Baby. Overload. I just had a baby, a niece was born 3 months ago, another niece was born last week, I'm pretty sure I have another niece on the way (could be a boy though, we find out soonish), AND I have a sweet little nephew on the way any day now (Oliver buddy, you get here this instant and stop making your mommy miserable)! Plus almost every single one of my friends has a baby or two, and the couple that don't are working on it. Suffice it to say...we got babies galore. I grew up in a small family with very few relatives, and only two cousins who lived really far away. I'm not used to large families, especially large gatherings of babies and children 😳 . Not my thing, makes me want to run far far away. My idea of torture. Luckily my group of friends has pretty much perfected the adult hang whilst wrangling children thing, it may or may not include some beverages, plus we have trained all of our babies to sleep through anything (see sound machine below!), so I'm cool with that sorta thing now.
Anyhoo, due to all of these new life developments I've been getting asked by tons of family & friends about stuff on our private Instragram for our little girl. I've got a family full of copiers haha 😉 . Love y'all. So since a lot of the stuff I've found for Chandler seems pretty popular, I figured I would share it for anyone else that might like it too! Plus, I need a short break from working...I'm a tad overwhelmed, and this is an easy post to put together!
1. Zozu Baby Bows:
($12 You can find these all over the place, a friend that asked yesterday said she found a ton on Etsy, but I've tried a bunch and like Zozu best: http://www.zozubaby.com/)
This is by far the most popular one. I searched so so hard for bows that were more simple than the usual ones everyone gets. As soon as I found out I was having a girl the search was on, she had bows pretty much before she had anything else. I'm super picky about clothing type things, imagine that. I also seem to be missing some sort of southern gene, maybe it's bc my daddy is a Yankee. I say soda and sneakers and a lot of other words my Mississippi husband stares at me funny for. I don't like big bows, I think ruffled pants need to burn a fiery death, I hate most character/animal/appliqué type clothing (though I got a few at baby showers that I suprisingly liked), I do not and will not ever understand those weird leg warmer/sock things...you know they make pants right...even some with ruffles on them I hear! I will never ever understand why moms of boys insist on putting them in John Johns past a certain age, or why they think their boys need bonnets. Bonnets are for little girls yo, and no the color blue doesn't make it any better. But hey, if you feel the need to put your little boys in $100 girly hats, more power to ya, guess that's why God gave me a girl. Rhinestones can die a fiery death as well, and rosettes can hop in there too. However, I will fully admit that I think bows are a gateway drug. I can feel it already. Like, I just need one that's a liiiiitle bigger, just a liiiitle bigger. I can see how the vicious cycle starts. I'm not sure there's a way to stop it. But for now, these bows are my thing. Solid colors, nude skinny bands instead of those thick colored ones, and smallish sizes. That's what's up. I started collecting them before she was even born, I'm pretty sure I have every solid color. Expensive but worth it. Anybody that knows how to sew though, you can totally make these way cheaper. I'm just lazy and like to be broke all the time.
2. Billy bibs:
Cutest bibs ever. Period.
This is just an extra peace of mind for mom and dad. When we first got her home we didn't get around to hooking it all up and figuring it out. It took a few days. So those first few days, we didn't sleep at all. We were just constantly checking her video monitor and looking to see her chest rising and falling to make sure she was breathing. I mean constantly. The screen goes dark after a minute or so, and that screen was lit up for days. She was sleeping pretty darn well, but we weren't. So we hooked it all up and almost immediately we slept.
4. Fawn design:
I absolutely love this diaper bag. I'm seriously collecting every single color. It's a book bag and a purse type bag all in one. I'm a bit concerned about the quality bc it isn't real leather. So I'm worried it will fall apart quickly. Fawn folks...make a real leather version and you can have all my money immediately, even though you already get all my money.
I tried a couple different book bags because I did a Facebook poll and every single mommy said they ended up getting a book bag. I have the honest diaper book bag in black, I don't like it as much. I don't like the look as much. It seems bigger than the fawn bag, it even looks way bigger and bulky, but somehow it doesn't fit as much. It's harder to organize for me personally, probably works for lots of other moms. Fawn just works for me the way I like to organize things. I'm not a huge diaper bag packer, I don't feel the need to have a ton of stuff, so if you are one of those people then it might not be for you, it's on the smaller end.
5. Twistshake Bottles
I know I like most things neutral, shouldn't be a secret by now. I think most baby stuff is atrocious with all the bright colors and God awful prints. These however are awesome. So pretty! Before that we used the super cheap bottles recommended on MOC (down farther) that weren't too cute, but they served their purpose for sure! We made sure she didn't have any gas, acid reflux, colic, or other problems and ate really well before we switched to fun expensive bottles. We love Dr. Brown's as well. We just put faucet water *GASP* in them and measure out formula in a holder for on the go (The Mixie is amazing for this apparently, haven't tried). And yes for those wondering minds, I did not breast feed. Yes I know breast is best. Yes, I'm an incredibly selfish person who wanted to sleep more and not lose my darn mind. Yes my child's future is pretty bleak bc she didn't get the boob. I know, I know. Blah Blah Blah. However, how strongly lots of women feel about how important breast feeding is these days, I feel just as strongly about staying home face-to-face teaching my kid in the first year. So I keep my mouth shut in the mommy wars. Because nobody wins when you're a judgy witch.
*If you'd like some tips for one-on-one play with your child, my mother has given me plenty as an early childhood specialist. Ask her though bc my daughter is currently getting a lot one-on-one time with me and the Real Housewives so I don't have time to tell you #judgeme. Some of you know she's been the Director of a Pre School for about 30 years, she's a wealth of information and she loves to chat!
6. Tubby Todd
($67.99 for Basics Bundle http://tubbytodd.com/)
I. Love. This. Stuff. Perhaps your smeller is different than mine, so your mileage may vary, but I LOVE how this stuff smells. My daughter has really sensitive skin and eczema. We've tried lots of soaps. They all cause problems and the sensitive ones don't even have a yummy smell. How boring. This is different, it's sensitive enough and it smells awesome like lavender and orange jello powder. I didn't choose the crunchy life, it chose me. So this cleared it up and she looks like a little porcelain doll now...until she gouges her eyes out or scratches her face up...which is pretty common...we don't use those mitt things bc I could care less if she scratches her face up...we aren't trying to win any beauty contests. Plus she likes to eat her hands constantly so who am I to judge? Get your freak on little weirdo.
7. Moms on Call Book/App:
This one is controversial. My child slept through the night at 6 weeks though (7:30pm-7am), so you decide for yourself. Every single question I've ever had was answered in this book, without fail. It was written by two on call pediatric nurses, you know the ones answering the phone at 2am when your newborn is losing their mind and you don't know why...yeah those nurses. They've heard it all and I swear they know it all. They also have about 8 kids between the two of them. From what to dress your baby in to sleep, the temperature of the room, how much to feed and when, etc etc etc. We started this the day we came home from the hospital. I had read the book 3 times to know it backwards and forwards, and downloaded the quick reference app (no you can't just download the app and not read the book and get the same results lazy bones, the book has too much extra info you'll miss). A few times we have deviated from the "magic book" and every single time we have regretted it. It never works when we think "we know what's best". We don't. We know nothing. So I will say this, if you are going to try this, you have to go all in and completely try it all, every single thing in this book. If you change one little thing it won't work I promise (we did however change swaddles, more below). But if you do it all exactly as they say and are consistent, I promise it will work like a charm. It does have a bit of the cry it out method, but if you start it right off the bat (3-5 mins at a time when they are super young), then you won't have to do a whole night or three of screaming and you crying outside the door. A huge part of this is putting them right in their crib from day one. Apparently they can smell your milk and when they stir in the middle of a nap it wakes them up and they get hungry and cry. When they are a room away they don't wake bc they can't smell it. I asked a bunch of moms on FB about this before she was born bc I didn't know a soul who put their babies in the crib right away and I was scared, our parents did it when we were babies, but nobody does it anymore. I only had one mom out of like 40 that said she did it, funny enough her dad is the OBGYN that delivered me, so I felt pretty confident listening to her. Completely up to you though, I firmly believe we didn't "just have a good baby," I put all the credit on this magic little book and having the kahunas to follow through with it. I'm no doctor though, talk to yours, do your thing, safety blah blah blah.
8. Adult Bed Pads:
Whaaaaaaatttttt?!?!? That's weird right? I don't even remember how I thought of this. We use these as changing pads. Super cheap, disposable. Fit nicely in my diaper bag. I just kinda figured that the reusable changing pads folks lay on the bathroom changing tables roll up on themselves and get dirty that way anyway right? So I just throw this sucker away once I'm done. Though to be honest, we are super chill parents. She started going out to eat with us and shopping with us at 1 week old. We are already picking her pacifiers up off the floor, wiping them on our shirts, and shoving them back in her mouth. OH MAH GAHHHH right?!? Call the Po-Lice this lady is crazy!!! Or am I? Am I the crazy one you clean freaks??? Let's think on that.
9. Swaddleme Swaddles
($24.99 for Two https://summerinfant.com/home)
This is the only thing we changed from the Moms On Call book. We use these velcro swaddles instead of the ones they suggest. It's just easier than a blanket swaddle and we feel like we can get them just as tight. We started with the Original in size Small, and that's all we needed, didn't even go up a size. She wore them from the first day in the hospital (a little big bc she was 7lbs) until about 2 months old when we dropped the swaddle and just used footie pajamas (footies down below).
10. Tommy Tippee Bibs:
($7.99 For Two Bibs)
Baby neck rolls + dribbled milk = stinky neck cheese. These prevent the milk from dribbling down as best as possible. Not cute though. At first you have to pull them tight yourself, but they will soon fit. For cute ones see above and I also like Copper Pearl bibs, but they are just supposed to be for drool and don't work well for feedings.
11. Dohme & Portable Sound Machine:
This is the sound machine that we use. It's the one recommended in the Moms on Call book. They say to not have one with lullabies or ocean waves or anything like that. And no lights, the room should be pitch black (no night lights, black out curtains, etc). This is true white noise, it's got an actual little fan in it. This has made it so that she will sleep through anything anywhere anytime. We can watch loud movies, vacuum, have parties, you name it and she doesn't wake up bc she's used to sound. We have a portable sound machine on both car seats in both vehicles. They make other noises, but we just use the white noise one. We use it for long car rides to keep her asleep or in stores, restaurants, doctor's offices, etc. Life Saver.
12. Adelisa & Co. Macrame Swing Chair:
These are made in Nicaragua and give back to the communities in which they are made. Pretty cool, and pretty pretty!
13. Green Sprout Burp Cloths:
We haven't needed burp cloths until recently when she started getting super active and puking on the move. The tommy Tippee bibs we use for feedings to wipe her mouth, so we don't need other cloths until play time. We've used all kinds of burp cloths, even the cloth diaper ones, bc we got so many. Hands down these are my favorite. Super soft and absorbent. And they curve over your shoulder perfectly. They come in lots of fun bright colors too, but we all know how I feel about that already. But if that's your thing go for it!
14. Mamas & Papas Booster Seat:
($69.99 Booster Seat)
These are great for travel once your little one is sitting up and eating. I love it because, SHOCKER, its neutral. It has a little toy things to put on top too.
15. Binxy Baby Shopping Hammock:
I get asked about this almost every time I'm out. This thing is awesome. I just pop it on a grocery cart really fast, plop her in it, and get my shopping done. She does awesome. Plus it leaves way more room in the cart than putting your car seat in it. I only take it on short trips though bc we don't like her to be in "baby gear" much. They have limited head/neck movement in most baby gear so I prefer not to put her in much. It's so much easier to use baby gear and put your baby in a swing, bouncer, rock-n-play (apparently this is the number one baby holder that sends babies to Occupational Therapy, they say it's what writes their pay checks basically so just beware of that sucker and use it wisely), bumbo seat, etc, so I totally get most parents using that stuff, I feel ya, I do! But we don't have any of that and try really hard not to for personal reasons, so I wear her on longer shopping trips. I have a pretty wearer below!
16. Nano Urban Highchair:
It's an all white highchair, not much to say. Looks better than those bulky things with icky prints in my opinion. She plays in it while we eat dinner at night now. I like it.
17. Mamas and Papas Armadillo Flip XT Stroller:
This sucker took some time to love. I got it bc the videos of it seemed super easy. Unloading and loading it, popping it open and closed. I was sold. Plus, I liked the leather handles and all. Well we got it and it was hard at first, we weren't too bright. It took a little while for us to keep remembering how to open and close it. But now that we have it down it's awesome. It's super quick and easy to use. Highly Recommend.
18. Nuna Leaf
I LOVE all things Nuna, except the bulky highchairs of course. Its a European company so they do the sleek neutral thing really well. We got this before we found out about baby gear, one of the first things we bought. So she uses it rarely bc I won't let her, but if you are into baby gear I highly recommend it with the attachments. She loves it and it's purty.
19. Gerber wash cloths:
These aren't actually wash cloths, they are supposed to be cloth wipes. I believe they are for the folks that cloth diaper and want to be green. I cannot stand those thin little wash rags that they make for babies. They get stuck on every piece of velcro you can possibly find while you wash and dry them. Hate that. So I use these little guys, they keep their shape, are super soft, and don't get all snagged and stuck on stuff. They obviously come in colors as well, but surprise surprise I like the cream ones. I have a really cute pink striped and mint polka dot set though too!
20. Nuna Sena Pack-n-Play/Travel Crib:
We travel a ton. We go places most weekends, so this is a must for us. She will be able to play in it once she's older, and she sleeps awesome in it right now for travel. It's super easy to pop up and down. It's a lot bigger than most of the ones like Fisher Price and Graco. Plus it's simple and doesn't have a print all over it. I like how simple and classic it is. Most of our big stuff like this we got in neutral colors so we can re use it all for the next baby (God willing!). Plus, I can't deal with all the bright colors and pink things.
21. Bebe au Lait Blankets:
I love these. I think they are better than Aiden & Anais. They hold up better to a bunch of washes, and I love the prints. I just looked and the current prints as of today aren't the best, but wait it out...they get good ones!
22. Old Navy Footie Pajamas:
These are my faves. They come in a few different colors. I like the solid colors. Folks might call them boring, but I like simple duh. They zip up, easier than snaps (snaps will make you want to scream once they get wiggly in a month or so), they have footies and little hand covers so they won't scratch their face. Again, I could care less if she scratches her face, we aren't trying to win a beauty contest, she's a little baby, things happen...but if you do...you're set with these! And the zipper on most sizes has a little cover so it doesn't stab them in the neck. Truth, I also have another favorite footie brand for her pajamas that are pastels and crazy soft that I'm getting monogrammed, but I realize that's ridiculous and most people won't want/need those. So here's the practical ones. If you want fancy pants pjs though, holler at me.
23. Puj Flyte Bath:
Back saver. This little guy is awesome. It's a thick white foamy material. It's sturdy but squishy, it can hang to dry, and there are holes for the water to run out so it never over flows or gets too high. It also fits all kinds of sinks, even those old school shell shaped ones. We used it for the first couple months, and just wash her straight up in the tub now without any kind of washing apparatus. Worth it for the first couple months though, I promise!
24. Wild Bird Linen Baby Wearer:
These slings/baby carriers are soooo beautiful. I'd have one in every color if I could. Just go look, trust me.
As if this post wasn't already long enough! Truth is I totally forgot to put these little suckers in my pics, ha! Oops.
Milk Made Goods
Awesome. Can use these as ponchos, nursing covers, blankets, shopping cart seat covers, carseat covers, etc! Beautiful prints too!
Emily Ley Baby Book
($62 Baby Book)
Love this book. So easy. We have a photo printer at home so we just print out any pictures we want, and I use cute sparkly washi tape to put them in. It's awesome. I also love that it's not super cutesy and girly. This is a great gift and you can buy extra packets for Adoption, NICU, Loss, Infertility, and Foster! So neat!
That's it and that's all folks! I hope if you are a mommy to littles or a soon-to-be mommy, that you found some great ideas! Or that if you are a grandma, aunt, friend, etc that you found some neat & modern baby shower gifts!