Showing posts with label Baby Favorites. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Baby Favorites. Show all posts

Monday, March 11, 2013

7th & 8th Month Favorites

Technically not done with his 8th month yet, but these are our most recent favorites.  Lots of toys and books!  Previous month favorites can be found here.


Bumkin Bib – Made of vinyl that is super easy to wash off and dries very quickly.  We also have a Bumkin with long sleeves for when we start adventuring more with finger foods and self feeding…

VTech Rhyme and Discover Book – Sings a lot of different rhymes – all short so they’re easy to remember. It will also say cute things like “turn the page”, “come find me!”, “the end”.

VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker – We used this for a few weeks without the walker so he could it use while sitting. When he started pulling up, we added the legs and base on. He uses this every day, usually in the morning to distract him while I make a bottle. Lots of different songs, phrases, and barnyard animal noises. He also loves when I pretend to talk on the purple phone. He has taken a couple small steps with it but definitely isn’t using it as a full-time walker yet!

Boynton’s Greatest Hits – Volume 2: this set came with four board books. They’re the perfect length for Toby’s attention span and small enough to fit in my diaper bag. I love the rhymes and silly characters. Can see these being a hit as Toby grows older and understands them more.  All of Sandra Boynton’s books are great – we also have one of the Pookie books and I found some of her others at TJ Maxx for $4 each.

Babies R Us Spoons – Hands down these are our favorite spoons.  Not sure if Toby just has a little mouth but these ones are tiny enough and don’t make a mess.  We’ve tried other spoons but they are larger and have ridges around the edges, therefore less food makes it in his mouth.

Sassy Soft Swimmers Animal Characters Bath Toy – So we use these more out of the bath than actually in it haha! He loves chewing on them.  The octopus has a home in one of the pails above his changing table to help distract him during lotion and changing into pj’s time. They do dry pretty fast for being soft bath toys, though.

LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table – He uses this every day now, especially since he can pull up on it. The songs remind me of New Orleans with all the jazz tunes. It seems like every couple weeks Toby figures out how to play something new on his own.

Dear Zoo board book – OMG obsessed with this book. Both of us are :) We read this every day, sometimes multiple times a day. He loves opening the flaps, especially the ones revealing the lion and monkey. The flaps are very sturdy, too, so I see this lasting a long time. Where’s Spot is another one of his favorites.

LeapFrog My Discovery House – I found this on Amazon and based on the good reviews I figured we would try it out.  It’s super cute and has a ton of different phrases and words.  One of the morning songs says something about “stretching your sleepies away” - adorable.  He hasn’t figured out how to push all the different buttons yet but loves opening and closing the fridge and front door.  Well worth $20.

Bedtime Peekaboo board book – I found a lot of these books at TJ Maxx a few weeks ago for $5 each, so I went with this version since he doesn’t have a lot of bedtime themed books.  He loves opening the flaps and knows to turn the page after he puts each flap back – it’s so cute how he does it on his own.  We read this each night now and often before naps, as well.


Things we are still using from previous Favorite lists…Halo sleep sacks, Fisher Price Animal Krackers Jumperoo, the Ergo carrier, Playtex bottles and liners, Munchkin Nursery Sound System, and the GoPod.  And since we are trying to get as much use out of the infant car seat as possible before he grows out of it lengthwise, we are still using the caddy frame for quick errands when we know there won’t be a shopping cart in the store.  So glad we went with a caddy!  I never thought we’d use it this long.


Friday, January 11, 2013

4th, 5th, & 6th Month Favorites

Haven’t done one of these in awhile!  With his 7th month birthday right around the corner (ahhh!), I figured it was time again to compile a list of things we use quite frequently.  Here’s a few of Toby’s favorite things and some other items that have made life easier in the past few months:


OXO Tot Baby Blocks Freezer Storage Containers – we have a set of 2oz and 4oz ones and I’ll probably be ordering another set of 2oz ones soon.  I like the little ones as they have measurements on the sides so you know exactly how much your baby is eating.  I haven’t had to transport food in them yet, but the lids seem pretty leak-proof.

Sassy Baby’s First Books – I bought these as a Christmas gift and wish I had gotten these for him much sooner. He loves chewing on them and they keep him busy during diaper changes or if I need to take a quick shower.

Fisher Price’s Baby’s First Blocks – these are the cutest little blocks. Very easy for him to grab and he loves banging them together. I also like how I can load other toys in the box and bring them from room to room for easy transportation and clean-up.

Fisher Price’s Rock a Stack – such a classic toy. Loves banging the rings against the floor to make noise and watching me stack them on the post.

A&D ointment and Vaseline – this stuff works so fast on raw dry skin. Toby gets a layer of Vaseline on his cheeks, chin, and back of his scalp every night. He’s only had diaper rashes a couple times, but A&D ointment has cleared it up in a day.

Fisher-Price Space Saver High Chair – we rarely use all six of our kitchen chairs at once so it was a good decision to buy a space saver high chair. Easy to travel with as it only takes two straps to buckle it in to a regular chair.

KidCo Go Pod Portable Activity Seat – I think I’ve posted something about the Go Pod before, but needed to include it again on this list just because of how much we use it. Easy to set up, take down, and doesn’t weigh a lot so we set this up in the kitchen, living room, outside the bathroom door, and bring when we’re traveling. Definitely a top 10 item I would recommend registering for.

Bright Stars Lots of Links – we use links to attach toys to his stroller, car seat, or high chair and he also will use them as teethers.

Halo Sleepsacks – we were gifted a small sized sleepsack so we used it after Toby weaned from the swaddle. We liked them so much that I went out and bought more, but in the medium size so we now have two microfleece ones for chillier nights and two cotton ones. They are fairly long so I think he’ll be using the mediums until the end of spring hopefully. I have found they go on sale BOGO at Babies R Us or sometimes you can find them at Home Goods for $9.99.

Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream – I bought this for my hands and then decided to use some on Toby when his skin started to flare up with the weather change.  Same exact ingredients as in the Baby Eczema Therapy Cream but it’s less expensive and you get more…go figure.  Anyways it’s a creamy lotion that soaks in fast and really does help both of us.

Fisher-Price Jumperoo – Animal Krackers – we set this up when Toby was about 3.5 months and he would check out the toys on it but didn’t start jumping until he was about 5 months old.  Now he goes nuts in it – it will keep him entertained for a good half hour which is nice if I need to do some cooking or cleaning.  And the music isn’t that annoying ;)

Things that didn’t really work for us?  We had a baby seat similar to a Bumbo and ended up returning it.  I sat him in it once and he looked SO uncomfortable, and he’s not a chunky baby!  He also isn’t a huge fan of Sophie (teething giraffe).  He will chew on her once in a while but he’s not attached to her like some other kids I’ve heard are.  Other than that we’ve been pretty lucky with the majority of the stuff we registered for or bought ourselves – everything has been put to good use!


Monday, September 24, 2012

2nd and 3rd Month Favorites

Never did a 2 month favorites recap, so here’s a combination of all the things that have made life easier for us the past couple months!  First month favorites can be found here.


The World of Eric Carle Developmental Elephant – love this little guy!  I picked it up at Kohl’s a few weeks before Toby was born since we only received a few rattles and small teether toys at our baby shower.  The ears crinkle which grabs Toby’s attention and he’s getting pretty good at grabbing the little star shape that hangs from one of the feet.

Jeep Cherokee Sport Stroller – we’ve started to use this a lot more now that Toby is a little bigger.  We also use a Snuzzler to give him more support.  Love how lightweight and compact this stroller is, and it’s pretty smooth riding for the price.  I would say it’s a good couple steps up from an umbrella stroller – it’s definitely not a jogging stroller but does pretty well on bumpy sidewalks.  Only downside is that it doesn’t have shoulder straps but so far that hasn’t been an issue since Toby can’t move around that much :) 

Munchkin Nursery Projector and Sound System – we originally had registered for the Graco sound machine.  We used it for a few weeks and then Maggie decided to eat through the power cord (she also ate through my phone charger and video monitor power cords yesterday…let’s just say we’re having issues with the cats acting out lately but that’s a whole other post).  We used rechargeable batteries in it for a few nights, but it would randomly turn off even though the batteries were still charged, and then Toby would wake up.  For some reason Graco couldn’t send us a replacement cord (something about them not making this model anymore) so we just decided to order a new machine but went with a different brand.  Should have gone with the Munchkin from the beginning – not only is it cheaper but the volume goes up much louder, which Toby needs to sleep longer.  We haven’t used the projector much but we may use it more once we do more sleep training and wean him from the swaddle and pacifier.

Fisher-Price Deluxe Infant to Toddler Comfort Rocker – I probably wouldn’t have been able to shower daily without this fabulous chair.  It keeps Toby entertained for a good half hour, sometimes even longer while I get ready (I just put him in the doorway of our bathroom).  I hang extra toys off the bar so he can play with new stuff each morning. 

Baby Einstein Caterpillar and Friends Activity Gym – we started using this activity mat early on and it’s been worth every penny.  He loves punching all the toys and now is much better at grabbing them.  The smiley sun keeps him entertained and the music is cute, not annoying. 

Chicco Keyfit Caddy Stroller Frame – we originally were going to register for a Chicco travel system and then last minute I decided against it because a lot of reviews said how bulky the stroller was and that it took up a lot of trunk room.  Since I drive a Civic, I needed something compact and small.  We went with the caddy frame and Jeep stroller, and so far we’re really happy with this combo.  The caddy is very easy to open and close, doesn’t take up much space, and there is a lot of storage room in the basket.  We use this more for shopping and errands.  As Toby gets bigger, he probably won’t be in the car seat for much longer outside of the actual car, but this was definitely worth purchasing for his first few months instead of going with the more expensive travel system. 

Fisher-Price Cradle Swing – My Little Snug-a-Bunny – I’ll admit it, I was anti-swing before Toby was born.  I didn’t think it was necessary, thought they were really expensive for something you would only use for a few months, and I also didn’t want something that big taking up so much space in the living room.  Well, I caved in after 5 weeks since he was going through such a fussy period in the evenings and we both needed a break since he wanted to constantly be held and be moved.  Toby took a lot of naps in it during his second month but now he just likes to swing and look around.   

Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle & Food Warmer Set – we purchased this before our vacation to Maine, but should have registered for this from the start.  Makes it much easier to prepare a bottle when out and about, instead of having to ask a waiter for a hot cup of water or finding a coffee shop that will give you a cup.  It’s crazy how hot the water stays after several hours in the thermos – we’ve even burned ourselves a couple times so you definitely don’t want to to pour it near the baby!  Instead of putting boiling water, I just use hot tap water now and it’s the perfect temperature.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

1st Month Favorites

Some must-have items that made life much easier for the first month:


Miracle Blanket – this was a huge lifesaver for us for swaddling at night. It has extra flaps that keep his arms nice and tight next to his body so he can’t bust them out with all the wiggling he does.

Pack N’ Play – we keep this on the main level in our townhouse so we don’t have to go upstairs to the nursery to do daytime diaper changes or naps. This Chicco one has a pretty sturdy changing table that easily comes on and off. I found that the playard sheets from Target fit the mattress perfectly.

Ergo Baby Carrier and Infant Insert – love love love this carrier! I’ve had no back pain while using this and one day he was being carried for a good 90 minutes while I was vacuuming and cleaning the house. He falls asleep pretty quickly after we put him in the carrier as I think he likes being close and snuggly. It was necessary for us to buy the infant insert, as well, because he’s still so tiny.

Playtex Nurser Bottles with Drop-In Liners – I started pumping during the second week and his first bottle was one of the Medela bottles that came with my pump.  The nipple was definitely not a slow-flow one and he spit up a lot because he drank so fast. We switched to the Playtex slow-flow nipples and his spit-up has been much better as long as we make him take a few breaks and burp him after each ounce he drinks. These bottles are also so easy to clean because of the drop-in liners.

Video Monitor – we have this Motorola version with the wide-screen. Definitely would recommend to get one with a video screen – Toby makes a lot of noises in his sleep and will start to stir but a lot of times doesn’t wake up completely, so I can check him out without going in his room to see if he’s really waking up.

aden & Alis Swaddle Wraps – I saw so many other mommy bloggers recommend these blankets, so I put them on our registry and I’m very happy I did. They are perfect for summer since they’re lightweight – we will put these over his legs while we’re in the car or if we go shopping and we know we’ll be in air conditioning for awhile. We swaddle him in these during the day for naps and if he’s being extra fussy.

The First Years Spin and Store Drying Rack – I’ve been washing my pump parts, accessories and the bottles non-stop, so this has been perfect to throw everything on for drying. You can fit a ton of bottles on here and it doesn’t take up too much room on our countertop.

Disposable Diaper Bags – we didn’t buy a diaper genie and decided to do a regular trash can instead. For poopy diapers we put them in these little disposable bags. They have a slight flowery scent. I haven’t noticed an odor coming from the trash can at all and we have been changing the big bag about once every 5 days or so. However, I know breastfeed poop doesn’t usually smell as bad as formula/solid foods poop so we’ll see how this goes when he’s older.  Anyways these little bags are also nice to carry in my diaper bag - if we’re at a friend’s house I feel better about putting a dirty diaper in one of these.

Hooded Bath Towels – we’re still working on the bath routine and he’s slowly getting used to being fully wet, but he loves cuddling in the bath towels after he’s done. And he looks so damn cute in them!

Boppy – I think I’ve only nursed him a few times without using the Boppy – it gives us the perfect amount of support.  We went with the “naked” Boppy, the protective cover to go over it, and then switch back and forth between two slipcovers which makes it very easy for washing.  I love the jersey knit covers – they’re so soft and they’re fairly cheap at Target.