Month: May 2020

Toddler Sleep though the Night

Like many parents out there I struggled with getting my toddler to sleep through the night. When he was an infant, I just accepted that we were not going to sleep through the night. However, as we passed the 14 month mark and he was still not sleeping through the night, we realized something had to change. At this point, Little One would wake up and I’d bring him into our bed to nurse and he would start pushing me or kicking…not fun. For some reason he only did this to me and not my husband. Needless to say, I couldn’t handle it any more. This is the story of how Little One went from the worst sleeper to the best sleeper, and how I got my toddler to finally sleep through the night.

I read tons of post and articles on how to get a toddler to sleep through the night. There is lots of advice out there! I am going to share what has worked for us but every child is different and every family is different, so find what works for you.

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Step One – Preparing Sleeping Area

The first step for us was moving Little One to his own room. My husband and I were both having a hard time taking this step. We liked having him with us and didn’t want our Little One to grow up.

We already had his crib set up with a tight fitting sheet. Our next step was to add a small fleece blanket and Gray Elephant Security Blanket, named Ellington. Being that Little One was 14-15 months he was able to have a small blanket to sleep with. Follow recommendations from your doctor when adding items to your child’s crib.

We also added a humidifier and a fan to Little One’s room. In my reading I learned that it is important to set up the room for sleeping. The humidifier keeps him from getting too dry, which was important at the time because we were heading into winter. Keeping the air flowing was important, too. We had the fan blowing, as well (away from the crib). Both of these items helped provide white noise.

Step 2- Bed time routine

With the new change to Little One sleeping in his own room, our nighttime routine had to change, too. On bath nights (every other night) we would start with the bath. He loves bubbles and we love this foaming bath wash that can be used as a soap and to create a bubble bath. After his bath we would score an extra snuggle and wrap him in his Hogwarts towel. My husband and I would apply lotion and this chest rub. The chest rub helps prompt sleep and did wonders in calming Little One down for sleep. We then brush his teeth and get his pajamas on. If you are choosing to cloth diaper, check out my night time cloth diapering solutions.

Next, my husband and Little One would cuddle in the chair in his room and read books. This can take a little while (especially with those two bookworms) and when they are done, I take over and nurse Little One. I didn’t use the boppy much when first starting to nurse but now I use it every night. Little One and I would then cuddle in the chair for a while while rocking.

The final step was asking Little One if he was ready for Ellington. It took a couple of days to get into this routine, but eventually he would sit up and point to Ellington. I would walk over to the crib, hand him Ellington, and lay him down in the crib. Then I would tuck him in with the blanket, give one more kiss, and head out.

The first couple of nights

When we changed to this routine I could have very easily given up. But I knew for the long run that we had to get through this. The new routine that we laid out above went well but once I laid him down he started to cry. That was the hardest part. It ripped my heart out and all I would want to do was go back in and cuddle him.

However, I stuck to my gut and let him cry and in a couple of minutes he would fall asleep.

After the first week he wasn’t crying at all when I put him down. After that first week he started sleeping consistently 12-13 hours per night. I could not believe it!

Little One went from the worst sleeping to the best sleeping in a matter of a week. It was incredible! I was so happy that I finally got my toddler to sleep though the night, and that I got to sleep though the night too. Believe me it was much needed.

Final Thoughts

Little One is almost 2 now – I can’t believe it! Our nightly routine has remained much the same. He is still sleeping through the night and is waking up a happy boy.

I am not sure if there was one particular step that really made this work. All of the changes working together is what helped us get to this point.

I have found that the chest rub has been incredibly helpful in relaxing Little One and getting him ready for bed. If your toddler is anything like mine, they are constantly running and excited. The chest rub really helped relax him. The eucalyptus and lavender mix smell so good and is soothing. We rub a little on his chest right before pajamas and it just gets him in the right mindset for sleep.

My sister-in-law works with Wink Naturals and sells these awesome products. I’ll drop her link below to her Facebook page and the store. If you are interested in these products but not sure if you’re ready yet, follow her on Facebook. She posts great information and has frequent sales so check it out!

Next, did you see our recent post on 6 baby products you need to try?

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DIY Wall Hooks

I tackled a much needed organizational project this week. With summer starting to make the first glimmer, we have pulled out our summer straw hats. Our major problem is that we are short on space and we have added an additional hat for Little One. We have a small sliver of space between our exterior door and the door to the kitchen. This is a perfect place for hat storage because it offers a lot of vertical storage. I started to search for some wall hooks, and found some great ones. However, I thought I could try to make my own DIY wall hooks.

I saw this article from Grillo-Designs which introduced me to the idea of using cabinet knobs as hooks using hanger bolts. While I was out in my garage I happened upon some extra dowels from my hammock swing DIY. I thought I could make some hooks for our hats in combination with the hanger bolts. This project was pretty easy and took me less than an hour to complete. Check out how to make DIY wall hooks below.


  • Dowel at least 3/4 inch in diameter. You could use a larger dowel to create larger hooks.
  • Hanger Bolt I used a 1 inch bolt. If you are planning on hanging heavy objects I would suggest a longer hanger bolt, but for our hats the 1 inch worked perfectly.
  • Wall anchors
  • Drill
  • Clamp
  • Stain I used stain that I had left over from another project. These hooks are small so it really didn’t take much to stain them. If you like the look of the natural wood you could leave them unfinished or with a light polyurethane or coconut oil.
  • Level


Making these DIY wall hooks was pretty easy. I first dug around in my garage and found a dowel. I decided that I wanted my hooks to be 2 inches long. This is a great length for supporting these kinds of hats. This can be easily adjusted to meet any need. I marked two inches and cut at the mark on a 45 degree angle. Using my miter saw but this miter box and hand saw would do the trick and is a great budget friendly option. I used this process to cut three hooks and then sanded them with my palm sander and sand paper. You could just do this process by hand, as well.

The next step is to finish the hooks with your chosen finish. I used my left over stain from another project. Let it dry before moving on to the next step.

cut DIY wall hook

Second Step

The next step in this process is to create a drill hole for the hanger bolt to go into. I happen to have a clamp attached to my work bench which worked perfectly. Next I clamped in hooks and used a level to make sure it was, well…level. Using my drill to drill a hole to 1/2 the length of my hanger bolt. I positioned the bit to the thicker part of the hook. I didn’t want to drill though the hook.

Level on DIY wall hook

Next, I screwed the hanger bolts into the hooks. Then I found the places on the wall that I wanted the hooks to be. At these locations I drilled into the wall and hammered in the wall anchors. I spun the hooks into the wall anchors. And that’s it! I love how great these DIY wall hooks turned out!

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DIY wall hook

What do you think of these DIY wall hooks? They were so easy to make and they can be changed up to fit any space!

6 Baby Products You Need to Try

Knowing what products to get for your new baby can be quite challenging. In our efforts to find the most effective products, we have tried them all. I don’t know how many partially used tubs of diaper cream we have sitting in a drawer. We care about only using the best products for our Little One, so when we heard about Wink Naturals it was a perfect match. Not only are all the products natural and cruelty free, they simply work really well! So check out these 6 baby products you need to try today!

We first heard about Wink Naturals from my sister-in-law. She learned about these products and likes them so much that she now works with Wink Naturals. I’ll link her page below where you can get your own Wink products.

6 Baby Products You Need to Try

Bum Balm

The first item for the 6 baby products you need to try is bum balm. This bum balm is fantastic – and not just for the bum! Bum balm makes taking care of diaper rashes a breeze. I use it right away when I see something pop up, and in one or two applications the problems gets resolved. By the way, did you know that using cloth diapers can also reduce the risk of diaper rash? Learn more here.

Bum Balm is great for wherever there is skin irritation. My sister-in-law first started to use bum balm on her little one’s eczema and had dramatic results. But don’t take my word for it, check out her testimonial below.

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Llama Lotion

This lotion is fantastic! It is great for moisturizing and keeping your baby’s skin soft. Llama lotion has no parabens, toxins, harsh chemicals, dyes, sulfates, fragrances, or petroleum. It is great for the rough patches that pop up for people of any age.

I recently had a dry patch pop up by my knee. I tried a couple different kinds of lotion that didn’t work. The patch was red, itching and very irritating. Then I remembered that I had a tub of llama lotion. Three applications of llama lotion and the dry patch is gone. It was amazing how quickly it worked!

I also used it last winter when my Little One had some chapped cheeks. A couple applications of this llama lotion and his skin was baby smooth once again.

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Chest Rub

We tried everything to get our Little One to sleep through the night. At 15 months both my husband and I were losing our minds. We decided we needed to change up our whole nightly routine. One of the things we implemented was this chest rub. It has coconut oil, Shea butter, and eucalyptus, and lavender essential oils that help promote a restful sleep.

Our new routine included moving Little One into his own room and put this chest rub on him every night. Suddenly he went from waking up 4 times a night to sleeping for 12 hours straight! I couldn’t believe it the first time, I was in utter shock. While the chest rub doesn’t put him to sleep, it is a part of our nighttime routine that calms Little One down and prepares him for a restful night. We have been using it for the past 6 months and plan on continuing to use it for a while.

For those of you who have older kids, Wink Naturals also has kids sleep drop system.

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Bath Oil

This bath oil is a wonderful part of a bath tub routine. It is safe, natural, and perfect for babies and people of all ages. The bath oil smells wonderful and is scented with lavender and citrus essential oils. It is very gentle and works great for sensitive skin. A little goes a long way and the foaming bath wash can also be used for making bubble baths!

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Teething Gel

Teething can be such a hard time for your young ones. They are so unhappy and understandably so. I never wanted to put those harsh teething gels on Little One’s gums. This product is all natural and it has a great flavor that your Little One will like.

I know for for a fact that it works well. Right before we left for our Yoho trip, I had a tooth that developed an abscess and was extremely painful. The dentist prescribed antibiotics but they took a couple days to take full effect. I used Little One’s teething gel to give myself some relief and it provided nice cooling relief.

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Wink offers these two styles of pajamas, and they are so cute! They are super soft and 100% cotton and a great comfort for a restful night sleep. Little One has both sets and picks them out all the time. So cute!

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If you are wanting to try any Wink Naturals products, you can order them here. However, I suggest if you are not sure what products you are interested in, head over to the Wink with Rachel Facebook page and follow it. She frequently posts sales where you can get these fantastic products for great prices. I personally purchased the teething gel during a sale for only $2!

Wink offers so many amazing products. I am hoping to get more posts out about Wink Naturals, but in the meantime, I hope you found these 6 baby products you need to try helpful and informative. Let me know in the comments below if you have an questions or comments. I would love to hear from you!

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