I’ve been trying to find new ways to add protein to my kids meals and snacks. My daughter loves fruit, so I figured a great way to incorporate protein with her favorite snack was with a yummy dip! This is so good and it’s easy to create dairy-free as well (my kids have a dairy allergy).
If you need a dairy-free version, we really love coconut yogurt!
The best part about this dip is that it’s incredibly simple to make – only 3 ingredients. You can add extra dashes of vanilla, cinnamon or anything else that strikes your fancy, but the core recipes only needs these three ingredients:
1. Peanut Butter (or any nut butter)
2. Plain or Vanilla Yogurt (we use coconut yogurt for a dairy-free version)
I remember reading everything I could get my hands on how to get a newborn to sleep at night when my first child was born. There is so much information out there about how to get your baby to sleep through the night, so it can be really overwhelming.
Then you have advice that conflicts with another “sleep experts” advice.
On top of that, you have advice that goes against your mama instincts.
So what are we suppose to do? How can we get baby to sleep through the night or at least sleep better at night (because by the way, not all babies are going to sleep through the night, regardless of what other people tell you).
How to Get a Newborn to Sleep at Night (9 Baby Sleep Tips):
Here are a few baby sleep tips that generally all parties can agree with:
In those first few months, swaddling your baby is one of the best baby sleep tips that I have received. Swaddles give baby a sense of comfort and security.
Over the years I have tried many swaddles and here are a few of my favorites.
The Nested Bean Swaddles have become my absolute favorite, because it has a weighted bean bag that feels like a parent’s gentle touch. We used these swaddles with my son and he has now upgraded to their sleep sack.
We’ve used these SwaddleMe sleep swaddles pretty soon after bringing both babies home from the hospital. They were my favorite for my daughter.
My son absolutely wanted his hands free, so before we changed him over to the Nested Bean sleep sack (after transitioning from his swaddle), we swore by the Love to Dream Swaddle! It allows their hands to be up by their head and parents rave about it.
Transitioning From Swaddle
Eventually you’ll want to transition baby to swaddle and that’s where a lot of parents have issues with their baby sleeping.
Typically you’ll transition them once they can start rolling. We transitioned our youngest to the Nested Bean sleep sack, but my daughter absolutely LOVED the Magic Merlin Sleep Suit after her swaddle (bonus: your baby will look like an adorable, giant marshmallow peep in this)!
2. White Noise
White noise is usually recommended by most parents and baby sleep experts, because it just works.
Not only does white noise block out noise from the rest of the house, but it’s calming and soothing to babies.
There are many white noise machines on the market. The main thing you want to find in a good white noise machine is one that is loud. I’ve gone through several machines and most of them just aren’t loud enough.
It has different sound options, including white noise, but the main thing I love about it is that it can turned up to a super loud level if need be. We use this for our son currently, and we don’t even have the volume turned up all the way.
Extra bonus, when the UPS driver makes our dog bark, he sleeps right through it!
3. Aromatherapy (Safely)
Aromatherapy is a huge topic, but many studies show that essential oils like lavender, cedarwood, frankincense and more are soothing and calming to the nervous system.
For young babies, I like making a simple pillow spray or I add just a couple drops to a diffuser.
This also becomes part of the sleep time routine, so baby will know that it’s time to sleep when he or she smells the scent.
A nice, warm bath is very relaxing for baby, especially right before bed at night. I even add a bit of epsom salts in the bath, because the extra magnesium is calming.
5. Dark Room
Creating a super dark room is a way to signal to baby that it’s time to sleep. It eliminates anything that’s stimulating and be part of the sleep time routine.
We’ve tried many black out curtains in the past and we found these curtains are the BEST panels to make the room super dark. They also come in different colors and designs to match any nursery.
One of the best ways to get baby to sleep better at night is creating a bedtime routine. It could be as simple as giving baby a warm bath, diffusing a soothing essential oil like lavender and then singing a sweet lullaby.
All these activities are soothing, but when you begin doing them every night before bed, baby will know it’s time to sleep.
7. Dream Feed
The dream feed. This is important during the newborn stages when baby is simply not ready to sleep through the night without nursing or bottle feeding every few hours.
While baby is sleeping, simply nurse or bottle feed and gently put baby back in the bassinet or crib. Ideally you want to this right before you go to bed, so you can get a bit more sleep before it’s time for the next feeding.
8. Teach to Fall Asleep on Own
One of the biggest mistakes I made (twice) was not teaching my first two babies how to fall asleep on their own. I became addicted to rocking them into a deep slumber and then gently putting them down in their cribs.
This resulted in them not knowing how to self-soothe. I can’t recommend this enough – put baby in the crib drowsy, but awake as often as possible.
In the long-run, this will allow your little one to learn how to self-soothe and fall asleep on their own.
9. Eliminate Stimulation 30 Minutes Prior
Sometimes baby won’t sleep because there was too much stimulation right before bedtime.
Try turning off the TV if you tend to have it on right before baby’s bedtime. Dim the lights and start winding down the day before the bedtime routine.
What are you favorite tips for getting your newborn to sleep at night?
I’ve been waiting for the right network marketing company to come along and I have three must-haves before I would jump in:
1. It had to be the right time.
The best time to join a direct sales company when there is momentum. People are excited. They want to try the new product. They want to jump into the business themselves.
Joining at the beginning when a company has huge momentum is such a great position to put yourself in.
And from an Internet marketing standpoint, it’s best to join right at the beginning so it’s not as competitive when you’re marketing the opportunity online.
For example, a great way to market both the product and an opportunity is on YouTube. If the company has momentum, people will be searching for videos about the opportunity.
If you’re taking advantage of that and trying to build a team, you’re creating those videos so people find you. Right at the beginning, it’s incredibly easy for that to happen because there’s just not as much competition.
So that’s why I really wanted to find a great company and join right from the start, so I could capitalize on that amazing opportunity.
2. The product had to be great and unique.
Once upon a time I joined a company right from the beginning and there was a huge wave of momentum. I quickly used my Internet marketing experience and taught my team to do the same.
I became a leader in the company before we even launched the products.
The problem was, I didn’t love the products when they launched. There was no way I could try to sell products I didn’t love, so I resigned.
I told myself never again would I join an opportunity until I absolutely LOVED the products and they were unique.
Another makeup company with great products is simply just another great makeup company. It has to have a unique selling point to make waves.
That’s true with any type of company trying to sell a product and it’s very true with a direct sales company.
Magnetic eyeliner and beautiful lashes that literally pop on and stay on all day? That is a unique selling point – no other direct sales company has it. That’s why people will buy from you. That’s why people will want to join your team and sell the products too.
3. The Compensation Plan Needed to be Great
Tori Belle Cosmetics pays 25%-40% commission off retail sales and there is a ton of opportunity for bonuses!
If you’re a network marketing veteran you’ll want to know that we’ll be paid 5 levels, 5 generations with no break aways!
If you’re new to network marketing and direct sales, don’t worry, there is a ton of training about that means if you choose to build a team.
My second baby has been sharing our bedroom for the last year. In fact we had his nursery in the master bedroom right from his first day home! There are many reasons why people decide to create a nursery in their bedroom, whether it be because parents want to room share for baby’s first year or perhaps there isn’t a spare bedroom for baby.
There are several ways to create a peaceful, beautiful nursery in your bedroom, regardless of the reason you choose to do so or even how small or big of a space you have.
1. Pick a Wall
Choose a wall in your bedroom that can be for the baby. If you have to move furniture around to make that happen, I still recommend dedicating an entire wall to do so.
I know it’s not alway possible when putting together a nursery in a master bedroom, so you can also choose a corner or half a wall space, if you’re short on room!
2. Choose Space Saving Nursery Furniture
This is the key! When you don’t have an entire room for a nursery, you need to organize the nursery with space saving nursery furniture.
One item I think it super helpful is a crib that has an attached changing station with drawers like this one. You can also go the mini crib route (which is super trendy right now).
Also, you don’t necessarily need a changing table if you don’t have room for one.
For my daughter, I used hers for every single diaper change, but since my son is in our room we have just been changing him on a towel on our bed or the floor. Both ways have worked great for us, it’s just a matter of getting into a routine and habit.
I also highly recommend a rolling utility cart. You can stash it anywhere in the room to save space and roll it out when you need it. I use mine to hold diapers, diaper rash creams, baby bibs and more.
I’ve also seen people use this as a breastfeeding station!
Diaper caddy organizers also come in handy when you’re working with a nursery in parent’s room. You can store them right under a crib or even under your own bed.
4. Storing Baby Clothes with Nursery in Parent’s Room
You can store baby’s clothes in the drawers if you go with the crib/changing station combination. You can also clear some room out of your own dresser to fold and organize baby clothes. I have a night stand with three drawers that worked perfectly to store my son’s clothes. I used the rolling method to organize and store his onesies, pants, etc and utilize drawer dividers to make sure everything fit.
5. Nursery in Master Bedroom? Still Decorate!
Be sure to still decorate baby’s nursery! Start with a focal point over the crib, like a personalized name sign or wall art. If you choose a theme, still pick out cute crib sheets. You can utilize floating shelves to save space and add baby books, toys, and pictures.
6. Floating Shelves to Use Vertical Space for Storage
Using floating shelves is a great way to utilize the vertical space in your bedroom. Use shelves like these to display and store books, baby toys, and special keepsake items! The photo above actually uses picture ledges to hold books, which is such a genius idea!
One of the top nursery trends is the modern nursery and I’m not surprised – a modern nursery’s clean lines and crisp colors look amazing in any room. The main focus of any nursery is the baby’s crib, so I’ve put together a guide of the 7 best affordable modern cribs.
The first thing you should do is sign up for Rakuten, because we’ll be using their cash back program strategically. Also, if you sign up today through this link you’ll get an extra $10 to get you started (I highly suggest installing the browser extension. It will notify you anytime you’re on a retailer site (even Amazon) that has cash back and it automatically applies – super easy).
My husband came home with a box of Hello Bello diapers, and I’m excited for Nicholas to try them. We usually use Honest diapers, but because they’re more expensive I’ve been looking forward to trying Hello Bello.
When Lucy was born I didn’t think twice about the ingredients in diapers, which is ironic because I researched everything else to death – organic crib mattresses, activity mats without flame retardants, etc.
That quickly changed when my 1 week old had chemical burns from the very popular branded diaper she was wearing.
I learned there are potentially harmful ingredients in diapers. We started to use diapers with safer ingredients and chose to cloth diaper part-time to offset the higher cost.
Hello Bello Diapers – First Impression
Lucy actually demanded we open up the box first so she can take a peek at Nicky’s new diapers. My first remark was how adorable the designs are – tools and lightening bolts.
Even more impressive, Hello Bello diapers are incredibly soft. Any mom that uses organic diapers knows that they’re usually somewhat stiff, so this really made me happy.
A wetness indicator! These have a wetness indicator, which I love because it’s super helpful. (Also, nursing moms of newborns can really rely on the wetness indicator to make sure you’re little one is having wet diapers).
The Overnight Test
We moms know the true marker of a quality diaper is how absorbent it is, which leads me to the overnight test.
Nicholas drinks one 8 ounce bottle before bed and then usually drinks about 4 ounces in the middle of the night.
I’m happy to say that so far we have passed the overnight test with no leaks!
Hello Bello vs Honest Diapers
So what’s the conclusion? How do I compare these with Honest diapers?