Our first favorite bottles to use our the Avent 4 ounce bottles. These have been a day one love for her and I love them because they fit with my Spectra breast pump.
Playtex Drop Ins are great for colic babies because the drop in liners keep air out and keep baby from swallowing air in between sucking.
Our last favorite I just bought more of, are the Nuk Simply Natural bottles. They are tailored for babies who breastfeed, or even for those who don't like mine! They are shaped to be natural and nipple-like to have the most natural feeding process as possible. There is also a vent in the nipple top to keep air levels down, making it an anti-colic bottle as well. Another perk of these is the slow down feeding. Sav is notorious for eating too quickly resulting in lots of gas bubbles. These bottles have three versions, depending on baby's age, and lets out only a little milk at a time like a mother's breast would. I love these bottles so much because they check all the boxes!
Stuffy noses no more! The Frida Nose Frida looks so weird, but it works so well! As shown in the video, the parts are simple and there are filters keeping the gross stuff away from your mouth and out of your baby's nose.
A boppy comes in handy for so many situations. If you are breastfeeding it's great for support, but also just bottle feeding because babies can get so darn heavy! We now love using it for propping her up and in the future it will be good for tummy time and sitting up.
We splurged on this teepee and it's been the best purchase ever. She loves do to tummy time in it, but even more than that she loves to lay under the mobile and reach out to grab the animals. I am obsessed with the colors and prints because they are just so fun and bring a lot of color into her nursery.
If you have a baby that needs to be held, a Moby wrap will save your back and your sanity. It is definitely intimidating when you first get it, there is so much fabric! But, once you practice a few times you will get the hang of it and be so thankful you did.
This musical peacock toy can keep her so entertained. It has settings that can help her learn colors, letters, music, and notes. It's been great for traveling and we play with it everyday.
My mom bought her this Baby Einstein fish tank as an early Christmas present, and boy am I grateful! This was a lifesaver on our trip back home from Texas, the blue light was great for even when it was dark because the light isn't harsh. This also has different settings of music and fish moving, music only, and fish moving only.
Halo Sleepsacks are a great swaddle for babies, and even better for mamas like me who stink at swaddling! It does all the hard work for you and keep her sleeping all through the night. If you aren't a fan, we also love the Love to Dream swaddle me, because some nights she prefers her arms up by her face. She is currently in the 50/50 transition one which allows you to unzip their arms and let them be free (great for those that are rolling over and need to transition away from swaddles!)
Stella Bella Co. bows have been an awesome bow shop for us! They send us 3 bows a month with their subscription service, making the whole process great for my wallet. I love the surprise each month, because they are tailored for each month/holidays that may occur then. Belle and Bug Bows on Instagram is another great shop to go to if you like the perky "cheerleader" bows as I call them ha ha. Bows and headbands are so much fun!
Merry Christmas everyone! Our family is spending the holidays in Utah, and I had a great time getting all dressed up for church yesterday on Christmas Eve. Sav is totally going to grow up to be a Tom boy, she does not enjoy outfit changes: especially when dresses and tights are involved!
i got this darling dress off base a few months ago, and this adorable bow is from Stella Bella co.
My amazing dress is from Shop Pink Blush. I am obsessed with the sleeves, they are so fun! I feel like the dancing emoji when I wear it ha ha 💃🏻 You all know how much I love this shop, they have the best women’s clothing and maternity selection. I picked this dress out awhile back and have been dying to wear it for this holiday season.
I wish everyone an amazing Christmas and I hope you are surrounded by your loved ones. This is her first Christmas so it is extra special, and I love that it’s snowing and feels so festive around here.
The crying. The hand on the side of her face. The inevitable slobber. Chewing her fingers.
Teething has begun.
Honestly I was mentally preparing for her to teeth early, as according to my mom I started teething at 3 months too. Baby S just got over an ear infection and now this is happening, so we made sure to gear up and get the best things to help her cope! Thank goodness for Amazon Prime amiright?! Here are our four great products to help out your early teething babe.
I have been reading that baby’s can be teething for awhile before they actually cut a tooth. I guess it’s a good thing we prepared ahead of time, because I would’ve never paid much attention to these teething signs.
We have been hanging up this toy on her car seat for awhile now and it just so happens to be a teething toy too! Double win! I like that this has both soft and a teething part, and it also crinkles on the wings and has a bell in it. It checks all my boxes for toys because of the versatility of it, so this is highly recommended! You can purchase a similar toy here.
Okay, if you’re going to buy one product to help teething... This is it. Babe has been gnawing on her fingers like no other, so this munch mitt was the easiest for her to begin using and soothing herself with. The polka dot portion has a crinkly material in it and then of course the pink teething part. What I really like about this is she can’t drop it like she can the toys, and the Velcro adjustment has been great for fitting her hand! You can view it here and read more details on the ages that can use it, but she is a 3 month old with long fingers and it still has lots of room for growth!
This toy has been at the bottom of her toy bin and I recently discovered it. It’s the cutest little thing and has been her favorite so far! It’s a smooth rubber toy and she loves chewing on the pink teething ring. This one will be great as she continues teething and can bite down on the different parts of it. It also squeaks which is fun, especially because she loves high pitched sounds.
Lastly, this teething oil was a great purchase! It has lots of great oils in it like peppermint, clove and chamomile. So if you are an oily mama, you will probably LOVE this. You can apply this with just your hand or a cotton swab to your baby’s mouth. I plan on later rubbing a little on a portion of her teething toys so she can apply it herself. But I won’t be doing this until I know her teething is causing more pain to her. For now, she is just slobbering and wanting to chew on things constantly ha ha
This new season in life is going to be an oh so fun one, wish us luck!!! I feel like she is growing up so quickly, and while I hate that she will be in pain soon I feel reassured that I have some great products to combat teething time. If you have, or had, a teething baby, what products worked for them? I would love to hear your input! Being a first time mom, I’ve had a lot of fun discovering which products work and she enjoys. I probably have gone a little overboard with things, but when they are that darn cute... How could you not?
How have I been a mom for three months now?!? Seriously time goes by so quickly. Lately I’ve been trying to remind myself to have some me time. Especially now that I’m home with her all day, I quickly forget that I deserve a wardrobe change too ha ha. Shop Pink Blush has been my saving grace for having cute mom clothes. I picked out this sweater and have been wearing it on repeat!
Our new daily routine is so great. Here’s the 411, we spend a lot of time cuddling, eating and sleeping. But somewhere in the mix, possibly early afternoon don’t judge, I finally get ready for the day and it feels oh so good! For all you stay at home mamas: you are doing great. You don’t need to always put makeup on, brush your hair, or get all fancy. Put on that cozy, comfy sweater and leggings and snuggle your babes!
I have recently heard a lot of buzz in mom’s groups about how Stay at Home Moms don’t work. HA! I feel like I am working way more than I did at my full time job. This is a job that doesn’t just turn off and you can step away from your desk at the end of the day. Your boss, albeit is super cute and cuddly, is very demanding and you’re lucky to even get bathroom breaks. I truly don’t understand the strife between working and non working mamas, especially after being on both sides of this coin. Being a stay at home mom now I have a goal to enjoy every day. No, not every day is easy but during the middle of her crying spells I remember how hard I prayed to be holding her. As I said in an earlier post, my life goal was to be a stay at home mom. Now that this is my reality, I am cherishing everyday and feel so empowered. If you’re a mom who’s feeling burnt out, remember how precious this time is with your little one. They will never be this little again and when your kids look back on this time, they are going to feel so blessed they had their mom who chose them over anything else.
Thank you to Shop Pink Blush for providing the look for today’s post
Big changes are coming to the Stratton Household. This is my last week at work, and it is extremely bittersweet.
I had the blessing of scoring a job working completely from home, on social media, making a salary pay. And I gave it all up for her.
While so many moms dream of a stay at home job, let me tell you it’s harder than most jobs that are in person. I was supposed to only work 40 hours a week, ya know the norm, but if you are a social media user you’ll understand how hard it is to shut it off and stay logged out. I was finding myself working at 5 am or 10 pm when I was supposed to be clocked out. This isn’t a complaint, because I absolutely LOVED it. But I realized I was putting my baby on the back burner and not being the best mom I could be. If you read my last post, you’ll know that my dream was to always be a mom. To be technical, it was my dream to be a stay at home mom. I didn’t want to miss out on a second of my babies lives and would take happiness over a paycheck any day.
When my best friend, and caregiver for Sav, told me she was moving it threw a wrench in my tracks, but a good wrench. I had been struggling with my work/life balance for the past month or two and this was the sign I needed that told me I need to be home now.
I loved my job and while I’m not longer working there, I plan to take all of the skills I learned with social media marketing and apply it to my blogging life. There are skills and lifelong friendships that can never be forgotten, so for that I am thankful.
Ultimately, my mental health and body have been suffering. I was constantly feeling stressed and torn between working and taking care of a baby which isn’t good for anyone’s mental state. Also without me realizing, I had began to skip meals and not stay hydrated because any “down time” I had was spent working or breast pumping. I am below my pre pregnancy weight and I need to work on getting back up to a healthier me, which is super important since I am providing nourishment for another human too.
People will most likely call me crazy for quitting, which I probably am a little, but being there for her is my number one priority. I was ignoring her cries for phone calls and would feel guilty for having to choose between the two. She now has my full undivided attention, and that’s the best Work from Home job I could ever ask for!
Leaving my career also allows me to have more time for my blog, which is where I feel like it all started. I’m excited to take it to the next level and continue to work with companies. Also, I now get to spend all day in my pajamas if I want to which is super awesome, especially when I have cute ones like these from Shop Pink Blush to lounge in. I don’t have to start work at a certain time, and although I’m now “working” 24/7 my little boss rewards me in cuddles and I no longer have to choose where my time is going.
Here’s to the next chapter of becoming a stay at home mom, my dream job.