I’m taking a little time off from blogging this week to love on my babies and try to figure out our new normal. I’ve invited a couple of my blogging friends over to guest post for me. Today, I’m bringing you Erin from erin lauray studio. Erin lives in Arizona, where she’s from, but we met when we both became a couple of the first contributors for Dallas Moms Blog, while Erin lived in DFW.
She has started her own blog design business and I know you noticed a change in the look of this blog not too long ago. She DID IT for me!!! I couldn’t be happier with it. She’s just that talented!
Today’s a great day for Erin’s post to go up because she’s hosting a giveaway on her personal blog that you WILL want to enter, especially if there is a toddler in your home! I’m off to enter right now. I LOVE giveaways and this is one I definitely want to win.
Take it away, Erin!
Hello! My name is Erin and I am a stay-at-home mommy to two kiddos, Jael Renee (2 1/2) and Elijah (16 weeks) and wife to my best friend, Joseph (since May 2006). I run a blog and web design studio (I designed for Jamie!) called erin lauray studio and also blog about mommyhood, love, and life at erinlauray.com. You can follow me on Twitter here.
I am SO excited for Jamie and her baby girl. Girls are so fun and this time cannot be more exciting for her and her family. I am honored that I can help her while she is at home enjoying the newborn snuggles!
Elijah is a BIG boy And like my daughter, he desperately needs to be swaddled at night – even when he doesn’t “want” to be. I’ve tried no swaddle, but he just smacks himself in the face. No good. We started out with the Swaddle Me blanket, but now that he is the size of a 10 month old [and he's not even four months yet], we had to switch over to a larger swaddling blanket. We use one like this one and LOVE it! Its a large [a little over 4 feet square] and made of a muslin-like material that breathes well. Imperative for those Arizona summers!
But my little sweet pea is getting stronger. A LOT stronger. To the point that he can get both arms AND legs out of my swaddle…and that says something because I’ve been told that my swaddles are super tight. Even my mom was worried that Elijah wouldn’t be able to breathe! ha! Anyway, Elijah doesn’t necessarily need the tightness anymore — he gets super frustrated — but he does need the restraint because of the flailing arms.
So I sought out a solution that was with items I already had. I came up with an idea, and he is currently sound asleep in his bed with my new solution.
I took a sleep gown and turned it into what is basically a sleep sock Here is what I did. If you’re interested, all you need is a sewing machine, an infant sleep gown [the kind with sleeves and an elastic opening at the bottom], and matching thread. Obviously scissors but I just thought I’d mention that
First, turn your sleep gown inside out.
Then, all you do is sew along the sleeve seams.
Then cut the sleeves off. As you can see here, I sewed down the side of the body a little so that the armpit area didn’t stick out like a point. Know what I’m saying?
Turn right side out.
And voila! You’ve got yourself a sleep sock! And one happy baby
Don’t forget to head over to Erin’s blog and enter her giveaway!