by kristin

how to keep a clean home with a toddler

I don’t know about your toddler, but mine loves to take things out as soon as I put them away. He loves scattering things around the house while giggling and having the best time. But just because you’re toddler doesn’t know how to pick up after themselves yet doesn’t mean your house has to always be a disaster zone until they grow a little more.

how to keep a clean home with a toddler

how to do disneyland while pregnant

My family loves Disneyland! I have had an annual pass for pretty much my entire life, so of course I wasn’t going to give that up when I had kids. On the contrary, I love taking my son to Disneyland! But that is a post for another day. Right now I am past the halfway mark of my second pregnancy and still going strong at Disneyland! Do you have a trip coming up to the Happiest Place on Earth? Are you expecting? It’s definitely doable and even enjoyable! Read on for tips to make the best of your trip.

how to do disneyland while pregnant

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

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

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 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

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

homemade vegetable stock

Vegetable stock to me isn’t a recipe, but instead it’s a normal habit of life. I love cooking with vegetable stock! I use it to make quinoa, rice, lentils… pretty much anything I need water for. It gives so much flavor to a dish. And when you make it yourself, it’s free!

homemade vegetable stock

how i cloth diaper

As I’ve mentioned on the blog before, I cloth diaper my baby Gideon. To me it’s just a simple part of everyday life with a baby, but I know to those considering cloth diapering, it can be so intimidating! There is tons of information out there on the web about how you should cloth diaper, how to do it for cheap, how to do it the cutest way, how to wash your diapers, how to organize them, what you should use and what you should never use, etc etc etc.

how i cloth diaper

postpartum essentials

I did so much googling while I was pregnant. Were all of my symptoms normal? Was my baby moving too much? Not enough? Was I eating right and buying the right things for when he arrived? One thing that seemed so mysterious to me was the postpartum healing period.

postpartum essentials

valentine's day as a new mom

Did you just have a baby? Are you just about to? Is your baby walking? In school? No matter what phase of motherhood you’re in I bet you’re thinking about Valentine’s day today, at least a little. Especially if you’re married!

Motherhood can definitely put a damper on the romance though, especially if your kids are too young to get in on some cutesy heart crafts…. and too young to give mommy and daddy some alone time.

If this sounds like you, here’s my list of some ideas and tips you can use today with your honey!

valentine's day as a new mom

working with your best friend

One of the top tips that people give for those starting a new business is to not work with your friend, especially your best friend. So what are Sarah and I doing?? I think because we have followed these tips, we are set up for success.

working with your best friend

setting boundaries for your baby

Picture it: your baby is playing happily by himself, babbling and slamming blocks together. You think here’s my chance, he seems occupied, I’m just going to go to the bathroom really quick!

You haven’t even pulled your pants up yet when you hear noises in the kitchen… and you run in to find your precious baby eating the cat’s food (yes this exactly has happened to me). You feel like mom of the year.

setting boundaries for your baby

precious little sleep book review

There are so many different methods out there to sleep train your baby, it can be confusing to figure out what will work best. Every baby is different so what works for one baby might not work for another. That’s what Alexis Dubief aims to help with in her book Precious Little Sleep.

precious little sleep book review