Bedtime with HALO

Bedtime with HALO-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

As a new Mom, my biggest concern and priority is that Charlotte is safe when she’s sleeping. With this, the number one item that I wanted to have at home when she arrived is the HALO Bassinest! The HALO Bassinest has been a game changer for us, and today I wanted to share three safe sleep practices to keep in mind for babies:

1. No loose clothing.

It’s best to not place a baby in loose clothing in the Bassinest (or in the crib once we make the transition), so we dress Charlotte in the HALO SleepSack Swaddle. She’s snug and cozy which she really loves, and I really like that it’s easy to wrap her in when it’s time for bed. Not to mention the one pictured here is so cute with the butterflies!

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Bedtime with HALO-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

2. Back is best.

Once Charlotte is dressed for bedtime, we place her in the HALO Bassinest Glide next to our bed laying her on her back. With the HALO Bassinest Glide we are able to raise it to the same height as our bed, and the key feature is that it’s able to glide across any floor surface so that we can bring her close to our bed and easily tend to her in the middle of the night (you can see it in action here). With having a C-section, the other feature that I really like is the lowering side wall which lowers with the pressure of your forearm, which makes it easy for me to lift Charlotte out of the Bassinest when it’s time to feed her. It also has mesh walls which provides maximum breathability, and it gives me peace of mind because I’m able to keep her at eye level throughout the night. The HALO Bassinest Glide has been perfect for our family as we adjust to newborn life!

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3. No bumpers, blankets, toys, etc.

In the Bassinest (and eventually in the crib once we transition) we only have a fitted sheet. We avoid having items in the Bassinest and the crib such as bumpers, blankets, and toys in order to keep her safe and sound.

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I received these products from HALO, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Photos by GloryRoze Photography

Tuesday’s Cravings: Winter Weather

Here are the items that I’m currently craving this week when it comes to Winter fashion! I’m loving the detailing on these two sweaters pictured below which are both from Target and they are both $20 which is quite a steal. They have such fun sleeves that I can’t get enough of and they are perfect for Winter weather! I also recently purchased this camo jacket from Old Navy that’s really similar to the one pictured below. This one is quilted which makes it a little warmer, and it would pair perfectly with either one of these sweaters too. Which is your favorite, and what are you currently craving?

Bell sleeve sweater | Black joggers | Camo quilted jacket | Ruffle sleeve sweater | High heeled boots | Faux suede bag

What’s In My Hospital Bag

What's In My Hospital Bag-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

I spoke with some friends that delivered at the same hospital as me, and I also read different blog posts about what to pack in my hospital bag! I had a lot of people tell me that you don’t need to bring much, which is definitely a good thing. I packed my bag when I was about 35 weeks pregnant just in case, and here’s what I packed:

What I packed for me:

Robe– I brought the robe that I wore in this post from PinkBlush.

Toiletries bag– Face wash, make-up remover wipes, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, tooth brush, toothpaste, chapstick, dry shampoo, etc.

Make-up bag– foundation, concealer, powder. I decided to only bring the basics.

Slippers & slipper socks– They give you 1 pair of slipper socks at the hospital, but I brought a couple extra pairs to be safe.

Nursing tops– I purchased 2 of these nursing tops from Target.

Leggings– I brought along this pair of postpartum leggings from Blanqi.

Flip flops– For the shower.

Phone charger with extra long cord– Everyone said that there weren’t any outlets near the hospital bed, so it’s best to bring along an extra long cord.

Snacks-They don’t let you eat while you’re in labor, but once you’ve given birth you might be starving. If the kitchen is closed it might take a little longer to get some food according to someone I spoke with, so she suggested to bring some healthy snacks.

Nursing pillow– I brought my Boppy pillow.

 

What I packed for baby:

Going home outfit– We brought along 2 different outfits with us. One in a newborn size and one in a 0-3 month size since we weren’t exactly sure how big she would be.

Swaddle & headband– I packed these for pictures in the hospital.

Socks & hat– It is December after all, so she needs these to keep warm.

Blanket– My Mom learned how to crochet just for baby girl, which meant so much to me. We packed the blanket that she made to bring her home in.

Car seat– They won’t let you leave the hospital without this obviously, so make sure it’s already setup in your car.

*Our hospital provided diapers and wipes.

 

What did you pack in your hospital bag?

Lounging at Home with the DockATot

Lounging at Home with the DockATot-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

When it came time to think about what baby products we needed to have at home for Charlotte, I did a lot of research and one of the must have items that a lot of Mom’s recommended is the DockATot. I read a lot about the benefits and uses before having Charlotte, and decided that it would be the perfect piece to have at home while we’re lounging, relaxing, and playing! DockATot is a multi-functional lounger, co-sleeper and playtime lounger that is handmade in Europe. It is also tested for breathability, it is all natural, and it is made of 100% cotton which is perfect for a new baby. Not only that but it’s an ideal micro-climate for babies and tots that also comes in two different sizes. You can choose from the Deluxe which is for 0-8 Months and the Grand which is for 9-36 months. We have the Deluxe shown below in the Dream Weaver pattern which you can shop here. I really love the neutral design and color of our dock, but they also have a lot of other fun prints to choose from.

I last did a post about the DockATot back in August (you can read it here) when we first started purchasing items for Charlotte, but now that she has arrived and we’ve been using the DockATot I thought it would be fun to share more about our experience with it. The two different ways that use the DockATot in particular are for both lounging and for playtime. When it comes to lounging, we use the DockATot when Charlotte and I are in our bedroom upstairs. It’s great to have her on the bed with me while relaxing and hanging out, but she’s secure and I’m always supervising her. When it comes to playtime, we use the DockATot downstairs in the living room on the floor, and she lays in the lounger looking at the toy arch and the toy set which she absolutely loves. I really like the toy arch and toy set attachments that you can purchase separately, and they are really easy to attach which is definitely an added bonus. You shop the toy arch here and the toy set here, and there are many options to choose from too. We absolutely love the DockATot and definitely recommend it if you’re a new Mom or an expecting Mom!

Do you have a DockATot?

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Lounging at Home with the DockATot-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

Lounging at Home with the DockATot-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

Lounging at Home with the DockATot-@headtotoechic-Head to Toe Chic

I received these products compliments of DockATot, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.