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With baby girl #2 due to make her arrival on April 12th, I’ve been busy adding the finishing touch to her nursery, washing all her pretty pink clothes and organizing the older kids belongings so that grandma and grandpa know exactly where everything is. One of the questions I get asked the most about parenting 6, almost 7 kids soon, is how I keep it all together. It certainly takes a whole village to raise them, but when it is just me and the kids I heavily rely on a routine. I wasn’t always that way with my older kids, but as my crew became bigger, and my work load a little busier, I realized that a routine was essential in making sure things go smoothly for me and the kids. Scroll down for tips on establishing five ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start.

A solid bedtime routine for me is essential and only works if the kids entire days schedule is on point but I’m realistic in knowing that that is not always easy to maintain. However, I’ve found that as long as you can at the very least stick to it on most days, you’ll be fine and on days that you can’t, simply try to use their favorite items of choice to create the same environment. Since I’m in total nesting/baby mode, I decided to share my top five ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start.

1. Pick a bedtime that works for you and your baby. Everyone has their ideal bedtime, but for me it’s whatever works for YOU. I remember when I worked retail for many years and my boys bedtime was always on the late side. That worked because I got to spend more time with them and we all got to sleep in a little later. Now that I work from home, their bedtime is much earlier, giving me and my husband some much needed time to ourselves. Push aside all the advice and do what works for you!

ive ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start

2.***Whether you’re breast feeding or bottle feeding, finding the right bottle is the most important part of any bedtime routine when your baby is born. I’ve tried dozens of bottles but I always went back to what worked best for all of my kids;Playtex Baby Nurser® with Drop-Ins® Liners! As babies feed, the soft disposable liner inside the bottle gently collapses (like the breast does naturally when breastfeeding) to prevent air from mixing with the milk and getting into baby’s tummy. Another plus: I’ve bottle fed and breast fed with all of my kids and the Most Like Mom® NaturaLatch® Nipple has a natural wide shape and a raised texture which helps the baby latch on naturally, promoting easy switching between breast and bottle. It’s priceless!

ive ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start

The liners (my favorite part) are pre-formed, pre-sterilized and are easy to use. Simply match the liner size (4oz or 8oz) to the size of your bottle, place liner into Nurser bottle and fill it with milk or formula. You can recycle and use again or discard after each use. Either way, they’re super convenient to take along with you in a baby bag on the go. The air-free feeding that the Playtex Baby Nurser® provides help to reduce colic in breast and bottle fed babies, and I couldn’t praise these bottles enough, they really do work and it’s the biggest reason I just bought them again for my seventh baby! FYI: Playtex also makes the equally amazing VentAire that we’ve also used and they too provide complete tummy comfort.

ive ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start
3. Make bedtime something they look forward to. Include a book, song or playing with a stuffed animal. This can be applied as soon as the first night you get home with the baby. The sooner, the better! Your baby will recognize and look forward to the routine you create for them. Each one of my kids liked the whole package so we started with a bath, followed by having them select which stuffed animal they’d like to be cuddling up to that night while we read. To include older kids and babies: simply bring along their feeding pillow and blanket so you can prop them up. Also make sure to include them in the bedtime routine with their siblings. The idea is to do the same thing every night at the same time to ease the all too common bedtime meltdowns.

ive ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start
4. Save the last bottle for bedtime. It’s the perfect time to cuddle and that last bottle can be the start of your very first nightly routine. Just make sure to lay the baby down before they’re completely asleep so that you don’t disturb them as you lay them down and they learn how to put themselves to sleep.

ive ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start
5. Keep an extra binky nearby. If you have a binky using baby, keeping a spare on the nightstand can be a lifesaver! There have been nights where I find myself crawling all over the place looking for a binky, and the longer it takes you to find it, the more awake baby gets. It can make or break the rest of the night. Keep a stash and thank me later! During the day I use a paci clip and even keep them on for the first month or so where the baby isn’t able to move much. **Once baby can roll over and starts grabbing things utilize clips during the day to keep binky off the floor

There you have it! My top five ways to create an enjoyable bedtime routine right from the start! Looking to give Playtex Baby Nurser® with Drop-Ins® Liners a try or gift them to an expecting mom? Target now has a Cartwheel offer with 15% Off All Playtex Baby Bottles starting 4/2-4/8.


One of the biggest things I learned when I was pregnant with Olivia and now with this pregnancy is I function better on small frequent meals. I’m the type of person of who goes too long without eating and that just wasn’t working for me during either pregnancy. It would leave me not only cranky but weak and craving foods that I wouldn’t normally eat. I started carrying around snacks and my favorite one was trail mixes just like the 20 yummy trail mix recipes below. I especially love that trail mixes are perfect for on the go snacking and can be made in a ton of different ways! Check out these 20 yummy trail mix recipes below.

20 Yummy Trail Mix Recipes

  1. Rainbow Trail Mix
  2. Lemon Lime Trail Mix
  3. Chocolate Cranberry Mix
  4. S’mores Trail Mix
  5. Energy Boosting Trail Mix
  6. Animal Cookie Trail Mix
  7. Sweet and salty Trail Mix
  8. Trail Mix Muddy buddies
  9. Chocolate Covered Strawberries Mix
  10. Ranch Mix
  11. Italian Parmesan
  12. Cajun Trail Mix
  13. Nut Free
  14. Caramel Cinnamon Mix
  15. Cajun Trail mix
  16. White Chocolate Mix
  17. Zesty Cheese Mix
  18. Chocolate Cherry Trail Mix
  19. Pantry Popcorn Mix

All of the 20 yummy trail mix recipes  above are really easy to make and  perfect for the kids to make too!


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When I was pregnant with my first son back when I was still a teen, my mom tried her hardest to guide me and share her pregnancy stories with me. She told me the basics, such as getting lots of rest, eating well, never miss your appointments, etc. Everything was way more laid back in those days and it’s shocking to think about! In retrospect, even parenting was much different. Babies were put to sleep on their tummies, people even smoked around them, and as an older kid, I was allowed to run up and down my street in NY until the street lights came on, something my kids would never do now! I’m not a total helicopter mom, but I hover right around that fine line, because I’m always trying to be aware of everything my kids are doing. To think about how pregnancy/parenting was back in the 70’s and 80’s sends shivers down my spine. It’s something that my mom till this day still laughs at!

Getting Baby Body Ready Now vs.Then

Getting Baby Body Ready Now vs.Then

Although, what she never really spoke of to me was prenatal vitamins. Apparently she was instructed by her doctor that they she didn’t need them. Back then, prenatals were only used if there was some type of deficiency or a higher risk for complication and that if she did decide to take them, she had to pay out of pocket. Now I knew even before my doctor told me to take prenatal vitamins that I would be taking them. It’s hard not to come across this type of information when I work from home on the internet. I research everything!

Getting Baby Body Ready Now vs.Then

For my last two pregnancies and just recently this one, I relied on Vitafol®, the #1 doctor recommended prescription prenatal vitamin line with more of the vital nutrition you need for a healthy pregnancy. I took Vitafol (also available as gummies rather than the traditional pill) before the pregnancy to get my “Baby Body Ready” (think of it as a boot camp for your pregnancy) during the pregnancy and even after.

Getting Baby Body Ready Now vs.Then

Now with seven kids, I’ve had time to try my fair share of pregnancy vitamins. Most of them were rough on my stomach and made me feel miserable but I dealt with it because in my mind that’s what I was supposed to do. It wasn’t until I had my fifth baby boy that my doctor prescribed me Vitafol Ultra, which is a highly tolerable, easy-to-swallow soft gel that’s designed for enhanced iron absorption with an optional daily stool softener for flexibility and improved tolerability, that I realized the big difference! Prescription prenatal vitamins (Rx PNVs) can be for every woman, in every stage of pregnancy!

Vitafol has three options to choose from:

Vitafol Ultra (the ones I took) prescription prenatal vitamins that have all the vital nutrition your body needs to support a healthy pregnancy in one of the smallest capsules available (plus for me who has trouble taking pills).

Vitafol Gummies has complete nutrition with almost twice as much folic acid as over-the-counter gummies and unlike over-the-counter gummies, Vitafol® Gummies also contain iron. Vitafol Gummies are delicious and gluten and lactose-free.

Vitafol FE+ contains added iron for women who need it.

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Must-Have Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Must-Have Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Can you guys believe that Mother’s Day is this weekend? Time is just flying by! I’m not sure what we’re doing just yet, maybe something low key that hopefully involves lots of sleeping and grilling. Last week I got a box of goodies from Babbblebox and it was an early Mother’s Day surprise filled to the brim with items that I need for the kids and a few must haves for me. It was basically the perfect combo for a Mother’s Day gift basket. Need some Mothers Day gift ideas? Check out out some of the hottest items that any new mom will be sure to love.

Fuji Film INSTAX

Must-Have Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Must-Have Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Just like any other mom, I love to take pictures of my babies. The FujiFilm INSTAX makes the process even more fun and allows me to instantly enjoy the beautiful picture. We now have a ton of instant pictures that I turned into magnets and my toddler gets a kick out of seeing all his brothers up on the fridge and starts calling out their names. I even got a little creative and took pictures of some outfits that came to mind and pinned them up in my closet so I wouldn’t forget. The possibilities are endless! The FujiFilm INSTAX Mini 70 is the latest edition with better picture quality that now also has a slimmer design making it perfect for your bag or even diaper bag

 Gerber Childrenswear

Must-Have Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Who doesn’t love Gerber? They literally have every one of your baby needs covered! My favorite must have are the Gerber onesies that are available in short and long sleeve in sizes ranging from Newborn, 0-3M, 3-6M, 6-9M, 12M, 18M and 24M . My son and daughter go through Gerber onesies fast so it’s great that this necessity made of 100% knit cotton is affordable. Makes the perfect basket stuffer! Visit GerberChildrensWear.com for exclusive coupons.

Sesame Street Naturals

Must-Have Mother's Day Gift Ideas

As parents we avoid paragons, phthalates and sulfates, so it’s nice to see products what we need for our kids with their favorite characters from Sesame Street that children will love to apply themselves. These  Sesame Nourishing Naturals products that are petroleum free (love that) are available at Target along with the rest of the collection.

Boudreaux Butt Paste

Must-Have Mother's Day Gift Ideas

I’ve been using talc free Butt Paste after every diaper change for  rashes and irritations for what seems like forever to me. I’m never without and have a tube of it at home, in the baby bag, and in the car. It’s a total lifesaver and comes in regular, extra strength, and even a natural version that provides relief from the very first use. It is available at Amazon or your local favorite baby store.

 Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant

Must-Have Mother's Day Gift Ideas

If there’s one thing that I could start my day with everyday (besides coffee), it would be with a big radiant smile! The new cleaning sensation Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant will give any mom just that in only 5 days and I don’t know about you, but that’s definitely a practical gift worth gifting. It’s perfect to gift along with a pretty lipstick.

 Mustela® Maternity Stretch Marks Prevention Cream

Must-Have Mother's Day Gift Ideas

I have six kids and you best believe I have stretch marks. Lots of them! If there’s one thing that I would gift any new mom or mom-to-be, it would be the Mustela® Maternity Stretch Marks Prevention Cream. 97% of the women who’ve used it claim to have never developed stretch marks. Why didn’t I know about this sooner!? I’m using it now during my postpartum phase and it instantly absorbs and visibly moisturizes and smells just as amazing as every other Mustela product that I’ve bought. Receive 20% off your entire purchase at www.MustelaUSA.com using the code MustelaBabbleBox. Offer expires May 15.

I’d love to know which one of these items would you pick for your own Mother’s Day basket?