Mama Loves is a linky party where mamas can share anything that has made your life easier as a mama.
Maybe you've found:
- a toy or book that captivates your child(ren)
- gear you just can't live without
- a recipe your choosy toddler gobbles down
- a parenting book that you've found perspective changing
- an activity that wears your kid(s) out (these lead to good naps, which we all love)
- an outfit that flatters your post-baby body and makes you feel fabulous
- or anything else you're loving--creativity welcome!
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Do you just have no idea what gear to buy sometimes? Here are a few fantastic ideas for mama, babies and toddlers:
- Mandy can tell you all about the best bibs ever invented.
- She can also tell you about the miracle of the swaddle.
- Ginger has a great list of her Oprah-style favorite items to welcome a new baby.
- Want to save every drop of breastmilk a.k.a liquid gold? Affton raves about a product that does just that.
- Are your wee ones tall and skinny? Katie has the perfect solution for you!
- Sometimes "baby gear" includes stuff for mama! Check out these great tee-shirts Melissa loves that are long enough to keep your belly and back covered while you're "mama-ing" (and even while you're pregnant!).
Okay, so I don't really love the time change. Gone are the days of getting an extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning.
Our babes just don't get that yet.
Soon enough they'll be rallying to extend their curfew an extra hour, because of the time change. And we will say no, and hold the fact that "they used to wake us up at 5:30 AM after the time change" over their heads, and it will be a glorious victory.
So, when the girls were six months old, in sheer desperation for some much needed sleep, we went to a sleep specialist. She is also known around my husband's office as The Baby Whisperer.
She gave us a huge packet of information about every aspect of a child's sleep. Seriously--she thought of everything, and every six months or so, I remember to be thankful to The Baby Whisperer.
She gave us one page paper on time changes.
But, I told you The Baby Whisperer thought of everything. She sure did.
So, until mamas can unite and rally for them (whoever them is) to just move the time 30 minutes and keep it permanent, maybe her wisdom will help you too:
Although the time change officially takes place on a Saturday night, for the child, it actually begins the next evening on Sunday. The parent should stick with the "old time" all day Sunday for the child's nap. Then on Sunday evening, the parent should move to the "new time" essentially making the child stay up an hour past the usual bedtime. The parent must continue putting the child down at night at normal bedtime for the child to make the adjustment to sleeping in till their usual time. Most children continue waking early for several days, then intermittently for several days. After about 10-14 days most children are back on schedule if the parent is consistent. It will take longer to adjust if the parents intermittently put the child down early.*Disclaimer. I am not a sleep specialist, and I don't play one on TV. I'm just very grateful to The Baby Whisperer, and thought I'd pass this along. I'll say this: we've followed her recommendations, and each time our girls have adjusted within a couple of days. Painlessly.
Can't wait to see what you're loving this week!