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5 tips to get your baby to sleep through the night

5 tips to get baby to sleep through the night

This post is sponsored by Phillips Avent but all opinions expressed are my own

Our first baby was an awful sleeper. To this day, 3 years later, he still isn’t consistent. So when it came time for baby #2, we were determined to create a better sleep routine.  Teaching your baby to sleep is actually a learned skill but there are a few things you can do to help them sleep for longer stretches. Below I’m sharing 5 tips to get your baby to sleep through the night. 

My tips to get your baby to sleep through the night:

1.) Set a routine – After dinner, we give the baby a bath and he gets a nice massage. I have his sound machine playing in his room and the lights down low when I bring him into his room to get him changed so that he knows it’s time for bed. He gets his nightly bottle or dream feed and then goes right down in his crib. Whatever your nightly routine is, just be consistent so that your baby can learn those cues and recognize when it’s time for bed.

5 tips to get your baby to sleep through the night

2.) Dream feed – If you haven’t heard of a “dream feed”, it’s basically feeding your baby to sleep. Think of it like topping off your gas tank. Basically you rouse baby awake enough to feed and then put them back to bed. This cuts down on the number of times baby will wake to feed.

3.) Use a soothie – Both of my kids loved their Philips Avent Soothie Snuggler. The Soothie Snuggler is a BPA free soothie with a plush toy they can play with as they grow. There is a secondary piece that can attach to backpacks, bags etc. so they can use them when their older. They’re easily detachable which also makes them really easy to clean. Check out the cleaning instructions from Philips Avent below or this video.

5 tips to get your baby to sleep through the night

  •  To start, detach the Soothie pacifier from the Snuggle.
  • Sterilize the Soothie either in a Philips Avent Steam Sterilizer bag or in
    boiling water for 5 minutes.
  • After sterilizing, allow the Soothie to cool for at least 5 minutes and
    squeeze any trapped water out of the nipple.
  • Check the product before each use and replace the pacifiers immediately
    in case of damage or weakness.
  • Philips Avent recommends replacing your baby’s pacifier after four weeks
    of use.
  • You can wash the plush toy in a mesh laundry bag with your normal
    laundry cycle. Set it out to air dry.
  • Once you’ve cleaned both parts of the Soothie snuggle you can connect
    them back together and give the pacifier to your baby.
  • The plush toy is compatible with all Philips Avent Soothies and pacifiers
    which can be swapped out and replaced with age appropriate
    soothies/pacifiers as baby ages.
  • Philips Avent Soothies are designed for babies 0-3 months and 3+ month,
    and other Philips Avent pacifiers are designed for babies 0-6m, 6-18m and
    18+ months.
  • Once your child outgrows pacifiers altogether, his or her snuggly friend
    can still stick around and conveniently attach to car seats, strollers, or
    backpacks.

4.) Use a sound machine – I literally swear by mine! (Click for ours. It even projects little stars on the ceiling). Over time, my little guy has learned that it’s a cue that it is time for sleep once he hears the music playing.  Now at a year old, when he’s tired, he goes in his room and brings me his little elephant sound machine to tell me he’s ready for bed.

5.) Give yourself grace – all babies are different. My first was an awful sleeper and my second has been a great sleeper since a very young age (me knocking on wood). At the end of the day, you have to do what works best for you and your family.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle Recipe

Strawberry cheesecake trifle recipe

This strawberry cheesecake trifle recipe is a favorite in our house! Last week I took the boys strawberry picking. If you’re local, we went to Bowman Farms in Rexford. They had a great time and we used our fresh strawberries to make this strawberry cheesecake trifle for Father’s Day.

Trifle bowl desserts are perfect for entertaining as they’re so easy to make ahead of time and always looks so pretty! (If you don’t have a trifle bowl, I love this one on Amazon!)

I’m sharing my strawberry cheesecake trifle recipe below.

But first a cute pic of my M&M’s in the strawberry fields 🙂

Strawberry cheesecake trifle recipe

Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle Recipe

Ingredients

For the cake layer

  • cubed pound cake or angel food cake. (I love to use Sara Lee frozen pound cake. I usually buy 2 loaves and use 1 1/2 of them.)

For the cheesecake layer

  • 16 oz of cream cheese (room temp)
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • another 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar

For the strawberry layer

  • 2 pounds of sliced strawberries (you can use fresh or frozen)

Directions

  1.  Start by preparing your cheesecake layer. In a large bowl, cream together cream cheese and powdered sugar.
  2.  Add in the sour cream, vanilla extract and almond extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract and sugar.
  4. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Layer the bottom of the trifle bowl with cubed pound cake or angel food cake.
  6. Spread a thick layer of the cheesecake mixture, covering all the cake.
  7. Next layer with sliced strawberries.
  8. Repeat another layer of cake and cheesecake.
  9. Top with sliced strawberries. (If not serving right away, wait to top with strawberries so that the juices don’t run.)

Cover and keep refrigerated until serving. Scoop into dessert bowls.

(If you’re making for Memorial Day, 4th of July or Labor Day, I also like to add in blueberries for the red, white and blue theme!)

Strawberry cheesecake trifle recipe

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My latest Amazon haul

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In my Instagram stories today I shared the finds of my latest Amazon Haul! (If you don’t follow me on Instagram, follow me here!)

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Amazon Haul colorblock tee and jeans

 

I wanted a colorblock tunic that I could pair with leggings, bike shorts of jeans. I love the leopard patchwork.

 

Amazon Haul rolling stones band tee and bike shorts

Amazon haul Rolling Stones band tee

Rolling stones band tee – band tees are so in this year. I love it with bike shorts (would even look cute with leopard bike shorts) or paired over a tshirt dress.

 

Amazon Haul tie dye shirt and bike shorts

Tie dye top – I’m all about the tie dye this year and this top is so buttery soft! For the ultimate comfortable outfit, pair it with some bike shorts!

amazon haul leopard bike shorts

I’m channeling my inner Carole Baskin with this awesome leopard print bike shorts. I paired it with a classic black v-neck top

 

 

Amazon Haul t shirt dress and birkenstock dupes

I love a classic t shirt dress with pockets! It came in a variety of other colors. Also these Birkenstock dupes will be all that I wear on my feet all summer!

 

Amazon Haul tie dye maxi dress

This tie dye dress is my favorite! It’s super soft, thin and breathable. I tied it below as it is a little longer on me (I’m 4’11) but fits TTS

 

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Father’s Day Gift Guide 2020

Father's Day Gift Guide 2020
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Father’s Day snuck up on me this year, anyone else? And if your guy or dad is anything like mine, they’re hard to shop for. Cue “I don’t want anything”. Check out my Father’s Day Gift Guide 2020 and some of my favorite ideas for them this year. (As always, click the links to shop)

 

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2020

1.) Ridge wallet

A wallet that is sleek, minimalistic and durable. Includes RFID blocking.

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2.) Hoka Men’s Ora Recovery Slide

comfy shoes he can slip on and off that are little more sleeker than Crocs.

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3.) Amazon Echo Show

watch movies, video chat with family and friends, and he can use as an alarm clock.

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4.) Fair Harbor Shorts –

the most comfortable all purpose shorts. Made with a quick drying water repellent.

Fair Harbor Shorts Father's Day Gift Guide 2020

 

5.) Brumate

To keep his beer super cold. I want one for my White Claws 🙂

Brumate Father's Day Gift Guide

 

6.) Tommy Bahama Chair

for the dad who loves the beach. A chair that he can carry down to the beach on his back and has a built in cooler. We got these for my parents for Christmas and they love them!

Tommy Bahama Chair Father's Day Gift Guide 2020

 

7.) Grill prep trays

my dad and husband are grill masters but it never fails – they always keep coming in asking for plates and trays. These trays are perfect for prepping and keeps the cooked meat separate from the raw juices.

Grill prep trays father's day gift guide 2020

 

 

8.) Wayfarer dupes

so these aren’t the real deal but they are pretty great dupe! I love the wooden frames.

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9.) Car charger

no more arguing over who’s phone has the lowest battery and needs to be charged because this baby has 5 USB ports!

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10.) Sous vide

for the guy who loves his gadgets and loves to cook. We had dinner at a friends house and they made pork with this and it was absolutely amazing!!! It preserves the flavor and freshness.

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For more ideas check out last year’s gift guide