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Monthly Favorites: My Summer favorites for my 1 and a half year toddler

July was the beginning of some serious heat here in Cali so a lot of these items are summer staples that I’ve been using nonstop. Unlike other places, California summers run long into October so it’s never too late to start using some of these items if you live in California or any other “forever summer” states.

Over-sized Band Tee

Ever since it started heating up in California I’ve been opting for a more casual everyday look for Salome. I love the “Tom Boy” look on her. The look consists of biker shorts, an over-sized graphic tee shirt, and comfy sneakers or sandals. I girly it up by using pastel colorways for her biker shorts and the graphic design on her tee shirts. and the graphic design on her tee shirts.

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Teva Original Universal Sandals

Salome recently started walking and she has been nonstop on the go! These Sandals have given her the confidence to let go and be on her own by helping with her balance. Aside from the balance, they are so cute! and are perfect for the hot summer days.

Solis Modern Wellness Bug Spray

This bug spray only needs one word to describe it, LIFESAVER! Every summer it’s the same story the mosquitoes come out to attack however, fortunately, this spray has kept my little one mosquito bite-free all summer long. This is a natural and chemical-free solution for the whole family.

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Luca

If you are one of those parents that do not believe in “Screen time” keep scrolling because in this household we do a little every day. I allow my daughter to watch 1 movie a day with her dad once he’s back from work. So far this has been a great way for them to bond and while he still gets a chance to relax once he’s off of work. This movie is a beautiful story and I truly appreciate the effort Disney put into creating characters with different disabilities.

GoGo Squeez Fruit pouch

Like all moms, we are constantly doing something, forever busy dealing with life. These fruit pouches have been very convenient for on the go. I used to and still do make my version with reusable pouches but at times life takes over and you can make these so I usually keep these on hand just in case I didn’t have time to make my own. I love that these do not have any extra nonsense, just fruit.

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I’m really looking forward to creating these monthly round ups. Comment down below some of your favorites!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2021 Edition: The Best First Time Mom Mother’s Day Gifts From Target

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Whether your currently pregnant or just gave birth to your little bendición its still just as exciting when it comes to your first mother’s day. Here are some ideas for those of you looking to spoil the first time mother’s in your lives.

You can never go wrong with some comfy clothes, especially as first time moms. Cozy slippers, lounge wear and a robe are great while waiting to pop, but quickly become essential when you’ve welcomed your baby into the world and you are thrown into new born survival mode.

If you are anything like me you need a good caffeine fix in the morning to get you going, especially after a long night of feedings and diaper changes. The Keurig is the most practical kitchen appliance for moms, it provides the mommy fuel lol. Don’t forget a cute mug with a motivational saying, it’s the little details that make all the difference.

Lastly, every mom loves to cherish memories of their little one but first time moms take the cake! We love to document every little thing, which after waiting 9 months to meet your little one its only right. Having your photos of your baby on your phone isn’t as fun as having the physical copy to hold and admire. However, who has time to go to Walgreens to develop photos anyways? Print them quickly during nap time and hang them as decor.

Congratulations and happy Mother’s Day to all the first time moms, enjoy!

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Fall Wardrobe for Baby Girls: Simple and Affordable Must Have Clothing Items from Amazon & Lessi’s Closet

Salome is the Queen of Rompers! I said what I said, Periodt!

Salome is such a beautiful, healthy and BIG baby. Since she’s been born she never wore her size according to age like most babies do, which has come with its difficulties. For example, my baby girl is wearing a size 18 months and she’s only 6 months old. How is that even possible!! Most of the time I like to put her into rompers because everything else in size 18 months are for kids that are walking so it just doesn’t fit her rolling around, tummy time, sitting up lifestyle. Regardless, I really enjoy dressing her up even if its mostly in rompers.

Rompers have been great for the summer, however it’s not going to stop in the fall. I plan on layering her rompers with long sleeve onesies underneath and adding knee high socks.

Amazon

One of my favorite purchases from the items mentioned above are the shoes, especially the black mary janes. They were a great price and the quality did not disappoint. As well the knee high socks are perfect, they have withstood several washes, very stretchy and are a the perfect thickness. Honestly, everything pictured above I would recommend!


Lessi’s Closet

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Lessi’s Closet was recommended to me by a friend and I love when a recommendation lives up to its hype! The whole vibe is very boho chic and that’s right up my alley for Salome. They carry some very unique items like the sunnies above as well as the cutest little bags. When my ordered arrived I was blown away by the packaging, the attention to detail was amazing! The items were bagged in a reusable drawstring baggies, which I was thrilled to see an eco friendly approach. On top of all that, the shop is run by a mom and I am all for supporting mommies with hustle.

I would love to hear about your fall must have outfits for your babies, comment down below!

Stay Safe and Love Yourself!

Post Partum Hair Loss: 3 Supplements I’m Taking That Has Reduced Hair Loss and Stimulated Growth

I think I jinxed myself in my last post. I quickly mentioned how I haven’t been affected with post partum hair loss at the time… well I’m here reporting back that I have post partum hair loss and it SUCKS! I already heard from other moms how bad the hair loss can be, but I was not ready for how quickly it hits you. From one day to the next, I was shedding worse than a dog and within a few days I noticed thinning areas in my hair line. I took to instagram to ask for help from my fellow mommas and received several suggestions such as taking prenatals, washing my hair less and no pony tails. Aside from the advice I received, I quickly went to work and researched everything I could regarding post partum hair loss and found very little help. A lot of the information was vague and only mentioned “riding it out”, which to me was not the answer.

I have hypothyroid, which if you didn’t know already affects your hair growth and thickness. My once voluminous and thick hair is now fine and thin and has been for many years now, which only made matters worse when the post partum hair loss struck. My hair loss is particularly obvious on my hair line. I knew it was getting bad when I would lightly run my hand over my hair and a wad of loose hair would fall out. I jokingly would say that I’m going to end up looking like my husband Pelon, which is his nickname within his family lol.

However, all jokes aside this was so scary since the hair loss wasn’t slowly down and was actually getting worse as time passed. I know hair loss is a normal part of post partum, however I was determined to figure out a way to at least minimize or reduce how much hair was falling out. I was already taking a Hair, Skin and Nail vitamin daily, which I mentioned in my previous post for dehydrated & dry post partum skin, and occasionally when I remembered would take my prenatal vitamins. I decided to amp up my vitamin intake by adding collagen powder to the mix and see if it would help with my hair loss since I had literally nothing else to lose besides the last bit of hair I had lol.

What I Take Daily
What I Do
  • Wash my hair every few days
  • Detangle with a wide tooth comb
  • No hair ties or tight ponytails

Week 1: The first week of taking all three supplements I noticed little to no decrease in hair fall out. Of course, I wasn’t looking for a quick fix because that would be impossible, however I knew it would take some time to see progress so I kept going.

Week 2: Week 2 was interesting, I didn’t feel as though much changed from week 1 but I noticed little things. I was shedding as much as I was from week 1, however I had less hair on my pillow when I woke up and I didn’t have as many stands on my back through out the day. The little bit of progress I saw it was enough to encourage me to continue and stick to my daily supplement intake.

Week 3: This is the week I noticed my shower hair balls (gross, I know) were smaller. I kept track of my hair loss when I washed my hair every week and week 3 is when I noticed how much smaller the hair ball was compared to the previous weeks.

Now over a month later, my shedding is a little more than average which is a huge improvement to shedding like a dog. As well I’ve noticed regrowth in the areas I was thinning out! I’m going to continue to take the supplements and give an update within another month and hope that the regrowth continues along with less shedding.

Week 1 (9 Comb Bristles Long)
Week 2 (6 Comb Bristles Long)
Week 3 (4 Comb Bristles Long)

Using the comb as reference you can see that every week my hair loss balls were smaller and smaller.

I know the hair loss won’t last but working on reducing it has helped with my self conciousness about it and to me that’s as good as it gets.

I would love to hear from other mommas about their post partum hair loss experience and what you did to reduce it, let me know in the comments below!

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New Born Baby: 1st Month Must Haves- What I Used to Survive as a First Time Mom With an Environment Sensitive and Over Stimulated Baby.

On March 5, 2020 my beautiful baby girl made her grand entrance into our world. Before she arrived I tried my best to prepare for her and the new joys and challenges she would bring. I searched all over the internet looking for hacks, tips and tricks to help me as a first time mom. Salomé is now 4 months, time flew by but those first few weeks felt like an eternity when your still trying to figure out what your baby needs and wants. Baby girl turned out to be very environmentally sensitive, I’m not sure if that’s a real thing but that’s as best as I can describe her. Salomé would get distracted very easily and over simulated preventing her from falling asleep. At her worst, Salomé would stay up from 10 pm until 6 am! My poor baby could not shut off her mind from the environment. Now as time has passed, I have made a list of what helped me tremendously with my environment sensitive baby.

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Diaper Caddies

This tip I got from Pinterest and it was a life savor! When you need to change a diaper you can’t always have the luxury of going into a different room like the nursery, especially if like my baby a change in light or just her surroundings would trigger her. I used several diaper caddies through out my home so I could change baby where ever we needed too. You could get fancy and purchase some very cute caddies from Homegoods, TJ Maxxx, etc., however I got mine from good ol’ Dollar Tree and they worked great. They have three compartments which was perfect to fit Diapers, a changing pad, baby wipes and rash cream. I had one in the living room and our bedroom, which is where we spent the most time during the first month. Every night we would restock the caddies before going to bed so that the next day everything was ready to go. Fast forward 4 months to current day, we still use the diaper caddy in our bedroom for late night diaper changes.

Gripe Water

Gripe water is a miracle in a bottle! Baby girl was very sensitive especially when it came to falling or staying asleep, so for her getting the hiccups or a little gas was the end of the world. To help ease her discomfort we would give her Little Remedies Gripe Water, which surprisingly she loved the taste and had no problem taking it. The gripe water would go to work immediately and soon after my little one would be ready to knock out again.

White Noise

Before Salomé came into our world I had never heard of a baby falling asleep to white noise. That was so bizarre to me, like what? Don’t babies like lullabies? I tried playing countless lullabies for Salomé so she could fall asleep and every single one of them was as if I was telling her, “Stay awake even longer, mommy doesn’t want to sleep either“. Plain and simple, lullabies were an absolute negative, so again I made a deep dive into Pinterest and found that white noise is a very similar noise to that of the womb. Desperate to help baby girl fall asleep, I downloaded a free app onto my phone that plays white noise (and other background noises) continuously and from the moment I tried it I’ve never gone back, Salome uses white noise to fall asleep every time.

Portable Night Light

Babies who get over stimulated easily have triggers that, we as parents, need to figure out so our little ones can get some rest and we can too. One of the most common simulators is light, it confuses the baby into thinking it’s day time so he/she should stay up. Especially during the 1st month their circadian rhythm (sleep/awake cycle) is a mess. Creating an atmosphere of dark and calm is the perfect condition for a stimulate sensitive baby to sleep in. A portable night light will help maintain that atmosphere you created during late night feedings and diaper changes. That was one of the mistakes my husband and I made during the first few weeks, we would turn on the lights to change and feed Salome but that would cause her to wake up completely and it was such a hassle getting her back down to sleep. Instead turn on the portable night light and keep it at a distance that is not to close as to not wake up baby but you can still see what your doing in the dark. This will make putting baby back to sleep so much easier as baby might not have woken up all the way because of the dark and calm environment kept by the night light.

The portable night light we use is great, the best one we’ve used thus far! Its small and compact which is perfect to keep on the bedside table. It’s wireless which is a must and keeps a very long charge. Check it out Here.

Happiest Baby SNOO Bassinet

The SNOO bassinet deserves to win some kind of genius award, yes it’s that good! I won’t go too much into detail with why I am so in love with our SNOO Bassinet because I have a whole blog post about it HERE. However, to quickly summarize Salomé like I mentioned above needed white noise to sleep but not only that, she would wake every 20-30 mins while in her previous bassinet. My husband and I were sleepless and delusional from a cranky sleepy baby until we got our SNOO. The SNOO gently rocks baby back and forth while playing white noise in the background which for Salome is the perfect combination for a good nights sleep. Read more about it HERE.

The most important tip I can give is to be patient. Your baby is one of a kind and needs you to figure out a one of a kind solution or routine for them. Be patient mommy’s you’ll figure it out.

Comment below what tips you have for your sensitive baby. I would love to know!

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The Happiest Baby SNOO Bassinet: Sleepless Nights Turned to Sweet Dreams

Let’s start at the beginning.

Baby girl was great as we came out the hospital, she slept for two hour stretches, ate and went right back to sleep. I would think to myself “wow, I have such an amazing baby!”. Everything was going so well for about a week an a half when out of no where she no longer would sleep at night. She would do these crazy all nighters, from around 10 pm to 6 am. She was fussy, crying and sleepless but nothing we did would sooth her. Our poor baby would eventually knock out at 6 am of exhaustion along with my husband and I. I swore my baby was broken lol I had never heard of anyone going through what we were especially since it was not colic or anything we would pin point aside from the fact that Salomé just didn’t want to sleep.

One sleep deprived night, I was rocking baby girl and scrolling through my Instagram feed trying to stay up when I came across an ad for the SNOO. I clicked on the link desperate for anything that would help Salomé sleep, but mostly what would give Eduardo and I even an ounce of rest at night. As I read more into what the SNOO does and the reviews of other struggling parents, I was convinced we needed this bassinet in our lives ASAP.

What Does the SNOO Do?

The SNOO basically is a robot in the form of a really cute modern bassinet. The SNOO detects when the baby is fussing and adjusts its self to one of four levels of soothing. The soothing consists of white noise and a rocking/swaying motion. The white noise and swaying are consistently going for as long as the SNOO is on. The SNOO does have the option to stop the white noise and or the motion, however the beauty of the two are how well they work together to sooth your baby. Along with the white noise and swaying motion, the SNOO is used with a specific swaddle that is designed to keep your baby snug and safe. The swaddle is designed to keep your baby on its back at all times as well as maintain your baby stabilized as the swaying motion increases during soothing. The white noise, swaying motion and swaddle all work together like magic!

How Much Does the SNOO Cost?

The SNOO is definitely an investment, or at least that’s how my husband and I saw it. An investment in our sleep, better sleep equals better parenting or at least that’s what we told ourselves. The SNOO is a whooping $1,300.00 for the package which includes.

  • SNOO Bed
  • 4 Legs
  • Power Adapter
  • Power Cable Holder
  • 3 SNOO Sacks (S, M, L)
  • Mattress with Fitted Sheet

Of course, coughing up $1,300.00 for a bassinet that your not even sure will work for your fussy baby is not easy. Which is why SNOO offers a rental program, a great way to try out the SNOO for a month at a time and give it a shot at a reasonable price.

Although my husband and I were willing to try ANYTHING for some rest, we did our research and quickly realized that renting wasn’t the best option for us. On the SNOO websites it advertise the rental option as $100 a month, which sounds great! However, what they don’t mention up front is the $300 deposit as well as taxes. With the deposit, taxes and rental fee the total was close to $600.00, which is half the price to purchase the SNOO. My husband had the brillant idea to look on Offer Up and luckily in my area several people were selling their SNOO for around $600-$700, which would be the price of the rental. So we obviously went with purchasing the SNOO from a lovely couple whose 3 month old had transitioned to his crib and had nothing but amazing things to say about their experience.

Is the SNOO Worth it?

If you ask my husband whether the SNOO is worth it or not, you will get an immediate “Hell Yeah!”.

I will never forget the first time she slept in her SNOO and I witnessed the magic. My husband set up the SNOO, which was very easy and hassle free, and we got Salomé ready for her nap. We put her to sleep, placed her into the swaddle and pushed the button to turn the SNOO on. About 30 minutes into her nap she started to fuss, wiggle and cry (Her usual routine) but without skipping a beat the SNOO went to work. The SNOO increased the white noise and swayed a little faster as it entered the next level and that’s when it happened. Salomé started to calm down, she stopped crying, her wiggling settled and she slowly closed her eyes again… she was back asleep in less than a minute. At that exact moment I knew without a doubt that the SNOO was worth every penny.

It took my daughter a few days to adjust to the movement and the swaddling of the SNOO but we immediately saw the results we had only dreamed of. Salomé went from waking up every 30 mins crying to 2 hour stretches waking only to feed. It was beautiful, you never truly appreciate sleep until you have a newborn, but with the SNOO getting some rest and sleep is actually possible.

The SNOO is still pretty expensive in my opinion regardless if you do what we did and look for one second hand, rent or buy it. However, my only regret is not using the SNOO the moment we came home from the hospital. Salomé is 2 months and is sleeping in 4-5 hour stretches at night, so for my husband and I the SNOO is more than worth it.

I was once a desperate, delusional, sleep deprived mother just like many of you. If you need any more info or have any questions I’d love to help simply comment below!