Baby Food 101 – Mavericks 6 month solid food feeding schedule

Hello everyone! So this month has been absolute craziness for me. I’ve been bombed with work, school volunteer stuff, parenting, surgery and of course Maverick started officially eating solids this month. Baby food and prep can seem like a daunting task at first, but it’s really fairly simple. I’ll save you the long intro and jump right into it.


 

Here are my 5 basic rules for baby food:

  1. No Honey until they are 1 year old. Click here to read why.
  2. Make sure it’s not a choking hazard and be with them when they’re eating
  3. Try to avoid major allergens until 8 months
  4. Slowly introduce new foods
  5. Be consistent and trust yourself

There’s a number of ways you can start your baby on solids

Buy Pre-made baby food from your grocery store: This is probably the easiest route but the most costly (especially if you’re looking for organic). Baby food manufacturers clearly label all products by stage. (Stage 1 = first foods 4-6 months, Stage 2 = 6-8 months and so on). Each container or pouch of food will likely cost $1.00-$4.00 and won’t last more than 1-3 feedings at most.

Make your own baby food purees at home: You’ll need to do a little more work (cooking and prep) and a little research but, first time foods are pretty easy (one ingredient) and you can make batches of food that will last weeks. Another upside is that you’ll know exactly what’s in your baby food. Initially you’ll be spending more if you don’t have the right equipment and containers for your baby food but in the long run it’s definitely more cost efficient than buying pre-made foods. Another thing a lot of people ask me is if I use all organic foods… Nope. I do what I can but I’m just too poor for all that Whole Foods Stuff all the time.

Baby-led weaning: This is when you skip spoon feeding your baby all together and let them jump right into feeding themselves (which will take a few tries at first) but it lets baby explore different textures and discover tastes with their own hands. You’ll still need to consider safety and do a little research before starting this but like anything else – trusting your motherly or fatherly instincts is key.


Whichever way you decide to feed your baby, it’s perfect!

If you’re a first time mom or dad you’re probably wondering which way is the best way to feed your little one. Truth is, there is no right or wrong answer! Whatever works for you, works for you. As long as your baby is happy, healthy and developing a like for new tastes, you’re on the right track.

So what did I decide to do?

I use a combination of all 3. Why? Well, because I just do whatever is the most convenient for me at the time. Too busy (or in my case too tired) to make food? Buy it. Wanna save money on a particular trip to the store? Use fruits and veggies to puree. Too busy to spoon feed? I give the baby something safe to handle in his high chair while I attend to my 2 older kids during meals.

Mavericks Everyday Feeding Schedule:

Although you’re introducing new foods, this doesn’t mean you stop breast or bottle feeding. Continue with your bottle or breast feeding schedule and don’t switch out for cow’s milk until 12 months or until your pediatrician  recommends. Note: Having solid foods in baby’s belly will most likely have him or her drink less milk and that’s totally normal too.

Here’s an average feeding schedule for Maverick:

He is currently 19lbs and will be turning 6 months in exactly 7 days.
Every baby is different so don’t be shocked if your baby eats more or less.

5:30am: wakes up and drinks about 6oz formula and knocks out again
9am: breakfast, baby food (1 cube, I’ll explain this below)
11am: 6oz formula
2-3pm: all 3 of my kids have a snack- great opportunity to have baby self feed
4pm: 6oz formula
6-7pm: dinner, baby food 1-2 cubes and/or bits of stuff from our dinner table.
10pm: 6oz formula
11:30pm:  if he’s fussy and hungry i’ll give him about 2 more oz of formula if he’s not knocked out for the night already

Maverick will sometimes drink 1 bottle more or less in a 24 hour period. When he’s super fussy I feed him a little more. Is this considered right? I don’t know, but it’s been working for me! Use common sense, if your baby is spitting up after every bottle or feed, definitely feed less.

What do you use when preparing your own baby food purees?

I’ve had a number of new moms ask me this question so I’ll post the answer here. I’m a very minimalist kind of mom and don’t want or need any of the fancy gear. Although I have tried a lot of the baby food makers and stuff I found it easier to clean a blender and pot than a product that does both at once. But that’s just me.

Here’s what I currently use

  • Pot with lid
  • Steamer that fits into my pot
  • Blender
  • Silicone baby food containers

You most likely have the pot, steamer and blender at home already. The silicone containers that I have are from 6 years ago with my first child. They are from a brand called Goodies. I found them on Amazon awhile back but can’t find them anymore. Luckily since then, tons of new companies made very similar products. I’ll link everything in a bit.


Preparing foods is easy

  • I start off with a little water in my pot and put the steamer in there.
  • I chop up whatever I want to cook and throw it in.
  • Close the lid and cook. Easy.
  • You’ll know when everything is done cooking when you can poke through with a fork (in my case a chopstick) easily.
  • Remove from heat, open the lid of the pot and wait for things to cool down a bit.
  • Blend. Mix in a little water if your puree looks a little too thick. Too watery? Add some baby rice cereal.
  • Pour your puree into your silicone container and throw into the freezer. Store up to 2-3 weeks.

When feeding…

  • You can easily pop out 1 cube at a time. They say don’t microwave but I do for 20-30 seconds (because mom life).
  • Usually my cubes are still half frozen so I mix everything until it’s all thawed.
  • I take a spoon and do a little heat test by putting some food on the back of my hand. Too hot? I wait for it to cool. Too cold? I add a teeny bit of hot water to warm things up and do the test again.

Some tips:

  • One cube for me is about 2oz. This info is provided by the manufacturer of the containers so read through the instructions.
  • I like to make single ingredient purees because they are easy to make combos later on. Example: I made carrot puree today and a peas puree a week ago. Take 1 cube of each and thaw you’ll have a carrot and peas puree. This is super helpful for when you’re starting to add meats to your babys diet. (chicken and peas, turkey and carrots etc.) A few other of a favorite combos are blueberry/beets, butternut squash/apple/banana, and Parsnip/apple.
  • You can add cinnamon! So when I only have carrot puree but want to mix things up for the baby I thaw out 1 cube of carrot puree, add some water and baby rice cereal and a teeny pinch of cinnamon. Totally changes the taste and baby loves it. Easy.
  • If your baby gags or doesn’t seem to like a certain food, it’s ok and totally normal! I usually try feeding Maverick the same food for 2 days in a row. If he doesn’t seem to like it, I stop and try again in a few days.

Links to purchase:

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My Fav Pre-Made Baby Foods

Earth’s Best Organic Stage 1 Baby Food, My First Veggies Variety Pack (Carrots, Peas, and Sweet Potatoes), 2.5 Ounce Jars, Pack of 12

Plum Organics Stage 1, Organic Baby Food, Variety Pack, Prunes, Mangos & Peaches, 3.5 ounce pouch (Pack of 18)

Amazon Brand – Mama Bear Organic Baby Food Pouch, Stage 1, Pear, 4 Ounce Pouch (Pack of 12)

Plum Organics Baby Stage 1 Bowl, Organic Baby Food, Mango & Quinoa, 3.6 ounce bowl (Pack of 12)

Once Upon a Farm Organic, Cold Pressed, Refrigerated Stage 1 Baby Food, Variety Pack, for 5+ Months, 3.2 oz (Pack of 24)

Silicone Baby Food Trays Pretty Much Identical To Mine

 

Silicone Baby Food Freezer Tray with Clip-on Lid by WeeSprout – Perfect Storage Container for Homemade Baby Food, Vegetable & Fruit Purees and Breast Milk – BPA Free & FDA Approved

(The clip on lid is SO essential. It’s such a small detail but it really helps lock everything in with no spills in your freezer!)

Best Homemade Baby Food Storage Container Freezer Trays – Reusable Food Container Silicon Tray With Clip on Lid Silicone Baby Food Storage Containers Kids Food Plate, Purple

Best Homemade Baby Food Storage Container Freezer Trays – Reusable Food Container Silicon Tray With Clip On Lid – 2 Pack Bundle With 2 Bonus Spoons – BPA Free FDA Approved 2.6 Ounce – Green & Orange

 

*So yeah, obviously I’m not a doctor or anything and the above information is mostly trial and error type things I’ve picked up with my own kids. Definitely, Do a little research and find what works best for you and your little one. If in doubt, ask your pediatrician. Please let me know of any new trick and tips in the comments below!

 

 

 

How I Made My DIY Pom Pom Baby Mobile For $11.00 – Tutorial And Inspiration

So I was out shopping at the Irvrine Spectrum Center the other day and bumped into this adorable Pom Pom Baby Mobiles by BlaBlah Kids. Ok, so this is definitely one of the cutest things I’ve seen for baby nursery in awhile. But, for $170.00 ($144.00 at some retail stores and online if you’re lucky) it’s WAY out of budget for me. If you could afford this, that’s freaking awesome! But I wasn’t about to buy a mobile for $100+. I have better things to spend money on… like food, toys for my kids and maybe some workout gear that I’ll never get a chance to wear to a real gym.

While taking a closer look I realized that this could totally be made at home

Since a friend of mine is having a baby soon I figured I would take a shot at this. If the end product came out well I could even gift it.

Honestly, there are a lot of tutorials for Pom Pom Baby Mobiles online so I just Googled around for ideas. I spent about 3-4 hours on this project but it’s mostly because I kept having to get up (because mom life for real). If I sat down and stayed focused I could make one of these in 2 hours tops (excluding the time I spent to actually go buy the supplies needed). I had to edit all of my videos with music only because… #1 I was pretty much either yelling at my kids to stop fighting or they were crying… #2 I might have cussed a little too. oops.

Supplies Needed For Your Pom Pom Mobiles

  • 10″ embroidery hoop *$1.77
  • 5″ embroidery hoop *$0.97
  • 4 yarns *$1.50 each = $6.00
  • pack of mini glue for glue gun (I actually only used 1 stick which I thought was amazing) * $0.97
  • ceiling hook * $1.29
  • duck tape
  • toilet paper roll
  • glue gun
  • bobby pin*If the item has a price next to it, it means I purchased it. Everything else I had at home. I spent a total of $11.00 at Walmart for this project. Had I purchased everything on this list I would have still spent less than $20.00.

    I purchased everything in-store at my local Walmart.

    Ok, so this was actually the very first time I made this and I just kind of winged it. I forgot to take photos of a couple steps. I’m sorry in advance for that.

Pom Pom Mobile Instructions

  1. Start by making your pom poms.

    I used this tutorial from YouTube. This person used 2 toilet paper rolls but I only had 1. I cut my toilet paper roll in half (length-wise) and taped them to make 2 skinnier rolls. I wrapped 2 yarns around my toilet paper rolls 120 times. Tied my yarn like the video tutorial below. Just note: Cutting yarn is SUPER messy. I would advise doing this outside if you can as I had little threads and yarn dust ALL over the place and was breathing it all in. My pom poms came out to about 2.5 inches wide after all the trimming and making them even. I made 8 pom poms in total: 3 with beige + beige peach brown mix, 2 with beige and light blue and the last 3 with light blue and navy.

    And here’s my video:

  2. Cut some more yarn into the lengths you want for your mobile. I didn’t measure and just eyeballed it and tied a knot 5 times at the end.

  3. Attaching the yarn to my pom poms was a little tricky. I ended up using a bobby pin to thread my yarn into my pom pom.

  4. After I threaded my yarn through my pom pom I hot glued the knotted end of my yarn and secured it into the middle of the pom pom.

  5. Making the mobile: I wrapped my beige yarn all around the 10″ wooden embroidery hoop hot gluing all the loose ends. I tried to make sure the gluing was all done towards the inside of the hoop.

  6. Next I wrapped my 7″ embroidery hoop in light blue and navy and made a loop at the very top so you can hang the finished product.

  7. Ok, so here’s where I messed up. I attached the strings with pom poms onto the 10 inch mobile before attaching it to the 5 inch hoop. That’s a big no. Attach the 2 hoops together first. Next hang your mobile somewhere and then tie the strings with pom poms on the mobile.

  8. I tied the yarns with pom poms at the end to the 10 inch mobile in various lengths. You can get creative here but I chose to do a waterfall type of shape. I did this step sooner than I should have so you can see my finished product looks a little bit lopsided. Oops!

Conclusion

Does my DIY Pom Pom Baby Mobiles look perfect?

Absolutely not. I’m sure the people who make these type of baby mobiles in a factory are far more skilled than I am. BUT from a distance? Yeah – I guess it’s close enough.

Would I do this again?

Yes! Ok, so this project is really tedious and it makes a hell of a mess but the end result was cute! How do you not love pompoms? On a scale of 1-10 I would rate the difficulty of this project as a 6. It doesn’t take a whole lot of skill… just a LOT of patience.

I love the fact that you can customize the colors and overall design of your mobile to match any nursery theme. Another thing I saw were these animal shaped pompom tutorials…. see where I’m going here? Picture a baby mobile with little poofy animals.

This would be freaking the cutest thing!!!

>> Click here to check out my Pinterest Board for Animal Pom Pom Inspo <<

This was my first tutorial for anything ever so please excuse the fact that a lot of pictures and video is missing. I’ll be sure to do a little more next time! So, what do you think? Do you think you would ever make a pom pom baby mobile? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Monthly Baby Photoshoot In A Box – Baby Booth Box Unboxing And Review

Let me tell you about Baby Booth Box

So if you know me at all you would’ve noticed I like taking pictures of my kids.

I always wanted to do the whole monthly photo shoot thing with my babies. When my first was born I didn’t even know about keepsake photos. I was just trying to keep myself awake and my child alive.

By the time my second was born I had seen countless internet moms do their own version of monthly keepsake photos and I wanted to do the same. I tried to keep things simple and purchased props and outfits.  At first I got through  without too many issues but when I got to month 4 and 5 I was running out of ideas and the cost of each photo shoot was starting to get expensive. I spent a lot of time planning out themes, looking for places to buy props and outfits and spending a lot of time and energy on the photo shoot itself.

I Just got Baby Booth Box. Every month they send out brand new themed and designed photo shoots for my baby. You get everything you need to set up the photo shoot and a FREE milestone blanket with your first box!!! They also put a gift in there for mom every month. you want to order, you can use my code BABY45 for 25% off. Or if you know someone having a baby, buy them a gift card or a subscription!

Introducing Baby Booth Box

Baby Booth Box is a month to month subscription box that sends you themed photo shoot props for your growing baby.

Say goodbye to wasting time trying to plan baby photo shoots! Purchase everything one by one for your DIY photo shoots? No, Thanks. I’d rather have a simple, no hassle and affordable Baby Booth Box.

This would make such a cute gift for any mom-to-be in your life! I found having photo shoot sessions with my babies to be a great way to bond and play together. Although at moments it can get a little frustrating, I loved having these moments with my little ones.

What I got in my box

This months box included:

  • Shoes
  • Pants (shorts/bloomers)
  • Suspenders
  • Bow Tie
  • Paper decor/props
  • A special gift for mom (cat ear hair band)

If you would like to purchase you can use my exclusive coupon code for 25% off: BABY45

>Click here to learn more about Baby Booth Box!<<

I absolutely loved my box. The props were of good quality and things that I can definitely reuse. It was so much fun opening my Baby Booth Box and finding all the cute goodies inside. The thing I liked most about this was the experience! Being able to set up, get my baby dressed up and taking photos (with the help of my other kids too). We had so much fun together and the final result is something I was cherish forever. Thank You Baby Booth Box!

Disclaimer: Yes, this Baby Booth Box was complimentary but all opinions are my own! Although subscribing myself is a little late (my baby is grown up) I am definitely thinking of purchasing this for a friend or family member who is expecting. 

Fisher-Price Deluxe Take-Along Swing & Seat: Perfect For Smaller Spaces

A baby swing is definitely an essential . They keep baby relaxed and entertained which gives mom a few moments to tend to one of the other hundreds of things-to-do in the house. The Fisher-Price Deluxe Take-Along Swing & Seat is really valuable for families and their infants. If you live in a smaller space like us, this just might be perfect.

Just like many other baby swings the Fisher-Price Deluxe Take-Along Swing & Seat offers music, vibrations, comforting nature sounds, and a soft baby seat all in one. What makes this baby swing the perfect fit for our family is the fact that it’s a space-saver when in use and fully assembled or when it’s folded up and stored away.

The Fisher-Price Deluxe Take-Along Swing & Seat is a great deal. Currently it’s selling for only $44.00 at Walmart with free 2-day shipping within the U.S. This is much lower than the average baby swing cost. There are tons of good swings out there from diverse producers, but Fisher-price is among the rare trusted manufacturers. In terms of quality and being widely available across many retail stores in the U.S -this is a great product.

Positives of the Fisher-Price Deluxe Take-Along Swing & Seat 

Smart Swing Technology:  Among the distinctive feature of Fisher-Price Deluxe take Along swing is the smart Swing technology. It has six different swinging speeds which ranges from high to low. The speeds senses your baby’s weight and shouldn’t slow down as your baby grows.

Comfortable seat: Although the seating positions are limited, I haven’t had any issues with my 2 month old feeling uncomfortable. Sometimes my baby boy would sit in here and sleep for hours at a time.

Music & Nature Sounds: I honestly haven’t used the music on this swing too often. But, it’s nice to know it’s there. You can control the volume and there are different songs and sounds.

Five-point harness: Safety harness is there which is a big plus. I don’t think companies are allowed to make a baby swing without a 5 point harness anyway but knowing this is a safe item is reassuring.

Negatives of the Fisher-Price Deluxe Take-Along Swing & Seat

Battery Powered: Ok, so this could be a positive if you’re planning on traveling with your swing. But, I’m changing the batteries to this swing every 3 weeks and that’s a little annoying. Maybe this would be a great item to bring along in the RV if we were to go camping this summer.

Conclusion:

Yes, there are hundreds of baby swing options out on the market but very few that takes this little amount of space and none that are at this low of a price for the options that it has. I’ve been reading through reviews of this product online. I want to add that there are a good amount of negative reviews. Most of them state that the Fisher-Price Deluxe Take-Along Swing & Seat stops working even after just a few days or months of use. This has not happened to me and I have a 30 lbs. toddler and a 60 lbs. kid sitting and sometimes even standing on this swing for fun. If that’s not what you call durable, I don’t know what is. Either way, if you purchase at Walmart I’m sure they will accept returns if your swing stops working within the 30 day return policy.

So what do you think? Would you try this product out? Have you used this product? What was your experience? Write in the comments below!

 

 

 

3 Natural Things That Calmed Down My Baby’s Eczema Flare (Plus Thoughts On Topical Steroids)

Our journey with baby Eczema has been a long one as I am still going through the struggle.

Actual eczema photos ahead, you’ve been warned.

My second child had severe baby Eczema that affected her entire face and scalp, inside and outside of her ears, behind her ears, chest, and belly. It was devastating. As a breastfeeding mom I felt like a total failure… I thought maybe she has developed an allergy to something I’ve eaten recently or maybe even from when I was pregnant. Before I was able to figure out how to calm down her eczema flares I was waking up every 20-30 minutes for the first 3 months that my dear daughter was home.

Baby Melanie’s skin at 8 weeks was red and swollen from Eczema.

It was either hot to the touch and inflamed with a glossy “wet” look OR not so red, super dry with flaky patches of that seemed to be “thick”… Kind of like a callus. Either way she was super itchy and didn’t sleep. She was constantly frustrated, cranky, exhausted and in pain.


I’ve seen the scary baby eczema photos online; the horrors of prescription steroid creams and ointments. I’ve read hundreds of articles (and UGH the photos) talking about the effects they have on the skin after long term use. A baby’s skin can potentially get addicted to steroids. If not careful, you can even develop something called Red Skin Syndrome aka Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW). This means if you stop using the steroids that are weakening the skin, you’ll have a flare 10x worse than the actual Eczema.

Talk about a rock and a hard place.

I avoided using the prescription steroids our pediatrician gave us at all costs and went straight into a more… not so freaking scary approach (by the way, you don’t have to feel guilty about using steroids for baby eczema. i’ll get more into this later in the post).

In short I’ve used lotions, plants and foods, essential oils, ointments, hydro cortisone 1% in like 4 different brands, etc. Nothing worked. I’ll add a full list of all the products I’ve used during this process another time. There are so many that this list deserves its own post.

If you’re still reading, you’re probably going through something similar and you’re looking for some miracle answer that will heal you or your baby from eczema. Sorry to say, there is no cure.

“If there is one thing to be learned from Eczema it is that every child needs custom care.”

Not all children heal the same but there are a few things that a lot of the other moms I’ve talked to agree on.

Here are the top 3 natural things that helped Melanie during her flares:

  1. Frequent Baths, lotion afterwards: For quite some time it was thought that bathing frequently was not a good option for people with eczema. But, a recent study shows that frequent baths help when you apply massive amounts of lotion or emollient afterwards. Lotions seep into the skin better after a warm bath or shower; it’s a tried and true proven fact. We use Vanicream and still have the 1 lb. tub in every corner of our house to this day.
  2. Wearing Cotton, avoid synthetic fabrics: Stick to breathable cotton maybe even organic. Polyester knit fabrics look and feel like cotton but the breath-ability is definitely different. Luckily, most infant onesies are 100% cotton but if you have a few items that are not; put them away.
  3. Go Swimming: I’ve noticed a dramatic decrease in eczema flares when we’ve been playing in the water all day. I’m still not sure if it’s just being in the water for a long time or the chlorine (because bleach baths are a thing in the Eczema world – look it up) but after a long day of swimming and plenty of lotion afterwards Melanie’s eczema would disappear for up to a few days. Making a bleach bath at home was not nearly as effective as going to a pool. We’ve also traveled near and far to natural mineral water resorts and hotels (super stinky water that smells like eggs) and this helped as well. We didn’t smell great, but Melanie was definitely less itchy.

We were always out swimming because it seemed to help Melanie with her eczema

Here is a list of things that didn’t really make a difference for us but there are tons of people who swear by these.

If you’d like more info go ahead and just Google any of it or ask in the comments:
  • Changing our detergent
  • Putting breast milk on the affected area
  • Cleaning the house and getting rid of dust, pet dander and other allergens (which means my child’s Eczema was most likely due to an internal issue not from touching something)
  • Changing moms diet if breastfeeding
  • Changing baby formula to something hypoallergenic (this is really expensive btw, but if your doctor recommends it there could be government programs that will pay for your formula, more on that another day.)
  • Bleach baths
  • Getting a some sun
  • Going to the beach (sun + salt water)
  • Wet wrapping – Melanie’s eczema was mostly on her face so this method was a little difficult for us but I can definitely see it working.
  • About a thousand dollars’ worth of lotions and oils

Here is the last thing that really, TRULY helped me (warning, it’s not natural):

The best way to get rid of Eczema for a longer period of time is (drum roll) USE THE TOPICAL STEROIDS THE DOCTOR GAVE YOU.  That’s right! That’s it. If Hydrocortisone 1% works for you stick with that, but if you need a stronger ointment and your pediatrician gives you that prescription, freaking use it! I’ve spent countless hours worrying and feeling guilty about using a prescription strength steroid on my baby but if you’re at the point where nothing is working, this bit of advice can save you!

This is the steroid ointment that was prescribed to Melanie for her Eczema. It’s been more than a year and I haven’t used half of it yet.

By the time Melanie was 4 months I wanted to give up. She was suffering so much, I was SO F’n tired and I was desperate. I’ve tried so hard, spent so much money, read a thousand blogs from all over the world for answers with no relief for my baby. Nothing I was doing was working and so one day I dabbed a little bit of PRESCRIPTION STEROID OINTMENT FROM THE OUR PEDIATRICIAN on one side of Melanie’s cheek. Within a few hours she had clear skin. It was still a little dry but regular lotion seemed to help with that.

Now, I know you might be a little disappointed at my answer here but note this:

I didn’t go overboard with the prescription, I used as little as possible. I’m talking I-barely-put-any-on type of amount. I just want you to know that if you’ve come to the point where nothing else works, you’re not alone and you don’t have to feel guilty! You are doing the best you can for your baby. Even if it means you’re not going the 100% organic +  natural route, you’re doing the best you can. You’re working your hardest. Your baby deserves relief and so do you. That being said, there IS such thing as red skin syndrome and steroid withdrawals so please PLEASE be cautious, ask your pediatrician what is the best for you and your baby.  I am just a regular mom and in no way a professional in this matter. I’m only sharing what has been working for me and my kids.

Eczema is a never ending journey…

Since then, my daughter is now turning 2 next month and we regularly use Vanicream (multiple times a day and definitely after ever bath). Vanicream seems to be the only lotion that wasn’t drying out after a few hours. Since last year Melanie’s Eczema has changed. Her flares are not anywhere near as bad as they were a year ago. The location of her Eczema patches have moved to her ankles and arms from mostly on her face and chest. Her flares RARELY get to the point where I have to use steroids. She didn’t develop any steroid withdrawals and on 90% of her days she looks like she has clear skin but does itch if I forget to put on lotion multiple times a day.

My third child is now 2 months old and has eczema flares very similar to what Melanie had a year ago. In closing, I want you to know that I know how difficult this journey is. You’re not alone, things do get better and hang in there! You can do this! As a parent we are given the endurance and strength to take on all sorts of battles for our children.

This photo was taken within the past month. She has clear skin mostly everywhere, just a small patch on her ankle and arm that you can barely see. We only use Vanicream at the moment and it’s been months since we had to use a topical steroid.

If any of the above information was useful and you are interested in purchasing Vanicream please use my Amazon links provided below! By doing this I am able to receive a small commission at absolutely no extra cost to you and I will be able to continue blogging and doing what I love to do! I am not associated to any companies and am reviewing a product that I actually own and love. Thank you in advance and have blessed day!

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Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller Review With Photos

Let’s just start off with this: I love my double stroller.

Just like any other mom, I was highly considerate about purchasing a good double stroller for my little ones. In fact, I was stunned to see the large number of strollers available in the market and it was pretty challenging for me to pick the best out of the rest. However, after a little bit of research, was able to list down a couple of products based on their features. Finally, I decided to end up with the best of the lot; Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller.

 

In this post, I wish to share the experience I had with Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller; I believe this information might become handy for moms who wonder what’s the best stroller they should purchase.

 

Positive points of Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller

First, let me emphasize the positive points I noticed about this handy double stroller.

 

  • It is easy to fold and unfold

One of the key positive points I noticed about this product is ease of use. I have seen many moms struggle a bit with the strollers when it comes to folding and unfolding. Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller, on the other hand, works perfectly. I believe its auto lock feature becomes pretty handy in order to facilitate smooth opening and closing process. NOTE: This is in fact a double stroller so it does take up a little more space in your trunk.

 

  • It is very sturdy

A very important feature I expect from my stroller is its sturdiness. No matter what fancy features all those manufactures boast, I’d never want to put my baby in a wobbling and weak stroller. Much to my delight, Baby Jogger Double Stroller comes with an exceptionally strong and sturdy structure. I think the aluminum body makes the difference; I can feel how strong it is.

 

  • Front seat can hold up to 50 pounds

I am impressed with the weight it can handle. The front seat of this Baby Jogger Double Stroller can handle up to 50 pounds and that makes me feel significantly relieved (when I put my 2-year-old in). Well, compared to UPPA Baby Stroller, Baby Jogger’s tolerance is pretty impressive; UPPA can withstand a weight of 35 pounds only.

 

  • It is a spacious stroller

The other feature I love about this product is its spaciousness in terms of storage. Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller offers enough storage space to carry all the essentials of my little one.

 

 

Negative Points

Despite all the impressive stuff, I have noticed a couple of negative points with this product.

 

  • It is expensive

This is a relatively expensive investment, I should say. However, as I believe, you get what you pay for. We spent about $900.00 on this item which includes the stroller itself, 2 toddler seats and adapter for our car seat. We have the Maxi-Cosi Mico AP Infant Car Seat in Bohemian Red which we didn’t spend money on because we kept it from our previous child. But if you need to purchase car a baby seat, you’ll be spending a little more than the price I mentioned above. (Gosh, babies are so darn expensive!)

 

  • It is heavy

Sturdy = Heavy. This product is heavier than most of the competitor products in the market. However, I believe it is heavy because of its sturdy construction. After all, I prefer sturdiness over lightweight if I am to make a choice (it is my personal opinion though). I consider it part of my daily arm toning workout.

 

  • Hard to maneuver

Maneuvering this stroller is slightly harder than I expected. Although this slight obstinacy doesn’t compromise the child’s safety and comfort, I prefer more convenient maneuvering. I’ve developed Carpal Tunnel in my right wrist and if I use this stroller for too long it’ll aggravate my condition, but this is what my husband is for, no? (Just Kidding).

 

 

Bottom-line, despite the downsides I mentioned, I am really happy about the overall performance and features of Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller. I’ve been recommending this to everyone who’s asked and they’ve been happy as well.

Do you have this stroller? Hate it or love it?

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Why I switched from Dr. Brown’s to MAM Anti-Colic Baby Bottles

Colic is no doubt one of the most tiring and stressful things to go through with a newborn, especially for first time parents. Both of my previous babies had Colic and to add to that, my second had pretty bad Acid Reflux. Is your baby having Colic issues? (Then my goodness, I feel for you).


 

 

It was tough. I was praying to find relief for my baby and get some extra sleep. When my baby cried and cried I held him until my arms and wrists gave out. He cried for what seemed like hours at a time so I did what any first time mom would do: Google it. It wasn’t this exact quote but I remember reading something like this-

What is Colic?

“It is suggested that wind or indigestion may be involved in colic, but the causes are largely unknown.” -medicalnewstoday.com

I ran and opened the pack of Dr. Brown’s bottles gifted to me from my baby shower. Dr. Brown’s seems to be the standard in the baby bottle world. I haven’t bumped into many moms that use otherwise and for good reason! These bottles worked! My baby boy had miraculously stopped crying after bottles and slept well over 2 hours for the first time since he came home.

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But guess what? My babies normally went through 8 formula bottles a day and washing bottles took FOR. FREAKING. EVER.

In my Dr. Brown’s package I found a tiny blue pipe cleaner, which obviously was to be used to wash the teeny tiny vent holes and tube for the bottle. At first it was alright, but try washing bottles 3-4 times a day. Every. Day. Sometimes I would skip washing bottles because my sleep and sanity were more important to me at the time then all hell would break loose when the baby woke up and I didn’t have any bottles to use. Try rushing to wash a bottle with a pipe cleaner, still half asleep at 3 AM. It sucked.

Fast forward to my third baby 6 years later and I’ve gained a lot more experience and can run on a lot less sleep (Yes mama! Things do get better and your mind and body will adjust to its new schedule. Plus dad gets a lot better at helping out too). I received a MAM Anti-Colic bottle with samples of formula from our pediatrician about a month ago and for real, I AM IN LOVE.

Why I switched from Dr. Brown’s to MAM Anti-Colic baby bottles

Where did this bottle come from? How come I hadn’t seen MAM bottles before? Where can I buy more?

Washing MAM bottles are a breeze when compared to Dr. Brown’s with no small parts that need a pipe cleaner. One thing I did notice was that the MAM bottles were wider and took up more space in my sterilizer. But check this: You take the MAM bottle apart, put some water in and put it straight into the microwave. This thing self sanitizes.*boom* I know someone out there is  laughing at me as they read this but for real, as a travelling mom this is a big win. I can now easily wash and sterilize my bottles during our RV Camping trips, at pretty much any hotel or just being over at a friends house with the baby.

The next reason I love the MAM Anti-Colic bottle is because of the shape of the nipple. It’s wide but has a unique curved shape that fits really well into baby’s mouth. No more stinky milk neck.

Last but definitely not least, the MAM bottle works really well for baby’s gas. I have yet to have any issues with colic during the use of these bottles (winning!).

One con that I’ve found is that for me, the numbers on the side of the bottles are a little bit harder to read on the MAM bottles. I have no idea why, the ounces are clearly marked but I just can’t see the water level clearly when making formula. This could just be just me tho…

I’ll wrap this up with a quick tip: This really goes for any bottle out there but buy the bigger sized 8oz bottles. You won’t use the 4oz newborn bottle for too long. But remember, the bigger bottles only come with the number 2 nipple which is for ages 2 months+. I have yet to see a them being sold in an actual retail store (I checked Walmart, Target, and Buy Buy Baby) but I found and purchased the number 1 nipples on Amazon with no issues. Also, I just wanted to add that I am no way endorsed or affiliated with MAM or their products. I’ve purchased all of my items at full price because I truly love it and would recommend this product to my closest friends and family.

So what do you think? Have you ever tried using MAM Anti-Colic bottles? Was your experience as positive as mine or do you swear by another bottle? Let me know!

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