How to Get Your Baby To Sleep

09 / 23 / 16

I feel so lucky to have a well-behaved and easy-going baby, BUT I would be lying if I didn’t say that I could use some beauty rest… Because who doesn’t love sleep?!

Before Kirra was even born, Corey and I did research on everything we could possibly need to know about feedings, naps, and caring for an infant.  Still, nothing quite prepares you for the lack of sleep a newborn brings on, which is why I have been seeking out advice from anyone willing to help!

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One of the best (and most helpful!) reads I’ve come across was Ashley Fultz’s advice on how to get your baby to sleep. Ashley’s blog, The Style Editrix, tackles a wide range of motherhood topics and offers beneficial information for moms of all ages, so be sure to check it out! Here are Ashley’s 5 tips to help get your baby (and you!) more sleep:

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1.  Get On A Routine/Schedule:  In the very beginning I was desperate for some sort of a routine or schedule.  I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing with my newborn all day, so I am thankful for the book Cherish The First Six Weeks because it gave me ideas for a routine including times for feedings, nap time, playtime and nighttime.  You are obviously at your baby’s command at first, so sometimes you can’t really control the schedule, but the sooner you get your brain on board the sooner your baby will love and crave the routine and THIS is the key factor in my opinion for a strong sleeper.  Smith started sleeping long stretches (6 hours at a time) at 6 weeks and this was no accident!  Also in terms of a routine make sure your baby gets to know his days from nights from the get go.  Babies are sometimes nocturnal when they are born so making it loud and bright during the day is super important, just as making it quiet, calm and dark in the evening is.  Believe me, this is setting you up for success.

2. Stretch Your Feedings Once You Get Approval:  So in the beginning you are told you need to feed your baby on demand, which I completely did, but then after a few weeks when your baby get’s to a certain weight, your doctor will tell you you can go to feedings every two hours if your baby will let you stretch it to that. If it’s tough in the beginning, that’s normal, but both my doctor and baby class teacher said even distracting and stretching the in between time for 15 minutes to get closer to the two hour mark, the better and then eventually when the baby starts eating more you can stretch to the three hour mark! My BIGGEST tip is to wake the baby every two hours so that they get in all of their feedings (or three if that’s where you are) – the saying never wake a sleeping baby is NOT true.  I learned that you want to feed your baby as much as you can during the day so at night they are not starving and waking up to eat.  I also will say I had it easier once I switched to formula because I was very aware of the number of ounces he was eating and always staying ahead of the curve in terms of if he eats all of the formula, fill the bottle up more next time in case he wants more – he won’t overeat from what I was told by my pediatrician.

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3. Swaddle and Crib: According to my pediatrician, the hospital where I delivered, along with both the books BabyWise and Cherish the First Six Weeks, they all agree that swaddling in the first few months is super important to helping your baby sleep.  They just came from a tight cozy place in your belly and need this to feel safe and comfortable and it keeps them from waking from their startle reflex or just hitting themselves in the face when they have no control over their movements.  Even if they fight it and try to get out of the swaddle, supposedly they all love it and need it.  We have tried all swaddles with Smith from just regular blankets where we made the swaddles, which is hard, to easier ones that have velcro like the Swaddle Me or buttons from Aden and Anais, and then once he started breaking out of those we moved to the Love To Swaddle that zips until just recently when he started rolling over (don’t swaddle when they can roll over on their belly – very dangerous!).  Now we have moved on to the Zipadee-Zip, which isn’t really a swaddle, but he loves being zipped up and and it’s better with his hards covered so they aren’t all over his face at night.  One quick thing about the crib – we moved Smith out of our room and the bassinet at six or seven weeks and that is when he started sleeping for longer stretches at night right away.  I honestly think we were waking him up by rolling around or just him smelling me.

4. The DREAM Feed:  The Dream Feed is an actual dream for me!  I was really confused as to what it was in the beginning, but I swear it made our life!  This is a HUGE reason why Smith started sleeping through the night from nine weeks and on.  Basically what happens is we treated the 7pm feed as the last feed of the night before we put him to bed, but then got him up and woke him as little as possible at 10 or 10:30 for the “dream feed”.  The concept is getting in another feed for the night while you are still awake (hahah in the beginning you are dead asleep at this time) but it’s better than being woken up at 1 or 2 am to him crying because he is hungry.  This really set him up to sleep all night.  We first got him to sleep until 2 or 3am, and then 5am until finally 7am – which basically meant he was sleeping 12 hours, minus the dream feed.  We eventually figured out Smith didn’t want to get up for the dream feed around three months or so, which led to us giving him smaller and smaller amounts of formula to wean him off until he slept through the night without it.  Otherwise, the doctor said your baby can definitely sleep through the night without a feeding at 4 months or 14 pounds.  They are big enough then to sleep train them if you need to.  We didn’t have to because Smith was already on such a great pattern.

5. Sleep Begets Sleep: Don’t be afraid that if you let your baby take too many naps during the day that he won’t sleep at night.  Smith has always taken 3-4 naps per day and sleeps great at night.  I know when he is getting super fussy and not happy with anything, that it’s time for a nap.  I am told there is a direct correlation between good daytime sleeping and good nighttime sleep.  This also means that in the first few months we really scaled back our daytime schedule and didn’t make a ton of plans because we wanted him to get good long naps in his bed and where it was quiet.  It’s not fun in the beginning, but once you sleep it is well worth it.

Hope you enjoy these tips from Ashley! Every baby is different, everyone has their own tricks, and your doctor might advise you differently, but this advice has been SO helpful in getting Kirra to sleep and on a routine. Now, onto the next challenge!

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My Bohemian Bridal Shower Brunch

09 / 16 / 16

If you couldn’t already tell by my Decorist Boho bedroom makeover, I love everything Bohemian. So, I was thrilled to learn that my mom had plans to throw me a Bohemian-themed bridal shower brunch! The brunch took place at a restaurant in Newport Beach that had the most beautiful view of the harbor. All my closest friends and family joined us in celebrating this special (and different!) time in my life with delicious cake, lovely décor, and great company — All thanks to my amazing mom!:)

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I had an incredible time catching up with everyone, talking about the wedding, and getting excited for everything that is to come for our little family! It’s crazy to think how much has changed for me in this past year! A new baby, a wedding on the way… what’s next?! See below for outfit details and pictures of my Bohemian Bridal Brunch

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To align with the theme, my mom made these adorable flower crowns for everyone to wear — even Kirra had one! (For those of you who aren’t as crafty as she is, I included flower headband options below that are available for purchase!)

Dress – On Sale!: Bless’ed Are The Meek 

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Similar Necklace:Luv Aj Marquise Link Choker

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Must-Have Baby Essentials

09 / 07 / 16

As a new mother, I’m learning a lot of new things along the way. I am by no means an expert at caring for a baby, but I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of maternal instincts I had when Kirra arrived! But, instincts can only take you so far.

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What is the difference between car seat X and car seat Y? Do I really need a wipe warmer? What are the pros and cons of purchasing a cheap stroller versus an expensive one?  Corey and I were lucky enough to have friends and family who were willing to help us out with baby-related questions, and we have accumulated a house full of baby items that I’d love to share with you all!

From baby accessories to must-have distractions, here is a list of the baby essentials we (and Kirra) can’t get enough of:

Boppy: Kirra loves this! We put her in it while we are on the couch, getting ready in the morning, or lounging around the house.

Breast Friend Pillow: I love this! It is perfect for breast feeding but can also be used to support Kirra when she is laying close to me.

Pump: I use this ALL the time! I usually breastfeed in the morning, pump right after, then I’ll pump again later that day if I’m planning on going somewhere.

Diaper Bag: This is the diaper bag I use! I love that it is stylish AND fits a ton of stuff.

Orbit Baby Infant Car Seat and Stroller: I love this stroller and car seat, especially with this car seat cover and rear view mirror! It’s super easy to set up and maneuver — If we are at a restaurant, I can swivel her seat all the way around without turning the stroller. My only note is that it is pretty heavy, but what car seat isn’t!?

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Bibs:   I love using these pretty bandana bibs to protect her clothes.

Cloth Diapers: I use these as burp rags! We go through them like crazy and are starting leaving one in each room for emergencies.

Pacifier The only pacifier Kirra likes is the silicon NUK Soft OrthoStar!

The Honest Company Baby Powder and Lotion: We use these every night for bathing:) 

Coconut Oil: I’ve been using coconut oil on her skin — it can even help treat small rashes!

Travel Bassinet: When visiting parents or friends, this bassinet is a must (and the side barriers keep us sane!). Corey and I place this in the middle of our bed and let her sleep in between us.  

Rocker Swing: She loves this! It always manages to put her to sleep, so we keep it downstairs and use it when we need an extra hand.

Moccasins: Love these shoes! They go with everything and are super adorable.

Aden and Anais Swaddling Blankets: These blankets are BEYOND soft. I use these everyday and keep a few in her diaper bag — They are light enough for summer but still keep her warm!

Furry Soft Blanket: Kirra is obsessed with this blanket. We brought it to the hospital with us:)

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Rocking Chair: She loves the rocking chair! This one is pretty comfortable for me, too.

Diaper Changing Mat: This. Is. A. Must! Place this down before changing your baby so you don’t have to worry about public bathroom germs.

Changing Table: Couldn’t live without it! My lower back has already been hurting, so this helps with not having to lean over as much.

Wipe Warmer: Perfect for mid-night changes!

Onesy: This onesy is cute and opens at the bottom for easy diaper changes.

Nail Clippers:  I clip her little fingers and toes once a week.

Hand Mittens: We use these all the time to protect her cute little face from scratches!

White Noise Maker: Can’t sleep without it! It helps drown out all types of noise — the television, barking dogs, etc.

Baby Bath Tub: She loves her bath time!! 

Dreft Detergent: Kirra’s clothes are washed separately with this detergent.

 

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Kirra Max Bohan

08 / 24 / 16

Alright… It’s time! Everyone is asking to see baby Kirra, and I can’t hold back any longer! We are so beyond in love with her!! I never imagined I could love someone with all that I have, but my love for her grows each and every day. And since everyone has been so patient, I wanted to share a couple of pictures with you all:)

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We are so incredibly lucky! Kirra is the happiest, most beautiful baby with a constant smile and lots of goo-ing and gaa-ing! She loves giving Corey and I the biggest smiles, but I can’t wait until she giggles for the first time — right now she gives lots of expressions but no noise. She sleeps 6-7 hours a night (only waking up once or twice) and is pretty laid back (unless of course she’s hungry, has to burp, needs a diaper change, or gets restless!).

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I absolutely love being a mom — Kirra is my number one priority.  If I’m being completely honest, the first month of no sleep, C-Section recovery, unpacking, and getting back into the swing of things was pretty grueling. But, at the end of the day, all I had to do was take one look at Kirra and none of that mattered anymore.  Plus, we had tons of help from our amazing friends and family! My new in-laws came out from Australia to stay with us for a bit, so we’ve had a few extra hands around the house.

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Kirra is 8-weeks old now, and our lives are starting to settle down to normal. I’m no longer experiencing pregnancy brain, a roller coaster of emotions, or a lack of energy — In fact, I am officially back on my Pilates grind! But let me tell you, my core does NOT work out the way it used to… but I will get there! Once I have my routine in place, I’ll do a post on post-baby workout tips:)

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I know these pictures were a long time coming, so I want to thank you all for your patience. I guess this new parenting thing has made us a little overprotective of our baby, but now that we have had time to soak it all in and adjust to our newest addition, I can’t wait to begin this journey as a new mother and share everything I learn along the way!

Keep checking back here for more updates, XOXO

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How Decorist Transformed My Bedroom Into a Bali Bungalow

08 / 19 / 16

This year has been insane! We’ve had a lot of amazing things happen back to back, but the two most life-changing would have to be the birth of our baby girl, Kirra, and our move to our beautiful new home! I was 8-months pregnant when we made the move, so that first month in our new home was a whirlwind of unpacking, preparing for Kirra, and adjusting to life as a new mom.

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My goal was to have the nursery and my bedroom done before she arrived, which is easier said than done — I could barely see my toes! I started looking at furniture online for inspiration, and I’m happy to announce that stumbling across Decorist was probably the best thing that ever happened to our house. For just $299 a room, Decorist matches you with an interior designer to help design your room virtually!

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I teamed up with Decorist’s Ashley Redmond — who turned out to be amazing — and we chatted for a while so she could get a feel for the Bali Bungalow vibe I was going for. I had already ordered the Lombok Bed from Anthropologie, so we used this piece as the focal point of the room. Ashley and I went back and forth with Pinterest ideas until my vision came alive! She sent me a final render so I could see how everything would look in my room, and I loved it! I couldn’t have been happier!

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As soon as I gave the green light, Ashley walked me through the buying process and everything arrived within the month! We didn’t think it was possible to have our bedroom done before Kirra’s arrival, but we have Decorist to thank for a stress-free homecoming!

You can read more about my bedroom makeover at People.com, and be sure to check out the pieces below to get some inspo for your room:

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Bed: Lombok Bed
Duvet: Roar + Rabbit Geo Patch Duvet Cover
Bed Pillows: Roar + Rabbit Geo Patch Sham & Roar + Rabbit Geo Patch Euro Sham
Sofa: Montgomery Upholstered Sofa
Vanity: Mila Vanity
Hanging Pendant: Flowering Lotus Pendant
Lamp: Sambaya Lamp Ensemble
Rug: Geometric Steps Kilim Rug
Ottomans: Lana Pouf
Curtain Rod: Umbra Cappa Curtain Rod
Basket: Seagrass Basket with Handles
Decorative Pillows: Belmont Bloom PillowRisa PillowVintage Kilim Pillow, & African Mudcloth Throw Pillow
Blanket: Adarissa Throw Blanket
Succulents: Desktop Plant, Succulent Set of Three, Succulent Wood Burn Tribal Print, Succulents in Faux Shell

Now that my bedroom has its Decorist stamp of approval, Ashley and I have switched our attention to the living room! Stay tuned for updates and don’t forget to check out Decorist on Instagram:) XOXO

(Images c/o Carla Choy.)

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