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May 25, 2018

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Better Sleep With the Newton Baby Crib Mattress


Baby crib mattress courtesy of (c/o): Newton Baby

Although I spent most of my pregnancy designing and prepping Roselyn's nursery, I didn't initially put as much thought as I should have into the baby crib mattress that she'd frequently be using.

It wasn't until after she had already arrived that I began regretting my decision to purchase a common foam/water-resistant mattress and began researching higher-quality options.


My research led me to the Newton Baby Crib Mattressa 100% breathable, recyclable and washable mattress that features a Wovenaire core – which is 90% air and 10% food-grade polymer to provide the comfort of foam and latex without any of the drawbacks. There's no chemicals or toxins!

The lightweight mattress is then quilted together using comfortable 3-D Spacer Fabric for maximum airflow which helps regulate body temperature and breathing, keeping baby asleep longer at night.






As Rosie was delivered early and experiences complications that impact her growth and sleep, we've always been concerned about the amount and quality of sleep she gets. That is why we were so excited to try the Newton Baby Crib Mattress and are very happy to share that it exceeded everyone's expectations!

Because it seemed too good to be true, we took the #Breathe2BelieveChallenge to confirm that we could breathe through every part of the Newton Baby Crib Mattress (spoiler alert: you really can!) The mattress has also been independently tested, showing that a baby can get 97% more air while breathing through a Newton Baby Crib Mattress compared to traditional crib mattresses.



Since we've had our Newton Baby Crib Mattress, I can honestly say that everyone has slept better. Rosie is much more comfortable being able to breathe through the mattress and sleep on her stomach at night. Ryan and I can also rest easy, now that we have peace of mind that she's experiencing better, healthier and safer sleep.

I would recommend this mattress to any expecting family or friend. You can find out more about the Newton Baby Crib Mattress, including more information about designs, style and safety, here.


Sources:

(Grey) Newton Baby Crib Mattress: Newton Baby

Blog shared in partnership with Newton Baby. Product choices and opinions are my own.

May 6, 2018

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How to Fly With a Toddler


I've said it before and I'll say it again – traveling with a child isn't always easy, but it's always worth it!

We've confidently been taking Roselyn on flights and road trips since she was three months old and she has been a great travel companion thus far. We recently had the opportunity to take her with us on one of my work trips to Seattle and although we were excited to visit our home, we were also nervous about traveling with a toddler on an extended flight.

We thankfully had more positive than negative experiences during our travel days, but there were moments when we were "that family" on the airplane desperately trying to soothe their toddler to sleep.

We relied on suggestions from fellow family travelers to ensure a positive and successful flight with our toddler and we've put a list of their tips together today:

How to Fly With a Toddler



Baby carriers make travel days easier and more efficient in so many ways. For us, it's the quickest way to get through security at the airport (TSA allows parents to wear their children through security) and it's also the quickest way for us to get Rosie to sleep on me on the plane (parents can wear their children throughout the flight, with the exception of takeoff and landing).

2. Choose the right flight and time.

If you're like us and know that your toddler needs a full night of sleep and a morning nap in order to make it through the day without a meltdown; then choose an afternoon or early evening flight. It's so important to schedule the right flight and time according to your toddler's routine, or else you'll be setting yourself up for failure before you even take off.

3. Have multiple forms of entertainment.

Whether it's electronics, post-it notes, soft toys or all of the above –having multiple forms of entertainment is a must for traveling toddlers. We quickly realized that Rosie had a 15 minute attention span for each form of entertainment, so we broke our flight down into increments and prepared for new forms of entertainment for her for the duration of the flight time. We know that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time until age two, but if all else fails, we found that an episode of our favorite "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" can really change the outlook of the flight around.

4. Have snacks.

The great thing about toddlers is that they often see food as entertainment too! We brought along Rosie's favorite finger/snack foods that were both easy to eat and healthy, which included organic food pouches, teething wafers and yogis.

5. Walk the aisle (but don't disturb the flight attendants).

It's healthy and necessary for toddlers to explore and move around, but it's unfortunately just not possible on an airplane. You can walk the aisle of the plane with your toddler to get out some wiggles if needed, but be sure to do it around flight service so you do not disturb your flight attendants – they have jobs to do too!

We understand that every toddler and his or her needs are unique, but hopefully these tips will make for an easier flight for you and your family during your upcoming travel day!


(Thanks for reading and we hope you enjoy these photos of our time in Seattle, if you've made it this far!)











March 25, 2018

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Baby's First Birthday | Cake Smash

I've been simultaneously agonizing and awaiting this moment for months now – and the time has finally come. Roselyn just turned one!

Since I found out that we were expecting a baby, family, friends, neighbors and strangers have been telling me that "babies don't keep" and to "hold onto her as long and as tight as you can." Well, now that one year has officially passed us by, I can tell you friends: it's all true.


We've been asked a few times about how we've been feeling since the big day this week, and in truth, it's a multitude of emotions – something we're quickly learning is synonymous with fatherhood and motherhood. We are so excited to have a toddler and are looking forward to what this upcoming year will bring, but also truly miss the moments when we could kiss or rock our sweet daughter to sleep.

Parenting isn't for the faint of heart, but we're also learning to celebrate the big and little moments too – which is why we chose to commemorate Rosie's first birthday with a cake smash in the desert. We had so much fun working with our friend Valerie, of Valerie Bolitho Photography, again and watching Roselyn enjoy her first taste of cake!









Baby's Outfit: Pippen Lane
Caitlin's Outfit: Le Kate
Ryan's Outfit: Chaps

November 18, 2017

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How to Fly with a Baby


At 7-months-old, Ryan and I are proud to say that Roselyn is a seasoned traveler, having spent over 50 hours traveling across the U.S. thus far.

That being said, we never had the opportunity to fly with Rosie before, so this month we experienced another "first" – our first flight with a baby!


Thankfully, our first experience flying together was positive and we solely attribute that to the many tips that we received from our fellow family travelers and friends.

We put a list together of the top strategies we used to ensure a pleasant and successful flight, that we hope will help you on your upcoming travels:

How to Fly with a Baby


1. Only pack in your diaper bag what you will need for your travel day.

I tend to be that Mom that over-packs and prepares for everything, so it took some time for me to narrow down what was actually coming with us to the airport:
  • 1 carry-on: That held our chargers, electronics and extra outfits in case of a baby accident or spill, etc.
  • 1 checked car-seat
  • 1 checked suitcase: That held all our outfits, toiletries and extra bottles, food, diapers and wipes for the baby.
  • 1 diaper bag: That held:
    • A bottle, sippy-cup and utensils.
    • Food pouches and snacks.
    • 8-10 diapers to get through our travel day, from the airport and airplane to the hotel that evening.
    • Pacifiers to ease her ear pressure during take-off and landing.
    • Soft books and toys that wouldn't make too much noise on the plane.
2. Prepare for playtime.

First, we packed an accessible blanket in our diaper bag, so that Roselyn could get her wiggles out at the airport before we boarded. Then, we packed 4-5 soft books and toys that she could enjoy playing with, both at the airport and on the plane ride.

These included toys like:

3. Prepare for pressure on the plane.

We wanted to relieve Rosie's pain from the pressure of the altitude changes on the plane, so we timed our feedings for takeoff and landing and packed an extra pacifier or two, so she could suck and swallow and not feel so many pressure changes.

4. Snacks, snacks, snacks!

We were so thankful that we packed extra snacks, because Roselyn didn't sleep on either flight as long as we had hoped. When she was done playing, we would give her finger/snack foods that were both easy to eat and healthy too:

5. Remember to smile.

It's easy to get overwhelmed on travel days, but it's important to remember to enjoy the experience and to smile through it too. 

We had a few hiccups that began to overwhelm us – TSA testing us (and each bottle and pouch in our diaper bag) and our rental car not being ready when we arrived at our destination – but there were more positive experiences than anything. Roselyn reminded us to enjoy this experience with her by doing things like laughing at the automatic sinks in the bathroom while I was changing her, and by smiling at every airline attendant and personnel we encountered during our travel day.

We understand that each baby is different and his or her needs are unique, but hopefully these tips will make for an easier flight for you and your family during your upcoming travel day!


Baby Blanket: Eddie Bauer
Bandana Bib: Carter's
Onesie: Carter's

October 6, 2017

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This Is the Time to Remember


"This is the time to remember, 'cause it will not last forever. These are the days to hold on to, but we won't, although we'll want to."

As we enter autumn, I'm reminded of how quickly Roselyn is growing and how time is passing by.

Rosie is officially 6-months-old now, and although I've been taking photos of her each day, we have hardly captured any pictures of the three of us together since she joined our family. That is why we were so happy to reconnect with our friend Valerie, of Valerie Bolitho Photography, for family portraits this month!

Valerie helped us document both our engagement and wedding photos, so it was very special to have her shoot our family of three, now that we're back home in Phoenix again.













We had such an incredible time shooting this season of our lives at the Desert Botanical Garden and are looking forward to doing it again soon.

We've learned that you can never take enough photos of this time with your babe – Roselyn is growing so fast and it's beginning to feel like if we blink, we'll miss it.

Thank you to our friend Valerie for continuing to document these milestones in our lives!

Baby Outfit: Baby Gap
Caitlin's Outfit: PinkBlush
Ryan's Outfit: Chaps

July 26, 2017

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How to Roadtrip with a Baby


If you know anything about our family, you know that we love family time and we love road trips!

Ryan and I have been road tripping together across the U.S. since 2012 and have seen over 35 states thus far, but we found ourselves asking if we could continue to travel this way in 2017 now that we have a baby.



The answer? Yes we can!

With a little more planning and preparation, we found that we can still have a successful roadtrip... and you can too! Read our top tips on:

 How to Roadtrip with a Baby


1. Confront Your Fear

Just like anything else, it's important to first confront your fear of a roadtrip with a baby. Knowing that your baby will cry or have a blowout or spit-up as soon as you depart (in our experience) helped us plan and prepare for our travels more efficiently. We found that going into the roadtrip with this mindset was critical to it's success.

2. Make Frequent Stops

It is essential that you make frequent stops throughout your roadtrip, for you and baby! Our daughter lets us drive three or four hours while she naps, then, when she wakes, we stop for a half hour or so to feed, have a diaper change and play together. The stops help us all regroup so we can continue the roadtrip satisfied.

3. Purchase New Toys

There is nothing more effective or entertaining than new toys for a baby on a roadtrip. Our daughter's top three favorite toys to play with while traveling are:

Lovies
Fanfan the Fawn
Rattles

4. Ride in the Backseat

Although blankets, mirrors and new toys are beloved by babes on road trips, nothing can replace the sight of Dad or Mom! Riding in the backseat next to your rear-facing baby ensures that you can comfort him or her and make any necessary adjustments on the road without sacrificing travel time.

5. Travel During Naptime or Nighttime

Every baby is different and his or her needs are unique, but we found that traveling during naptime or nighttime makes for an easier roadtrip for everyone. Our daughter sleeps well first thing in the morning and again at night, so we try to drive as far as we can in the early morning hours then plan to make frequent stops or rest during the day so we can recuperate by nighttime.

Although road tripping with a baby requires more planning and preparation, try not to let your fear undermine your travels!

Be sure to use these tips to ensure a successful roadtrip for all.

Bon voyage!

Carseat: Britax
Pacifier: Natursutten
Pacifier Clip: Matimati Baby
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