DIY Baby Halloween Costumes

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Your little baby has no idea what Halloween is or what it’s all about, but that’s not going to stop us from dressing them up in the cutest costume possible! It’s all for the photos, right? From bats to skeletons, were sharing our favorite DIY costumes for baby’s first Halloween! These ideas are fun, but we also looked for ideas that are EASY! After all, as moms we don’t have hours upon hours to create a costume that baby might throw a fit wearing.

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

1+ Baby Bat from @yoohoolauraloo 

This outfit is super cute + easy to do with the basic black outfit from June and January!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

2+ Incredibles Costume by @megan_e_badger

All you need for this cute costume is a basic red shirt (try this one from June and January) and some simple accessories!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

3+ Tin Man Costume from @hellomrsvasquez

Here’s another easy costume that uses a basic outfit from June and January. Just add the cute hat + heart and your set!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

4+ Baby Skeleton from @thelittlespoons

To create this costume, start with the black romper from The Little Spoons and add the skeleton mask from Opposite Of Far. The shoes are from Mon Petit Shoes! So fun + easy!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

5+ Emoji Baby Costume from @thelittlespoons

Take the classic black romper from The Little Spoons + add any emoji face using felt! So easy!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

6+ Where the Wild Things Are by @thelittlespoons

The white romper is from The Little Spoons . Simply add a few buttons onto it! The adorable crown is from Opposite of Far. Shoes are from Mon Petite Shoes.

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

7+ Baby Coke + Diet Coke from @thelittlespoons

Use sticky vinyl to create the product name on a simple romper!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

8+ Baby Scuba Diver via Pinterest

We LOVE how the scuba tank (2-liter bottle) is connected to baby’s pacifier- genius!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

9+ Baby Pineapple by Costume Works

This is beyond precious! We love how they added a bow to the pineapple hat!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

10+ Harry Potter via Love and Lion

This is such a classic, yet so cute!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

11+ Candy Corn Baby by Whimsy Lane Boutique

This is the perfect costume for a newborn baby! Find the hat here.

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

12+ Rosie the Riveter by Brit + Co

We love how simple + easy this one is! You probably have all the supplies in the house already!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

13+ Baby Cow with Udder by Make it Love it

This costume is beyond cute + extra creative with the pacifier udder!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

We can’t wait to see your DIY halloween costumes! We hope this roundup of ideas inspired you to create something fun and easy this year!

Don’t forget to download the Little Nugget app to add the “My First Halloween Costume” and “My First Halloween” stickers to your photos!

Fall Bucket List for Baby ! Document your Fall activities using the Little Nugget app and their new fall stickers! Fall Bucket List for Baby ! Document your Fall activities using the Little Nugget app and their new fall stickers! Fall Bucket List for Baby ! Document your Fall activities using the Little Nugget app and their new fall stickers!

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Fall Bucket List for Baby

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Fall Bucket List for Baby ! Document your Fall activities using the Little Nugget app and their new fall stickers!

It’s October, which means it’s time to start thinking about all things FALL. While it’s sad to see Summer go, I truly love Fall and everything that comes with this season. Traditions are so important to our family – they are so comforting. It’s important to start these family traditions right away because they slowly will become the backbone of a family.

This bucket list is full of fun ideas to do with your baby or kids this fall! Hopefully some of these things you can look forward to year after year.

We’ve updated our app with tons of new stickers to help you celebrate Fall + these festive activities! Be sure to download the app HERE so you can document everything you check off your Fall bucket list!

Fall Bucket List for Baby ! Document your Fall activities using the Little Nugget app and their new fall stickers!

FALL BUCKET LIST

+Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Fall Bucket List for Baby ! Document your Fall activities using the Little Nugget app and their new fall stickers!

+Go Apple Picking

Fall Bucket List for Baby ! Document your Fall activities using the Little Nugget app and their new fall stickers!

+Carve Pumpkins

Fall Bucket List for Baby ! Document your Fall activities using the Little Nugget app and their new fall stickers!

Fall Bucket List for Baby ! Document your Fall activities using the Little Nugget app and their new fall stickers!

+Trick or Treat

Fall Bucket List for Baby ! Document your Fall activities using the Little Nugget app and their new fall stickers!

+Dress Up in a Costume

Fall Bucket List for Baby ! Document your Fall activities using the Little Nugget app and their new fall stickers!

Fall Bucket List for Baby ! Document your Fall activities using the Little Nugget app and their new fall stickers!

Fall Bucket List for Baby ! Document your Fall activities using the Little Nugget app and their new fall stickers!

+Play in the Fall leaves

Fall Bucket List for Baby ! Document your Fall activities using the Little Nugget app and their new fall stickers!

+Go on a Hayride

Fall Bucket List for Baby ! Document your Fall activities using the Little Nugget app and their new fall stickers!

      +Take Fall Photos

Fall Bucket List for Baby ! Document your Fall activities using the Little Nugget app and their new fall stickers!

 

We hope these activities + stickers will inspire you to do a lot of fun things this Fall! We can’t wait to see all of your adorable Fall photos on Instagram!

Download the Little Nugget App here

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How to create a milestone video with the Little Nugget app

How to create a milestone video

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The Little Nugget app is the perfect way to create milestone photos. From pregnancy bumps to baby mess-ups to big kid milestones, our app helps you capture those fleeting moments. We have tons of stickers + designs that are created for each + every milestone your child hits. We make it easy to create monthly baby + bump updates!

Lately, we have been seeing some of our Little Nugget users get creative with our app. We want to share with you some tips + tricks for making a milestone video using our Little Nugget app + some other useful apps.

How to create a milestone video with the Little Nugget appKari from @gracefulmommy is pregnant with her second baby. She uses our app to document her growing baby bump every couple of weeks with a fun video update.

How to create a pregnancy milestone video with the Little Nugget app

We asked @gracefulmommy to share some of her tips + tricks with us on how she creates these fun + engaging videos! Here’s what she says,

1+ First, download the Little Nugget app. This is my favorite app for document my growing bump (and also my 2 year old’s milestones). The stickers are so fresh + fun and are constantly being updated.

2+ Take a photo. I always enlist my husbands help for my bump photos. You could also try setting your phone up on a tripod or a wall. Say “cheeeeeese”!

3+ Pick your favorite photo (you know it always takes a few snaps to get the one you love). Open up the Little Nugget app and open that awesome photo.

4+ Here’s the trick. It takes a tiny bit longer to make a video, but the end result is so cute! Add one sticker to your photo. Save + finish in the app. Then, open back up the original photo, and add another sticker. Keep repeating this until you have about 5-6 different photos with stickers. Sometimes I’ll add 2 Little Nugget stickers at at time, but I think the effect is really cool when you just have one sticker at a time popping up!

5+ By now, you should have 5-6 photos with stickers saved to your camera roll. Now we need to upload them all to another app to create the video. My 2 favorite apps for turning your Little Nugget designs into video are Flipagram + GIF maker. Both are super easy. Just upload the photos you designed and hit next. You can adjust how fast or slow the photos change. I typically like to have them pop up faster, as I think these are more fun to watch.

6+ That’s it! Be sure to share your video to Instagram and tag #littlenuggetco so we can see your awesome designs!

TIPS: 

+Instead of using the SAME photo and changing the stickers, you can also try doing it the other way around. Try taking a few photos in the same spot. Add a Little Nugget sticker in the same spot on each of the photos. This is a super fun way to make your milestone photos more engaging!

+Add doodles, too! Little Nugget has a whole section of fun doodles. These are perfect to add to your video, in addition to the milestone stickers!

OTHER EXAMPLES:

How to create a pregnancy milestone video with the Little Nugget app

How to create a pregnancy milestone video with the Little Nugget app

How to create a pregnancy milestone video with the Little Nugget app

We can’t wait to see the videos you create using our Little Nugget app! Be sure to share them on Instagram using @littlenuggetoco + #littlenuggetco!

Printing out Little Nugget designs on these gorgeous photo blocks from Shiner!

Shiner Photo Blocks

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Printing out Little Nugget designs on these gorgeous photo blocks from Shiner!We are always looking for fun + easy ways to display our Little Nugget designs around the house. Our app has a print shop where you can print your designs on square prints, magnets, + even phone cases. These really make your Little Nugget Designs come to life. We recently discovered yet another way to print our your designs in a super fun + creative way! It’s called Shiner Photo.

Printing out Little Nugget designs on these gorgeous photo blocks from Shiner!

Shiner lets you upload your favorite photos + Little Nugget designs. Then they are printed on high-quality, handmade birchwood blocks. These blocks are awesome! You can either hang them with a thumbtack on the wall, stand them up with the peg stand included, or use the embedded magnets! When you order from Shiner, you also get a handy grid that lets you hang up your designs in a clean or clever grouping!

Printing out Little Nugget designs on these gorgeous photo blocks from Shiner!

We love Shiner + Little Nugget together because your memories and milestones deserve to be printed and displayed beautifully. Shiner makes this so easy!

Printing out Little Nugget designs on these gorgeous photo blocks from Shiner!

You can use our monthly stickers on your monthly baby photos and get each block printed out! These would be SO fun to display at baby’s first birthday party, or even just around the house.

Printing out Little Nugget designs on these gorgeous photo blocks from Shiner!

Download the Little Nugget app here

Order your Shiner Blocks here

Over on our Instagram, we are giving away 6 FREE SHINER BLOCKS! Head over there now to enter!

Love + Help for Texas

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Watching the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has been heartbreaking. I’m beside myself watching the devastation. So many families are in danger. So many families have lost their homes. So many families have no idea when they will be able to rebuild. They’ve lost everything overnight. It’s unfathomable to imagine what they are going through. Sending my most heartfelt prayers to all those affected by this disaster.

I’ve been trying to find a way our Little Nugget family can help little babies impacted by the hurricane. Today a new category launched in the app called ‘For a Cause’ with all artwork dedicated to the people of Texas. Now through September 30th, 100% of profits from the sale of this artwork will be donated to the Texas Diaper Bank. Why the Texas Diaper Bank? Well, diapers are not provided by disaster relief agencies. The Texas Diaper Bank is a non-profit donating diapers and wipes to people impacted by a crisis.

If you’ve already unlocked all the app artwork, you can still support this cause! Post your photo to Instagram using the ‘For a Cause’ artwork using the #LittleNuggetCo tag. For every photo posted, we will donate an additional $5 to the Texas Food Bank.

Download the Little Nugget app today and unlock the “Hurricane Harvey: Texas Diaper Bank” artwork to donate.

 

 

Newborn Baby Essentials

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Newborn Baby Essentials + must haves for babies!

Finding the perfect products for baby is hard! We’re here to bring you our favorite newborn baby products, that are also ADORABLE. These seven essentials will help make your life easier during baby’s first year.

1+ Little Nugget App 

The Little Nugget app helps you capture your baby’s sweet moments and milestones. Our app has tons of stickers + doodles that make your monthly bump photos more fun + easy to document. In the app, there is a whole announcement category that allows you to make those gorgeous newborn baby announcements right from your phone! Make sure to download the app before baby is born so you can use all sorts of fun stickers + artwork- starting right when baby is born!

Newborn Baby Essentials + must haves for babies!

Download the app here.

2+ Little Adi + Co. Outfit 

One of our favorite newborn outfits is this gorgeous bodysuit from Little Adi + Co. The “Today is the day” saying is TOO cute for a precious new baby. We love the natural organic color, too!

You can also find the cutest infant knot beanies in her shop! We love how the black one looks with the onesie!

Newborn Baby Essentials + must haves for babies!Shop the outfit here. 

3+ Loved By Sophia Claire Pacifier Clip 

The Loved By Sophia Claire leather braided pacifier clip will become your most loved baby accessory. Created to simplify the the modern moms’ everyday life. It’s perfect for babies on the go and to keep your baby’s pacifier or toy from endlessly falling on the floor.

Newborn Baby Essentials + must haves for babies!

Shop tons of colors here.

4+ Bannor Toys Rattle 

This beautiful baby rattle is organic, finished with a natural beeswax/flaxseed oil finish. It is smooth, safe for babies, and makes a fun noise. We love the look and feel of this rattle because it’s so beautiful to look at! It’s the perfect shape for a babies grip!

Newborn Baby Essentials + must haves for babies!Find the rattle here.

5+ Dockatot 

The Dockatot is the perfect docking station for your baby! It offers a safe + comfy spot that lets baby rest, lounge, play, cuddle, practice tummy time, or even get their diaper changed. We love how lightweight it is- perfect for traveling or visiting the Grandparents. The Dockatot comes in tons of styles to match your mood, room + style- but we personally love the Mod Pod design!

Newborn Baby Essentials + must haves for babies!Shop Dockatot here.

6+ Sweet Ellie Sue Swaddle 

Every newborn needs a cute swaddle blanket! We LOVE this one from Sweet Ellie Sue because of the adorable saying + print on it. This swaddle is SO soft + gentle. We love that you can use it as a wall hanging in baby’s room, a swaddle blanket, a nursing cover, or even a play mat!

Newborn Baby Essentials + must haves for babies!Find the swaddle here.

7+ Baby Book from Polka Dot Print Shop 

A baby book is a must have! Documenting baby’s first year can be daunting, but it’s not something you want to skip. It’s so important to document each milestone and memory! We love the Polka Dot Print Shop’s baby books, especially this gorgeous Palm one! It’s full of awesome journaling pages + spots for photos.

Newborn Baby Essentials + must haves for babies!Shop baby books here.

 

Sentimental Gift Ideas for a One-Year-Old

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Evelyn turned one last month and I had the hardest time deciding what to get her for her first birthday. With two little girls, we already own all of those the must-buy developmental toys for a one-year old. You only need so many ring stackers, right?

Instead to buying Evelyn more toys, I wanted to buy her sentimental birthday gifts. I wanted to give her things that will build memories and that she could look back on 20 years from now. So here goes my list of one-year old must-haves of the sentimental sort:

 +1 Bannor Toys Shape Sorter

If you are looking for a classic, handmade heirloom toy, then Bannor Toy’s is a must. How adorable is this wooden shape sorter? I love this toy because it will help Evelyn develop her eye-hand coordination, learn her shapes, and sorting. Bonus, the toy is absolutely beautiful and something we will hand down to our grandchildren.

Save 10% on all Bannor Toys with code LITTLENUGGET10, excludes Limited Edition Collection.
(Expires August 25, 2017)

+2 Polka Dot Print Shop Toddler Milestones Book

I’ve finally finished Evelyn’s baby book, but I feel like there is so much more to capture beyond her first year. So many big milestones happen in the toddler years and I want to capture those memories. Polka Dot Print Shop makes an adorable Toddler Milestones + Memories book and it goes up to 24 months. I’m so excited to start documenting Evelyn’s silly moments and growth with this beautiful book.

Save 15% on Polka Dot Print Shop milestone books with code: LITTLENUGGET15
(Expires August 31, 2017)

+3 Shop White Loft Canvas Growth Chart

If you haven’t caught on yet, I’m big on documenting my girls’ lives— ahem, I built a baby milestone app. So when I came across this canvas growth chart from Shop White Loft my documenter-self giggled with joy! This canvas growth chart is the perfect sentimental gift. It’s perfect because I can document both Leslie and Evelyn’s growth. When we move to a future home, it will come with us. Did I mention it is beautiful and totally worthy of hanging in your family room?

Save 15% on all Shop White Loft charts with code LITTLENUGGET.
(Expires August 31, 2017)

+4 Custom Baby Doll from Sweet Remarks by Ediane

All girl moms out there know that a baby doll is a very important gift. Leslie received a baby doll for her first birthday and instantly attached to it— so much so that Evelyn can’t even touch Leslie’s ‘Baby’. For Evelyn’s birthday I wanted to find her a baby to call her own. I landed the sweetest custom baby doll from Sweet Remarks by Ediane. From her hair color, to eyes, to fabrics, every part of this doll was handmade and custom to Evelyn. Now there will be no confusion over who she belongs to. Plus, Evelyn will have her to snuggle with forever.

Save 10% on a custom doll from Sweet Remarks by Edaine with code HELLOGIFT.
(Expires August 31, 2017)

+5 BizyBelle Snack Bags

My last pick for a one-year old is a little more practical, but no less needed. If you haven’t noticed yet, one-year-olds love to stick things in their mouths. Evelyn literally chews on everything, making it hard to hand her a plastic snack bag during a stroller walk. I’m obsessed with these reusable snack bags handmade by BizyBelle. The bags are water proof, washable and reusable. Plus, you can choose from a ton of cute colors. Perfect (and safe) for handing off to a one-year old for on-the-go snack time!

What are your sentimental gift favorites for a one-year-old?

 

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First Day of School Photo Ideas

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Can you believe it’s back to school time already?! The summer flew by + now we are getting ready for the next season of the year – the first days of school. Whether your child is starting daycare for the first time or is a big 5th grader, you have to take a back to school photo! This milestone is so important and is one that you and your children will look back on for many years. We are here to share our favorite first day of school photo tips + tricks!

First, download the Little Nugget app! 

first day of school photo ideas, back to school photo, first day of school photo, back to school, school photo, first day of school, first day of kindergarten, first day of first grade, school photos1+ Use fun photo props! Have you child hold some books, put on his or her new backpack, or hold an apple for the fun [and sometimes cheesy] back to school photo!

photo by @solovedlittles

2+ Have you child hold up a chalkboard! You don’t even need to write anything on it. Just have them hold the sign and add a “First day of _____ grade” with the Little Nugget app! No need to worry about chalkboard smudges!

3+ Choose a fun location! Try taking your back to school photo in front of the bus or at the bus stop. What about in front of the school doors? Or if you are allowed in their classroom on the first day, a photo in their new desk would be adorable!

photo by: @mamanda___

4+ Add fun doodles! The Little Nugget app has brand new Back to School doodles to add to your photos!

5+ Add important school details with the Little Nugget app– like the teacher’s name + what your child wants to be when they grow up!

photo by: @growingupgarreth_

6+ Print out your photos! Celebrate this huge milestone in your child’s life by printing out your Little Nugget design right through the app. Hang it on the fridge to show them how proud you are. Your Little Nugget photos will become your most cherished keepsakes.

We can’t wait to see your back to school photos! Share them with us on Instagram. Tag @littlenuggetco + #littlenuggetco for a chance to be featured!

Get the app here!

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Tips for Taking Monthly Baby Photos

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One of the most rewarding things about owning the Little Nugget app is watching babies grow + change through customer photos. One of our favorite photos to be tagged in is monthly baby updates. There is something so magical about watching a baby change each month from newborn to one year.

We wanted to share some of our favorite customer monthly baby photos with you, as well as some tips to make yours look the best! Stick around to the bottom to read more about a giveaway we’re having!

Tips for taking monthly baby photosFirst, download the Little Nugget App.

1+ Take monthly photos on a blanket 

One of our favorite blanket shops is Batz Kids. They make adorable milestone blankets that help you track baby’s growth. These make monthly photos so simple + easy because you just lay baby down on the blanket, take a photo, and edit the photo on your phone, using Little Nugget, with all important details!

Tips for taking Monthly Baby Photos

Photo: @poetearlyrose

Tips for taking Monthly Baby Photos

Photo: @eastcoastnoise

2+ Take monthly photos with the same stuffed animal 

Using a stuffed animal for each monthly photo is a great way to show baby’s growth visually. Each month baby will start to look bigger next to the stuffed animal. By one year, you can really see how much baby grew. Plus, every time you see that stuffed animal you will be reminded of how teeny tiny baby was!

Photos: @sammiejo72

Sit baby down on a chair or on the ground next to the stuffed animal. Take a few photos and add a Little Nugget sticker to the best one!

Photo: @strawberriesandlilies

Photo: @caitlincarfagno

3+ Use a consistent background 

There are two ways to make this work: either use the same, simple, background each month. OR use different colorful backgrounds each month. Both of these options result in the cutest monthly photos. If you choose to use simple backgrounds, your photos will be consistent and look great together in a collage or on a photo wall.

Here is my own daughter, Evie. She just turned ONE! I chose to use a white furry rug so the background had some texture, and lots of space to add stickers and designs.

If you choose to use different colorful backgrounds, it results in a super fun collage and a great variety in each photo!

Photos: @pure_gliss

4+ Add doodles 

Our Little Nugget app has tons of doodles and things to add to each monthly photo! We love when our customers add hearts, balloons, or stars to the open space of their photos. One fun idea is to add a sticker to represent that month of baby’s life. So if it’s Christmas, add a Santa hat on baby for that month! Or for the month of July, have baby hold an American Flag sticker! These are all great ways to remember that month of baby’s life!

Photos: @sarahelepelaars

5+ Add details + text 

It’s so important to keep track of baby’s growth and milestones each month. This is something that all parents love to look back on. Rather than trying to keep track of a baby book each month, you can try to add some of the important memories of the month right onto a photo with the Little Nugget app!

Photo: @scrapshackamarillo 

6+ Put baby in a white onesie

Real life monthly baby stickers are cute. But, let me tell you a secret. They are IMPOSSIBLE to capture each month. Once baby learns how to rip them off, you can forget about your photo each month. Instead, put baby in a white onesie, take a photo and add a sticker to their belly AFTER. Problems SOLVED.

Photos: @life.by.abc

There are so many creative ways to document baby’s monthly growth. We hope these tips help you choose the right style for you! Our app, Little Nugget makes capturing these moments so simple, easy + fun.

Download the app here.

LITTLE NUGGET GIVEAWAY!

To enter: Post a monthly photo or collage and tag #LittleNuggetCo on Instagram. We will pick one winner who will get a $50 print shop credit.

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When will my baby sleep through the night?

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Newborn Sleep Survival Guide || Little Nugget“When can my baby sleep through the night?   When can I stop swaddling? and “ When can I drop the dream feed?” are some of the first questions as a Mom that I found asking myself (and Googling for hours).  With so much conflicting information and advice from my friends and the Internet, I decided to really dedicate myself to learning as much about infant sleep as possible. Knowing what to expect and about WHEN to expect it made me feel just a little less crazy in the Motherhood department!  Let’s take a peek at the sleep milestones for the first year:

When to Expect Your Baby to Sleep All Night

This is the TOP reason why you’re reading this post, am I right?  This answer is dependent on what you consider “sleeping through the night.”  A newborn will need up to 8 weeks to switch their internal clocks from Night to Day, and feedings will occur every 1-3 hours.  By month two, a healthy full-term baby is capable of 4-6 hour stretches at night, and by month three, some parents will see that stretch to 6-10 hours.  At month four, that will stretch to 8 hours for some children, and 10+ hours after the fourth month regression subsides.  These are best case scenarios!  Some children just pick it up sooner, especially those without pre-existing sleep crutches such as “needing to nurse to sleep” or always having something in their mouths to doze off.  Comparing yourself to others will only frustrate you, so always team up with your doctor to see what your particular child is capable of.  Expectations: Anywhere from 3-9 months.

When to Drop all Night Feedings

Information that you read online pertaining to this varies WIDELY.  This is completely dependent on your child’s age, weight, growth chart, and how many calories they are consuming during the day.  A 6-month old baby for example whom wakes up 3 times a night for a full 10 minute feed each time is NOT capable of cold-turkey night weaning.  Always work with your doctor and review your child’s growth chart if you need assistance with this.  Once you have the green light from your doctor or lactation consultant to stretch out feedings at night, give it a shot for at least a week.  I’ve seen children as young as 3 months sleep 12 hours without a feed, and children as old as 12 months still receive a dream feed, so take it at your own pace. Of course I always recommend keeping a dream feed for at least 7 months to keep a happy, healthy and fed baby, and most doctors will agree that by 9 months, baby should be able to sleep all night (11+ hours) without a feed.  Expectations: Anywhere from 5-12 months.

When to Drop the Swaddle

The quick & easy answer: When baby begins to roll from front to back.  This can happen anywhere between 2-6 months depending on your child’s development, and I recommend slowly reducing the swaddle by one or both arms out for a few nights, followed by a sleep sack.  By the time baby reaches 3 months of age, the Moro Reflex (that makes them feel as though they are falling) will begin to subside and baby can sleep much more soundly without his or her arms bundled up.  Expectations: Anywhere between 3-6 months.

When to Drop the Evening Catnap

Parents often tell me that the evening catnap is the most difficult and frustrating part of their day, so it’s no surprise to me that this is a common question in my business.  On average, babies whom are at least 6 months are able to drop down to two naps per day, and some take a little longer, depending mostly on how long they nap and how well they are sleeping at night.  You’ll know your baby is ready to drop the 3rd catnap when he or she plays or fusses the entire time, or sleeps less than 30 minutes for 3 days a week, for 3 weeks in a row.  Expectations: Anywhere between 6-9 months.

Newborn Sleep Survival Guide || Little Nugget

And Finally……The End of the Sleep Regressions

You’ll experience a total of THREE sleep regressions before your child’s first birthday, and some will affect children more than others.  Sleep regressions at ages 4, 8, & 12 months old are usually a result of a cognitive explosion in baby’s brain (becoming smarter & more aware!) or a gross motor development.  The 4-month regression usually affects all children, while the 8 & 12 month can sneak by sometimes completely unnoticed.  It’s important when passing through these regressions that you are consistent, and try not to over intervene.  Always give baby a chance to resettle themselves first, and stick with your routines.  Expectations: After 2+ years

“So how do I help baby reach these milestones without regressing?”

  • Option 1: Keep it simple and contact me at Hello@SleepandtheCity.com.  We can help you through these milestones & any regressions that may result quickly and identify any underlying causes that could be hindering your success.
  • Option 2: Ride it out and stay consistent in your response, and respond age-appropriately.  And then drop us a line if it all goes south.

In the end, always be sure to use my “Sleep and the City” rules for successful sleep shaping:

  • The same sleeping environment is encouraged ( meaning one place over and over, or to start, at least one nap in the desired sleep place per day).
  • Swaddle (0-6 months) for nighttime and nap times as needed
  • Comfy outfits for nap time
  • White noise is continuously running; a one with low rumbling is best
  • Room is completely dark for naps & nighttime (nightlight over 2+ years ok)
  • Understand the Wake windows by age (download at www.sleepandthecity.com)
  • Pause before rushing in to see if child can resettle on their own first if nap is less than 45 minutes
  • Feed upon WAKING from sleep, not before (bedtime is the exception)

Looking for more detail on baby sleep? Lauren just published a Newborn Sleep Survival Guide specifically for infants from birth to 4 months. It’s the perfect resource for new and expecting mamas.

For more professional Baby & Toddler Sleep Ideas and Help, visit sleepandthecity.com

Lauren Olson, Certified Child Sleep Specialist at home with her two children

(Photography provided by Layce Bauman Photography)