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Tips of the Trade #1 & 2

I know I haven’t been a mother long (since my first baby is just shy of 10 months), but when you do something every day, you start to develop some techniques. Now that baby girl (who my husband has decided shall now be referred to as baby Pink Dot) is out of the super fast changing months and into a more settled pattern of activity, I’m starting to develop a schedule as a stay at home mom.

We do have some play dates, and a baby music class once a week, but overall we tend to only leave the house when Mommy (me) has errands to run. Since I’m not a huge fan of spending money on a daily basis, we spend a lot of time at home. This makes meals and nap time much easier, but things still tend to get stale. To keep myself sane and keep baby Pink Dot from fussing with boredom, I’ve developed a few tricks. For this post, I’ll start with 2 big ones that I’ve found to be the most useful.

#1 Full Upper Body Bibs

These things are amazing. They’re sleeved bibs made by Bumkins and they make meal time so much easier than the cloth bibs. Now, those terry cloth bibs were fantastic for when Pink Dot was younger and we spoon-fed her all of her food, but since self-feeding became a thing, our laundry frequency has significantly decreased thanks to these sleeved bibs. We have two that we alternate, typically washing one while using the other, and they keep her onesies from getting completely covered in whatever she’s eating at the time. My favorite foods to use these bibs with are peanut butter and hummus.

You can either toss the bibs in the wash, or rinse them in the sink, so they get washed with whatever load of laundry we happen to be doing and it saves me from washing my daughter’s entire wardrobe every other day!

#2 Have “Stations” Around the House

Baby Pink Dot gets incredibly bored sitting in just one spot of the house every day while she’s awake, so we change it up every now and then. On the left is her carpet spot in the living room. We’re currently renting a house with white carpet on the main floor, so I have a blanket spread out as a drop cloth. It also works well as a central toy location. On the right is her island in the kitchen so she can watch Mommy and Daddy cook or clean dishes or make her bottle (a very important task to monitor).

We also have her pack n play in the master bedroom so I can use the bathroom knowing she’s safe and sound, and a few toys on the couch so she can sit with us when our backs and rear ends are tired of the floor.

Of course, we’re pretty fortunate that our little girl isn’t mobile yet. Once she starts crawling or walking, I’ll have to change our stations a bit.

 

Hopefully these tips help a few new moms, or maybe give veteran moms a good smirk. More tips to come as I make it further down the road that is motherhood!

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First blog post – Solving the drooling dilemma

My very first! The inaugural post!

Since I haven’t done any interesting baking recently, let’s start this blog off with a crafty post!

My daughter is currently 10 months old, soon to be 11, and has taken a giant, feet-first leap into drooling. With hand-me-down outfits waning as we start catching up to the cousin we’re getting clothes from, constantly changing outfits began to get frustrating. Since I didn’t feel like washing my daughter’s entire wardrobe every week, I did some research on making those adorable bandana-style bibs. I found a few different store-bought types, but I adore using my sewing machine and serger, so I went for the DIY approach instead.

First step was checking the other mommy blogs to see who else had had the same idea. Turns out, a lot of people. No surprise. DIY is huge in the baby world because it saves money and lets moms (or dads) customize their kids’ stuff so their baby isn’t wearing the same thing as every other baby. Oh yes, wanting fashion to be individual starts while they’re still in diapers! I ended up going with the template from Project Nursery (blog found here), and then experimented until I sewed it the way I liked.

Second step was getting the right fabric. I let my girly side out and got one pink pattern of flannel and one neutral. After all, just because I have a daughter now doesn’t mean my next kid will be a girl, and I definitely don’t want to be that parent who dresses their son in pink. Not that I have anything against gender equality among the colors, especially when the baby isn’t aware enough to know what color they’re wearing, but people can be so judgy.

I’m already sick of strangers telling me what a cute son I have as they coo over my baby girl. I don’t want to be the reason I get told how adorable my little girl is if/when I have a boy the next time around.

So, baby girl and I perused Joann’s Fabrics until we found two cute flannel designs and a coordinating gray sweatshirt fabric, the kind with the fleecy interior. Since she’s terribly afraid of my sewing machine, I had to use her nap times wisely, but after only a few flops I figured out my personally perfect way to sew her new bibs: stitch the top regularly with a slightly over 1/4 inch seam and right sides facing, then flip it right-side out (technically not inside out because it starts off inside out) and serge the bottom seam!

It took me forever to figure out how to serge a corner, but thankfully YouTube exists! This video seriously saved me, though I still don’t know how to properly end a serge seam.

The end result…. ta da!

baby in bib

And they work like a charm! With the flannel on top and the fleecy sweatshirt material on bottom, the flannel gets soaked but her onesies stay dry.

 

*With 1/2 a yard of both flannels and a full yard of the fleecy stuff, I’ve made 10 bibs and still have extra fleece. I probably could’ve gotten more out of the flannel, but I got stuck in a rut of cutting rectangles for easy folding/pattern cutting, and didn’t think to economize the material until halfway through.