Secrets to Getting your Baby to Sleep through the Night + GIVEAWAY!

I am not going to try to tell you that I am expert on babies and sleep but I have been very blessed to have had babies that sleep through the night after the first 5-6 weeks.

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Grayson is still only 4.5 months old so I am aware at any time he can start to sleep regress, but so far we have been incredibly lucky to get good sound sleepers. I realize that I am so lucky in that department and will share the incredibly easy process that I do to put Grayson to sleep as it was the same process I did for Elin.

At this age, Grayson goes down to sleep right about 8pm. He gets his bath first if he is having a bath that day. He gets one every other day. After the bath, he gets in a snuggly sleeper and then we go downstairs to have his last bottle for the night which makes him very sleepy. Usually his eyes are at half mast and you can tell he is getting very drowsy.

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After the bottle, we head up to his room to change his diaper again and to get in his sleep sack. I truly believe his sleep sack helps him sleep so well and soundly. We did the complete swaddle until he was 2 months. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you discontinue swaddling at 2 months of age. I was super nervous that he would wake up in the night when we had to stop that but luckily the sleep sack was just as awesome and helped him stay warm and secure.

I read him a couple stories and then sing him a couple songs as I rock him to the point that looks like he is almost asleep and then I put him in his crib, sans any blankets or stuffed animals of course!

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It’s really an easy routine with nothing all that special about it, but I do believe the sleep sack is key!

My favorite sleep sack we have right now is our SwaddleDesign zzZip me sack. I love that it’s made of an incredibly soft and stretchy fabric and it has the dual zipper so that if you have to change a diaper right before bed (or in the middle of the night) you don’t have to take the whole sack off. Another reason why I love the Swaddle Designs sacks is their beautiful designs and lovely pastel colors. As silly as it may sound, I am picky when it comes to clothes, sleepwear, and sleep sacks and hands down SwaddleDesigns offers the cutest designs and patterns.

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Now, are you ready for a giveaway? One lucky winner will receive their choice of cotton knit zzZip sack. Looking forward to sharing one of these beautiful sleep sacks with you!

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Surprizamal Cuties

Two weekends ago Elin was coming down with a bad virus and not feeling well at all. Before she started to get a fever and was bedridden, I was trying to cheer her up and I had the perfect thing up my sleeve. She loves surprise toys and I had just got my hands on the new tiny surprizamal cuties. This is the first series of the miniature variety and I knew Elin was going to be ecstatic when she saw them!

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These little balls of fun did not disappoint. Elin was eager to start tearing into them to see what her surprises were.

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She is all about cats these days so when her first surpizaball was a little a little cat named Jinx she thrilled. The little tag gave a brief description of new little furry friend as well as well as her birthday (April 12) and her favorite color (purple).

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Each little surprizaball also came with a collector’s guide.

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She eagerly opened all of her surprises and it was so good to see her smile and get excited when she wasn’t feeling well. These little guys stayed by her side all weekend long and she has been playing with them often ever since.

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Here’s the lineup of our cute new friends. These are launching in stores this Fall 2016. Let us know if you get the mystery ultra rare surprizamal! Elin’s bet is that it’s a Chihuahua—wonder why she thinks that!?

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Grayson 4 Month Update

Grayson is 4 months old and growing like a weed! I tell him all the time that he is going to surpass Elin by his first birthday! But more notable than his size this month is this little boy’s happy personality. I don’t know what it is but he has turned into the happiest baby on the planet! He just loves to smile and laugh. His little laugh is so sweet and his smile lights up his whole face.

THE STATS:

Weight: 16 lbs 1 oz
Height:  26.5 inches
Head Size:  16.5  inches
Clothes: 3-6
Diapers: size 2

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Grayson continues to be such a good sleeper!  He sleeps through the night usually for 12 hours.  He takes good little naps through the day and is starting to take nice longer ones in the afternoon.

He eats 5 times a day taking 5 ounces at a time.

This month he has really started to grab and hold onto toys to play with them. He has also started taking a pacifier this month but only a little bit throughout the day and never to nap or at night.

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We haven’t seen any teeth yet, but he is drooling a lot and starting to gnaw on his hands and toys, so I am thinking a tooth may be in his near future.

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Grayson is also getting better at holding his head still and starting to be able to sit up while assisted for short periods of time. He has been practicing sitting with his boppy pillow and with his bumbo seat.

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He is getting so interactive and social. He enjoys watching everyone and paying attention to what they are doing. He really loves to watch Elin and loves when she talks to him in a high-pitched voice and makes faces at him. That makes him laugh so much!

First Day of 4 Year Old Preschool

Last Wednesday, Elin started her first day of 4 year old preschool. She will be going 4 days a week: Monday through Thursday, during the morning time.

She was very eager to get to school and see all her friends from last year. Most of the same kids are in her class.

We got up extra early so I could take tons of photos. She had picked out this dress from some new clothes I bought her for the school year. She liked that it had a matching necklace with it.

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I don’t know why my inside photos always look horrible compared to the outside ones.

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We got to school a little earlier than expected and were waiting for the doors of her classroom to open. As we waited, we saw Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Alexander, her teachers from last year. She was so excited to see them and give them each a big hug.

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Then it was time to go on into her classroom. The first day is the only day you are supposed to walk in with your child. Outside the class is a “goodbye zone” were you are to say goodbye so that the child can walk independently into the classroom. As expected, Elin was not the least bit sad or scared. She was eager to spot her new cubby for her book bag and begin working on puzzles before everyone else arrived.

She was excited to se Mrs. Armao and Mrs. Ebert. She had already got acquainted with Mrs. Armao because she visits everyone at their house over the summer to get to know them better and to help them feel comfortable on the first day of school.

She was also excited since I have talked to her many times about how Mrs. Armao was my 4 year preschool teacher, too!

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Elin had a good first day of school and continues to be excited to go back! We are working hard to memorize her memory verse as this year it’s more of an expectation to know them each week instead of being optional. I’m looking forward to being able to see Elin grow and learn so much just as  she had the prior year. I’m sure this year will fly by just as the previous school year did.