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Tips & Tricks for Successful Babywearing

It’s no secret that I L-O-V-E babywearing. Sure, I loved it with my first. But once my second baby (and even my third) were born, babywearing became a lifestyle. We all know the perks of wearing your baby. Less crying, free hands, amazing bonding, strangers can’t touch them, easing breastfeeding, etc. You don’t have to lug around a carseat or stroller, either! And with other kids in tow, babywearing is a huge lifesaver. I can take my older girls to the park or to the library or to the store with my baby strapped to my chest the entire time. Margot (4 months) LOVES to be worn in a wrap or carrier. She is happy as a clam and would be perfectly content hanging out on me all day long if I let her. If you are curious about babywearing or if you have had babywearing troubles in the past, check out these helpful tips…

10 Tips to Make Breastfeeding Easier

Breastfeeding is, hands down, one of the most challenging things I’ve done in my life. Birthing a 10-pound, 8-ounce baby without so much as an aspirin was nothing compared to the challenge that breastfeeding was for me (you can read more about my breastfeeding journey here). Long story short, during my first go at breastfeeding with my daughter, I was never able to make enough milk for her and had to supplement with formula. I still nursed her half-time until she was 17 months old.

This time around, breastfeeding has been much easier. My son will be 2 months old tomorrow, and I’m thankful that I’ve been able to nurse him exclusively. Part of it is simply because I have a different baby who is a different nurser, but a good portion of my success is thanks to some things I learned after breastfeeding the first time around. I wanted to share these tips in the hopes that they might be helpful to you in your breastfeeding journey. I’m obviously not a professional – just a mama who has struggled through and figured a few things out along the way.

10 Tips To Make Breastfeeding Easier

Teach Baby to Self-Feed with Mexican Street Corn

One of my favorite foods is corn on the cob. I love it when it’s drenched in butter, grilled to perfection, and melts in your mouth. Mmm. I have also found that kids love corn on the cob as well. My own kids love feeding themselves and don’t mind making a mess – which is good because corn on the cob is the perfect food to practice self-feeding and can get a little messy. Some moms even use it as a teething remedy for their babies.

Recently I made a delicious discovery – Mexican street corn! There are different add-ons depending on which recipe you follow, but basically these ears of corn are slathered in butter and cheese with a squeeze of lime and a dash of cayenne pepper. Click through the slideshow for a round-up of several Mexican street corn recipes.

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Cooking with Abuelita: Cajeta

Growing up, my family would always make cajeta as a sweet treat for us to enjoy. Cajeta is basically a type of dulce de leche (or caramel). I always looked forward to enjoying this dessert, because it is so delicious and my parents would always let me help make it. Now that Liam is getting older and he’s wanting to help in the kitchen, I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce him to cajeta. So we recently visited my grandmother, who makes the best cajeta, and Liam helped her whip some up. 

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A Doc McStuffins Birthday Party

One of the cutest cartoon programs on TV has to be Doc McStuffins. Both of my kids love it. I find it to be such a positive and encouraging show. Also, being a minority, I love that the main characters are also minorities.

Obviously, so many little girls look up to Doc because they can relate to her. Alyssa is one of Doc’s biggest fans, so for her third birthday, she wanted to have a Doc Alyssa party! Lucky for her, she has a mama in the party industry who has more creativity in her little pinky than I do in my whole body. Seriously, I was blown away when I saw the photos for this party.

Scroll through to see how it turned out!

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