February 2018 | Balancing in High Heels

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Balancing in High Heels is a fashion + lifestyle blog written by Ryann Donahoe. This blog is a source for everyday, affordable style, the latest beauty finds and all things lifesyle with a touch on motherhood.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

How Infant Sleep Training Helped us with Transitioning Our Toddler Out of his Crib


This post was sponsored by DockATot.

How We Transitioned Our Toddler Out of His Crib

We are slowing getting this ready over here to welcome our new additions in seven weeks or less. Sleep training is something we do with all of our babies when they are small and I wanted to share why we choose to do it + how it has helped transition our toddler out of his crib into a "big boy bed" 

Some parents don't agree with sleep training and I want to throw this out their at the beginning. My husband and I call it "sleep training" but to be honest we haven't read a book about it. When we had our first I found a "Sleep Training" schedule on Pinterest and we just sort of gave it a shot. I'll have another post up about the schedule we use in the next couple of weeks. I want to talk about some of the main things we did and how it has helped us tremendously with sleeping habits! 

THE ENVIRONMENT
I feel like this plays such a huge roll in getting your baby to sleep through the night. Our babies stay in our room for close to six months. The same type of environment we have in our room is the same way we have it in their nursery. 

 A diffuser- We have an Essential Oils diffuser is every bedroom of our home. We fill it with different oils at night time that helps us have a better nights sleep. We couldn't go without it! 
The diffusers we use for our bedrooms are perfect for sleep. They have a run time of either 6 or 12 hours. This particular one changes colors throughout the night or you can choose one color. We always set it one a blue and it is the PERFECT night light. You can find the one we love here 

 A sound machine- Seriously, another must have. Again all of our bedrooms have one and we have since day one. The one we use in the kids rooms is linked here. It has a projector and will project sweet pictures all night. It has several different "sounds" to choose from. We either use the white noise or rain but this one also has lullabies. 

A ROUTINE

Babies and children love a routine. Hey let's face it- parents love when their babies are one a schedule! We still do the same type of bedtime routine for our kids that we did when they were babies. It doesn't have to be another major. Just something simply and routine.

 An early bedtime- We have always out ours to bed around the same time every night. It makes it easy for their little bodies to function throughout the day. Mama and Daddy also get alone time every night. 

This last one brings me to our beloved DockATot. When we decided to move Hayes out of his crib I knew it would be an adjustment but wanted to make it as smooth as possible. We kept his routine the same and instead of having the comfort of the crib rails he know has the comfort of his DockATot! It has been a huge help in the transition to his "Big boy bed" Now when we travel or for naps out of his bed we aren't worried about pack n plays- we just pack up or more the DockATot and he is has happy as can be.









Saturday, February 10, 2018

Infant and Toddler Shared Diaper Bag




It’s been a while y’all. After the new year I had all of the intentions of writing at least one post a week but this pregnancy is wearing this mama down! We are less than eight weeks away from meeting this new babe and I don’t have the first thing ready. Not a thing. Oh except for the diaper bag! With this being the third baby I feel like I’ve become a pro at the diaper bag packing. After having baby number two I realized that I not only needed stuff in my bag for the baby but also the toddler. It took me a couple of months to figure this out the first time. There were days I ended up taking a diaper bag, a toddler backpack and a purse places and realized I was just making it way too difficult on myself.


A couple of months ago I started looking for a diaper bag that would not only be functional as a mom of three five and under but wouldn’t cramp my style. Let’s face it, Mama’s still want to feel fabulous and put together somedays! I’m a lover of oversized bags and purses so when I found Lily Jade I was in awe. I love a diaper bag that doesn’t well look like a diaper bag. The bag we decided to go with was one that if I happened to go somewhere without the kiddos for a little while I didn’t need to change over all of my stuff to another purse- perfect right?


Now let’s talk about what we keep in our bag. Like I said I pretty much feel like a pro at “sharing a bag” with your babies. The inside of our Lily Jade has an organizer that makes it easy to separate the infant’s things with the toddler’s things. The organizer also comes out so when your leave your babes you can pull out the organizer and you are good to go! Everything is still in its place and you are left with a stylish bag.


In the bag: For baby
Nursing cover
Pacifier
Extra clothes
Extra swaddle
Diapers and wipes (duh right?)
A ring sling carrier



In the bag: For Toddler
SNACKS (don’t even leave home with them!)
Change of clothes
Pull ups
A favorite toy
A comfort toy (lovie for the win!)



In the bag: For mama and big sister
The essentials (wallet, keys, etc)
Snacks- granola bars/peanut butter crackers (I tend to forget to eat before we go out, no one needs a mama with love blood sugar)
Our all natural “clean hands” spray
A few of our must have essential oils



I know what you are thinking- geez that’s a lot! Well our Lily is perfect for keeping it all together and helping mama keep her sanity. If you are on the hunt for a bag you can find your Lily Jade here