I have a fiercely determined child. She’s smart, beautiful, creative, and once she puts her mind to something, there is no stopping her. You can try to slow her down, but actually stopping her from what she has set her heart on is highly unlikely. Raising Avianna Marilyn has been a learning process for me. Avianna was born 5 years ago on a beautiful October morning. Her birth was the easiest out of my three girls. I was at the hospital for only 45 minutes before she was born, and the entire experience was amazing. I pushed three times, and this
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When I became pregnant with my first baby, I thought I had everything planned out. I wanted to cloth diaper, wear my baby and breastfeed for at least the first six months. I hadn’t been around breastfeeding mothers before I had my daughter, but I figured it would be easy. After all, it was natural, right? Little did I realize… babies don’t necessarily follow your plans and unfortunately, breastfeeding my baby wasn’t going to be as easy as I expected. With my girls, I had some difficulties. I dealt with cracked nipples, low supply, and a baby with horrible reflux. Our breastfeeding relationships lasted a
Editor’s Note: This post was shared by Travis Fleming, a Cotton Babies dad. Travis shared this on the Cotton Babies Cloth Diaper Flash Mob Facebook group and we thought it was a good reminder to share with everyone. I kept getting this overwhelming feeling at the gym that I should encourage parents today. I feel in today’s society social media influences us greatly. It’s such a cool tool to use however, we take picture frame shots of our life and hardly anyone sees the struggle between those shots. My little girl Harper Rae is coming up on 8 months old
I’m going to be honest: I wasn’t planning to use cloth diapers on my newborn. I wanted to use disposables during the first few weeks because it can be stressful bringing a new baby home and getting everything — and everyone — acclimated. With two kids, I rarely got a moment to myself, and now that I have three, spare time is pretty much non-existent. Needless to say, after two weeks of using disposables with my newborn, I was done. I needed a new solution because I couldn’t keep running to the store multiple times a week to get more diapers.
Swaddling can be extremely helpful when it comes to soothing and comforting your baby. Once you learn how to swaddle, it can also pose many benefits, but one of the biggest is sleep! My son is a month old and we’re still swaddling on a daily basis. He gets very overstimulated at the end of the day, and swaddling soothes him faster than any other calming method. Sometimes, he even refuses to nurse until he’s been swaddled! Luckily, there are a few awesome swaddle blankets (have you seen what’s new from Genius Series?) available to help make it a little easier. Here are some step-by-step instructions on
At 33 weeks pregnant, I need to start thinking about what to pack in my hospital bag for labor, delivery, and postpartum. This is my third baby, so I guess you could say I’ve learned which items are a must.. the items that are nice to have, but not a necessity.. and the items I didn’t even touch during the two or three-day stay. The necessities: New Mama Bottom Spray: This has already come in handy during my third trimester to soothe the swelling “down there” as baby puts more pressure on my lower regions. I didn’t have this product postpartum with my
Using cloth diapers may seem overwhelming if you’ve never done it before. But cloth diapering a newborn, especially if you’re a first time parent, can be even more terrifying. With every rite of passage in life, like riding a bike or learning how to drive a car, you just need some practice to master the skill. The same can be said about cloth diapering a newborn. Once you get the hang of it, you will become a seasoned vet in no time. The good news about cloth diapering a newborn is that these tiny widdol babies don’t move around that much.
Blankets? Check. Carseat? Check. Baby clothes? Check. Diapers and wipes? .. .. Uh, no. Welcoming a new baby to your family is a one-of-a-kind experience, but can also be overwhelming. Preparing for the arrival of an infant is key and will always make things a bit easier for everyone. Whether you spend months planning every small detail of your baby’s nursery, or run to your local Cotton Babies store just weeks before your due date to stock up on last-minute supplies, we want to make sure that you are ready for your big day. If you’re expecting, or want to
We’re hosting a baby shower for Jenn on Pinterest, but there’s a twist! YOU have the chance to receive the gifts because her shower is a Pinterest Contest! We’re asking all guests to pin their favorite must-have mama and baby items to a special Pinterest board so we can see which items you think every new mama needs! It has been nearly four years since a newborn baby has graced the Labit home. Since her (now) youngest daughter Elsie arrived, A TON of new baby products have been released, so Jenn would like your help discovering new items – for
You probably already heard, Jenn, the fearless leader of Cotton Babies, is having a baby! Only a few weeks remain before her new addition will enter the world, and it has been nearly four years since a newborn baby has graced the Labit home. Since her (now) youngest daughter Elsie arrived, A TON of new baby products have been released, so Jenn would like your help discovering new items – for her family and for Cotton Babies. We’re hosting a baby shower for Jenn on Pinterest, but there’s a twist! YOU have the chance to receive the gifts because