Basic Cares Archive


Keeping the Kids Safe and Warm at Night #HALOSleepSack

We received HALO SleepSacks to review and share information with you.  One of my must haves for itty bitty babies is a HALO SleepSack. We bought some when Rissa was born and a swaddle one for Xander. Having both of my kids before Wisconsin winter is in full force means lots of


My Top 10 Breastfeeding Tips

Happy World Breastfeeding Week, mamas! This year’s theme is Support.  Support can come in many forms and places, including online.  I’ve shared breastfeeding adventures before along with tips and recommendations, but it’s been awhile and I haven’t said much since becoming a two time nursing mama. Top 10 Breastfeeding Tips Get measured


My Top 5 Baby Money Saving Tips [Because Prompts are Fun]

I’m sort of amazed that you are reading this right now.  I’m not money saving expert.  In fact, I am much better at spending than saving.  Well, I guess I have some idea how to save so you can spend.  Oh, don’t listen to me! Some of these tips are quite good actually. 


How Still Nursing My Toddler Helped With Breastfeeding My Newborn

When I was pregnant with my daughter I never imagined that I would still be breastfeeding her at 2 years old.  Or beyond 2. Despite a few disapproving comments, most people don’t realize that I’m still nursing my toddler 1-2 times a day.  I thought she would wean during my pregnancy, but


Car Seat Safety Features You Can See

Thank you to Britax for providing this car seat for us to review.  This is part one to show you the safety features you can see on the Advocate 70-G3 (Amazon link) and that it can be used for an infant and a toddler. You never quite realize how much you value


Feeling Like a Cloth Diaper Flunky [Because Prompts are Fun]

Once upon a time I loved cloth diapering.  I even loved doing diaper laundry.  While pregnant with Xander I looked forward to cloth diapering a newborn and packed them in my hospital bag.  I’ve used cloth with Rissa for two years – I’m a fluff veteran! I thought.  Think of all the


Tips for Dressing Newborns

I almost forgot how awkward it can be to dress and change clothes on a newborn.  It is certainly much different than a toddler who can help get dressed!  I felt more at ease this time than when Rissa was a baby, but still… they are so little and you try to


Why I Prefer Leading Lady Nursing Bras

I’ve been breastfeeding for over two years now. I am still nursing Rissa, though she only has one session a day now, usually around bedtime. It’s been cut down due to the arrival of my son, Xander. Now he is nursing like a champ every 2-3 hours around the clock. Well, he


Overcoming Speech Issues When Tongue-Tied {Guest Post}

My son was a preemie, born at 32 weeks gestation weighing in at a whopping 3lbs, 5oz. He was full breech, and the doctors broke his arm getting him out. None of this relates to the rest of my story, but it’s important because it shows that the doctors were so busy


The Struggles of Having a Small Kitchen

Would it shock you if I told you my kitchen is an organizational nightmare?  It truly is.  We struggle with clutter and lack of space… and not knowing how to utilize the space we do have.  I think this has been an issue all my life, in all honesty.  Having kids has


Expanding Our Cloth Diaper Stash With Neutral Colors

When we decided to switch to cloth diapers, I tried to stick with buying neutral colors.  I did get a few girly colors (purple!) at first, but mostly wanted to build a stash that would work for our future children regardless of their sex.  Well, with all the cute prints and colors


For the Love of My Teeth and Gums #CrestSponsored

I’ve previously shared with you that I didn’t have access to proper dental care when I was growing up.  As I’ve gotten older, wiser, and a card carrying dental health plan member, I’ve taken the care of my teeth and gums more seriously.  That’s not to say I’m perfect with my daily


Gearing Up for a New Breastfeeding and Baby Led Eating Adventure

Maybe that’s a tad misleading.  My current adventure with Rissa hasn’t ended, but I’m still preparing for the new adventure with baby #2.  Hopefully it will be a bit smoother in the beginning this time. My daughter started out as a champion nurser.  She had a strong suck coupled with a big


I Found The Best Nursing Pillow for Plus Size Mamas!

It’s really no secret that I’m not *gasp* skinny.  The only time I ever was thin was when I was a preschooler.  Even in high school I was curvier even if I wasn’t actually fat like I thought at the time.  It can be very frustrating to be a bigger woman in our


This Time I’m Cloth Diapering a Newborn! #clothdiapers

With Rissa, we started out using disposables.  I didn’t attempt cloth until she was 3 months old, going on 4 months old.  Now at nearly 23 months old, it feels like we’ve always used cloth!  I’m not quite sure why I planned on sposies (they are very mainstream, but expensive), but once


OraLine Kids Dental Care Kit Wrap Up

So we’ve talked about how germy and gross bathrooms can be and the concerns of toothbrush cross-contamination. It’s seriously something I didn’t think much about until having my daughter. I swear I’m more aware of germs in general since she’s come along… every time she touches things I think are disgusting or


Keep Tooth Brushing Fun and Healthy With OraLine Kids Products!

Oral hygiene is so important for us moms to teach to our littles.  The tooth brushing habits they form when young will make a big difference throughout their life.  I know I have a hard time changing my routine as an adult even though my dentist tells me to… I just can’t


5 of My Favorite Cloth Diaper Prints #clothdiapers

One of the best parts about using cloth diapers is the fabric options.  There are so many different looks, colors and textures.  I started out with mostly neutral colors and a few “girly” colors and slowly got lured in by prints.  It’s what makes fluff so addicting to buy!  So many cute


Double Blessings San Diego Bebe Eco-Friendly Nursing Pillow Review

A nursing pillow is an essential breastfeeding accessory but it can be hard to know which one to choose unless you read nursing pillow reviews.  I remember when I was pregnant with my first daughter and so many people told me about nursing pillow I needed to have… so I got it.


5 Tips for Bath Time Fun!

5 Tips to Bath Time Fun 1 – Use a baby/toddler tub. The size of the tub will seem less scary when they can sit inside a smaller version. 2 – Have plenty of bath friendly toys. Rubber duckies, buckets with holes, boats, letters and more can be great fun. A doll