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How to get your baby to nap

When it comes to napping during the day, it can be really easy or really difficult to get a baby to sleep. If the baby goes for long stretches during the night, your chances of the baby getting many day naps are slim.

Here are my top tips on what to do:

1) Breastfeeding your baby to sleep works for most mothers from my experience. However people tend to advise against it as it gets the baby into a habit. I on the other hand wouldn’t care, whatever gets my sweetheart to dreamland, I’m down to do. Nothing worse than a cranky baby πŸ˜‚.

2) Some type of physical stimulation. My baby likes to lie on his tummy and his bum to be slapped in a rhythmic movement. Other babies like to be rocked to sleep in your arms or crib, while others like a light patting of their back. However once they are being stimulated by some type of movement or touch they tend to relax and drift off.

3) White noise. Many babies enjoy the sound of a fan or a hoover. You can also find some good apps on your phone or videos on YouTube if you don’t feel like hoovering all day πŸ˜‚. This type of sound will cover any other sounds that could potentially wake them plus produces a very calming feeling for the baby. Anytime my baby cries hysterically and I can’t seem to soothe him, a white noise tends to do the trick πŸ‘.

4) This next point is very important. There is a window of sleepiness and if you miss it, you miss the boat. The baby will show you signs such as yawning or rubbing eyes. This means he is ready for a nap. But if you miss it and the baby gets overtired it’s hard to sleep, just like adults find it difficult to sleep when overtired.

5) Keep the room airy and relatively dark. Not too dark in my opinion as I feel it confuses them with nighttime. But blaring sunlight is going to keep anyone awake, just a nice comfortable environment.

6) Now get the hell out of there. Once asleep (even if still fidgeting around a bit) you need to get out of the room if you can. I am a firm believer that they can smell their Mama a mile away πŸ˜‚, specially if you are breastfeeding.

Keep in mind these are tips for a healthy 5 month old baby that you can apply to many babies that find it hard to nap in the day.


Make your own wedding dress!😝

It has been a while since I have written a post, basically just because I haven’t been inspired to produce anything creative and I have been pretty busy with personal things like getting married, buying an apartment, becoming pregnant and so on ha ha.

But hey, I thought today let’s write a little post on my wedding that took place last month, as I did indeed manage to make my own wedding dress :). This had been my plan ever since I started taking Dress making classes, however things happened and I kinda gave up on that idea. Plus we set a wedding date very last minute, hence making the dress I had originally designed was not an option.

Also I was going to be getting married on a beach so having a veil is a bit much i would say 😝. This is how it turned out in the end:

My favorite part of the dress is actually the back. I think I did a pretty good job if I say so myself πŸ˜‚

Basically I had a week to get myself a dress, but could not find anything appropriate in the shops so I actually had to revert to making it myself. Thanks to my sewing machine which is a Brother 3200 it only took me 2 hours to sew together. I had some material that I used from previous clothing that I did not want anymore and I had an idea of the style of dress I was going for.

I actually have to say not as difficult as I thought it would be. Anyone who is interested in Fashion Design can really do it without much experience nor knowledge in the subject. You just need the motivation and inspiration to get started! 😊

Find what makes you happy in life

I am delighted to say that I started to take private dress making lessons. I am so super excited about this that I just needed to blog about it.

I had my first lesson yesterday and my teacher is amazing. She actually used to be a Fashion designer herself and had her own boutique. However with the economic crisis back in 2008 things didn’t go so well.

I’ve decided to book 10 hours straight up and see how far that gets me. Goal is to make my own clothes at some point. As these lessons are costing me an arm and a leg I will have to cut back on other expenditures. However I see it as investing in a skill that could maybe become a side earner if I manage to stick to it and of course if there is any natural talent which only time will tell. And if not at least I gave it a go, as it was something I always wanted to do but never really had the time, money or effort to put into it.

Anyway the first lesson was amazing. My heart beats with joy when I get to put my pencil to paper and make drafts. It’s all about taking the right measurements and drafting the “block” ( the body measurements of the person) very precisely. I could feel the passion inside me, so I definitely think this was a good idea.

So to anyone out there who thinks there is something they always wanted to do, do try it! I always regretted not having studied Fashion Design, however at the time I think I just wasn’t ready and sometimes life as other plans for you. I believe there is always a “right” timing for something and you need to feel it in yourself when the time is right for you.

For me it was a conversation with colleagues on a layover in Tanzania that rekindled my love for design and drawing, followed by the Oprah show 2 days later that inspired people to follow their dreams. Haha and I don’t even watch Oprah and that same day I called art schools around Dubai to search for private Dress making lessons.

I promise I will post a picture of my first piece of clothing I will make, however that may take a while haha keep in mind I have another full time job too.:)