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  • Lady Bug loves getting out and about! The more she plays, the better she naps. Plus, its great for her physical and mental development! We’re blessed to have several great parks near our house, and will hopefully visit them a lot this summer! What are your little ones favorite outdoor activities? ☀️
  • My little nap buddy! During big sister’s quiet time, baby and I nap. Its so important to find little spaces of time that you can rest and snag them as often as possible when you have a newborn! .
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What has made it easiest for you to rest during the newborn weeks? .
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When possible, I also suggest having someone else watch the baby while you rest - you’ll feel so much better after even a short nap when you aren’t listening for baby to stir. .
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  • Time to talk swaddles! Why swaddle? Swaddling helps to mimic the coziness your baby was used to in the womb. The world is a big place and most newborns sleep better swaddled
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When swaddling with a blanket, you want to be sure the swaddle is not too tight around the hips as this is bad for baby’s hip and leg development. Swaddle sacks almost always are hip-friendly; just double check the packaging to be sure! .
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How long can you swaddle? Until baby starts to show the first sign of getting ready to roll over. This can be anywhere from 2 months on, so some pediatricians recommend stopping by 8 weeks since that first roll is unpredictable. It is dangerous for swaddled babies to roll to their stomach since they don’t have the freedom of movement to use their arms to push up and reposition their head. .
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Having trouble ditching the swaddle? Many parents like the Magic Merlin. Babies are able to wear this until they show signs of rolling *while wearing* the suit. The primary downside is some babies have a hard time transitioning out of it when the time comes
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What are my personal favorite swaddles? I only like blankets for the first days to 2ish weeks. After that, I get nervous about baby breaking out and wiggling under the now loose blanket. .
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The Halo 3-in-1 is a favorite of mine, particularly in the first 2 months and then after baby starts to roll and is ready for a regular sleep sack. The Halos come in a variety of fabric types to fit your climate (the muslin is my fav!) and allow for arms down, arms by face, and arms out swaddling. My little ones both liked their arms by their face. The only downside is they eventually get strong enough to break out of the Halo, so I then put it away until they are ready to be arms out. .
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My favorite is the Love to Dream Arm’s Up! The perfect swaddle for babies who want their arms up or want to suck on their fingers! It also comes in a 50/50 model that allows you to transition to arms-out by unzipping the wings. .
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I should mention that both the Halo and Love to Dream let you change diapers at 3am without undoing any noisy velcro. 🙌🏻🙌🏻
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Right now, I’m alternating between the two with Brother Bear. I have 2 Hal
  • The paci: yes, no, or maybe?? The good news is it is up to you! 
Most experts suggest to wait until at least 3-4 weeks of age for breast fed babies to help prevent nipple confusion.
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That said, if baby is latching well, most babies will do fine if given a paci earlier. Non-nutritive sucking can be a great way for dad to soothe a  fussy baby while mom takes a break. It also works well for car rides! .
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For breastfed babies who are having trouble establishing a good latch, you should generally wait to introduce a paci until the latch is consistently  good! .
For babies who are using a bottle from the start, there is generally not much concern for nipple confusion. .
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Also, there are other circumstances that warrant early introduction. Babies who spend time in the NICU are usually introduced to a paci from the beginning since they are not able to sooth at the breast as easily as babies who are not in the NICU. Also, pacis are often used to soothe babies during tests or procedures. This little guy got his cool paci during a test last night. He is a fan! .
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The AAP does consider paci’s as protective against SIDS so does recommend their use, but they are not considered preventative so it is totally up to you if you want to use one or not! Some babies are big paci fans and others consistently reject them. Both ways are just fine! 👶🏻
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  • Meet my newest little sleeper! Welcome to the world, little guy 💙. I will be talking a lot about newborn sleep for the near future (dont’t worry toddlers and preschoolers, you won’t be forgotten!). Have a friend with a newborn or who is expecting? Tag them so they can follow along! Fun newborn fact: they take a “birthday nap” for about 24 hours after being born. Their second night?.....usually the complete opposite and they are up much of that night! It is known as the “second night delight” 👶🏻. Downside = mom is up most of the night. Upside = baby snuggles! .
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  • Bottles in bed! Yes? No? 🤷🏻‍♀️The answer is no! Babies who have bottles in bed tend to be at greater risk of developing cavities. For toddlers, you can give them a sippy cup with water if they have to have something, but be aware that this will delay nighttime dryness for some children. .
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  • 4 month sleep regression...was it 😳 or just 🤪? Most babies go through it around 3-4 months of age
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It happens because baby’s sleep cycle is maturing and becoming more like yours than like a newborn’s
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This is a good thing but can make for some long, tough nights! .
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If your baby is pretty good at falling asleep without assistance before the regression hits, sleep will usually be back to normal in a week or so
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If your baby needs your help to fall asleep, you can generally expect it to take a bit more time and effort to soothe them to sleep as well as needing to do it more frequently during the night
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Bad news is this is the first of many sleep regressions. Good news is this too shall pass! Sometimes quicker than others 😉. .
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If it has been more than two weeks and you feel like baby is still in the regression, that is a sign things need a bit of tweaking to help baby (and you!) get more nighttime sleep
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  • Help your fellow mamas out: what is your favorite bassinet/crib/play yard (PNP)? I know there are a lot of mamas out there looking to buy something new now that the rock n play has been recalled. What bassinet/crib/play yard do/did you use? What do you love about it? #safesleep #babysleep #toddlersleep #joyfulmama #joyfulmamas #fullheartmamas #tiredmama #reallifemotherhood #toddlermomlife #newmommylife #newmommy #sleepymomma #firsttimemommy #backisbest #mamafriends #momfriend