DIY Felted Bunny Baby Crib Mobile

DIY Felted Bunny Baby Crib Mobile

I finally finished it!  This one had been on my craft list for a while.  I’m really excited to be done with it, as seeing it hang makes me feel that much closer to meeting my baby girl!  I was just going to take a few pics of it, but then I thought I might as well add a few pictures of the process as a mini-tutorial.

It was really simple and there is a lot of flexibility with this project.  I feel like you could add as many or as few bunnies as you wanted, and hang them at different lengths or all together.  If I’m ever blest with a baby boy, I’ll probably make different animals too!

DIY Felted Bunny Baby Crib Mobile - Supplies

Supplies:

  • wool rovings (can be bought online or in Hobby Lobby)
  • felting needle and finger guards (I bought this starter kit)
  • foam punching board (Hobby Lobby for 3.99, or here, or as part of this starter kit)
  • floral wire wreath form (I got mine at Hobby Lobby for 1.99, but this one is cheap too)
  • paint/spray paint
  • clear thread and needle
  • crib mobile arm (I bought this one and LOVE it)

Felted bunny for DIY Felted Bunny Baby Crib Mobile

Step One: Felt Your Animals

This one is the biggest and first step.  In order to create your mobile, you first have to choose and make your animals!  I chose to make bunnies, since that is the theme of my nursery.  I plan to make a full-length post all about how to needle felt (and most specifically how I needle felted these bunnies).  But in the meantime, you can visit this page for a quick tutorial, as it’s what I used for inspiration in felting my first bunnies!

Spray Paint and Wreath Form for DIY Felted Bunny Baby Crib Mobile

Step Two: Spray Paint Your Wreath Form

A lot of homemade mobiles use embroidery hoops like this.  But I was worried the metal clamp would make my mobile unbalanced, and my husband was worried about suspending anything with a metal clamp above the baby.  We bought this floral wreath (it was originally green) and my husband spray painted it white for me.  You could paint it virtually any color, with regular paints or with spray pain.

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Step Three: Thread the Bunnies Onto the Wreath Form

I have seen some mobiles with dark thread, and thick yarn is also an option.  I chose to use invisible thread to attach the decorations, just because I’m making a small mobile.  A bunch of strings would be overbearing for the small bunnies and mobile, and it will look better on my mini-crib to have invisible strings.

Anyway, tie a double knot at the end of your thread, so that they are knotted together.  Insert the needle into the tummies of the animals, and up through their bodies.  Then, with the bunnies still hanging at the end of the needle, use the needle end to tie a secure double knot around one of the wire circles.  Cut the excess thread (bunny will be suspended by two strings through it’s tummy, or neck depending on how tilted your animal looks on the string). For double security, use a thread twice the length you normally would, begin in the belly of the bunny, pass the needle through it’s back, over and around one of the wire circles, and then back through the bunny’s back, exiting out the tummy.  Then you can tie the knot at the base of the tummy, and your bunny will be secured by 4 strands instead of 2.  (If bunny rotates too much, you can knot the 4 strands together up near the wire circle).

Repeat until all the bunnies, hearts, and other animals or baubles are attached.

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Step Four: Add Strings for Hanging the Mobile

To hang the mobile as evenly as possible, I cut four identical lengths of yarn and looped each one around the inside circle of the wreath form.  Then I knotted all four together in one big knot so that the weight of the mobile would be evenly distributed.  To attach it to the mobile arm loop, I used a wire twist tie, because it was flexible and easy to adjust.  You could use anything to attach it, really.

Step Five: Attach the Mobile to the Crib Arm

This step will be dependent on what kind of mobile you bought.  My crib mobile arm has a plastic loop to suspend the mobile from, so for me it was simply a matter of securing the mobile with a good knot through the loop.  The hardest part was making sure my mobile hung evenly.  I used yarn because it was easiest to measure and I like the way it looked.  Again, the type of twine (invisible thread, yarn, etc) is optional but this is what I went with, based on what my crib looks like.

DIY Felted Bunny and Heart Baby Crib Mobile

Step Six: (Optional) Finishing Touches

If you used invisible thread like I did, you might see your knots slipping a bit.  Even my triple and quadrupled knots looked like they were opening up a bit.  I dabbed a bead of “Jeweler’s Glue” on each knot, and that helped a lot.  You can also tie a bow (I did) over the mobile’s suspension knot, just for a more polished look and to cover up any possible twist-tie visibility.  I thought my bunnies and heart were tightly enough felted that they weren’t going to come apart.  But if you’re worried about them getting “fuzzy” over time, I believe a light coat of hairspray could be helpful.  Just make sure you know what kind of finish it has, because a sticky mobile would be so frustrating!

And that is pretty much it!  Again, I plan to make a tutorial on how exactly I felted the bunnies, but if there is another aspect of the process you want more details on, leave a comment below!!  And if you make your own mobile, tag me on instagram or send it to me on pinterest so I can see it.  I’d love to know what you did!

DIY Felted Baby Crib Mobile

Note: If I was going to buy a mobile, it would be this little Lambs & Ivy mobile (which happened to be at the top of my baby registry list for a while).  But now that I have made my own, I’m even happier with the results.  I hope my baby will love it!

 

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8 Pregnancy Rules I Decided to Break (and Why)

8 Rules I Broke While Pregnant

You’ve been told a LOT of “rules” ever since you got the positive test.  And while the information can often be conflicting, there are some laws that seem to consistently harmonize.  I have found many of them to be true.  Unfortunately, one of those was the no-eating-raw-cookie-batter rule.  That was completely true.  🙁  But there were some definite “golden rules” that I chose to break and it worked out for me just fine!  My first pregnancy was delightful and culminated with a healthy baby.  I’m about to begin my third trimester with my second little baby, and still am enjoying breaking these 8 rules.  I’m certainly NOT advocating that anyone else feel obligated to, nor do I think anyone else needs to!  These are just the rules that I chose to break, and enjoyed doing it:

Rule One: Eat for Two

I broke this one right off the bat–mostly because of all my food aversions!  But as my pregnancy continued, I found that “eating for two” wasn’t necessary or possible for me personally.  I found myself eating more frequently, rather than  eating larger portions.  Many doctors will advise that your nutrient intake doesn’t need to increase until at least the second trimester, and this ended up being the case for me.   All the vitamins and minerals (and calories) that my babies needed were easily supplied by my body without any additional food during the first trimester.  There is nothing wrong with listening to your body, and in my case, my body didn’t want or need any “extra” food until the second (mostly third) trimesters.  And even then, I couldn’t handle a lot of food at once.  All my meals had to broken up into snacks.  It’s just what worked for me!

Rule Two: Lose the Baby Weight After the Baby is Born

It’s pretty normal to go through a shrinking period after you give birth.  I mean, there is no need for all that extra fluid once the baby arrives!  But I didn’t wait until after birth to begin exercising.  It’s much easier to workout BEFORE you have a tiny newborn in your house.   Trust me.  While I did find it was important to rest up during my pregnancies (and I really did rest a lot!) I definitely didn’t leave the working out for the post-birth time.  I found my body had a significantly easier time bouncing back to pre-pregancy size because I worked out during my entire pregnancy.  And it made me feel happier and more confident during my pregnancies.  Bonus: being fit made the delivery infinitely easier too.

Rule Three: Buy a Pregnancy Wardrobe

I kind of blame this on the fact that my babies are small, and that nursing has become my jam.   But I never bought a “pregnancy” wardrobe per se.  I bought a few loose fitting tank tops and that was pretty much it.  I did, however, buy a nursing wardrobe.  So my personal advice to nursing moms: don’t spend more on your pregnancy wardrobe than on your nursing wardrobe.  By the time you need to buy pregnancy clothes, many mommies-to-be are expecting their little one’s arrival in the next 6 months.  So why invest in a wardrobe that will only last for 6 months, when breastfeeding can easily go on for 12 months or longer?!  Again, it’s totally a personal preference thing, but I recommend keeping the pregnancy wardrobe smaller and “more simple,” because you’ll want to have the funds/space for beautiful and versatile clothes during all the months that you breastfeed.

Note: I only own one or two things specifically designed for nursing.  My nursing wardrobe consisted of “normal clothing” necklines that stretch.  For me, there were plenty of “regular” clothes that worked great for nursing–but they weren’t things I owned when I first took my baby home.  I found myself needing to purchase quite a few new tops postpartum because my regular clothes were not nursing-friendly!

Rule Four: Wear Nursing Bras

Speaking of breastfeeding: you might have to set aside all your current bras during the pregnancy and after.  But if you’re one of the many expectant mothers weeping over your vast Victoria Secret collection–no more tears!  Not everyone ends up finding a nursing-specific bra they like.  Most demi cut bras are completely nursing compatible, and come in a variety of support types: wireless, underwire, push-up, etc.  The sky is the limit with those!  Keep in mind that throughout your pregnancy and nursing journeys, your size will fluctuate to accommodate lactation growth, so be aware that what works for a few months may not work later on, or vice versa.

Also, most breastfeeding mothers are advised to wear bras to bed–and the demis will still work in this case.  Be aware certain bras can lead to mastitis, especially at night.  But don’t feel like the only bras that won’t cause mastitis are bralettes–because there are plenty of “normal” bras that are nursing-friendly too.  It’s really about finding your own style and what feels comfortable.  You don’t have to sacrifice looks for comfort or safety, but those two should definitely be at the top of your list of requirements when shopping!

Rule Five:  It Took 9 Months to Gain and Will Take 9 Months to Lose

No.  It takes your body as long as it takes YOUR body.  For me, it was a lot closer to 9 days than 9 months.  For some, that’s a matter of weeks and for others, a matter of months.  Don’t hold yourself accountable to someone else’s metabolism, breastfeeding habits, sleep cycle, and genetics.  Treat your body well and give it time.  Comparison is the their of joy and trying to “recover” the way someone else did will only mislead you in taking care of your body.  Remember: the grass is greener WHEN you water it–so try hard and make great efforts to help your body recover.  But realize it is the effort and not the wishing that will make a difference.  The most important thing is focusing on your body’s health and peace, not on the clock or calendar and wondering if it’s taking too long to “bounce back.”

Rule Six: Get Over the Fact that You’ll be Wearing a Hospital Gown

Maybe I’m alone here in feeling like the gowns are itchy, uncomfortable, and look horrible on my skin.  BYOBG.  Bring your own birthing gown.  Most hospitals will let you (check before you don it).  If you don’t want to purchase a birthing gown though, there are many options out there.  Consider making your own or altering a nightdress you already have.   As long as your gown has straps instead of sleeves, the only adjustment you’ll need to make is cutting a long slit down the back from the neck to the hips (which you can attach ties or velcro to so that it closes).   Get something that is soft and dark in color…you’ll be so much more comfortable in your own gown than in the hospital-issued gown!  For my first birth, I wore this.  And for my second, I’m buying this.

Rule Seven: Rock the Bump

This one is again a TOTAL personal preference.  Probably the most “personal” of all preferences in this post!  I have seen so, so, so, so many beautiful pregnant bumps that look super cute when accented.  So many women have found “rocking” their bump to not only help them celebrate their pregnancy blessing, but also to come to terms with the fact their body is changing and so is their wardrobe.  It looks GREAT on them and I think they should totally go for it.  But all of a sudden when I found myself pregnant, I found the bump-hugging styles didn’t suit me!  I partly attribute this to the fact that I carry my babies high, and that I carry them small.  It takes me months just to get a “bump” and I think the long and slow progression never inspired me to find bump-rocking styles.

I was discussing pregnancy wardrobes with my grandmother, and she told me in her time that pregnant women gravitated towards lose-fitting, concealing outfits.  I thought I would give it a try and ended up LOVING it!  My pregnancy jam became leggings, shorts, or tight-night pencil skirts paired with a flowy or non-fitted top.  (I have summer pregnancies so tank tops were my go-to).  It didn’t bother me that people couldn’t tell I was pregnant, because I tend to bring it up in conversations all the time! haha  I just felt really relieved that I had finally found a style that looked good and felt right for me.  I can’t advocate enough that a HUGE part of pregnancy confidence for me was a finding a style that worked.  It surprised me that my pregnancy style was very different from my non-pregnancy style, but that’s just how it worked out!!

Rule Eight: You have to Give Up Coffee

It’s TOTALLY important to limit caffeine during pregnancy, most especially during the first trimester.  And I did.  While I didn’t even want coffee for the first few months of pregnancy (hello, food aversions!) my nurse found it perfectly fine for me to enjoy a cup once a day, however.  Most research will conclude a safe caffeine limit during pregnancy is 200 mg, leaving room for an average-sized cup of coffee–about 11 oz.  That’s only IF you’re comfortable consuming caffeine though (because it’s your choice!).  And if you’re more of a soda and chocolate person than a coffee person, then just remember to go by the same caffeine guidelines.  Sneaky trick: in order to drink “two” cups a day, I ended up making 1/2 caff coffee, so that my caffeine was split into two mugs over the course of the day.  Teehee!

It’s possible that I’ve broken more than 8 rules… haha!  However, there are many rules that I totally followed (and am following right now!)  Again, I’m definitely not trying to say that everyone should break the rules that I chose to.  In fact, I really want everyone to know that I believe you should live your pregnancy as YOU feel is best.  But I’m sharing what ended up working for me because sometimes someone else’s positive story can be helpful when evaluating your own pregnancy goals.  Maybe something that worked for everyone isn’t going to work for you?  Or maybe something that works for you is something no one else can handle!

Every person and every pregnancy is so unique, and that’s really special.  Thanks for taking the time to read about mine!  Please leave a comment below if there is a rule you broke, and why!  I’d love to know.  I hope you come back soon!

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5 Tips for Feeling Energetic

Have a long list of things to-do but absolutely zero motivation?  Oops did I just reveal something about my day? 🙂  When I need to get stuff done, but don’t really want to, these are my 5 tips for getting that energy pumping.  (And as silly as they sound, I really do them and they work for me).

  1. I put my hair up.  It’s 30ish inches long, and I feel comfy and relaxed with it down.  When it’s up, I mean business.  My roommates and I used to joke that they could “sense” how busy our class schedule was just by popping into my room and seeing that my hair was up.  Time to get homework done.
  2. I put on a fresh beat.  Even though classical music is my favorite, if I need to get something done I put on an upbeat playlist of songs that make me want to dance.  For some reason, wanting to dance = getting things done.  (Word of caution: if what you need to get done is something that requires you to think–i.e. HOMEWORK–then I recommend classical music or maybe silence. Sorry.)
  3. I pour a mug of coffee.  In all honestly, I’m immune to caffeine.  But it’s the hot and sweet sip from coffee that gets me going.  I highly recommend this, or some other yummy beverage that will make the job easier. (Not alcohol guys.)
  4. I write down what it is that I want to get done, because honestly it’s just an innate human response to get satisfaction out of crossing things off the list.
  5. I plan a reward.  Whether it’s another cup of coffee (only kinda kidding) or a relaxing half-hour of browsing pinterest in my freshly vacuumed house, I make sure there is a silver light at the end of the tunnel.  Or is it a silver lining? 🙂  You get it.

What do you do to motivate yourself?

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Nursing Comfort – Cream Ediiton

Nursing Comfort - The best nipple cream

There’s a lot of writing on nursing (or breastfeeding, as its more commonly called).  There was a particular topic that consistently circulated while I was researching before having my baby: nursing hurts.  Luckily, I found this to to not be true in my case!! I’ve even read from an excellent book put out by the La Leche League, called “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.”  I can’t recommend it enough!  Anyway, something I read that stuck out with me was their passage that stated nursing should never hurt.  They say that almost any mommy and baby team can make nursing work, and so if it starts to hurt, that only means that something is off and needs to be fixed.  I know it sounds like wishful thinking, but I loved the concept that pain doesn’t equal incapability.

In my experience with nursing, it really doesn’t hurt!  However since this was my first baby, for the first two weeks or so I found myself sore during the latching process.  The number one way to ease the soreness is to ensure proper latching and help baby if need be.  But I discovered another way to help myself out!…

Enter the My Brest Friend Nipple Cream! It’s made of natural and organic ingredients (bonus!) and is completely safe for mom and baby.  There is no need to wipe it off before baby nurses, and its clear in color, so no staining anything!  It had a very slight butter smell, but it is very pleasant and relaxing.  What I loved most about it was obviously it’s effects– it is soothing if you’re hurting, but it also is effective at preventing those hurts in the first place.

One word of advice, this cream does “solidify” in a way because it has coconut oil in it.  So it comes out of the tube a little “grainy” which doesn’t hurt when you apply, but it makes it less perfect that a buttery-vaseline type texture.  (Obviously vaseline isn’t a nursing cream).  My advice is to roll the little bit your squirt out in your fingers first to try to warm it.  Once you apply it, the cream will also melt onto your skin, so warming it beforehand is not strictly necessary.  But if the grainy-ness is not your thing, you may want to rub it between your fingers before applying.

I suppose you could just use plain coconut oil–it really does work as a nursing cream!  But if you want something that is easier to carry around then a jar of coconut oil 🙂 then I highly recommend this cream.  Plus, it has a few additions to it that coconut oil doesn’t have…like Shea butter, sunflower oil, mango seed butter, Candelilla wax, and soybean oil.  Those little additions have their own nourishing benefits, and make the cream extra buttery and soothing.

What’s your go-to nursing comfort?

 

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