Preparing for a New Baby: Why It’s Different When It’s Not Your First

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Now that my baby boy is seven weeks old, I’m almost out of the pregnancy haze. You know what I’m talking about – the months where you focus on nothing but pregnancy and your soon-to-be baby. In my first pregnancy, these were the days that turned into weeks of reading all the baby books, researching the best products and just all around letting pregnancy and baby take over my entire life. Which is exactly what you should do when you’re having a child! But when you’re pregnant with your second or third baby, life gets a little different. And today, I’m going to tell you exactly why preparing for a new baby is so much different when it’s not your first. Continue reading

Easing the Transition from Crib to Bed

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One of the first major transitions you’ll make with your toddler is the transition from crib to bed. This transition was actually harder on me than it was on my first born. He was so excited to get his big boy bed, and I was a little sad to realize that he really was growing up so fast! Looking back, there were certainly some things that made this transition much easier on our family. Below, I’m sharing exactly what we did to make sure the transition from crib to bed went as seamlessly as possible. And hopefully, these tips will help you have a comfortable transition for your little one as well! Continue reading

How To Make A Baby Bed: A Guide For New Moms

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The moment I found out we were pregnant with our first baby, I started researching how we would decorate the nursery. From wall colors to decor to gliders, there were so many options to choose from! And as I started to shop around, I also did a little research on how to find the best items for my baby. As a first time mom, I needed a lot of information! One thing that I definitely wasn’t prepared for were all of the bedding recommendations. From the width of the crib slats to what types of bumpers you can use, there’s a lot more to consider than back in my college nanny days. And figuring out how to make a baby bed with so many warnings out there was a daunting task.

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How to Help the Postpartum Baby Blues

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If there’s one thing I know, it’s that bringing a new baby into the world can be totally overwhelming. You start to realize this more and more the closer you get to your delivery date. With every passing day, the fact that your growing baby bump will soon be a little bundle of joy in your arms begins to feel a lot more like reality. And along with that amazing feeling of excitement for your new little one can come some little doubts – for example, questioning whether you’re really ready to care for a newborn. This all culminates after your baby is born – they call it the postpartum baby blues.

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How To Clean Toys (And Other SmartMom Hacks)

How to Clean Toys

Every new mom wonders how to clean toys, especially because one of the most confounding things about being a parent is how quickly your child can take a clean room and make it a disaster zone. With all of those nooks and crannies on little toys, sometimes I find myself wondering how exactly my toddler stuffed a blueberry inside of that little toy microphone.

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7 Natural Cures for Morning Sickness

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For me, seeing the two pink lines that say, “hey, you’re pregnant!”  have been some of the best moments of my life. I can tell you exactly where I was – probably down to what I was wearing – each time I found out I was pregnant. But soon after that initial elation comes some of the less fun realities of pregnancy. Therefore, finding natural cures for morning sickness was something I thought would be very helpful.

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How to Help a Baby Falling Out of Bed

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No matter how old your baby is, you want to keep them safe and protected, especially when they’re sleeping. So when you have a baby falling out of bed repeatedly, you know that you’ve got a problem to remedy. Typically, this is due to one of two things: your baby is climbing out of their crib and falling on their way out, or your toddler is rolling out of their big kid bed. While both have pretty simple solutions, it’s something that you clearly want to fix quickly – just to make sure it doesn’t keep happening, which can open up the door to a more severe injury for your child. To help you find the right solution, I’ll give you all my best tips below.

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A Smartmom Guide to Choosing a Middle Name for Your Little One

A Smartmom Guide to Choosing a Middle Name for Your Little One

Having a baby is a huge, momentous, happy occasion. But naming your baby – now, that’s one of the hardest parts of being pregnant. I’m currently pregnant with our third child and can tell you from experience that choosing a first name is tough work in and of itself. But choosing a middle name for your little one can be especially difficult, even more so if you have no great ideas to try. And with how high profile the middle name has become over the last several years, there’s a lot of pressure to make sure the one you choose is perfect for your baby (for the rest of their life)! So if you’re struggling to make this decision for your family, let me help you out – with this handy middle name selection guide below. 

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A SmartMom Guide to Who Should Be In the Delivery Room

A SmartMom Guide to Who Should Be In the Delivery Room

When you’re pregnant, especially for the first time, at some point you’ll start planning for delivery. For some mamas, this happens the moment they see the double lines on the stick. For others, it’s something that happens while they pack their hospital bag. When it comes down to it, it really doesn’t matter when you start thinking about your delivery plan – but more that you have an idea of what your ideal birthing experience looks like. And a big part of that plan includes who should be in the delivery room with you.

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Help! I Have Hair Falling Out Postpartum

Help! I Have Hair Falling Out Postpartum - SmartMom

Being pregnant can give you an awesome glow – between the lustrous hair, the gorgeous nails, the plump lips and the rosy cheeks, many pregnant mamas find themselves feeling pretty gorgeous, despite the gigantic baby belly. Then baby comes, where you get thrown into the fog that is the first two months postpartum. And sometime between six and eight weeks, you’ll likely find yourself in the shower where you suddenly see that gorgeous mane from pregnancy is suddenly running down your drain. You have hair falling out postpartum. While your immediate response is to freak out – don’t! It’s totally normal – and like pretty much everything else that’s pregnancy related, it all comes back to hormones.

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