Wednesday, August 17, 2016

10 Ways to Remember Baby's First Halloween

 I received a free sample of Gerber® Good Start® Soothe infant formula and Gerber Soothe® probiotic colic drops] from Gerber. My thoughts and opinions are by my own.
Part of being a parent is wanting what is best for your little one.  As a mom who has nursed one baby and formula fed another, I am so grateful for all of the wonderful options that are available to us as parents.

 My first daughter cried for the first two months of her life, I don't think I truly understand what colic was until then. All babies cry. I know it’s natural, but colic is when a healthy baby cries for more than 3 hours a day, at least 3 days a week, for over 3 weeks. It usually starts in the first few weeks of life and can be completely overwhelming to both the parents and the little one.  Among the reasons for excessive crying is digestive discomfort, and iInfantile colic is a symptom of digestive discomfort.

Research indicates that the type of bacteria in the infant’s digestive system may determine whether a child is colicky. This suggests a role for probiotics to help support a balance of good bacteria in the digestive tract of colicky infants. In particular, the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri has been clinically shown in multiple studies to reducing crying time in colicky infants.I am so grateful that Gerber has created two products to help mom's with colicky little ones. Gerber® Soothe® probiotic Colic Drops is ideal for breastfed babies and Gerber® Good Start® Soothe infant formula is ideal for formula fed babies.

 Gerber® Soothe Probiotics Colic Drops are formulated with comforting probiotics L. reuteri which is a probiotic that is safe for infants. It has been clinically shown to significantly reduce crying time in colicky babies to try and help make going through colic with your infant easier.

Colic can feel like a very lonely and solitary thing to go through when you are a parent that is why Gerber has different experts available including a Registered Dietitians, Certified Lactation Consultant and a Certified Baby Sleep Consultant to answer any questions. The experts can be reached at or at 1-800-203-4565.

Colic can be the rough part of being a parent, but one of my favorite parts of being a parent is Halloween. The pumpkins are growing and my little ones are planning their Halloween costumes, or I should say my 7-year-old is planning her Halloween costume and a costume for her sister that will compliment it. Halloween is one of our very favorite holidays to celebrate with our kids and one we want to remember for years to come. From costumes, to first cocoas, to darling decorations. Here are some darling ways to remember your little one's first Halloween. 
Leaf Pictures- Is there anything more iconic about fall than leaves? Baby's love to crunch them and nothing is cutting than a darling baby in a big ole' pile of leaves.

 Costume photos- Make sure to get a great picture of baby's first costume. The easiest way is to do a photo outside with pumpkins and leaves. you can always use a sheet or bed as a backdrop if you have a small little one that you don't want to lay down outside.

 Baby in a pumpkin- This idea seems a little far fetched but it is totally doable and some of my favorite pictures of both of my babies. This is best done with a baby that is sitting up, my oldest daughter was 10 months old and my youngest was 6 months old when we took these. We did take some of my nephew when he was a little younger and we stuffed the pumpkin full of a bed sheet to help him be secure. Make sure you cut a large opening at the top so it is easy and comfortable to slide the baby inside. If you pumpkin is small or your baby is chunky, you might want to consider cutting leg holes. The pumpkin in the photo below was actually so big my daughter is standing inside of it instead of sitting.

 Hand and Foot Prints

The next ideas all involve babies, paint and canvases. It can be pretty tricky to paint a baby's hand or foot, but I have found that it is easiest to do it while they are occupied. If they are really little, try while they are sleeping. If they are a little older, try while they are eating or while another adult reads them a story or plays toys with them. If you have a particularly wiggly baby the foot is going to be easier than a hand. My biggest tip? Make sure you have a package of wet wipes near by to clean up quickly, so the baby doesn't get paint every where. 

Ghost Foot Prints- Paint a canvas black and your little one's foot white. Use the end of a paint brush to give the ghost eyes and a mouth.
Candy Corn Foot Prints- This one is best done on a black canvas as well. Paint the heel of your baby's food white, the middle orange and the toes yellow. You can add a face or just have pieces of candy corn.

Witch Hand Prints- These hand prints are my absolute favorite. A green hand print with orange hair and a black hat make for the perfect witch.

Black Cat Hand Prints- No witch is complete without her black cat. Add a head, ears and whiskers to a black hand print for this darling idea.

Pumpkin Hand and Foot Prints- Pumpkins are easy to make with either the hand or the foot. Line up all the feet of your kids on on canvas for your own little pumpkin patch. Use orange paint for the pumpkin and green for the stem and leaves.

Spider Hand Prints- A orange background, a cute little black hand print and a white web makes a darling spider.

Frankenstein Hand Prints- Paint your little one's toes black and their feet green. Add scars and faces for Frankenstein and his bride.

Nothing has made me feel more helpless than colic and I love that there options for parents to try now. Learn more about Gerber Soothe here.

Every parent wants to be the best parent they can be and I love that companies,like Gerber,  are listening. It makes me happy to use their products when I need them.

What is your #FormulaForHappiness this year with your little one?
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