Archive | March, 2012

“So Happy Together”

30 Mar

Before Abbie was born, Justin and I had so many plans and expectations of what we were/ were not doing as parents. No pacifiers, No bottles, Sleeping in the crib, Set a schedule by 3 months, Vaccinating via our Pediatrician’s recommendation,  Cloth diapers, etc.

Boy, oh boy, has that list changed. I’ll eventually get to each and every one of those topics, but today I want to talk about co-sleeping because as I sit here and type away, Abbie is preciously asleep in my arms (multi-tasking mom for the win!).

I’m not even sure how our co-sleeping adventures began. I’m pretty sure that even when we left the hospital we were thinking Abbie would start out sleeping in her pack and play by our bed, and then eventually move to the crib. She has probably only slept in that pack and play a total of two times, lol.

I think it started out because Abbie would only fall asleep when being held as a newborn. Once we put her down she would wake up about 30 minutes later, I’d nurse, and the whole saga would start over again. But we found that if I nursed her to sleep and laid her next to me, she slept for a few hours at a time! Sleep, glorious sleep! I remember when she was just days old Justin, Abbie, and I would all sleep on the futon in our guest room because the mattress was so firm I wasn’t worried about rolling over onto her lol.

Now that she is three months old, we still co-sleep (although we are in our bedroom now in the King-sized bed) and I love it. She sleeps 6-9 hours every night! I know it is because she is at peace and knows we are near. Sometimes she will stir at night and stretch out like a starfish until one of her limbs touches me and feels that I’m there– could she melt my heart any more?!

I have done a lot of research through websites, books, blogs, etc and here is a list of some benefits of co-sleeping. I got most of the following from Dr. Sears (who I love for the most part. You should read his books. All of them.) :

  • Parents and baby sleep more peacefully– Research shows that co-sleeping infants virtually never startle during sleep and rarely cry during the night, compared to solo sleepers who startle repeatedly throughout the night and spend 4 times the number of minutes crying . Startling and crying releases adrenaline, which increases heart rate and blood pressure, interferes with restful sleep and leads to long-term sleep anxiety.
  • Stable Physiology– Studies show that infants who sleep near to parents have more stable temperatures , regular heart rhythms, and fewer long pauses in breathing compared to babies who sleep alone.
  • Decreases risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome- Worldwide research shows that the SIDS rate is lowest (and even unheard of) in countries where co-sleeping is the norm, rather than the exception. Babies who sleep either in or next to their parents’ bed have a fourfold decrease in the chance of SIDS . Co-sleeping babies actually spend more time sleeping on their back or side which decreases the risk of SIDS. Further research shows that the carbon dioxide exhaled by a parent actually works to stimulate baby’s breathing.
  • Long term emotional health- Co-sleeping babies grow up with a higher self-esteem, less anxiety, become independent sooner, are better behaved in school, and are more comfortable with affection. They also have less psychiatric problems.

If you’re interested in learning more, there’s a good link here here and here

Who wouldn’t love waking up to this? :

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Product Love #1: Ergo

29 Mar

If you have a baby, then you know how important it is to be hands free for at least some part of the day.

You also know how important naps for the little one are. And those two factors, my friends, are what brought me to the Ergo baby carrier. Abbie is three months old now and I had tried three different carriers before I caved and bought mine (it’s a bit on the pricey side..thank goodness for Amazon!).  But I love it so, so, so, much. I can put Abbie in it, she naps, and I have free hands to do whatever I need to do.

It is also great for grocery trips and errands. I make sure its in my car whenever we go out! I think I have Abbie trained to associate it with sleep because even if she’s already napped, she falls right asleep in it! Currently, we are using it with the infant insert because she is just now getting to the point where her neck is strong. But I would suggest not getting rid of the infant insert until baby can sit up on his/her own.

So let’s break it down!

Pros

  • lightweight to tote around
  • head cover for when baby is sleeping or to shield off weather conditions (sun, rain, etc)
  • comfortable for baby
  • baby sleeps soundly
  • designed for baby’s posture-  baby is in a natural position as if you were holding him/ her. Other carriers like the Baby Bjorn hold the baby in an unnatural way and it can cause hip problems.
  • adjustable waist band, shoulder straps, and head cover so it works from infant to toddler
  • adjustable to wear front, back, or hip
  • doesn’t hurt the wearer’s back

Cons

  • on the more expensive side (but we shopped on Amazon and got it for 50% off)
  • baby could probably get a little sweaty if you’re wearing it outside in the heat (80 or above)

Overall, I’d say this is the best carrier hands down! We had a Moby Wrap, Seven Sling, and a Baby Bjorn but the Ergo worked out the best for both Abbie and myself 🙂

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why chewy?

21 Mar

My hubby and I found out we were pregnant on April 6, 2011. Ever since then, I have been dedicating a large portion of my time to researching all of the options out there as far as what goes into the food I feed my family, the products we use, and even what type of doctors we choose to see. My husband and I also took a Bradley childbirth class during pregnancy which introduced us the world of natural childbirth and parenting.

I never knew what “crunchy” was before all of this..but in case you are wondering, here’s my take on what it is. Crunchy is an approach towards life. My take on “Crunchy parenting”  is simply that parents take a step back from the mainstream of what society tells them to do regarding sleep, discipline, eating, vaccines, etc. and make their own decisions. That is not to say that crunchy people don’t do mainstream things…sometimes  mainstream works. But crunchy people are notorious for researching their hearts out- they don’t just do something because that’s what everyone else is doing.

It has been difficult finding my place in this whirlwind of naturalness because I feel too mainstream for my crunchy friends and too crunchy for my mainstream friends….but I seem to have found a place somewhere in between and I’m comfortably “chewy” 🙂 But who knows…that could change the more I research. I could always get a tad crunchier…

This blog is my attempt to open up minds (including mine), share our adventures of parenthood, share product info, share knowledge, and to give myself a little sanity and “me time” since blogging is a passion of mine 🙂

Hope you enjoy! Here’s a pic of our crazy cute little family.

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