Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sleeping Through The Night.

So one of the questions I get asked a lot on social media is how we got Landree to sleep through the night. People who we tell she sleeps from like 10pm - 5/6 am are like shocked! but really she has pretty much been doing this since 6 weeks old. I figured I could share what works for us in hopes it could maybe help even one mom and dad or parent get a solid night of uninterrupted sleep.

Landree sleeps in a bassinet inside a dockatot next to our bed. I will link them both for you at the bottom of this post in case you are interested in purchasing them. They are both a little expensive be forewarned but I swear it works wonders with our little munchkin. 

So first thing first I feel is super important is making sure your baby eats enough during the day. I know its kind of hard if they are chowing down every two hours but if they are hungry let them eat. I usually feed Landree during the day every two-three hours and sometimes she goes four. Also, make sure you are burping them really good and holding them upright for about 10-20 mins after each feed. Nothing is worse then when they are all cozy and then they wake up because they spit up! 

Next, we try to keep Lo on the same routine every night. Usually around 9pm we give her a bath to help her relax (I swear by the lavender johnsons & johnsons baby wash + shampoo)  then we dress her in pajamas and feed her. We take our time with the night time feeding making sure she eats until she is full, this is key! usually she eats anywhere between 21-30 oz a day (24 hr span) so we try and feed her about 5-6 oz right before bed. If your baby is a sleepy eater (Lo used to be) then I would suggest maybe feeding first and then giving your baby a bath to wake them a little and then try to feed them a little more. Again, burp burp burp! 

Swaddling is going to be your best friend. Your baby might hate it but I swear it changes everything. When they are swaddled they are less likely to wake frequently throughout the night because they have a warm, comfy and secure space to sleep (just like when they were inside your womb). I know a lot of babies hate being swaddled because Landree hated it at first but once she would sleep through the night she liked it more and more every night and now she needs to be swaddled to get a good nap or sleep. 

Lastly, usually Landree will fall asleep for 10/10:30 and then occasionally she will wake up at 3:30/4, If she wakes up at this time we do NOT feed her. We give her a pacifier and either rock her back to sleep or usually once the pacifier is in she drifts back to sleep. This is definitely taboo but usually they don't wake because they are hungry they usually wake because something startled them or what not but if your baby doesn't fall back asleep within the hour then I would suggest feeding them. Although, the first couple times we did this it took Landree a little bit to fall asleep but now she knows if she wakes up earlier then her 6/7 hour span she isn't hungry. You have to "sleep train" them basically. Once she wakes up she usually chugs down like 4-5 oz and then falls back asleep until like 8/9 am! 

I hope this helps you guys and I am not a baby expert this is just what works for us and makes for a happier baby all day! Our little Lo does have acid reflux so she was so fussy during the day and i think half of it was due to that but it was also because she wasn't getting good sleep at night. Once we started doing this it has made a world of a difference with her during the day. She feeds better and naps better and also plays better.

Also feel free to adjust these times based on what works best for your schedule and your family.

Let me know if you have an questions!

Friday, July 14, 2017

My Picks for the Early Access Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

SHIRT: Bp. Pocket Tee

This shirt is so comfortable, the material is super soft and fits like a dream. Its a perfect staple for your closet and can transition you into fall so well but pair it with some shorts and you can wear it all summer. Bonus its only like $18! 

DRESS: Band of Gypsies Wrap Maxi Dress
 This Dress is AMAZING! Like so amazing you better go scoop it up before you miss out. They are going like hot cakes! Its only $35, so flattering and perfect for hiding any insecurities through your mid section like I have. Also, this dress would be beyond perfect for a summer wedding and can also work for fall with a leather or suede jacket or even a cute jean one.

DRESS: Leith Melange Body-Con Dress in Black, SWEATER: BP. Rib Knit Cardigan in Tan Dale, JACKET:  BLANKNYC Suede Moto Jacket in Spice
  I wanted to show you guys this black body con dress styled a couple different ways so you could get the idea of how versatile it is. It can be worn so many ways and is the perfect length and flattering. I can't say enough good things about this dress and its not too tight or clingy to your skin. its just perfect in all the right ways. It is about $35 with your Nordstrom Card.

TUNIC: Free People Oversized Plaid Tunic in Peach
 Make sure to size down in this tunic because it is very oversized. I usually wear a medium in Free People clothing but I went to a small in this because I do like my stuff a little baggy but I don't want to be swimming in it. It fits so well and is just super comfy. The back is really long to, even after I sized down, so its perfect for a baby bump or even to wear with leggings and you don't have to worry about your bum showing. Its a little more pricey but I swear its totally worth it, I think it was like $65  with your nordstrom card which isn't bad for free people. 

CARDIGAN: Top Shop Oversized Cardigan
 Super comfortable and so so so soft! I am all about stuff I can wear a bunch of times and I can already tell this is going to be on repeat this fall! 

CARDIGAN: Top Shop Layered Ruffle Sleeve Cardigan in Lilac
This cardigan is so pretty and it caught my eye right away. The sleeves are just so cool and purple is my favorite color so i just knew I was going to love it. Its a little intimidating some times to try new trends but I promise you this is one you have to just try because its so good. The fit is amazing and pretty true to size. I probably wouldn't wear it like this, I would most likely put on a pretty white tank top or something more dressy underneath just to kind of, well, dress is up a little (lol). It was $55 with the sale. 

This is the same striped shirt I posted earlier and the ribbed cardigan I posted as well. I just wanted to show you how you can pair multiple things I got together and mix and match. Thats so important to me because I like to get a lot of use out of the things I buy. This is such a comfy and casual look and perfect for us mamas! You could even pair it with some leggings and sneakers, ready to run errands on those chilly summer/fall days! 

DRESS: Hinge Ruffle Shift Dress
This is seriously one of my favorite items I picked up at the sale. I love how it fits, it could be so cute with sandals for the summer and then booties for the fall. I can see myself wearing this a ton this fall and it would even be cute with a jacket or cardigan over it! I went up a size because the medium was just a little to snug on my mid section where I just didn't feel like it flattered me but as soon as I sized up I loved it. Please don't worry about what size you are, its really the fit that matters most! you have to be happy with how it feels and looks on you and if you can't get over the size on the tag (which no one sees btw) then you are going to miss out on living your best life in clothes that make you feel great! 

I hope this little round up of all my picks helped you guys. If you have any questions you can email me ( or message me on IG (@torimarocco). I would love to answer any questions you guys may have or if you just want to chat! I also know some times you can't ask friends or family if something looks good on you or flatters you (family/friends don't want to hurt your feelings) so if you want to snap me a pic of you in the outfit and want my honest opinion I'd love to help you shop! this sale is so good guys. 

disclaimer: you need a Nordstrom Debit/Credit Card to shop the sale early. Also the jeans pictured are not from the sale, they are Express Mid Rise distressed jeans. 

xoxo, t.