Babywearing With Our LÍLLÉbaby Wrap

I’ve been baby wearing since my first child so it was only natural to continue baby wearing for me.

Even before E arrived, I knew that I wanted to baby wear once again. There is something I love about that closeness you get while doing so.  I feel like it’s not only comforting for babies but mothers as well.

Please note that I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  Please note that this post also includes affiliate links.

I couldn’t help but gravitate towards blush and lavender tones during this pregnancy. That’s what happens when you have your first girl I suppose! So this Tie the Knot wrap by LÍLLÉbaby in blushing pink was a must for me.  I love that the material is incredibly soft and light enough that you can feel that your baby isn’t overheating.  No wonder E just instantly gets comfortable and falls asleep as soon as she’s tucked in!

Love having her so close and hearing her little snores.

We took a family walk around the neighborhood a few days ago and I decided to babywear E rather than in her carset-stroller since it was cold out.  One of the things I love most about this wrap is the fact that there is elastic to tie the ends.  Other wraps that I’ve used in the past don’t have this option.  You end up dragging the ends on the floor while you’re situating the wrap around yourself.  So being able to tie the ends so appeals to the germaphobe in me!

It’s been awhile since I last used a wrap but luckily LÍLLÉbaby included illustrated directions.  You can also find instructional videos on their site based on what type of carrier you’ve chosen.  I haven’t babyworn in awhile so I looked at both the illustrated directions and video for reference.  Once you remember the steps, it’s pretty easy to get down and adjust according to your comfort and baby’s comfort level.

Pocket in the front to put your phone or a paci.

I love that there is a pocket in the front.  Something that I never had with previous wraps that I’ve used.  It’s so convenient! I’ve found myself tucking my phone in there and a small burping cloth.

I loved being able to go on our weekly family walks again.  Being able to baby wear and use this LÍLLÉbaby wrap made it easy to not only have E close but push a stroller with W and direct O as we walked. She was snoozing the whole walk but that didn’t stop me from peeking in on her.

Our verdict?  Yes to this as a must have baby gear item. I’ve been using this around the house now that I’m slowly getting back to my routine of housework and chaos control manager.  E always falls asleep once she’s situated in whether at home or out and about.  It makes it easy for me to get things done but have her close if she doesn’t want to be in her bassinet or lounger.  This definitely helps because with 3 littles, I need all the hands I can use!

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Quiet Moments In Our Ollie World Swaddle

Sharing some quiet moments with E wrapped all cozy in her Ollie World swaddle.

E is my third baby and I still haven’t perfected my swaddle wrapping technique.  Unless you are continuously wrapping babies, you tend to forget once you have your next child.

Please note that I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  Please note that this post also includes affiliate links.

First off the packaging is incredibly sweet and I can see it being a cute way to box up photos to give to your child in the future.  The material is soft and feels light and has a lot of breathability.  It’s made from custom moisture-wicking material so this reduces the risk of overheating for your little babe.  E didn’t seem to mind just laying on it but as you can see she was giving me a look to hurry up and wrap her up in it!

E saying, “Hurry up and swaddle me!”

When using it the first time I used the How To Use page on the Ollie World website to help guide me.

All comfy swaddled up!

The velcro allows this to grow with baby which I feel is a big plus.  I can definitely see why it’s known as the Smarter Swaddle™.  The swaddles I’ve previously used only last past a certain growth month and I would then have to purchase another one to fit my baby.  This is pretty much a “one size fits all” kind of product. It also reduces that tendency of having to re-do a swaddle.  If you’re like me, your swaddle skills can’t be outmatched by a squirmy baby.  If E had to resettle herself, or was startled by her big brothers playing, it didn’t undo the swaddle.

E taking in everything and about to fall asleep!

There is also an opening at the bottom to help with diaper changes.  You don’t have to worry about undoing the velcro or waking up your baby from that sound.  The elastic tie would just need to be undone.

E all swaddled in her bassinet.

The Ollie World swaddles come in three different colors to choose from.  This lavender one is perfect since I gravitated towards purples and pink tones for E.  The other colors are just as gorgeous as the lavender one.

Our verdict?  A definitely must have baby gear item.  It didn’t matter where E was, as long as she was wrapped in this, she was comfy and calm swaddled up in this Ollie World swaddle!

 

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Baby’s First Shopping Trip with Binxy Baby

Shopping was a success thanks to Binxy Baby.  It made our first mama and daughter shopping trip easy!

A shopping trip was needed after spending almost two weeks at home since E has arrived.  It is especially needed since I was on bedrest since 26 weeks/mid-July!  However, I did decide not to be EXTRA brave and only took E with me.  I’m sure this is the first of MANY mama-daughter shopping trips.

Please note that I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  Please note that this post also includes affiliate links.

My first shopping trips with the boys, as newborns, usually called for lugging the carseat into the store, placing it in the cart, and having minimal space in the cart. When W was born it sometimes called for baby wearing.  That wasn’t always an option because kids don’t cooperate all the time (shocker right?). I’d find myself putting one kid in the cart and either baby wearing or holding a kid while trying to maneuver the shopping cart and shop one handed.  Do-able but sometimes not always the best way to shop.

E’s first shopping trip in her Binxy Baby!

I was excited to try the Binxy Baby shopping cart hammock since it meant that I would have both hands free and ample space in the shopping cart to place items.  I’ve seen it pop up on Instagram from time-to-time but by the time I found out about it, W was at the point where he would rather be moving around. This is only recommended for use up until babies are 6-8 months of age and can sit up on their own.

Awake during our whole Target trip!

I decided to break ours in for the first time at Target because #momlife right?  It was easy to place the harnesses onto the sides of the cart.  There is also velcro straps for more security.  Once she was buckled in, E was more than content. The material used for the hammock portion is very strong and sturdy.  You can easily place your baby still buckled in their carseat in the hammock since it holds up to 50 pounds (it’s been safety tested) and has an extra strap to pull over the carseat.

Calm as can be in Binxy Baby.
Calm as can be in Binxy Baby.

For this shopping trip it was easier for me to have E in it this way.  She was awake when we parked and was getting squirmy in her carseat.  I was expecting fussing if I kept her in the carseat.  As we made our way around the store, there was nothing but cooing from E as she took in everything from her hammock.

It’s definitely a girls world!

Although this shopping trip only included one child, I can already see the benefits when shopping with all three of my kids. I can easy have W sitting in the seat and E in herBinxy Baby Hammock.

Binxy Baby – E approved!

Gone are the days of me lugging around the carseat, placing it in the cart, and having minimal space for groceries thanks to Binxy Baby.  I love this floral printed one but they have other options to choose from.  This is definitely a must-have baby gear item!

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Dreaming in a DockATot

Why I feel that a DockATot is a must have baby item, especially for newborns.

I added the DockATot to my list of must have baby essentials.  I recently gave birth and finally had the chance to see it in action for a week.  I wish I had this with my other children, especially with my second child who was a terrible sleeper, E is comfy and so happy snoozing away in it.

Please note that I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  Please not that this post also includes affiliate links.

E sleeping soundly in her DockATot

We received the DockATot Deluxe+ (for babies that are 0-8 months) to use for our newest addition – E.  Our original plan was to use a collapsable bassinet to move from room to room. That proved to be a nice thought but deemed especially hard when you’re running on less than a couple of hours of sleep and adjusting to the newborn life once again.

Having the DockATot completely simplified this.  Anything to make sleep-deprived parents lives easier right?  The multiple handles makes it easy to grab and take it from room-to-room.  I take it up with me at night to use on our bed in the morning while we wait for the boys to wake up.  Once the boys wake up, I march them downstairs, scoop E up, and grab the DockATot to use on the playmat we have in our living room.

The handles on the sides and top make it easy to grab and go.
E snoozing in her DockATot in the morning while we wait for her brothers to wake up.

 

E is completely comfortable in it, whether she is awake or sleeping, but as you can see she loves sleeping in it!

I was excited to use this as it is considered a multi-functional lounger – for co-sleeping and playtime. Right now it’s mostly used for sleepytime.  E sleeps just as soundly on the playmat as she does if it was placed on the bed. The boys love watching E sleep in the DockAtot.  Being able to place this on the floor makes it easy for them to not only watch her but interact with her.

The DockATot can just as easily be placed on the floor.

I was surprised with how soft the material is and the overall craftsmanship.The DockATot, which is handmade in Europe and designed in Sweden, is OEKO-TEX certified, all natural and 100% cotton, and has been tested for breathability.  I love that E never seems to be too hot or too cold in it – always completely comfortable.

I had mentioned previously that this particular DockATot was sold out but the Deluxe+ in Pristine White but is now back in stock.  There is also a selection of other Docks and cover sets to choose from ready for purchase.  You can also purchase accessories such as toys/toy arches and travel bags.

Some of the DockATot toys for purchase on their website

 

Our verdict? DockATot is a must have.  I think E’s smile proves it.

E is all sleepy smiles in her DockATot

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Please note that the DockATot is not recommended to be placed in a crib or bassinet.  Additional safety tips are listed on the DockATot site.

Baby Gear Essentials – My Must Haves

Baby Gear Essentials
DockATot, The Ollie World Swaddle, Binxy Baby shopping cart hammock, and Lillebaby tie the knot wrap are some of the baby gear essentials on my must have list.

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on here.If you’ve been following me on my Instagram, you’ve seen that it’s been a pretty exciting pregnancy.  We made it to 37 weeks! Something completely new as both of my boys were born at or before 37 weeks.  Now that this baby could make her appearance some time soon, I feel like I need to buckle down and grab some baby gear essentials.  I’ve been gathering some of my favorite items that I’ve been eyeing for some time.  (Please note that this post is sponsored but all opinions are my own.  This post also includes affiliate and referral links).

Some of my must have baby gear essentials
Some of my must have baby gear essentials – DockATot, Binxy Baby, LÍLLÉbaby tie the knot wrap, and The Ollie World Swaddle.

 

DockAtot

The DockATot has been something that I have had my eye on since my second pregnancy.  They have two sizes – Deluxe (the one pictured above and below) for 0-8 months and Grand 9-36 months.  I’ve heard such good things about DockATot not only from social media and blogs but from friends as well.  I’ve heard how this has helped with sleep for not only baby but for parents.  Let’s face it, the newborn phase includes A LOT of late nights and early mornings.  I honestly wish I purchased one during my second pregnancy because W was a horrible sleeper.

The DockATot is OEKO-TEX certified, all natural and 100% cotton, and has been tested for breathability.  I’m excited to use this as it is considered a multi-functional lounger – for co-sleeping and playtime.  Not to mention that this will be easy for me to take from room to room either to place either on the bed or on the floor.  I can’t wait to see little E all cozy in this!

DockATot Deluxe+
DockATot Deluxe+ Dock in Pristine White.

The Deluxe+ in Pristine White is currently sold out on their website BUT have a selection of Docks and cover sets to choose from ready for purchase.  There are also a number of accessories that you can purchase for your DockATot such as toys/toy arches and travel bags.

Want 10% off a DockATot? Click here.

Please note that the DockATot is not recommended to be placed in a crib or bassinet.  Additional safety tips are listed on the DockATot site.

 

The Ollie World Swaddle
Swaddling, especially during the newborn phase, saved me plenty of times.  My babies always felt their coziest while swaddled.  I mean, who doesn’t like a cute baby burrito?

The Ollie World Swaddle
The Ollie Swaddle – Lavender

Just the packaging itself is something to be excited for.  The color is completely beautiful and the material is soft and feels like it is light and has a lot of breathability. The velcro allows this to grow with baby which I feel is a big plus.  The swaddles I’ve previously used only last past a certain growth month and I would then have to purchase another one to fit my baby.  There is also an opening at the bottom to help with diaper changes.  It comes in three different colors to choose from.  This lavender one is perfect and I can’t wait to see E swaddled in it!

Want 10% off on an Ollie Swaddle? Click here.

 

Binxy Baby
Shopping with three young kids, just that whole cart situation with fitting the kids and items I’m shopping for, already has me a little nervous.

Binxy Baby - Shopping Cart Hammock
Binxy Baby – Shopping Cart Hammock – Full Bloom

I’ve been hearing good things about Binxy Baby.  Not only can you have baby laying it in (recommended for 6-8 month old babies for this) you can also play your car seat in the hammock for easy car to cart transition.  I honestly am still terrified of that first shopping experience with the three kids but knowing that I can use this shopping cart hammock does provide some ease for me.  I’m already in love with the print, because I feel like you can never have enough florals.  The material used feels really strong and sturdy so that provides comfort knowing that I can put our carseat on here and it will be fully supported.

Want 10% off on a Binxy Baby shopping cart hammock? Click here.

 

LÍLLÉbaby
I’ve been a fan of baby wearing since having my first child so of course I’m going to continue doing so with this baby.  Being able to baby wear has helped not only with the closeness between a mother and child for me but has also helped with getting things done.  Let’s face it, as a mom, even if you have one or three kids, you need to be able to do so many things at once.  Baby wearing helped me so much after having my second child because I was chasing a toddler at the time.  I’ll be doing the same thing this time around and chasing a pre-schooler.  A baby carrier, whether a wrap or sling, is definitely a baby essential.

LÍLLÉbaby Tie the Knot Wrap
LÍLLÉbaby – Tie the Knot Wrap in Blushing Pink

I’ve tried various wraps, carriers, and different brands and I’m excited to try the LÍLLÉbaby because again, I’ve heard such good things.  The material is incredibly soft and lightweight.  I absolutely love the color.  I bought a lot of gender neutral carriers in anticipation of someday having a girl. It’s nice to add a little bit of girly-colors into my baby gear mix for this little one.

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Be sure to check back for individual reviews once baby girl makes her debut!  So excited to try all these products with her!

Starting A Business While Pregnant.

Starting a business while pregnant? Why not take the leap?

I have always wanted to start my own business.  There was always that appeal of creating something that people would love and making extra income.  I always had ideas but they never seemed to go any further than just a thought in my head or a casual discussion with someone.  Like anything, starting a business requires A LOT of work and research.  So why bother trying to start up a business while pregnant?  I think the better question is: why not start a business?

I have always had some interest in sewing.  It isn’t something that I would do a lot.  I usually would only sew when I was looking for something VERY specific but could not find anywhere.  The sewing projects seemed to grow whenever I was pregnant. Each of my boys have their own personal minky blankets and rompers that I sewed while I was pregnant. For whatever reason this pregnancy and the sewing projects just grew.  If you follow me on Instagram then you’ve seen that we’re expecting a baby girl this October.  You can definitely say that I’m excited to add some shades of pink to our mostly blue household!

Newest sewing project

I started out with trying to make moccasins and I received a positive response from family and friends.  I moved onto headbands and liked how it turned out.  I just recently attempted dresses and not only received positive responses but I liked how they turned out too.  During my free time (a.k.a. when the kids are sleeping), I’ve been searching for more sewing project ideas on Pinterest.  I have also been encouraged by my friends to sell the things I’ve been making.

Second dress for baby girl

I decided to take the leap – start a business.  Even while pregnant.

I have decided to start slow.  I’m hoping to open an Etsy shop sometime next month to get my bearings before little miss makes her debut.  I have so many ideas and so many things I want to make. After reflecting on things and having MANY discussions with my husband, I decided that pushing things out in increments would be my best course of action.  The last thing I would want is to offer so many items at once but not be able to deliver quality products.

Right now my focus is on headbands and I’ve been messing around with extra fabrics.  Moccasins are my next goal.  I’m hoping to send out some testers out to get some input.  Eventually I would like to incorporate clothes once I feel more comfortable.  Right now button holes are my nemesis, hah!

Bow inventory growing

I don’t know where this is going to take me.  I have never opened up any type of business.  I did not go to college for a business degree.  Yet I still want to do this.  Probably one of the biggest barriers I’ve broken during this process is the feeling that I may not be good enough.  If anything, I’ve learned that sometimes your initial course of action does not result in the goal you intended.  More often than not, it uncovers something you never discovered about yourself.  It leads you to a path you would have never considered.

Pregnant or not, I’ve decided to start on this new path. I know that it’s not going to be easy.  I’m expecting set-backs.  I know there will be tears.  I’m expecting that I have to work extremely hard.  Regardless if I was pregnant, I know that the difficulty level, set-backs, tears, etc. are all going to happen.  It may seem a little unconventional to start a business at this time.  I’m sure that many businesses have started out that way.

I feel that by not trying I will be left with questions that begin with “what if…”  Ultimately I want to show my children to not be afraid to take a leap.  I would want them to take that leap of faith and try to eliminate those “what if…” questions.  I also want to let go of that fear that always manages to convince to not try something new.

So, why not now?

Is there something holding you back from trying something new?

Breaking My Social Media Hiatus.

I actually didn’t think I would be back on here.  The internet, social media, for that matter.   My health was taking a turn mid-last year.  I began to notice it but the problem didn’t really present itself until late last year.  At that point I decided to place all my energy into my health and my family and I didn’t even hesitate when I went on a social media hiatus.

I went radio silent on my mom-comment groups, social media accounts, collaboration emails, and this blog.  I just left it.  Classes and my approaching graduation date was placed on hold too.  At that time, it didn’t matter.  I didn’t know what was going on with me health-wise.  The next 5 months were spent focusing on trying to figure out what was wrong.  Doctor visits, lab tests, scans, medication consultations became my routine at that point.

It really is a strange feeling to go back to something that was part of your routine for so long.  It is equally as strange to fall out of the routine that has been a part of the last 5 months.  On the day that I received the news that everything was in the clear and my health was heading toward a positive direction, I was also presented with something I was not expecting.

I was 3 months pregnant.

Shock, happiness, and fear came over all at once.  Shocked because getting pregnant was unexpected.  Happiness due to receiving news that my health was improving.  Fear?  Well, 3 kids so close in age?  It was a fear-panic.

Wishful thinking trying to get the boys in on the bumpdate 😉

As I’m typing this, I am just a little over 18 weeks pregnant.  Enjoying this pregnancy as the nausea is limited and the hyperemesis I experienced my last pregnancy is non-existent.  We’ll be finding out the sex of the baby in 2 weeks but we have our suspicions 🙂

I genuinely appreciate the messages that I received while I was on my social media hiatus.  I actually didn’t get to read any of them until a few days ago when I felt like, “ok, maybe I can do this again.” I truly missed seeing your daily photos and posts.

The last 5 months have changed a lot of things for me.  The direction that I want to go with my career and the overall focus I want to give my family.  I’m really not sure what that means for my blog and any related social media accounts.  At this point, I’m just taking it one day at a time.  Hope you all bear with me as I figure it out!