Mindy

Mindy is a first-time Mom living in Maine. She recently left her full-time Paralegal job of more than 10 years to become a Stay-at-Home Mom. She loves cooking & baking, classic rock, sunshine and spending time with her daughter.

Sep 032015
 

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Grapes from Mexico. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

My 2 year old daughter, Kayleigh, is a really picky eater.  Trying to get her to eat healthy is kind of a chore most of the time, but there is one healthy snack that she absolutely loves, and that is grapes.  We buy grapes pretty much every time we hit up the grocery store, because she eats them up so fast. 

Grapes from Mexico

Grapes are a snack that I can also enjoy with her, as they are only 100 calories per serving!  I’ve been trying to watch my weight since having my son in March, so a healthy, low-calorie snack is a must for me.

We love to buy Grapes from Mexico.  They are 100% farm packed and on their way to stores the day after they are picked, so you know they will still be super fresh when you take them home. 

 

Grapes from MexicoI love snacking on grapes because they are very filling, and there are really a lot of things you can do with them.  They are great just as is, but they are also delicious when frozen, tossed in a salad, covered with yogurt, etc.  They are also super easy to travel with.  Just pack a bunch of grapes in a baggy or a sealed container, and you’re good to go.  It’s a no fuss snack!

If you’re a grape lover like I am, you should visit GrapesfromMexico.com to enter their Snack On! Sweepstakes through Sunday, September 27, 2015.  All you have to do to enter is visit their website or Facebook page, and you’ll be entered to win a $100 grocery gift card (awarded weekly), a deluxe picnic basket with cooler, and/or Bluetooth Speaker.  You can enter every day until September 27th for a daily chance to win!  For a chance to win additional prizes, you can take a fun “Snack On” quiz and survey that shows how Grapes from Mexico stack up against other snack options.  Good luck!  :)

How do you like to eat your grapes?  I’d love to hear some of your fun and creative ideas!

 

 Posted by at 9:33 pm
Sep 022015
 

I love ice cream.  It’s so rich and creamy, cold and delicious.  It’s a perfect treat for any time of the day.  One of the things I love most about it, though, is that it is so versatile.  You can put just about anything you want in it, and create something absolutely extraordinary. 

I love homemade ice cream even more than I love store bought, so a few years ago, I bought myself an ice cream maker on a whim.  It cost me about $45.00, and can you guess how many times I have used it?  THREE.  Three times in 4 years.  Homemade ice cream really is the best, but digging out that huge machine every time I want to make some is super inconvenient.  I also have to keep it stored in my basement because I just don’t have room for it in my tiny kitchen.  Out of sight, out of mind, right?

Well, I recently stumbled upon a super easy way to make ice cream at home, that does not involve an ice cream machine at all.  This ice cream does not even need to be churned!  Can you believe that?  And guess what else!  There are no eggs in this recipe either.  With just a few simple ingredients, you can whip up a batch of your favorite ice cream in no time.

No Churn Chocolate M&M Ice Cream

I decided to start out pretty simple and make one of my favorite ice cream flavors – chocolate ice cream with M&M’s.  Yum.

No Churn Chocolate M&M Ice Cream

Oh, this ice cream was just heavenly.  It came out so creamy and delicious.  I can’t believe I didn’t know about this until now.

I hope you enjoy this super easy method of making ice cream at home just as much as I do. 

No Churn Chocolate M&M Ice Cream

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup M&M’s (I used mini M&M’s, but you can use whatever kind you like!)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and 3/4 cup of the M&M’s together in a small bowl.  Set aside.
  2. Whip cold heavy cream in mixer, or with hand mixer, until it forms stiff peaks.  Be careful not to over whip it.
  3. Fold sweetened condensed milk mixture into whipped cream and pour into a loaf pan.
  4. Top ice cream with remaining M&M’s.
  5. Cover and freeze for at least 6 hours.

OPTIONAL:  To give my ice cream just a little bit of extra chocolate flavor, I poured 1/4 cup of warm hot fudge on the top (just warm enough for it to get loose, but not hot enough to  melt the ice cream) and then swirled it into the ice cream with a knife.

No Churn Chocolate M&M Ice Cream

Isn’t this so easy?!  I can’t wait to experiment with this recipe and make all kinds of different flavors! 

What flavors of homemade no churn ice cream will you make??

 Posted by at 11:01 pm
Sep 012015
 

As fall starts to settle in it’s time to start thinking about what to do with all the delicious apples the season brings. Of course there are the usual suspects like apple pie and apple cider, but there are so many more things you could try! Check out this list of 20 Amazing Apple Recipes to tempt your taste buds.

20 Amazing Apple RecipesEasy Apple Cider DonutsBaking Beauty (pictured)
Cheesecake-Stuffed ApplesFrugal Mom Eh!
Easy Paleo Apple ButterConfessions of an Over-Worked Mom
Apple Pie CupcakesSpend With Pennies (pictured)
Apple Cinnamon CakeHot Eats and Cool Reads
Cinnamon Apple MuffinsSeasonal Family Fun
Apple Dutch BabyMy Turn For Us
Apple Cinnamon Energy BitesJaMonkey (pictured)
Apple Rice Krispie TreatsSimplee Thrifty
Apple Pie Ice Cream with Salted Honey Caramel SauceHealthy Seasonal Recipes
Homemade Apple CrispTales of a Ranting Ginger
Cranberry Maple Apple Crumb PieHealthy Seasonal Recipes (pictured)
Apple Cider FrittersCarrie’s Experimental Kitchen
Crock Pot Apple ButterTales of a Ranting Ginger
Apple Pie Cinnamon RollsThe Rebel Chick (pictured)
Apple Pie TacosSpend With Pennies
Easy Homemade Apple PieShe Saved
Apple Cinnamon MuffinsSweep Tight
Chocolate-Dipped Spiced Caramel ApplesHow Was Your Day?
Caramel Apple Chocolate Oatmeal BarsMidwest Modern Momma

John and I are taking the kids apple picking this weekend, and I can’t wait to bake some of these delicious apple treats.  Which of these apple recipes will you try this fall?

 Posted by at 7:01 pm
Aug 312015
 

Potty training is a big transition for kids, and it can often be a challenging time for both them and their caregivers.  I have been trying to potty train my 2 year old daughter, Kayleigh, for a couple of months now, and it can get a bit frustrating at times.  Here are a few tips that I have found that help both Kayleigh and I to be a little more relaxed with this whole process.  If you are currently potty training, or about to start potty training your child, I think these tips will help you too!

Kayleigh

1. Don’t Rush It –  Potty training is not something that can be rushed or forced.  If your child is not ready to go on the potty, and you try to force them into it, you may do more harm than good.  It is best to start potty training when your child shows signs of being ready.  If you think your child may be ready to start potty training, take this quiz to find out!

2.  Use Sign Language – It can be hard for kids to vocalize their need to use the bathroom, so teaching them the sign for potty can make it easier for them to let you know when they need to go.

3.  Implement a Reward System – A great reward system can be just the encouragement a child needs to use the potty.  Positive reinforcement is a great way to make your child feel proud of their accomplishments, and want to continue using the potty.  A reward chart with stickers and/or a jar of small treats, specifically designated for rewarding a successful potty session, is a great way to keep your child interested in potty training.

4.  Get a Training Potty – It is not uncommon for a child to be scared of using the big potty, so offering them a smaller, toddler-sized potty to use in the beginning is a great way to ease them into using the potty.  Once they feel comfortable going on the training potty, they are more likely to try going on the big potty.  The one I use with my daughter Kayleigh has a seat that lifts out to fit onto our toilet, and the base turns into a step-stool, for when she is ready to use the bigger potty. 

5.  Use Pull-Ups® Training Pants – Pull-Ups® Training Pants are a great way to transition a child from diapers to underwear.  A child is likely to have many accidents while potty training, so using Pull-Ups® Training Pants is a great way to keep the mess contained, and also get them used to not wearing regular diapers. 

Pull-Ups® Training Pants

Right now you can get Pull-Ups® Training Pants at Family Dollar for only $8.50.  That is $1.50 off their regular price.  All you have to do to get this great deal, is text CARE to 28767, available for a limited time only.  Click here to locate a Family Dollar store near you.

Text-to-Save-on-Pull-Ups-at-Family-Dollar

I recently picked up a pack of Pull-Ups® Training Pants for Kayleigh.  She absolutely loved the Doc McStuffins character on them.  She was not scared at all to put them on, they fit her very well, and she seemed very comfortable in them. 

Pull-Ups® Training Pants

The sides also open really easy, so she can take them off by herself when she feels the need to go use the potty.  If she wants, she can also take them off like a big kid, because the sides are really stretchy and will just pull down over her legs, like underwear.  I love that they also have unique patterns that fade when wet to help her learn to stay dry. Other Disney designs available are Ariel, Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Lightning McQueen.

Pull-Ups® Training Pants

Hurry and grab this great deal before it’s gone, and good luck on your potty training adventure!  For more tips and tricks, visit the Pull-Ups® Training Pants website.

 Posted by at 10:17 pm
Aug 152015
 

How I Got My Toddler to Brush Her Teeth, Using One Simple Trick

Getting a toddler to do anything can be quite challenging, and getting my 2 year old daughter, Kayleigh, to brush her teeth was no exception.  While she absolutely loved licking the strawberry banana flavored toothpaste off the toothbrush, she just would not actually brush her teeth.  I tried to help her out, but every time I would go near her mouth with the toothbrush, she would throw her body to the floor, flail her arms and legs about, and scream as loud as she could in a fit of rage.  It was always a nightmare, to say the least.

One day, the topic of toddler teeth brushing came up in my Moms Facebook group.  A lot of us were complaining about how difficult it was to get our toddlers to brush their teeth without throwing a fit, and then this one Mom in our group chimed in with a trick that worked for her.  She told her son that he had “sugar bugs” in his teeth and that he needed to brush his teeth really good to get rid of them before they destroyed his teeth. 

I thought this idea was worth a shot, but the term “bugs” really kind of grossed me out, so I changed it to “sugar monsters” instead.  I tried it the very next night.  I told Kayleigh that she had sugar monsters in her teeth and that we needed to brush them really well to get rid of them before they destroyed her teeth.  And guess what?!  It actually worked!  I could not even believe it.  She thought it was the funniest thing ever, and brushed her teeth really well to get rid of them, and she even let me go over them with the toothbrush after.  Who knew it would be so easy to get my toddler to brush her teeth?!

How I Got My Toddler to Brush Her Teeth, Using One Simple Trick

I thought it must have been a fluke, so I tried it again the next day, and the day after that, and every day since then, and it has worked every single time.  Kayleigh no longer gives me any trouble at all when brushing her teeth.  She does a pretty good job at brushing them by herself now, but she will also let me go over them with the toothbrush after she has, just to make sure we got rid of all of the “sugar monsters”. 

I will usually say to her, “Open your mouth and let me see if you got all the sugar monsters.”  She will open her mouth, and then I will say something like “Oh, I see two sugar monsters in there.  I’ve got to brush them out before they ruin your teeth!” She will giggle, then open her mouth up wide, and let me brush away.  As I’m brushing her teeth, I say things like “Oh no!  He’s trying to run away from me!  I’ve got to get him!” I always end her tooth brushing session by saying “Yay!  We got all the sugar monsters!”  She laughs with delight, and I feel relieved that once again she did not throw a fit about getting her teeth brushed.  I can also rest easy knowing that they are clean.

How I Got My Toddler to Brush Her Teeth, Using One Simple Trick

Are there any special tricks you use to get your toddler to brush their teeth?  I’d love to hear!  Share in the comments!

 Posted by at 11:42 pm
Aug 142015
 

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Pantene.

Summer is my favorite time of year.  I live in Maine, so our winter months are quite dreadful.  Last year in particular was just horrible, as we got record amounts of snow.  When summer finally gets here, I soak up every second of it, because I know soon enough I’ll be stuck inside the house for months on end again. 

I do love summer, but I don’t like what the heat and humidity do to my hair.  I have very thick, coarse hair, that will turn to complete frizz in a split second on hot summer days.

I’ve dealt with this frizzy hair problem all of my life, and I’ve learned some tricks along the way, to beat the summer frizz.  Below are 5 really easy things you can do to combat your summer frizz too.

5 Easy Ways to Beat Summer Frizz

1.  Blot your wet hair with a towel. When you step out of the shower, be sure to only blot your wet hair with a towel, instead of roughing it up.  This will help your cuticles to stay healthy and allow your hair to lie flat, instead of frizzing up.

2.  Use a wide-toothed comb, not a brush to comb through hair.  Using a hair brush disrupts your hair’s cuticle and causes your hair to stretch, which can lead to breakage.  Using a wide-toothed comb is much better for your hair.

3.  Don’t use a conventional hair dryer to dry your hair.  Too much hot air from conventional hair dryers will dehydrate it and cause it to frizz.  Using an ionic hair dryer instead of a conventional one cuts down on drying time. By using less heat in a shorter time period, ionic dryers reduce frizz and protect hair against split ends. Shorter drying times mean less hair damage.

4.  Choose a hairstyle that works for you.  I was complaining to my hairdresser one day about not being able to grow my hair out long like I have always dreamed about.  I have tried several times, and it always just ends up looking completely dreadful.  I just don’t have the hair type to pull it off.  My hairdresser said something in response to my complaint, that really resonated with me at the time, and that I still think about to this day.  She told me that you should find a hairstyle that works for your type of hair and embrace it.  So what if I can’t have the long, beautiful hair that I have always wanted.  I know my hair looks best in a short bob hair-style, so I will rock that look.

5.  Use a shampoo and conditioner tailored for frizzy hair.  I have been using Pantene Smooth & Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner with Argan Oil for quite some time now, and I love it!  This anti-frizz shampoo and conditioner helps tame frizzy hair for up to 72 hours, which is great, because you are really only supposed to wash your hair a few times per week to prevent your hair from drying out.  Pantene’s damage defying formula helps your hair stay strong against damage, too.   An added bonus is that it smells great!

Pantene Smooth & Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner

It’s so important to use both shampoo and conditioner.  Did you know that Pantene shampoos and conditioners work together to make hair 2x stronger than shampoo alone?

Pantene Smooth & Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner

Pantene Smooth & Sleek shampoo and conditioner are available at Walmart, at an everyday low price, and they even offer a 2x money back guarantee if you don’t see the results you want.  How great is that?  If you can’t make it out to the store, no problem!  Go ahead and order it from Walmart online and have it shipped right to your door! 

Pantene Smooth & Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner

What tips do you have to beat summer frizz?

 Posted by at 9:36 am
Aug 092015
 

I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of REACH® and One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.

Oral hygiene has always been very important to me.  I was the odd kid who actually enjoyed going to the dentist, and I still enjoy it to this day.  A lot of people think that’s really strange, but I just love that fresh, clean feeling after having my teeth cleaned.  They always feel AMAZING!

Having a good dental routine is key for keeping your teeth as clean and healthy as possible.  I’m constantly on the lookout for new oral care products, so when I heard about the new COMPLETE CARE™ line from REACH®, I just had to give it a try.

The new COMPLETE CARE™ line includes a Complete Care™ Curve Toothbrush and a Complete Care™ 8 in 1 Mouth Rinse.

The toothbrushes are really awesome.  The REACH® tip allows me to get behind my back teeth without any trouble.  I’m really a nut about making sure my ENTIRE mouth gets super clean while brushing my teeth, and this just makes the job a lot easier. 

REACH Complete Care Toothbrush

This toothbrush also has triple angled brushes, with 3 directions of clean, so they cover more area than a normal toothbrush.  Score! 

REACH Complete Care Toothbrush

Also included is a tongue cleaner, which is so great.  A lot of people forget to brush their tongue too, but a lot of yucky bacteria hides there, and can be a cause of bad breath! 

REACH Complete Care Toothbrush

One more thing I love about this toothbrush, is the control grip.  I can’t tell you how many times I have dropped my toothbrush on the floor or in the dirty sink while brushing my teeth.  The control grip on this toothbrush is so incredible, that there is no chance it’s going to come sliding out of my hands and onto a dirty surface.

REACH Complete Care Toothbrush

Next up is the mouth rinse.  First of all, take a look at this bottle.  I bet you’ve never seen a bottle quite like this before, right? 

REACH Complete Care Mouth Rinse

It comes with a pump to dispense the mouth rinse!  How cool is that?  You pump your mouth rinse right into this little cup that is also provided.  When you’re done rinsing your mouth, rinse out your cup, and store it right in the bottle.  The cup also allows you to properly measure the amount of mouth rinse you need.  I love it!  BONUS:  If you accidentally knock the bottle over, it’s not going to spill everywhere!

REACH Complete Care Mouth Rinse

And if that wasn’t enough, there is also a place to store your toothbrush, so you use less counter space!

REACH Complete Care Mouth Rinse

Some other great things about this mouth rinse:

  • Kills Bad Breath Germs
  • Helps Prevent Gingivitis
  • Reduces Plaque
  • Fights Tartar Buildup
  • Foams Between Teeth
  • Freshens Breath
  • Cleans Whole Mouth

And it does all of this, without burning your mouth!  That’s right.  No burn!  The arctic mint flavor is really quite lovely and refreshing. 

So, what do you say?  Will you add the REACH® COMPLETE CARE™ line to your dental routine?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Posted by at 8:14 pm
Aug 072015
 

Summer is almost over already.  Can you believe it?  It seems like just yesterday we were buried under more than 4 feet of snow and I was 9 months pregnant with my son Logan.  Time is flying by so fast.  He just turned 5 months old yesterday.  I wish time would slow down just a little bit!

Having a newborn during the summer months isn’t easy.  They can’t wear sunscreen or be out in the sun, so we’ve been stuck inside at home most days this summer.  It’s been a very uneventful summer, for sure.  Last summer was too, since I was newly pregnant and suffering from intense morning sickness brought on by the heat.  I am really looking forward to next summer, when Kayleigh will be 3 and Logan will be 1.  I am so excited to bring them to the playground, the pool, the beach, the zoo.  I have a list about a mile long of fun family adventures that I want to go on.  I can’t wait!

I was kind of feeling sorry for myself today, thinking about how I had been stuck inside the house most of this summer, especially after that absolutely horrible winter we had here in Maine, so I thought I would make myself a s’more to cheer me up a bit. 

S'mores Brownie Cupcakes

As I was contemplating this s’more, I had this thought to take it even further and make s’mores brownies, but then it really hit me.  This idea.  I would make s’mores brownies in cupcake form!  Who doesn’t love a cupcake?  I thought that would also keep me from eating a whole pan of brownies.  It’s a lot easier to eat one cupcake than it is to eat one brownie.

S'mores Brownie Cupcakes

I know this probably sounds a little complicated, but honestly, it’s really not.  It’s so easy that my 2 year old daughter actually helped me.  Well, she mostly ate them, but anyway, they are really easy to make.

S'mores Brownie Cupcakes

INGREDIENTS:

  • Prepared brownie mix (from box or scratch)
  • 7 sheets of graham crackers
  • 12 marshmallows
  • 1 Hershey’s chocolate bar

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Prepare brownie mix according to directions.  Set aside.
  3. Crush graham crackers in food processor until very fine.
  4. Scoop one cookie scoop full of brownie batter into the bottom of each cupcake liner.
  5. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of graham cracker crumbs on top of brownie batter in each cupcake liner.
  6. Scoop a second cookie scoop full of brownie batter on top of the graham cracker crumbs in each cupcake liner.
  7. Bake brownie cupcakes in a 350 degree oven for 23-25 minutes.
  8. Top each brownie with a marshmallow and place under the broiler (on high) for 2 minutes, or until marshmallows have melted a bit and are golden brown on top.
  9. Allow brownies to cool a little, then place a Hershey’s chocolate bar square into each marshmallow.

S'mores Brownie Cupcakes

See, I told you it was easy.  Now go enjoy some s’mores brownie cupcakes!

 

 Posted by at 11:26 pm
Jul 272015
 

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Little Remedies. I received a product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Have you ever noticed, it seems like everyone wants to gift clothing at baby showers?  I get the appeal of gifting clothes.  I really do.  They are so incredibly cute and fun to shop for, and let’s face it, when you see that baby wearing the outfit you bought for them, your heart just melts. 

While clothing is definitely a great gift idea for a baby shower, there are a lot of other gift ideas that are unique and sure to impress any Mom and the other baby shower guests too.

I remember one gift that really stood out to me at the baby shower I had when I was pregnant with my daughter, Kayleigh.  After opening bunches of clothes and more blankets than I could even keep track of, this one gift was like a breath of fresh air, something I had not yet thought of, and something that I was definitely going to need for my baby.  It was a gift basket containing a variety of Little Remedies® products, including their Gripe Water and Gas Drops.

Little Remedies products

I was so thrilled when I opened this gift.  I hadn’t even thought about the medicines I might need for my baby.  She wasn’t even born yet, so her being sick hadn’t crossed my mind at all.  I received this gift from one of my friends who was a fairly new Mom herself.  I felt like she had let me in on the biggest secret ever by giving me all of those Little Remedies® products.  She later told me that she had been using them with her son, and they worked wonders to help relieve his gas pains.

I didn’t have a baby shower when I was pregnant with my son, Logan.  I already had pretty much everything I needed on hand, from when I had Kayleigh, as I had purchased or asked for everything in gender neutral colors, so I could re-use them. I realized, however, that I needed to re-stock on my Little Remedies® products.  I ordered a really nice Little Remedies kit online, which included all of their most popular products, right in a handy little pouch.  It was one of the best things I could have bought.  I have already used the gas drops and gripe water with Logan, and they have helped to calm his belly.

Here are some additional tips to help calm a gassy baby’s tummy.

Gassy Baby

ABOUT LITTLE REMEDIES® PRODUCTS:

Little Remedies® products are made to support the health and well-being of infants and children.  They are made with the fewest and most natural ingredients without sacrificing the product’s effectiveness.  I try to keep things as natural as I can with my children, and feel safe using these products with them.  I love that their products do not contain any artificial flavors, artificial colors or alcohol and are created with the very specific needs of children in mind.

Little Remedies® Gas Drops

Little Remedies Gas Relief Drops

Quickly relieves tummy pain from excess gas. Safe remedy to gently ease stomach discomfort or bloating.

  • Relieves excess gas from food or swallowing of air
  • No artificial colors or flavors
  • No alcohol, saccharin or preservatives
  • Dosage can also be mixed with 1 oz. of cool water, infant formula or other suitable liquids.

Little Remedies® Gripe Water

Little Remedies Gripe Water

Eases tummy pain for infants. Natural, effective relief for your baby’s upset stomach.

  • Relieves discomfort due to hiccups and colic*
  • Safe, gentle formula
  • No alcohol or gluten
  • Be sure to burp your baby during and after feeding to reduce air buildup.

I loved the Little Remedies gift basket idea so much, that I now make my own to give away at baby showers I attend.  The Moms-to-be are always very impressed and excited by them.

When I make my Little Remedies gift basket, I do a little something like this:

Little Remedies Gift Basket

I buy a cute bucket to put everything into.  The bucket also doubles as a “sick bucket” for little kids.  Perfect!

Other items that can be included in this gift basket are a thermometer, nasal aspirator, tissues, a stuffed animal, cute bandages – really anything you think might be good to have on hand for a sick baby.

If you bring this gift basket to a baby shower, I guarantee it will be a huge hit!

Stay up to date with the latest news and products by following #LittleRemedies on social media.

 Posted by at 2:09 pm
Jul 262015
 

The first few months with a new baby can be one of the most exhausting and difficult times in your life.  You’ve completely given up your social life, you’re getting little to no sleep, and awkwardly learning how to take care of this tiny human being as you go. 

While these first months are so challenging, they are also very rewarding.  Bonding with your new baby is such a wonderful experience, and it is so important to fully take advantage of, and cherish these precious moments, as they fly by all too quickly.

My son is 4 months old now, and we’ve had so much fun bonding and getting to know one another.  I just love it when he looks into my eyes, and gives me a great big smile.  There is nothing like it!  Here are some fun, and easy, ways to bond with your baby, too, in those first few months.

5 Fun Ways to Bond with Your Baby

1.  Babywearing – One of my very favorite ways to bond with my son, is by wearing him in a wrap or carrier.  This way, I keep him close to my heart, and I can comfort him, kiss the top of his little head, look into his eyes, be aware of his needs, and more.  Logan also weighs an impressive 20 pounds at just 4 months old, so this also helps to keep my arms from falling off while holding onto him all day!

Babywearing

2. Play Peek-a-Boo – Logan is now loving the game of Peek-a-Boo.  His cute little face just lights right up when my hands move to expose my face.  He thinks it’s the greatest thing in the world, and I have so much fun playing with him.

Play Peek-a-Boo

3.  Hold Hands – Logan loves to hold my hands, when I wear him in the carrier, while I’m feeding him a bottle, while he’s sitting on the floor in front of me, and at other opportunities he gets throughout the day.  He holds onto my fingers with all of his might, and hates to let go.  So, I just sit there and let him hold onto them.  I love knowing that he is so close to me, and doesn’t want me to leave him.  Soon there will come a day when he won’t want me around so much anymore.  Until then, I will cherish these days when he does.

Hold Hands

4.  Get Down on the Floor and Play – It is so much fun to get down on the floor and play with my son.  He is only 4 months old, and is already pretty mobile when I lay him down on the floor.  I get down on the floor with him, rolling a ball to him, or teasing him with other toys, trying to get him to inch a little closer to me.  This is a really great opportunity to bond, and to develop his motor skills as well.

Get Down on the Floor and Play

5.  Sing a Special Lullaby – When I brought my daughter, Kayleigh, home from the hospital, I began to sing a special lullaby song to her every single night as I rocked her to sleep.  She is now 2 years old, and it is still her favorite song, and she still requests that I sing it to her before bed.  I have selected a different lullaby for Logan, and will do the same with him.  Years from now, when they are rocking their own kids to sleep, I hope that they will think of me, and will sing their kids our special lullaby songs. 

Sing a Special Lullaby

I think all of these special bonding moments help to create a #formulaforhappiness for your baby during the first few months of life. 

DID YOU KNOW?

If you need additional support figuring out those challenging first few months with your new baby, Gerber Good Start® offers free appointments with a certified baby sleep consultant, nutritionist, or lactation consultant!  How great is that?!

I’ll be posting some of our favorite moments of happiness over on Instagram @sincerelymindy_ over the next few weeks. I’d love to see your family’s formula for happiness, so use #formulaforhappiness to tag pictures of your tips for baby’s happiness in the first few months of life!

Do you have any special ways of bonding with your babies?  Please share in the comments!

 

 Posted by at 12:57 pm