Brooks’ First Boys Weekend

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 This post is sponsored by Munchkin LATCH as part of the #LoveLatch campaign. All opinions are my own.

This weekend while I was out celebrating with my mom, mother-in-law & sister-in-law down in Old Town, Alexandria – having a fun girls weekend away – Charles, Jackson & Brooks were holding down the fort in Philadelphia. While this was not my first time away from my little man, my first night(s) away from Brooks was when I went to Charlottesville a few weeks ago, it was the first time Charles had a boys weekend with his little man, alone!

Today I wanted to share with you some tips and tricks for helping your man survive his first night(s) on his own with a little one:

First up, I made sure the fridge was stocked! I asked Charles over and over again all week what he wanted to have for meals. I even made him a baked ziti before I left on Friday so he wouldn’t starve, because I know how hard it can be to feed yourself when you are taking care of the little one, I didn’t want him to have to worry about it!


I made this baked ziti because I knew it was something Brooks could eat as well. Speaking of feeding Brooks – I also set out all his snacks & everything you need to help feed him on the kitchen counter {see photo below} so everything was out and visible for Charles to grab.

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Brooks is at a special age right now where a schedule is so important to keeping him happy {and sleeping right!} so I wrote everything out for Charles in terms of Brooks’ “normal” schedule – so if he was having a rough time, he could troubleshoot. I gave him the range of times when Brooks usually eats & naps & snacks and he said this really helped him know what Brooks was used to during the day.


Brooks had a second cousin’s first birthday party to attend over the weekend which was a bit overwhelming to think of at first – because traveling with a little one requires a lot of extra everything – but I think looking back now it was a nice break up of the day for Charles. I tried to make this a little easier for Charles by laying out Brooks’ outfit ahead of time along with prepping the diaper bag.

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Also #pjsallday

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Even though Brooks is now eating 3 meals a day {plus snacks!} we are still nursing 4 times a day – so for this trip we busted out some of my freezer stash for Brooks’ milk supply – and I got my pump on during the trip! Since we are still exclusively nursing, Brooks doesn’t use the bottle too much for milk consumption – so whenever I have a trip or a time when he will be given a bottle I get a little anxious that he will take to the bottle alright – but for this trip the timing was perfect to try out a the new Munchkin Latch system.

Latch Brooks

The Munchkin Latch bottle was specifically designed with the proper latch in mind -> when mom’s nipple reaches all the way back to baby’s soft palate. While other bottles may look like the breast, the one-of-a-kind LATCH accordion nipple moves, stretches, and functions like the breast, helping baby latch easily and correctly. This eases baby’s transition from breast to bottle and back. Experts agree the best transition occurs when bottle flow and mother’s flow match. Developed with Lactation Consultants, the LATCH bottle mimics mom by releasing more breast milk as baby pushes against the nipple’s base.

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One of my favorite things about the Munchkin LATCH bottle system is the variety of nipple options. The LATCH Stage 1 nipple flow is specifically designed with a reduced rate to mimic the breast. Stage 2 and 3 are also available, allowing you to increase the flow as your baby grows.

Brooks did great with the new bottles. I loved the fact that we could change up the nipple for the bottle depending on what worked best for him – Charles told me he seemed very comfortable with the bottle all weekend & that made me feel so happy that he was getting the milk he needed.

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Back to the bottle -> I also really REALLY enjoy the fact that this system makes it super easy to pump directly into the bottle, should you need to do so -> it comes with an attachment that makes it possible to hook up your pump with ease. Such a small thing that makes a big difference!

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Some more fun facts about the Munchkin LATCH:

The LATCH bottle offers a simple way to reduce colic without the extra pieces and parts. The accordion-style LATCH nipple flexes as baby moves her head, allowing her to maintain her latch while decreasing ingestion of air. Plus, the anti-colic valve located at the bottom of the LATCH bottle allows for breast milk to flow while ensuring air bubbles don’t travel through, reducing gas and fussiness.

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Now its your turn:

Did you do anything to help your man during his first overnight alone with the baby?

Please share!


If you want to check out the Munchkin LATCH for yourself -> You can enjoy free shipping at with the purchase of a LATCH bottle or pacifier using the code LOVELATCH, which will expire 12/31/14 (one per customer; U.S. residents only). The Munchkin LATCH system is also available at Babies R’ Us.

Don’t forget to check out the #LoveLatch Twitter Party taking place on Wednesday, November 12 at 8:00 am – 9:00 am PST / 11:00 am – Noon EST -> Come Tweet along with me!

This Express Yourself post is brought to you by Munchkin LATCH as part of the #LoveLatch campaign.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Patty O November 12, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Looks like the boys survived the weekend just fine! They did it and you did a great job preparing your couple of days away!

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