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Complete List of Things to Prepare Before Delivery of First Baby

Today, we’re going to discuss all the things to prepare before delivery of your first baby. There are so many things to consider: from knowing a good list of items required during delivery to more mental and emotional things to prepare before giving birth. Not to mention expecting the unexpected and knowing when to go …

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12 Practical Tips for Surviving Life with 2 under 2 [Plus a Big Hug]

In this post I will give you my 12 best tips for surviving with 2 under 2. Our first 2 kids are 17 months apart, and the first few months with our second baby were SO hard. I basically felt like, “WHAT DO YOU TINY PEOPLE NEED FROM ME AND WHY DO YOU NEED IT …

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23 Best Tips to Survive a Family Road Trip with Toddlers & Preschoolers

Today I’m going to share about how to survive a road trip with toddlers. We had 4 kids in 5 years, and always lived out of state from one side of our extended family. We love to visit them, and we sure as heck aren’t going to load a baby, a toddler and 2 preschoolers onto …

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Wondering how to teach your 1 year old no? How to tell your 1 year old no and have your 1 year old learn to obey? There are 4 phrases we've used with all 4 of our 1 year olds that really help! #parentingtips #parentingtoddlers #1yearold grace based parenting; gospel centered parenting

How to Teach a 1 Year Old “No” – Complete Guide to 1 Year Old Discipline

Today I’m going to outline a very effective plan for consistent 1 year old discipline for you to use with your toddler. From our experience of having 4 kids in 5 years, it’s never too early to start setting expectations and training your little ones. 1 year olds understand WAY more than we realize. It might …

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Infant Sleep Training: A New Mom’s Guide to Newborn Sleep!

I originally wrote this post several years ago after we got our first two babies sleeping through the night by 12 weeks. Since then, we’ve done the same thing with two more babies and thousands upon thousands of people have read and shared this post. I’ve also written a more detailed infant sleep guide that …

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New Mom’s Complete Guide to Eat Play Sleep [No Mom Guilt!]

First of all, if you are a new parent, CONGRATS! Kids are an awesome gift and you will sleep again. I promise!! This post is designed to help you understand the eat play sleep schedule you might have heard about. We’ve had 4 babies of varying sleep personalities and used this schedule with each one …

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Everything You Need to Know About the 4 Month Sleep Regression

There is an infamous 4 month sleep regression that happens sometime around when a baby is 4 months old. Coupled with typical postpartum exhaustion and/ or depression, it can be exhausting and overwhelming for even the seasoned mama. You can help your baby through this sleep regression and I plan to offer some explanation and …

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OMG! If you have a second baby on the way, read this!! Such good ideas for helping older siblings cope with the new baby - espeically if you'll have 2 under 2 or want toddler and newborn tips! #momlife #motherhood #parenting #toddlers #baby #newborn

11 Tips for Helping Older Siblings Cope with the New Baby (from a Mom of 4)

There’s an ongoing poll in my mom-friend circles about which transition is the hardest: Having your first kid, going from 1 to 2 kids, 2 to 3 kids or adding more kids after 3. Each transition is different but going from 1 to 2 kids is REALLY REALLY HARD! If the first child is a …

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Do you have a fussy newborn who has their days and nights mixed up? A baby schedule will make your baby so much happier? The secret is...

4 Simple Reasons Why Creating a Baby Schedule is Life Changing

After having 4 babies with totally different personalities and varying levels of “easy baby” to “hard baby,” (is that a spectrum??) I’m convinced you can get almost any healthy baby trained to sleep through the night and on a predictable schedule during the first few months (even weeks)… if you want to. I’m also convinced …

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Want to keep toddler busy while nursing your newborn? Here are 28 ideas to help you manage a toddler and a newborn. You can do it! #momlife #toddler #newmom #2under2 #momof2 #motherhood

31 Awesome Ideas for How to Entertain Toddler with a Newborn

In this post, you will learn 31 tricks and tips for coping with a toddler and newborn. We had 4 kids in 5 years, and the hardest part of every newborn (after the first) was always the toddler. The clingy, confused, barely verbal, highly active toddler who does not understand why it takes you 45 …

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How to Get Baby On a Schedule… ASAP! (Plus sample schedules for the whole first year!)

In this post, you’ll get sample baby schedules for various ages from your baby’s first year since it’s helpful to see what most babies need. And I’ll help you think through how to get your baby on a schedule… and ASAP! You can truly start our method from the very beginning. We start with the basics of …

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10 Surprising Reasons to Start Sleep Training Your Newborn ASAP

There are a million articles, books, and blog posts about sleep training on the internet. With a million different thoughts and opinions. Much of parenting boils down to personal preference, and our personal preference has been to sleep train our 4 kids from birth. We recommend sleep training your newborn! (Good thing we did… because …

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The secret to getting your baby to nap longer is not to keep them awake... it's actually to put them to sleep earlier. A mom of 4 explains why babies need longer naps than you think and how to troubleshoot naptime problems. #sleeptraining #infantsleep #babysleeptipsgetting baby to nap longer | baby cries all day | baby won't sleep | baby won't nap | get baby to go to bed earlier

Wondering how to get baby to nap longer? Your baby is probably over tired!

One of the most common sleep-training problems I encounter is moms wondering how to get a baby to nap longer. I hear a version of this naptime problem a lot! “My baby only naps for 30-45 minutes. And they wake up screaming.” “I try to keep them awake for 2 hours or so because they …

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FREE BUDGETING FOR BABY WORKSHEET: how much does it cost to have a baby? This simple process will help you plan for a new baby, regardless of how big your budget is.

How to Figure Out the Cost of a Baby per Month for Your Unique Household

When we got pregnant with our first baby, I was a private piano teacher making approximately $26,000/ year (before taxes) and he was a full time graduate student. Then, I landed a luxurious public school teaching job that was a slight pay increase with health insurance. (Did that make me a sugar momma?)  When we …

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Questions to Ask Your Health Insurance Provider During Pregnancy

When we were pregnant with our first, I was fortunate enough to be doubly insured by my job and being on my parents’ health insurance still (because I was 25). I called both companies and basically said, “hey I’m pregnant, and I don’t even know what to ask you.” I literally knew NOTHING about health …

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