Safety First with CYBEX Cloud Q

Safety First with CYBEX Cloud Q

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On our last road trip we noticed how uncomfortable Atticus was in his car seat.  We drove over seven hours and I couldn’t help to feel bad that he had to be strapped to that car seat.  His head would fall forward or fall all the way to the side, I felt his neck was gonna break.  If he is not sleeping, I don’t leave him in his car seat.  I prefer taking him in and out so he can sit (or lay) in his stroller.  I thought it was a love/hate relationship with any carseat.  When I received the Cybex Cloud Q car seat I decided to open my heart again.  My first thought was “wow this looks very comfy!” There are so many I personally love about the Cybex Cloud Q car seat:

  • Adjustable head rest with comfy cushions to keep his head in place.
  • Full recline position for outside of the car. Love this feature, when we go out to eat or any activity and he wants to sleep now I can leave him in his car seat and just recline it for him to be more comfortable.
  • Telescopic Linear Side-Impact Protection and Energy-Absorbing Shell, both help to absorb force in the event of a side-impact collision.
  • Award Winning Safety
  • Sleek design and style with so many colors to choose from to match your mama style.

I know our future road trips will be more enjoyable, in and outside of the car, with the CYBEX Cloud Q car seat!

Love,

Natalia

***In partnership with CYBEX. Thank you to CYBEX for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.***

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Let’s Be Honest Mamas: Technology with Kids

Let’s Be Honest Mamas: Technology with Kids

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Hello and happy Monday to everyone! Today I am back again with our Let’s Be Honest Mamas series talking about Technology with Kids.  I am so excited to be collaborating alongside these beautiful mamas again this month and I am always so honored that Hannah Renee asked me to be a part of these monthly Q&As and community.  You can follow #letsbehonestmamas hashtag to see everyone’s posts (and you can browse past posts as well!)  I have linked all the collaborating mamas at the end of this post for you to go and read their Q&As as well.  Enjoy reading!

1. Do you have an opinion on technology use with kids? Do you worry about being on your phone too much around your babies?

To be honest, I don’t know how to feel about technology just yet.  I believe it should not be used the entire day and that kids should go outside and play or be creative with other activities.  I do worry a lot using my phone around Atticus since I caught myself often looking at it when he is around.  Every time he sees my phone he will go distances just to get ahold of it.  I am being more intentional about using my phone while he is around me.  If I need to look at it for a moment I go into the kitchen and try to hide so he doesn’t see I am on my phone.  It is so bad, the addiction we have with our phones.  We often feel so guilty, but you are not the only one.

2. What age did you or will you allow your kids to play with your phone, iPad, etc.? Do you restrict what they do on it? Will you buy them their own tablet?

I don’t think we are just going to give Atticus the phone all the time so he can play with it.  I believe if we are out on a restaurant and he is not happy is best to put some kind of entertainment to watch on the phone to keep him busy.  In all truth he is bored and not wanting to be there and I want for him to be pleasant and happy when we go places for ourselves.  Right now he doesn’t use our phone to look at or play games.  I mean he is still too little, he just wants to eat, haha.  I don’t think we will buy him his own tablet, he can use our iPad. I feel we say so many things that we are never gonna do and then we find ourselves doing it, right?!

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3. At what age did you (or do you plan to) let your kids watch tv and for how much time per day? Certain tv shows/channels?

I play TV for Atticus in the morning and evening.  While having breakfast and us drinking our coffee we turn the TV to watch his favorites nursery rhymes videos.  The same in the evening, white he is eating his dinner.  And it gives me a chance to start making dinner for us while he is entertain watching the videos.  I don’t let him watch more than 45 minutes at the time.  When the video is done, is done.  Right now all he watches and love is Super Simple Songs on YouTube.  Oh I have learned them all, LOL.

4. What are your/your babe’s favorite tv shows and movies? Are you concerned with the message it teaches and do you restrict any shows in particular?  

Right now he only loves the Super Simple Songs videos in their YouTube channel.  I’ve tried to play other TV shows for him, like Sesame Street, but he is not interested at all.  If it’s not singing the whole time with lots of colors and cute little characters he won’t watch it.  So that is the only videos I play for him.  I am not concerned with the message it teaches because it is nursery rhymes, which we already sing to them.  It has also benefit me so much because I knew zero nursery rhymes haha.  I mean, I remember  some Spanish songs when I was a kid, but it was the Itsy Bitsy Spider lol.

5. If you do not use iPad/iPhones as entertainment/distractions while out, what types of activities, toys, explanations do you use?

Right now he doesn’t use the phone for entertainment when we are out because he really  doesn’t know to hold while watching a video.  We entertain him with food right now.   Teething wafers and puffs.  We play the Super Simple Songs Spotify channel and he loves that too.  He recognizes that those are the songs that he watches on the TV.

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Make sure to follow along these beautiful ladies posts too!

Hannah Renee hannahreneeblog.com // Kacie Ellis elementsofellis.com // Amber Hill amberlately.com // Tanya Taylor hislittlelady.com// Kymberly Janelle lifewithkymberlyjanelle.com // Emily Lindsey happilylindsey.com // Stephanie Pollock koleimpressions.com // Camille Burley theburleytribe.com

Love,

Natalia

 

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Let’s Be Honest Mamas: All Things Sleep

Let’s Be Honest Mamas: All Things Sleep

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Happy Monday! So excited about this month’s Let’s Be Honest Mamas!  This post is in collaborations with aden + anais and we are talking all about how are babies sleep during naps and bedtime.  Like always I am so grateful for Hannah from Hannah Renee for putting this together.  I have had the privilege of getting to know these mamas in the last couple of months and I truly love this little group of ours! It is always so fun reading all the different posts and seeing how different or likely we all are!  So make sure to check the other collaborating ladies on the links at the end of this post 🙂

ALSO! Stay tuned for a great giveaway on our Instagram later today!  Clue: the softest sleeping bags and dream blankets in the whole wide world!

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1. How well does your babe(s) sleep? Sleeping through the night? Taking good naps? None of the above? 😉

So far, Atticus has been a good sleeper (knock on wood!).  He started sleeping most of the night around 3-4 months.  Right now he sleeps from around 8pm until 6-7am. He might get up once in the middle of the night looking for his missing paci, haha.  He is also a good napper!  He has to nap, he demands to nap lol.  He takes at least 3 naps a day.  The morning nap is the longest one, around 1-1.5 hours after he gets up in the morning.  His afternoon nap, around 2pm, is a little longer too.  And little naps in between.  Prayer: Dear God, please let him be a good napper for like… the rest of his life.  Amen.

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2. Have you or are you planning to “sleep train”? How did you go about it?

I never really “sleep trained” Atticus.  I just used a couple of schedules or routines I found online to help me better understand and plan days.  Things I did to help him sleep through the nights was dream feeding which I did until he was like 4-5 months.  Reducing his night feeding by letting him fall back asleep instead of going making a bottle right away.  I feel they get up sometimes just to play or talk, so by not giving them the bottle they would not associate getting up at 3am every night to get that bottle.  Swaddles were my best friend, but I knew one day I had to stop swaddling.  I started early on this by leaving one arm out and then one night I just left both out and knew it was going to be a long night.  It took like a week to get used to.  He still sleeps in sleeping sacks most nights.

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3. Describe your baby’s bedtime routine. Are there any products or methods you do to promote sleep?

I start bedtime around 6:30pm when I feed him some baby food.  Then at 7pm I give him a bath and let him play for like 10-15mins.  I start at 7pm because daddy gets off work at 7pm, so I tried for him to be awake by the time daddy gets home.  Then lotion, brush hair,PJs and Snuza. We then put him in our midnight silky soft sleeping bag by aden + anais.  Guys, this sleeping bag is sooooo soft! By 7:30pm (when daddy gets home), he reads him a couple of books and gives him the last bottle of the day.  He is not wanting to drink his bottle when we carry him lately, so we put him in the crib and let him hold the bottle and when he is done we take it away.  Right now we are putting one of our pillows inside of the crib so he can fall asleep faster (we take it away when we go to sleep *do not worry mom* lol).  We do this because he was used to sleeping in our bed and the smell helps him and he loves putting his face against it too, which we then move the pillow a little bit.

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4. Did you try to create a “sleep schedule” or is it more flexible around your day?

He used to be in a better schedule and one day he didn’t want to drink his whole bottles or eat at the same times.  So now is all by waiting for his signals.  I base it on the time he gets up and go from there.  He eats every 3-4 hours and if he has been awake for like 2 hours he starts getting cranky and I know it’s because of that. My goal right now is to make sure he gets a morning nap around 8-10am and an afternoon nap around 2-4pm. Still, it’s not perfect because some days he wants to take a longer nap right before 12pm again and then a shorter nap at 2pm. I never know anymore haha.  I depend on his signals, that helps me so much!

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5. How do you feel about co-sleeping? If you do co-sleep, how and when do you plan to transition to a crib/bed?

I love co sleeping, I really don’t see a problem with it if you take some safety steps when they are tiny.  We had a little co sleeper from Swaddle Me that we put in between us.  I really does help for the first few months when they get up so much.  He outgrew that around 5-6 months.  Still, I didn’t want to let go!  He slept in between us for a little bit.  We have a king bed and he is a BIG baby, we put him on top of the comforter so we can definitely feel his weight.  Never put him underneath the sheets with us or on lay on top of the pillows or around our arms.  Then at 6 months is when the transitioning started.  We opened the pack and play and put it at the end of our bed and let him sleep there for over a week.  We started putting him in the crib after.  He would get up more often in the night and I don’t blame him!  I was too!  So if he got up at 2pm I would bring him back to our room.   I am guilty for this and my husband too!  We are more than ok sleeping with him.  We love him next to us and we feel more at peace when he is with us.  But we know we have to break this, so he is in the crib all night unless necessary.

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Check the rest of the beautiful mamas:

Hannah Renee hannahreneeblog.com // Amanda Krovic amandakrovic.com // Sophia Johnson cultivatemotherhood.wordpress.com // Mary Salas honeywild.co // Kacie Ellis elementsofellis.com // Victoria Schneider thesoutherntrunk.com // Amber Hill amberlately.com // Tanya Taylor hislittlelady.com // Kymberly Janelle lifewithkymberlyjanelle.com // Emily Lindsey happilylindsey.com // Britt Havens britthavens.com // Stephanie Pollock koleimpressions.com //

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Love,

Natalia

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