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Baby Babb is ONE MONTH OLD!

Holy crap! I can’t believe that my sweet baby boy is already a month old!

In the last month we’ve learned a whole new “normal”. I don’t sleep through the night (which that stopped the last part of my pregnancy) but I don’t mind because it means that I get all the snuggles with my sweet boy that I could possibly want.

Our days are spent eating, changing diapers, going for walks, and doing tummy time… All in between trying to get the rest of the housework done!

As much as I adore having him at a month old, I can’t wait to see what these next few months bring!

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30 Day Workout Challenge: Squats

If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know that I’ve always been on a fitness journey, and you probably know that having a baby is not going to change that for me. I will be starting a new 30 day workout challenge each month in an effort to get back into shape. Since I haven’t been given the official go ahead to start really working out yet, I’m starting small: with a 30 day squat challenge. I’ve done the 30 day squat challenge before and had amazing results, so I’m hoping for the same thing this time!

Since this is about accountability for me, and because I really want to see what kind of results I get, I’ll be posting my before and after measurements each month!

This month’s beginning measurements are:

  • Weight- 149 pounds
  • Bust- 39″
  • Waist- 35″
  • Hips- 42″
  • Thighs- 22″

Here’s a printable chart with the info for the 30 day squat challenge!

I hope that you join me for the 30 day squat challenge, but if you don’t, hopefully you’ll join me for another 30 day workout challenge in the future! Leave a comment below and let me know what you think of the workout challenge!

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The Importance Of Tummy Time

When your newborn lies on his stomach and practices lifting his head, it prepares him to explore the world on his own. “Tummy time helps your infant build strength in his back, legs, arms and neck,” says Joanne Cox, M.D., a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Boston. “This helps with further development, such as rolling over and sitting.”

Baby Babb is finally starting to love tummy time!

Regularly spending time on his stomach also helps your baby avoid developing a flat spot on the back of his head. This is more common now because of the Back to Sleep campaign, which instructs parents to put infants to sleep on their backs to help prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), as well as the increased use of swings and bouncy seats that hold babies in a semi-reclined position. (In severe cases, head flattening, or plagiocephaly, can distort facial features.) Tummy time is especially helpful for babies with torticollis, a condition that causes the head to tilt unnaturally because the neck muscle is stiff and tight.

Don’t be surprised if your baby fusses. Many babies don’t enjoy tummy time at first, but gradually get comfortable on their stomachs as they build up strength, says pediatrician Ari Brown, M.D., author of Baby 411 (Windsor Peak Press). “It takes some work to lift that head up and it isn’t always fun,” she says. “It’s a workout.”

Start at 2 weeks old with short sessions”¨ of 30 seconds to one minute. If your baby screams or simply lays his head down, try again later. By 2 months old, aim for three five-minute sessions daily. As your baby grows, strive for a minimum of 15 minutes of tummy time per day, while encouraging him to play longer. Once your child is rolling over and independently spending time on his stomach, usually by 6 months old, you can stop dedicated tummy time.

1. Get down on his level

Position yourself at eye level with your baby and talk, sing and cheer him on.

2. Be an entertainer

Use a toy or mirror to engage him. Debut a new toy at tummy time.

3. Give him a boost

Tuck a rolled towel or nursing pillow under his armpits to give a little support and make reaching for toys easier.

4. Make it part of the routine

Keep forgetting? Try putting you baby on his tummy for 30 seconds after each daytime diaper change.

In my house, we make tummy time fun with this Infantino Tummy Time mat and this Turtle Ball Pit!

Have you got any tips on tummy time? How’s it working out for your little one? Please leave a comment below and tell me all about it!

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Products We Can’t Live Without: Fisher Price Snugapuppy Swing

​Of all the things that we were given for Baby Babb, I would have to say that one if the things that we just cannot live without, that saves my sanity when I can’t hold him because I have something that I need to do (like go to the bathroom or take a shower) is our Fisher Price Snugapuppy Swing!

Products we can't live without, the Fisher Price Snugapuppy Swing

Why We Can’t Live Without The Fisher Price Snugapuppy Swing

This swing is amazing for many reasons, from the fact that you can use batteries, but it also comes with a plug in option, which allows you to not have to worry about it going dead at an inopportune time! With our recent bad weather, I do keep batteries in it now, just in case the power goes out, because the last thing you need is a crying baby, two scared kids, and crazy animals when all hell breaks loose!

Something else that I love about our Fisher Price Snugapuppy Swing is that you can change the swinging motion from the traditional head-to-toe to side-to-side. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but when you have a baby who prefers side-to-side, it is amazing!

The swing has multiple speeds (which we use them all, from the slowest when Baby Babb is already snoozing, to the fastest when Baby Babb needs to be soothed to sleep) and different sets of music as well as soothing nature sounds. My 8 year old loves turning the music on for his baby brother to help soothe him to sleep!

We haven’t experimented with the two position recline in the seat yet, but I’m certain that as Baby Babb gets older and stays awake longer, that will certainly come in handy. The seat insert easily comes out to be washed if baby spits up or has an explosive diaper while enjoying their time in the swing, which I’m very thankful for because with my oldest two boys, we went through hell trying to get the insert in and out when it needed to be washed!

I can’t imagine my life without the Fisher Price Snugapuppy Swing at this point, and can’t wait to see how much Baby Babb loves it even as he gets older!

There are other parts of the Fisher Price Snugapuppy collection that I didn’t get, simply because we didn’t have room in our house for a lot of gear, but I’ve heard wonderful things about. You really can’t go wrong with the swing though, because it was even really easy to put together when I was 8 months pregnant and HUGE!

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Introducing Dogs to Baby

When we first found out that I was pregnant with Baby Babb, we had a lot of questions (mainly: how on earth did this happen?). These questions included one that almost all of our friends and neighbors had: How on earth do you plan to bring a baby home with “that dog” in the house. That dog is otherwise known as my German Shepherd, Trigger. While he is very well-behaved for myself and my husband (and the kids, most of the time… when he’s not busy showing them who’s boss) he does have a tendency to scare other people, and I have to admit that I was a little nervous about bringing a baby home to meet him. But here are a few tips about introducing dogs to baby that might just make your transition as easy as mine was!

Introducing dogs to baby

Tip #1: Take Safety Precautions

  • The safety of your child is paramount, which is why regular nail trims are recommended to ensure that even inadvertently, your pet doesn’t scratch your baby.
  • Consider enrolling in a training course with your dog to teach behaviors such as not jumping into your lap unless invited, as your lap will now be home to the baby.
  • Above all else, always supervise baby/pet interactions.

Tip #2: Prep Your Pet

  • Turn on baby swings and toys to familiarize your pet with these sounds.
  • Invite friends with babies over to provide a visual example for your pet.
  • Help your pet develop a relationship with many family members, so that they have another person to connect with or go to when mom gets waylaid by the new baby.
  • After your child is born, help your pet become familiar with your baby’s specific scent by allowing them to sniff your child’s blankets or clothing before you introduce them.

Tip #3: Prep Your Home

  • If you have a cat, consider putting mosquito netting over the baby’s bassinet or crib to prevent kitty from jumping in.
  • Use gates to limit your pet’s access to certain areas.
  • Apply double-stick tape to the baby’s furniture to discourage pets from jumping on it.

Tip #4:  You Only Get One Chance to Make a First Impression

  • It sounds simple, but take a beat once you return from the hospital to greet your pet warmly and calmly (without your new babe in tow). They’ve missed you!
  • When you’re ready for the newest member of the family to meet your furry friend, get down on your pet’s level and allow them to take a hello sniff. Unless your pet is hissing or growling, try not to pull away so that Fido doesn’t equate the baby with a threat.

Tip #5: Include Your Pet in the Fun

  • Bring your pet with you when you sit next to the baby, and reward your pet with praise and treats for good behavior around your little one. This helps connect the dots for your pet that associating with their new “brother” or “sister” is a positive experience.

Moms: Any success stories or tricks of the trade to share about introducing your pet to your baby?

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