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MommyB and Me Tips: Make Way for Baby

MommyB and Me With Baby C on the way at the end of March we’ve been telling Little Miss A lots about what to expect; the baby’s going to cry a lot, she won’t be able to do a lot of big girl things like you, she’ll sleep in mommy and daddy’s room when she comes home…and so on.

I feel it’s really important to prepare her as much as possible now and since she’s almost 3 she really understands a lot of it.

She’s been taking good care of her dollies, bottle feeding them, burping them, and of course diapering them.

Since I’m having a c-section I also told her that I would have a “boo-boo” on my tummy so when I came home from the hospital she’d need to be extra careful and that I couldn’t play with her like normal right away. Speaking of hospital, unfortunately in North Carolina (and perhaps other states, I haven’t really researched because it wouldn’t matter for me anyway,) there is a ban on all visitors under the age of 18 due to the H1N1 outbreaks. This could mean, and probably will mean that Little Miss A will not be able to visit me in the hospital. Once again, since I’m having a c-section that means at the very least I’ll be in the hospital for 2 days, away from her. Of course it makes me super sad, being that I’ve only left her overnight once and she was with DaddyB.

So trying to be the pro-active mommy that I love to be I started thinking of things I could do to help her prepare even more, especially with me being in the hospital. Here’s a list of a few fun things to do with your kiddo(s) whether or not you’ll be away from them to get them excited about the new arrival.

MommyB and Me Baby TipMake a paper chain– I love these paper chains! You can use them to decorate anything and also they’re great for countdowns. I decided that I’d cut some strips of pink and purple construction paper, about an inch/inch and a half thick and Little Miss A could decorate them with stickers and markers. She was more excited that I thought she’d be, and the best part is she can count down to the day Baby C will come home from the hospital (so long as my darling husband and family members remember to do this with her while I’m in the hospital, hint hint.)  You can also buy some paper chain kits, but I figure why waste the money, and home-made is so much better in this case.

Make a Video- We also plan on making a video or video chatting as a way for Little Miss A to be able to meet her little sister, in case the hospital regulations don’t lift before Baby C is born. I don’t want Miss A to think that I’ve gone and left her and now all of a sudden I show up at home with a new baby, the end. She loves video chatting with her grandmom and papa so I know she’d love the video as well.

Siblings, depending on their age, can also help you decorate baby’s room, pick out clothes or stuffed animals, talk to the baby, and kiss your belly. Really, everything depends on your child, try to pick something they love, music -make a song up about them and the baby, art- have them draw a picture for the nursery door, so many options! This will help big brother/sister bond with baby before they even arrive and feel like they’re a part of the process.

Do you have any great tips for me or other expecting parents out there to help their child feel included???

MommyB and Me Paci Tips

MommyB and MeWhether you call it a Paci, Binky, or a Plug pacifiers are often a major part of parenting. Typically your child will receive their first pacifier in the hospital, unless you express otherwise. It is from this moment that some children begin their addiction. Dum-dum-dum!

When Little Miss A started off on the “Paci” we never knew that she would be so attached. There were moments when we contemplated saying, “goodbye,” to it, but just didn’t see the need to give it up quite yet. We decided that we’d give Paci up cold turkey now since Baby C is on her way and all of the other “big girl” tasks have been checked off, (potty trained, big girl bed, getting herself dressed (mostly,)).

There are so many ways to rid your home of the pacifier. If you’re in the market for pacifier removal pronto feel free to try some ideas from the following list.

MommyB and Me Paci FairyBinkie/Paci Fairy – typically you use this when your child is old enough to understand bribery. The Fairy comes in the middle of the night, takes said Paci and leaves the child a small gift. Make sure the child knows there is a no return policy. There’s even a Paci Fairy Website where you can buy a book to read and prepare your child for this transition.

Paci with Props – With this technique you can do many things, like planting a Paci and a tree at the same time and watching how the tree grows as your child grows, and it’s great for the environment too! You can also tie pacifier or multiple pacifiers to fun balloons and send them to (Angels, birdies, Care Bears, basically anything that lives in the sky.) Or you can also mail them to someone your child knows, personally I don’t highly recommend this one though because the child may form a never-ending hatred towards that person since they “stole my paci.”

Paci Party – *This is the one we used for Miss A. Whether it be an at-home party or something outside your home, make saying, “Goodbye,” to Paci a celebration. We took Miss A to Build-A-Bear, where she got to pick out her favorite friend and when she put the “heart” in she also let them put her Paci in as well. We invited friends to make it even more of a celebration and ended up playing and having lunch together afterwards as well. And again, if you don’t want to spend money getting rid of Paci there are several other options.

Broken Binkie – A lot of moms I know swear by either putting a hole in paci with a needle so the suction is lost or by snipping off the end. Once the Binkie doesn’t work anymore some kids just simply give it up or put it in the trash themselves.

MommyB and Me Paci TipsMy main recommendations are:

1. The sooner the better. I think had we gotten rid of the Paci earlier it would have been less of a struggle because she wouldn’t have been as attached, although she does understand that she’s a “Big girl,” now.

2. Make sure the timing is right for you and your family. If your child is sick or making big changes it’s probably not the best time to give up this security blanket for them.

3. Patience, patience, patience. For some children giving up their pacifier is like giving up a substance to an adult. Don’t expect them to be fine with it the first night (although it’s a bonus if all goes well.)

4. Lastly, reward them for doing such a great job, giving verbal, physical, and material rewards will only enforce the fact that giving up one of their prized possessions is tough but you’re proud of them.

What are your pacifier struggles? Have you given up the pacifier? Share your stories and ideas with us!

A Touch of Cheer

Christmas CheerToday has been a pretty decent day, not too great, but not bad at all. I’ve actually been fighting my second cold this pregnancy, (I don’t remember being sick at all when I was pregnant with Little Miss A,) and I’m actually feeling pretty good despite my somewhat scratchy voice.

Although we had a busy day planned, pick up my Handfuls Handprints final product, (for Part II review,) go to a fun art kids place where Miss A could have played and created even more masterpieces for me to hang on the appliances, walls, give to DaddyB for his office. Then of course grocery shopping, laundry, <insert other mommy type domestic goddess duties> and generally a busy, but fun-filled day for us.

Unfortunately around 9:30 it started raeetiling, (a mixture of rain, sleet, hail of course), and being that we’re in a Southern state, and some of the drivers, not mentioning any names, aren’t the best of drivers when inclement weather strikes. I figured it best to get our grocery shopping done, mandatory when all you have in the fridge are a bag of sun dried tomatoes and 10 oranges from hubby’s boss for Christmas.

I left A in her jammies, they were cute monkeys anyhow, and because her curlicious hair cannot go without several products and combing I opted for a winter hat. Thank You God for making curly haired girls (did I just say that?!?), but thank You even more for hats! Now, I never ever do this, (well not since Miss A was under 6 months, not that I think a mom shouldn’t), but for some unsaid reason I try to make sure Miss A looking good, even if I’m not the most stylish mom on the block.   But today we, bum-ily headed across the street to my second home, Super Target. Got our shopping done, the entire trip consisted of me putting items in my cart and Miss A saying we needed eggs. “We don’t need eggs, A.” Then found out we needed eggs to make more cookies, oh because we only have about 50 on our counter, my bad 🙂 After our trip I decided we’d stay off the roads as much as possible and hope for a nap.

No nap, but we did have lunch, tidied up the house, did some laundry, got a fun video letter from Santa and got our mail and packages. As Miss A and I were sitting on the couch enjoying a little bit of Dora the Explorer, a very educational children’s program 😉 we heard a bang on the door and I went to check it out. Come to find out it was the crazy UPS guy, who, after trying to open break my always locked storm door, normally knocks loudly and rings the doorbell at a minimum of 3 times. But I’ll forgive him this time because he brought me some cheer for the holiday.

Warning sidebar about to occur in 5,4,3,2……1. I was writing in my baby journal today that it’s hard to enjoy this pregnancy because I’ve been sick and the holidays are stressing me out and realized that I need to, in general, slow down and enjoy life, I’m definitely letting it pass by too quickly and not enjoying it as much as I should be. Now back to our regularly scheduled blog post….

With that being said, with my reviews I’ll sometimes get a box that I’m not sure what’s in it, but usually once I open it I’ve expected it. Today I got something from Williams Sonoma and know that I didn’t order any Christmas gifts and didn’t have any reviews coming from them. Then I thought perhaps something I ordered on Etsy or other sites may have come in a random box. Much to my delight, the item actually WAS from William Sonoma and is a GYNORMOUS carmel apple that BabyB and I can both enjoy, at the same time. Now I would take a picture of me with the apple, but like I said not really hot mommy today, so I won’t scare you for now.  But here’s an even prettier picture.

Williams Sonoma

In short, this gift really warmed my heart and it was totally unexpected, I love gifts that are unexpected, I think that it makes them even more special. So thanks to the ladies at 4 My Mom and Company 5 for making my day and reinforcing my need to slow down and enjoy life and it’s little or in the caramel apple’s case BIG pleasures.

How do you slow down and enjoy life being a busy mom or dad???

MommyB Treats

MommyB TreatsSo yep, you heard it right, I’m gearing my site up for a few new, fun “treats”. Are you sitting down?? Okay, let’s begin!

One of my yummy vittles of blogginess, if you will, will include fun giveaways! I don’t know if I’m more excited than you, but hopefully you’ll be jumping for joy when you see these great contests. I figure, “why should I be the only one having fun with all of these great samples to try out and review?!?” So, in the “Spirit of Christmas,” (and spirit of giving in general, because believe me, if I have it my way these giveaways will be a year round addition to my blog…) let the giveaways begin.

Giveaway

Check back often for some great DVDs, learning products, and more!! Oh and I know sometimes it’s hard to let others know, but don’t forget to tell your friends all about the giveaways too, it’s nice to share and remember, Santa knows when you’ve been good AND bad, so be good for goodness sake!

PSSSST, make sure you grab my bloggy button (if you don’t already have it,) for the contests and of course because it’s ever so cute anyway!

Also on the tasty train are a bunch of spotlights featuring some fun businesses. What’s the difference between a review and a spotlight you ask? (Okay well maybe you didn’t ask but, I’d like to clarify for future reference.) A review is my opinion of a product or service, after doing some thoughtful research and testing products out, sometimes with a little help from my amazing, wonderful amazingly, wonderful family. These opinions are based on how I thought the product or service performed and, wanting to give my readers a true idea of the product rather than writing what a company would like me to write. So, in short, when reading my reviews please know that you may see some comments that are not “touting” the item if I don’t feel it’s “tout worthy.” You get the real deal.  Now to the spotlight part. While I love doing reviews sometimes there isn’t enough to write about a product, or I think that the background behind the product is very worthy of it’s own post. Thus, born my product and services spotlights. Basically, “just the facts ma’am.” So there you have it in a very, very large nutshell, maybe even a giant clam shell, which can grow up to 4 feet long, (put that in your memory banks!)

Your Ad HereMy last tidbit for those businesses out there is that I am now offering premium ad space on my blog. If you peek over to my right sidebar you’ll see a section designed to showcase your business for MommyB Knows Best readers. If you’re interested in finding out more about this desirable ad space please click here: PR Welcome or select my PR Welcome tab.

I’d love to hear any other ideas you may have for my blog, as the new year is upon us I love to enhance MommyB Knows Best as much as I can.

MommyB and Me – Breakfast

At breakfast this morning, I was trying to think of something cute to add to my blog, something both moms, dads, and hopefully their kids would like too. As I was munching on my delicious vittles, I thought how fun it would be to do tips for parents to use and for parents to use to trick have fun with their kids.

So since I was in the middle of the “most important meal of the day,” I figured I would start my first MommyB and Me post with just that, BREAKFAST!!

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MommyB Knows Best Blog Redesign

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Tah-Dah!! Welcome to my “new” blog. Here it is! Make sure you check out all the pages and feel free to leave me some feedback, now that you can post to your heart’s content, and if you want send me a private message here. You can also follow me on social media! (Look for the follow buttons.)

Like I mentioned before I could not have done even a smidge of this new redesign without the help from my amazing husband! Thanks DaddyB!!

I’m proud to have my blog looking more put together since I’m a crazy organizer lady.

I’m excited to add my outlook on reviews and hopefully giveaways in the future too. I’ve noticed while reading lots of mom blogs that there aren’t many “real” reviews, you know where they say how they feel about the products rather, “just the facts ma’am.” Well this is not going to be one of those blogs, you’ll hear what I loved and hated about a product depending on the way I felt. I feel like I have a great opportunity to really test these products and services out and don’t want to do my readers a disservice by sugar coating my reviews.

I also look forward to bringing you some fun, new posts and tips and tricks that anyone can use, and hope to hear some of yours too!

Lastly, check back in the next couple of days for an amazing Celebrity, yes that’s right Celebrity, you know her from reality TV, review!

Now what are you still doing here?!? Go check out the rest of my blog, and I’d be ever so grateful if you’d spread the word.

Thanks,

MommyB

How a Cleaning Schedule is Important for My Sanity

So you would think that after 2.5 years of doing this whole mommy thing that I would be a pro at all things domestic. Well do I ever have you fooled! Now don’t get me wrong I do know some pretty awesome tricks and tips to save time and avoid meltdowns, but there are a few sections of the domestic goddessness that I haven’t mastered that I would love to improve upon.

I’m so envious of the moms who have everything planned out, perhaps because before I became a mom myself I used to be so much more organized. Although there are a lot of things that have changed A.C. (after child); my body, (which sometimes I’d rather deny that it’s mine), becoming that late person that I always hated, and memorizing every little thing there’s one thing that I didn’t want to change and it’s being super duper organized.

Perhaps I gave up being so particular for my sanity, considering I had a newborn, packed up a whole townhouse, moved to a new state into an apartment and THEN a new house in only 3 months. So I’m not super mom and realized that it’s okay to put some things off if I can spend more time with my daughter. Oh how things have changed. These days, since Little Miss “A” is a little more self-sufficient I’m able to get more housework done and she even likes to help. (Must record that here in the blog so I can show her when she is a teen.) Instead I think that now it would give me more time to spend with “A” if I were more organized.

I clip coupons, keep a daily calendar of events (sometimes even with 3 calendars I still forget the time of play dates and nights out,) but what’s missing is a little more detailed organization.

Here are my list of things to work on to help improve, let’s say quality of life:

  • Start planning weekly meals (and if I’m good enough even coordinate sales/coupons to meals)
  • Create a “schedule” for “A” so she and I can get more out of her day and bring a little more structure in
  • Start throwing/donating things that are junking up my closets in hopes that my $2 sweater will sell after 5 months on craigslist.
  • Select certain days to clean certain things, oooh this one may be fun, I could do theming: Toilet Tuesdays, Washer Wednesdays, now if there was only a day of the week that started with “N” then I could have a nap day 🙂

Those are a few of my current goals, I’d love to start before baby #2 makes her debut. I would love any tips or websites devoted to a decent but not quite there organized momma. I think my Domestic Goddess Award is getting dusty…I may even have it revoked if I don’t do something STAT!

Baby Favorites

If you’re a new mom, shopping for a baby shower, or going to be a mommy anytime in the future..here are some things you may want to think about getting to save your life!!!! I’ve listed the top 10 things I couldn’t live without being a mom, at least a mom to a baby. These do not include the givens, diapers, wipes, food, but are definitely things you may want to look into.

In no specific order:

1. Diaper Genie II- especially now that she is eating solids, I don’t think we could live without it. Plus it’s so easy to take out and change the cartridges.

2. Purell Hand Sanitizer- for times when you could use a sink but there’s none around. Love the stuff with aloe so your hands don’t dry out too.

3. Baby carrier- any kind will do, I have Infantino. But this comes in handy for shopping, simple housework or just calming your baby down sometimes even putting them to sleep. Not so great for doing dishes or anything food related.

4. Burp cloths- Avery is the spit up queen, so this was and is still a must for us. We have them upstairs, downstairs, in the car, in the diaper bag, and still that’s not enough. Easy to wash and handy for explosions.

5. Swing- I love love love the Fisher Price Papasan! It’s so versatile you can rock two different ways, and Avery loves the mirror and animals. Unfortunately, the weight limit says 25lbs but Avery is topping it off at 17.5lbs. She is too big for the seat and when we put her in it creaks, probably not a great sign. But she has used it tons since birth, so I’d say we got our money’s worth, if you don’t have one and have a new baby put this on your registry!

6. Gas drops- these were a huge help. I use Little Tummies Gas Drops, I’ve also heard that their Gripe Water is a good one, we buy these in bulk :):)

7. At least 2 changing pad covers- of course changing pad covers are a must, but I love that I have two, when one is in the wash I can use the other, I don’t have to wait for it to wash and dry, this definitely saves me time and is well worth it.

8. Pampers diapers- I was going to just put Swaddlers on here, but since then I’ve also used Cruisers and Baby Dry and love all of the Pamper Line diapers. They are great, as far as diapers go. They may be a little more expensive than some others, but I’ve not had one pee-pee leak period.

9. A good watch- not just any watch, a watch with a stopwatch feature is a must. I use mine to time feedings and also to see how long she is awake and sleeping. Even to this day I am using it to help me remember. Lord knows every mom has a lot of things on her mind already, why not help yourself out a little bit? The only thing is you have to remember to set the timer or else it’s worthless. It’s more sporty than fashionable but then again now you’re a mommy. Sometimes fashion has to suffer when it comes to convenience.

10. One word: Boppy. I use this for lots of stuff. Mainly to feed Avery, it saves my back and gives her and I support. Whether your baby is formula-fed or breast-fed you can use this. We also used to prop Avery up with it when she was very small and then when she was learning to sit up alone used it as a cushion. The covers and Boppy are both washable and easy to travel with.

I hope these suggestions help you. I know there are tons more but these were the most important to me.

The Beginning of a Blog – MommyBKnowsBest

Being a mom, and an opinionated one at that I love reviewing products and places. Trying new things and most of all sharing the great ones with my mom’s group and mom friends across the country.
In an attempt to spread the word about some great products here I go…welcome to MommyBKnowsBest. Feel free to post comments and thoughts or even things you want me to review and check into for a new post!!!
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