moving with a toddler while pregnant

If you follow us on Instagram, you probably know that my family recently moved! Added to that, my son is 15 months old and I am 6 months pregnant! Sound crazy? It actually wasn’t too bad! Here are my tips for moving while pregnant and with a toddler.

moving with a toddler while pregnant

cloth wipes

Cloth wipes seem to be intimidating to a lot of new cloth diapering mamas. Even my husband wasn’t sure if we should do it before we started! But to me cloth wipes and cloth diapering go hand in hand beautifully. In fact I don’t think I would like cloth diapering very much if we didn’t use cloth wipes!

cloth wipes

sarah's favorite breastfeeding outfits

I love clothes.  I’ve spent a lot of time curating my minimalist, mostly grayscale wardrobe.  It took me a long time to figure out what I like and what feels best on me regardless of trends.  Now that I’m breastfeeding my little one, and will be probably for the next year (or more if we have another babe) it’s important to me that my clothes are functional as well as fashionable…

sarah's favorite breastfeeding outfits

encouraging independent play

Independent play has been one of the top skills I wanted to teach my son from the very beginning. I’ve seen too many parents who can’t get anything done during the day because their children need them to play with them all day long. I’ve also seen how it can stifle creativity and overall independence in babies and kids.

encouraging independent play

how to create a birth plan

I credit a lot of his chillness to the way he came into this world, so I wanted to talk to you about how to create a successful birth plan. There are a lot of templates out there where all you have to do is check off boxes or answer a few questions, but for me those templates were not as thorough as I would’ve liked…

how to create a birth plan

cloth diapering while traveling

Yes, you can bring cloth diapers with you while on vacation!

I’ve travelled with both cloth and disposable, and both have their pros and cons. When I’ve been staying with family or at an AirBnb, there is usually a washer and dryer easily accessible. In these cases we usually are at the house for a decent amount of time during the trip anyway (if anything at least by the time baby goes down at night!). 

cloth diapering while traveling

your husband isn't babysitting!

All moms, but especially stay at home moms, can feel a certain claim over their children. We carried them in our bodies. We nursed them, woke up in the night with them, changed their diapers, all while healing from the bodily trauma that is pregnancy and childbirth.

your husband isn't babysitting!

cloth diapering on the go

Today is all about taking your cloth diapers on the go. A lot of people use cloth only at home and use disposable diapers when they head out of the house, and that’s totally fine! You do whatever works for you and your family. But! I’m here to tell you that it’s actually super easy to take cloth out of the house with you!

cloth diapering on the go

what to do before baby #2

If you’ve read any of my posts here on Besties With Babies (or Sarah’s for that matter!) you’ll know that I am a huge researcher and planner! With Gideon being 13 months old, I’ve kind of gotten the hang of caring for him and just have been having fun with him. But with baby #2 on the way, I have more to research! Yay!

what to do before baby #2

when your best friend becomes a mom

When I became a mom, I was the first of my friends. I had done my research and I had some other mom friends, but no one that I was really close to had entered into motherhood before.

when your best friend becomes a mom

my second first trimester

In case you missed the Instagram announcement… I’m pregnant again! I’m officially out of the first trimester now and onto the smooth sailing second. Going through pregnancy again, not to mention with a budding toddler to chase, has been interesting to say the least.

my second first trimester

how to cloth diaper a newborn

Are you having a new baby and want to cloth diaper them from the very beginning? Congrats! And don’t worry, cloth diapering a newborn can be pretty simple, and very similar to cloth diapering an older baby. Earlier in our cloth diapering series we’ve talked about different types of cloth diapers and how to wash them, so feel free to look back if you missed something.

how to cloth diaper a newborn

how to get your baby into the best birth position in under 2 minutes

These simple moves help get your baby in the optimal position for birth, head down and on the left side of your uterus. This position gets baby perfectly lined up for his entrance into the world. The sooner and longer you get baby into this position, the quicker (and possibly sooner) your labor will be.

how to get your baby into the best birth position in under 2 minutes

how to do disneyland with a baby

We first took Gideon to Disneyland just before he turned 2 months old. Some may think that’s too early to take him to such a crowded place, but he was a very healthy baby and we needed to get out of the house! Our whole friendship, dating relationship, and marriage had been spent going to California’s Magic Kingdom, so we knew it was the first big trip we wanted to take with our little one.

how to do disneyland with a baby

prenatal care with home birth midwives

Never did I ever think when trying to make a baby that it would result in so many doctors appointments! As soon as I found out I was pregnant I messaged my neighbor’s midwife to reserve a spot on her home birth calendar, unfortunately…

prenatal care with home birth midwives

cloth diaper laundry routine

Cloth diapers obviously need to be washed. You could go the route of using a cloth diaper service, where they will pick up your dirty diapers at the end of each week and leave you with a bag of fresh ones. But if you’re doing cloth to save money, you’ll want to be washing your diapers yourself.

cloth diaper laundry routine

how to work well with your spouse

You may or may not know that my husband and I own our own business. We work together on a daily basis and in the beginning it was super challenging, but over the years (we’ve been in business since 2016) I’ve learned quite a few things about how to make it as pleasurable as possible.

how to work well with your spouse

how i decided on a home birth

I’ve heard so many stories about women going into labor, traveling to the hospital, and then getting turned away because they hadn’t progressed far enough to be admitted. Or they were admitted and than labor stalled and the doctor wanted to induce.  I’m also very aware that hospitals…

how i decided on a home birth