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4 Tips To Make Life With A Newborn Easier

The newborn stage is hard work! In the weeks since bringing our second daughter home, we are amazed at just how much we have forgotten in a few short years. Extra laundry due to all the blow outs,  the constant bottle cleaning, and then add a toddler to the mix. It can seem pretty chaotic at times.

Luckily, there are some things we haven’t forgotten that can make life with a newborn a little easier.

  1. Assurance Underpads

Say what!? This may sound like an odd item to purchase for a newborn, but I can assure you they are total worth it! Every time our daughter would have an accident while changing her, the pads would protect the changing pad and cover. This cut down on the amount of laundry we had to do. We always kept one on our oldest daughters changing pad until we potty trained her. I always keep a few in the diaper bag as well. Even though most diaper bags come with a changing pad it never hurts to have a disposable underpad on hand. Especially when you are out and about and your little one needs a change, only to find the changing area isn’t the cleanest. Laying down a larger disposable underpad is much easier then using your changing pad that will need washed immediately. 


2.  Wet Wipe Container = Dirt Diaper Pail

We lived in a tiny two bedroom apartment until our oldest daughter was almost two. So we had to be selective on what items to put in the nursery. With limited space, a large garbage can or diaper genie was out of the question. So, I took the top off an empty wet wipe container and placed it on the dresser, next to the changing pad and WALA! We had a dirty diaper container. Granted it only held a few diapers before needing to be emptied, but it was totally worth not having dirty diapers laying everywhere while I changed her!


3.  Motherhood Maternity

This may sound odd, but make sure you purchase at least one item from here at the beginning of every pregnancy. Why? Well, a few reasons. First, I am fairly certain thats how Enfamil gets your information. So make sure you give Motherhood all your information(I usually give a junk email), including your due date. Don’t have one close by? No, problem! Make a purchase online. Even if your budget is super tight like mine, shop the clearance/sale rack for one useful item. Trust me, its worth it! Once your about 32 weeks along Enfamil sends you two small sample cans of formula and 4 ready to go powder sticks. They also send you $5 coupons for their cans of formula throughout the first year. Even if you plan to breast feed, its nice to have these on hand in case you need to supplement. If you don’t end up using them hopefully you can pass them to a friend.


Secondly, in the box you also receive this nice little booklet that not only talks about formula, but also touches upon baby’s first year milestones. Although I feel the booklet I received with my oldest daughter went a little more in-depth on the milestones then my current one, its still nice to have.


Finally, you receive a nice little gift the first time you shop their with each pregnancy. It’s usually coupons to different store and either a bottle or pacifier.

4.  Prescription Breast Pump

This is awesome! I didn’t learn about this until I was getting ready to leave the hospital. Ask your midwife/doctor to write you a prescription for a breast pump and take it to your medical supply store. Check with your insurance first to see how much they will cover. With my oldest we had to pay $50, which wasn’t bad at all considering how much they are at full price. With our second child we have a different insurance company and have yet to see a bill.

What are some of your favorite mommy hacks to make life with a newborn easier?

3 Tips To Combat The Picky Eater

I feel like the “picky eater”, as the phrase is coined, has become a hot button topic in the mommy world of social media. Often times I will see posts through different forums, asking for advice on how to combat their picky eater. The question seems innocent enough. As a mother myself, I will be the first to admit I don’t know it all. So, its always nice to talk with other moms and hear what works for them. Yet, when its comes to the picky eater, posts often become a heated debate. People bickering with one another over their advice.

In truth, we are all strong, loving mothers just trying to do the best we can. I feel we should love and celebrate each others journey through motherhood. With that being said, its through my own experiences that I have figured out how to combat my picky toddler. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to children and food, but I have come up with a few tips that I would like to share.

3 Tips To Combat The Picky Eater

  1. Don’t make eating the food a big deal.

This was VERY difficult for me at first. When my daughter began the picky eater stage, meals became a point of contention. The more pressure I put on her to eat, the less likely she was touch anything on her plate.  So, one day I decided to bit my tongue. I sat her plate in front of her and walked away. Of course I stayed in the kitchen to keep an eye on her, but I pretended to appear busy. I shuffled papers, wiped down the countertops, and ignored the “all done” she would scream in the first few minutes. Leaving the plate in front of her for a reasonable 30 minutes pre meal. It didn’t happen over night, but by the end of the week she began eating a little of everything on her plate with no complaints.

2.  Cook Together

I have mentioned this tip before in a previous blog post called, Little Hands in the Kitchen. Having my daughter cook with me has truly been one of the best tips in combating the picky eater stage. Giving her the opportunity to work with and help to make the food gives her a sense of pride. It makes her want to try something because she had a hand in its creation. For example, I have had her put spinach in the blender whenever we make fruit smoothies and other meals. After almost a year of putting this ingredient in her food, she will now pick it up and eat it raw! No joke! I can set spinach leaves on her plate and she will eat them by the handful! Honestly, I never expected that! But she loves to try each ingredient now, before combining them together.

3.   Negotiate

Now that our toddler is approaching 3, negotiating during meal time has become helpful. She is now at the age where we do require she try one bite of each item on her plate. So, telling her she can be all done if she tries one bite of “XYZ” is helpful. Or if she wants to eat a sweet snack after dinner, she needs to eat so much of each item. Sometimes she wants second or third helpings of vegetables. Honestly, I consider this a mommy win! So I just keep refilling. On the other hand if she wants another helping of pasta for example, then I say sure once you have two “big girl” bites of this vegetable or fruit. Then, I refill with a tiny portion of pasta and repeat the two bites rule before another pasta helping.

Do you have a picky eater? What has worked for your family in expanding their palette?

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