Rich in calcium and protein, yogurt is a nearly perfect pregnancy food. Some yogurts contain live active cultures, which are beneficial bacteria that are believed to enhance digestion, improve nutrient absorption, and boost the immune system. Choose low-fat or fat-free plain yogurt since flavored yogurts tend to be high in sugar. Stir in a little cinnamon, stevia, or even some berries for flavor.
I have a daughter who is one of a kind. She is brilliantly witty with charm and a hint of sass. She is strong-willed, yet sensitive and inclusive to those around her. And she is free-spirited with an imagination that knows no bounds.
Having a Child with a Life-Threatening Food Allergy is More Common Than You Think
Eight common foods account for 90 percent of all food allergies: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. Every three minutes, consuming a food allergen sends someone to the emergency room. That’s more than 200,000 emergency department visits and more than 300,000 ambulatory-care visits among children every year.
What’s even more troubling, food allergies are on the rise. At alarming rates. Food allergies have been labeled the fastest growing childhood epidemic. According to the CDC, food allergies among kids increased 50% from 1997-2011. During this same timeframe, allergies to peanuts and tree nuts tripled.
It Effects Your Everyday Life
As a mom, the growth rate coupled with the lack of understanding about the disease is not only confusing – it’s overwhelming. Having a child with a life-threatening food allergy impacts not just my family’s lifestyle, but every aspect of our day. Not a day goes by without worry.
Worrying that I forgot to pack my daughter’s Epi-pen. I worry that I forgot to triple check a food label. Then I worry that she may have a new substitute teacher at preschool that doesn’t know our protocol. I worry that I might miss an emergency text message. And worrying that she missed out, got singled out or worse yet, bullied because of food allergies.
You Need Support as a Parent of a Child with a Life-Threatening Food Allergy
As moms, we are SO great at worrying and we’re strong enough to admit that the whole mom-guilt thing is REAL. I’m grateful I’m surrounded by a tribe of amazing moms (and some equally wonderful dads) who have my daughter’s food allergies on their radar. These moms don’t think I’m crazy when I’ve made public requests or family requests that impact my daughter’s safety – they’ve had my back. They’ve lent an ear and a shoulder to cry on when food allergies has brought me to my knees – whether it was when I ripped apart our pantry, agonizing over every food label after learning our then 6-month-old was allergic to milk, eggs and peanuts or when I learned there was a four year waitlist for my daughter to take part in the only OIT treatment program in our state or when I administered an Epi-pen for the first time and pleaded that my daughter come back to consciousness. These amazing moms have been there for me. They’ve been there for my daughter.
May is Food Allergy Awareness month. Chances are you know a mom with a one of a kind, 1 in 13 kiddo. Remind her that you are in this crazy journey with her. Remind her that as moms, we have each other’s backs and a tissue whenever necessary. And tell her that you will educate your own family about the severity of food allergies and the importance of being inclusive. Because as moms we want every child to be safe and to thrive. As moms, we have the power to change the world. We are human-kind.
Mara with her two beautiful daughters, Cooper and Quinn.
My sister recently had a new baby, and knowing I’m done with the baby phase, I have been doing everything in my power to soak up his sweet baby smells and goodness. Because it is such a precious time.
But I have to confess that at times I have been guilty of reflecting back to my months as a mom of just one newborn and asking myself and others, “What did I possibly think was so hard about having just one new baby to take care of?” in comparison to my life now comprised of chasing four littles–essentially implying that having a newborn is easy. Yet there is one thing that has seemed blatantly obvious the last eight weeks of watching my sister with her new son.
No matter how sweet the baby, a new baby IS work.
Sleepless nights and a baby in your arms all day IS hard even if it’s sweet in your heart, too. And while I love my nephew, when I look at my sis, I realize I am grateful to be done with that phase since my new phase involves chasing four other kiddos. I can’t pretend that my phase is harder than hers. If anything, it feels reversed. But she might say differently when watching me deal with a mouthy preteen. 🙂
My point being, every phase of motherhood is different. Each with different challenges and areas for growth. And in each phase of motherhood there are unique ways to encourage a mom for the work she’s doing! So let’s make sure to be intentional about calling out the good we see in the other moms around us.
Easy Ways to Encourage a Mom
For Any Mom, Anywhere:
When I think of moms I want to be like, I think of you.
Your kids stand out for having great manners, and I know that is a reflection of you.
When I’m in a hard moment, I always think of: “What would ______ do?”
For the Tired New Mom:
I know the days are long, but I promise this is a phase you will look back on and feel like you don’t remember. It truly will fly by.
You do such a good job of being sleepy, yet being so patient. I see how much you love them.
I know you aren’t getting a lot of rest, but you don’t show it. You seem more rested than I am.
If you would like to drop your baby off with me for a bit, I would love to let you sleep!
For the Mom Dealing with an Emotional Toddler:
It is hard to stay patient all day, but you seem to reset with ease. That’s so hard!
You are doing a great job of teaching your child versus getting frustrated. I can see how long-term this is going to pay off, even though it’s tiring.
I love how you stay calm instead of losing it. You remind me of a teacher everyone is trying to be like.
For the Mom Running Ragged with Sports and Kids’ Commitments:
I see you always going from one thing to the next. But you are great at always having everything organized and planned for your evenings. You make your kids’ life flow smoothly.
I know your kids may not see how hard you work to get them to their practices, but I just want to tell you that one day they will look back and see how much you did for them. Keep it up!
You are so great at helping other people out with carpool in the evenings. Thank you for being so gracious about helping others.
For the Mom with the Kid That is Struggling:
You do such an amazing job of supporting your child. I know they’ve had a hard year, but there is no doubt they will know you are their biggest fan.
I really admire you for the way you’ve helped navigate your child through this hard situation. It’s hard to know what to do, but you seem to know the right thing every time.
A parents’ job is to believe in their child no matter what, and you are the epitome of seeing the best the potential within them and bringing it out. What a great advocate you are!
For the Mom with Independent Teenagers:
I know they are making you doubt that you did anything right. But trust me, all of your work is paying off! They are listening even though they don’t act like it.
I love how even though your child gets frustrated, they share things with you. You’ve done a great job of building trust.
Even though they are pushing you out, remember they need you just as much now as ever! Keep persevering. They will thank you later.
How can you encourage a mom today? If there is someone you look up to as a mom, don’t keep it a secret. And feel free to share with us the best encouragement you’ve ever received.
Despite believing that pregnancy would be a blissful time in your life, you have felt ongoing worry, stress and sadness. You reach out to family, friends, or colleagues for help, support, and advice, only to be told:
It’s all in your head. Just get over it. Suck it up.
It’ll go away.
All pregnant women have emotional ups-and-downs. It’s normal.
You turn the conversation in a different direction, but inside you feel discounted, unsupported, and more worried than ever.
What should you do?
What to Do When Your Family Doesn’t Understand Your Pregnancy Depression or Anxiety
1. Understand that they don’t have good information.
Most of the unhelpful comments that pregnant women receive in response to sharing about their emotional distress or pregnancy depression and anxiety are based on myths. These long-standing untruths have been around for years, so that they seem to become the truth. Myths such as, “Everybody feels that way,” become oversimplified, pat answers.
Most people, including clinicians, don’t understand pregnancy depression and anxiety. They don’t know that they exist. They don’t know that they are the most common problems faced by pregnant women. Plus, many women feel guilty and ashamed, and don’t share how they are feeling. So, the experience of pregnancy depression and anxiety remains hidden.
Recognizing that your friend or family member’s comment comes from a place of not having the right information may help you to take a different perspective. In most cases, they’re not trying to be hurtful. They just don’t know current facts and evidence.
2. Help to educate your family, friends, and co-workers about pregnancy depression and anxiety.
You may need to educate your friends, family, and co-workers. You can do this effectively and gently using these prompts as suggestions. You’ll notice that each one includes sharing your experience PLUS providing information wrapped up in your experience. And, each prompt is designed to end on information that the person is likely to pick up and want to explore further:
At my appointment, I shared with my doctor how I was feeling and she helped me to realize that I’m struggling with some anxiety. I didn’t even know that pregnant women could feel this way!
My doctor just diagnosed me with depression. I had no idea how common it was in pregnancy.
3. Recognize that people are uncomfortable.
One reason that pregnant women don’t share their emotional struggles is because it makes them feel vulnerable and uncomfortable. It’s helpful to recognize that many times people’s reactions and responses are driven by a similar discomfort. Most people don’t know what to say when someone shares that they have anxiety or depression. You can help yourself and others by packaging your story in a way that alleviates your discomfort – and theirs – and leads to a natural opportunity for them to support you. Here are some suggestions:
I want to tell you something that is difficult for me to share, and makes me feel vulnerable. I’ve just been diagnosed with depression.
I want to tell you about something that’s been really tough for me. My doctor just diagnosed me with anxiety.
4. Recognize that their response to your pregnancy depression is not about you.
Sometimes, no matter what you say and how you say it, people respond with ignorance, defensiveness, and judgement. Although the comments are hurtful, it’s important to take a step back from them and recognize that the comments are not about you. They’re about them.
If you know that your friends or family members are likely to respond with judgement, you need to decide how much benefit there is in sharing your situation.
If you didn’t anticipate their hurtful responses, then you need to move into owning your emotional health.
5. Own take ownership and responsibility over your own emotional health.
Advising you to take responsibility seems like a crazy solution when you’ve been hurt by another, but owning your emotional health involves taking charge of your emotions. Your friend or family member needs to take responsibility for what they said (out of your control!).
You need to take responsibility for how you receive it – whether you:
Allow the comments to destroy you emotionally.
React by striking out verbally, saying something you’ll regret.
Continue to think about the comment, becoming angrier and more hurt over time.
No growth happens and no benefit results from not owning your emotional health. There are only two options:
You own your emotional health. Take responsibility for your thoughts and emotions because when you own them, you can change them. Intentionally choose to exercise grace (excusing the person’s lack of knowledge) and forgiveness (excusing the injustice done to you). Choose to move beyond the situation, considering how (although difficult) you might grow and become stronger through the adversity.
You don’t own your emotional health. When you aren’t intentional about managing your thoughts and emotions, and so they drift and you ruminate, you begin playing the conversation over and over again in your mind. This makes you feel more insecure, threatened, and abandoned.
Mama, you’ve got this and you’re not alone. Get support from loving family members, trusting friends, and compassionate professionals if you’re struggling with pregnancy depression and anxiety.
Have you ever seen those memes that list all the things mamas love, then dare you to pick only 3 from the list? They often name things like yoga pants, coffee, Netflix and more. But you’ll notice that Amazon is never on those memes. No way are any mamas ruling that one out–and it’s because SO many of us rely heavily on the courier giant that delivers anything your heart desires (or needs!) in a speedy 48-hour timeframe. While you’re putting go-tos in your cart the next time you’re online, consider adding these: 10 products on Amazon every mom needs!
We love this stroller for how lightweight and durable it is–not to mention that it is seriously a game-changer for travel or anywhere a lot of walking (read: melting down and being generally over it) with a toddler is involved.
Alexa might be the only thing or person in your house who ACTUALLY listens, so make her keep working for you: buy this (insanely cool) voice-activated microwave to help warm your coffee for the 29th time.
Amazon might not be known for fashion per se, but their steals on great basics should not be overlooked. These have over 175 positive reviews and are total dupes for more expensive brands ;). Mama’s got style (for $25)!
If you aren’t spending some time filling your own proverbial–and literal–cup, you can’t be the best mom for your kids. Buy yourself a set of these amazing stemless, to-go wine glasses. The lid will keep your red from sloshing all over you when the kiddos are pulling you in every which direction, and the double-walled insulation will keep your white nice and cold!
We were serious about that whole “take care of yourself” thing: and we know that self-care for moms is more than a luxurious hot bath, but it’s not a bad place to start, is it? Frequent indulgences are good for your soul–and, in this case, for your body and the environment, too!
It’s like an elliptical, but compact. And pink! What’s not to love? Hop on during an episode of Paw Patrol or, better yet, The Bachelor and get your daily steps in! Don’t believe us? Read the hundreds of 5-star reviews.
Being busy is really glorified in our culture, but it can seriously leave mamas feeling overwhelmed and ragged if it becomes the norm. This sweet little book encourages 5 minutes of daily mindfulness: this is also another gentle reminder to take time where you can for you.
How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids is as candid as it is hilarious, and is the perfect option for anyone looking for a fun-but-useful leisure read–summertime and longer days are perfect for finding a great read.
There are millions of products on Amazon for moms that could make the list, but this jumping-off point should remind you of a few things: buy yourself something when you can, take the time to appreciate things small and large, and the necessities are almost always about to run out–so buy the diaper pail refills.
Are you having a baby, or have already given birth, but are rethinking your diapering options? While disposable diapers are most commonly used, more and more moms are starting to think about the option of cloth diapers. If you are interested in learning more but have no idea where to begin, keep reading! We are going to look at the top five things you need to know about cloth diapering, what you need to get started, and some of the best cloth diaper options out there.
1. There are Different Kinds of Cloth Diapers
Believe it or not, there is more than one way to cloth diaper! In fact, there are quite a few different options. Let’s take a look at a few of the different options to see which one may work best for you and your baby.
Prefolds: Prefolds are great because they already come with added absorbency in the center of the diaper. Prefolds can easily be purchased online (like these, which are very economical and super soft)! With classic prefolds, you would also need cloth diaper fasteners like these.
Flats: Flats require a bit more work than some of the other options, but they can be customized to your baby’s size! This is one of the biggest reasons mamas choose to use flats like this.
Fitted Cloth Diapers: Fitted cloth diapers are just as they sound, they have a fitted build around your little one’s legs, and are made from absorbent fabric.
All-in-Ones: All-in-one cloth diapers are the most convenient option, as they don’t require you to do any folding, and they come with a waterproof lining. These are an excellent option.
2. It Requires an Initial Investment
One of the biggest perks of cloth diapers is the money you will save. Let’s face it, disposable diapers can get expensive, especially during those newborn months! But with cloth diapering, you will have to pay some money upfront to stock up on diapers. You may pay a little more on your water bill each month, plus the cost of additional laundry detergent, but they will still be cheaper than disposables! If you take into consideration that the average disposable diaper is 0.20 a piece, you can save quite a bit of money over time by making the switch.
3. Cloth Diapers Should be Cleaned in a Specific Way
This is often the biggest question moms have before they jump into the decision to use cloth diapers. There are plenty of concerns surrounding this, like how do you actually get the stains out? And how do you wash the diapers without leaving behind a dirty diaper smell in your washing machine?
First things first, what do you do with poopy diapers? You will want to use a diaper sprayer that you can hook onto your toilet like this one. These are pretty reasonably priced, and make cleaning easier! You will want to spray the diaper and leave it wet until you are ready to wash it to help reduce the chance of it staining. Not into the idea of a diaper sprayer? These liners work well too to help prevent stains, catch poop, and add extra absorbency, and they are flushable making life that much easier when it comes to diaper changes!
So, where do you put these now dirty and very wet diapers that you just sprayed? You can toss the cloth diapers in a diaper pail (you can even purchase them with liners that can be washed with your diapers!) or something similar just as you would disposable diapers. Keep them in there until ready to wash!
When you are ready to wash them (preferably every day to every couple of days,) wash no more than a dozen at a time, if possible, and pre-rinse with cold water without detergent first. Then, set to regular cycle using warm water and a natural, hypoallergenic detergent. Once clean, place in the dryer, and get ready to use again!
That’s all there is to it! Not as complicated as you thought, right?
4. How Many do You Need?
This all depends on how often you want to do laundry. While some moms choose to wash their cloth diapers daily, that’s not necessary. It’s especially unnecessary if you stock up on diapers, and have enough to get you through a couple of days. The average newborn will need about 10-12 diaper changes per day. As your baby gets older, that number will go down to anywhere from 8-10 until you reach toddler age where it decreases a little more. Most moms will want to have a good stock of at least 20 cloth diapers to get them through at least two days between laundry.
5. There are Ways to Prevent Leaks
Once your little one is sleeping through the night, you may want to think about a more absorbent diaper option for nighttime. If you are using cloth diapers, you do have some options here. There are some overnight cloth diapers made for night that come with cotton hemp inserts for added absorbency like these. You can also buy extra absorbency inserts separately, and use them in your favorite cloth diapers.
6. The Best Cloth Diaper Options
So now that you know a little more about what goes into using cloth diapers, let’s look at some of the most popular and well-known cloth diaper brands that you can easily find online:
So there you have it! Your guide to getting started with cloth diapers. If you are looking for a natural more economical diapering choice, then cloth diapering may be something you should consider! While it’s definitely not for everyone, it has become quite a popular choice among moms looking for a natural way to cover their little one’s bottoms while also saving money, and reducing environmental waste.
If you’re looking for some new tasty recipes to make your little one for breakfast, we’ve got you covered. These two recipes are fun toddler breakfast ideas that use Stonyfield YoBaby yogurt. (We love all the benefits their organic yogurts provide to our babies.) These recipes are easy to make and have been toddler approved! Watch our step by step video to see how to make Yogurt Pancake Muffins and Overnight Oats with Yogurt and Berries. Below we have all the details written out for you in case you want to print and save. 🙂
Next, add water until the wet ingredients reach 1 1/4 cups and stir together.
Once those are mixed, add the pancake mix and combine. The mixture will be pretty thick.
Pour or scoop out two to three tablespoons of the batter into muffin tins.
Then place blueberries on top of each.
Put it in the oven and bake it at 350 degrees. Bake them for 18-20 minutes. The tops will get golden brown. To test if they are ready to eat, use a toothpick to poke through one of the muffins and see if it comes out clean.
Overnight Oats with Yogurt and Berries
Celebrity moms want only the best for their little bundles of joy – just the same as you and I. It’s fun to spot celebs with baby products to see what they love. No paid promotion . . . just a famous mom choosing the best baby gifts for their little miracles! Check out these five celebrity moms (and dads!) and the baby gifts they love!
Baby Gifts that Celebrity Moms Love
The Royal Family: Aden & Anais
Prince George put Aden & Anais on the global map just hours after he was born when his first public photo of him wrapped up in an Aden & Anais’ classic swaddle blanket was taken.
Prince George wrapped in an Aden + Anais swaddle. And for reference, never swaddle a baby and put them in a car seat.
With millions in the world following the royal baby, the classic swaddle blanket sold out with over 10,000 orders placed almost immediately after the baby’s appearance . . . it even caused Aden + Anais’ servers to crash! (E! News and ABC News).
The Classic Swaddle Set by Aden and Anais is truly a staple for all new moms – and excellent gift choice for all these reasons:
Super soft: Pre-washed and made from 100% muslin.
Large size: 47” by 47”
Multi-use: use as a swaddle, stroller cover, burp cloth, nursing cover, car seat cover, blanket, and more.
Breathable: helps regulates baby’s body temperature to help avoid overheating.
Machine washable: gets softer and softer with each wash.
Adorable designs: choose from dozens of beautiful, modern and whimsical designs. Two packs or four packs available.
Tori Spelling: Piggy Paint
What’s more adorable than celebrity baby photos? Photos of their adorable piggies . . . aka fingernails and toenails!!
A long list of celebrities LOVE LOVE LOVE Piggy Paint! This eco-friendly and non-toxic nail polish for kids is 100% safe even for babies! Tori Spelling, Kourtney Kardashian, Larry Birkhead (father to Dannielynn, daughter of the late Anna Nicole Smith) and Lisa Rinna have kids that use and love Piggy Paint.
Even Kim Kardashian shared on SnapChat that she turned for a moment and her daughter North West decided to paint the wall with her Piggy Paint! Good thing it’s water-soluble and washed right off!
The story behind how Piggy Paint was invented is a good one: Mom Melanie Hurley was painting her daughters’ nails one day over a Styrofoam plate to catch any drips. She noticed the nail polish melted a hole right through the plate!
She thought to herself, “Gosh, if it eats through a plate within minutes, then what is it doing to my daughter?!” (You know how kids always put fingers in their mouths!)
This “ah-ha” moment inspired her to seek an eco-friendly alternative and when she could not find one, Piggy Paint was born!
Next time you take a bite of sushi think of Mochi rice toys!! These natural developmental baby toys and teethers are used by TV actress Amber Stevens West – she loves the teething necklace!
Each piece in the collection of these unique baby development toys utilizes natural, sushi grade rice in its manufacturing process and comes in two colorways: Pastel and Undyed Natural.
Babies love Mochi teethers because they are a unique in-between hardness – not too hard or too soft like other teethers on the market.
Research by People Toy Company, manufacturer of Mochi toys, has shown that babies need the in-between for relief from their achy, sore gums. The majority of teethers available on the market are made with jelly that needs to be frozen or are rock solid so these new natural teething toys are reported by moms to be more effective.
Made in Japan
High quality design
Unique in-between hardness (not too soft, not too hard) which has shown to better relieve teething pain
This little giraffe teether has made quite a name for herself here in the U.S. and has become a baby gift sensation.
Countless celebrities have been spotted with Sophie the Giraffe like Nicole Richie and her daughter Marlow Madden and Kate Hudson and her son Ryder Robinson.
Nicole Richie’s daughter Marlow Madden with Sophie.
So why is this 7-inch rubber giraffe from France so popular?
Slate.com and owner Helene Dumoulin-Montgomery say it best, “it is a ‘friend-like soothing companion that’s easy to hold on to’—a teether, a toy, and a lovey all in one.”
It was interesting to read that in the beginning big box stores rejected Sophie deeming it too expensive so the owner started creating celebrity gift baskets adding Sophie la Giraffe and soon after Kate Hudson endorsed the product, with other celebrities to follow.
With the help of celebrities and mommy bloggers, more than 50 million Sophies have been sold, and several awards won.
Sophie stimulates baby’s five senses and is organic:
Dark spots provide visual stimulation for baby
Soft parts to soothe baby’s sore gums
She squeaks when pressed to stimulate baby’s hearing
A unique and easily identifiable smell
100% natural rubber, a comforting texture for baby and easy-to-grip shape.
Eva Chen: People Toy Co
Brain Builders are amazingly unique developmental toys for babies and toddlers. Eva Chen, director of fashion partnerships at Instagram, children’s book author and previously editor-in-chief of Lucky and beauty and health director at Teen Vogue, loves both the Magic Reflection Ball and Educational Eddie Rattle from People Toy Company.
People Toy Company created the famous Magna Tiles® and is an amazing toy company! Not only are their toys such high quality, but the features of each toy are well-thought out and tested by real moms and kids.
Their mission is to assist children in achieving critical developmental milestones through play with our innovative product lines. I love their tagline – Play with a Purpose!
Kids collect so many toys and they tend to just pile up never to be played with again after the first couple times. People Toys, however, become children’s favorite go-to toys because the toys are so unique and interesting.
People toys keep kids stimulated for hours! It’s no wonder why celebrities love People Toy Company!