How to Help Your Children Transition to a New Baby


With my due date just around the corner, we are busy preparing our home and family for baby O’s arrival. Kara had a fairly easy transition when we brought Elijah into the world 2 years ago (she was so excited and wanted to help so much with her new baby brother). Elijah on the other hand, I’m a little more worried about. He can have a tendency to be protective and slightly possessive over me and his dad. He shares us much better with his sister now that he’s two, but he has never been keen on letting us hold other people’s babies or playing one on one with his cousins. With total opposites in my children, I thought I would share some tips on How to Help Your Child Transition to a New Baby in case that’s something you’re prepping for as well! Some of these tips were mentioned by my Facebook blogging groups/friends (you guys are so thoughtful and appreciated), so I’ve included those down below too!

  1. Set up baby items ahead of time.

I’ve already started pulling out old baby things like the bouncer, crib, etc. and vocalizing to our kids that baby sister is coming soon! Kara being six and a second timer at this, is already fully prepared, and anxious for baby O’s arrival. Eli has started to express interest in the fact that there’s a baby in Mommy’s tummy and he’s not allowed to climb in her crib or all over mom, although he thinks he still fits in his old bouncer and car seat. What I’ve read is that if you’re able to do these things ahead of time, it’s not as huge of a shock when the baby finally arrives! (fingers crossed this has been helping Eli!)

  1. Big Brother / Big Sister Gifts

I wanted my kids to have something special when they came to visit the hospital, kind of like a gift from their new baby sister. With Baby O’s arrival, of course we have been purchasing quite a few items for her, from clothes, blankets, bows, etc. it can be kind of disappointing as an older sibling to not get anything for yourself. We’re keeping it small, there’s really no reason to go over board here. Here’s what baby sister is getting for her siblings, Elijah & Kara

  1. Throwing a big brother / big sister “party”

When I say “party” I don’t mean a party with decorations and lots of effort, and I know if my husband is reading this, he’s already shaking his head thinking how “extra” Im wanting to be for the kids this time around haha. This will be a SUPER simple dinner, maybe some delivery pizza from our favorite pizza place or Doordash and some cupcakes or cookies. (yay for my last cheat meal before I get my life back on track! Stay tuned for my journey through Keto). We’ll make this a celebration of Kara and Eli’s new roles. This way the focus is on them and they feel extra special.

  1. Giving them big brother/sister roles

This was a great recommendation from some friends on Facebook. Get them to help out with little tasks, of course it depends how old they are. Many momma’s have mentioned creating a “big brother” basket or something similar with things the baby might need, like a few diapers, wipes, binky, etc. and allowing the older sibling to get those things for the baby when you need them.

  1. Patience and making time

I’ll be making sure to make time for my first two kiddos, like keeping special dates with them, attending Kara’s soccer games and practices, even though this will be hard toting around three kids when dad is working nights. In addition to sister’s new gift to them, give them leniency on ipad time, and let them watch tv or play next to you while you nurse. Get a family member to take the baby on a walk or watch the baby so you can have an hour of one on one, uninterrupted time with your other children, whether that’s going to the park or staying in and playing with one another.

Bringing a new baby into the family is a huge change! We have to be gentle with older siblings, even though Karagirl did super well with her brother two years ago, she still had moments of acting out, when she felt like she wasn’t getting as much love and attention. Ultimately my recommendation to you Mommas is don’t forget that while your worrying that your first kid(s) won’t get as much attention (which they will) don’t forget that they are gaining a beautiful sibling and a whole new relationship. It won’t be long before they love the baby as much as you!

If you have other tips or started following some of these tips, please comment and share below!

Kara’s Back to School Haul Featuring Arizona Jean Co.

Are your kids getting excited about going back to school? School starts in less than 2 weeks for Utah kids! I know not everyone’s kids are as excited as our Kara girl… She’s been saying since the day after school got out, how excited she was to be in first grade next year. This year she get’s to play on the big kid playground in the back of the school!

Summertime is fun for her but she seriously loves school, not just getting to socialize with her friends but the academics too. She’s the type to easily bore if she’s not being challenged, and she would be the first to admit that summer can be boring if her whole day isn’t planned out for her. She’s the total opposite of me and her dad, haha! But these are all good characteristics to have, and we always make sure to remind her that it’s okay to love school!

Some things I always remember about heading back to school when I was younger was back to school shopping. Picking out what seemed like a whole new wardrobe and picking some new shoes. Daniel (my husband) also has fun memories of doing this when he was younger, and so we try to make it a point to make sure back to school shopping is a big and fun event for our kids. This year was kind of different compared to last, our little girl is becoming quite independent and has her OWN opinions about her style and what is appropriate to wear to school… She’s only 6! haha. Here’s a list straight from Kara of her top fashion tips for back to school:

  1. Jeans are TOO hot for summer, buy jeans now while they’re on sale but wait till it gets cool to wear them!
  2. Loose jeans are way more comfy than skin tight jeans, how will she be expected to sit crisscross if her pants are too tight!?
  3. You have to wear shorts or spanks under your dresses and skirts because nobody wants to see your mahi (underwear) when you’re doing the monkey bars!
  4. Sandals are cute but not to wear at school, she’ll try mom and dad’s choice of Vans next year, but this year its all about the Converse for her!
  5. Two buns are better than one!


Items not shown in pictures: Arizona Jean Co Jeggings, Arizona Denim Bermuda Shorts, Arizona Embellished Denim Bermuda Shorts

Items in Pictures: Arizona Denim Jeggings, Arizona Short Sleeve Striped Ruffle Tee, Arizona Cold Shoulder Button-Front Ruffle Shirt, Arizona Short Sleeve Graphic Tee

To shop Kara’s back to school wardrobe check out the links above. Kara and I both, love Arizona Jean Co. Their jeans are such high quality I know they will handle all her tough play through out the whole school year, which is important when you have 3 kids and are trying to live on a budget! I also love that they make Bermuda shorts… Kara is so long and tall and I have a hard time letting my mommy heart let her wear short shorts. It’s great that they have such a wide selection of modest shorts to choose from. Something Kara loves, is that she can choose from traditional jeans to jeggings, she can be picky especially when her pants are too tight, so having the option of a stretch waistband is a must. I seriously don’t think there is anything that Arizona doesn’t make, they have a wide variety of shirts to choose from, anything from graphic tees to semi dress shirts to button downs and ruffles. Their wide variety and quality of clothing is why I will always love and trust their brand.

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Hospital Bag Checklist: What You’ll Really Need

I’m now 36ish weeks pregnant, and with baby number 3 quickly making her debut, I have started to get our hospital bag prepared! We are so excited and nervous, but one thing we want to make sure we can be prepared for is the hospital. I’m sure you have seen many a posts done on this, but I have yet to see one similar to ours, we want to pack light and practical. We’ll be reviewing the items that really matter! So today I’m sharing a Hospital Bag Checklist with everything I’ve packed and hopefully it will help you when you get ready to pack your own. There’s a fun giveaway at the bottom of the post, so keep reading!

Hospital Bag Checklist

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1. Steve Madden Babybag

I have really amazing sister in laws who love to spoil my kids and they gifted me with this beautiful Steve Madden back pack. You can find a similar one here Steve Madden Backpack.  I intend to pack this with some diapers, her going home outfit, a few sleeper gowns, and some muslin blankets. After trying many a diaper bags from messenger style bags, walmart brand to Eddie Bauer, I think the most important feature of a diaper bag is that it be a backpack. This will free up your arms whenever you are out and about and provide good support for your back.

2. Motherhood Maternity Nursing Bra

With my last 2 pregnancies, you could say I easily overpacked for the hospitals. I was entranced by all the glamorous looking mommy blogs that pack the high end going home outfits and lush hospital supplies. But with this baby the goal is to pack light and practical! So in the spirit of keeping things simple, I will be packing this comfortable nursing bra by Motherhood Maternity. This bra was recently awarded the Mom Must-Have award in 2017 by What to Expect, it has eay clip downs, it’s lightly lined, full busted coverage, ideal for someone like myself who is above a D+ cup size and its got a good support while still comfortable to sleep in. Once your milk comes in if you’re like me, you need a good sleeping bra that gives you a little support and breathing room while you sleep.

3. Bathrobe

I have always thought bringing a bathrobe to the hospital wasn’t necessary, but the more I read on from other Moms out there, I’ve been convinced to purchase one this time. I’m thinking it will be much easier to deal with when nursing. I have worn pants, a soft nursing bra and instead of a shirt that clings to my still swollen belly and makes me feel self conscious I’m going to be wearing my new bathrobe. I’m not going to be bringing a super nice bathrobe for fear of bleeding or getting other yucky stuff all over it, so I’m going to use this inexpensive cozy one from Amazon! If you’re looking to treat yourself, this is a beautiful option too!

4. Dark & Comfortable Pants

I will ONLY bring black or dark gray pants to the hospital. As with most moms I have experienced leaking through them in the past. Having a few pairs of dark and comfortable pants to lounge and sleep in is key. Good rule of thumb is to make sure they are loose fitting in the waistband, trust me when I say you will not want yoga or leggings when you’re wearing those cute hospital diapers or depends. For baby number 3 I’m using these Ambrielle jogger pajama pants. I’ll also be wearing a pair of these home from the hospital, because who wants to put on a pair of jeans or jeggings to walk out of the hospital??

5. Slippers/Flip Flops

Slippers and flip flops are a must. Hospital floors are to say the very least, disgusting. If I’m not in my hospital socks I will be in my slippers. I’m bringing these cozy indoor outdoor slippers by HomeIdeas and these Pali Hawaiian sandals. I swear by these sandals, I wear them whenever and wherever I can.

6. Depends

I’ll be honest, I have never tried these before. But when I wrap my head around it, I don’t know why I never thought about it! If you’ve had a baby, you know exactly how uncomfortable and disgusting those hospital diaper pads can make you feel, and if you are a first time Mommy please trust me when I say you don’t want to wear them. I will be packing some of these Always Discreet Depends to see how well they work, but after reading so many suggestions from you moms out there, I’m expecting them to be great!

7. Dermoplast, Nipple Creams, Breast pads

All these items have been provided to me in the past, and in the spirit of keeping my bag light and practical I will not be packing my own. Many moms swear by these products and if your hospital doesn’t provide them I would recommend these brands:


Earth Mama Herbal Perineal Spray

Mother Love Nipple Cream 

Bamboobies Washable Breast pads 

8. Electronics & Chargers

I remember my husband forgetting our charger to our phones and not being able to take pics of our newborn unless our visitors would let use their chargers, SMH. Plus the TV channels suck in the hospital, so we will need our Mac and charger so we can watch Netflix! Haha

9. Going Home Outfit for Baby

Maybe because this is my 3rd baby I don’t quite understand the hype with picking the cutest going home outfit. Baby will literally wear this outfit from the hospital room to your car and to your house. You probably won’t see very many people along the way, and when you get home baby is going to sleep. I swear by the sleeper gowns, and have purchased these ones to bring baby home in. I’ll also be bringing little mittens to keep her from scratching and hats because the hospital ones aren’t very cute. 

10. Going Home Outfit for Mom

I don’t understand why some moms want nice going home outfits, if that’s your cup of tea then no judgement. I myself, will be wearing another pair of these Ambrielle jogger pajama pants and a loose-fitting shirt with a nursing bra underneath and slippers. In the spirit of keeping it light and practical.

11. Toiletries/Hair Items

These tend to be different per preference for all moms, so I’m not going to list them all out, in my bag you’ll find my body and skincare items, my makeup basics and batiste dry shampoo. This way at least I’ll look somewhat decent when family and visitors want to take pictures.


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