DIY Burp Cloth Tutorial

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These are my go to baby gifts. They are awesome. I also made some for myself and I used them with every feeding from 0-6 months. They are so absorbent, and keep mama and baby clean. I love these!! Here is a simple step by step tutorial so you can make them too. Enjoy!

ImageThese are the ones you can find at Babies R Us, I found these in store. If you can find 6-ply, they hold up even better.

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Here are just a few of some burp cloths I have made in the past. Seriously guys, these are the best.

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Time: About one hour to make 5. Once you get the hang of it things will go faster.

Money: $12.99-$15.99 for ten burp cloths. $10- $15 for a few fat quarters of fabric. 

Ick Factor: Low. 

Love it or Leave it: Love it. Again, these are so easy, and who doesn’t love a home made gift? I love how creative you can get with these, you can even make a matching quilt or blanket to go with them. Best baby gift, and best baby gear. These were a staple item for my babe everyday until she reached about 6 months. Enjoy! 

Posted by Sara J

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Valentine You’re Plane Cool

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Plane Cool Valentine

My sons are still little, but I couldn’t resist making some valentines for them to deliver to friends and family. Here is a cute printable I made for them. You can attach it to a small candy treat or a toy plane (for a no sugar option).

Hope you are all having a happy Valentine’s week!

Plane Cool Valentine

Posted by Jessica J.

Salt Dough Heart Print

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This is our first Valentine’s Day with a baby, and I wanted to do something more sentimental for my husband. My daughter is nearly 6 months old, and loves to feel with her feet. This project was perfect for both of us. She happily watched me in her high chair while I mixed and rolled the dough. She loved wiggling her toes into the soft dough when it was her turn to stamp her feet. This recipe is very simple, here is how I made it:

What you need:

1 cup of flour

1/2 cup of salt

1/2 cup of water

Blend together flour and salt. Stir in water as dough forms. Knead on a floured surface until dough is workable. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Allow to air dry or put it in a warm oven. Once the dough is dry, I painted it using two colors. The feet prints were kind of hard to see if I were to paint it all one color. I probably would have used different colors but I wanted to use only what I had on hand. You can add a ribbon or string by threading it through the hole at the top and hang it as a cute ornament around your house.

Money: Free, I had all supplies on hand

Time: 40 minutes to mix dough, stamp feet, cut, write, paint. 3 days to air dry.

Ick factor: Medium. I didn’t like how long it took for the dough to dry. I would try putting it in a warm oven next time. I also had a hard time writing in the dough. I used a pencil. I might try a different recipe next time. 

Worth it? Yes. This was a fast project I could do along with my 6 month old. It was completely free, and serves as a precious keepsake for Valentine’s Days to come, and it’s the perfect gift for my husband this year. Enjoy!

Posted by Sara J. 

Positive Discipline for Toddlers

The authors go into detail with each step, but I thought I would just focus on my experience and thoughts. After three days, I did notice a difference with my toddler and now when I say, “Uh-Oh”, he clues into what is about to happen and tries to recourse his action. I think that overall, children want that one-on-one attention from their parents. I noticed that the days I would spend one hour with my little man, doing exactly what he wanted to do and making sure my eyes were focused only on him, he was happier throughout the day…(big surprise right?). I will continue to use this idea and implement these suggestions as to my style and personality.

Overall view of the book:

I found this book to be very straightforward and easy to read. I did, at times, find myself cringing at some of the examples used, but if you can overlook that, I think you will find this book to be helpful. With all parenting books, however,  I think you need to adjust the suggestions to your style and personality so that it’s YOU parenting and not the book.

Time: 3 days (at least)

Money: $24.95 (price off amazon.com)

Ick Factor: Low-Medium

Worth It: Yes, but need to stay consistent in order to see dramatic change. 

 Posted by Anne D.

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