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Born to be wild: Baby Magic

If you’re a regular reader here, you know that Kara entered this world with a colicky-bang.

From day one, she’s been not only an incredibly beautiful little blessing, but also our little wild child, particularly when compared to the mellow personality of her older brother.

Colic is no joke, and if you’re a parent who has endured it with one or more of your children you know exactly what I mean. There were moments during the peak of Kara’s colic when my husband and I seriously questioned exactly how much hearing damage we had suffered!

Up until the past two weeks I was seriously beginning to wonder if she was ever going to chill enough to sleep through the night.

I laugh about this now, but we were actually so sleep deprived in this house that we took those rare moments when Kara napped VERY seriously. We even went so far as to send a mass email to our friends and family that read:

Dear friends and family. While we love you, and would love to hear from you, please FOR THE LOVE OF GOD don’t ring our doorbell or call our home phone. The baby might be sleeping, and honestly, we might have to kill the next person who messes that up. XO.

However, like all the chaotic phases that babies go through, we’re finally starting to see a light at the end of this long and sleepless tunnel.

I’ve been enforcing a new bedtime routine that includes evening nursing, a snack, a warm bath and then about 20 minutes of quiet play time before putting Kara in her crib.

Baby Magic: Magical Madness Moms

I recently received samples of Baby Magic’s Original Baby Scent Gentle Baby Lotion and Soft Baby Scent Hair and Body Wash, and these products have been a big part of Kara’s new bedtime routine.

About Baby Magic

Did you know, Baby Magic baby products have been around since 1951? My mom told me that this was her baby care brand of choice when I was a baby. When she closed her eyes and inhaled the scent in Kara’s hair, I could almost see her going back in time to memories of bathing her own children.

Baby Magic products are safe and gentle. Products are hypoallergenic, paraben free, phthalate free and all packaging is BPA free. I also love that Baby Magic is made in the United States.

What I love most about Baby Magic is the scent. It is delicate and sweet, just like my baby. Kara has been sleeping so much better at night, I know that this soothing part of her routine is helping.

For the past 10 months since my wild child entered the world, I’ve been pretty much 100% against the idea of having a third baby. I mean… whoa! She’s a handfull.

Of course, now that she’s suddenly SLEEPING? Well… who knows. I might just be crazy enough to do this whole crazy thing one more time. Did I just say that?

Magical Madness Mom

I’m really excited to announce that I will be posting with more tidbits about Baby Magic products in the coming months as an official Magical Madness Mom. See that cute little pink button in my sidebar? Yay!

Enter to win

Dear Moms: did any of your children have a bit of a wild side like my daughter, or were they mellow like my son? Leave a comment to how you tamed (or dealt with) their wild side for a chance to receive the same Baby Magic products mentioned above, Original Baby Scent Gentle Baby Lotion and Soft Baby Scent Hair and Body Wash. Giveaway has ended.

I am a compensated Baby Magic, Magical Madness Moms ambassador. Opinions are as always, genuine, and my own.

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51 Comments

  1. November 14, 2012 @ 10:20 am
    APRIL BAKER

    My son still does not sleep through the night at 15mos. I cant do the CIO thing and love to cuddle but my sleep is soooooo gone LOL i would not trade him for the world though.

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  2. November 14, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    both of mine, a boy and a girl, were both on the mild side ;.)

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  3. November 14, 2012 @ 10:22 am
    Katie Knapp

    My oldest son was pretty wild…he did not have colic, but he cried a lot!! I rocked him a lot at night when he was a baby… he’s now 11 LOL but it was one of the harder times in my marriage. It put us both to the test, and was very hard to deal with a baby that constantly cried. My youngest child was a super good baby. We didn’t have any crying issues with him at all.

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  4. November 14, 2012 @ 10:23 am
    julie lear

    I dealt with my WILD child daughter as a baby by several different ways . A warm bath with lavender really helped , but taking a ride in the car around the neighborhood helped too . The constant motion soothed her i guess .

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  5. November 14, 2012 @ 10:23 am
    Amara

    I have a 2 and a half week old, and I can already tell she will have a feisty personality, unlike her 4 and a half year old sister. My newborn is impatient and doesn’t like to wait, whereas my older daughter was much more mellow!

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  6. November 14, 2012 @ 10:26 am
    diane king

    my daughter is more on the wild side and my son is more mellow.

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  7. November 14, 2012 @ 10:26 am
    veda poff otto

    I have am 18 year old that was tame. I have a five year old with ADHD, but we deal with it without medication. I also have a 1 year old the doesn’t sit still, but sleeps thru the night. Now I am pregnant with my last child due around Christmas, and I am a bit nervous about having two kids close in age. By the way they are all boys. I just try to keep them entertained at all times, so we don’t have bad days.

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  8. November 14, 2012 @ 10:27 am
    Sue

    I have five children but my wild one is now five years. To tame him, he just needs about 100 pieces of anything and he gets busy. You name it, 100 cards, 100 pieces of confetti, 100 scraps of paper…for some reason his mind works this way. He’s very creative. (btw 100 is arbitrary…he just likes a lot of anything…)

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  9. November 14, 2012 @ 10:29 am
    Brooke

    My daughter was/is a wild child! Also entering the world with the colicky bang. As a baby, bathtime was a method we used to aid in soothing. Riding in the carseat on the washer was also something we did often as the motion would lull her to sleep. But cuddling has always played the most crucial role in the calming down. Even now, at preschool age, she can snuggle up in my lap and you can feel her tensions melt away. Its not always easy but to get her to slow down and sit with me but its rewarding to know that my hugs still have a calming effect.

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  10. November 14, 2012 @ 10:30 am
    rochelle haynes

    I just tried to deal with it until they went through it and then we were good to go .be patience with them and they will quiet down.

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  11. November 14, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    Fortunately both my sons were pretty mellow. However, my oldest son had a rough start with a bad heart, he was very ill the first six months of his life and there were many sleepless nights and days until his first surgery. He is doing very well now thanks to a heart transplant when he was 12 yrs.old. But even with his illness he was a mellow child and so was his brother. Thank goodness they were coz I worked nights and would sleep around them and the times they would nap, lots of cat naps for momma!!!

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  12. November 14, 2012 @ 10:31 am
    Andrea Davis

    My son has been pretty mellow. He had a rough start and would keep us up all night, but at 3 months, he seems to be calming down. :)

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  13. November 14, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    Most of my kids were pretty mild. At my ultrasound yesterday of baby #7, this one was bouncing around like a mexican bean and I have to wonder what is in store for us!?! lol

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  14. November 14, 2012 @ 10:32 am
    COurtney Sanchez

    My middle son is my wild child for sure….hes a sneaky little dare devil! My oldest and youngest are pretty mellow but the youngest still has time to develop into a wild child since he is only 7 months old…lol

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  15. November 14, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    My step son was a mixture of both sometimes very mellow others very wild! I am pregnant with a little girl so I guess we’ll find out soon which she is.

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  16. November 14, 2012 @ 10:38 am
    Nikki Elkins

    My son was the wild baby. We tried everything we could think of back then and really just had to deal with it and hope he out grew it. He turned in to one amazing man and that wild side of him is what has kept him motivated to succeed in life.

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  17. November 14, 2012 @ 10:50 am
    Caitlin McClure

    My little boy is only 5 weeks old and he is my first. He’s not too wild right now, but I’m already having dreams of chasing him around the house, lol.

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  18. November 14, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    My girl is a wild child (we even have the same zebra jammies) but I am fortunate because she has slept through the night since day 2 (while we were still in the hospital) Baby lottery, I tell ya.

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  19. November 14, 2012 @ 11:00 am
    Nadine Osborne

    I did have a wild child, also one with colic; fortunately they weren’t the same child. My daughter, Amy, had colic. I thought I’d lose my mind. I had a 1 year old son who was a breeze, but Amy cried all the time. My mother picked catnip & made tea, with a little expressed mommy milk & a touch of sugar, it soothed her tummy. She lived on it for 6 weeks. When she finally was able to sleep she had her days & nights mixed up, slept all day up all night. That just didn’t work, so I left my closet light on, rolled her basket in there, left the door open part way & she slept at nght. My wild child was number 4, ya just gotta keep an eye on them & love them for all their worth. He broke windows, picked all the daffodils, rode a bicycle when he was 3, made straight A’s in school, had tons of friends. I’ll leave it at that, adding only that I’d give anything to hug him again.
    Enjoy your wild child, she’ll make you proud one day, just like your mellow son. I know you are thankful for both of them. And if you do decide to have another, that one will be different, yet. Just one more joy of being a parent.

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  20. November 14, 2012 @ 11:02 am
    Jill B.

    I definitely have a wild child! He wasn’t colicky as an infant, but cranky for sure. I just make sure to give him plenty of activities to keep him interested and busy during the day. He is so much more content when he has things to focus on and that helps him with sleep as well. Sleep has been hit or miss, but has been gradually getting better now that he’s 14 months old. Really, we just follow his lead and help guide him that way.

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  21. November 14, 2012 @ 11:49 am
    Jaime Nicole

    My girls have been pretty mellow, but tantrums are tamed through a combination of tantrums and planned ignoring. They settle down pretty quickly.

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  22. November 14, 2012 @ 12:11 pm
    Teena Brayen

    I tamed my child’s wildside with Lavender baby bath products and lots of lavendar sachets around the house. Then I sat back and let them tire themselves out by going wild. I found some of the moments funny and well, as long as they weren’t getting hurt or endangering themselves I was good with it all!

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  23. November 14, 2012 @ 12:16 pm
    Katy P

    My daughter- our first child- was terribly colicky. She cried for hours straight starting around 6 or 7 in the evening. This lasted until she was almost 4 months! I felt like I aged so much in those months. The only answer we found was running water noises. First, we started bouncing while running the kitchen water faucet. This seemed to soothe her like nothing else. We finally got an app for the ipod that played the sound of running water. She slept with that noise every night from then on till she was almost two! She still is not a very good sleeper though- at 3 1/2! Her younger brother is so different. Very mellow- where she is hyper and strong willed- and he loves to sleep!!

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  24. November 14, 2012 @ 12:24 pm
    nikki robak

    My son was a wild man as well and I tamed it with a lot of laughter

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  25. November 14, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    My son is definitely a wild child- we stay active all day long- otherwise- chaos!

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  26. November 14, 2012 @ 1:31 pm
    Christina

    I am extremely lucky, my son has always been a great sleeper since he was born and he’s very mellow. He did have some gas as a newborn so I started giving him morning and evening baby massages and evening baths which helped. I still do this I think routine is important!

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  27. November 14, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    My second son had colic. It was horrible. Every single night for six weeks, he would wake up at midnight and scream for about three hours. You had to rock him really hard while walking around the apartment. Yes, the apartment. One night, my upstairs neighbors pounded on the floor while he was screaming. I wanted to…well, I’ll leave that out. I would also put him in his stroller and walk him really fast in laps around the apartment. It was tough.

    The other three were angels. Well, they didn’t have colic anyway.

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  28. November 14, 2012 @ 2:05 pm
    nicole lewis

    my daughter has been pretty mellow for the most part

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  29. November 14, 2012 @ 3:55 pm
    amy

    my baby is chill mostly,though that doesn’t mean shes always a great sleeper. she seems to go in waves.. home from the hospital she slept great, til about 4 months, then she had a good spell around 6 months.. now we have top teeth coming in, so i never know if i will get 8-9 hour stretches at night, or 4-5..

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  30. November 14, 2012 @ 4:29 pm
    andrea d

    My son just turned a year and I am so surprised he always slept threw the night ( since three months old) and was pretty quite baby. Now that hes ONE hes def becoming more of a wild child. I love his little personality. Hes my munchkin

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  31. November 14, 2012 @ 5:12 pm
    jen

    My daughter was on the mild side but my son…def on the wild side!!! We put him in the swing and played jazz music a lot….seemed to be the only thing to calm him for awhile!!

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  32. November 14, 2012 @ 6:44 pm
    Ofelia Castañeda

    For a while there I though u were describing my dd Evie Lol …she’s 15 months old now & her sleeping is better now….Thank God!

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  33. November 14, 2012 @ 7:10 pm
    tysha

    My first son was a very calm baby he hardly ever cried so I didn’t have to worry much with him, however my second son was very caulicy and I rocked him a lot and also peppermint water helped his tummy calm down but if he was awake all he did was cry so I always had to hold him and rock him now my third son is just like my first he is so calm and quite.

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  34. November 14, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

    My daughter went through a phase, around 3 months to 9 months, where she wouldn’t sleep without being on one of us. We took turns lying on our backs with her on our chest. She would sleep like an angel in this position, but it’s a little hard on mom and dad! :)
    janmessali (at) gmail (dot) com

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  35. November 15, 2012 @ 12:06 am
    Andrea

    My son has a dairy intolerance and GERD that took us 3 months to figure out! We now have his feeding routine figured out, thank you Lord! He gets A LOT of wipe “baths” everyday so we can’t give him a real bath everyday because it drys out his skin too much. If this brand is as gentle as you say maybe he can enjoy bath time more often :)

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  36. November 15, 2012 @ 10:28 am
    Karen F

    I have 4 boys and they are all different, one is milder than the others but the one in PreK is WILD!! He is so packed with energy it is unreal. Last week in a totally quiet auditorium he calls out Hey Mom and breaks the silence in the place! And just last month he breaks the church out into laughter when during a wedding he was a ringbearer and got on to the flower girl for making a mess in the church with her flower petals as they walked in. Ahh kids, they make our lives so much fun!

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  37. November 15, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    love the smell of baby magic,,,

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  38. November 15, 2012 @ 12:21 pm
    tracy simms

    I turn on elmo and if that does not work, I start running around with my 1 year old to get him tired..thanks

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  39. November 15, 2012 @ 1:04 pm
    Amy Honious

    we have 4 kids who are now 18,19,21 & 23. all went to bed well and slept (most of the time) until #4-he would wait until we fell asleep and then climb into bed with us. that continued until he was 6! he was always stubborn and still is, lol! thanks for the great giveaway-‘aunt amy’ could use these products for when my 6 mos old niece comes to visit!

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  40. November 15, 2012 @ 1:21 pm
    Casey Miller

    She channeled her wild side by playing World of Warcraft with her daddy

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  41. November 15, 2012 @ 9:34 pm
    Danielle B

    Wild! Definitely the wild side!

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  42. November 16, 2012 @ 4:32 pm
    Raki

    my son was mellow; didn’t have to do much except sing songs to him

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  43. November 17, 2012 @ 12:56 pm
    Mary Ann Dennis

    My girl definitely has a wild side. I think it’s good to let them express it. Soothing scents seem to help.

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  44. November 17, 2012 @ 3:36 pm
    DanV

    We dealt with their wild side by channeling their energy into time outside

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  45. November 17, 2012 @ 9:20 pm
    Priscilla Benavides

    We tried everything with our first born who is now 6 but the only thing that worked was rocking him on the rocking chair! I also had problems with my third who is now 16 months, warm baths and changing his formula worked for him! And we’ll see how it goes with baby #4 due in April!
    priscillavbenavides@yahoo.com

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  46. November 22, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    Very similar situation as yours. My first, Darah, is very calm. My second, Layah, is a total handful! And yeah, I feel DONE. :-)

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  47. November 26, 2012 @ 12:16 am
    christine jessamine

    i let my kids go crazy and encourage them to have fun, it makes naptime really easy

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  48. November 26, 2012 @ 9:55 am
    Jennifer T.

    My son is a mild-tempered and happy boy. My daughter would get kind of wild when she was a toddler. My best tip is to make sure she never got overtired.

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  49. November 26, 2012 @ 10:45 am
    felecia

    My 6 year old daughter is more on the wild side. She is definitely my work in progress.

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  50. November 29, 2012 @ 11:48 am
    Debbie Kennedy

    one mellow and one wild!

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  51. December 19, 2012 @ 10:05 am
    Vicki Wagner

    It’s so important to be at home in the evenings with a colicky baby. Not because you don’t want others to suffer the wrath, but the safety and comfort of home and routine help a lot. And a regular schedule with no interruptions is very important. And yes, familiar smells really are important. As a 55 year old grandmother, I seriously love the smell of Baby Magic and it brings back soothing memories of MY childhood and my kids’ childhoods.

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