40+ Baby essentials and non-essentials for the first year

Nowadays, there are so many baby products to choose from, sometimes it’s hard to figure out which ones you absolutely can’t live without. But trust, me, there are definitely ones that you can live without. So, here’s a list of baby essentials and non-essentials for the first year. Check it out!

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My cute baby playing in her activity center.
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Mystery solved: How to survive the grocery store with kids

You’ve got 20 items on your grocery list and a baby and a toddler in tow. Sounds simple right? Any parent can tell you that it’s not. Going to the grocery store with kids is about as fun as sticking a burning hot fork in your eyeball. But don’t worry. I figured out how to survive going to the grocery store with babies, toddler, tweens and teenagers. Keep reading to learn my secret.

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My cute baby sitting in the cart at Costco.
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5 healthy sleep habits to start with your baby

Sleep is important for your and your baby. But both of you won’t get any sleep unless you develop healthy sleep habits from the beginning. So, here’s five tips to get you off on the right foot and make your life as a new mama easier and less-stressful. Check it out.

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Health sleep habits for your baby.
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My simple solution to my baby’s umbilical hernia

An umbilical hernia in babies is more common than you might think. But when your baby’s belly button starts bulging out, your first reaction is to fix it right away. Although it’s not that simple, I found a temporary solution that I felt helped a lot.

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My solution to my baby’s umbilical hernia
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Five reasons why I chose not to breast feed my fifth child

It’s a touchy topic but none the less, very important. Am I going to breast feed? For some moms, there’s no question. But for other moms, it’s up for debate. For me, it was a tough decision but in the end, choosing not to nurse my fifth and last child was one of the best decisions I could have made. Here’s why.

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My cute baby and I
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Advanced Maternal Age: Pregnancy after age 35

Most of the time, life doesn’t work out the way you expect and you find yourself pregnant in your late 30s. Your doctor will mostly likely tell you that you’re at Advance Maternal Age, but what does that mean? Well, don’t stress. Here’s my experience on how I navigated this important time in my life.

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My pregnant self posing with my oldest child at sunset.
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Expecting? FREE 40-week pregnancy countdown printable

Being pregnant is so exciting! Every mom can’t wait for that big day when her new baby finally arrives. It’s like Christmas but for adults, ha ha! That’s why I created this adorable and free 40-week pregnancy countdown so you can mark off every week that you get closer to meeting your little one. Check it out.

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Preggers? 5 things I stopped doing during my fifth pregnancy

I’m currently pregnant with my fifth baby. Yeah, I know. And having done this four times before, I have learned a few things about being pregnant along the way. That’s why this time around, I have discovered five things that I no longer do during pregnancy that have made a big difference in my overall health and happiness. Check it out. See if these tips can help you too.

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Five pregnancy habits to kick to the curb.
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Gender Reveal Smash Cake for the whole family

Of all the ways that you can have a gender reveal, this one just might be the most fun. We combined the ever-popular smash cake with the energy of our four crazy boys and it couldn’t have turned out more exciting. Here’s how you can do this yourself as well.

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Our four boys ready to see if we’re having a boy or a girl.
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8 tips to hosting a chaos-free gingerbread house party

I love a good gingerbread house party, but if you’ve got kids, sometimes it can become a bit chaotic. That’s why I’ve created a fail-proof list of tips to make the entire party a success. So take a look!

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Our fun gingerbread house party.
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