parenting

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

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!

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

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

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

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

how to argue in front of your baby

As parents, our job is to teach our children how to become high functioning adults who are good members of society and hopefully strong believers in Christ. All of these things mean that we should not hide normal parts of life from our children, but instead teach them about them and how to do them well, even the less desirable parts of life.

how to argue in front of your baby

how to stay confident in your parenting choices

The moment you see that positive pregnancy test you are responsible for a whole new life. This responsibility comes with making lots and lots of choices. You’ll have to decide what kind of pregnancy care you want, where you want to give birth, choose a pediatrician, where your baby will sleep, breastmilk or formula, how you will swaddle, who gives baths, and on and on and on. As a new parent these choices are opening a whole new and unknown world of baby to you and it can be hard to stay confident in your choices, especially when other around you seem more knowledgeable and maybe even pushy.

how to stay confident in your parenting choices

how to use a solly wrap

If you’ve read my post about Minimalist Baby Essentials then you know I adored using my Solly Baby Wrap when Gideon was a newborn. Especially in the first weeks it was so simple to keep the wrap tied on me and place him in the wrap when we arrived at places like church or the grocery store. He was so snuggled and cozy, and he was nice and close so I always knew he was doing ok.

how to use a solly wrap

how to teach your baby about friendship

Friendship is such an important part of life! Friends are so much fun, a great outlet for stress, and accountability. Friends who have the same values as you (like Sarah and I!) are even better! However getting friends and keeping friends doesn’t always come naturally. I’m sure you, like me, have had some not-so-good friends sometime in your life. I want to make sure my children are great friends, so here are a couple of things I’m doing to help Gideon learn the importance of friendship.

how to teach your baby about friendship

5 ways to protect your marriage during the newborn stage

Having a baby can be such a strain on a marriage, especially in the first weeks and months of caring for a new life. Besides the sleep deprivation, healing from birth and all the new life changes can frazzle nerves and turn even the coolest people into crazy argument-starters.

5 ways to protect your marriage during the newborn stage