Tall Mom tiny baby: July 2013

August Photo A Day Challenge

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

We had so much fun with July's Photo A Day Challenge - now it's time for August's!

What is a photo a day challenge?

I will post some photo suggestions or themes for each day of the month. Post a photo of what that suggestion means to you.

Join in the fun!

Share your photos through social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, etc.

Add the hashtag #tmtbphotoaday so the rest of us can see your fun photos.

Feel free to tag me @tallmomtinybaby or @mary__larsen on your social media sites as well so I can see what pics you are sharing :)

The photo does not need to actually be taken that day.

Feel free to raid your photo library, or save a certain photo for a day later in the month. It's all up to you! Get creative, and interpret the theme however you'd like.

How can you see other people's photos of the day?

Simply click of search the hashtag #tmtbphotooftheday - and you will be sent to a results page full of other people's photos. Feel free to like & comment and share the love!

Play whenever and as often as you like!

Seriously, you can post a pic a day, a couple of times a month, or as often as you'd like. Knowing my crazy life, I'll most likely be missing some days ;)

Feel free to leave your Instagram name in the comments so I can follow you!

You can find me here:

Tall Mom tiny baby on Twitter @mary__larsen

Tall Mom tiny baby on Instagram @tallmomtinybaby or @mary__larsen

Day 210: baby playtime


I'm A Baby Wearing Mom, And Proud Of It

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

For those of you who have not had the pleasure of meeting my darling colicky Itty Bitty, I'll fill you in on a little secret…

My tiny baby has some serious pipes.

Like: I'm-going-to-be-the-lead-singer-of-a-rock-band sized pipes.

Even the many years of being a music teacher (i.e.: listening to squeaking clarinets, booming bass drums, and pre-pubescent boys trying to muscle out the high notes of the Star Spangled Banner) didn't prepare me for the screaming roars my tiny baby emits.

"Go for nice long car rides, he'll fall asleep," someone told me.

"Colic isn't that bad, he'll stop crying eventually," said another.

Pssssh, these people know a whole lotta nothin' about my tiny baby.

My kid hates bumpy sidewalks, despises any amount of time spent in car rides, and has the “scream-til-you-are-purple-in-the-face-and-then-scream-some-more” track on continuous repeat. There is, however, one solution to all that madness: having his body near mine.

Call me what you want - hippie, earthy crunchy, tree hugger, an attachment parent…whatev...I don’t care. I don’t care because I love baby wearing. Of course, there are tons of benefits that go along with wearing your little one. But, for my money, it all boils down to one major fact: my baby cries less when he is worn. And, as inspired by Jack Nicholson, all crying and no play makes Tall Mom a crazy girl.

Whether he lays on my chest, has skin-to-skin contact, or is simply slung around my body - he calms down and snuffs his last few sniffles until he is quiet once again. AKA: no crazy girl.

I am sane because of baby wearing, and as I mentioned above, there are tons other benefits too.

Here are just a few of my favorites :

  1. I can tackle tasks with both hands. Need to wash bottles? No problem. Want to eat a sandwich? You can! (You will most likely drop, and then consume, crumbs on the top of your baby's head. But, it’s ok. Fret not, for this is a judgment-free zone.)
  2. Crazy people and their dirty fingers stay away. You know those people who just love to see, and poke, at a tiny baby inside of a car seat? They come up to your table while you’re eating or stop you in the grocery store, and find it perfectly reasonable to touch YOUR baby’s head/fingers/toes with their disgusting - god knows where they’ve been – hands. Those crazy "what do you mean by personal space?" creeps will steer clear when you wear your baby; trust me. When you wear the baby, oddly enough, those freaks have the decency to not stick their grubby digits anywhere near your face and/ or chest. And if they did, you can growl at them, and they'll run away in fear. Ultimately, baby wearing is like a protective shield – similar to Bella's magical power in Twilight, or when Captain Kirk (mmmmm,Chris Pine) says, "shields up, Red Alert," in Star Trek.
  3. Bonding for father and friends - Itty Bitty loves his mum, and often cries when he is held by someone else. However, he calms down for them if he is snug as a bug, and is strapped to them in a carrier. He pretty much doesn't have a choice at that point - so suck it up kid, and get used to it!

  1. Baby still feels like it is in the womb. Many people believe the first three months of a baby's life should be called the fourth trimester. In other words, even though baby is out, parents need to mimic the environment of the womb as best as they can. In a carrier, the baby feels movements similar to what it was like in the womb, and can hear a heartbeat. So, wear him and, (baddabing!) you’re a fourth trimester pro!
  2. The added weight helps me lose a bit of my baby weight. Skinny jeans, here I come! Instead of having your daily walk with your kid in a stroller, strap them on for added weight resistance. Your body will feel like it had a major workout! Seriously, my abs and core are always sore the next day following a long walk in which he is strapped to me. Just plan on being a bit sweaty.
  3. Breastfeed secretly. Is your baby sleeping in the sling, or nursing? Either way he is quite covered, so you get to be discreet and keep people guessing. Plus, you can nurse on the move!
  4. Baby actually naps while he is in the carrier. My Itty Bitty normally hates napping, but will often do it if he is worn. Naps=happy baby=happier parents.
  5. You can actually shop! Pushing around a stroller and a grocery cart does not work, and after all of the scary news about baby car seats in shopping carts, I make sure to wear my little guy for all shopping trips. I just leave his car seat in the car.
  6. I am free to go to the bathroom without listening to a screaming child. What? You say. You wear your baby to pee, you ask? Yes. Hell yes. You would too if he finally fell asleep on you. NEVER wake a sleeping baby - even to tinkle!
  7. Helps combat the dreaded colic, and helps babies cry less (thank you Jesus!)

What are your thoughts on baby wearing?


Pics of the Week

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Top Left: @girasol0729 (door)

Top Right: @catherineedge (dad)

Bottom Left: @semmett (home)

Bottom Right: @jeme0425 (favplace)

Join in the fun in the July Photo A Day Challenge

Share your photos on Instagram, and add the hashtag #tmtbphotoaday

I will pick 4 pictures to highlight and share each week as "Pics of the Week"


Do Babies Like Playing Air Guitar? {video}

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Fighting Flat Head Syndrome

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Poor Itty Bitty has a big problem: His head has started to flatten on the back. And as handsome as I think he is, the flat spot is kinda unattractive. 

 See for yourself...
Kinda gross right? (Cue the Debbie Downer sad trombone..waah, waah, waah waahhhh.)

Plagiocephaly, otherwise known as Flat Head Syndrome, is extremely common, especially since parents are now advised to place their babies on their backs to sleep. In fact, nearly half the babies in the U.S. suffer from a case of Flat Head Syndrome.

To be honest, despite those odds, I'm rather shocked that Itty Bitty has a flat spot. Aside from sleeping, my tiny baby rarely rests on his head. I'm ALWAYS carrying him.

But, I suppose if you add up all hours that he sleeps during the night, in addition to his mini naps throughout the day, I guess it does add up to a substantial amount of time where he inadvertently rests on the back of his head.

So Hubby and I have decided that we are going to actively start fighting against Flat Head Syndrome. No were not going to start some charity, or create a creepy scholarship in his name. We're just going to start paying more attention to how he rests and goes about his day.
How will we do this?

1. Wear our Itty Bitty in a carrier, as often as possible. 
2. While our tiny baby sleeps at night, we will try to turn his head to the side, so as to alleviate the pressure off the back of his head.

3. He will wear the Tortle when he sits in the car seat, the stroller, swing, and during his naps. 
** Update - the hat never really seemed to stay on my son's head. We got him the largest size, but I guess his head was still too big for it (we started it when he was a bit older.) I think it really just annoyed him rather than helped. I found the other methods worked better.**
4. Continue to work on tummy time each day, especially after each diaper change. That way I remember to do it frequently, and he will hopefully be in a happy mood.

5. Alternate the direction I place Itty Bitty on the changing table. This will work on his neck strength, as he will work on turning his head towards me. Simple, and something I do multiple times a day! 

6. Remind myself that I have a few flat spots and lumps on my own head, and to not take it too seriously if his head isn't a PERFECT rounded head. He's still perfect to me.

I'll let you know how everything goes-wish us luck!

Do you have any tips on how to prevent or fix a baby's flat head?

Day 200: Ready for bath time with dad

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Pics of the Week

Top Left: @semmett82 (movement)

Top Right: @jeme0425 (movement)

Bottom Left: @catherineedge (sitting)

Bottom Right: @girasol729 (movement)

Join in the fun by participating in the July Photo A Day Challenge

Share your photos on Instagram, and add the hashtag #tmtbphotoaday

I will pick 4 pictures to highlight and share each week as "Pics of the Week"


Baby Essentials: The SwaddleMe

Friday, July 19, 2013

If there is one lesson that parents should take from the great John Locke (no, not that John Locke, this one) it's that babies love to be swaddled.

Swaddling helps your baby feel like they are back in womb - they're tight, warm, confined, and restricted. True, it's counterintuitive for an American to accept these traits, but babies eat it right up. They miss their cozy home in which they once lived. The best benefit from swaddling, however, is that it assists in a baby's fumbling attempts at sleep. How, you ask?

Well, babies often throw their hands up during their many brushes with the sandman, and accidentally hit themselves in their face. (This is commonly known as the "startle reflex," which is similar to "the kick" from the movie, Inception). This reflex wakes them from their slumber, and thereby prevents you from being productive, or worse, stops you from getting your much needed beauty rest.

It boils down to this - swaddles keep your baby's chubby hands and arms tucked down to stop him from waking himself up. Believe me, this is a good thing. Let's do the math together, shall we?

Baby + SwaddleMe = a much longer nap/sleep = a happier baby = a happier you > anything on earth.

Heck, I'd love to be swaddled!

Some babies have uncanny super human strength, and will bust out of even the tightest of tight swaddles. My Itty Bitty has proven to be Superman, so we invested in Summer Infant's SwaddleMe.

Summer in the Ocean State has been sweltering hot so far, and Itty Bitty hates the heat, just like his parents. On extremely hot evenings, we have just his arms swaddled.

I have also brought them with us to the beach - and kept our tiny baby's arms nice and snug, without having him overheat.

What are your thoughts on swaddling?