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My Top 6 Free DIY Tutorials for Your Newborn Baby

Before Malcolm was born I had some time off work to take care of myself and to prepare for a new baby. I enjoyed preparing the practical necessities, like buying diapers and a crib mattress, but I also wanted to focus some time on crafting some special things with my hands as I thought about and anticipated this baby. Here are a few DIYs I found both easy and practical. This is a great way to have some special keepsakes for your babe to keep as they grow up.

Click the photos to follow the link to the tutorials.

1.  Footed Newborn PantsDIY Footed Newborn Pants

I found this tutorial to be fairly simple and very practical. Footed pants are the best when your kiddo is tiny and you don’t want to have to worry about keeping little socks on. These pants even worked well with Malcolm’s cloth diapers, though I might recommend adding a couple inches to the top of the pattern for a bit of extra room if you are using cloth diapers.

2. Knit Moccasin Booties
DIY Knit Moccasin BootiesAren’t these just the most adorable little booties? They are perfect for keeping little toes warm. They also make a great keepsake for your child to treasure.

3.  T-shirt OnesieDIY T-shirt OnesieThis is the perfect base for your little one’s wardrobe. Customize it with your choice of patterned knit fabric and contrast ribbing. For an upcycled option cut the pattern from an adult t-shirt.

 

4.  Nursing Pillow CoverDIY nursing pillow coverMy nursing pillow didn’t come with a removable cover, and all the cute ones I found on the internet were so expensive. I am so glad I decided to make a cover because it has had all sorts of baby fluids spilt on it. I even brought it with me to the hospital which was a great idea, but it sure needed a good clean after.

5.  Crib SheetsDIY crib sheetsCrib sheets are simple to make, help you fully customize your nursery, and may save you money. We have been using a bassinet or cradle up until now because of our small space. It’s not easy to find the right size of sheets for a reasonable price, so I ended up making some of our own. Since it’s pretty simple I didn’t use a tutorial, but if you need a bit of direction check out this one. We don’t really use flat sheets on our bed, so those extra sheets are perfect for this project, plus the crib sheets match our bedding!

6.  Newborn GownDIY Newborn GownI found we didn’t really use this gown as much as I had hoped since we swaddled Malcolm for the first few months and our apartment is too warm to layer both. Nevertheless, it’s an adorable little pyjama outfit for keeping little ones warm and makes night time diaper changes easy.

I’m hoping to make some more things for Malcolm once I get some time. I love being able to make something special, to totally customize for what we need, and to repurpose old clothing. For my next projects I’m thinking of making some drool bibs like these, these shorties, and these harem leggings.

(Photos and tutorials are not mine. Please click on the photo for a link to the tutorial.)

Welcome Baby Malcolm

Welcome Malcolm Terence Bennett

Last week we welcomed our little Beanie into the world. Malcolm Terence Bennett was born at 4:11pm on January 27th at St. Pauls Hospital in Vancouver. He weighed a surprising 9 lbs 4 oz and measured 21″. We have been getting to know him this week and have fallen very deeply in love with him.

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We’ve made it one week as parents! We are trying to savour these precious moments with a newborn in between some small chunks of sleep. I never imagined I would function this well on so little sleep. After one week together, I feel like we are starting to get the hang of things and get into somewhat of a schedule… for now.

We’ve been blessed by the generosity of family and friends, and we have been able to thrive as a new family because of their help. Thank you to all who have brought us meals, washed our dishes, and picked up miscellaneous items for us. We really appreciate the support of our community, and we can’t imagine doing this without it.

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If you are interested in reading about my pregnancy with Malcolm you can click the links here for Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. I’m hoping to write out his birth story before I forget all the little details and share it with you here.

Baby Malcolm Terence Bennett

What a cutie! Am I right?!

Pregnancy Update: Baby Beanie at 38 weeks

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Time is just flying by! I can’t believe I’m 38 weeks today. There’s only 2 weeks left to go until our due date and Beanie could come at any time now.

We enjoyed spending a lot of time with family and friends over the holidays. We are trying to get out as much as possible while we still can. I hope we can still enjoy a few date nights together while it’s just the two of us. I’m dreaming of going to Burgoo for some delicious comfort food. Yum, I love their soup and salad combo! We recently visited Guilt and Co. with a few friends to see some live jazz, and I love the vibe there. If I wasn’t twice my usual size and off balance I might have tried to join in the swing dancing. I love the 1940’s feel.

Jordan took some photos of me just before Christmas when I was 35 weeks. Time is flying by so quick. I can’t believe I’m already 38 weeks. This baby will be here in no time! We have been doing a bunch of prep around the house now that the holidays have passed. I’ve been doing some sewing and organizing, and I’m working on putting together a binder of all the helpful information we will need to access come time for labour and parenting. We bought a carseat last week, and I’ve started packing our bags for the hospital. It’s getting close guys!

35 weeks pregnant maternity photoshoot

Everything is starting to feel real. I’m still having trouble getting my head around the fact that there is a little person inside of me. Soon this babe will make their appearance, and I’ll get to hold them and care for them.

I think the transition to motherhood will impact me more than I expect. Pregnancy seems easy in comparison. Yes, throughout pregnancy there have been physical struggles where I have felt less like myself, but I have generally felt very special and taken care of. I’ve been told to enjoy and take advantage of this time. I feel entitled to massages and special treatment. As a mother, I will need to give all of that up in order to care for someone else. It will be this little babe who is helpless and who receives all the attention.

I imagine I might be filled with joy and pride knowing that I was able to participate and create such a lovely, complex, and intricate human being. It’s really the most incredible thing I will ever make in my life.

But in the selfish place inside of me I realize that everything will no longer be about me. I will need to transition from entitlement and being loved and cared for to tiredness and loving and caring for someone else. I can imagine this will be quite difficult, and compiled with exhaustion and hormones I understand how many women struggle with depression postpartum. Luckily Jordan has always made me feel special and loved, and I have a great community of family and friends who I know will be there for me too.

How did you other mamas survive the transition? Was there anything you experienced that you didn’t anticipate?

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Click here for my other pregnancy posts: Our announcement and 32 week update.

Pregnancy Update: Baby Beanie at 32 weeks

Baby shower bump

Time has been just flying by lately. Can you believe it’s already December?! I’m now in the last couple months of my pregnancy at 32 weeks. It seems to go by quicker and quicker each week. I still have plans to do a bunch of reorganizing around the house and many preparations for this baby. Luckily I am no longer working, but my energy levels have gone back down again, and I’m struggling to feel productive. Any tips?

Baby showerI had my first baby shower the other day and was generously blessed by my neighbours, family, and friends. It was such a lovely event with games, treats, and prezzies for little Beanie. I am so glad I have such a great support network nearby.

Baby shower group photo

Our prenatal classes started at the end of November, and we have now been to 4 of 7 classes. The classes are through a local organization called Childbearing Society. We are enjoying getting all the information, though it takes time to let it digest. We have been practicing different positions and techniques for labour and birth, which I really appreciate as I am such a hands on learner. It’s difficult to remember everything I read about and to put it into practice, but by doing things I feel like I will better remember them when they become useful.

Baby bump at 31 weeksHas anyone else felt as overwhelmed as I have doing research on carseats and baby equipment? There are so many options and safety regulations that make it intimidating. We are lucky to have friends who have given us some hand-me-downs, but the remaining items we need to purchase make my head spin a little bit. Any recommendations or tips for choosing a carseat?