5 Alternative Tummy Time Activities

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If your baby is anything like mine, they DESPISE tummy time. 5 month baby here still barely holding herself up because she refuses to (I’m sure she can though… she just hates it). I’m constantly researching and trying different ways to get Jannah to like tummy time. Here are the 5 ways that I’m finding to be successful:

  1. Lie baby on your chest. This one doesn’t last long for us, but she will lift her head a few times to look at me and smile. Try talking to your little one and encourage them when they lift their head to look at you.
  2. Use a receiving blanket. I roll up a receiving blanket, secure it with hair ties, and put it under Jannah’s chest. She keeps her head held up a lot more this way. I also put some toys in front of her to keep her occupied.
  3. Babywear. Babywearing counts as tummy time! So while you clean, go grocery shopping, do laundry, etc, wear your little one!
  4. Airplane. For this one, lie on your back and lift your legs in the air, keeping your shins parallel to the ground. Lie baby on your shins. Talk with play, gently swing or bounce baby, make airplane sounds… whatever works!
  5. Airplane #2. For this one, hold baby in the football position. Then move around the room making sounds, talking, or whatever you want!

I truly hope at least one of these helps you and baby to have more enjoyable tummy time!

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5 Gifts to Give Instead of Baby Clothes

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Yes, I know. Baby clothes are so adorable and it’s hard to control yourself. However, baby needs things other than just clothes! In order to help some mamas out and to give inspiration on what to gift a mama besides clothes, here are a list of important items that nobody thinks about!

  1. D and C batteries. Let me bloody tell you how much money we spend on these darn things. We use her bouncer, swing, and sound machine so much that the batteries die almost weekly! Either buy a bunch of regular ones, or if you have the money to, buy the poor mama rechargeable batteries!
  2. Diaper trash can. I swear. I thought these were unnecessary, but boy was I wrong. I find diapers all over the place because of it. I just bought a $1 tiny can from Family Dollar to help keep them in one spot.
  3. Sleep sacks and swaddles. Since blankets are a big no no in the crib, playpen, or where ever baby sleeps, get mama a couple of these suckers to help keep baby comfortable at bed time!
  4. Stain remover. If you care anything about the baby’s cute clothes… for the love help a mama out! I prefer OxiClean stain remover, as it removes the stains almost instantly!
  5. Freezer meals. Prepare a few meals that all mama has to do is thaw and pop in the oven! Pasta dishes like lasagna are a great option for this! There’s times where I barely eat because I’m just not able to cook, so this would be extremely helpful.

As great as getting a bunch of cute baby clothes is, sometimes it’s nice to get other necessities. I hope this helps you with practical and useful gift ideas for an expecting or new mama!

Why Pregnancy Pranks Are NOT Okay!

 

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I’m sure many of y’all have or have thought about pulling this one. Wouldn’t it be so funny to see everyone’s reaction?? No. It wouldn’t. Let me explain why.

Firstly, if your significant other is really excited for kids and really wants a baby, that would be so cruel and mean to get their hopes up. It’s almost like getting a false pregnancy test yourself. You’d get so excited to see that positive mark, only to be in tears when you get your first ultrasound showing absolutely nothing. Honestly, I was going to pull this prank until I thought about how badly my hubby wanted a baby. It made me feel TERRIBLE for even thinking of doing it!

Secondly, there are SO many women out there who can’t physically have kids. Pulling such a prank is just distasteful and disrespectful to those women. Imagine not being able to conceive and scrolling through Facebook. Up pops a video of a woman pranking her family with a fake pregnancy. Suddenly you’re in tears because of the harsh reality of infertility and women making a mockery of such a beautiful part of life.

Thirdly, it honestly would just make the REAL moment not as amazing. They will have that bad taste in their mouth and be hesitant to believe you. Don’t ruin that moment for yourself! Don’t cause trust issues with your loved ones. Think of something more creative and FUN to prank them with!

So… put those binkies (that’s how I was going to do it) and pregnancy tests away for when you really need them. Don’t make a mockery of such a beautiful, miraculous event!

Let’s Clean: Nursery

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Welcome to the last post in my first cleaning series!

Day 4: Thursday… Jannah’s (well now ours) room!

We decided to move our bed out from the what’s supposed to be living room and put it in Jannah’s room since she ends up in our bed every night anyways.

To start, I cleaned up all the clutter and picked up any trash that was lying around.

Then I moved the rocking chair out to the living room to make room for the bed.

I swept and mopped the floor with my Swiffer WetJet.

I rearranged Jannah’s furniture (clothing rack and cubby hole shelf) and wiped them down with up&up lemon scent disinfecting wipes.

Finally, with hubby’s help, we moved the bed in.

This room is barely ever touched, so minimal work was needed. I hope you enjoyed this series, and if you haven’t yet, check out the rest of this cleaning series!

Let’s Clean: Bedroom

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Day 3: Wednesday… Bedroom Day!

With how our apartment is laid out… our “bedroom” is basically the living room. Which means we are in this room pretty much all the time. Therefore, it gets MESSY and fast.

To start out, I went around the room and cleaned up all of the trash and picked up the clutter.

Then I gathered all of the dirty laundry to take out. I also put away a few clean pieces that have been sitting around.

Next I cleaned the mirrors with Lysol Lemon Breeze scent All Purpose cleaner.

I swept and mopped the floor with my Swiffer WetJet.

After a bit of a break, I cleaned out the closets and reorganized them.

Finally, I just did a bit of rearranging the room and brought our desk from Jannah’s room in. We will be moving our bed into her room, so the living room can be what it is…. a living room.

Stay tuned Thursday for Day 4 of my cleaning series!