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Mimijumi Bottles Adventure Ends & Need Night Breast Feeding Advice

Katie and I’s Mimijumi bottle adventure has now ended. I am waving my white flag and have given into the fact that my baby just won’t take a bottle. We are the 3% of babies that will not take a Mimijumi bottle. I’m sad, but now at peace with the fact that I will have to continue to be breast feed her for at least the next 6 months.

So breast-feeding mama’s, how do you do it? Really? I need your help.

With Isabelle, I stop breastfeeding her at 4 months. Personal decision. She did take a bottle on and off prior to that, so it was an easy transition for us. However, we did have to sleep train Isabelle at 6 months, because it took us at least 45 minutes of rocking, singing, walking, soothing, swaddling… and then she would get up 45 minutes late. I went mad. I couldn’t live like that anymore. We did the SleepEasy Solution (a version of crying it out) method and haven’t looked back.

Katie is now 4 months old. I don’t think she’ll need a CIO, BUT I need to stop these night feeds. Katie is co-sleeping with one of us every night. My husband takes the first shift and I take the second. When she sleeps with my husband, I can get 4 hour stretch of sleep at a time, but with me, we’re up every 1.5 – 2.5 hours to feed. I don’t think she needs to feed, it is more of a sleep association. How do I stop this?

Please help!

 

Baby proofing kitchen cabinet drawers

So, we did things a bit unconventionally here in our household when it came to where the baby slept. Here’s how/where my baby slept the first 12 months of her life:

0-3 – Either on me (I know, I know) or co-sleeping beside me

4-5 – In crib

6-12 – In a Graco Travel Crib

13 – now – Baby Bjorn Travel Crib

My husband and I have chatted about this for a few days and we’re thinking about switching her from the travel crib to a mattress and/or toddler bed by 18 months. I think we’re ready to do it sooner, but we have a bit of work to do to get our house to be 100% baby proofed for our wandering child.

So, last night I searched the Internet for products to baby proof our home. I’m sick of the cheap stuff and want something that will work.

On Amazon.com’s Best Sellers list for best baby safety products for the kitchen cabinets

9. Safety First Magnetic Locking System Complete with 8 locks and 1 magnetic key ($22.89)

Out of 481 reviews, reviewers gave this product an average of 4.5 starts. Wow. They must really like it. I personally, like the idea that you can’t see the locks from the outside. My only worry is what do I do if I lose the magnetic key?

As great as they are, sometimes nothing stops a 17 month old:

The Safety 1st Magnetic Locking Complete is easy to install and keeps my cabinets looking great. At first they were a deterrent for our very active 17 month old son. He tried the door and gave up, but after a couple of weeks figured out that repeated tugs on the door will open the door up. I doubled checked the installation and the tolerances are tight, so it seems that they are not perfect, and will not replace proper parental supervision. If Safety 1st ever needs a product tester, I got the boy for them.

12. Munchkin XTRAGUARD 2 Count Dual Action Multi Use Latches ($6.63)

There has been 657 reviewers and the product was given 4.5 stars. Again, awesome.  It looks like reviewers were happy to use them to keep children out of fridges, cabinets, drawers and dishwashers. One person mentioned that it doesn’t work well on toilets, because of the moisture. The same person mentioned that it was next to impossible to get the latches off the cabinets (which is a good thing in our case).

One of the biggest complaints of the product is it can be damaging to the surfaces that you stick them one. One reviewer had a great solution for this:

For those that complain about the adhesive damaging surfaces when removing, that is your fault and not the product or manufacturer. A hair dryer (NOT A HEAT GUN) and some citric adhesive removal will do the job cleanly, and you’ll never know it was there.

Other items that we’re looking at to baby proof our home:

Safety 1st Oven Front Lock ($4.99)

Mommy’s Helper Toilet Seat Lock ($5.55)

Bumdle Monster New Baby / Child Animal Finger Safety Door Stopper ($3.09)

Safety 1st Furniture Wall Strap ($19.31)

What products did you use while your kids were growing up? What did you love using?