3 Pack Baby Swaddle Wrap For Better Sleep For Boys & Girls. Large Cozy Muslin Cotton Blankets For Receiving & Nursing

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I received this adorable muslin swaddle blanket set from Pretty Baby last month just in time to get ready for baby! I was provided the set free for the sole purpose of this post, and the links are affiliate links 🙂

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We got the 3pc set with robots, elephants, and cars/planes. I shared the love and gave one to my friends 2 year old, and the other one will be going to my friends newborn, shhhh don’t tell 🙂 We kept the elephant one so that will be the majority of my photos! They have a few set options available, and singles so you can get exactly what you need or a perfect baby shower gift. This girl set is so cute! One has owls! 

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These cotton blankets are generously sized at 47″x47″ & are eco-friendly made free from harmful dyes and chemicals. They are also made from 100% biodegradable materials, are machine washable, and wont scratch baby! They also come in gift ready packaging, and are individually tied up in a silk ribbon bow (at least my set was!)

Abel is only 11 days old and so far the uses I have found were:

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Changing surface for my lap,

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cozy swaddle, but I’m still working on my technique!

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Photo back drop..but he had better ideas..

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Spit up protection for the bouncer…

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I’ve also used to cover the car seat from wind!

These are not just great for babies! Even toddlers enjoy these for snuggles and play!

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I am very happy with the size and quality of these swaddles! And you can’t beat a baby product that can be used for so many purposes and remain budget friendly!!

 

Car Seat Safe Blanket Tutorial


I’m sorry if my photos are rotated wrong I’m having some issues.

 

I found this car seat blanket tutorial online, and the idea is there, but it isn’t safe to use in a car seat. Her tutorial would be awesome in a swing or stroller! Just not safe in a car seat. I am a proud Child Passenger Safety Technician so I had to make that clear! Now obviously this blanket is still a parental choice, but if used correctly I feel it’s a good option 🙂

I used one yard of hedgehog flannel, one yard of the inner pattern (not sure what to call that?) and I bought the crib size pre-packaged batting because I couldn’t wait in line again for the cutting counter.

I was planning to make a few more of these so I didn’t take many pictures as this was my 1st one, so follow her tutorial until you get to the part where you make the spots for straps if you need lots of pics. I’m still going to type out everything here, but I won’t have as many great pics!

Pre wash your fabrics! One shrunk more than the other in the dryer so I’m glad I did!

First step is to lay out your fabrics with the two face sides of the fabric touching and make sure its all smoothed out, I cut the edge off my longer one to make sure same size. Then fold into quarters. Once it’s all folded I cut along the free edges (do not cut the folded edges!) making the free edge rounded as shown in the picture below.

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When unfolded it will look like this (below) keep the prints touching and don’t separate. Take your batting and lay on top of whatever side you want and pin it all together, then trim the batting to match the flannel.

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Batting side down, sew along the edges leaving whatever corner you want the hood to be unsewn about 4″ down on each side. Once sewn, reach in the opening and flip the fabrics right side out. Then Sew along the outside again to give it a nice edge 🙂 (please see the other tutorial..I’m not very good at this haha)

Fold the fabric in half lining up the sides of the “hood corner” with the fabric you want on the inside facing out. Sew a line a few inches down as shown where the opening starts. If you feel it’s too far down just make sure you close up any openings left.

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Cut right above your sewn line and do a zigzag stitch to reinforce the raw edges. You can then flip it right side out and you have a hood!

Now  here is where I change the tutorial. I laid my blanket out flat and centered my hood, since I use 1 yard of fabric the hood is going to be slightly off center so that you can have one side that tucks in first and a long side to tuck over everything.

So centered below the hood decide where you want your opening. I  laid it in my car seat to eyeball where I would want the hood to be and where the opening should be. For my Cybex Aton 2  I decided opening should be about seven across the top and 12 inches down. I then took my fabric cutter and cut out a  rectangle. You can save your flannel scraps and make that into a burp cloth!

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So around the edges of your new rectangle opening with a straight stitch and then go over the raw edges with a zigzag to finish it or if you have a surger this would be a great time to use it!

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Once you’re done with your opening for the car seat you’re done!

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Abel James is here!!

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This is going to be a bit rambly…..

Abel is 5 days old now! I went into labor on my own at 37 weeks just after midnight, and had him via cesarean 5 hours later. I was supposed to have him at a bigger hospital in Seattle but I was not driving 2.5 hours with back labor 😉

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My c-section went amazing, but Abel stopped breathing after crying for a few seconds, but since we had an amazing team they got him back quickly although it was the worst 5 minutes of my life. He needed some oxygen support so he spent about 4 hours in the nursery and dad got to check on him frequently. I tried to send him to the nursery with baby but he wouldn’t leave me which I secretly found really sweet.

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I missed my kids so much I only stayed at the hospital 36h. They let me go once we had both been monitored the minimum time needed for what we have both been through. I am loving being home but it’s hard to remember I just had surgery and need to rest.

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I am bottle feeding for the first time, I suffer from awful postpartum anxiety that goes along the lines of D-Mer, depression, and awful migraine headaches that seem to be hormone related since the scan I had while pregnant showed nothing. My neurologist wants me to have the option for medications that are not healthy for baby. I’m putting my mental and physical health first which is very hard since I battled through it with the past four babies, but honestly PPD really can take you over, and I couldn’t keep up on pills because my anxiety made me think I was hurting my baby with pills. I did BF him a couple times for the medical benefits of colostrum, and I tried pumping but I removed more skin than milk 😭. I struggle with cracking and splitting for a minimum of 4 agonizing weeks and off and on the whole BF relationship so it’s safe to say my nipples are not cut out for it.

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Cruz seems to be adjusting well to “my baby Abel”, he loves him so much. He wants to hold him constantly and is trying to say “brother”. We have been having Daddy sleep with him in his room so I can have more room, but hes been sneaking in bed with me as soon as Daddy falls asleep..it’s funny!

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Impossible to get all 6 looking, and smiling haha

I feel incredibly blessed, knowing this is my last newborn is making me savor every late night diaper change and cuddle! I had my tubes tied, so now my husband is talking about adopting a newborn someday… I’ve been asking to adopt for years and now at 6 kids he’s on board? Men..

And here is a real life look at 3 days post c-section, a but different than my usual Tuesday belly pic 😉

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ADORABLE Muslin Swaddle Blankets (2pk)- Seben Baby

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I adore these blankets! They are so cute and perfect for a boy or girl! I love owls and I am glad both blankets feature an owl in a tree with a cute animal underneath, I’m partial to the giraffe one. I am having a boy in 6 weeks and can’t wait to use these.

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They are large at 47″x47″ and perfect for swaddling. I love that they are pre-washed so I wasn’t worried about shrinking when I put them in the dryer. They fluffed up a bit after being already pretty fluffy out of the bag. The bag they come in is perfect for gift giving, I love when things come in nice packaging that doesn’t make it look cheap. I washed these with an entire load of blankets/muslin to make sure they wouldn’t get any snags and they came out perfectly.

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I would recommend these to anyone! Muslin blankets are my favorite because they keep baby cozy without over heating and they have so many uses from a nursing cover, to a clean spot to play on the floor. I borrowed my neighbors baby for a picture in one, and I’m glad I have 6 weeks to practice swaddling because I need to get it more snug around the face! Isn’t she adorable though?

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Version 2 of the Snug Cam Baby Wifi Monitor Has Landed!

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The Snug Baby Monitor v2 – WiFi Video Camera with Audio for iPhone/Samsung has landed here in the Castro house! I am excited because now I can have two rooms monitored in one single app! I was finally able to kick the handheld monitor to the curb! Now V1 of the monitor was great, but V2 has a crisper image that stays on the color setting longer. I love the wide angle of picture and everything about it! My favorite feature is probably the talk back feature so I can tell my kid to be good or lay down 😉 Ok I’ll be honest it gets used the most to yell upstairs that dinner is ready. Also, this is password protected!

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Fiream Boys T-shirts (Come in sizes 18m-6y)

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Before wash. He’s 2.5 in a 3t usually.
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This shirt is adorable! Cruz has a new obsession with anything that drives, he calls them all “trucks”. He wears a 3t so I grabbed a 4t shirt since they are cotton, expecting shrinkage. After drying it fits him perfectly with the right amount of growing room, so I recommend sizing up one size. The shirt washes up great, and that’s very important to me in kiddo clothing. My daughter gave him chocolate ice cream without a bib and the shirt was covered, it looked like he rolled in it instead of eating it! One wash with tide and it was perfect again! He loves his truck shirt and wears it at least once a week! He gets tons of compliments on it as well.

Check out the one I want next here!

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After wash!

Snuggle Muffin Towel & Ducky Set- Review

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Hooded Bath Towel and Rubber Ducky Set, Newborn to Toddlers, Boys or Girls – Great Baby Shower Gift

 

This towel is great! I do not have one negative thing to say about it! The duck is a great bonus as well, I have not let the duck get wet because I am planning to hot glue the hole underneath it to keep water from building up inside. My kids so far have really loved the duck, my husband fished it off the roof yesterday, apparently it’s a really fun toy!

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Now back to the towel, it’s an amazing size, and ridiculously soft! My son is 2.5 and tall (wears 3T) and he still has growing room. He loves to play with it for hours after his bath, it becomes something to hide under, and a Batman cape! The older kids have been calling him Duckman because he runs around screaming “Batman” and posing.

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The duck face on the hood is really well stitched, the beak is velour and so fun to rub. Honestly this towel could serve as a blanket even after its been washed, it holds its softness well without the need of softeners or dryer sheets! I am very happy with this set. I received this at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review, all thoughts are my own and were not compensated in any way.

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Soft Summer Moments w/Scotties Facial Tissues

Scotties Facial Tissue provided me with a care pack of their facial tissue and a $25 gift card in exchange for writing this post. All thoughts are my own and were no influenced in any way. This post also contains affiliate links.

Scotties Facial Tissues asked me what my favorite soft summer moments and memories are! A soft summer moment is one that warms your heart, makes you slow down and savor the wonderful summer season.

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Growing up my favorite soft summer moments would have to be when we traveled to visit my Grandparents in Wisconsin. Playing out on their farm with the goats in the early years, and later walks around town when the weather was just cooling off. I really miss the family time we had just savoring each others company and just being kids!

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Another favorite soft summer moment from being a kid is swimming! I’m not sure how but my brother and I could swim for hours! Lakes, pools, or even the old tarp slip and slide my dad put down with dish soap on it..we could have fun in the water for hours! I really hope the weather picks up this year in NW WA state so I can take my kids to the river to spend all day swimming!

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Now as an adult with my own family my favorite soft summer moments are slowing down and sitting around a camp fire in our own yard, and roasting hotdogs and or marshmallows. No dishes to worry about, no crumbs to sweep up after…a mothers pure bliss! Sure the kids get a bit sticky, and one gets a bit sneezy (he has allergies, the Scotties samples I received are helping out nicely with Sages summer allergies!) but we all have a good time! My only care in the world is making sure Cruz doesn’t fall in the fire, and that the dogs don’t eat all the food!

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Every year we try to make it down to the ocean for a barbecue and fun in the water. It’s always a good time watching the kids play in the “sand” (we have mostly rocks around here) and looking for sea life! My favorite soft summer moment at the beach is watching the sun set. It’s so beautiful and you can just relax and watch the water change colors and know your kids are going to bed soon 😉image

 

Head on over to Scotties web site where you can enter to win a cart load of Scotties! Also Scotties is now available on amazon for your convenience. Did you know about Scotties 3 to 1 tree planting promise? You can keep on having soft summer moments because they help sustain our trees! Here is an excerpt from their website:

What is our 3 to 1 tree planting promise?

Consider it our pledge to you and our environment, for today and all of our tomorrows. For every tree that Scotties uses to create its products, we will plant three more trees in its place. In the past 50 years, J. D. Irving, Limited has planted over 944 million trees. **For more info check out their web page HERE.

**Leave a comment about your favorite soft summer moment!

 

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Spray Pal for Cloth Diapers- Review

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Life. Changing. I am so glad I decided to grab Spray Pal – Cloth Diaper Sprayer Splatter Shield off Amazon! I no longer dread the toddler poo diapers. Plus, I am able to get them so much cleaner so there is way less smell happening! The Spray Pal is also good for those pee diapers! I like to rinse all my diapers off before tossing in the pail if I have time.

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The Spray Pal folds flat for storage. You can purchase it in a combo kit if you want a wet bag that fits perfectly. Or you can toss it in a large one if you already own one! My wet bag is large enough I can fit my dirty diapers on the bottom of the bag and just set this on top of them. Just give it a good rinse if needed first. If you don’t already have a diaper sprayer or are new to cloth diapering they have a kit that includes a diaper sprayer as well.

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Now, the Spray Pal is great! But for me it had a bit of a learning curve to completely contain the splatter. My diaper sprayer is actually a home-made set up with a bidet handle, and it can be hard to ease into a full spray gently. The first couple times I got excited and got a speck of poo on my wall, but I quickly figured out proper angles for spraying and it has been easy-going since!

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Love the illustrations!

My toilet is funky shaped and shallow so I use it with the lid down, and wedge the Spray Pal into the seat for a secure fit. If I am doing more than one diaper I have not needed to remove the Spray Pal to put a new diaper in, I simply remove the first diaper and wring it out (I’m too lazy to use the flatten and squeeze feature if more than one diaper), toss it in the wet bag and stick a new diaper under the clip. But you can totally follow the directions and keep your hands clean! After 5 kids I have personally given up most of the time 🙂 I love anti-bacterial soap!  ***ETA: I started doing my diapers individually as needed, and I’m loving the squeeze feature to wring the diapers out!! My hands don’t get wet at all! Of course I still wash 😉

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I really don’t know what I would do with out this..I probably wouldn’t happily stocking up on fluff for baby boy due in 3 months! This gets 5 stars from me! It’s durable, easy to use, and easy to store! This post was not sponsored by Spray-Pal, but stay tuned for a sponsored give-away!

 

NOT MY VIDEO! But here is the video that convinced me I needed one!! I was going to make one, but figured my kid would end up dropping the phone into the toilet with my luck 😉