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My Baby Soothing Must-haves

Monday, October 20, 2014

Henley is seven months old now!  I seriously can't believe how fast time is going by.  It seems like yesterday she was a newborn: crying, sleeping, eating...eating...and eating.  Besides using breastfeeding as a pacifier (guilty), I had to find other ways to soothe Henley.  I eventually got the hang of it (mostly) and now, I thought I would share with you my list of must haves to help soothe a fussy baby. Everyone seems to have different favorites and here are mine (and why):



Brica mirror: This mirror has been a lifesaver in the car.  It's super cute, lights up, and plays music.  There is a daytime/upbeat setting for when you just need to keep them awake and happy and a sleepy/calming setting for when it's time to nap.  There is even a remote control to make it easy to operate while driving.  I use it every time we are in the car!


Pack 'n Play with newborn napper: This was Henley's bed for the first three months.  She slept in our room in the newborn napper portion until she outgrew it.  There is a vibrating pack that adheres to the underside of the napper that helps soothe baby to sleep.  This definitely helped with calming Henley back to sleep when she woke up and no longer needed to eat so often.
Calming Vibrations Cuddle Soother :  Well, we call "her" Ellie.  This elephant soother is perfect for napping on the go.  It vibrates and plays music for ten minutes, which is great to block out noise and keep Baby asleep while you run errands.



Receiving Blankets:  These are not only for swaddling, but work for keeping the babe warm while you're on the freezer aisle in Target, or especially for impromptu burp cloths.  They are super easy to make, and you can see how, here.



My Baby Sound Spa: A sound machine is a MUST for helping baby to get to sleep and STAY asleep!  Most that are out there turn off within a certain amount of time, but this one is awesome and stays on continuously or you can use a timer.  I just leave mine on all day, haha!  Another great thing about it is that you can use batteries to make it portable.


There you have it!  My top five baby soothing items.  Hope that they help some of you with new babies!  For all of you other moms out there, what are some of your favorite ways/items to calm a fussy baby? 


DIY Multipurpose Baby Lovie

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Babies love tags. Give them a toy/blankie/pillow, etc. they will find the tag and obsess over it.  I guess that's why they make blankies and toys with tags all over them...go figure!  As a hoarder of fabric, ribbon, and well, all types of craft supplies, I decided to make a lovie/taggie blankie for Henley.  I added in a binkie strap in the corner to keep track of one of the tens of binkies that I have and misplace on a daily basis.  It is really multipurpose because it acts as a lovie, pacifier holder, taggie toy, and burp cloth in a pinch! This project took about ten minutes from start to finish.  Perfect for naptime, especially when you have a cat-napper like mine.


What you need: 

•18" x 10" Flannel fabric
•18" x 10" Minky fabric
• 10 Pieces of ribbon 4" long
• 1 piece of thin ribbon 6" long
• Pins
• Sewing machine
• Coordinating thread
• Scissors

How it's done:

1. Cut your fabric.  You can make yours any size or shape you want, but you may need more ribbon if your Lovie is bigger than 18 x 10". 

2. Lay your flannel fabric out flat, right side up.  Take your pieces of ribbon, fold them in half, and pin them evenly around your fabric.  Make sure to pin the open edge (as opposed to the loop) to the edge of the fabric with the loop facing the middle of the fabric.  Pin the 6" ribbon in one of the corners. It will serve as a pacifier strap.

3. Once all the ribbon is pinned in place, place your minky material on top of your flannel and ribbon, right side down.  Pin the pieces together. 

4. Sew along the edge with a 1/2" seam allowance.  Make sure to leave a small opening to turn the lovie right-side-out.

5. Once turned, press and fold in the unfinished hem and sew shut with a 1/8" seam allowance. Continue sewing around the entire lovie for a finished look.


6. Attach a pacifier and give to your little one! Or, give as a gift!

Henley LOVES hers!

Incredibly Easy Receiving Blankets

Friday, July 25, 2014

While pregnant, I kept reading that I needed a bunch of receiving blankets.  However, every time I went to buy them, I couldn't believe the prices!  My mom had bought a pack of Carter's receiving blankets, and basically, they're a square of flannel with serged edges...piece of cake to make!  I made a ton for baby Henley and I use them all the time (that's her at just 4 days old)!  I recently made some for a friend who had twin boys.  Here's how I made them:



What you need:

• 1 yard flannel (Joann's always has great 
   sales)
• Coordinating thread
• Rotary cutter or scissors
• Serger or sewing machine
• Bowl to trace round edges (if desired)

Directions for Serger:

1.  Wash, dry and iron your flannel.  Lay flat then cut a square 30" x 30". 

2.  Fold in half twice so that all four corners are stacked.

3. Place your bowl about two inches from the corners.  Cut around the edge of the bowl using your rotary blade or scissors.  


4. Serge around the entire blanket edge, and you're done!




Directions for Sewing Machine: 

1. Wash, dry and iron your flannel.  Lay flat then cut a square 31" x 31". 

2. Fold over each side 1/2", then 1/2" again for a finished edge. Sew along all of the edges of the blanket using a zig zag stitch and you're done! 

These blankets are so easy to make and make perfect gifts for someone who is expecting.  With the leftover flannel you can even make a burp cloth or two to match! See my burp cloth tutorial here

My Tutu Cute Baby Shower

While I was pregnant, I was so preoccupied with everything baby that I took a long hiatus from blogging.  I planned on sharing so much of my pregnancy with you and completely dropped the ball!  Even though I am no longer pregnant and have had my beautiful baby girl here with me for four months now (seriously?! Where did the time go???), I have to share with you my beautiful shower; it would be an absolute shame if I didn't show it off!

My best friend, Jordan, and her mom, Kristen, hosted my shower on January 18th, which was a beautiful and surprisingly hot winter day in sunny So Cal.  The theme was "Tutu Cute" for my love of dance and for my tiny dancer Henley.  The decor was perfect!  Jordan made an adorable ribbon banner backdrop to feature Baby Henley's name, had little tutus on a clothesline, and beautiful pink roses everywhere.




For food, we snacked on yummy veggies, dip, and my favorite, a mimosa bar featuring different juices, fruit, and champagne (alcoholic and non) to experiment with. My favorite was a mix of pink lemonade, Fré non-alcoholic champagne, and strawberries.  Lunch was catered by Wood Ranch (my favorite, of course), with baby back ribs, cheeseburger sliders, cole slaw, salad, and yummy garlic rolls.  Everything was delicious!



My absolute favorite part of the decor and food was the dessert table.  Highlighted by the beautiful ribbon banner, we had red velvet cake pops iced in pink and gray, ballet shoe sugar cookies, and a beautiful vanilla cake with pink ruffled icing.  All desserts were from Sweet and Saucy Shoppe and they were all delicious!





For activities, we played the game where you guess how big my belly is with twine and did a baby themed word scramble. My favorite activity though, was the headband making station, put together by another one of my best friends, Nicolette.  It was absolutely perfect!  She had a variety of flowers, bows, and elastic for guests to make their own headband for Henley.  The guests even wrote little notes to Henley on tags, which is so special to look at each time I use a new headband now. She is stocked up on headbands for the next year!




I could not have imagined a more perfect shower.  It was such a special day I will never forget.  Thank you to my friends who made it happen and to everyone who came! I love you all!